From The Font
Peter said to the people: "The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus."
For us modern people, lineage isn’t all that important. For us southerners, it’s more important than for some of them Yankee folks - but it’s still not that big of a deal. For most people in Human history, though, lineage has been intensely important.
When Peter speaks to the Jewish people and invokes the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, He is making a powerful statement about the place of Jesus. In fact, he’s right at the edge of blasphemy! It’s a bit like saying, this nation of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Edwin Edwards… Peter’s choice to speak so boldly and so publicly is not an accident. Remember that he’s been told not to preach in the name of Jesus and has kindly told the Jewish leaders thanks but no thanks.
The courage of Peter is a sharp contrast to the lack of courage he showed on the night of Good Friday when he denied the Lord three times. Peter’s courage, then, is not just from himself, but from the Holy Spirit. Peter’s ability as a preacher is also something that He received on the feast of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended like fire.
The courage and the skill to speak boldly in the name of Jesus is not something that arises in us naturally… Of course, for those of us who are Baptized, we have received the Holy Spirit and so we don’t have to rely upon ourselves for the courage or the skill. Those of us who have been Confirmed are even more empowered. And those of us who have received the Sacrament of Marriage are empowered yet again, especially as regards our families and our children.
The courage and the skill to speak in the power of the Holy Spirit is given to each of us according to our vocation in life and according to the situation in which we find ourselves at any given moment. Our response must be one of openness to the Holy Spirit. We must be ready and willing to have the Lord call on us to speak with the boldness and with the understanding of our audience that Peter used to share His Faith with those around him. Lord, if You give me the courage and the skill, I will speak for You! Amen
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
The common refrain from our Protestant brothers and sisters is that we are saved by Faith in Jesus and that our works - that is our actions, our choices and our decisions - really mean little or nothing. For that to be true, Jesus would have to be interested only in spiritual things and not in worldly things like healing the body, multiplying food, changing water into wine, feeding His disciples after His Resurrection or insisting not once but twice that His Apostles touch His wounds. For that matter, why was His resurrected body still bearing wounds? Why does the Lamb in Revelation 5 still look slain and still bleed?
In reality, Jesus cares very much about the body and the world - even if He acknowledges that the world is passing away. Jesus is genuinely concerned about the power and the necessity of suffering. You CANNOT be my disciple unless you take up your cross. Jesus is genuinely concerned that folks understand that He is leaving His body and blood behind in a tangible way which is intended to be eaten by His disciples. When He says this, people freak out and leave! But Jesus doesn’t back down. My Flesh is true food and My Blood is true drink. Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood you CANNOT have life within you.
Catholicism is very, very, very different from Protestant Christianity. Some of our services look similar, but water looks just like alcohol… Football turf looks like grass… At the core of our faith is the command of Jesus to do this in memory of Me. Jesus established a religion which was consciously interested in the body and the spirit.
When we omit parts of the teaching of Jesus - either on purpose or unintentionally - we cannot help slipping away from His grace.
For our Protestant brothers and sisters - who aren’t omitting anything on purpose - religion ends up being something added on. The personal relationship with God becomes a kind of idol and that results in moral problems - like casual acceptance of Divorce and Contraception - and in religious problems like omitting the Sacraments. Again: unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you CANNOT have life within you. That thinking also creates odd beliefs like Creationism in which the Bible is forced into the thinking of modern science and folks believe that the seven days of Genesis are symbolic of seven periods of natural development… Which is false.
For our non-denominational brothers and sisters, omitting parts of the teaching of Jesus can be more conscious. They are encouraged to take what is helpful and to leave the rest behind. While this way of thinking is supremely helpful in an AA meeting or in weight loss book, it’s entirely foreign to Christianity. After all, nothing Jesus did or said was an accident! He was supremely deliberate! Catholicism is rarely the most exciting or easy-to-get-into religion. Our Faith is about serving the Lord and not ourselves. Our Mass can be boring. It can be tedious. It can feel like a cross all on its own. But that’s not always a bad thing. In a world of constant gratification, sometimes the only counter-cultural thing left to do is to call us to more than whatever we’d like...
Calendar of Events
- Confessions every 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 18 Wednesday Night Catechism after 5:30 p.m. Mass
- April 19 Italy Pilgrimage Meeting - Parish Hall - after 5:30 p.m. Mass
- April 20 Quarterly Healing Mass - 5:30 p.m. Mass
- April 25 Wednesday Night Catechism after 5:30 p.m. Mass
For Your Information:
SUNDAY CATECHISM...will meet this SUNDAY.
