From The Font
“...he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, gave it to them, and said...”
He took; He blessed; He broke; He gave and He said. We call this moment in the life of Jesus the “Institution of the Holy Eucharist.” With these five actions, Jesus fulfills the Old Covenant given to Moses and establishes with us a New Covenant in His Body and Blood under the form of what we call the Holy Eucharist. First, Jesus takes bread. Bread is the fundamental sustenance of the Biblical Mediterranean world. More than any meat or herb or oil or vegetable, bread is what everyone ate. Other than water, wine is what everyone drank. There were very few daily alternatives… The Romans had access to some tree nuts. Folks in big cities had access to some more refined alcohols. The very, very sophisticated travelers from the far east had something like Quinoa. But when Jesus took bread, He took the basic sustenance of life.
Then, He blessed. This wasn’t the first time. Jesus had multiplied the loaves on a number of occasions. So the blessing was expected.
When He broke the bread, he foreshadowed His suffering and He foreshadowed the Cross that each of His followers would need to take up in order to follow Him.
Then Jesus gave. He surely was to give His life in a broader sense, but in this moment, He gave the blessed and broken bread to those that He gathered around Him.
Finally, Jesus said. He had said lots of things in His three years of active ministry. In this moment, though, He speaks a truth and a command. He says, “take it” and “this is my body.” The other Gospels aren’t quite so terse. In another place, we see Jesus say “take this, all of you and eat from it.”
Then Jesus says “Do this in memory of me.” In all parts of this Institution narrative, Jesus is establishing a pattern which would come to be called the Sacred Liturgy or the Holy Mass. When we eat this bread (and drink this cup), we proclaim the death of the Lord until He comes in glory. The proclamation of the Lord’s death and resurrection is what the Mass is for - it’s why we do what we do in the way we do.
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
Vacation is meant to provide physical rest and mental freedom so that when we need to focus, we can do so. Pilgrimage is meant to open ourselves to the Holy Spirit who works through what some might call serendipity.
For these past two weeks, 23 of our local and remote parishioners traveled to Italy on a true pilgrimage. We left St. Edward at 4:15a on a four hour bus ride into New Orleans. Our flight was delayed out of New Orleans. Our flight into Rome arrived early and so we got to stand around for almost an hour waiting on the bus. We finally got to Assisi tired and ready for some rest… But if we had slept as we would have liked, jet-lag would have ruined most of the trip. So we soldiered on! We had some struggles getting used to the food. We had some struggles being in close quarters with one another. We walked and we rode and we saw and we prayed. We skipped a few sites due to unexpected closure or reservation problems.
At the same time, we were in the peace of Assisi, looking out over the Umbrian hills and watching glorious sunsets surrounded by thousand year old paintings and buildings and churches. We ate incredible food. We drank incredible coffee. We were entertained by Giorgio Abate who has spent the last forty years taking groups all over the world. Giorgio sings, he dances, he plays guitar, he paints, he writes poetry, he speaks five languages and he seems to know everything about his homeland. We didn’t have to worry about getting where we needed to go. We had a great driver named Guiseppe Cavaliere from Naples who moved our giant bus through places I wouldn’t try to drive a motorcycle. We went from Assisi to the mountain village of Orvietto on the feast of Pentecost and witnessed a parade of merrymakers and a once-a-year fireworks display. We ate more gelato and headed on to Florence. The rain slowed us down, but didn’t stop us. We saw Naples and we saw Pompeii. We had Mass in St. Peter’s and at St. Paul outside the Walls. We prayed at St. Mary Major and St. John in Lateran. We went down into the Catacombs of St. Domitilla. We saw the Sistine chapel and the Pieta. We learned a little Italian and walked a lot of steps.
In all of that, we took pictures and we made our oohs and aahs. But the real question that the pilgrims have to ask themselves is “how am I different?” Have we changed? Have we grown?
And that’s not just for our pilgrims who traveled with us… It’s for all of us. We are all pilgrims in this world. The bible calls us “strangers and sojourners.” Lent is a kind of pilgrimage. So is Easter. Each birthday we celebrate marks a chapter in our pilgrimage as does each special event. The school year is a pilgrimage. The summer break is too. Every moment is a moment in which the Lord is revealing Himself to us. Too often, our daily lives make His voice hard to hear. Travel tends to break the rhythms of our lives and makes it a little easier to hear the voice of the Lord - but travel isn’t necessary. All that is necessary is to listen - to be on the look out for the opportunities that God gives us in each moment. That is what the heart of the pilgrim is all about!
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
- June 1 First Friday Devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus - 5:30 p.m.
- June 2 First Saturday Devotions to our Blessed Mother - Mass and Holy Hour - 8:30 a.m.
- June 3 First Sunday - Traditional Latin Mass - 12 noon
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.
MASS TIME CHANGE FOR SATURDAY, JUNE 16 & 23….6 p.m. will be the time for Mass on these two Saturdays to give Father Ryan time to return from Mass in Waterproof.
SPECIAL COLLECTION: First Sunday of the month -- This weekend’s second collection is our once-a-month Building Fund collection
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.
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 26/27 $1,422
- May Income to Date $6,010
Stewardship The focus of today’s feast is the total self-giving of Jesus. The bishops’ stewardship pastoral remind us that:the glory and the boast of Christian stewards lie in mirroring, however poorly, thestewardship of Jesus Christ, who gave and still gives all he has and is, in order to be faithful to God’s will and carry through to completion his redemptive stewardship of human beings and their world.”
Special Collection for the Parish Building Fund
Mass Schedule & Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Matt Farlow/Lancaster
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Dead members of our Parish
- Mon No Mass
- Tue 5:30p In memory of Doris Guzman (birth)/Florence
- Wed 9:00a For a special intention of Magoun family Olive Branch
- Thu 5:30p In memory of Gus Gremshell
- Fri 5:30p In memory of Rosa Gremshell
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Paul VanderVieren/family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
Altar Candles this week are provided by Blanche Wilks
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 6/2 5:30p
- Lector: C VanderVieren
- EMHCs: L Bullard & M Rome
- 6/3 9:30a
- Servers: C Donham & M Wood
- Lector: B Sullivan
- EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
- 6/9 5:30p
- Lector: A Farlow
- EMHCs: P & M Gilfoil
- 6/10 9:30a
- Servers: P Collins & C Wood
- Lector: A Oliver
- EMHCs: N & M Ernst
- 6/16 5:30p
- Lector: C VanderVieren
- EMHCs: M Rome & L Bullard
- 6/17 9:30a
- Servers: C Sullivan & H Ellerbee
- Lector: W Sullivan & ELMarsh
- EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy BirthdayAinslie Oliver Duff (June 6), Billy Marsh (June 8)
Congratulations John Oliver Duff was born on May 25, 2018 at 4:50 p.m. in Monroe. He weighed 8 lbs 3oz and is 21 inches long! Teddy and Alyssa Oliver of our faith family are his maternal grandparents. Jared and Ainslie Oliver Duff are John Oliver’s proud parents!.
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 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), Vickie Dichiara (Hodge), Carol Dipert (Rome), Ainslee and Jared Duff, Reba Duncan, Joe Farlow, Mike Farlow, Charles Michael Finlayson, JoAnn Phillips Finn (Hodge), Thom Gilfoil, Kathy Garley Hanlon (Gilfoil), Cooper Harris (R Wood), 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), Sam and Betty Phillips (Hodge), 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.