From The Font
“In those days… The Jews of the Book of Exodus didn’t have any sense at all of eternity. Like the Greeks and the Assyrians, death meant descending to a shadowy and un-understandable “abode of the dead.” As the Lord sent prophets, though, the Jews began to understand that death was not the end of the soul and that the world we see will come to an end but that an eternal life of either bliss or suffering was in store. They also began to understand that the end of the world would be accompanied by suffering, trials and a judgement. By the time the prophet Joel (pronounced Joe-ehl) began to preach, the end was understood to be the “Day of the Lord” when the messiah came in glory.
And so when a prophet or Jesus, Himself, spoke about “those days,” everyone had a pretty fully formed picture in their head. And while Daniel and Joel and the Book of Revelation differ about this or that detail, they all paint a picture of the Day of the Lord being something none of us should be looking forward to even if we are on the lookout for it.
We have to resist the temptation to reduce this important Jewish idea to “The Rapture” on the one hand- which is an absurd reading of the New Testament out of context and which has only been around for about 100 years - or to a simple bureaucratic waiting line on the other where everyone goes to Heaven except a few real bad people. The “Final Judgement” - which is the Catholic theological term for the “Day of the Lord” is a real judgement. No one is “saved” without being first judged. And no one can justify himself before God without the merciful forgiveness of Jesus. And no one can obtain that forgiveness without true sorrow for their sins “not only because I fear the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell but because I LOVE You, My God.” And what is love asks Rick Astley? “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.”
And so “those days” are indeed coming, sooner or later, and they are frightening indeed even for the holiest and most saintly among us. They aren’t the Rapture and they aren’t automatic salvation. And when we read the scriptures, we do well to keep “those days” in our minds.
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
It’s cold. When I left Italy at the end of September, it was hot - not warm, hot. I arrived in Poland and it was Autumn-like. It was low 60s and sunny. That lasted a week. When I got to Scotland, it was cold. Highs were in the mid-60s, but winds gusted between 20 and 40 mph. When I left Scotland, it was warm in London… for one day! When I got on the plane in London, it was about 35° and when I landed in Houston it was 80°. That, too, lasted for one week. Now it’s cold here.
So many things about my travels were interesting because they were different, but so, too, were the many things that were just the same. In fact, the most “same-like” things everywhere - now and in the past and in the future - are the things that are about human nature. I was talking with a parishioner a few days ago about how so many people seem to think that the modern world is so much more civilized and advanced now. They speak as if our technology means that we didn’t murder ⅓ of the global population in WWI and WWII. They speak as if slavery is actually abolished and as if abortion and “gay rights” are a sign of advanced humanity.
If we take one step back, we realize that Hitler is no different than Napoleon or Genghis Khan or Caligula or Ashurbanipal way back in 669BC. They were all murders who used the latest technology to destroy whole populations. They were praised by the press and the elite and many of their contemporaries... Is Kermit Gosnel or Planned Parenthood any different? Didn’t Barrack Obama have US citizens killed by drone strike? Didn’t George Bush and John F Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln kill people for a cause? Can we really pretend that a man who thinks he’s a woman trapped in a man’s body is any more sane than someone who thinks a man with black skin is somehow less than human or that a Roman oracle can tell how a battle is going to go by “reading” the guts of a slaughtered sheep?
If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll realize that human nature has never changed since Adam and Eve. Every sin - from a little white lie to rape or murder - is about asking myself “did God really say not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil?” Every sin is about me wanting to decide for myself what is right and wrong. All of us are like Cain and all of us are like Abel - we want what we think is best for ourselves even if it means hurting others. Human nature was made to be good, but it was broken by sin. So, too, all of us long to be good and yet we “fall short of the Glory of God.” And yet God, somehow, uses that for our sanctification and His glory..
Think about how crazy that is! Imagine having a player in your band with no rhythm and finding a way to use that to make even better music that if everyone was talented!!! It’s bonkers and yet that’s what God does with us. He uses our fallen human nature to the good IF AND ONLY IF we put it at His service. It’s only when we humbly offer ourselves that God does this, though. He loves us and does not rob us our free choice (which is part of being made in His image and likeness). The sooner we realize that our human nature is no better than it was in 1950AD or 950BC - the sooner God can put us to good use!
Calendar of Events
- Confessions every 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
- Nov 18 Fourth Quarter Social… Thanksgiving Potluck Brunch following Sunday Mass
- Nov 19 & 20 NO MASS at St Edward as Father Ryan will be away
For Your Information:
MASS AT THE OLIVE BRANCH … is being permanently changed to THURSDAY each week.
