From The Font
“Wrath and anger are hateful things, yet the sinner hugs them tight.”
Most modern people tend to believe that Human Nature has somehow evolved and that our era is more civilized and “advanced” than people of the ancient or medieval world. This is, of course, total nonsense. Every sin boils down to the sin of Eve - she wanted to take for herself what was God’s by deciding for herself right from wrong. Human nature hasn’t changed at all in the last 500 or the last 2500 years. Donald Trump is very much like Julius Caesar just as Barack Obama was very much like the Tiberius Gracchus or Louis XVI. Human nature is what it is because we are created in the image and likeness of God and at the same time we are limited by our bodies, by our perception of time and by our lack of context and perception. That cannot and will not change in this life.
Given the constancy of human nature, we find in the scriptures profound insights into ourselves. Anyone sitting at an AA meeting would echo the sentiment quoted above. The addict hates his vice and yet hugs it tight.
Most of us hate our sinful habits - whether they be gossip or uncharity or unchastity. We hate them and yet we return to them again and again. If we were wise, we would realize the wisdom of the ages and do what Christians have done to conquer these vices for twenty centuries. We would go to confession frequently, practice virtues which oppose our vices and seek accountability among our friends and family to help us avoid “the near occasion of sin.”
Modern man’s belief in his own sufficiency causes us to believe that we should be able to rid ourselves of any behaviors we don’t like by sheer force of will. That we have the strength within us… What we just need the right trick, the right diet, the right poster of a cat hanging from a clothesline… But human nature being what it is - and it is what it is, we can’t master ourselves without first being mastered by the Lord. It’s only in surrender that we find freedom and in servitude that we find self-sufficiency. These things seems like paradoxes to the modern man, but they’re simply the proven wisdom of a hundred generations of Christians.
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
In my sermon this past weekend, I posed the question of what does it mean to be my brother’s keeper and what does it mean to love those people that I care about. The questions aren’t trivial - quite the opposite. There’s a fine line between what is truly good for someone and what I would like that person to do with his or her life.
This week, I’ll be in New Orleans with about 400 priests from around Louisiana asking some tough questions about leadership, about the Church and about serious matters that we’re facing as our culture implodes around us. And while it’s good for priests, who are specialists in religious ministry, to gather and discuss these things, it’s even better for you, who are the recipients of religious ministry, to chime in! Early in his pontificate, Pope Francis said ¡Hagan Lio! (“Make some noise!”) You need to make your voice heard. If your pastor isn’t feeding you spiritually and religiously, then YOU have a duty to make some noise. If a neighboring pastor or another religious specialist (a catechist or a CCD teacher) isn’t getting the job done for you or for your loved ones, make some noise!
I sent out a pastoral letter this week that included a religious questionnaire asking you about what you and your family prioritize. I asked you what events caught your attention and I really want to know the honest answers. I am SO VERY APPRECIATIVE of your kind words to me and of you genuine love and affection. I really, really am. But the scriptures remind “shepherds of souls” that praise will be like ash heaped upon my head if souls are not saved. I have proposed and I believe strongly that the first step toward making our parish here a vibrant community that turns out saints and not merely religious people is identifying our missteps and being honest about where we are and where we should be. This questionnaire is an essential step in that process.
This past week, I took a few hours to rewatch Apollo 13 starring Tom Hanks and Ed Harris. In that incredible true story, Astronaut Jack Swigert is asked by Mission Control to “stir the tanks.” That routine procedure exposes a faulty part in the spacecraft which promptly explodes and causes the Oxygen supply to vent into the vacuum of space. Alarms go off everywhere and Mission Control spins into chaos. The director of mission control, Gene Kranz, calls for silence and says, “Let's look at this thing from a... um, from a standpoint of status. What do we got on the spacecraft that's good?" It turns out that they have quite a lot on the spacecraft that’s good and through honest self-evaluation and a genuine recognition that failure is not an option, NASA brought those astronauts home safely.
Our Catholic Church and St. Edward in particular has the supreme Good of Jesus Christ and the sacramental life of the Church which is more than enough to bring all of us safely into eternal life, but that’s not an automatic outcome… We need the same honest self-evaluation and failure is not an option attitude that Gene Kranz and Jim Lovell brought to Apollo 13. So please be honest and thorough when you submit your questionnaire!
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
- Sunday Morning Catechism in the Hall after the 9:30a Mass unless otherwise indicated
- September 17 - Potluck Social for the Third Quarter following Sunday Mass -- Parish Hall
- September 19 - NO Parish Council in Sept (Fr Ryan attending the Louisiana Priest’s Convocation)
- September 24 - SUNDAY MORNING CATECHISM (for adults & kids) begins following Mass (about 10:30 a.m.) in the Church Hall.
- November 19 - Community Thanksgiving Service hosted by St. Edward Catholic Church
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 September will be Saturday at 6 pm and Sunday at 9 am.
THIRD QUARTER SOCIAL… will be a Pot Luck Brunch following the Sunday Mass this weekend, 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!
