• Sunday Bulletin, October 26, 2014
      ST. RITA FALL FESTIVAL this weekend....
      October 25 & 26!!!
      Scroll to bottom of bulletin
      for complete schedule of events!

      Wednesday, October 29, 11:00 AM
      in the Holy Family Center

      NEXT WEEKEND we celebrate
      Please see the Pastor’s Notes for an explanation of how we will celebrate!


      Saturday, October 25
      4:00    -Mass for Thelma & Patti Allen, Jack Dekeyzer, Johnny Hesni, Toni Lynn Hogue, Ethel Miller, Sim Noah, Pat Rabalais, Ervin Riche, Chuck Saucier, Ruby Trahan, Julie Dekeyzer Williams
      5:30    - Mass for Denise Gremillion Bankovic

      Sunday, October 26
      8:00    -Mass for Strut and Sue Vanderlick
      9:30    -Mass for Sid Rud
                  -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 Fred Geisel
      6:00    -Mass for Sue Neal

      Monday, October 27
      8:00    -Mass for Richard Scallan

      Tuesday, October 28
      8:00    -Mass for Julius Michiels
      10:00    -Mass at Lexington House Nursing Home for Wanda Burrows
      6:30    –RCIA (Moreau Room)

      Wednesday, October 29
      8:00    -Mass for Annette Merritt
      4:30    -Wednesday Evening Meal (HFC)
      6:00    -CCD Religious Formation
      6:00    -2nd Year Confirmation (KC Meeting Room)

      Thursday, October 30
      8:00    -Mass for Michael Bouchie

      Friday, October 31
      8:00    -Mass for Margie Braud, Jack Dekeyzer, Dena Flynn, Sid Rud, Jan Tolito, Julie Dekeyzer Williams

      Saturday, November 1, All Saints Day (NOT a Holy Day)
      4:00        -Mass for Thelma & Patty Allen, Denise Bankovic, Marvin Finney, Dotti Hagan, Johnny Hesni, Toni Lynn Hogue, Annette Merritt, Sim Noah, Pat Rabalais, Ervin Riche, Chuck Saucier, Ruby Trahan, Frank & Celestine Zangla
      5:30    -Mass for Harry Gainer, Mary Etta Tatum, Steve Tatum

      Sunday, November 2
      8:00    -Mass for Dianne Blanche, Mildred Romar
      9:30    -Mass for John & Faye Pontif
                  -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 Laura Longo
      6:00    -Mass for Norman Crawford

      ALTAR FLOWERS: If you are interested in donating fresh flowers for the altar call the church office at 445-7141 ext 214. Flowers are $75 for both arrangements.

      ALTAR SANCTUARY LAMPS were provided in loving memory of John Price by Mary Ann Price; and George Rabalais by Gary Rabalais and Judy Stokes. If you are interested in having a loved one remembered by providing the sanctuary lamps, call the church office at 445-7141 ext 214. Cost is $7.50 per candle.

      ADORATION CHAPEL: The Blessed Sacrament is reserved for adoration by all the faithful in the St. Pius X Chapel located in the rear of the Church building. To obtain the combination for the chapel  stop by the church office at 3822 Bayou Rapides Road, during office hours. We remind you to not give the code to anyone, and please do not open the door for anyone.

      READINGS FOR NEXT WEEKEND: Mal 1, 14-2, 2, 8-10 Ps 130 (131), 1, 2, 3, 1 Thes 2, 7-9, 13Mt 23, 1-12 Catechism 2095-2109

      WEDNESDAY EVENING MEAL: 4:45 - 6:00 PM in the Holy Family Center, this week’s menu: Fried Chicken Strips, Rice and Gravy, Green Bean Casserole, Roll, Dessert, Tea.  Workers this week are Rodney Feazell, Debbie Deville, Haley Deville, Pat Spangler, Brenda Benoit, Edward Vercher and the weekly regulars. Cost is $5.00 for dine in or take out. For more information call 445-7141 ext 20. Please join us for delicious food and fellowship!


      Regular Collection    
      Average expenses for week                          $21,552.76
      Gifts for the week of October 19                   $19,713.36
      Short for the week of October 19                    $1,839.40
      St. Francis de Sales Mission                           $4,865.00
      Holy Family Center    
      Balance on HFC Note 10/03/2014                $677,622.85
      Collected on Pledges Month of Oct                $13,891.65
      Balance on School Loan 10/03/2014              $65,301.75


          We fulfill the commandment to love our neighbor when we exercise good stewardship–joyfully sharing our gifts of life, abilities, and resources to meet our neighbor’s need.

