From The Font
“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit”
The Jews are practical people. Their religion is based upon obedience, duty and tit-for-tat. None of them are really sure of those sayings of Jesus that deal with deep symbolism and spirituality. Even the Resurrection of Jesus is described by the Gospel writers in terms of physical events like light. It’s no surprise, then, that this incredible moment which we call “The Descent of the Holy Spirit” is described with physical words about sounds, fires and winds. The Father was an easy enough image for the Jews to connect with. The family was a tangible, physical thing they could see. In their minds, God could be a bigger or more cosmic version of their own experience of family. Jesus describes Himself as a son - which continues the metaphor and which is no great mental leap… After all, a father is a man who has begotten a son and so if God is a father, He ought to have a son of some sort.
The Holy Spirit, though, is a lot more difficult to picture… In the family metaphor, the Holy Spirit would be something like the love the family shares for one another. We could also think about how the love shared by husband and wife becomes physical in the conception of children. Of course, no metaphor is ever going to get God right. But they help us to give our brains something to connect with. For the Jews, the idea of the Holy Spirit was and is incredibly challenging. The Holy Spirit is a Person - the Third Person of the Most Holy Trinity - but He does not fit smoothly into the family metaphor to which we are accustomed. Neither is the Holy Spirit merely some anonymous force for good or an animating principle or idea. He is not the love we share for one another. He is God. He is co-eternal with the Father and the Son and even though we don’t have an easy metaphor within which to think about Him, we are told that He is to be glorified with the Father and that He is our advocate - the One who speaks on our behalf. Hence, we should pray to the Holy Spirit often and fervently, especially when we repent of our sins, ask for blessings or seek understanding.
Ultimately, our minds can’t contain even a glimpse of God. We’re too small and He’s too big. Mystery and some degree of intellectual difficulty are always hand in hand - but love, prayer and devotion don’t require understanding, only trust.
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
Our diocese has a long history with what has been called the Charismatic Renewal. Bp. Jacobs, in particular, encouraged all of us to seek after the so-called Charismatic Gifts - things like praying in tongues, prophecy, locutions and the like.
In our first reading today for the Book of Acts, we hear about the Apostles’ first encounter with the Holy Spirit and how they found themselves speaking in foreign tongues. Early on, mystical and miraculous events were commonplace. The apostles were frequently seen healing the sick, raising the dead, surviving execution attempts and generally defying all the rules of the world we know… By the second and third generations of Christians, these mystical things were less common and by the fourth and fifth generations, they seemed to be a thing of myth and legend limited to a handful of saints. Nowadays, with about a Billion Christians living on Earth, only a few hundred have any kind mystical ability.
The Charismatic Renewal was founded on the belief that this gradual process of de-mystification was not part of God’s plan for the Church. Beginning in the 60s with the so-called Jesus People Army (an admixture of Pentecostal Protestantism, hippie culture and the Salvation Army), some Catholics began “praying over” one another for “Baptism in the Holy Spirit.” Some, indeed, experienced the phenomenon of speaking other languages. Some heard messages. Some experienced healings and miracles. The practice spread around the country in the form of small group prayer meetings, usually centered in a home or a small chapel. The Charismatic Renewal seemed to reach it’s peak in the Jubilee Year 2000 when Pope St. John Paul II gathered thousands of Charismatic Catholics in Rome on Pentecost for a special blessing. I, myself, came to the faith through Charismatic prayer meetings. I had a lot of genuine experiences with mysticism which reassured me that Jesus is the “real deal.” Of course, Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe!
In the past decade, Charismatic groups have aged dramatically and are in steep decline. In part, for every thing under heaven there is a time and season (turn, turn, turn). In part, through, the first assumption of the Charismatic movement was plain wrong. The slow decline of mysticism as a normal part of the daily life of the Church was not accidental. In the beginning, the Holy Spirit needed to speak to thousands of people speaking dozens of languages using a dozen men who all spoke only one language. The obvious solution was the gift of tongues. Now - the Church speaks every language on the planet. Now - the Church heals the sick and feeds the poor around the world without the need for miracles.
We have to remember, Jesus came to found a Church! Specifically, He founded the Catholic Church. Are there problems in Her? Yup, as certainly as Jesus picked Judas to be one of His apostles, there are problems. But that doesn’t change anything. Basically every theological question or problem in our day goes back to recalling that Jesus came to establish the Church.
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
- Potluck Brunch following Sunday Mass to celebrate the visit of newly ordained Father Derek Ducote.
For Your Information:
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 one event. Those on the committee may want to contact Father Ryan to see what he needs in the way of assistance.
JUNE ABSENCE … Father Ryan will be away from the parish from after Mass on June 11 until June 23.
MASS CHANGES FOR JUNE 17 & 18… Father Peter, St Joseph, has agreed to have Mass for St. Edward on the one Sunday that Father Ryan will be on vacation so there is the need to change Mass for that weekend only. Mass Sat, June 17, at 6p and Sun, June 18, at 11:15a. Note that this is Father’s Day.
WELCOME TO JACOB CASS…We are very happy to welcome Seminarian Jacob Cass to St Edward for the months of June and July. We will provide contact information
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.
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 27/28 $935
- May Income to Date $5,807
Stewardship In the second reading today, St Paul reminds the Corinthians, “There are different gifts, but the same Spirit; there are different ministries but the same Lord.” How am I using my gifts “for the common good”?
Mass Intentions for the Coming Week
- 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
- Mon No Mass
- Tue 5:30p For a Special Intention/Magoun family
- Wed 9:00a In memory of Gus Gremshell at Olive Branch
- Thu 5:30p In memory of Paul VanderVieren/family
- Fri 5:30p In memory of C.B & Inez DeMoss & C.L. Keene & in honor of Katie and Anna/family
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Thomas Trichell (birth anni on 15th)/family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 6/3 5:30p
- Lector: C Vandervieren
- EMHCs: P & M Gilfoil
- 6/4 9:30a
- Servers: W Sullivan & A Colllins
- Lector: A Oliver
- EMHCs: K Collins/L Magoun
- 6/10 8:00p
- Lector: C Vandervieren
- EMHCs: A Farlow & M Rome
- 6/11 9:30a
- Servers: C Donham & M Wood
- Lector: B Sullivan
- EMHCs: N & M Ernst
- 6/17 5:30p
- Lector: P Wilks
- EMHCs: B Wilks & L Bullard
- 6/18 9:30a
- Servers: P Collins & C Wood
- Lector: A Keene
- EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Ainslie Oliver Duff (June 6), Billy Marsh (June 8), Katie Book and AnnaBeth Book Collins (June 9)
Happy Anniversary Betty and Kenny Smith (June 1)
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),Julia Moberly, 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: Ethan Beene, Courtney Ernst, Norman Ernst, Anna Ginn, Matt Hall, Nick Hall, Chris Hall, Kathleen Oliver, Maddie Oliver, Blake Sullivan, Lori Sullivan, Brice Wood
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.