From The Font
"If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast, for an obligation has been imposed on me, and woe to me if I do not preach it! All this I do for the sake of the gospel, so that I too may have a share in it.”
The duty to evangelize - that is, to share the teaching of Jesus with others - is baked into Christianity. Every Christian has a moral obligation to evangelize according to their vocation - that is, their mode of life.
Surely, priests and consecrated religious (Nuns, Sisters, Monks and Brothers) are obliged differently than are married people, widows, widowers, young people, etc. Surely, those with specific gifts of teaching or intellect are obliged differently than are people without those specific gifts. At the same time, though, those with specific gifts in art or technology or counseling or administration or carpentry or writing or just the gift of gab are obliged to evangelize according to those gifts.
Our particular history in the Gulf South and the strong role traditionally played by French nuns and priests in the Antebellum South has left a strong, lingering sense that the work of sharing the teachings of Jesus belongs mostly to those who “professionally religious.” The reality, though, is that long before the nuns arrived, our area was served by missionary priests who visited the area once every six to eight weeks. The Faith was maintained and led by lay folks who lived a life of holiness founded on a fairly simple understanding of the message of Jesus and of how, specifically, that message translated into daily life. That Faith endured constant barrages from Baptist Circuit Riders and the influx of Protestant Carpetbaggers in the Reconstruction Era.
Only in the last hundred years did the nuns do the heavy lifting. Thankfully, here in Tallulah, that wasn’t as prominent as it was elsewhere in our area. Still, we would do well to reconnect with our own duty and obligation to be sharers of the Gospel of Jesus with everyone we meet. Our gifts are not ours at random… They have been given to us for a purpose and a reason. If we’re looking for that larger sense of purpose and fulfillment which seems harder and harder to find in this modern world, we will begin to find it by looking within for the purpose which God has revealed to us in our natural gifts and talents.
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
Job is rarely a hoot… “Job spoke, saying: Is not man's life on earth a drudgery? Are not his days those of hirelings? He is a slave who longs for the shade, a hireling who waits for his wages. So I have been assigned months of misery, and troubled nights have been allotted to me.”
Of course, Job had reason to be sad. He went from the height of “blessedness” and what we might call “success” to the depths of “cursedness,” poverty and abandonment.
Since the end of the World Wars, the Western World has struggled with a steady increase of depression among individuals in the populace and, it would seem, among the leadership. There are some really good studies that have been done to explain why that happened. The massive loss of men who died in battle created a huge number of fatherless homes and a decline in population growth... The huge spending on war devastated some economies and fueled the wealth of war profiteers... The list is long…
Whatever the reasons, though, depression is a big problem for us. It’s common and it builds on itself. Depression makes us want to isolate ourselves and stay in bed all day and that isolation makes us more depressed and not interested in seeing others who could get us out of the funk. It robs us of joy and of human consolation. It also makes us see everything though a negative lens and makes it hard for us to see the world in the way that God tells us to see the world and ourselves.
To add insult to injury, modern Christianity is poisoned by this naive optimism that says that Christians are supposed to be chipper and upbeat all the time no matter what! Of course, this has nothing to do with the Gospel and everything to do with television self-help preachers. But some Christians have got into their head the idea that we’re all supposed to think only the “positive” and downplay the “negative.” Of course, “positive” and “negative” for the Christian are not the same as they are for the celebrity or on the Today™ Show. Our salvation, after all, comes from the death of Jesus on the Cross. He tells us true happiness comes from taking up our cross and following after Him. There’s no good in a Christian being a naive optimist and pushing others to do the same.
As Christians, we confront depression not with looking on the bright side, but by sharing our sadness with the Lord. We have to bring to Him our fears and our hurts. We have to ask Him for Hope - which is the sure and certain trust that God will give us what we need to get to Heaven. What we must not do is put on a sunny disposition just to do it… Optimism is not Christian and it’s not the way to confront the culture of Depression in which we live.
