From The Font
Remain in me, as I remain in you. The Protestant notion of Salvation is that Faith saves and that Jesus died on the Cross once and for all and so the single act of faith makes someone “saved.” From that point on, Jesus has conquered my sin and so even if I slip up - even if I slip up BIG - I’m ok.
That thinking, which John Calvin labeled “Predestination” is non-scriptural. On the contrary, the Lord makes it clear that our actions and our choices and even what we allow ourselves to think and believe are constantly drawing us nearer to or farther away from Heaven. We are not saved in a single moment! We are being saved at each moment and so long as we remain in the Lord, we are in good shape for eternity. But if we choose to separate ourselves from the Lord by sin, then we are risking and alienating ourselves from His saving grace.
While Jesus died once for sin, our humanity is tied to our constantly changing experience. We are made in God’s image, but we are not God. What that means for us is what today’s Gospel is all about. Specifically, God is providing His Grace to us constantly. But we must chose constantly to receive it and to accept it and to live in it.
This is where all of the assistance of religion comes in. We are nourished in God’s grace by prayer. It’s not an obligation, it’s the way that we receive Grace. Just as chewing is not an obligation, but the way in which we receive food. (Although, some dishes and some chewing may be more or less pleasing that others.) Fasting, too, is not so much a duty as a way of remaining in God. Works of Mercy and obedience to the Moral Law work in the same way. Sunday Mass, Confession and the other Sacraments, too, are not about earning our way to Heaven - they are about receiving God’s Grace and His love…
Today, we’re trained to think of religion and faith as limitations on our freedom rather than as a pathway which provides direction and the tools we need to be fully human and, at the same time, to embrace our authentic destiny given to us when the Lord knit [us] together in [our] mother’s womb. The Church is the way in which the Lord intends for us to remain in Him...
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
Next weekend is our combined celebration of First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Our shepherd, Bishop Talley will join us for Mass on Sunday morning.
The Mass will begin with the procession into the Church. The Bishop is arrayed with his Mitre (hat) and his Crozier (staff). Both of these are signs of his office as the vicar of Jesus here among us.
When he greets us, he will say “Peace be with you” rather than the Lord be with you. This right comes from the greeting of Jesus to His apostles after His Resurrection when He gives to His apostles the keys of the kingdom.
From there, the Mass proceeds as usual through the readings and the sermon. After the sermon, the Bishop sits in a chair in the middle of the Sanctuary. He sits in front of the altar and the tabernacle because He is going to act in the person of Jesus in conferring the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Confirmation is a continuation of the anointing with the oil of Chrism given first at Baptism. The Bishop prays that the gifts of the Holy Spirit descend upon the Confirmandii and that the gifts given to them in Baptism and in their human nature be stirred up. He asks the Lord to show them what their personal mission is and that they have the courage to do what God has created them to do. Then he anoints each one with the oil calling them by the name of the saint which they have chosen to be their personal patron. One has chosen St. Edward, our parish patron. Another has chosen St. Cecilia. St. Thomas, St. Terese and St. Anthony have also been chosen. After each is anointed with oil, the bishop invokes the peace of the Holy Spirit upon them again.
After the anointing of Confirmation is concluded, the Bishop continues Mass as usual and offers the Eucharistic prayer.
At the time for Holy Communion, our little ones will come forward first to receive for their first time. Each has made his or her first confession and is as prepared as they can be for this important moment. After the First Communicants have received, the congregation comes forward as usual.
The Mass concludes with the Bishop’s solemn blessing.
With the regularity of Mass, it’s easy to forget what’s really going on. It’s easy to think of Mass as a simple prayer meeting which has as it’s main purpose our spiritual growth or, worse, our entertainment. Mass is really about the Lord. It’s about giving God the worship that We need to give Him as part of our human nature. If we fail, even the very rocks themselves would cry out. These moments are important for our kids - their souls and their lives. They’re important for our picture collections and as rites of passage. They’re important, beyond these though, because they are powerful reminders of what cannot be seen so easily amid weekly repetition.
