St. Edward Bulletin, Feb 25, 2018

St. Edward Bulletin, Feb 25, 2018

From The Font

"As they were coming down from the mountain, He charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone… until...”

Modern life is individualistic. Most of us are told that life is about watching out for number one. That error bleeds into Christianity through non-biblical ideas like “a personal relationship with Jesus,” Jesus as “personal Lord and Savior” and “Jesus didn’t intend an institutional Church.” When we think in this self-centered way, we can’t understand why Jesus would want to hide Himself… After all - didn’t He come to save sinners and to teach the people?

BUT Jesus didn’t come just to have a lot of personal encounters with individual people. He didn’t come just to share a handful of teachings that would end up on about 100 pages of printed text.

Jesus actually came to establish a Church upon the person of the apostle Peter. He came to give those apostles the Gospel and to charge them to share it. One of the first ways those apostles did that sharing was to write the books that we call Gospels. Jesus didn’t say write down the things that I do and say… He didn’t compose a list of doctrines or miracles which were to be recorded for posterity. Some folks have realized that and concluded that Jesus didn’t really care about the things he taught… Well, that’s absurd. Jesus didn’t do anything by accident. He didn’t get caught unaware.

He taught the apostles because they were to be the first Bishops of His Church. That’s why Jesus tells so many people to keep quiet about the miracles that He works. That’s why Jesus tells his apostles not to report the events of the Transfiguration until later. That’s why Jesus doesn’t defend Himself to Pilate and to Herod. That’s why Jesus rebukes the demons and silences them. That’s why Jesus doesn’t write a catechism and that’s why Jesus only preaches the Gospel for three years. He spent thirty years in quiet and three years in ministry and then He went to His death. All of these things only make sense in light of Jesus’ plan to establish a Church… And so when we encounter Jesus trying to fly below the radar, we don’t need to be confused - we just need to realize that He was preparing His disciples to establish the Church to which we now belong.

Thoughts from Fr. Ryan

As many of you know, I’ve been closely involved with Catholic Education for most of my time as a priest. Most intensely, I was attached to St. Mary Catholic School in Natchitoches. In my time there, we had some very tough conversations about student safety. We discussed school shootings and bombs and other, more disturbing, kinds of violent threats to our kids. We even had a real, non-drill lockdown when a threat was made to a neighboring school.

Of all the things we discussed regarding student safety, the most important principle was realism. We didn’t want to introduce silliness, ideology or the kind of hysteria which our news media has consistently brought to this most serious subject.

I was in high school when I met Val Shner. She and a half dozen of her friends came to an event which I attended. Val was at Columbine. She was shot. I spent half a night talking with her about it. Columbine was a tragedy, but the media turned it into a circus.

The recent shootings in southern Florida are a tragedy for a lot of reasons. But we do no service to the victims when we turn their tragedy into hysterical activity. Quite the opposite.

There are reasons that this tragedy happened. For one, the school was using outdated response alerts. Code-based alerts don’t work. “Red” alert, as opposed to “brown” or “pink” or “blue,” may have cost some kids their lives. The lack of quality drills and practices may have cost some kids their lives. For another thing, the school didn’t - it would seem - have exterior doors locked and secured. Sure, it’s annoying for the secretary, but what a difference a locked door and some secure-glass doors would have made.

There’s plenty we could say about gun laws, mental health policies, gun-free zones and failure of law enforcement to enforce gun laws… But that talk isn’t really at the heart of question. The practical center of the issue is that the school’s policies and procedures failed to protect it’s kids despite plenty of other school shootings to learn from… Sadly, many of our own schools - public and private - don’t follow even basic safety procedures like this. The deeper center of the issue isn’t practical at all. Ser Winston Churchill said that the greatest threat to the public safety is the loss of a moral sense. He said that while Germany was actively bombing the UK. Sen. Kamala Harris said, without the least irony, that our nation should be embarrassed and ashamed that “our babies are being slaughtered.” She just voted this month to keep partial-birth abortion legal and to fund Planned Parenthood despite video evidence that they keep aborted babies alive in order to harvest their organs… What more can I really say about her.