Now, that said, the science of Depression tells us that sadness can be situational or it can be caused by specific chemical dodads in the brain. There’s nothing wrong with seeing a doctor and getting treated for a hurt shoulder or a chemical issue in the brain! But that treatment doesn’t preclude us seeing Depression as a Cross which unites us to the Lord and strengthens our Hope.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
THANKS...the family of JOE SCURRIA sent a note of appreciation for the generosity of the Faith Family of St Edward at the time of Joe’s death. Check the note on the board at the entrance of church.
CHURCH TODAY...We are taking up a special collection for our diocesan newspaper -- the Church Today. Every month, this 24-page newspaper is mailed FREE to every Catholic household in the diocese. All donations to this special collection go directly to the Church Today to help defray the cost of printing and mailing. If you, or someone you know, would like to receive the Church Today FREE each month, call 318-445-6424, ext 255 to request it.
PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN… parish volunteers must be VIRTUS trained and go on line regularly at www.virtus.org for the latest training bulletins. Any questions or issues can be reported to the office. Printed resources are available on the table at the entrance to the Church. • “Protecting our Children, Understanding and Preventing Child Sexual Abuse” includes Resources and Contact Numbers for reporting abuse. • “Protecting God’s Children, Teaching Touching Safety Quick Reference Guide” The Diocesan Policy for the Protection of Minors and The Diocesan Code of Pastoral Conduct for Priests, Deacons, Pastoral Ministers, Administrators, Staff, and Volunteers are available in the Safe Environment section of the diocesan website at DioceseAlex.org or a copy may be requested from the Safe Environment Office (318) 445-2401.
PLEDGE TO HEAL...If you or a family member has been abused or victimized by a representative of the Catholic church or a member of the clergy, please believe in the possibility for hope and help and healing. Dr. Lee Kneipp, Clinical Psychologist, Victim Assistance Coordinator, Diocese of Alexandria encourages those persons to come forward and speak out. Dr. Kneipp is establishing support groups in the central Louisiana area for victims and family members. The focus of these groups is to further emotional and spiritual healing as an adjunct to therapy, in an atmosphere of others who understand the pain, betrayal, and fear associated with abuse. Dr. Kneipp can be reached at 318-542-9805. All calls are confidential.
Our Return to the Lord
- Weekly Budget FY 2017-18 $1,917
- December Budget $9,585
- December income $11,649
- December Actual Expenses $7,367
- January Budget $7,668
- Collection January 27/28 $1,839
- January Income to Date $9,740
Stewardship Like St. Paul in the second reading, the good steward can say, “I do all that I do for the sake of the gospel in the hope of having a share in its blessings.”
Special Collection This weekend’s second collection is our once-a-month Building Fund collection
The Blue envelope in your box is a special collection for our diocesan newspaper -- the Church Today. See notes elsewhere in bulletin. Please put your envelope or a check in the second collection basket
Mass Intentions for the Coming Week
- 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
- Mon No Mass
- Tue No Mass (Father out of town)
- Wed 9:00a In memory of Gus Gremshell The Olive Branch
- Thu 5:30p In memory of Curley Mills/Family
- Fri 5:30p In memory of Marie Phillips Michele/Weaver
- Sat 5:30p In memory of W. R. and Elizabeth Gilfoil/McGuire
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
Altar Candles this week are provided by Blanche Wilks
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 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
- 2/17 5:30p
- Servers: None Scheduled
- Lector: A Farlow
- EMHCs: C VanderVieren & L Bullard
- 2/18 9:30a
- Servers: P Collins & C Wood
- Lector: Youth
- EMHCs: A Keene & Volunteer
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Dorothy Dyer (Feb 3), Susan Gilfoil (Feb 3), Juanita Storey (Feb 3), Ben Dukes (Feb 4), Blanche Wilks (Feb 5), Stephenie E. Marsh (Feb 6), Becky Lancaster (Feb 11)
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, 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.
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.