PRAYER FOR HURRICANE SEASON… O God, Master of this passing world, hear the humble voices of your children. The Sea of Galilee obeyed your order and returned to its former quietude; you are still the Master of land and sea. We live in the shadow of a danger over which we have no control. The Gulf, like a provoked and angry giant, can awake from its seeming lethargy, overstep its conventional boundaries, invade our land and spread chaos and disaster. During this hurricane season, we turn to You, O loving Father. Spare us from past tragedies whose memories are still so vivid and whose wounds seem to refuse to heal with the passing of time. O Virgin, Star of the Sea, Our Beloved Mother, we ask you to plead with your Son in our behalf so that spared from the calamities common to this area and animated with a true spirit of gratitude, we will walk in the footsteps of your Divine Son to reach the heavenly Jerusalem where a stormless eternity awaits us. Amen (Fr. Al Volpe, Cameron Parish, LA, originally dedicated to the victims of Hurricane Audrey in 1957)
SPECIAL COLLECTION...Archbishop Jose Gomez, vice president of the USCCB, has asked for a special collection to be held this weekend (September 16/27) for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey. Funds given to the collection will support the humanitarian and recovery efforts of Catholic Charities USA and will provide pastoral and rebuilding support to impacted dioceses through the USCCB. The USCCB is working closely with affected local dioceses, Catholic Charities USA and St. Vincent de Paul, along with other relief organizations, to assess the needs on the ground. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the families that have lost loved ones and to all who have lost homes and businesses along with their sense of peace and normalcy,” said Archbishop Gomez. “Our prayerful and financial support is urgently needed.”
SECOND COLLECTION NEXT WEEK IS “TAX-FREE...” Each Church parish is assessed certain monthly fees for certain expenses of the diocese, one of which is for retired priests. Once a year, the bishop encourages each parish to take a special collection which funds that fee… And so the special collection is not assessed by the diocese and don’t count toward our “taxable” income. Next weekend is this collection. (Note: “tax” is a bad word for what we provide for the diocese. It’s a metaphor that we all understand, but we’re not just paying a percentage to “the man.” We’re funding the Bishop’s work in all sorts of areas which is important and good. In this case, “tax” isn’t quite the four-letter word that we usually think it is.)
The Voice of the Basket
- Weekly Budget FY 2017-18 $1,917
- August Budget $7,620
- August Income (Reg $7,585; Bldg $504) $8,089
- August Actual Expenses $8,714
- September Budget $7,668
- Collection September 2/3 $1,494
- September Income to Date $3,411
Stewardship Stewardship is not optional! “none of us lives as his own master and none of us dies as his own master, says St Paul. “While we live we are responsible to the Lord,and when we die we die as his servants.”
Special Collection this weekend (September 16/17)for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey. See notes on insert for details. Next weekend Sept 23/24, we will participate in the Retired Priests collection for our priests who have reached retirement age after years of faithful and dedicated service to the Diocese. With costs continually escalating, the monthly retirement benefit for our 18 retirees must be adjusted periodically as well. Your generosity helps to assure that the needs of our retired priests will continue to be met, and you are asked to keep them in your prayers. See also notes.
Mass Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 6:00p In memory of A J S “Jackie” Jumonville/family
- Sun 9:00a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
- Mon-Thu No Mass
- Fri 6:00p In memory of Rosa Gremshell
- Sat 6:00p In memory of Father Ferre/Thompson and Mills 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
- 9/16 6:00p
- Lector: P Gilfoil
- EMHCs: MA Gilfoil & M Gilfoil
- 9/17 9:00a
- Servers: W Sullivan & A Collins
- Lector: Preston & Carter
- EMHCs: N & M Ernst
- 9/23 6:00p
- Lector: M Rome
- EMHCs: L Bullard & MA Gilfoil
- 9/24 9:00a
- Servers: EL Marsh & C Marsh
- Lector: P Wilks
- EMHCs: B Wilks & L Magoun
- 9/30 6:00p
- Lector: A Farlow
- EMHCs: C VanderVieren & A Keene
- 10/1 9:00a
- Servers: TBA
- Lector: A Oliver
- EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Natalie Kneipp (Sept 16), Bruin Johnson (Sept 18), “Bugs” Brown (Sept 23), Leslye Ellerbee (Sept 25) Happy Anniversary Isabell and Sylvester Hernandez (Sept 23) Celebrating 50 YEARS!!!!
In Our Daily Prayers…
Our Holy Father Pope Francis and Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI; our Bishop David Talley and Bishop-Emeritus Ronald Herzog. Our President, our Governor, our Mayor and our national, state and local elected representatives, our family and friends who have been impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
Our parishioners who are sick, shut-in, or otherwise in need of our prayers: Pat Bullard, Connie Copes, Elizabeth Crothers, Susan Gilfoil, Billy Hodge, Brian Johnson (in Houston), Bill Kennedy, Brian and Natalie Kneipp, Becky and Michael Lancaster, Dale Magoun, Kathleen Mills, Sue Rome, Juanita Storey, 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), 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), Kelly Southern (Wilks), Lazette Thomason (Dyer), David Thompson (Wilks), Elaine Trimble (Rome), Teresa Vidrine (Wilks), 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.