Let’s pray for all of our little ones next week and let’s pray for ourselves, too, that we will experience these important moments in the wisdom of the Holy Spirit!
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 29 Final Sunday Morning Catechism after 9:30 a.m. Mass
- May 4 First Friday Devotions after 5:30 p.m. Mass
- May 5 First Saturday Mass & Devotions at 8:30 a.m.
- May 5 Practice for First Holy Communion & Confirmation. First Confessions.
- May 6 Potluck Brunch following Mass celebrating First Communion and Confirmation with Bishop David Talley! Bring your favorite dish!!
- May 17-27 Parish Pilgrimage to Rome & Assisi. Please pray for our pilgrims!
For Your Information:
SUNDAY CATECHISM...will meet this SUNDAY. This is the FINAL week of Catechism.
“BRUNCH WITH THE BISHOP”... honoring FIRST COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION candidates ...POTLUCK BRUNCH FOLLOWING...May 6…ALL are invited to attend!
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.
ANNUAL DIOCESAN APPEAL... On behalf of Bishop Talley, thank you for your generosity to the Annual Diocesan Appeal. Our parish has pledged $2,935 of the Diocesan overall goal for St Edward of $7,375 for the 2018 ADA. Thank you to our parish family for helping support our Diocese and our Universal Church.
ALTAR CANDLES… Anyone wishing to provide candles for the altar in honor of their loved one or in prayer for some intention may do so simply by asking. A small donation is recommended, but not required. A list of dates is in the sacristy and a date can be reserved up to one year in advance.
FIRST FRIDAY…MAY 4...Holy Hour and Mass....5:30 p.m. ...make a special devotion to the Sacred Heart and attend first Friday devotions for nine consecutive months.
FIRST SATURDAY …MAY 5 … Mass and Holy Hour … 8:30 a.m. Our Lady of Fatima called for special devotions to be offered on the first Saturday of each month. Father Ryan will offer Mass on the first Saturday of each month in the Church. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
FIRST SUNDAY...MAY 6...Traditional Latin Mass WILL NOT occur due to Confirmation and First Communion.
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 21/22 $1,451
- April Income to Date $8,414
Stewardship The good steward lives the advice of St. John, loving in deed and in truth, rather than just talking about it.
Special Collection This weekend, a special collection for Catholic Home Missions will be taken in our parish. The Appeal primarily supports home mission dioceses, that is, those dioceses in the United States that are unable to offer their people the basic pastoral ministries of word, worship, and service without outside help. The Diocese of Alexandria is considered a 'mission diocese" and receives funding from this appeal. It focuses on evangelization activities, religious education, ministry training for priests, deacons, religious sisters and brothers, and laypeople; and support of poor parishes across the country. Please be generous.
Mass Schedule & Intentions for the Coming Week
Altar Candles this week are provided by Cathy VanderVieren
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 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
- 5/5 5:30p
- Lector: M Rome
- EMHCs: L Bullard & C VanderVieren
- 5/6 9:30a
- Servers: C Wood, P Collins, C Marsh
- Lector: Confirmandii
- EMHCs: A Keene
- 5/12 5:30p
- Lector: A Farlow
- EMHCs: P & B Wilks
- 5/13 9:30a
- Servers: C Sullivan & H Ellerbee
- Lector: A Keene
- EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Ginny Marsh (April 28), Hunter Sullivan (May 4), Father Ryan Humphries (May 6)
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
Those under full-time care: Billy Hodge, Frances Kennedy, Andrew Lombardo, Sue Scurria. Jim Farrell of Vicksburg, Consuelo Marsh of Lake Providence, Jean Cantrell, Marie Cedotal, 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, 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), Lee, Tiffney & Bailey Rome, Dianne W. Roper (Murphy), Linda Sanchez (Wilks), Andy Sevier, Beverly Sibile (Gilfoil), Elaine and James 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.