From The Font
“Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you."
Our world is multicultural. Lots of people with very, very different beliefs mix and interact right next to one another. We tend to think that this is normal. But we ought to question that. After all, multiculturalism first became a thing when God punished humanity after the whole Tower of Babel incident. Diversity began as punishment. At Pentecost, God overcame this diversity and called folks from all languages and cultures into the unity of the Church... "One faith, one hope, one baptism, one God and Father of All."
Today's Gospel - more than any other - challenges our modern notion that diversity of belief is a good thing. Jesus says that everyone - EVERYONE - who wants to have life within them must - MUST - eat His flesh and drink His blood. It's important to note here that after saying this, a lot of folks abandon Jesus. And when they leave, Jesus makes zero attempt to soften His message. He doesn't say "I was being symbolic" or "God is merciful" or "let me help you to understand my message in some other way." He explains Himself in brutal and repetitive detail. Even His disciples are freaked out. But Jesus leaves it as it is - if you want life, you need the Holy Eucharist. Period. Does that mean that everyone who isn't Catholic is going to burn in hell? Well, that's not what Jesus said. He spoke about Hell in other places, but here, He surely painted a painfully clear picture of how we are to live a life in His Holy Spirit... Today's Gospel is far from a soft message of inclusion and acceptance that the world tries to force upon the Gospel. Today, Jesus reminds us that He didn't come with suggestions, but with commandments. Jesus didn’t come to propose some interesting ideas, He came to tell us about the tools that we are being offered to go to Heaven. We can, surely, choose not to take up those tools and try to get into Heaven by our own power - but that would seem to be a risk of unsurpassable consequences. Especially, since the tools are freely available and ready at hand! As we consider the Holy Eucharist today, let us approach Him with both reverence and thanksgiving!
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
Vatican II says that the Holy Eucharist is the "source and summit" of our Catholic faith... The council doesn't teach that it should be, but that it is. In the last decades, Sunday Mass has changed a lot and things have gone from generally formal to generally casual. Folks have gotten into the habit of receiving Holy Communion in the hand rather than on the tongue. Folks have gotten comfortable receiving Holy Communion standing rather than kneeling. We don't generally keep a reverent silence in the Church. We don't really dress up to go to Mass anymore. We tend to prefer more and more simplicity in our services. We tend to like it when the priest is less formal, less ritual and more engaging. In that same time, surveys and polls tell us that fewer and fewer Catholic believe that Jesus is truly present in the Holy Eucharist. In the 90s, the statistic was about 50%. Now, the number is even lower, especially among the Millennials. It may sound blunt, but I'm not really surprised. Think about those things which we consider valuable... The diamonds in the Jewelry shop are secured and protected by an armed guard and bulletproof glass. The cash in the ATM is locked away and a sticker reminds us that we're already on camera. Even the fancy pants at Walmart have a security tag. We know that these things are valuable and so we go to serious lengths to keep people from mistreating them. At Mass, though, we've gotten so comfortable and so casual with the Mysteries of our Faith that we tend to treat them with a sense of ordinariness. I'm speaking here broadly of many Churches in which I've served, but some of these things apply to us locally, too. Originally, the Church allowed Holy Communion in the hand only in certain missionary areas. Many American priests, swept up in the spirit of the 60s, told their congregations to ignore the law and follow the spirit in their hearts. And so, through no fault of their own, the faithful were swept up into disobedience. The same thing happened with the redesign of Churches, the changeup in Sacred Music, the loss of formal dress and the rise of casual talk in Church. None of these things seems to have been good for anyone, but they have become the norm and momentum has kept them alive.
On this feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus, I'm not calling for any specific change in practice. I’m not wagging a finger or saying that anyone anywhere has any bad intention or malicious intent. Rather, I’m saying that there’s a connection between our outward actions and our interior belief.
And so, I would encourage us all to pray to the Holy Spirit for wisdom and I would encourage us to consider things that we may not have thought about in a long time. How do I receive Holy Communion? When and how did I decide to receive in my hand or on my tongue. How do I dress for Mass (when I’m not in a rush or forced to dress down)? Am I in the habit of talking in Church? Do I believe rightly that the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, Second Person of the Holy Trinity, Truly God and Truly Man is present in St. Edward Church upon the altar? Based upon that belief, do my choices, actions and decisions reflect that belief to others?
Oftentimes, the questions are more important than the answers because the questions give the Holy Spirit room to move with us. The Lord can do so much when we set aside ourselves and allow Him to move within us… Of course, this is especially true when we receive Holy Communion. So, may today be a day of openness to God and spiritual growth!
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 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:
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 late on June 23. First Mass after his vacation will be June 24.
WELCOME Seminarian Jacob Cass is spending June and July with us before returning to St Joseph Seminary in Covington in August. To reach him, you may call 318-264-3227.
The Voice of the Basket
- Weekly Budget FY 2016-17 $1,865
- May Budget $7,460
- May Income (Reg $5,807; Bldg $376) $6,183
- May Actual Expenses $6,332
- June Budget $7,460
- Collection June 10/11 $2,611
- June Income to Date $2,640
Stewardship The Scriptures today remind us that “we, many though we are,are one body for we all partake of the one loaf” How are we using our gifts of time and talent to build up the body of Christ?
Mass Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Father Ferre/Magoun
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
- Mon - Fri No Mass, Father on Vacation
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Father Ferre/Mills
- 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
- 6/17 5:30p
- Lector: C Vandervieren
- EMHCs: L Bullard & volunteer
- 6/18 9:30a
- Servers: P Collins & C Wood
- Lector: A Keene
- EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
- 6/24 5:30p
- Lector: MA Gilfoil
- EMHCs: A Farlow & C VanderVieren
- 6/25 9:30a
- Servers: C Marsh
- Lector: Blake Sullivan
- EMHCs: N Ernst
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Margo Corulla (June 26) Happy Anniversary Beth and Chip Sullivan (June 19)
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), Paul Meeks, 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.