From The Font
Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be with you."
Peace is not the absence of war or strife. Cold is the absence of heat. Dark is the absence of light. But peace is not defined by what it is not!
Biblically, peace is the “fruit of the spirit” which arises when one lives according to the commands of the Lord and which gives the soul a deep confidence in God’s goodness, His love and His providence. Peace is what happens when Faith and Hope and Charity are all at work in the soul. When I trust that God is good (Faith) and that He will provide what I need (Hope) and that He truly wants what is best for me even if I don’t understand what that is (Charity), then I find myself inundated with a confidence that isn’t interrupted by the circumstances around me.
St. Paul expressed this experience in His letter to the Romans: What can separate me from the Love of God? He lists famine, darkness and the sword among other circumstances which just don’t phase him.
In today’s Gospel, the apostles are afraid because they have lost Faith, Hope and Charity. They are not confident that the death of Jesus is part of God’s plan. They do not trust in God’s providence and so they are not at peace. They are also not yet filled with the Holy Spirit.
For our part, we are given the Spirit at Baptism and Confirmation and we receive Our Lord in Holy Communion and are reconciled to Him in Confession and we are privileged to have both the Scriptures and the Catechism. We have no reason not to be people of Faith (trusting in God’s goodness), Hope (trusting in God’s providence - especially for our Salvation) and Charity (trusting in God’s true care for our good).
As Jesus speaks to His apostles and wishes them peace, so He speaks to us in the Church through the Sacraments calling us not merely to a personal connection or an individualistic sense of calm, but to the peace when can only arise from His own gifts to us working within us.
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
The Divine Mercy of God is not something that was invented in Poland in last century. Neither was St. Faustina the first saint to use those words nor was it the first time a special devotion to Our Lord’s Mercy ever to be found in the Church. In fact, at it’s beginning, the devotion to Our Lord’s Divine Mercy which was made so very popular by Pope St. John Paul II was broadly questioned and even accused of heresy by bishops in all parts of the world.
While this seems like a really, really bad start, it’s not! The Lord has given us only a special few of these devotions in the past 2000 years. When the Rosary was given to St. Dominic in 1214, it flew under the radar for 200 years until St. Alain de la Roche received a separate vision of our Lady which made it popular. When St. Catherine Labouré received the vision of the Miraculous Medal, her religious superiors gave her a very hard time and accused her of all sorts of grandstanding…
Why would Our Lord do this? Because we cannot enter into Easter Sunday without first passing through Good Friday! We must take up our cross and follow after Him. This deep and profound need to take upon ourselves freely the punishments assigned to Adam and Eve as they left the garden seems to be built into our human nature. Even when it comes to doing God’s work, we must expect suffering rather than immediate gratification. Jesus reminds us in the Sermon on the Mount that we must expect to be treated badly if we are to be His disciples.
The Divine Mercy devotions were - obviously - cleared of any potential heresy or detriments and popularized by Pope St. John Paul II. He ordered that the Sunday following Easter Sunday be known as “Divine Mercy” Sunday. On that day, this Sunday, we celebrate the end of the “Easter Octave” which is that period of 8 days including Easter Sunday which we celebrate in our Liturgies as if it were one, long Easter Sunday. Every day is a feast! Every day in that week is Easter. At the end of that one day \ eight day feast, we add on the celebration of Divine Mercy which reminds us that we cannot save ourselves and that even with Jesus’ death and resurrection we could well end up damned! That sobering reminder is balanced by the joyful realization that Divine Mercy is freely available to those who ask for it! That is most concretely done in the confessional and so Divine Mercy is typically associated with a special holy hour during which confessions are heard around the world.
Here at St. Edward, we will have a simple Holy Hour from 3p to 4p this Sunday afternoon. I will expose the Most Blessed Sacrament and retire to the confessional. At 4p, I’ll offer Benediction. All are heartily encouraged to come by for some or all of the holy hour and to make a good confession. Remember that confession is not just for horrific, moral sins… It can be a check in and a means of improvement. It should be an every-month rather than once-a-year part of our lives of faith!
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 8 Divine Mercy Sunday - Holy Hour 3 p.m.
- April 11 Wed Night Catechism after 5:30 p.m. Mass
- April 12 Pilgrimage Talk: The City of Rome after 5:30 p.m. Mass
- April 18 Wed Night Catechism after 5:30 p.m. Mass
- April 19 Italy Pilgrimage Meeting - Parish Hall - after 5:30 p.m. Mass
- April 25 Wed Night Catechism after 5:30 p.m. Mass
For Your Information:
SUNDAY CATECHISM...will meet this SUNDAY.
DIVINE MERCY HOLY HOUR & CONFESSIONS… 3 p.m. in the Church
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 11, 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”...POTLUCK BRUNCH FOLLOWING FIRST COMMUNION AND CONFIRAMATION...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, Andy Nguyen, Bobby Reynolds, Delia Trichell, and Cathy VanderVieren, Len Faustino, Jeanie Yabut
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!
ANNUAL DIOCESAN APPEAL…All that we have and all that we are comes from the Lord. “We are truly his handiwork,” says St. Paul in the second reading, “created in Christ Jesus to lead a life of good deeds which God prepared for us in advance.”
Once a year, we are asked, as part of the Diocesan Church, to make a commitment to support the work of Diocesan programs and ministries that provide services that no one parish could provide on its own. Next weekend, in every parish throughout the Diocese of Alexandria, Catholics will be asked to support the 2018 Annual Diocesan Appeal if they have not done so already. Please join with fellow parishioners as we experience the joy of giving to continue God’s work of spirituality, formation and education by contributing to the ADA.
SAINTS ALIVE...ANGELS AT WORK… Our Easter Egg Hunt last Saturday was certainly well attended and greatly enjoyed by a large group of children and served as a “family reunion” for some parents who grew up at St Edward and now live away!! Thanks to EVERYONE who provided the eggs for hiding and food and drink for enjoyment!!! Thanks also to our organizers!!!
Thanks to EVERYONE who assisted with the Lenten, Holy Week and Easter preparations. Our church was lovely with the beautiful flowers and decorations, our services were very meaningful thanks to those who served in any way and our services were certainly enhanced by lovely music.
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 1 $2,849
- April Income to Date $2,849
Stewardship The Christian community described in Acts understood and practiced total stewardship. St. Paul reports that the believers did not claim anything as their own, but held everything in common, and distributed to each whatever was needed.
Mass Schedule & Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 5:30p For a special intention/Hodge
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Dead members of our Parish
- Mon No Mass
- Tue 5:30p In memory of PaulVanderVieren/family
- Wed 9:00a In memory of GusGremshell The Olive Branch
- Thu 5:30p In memory of Angela Lusk/Leoty
- Fri 5:30p in memory of Marie Phillips Michele/Weaver
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Matt Farlow/Yerger
- 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
- 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
- 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
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Henry Ellerbee (April 7), Ann Marie Marsh (April 8), Michael Lancaster (April 13)
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), 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.