      OUR SICK:  Venita Enzenbacher, Mary Ford, Mary Funk, Jack Haller, Peggy Lamkin, Alice LeJeune, Francis Michiels, Dusty Nassif, Baby Sydney Rud, Al Velotta, Frank Zangla

      RECOVERING, CONVALESCING OR ONGOING TREATMENT: Joan  Andries, Bobbi Branton, Addie Brevelle, Mary Jane Britt,  Bralynn Cooke, Pat Curcio, Gayle Dubea, Sharon Henry, Thomas Jastemski, Fr. George Krosfield, Tina LaBorde, Ressie Lemoine, Richard Madeo, Peggy Marcotte,  Landon Pyburn, Chris Robinson,  Erica Stewart, Kathy Fryer Thomas,  Jean Wehrle,  John Whittington, Donald Young

      OUR SHUT- INS: 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, Daniel Brooks, Florence Broussard, Eleanor Bynum, Marcelle Campo, Madeline Cancienne, Joyce Carmouche, Alfred Cook, Rita Cormier, Carmen Costa, Rebecca Curcio, Myrtis Daigre, Eileen Drerup, Yvonne Dubroc, Michael Dwyer, Thelma Elie, Grace Ellis, Elsie Farman, Gerald Flynn, Mary Funk, Aline Garon, Loyd Gaspar, Mary Gaspard, Lois Gauthier, Eula George, Jeanette Gilmore, Doris Greene, Jessie Griffin, Ruby Guilbeaux, Anita Guillory, Jack Haller, Dorothy Harmeier, Rose Harmon, Claire Hebert, Bertha Hopewell, Virginia Jackson, Mary Jones, Tess Kirkwood, Patricia Lamkin, Alice LeJeune, Josephine Marcotte, Bessie Martin, Alice Mathews, Marjorie Mathews, Eula Maumphrey, Dorothy McGee, Clemmie Michiels, Elaine “Smokie” Michiels, Lettie Michiels, Ann Miller, Bernice Moore,  Ovada Morgan, Hilda Naquin, Connie Nasello, Kitty Nassif, Jacqueline O’Neal, Billie Penny, Yvonne Perrin, Rose Ponthieux, Phyllis Potts, Lucille Robinette, Theresa Rudisill, Joyce Scallan, Acadia St.Dozier, Phyllis St. Romain, Ina Steiner, Enola Stewart, Marie Swido, Jane Thiels, Lloyd Trahan, Catherine Turner, Michael Turner, Susan Turner, Frances Vance, Cornelia Vanlangendonck, Leala Vercher, Mary Verzwyvelt, Virginia Verzwyvelt, 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, Sgt. 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, AO1 Jacob Spangler, Sgt. Mallory Swinnen, SSgt. Mark Swinnen, 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.

      OUR PARISH OFFICE WILL BE OPEN on Monday, October 27.  As the Parish Staff works the entire weekend of the Fair, we typically take a “Fair Holiday” on this date; however this year we will take the “Fair Holiday” on Monday, November 10.
                                                                             –Fr. Scott

      WORLD MISSION COLLECTION: What better way to celebrate World Mission Sunday and its mission to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth, through financial support of the Propagation of Faith. Please support World Mission Sunday today, by giving generously to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. You may use the envelope in your monthly packet or a pew envelope marked World Mission and simply drop it in the collection basket.

      Notes from the Pastor......

         Our Fall Festival is this weekend! Please come out for food, fun and fellowship!    

        Next weekend we experience an unusual Liturgical event: All Saint’s Day, November 1, is on Saturday, and All Souls Day, November 2, falls on Sunday.  

         Because All Saint’s Day falls on Saturday, it is NOT a Holy Day of Obligation this year and there will be no additional Masses offered.   However, at the Saturday 4 PM and 5:30 PM Masses, November 1, we will celebrate the Feast of All Saints; at the Sunday Masses, November 2, we will celebrate the Feast of All Souls.  (Please note that attendance is obligatory at only ONE Mass, either Saturday or Sunday, as with any other regular weekend.)

