St. Edward Bulletin, Feb 18, 2018

St. Edward Bulletin, Feb 18, 2018

From The Font

"The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan.”

There are two generic Christian-sounding mantras which are passed around in our current age which are particularly misleading. First, folks say that God never causes “evil” only good. The second is that God never gives us more than we can handle.

And, understood with theological nuance, sure, both are true. But we don’t always understand them with theological nuance. More often than not, we think of evil as anything which is not to our apparent benefit in this moment. An accident, for example, usually gets labeled as evil. A serious illness usually gets the same. But in a world where God “makes all things work for the good of those who love” Him - are they evil or are they simply unpleasant? Aren’t those moments of suffering potentially valuable in bringing a family together or helping us reprioritize what really matters in life?

And what about God giving us only what we can handle? Doesn’t any good coach push us beyond what we think we can handle? God is, after all, our support in times of trial. If He is going to bear the brunt of our trials, then how can we speak of our own limits as being fixed?

So much of Lent is about learning to let God stretch us and mold us more freely. That’s going to mean discomfort. It’s going to mean some things we don’t necessarily want. It’s going to mean changing the way that we think about the world to see it as Jesus tells us to see it. This world isn’t the purpose of our lives, it’s merely a stage on which we mature so as to choose life in heaven or life in hell.

While that choice seems so obvious - folks choose to reject Jesus every day. Heck - we choose to put ourselves before the Lord every day when we sin. That’s what sin is - it’s us imitating Adam and Eve when they disobeyed God’s command to keep away from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. They decided to put their own wisdom before the Lord and they were cast from the Garden. That temptation is before us every day… Lent is meant to remind us of that frailty so we can entrust ourselves entirely to the Lord for healing and salvation.

A Letter from Our Bishop, David Talley

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord:

As you and I begin this first full week of holy Lent, I want to speak to you about a parallel season, the season of the 2018 Annual Diocesan Appeal. Though it might not seem so at first blush, these two “seasons”... that of holy Lent and the season our Annual Diocesan Appeal…have similar goals. Both are about conversion of heart, the conversion of our hearts toward the ongoing ministry of the Risen Lord.

As spiritual athletes, you and I take up the disciplines of holy Lent…with our intensified prayer, by our bodily fasting and through our almsgiving…in our commitment to the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. These disciplines are a kind of spiritual training…as we long for true conversion of heart…and the joy of celebrating the Lord’s Presence in our lives. As individuals and as members of our parish family, we turn away from sin and turn toward the light and love of Christ the Lord.

Today begins our 2018 Annual Diocesan Appeal, and this Appeal for your financial support for the diocese is also all about conversion of heart. In the Gospel account of the temptations of Jesus heard at Mass today, the Lord Jesus was tempted by the Father of lies….just as each of us is tempted: Jesus was tempted by Satan to live only for himself…to live selfishly; he was tempted, to turn away from the plan of God and to seek only what gave him human comfort; He was tempted to disobedience. He said NO to the enemy of our human nature; and Jesus said an obedient YES to our Father’s plan for humanity….the plan to redeem us…heal us. Following the Lord during holy Lent, we too will say YES to the plan of God…for each of us and for all.

This 2018 Annual Diocesan Appeal is all about our conversion of heart….that our hearts may be open….to support not only this faith community, but to support and lift up every facet of what makes up a Diocese: the training of our seminarians, and the candidates for the Diaconate; the ongoing training and care of our priests and deacons; the care of our retired priests; the ongoing support for the administration of our schools; the pastoral care of our college students; the important work of evangelization; the work of outreach through the various forms of the media.

In my first year with you, the 2017 Annual Diocesan Appeal was successful, beyond any expectation. THANK YOU for your generosity. As we begin this 2018 ADA season, let us seek a conversion of heart…to support the financial needs of the Diocese of central Louisiana with a generosity that sees each of the seventy missions and parishes…and the diocesan Bishop that cares for them….as neighbor. Let us pray for one another in love…seeking a new heart, a new spirit…each day….as the Lord promises.

Bishop David P. Talley

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 20 Pastoral Council Meeting – Parish Hall – following 5:30 p.m. Mass
  • Feb 23 Lenten Fridays - Day of Abstinence from Meat; Stations of Cross after 5:30p Mass
  • Feb 20 Pastoral Council Meeting – Parish Hall – following 5:30 p.m. Mass
  • Feb 23 Lenten Soup Supper & Movie after 5:30p Mass and Stations
  • Mar 24 Palm Saturday Bake Sale in the Parish Hall.

