From The Font
"Go into the village opposite you, and immediately on entering it, you will find a colt tethered on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it here.”
Of all of the many commands that Jesus gave to His apostles, this one is just about the oddest… How does He know about the animal and who sat on it? He didn’t go into the village to negotiate for it in advance - they’ve been with Him the whole time. He surely didn’t buy it because Judas held all the cash. Does Jesus know every detail about everything? Why, then, did He ask them what the people were saying about Him?
There are two things to keep in mind as we get closer and closer to the Crucifixion of Jesus. First, Jesus was no longer teaching in the sense that He was imparting information… He was preparing them for what came next. He was getting them ready to witness His death and then to witness His Resurrection. What’s more, He was preparing them for the first weeks of being Bishops of this brand new Church. His words, then, were not so much meant to be clear teachings which could be understood by lots of people in the way that the parables had been. He was speaking to these men that He had spent three years teaching and training for this moment.
Second, the Gospel writers had to chose which of those precious moments of the life of Jesus to record in their books… They were trying to communicate what it was like to be in the presence of Jesus… They were trying to communicate it for ordinary folks, for those who were already Christian and for all the people who might read these texts through the ages until Jesus returned in Glory.
This is one of the most central reasons that Catholics do not place more emphasis on the Bible as the main way in which God communicates us with us. The Bible isn’t the main way in which God communicates with us. He communicates with us through the Church which He established in the person of each of those apostles and bishops.
The strangeness of this command is balanced by the fact that the apostles obeyed and that in their obedience Jesus fulfilled prophecies about being the Messiah that they weren’t even aware of…
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
Palm Sunday begins “Holy Week.” In years’ past, Lent wasn’t one big block of time. Rather, it was a series of little mini-seasons. The time of pre-lent (in Latin, Septuagesima) was celebrated at Mass but no fasting took place. Then the 40 days of fasting (in Latin, Quadragesima) began with the daily Lenten fast and personal penances. The last two weeks of those 40 days were called Passiontide and were marked by veiled statues in the Church and by little adjustments to the Mass. The last 3 days of the 40 fasting days were called the Paschal Triduum and were called “Holy Thursday,” “Good Friday” and “Holy Saturday.” Nowadays, Lent is just Lent and while the Paschal Triduum is still what we formally call the last three days, “Holy Week” is more common.
The great value of those mini-seasons was that they allowed us to track progress and not to let ourselves get worn out with the same thing for six weeks. I hope everyone has made it through these first five weeks of Lent unscathed and that we’re all looking forward to Easter!
Still, we have one week to go and that week is a big deal. Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday are not just ceremonies… There not just little rituals that we do to cap off Lent and welcome Easter. God doesn’t ask us to do anything just because… These days are here because of our humanity. They are specific gifts to us and they are designed and tailored to help our spiritual growth and to build up our connection to the Lord.
Holy Thursday is about the Holy Eucharist. It’s ceremonies remind us that the Holy Eucharist isn’t just about commemorating a scene from the Bible. The Holy Eucharist is not a cracker or a mere symbol or just a ceremonial remembering of the Last Supper. It’s Jesus Christ. It’s how we keep Holy the Lord’s day. Without it, we cannot have life within us (c.f. John 6).
Good Friday is about the real impact of the Lord’s Cross. There’s no Mass! There’s a ceremony - but it’s not Mass. We are living the death of the Lord! It’s a day of fasting… It shouldn’t be a day for a party or an event - whether there’s meat there or not. It’s a day that we need to face death and loss… Without Good Friday - we’re paralyzed at the realities of our daily life. We’re forced to pretend that death is not big deal. Good Friday equips us to live for more than just this world…
After Holy Thursday and Good Friday, we wait until dark to begin the Mass for Holy Saturday. It begins with quiet and darkness. After four long readings and half an hour of darkness, the bells ring and the lights come up and we celebrate that Jesus has conquered darkness! We see with our senses and our souls that the light of Easter can only be reached through the darkness of Good Friday. We understand why Jesus says that we cannot get to Heaven without taking up our crosses and following after Him!
I hope that many of us will make every effort to come for Mass at 7p on Holy Thursday, at 5:30p on Good Friday and on Holy Saturday evening, when Mass begins at 8p. (No Mass will be offered at 5:30p.)
