• April 20, 2014
      HAPPY EASTER!!!
       
      EASTER EGG HUNT
      for children ages 7 and under
      after the 9:30 Mass
      on the church grounds

       
      PARISH CALENDAR

      Vigil of Easter, Saturday, April 19
      8:00    -Gathering on Church Courtyard, Lighting of the Fire, Service of Light, Vigil Mass with Liturgy of the Word, Baptism, Confirmation, First Eucharist
                  -Mass intention for all living and deceased members of the parish

      Easter Sunday, April 20
      Eucharist is not present for adoration in the Chapel  until after the 6:00 PM Mass
      8:00    -Mass for all living & deceased members of the parish
      9:30    -Mass for all living & deceased members of the parish
                  -After Mass, Easter Egg Hunt (Church Grounds)
      11:00    -Mass for all living & deceased members of the parish
      12:30    -Spanish Mass for all living & deceased members of the parish
      6:00    -Mass for all living & deceased members of the parish

      Monday, April 21
      8:00    -Mass for Bernice Duplissey

      Tuesday, April 22
      8:00    -Mass for Jack Dekeyzer, Julie Dekeyzer Williams
      10:00    -NO Mass at Lexington House Nursing Home
      6:00    -Adult Choir Practice

      Wednesday, April 23
      8:00    -Mass for Dena Flynn
      6:00    -NO CCD (HFC)

      Thursday, April 24
      8:00    -Mass for Kevin Thiels
      5:00    -Catholic Daughters Meeting (HFC foyer)

      Friday, April 25
      8:00    -Mass for Dena Flynn, W.C. Johnson, Jr., Julius Michiels, Sid Rud

      Saturday, April 26
      4:00    -Mass for Thelma and Patty Allen, Denise Gremillion Bankovic, Dr. Joseph Belgard, Mary “Becky” Bordelon, A.J. and Eschol Bruyninckx, Jack Dekeyzer, Barbara Guillory, Chase Michiels, Strut and Sue Vanderlick, Julie Dekeyzer Williams, J.J. and Una Wilson, Robert Zaunbercher, Souls in Purgatory
      5:30    - Mass for the intention of Helen Mathews

      Sunday, April 27
      8:00    -Mass for Dena Flynn
      9:30    -Mass for Jules Lacour
                  -Children’s Church (5-10 yrs old)
      11:00    -Mass for the people of the parish
                  -Children’s Church (5-10 yrs old)
      12:30    -Spanish Mass for Mary Lee Foreman
      6:00    -Mass for Julius Michiels

      ALTAR FLOWERS and decorations were provided through the generous donations of the Easter Flower  Memorials.  A list of memorials will be printed in the April 27th bulletin.

      ALTAR SANCTUARY LAMPS were provided in loving memory of Wadell Abide and the Shaheen and Michael Families of Louisiana by Ed and Marie Michael. If you are interested in having a loved one remembered by providing the sanctuary lamps, call the church office at 445-7141 ext 214. $7.50 per candle.

      ADORATION CHAPEL:  Please note that the St. Pius X Adoration Chapel will be closed until after the 6:00 PM Mass on Easter Sunday.

      READINGS FOR NEXT WEEKEND: Acts 2:42-47 Ps 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 1 Pt 1:3-9 Jn 20:19-31 Catechism 150-152

      OUR OFFERTORY GIFTS
          
      Regular Collection    
      Average expenses for week                        $21,552.76
      Gifts for the week of April 13                       $29,697.40
      Over for the week of April 13                         $8,144.64
      Lenten Weekday Collection                           $4,050.68
      Holy Family Center    
      Balance on HFC Note 04/04/2014                $822,345.77
      Collected on Pledges Month of April           $15,416.81
      Balance on School Loan 04/04/2014           $118,315.72

          THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!
                                      
      Very early in the morning after the sabbath, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb to annoint Jesus’ body with the precious oils. The reward of this good and conscientious steward was to be the first to know that Jesus had been raised from the dead! Alleluia!

      FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED AND THE CONSOLATION OF THEIR FAMILIES: Aleda DeKeyzer    

      OUR SICK: Daniel Crooks, Henry Folse, Olive Gremillion, Lanny Guillory, Bishop Ronald Herzog, Elaine Michiels, Anna Nagela, Millie Navarro, Maxell Ponthieaux, Elda Schoolcraft, Baby Chloe Whitstine

      RECOVERING, CONVALESCING OR ONGOING TREATMENT:  Joanne Andries, Mary Jane Britt, Bralynn Cooke, Pat Curcio, Christine Davis, Lorraine Doucette,  Paulette Gallagher, Tina LaBorde, Ressie Lemoine, Peggy Marcotte, Landon Pyburn, Gail Randall, Alan Robinson, Branch Robinson, Erica Stewart, Kathy Fryer Thomas, Jean Wehrle
       
      OUR SHUT- INS: Elsie Ducote Allen, Harry Armand, Virgie Armand, Alice Arsenault, Eudore Arsenault, Jacqueline Barthel, Minnie Basco, Belton Beaubouef, J. Emile Belgard, Lizzie Belgard, Maretta Benoit, Nellie Bordelon, Shirley Bost, Margie Braud, Daniel Brooks, Florence Broussard,  Eleanor Bynum, Marcelle Campo, Larry Cancienne, Madeline Cancienne, Rita Cormier, Carmen Costa, Rebecca Curcio, Myrtis Daigre, Harry Dill, Eileen Drerup, Yvonne Dubroc, Michael Dwyer, Thelma Elie, Grace Ellis, Elsie Farman,  Gerald Flynn, Mary Funk, Aline Garon, Loyd Gaspar, Mary Gaspard, Lois Gauthier, Gloria Gonzales, Phyllis Gorsha, Mercier Grant, Doris Greene, Jessie Griffin, Anita Guillory, Dorothy Harmeier, Rose Harmon, Claire Hebert, Bertha Hopewell, Mary Jones, Tess Kirkwood, Patricia Lamkin, Alice LeJeune, Josephine Marcotte, Alice Mathews, Marjorie Mathews, Eula Maumphrey, Margaret McDonald, Dorothy McGee, Annette Merritt, Clemmie Michiels, Lettie Michiels, Ann Miller, Ovada Morgan, Hilda Naquin, Kitty Nassif, Jacqueline O’Neal, Billie Penny, Yvonne Perrin, Mary Perschy, Rose Ponthieux, Phyllis Potts, Josie Richardson, Lucille Robinette, Peggy Rock, Theresa Rudisill, Joyce Scallan, Acadia St.Dozier, Ina Steiner, Enola Stewart, Marie Swido, Sylvia Tumminello,  Catherine Turner, Michael Turner, Susan Turner, Frances Vance, Cornelia Vanlangendonck, Leala Vercher, Mary Verzwyvelt, Virginia Verzwyvelt, Rowena Vidrine, Willie Voorhies, Elcho Young

      PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR MILITARY: Captain Greg Abide, Ariail Andries, Cpt. Donald R. Bolton, Jr., SSgt Chad Bordelon, ASAR Quincy Bordelon, Lt. Luke Borrel, Chaplain Captain John Brocato, SSgt. Mike Carlin, Sgt. Brad Cavrak, 1st Lt. Brian Clayton, E4 Cruz Cline, Spc. Robert Crawford, USCG-BM1 Todd Crooks, Lieutenant Brian Dendy, PFC Rachael Ducote, Col. Richard Fenoli, Captain Christina Frazier, Captain Mike Frazier, Sgt. Matthew Gallagher, Eric Jeansonne, SSgt. Bryan Lachney, SSgt. Danielle Lachney, SFC Steven C. Looney, HA Jacob A. Orlando, HN Christian Perkins, Greg Perkins, Maddie Runyan, AO1 Jacob Spangler, Sgt. Mallory Swinnen, SSgt. Mark Swinnen, Sp. Sara Touchet, 2nd Lt. Francis Jerome Vanderlick, Lt. Claire M. Vidrine. If you have members of your family who have been called to active military duty, or are already on active duty, please call 445-7141 ext 214 or e-mail us at dbrown@strita.org.  Please remember to keep all our military and their families in your prayers.

      INFIRM PRIESTS FUND COLLECTION: Your donation to the Infirm Priests Fund will help to replenish the fund, which provides assistance for our sick priests when illness exceeds the extent of our group health coverage limits. This is a wonderful expression of gratitude to the priests who have served you so well over the years. And please also remember them in your prayers, recalling their generosity to you.  You may use the envelope in your monthly packet or a pew envelope clearly marked and drop it in the collection basket.

