From The Font
“The seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.”
Even in the time of Jesus, folks knew how seeds sprouted and grew. Sure, the folks Jesus was talking to were not well read in the work of Aristotle and the early Greek scientists.
One of the constant claims made by modern man is that Christianity is a work of superstition and that, once people get their head into logic and out of magic, the need for religion goes away. Of course, that same kind of claim was made by Socrates. He claimed that if people would just be more rational, then all the problems of the world would go away. The other constant claim of modern man is that this generation is privileged. Many believe that science and technology have made us wiser and saner and gentler and more humane than the heathens of the past. Of course, this same science and technology has given us the Holocaust, modern warfare, abortion, the drug epidemic and pollution which has utterly devastated the lives of almost everyone on the planet since the advent of the machine gun around 1910…
Knowledge simply isn’t as useful as wisdom and knowing how something works isn’t the same thing as having the wisdom to use that knowledge well. Human nature has never changed. Today’s business executive or rocket scientist is the same man as Aristotle or St. Augustine or Spartacus or Ghengis Khan or Adolf Hitler or Mister Rodgers. Human nature is the same today as it has always been. Knowledge simply changes the scale on which that original command of God to Adam to subdue the Earth can be exercised.
If we, as humans, understand that, then we can understand why people do bad things to one another. We can understand why we, ourselves, are constantly tempted to sin and vice. We can understand why we as nations and cultures are so susceptible to bad decisions.
Knowledge doesn’t mean near as much as wisdom, and the fact that we believe that we are better than our savage ancestors despite the savagery of our current day and age is clear and certain proof of that fact.
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
With the arrival of our second seminarian in two years and the Bishop’s specific hope that these future priests understand what it means to be a priest in a small, rural, mission-style diocese, I have been re-reading one of Pope St. John Paul’s greatest writings - Pastores Dabo Vobis. In this incredible letter, our Pope-Saint writes about priesthood and about the essential role of the laity - of YOU - in training priests.
The formation of future priests, both diocesan and religious, and lifelong assiduous care for their personal sanctification in the ministry and for the constant updating of their pastoral commitment is considered by the Church one of the most demanding and important tasks for the future of the evangelization of humanity. The Pope adds God always calls his priests from specific human and ecclesial contexts, which inevitably influence them; and to these same contexts the priest is sent for the service of Christ's Gospel… there is an essential aspect of the priest that does not change: the priest of tomorrow, no less than the priest of today, must resemble Christ… It is equally certain that the life and ministry of the priest must also adapt to every era and circumstance of life… For our part we must therefore seek to be as open as possible to light from on high from the Holy Spirit, in order to discover the tendencies of contemporary society, recognize the deepest spiritual needs, determine the most important concrete tasks and the pastoral methods to adopt, and thus respond adequately to human expectations.
I can say that this adaptation is challenging. Most of our diocese and our neighboring dioceses consist mostly of small, insulated southern communities which are famous for the question “you’re not FROM here are you?” That’s not to say that the folks are not accepting - Tallulah has welcomed me with open arms!! Still, it’s hard to make decisions about the spiritual good of a people without knowing deeply the history and the passions and the hopes and anxieties of that people… By welcoming Thomas and Jacob and Derek, we not only build up our local sense of the broader Church, we also teach these outsiders the particularities of this local community.
I want to take this moment to encourage and to remind each of us how important our interactions with seminarians and young priests are! Each of us - laity and clergy together - are forming and training our future priests! Each of you are forming and training me! Please don’t ever hesitate to make your concerns, you passions, your hopes and your hungers known to me as your pastor and to our bishop David!!
The greatest struggle that I have as pastor is not knowing what you are thinking… I’ve tried to form the parish council to give me more and more meaningful feedback - but there is nothing so helpful to me as pastor and to me as a priest than your input and your feedback! Please, please, please share with Thomas, share with me. Don’t see your sharing as complaining or imposing - see it as part of forming the priests of today and the priests of tomorrow!
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 16 - Saturday Mass 6pm
- June 23 - Saturday Mass 6pm
- Aug 1 - Fr. Ryan departs for Sabbatical
For Your Information:
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.
SEMINARIAN BAR B QUE On Saturday, June 30, Bishop Talley will offer the 4 p.m. vigil Mass in Winnsoboro. He will be accompanied by the seminarians of the diocese and they will serve a free BBQ supper around 5 p.m. The event is free, but will function as a free-donation fund-raiser for the seminarians of the diocese. The Bishop asks that those who plan to attend please RSVP with one name and a number of those planning to attend in your group. RSVP to email@example.com or (318) 445-6424 x209.
NO PARISH COUNCIL MEETING IN JUNE….
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY
Our Return to the Lord
- Weekly Budget FY 2017-18 $1,917
- May Budget $7,668
- May Income $6,010
- May Expenses $8,766
- June Budget $7,668
- Collection June 9/10 $1,416
- June Income to Date $5,121
Stewardship Like the sower in today’s Gospel, I scatter as seed my gifts of time, talent, and resouces; and I trust that, by God’s grace and in God’s time, these small gifts of myself may grow and flourish and help to bring about the Kingdom of God.
Mass Schedule & Intentions for the Coming Week
Sat 6:00p In memory of Father Ferre (birth)/Magoun
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 Rosa Gremshell Olive Branch
Thu 5:30p In memory of Angela Lusk/Nettles Fri 5:30p In memory of Juanita Storey/Harris Sat 6:00p In memory of 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
- 6/16 6:00p
- Lector: P Wilks
- EMHCs: B Wilks & L Bullard
- 6/17 9:30a
- Servers: C Sullivan & H Ellerbee
- Lector: W Sullivan & ELMarsh
- EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
- 6/23 6:00p
- Lector: MA Gilfoil
- EMHCs: A Farlow & A Keene
- 6/24 9:30a
- Servers: W Sullivan & A Collins
- Lector: K Collins
- EMHCs: N & M Ernst
- 6/30 5:30p
- Lector: C VanderVieren
- EMHCs: L Bullard & M Rome
- 7/1 9:30a
- Servers: TBA
- Lector: D Ellerbee
- EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Connie Copes (June 15), Margaret Gilfoil (June 16)
Happy Anniversary Beth and Chip Sullivan (June 19)
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, Sharon Hansen of Gonzales, 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, 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: 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.