From The Font
As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love.
The two basic postures that we can take toward the Lord were well stated by President John Kennedy. We can ask what we can do for the Lord or we can ask what the Lord can do for us… One of those postures is a posture of love and the other is a posture of dominance.
Love, by it’s nature, is outward facing. When we love, we go outside of ourselves to know the other and to give to the other and to make the other happy. Love gives freely without expectation and the more authentic the love, the less the expectation of return.
Possession, on the other hand, is inward facing. It’s about getting and not giving. It’s about imposing my way on the other. It’s about the economics of investment of time and energy for an expected response.
In the Gospel, Jesus tells us that the Love of the Father is freely given, but that receiving and accepting Divine love as Human beings requires specific internal and external choices.
The Lord’s teaching - His commandments - are not random or arbitrary. Just as a fitness coach might explain which carbs and which proteins will make us healthy, so the Lord explains which thoughts and which actions allow the Love of God to dwell in us and which ones prevent it.
If we want our car to work well, we have to change the oil and keep the tires aired up. If we want our bodies to work well, we have to say no to Little Debbie™ and her villainous snack cakes! :) If we want our minds to work well, we have to think and to read and to limit our TV and mobile phone usage. If we want our hearts to work well, we have to love God and our neighbor and not dwell on what we want too much. If we want our souls to work well, we have to pray and fast and do works of mercy and avoid sin.
We can extend this thinking to our families and our jobs and our community and our Tallulah water system! The Lord’s Commands are not about jumping through hoops and they don’t apply only to Christians. They are for our benefit and our true happiness in this life and the next!
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
We are so happy to welcome Bishop Talley to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation and to give our little ones First Holy Communion!
The presence of our Bishop is a true gift for our parish. Like the priest, the Bishop is an icon. His personal gifts are important! Bishop Talley is a gifted preacher and a great conversationalist. But his presence as Bishop is more than his personal gifts - He is here as Jesus Christ among us. He is here as a visible sign that the Lord has kept His promise to remain with us always even until the end of the age.
In the offering of the Holy Mass, the Bishop makes present the one sacrifice of Jesus in His Passion and His Resurrection and in his very person calls all of us to remember that we are (for others) meant to be Jesus among them. Our lives are not truly our own!
The saints were not saintly because of their own personal gifts… Mother Theresa was not an attractive woman nor was she a gifted speaker or a particularly charismatic leader. In fact, quite the opposite. But people were drawn to her by her nearness to the Lord.
Blessed Andre Bessette was not a smart man nor did he claim to be wise. But people lined up for hours to sit in his rocking chair and talk with him while the largest Church dedicated to St. Joseph in the world was being build in the background funded almost entirely by donations made to this rocking chair saint.
We are blessed to have a Bishop with a lot of natural gifts - but I want to encourage all of us to recognize both the human and the supernatural dimension in our shepherd’s visit.
The Sacraments of Confirmation and of First Holy Communion, along with Baptism, are called the “Sacraments of Initiation.” In these signs, all of us are called to see that being Catholic is not just a hobby or a cultural experience - an accident of being born into this family rather than that one. Our Faith calls us to be incorporated - to be “in”-”bodied” - into something which is different from the worldly way of doing things.
While there’s a value in separating the celebration of these sacraments so as to emphasize their differences, there’s also a value in seeing them together at the same Mass. Our Faith is not just something that happens at a few key points in life. (The joke is that Catholics get serious about Church when they “hatch, match and dispatch” - that is Birth\Baptism, Marriage and Funerals.) Our Faith is something that applies at all points in life and is meant to be lived as little ones, as teenagers, as young adults, as parents, as grandparents, as widows and widowers and at every point in between. We are incorporated into a body - which is in every way like a family. Jesus is our head and our paterfamilias. He is the one who unites us and who directs us.
The presence of our Bishop amplifies this meaning and it makes it visible when He offers the Holy Mass generally and when He celebrates the Sacrament of Confirmation specifically!
And so welcome to Bishop Talley and thank you for your service of us and your leadership to us!
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
- May 6 Potluck Brunch following Mass celebrating First Communion and Confirmation with Bishop David Talley! Bring your favorite dish!!
- May 8 Altar Society Meeting – Parish Hall – following 5:30 p.m. Mass
- 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:
“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.
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.
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.
ANNUAL DIOCESAN APPEAL...On behalf of Bishop Talley, Thank you for your generosity to the Annual Diocesan Appeal. Your gift can make a real difference by supporting faith formation, education of our youth and in the education and formation our seminarians and diaconate candidates. If you have not made your gift it is not too late. Pledge envelopes are available in the pews. They can be placed in the collection basket, brought to the parish office or mailed directly back to the diocese.
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 28/29 $2,485
- April Income to Date $10,899
Stewardship Jesus’ commandment is that His disciples love one another, even to the point of laying down their lives, if necessary. What gifts of myself--my skills and talents, my time and resources--will best demonstrate my love for God’s people?
Special Collection This weekend’s second collection is our once-a-month Building Fund collection
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 Marie Phillips Michele/Weaver
- Wed 9:00a In memory of Gus Gremshell The Olive Branch
- Thu 5:30p In memory of Joe Scurria/Meadows
- Fri 5:30p in memory of Curley Mills/family
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Fred Wyly/Magoun
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
Altar Candles this week are provided by Cathy VanderVieren
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 5/5 5:30p
- Lector: M Rome
- EMHCs: L Bullard & C VanderVieren
- 5/6 9:30a
- Servers: C Wood, P Collins, C Marsh
- Lectors: 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
- 5/19 5:30p
- Lector: P Gilfoil
- EMHCs: M Gilfoil & MA Gilfoil
- 5/20 9:30a
- Servers: Volunteer
- Lector: D Ellerbee
- EMHCs: N & M Ernst
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Hunter Sullivan (May 4), Father Ryan Humphries (May 6), Colin Donham (May 7), Mary Anne Gilfoil (May 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, especially our First Communion and Confirmation candidates.
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.