From The Font
“After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard.“
In the Roman provinces - those areas loosely governed by Rome which stretched from Spain to Turkey - between the 1st century BC and the 3rd century AD a typical daily wage was a single Denarius. A Denarius was a gold colored coin made of some percentage gold or silver depending on the year of mint.
It’s difficult to describe the economic situation in the Roman provinces because local economies were based upon barter first and cash second. Currency wasn’t all that good because tax collecting was a privatized industry rather a governmental process. Individuals or corporations would bid for the right to collect taxes in area, then they would milk the area for every cent they could and keep everything over and above what they bid for the contract. So barter was the more important part of the economy. The cash mattered as a way of getting goods right away, but investment and saving just wasn’t possible under Rome.
When Jesus tells the story of the day laborers, He is speaking about something everyone knew. In some ways, He’s even connecting this story to the Manna in the Desert, which spoiled when someone tried to collect more than a single day’s worth, and to the Lamb at Passover, which could only be eaten on the day of the feast. This daily wage, in today’s Gospel, is given each day and is required each day. There’s no way to save it up and there’s no way to make it without daily work. That’s a good message for each of us in this world where we are tempted to reduce our faith to a once-a-week activity. Christianity can’t work as an occassional thing. It is as much a way of encountering life and the world as it is a series of rules or rituals. Jesus calls for us to become something new. To experience a change of heart which gives us the courage to live and to die for Him in the specific circumstances of our daily lives. Jesus isn’t looking to give us a long weekend or to help us find a way to make our spiritual currency work for us - He’s giving us a way to cash in far above and beyond the expectations of this world and it’s small dreams.
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
Some aspects of our faith aren’t necessary. It doesn’t matter if you can cogently explain the historical periods of the Old Testament prophets. It helps if you want to understand the Bible, of course, but you don’t need it to get to heaven. The same is true of the Church’s teaching on human cloning or just war. Unless you’re a scientist or a politician, it’s just not essential.
Other things, though, have a profound impact upon daily life. Why do bad things happen to good people? How do I master my emotions and why should I? What is the purpose of this life? Is there a right way to attain happiness? Why don’t things like wealth, success, physical gratification and the like provide lasting satisfaction? These things are really, really important. As with school subjects, foundations and applications don’t always seem important or relevant, but they are. I’m kicking off our new religious education program this weekend. After Mass, we’ll have coffee and donuts in the hall and a 15-20 minute presentation on our Faith which corresponds to a section in the age appropriate texts which will be provided for everyone.
This isn’t CCD. This isn’t busy work. Your time is valuable and so is mine - I have no intention of wasting it. You have copies of the curriculum which I’ve prepared.
Parents, you have a moral obligation which you took upon yourself when you approached the Church for the Baptism of your child. You are the first and best teachers of your kids. You are not only teaching them facts and perspective, but also priority. Your kids know what matters to you and what doesn’t. Even if I were a world class educator with a dozen letters after my name, I wouldn’t be able to impart what you can impart in 30 minutes after supper on a random Tuesday. My job is to give you the tools that you need to teach your kids how to know, love and serve God and be judged by Him worthy of entry into eternal life. These short talks on Sunday morning allow me to do that in a way which is far, far better than a sermon.
Sermons are oriented toward applying spiritual principles to daily life and they take place in the context of Mass. Context matters. A comedian once said that there’s a fine line between a long sermon and a hostage situation. Talks in a casual environment allow for interaction and for consideration which is necessary. Your kids are certainly welcome and encouraged to sit and listen as well, but YOU, parents, are the teachers, not me. YOU have to be willing to impart the sense of priority as well as the facts and ideas.
Everyone else is certainly encouraged to sit and listen to the presentation. The red book is written at the 8th grade level and is very complete. A healthy Church community also plays a major role in the education of our youth. A shared sense of belief and of love of God is hugely important when our kids are tempted to go to the entertainment church down the street.
I hope that everyone will see the value in this short addition to our Sunday schedule and encourage others to be a part of it.
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 24 - SUNDAY CATECHISM (for adults & kids) begins following Mass (about 10:30 a.m.) in the Church Hall.
- Sep 23 & 24 - Blessing of Hunters and Sportsmen after Mass
- Sep 30 - Mass Schedule Returns to Normal, Mass at 5:30p
- Oct 6 - First Friday
- Oct 7 - First Saturday Morning Mass at 8:30a
- Oct 7 - Blessing of Livestock & Pets in honor of St. Francis at 10a in the Parking Lot
- November 19 - Community Thanksgiving Service hosted by St. Edward Catholic Church
For Your Information:
MASS SCHEDULE...beginning next weekend, September 30/October 1, we resume our usual schedule of 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday for Mass.
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)
SECOND COLLECTION THIS 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.)
BLESSING OF HUNTERS & SPORTSMEN After both Masses this weekend, Father Ryan will offer a blessing of hunters & sportsmen for the upcoming hunting seasons. Those who would like to receive the blessing are welcome to remain in their pew after Mass.
FIRST SATURDAY MORNING MASSES Our Lady of Fatima called for special devotions to be offered on the first Saturday of each month. Beginning Oct 7, Father Ryan will offer Mass at 9a on the first Saturday of each month in the Church. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
BLESSING OF LIVESTOCK & PETS IN HONOR OF ST FRANCIS On Saturday, Oct 7, everyone is encouraged to bring their pets to the Church parking lot for a special blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. The blessing will be offered at 10a.
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 $1,865
- September Income to Date $5,276
Stewardship Good stewards follow the advice of St Paul and conduct themselves--by wise use of their time and talents--in a way worthy of the Gospel of Christ.
Special Collection This weekend, the second collection will be for the Retired Priests in the Diocese of Alexandria. With costs continually escalating, the monthly retirement benefit for the 18 retired priests in our diocese must be adjusted as well. Thank you in advance for your generous support of our retired priests and I ask that you also keep them in your prayers.
Mass Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 6:00p In memory of Father Ferre/Mills & Thompson
- Sun 9:00a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
- Mon No Mass
- Tue 5:30p In memory of Michael Mills/family
- Wed 9:00a In memory of Gus Gremshell Olive Branch
- Thu 5:30p In memory of John and Marie Johnson/family
- Fri 6:00p In honor of St Raphael/Magoun
- Sat 8:30a In memory of May DiTomasso
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Colin Williams/Thompson
- 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
- 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 “Bugs” Brown (Sept 23), Leslye Ellerbee (Sept 25), Bishop Johnson (Sept 26), Blake Sullivan (Sept 26), Susie Murphy (Oct 1)
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.