For Your Information:

SUNDAY CATECHISM...will meet on SUNDAY following Mass (about 10:30 a.m.) in the Church Hall.

PALM SATURDAY BAKE SALE... in the Parish Hall on Mar 24. All are requested to assist with this event as it is 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.

LENTEN REGULATIONS. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. This means that we do not eat meat and we have only one full meal. The other Fridays of the season of Lent are days of abstinence from meat. The obligation to abstain from meat binds Catholics 14 years of age and older. The obligation to fast, limiting oneself to one full meal and two lighter meals in the course of the day, binds Catholics from the age of 18 to 59. Those who are younger or older may freely embrace these disciplines. But Lenten disciplines should never endanger your health.

It is obvious that abstaining from meat is meaningless for vegetarians, who must choose some other form of abstinence. It is equally obvious that replacing meat with a gourmet seafood meal is not in keeping with the spirit of Lent.

ON THE WEB ...St. Edward has a Facebook page ( Fr. Ryan is sharing our parish bulletin and his Sunday sermons from his own website there weekly. We also have a shared calendar ( and new email address ( 
Fr. Ryan is also active on the web. He has a blog\webpage at and all are encouraged to friend, like or follow him on Facebook (, Twitter ( and Instagram (

PASTORAL COUNCIL..will hold its regular meeting on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 at 6:00 p.m(after 5:30 p.m. Mass) in the Church Center. All members are requested to make special effort to attend. Appointed members of the Council: Libby Bullard, Josephine Hodge, Michael Lancaster, Stephenie Marsh, Terry Murphy, Betty Smith, and Blanche Wilks. Appointed as Trustees by the Bishop are Brian Johnson and Dale Magoun. Appointed by the pastor to serve as Finance Council Chair is Darryl Ellerbee. Additionally, serving on the Council in an ex-officio capacity as President of the Altar Society will be Cathy VanderVieren. Parishioners are encouraged to attend contribute to the discussions.

SAINTS ALIVE…ANGELS AT WORK…Thanks to the group responsible for last weekend’s Mardi Gras Brunch…. Margo Corulla and Darryl and Abby Ellerbee, 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

Our Return to the Lord

  • Weekly Budget FY 2017-18 $1,917
  • January Budget $7,668
  • January Income $9,897
  • January Actual Expenses $7,749
  • February Budget $7,668
  • Collection February 3/11 $1,185
  • February Income to Date $4,365

Stewardship Would you like to serve our faith family as a Lector or as a Eucharistic Minister?? If so, please contact Libby Bullard (574-1736) for training. Parents…if you would like your child to be an Altar Server, please contact Father Ryan.

Special Collection This weekend we will be taking up a collection for Black and Indian Missions. This collection exists to help diocesan communities to build the Church and preach the Gospel of Jesus among the African American, Native American, and Alaska Native people of God. It supports parish life and catechesis, evangelization, Catholic education, and vocations in Black and Indian Missions across the United States. Please give generously.

Mass Schedule & Intentions for the Coming Week

  • Sat 5:30p In memory of Marie Phillips Michele/Harris
  • Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
  • Mon No Mass
  • Tue 5:30p In memory of Joe Scurria/Cox
  • Wed 9:00a In memory of Rosa Gremshell The Olive Branch
  • Thu 5:30p In memory of Father Ferre/Mills & Thompson
  • Fri 5:30p In memory of John and Marie Johnson/family
  • Sat 5:30p In memory of Matt Farlow/Corulla
  • 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

  • 2/17 5:30p
    • Lector: A Farlow
    • EMHCs: C VanderVieren & L Bullard
  • 2/18 9:30a
    • Servers: P Collins & C Wood
    • Lector: Youth
    • EMHCs: N & M Ernst
  • 2/24 5:30p
    • Lector: MA Gilfoil
    • EMHCs: P & B Wilks
  • 2/25 9:30a
    • Servers: C Sullivan & H Ellerbee
    • Lector: A Oliver
    • EMHCs: N & M Ernst
  • 3/3 5:30p
    • Lector: C VanderVieren
    • EMHCs: A Farlow & M Rome
  • 3/4 9:30a
    • Servers: W Sullivan & A Collins
    • Lector: K Collins
    • EMHCs: Betty Smith & Volunteer

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, Charles Michael Finlayson, Thom Gilfoil, Kathy Garley Hanlon (Gilfoil), Cooper Harris (R Wood), Alan Henley (Copes), Bo Holloway, Diane Johnson (Johnson), Ben Lenhart (G Marsh), 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.