From The Font
“Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover…”
The role of religion in the family is indisputable. When religious faith in God wanes, the need for holiness is unconsciously substituted with some other mode of worship. The holiday season in the modern Western world is often robbed of it’s original religious meaning, but this meaning is replaced by other traditions, music and events. In the long story of the Biblical history of the Jews, religious fervor waxes and wanes. After Moses and Joshua, the long period of the Judges sees a broad loss of religious zeal. Then the advent of the Kings David and Solomon brings revival followed by another fall off culminating in the Babylonian Exile. The end of the exile means the rebuilding of the Temple and another cycle of high and low religious zeal in which Rome conquered the holy land and the Maccabees made their doomed effort for freedom.
The up and down, wax and wane, of faith is not a Jewish thing any more than it’s a modern thing. This is why the Lord built for us a yearly cycle of feasts and fasts. Our Gospel today begins with the reminder that Jesus’ parents went up to Jerusalem every year. No doubt, six days later, the family would be at a height of religious zeal just as six months later they would be at a low. (Of course, the Holy Family is a bit of an exception here…) In the same way, those of us who had a good Christmas are on a family high while those who had a drama-ridden Christmas are likely at a low now. In July, we’re likely to be in an opposite mode. Our faith and our families each require a booster of enthusiasm and renewal on a regular basis. The Church year with it’s seasons of Advent and Lent and Christmas and Easter and it’s big feast days of All Saints and Pentecost complements the Church week with it’s Sunday feast and it’s Friday fast. The ups and downs are part of our human nature and so the Church responds to our human nature with the tools we need to grow and thrive spiritually.
As we begin this new year, it’s a good time for us to think about resetting some of our own internal measures and modes to help us weather the highs and lows that will come with it.
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
I had a wonderful Christmas with my family. I got to see everyone and had a lot of fun throwing the football with the nephews as they got more and more muddy with each play. It was a time for good food, some productive work around the house and some nice conversations. As I was driving the six hours and thirty minutes back to beautiful, historic Tallulah, I had some minor problems with my car’s sound system. It was no big deal, but I spent about half an hour getting angrier and angrier. “I bought this car specifically for this stupid sound system and here I am driving six hours and the thing doesn’t work. I’m going to call that service center and tell them a few things about…” By the time I got to Cleveland, Texas, I was ready to explode. It was then that I had a flash of insight that I’m crediting to the Holy Spirit. I thought about the guy at my service center in Shreveport. His name is Mike. He’s a nice guy. I hope he had a nice Christmas. Then I realized that something broke on my car. There are 30,000 little pieces on that car. Somewhere, a wire came loose or burned out and that made the USB port not work right. Mike didn’t cause the problem… He probably can’t fix the problem. But there’s no point in raging about it to Mike and there’s no point in raging about it to myself…
Now, I’m not sharing this very small, very adolescent realization because I’ve never had this insight before… I’ve been down this road many times - maybe one day I’ll be able to go down it the last time… I’m not sharing it because this time had three lessons for me and they were all good. The first is that anger doesn’t help anyone and the world isn’t fair. Easy enough...
The second is that sometimes spending some time in quiet is all you really need to hear the voice of the Lord correcting you. That’s also pretty obvious, but it’s good to get a reminder from time to time that God tends to speak in quiet rather than in loud, bold voices.
The third, which is still sitting with me, is that the thing may not be broken on accident. It may be that the Lord wanted me to experience this… What’s more, He may have wanted me to experience this for myself - OR He may have wanted me to experience this for someone else…
How often do we experience something and we try to process the experience and we struggle to find the meaning FOR ME? Isn’t it possible and even reasonable that if God gives gifts TO us FOR others, He would also give crosses to us for others? In fact, isn’t that the way that He, Himself, lived? It was a really nice train of thought. Maybe my radio went wonky for me to have some silence or maybe it went wonky for me to share the experience and\or the lesson with others… Maybe it went wonky for no deeply spiritual reason and, as the Scripture says, All things work for the good of those who love the Lord.
Whatever the cause, my radio went wonky and I had some quiet time and that made for a great end to an excellent Christmas with my family. What a blessing! I hope and pray your holidays were happy and holy. I hope to see everyone at the burning of the greens next week.
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
- Sunday Morning Catechism in the Hall after the 9:30a Mass unless otherwise indicated
- January 1 Holy Day of Obligation -- Vigil Mass on Monday at 5:30 p.m. and Mass of the Day on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
- January 4 First Friday Devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus - 5:30 p.m.
- January 5 First Saturday Devotions to our Blessed Mother - Mass and Holy Hour - 8:30 a.m.
