St. Edward Bulletin, Jan 21, 2018

St. Edward Bulletin, Jan 21, 2018

From The Font

"Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: ‘This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.’” Lots of people use words too loosely. What does Gospel mean? The literal translation is “good news,” but so what? What is the Gospel - what is the good news? Well, it’s God revealing Himself to us in the person of Jesus Christ who came to establish a Church which would offer forgiveness for sin and would teach us how to love God by obeying His commands. That’s the good news. That’s the kingdom of God among us. It’s the Church.

We take forgiveness for granted mostly because of our roots as a Protestant nation. Our Protestant brothers and sisters believe that all sins were forgiven at the moment of Jesus’ death and Resurrection whether or not anyone is sorry for their sins or not. Luther and Calvin did not believe that human choice has anything to do with forgiveness.

Because of their error, we’re surrounded by the belief that all sin is forgiven automatically and without any effort on our part. By that thinking, God’s work in the world is basically done and we’re just jumping through a few hoops until Jesus comes back...

St. John’s Gospel, though, tells us that Jesus came calling for repentance and that St John the Baptist preached repentance as the beginning of the spiritual life even before he recognized Jesus as the Lamb of God. Jesus tells St. Peter that he will be the rock upon which the Church will be built and that the Church will endure despite all the attacks which Satan can dream up. It is the Church to whom we turn for forgiveness in the Sacraments. It is the Church to whom we turn for truth in a sea of confusion and misdirection about God, Himself, about our own humanity and about what we must do and what we must not do. Even when men and women in the Church err through fault or pride, the Church, Herself, in Her Tradition keeps the truth of Jesus pure and ready to be heard and taught. Whatever folks may say, there is no way to worship God in spirit and truth separate from the Church He established. The fact that we CAN worship Him in Spirit and Truth is the good news!

Thoughts from Fr. Ryan


Well, it snowed and everything shut down! I hope we all enjoyed\endured the cold and closures well enough. We had ice in the parking lot well into Friday and I cancelled a series of events. Because of those cancellations, we have a few changes in schedule that I just want to make everyone aware of...

First, our January catechesis series started last week on Wednesday evening with a talk on what we have to do to be a good Catholic each day, each week, each month and each year. This past Wednesday was to be part two of three and the talk was on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. This coming week, Jan 24 was to have been part three of three on interior silence and inner peace.

With our change in schedule, this week, Jan 24 will still be on the interior silence and inner peace. That talk will begin after daily Mass at 5:30p. Because I have to do a presentation for Catholic Schools Week in Shreveport on Jan 31, the second talk on the works of mercy will be cancelled and I’ll work that material into another series at another time.

Also, this week, the Pastoral Council meeting was cancelled. Rather than try to reschedule, we’ll just pick things up with our meeting on Feb 20. If you have anything which you feel needs to be addressed more quickly than that, please come by and see me or speak with Mrs. Betty Smith, our council president. This is a good time to remind everyone that our parish calendar is online. You can subscribe to it on your phone or just take a look at in webpage form. Go to [http://BIT.LY/stedwardcalendar]

That links will forward you to our google calendar where I try to keep up to date everything that’s happening in the parish. If you have any doubt about the time of an event or whether or not it will cancelled due to weather (which is pretty much a snow-only thing), then call or text me at 318-542-3316. We’re a small enough community that it really isn’t a problem. I hope, too, that we’ll all take a few moments to pray this week for those people who didn’t experience this weather as an inconvenience, but who really suffered because of it. We have a few homeless here in Tallulah and they need our prayers more than we really know.

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 24 - 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.

WEDNESDAY EVENING CATECHISM... In the Church, after a 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 & Spiritual Works of Mercy & Interior Silence - Inner Peace

NOTE: Due to weather and other factors, the second talk will be given as part of another series and the talk on interior silence and inner peace will take place as scheduled on Jan 24.

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 $11,649
  • December Actual Expenses $7,367
  • January Budget $7,668
  • Collection January 13/14 $2,451
  • January Income to Date $4,616

Stewardship Stewardship…There is a certain urgency in today’s Gospel as Jesus calls His first disciples--Andrew and Simon, James and John. Each one follows Jesus immediately, unhesitatingly abandoning nets and boats and father and fellow-workers. To what is Jesus calling me--at this moment, in these circumstances? What will I need to abandon in order to follow Him?

Special Collection Next week, we will take up the Collection for the Church in Latin America. Catholics in Latin America and the Caribbean face many challenges, including violence and a lack of both clergy and lay leadership to witness to the gospel message. Your support shares the faith with those in need, Please give generously to next week’s Collection.

Mass Intentions for the Coming Week

  • Sat 5:30p In memory of Matt Farlow/family
  • Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
  • Mon No Mass
  • Tue 5:30p In memory of Angela Lusk/Leoty
  • Wed 9:00a In memory of May DiTommaso The Olive Branch
  • Thurs 5:30p In memory of Margaret Magoun/family
  • Fri 5:30p In memory of John and Marie Johnson
  • Sat 5:30p In memory of Marie Phillips Michele/Weaver
  • Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family

Altar Candles this week are provided by Margo Corulla

Assistants at Holy Mass

  • 1/20 5:30p
    • Servers: None Scheduled
    • 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
    • Servers: None Scheduled
    • Lector: MA Gilfoil
    • EMHCs: P & M Gilfoil
  • 1/28 9:30a
    • Servers: W Sullivan & A Collins
    • Lector: A Keene
    • EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
  • 2/3 5:30p
    • Servers: None Scheduled
    • Lector: M Rome
    • EMHCs: P & B Wilks
  • 2/4 9:30a
    • Servers: EL & C Marsh
    • Lector: D Ellerbee
    • EMHCs: N & M Ernst

Let us Rejoice in the Lord!

Happy Birthday Birthday…Mary Jane Johnson (Jan 22), Brice Wood (Jan 22), Pat Bullard (Jan 25) ,Courtland Jude Collins (Jan 29)

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, Margo Corulla, 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), Mark Badasch (Wilks), 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), 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), 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.