From The Font
“He gave strict orders that no one should know this and said that she should be given something to eat.”
Why, why, why does Jesus not want people to know? Why keep everything so hush-hush?
The first part of the answer is that we have to set aside the idea that Jesus came primarily to teach or to work miracles or to heal or to raise the poor out of poverty. That simply isn’t why Jesus came. He proves over and over again that healing, in itself, isn’t His purpose. He steadfastly refuses to work miracles for some people. There are people He doesn’t heal. There are poor folks who are still poor when He ascended into Heaven and the Rich, Young Man was told that that he needed to become poor before He could be happy.
Why, then, did Jesus come? He came to establish a Church. He came to empower twelve men - one of whom was a traitor - to receive the Holy Spirit and to celebrate seven sacraments which would serve as powerful conduits of the living Grace of God.
That’s why Jesus spoke to the crowd in stories that they couldn’t fully understand. That’s why Jesus kept leaving the crowds behind and crossing over water in a way that they couldn’t follow Him. That’s why Jesus only allows a few disciples to come with Him into the house. That’s why Jesus doesn’t fix the social problems of the day or advise His followers on the politics of temple taxes. Jesus didn’t come to fix the world - He came to establish the Church. His Church would then function in the power of the Holy Spirit according to the same missions that Jesus received from the Father. Jesus was Priest, Prophet and King. So, too, His Church is Priest - in the Sacraments. So, too, His Church is Prophet - in preaching and teaching. So, too, His Church is King - in directing men and women toward eternal life rather than merely success in this short life on Earth.
Jesus came to establish a Church which can speak to every age and in every language and through the lens of all sorts of human activity. That’s why we have so many and various saints who live out the faith in seemingly opposite ways.
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
In November of 1981, about two years into his papacy, Pope St. John Paul II wrote a formal letter to the entire Church on the topic of the Family in the modern world. The letter is formally called “Familiaris Consortio” and it is, by far, the most important writing on the Christian Family in the last hundred years. Pope John Paul begins by saying “The family in the modern world, as much as and perhaps more than any other institution, has been beset by the many profound and rapid changes that have affected society and culture. Many families are living this situation in fidelity to those values that constitute the foundation of the institution of the family. Others have become uncertain and bewildered over their role or even doubtful and almost unaware of the ultimate meaning and truth of conjugal and family life. Finally, there are others who are hindered by various situations of injustice in the realization of their fundamental rights.
“Illuminated by the faith that gives her an understanding of all the truth concerning the great value of marriage and the family and their deepest meaning, the Church once again feels the pressing need to proclaim the Gospel, that is the ‘good news,’ to all people without exception, in particular to all those who are called to marriage and are preparing for it, to all married couples and parents in the world. The Church is deeply convinced that only by the acceptance of the Gospel are the hopes that man legitimately places in marriage and in the family capable of being fulfilled.”
In our moment of history, we are overwhelmed with people - even some Christians - who seem to have come to believe that the Gospel is impossible. They have come to believe that sexual purity is impossible. They have come to believe that making a choice to resist temptation is impossible.
I say that they “have come to believe this” because every other human generation at every moment in history has defied it! Our families have not changed as much as we may think! No amount of technology or media or whatever gender-blah-blah is being proclaimed by CNN this week can change human nature.
There isn’t now some massive increase in homosexuality as opposed to ten or two hundred years ago. There’s simply an adolescent unwillingness to discipline oneself and a materialistic unwillingness to recognize the divine law of God at work in our world and in our souls.
As the pope says, the Christian Family is beset by many challenges and societal changes - but the family itself is the same as it ever was. Father and mother love each other and they become one flesh in their kids. The family, then, becomes a living icon of the sacrificial love of the Holy Trinity and shines for all to see as a living and breathing model of the Church in the world.
St. John Paul adds “The communion of love between God and people, a fundamental part of the Revelation and faith experience of Israel, finds a meaningful expression in the marriage covenant which is established between a man and a woman.”
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
- July 15 - Coffee with Seminarian Thomas following 9:30 Mass. Please join us as we are treated to a brief history of St Edward, the Confessor, patron of our parish
- July 29 - Coffee and doughnuts following Mass as a Send-Off to Seminarian Thomas who will be completing his assignment at St. Edward for this year and a Bon Voyage to Father Ryan!
- Aug 1 - Fr. Ryan depart for Sabbatical
For Your Information:
ST EDWARD the CONFESSOR… On Sunday, July 15, following 9:30 Mass, Seminarian Thomas Kennedy will provide a brief overview of St Edward the Confessor, the patron saint of our parish. Thomas has a special interest in this particular saint and earlier in May he visited his burial site in London, England. Join Thomas for Coffee and interesting conversation.
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
- May Budget $7,668
- May Income $6,010
- May Expenses $8,766
- June Budget $7,668
- Collection June 23/24 $1,207
- June Income to Date $8,679
Stewardship Today’s reading from St. Paul explains the “divine economy” of stewardship--”The relief of others ought not to impoverish you, there should be a certain equality. Your plenty at the present time should supply their need so that their surplus may in turn one day supply your need."
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 John and Marie Johnson/family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Dead members of our Parish
- Mon No Mass
- Tue 5:30p In memory of Michael Mills (birth anni 2nd)/Mills & Thompson
- Wed 9:00a In memory of Rosa Gremshell Olive Branch
- Thu 5:30p In memory of Nettie & Philip Scurria/P Scurria
- Fri 5:30p In memory of Angelina Scurria Irardo/P Scurria
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Paul VanderVieren (birth)/family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 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
- 7/14 5:30p
- Lector: MA Gilfoil
- EMHCs: M Rome & A Keene
- 7/15 9:30a
- Servers: Aidan & Marsh
- Lector: A Oliver
- EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Josephine Hodge (July 7)
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, Reba Duncan, 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), Joe Farlow, Mike Farlow, Charles Michael Finlayson, JoAnn Phillips Finn (Hodge), Thom Gilfoil, Kathy Garley Hanlon (Gilfoil), Cooper Harris (R Wood), Bo Holloway, 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.
HELP US TO UP-DATE OUR PRAYER LIST BY ADVISING US OF ANYONE WHO SHOULD BE ADDED OR REMOVED.