From The Font
“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore…”
It’s easy to pass over certain words in scripture and, in doing so, miss an essential idea. Tucked away in the middle of Jesus’ final words to His disciples, we find “therefore” hidden between “All power in heaven and earth” and “make disciples of all nations.” And it may well seem that the word is just a bit of filler… But, my oh my, is that “therefore” important!
“Therefore” tells us that Jesus’ statement about power and authority doesn’t stand on its own, but that it establishes a sense of purpose to the sentence which follow it… SO - The first sentence actually fuels the second and answers the implied question - “why make disciples?” The answer - because Jesus has all authority in Heaven and Earth. This doesn’t seem like a big deal - but it is… Without “therefore,” making disciples is JUST a good thing to do. Baptizing is JUST a psychological thing... Jesus was a good teacher… He died on the cross and now sins are automagically forgiven. Except that’s not really the case… Jesus’ teaching doesn’t really make sense if he intended to forgive sins in such a way that our ongoing choices don’t matter. Baptism in the name of Jesus makes zero sense if it’s just a symbolic thing. But because of that little “therefore,” we see that the ongoing authority of Jesus is the reason that we make disciples. We see that this making disciples is not symbolic at all, rather, it’s intimately connected with the authority Jesus has.
In a real sense, we have here Jesus saying to us again that He came to establish a Church and not just to do one big fabulous act of reparation to God… Jesus intends to remain with His Church to the end of the age…
So much of scripture study boils down to really nuanced understanding of words. As good as it is to read scripture regularly - and we all should - we should also keep in mind the limitations of our own intellects and understanding. It’s easy to draw a wrong or slightly wrong conclusion from a passage which may or may not be well translated or which may have some very specific connection to the Jewish listeners to whom the words were originally directed. That shouldn’t keep us from reading our bibles, but it should challenge us to turn to the Church with our questions and our concerns...
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
As the Easter season draws to a close, we have a few interesting feasts all one after another. This past Thursday, we have the Ascension (which we have come to celebrate today). Then, we have Pentecost. Then we have Trinity Sunday. Then Corpus Christi (the Body of Our Lord Jesus).
Each of these feasts has an important spiritual meaning, a unique context within the Church calendar and a great historical story that arises from the experience of the Church in the world.
Today’s feast, the Ascension of Jesus is biblical. Forty days exactly after His Resurrection, Jesus gathered His apostles and a large group of disciples together and gave them one last sermon. Then, in yet another totally unexpected move, Jesus told them that He would have to be going now but that God would send them another advocate who would be with them as they brought His teaching and the Sacraments to the world. It would seem that most everyone there expected that Jesus was going to stick around and be their leader as they did this whole “proclaim the good news to the ends of the Earth” thing.
The significance of the forty days was not lost on anyone. Nor was it random that Jesus left just before the feast of Pentecost. Pentecost was, for the Jews, the celebration of God’s giving of the 10 Commandments to Moses fifty days after they left Egypt. After God gave Moses the Commandments, the Jews proceeded to disobey God and to question Him while the pillar of cloud was visible in the camp. As punishment, the Jews were made to wander in the desert for forty years of penance. Jesus begins His ministry with a forty day fast, symbolizing that forty year journey. Then, after His Resurrection, He journeys with the disciples for a further forty days, symbolizing that He has paid the price and offered the penance. Then, by departing at the time of Pentecost, Jesus symbolizes the new beginning of His Church which is founded on Jesus, Himself, rather than any book or teaching. The Christian Feast of Pentecost is, then, more of a birthday for the Church than it is a remembrance of the Jewish festival… This Christian feast was always kept as a octave feast which concluded with Trinity Sunday.
Feasts of the Holy Trinity are basically feasts which celebrate God’s mystery. We can’t understand the Trinity. We can create vocabulary to describe the mystery, but we can’t understand the mystery…
That realization begins the long season of Ordinary Time which kicks off with a feast focused on the Holy Eucharist. The Holy Eucharist - and, with it, the Mass - is the “source and summit” of the Christian Faith. The Holy Eucharist is what make holiness possible! By beginning the bulk of Ordinary Time with a feast of the Holy Eucharist, we set our minds and hearts clearly on the source of our growth in holiness. All together, the end of the Easter Season is jam packed with powerful spiritual meditations...
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
- June 2 First Friday Devotions will NOT be held due to Clergy obligations. For those who would need the information, there are First Friday services in Vicksburg.