- January 5 Saturday after Mass -- Burning of the Greens -- including fellowship in the Hall
- January 6 First Sunday - Traditional Latin Mass - 12 noon
For Your Information:
HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION … FEAST OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD… Masses are as follows: DECEMBER 31 (NEW YEAR’S EVE) 5:30 p.m.; JANUARY 1 (NEW YEAR’S DAY) 5:30 p.m.
MEMORIAL SERVICES FOR BILLY HODGE...will be held on Thursday January 3, 2019, at St Edward the Confessor, Tallulah. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. with a Mass of Reconciliation at 11 a.m. Billy passed away on Thursday, December 20, 2018 in Chandler, Texas at the age of 79. Honoring Billy’s request, there will not be a graveside service as his ashes will be kept for a time of waiting. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asks any planned tributes be made to St Edward as Memorial or Mass.
BURNING OF THE GREENS…We will have the Burning of the Greens on Saturday, January 5, 2019 following Saturday Mass on the church grounds. Burning of the Greens is the traditional celebration in which the season of Chrismas ends and the time of Carnival begins. The celebration has three elements: a bonfire in which the Christmas greenery is burned, the feast including the famous “Queen’s Soup” and the blessing of the first King Cake of the season. We’ll have the bonfire in the backyard. Please bring a piece of your Christmas Tree or some part of your live Christmas decoration to throw in the bonfire and feel free to bring a dessert and an adult beverage. (Set ups-- cups, ice, etc. - will be provided.)
2018 CALENDARS….can be found on the table at the entrance of church. Feel free to take one for home and one for your office as we have sufficient.
2019 STEWARDSHIP ENVELOPES… Stewardship envelopes can be found at the entrance of church. If you do not find a box with your name on it, it is probably because you have indicated that you prefer not to use envelopes because you are doing automatic bill pay or some other method of conveying your monies to St. Edward. There is a page in the Stewardship book on which your contributions are noted each week/month/quarter so that at the end of the year you will receive a statement of your contributions. If there is someone who would like envelopes and there are none there, please advise the church office.
2019 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.
FIRST FRIDAY…JANUARY 4 ...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 …JANUARY 5 … 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.
FIRST SUNDAY...JANUARY 6 ...Traditional Latin Mass, noon
SAINTS ALIVE...ANGELS AT WORK...Our church was beautifully decorated for the Advent and Christmas season with greenery and Advent wreath during the four weeks of Advent and with the Chrismon tree, the creche, and beautiful ponsettias for Christmas! Thanks to all of those who had a part in those decorations! Our THANKS also to everyone who contributed to the beautiful services either as altar servers, lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Eucharistic, musician or in a myriad of “behind the scenes” jobs!
Our Return to the Lord
- Weekly Budget FY 2018-19 $1,917
- November Budget $7,668
- November income $8,958
- November expenses $8,640
- December Budget $9,585
- Collection December 22/23 $2,276
- Dec Income to Date $8,801
Stewardship The first reading today provides a challenging guideline for the good stewardship of our family relationships. How do I measure up?
Mass Schedule & Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Paul VanderVieren (for 27th)/family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Deceased members of our Parish
- Mon 5:30p Vigil of Holy Day, Mary, Mother of God - In memory of Matt Farlow/Scott
- Tue 5:30p Holy Day, Mary, Mother of God - In memory of Angela Lusk/Nettles family
- Wed 5:30p In memory of Sally Jo Higdon/Magoun
- Thurs 9:00a In memory of Gus Gremshell Olive Branch
- Fri 5:30p First Friday - In memory of Joe Scurria/Harris
- Sat 8:30a First Saturday - Father Ryan’s Special Intention
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Marie Michele/Weaver
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
- Sun Noon First Sunday - Traditional Latin Mass - Father Ryan’s Special Intention
ALTAR CANDLES this week are burning for the special intentions of Margo Corulla
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Emory Dukes (Dec 30), Beth Sullivan (Jan 4) Happy Anniversary Abby and Darryl Ellerbee (Jan 5)
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: 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), Tommy and Gail Byrd, Richard Chappuis (Johnson), Kay Collins, Karen Cobb, Jackie Daniels (Lancaster), Carol Dipert (Rome), Carole Ducote (Lancaster), Joe Farlow, Mike Farlow, JoAnn Phillips Finn (Hodge), Thom Gilfoil, Charlotte Green, 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 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, Bailey Rome, Blake Sullivan, Lori Sullivan, Brice Wood
The family of Billy Hodge who died on December 20, 2018
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.