From The Font
"He taught them as one having authority...”
The problem with most discussion and arguing is simply that all sides feel like their argument or opinion is right. Without a higher authority to turn to, there’s no good way to end the debate. If both sides can agree on some higher authority, then the debate usually goes pretty well. Math, for example, is generally not controversial because everyone can agree that 1+1=2. Science is harder because theories don’t always fit perfectly. Religion is harder still because the Bible (or the Koran or the Talmud) are open to interpretation.
Jesus was different because He was not one voice among many. He spoke with authority. Not just confidence, mind you, but as one with authority.
Nowadays, people don’t live the life that Jesus called us to lead very often. And when they don’t, they often come up with all sorts of reasons. They say that the Bible contradicts itself or that Jesus’ words are out of date. They say that they personally disagree with Jesus’ position on marriage or on marital love. But that’s not why people aren’t living the Christian Life… It’s not because they have heard the words of Jesus and disagreed. It’s because they have come to measure the words of Jesus as one voice among many. No one reading these words gives a second thought the teachings of Vishnu or Mohammad or Buddha. Why not? Because none of us believe that their voices have any more authority than the voices of Oprah or Ben Franklin. And so if we were asked by a Buddhist why we don’t follow the teachings of the Buddha, we wouldn’t say that we don’t agree with them, we would say that we don’t care about them.
The same happens to Christians who stop believing that Jesus is God. We start to see His voice as basically the same as other celebrities or politicians. And while we make our excuses about using contraception or not going to confession - the real reason that we don’t obey the commands of Jesus isn’t about arguing or believing but about caring.
People who encountered Jesus - then and now - were taught by one having authority… May God grant us the grace of an encounter like that!
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
After several requests in this past month from folks in our parish and outside of it, I have agreed to begin offering a Traditional Latin Mass once a month on the first Sunday of each month at noon.
The Traditional Latin Mass was just The Holy Mass from somewhere in the mid-100s, by which time the basic formula was in place, until 1969 when the Mass of Paul VI was promulgated. In 1984, Pope St. John Paul II realized that the difference between the “new” Mass and the “old” Mass was significant enough that he allowed individual bishops and priests to use the older form. In 2007, the demand for the “old” Mass was great enough among the lay people of the Church that Pope Benedict XVI established the “old” Mass as “the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite” and allowed pastors of parishes to offer it where they judged it would be pastorally beneficial. In that same year, Bp. Herzog organized a workshop to certify those priests who were able to offer the Extraordinary Form or who would be interested in learning to offer it. At that event, I and four other priests were officially certified to offer the Extraordinary Form.
In my time at the Minor Basilica in Natchitoches, I offered the Extraordinary Form weekly for a crowd of between 25 and fifty parishioners. It was never the biggest Mass of the weekend, but for those people who loved it, it was a great blessing. It was never my intention to offer a Sunday Mass in the Extraordinary Form here in Tallulah. Mostly, that’s because after a year of service, no one had expressed an interest. In that past few weeks, though, several folks have. Given that St. Edward is not a high stress, heavy workload parish, I can’t see any reason not to assent to the request of a parishioner - even if that request isn’t likely to draw a big crowd.
So, beginning February 4, I will offer the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, AKA the Traditional Latin Mass, AKA the Tridentine Mass, at noon in the Church on the first Sunday of each month. When another event, like Confirmation on May 6, gets in the way, the Extraordinary Form Mass will be cancelled.
This Mass will count for your Sunday obligation and anyone is welcome to attend. I have specialized missallettes for those in attendance and will prepare handouts with all the prayers in English. The readings will be read in English and, of course, the Sermon will be in English. The Mass will be offered without Music (for the time being) and so we can expect it to last about 45 minutes. This Mass won’t replace any other programs or activities.
There is much to be gained by broadening our experience with the liturgy of the Church. I know that I had an entirely different point of view after I experienced the way that Mass is offered in Greece - hint: totally different! The Church has so much more for us than just Sunday Mass. Attending a Baptism gives us a new perspective. Chanting Vespers does too. Witnessing an ordination is a powerful experience. The option to experience the Traditional Latin Mass will hopefully be a nice addition to our faith life here.
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
- Feb 2 - First Friday Devotions - 5p Confessions, 5:30p Holy Mass, 6p Benediction
- Feb 3 - First Saturday Devotions - 8a Confessions, 8:30a Holy Mass, 9a Benediction
- Feb 4 - First Sunday Traditional Latin Mass - Noon
- Feb 4 - St. Blaise Throat Blessings - After Weekend Masses
- Feb 11 - Mardi Gras Potluck Brunch - After 9:30a Mass - Parish Hall
- Feb 14 - Ash Wednesday - Masses at 9a (Olive Branch) and 5:30p (Church)
- Mar 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.
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.
FIRST FRIDAY…FEBRUARY 2…Holy Hour and Mass....5:30 p.m. ...make a special devotion to the Sacred Heart and attend first Friday devotions for nine consecutive months.
FIRST SATURDAY … FEBRUARY 3 … Mass and Holy Hour … 8:30 a.m. Our Lady of Fatima called for special devotions to be offered on the first Saturday of each month. Father Ryan will offer Mass on the first Saturday of each month in the Church. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
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.
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 20/21 $3,285
- January Income to Date $7,901
Special Collection Today, we will take up the Collection for the Church in Latin America. Your gift to the Collection will fund catechesis, youth ministry programs, and seminarian education in Latin America and the Caribbean. One participant in catechetical training, Andrea, said that the experience was informative and enriching—the catechists were able to meet each other and share their diverse experiences. The support you give today will fund formation programs and provide opportunities for years to come. Please support the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean and be generous in today’s Collection.
Mass Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Marie Phillips Michele/Weaver
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
- Mon No Mass
- Tue 5:30p In memory of Racer Holstead (birth 29th)/family
- Wed 9:00a In memory of Rosa Gremshell The Olive Branch
- Thu 5:30p In memory of C. L. Keene and C.B. and Inez DeMoss/family
- Fri 5:30p In memory of Matt Farlow/Corulla
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Jim and Agnes Gilfoil/McGuire
- 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
- 1/27 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
- 2/10 5:30p
- Servers: None Scheduled
- Lector: P Gilfoil
- EMHCs: M & MA Gilfoil
- 2/11 9:30a
- Servers: C Donham & M Wood
- Lector: B Sullivan
- EMHCs: B Smth & K Collins
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Courtland Collins (Jan 29), Evelyn Grace Kivett (Feb 2), Dorothy Dyer (Feb 3), Susan Gilfoil (Feb 3), Juanita Storey (Feb 3), Ben Dukes (Feb 4)
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.
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.