St. Edward Bulletin, Feb 11, 2018

St. Edward Bulletin, Feb 11, 2018

From The Font

"The one who bears the sore of leprosy shall keep his garments rent and his head bare... he shall cry out, 'Unclean, unclean!' As long as the sore is on him he shall declare himself unclean, since he is in fact unclean. He shall dwell apart... outside the camp.”

In an individual-centric culture, the possibility that something which isn’t my fault might prevent me from doing whatever I want to do whenever I want to do it is a great evil.

In a community-centric culture, self-sacrifice is an act of love and genuine goodness.

In our world, we know the fake utopian ideas put forward by the media and lived out on college campuses have little to do with real life. In real life, lots of things aren’t my fault and still have real impact upon my life and the lives of those around me.

For us modern people, Leprosy (AKA Hansen’s Disease) is not a real risk. For us as Christians, though, it serves as a potent symbol. What should I do if something arises in me which is a real threat to those around me? Does it matter if that threat is my fault? What if, for example, I find myself addicted to something like alcohol or gambling? What if I find myself tempted by infidelity? What if I start to think “it’s my life and I deserve this…?” In a self-centered culture, this thinking is encouraged and praised. But it’s also poisonous for those we love.

If we set aside that narcissism for a moment, we start to see the wisdom of the Law of Moses in regard to leprosy and excommunication. Moses and Jesus agree that love IS self-sacrifice. It’s putting the good of the beloved ahead of the good of the lover. If two people in love sacrifice for one another - both are improved. If not, both are diminished. If someone refuses to sacrifice of him- or her-self, then they will diminish a family and a community. If they simply don’t care enough about others to sacrifice for them, then they are “in fact unclean.” We can’t really hope to change our culture with a few momentary decisions, but we can change our families and our communities by thinking as today’s scripture does. Do I have the guts to reject the easy path of self-centered thinking and live a life of sacrifice? Am I willing to love others enough to protect them from my weaknesses and faults?

Thoughts from Fr. Ryan

Mardi Gras - Fat Tuesday - has two origins which blend together in the Christian tradition. The first is Le Fête des Fous - the Feast of Fools. It was a day in which the poor were raised up and the great stepped down to serve them. While it degraded into debauchery from time to time (as Mardi Gras has in our day), it was meant to be a humbling reminder to all that people are just people and that God bestows honor and dignity upon them. Royals are not royalty because of themselves, but because God appoints them as such. One can, of course, question this logic… Still, Le Fête des Fous comes from a very genuine place and can be a real tool for equalizing individuals… That is when it’s not reduced to a week-long bender. That’s another article, though.

The other, more religious, origin is “Carnivale” which is Latin for “farewell (vale) to meat (carne).” The idea was to bring in the last of the winter garden and to slaughter whatever old sows needed slaughter (c.f. the Cajun Boucherie) and to have a feast before the long fast of Lent - which used to mean only one small, meatless meal every day of Lent except Sundays. So folks needed to fatten up before losing 20-30 pounds during the Lenten fast every year.

Our modern wimpy fasting requirements combined with plenty of supermarkets makes Mardi Gras fairly absurd. That’s probably why it’s degraded into a party without purpose or meaning.

Incidentally, Jesus’ constant call for fasting in the Gospels and the Church’s modern refusal to require us to fast may have something to do with our loss of Spiritual clarity - there’s nothing that says we can’t keep the fast as it used to be kept… Just a thought.

The symbols of Mardi Gras are well known to us. Of course, the Krewes and their royalty and the masked ball are a direct nod to Le Fête des Fous. So is the tossing of jewelry (beads) and coins (doubloons) to the “unwashed masses” as the royal entourage (the parade floats) passes by.

The Kings Cake comes from the more religious-oriented Carnivale and has the three liturgical colors of the seasons of Epiphany (white) when Carnivale begins , Ordinary Time (green) during which Carnivale takes place and Ash Wednesday (violet) when Carnivale ends and the Lenten fast begins. The baby inside is considered a token of God’s Blessing and gives the finder the privilege of continuing the celebration during the season or of hosting the first party next Carnivale.

To the credit of the City of New Orleans, Mardi Gras traditionally ends with a midnight procession of police and street sweepers who clear out Burbon Street and the rest of Vieux Carre and arrest anyone who can’t bring the party to an end. Many of the bars and clubs also shut down at midnight in a nod to the cultural faith of the city...

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 11 Mardi Gras Potluck Brunch - After 9:30a Mass - Parish Hall

  • Feb 14 Ash Wednesday - Masses at 9a (Olive Branch) and 5:30p (Church) Day of Fasting and Abstinence
  • Feb 16 & 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 not meet due to our Mardi Gras Social

MARDI GRAS POTLUCK SOCIAL COMMITTEE...will be held on February 11 following the 9:30 a.m. Mass in the Church Hall. 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

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.

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FEB. 14: ASH WEDNESDAY. Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation, but all are encouraged to attend Mass or receive ashes, Mass at The Olive Branch at 9 a.m. and in Church at 5:30 p.m.

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.

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 3/4 $3,180
  • February Income to Date $3,180

Stewardship In today’s second reading, St. Paul urges the Corinthians to “do all for the glory of God.” If we follow that advice in everything we do, we cannot help but be good stewards!

Special Collection On Ash Wednesday we will take up the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. This Collection supports Catholic organizations that provide affordable shelter and training for seminarians in a region that still struggles with the effects of Soviet rule. By providing pastoral care, catechesis, and funding for building renovations, your donations help to restore the Church and build the future in the region. Please give generously to the collection next week.

Mass Schedule & Intentions for the Coming Week

  • 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
  • Mon No Mass
  • Tue 5:30p In memory of Michael Mills/family
  • Wed 9:00a In memory of May DiTomasso The Olive Branch
  • Wed 5:30p For Father Ryan’s Special Intention
  • Thu 5:30p In memory of Angela Lusk/S Cox
  • Fri 5:30p In memory of Paul VanderVieren/family
  • Sat 5:30p In memory of Marie Phillips Michele/Harris
  • Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family

Altar Candles this week are provided by Angel Farlow

Assistants at Holy Mass

  • 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: N & M Ernst
  • 2/24 5:30p
    • Servers: None Scheduled
    • Lector: MA Gilfoil
    • EMHCs: P & B Wilks
  • 2/25 9:30a
    • Servers: C Sullivan & H Ellerbee
    • Lector: A Oliver
    • EMHCs: N & M Ernst

Let us Rejoice in the Lord!

Happy Birthday Becky Lancaster (Feb 11), Suzanne Wood (Feb 12), Mike Rome (Feb 14), Kate Copes (Feb 15)

Happy Anniversary Susie and Terry Murphy (Feb 13)

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. PLEASE HELP US TO UPDATE OUR PRAYER LIST BY ADVISING US OF ANYONE WHO SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE PRAYER LIST.