From The Font
“The Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.”
The modern world wants us to believe that all of the signs and wonders that Jesus and His Apostles did can be easily explained by science… When the Bible says Jesus cast out a demon - the modern world says “epilepsy.” When the Bible says Jesus walked on water, the modern world says “sandbar.” When the Bible says that Jesus embraced a leper or healed a fever - the modern world claims that Jesus spent three years in Egypt as a toddler and picked up unusual antibodies and so He was immune…
It’s really sad that so many people are satisfied with such flimsy science. It would be one thing for the relatively backwoods apostle Peter and the Gospel of St. Mark which he oversaw to know nothing of science. But St. Paul was an educated man who traveled throughout the Greek world which had invented science and medicine 500 years earlier. Aristotle’s advanced writings on science and medicine would be the world standard for nearly 1000 years and St. Paul would have encountered them more than once. The same can be said of St. John who would have likely read the other three Gospels before writing his own. None of St. Paul’s writing and none of the writing of the early Christian Fathers - or the early Islamic authors - calls into question at all the numerous, validated sources that we can cite to verify that Jesus and His Apostles worked a lot of medical miracles and had a lot of what we would call supernatural experiences. Today’s feast of the Ascension was witnessed by hundreds of people and they all went in different directions and spread over the whole world and they all told the same story. Let’s ask the 100+ people at Mass this past weekend whether the Bishop had Darryl stand in for Peter or Paul? We’d have a hard time getting a consensus after 7 days! But these people stuck to their nearly identical stories for years…
Despite the dismissive attitude of the modern world, there were and there are quite a lot of hard, verifiable signs and wonders in the Church even to this day… And these signs and wonders confirm that there’s more to this world than experts can tell us!
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
This weekend is Mother’s Day! What a great moment to say thank you to Mom and grandma and even great grandma for their love and their sacrifice. One thing we don’t generally think to recognize mom for is her nature…
What does that mean? Well, Pope St. John Paul wrote several letters and documents about the “genius of women.” He was speaking in particular about the different ways that men and women see the world. Contrary to the Politically Correct Mafia, men and women are not the same and we’re not equal. Any mother who could chose her words would not say that she loved her children all the same or all equally! Each child is totally unique and so the love of the parent to each child is totally unique in all the world. We might want to assure our kids that mom or dad doesn’t have a favorite… But we can’t pretend that any love is the same as another love… If it were, it wouldn’t be love at all.
So, what is the feminine genius about which Pope St. John Paul wrote? He pointed out that women see the world in a different way. Rather than thinking as conquerers or as protectors or as number-oriented people the way that most men think, women think of success in terms of better (rather than bigger). Women aren’t trying to be the biggest or the strongest or the richest - they want to be happiest and the most fulfilled and they want to enjoy (rather than accomplish).
Of course, this is an oversimplification. Pope St. John Paul wrote whole books in place of my two paragraphs… But his point is powerful. Motherhood has something unique to say to the world and it has something unique to bring to the Church. Our Lord, after all, chose to be born from a woman. He certainly didn’t have to! Jesus could very well have just appeared on the scene like Melchizedek. He could have been found as an orphan like Moses. He could have come down from the sky like the Archangel Gabriel. But He chose a mother and a family.
What’s more, His Disciples had a powerful relationship with His mother. While Joseph disappeared from the stage early on, Mary continues to show up again and again all the way through to the book of Acts when the Holy Spirit works a miracle so that all of the Apostles could be at her deathbed.
And if we stop to think about what “genius” Mary brings to the Church, it’s the same thing that Pope St. John Paul points out about women in general. The Apostles are working - at the command of Jesus - to go to the ends of the Earth with His Gospel.
Our Lady stays put, though. She is the sign of prayer and gentleness and sharing the Gospel with those who She meets day in and day out. There’s certainly a place for busyness in evangelization, but there’s also a place for trusting the Lord to bring people into our lives. This “Marian Posture” is called the Virtue of Docility and it’s something all of us could stand to think about in this chaotic and busy world of ours!