We have no qualms with aborting a baby because of its gender. We have no qualms aborting a baby with Down’s or Autism. We have no qualms pulling the plug on someone with a serious illness. How can we possibly be surprised that there are people - young or old - who will kill indiscriminately for any reason whatsoever?

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
  • March 1 Lessons on Trip to Italy - following 5:30 p.m. Mass
  • March 2 Lenten Fridays - Day of Abstinence from Meat; Stations of Cross after 5:30p Mass
  • March 2 First Friday Devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus - 5:30 p.m.
  • March 3 First Saturday Devotions to our Blessed Mother - Mass and Holy Hour - 8:30 a.m.
  • March 4 First Sunday - Traditional Latin Mass - 12 noon
  • Mar 24 Palm Saturday Bake Sale in the Parish Hall.

Altar Candles this week are provided by Margo Corulla

For Your Information:

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

FRIDAYS IN LENT. Every Friday of Lent we will have Stations of the Cross at 5:30p followed by Mass. On Feb 23, Mar 9 and Mar 23, Father will prepare a light soup and show a spiritual film in the Hall. All are certainly welcome to join and to bring a small, meatless item if they’d like.

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.

FIRST FRIDAY…MARCH 2…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 …MARCH 3 … 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.

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.

PILGRIMAGE TALKS...on March1 and 15 and April 5 and 19, Father Ryan will have a program following 5:30 p.m. Mass during which he will have pictures and commentary relevant to the places that our group from St Edward will visit in May. All are invited to attend as the talks will be informative about historic and beautiful places and will include lots of pictures. Any and everyone can enjoy what our family and friends who are traveling with us will experience.

COFFEE STATION...we are planning to put the fancy new Bunn coffee pot and all the assorted items which are used to prepare a good cup of coffee together in one spot in the main room of the Hall and to do this we are going to secure a piece of furniture that would be roughly 24 inches deep (front to back), 4 feet long, and 36 inches tall (countertop heigth). Before we go out and buy something, does anyone have an old hutch, buffett, or dresser that they are not using and would be interested in donating. It does not have to be in particularly good condition as it can be “re-purposed” and restored. If so, let Father know or take a picture and text it to him.

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 17/18 $1,742
  • February Income to Date $6,107

Stewardship Abraham was prepared to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. St Paul reminds us that God Himself “did not spare his own Son.” Are my gifts to the Lord--of my resources, of my time, of myself--also sacrificial?

Mass Schedule & Intentions for the Coming Week

  • Sat 5:30p In memory of Matt Farlow/Corulla
  • Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
  • Mon No Mass
  • Tue 5:30p In memory of Gus Gremshell
  • Wed 9:00a In memory of Sally Jo Higdon/Magoun The Olive Branch
  • Thu 5:30p In memory of
  • Fri 5:30p In memory of
  • Sat 8:30a First Saturday - Private Intention
  • Sat 5:30p In memory of
  • Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
  • Sun noon First Sunday - Traditional Latin Mass - Private Intention

Altar Candles this week are provided by

Assistants at Holy Mass

  • 2/24 5:30p
    • Servers: None Scheduled
    • Lector: MA Gilfoil
    • EMHCs: P & B Wilks
  • 2/25 9:30a
    • Servers: C Sullivan & H Ellerbee
    • Lector: K Collins
    • EMHCs: N & M Ernst
  • 3/3 5:30p
    • Servers: None Scheduled
    • Lector: P Gilfoil
    • EMHCs: A Farlow & M Rome
  • 3/4 9:30a
    • Servers: W Sullivan & A Collins
    • Lector: A Oliver
    • EMHCs: Betty Smith & Volunteer
  • 3/10 5:30p
    • Servers: None Scheduled
    • Lector: C VanderVieren
    • EMHCs: L Bullard & Volunteer
  • 3/11 9:30a
    • Servers: El & C Marsh
    • Lector: D Ellerbee
    • EMHCs: N & M Ernst

Let us Rejoice in the Lord!

Happy Birthday Kathleen Mills (March 3)

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,Jessica Montpelier (A Ginn), 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.