From The Font
"On the first day of the week...”
The Jewish Sabbath is Saturday - the seventh day - the last day of the week - on which God rested. For the Jews, then, the work of creation and the created world was a higher priority than the spiritual matters which were put off until the last day of the week…
Jesus rose on the first day, though… By rising on the first day of the week, Jesus gives his followers a new spiritual mandate. Our worship - in Spirit and in Truth - is not made to follow our “real” work in the world. No, our worship is our first priority and it precedes any good work we may want to do in the world. For the Jews, keeping the sabbath meant resting and offering the Shabbat meal as a personal and family renewal of the covenant. Christians, though, do not keep the sabbath. We keep holy the Lord’s Day, the day of the Resurrection… And keeping holy the Lord’s Day is no private matter. Jesus tells us at the Last Supper to “do this in memory of” Him. The Apostles understood His meaning immediately and within days of the Resurrection, they were offering a primitive form of the Mass. St. Paul speaks about this in a kind of second nature sort of way - which only makes sense if this had been the habit of Christians for a good long while by the time Paul became a missionary.
Keeping Holy the Lord’s Day is not a personal matter. It’s not a matter of rest or family. It’s a matter of worship - in Spirit and in Truth.
We keep Holy the Lord’s Day when we present ourselves to witness the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered on the Altar for the redemption of sins and the life of the world. We may be unable to receive Holy Communion. We may struggle to believe. We may be in a poor frame of mind. We may not feel able to “get anything out of Mass.” We may be unable to understand or get along with our pastor. We may feel on the outs with our parish family… But we only keep Holy the Lord’s Day when we attend Sunday Mass.
Jesus never did anything by accident. He said He would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days… On that first day of the week, He did. He replaced the last-priority, mostly private worship of the Jews with the first-priority public worship that we call the Holy Mass.
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
Holidays have been a part of our religion since the very first days of Judaism. Certain times of the year and certain times of one’s life are special. Time is something precious just as life and friends and family are precious.
Easter can be reduced to a time of bunnies and chocolate and pastels and family pictures - but it’s much, much more than that. It’s more than a mere remembrance. It’s more than an occasion for prayer or religion. It’s a genuinely privileged time… That seems so foreign to us now…
We get that birthdays are special. We understand that anniversaries are special. We remember the day that grandpa John died. We remember the day that Bin Laden destroyed the twin towers. And we get the value in commemorating those events on the day that they happened… Not just because that day is convenient - but because that day is privileged…
Easter is special, in part, because it’s the most scripturally defined day of the year. Easter takes place on the first Sunday after the fourteenth day of the Jewish month of Nissan… That’s super specific. That day is always associated with the same phase of the moon. Sunrise and sunset are generally around the same time as this time last year. Perhaps most powerfully, Easter marks the shift from the darkness and dreariness of Winter - when everything is dying or sleeping - to the frenetic life of spring time. The symbol is reinforced by the nature around us. That’s neither an accident nor is it something merely to dismiss or set aside...
The most common critique of religion in our world is the belief that religion is just made up… That it isn’t provable or scientific. Religion is dismissed as a complicated fairy tale with God as the Wizard of Oz… When we say “God did that for me” - it’s no different than the Greeks thinking the motion of the Sun was Apollo and his chariot.
In reality, Catholicism is deeply ingrained with science, art, human nature, philosophy, logic, history and even math. Our Faith isn’t rooted in unprovable fairy tales at all. Anyone with a basic knowledge of logic and philosophy and a basic sense of intellectual honesty knows that the existence of God is more scientific than atheism or agnosticism… That’s true long before we start talking about the Bible or faith of any kind.
These holidays that we keep ground us to this world as we think about the great spiritual things. Easter is connected to Spring as Christmas is to Winter. The feast days of saints are grounded to their historical lives and the works and words of Jesus are inseparable from one another. Our Faith is very, very real. It’s not real because the Bible says so. It’s not real because a lot of people have lived it. It’s not real because it’s accepted by our modern world.
It’s real because God is real and He created both our Faith and this world… And only when we ground ourselves here can we safely look up to the promises of God and appreciate just how astounding and enticing they are! Happy Easter!!
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
- April 5 Lessons on Italy - following 5:30 p.m. Mass
- April 6 First Friday Devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus - 5:30 p.m.
- April 7 First Saturday Devotions to our Blessed Mother - Mass and Holy Hour - 8:30 a.m
- April 8 Divine Mercy Sunday - Holy Hour 3 p.m.
- April 11,18, 25 Wed Night Catechism after 5:30 p.m. Mass
- April 19 Italy Pilgrimage Meeting - Parish Hall - after 5:30 p.m. Mass
For Your Information:
SUNDAY CATECHISM...will NOT meet this SUNDAY.
PILGRIMAGE TALKS...on 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.
ALL PILGRIMS for our trip in May should please make every effort to attend the April 19th meeting in the Hall. Representatives from Magnificat Travel will be on hand to explain the final details of the trip, to hand out special travel accessories and to answer questions. Please make every effort to attend!
ANNUAL DIOCESAN APPEAL...“You shall not covet” is perhaps a difficult commandment to keep in our consumer-oriented society. But as Christian stewards, we know that we are the recipients and caretakers of God’s many gifts. May this understanding that all we have is a gift from God and may this understanding help us be generous to our church parish and to the Annual Diocesan Appeal.
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.
SAINTS ALIVE...ANGELS AT WORK…The annual Bake Sale to support the Ladies Altar Society activities at St Edward resulted in raising $2,370 this year and is the second highest amount ever raised for the group. Thanks to everyone who assisted in this event by publicizing, preparing items and purchasing dishes!
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 247/25 $1,736
- March Income to Date $9,947
Stewardship Alleluia! Christ is risen and is victorious over sin and death! We are good stewards of our faith if, like St. Paul, we share this good news whenever and wherever we can.
Easter Sunday Your donation to the Infirm Priests Fund this weekend will help to replenish the fund, which provides assistance for our sick priests when illness exceeds the extent of our group health coverage limits. This is a wonderful expression of gratitude to the priests who have served you so well over the years. And please also remember them in your prayers, recalling their generosity to you.
Mass Schedule & Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Darryl Ellerbee, Sr./family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Dead members of our Parish
- Sun noon Traditional Latin Mass - Father’s Intention
- Mon No Mass
- Tue No Mass
- Wed 9:00a In memory of SeSe Holstead (birthday)/family at The Olive Branch
- Thu 5:30p In memory of Rosa Gremshell
- Fri 5:30p in memory of Father Ferre (death anni on 3rd)/Magoun
- Sat 5:30p For a special intention/Hodge
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
Altar Candles this week are provided by Margo Corulla
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 3/31 8:00p
- Servers: C & W Sullivan
- Lectors: 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
- 4/7 5:30p
- Lector: L Bullard
- EMHCs: P & M Gilfoil
- 4/8 9:30a
- Servers: C Sullivan & H Ellerbee
- Lector: D Ellerbee
- EMHCs: N & M Ernst
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Harper Bedgood (April 2), Betty Smith (April 2), Carter Sullivan (April 2), Walker Sullivan (April 2), Henry Ellerbee (April 7), Ann Marie Marsh (April 8)
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, 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.