From The Font
“Are you King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, "Do you say this on your own or have others told you about me?"
What a peculiar interaction… Is Jesus King of the Jews? Remember, St. John is writing his Gospel not to evangelize or to convert people - but to build up the faith of those who are already Christian. And so is Jesus King of the Jews or is He King of the entire Universe…?
Jesus replies to Pilate not with a simple answer, but with a question about the nature of the belief. Are you asking for real? Do you really want to know? Are you prepared for the answer that I might give? What if I am, in fact, a king? And, what’s more, if I am King of the Universe - am I also King of the Jews?
If Jesus were to say “yes,” then Pilate’s job would be easy. Jesus is guilty of sedition. If Jesus says “no,” then He’s lying. So, instead, Jesus turns the entire question on it’s head and makes us - Pilate, the Jews, and every one of us - ask what we believe and, more importantly, WHY we believe it. And so we have to pose the question to ourselves - do I believe that Jesus is the King. Now, this question is really, really hard for Americans because we have no experience of kings and queens. We don’t have any sense of obedience to royalty - but we also don’t have any experience of the natural reverence for the king that is so natural to so many people around the world and throughout history. Almost everyone in the history of the world has lived under a king or a queen. We don’t. And so we have to look in our hearts and ask whether or not we accept Jesus as the King… Do I accept that the King is right - without appeal - even if I disagree or if His decision is not in “my favor?” Do I accept that the King has the authority to make decisions not only for me, but for those who don’t like Him and those who don’t believe in Him? There is, after all, a truth and unlike Tinkerbell, the truth isn’t affected by who believes or how well they believe… And so we find ourselves being asked along with Pilate - WHAT do we believe and WHY do we believe it?
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
It’s going to be sad when the Queen Mum dies. She’s like everyone’s grandmother. I was talking with a young woman about 28 years old in England while we were strolling down some beautiful boulevard on a sightseeing tour… She was emotional about the Queen Mum. She loved her. She had been listening to the Christmas Address every year since her birth and so had her parents. Almost everyone loves the Queen Mum. There are a handful of anarchist-types who don’t, but Queen Elizabeth enjoys unbelievable popularity. 75% of Brits think that the Monarchy plays an important role in public life and 80% of Brits want the Queen Mum to stay on as Queen until she dies rather than retiring. That’s not just Londoners, that’s the Scots and Northern Irish as well. Despite my knowledge of British Film, TV and literature, I was genuinely shocked to see the way in which the Royals are revered in London and Scotland. It was jarring. Almost everyone I met mentioned the royals at least once during every conversation and never with anything less than genuine affection. The mention of the Queen Mum’s age always drew sad looks and calling her anything other than the Queen Mum was met with discomfort. Is it any wonder that even the most Baptist Baptists I met had no problem with the Blessed Virgin Mary or the Rosary? The Queen Mother is a concept near and dear to the English.
Royalty is such a hard thing for me to get my head around. In my mind, European Royals and aristocrats are, at best, mascots. They represent for us what we could be if we’re our very best. But that’s not the way that the Europeans think. There is a new show on TV called “The Crown.” In that show, we meet a young Princess who will be crowned Elizabeth II and who will become one of the most privileged, pampered and powerful women in the world. But she can’t have the staff she wants... She can’t give the speeches she wants... She can’t espouse the causes or the campaigns she wants… She’s not blocked in these things by another power - she’s blocked by a real understanding of what she represents as a Royal. As I go back and watch that show again, I’m astounded by how important royalty really is. Not as a part of government - but as a part of culture. As I look at the Church, I think there’s a similar distinction to be made…
Jesus is King. He is Lord. He is all-knowing, all-loving, all-wise, all-good. His teaching is true and in our best interest. And the Church - at least most of Her clergy - govern in the belief that Jesus is King. But the culture of the Church doesn’t seem to act like that any more. Nowadays, we hide behind words like “pastoral” and “relevant” to hint-hint-wink-wink that Jesus’ teaching may not be so kingly. Oh, your conscience says contraception is ok for you? Hint-hint-wink-wink.
In England, the Queen doesn’t make the laws, but she is the ruler in the hearts of the people. Too often in the Church, the King does make the laws, but our own needs, perceptions, “consciences” and wishful thinking makes ourselves, rather than Christ the King, the ruler of our hearts and our decisions. Today’s feast is, hopefully, a powerful defense against that danger.
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
- December 8 Holy Day of Obligation...The Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Mass on Friday at 5:30 p.m. or Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
- December 16 Birthday Party for Jesus
- December 17 & 18 Advent Mission at 6 p.m. by Deacon Greg from Atlanta
- December 18 NO Pastoral Council meeting in December
For Your Information:
Thanks to everyone who helped to make last Sunday’s Thanksgiving Brunch a grand success. The food was delish, flowers and table decorations beautiful, and the fellowship GRAND! The committee for the event 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 on the “List” near the tree 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.
ADVENT MISSION…Deacon Greg Ollick will be giving leadership to our Advent Mission,”Bringing the Kingdom Home This Christmas”. Our sessions will be on Monday, December 17, and Tuesday, December 18 at 6 p.m. in our church. We will take our spiritual vital signs and learn how they can help us develop a deeper and more intimate relationship with the God who loves us the way we are, but refuses to leave us there. He wants more for us; he wants us to become just like Jesus!
FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION... Saturday, December 8 is a Holy Day of Obligation for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception which is the Patronal Feast of the United States. Every Catholic MUST attend Mass both for the feast and for the Sunday. Masses for Immaculate Conception will be Friday, Dec 7 at 5:30p, Saturday, Dec 8 at 8:30a and Saturday, Dec 8 at 5:30p. Masses for the Sunday are Saturday, Dec 8 at 5:30p and Sunday, Dec 9 at 9:30a. The reason for Holy Days of Obligation reaches all the way back to our Jewish roots of sanctifying time. The Lord chose certain days to set apart as Holy. We only have 7 Holy Days of Obligation in the entire year and 313 days free from Obligation. Please make every effort to honor Our Lord and His Mother on this day of prayer for our Nation.
Our Return to the Lord
- Weekly Budget FY 2018-19 $1,917
- Oct Budget $7,668
- Oct Income $7,249
- Oct Expenses $8,078
- Nov Budget $7,668
- Collection Nov 17/18 $2,007
- Nov Income to Date $7,193
Stewardship Today’s second reading reminds us that the sacrifice of Christ frees us from sin and makes us a royal nation of priests in the service of God. How am I using my gifts to serve God and others?
Mass Schedule & Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Matt Farlow/Yerger
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Dead members of our Parish
- Mon No Mass
- Tue 5:30 In memory of Angela Lusk/Step. Cox
- Wed 5:30p In memory of Joe Scurria/B&G Cox
- Thu 9:00a In memory of Rosa Gremshell Olive Branch
- Fri 5:30p In memory of Daniel Crainie/Fr Ryan
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Sarah Phillips/family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
ALTAR CANDLES this week are burning in memory of Terry Murphy’s mother, Wanda
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 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
- 12/8 5:30p
- Lector: M Rome
- EMHCs: MA Gilfoil & A Farlow
- 12/9 9:30a
- Servers: W Sullivan & C Wood
- Lector: D Ellerbee
- EMHCs: N & M Ernst
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Monique Florence (Nov 25), Frances Kennedy (Nov 29), Delia Trichell (Nov 29), Lance Marsh (Nov 30),
Happy Anniversary Libby and Pat Bullard (Oct 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,, 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, Karen Cobb, 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.