For more really great reading on this, check out Pope St. John Paul’s Letter to Women - it’s incredible! [http://bit.ly/2K2jFL4]
Calendar of Events
- Confessions every Friday & Saturday 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
- May 15 Pastoral Council Meeting – Parish Hall – following 5:30 p.m. Mass
- May 17-27 Parish Pilgrimage to Rome & Assisi. Please pray for our pilgrims!
For Your Information:
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.
PASTORAL COUNCIL..will hold its regular meeting on TUESDAY, MAY 15, at 6:00 p.m(after 5:30 p.m. Mass) in the Church Center. 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 will be Cathy VanderVieren. All members are requested to make special effort to attend. Parishioners are encouraged to attend contribute to the discussions.
PILGRIMS….will be leaving on Thursday morning from our church at 4 a.m. for a 12 day pilgrimage to Holy sites in Italy. Their travels will take them to Rome, Assisi, Orvieto, Florence, Naples and the Vatican. Participants include MaryKathryn and Katie Book, AnnaBethCollins; Libby Bullard, Margo Corulla and Tori Kivett; Kendra, Aiden, and Preston Collins; Ginny, Emmy Lu, and Caroline Marsh; Betty Smith, Mary Riser, Kate McLendon, Therese and Ellie Nagem; Mike and Bailey Rome, Beth, Blake, Carter and Walker Sullivan; and Father Ryan. Please keep all of them in your prayers and we will look forward to their return late night on Sunday, May 27!!!
SAINTS ALIVE...ANGELS AT WORK...Our First Communion, Confirmation, and Brunch with the Bishop was a FABULOUS success last weekend and we are so grateful to EVERYONE who contributed to that success! It truly “takes a village” to pull off events like this and EVERYONE jumped in and did their best work! Yea for the Faith Family of St. Edward!
SENIOR SUNDAY...Congratulations to Bailey Rome, daughter of Scott and Tiffany Rome, and granddaughter of our parishioners, Mike and Sue Rome, who is graduating from Delhi Charter School in the coming week!
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY
Our Return to the Lord
- Weekly Budget FY 2017-18 $1,917
- April Budget $9,585
- April Income $11,292
- April Actual Expenses $8,456
- May Budget $7,668
- Collection May 5/6 $1,949
- May Income to Date $1,949
Stewardship Jesus is the perfect steward--watching carefully over all who had been entrusted to Him by the Father and then sending them all out into the world in service. May I similarly protect and wisely use the gifts entrusted to me!
Mass Schedule & Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Fred Wyly/Magoun
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Dead members of our Parish, especially all Mothers
- Mon No Mass
- Tue 5:30p In memory of Joe Scurria/G Cox
- Wed 9:00a In memory of May DiTomasso The Olive Branch
- Thu 5:30p No Mass - Italy
- Fri 5:30p No Mass - Italy
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Michael Mills/Mills and Thompson
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
Altar Candles this week are provided by Blanche Wilks
Flowers on the altar this week are provided by Mike and Sue Rome in honor of their granddaughter, Bailey, and their mothers.
Last week’s flowers for First Communion and Confirmation as well as for the Brunch were gifts of Dave and Kendra Collins.
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 5/12 5:30p
- Lector: MA Gilfoil
- EMHCs: P & B Wilks
- 5/13 9:30a
- Servers: C Sullivan & H Ellerbee
- Lector: A Keene
- EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
- 5/19 5:30p
- Lector: P Gilfoil
- EMHCs: M Gilfoil & MA Gilfoil
- 5/20 9:30a
- Servers: Volunteers
- Lector: D Ellerbee
- EMHCs: N & M Ernst
- 5/26 5:30p
- Lector: P Wilks
- EMHCs: A Farlow & B Wilks
- 5/27 9:30a
- Servers: Volunteers
- Lector: A Keene
- EMHCs: Volunteers
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Mary Anne Gilfoil (May 13), Eddie Mills (May 14), Dale Magoun (May 15)
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, especially all Mothers and our Pilgrims
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), 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), Tobie McKowen (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.