      CATHOLIC HOME MISSIONS COLLECTION: The Catholic Home Missions Appeal works to support home mission dioceses in the United States by supporting seminarian formation in poor dioceses. Often home mission priests and lay ministers require special training to attend to the unique needs of their faith communities. Your support is necessary for the success of these and other projects. Please help strengthen the Church at home through your generosity to this Appeal. You may use the envelope in your monthly packet or a pew envelope clearly marked and drop it in the collection basket.
          
      OUR PARISH OFFICES will be closed, Monday, April 21 and Tuesday, April 22 for Easter Holidays. There will be NO 10:00 AM Mass at Lexington House Nursing Home on Tuesday, April 22.

      ANNUAL DIOCESAN APPEAL: Alleluia! Christ is risen and is victorious over sin and death!  We are good stewards of our faith, like St. Paul, we share this good news whenever and wherever we can.  We too can “go and make disciples” by our support of Bishop Herzog’s many ministries and programs that are funded through the Annual Diocesan Appeal.

      Pastor’s Notes.....
                          
           Alleluia!  He Is Risen! As we begin the great season of Easter, it’s a time to rejoice in the victory Christ won for us by his Passion, Death and Resurrection!      

         In the Gospel today we read that Mary Magdalene arrives at the tomb to find the stone rolled away. The Risen Christ desires to “roll away the stones” of our sin, and if we respond to that desire, we can live in the light of the Resurrection both in this life and beyond!

         On behalf of Fr. Peter, Deacon Ray, Sr. Nell, Sr. Hannah, the Parish Staff, and myself, we wish you a Blessed Easter Season!  Happy Easter!

         There are many upcoming celebrations in our Parish, so please watch the bulletin and/or the website! We will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday, May 4 at the 11:00 AM Mass. Rev. Bruce Miller, Judicial Vicar and Vicar for Administration of the Diocese, will be standing in for Bishop Herzog to confer the Sacrament. Please welcome Fr. Miller and please keep our Confirmation candidates in your prayers as they make this important step in their faith lives!  

         First Eucharist will be celebrated at a special 7:00 PM Mass on Saturday, May 10. I also ask that you pray for our First Communicants as they receive the Body and Blood of Our Lord!                              –Fr. Scott

      PARISH PICNIC scheduled for May 4th, has been cancelled due to the construction of the new Maintenance Shop and KC Meeting Room.  We will have the Parish Picnic in May of 2015 in conjunction with the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the founding of St. Rita Church!                  –Fr. Scott

      FIRST COMMUNION INTERVIEWS with the priests will be on Monday, April 28 beginning at 4:00 PM at the Holy Family Center. Please call Sr. Nell at 445-7141 ext 215 as soon as possible to schedule your appointment.    -Sr. Nell

      ENVELOPE USERS: Please notice that the green envelope for the Annual Diocesan Appeal has been left out of your monthly packet of envelopes by the envelope company. You may use a pew envelope or one of the green envelopes in the hymnal rack to make your contribution to the ADA.  The green envelopes will return to your monthly packets in June. Sorry for the inconvenience.  

      CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS Court Bishop Desmond will meet on Thursday, April 24 at 5:00 PM in the Holy Family Center Foyer.  All ladies of the parish are invited to join us!
              
      IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A CHURCH HOME you are cordially invited to join the St. Rita Parish family. Green Parish Census/Registration form is located in the bulletin racks or on our website, www.strita.org. If you are not Catholic, now might be a great time to investigate the possibility. You are certainly welcome! Regardless of place of residence anyone may register and belong to any parish by diocesan law.
          
      NEW SHUT-INS: In the past we have found people who were in the hospital, who should have been on our shut-ins list. If you know someone who is Catholic, belongs to St. Rita Parish and cannot come to Mass because of medical reasons, please contact Sr. Hannah O’Brien at 445-7141 ext 216. We have Eucharistic servers who bring communion to all our shut-ins at least once a week. Our priests visit shut-ins regularly. Please be aware of your neighbors.

      OUR ST. VINCENT de PAUL STORE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS! For more information or to volunteer, please call Mrs. Jeri Brittain at 473-0887.

      ST. VINCENT de PAUL STORE located at 1210 Bolton Avenue. If you have any donations of furniture, appliances, household items or clothing, you may drop off your donations at the store.  Please arrange to drop off all donations at the store; we do not always have the resources to immediately pick up donated items. The store hours are  Tuesday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. We do provide a letter of donation for tax purposes. For more information call 473-0887.