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 31 Easter Egg Hunt - 11 a.m. - Church grounds
- April 5 Lessons on Italy - following 5:30 p.m. Mass
- April 8 Divine Mercy Sunday - Holy Hour 3 p.m.
For Your Information:
SUNDAY CATECHISM...will NOT meet this SUNDAY.
HOLY WEEK LECTORS, SERVERS & ASSISTANTS Holy Thursday - 7 pm - Aiden & Preston, Servers, L Bullard, Lector; M Rome & A Keene, EMHC Good Friday - 5:30 pm - Henry & Colin, Server, C VanderVieren, Lector; P Gilfoil, Narrator, MA Gilfoil, Voice Holy Saturday - 8 pm- Carter & Walker, Servers, P Gilfoil & MA Gilfoil, readings, A Farlow, Epistle; M Gilfoil & C VanderVieren, EMHC
HOLY WEEK REGULATIONS. Good Friday is a day of fast and abstinence. This means that we do not eat meat and we have only one full meal. 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.
EASTER EGG HUNT… Holy Saturday, March 31, at 11 a.m. 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!
ANNUAL DIOCESEAN APPEAL...Abraham was prepared to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. St. Paul reminds us that God Himself “did not spare His own Son.” Jesus’ death was God’s greatest gift to us. He gave his only Son so we may have eternal life! Are my gifts to the Lord — of my resources, of my time, of myself — also sacrificial? Do I gratefully and generously share with my parish, the community and the Universal Church? Your support of the 2017 Annual Diocesan Appeal is a grateful response to God’s greatest gift to us.
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS...The Congregation for Eastern Churches is urging Catholics worldwide to support the Good Friday collection for the Church in the Holy Land. Among the projects supporting the holy places are the renovationI of the Sanctuary of Bethany next to the tomb of Lazarus, the renovation of St. Catherine's Church next to the Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem, and the planning of restoration works at the Shrine of the Transfiguration at Mount Tabor. Please support the Church in the Holy Land.
“Come follow me”, Christ challenged His Disciples. They did, and men have accepted the challenge and followed Christ in His priesthood to this day. Having left family, when their health fails our priests must turn for assistance to the people they have served. And the cost of medical care continues to rise. The Infirm Priests Fund looks to the generosity of the laity of the Diocese for its resources. In gratitude, the priests who receive help respond in prayer for your needs as they continue to accept Christ’s challenge, “Come follow me”. Next weekend, at all Easter Masses, a second collection will be taken up for the infirm priests of our diocese.
Our Return to the Lord
- Weekly Budget FY 2017-18 $1,917
- February Budget $7,668
- February Income $7,900
- February Actual Expenses $8,870
- March Budget $7,668
- Collection March 17/18 $2,803
- March Income to Date $8,211
Stewardship Good stewards strive to conform their lives to that of Christ--emptying themselves of all pride and putting themselves at the service of others.
Special Collections Good Friday… for the Church in the Holy Land...
Easter Sunday... for the Infirmed Priests of our diocese...
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 No Mass as Father Ryan will be at the Cathedral for Mass of the Holy Chrism
- Wed 9:00a In memory of May DiTomasso The Olive Branch
- Thu 7:00p In memory of J.C.B. “Chipper” Jumonville/family
- Fri 5:30p Good Friday - The Veneration of the Holy Cross
- Sat 8:00p In memory of Darryl Ellerbee, Sr./family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
- Sun noon Traditional Latin Mass - Father’s Intentions
Altar Candles this week are provided by Margo Corulla
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 3/24 5:30p
- Lector: MA Gilfoil
- EMHCs: P & M Gilfoil
- 3/25 9:30a
- Servers: P Collins & C Wood
- Lector: K Collins
- EMHCs: Volunteers
- 3/31 5:30p
- Servers: C & W Sullivan
- Lector: P Gilfoil, MA Gilfoil, A Farlow
- EMHCs: M Gilfoil & C VanderVieren
- 4/1 9:30a
- Servers: A & P Collins
- Lector: B Sullivan
- EMHCs: B Smith & A Keene
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Terry Hall (March 27), Cooper Wood Ellerbee (March 27), Dana Dukes (March 28), Jonathan Dukes (March 28), Teddy Oliver (March 28), Harper Bedgood (April 2), Betty Smith (April 2), Carter Sullivan (April 2), Walker Sullivan (April 2)
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), 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, 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.