Weekly Reflections

Week of May 22nd, 2022:

When love, respect and devotion to our Blessed Lady declines, and when prayers to seek her intercession are abandoned or decreased, there will be a serious loss to the world as well as to the Church. Never will the Church sanction the downgrading of devotion to Mary, the lack of honor paid to her for centuries and the failure to turn to her in our spiritual and temporal needs.

When men lose their sense of spiritual values, when they loosen their moral standards, when indulgence of the flesh and passions become the order of the day, it is only natural that they find it hard to keep Mary in their hearts and minds.

When their faith in the divinity of Christ fades under the attack of worldliness, pride, self-will, indifference and a sinful life, they lose their understanding of the place of Mary in the scheme of God’s plan for men. Conversely, a tender and faithful love of the Blessed Virgin cultivates a strong and abiding faith, strengthens the will against evil, and enlightens the mind to grasp eternal truth as taught by Christ.

The history of the Church shows a religious and moral decay when devotion to Mary, imitation and reverence of her suffer and decline, both in nations & individuals.
Where she is loved and honored, Christ holds sway. Countless individuals, saints and sinners, testify in past and present that through Mary is a sure path for men that they may have life.

-Bishop Robert F. Joyce

Week of May 15th, 2022

How does Mary Help us as our Spiritual Mother? Mary is our Mother. Before Jesus died on the cross, he saw Mary and one of His disciples before Him. He said
to Mary, “Woman, behold your son.” To His disciple He said, “Behold, your mother.” (John 19: 26 & 27) He assigned John to watch over and protect Mary. The
Catholic Church also looks at this even as Jesus giving Mary to all believers as our Mother. She is also the Mother of the Church.

Mary is an example of faith for us-of steady, unwavering faith and of faithful service. Out of all the women in the history of the entire world, she was chosen to be the mother of our Savior. That says a lot about her right there! She should have our respect from this alone. 

The love and care Jesus shows to Mary is an example of how we can show her love and respect as well. For example, she has appeared many times on earth to give a message to us. If Jesus did not hold her in high esteem, he would not allow her to come to earth to talk with us. Whenever she does talk with those on earth, it is
to send a message to repent, to turn away from sin, and to love God more.

We can ask Mary for prayers just as we ask family and friends to pray for us. Mary Loves Jesus. She wants everyone to know and love Him, too. Mary comes to our aid as our mother to help us and to point the way to her Son. 

Think of the times she has appeared on earth. She has told people to turn away from sin, to pray the Rosary, to pray for sinners, and to pray for peace. She has told us that her Son is very much offended by the sins of people. She asks us to pray and repent. God allowed her to come to deliver these messages to us. He did not have to do that. But, God loves us and He loves His mother, so He allows her to help us.

Week of May 8th, 2022

Dear St Edward Family Members:
Did you know our school is the only catholic school in Harrison County? I am thankful to all the teachers, principal, staff, and parishioners for making it happen. All new students are welcome. Registration already began in school with the new tuition rate for the coming academic year in place. If you know of any students interesting in attend our wonderful school, please send their parents our way.

Please continue to pray the Hail Holy Queen prayer daily for finding a new principal.

Since our staffing is very limited, the office time is very limited. The office time beginning June 1 will be: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00am - 1:00pm. Because of the financial struggle of the parish, unfortunately, I had to cut back on our expenses. I had to cut back the hours for our music ministry. Dr. Laytart will not be playing on Saturdays until further notice. If we are still short on funds, I may have to take other necessary steps.

Congratulations to all the First Holy Communicants and to their parents.

As we are preparing for our Ice Cream Social, please support this great event. There will be delicious meals, a silent auction, and many children’s games. Please support us so that we can raise funds for the operational costs of the school. During this month of May, I strongly recommend you to pray the Rosary daily in your homes.
God Bless,
Fr. Niby

Week of May 1st, 2022

As we live our simple, hidden, prayerful, hard-working lives, let us take the hand of Our Blessed Mother. She too lived a simple, hidden, prayerful and hard-working life. Let us relate to her all our desires for greatness. Let us listen to her as she shares with us the secrets of the Sacred Heart of Jesus aout nobility, hiddenness, suffering, prayer, and holiness. Let us listen to her as she shares about the sancity of St. Joseph. Let us ponder the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary and model our own world in such a way that we resemble our Mother. 

In this month of May, let us ask Our Lady's intercession, that our hearts would more fully embrace the way of holiness. Through her prayers, may our hearts and homes become new Nazareths, places where Jesus will live, love, pray and work. 

May is also a time to celebrate the life and dignity of each and every person-from those still in the womb to those at the end of life. 




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