From The Font
"What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light."
For what possible reason would Jesus conceal one of His teachings? Why teach the crowd in parables and withhold explanations from them as we see in the parable of the Sower and the Seeds? Why would Jesus keep certain teachings for the Apostles and then turn around and tell them to go out and make everything public?
If we believe the common Protestant misconception that Jesus came primarily to teach, heal and save people directly, then these decisions are just bonkers. They make no sense. If, however, we believe what the Catholic Church has taught from the beginning, we know that Jesus came specifically to establish a Church which would be the fulfillment of the Jewish Faith which God had established through Abraham. God chose a specific people and then at a chosen moment, He came to extend that chosen-ness to any and everyone who would accept it. (Remember the parable about the rich man who threw a wedding but no one showed up? Mt 22:1-14) God intended to extend that chosen-ness by establishing His Church on another individual person's act of obedience. As Abraham was willing obey God even to the death of his son Isaac, so Peter was willing to obey God even to His own death. God changed Abram's name to Abraham and Jesus changed Simon's name to Peter.
It was because Jesus fully intended to establish a visible, hierarchical Church that He taught the apostles some things which He did not teach the people. It was because Jesus fully intended to establish an institutional Church that He established a small group of VIPs, one of which was a betrayer. It was because Jesus intended this Church to have a specific way of prayer and belief that He offered Himself up for sacrifice at the same time that all the Jews were gathered in Jerusalem to sacrifice lambs for Passover. At every moment, the Church has understood Herself this way. Some Protestant theologians have tried to argue that the Church Jesus intended was a generic invisible body of believers, but our Gospel today makes that impossible. Jesus intended that a special group of leaders be set aside to make know His teaching after He ascended into Heaven.
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
Well, we're back to green vestments. It's "ordinary time" again. But have any of us ever really had any extended period of ordinary time in our lives? It seems like there's always something new and unexpected. Someone is sick; the car is broken down; the pipe needs fixing; we're out of milk; my money market account is up; an old friend was just ordained as a priest... There's always something!
Even though we tend to call this time on our Church calendar "Ordinary Time," that's actually a bit confusing. "Ordinary" can mean normal, unremarkable, boring or typical. But it can also mean "of or relating to ordinal numbers." Basically, ordinary time is actually counting time or numbered time. It's good to understand that because the Church isn't so naive as to think that half the year is simply ordinary and boring. Quite the opposite! The Church understands that no life is every really so simple!
On the other hand, there is a sense in which ordinary, boring, unremarkable moments are all around us. Sure, there’s something going on in the big picture of my life, but for the next two hours, I’ve got nothing. Maybe work is slow or events have conspired to give me a few days of rest this summer… Those moments really are ordinary, but they don’t have to be. In God, nothing is nothing… In fact, these handful of boring, ordinary moments may well be more important than the big, dramatic events ever could be… After all, we don’t really decide to be Christian in the dramatic moments. We really make that decision in the boring, ordinary moment that we choose to pray even though we don’t sense that we have to. We decide to follow Jesus when we obey His teaching and no one knows. It’s on that random Tuesday morning when we take some time for prayer. It’s on that Friday when we choose to fast from lunch.
It’s at that red light when we give someone a few bucks - even if they’re lying. It’s in the ordinary, boring moments that we really choose to follow Jesus… It’s in those moments that we decide where our hearts are directed.
And when we do, those moments become more remarkable and more important than when we are tested by trial or suffering. Those moments really are more important than when Lent comes and we are required to fast. Those little, insignificant moments really are everything. It’s the same with relationships, though, isn’t it? It’s when I bring my wife some flowers for no reason. It’s when I clean the house so mom won’t have to. It’s when I’m honest about something with my boyfriend or when I’m there to listen to my best friend go through a tough time. The marriage doesn’t happen at the wedding, it happens in a thousand little moments lived over years and being a Christian doesn’t happen at Sunday Mass, it’s happens in a thousand little moments that we call ordinary.
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
July 7 First Friday Devotions
For Your Information:
CONTACT INFORMATION...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.
WELCOME TO FATHER DEREK DUCOTE ….we are excited to have Father Derek here for the weekend Masses that are his first Masses at St Edward since his Ordination last Saturday at the Cathedral in Alexandria.
POTLUCK BRUNCH...following Sunday Mass in the Church Hall to celebrate with Father Derek. Please join in the celebration.
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 17/18 $866
- June Income to Date $3,506
Stewardship “Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed,” Jesus tells us in the Gospel today, “and nothing hidden that will not become known.” May our stewardship of God’s gifts be such that we would not be ashamed if it were seen in the clear light of day.
Special Collection Today we support the Holy Father in his charitable works. The Peter's Pence Collection is taken up worldwide to support the most disadvantaged: victims of war, oppression, and natural disasters and others in need of emergency assistance. Pope Benedict XVI once said, "It is necessary above all that every person be motivated by the authentic spirit of peace" (Homily, Jan. 1, 2011). Cast the peace of Christ upon the world -- please be generous in today's Collection.
Mass Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Father Ferre/Mills
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
- Mon No Mass
- Tue 5:30p In memory of John and Marie Johnson/family
- Wed 9:00a In memory of May DiTomasso @Olive Branch
- Thu 5:30p In memory of Rosa Gremshell
- Fri 5:30p In memory of Gus Gremshell
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Michael Mills (death anni 2nd)/family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
Altar Candles this week are provided by Margo Corulla
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Margo Corulla (June 26), Ellie Grace Beene (June 30)
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. For the repose of the soul of Angela Vilardo Lusk who died on Tuesday and whose funeral was held on Friday at St Edward.
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.