From The Font
Hosanna (or for the Jews Hoshana) means “help.” It can mean “save me” or “come to my aid,” but it’s a simple word. It’s an S.O.S. It implies that I understand that I can’t save myself and I need help.
When Jesus processed into Jerusalem, He specifically intends to fulfill several prophecies beginning with the words of Zechariah in which a king approaches the holy city in “meekness.” And Jesus is meek… He’s not clothed in purple; He’s not crowned with a diadem; He’s riding two beasts of burden. But the folks don’t see it that way. They have palms; they lay down their cloaks; They shout… And what do they choose to shout? They could shout Malek which means “king.” They could go with nabi which means “prophet.” They could even go with Mashiach which means Messiah or Anointed One. Instead, they go with Bardavid which means “Son of David” and they ask this descended of David to Hosanna “Save us!”
Palm Sunday begins a week of what the Jews would call Zakar which becomes the Greek word anamnesis. Both of these words point to a kind of remembering that goes beyond merely thinking back to something like immersing oneself in the memory. We don’t merely re-tell stories, we act them out, we pray with them, we consider them, we let them affect us…
By carrying Palms, singing this Jewish word Hosanna and hearing the long narrative of Jesus’ suffering and death, we allow the Lord to speak to us deeply and to reveal to us what those people realized when they spread their clothes for the donkey to walk on 2000 years ago… We realize that we need a savior. We realize that we - that I - need help and saving. We realize that this Son of David is that savior and that He is choosing to endure hardships, sacrifices, trials and sufferings for us - for me. That realization isn’t just intellectual, it’s all through us. It’s spiritual, emotional, physical… It’s helps us to understand our own experiences, to understand others, to think right, to choose wisely, to resist temptation and to love well… It’s a realization that changes who we are and why we are...
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
The word “culture” is meaningful. It describes a worldview - a uniquely human reality. The word, itself, comes from “cult” meaning religious worship and devotion. Cultures can be good or bad, rich or poor. They can be humanizing or dehumanizing.
In the past sixty years, we have seen our culture degrade almost beyond imagination. Art and music have declined. Rituals and traditions are dying on the vine. Poetry is nonexistent. Instead, we are inundated with politically correct nonsense and video games. Our teachers are obsessed with teaching “skills” rather than teaching our young people to be adults.
Cultures only die for one reason, because the cult which fuels them has died. Nowadays, national polls tell us that Christians and non-Christians are basically indistinguishable from one another when it comes to moral choices and public affairs. About the same number of Christians and non-Christians agree with Jesus on issues of Abortion and Marriage. About the same number of Christians and non-Christians agree by Jesus on the role of religion in the public square. Christians are, in large part, uninterested in making Jesus Christ king of their communities, their nation or their world. Put simply, most of those who privately identify themselves as followers of Jesus aren’t willing to throw their cloaks at His feet or raise their palms in praise of Him as he walks by riding on a colt…
Of course, that’s not all that different than the first Palm Sunday which we celebrate today… Most of His followers weren’t there to cheer Him on - they were hiding from their friends and from their leaders. But those who did have the courage to stand by Him were enough!!! Think about that! They were enough! Our local area was a place of warring native tribes until it was a place of warring French and Spanish settlers until it was a place of slavery until it was a place of civil war until it was a place of reconstruction hell until it was a place of racial divide until it was last Tuesday… In the midst of that, our local community was a place of incredible faith which gave birth to beautiful cultures of art and poetry and music. The MissLou is home to powerful faith which has endured and prospered in the face of near constant challenges. And yet, it is now, when the struggles are eased by government assistance and anti-bullying policies and safety-nets on every side that we see our heritage in decline along with our birth rates. We have never been so equipped to welcome large families and yet our families shrink and shrink. Christianity thrives when we have to struggle for our faith - it dies when we become comfortable.
Today is the beginning of Holy Week when we celebrate the fact that our God suffered and died. This week, let us remember that our culture was built by precious few upon the cross of Jesus Christ and it can be built again. But it will only be built by those who have the courage to come out of the house, raise the palm and live for Jesus!
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
- April 10-14 Holy Week
- April 15 Easter Egg Hunt - Church Grounds - 10 a.m.
- April 18 Pastoral Council Meeting – Parish Hall – following 5:30 p.m. Mass
For Your Information:
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION FOR OUR CHILDREN … classes will meet on SUNDAY following Mass (about 10:30 a.m.) in the Church Hall.
EASTER EGG HUNT… Mark your calendar for Holy Saturday...Time 10 a.m. ...Church Grounds… Stephenie Marsh and Kate Copes will provide leadership. Everyone is encouraged to provide dyed hardboiled eggs or plastic eggs with treats inside! Please have eggs to the church hall by 9 a.m. so that they can be hidden.
EASTER FLOWERS...Envelopes are at the entrance of church for anyone who would like to contribute to the flowers and decorations for Easter. Be certain to note if you wish to have flowers In Memory or In Honor of someone. Envelopes can be placed in the Collection Basket.
The Voice of the Basket
- Weekly Budget FY 2016-17 $1,865
- March Budget $7,460
- March Income (Reg $; Bldg $) $
- March Actual Expenses $
- April Budget $9,325
- Collection April 1/2 $
- April Income to Date $
Stewardship “The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue, that I may know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them” says Isaiah in today’s first reading The gifts God has given us are likewise given for the good of others. How am I using my gifts?
Special Collection Good Friday collection for the Holy Lands
Mass Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Paul VanderVieren/family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
- Mon No Mass
- Tue 5:30p In memory of BruceDorbeck/Andrews
- Wed 5:30p In memory of C.L. Keene/Morley
- Thurs 9:00a In memory of May DiTommaso (Mass offered at the Olive Branch)
- Fri 5:30p Good Friday Services - no Mass offered
- Sat 8:00p change In memory of Jack Ellerbee/family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
Altar Candles this week are provided by Margo Corulla
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 4/8 5:30p
- Servers: N & C Hall
- Lector: P Wilks
- EMHCs: B Wilks & C VanderVieren
- 4/9 9:30a
- Servers: A Collins & M Wood
- Lector: S Harris(R), K Collins(N), A Oliver(V)
- EMHCs: B Smith/L Magoun
- 4/15 8:00p See Lenten Schedule
- 4/16 9:30a
- Servers: M Oliver & C Wood
- Lector: B Sullivan
- EMHCs: P & B Wilks
- 4/22 5:30p
- Servers: N & C Hall
- Lector: M Rome
- EMHCs: L Bullard & A Keene
- 4/23 9:30a
- Servers: B Sullivan & H Ellerbee
- Lector: G Mbenkum
- EMHCs: N & M Ernst
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Ann Marie Marsh (April 8, 2013), Michael Lancaster (April 13)
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), 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, 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), Rhonda and Lee Miller (CCopes), Lindsay Mills, Loyd Moore (Donham), 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), Michael Stamper (Wilks), Lazette Thomason (Dyer), David Thompson (Wilks), Elaine Trimble (Rome), Rusty White (Bullard), Conner and Hudson Wood (nephews of Bart)
Our collegeates: Will Donham, 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.