St. Edward Parish Bulletin, Aug 20, 2017

St. Edward Parish Bulletin, Aug 20, 2017

From The Font

“It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.”

Many modern pastors have, with the best intentions, preached a caricature of Jesus. They’ve made Him out to be a sweetheart fella who just wants everyone to get along and Who is completely satisfied with anyone who tries - even a little - to “love” his or her neighbor, whatever that means. This imitation-jesus isn’t bothered by “the little sins” and he doesn’t let “dogma” or “error” get in the way of respecting an individual’s deeply held beliefs or understandings… That jesus is a lie!

The Jesus we meet in the Gospels - the real Jesus! - is here to get people to Heaven by establishing a Church which is fearless in teaching the Truth about God and Man and which will “worship in spirit and in truth.” This real Jesus is the one we meet in our Gospel today where the sincere and humble woman asks three times for a spiritual favor for her daughter. Jesus dismisses her twice with harsh and painful words. Only when she returns for the third time with faith and with perseverance and with powerfully humble love for her child does Jesus set aside His harsh tone and replace it with kindness - even joy - in her. “O woman, great is your faith!”

IF the point of this moment is merely to heal the child, then Jesus is stringing the woman along and making her jump through hoops. BUT, the story isn’t about the kid’s recovery. The story is about faith and it’s about suffering and it’s about perseverance and it’s about what real love for others looks like.

Jesus isn’t being a jerk just to be a jerk. He’s revealing what faith looks like. Faith is not about getting what we want. It’s not about manipulating God. What’s more, love isn’t about taking the easy road. Love is about emptying ourselves and doing whatever it takes for another. Love of God and faith are powerfully similar.

Jesus is telling us, through His actions and His words today, that faith CANNOT be easy. Love CANNOT be easy. Both of them take on meaning when they require sacrifice. They take on value when they require sacrifice. Easy faith and love are cheap. Real faith and love come through trial and challenge and suffering and perseverance.

Thoughts from Fr. Ryan

As a young man, I was a Boy Scout. Many parts of the Scout Oath and Scout Law and Scout Motto are well known. “Be Prepared” is the motto of the Boy Scouts. The Scout Oath includes the potent promise “to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.” Behind the scenes of Scouting, the work of training leaders comes down to three little letters which are as potent as the Scout Oath, Law and Motto put together: S.T.E. - Set The Example.

S.T.E. is, by far, the most powerful teaching tool I’ve ever learned or taught. A Scoutmaster or a Patrol Leader who sets an example of hard work and excellence has a good chance of inspiring those under his authority, but a leader who sets an example of uncareful attention or casual unconcern is all but guaranteed a weak following.

Most of my program for catechesis - both to our little ones and to all of us here at St. Ed - flows from this S.T.E. principle. This is always part of my curriculum when I prepare couples for Marriage and for the Baptism of their first child. Your example speaks loudly!

In this spirit, I want to call out something which is a serious concern for me here at St. Edward. This little Church community is a wonderful place! The people here are loving, genuine and generous. You’ve endured a lot and you’ve found a way to maintain a Catholic identity in a very non-Catholic environment. One way in which this Catholic identity is struggling, though, is in the casual way that we talk inside the Church…

Specifically, our Church is all too rarely a place of quiet prayer and meditation. Instead, it’s a place for chitchat. It’s a place for small talk before and even during Mass. After Mass, the Church is so loud that no one can hope to say a prayer of thanks to God for this Holy Communion! And while that may not seem like a big deal - it really, really is!

It speaks loudly - pun intended - about what believe about the Holy Eucharist. When we chit chat about trivial things before Mass - we’re saying that it doesn’t matter that Jesus is up there in that tabernacle… Who cares! This isn’t a place of prayer, it’s just a lobby… When we whisper - or just talk at full volume - we’re saying we don’t care if someone is trying to pray… Who cares! They can go look for a moment of quiet with the Lord somewhere else!

In an era where we all have phones and we talk and text five hundred times a day, it’s telling that we still feel the need to chit chat inside the Church. It’s telling that we can’t give the Lord an hour a week of quiet attention. It’s also frustrating for me, as a priest, that we’re setting an awful example for our kids! We’re ensuring that the next generation will also be chatty in Church. We’re ensuring that they will subconsciously see the Church as just another public building and not a dwelling place for the Lord Most High…

Sure, there are exceptions... Kids will be kids - that’s fine. Someone needs prayer - sure! But we also need think about where we are, Whose presence we’re in and what our example says to those around us.

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 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.

THIRD QUARTER SOCIAL… will be a Pot LuckThird Quarter (July, Aug, Sept) Social Committee - Shannon and Bart Wood and Betty and Kenny Smith, co-chairs, MaryKathryn Book, Kendra and Dave Collins, Connie and Dan Copes, Dana and Randy Dukes, Margaret and Pat Gilfoil, MaryAnne Gilfoil, Ann Keene, Natalie and Bryan Kneipp, Susie and Terry Murphy

The Voice of the Basket

  • Weekly Budget FY 2017-18 $1,905
  • July Budget $9,325
  • July Income (Reg $9,253; Bldg $760) $10,013
  • July Actual Expenses $9,763
  • August Budget $7,620
  • Collection August 13/14 $2,136
  • August Income to Date $4,708


In today’s second reading, St. Paul tells the Romans, “God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.” To what is God calling me today? What gifts are mine to share?

STEWARDSHIP OF TIME AND TALENT…Would you like to serve our faith family as a Lector or as a Eucharistic Minister? If so, please contact Libby Bullard (574-1736) for training.

STEWARDSHIP OF TIME/TALENT...If you would be interested in serving on the PASTORAL COUNCIL, please contact Father Ryan by text or phone and let him know of your willingness to serve if appointed.

Mass Intentions for the Coming Week

  • Sat 6:00p In memory of Thomas Trichell (death anniversary)/family
  • Sun 9:00a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
  • Mon No Mass
  • Tue 5:30p In memory of May DiTomasso
  • Wed 9:00a In memory of Lillie “MaMe” Jumonville(death anniv)/family Olive Branch
  • Thu 5:30p In memory of Conway Yarbrough/Murphy
  • Fri 5:30p For the Magoun’s Special Intention
  • Sat 6:00p In memory of Darryl, Sr. and Jack Ellerbee/family
  • Sun 9:00a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family

Altar Candles this week are provided by Betty Smith

Assistants at Holy Mass

  • 8/19 6:00p
    • Lector: A Farlow
    • EMHCs: MA Gilfoil & C VanderVieren
  • 8/20 9:00a
    • Servers: EL Marsh & C Marsh
    • Lector: B Sullivan
    • EMHCs: N & M Ernst
  • 8/26 6:00p
    • Lector: M Rome
    • EMHCs: P & B Wilks
  • 8/27 9:00a
    • Servers: C Donham & M Wood
    • Lector: B Sullivan
    • EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
  • 9/2 6:00p
    • Lector: MA Gilfoil
    • EMHCs: L Bullard & L Magoun
  • 9/3 9:00a
    • Servers: P Collins & C Wood
    • Lector: A Keene
    • EMHCs: N & M Ernst

Let us Rejoice in the Lord!

Happy Birthday Kim Donham (Aug 19), Elizabeth Crothers (Aug 21), Will Donham (Aug 23)

Happy Anniversary Louise and Dale Magoun (Aug 25), Mary Jane and Sidney Johnson (Aug 26), Kendra and Dave Collins (Aug 29)

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), 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), 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, 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), Bob Thomas (Bullard), Lazette Thomason (Dyer), David Thompson (Wilks), Elaine Trimble (Rome), 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.