From The Font
“The two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of bread.”
The story of the disciples on the Way to Emmaus is one of several on-the-nose events in those short days between the Resurrection and the Ascension in which Jesus reinforces, with great specificity, His intention to stand by His words in the Bread of Life discourse recounted in St. John’s Gospel. Jesus came to establish a Church on the Rock of Simon Peter and the Apostles. He instructed them to imitate Him in celebrating the Eucharistic Feast which He initiated on Holy Thursday at the Last Supper.
Despite hours of talking with Jesus while on the way, it wasn’t until He takes bread, blesses it, breaks it and then gives it - a very clear parallel to his actions a few days before - that the disciples recognize Him. Taken in its context, this story reminds us as modern people that Jesus can’t be recognized in our hearts or in our bibles or in our love for one another until He is first recognized and loved in the Holy Eucharist! No amount of talking, explaining or soul searching will help us find Jesus unless those things are grounded in the “life” which can only be had by those who “eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood.”
This is all the more potent as we realize that so many people in the Church have gotten out of the habit of making a regular confession or of approaching Holy Communion with a sense of reverential fear… St. Paul reminds us in his letter to the Corinthians that anyone who receives Holy Communion “without discernment” “eats and drinks condemnation upon himself.” Is it any wonder that us modern people struggle to find Jesus in our own hearts and in the faces of those we meet? We are trying to find Him without knowing what He looks like! Jesus reveals Himself as He likes and according to His own methods… But He tells us that He can be found in the breaking of the bread and so we, as Catholics, must look for Him there. We must make a regular confession and only approach for Holy Communion when we are in a State of Grace. We should ask the Lord specifically to make Himself known to us and to give us the gifts of Understanding, Knowledge and Wisdom. Then, we, too, can recognize Jesus in the breaking of the Bread.
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
Although it seems early for graduation festivities, the moment has come to celebrate our seniors here at St. Edward. I’m sad to say that I don’t know them as well as I would like and yet I have heard stories. Most good, some a little salty!
We have some great kids in this parish and these six that are leaving us played a big part - through their leadership - in making our kids who they are.
They were here for Fr. Ferre’s entire time with us. They were the Guinea Pigs of costume design, last second script changes and loooong practices to bring to life his elaborate pageants. Blake was his first baptism in the parish and now she is graduating!
Their youth was marked by a stability that this parish hasn’t known in many years. Fr. Ferre’s presence provided consistency that marked so much of the youth of our graduates. I can’t help but think about the constancy of Chris & Nick serving almost every Saturday - faithfully arriving half an hour early and ready to help me as I came into the parish and tried to figure things out.
I have to say, too, how impressed I was (and continue to be) to see the natural and easy way in which our teenagers help their younger counterparts. That is - of course - one of the most wonderful, and sometimes trying, parts of living in a small town: everyone about your age is your friend whether you like them or not. But I so much enjoyed watching Maddie take Chandler under her wing this Easter. It was so natural and gentle. That doesn’t come quickly and it’s near on impossible to fake. I’ve seen Blake and Maddie both go down that road as they have mentored our younger kids into the roles of leadership that they will eventually take up.
Ethan and Brice, I don’t know quite as well. Both of them seem like the kind of men who are worth knowing. They’re men of focus in athletics which speaks to their capacity to be great in other things.
When the Bishop came to visit a few months ago, he was genuinely surprised by our young people. He was excited to see potential for the future in the presence of our kids. And I share his sentiment, if our young ones are growing up to be the kind of kids we’re sending off this weekend, then we do have a lot to be hopeful about.
I hope you’ll all join me in encouraging, challenging and praying for all of the graduates of our community here in Tallulah, but especially those from St. Edward. We are truly blessed to have been a part of their journey.
I hope, too, that parents will take this time to realize how quickly our little ones get not so little. The busyness of the world tells us that playing three sports and an instrument and being the parliamentarian of the Student Council is REALLY important… But it doesn’t meaning anything if we’re so focused on padding a resume that we waste priceless time to love and to learn from our families and the elders in our community. These times of transition should always remind us to take advantage of the time we have right here and now.
Calendar of Events
- Confessions every Wed, Fri & Sat from 5p until Mass at 5:30p and on Sun from 9a until 9:30a Mass
- Pastoral Council meeting monthly on the third Tuesday after the 5:30p Mass
- Altar Society meeting every other month on the second Tuesday after the 5:30p Mass
The Voice of the Basket
- Weekly Budget FY 2016-17 $1,865
- March Budget $7,460
- March Income (Reg $7,959; Bldg $530) $8,489
- March Actual Expenses $6,980
- April Budget $9,325
- Collection April 22/23 $1,402
- April Income to Date $6,322
Stewardship The disciples on the road to Emmaus walked and talked with Jesus all day long, but it was not until they offered Him hospitality and He blessed and broke the bread that they recognize Him. Simple acts of lovingkindness still reveal the presence of God in our midst.
