From The Font
"Behold, the Lamb of God."
The Scriptures were “written” (or perhaps “transmitted” is a better phrase) over the course of almost 2200 years in at least six languages and across a variety of cultures. Of course, the Bible speaks to all ages! Still, we have to be extra cautious when it comes times to interpret what this or that passage means.
Today’s Gospel is a prime example: John the Baptist says of Jesus, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” What does that mean? Well, for one, it means that Jesus is connected to the Passover of the Jews when Moses was in Egypt. It also connects Jesus to the temple sacrifices and, specifically, to those that called for the sacrifice of a young sheep or a goat. But it doesn’t stop. That phrase is connected to prophesies about the Messiah and prophesies in Joel about the end of time which Joel called the “Day of the Lord.” The phrase is very distinctly Jewish, but it has meaning to all the people who heard it.
In our modern day, we connect the words Lamb of God with it’s meaning in our Catholic religious practice - but that doesn’t necessarily give us the whole story. The fact that John the Baptist is the speaker and that St. John the Evangelist connects this event with the calling of the First disciples, for example, is gigantic!
As with so much of the Bible, the context in which the words are spoken can mean as much or even more then the words, themselves. What we ought to keep in mind, though, beyond just this passage is the largeness of the Bible. The scriptures are complex on a purely human level. Just keeping straight the events and the historical context of the events is hard enough. When we add in all the cultural and religious detail from the Jewish faith along with the symbol meaning of all sorts of things from sandals to rivers it gets even more challenging. When we realize that God intends to use this book on other levels beyond the purely human, the scope of the Bible becomes truly supernatural. We ought to read the bible… daily! And we ought to ask the Lord to “speak” to us through our reading. But we should be ever on guard against interpreting the Bible too quickly… That can lead away from the Lord rather than near.
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
Thank you so much to those who helped us transition from Advent to Christmas to Epiphany to Carnivale!
I know it has to seem odd about how much I talk about time and season and the liturgical calendar. I imagine it seems like a particular quirk, but in fact I’m just stealing tricks from the saints. The calendar of the Church is the Life of Christ lived out year after year before our eyes. If we take seriously the two side-by-side aspects of ongoing religious seasons and the cycle of saint days and feast days, we see that this world is not just some Darwinian random coincidence! On the contrary, all of Creation is revealing its creator.
The seasons of the Church year and the feasts of the saints help us see through the distractions of work and play to the reality of our human condition. When we make Advent rather than pre-Christmas, we can get into the value of waiting for gratification. When we make Carnivale a real post-Epiphany celebration, we see that rejoicing isn’t just partying and we see than partying doesn’t always bring real joy. When we think on the condition of St. Cecilia who was martyred or St. Vincent de Paul who worked for the poor or St. Joseph who was a devoted and quiet foster father to Jesus, we learn what our lives can be and what joy we can find separate from chasing distractions and entertainment. Our world is so, so obsessed with keeping busy and with distracting us from any negative thing… That’s not good for us! In fact, it’s really quite dangerous. This past week, a friend from my last Church died in a sudden heart attack at the age of 51. He left a young wife and two wonderful little girls who attend the parish school. Hundreds of people went in shock and horror to the funeral home to say farewell. Most of them didn’t have the tools to deal with the loss… Most of them just didn’t know what to do or say or think or feel or how to be… Many of them won’t really grow as people from this experience because they live in a world of distraction. They were drawn out of that superficiality by a moment of divine opportunity, but all they know how to do is go back into the superficiality of daily America. They went back to the TV and the Phone and the whatever else.
The Church is declining right now because we are one of the last bastions of reality in a sea of artificiality. Many Catholic Churches want to embrace the superficial with praise bands and less severe preaching. It’s interesting to me that the Churches which are growing are those which consciously reject the artificial, superficial distraction culture around us with tough preaching, beautiful liturgy, traditional music and ceremony which is as different as possible from the “normal” life in which people live… Why? Because we live there and we stay there because it’s easy but no one is really satisfied by it. We always need more entertainment, more distraction, more diversion, more vacation…
If you would, please pray for the soul of Mr. Kip Faire and for his wife Brooke and their two daughters.
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
- January 16 - Parish Council - following 5:30p Mass -- Parish Hall
- January 17 - Wednesday Night Catechism - following 5:30 p Mass -- Parish Hall
- February 11 - Mardi Gras Potluck Brunch - following 9:30 a Mass -- Parish Hall
- March 24 - Palm Saturday Bake Sale in the Parish Hall. All are requested to assist with this event and is it the signature fund raising event for the Altar Society. Please mark your calendar and plan to contribute casseroles, cakes, cookies and any other “goodies” you can come up with.
For Your Information:
SUNDAY CATECHISM... will meet on SUNDAY following Mass (about 10:30 a.m.) in the Church Hall.
FINANCE COUNCIL…will hold its regular meeting on TUESDAY, JANUARY 16 in the Church Center. Finance Council is comprised of Darryl Ellerbee, Chair; Dale Magoun and Brian Johnson, Trustees; and the Pastoral Council Chair. Members are requested to make special effort to attend.
PASTORAL COUNCIL..will hold its regular meeting on TUESDAY, JANUARY 16 at 6:00 p.m(after 5:30 p.m. Mass) in the Church Center. All members are requested to make special effort to attend. Parishioners are encouraged to attend contribute to the discussions.
WEDNESDAY EVENING CATECHISM... In the Church, after the 5:30p Mass Talks will build upon one another, but every talk will work as a stand-alone event. Father will answer questions after each talk. Guests are welcome!
