From The Font
“Mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.”
These words of St. Paul in his second letter to the Christians in Corinth reminds me a little too much of the words of Rodney King during the LA Riots of the early 1990s - “Can’t we all just get along?” St. Paul seems to forget that his audience is full of human beings. He might as well say “Be wonderful to each other and smile until your jaw hurts.” But we would be missing St. Paul’s genius.
St. Paul is writing as a pastor and he’s writing as someone who has a long-established relationship with his audience. He’s not writing to an anonymous group. Because he knows his flock, he can speak to their specific needs. Our passage in today’s second reading is also taken somewhat out of context. These words of encouragement come after a few chapters of tough love. St. Paul scolds the Corinthians for being lukewarm and for playing politics within the Church… And so his words here are not so much about rainbows and sunshine as they are a positive restatement of his challenges earlier on.
It’s easy for us pass by scripture passages like this either because they seem impossible or because they seem like cutesy Hallmark cards or because they come from an anonymous source… This is double easy if we don’t find ourselves being challenged enough to find in these words some needed encouragement.
However we hear them, though, we ought not to let them pass us by. Encouragement to excellence is important. In fact, it’s crucial… In a world where almost everyone has a self-help book based on whatever gimmick they can find, the Lord tells us what is truly good. And even if those words are familiar - even if they are familiar to the point of banality - that doesn’t mean they aren’t good and right and true. In fact, when they have become too familiar, we may need to make an effort to challenge ourselves a bit more toward holiness!
The most central command of Jesus in terms of living the Christian life is that we must “take up our cross and follow after Him.” If we’re doing that work well, we are surely going to need every little bit of encouragement we can get our hands on! Come Holy Spirit and encourage us!!
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
There’s an old Latin saying: “Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi, Lex Vivendi.” It translates to something like “The ordering of prayer becomes the ordering of belief, and these become the ordering of life.” What it means is that the way in which we pray intensely influences what we believe and, thus, the way we live our lives. If our prayers are simplistic and childish, then our beliefs will be simplistic and even shallow and our living of our Christian faith will lack depth and courage. That’s ok if we happen to be children, but it’s not so good if we are adults. If our prayers are vague and lack nuance, our beliefs will be vague and so our Christian life will be undirected and disordered.
We’ve seen this reality play out in the past decades as fewer and fewer Catholics are praying traditional prayers and meditating upon classic spiritual masterworks. Since the 1960s, the Mass has been forced to absorb nearly 100% of the spiritual life of the parish. Gone are the beautiful novenas offered to St. Isidore for the crops and to St. Therese for the children and to St. Thomas for the school year and to Our Lady of Prompt Succor for the Hurricane Season. These prayers had so much depth and so much heart. Too often, even in my own time as pastor, the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus has gone unsaid (mostly because I forgot the sheets in the sacristy - but still…).
These prayers are far more powerful teachers than an abstract talk on theology or a bible study on one of the Gospels. These prayers impact not only our minds, but our hearts and souls as well.
It’s hard not to draw a connection between the general loss of the spiritual life in many Catholic Churches around the world and the general loss of understanding of our Catholic Faith. And each successive generation finds itself a little less equipped to speak to what we believe or - and this matters more- WHY we believe it. And without knowing what we believe and why we believe it, how can we seriously considering making those truths part of our lives. If I don’t know what food is healthy how can I eat healthy? Moreso, if I know that something like Brussel Sprouts are supposed to be healthy, but I don’t know why they’re healthy or even why healthy eating matters - how will I overcome their flavor or their effect upon my stomach?
This Sunday is the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity. It’s the Sunday we celebrate the most challenging theological teaching in the Church - who is God in Himself and why do I care? Surely, most folks in history have never been able to give a thorough answer to that question without years of study. Nowadays, though, too few people even know where to start and fewer still seem to care enough to expend the mental energy even to take up the question! I don’t think that it matters who is to blame or where our present state came from. It matters what we can do about it to build up knowledge, understanding and confidence in Catholics of all ages.
This principle of prayer influencing belief and both influencing life is where the rubber meets the road. No course of intellectual instruction will get us where we need to be in understanding who God is and why that matters to us - but well formed prayers and devotions will get us there almost without trying. It has worked in every place and throughout every moment in history and - despite what we’re told - our time is no different than any other.
Once the summer ends, I hope you’ll all take advantage of some of the upcoming devotional activities here at Church which we’ll be offering to up our game on prayer, belief and life!
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 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.
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 3/4 $2,053
- June Income to Date $2,053
Stewardship The Gospel today is sometimes called “the Gospel in miniature” because it so concisely sums up the Gospel Message. In even more condensed form, ”God loved...God gave…” it is the paradigm for stewardship--we give because we love.
Mass Intentions for the Coming Week
- 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
- Mon - Fri No Mass, Fr Ryan on Vacation
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Father Ferre/Magoun
- 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
- 6/10 5:30p
- Lector: P Wilks
- EMHCs: A Farlow & M Rome
- 6/11 9:30a
- Servers: C Donham & M Wood
- Lector: B Sullivan
- EMHCs: N & M Ernst
- 6/17 8:00p
- Lector: C Vandervieren
- EMHCs: B Wilks & L Bullard
- 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: EL Marsh & C Marsh
- Lector: TBA
- EMHCs: N & M Ernst
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday MaryKathryn Book (June 13), Emily Ginn (June 14), Connie Copes (June 15), Margaret Gilfoil (June 16) 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.