Special Collection This weekend, a special collection for Catholic Home Missions will be taken in our parish. The Appeal primarily supports home mission dioceses, (Diocese of Alexandria is considered a home mission) throughout the U.S. and its territories. It focuses on evangelization activities, religious education, ministry training for priests, deacons, religious sisters and brothers, and lay people; and support of poor parishes across the country. Thank you for your support.
Mass Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 8:00p In memory of Edwin Florence (death anniversary on 30th)/family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
- Mon No Mass
- Tue 5:30p In memory of Bruce Dorbeck/Andrews
- Wed 9:00a In memory of May DiTomasso at Olive Branch
- Thurs 5:30p In memory of J.E. “Boyzie” Jumonville (death anniversary)/family
- Fri 5:30p In memory of Eva Reynolds/Mills & Thompson
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Paul VanderVieren
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
Please note new Mass schedule
Altar Candles this week are provided by Michael Lancaster
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 4/29 5:30p
- Lector: S Harris
- EMHCs: A Keene & A Farlow
- 4/30 9:30a
- Servers: EL & C Marsh
- Lector: Our Seniors
- EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
- 5/6 5:30p
- Lector: C VanderVieren
- EMHCs: P & M Gilfoil
- 5/7 9:30a
- Servers: C Donham & M Wood
- Lector: A Oliver
- EMHCs: A Keene & L Magoun
- 5/13 5:30p
- Lector: M A Gilfoil
- EMHCs: L Bullard & C VanderVieren
- 5/14 9:30a
- Servers: P Collins & C Woods
- Lector: B Sullivan
- EMHCs: P & B Wilks
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Hunter Sullivan (May 4), Father Ryan Humphries (May 6), Colin Donham (May 7)
In Our Daily Prayers…
Our Holy Father Pope Francis and Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI; our Bishop David and Bishop-Emeritus Ronald. Our President, our Governor, our Mayor and our national, state and local elected representatives.
Our parishioners who are sick, shut-in, or otherwise in need of our prayers: Pat Bullard, Connie Copes, Elizabeth Crothers, Susan Gilfoil, Billy Hodge, Juanita Storey, Bill Kennedy, Becky and Michael Lancaster, Dale Magoun, Kathleen Mills, Sue Rome, Sue Scurria and Delia Trichell.
Our parishioners who are under full-time care: Frances Kennedy, Andrew Lombardo. Also, Jim Farrell and James Speyerer of Vicksburg, Consuelo Marsh of Lake Providence, and Jean Cantrell, Geneva Russell.
Our friends and relatives who need our prayers: Lee Adams (Smith), Ashley Weimer Alexander (Regan), Jenna Faye Allen (Florence), Gary Arnesdon, Margaret Baker (Magoun), Marie Farlow Bellard, Ruthie Boudreaux (Storey), Hattie Brown (Lancaster), Jerry Bullard, Colton Bullock (Farlow), Richard Chappuis (Johnson), Allison Crotwell (A Ginn), Jackie Daniels (Lancaster), Kyle and Marti Dukes Dill, Carol Dipert (Rome), Reba Duncan, Renee Edwards and parents (VanderVieren), George Eisworth family (Dyer), Pat Fairchild, Joe Farlow, Matt Farlow, Rosemarie Finn (Hodge), Madge and Don Finney (Dyer), Tracy Jones Fortenberry (Donham), Kathy Garley Hanlon (Gilfoil), Jerry Ann Harmon (Hodge), Cooper Harris (R Wood), Alan Henley (Copes), Monroe Hill (K Dukes), Bo Holloway, Lou Horath (Hernandez), Kenlie Jackson (Dyer), Diane Johnson (Johnson), Jim Johnson(Dyer), Ben Legendre (Gilfoil), Ben Lenhart (G Marsh), LaLa Lopez (Hernandez), Will and Michelle (MS) McGuire (Gilfoil), Keith Melancon (Regan), Tucker Melancon (Johnson), Marie Phillips Michelle (Hodge), Lindsay Mills, Debbie Mullin (Dyer), Wanda Murphy (Terry), Addison Petracca (S Marsh), Debbie Pettis (Rome), Yvonne Phillips (Hodge), Wayne Pitre (Gilfoil), Dana Rogers (Dyer), Bailey Rome, Lee Rome, Tiffney Rome, Linda Sanchez (Wilks), Andy Sevier, Chon Shiers and Deborah Shiers Stewart (Hall), Beverly Sibile (Gilfoil), Michael Stamper (Wilks), Lazette Thomason (Dyer), David Thompson (Wilks), Elaine Trimble (Rome), Rusty White (Bullard), Jeremy Wilkins and family(Afghanistan), Conner and Hudson Wood (nephews of Bart)
Our collegeates: Courtney Ernst, Norman Ernst, Anna Ginn, Matt Hall, Josh Hall, Kathleen Oliver
Those Catholics residing at Christian Acres, Louisiana Transitional Center for Women, and our local Detention Centers and for their families and loved ones.
PLEASE LET US KNOW OF ANYONE WHO IS ILL OR HOSPITALIZED OR WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE A VISIT. PLEASE HELP US TO UP-DATE OUR PRAYER LIST BY ADVISING US OF ANYONE WHO SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE PRAYER LIST.