Jan 10, 17, 24 Doing the Catholic Faith - What we do Every Day - What we do Every Week - What we do Every Month - What we do Every Year The Corporal Works of Mercy The Spiritual Works of Mercy Allowing God to Make us Happy
2018 FLOWER CALENDAR is on the bulletin board at the entrance of church. Please consider special events in your life or that of your family and consider putting flowers on the altar at least once this year for one of those events. If each family put flowers just one week, we would have fresh flowers for the entire year. Just pencil your name or intention in on the calendar and the church office will call to remind you of the date.
ON THE WEB... St. Edward has a Facebook page (Facebook.com/StEdwardTallulah). Fr. Ryan is sharing our parish bulletin and his Sunday sermons from his own website there weekly. We also have a shared calendar (Bit.ly/stedwardcalendar) and email address (StEdwardTallulah@gmail.com). Fr. Ryan is also active on the web. He has a blog\webpage at FrHumphries.com and all are encouraged to friend, like or follow him on Facebook (Facebook.com/frhumphries), Twitter (Twitter.com/frhumphries) and Instagram (Instagram.com/frryan).
MARDI GRAS POTLUCK SOCIAL COMMITTEE...will be held on February 11 following the 9:30 a.m. Mass in the Church Hall. Check out your favorite recipe and plan to share with others of our faith family! The First Quarter (Jan, Feb, March) group is composed of Margo Corulla and Darryl and Abby Ellerbee (co-chairs), Norman and Marie Ernst, Brian Johnson, Sidney and Mary Jane Johnson, Robbie and Tori Kivett, Ed Mills, Kathleen Mills, Teddy and Alyssa Oliver, Mike and Sue Rome, Jason Trichell, Mary Trichell, Levi Washington
ALTAR SOCIETY DUES PAYABLE FOR 2018…All ladies of the faith family of St. Edward are considered members of the Altar Society which is responsible for the needs of the altar such as candles, wine, hosts, altar clothes and linens and decorations. It is now time to pay your $10 dues for 2018 and there are envelopes at the entrance of church for your convenience. You may return your envelope in the collection basket or to the church office. Additionally, you will find a list of jobs for which the Altar Society members take responsibility. If you are willing to assist in any way, please let Father Ryan or one of the officers know.
Our Return to the Lord
- Weekly Budget FY 2017-18 $1,917
- December Budget $9,585
- December income (Reg $11,649) $11,649
- December Actual Expenses $7,367
- January Budget $7,668
- Collection January 6/7 $2,165
- January Income to Date $2,165
Stewardship In today’s first reading , we hear Samuel respond eagerly, “Here I am!” each time the Lord calls him. May we too, be listening for the call of God in our lives and be ready to say like the psalmist, “Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.”
Would you like to serve our faith family as a Lector or as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion?? If so, please contact Libby Bullard (574-1736) for training. Parents…if you would like your child to be an Altar Server, please contact Father Ryan.
Mass Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Marie Phillips Michele/Finn
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
- Mon No Mass
- Tue 5:30p In memory of Joe Scurria/Cox
- Wed 9:00a In memory of Gus Gremshell The Olive Branch
- Thurs 5:30p In memory of Eva Reynolds/Mills & Thompson
- Fri 5:30p In memory of Colin Williams/Mills & Thompson
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Matt Farlow/family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
Altar Candles this week are provided by Blanche Wilks
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 1/13 5:30p
- Lector: P Wilks
- EMHCs: B Wilks/MA Gilfoil
- 1/14 9:30a
- Servers: P Collins & C Wood
- Lector: A Oliver
- EMHCs: B Smith/K Collins
- 1/20 5:30p
- Lector: C VanderVieren
- EMHCs: A Farlow/L Bullard
- 1/21 9:30a
- Servers: C Sullivan & H Ellerbee
- Lector: Youth
- EMHCs: N & M Ernst
- 1/27 5:30p
- Lector: MA Gilfoil
- EMHCs: P & M Gilfoil
- 1/28 9:30a
- Servers: W Sullivan & A Collins
- Lector: A Keene
- EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Pat Gilfoil (Jan 15), Renee Wood (Jan 18), Mary Jane Johnson (Jan 22), Brice Wood (Jan 22), Pat Bullard (Jan 25)
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 Our parishioners who are sick, shut-in, or otherwise in need of our prayers: Pat Bullard, Connie Copes, Elizabeth Crothers, Susan Gilfoil, Bill Kennedy, Becky and Michael Lancaster, Dale and Louise Magoun, Kathleen Mills, Sue and Mike Rome, Juanita Storey, and Delia Trichell Our parishioners who are under full-time care: Billy Hodge, Frances Kennedy, Andrew Lombardo, Sue 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, Hattie Brown (Lancaster), Jerry Bullard, Colton Bullock (Farlow), Richard Chappuis (Johnson), Jackie Daniels (Lancaster), Carol Dipert (Rome), Ainslee and Jared Duff, Reba Duncan, Renee Edwards and parents (VanderVieren), Joe Farlow, Mike Farlow, Kathy Garley Hanlon (Gilfoil), Cooper Harris (R Wood), Alan Henley (Copes), Bo Holloway, Diane Johnson (Johnson), Ben Lenhart (G Marsh), Megan and Jim Lensing (Gilfoil), LaLa Lopez (Hernandez), Michelle McGuire (Gilfoil), Stan Martin (Collins) ,Mathieu family in Delhi (Wilks), Keith Melancon (Regan), Tucker Melancon (Johnson), Lindsay Mills, Wanda Murphy (Terry), Addison Petracca (S Marsh), Debbie Pettis (Rome), Wayne Pitre (Gilfoil), Bailey Rome, Lee Rome, Tiffney Rome, Dianne W. Roper (Murphy), Linda Sanchez (Wilks), Andy Sevier, Beverly Sibile (Gilfoil), 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.