- June 25 Potluck Brunch following Sunday Mass to celebrate the visit of newly ordained Father Derek Ducote. The Second Quarter Social Committee headed up by Father Ryan will be responsible for the event. Mark your calendar and plan to attend
For Your Information:
FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTIONS...due to clergy obligations, Father Ryan will be in Alexandria at the Chancery office on Friday, June 2, and will be unable to return in time for Mass. For anyone who is attending First Friday devotions on a regular basis, please consider going to Vicksburg for Mass.
POTLUCK BRUNCH … has been scheduled for Sunday, June 25, following Mass to celebrate the occasion of his Ordination with Derek Ducote, who will be here for the weekend, Please mark your calendars, find the recipe for your favorite Summer dish, and plan to join in the fun! The Second Quarter Social group will see that the air conditioning is on, and the front door is open. Members of the Second Quarter group include Pat and Libby Bullard, Bruce and Kate Copes, Elizabeth Crothers, Kim Donham, Angel Farlow, Terry and Andy Hall, Isabell Hernandez, Vicky Hernandez, Lance and Stephenie Marsh, Andy Nguyen, Bobby Reynolds, Beth and Chip Sullivan, Delia Trichell, and Cathy VanderVieren.
Since this will be celebrating Father Derek, Father Ryan is taking leadership of this event. Those on the committee may want to contact Father Ryan to see what he needs in the way of assistance.
GIFT… Several people have expressed an interest in contributing to an Ordination gift for Derek which would be given to him when he visits with us. Michael Lancaster can be contacted for more details. If you plan to contribute via a check, please make that check payable to Michael
JUNE ABSENCE … Father Ryan will be away from the parish from after Mass on June 11 until June 23. A visiting priest will be here for June 17/18.
SEMINARIAN ASSIGNMENT… A first year Seminarian will live in residence at St Edward for the months of June and July so that he will have an idea of pastoral life in a small community. Jacob Cass is a native of Marksville, definitely NOT a small faith community!!! During the time that Father Ryan is away, parishioners may wish to invite Jacob to join them for dinner. We will provide a phone number for contacting him a little later.
ANNUAL DIOCESAN APPEAL...Bishop Talley thanks you for your generosity to the Annual Diocesan Appeal. Your gift can make a real difference by supporting faith formation, education of our youth and in the education and formation of 11 seminarians. If you have not made your gift, it is not too late. Pledge envelopes are available in the pews. They can be placed in the collection basket, brought to the office or mailed directly back to the diocese.
This weekend we are remembering those who paid the ultimate price for the freedom we enjoy!!!!
The Voice of the Basket
- Weekly Budget FY 2016-17 $1,865
- April Budget $9,325
- April Income (Reg $9,860; Bldg $681) $10,541
- April Actual Expenses $7,641
- May Budget $7,460
- Collection May 20/21 $1,323
- May Income to Date $4,872
Stewardship Jesus prays, “I have given You glory on earth by finishing thework You gaveMe to do.” Good stewards follow His example by using theirtimeandtalentsfor the glory of God.
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Mass Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Bruce Dorbeck/ Andrews
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
- Mon No Mass
- Tue 5:30p In memory of George and Margaret Magoun/family
- Wed 9:00a In memory of Jason Jumonville for death anniversary/family at Olive Branch
- Thu 5:30p For a special intention of Josephine Hodge
- Fri No Mass (as Father Ryan will be at a clergy meeting)
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Doris and Willie Guzman (her birth/their anniversary)/Florence
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
Altar Candles this week are provided by Betty Smith
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 5/27 5:30p
- Lector: A Farlow
- EMHCs: L Bullard & MA Gilfoil
- 5/28 9:30a
- Servers: EL & C Marsh
- Lector: A Keene
- EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
- 6/3 8:00p
- Lector: S Harris
- EMHCs: P & M Gilfoil
- 6/4 9:30a
- Servers: W Sullivan & A Colllins
- Lector: A Oliver
- EMHCs: A Keene/L Magoun
- 6/10 5:30p
- Lector: C Vandervieren
- EMHCs: A Farlow & M Rome
- 6/11 9:30a
- Servers: C Donham & M Wood
- Lector: B Sullivan
- EMHCs: N & M Ernst
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Olivia Clare Copes (May 29, 2010), Anna Ginn (May 29), Mary Katherine Marsh (May 29, 2011)
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, Matt Farlow, Betina Finlayson, Madge and Don Finney (Dyer), Tracy Jones Fortenberry (Donham), Thom Gilfoil, Kathy Garley Hanlon (Gilfoil), Cooper Harris (R Wood), Alan Henley (Copes), Rudy Hernandez (Hodge), 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), 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), 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.