From The Font
"In those days, God delivered all these commandments.” “He found in the temple area those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves...”
All Christians know that following Jesus is more than just obeying a list of rules… It’s second nature. In fact, many Christians who misunderstand Jesus believe that following Jesus means rejecting those rules. But the Jews had never heard of such a thing. The Old Testament doesn’t hint at that. Neither did the teachers and the “saints” of Judaism. For the Jews, being a good Jew was obeying the law.
When Jesus comes into the temple, He doesn’t find greedy, evil people being greedy and evil. He finds folks who are selling the animals that other folks need to buy in order to offer their sacrifices. Some of these people had been traveling for weeks to get to do their duty and they had foreign money and they couldn’t travel with a herd of goats. So it’s not as if there was any disobedience or bad will there in the temple when Jesus came in.
That’s why so many people were so confused. Imagine Jesus coming into Church on Sunday and freaking out about bulletins or missallettes. Sure, we ought to be listening to the word, rather than reading it (c.f. Rom 10:17)… But it’s surely not a crime against faith.
As I spoke last week about symbolic acts, so this week the Lord is giving a sermon through gesture. He’s saying that the law isn’t enough. Obedience to the Law won’t save. In fact, He’s saying that THE temple can’t save souls… He’s saying that this notion of sacrifices and offerings will be replaced by something new and unexpected.
That’s why the people ask Him to explain what He means by a sign. They know something important is here, but they just can’t grasp what Jesus is getting at. How can THE temple be His body? How can they offer sacrifices of blood IN His body? The Church connects this reading with Moses and the 10 Commandments because that was the same kind of shift in thinking that the Jews had to have in the desert. Getting the Law in the first place was a change in thinking and now having that Law fulfilled in God’s own son will be a new change in thinking…
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
Bishop Talley has often said that his favorite season of the year is Lent. I think a lot of Catholics feel like that. For one, Lent is a practical season. We can measure our success in the Christian life. Either we abstained from meat on Friday or we didn’t. Either I did or I didn’t give up something successfully.
For another thing, Lent is a little like those first few weeks with a personal trainer. We’ve got some real pressure to get things done in our faith. Bp. Fulton Sheen famously said that folks don’t reject the Catholic Faith because it is to hard, but because it is too soft. In Lent, we are challenged to take our faith more seriously and I think that - despite the general wisdom - folks like being challenged.
For yet another thing, Lent has a fixed beginning and end. Ordinary Time is long and it begins and ends only when another season takes it over. It starts after Christmas, stops whenever Lent and Easter happen and then goes on until Advent. Lent starts on Ash Wednesday and it goes until Easter.
If I were to draw a few conclusions from my thoughts, I’d think that Catholics would prefer a more practical way of thinking about our Faith. I might even conclude that many of us would prefer to think about our faith in a more practical way all year long. I’d also conclude that vagueness and unclear ideas about our Faith don’t really help anyone. I might also conclude that our faith would be easier to live out if we had some concrete way to manifest our love for God every day just as we like to manifest our faith for our families.
Psychologist Gary Chapman argues that there are five primary ways in which we express love or one another: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Gift Giving, Acts of Service and Physical Touch. Except for Physical touch, each of these is easily adapted to our faith. Words of Affirmation to our spouse may be praise of them, which we can offer to God just as easily in prayer. Quality Time with God might be time spent in quiet reflection or spiritual reading. Gift Giving may well be alms for the poor. An Act of Service to our family may be small or large, cooking dinner or planning a trip to Disney. Service to God may be any work of mercy. However each of these ways plays our practically, the idea of making our Faith both spiritual and physical would seem to be something that most Catholics appreciate about Lent and it’s something that all of us could make part of our daily lives…
As we approach the halfway point of Lent, we have to remind ourselves not just of what we’re doing and giving up but why… We’re not just keeping Lent holy because we’re supposed to. We’re keeping Lent holy because doing so has real effect. We’re doing spiritual exercises… Those exercises are both practical - in that they make us holier, happier and more fulfilled - and spiritual - in that they assist the Church, our families and those we pray for.
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 4 First Sunday - Traditional Latin Mass - 12 noon
- March 9 Lenten Fridays - Day of Abstinence from Meat; Stations of Cross after 5:30p Mass
- March 9 Lenten Soup Supper...and Movie following Mass
- March 13 Ladies Altar Society … meet following 5:30 p.m. Mass in the Parish Hall
- March 15 Lessons on Trip to Italy - following 5:30 p.m. Mass
- March 24 Palm Saturday Bake Sale in the Parish Hall
- March 31 Easter Egg Hunt -TBA a.m. - Church grounds
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 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.
PILGRIMAGE TALKS...on March 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, buffet, 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.
EASTER EGG HUNT… Holy Saturday, March 31, during the morning (time TBA) on church grounds. Stephenie Marsh and Kate Copes will be giving leadership to this event but all are encourgaged to provide eggs and to assist as you are able to insure that our children have their usual GREAT time!!! PLEASE NOTE: We have at least one child in our faith family with a severe peanut allergy so please insure that you do not include ANYTHING that has peanuts, peanut butter or peanut oil in it!
CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES COLLECTION...Next week, our parish will take up The Catholic Relief Services Collection. This Collection supports six Catholic agencies that touch more than 100 million lives around the world. The funds from the Collection help provide food to the hungry, welcome and support to displaced refugees, and invaluable life skills to those seeking a better life. How will you help? Next week, please give generously to The Catholic Relief Services Collection and Jesus in disguise.
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 24/25 $1,793
- February Income to Date $7,900
Stewardship “You shall not covet” is perhaps a difficult commandment to keep in our consumer society. But as Christian stewards, we know that we are the recipients and caretakers of God’s many gifts. May this understanding that all is gift help us be less resentful of the gifts of others
Special Collection This weekend’s second collection is our once-a-month Building Fund collection
Next week, The Catholic Relief Services Collection
Mass Schedule & Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 8:30a First Saturday - Private Intention
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Sarah Phillips/family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
- Sun noon First Sunday - TLM - In memory of Racer Holstead (death anniversary)/family
- Mon No Mass
- Tue No Mass
- Wed 9:00a In memory of Eva Reynolds/Mills & Thompson The Olive Branch
- Thu 5:30p In memory of May DiTommaso
- Fri 5:30p In memory of Paul VanderVieren/family
- Sat 5:30p In memory of George and Elizabeth Gilfoil McGuire/E McGuire
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
Altar Candles this week are provided by by Louise Magoun
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 3/3 5:30p
- 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
- Lector: C VanderVieren
- EMHCs: L Bullard & Volunteer
- 3/11 9:30a
- Servers: El & C Marsh
- Lector: D Ellerbee
- EMHCs: Volunteers
- 3/17 5:30p
- Lector: M Rome
- EMHCs: A Farlow & L Bullard
- 3/18 9:30a
- Servers: C Donham & M Wood
- Lector: Youth
- EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Kathleen Mills (March 3), Levi Washington (March 10)
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), David Sullivan (Hunter), 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.