From The Font
“John heralded his coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel...”
John proclaimed a baptism of repentance - to all… Jesus offered forgiveness of sins - to all… And yet, at some point in our modern era, people have selectively forgotten that repentance and forgiveness is what was being offered. Instead, we hear nonsense from Catholic and Protestants alike that Jesus loves everyone and forgives everyone no matter what even if they’re not remotely sorry for their sins. We hear that everyone receives God’s mercy whether they want it or not. We hear, in short, that God’s commandments are meaningless and that everyone goes to heaven whether they want to or not.
Sadly, the single best way to run toward the fires of hell is to tell yourself over and over again that I’m already saved and that I’m for sure going to heaven! John didn’t preach his message just because Jesus had not yet died “once for all.” He preached his message of repentance and forgiveness because that this the only way to begin the Christian journey.
Recovering addicts understand this in a very personal way. Until one admits one has a problem, there’s no healing, there’s no recovery. The media nowadays is trying desperately to pretend that no one has a problem. Are you on pot? No problem, it’s going to be legal soon. Are you a drunk? Don’t let other people tell you how to live your life. Are you embracing rather than battling against your desires and sinful instincts? That’s OK, only God can judge you…
The problem is that He will! John wasn’t telling people to repent just to wag a finger the same way that the children of an alcoholic aren’t asking dad to dry up for their own happiness. John said what He said out of love. He told people that the only freedom that exists comes from serving God.
What’s more, John told people that God offers this freedom not just to the Jews - but to anyone who is willing to repent and “to be transformed by the renewal of their minds” as St. Paul would later explain in his letter to the Romans. The universality of God isn’t about everyone going to Heaven - it’s about everyone being given the chance to repent of their sins and be forgiven!
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
On Easter Sunday in 1999, Pope St. John Paul II wrote a beautiful letter to Artists around the world.
In it, he wrote that “not all are called to be artists in the specific sense of the term. Yet, as Genesis has it, all men and women are entrusted with the task of crafting their own life: in a certain sense, they are to make of it a work of art, a masterpiece.” “Those who perceive in themselves this kind of divine spark which is the artistic vocation—as poet, writer, sculptor, architect, musician, actor and so on—feel at the same time the obligation not to waste this talent but to develop it, in order to put it at the service of their neighbor and of humanity as a whole.” “Society needs artists, just as it needs scientists, technicians, workers, professional people, witnesses of the faith, teachers, fathers and mothers, who ensure the growth of the person and the development of the community.”
Far too often, we are told that society needs more scientists. We hear STEM, STEM, STEM proclaimed like a mantra constantly. But does our society really need more scientists or engineers? We seem very capable of doing all the technology we would like. But we seem to keep making the same movies over again. Music in the last decade hasn’t given us much to remember. We can’t say that we are improving as human beings… We seem to hate each other more. We still don’t seem to have a big problem murdering babies and selling their little body parts to lab full of STEM graduates. We have lots of tech that help us to do lots of stuff - but we have fewer and fewer people to remind us what it means to be human! Perhaps we need more artists to help us see our human nature… Sure, STEM pays well. But if there’s one thing we know without a doubt it’s that money does not make anyone happy. The happiest people I know are country people who make a tenth of what big city folks make. And those country people are happiest when they’re out on the boat drinking a beer watching the kids fly off the tube at 30mph.
Pope St. John Paul calls for artists because artists reflect to us what we can’t see in ourselves. When we see a truly funny movie - we’re laughing because we recognize someone we love in that movie. When we hear a story that makes us cry, it’s because we feel a connection with those fictional characters.
To me, the best example of this goes back to the Bible story of King David and Uriah. King David has stolen Uriah’s wife and the prophet comes to him and tells the story of a rich man with many sheep. The rich man sees a very poor man with one simple sheep and he decides he wants that sheep. So the king kills the poor man and takes his sheep. When the prophet tells this story to King David, the King realizes what he has done and he repents. It’s in 2 Sam 11 - go give it a read. This is the power of art - of storytelling.
The Pope ends his letter to artists with this reminder: “Mine is an invitation to rediscover the depth of the spiritual and religious dimension which has been typical of art in its noblest forms in every age.” May all of us with an artistic heart discover again why the Lord put that there when He knit us together in our mother’s womb!
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 23 - Saturday Mass 6pm
- Aug 1 - Fr. Ryan depart for Sabbatical
For Your Information:
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.
ON THE WEB St. Edward has a Facebook page (Facebook.com/StEdwardTallulah). Fr. Ryan is sharing our parish bulletin and his Sunday sermons from his own website there weekly. We also have a shared calendar (Bit.ly/stedwardcalendar) and new email address (StEdwardTallulah@gmail.com). Fr. Ryan is also active on the web. He has a blog\webpage at FrHumphries.com and all are encouraged to friend, like or follow him on Facebook (Facebook.com/frhumphries), Twitter (Twitter.com/frhumphries) and Instagram (Instagram.com/frryan).
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 16/17 $2,351
- June Income to Date $7,472
Stewardship St. Paul tells us that Christ died “so that those who live might live no longer for themselves,” What we give to and do for others, we give to and do for Jesus!
Special Collection Next week, July 1, our diocese will take up the Peter's Pence Collection, which provides the Holy Father with the funds he needs to carry out his most important charitable works. The proceeds benefit the most disadvantaged: victims of war, oppression, and natural disasters. Through your generosity, we can cast the peace of Christ upon the world.
Mass Schedule & Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 6:00p In memory of Marie Phillips Michele/Weaver
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Dead members of our Parish
- Mon No Mass
- Tue 5:30p Communion Service
- Wed 9:00a In memory of Eva Reynolds/Mills & Thompson Olive Branch
- Thu 5:30p Communion Service
- Fri 5:30p In memory of Gus Gremshell
- Sat 5:30p In memory of John and Marie Johnson/family
- 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
- 6/23 6:00p
- Lector: MA Gilfoil
- EMHCs: A Farlow & M Gilfoil
- 6/24 9:30a
- Servers: W Sullivan & A Collins
- Lector: K Collins
- EMHCs: Volunteers
- 6/30 5:30p
- Lector: C VanderVieren
- EMHCs: L Bullard & M Rome
- 7/1 9:30a
- Servers: EL Marsh & C Marsh
- Lector: D Ellerbee
- EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
- 7/7 5:30p
- Lector: P Gilfoil
- EMHCs: C VanderVieren & A Farlow
- 7/8 9:30a
- Servers: C Wood & P Collins
- Lector: B Sullivan
- EMHCs: N & M Ernst
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Margo Corulla (June 26)
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.