From The Font
"’Ask something of me and I will give it to you.’ Solomon answered: ‘O LORD, my God… Give your servant... an understanding heart to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong.’”
King Solomon is known for his wisdom. Surely, God gave him a huge dose of it, but perhaps the most astounding part of the story of the wisdom of Solomon is right here at the beginning. Solomon is wise enough to know that he isn’t as wise as he needs to be. The wisdom of recognizing our limitations in the light of God’s greatness and of the gravity of His commands is humility. St. Augustine called humility the only virtue that one really needs to be a follower of Jesus. All of the great saints exhibited heroic humility in one way or another. Many modern writers want to reframe humility as just another word for awe (which used to be called “fear of the Lord”). Humility is certainly required as a prerequisite for awe in the Lord - but they aren’t the same thing. Humility is a realization about the self.
While humility can be a natural disposition, it can also be learned. The most obvious starting place is thankfulness. If I were to take five minutes in my day - perhaps after arriving home from work - to make a list on paper of a few concrete things for which I can be thankful in that day, I will see my dependence upon the goodness of God and of others. I will realize my need for them. I will see clearly, little by little, my own shortcomings. Note, though, that I won’t see them just as failures to live up to an arbitrary standard, but as real, concrete moments in which I lacked the power or the will to provide for myself. I will see my limitations in the context of others’ goodness! That’s a powerful tool toward spiritual growth.
As I build an awareness of my thankfulness for others, I can’t help but grow in all the other virtues as well. My faith in others will buttress my faith in God. My hope and charity will naturally increase. I will be more just and prudent in my treatment of others and I will see my own limitations not as a hindrance but as a gift from the Lord meant to connect me with those around me.
In all of this, though, neither the thankfulness nor the humility are the real goal, they are merely the means to attain it.
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
School is almost upon us - Come Holy Spirit!! I actually love the school year. I’ve always loved the idea of consciously transitioning into a state of focus and attention. It’s such a human thing. With the school year comes our weekly youth catechism program which has been called CCD. In speaking with a lot of folks, I’ve found that our CCD program has one fatal flaw that no one has a good solution to: attendance. We’re all busy nowadays. Our families and the kids who make up our CCD groups are at the lake one weekend and at basketball practice the next Sunday. There are dances, clubs, study groups, vacations, sleepovers and a hundred other things that keep our kids from being present on Sunday here at St. Edward.
Sadly, these same things that keep us from consistent Sunday attendance here at St. Edward will keep us from consistent attendance on Wednesday or any other day of the week. We live is a busy culture and trying to find a regular time in which all of our kids can fit their faith into their schedule is basically impossible.
I don’t want to pretend that isn’t a problem. It’s a big, gigantic, oh-my-God problem that salvation and getting into heaven has to take a back seat to sports, sleepovers and study groups. But that problem isn’t new and it’s not going to be overcome by sheer force of will…
SO. The solution I’ve devised has two parts. FIRST, I am asking that the head of each family in our parish make a solemn commitment before God and before the community to provide for the religious education of his or her kids. While the parish can’t reasonably find a time for everyone to meet, mom or dad can surely find one hour per week to sit with the kids either as a group or individually and provide for their religious education. This does two things for us. First, it puts education where it belongs - in the hands of the parent. And second, it shows the kids that mom and\or dad prioritize their faith. It’s important; it matters.
SECOND, I am going to provide simple, clear, age appropriate texts for parents to use in their one hour per week and I am going to provide coffee and donuts in the hall every weekend after Sunday Mass and explain that week’s lesson. I’m going to take questions and give you all you need to know to teach the lesson. My lessons will be short and specific. I don’t expect to speak for more than 15 minutes on any given Sunday (less if I can) and I intend to be here for you via phone or email if you have any questions or if junior has some questions. All in all, this model of instruction is going to be harder on all of us. It’s more challenging for you; it’s more challenging for me; it’s more challenging for the kids. It will not be a smooth transition. There will be some hiccups. But I hope that each of us is willing to give it a try. I hope that just as we’re willing to put in the time for sports and parties and dances, we’re willing to give one extra hour each week to the Lord in teaching our kids.
More info to come and everything will start officially in the middle of September.
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
For Your Information:
CHANGE MASS SCHEDULE FOR AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER… Please mark your personal calendars now for August and September when Father Ryan will be helping out at Waterproof and St. Joseph while Father Peter is on vacation. Our Masses for those months will be Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m.
THE SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY. The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Tuesday, Aug. 15) is a Holy Day of Obligation
The Voice of the Basket
- Weekly Budget FY 2016-17 $1,865
- June Budget $7,460
- June Income (Reg $7502; Bldg $541) $8,043
- June Actual Expenses $6,764
- July Budget $9,325
- Collection July 22/23 $1,855
- July Income to Date $7,703
Stewardship “The law of Your mouth is to me more precious than thousands of gold and silver pieces,” says the Psalmist today. Does the amount of my offering suggest that I could honestly say the same?
Mass Intentions for the Coming Week
Altar Candles this week are provided by Betty Smith
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 7/29 5:30p
- Lector: MA Gilfoil
- EMHCs: L Bullard & C VanderVieren
- 7/30 9:30a
- Servers: P Collins & C Wood
- Lector: B Sullivan
- EMHCs: N & M Ernst
- 8/5 5:30p
- Lector: C VanderVieren
- EMHCs: A Farlow & L Magoun
- 8/6 9:30a
- Servers: C Sullivan & H Ellerbee
- Lector: K Collins
- EMHCs: A Keene & B Smith
- 8/12 5:30p
- Lector: L Bullard
- EMHCs: P & M Gilfoil
- 8/13 9:30a
- Servers: W Sullivan & A Collins
- Lector: A Oliver
- EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Edmond Copes (July 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, and Delia Trichell.
Our parishioners who are under full-time care: Frances Kennedy, Andrew Lombardo, Sue and Joe Scurria. 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), 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), Diane Johnson (Johnson), Jim Johnson(Dyer), 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), Austin Parker (Wilks), Addison Petracca (S Marsh), Debbie Pettis (Rome), Wayne Pitre (Gilfoil), Dana Rogers (Dyer), Bailey Rome, Lee Rome, Tiffney Rome, Dianne W. Roper (Murphy), 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 collegiates: 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.