From The Font
“How inscrutable are His judgments and how unsearchable His ways!”
Modern “science” is actually not all that scientific. It’s based upon a goofy philosophical system called “positivism” which also goes by the generic name “materialism.” Modern scientific positivism basically believes that every mystery in the universe is just a problem to be solved and that the answers will all fit together. That’s not science, it’s philosophy. And, in fact, it’s bad philosophy. That’s why so much modern science ends up being bad science.
A child can try all he or she wants to understand why mommy and daddy won’t given them ten cookies. That kid can sulk all day about not being able to run with scissors or to climb on the roof of the house. They can cry about not getting the $899 playset or the same toys their rich neighbors get… The child simply can’t comprehend the big picture. Now imagine that this child has Albert Einstein and Marie Curie for parents… Now try to understand the mind of true genius! Now what if that child has one of the great men or women in the history of the world for a parent… What about Plato’s kid or Augustine’s kid? What about the children of Francis Bacon?
We’d have to multiply the plight of those kids by a trillion to compare our understanding of ourselves and the world\universe in which we live to the mind of God. God dwells outside of time. He has total knowledge, not concepts or ideas, but total knowledge. God loves us in ways that we can’t even describe, let alone comprehend!
And so St. Paul in his letter to the Romans wonders at the judgements and ways of God and he reminds his readers that while we have put together some words to describe God’s revelation of Himself and while we have what we think are sophisticated understandings of the world in which we live - we really know nothing! We’re children who have figured out that if we press the sand into the bucket real hard, it’ll stay in that shape until it rains on the dog steps on it! That’s where we are in the real big picture. And so we can wonder with St. Paul: “how inscrutable are His judgments and how unsearchable His ways!”
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
One of the things I always forget when I’m instructing folks who are becoming Catholic is that little list of rules and recommendations that we’re all just supposed to know… 50 years ago, we could assume that we would absorb those little rules by osmosis, but nowadays we just don’t have the culture backing us up and so it’s easy to forget some little things that really do matter. So, from time to time, I plan to use this column to provide a little refresher on Catholic stuff that easily slips through the cracks…
Fasting before Holy Communion The rule from about 250 AD until about 1950 was that in order to receive Holy Communion, you had to fast from midnight until the time you received. In the 1950s, that rule was changed so that you only had to fast for three hours before Mass started. Then, in the 60s, the fast was reduced even further to one hour before Holy Communion. (You can certainly choose to fast longer! It’s good for the soul.) The one hour fast is pretty easy considering the first half of Mass takes half an hour. So the rule, as it stands, is that anyone who intends to receive Holy Communion must not eat or drink anything except water and medicine for one full hour before Holy Communion. In practice here at St. Edward, that means fasting for at least 30 minutes before Mass begins. So if you absentmindedly swig some coffee as you’re walking out of the house for Mass, then just don’t receive Holy Communion that day - easy enough.
Friday Abstinence from Meat Years ago, Catholics were called “Mackerel Snappers” because Catholic were forbidden from eating meat on Fridays - not just during Lent, but all year long. That rule hasn’t changed. Catholics are still bound by the law of our Church to abstain from meat every Friday of the year in remembrance of the Crucifixion of Jesus. The only change that has been made to that rule is that on Fridays outside of Lent, a Catholic can swap another simple penance for the meat abstinence if they have a good reason. So, in general, I ought not to eat meat on any Friday. BUT, we’re having a birthday celebration and we want to grill steaks. No problem! But we need to plan to offer another simple penance in place of the one we’re not offering. So maybe I skip breakfast on Friday morning. Maybe I get up an hour early and sacrifice a little sleep… The penance doesn’t need to be severe, it just needs to keep the Crucifixion of Jesus in our minds.
While these seem like small things, these little penances help to bring our faith outside the doors of the Church and into our daily lives. The more our faith gets locked up in the Church, the more we struggle to see how and why Jesus is working in our lives and the harder we have to work to maintain our lives of prayer. As we engage in concrete, structured spiritual actions outside of Mass, we can start to see why Jesus says that prayer includes praying, fasting and almsgiving… Our faith isn’t just a mental or spiritual thing - it’s a physical, tangible thing as well.
Calendar of Events
- Confessions every Wed, Fri & Sat from 5p until Mass at 5:30p and on Sun from 9a until 9:30a Mass
- September 17 - Potluck Social for the Third Quarter following Sunday Mass -- Parish Hall
- September 19 - NO Parish Council in Sept as Fr Ryan will be attending a Priest’s Convocation
For Your Information:
MASS SCHEDULE FOR SEPTEMBER Please mark your personal calendars for September when Father Ryan will be helping out at Waterproof and St. Joseph while Father Peter K is on vacation. Our Weekend Masses for Sepember will be Saturday at 6 pm and Sunday at 9 am.
THIRD QUARTER SOCIAL will be a Pot Luck Brunch following the Sunday Mass on September 17th. The Third 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 will have the tables set up, the A/C going, etc so dig out a favorite recipe to bring and enjoy!
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 19/20 $1,403
- August Income to Date $6,111
In today’s readings, St. Paul reminds the Romans that all things come from God: “For from Him and through Him and for Him all things are.” Good stewards understand that all is gift and share generously the gifts of time,talent,and treasure with which they’ve been blessed.
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 Darryl, Sr. and Jack Ellerbee/family
- Sun 9:00a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
- Mon No Mass
- Tue 5:30p In memory of John and Marie Johnson
- Wed 9:00a In memory of Rosa Gremshell (Olive Branch)
- Thu 5:30p In memory of Tommy Bagby/VanderVieren
- Fri 5:30p In memory of Marie Phillips Michele/Weaver
- Sat 6:00p In memory of Sarah and Charlie Phillips (anniv)/Hodge
- Sun 9:00a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
Altar Candles this week are provided by Margo Corulla
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 8/26 6:00p
- Lector: MA Gilfoil
- 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: M Rome
- EMHCs: L Bullard & L Magoun
- 9/3 9:00a
- Servers: P Collins & C Wood
- Lector: A Keene
- EMHCs: N & M Ernst
- 9/9 6:00p
- Lector: P Wilks
- EMHCs: B Wilks & L Bullard
- 9/10 9:00a
- Servers: C Sullivan & H Ellerbee
- Lector: A Oliver
- EMHCs: K Collins & B Smith
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Bruce Copes (Aug 29), Alyce Keene (Aug 31), Chandler Brook Wood (Aug 31)
Happy Anniversary 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), Megan and Jim Lensing (Gilfoil), 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.
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.