FOURTH QUARTER SOCIAL (Oct, Nov, Dec) - will be a Thanksgiving theme Potluck Brunch on November 18. The commitee consists of Dorothy Dyer, Leslye Ellerbee, Monique Florence, Susan and Johnny Gilfoil, Sherry Lynn and Timmy Harris, Josephine Hodge, Michael and Becky Lancaster, Dale and Louise Magoun, Billy and Ginny Marsh, William and Sharyn Marsh, Hannah McCartney, Sug Regan, Skeeter and Blanche Wilks, Don Wood, Robert Wood, Edward and Margaret Yerger.
ANGEL TREE...Our “wish list” for 45 deserving individuals has been compiled and the tree in the Hall has Angels on it with those wishes. You can make your selection of what you would like to do for the upcoming Christmas season. As you select an “Angel”, please make note of the number on that Angel and list it along with your name so that we will have a means of contacting people if we wind up with any gaps in our “wish list”. Our thanks to Dana Dukes for her leadership in this process.
THANKSGIVING WEEK SCHEDULE…..Father Ryan will be away from the parish on Monday and Tuesday so there will not be Mass on Tuesday. Our faith family Thanksgiving Mass will be on Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. Mass for the Olive Branch family will be at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday. Father Ryan will be hosting the Deanery Meeting of priests on Friday afternoon so we will NOT have Mass that day. Saturday we will return to our usual schedule.
Our Return to the Lord
- Weekly Budget FY 2017-18 $1,917
- Oct Budget $7,668
- Oct Income $7,249
- Oct Expenses $8,078
- Nov Budget $7,668
- Collection Nov 10/11 $2,620
- Nov Income to Date $5,186
Stewardship The readings today speak of the end of the world ad the coming of the Kingdom. The biships’ pastoral on stewardship says clearly that “that ‘life to come’ is in continuity with this present life through the human goods, the worthy human purposes, which people foster now.” May our good stewardship cause us to be numbered among the chosen on the last day!
Mass Schedule & Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Anna May Farlow birth on 19th/family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Dead members of our Parish
- Mon No Mass
- Tue No Mass - Father Ryan out of town
- Wed 5:30p In memory of Louise Testa/Magoun
- Thu 9:00a In memory of May DiTomasso Olive Branch
- Fri NO MASS due to Deanery meeting
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Matt Farlow/Yerger
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
ALTAR CANDLES this week are burning in memory of Anna May Farlow by Cathy VanderVieren
FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR are given by Prentiss and Blanche Wilks
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 11/17 5:30p
- Lector: M Rome
- EMHCs: P & B Wilks
- 11/18 9:30a
- Servers: P Collins & C Woods
- Lector: EmmyLu & Henry
- EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
- 11/24 5:30p
- Lector: C VanderVieren
- EMHCs: P & M Gilfoil
- 11/25 9:30a
- Servers: A Collins & H Ellerbee
- Lector: A Oliver
- EMHCs: N & M Ernst
- 12/1 5:30p
- Lector: A Farlow
- EMHCs: L Bullard & C VanderVieren
- 12/2 9:30a
- Servers: C Sullivan & M Wood
- Lector: B Sullivan
- EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Isabel Hernandez (Nov 19), Libby Bullard (Nov 20), Darryl Ellerbee (Nov 22), Monique Florence (Nov 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, Matt Hall (military), Josephine Hodge, Bill Kennedy, Becky and Michael Lancaster, Dale and Louise Magoun, Kathleen Mills, Sue and Mike Rome, and Delia Trichell Those under full-time care: Billy Hodge, Frances Kennedy, Andrew Lombardo, Sue Scurria. Jim Farrell of Vicksburg, Sharon Hansen of Gonzales, Consuelo Marsh of Lake Providence, Jean Cantrell, Marie Cedotal, 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), Kay Collins, Jackie Daniels (Lancaster), Carol Dipert (Rome), Carole Ducote (Lancaster), Joe Farlow, Mike Farlow, Thom Gilfoil, Kathy Garley Hanlon (Gilfoil), Cooper Harris (R Wood), Bo Holloway, Diane Johnson (Johnson), Jeannie Kivett, Ben Lenhart (G Marsh), LaLa Lopez (Hernandez), Michelle McGuire (Gilfoil), Mathieu family in Delhi (Wilks), Tobie McKowen (Wilks), Keith Melancon (Regan), Tucker Melancon (Johnson), Lindsay Mills, Debbie Pettis (Rome), Sam and Betty Phillips (Hodge), Wayne Pitre (Gilfoil), Lee, Tiffney & Bailey Rome, Dianne W. Roper (Murphy), Linda Sanchez (Wilks), Walter Scott, Andy Sevier, Spencer and Mary Sevier, Beverly Sibile (Gilfoil), Theresa Thom (Rome), Elaine and James Trimble (Rome), Adam Triplett (Reynolds), Teresa Vidrine (Wilks), Conner and Hudson Wood (nephews of Bart) Our collegiates: Norman Ernst, Anna Ginn, Josh 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.