WEDNESDAY EVENING CATECHISM... In the Church, after the 5:30p Mass. Talks will build upon one another, but every talk will work as a stand-alone event. Father will answer questions after each talk. Guests are welcome! Apr 18, 25 The “Last Things” - Heaven & Purgatory - Hell & Damnation - Death & Judgement - The Second Coming & The End of Time in the Bible
“BRUNCH WITH THE BISHOP”... honoring FIRST COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION candidates ...POTLUCK BRUNCH FOLLOWING...May 6...with leadership from the Second Quarter (April, May, June) Social Committee - Pat and Libby Bullard, Elizabeth Crothers, Kim Donham, Angel Farlow, Margaret and Pat Gilfoil, MaryAnne Gilfoil, Terry and Andy Hall, Isabell Hernandez, Ann Keene, Alyce and C.W. Keene, Frances Kennedy*, David and Antoinette Mangam, Andy Nguyen, Bobby Reynolds, Joe Storey, Delia Trichell, Cathy VanderVieren, Len Faustino, Jen Yabut. ALL are invited to attend!
PILGRIMAGE MEETING...on April 19 following the 5:30 p.m. Mass in the Hall. ALL PILGRIMS for our trip in May should please make every effort to attend. Representatives from Magnificat Travel will be on hand to explain the final details of the trip, to hand out special travel accessories and paperwork and to answer questions. Please make every effort to attend!
PASCAL CANDLE…Our lovely new Pascal Candle stick and candle are from memorial gifts honoring Eva and R.L. Reynolds.
FINANCE COUNCIL…will hold its regular meeting on TUESDAY, APRIL 17 in the Church Center. Finance Council is comprised of Darryl Ellerbee, Chair; Dale Magoun and Brian Johnson, Trustees; and the Pastoral Council Chair. Members are requested to make special effort to attend.
PASTORAL COUNCIL… will hold its regular meeting on TUESDAY, APRIL 17, at 6:00 p.m(after 5:30 p.m. Mass) in the Church Center. All members are requested to make special effort to attend. Appointed members of the Council: Libby Bullard, Josephine Hodge, Michael Lancaster, Stephenie Marsh, Terry Murphy, Betty Smith, and Blanche Wilks. Appointed as Trustees by the Bishop are Brian Johnson and Dale Magoun. Appointed by the pastor to serve as Finance Council Chair is Darryl Ellerbee. Additionally, serving on the Council in an ex-officio capacity as President of the Altar Society is Cathy VanderVieren. Parishioners are encouraged to attend to contribute to the discussions.
HEALING MASS… Every few months, our usual Friday evening Daily Mass will be offered especially for the sick parishioners of our parish and father with offer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick for those of advanced age or those suffering serious health conditions. The first of these Healing Masses will be offered on April 20.
Our Return to the Lord
- Weekly Budget FY 2017-18 $1,917
- March Budget $7,668
- March Income $9,947
- March Actual Expenses $8,443
- April Budget $9,585
- Collection April 7/8 $1,986
- April Income to Date $4,835
Stewardship The disciples in today’s Gospel came to know Jesus in the breaking of the bread. When we share what we have with those who are in need, we, too, will discover Jesus in our midst.
Special Collection Today is our parish's 2018 Annual Diocesan Appeal in-pew weekend. In the past weeks you might have received a letter from Bishop Talley asking for your support of the annual appeal. After the homily parishioners who have not yet pledged to the ADA will have an opportunity join with Catholic throughout the Diocese of Alexandria to support the diocesan church.
Mass Schedule & Intentions for the Coming Week
Sat 5:30p In memory of Matt Farlow/Yerger Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Dead members of our Parish Mon No Mass Tue 5:30p In memory of Jack Ellerbee/family Wed 9:00a In memory of May DiTommaso The Olive Branch 5:30p Special intention Thu 5:30p In memory of Colin Williams/Thompson & Mills families Fri 5:30p in memory of Edwin Florence/family Sat 5:30p In memory of All Deceased Members of the Ladies Altar Society Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
Altar Candles this week are provided by Cathy VanderVieren
Altar Flowers given in memory of Jack Ellerbee on the anniversary of his death by his family.
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 4/14 5:30p
- Lector: A Farlow
- EMHCs: P & B Wilks
- 4/15 9:30a
- Servers: W Sullivan & A Collins
- Lector: A & P Collins
- EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
- 4/21 5:30p
- Lector: P Wilks
- EMHCs: P & M Gilfoil
- 4/22 9:30a
- Servers: EL & C Marsh
- Lector: A Oliver
- EMHCs: N & M Ernst
- 4/28 5:30p
- Lector: L Bullard
- EMHCs: A Farlow & C VanderVieren
- 4/29 9:30a
- Servers: C Donham & M Wood
- Lector: K Collins
- EMHCs: B Smith & A Keene
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Skeeter Wilks (April 17), Marie Ernst (April 21)
Happy Anniversary Margaret and Edward Yerger (April 19)
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 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), Kay Collins, 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, Jamie and Cindy Howington, 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.