       You may hear or read of other Catholic Churches celebrating these two Feasts in a different manner.  Fr. Taylor and I have chosen, with input from liturgists, to celebrate at St. Rita as outlined above.  

        Fr. Taylor and I welcome any ST. RITA TRICK or TREATERS to come to our home (214 N. 17th Street) on Friday, October 31, from 4 - 6 PM!    –Fr. Scott

      BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE has been placed at the display near the Sanctuary for you to enroll the names of your beloved deceased.  (If you have enrolled their names in past years, there is no need to re-enroll!)  These will be remembered at our All Souls Day Masses and throughout the month of November.

      MISSALETTE ADS: If you have a business, and would like to advertise in our Missalette, please call Etta Ohrt at 445-7141 ext 210. Ads are located on the front cover of the hymnals. The new ads will be replaced on the first Sunday of Advent.

      SENIOR CITIZENS HALLOWEEN PARTY will be held on Wednesday, October 29th in the Holy Family Center from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Bring your favorite Pot Luck, we will provide the meat and drinks. RSVP to 445-7141 ext 214 by October 27.     – Sr. Hannah
      ST. VINCENT de PAUL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Just a few hours a month would be a great help! The store is open Tuesday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. For more information or to volunteer, call Mrs. Jeri Brittain at 473-0887.

      ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CATHOLIC CHURCH  in Clouteirville MINI FAIR will be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 1 & 2.  Fair begins on Saturday after the 4:00 Mass. Bingo on Saturday, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM.  Dance on Saturday, 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM. Admission for the dance is $5 in advance, $7 at the door.  Sunday Dinner, 11:00 AM, Baked Turkey with all the trimmings.  Bingo on Sunday begins at 1:00 PM.  For more information, contact Martha Conde, 318-379-7050 or Shirley Chevalier, 318-379-2231.

      NATIONAL VOCATION AWARENESS WEEK: National Vocation Awareness Week will be celebrated in our country November 2-8, 2014.  Please ask Our Lord for more dedicated, holy priests, deacons and consecrated men and women. May they be inspired by Jesus Christ, supported by our faith community, and respond generously to God’s gift of a vocation.

      JOB OPENING: Substitute Child Nutrition Technician needed for the Diocesan Catholic School Cafeteria’s in Avoyelles, Natchitoches, and Rapides Parish. Applicant must be drug-free and able to pass a background screening. Current position would be on an as needed basis only, with possibilities of leading into a permanent full-time position.  Must be available between the hours of 6:00 am and 3:00 pm. M-F.  If interested contact the Diocese of Alexandria Child Nutrition Office at (318) 445-6424 ext. 232.

      RADIO MARIA IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS: Radio Maria is a Catholic radio station located in Alexandria (601 Washington Street). 
      Volunteers are needed to:
         answer the phone between the hours of 8:00AM - 5:00 PM (Monday - Friday)
         stuff envelopes for periodic mailouts
      ?  be on a "call list" of volunteers, and called as needed when there is a need.
         answer the phone during semi-annual (Spring and Fall) Mariathons for 2-hour shifts
         make a food dish or a dessert for periodic special events at     the station
         light housekeeping at the studio
         work the sound board for 2-hour shifts on the weekend.    
         pray on the air
      make a 3-5 minute presentation about Radio Maria to parishes after a weekend Mass
      If you think you can volunteer for any of the duties listed above, please call Carla at 318-561-6145.


      Saturday, October 25, 2014
      3:00 PM         Silent Auction on display
                             Holy Family Center Foyer
                             White Elephant opens
                             St. Martin Room & Classroom Hallway

      4:30 PM   “St. Rita” Chicken & Sausage Gumbo – $6.00
                  Hamburgers, Fries, Meatpies, Nachos, Popcorn
                      Holy Family Center
                  Ye Olde Sweet Shoppe & Country Store opens

      5:00 PM        Halloween Costume Contest ages 0 - 10
                            Holy Family Center Stage

      5:30 - 7:30 PM        Trick or Treating, Game Booths
                                      Church Courtyard

      5:30 - 8:30 PM        BINGO - Holy Family Center

      Sunday, October 26, 2014

      8:30 AM      Ye Olde Sweet Shoppe, Country  Store     White Elephant opens, Silent Auction on Display

      10:30 AM      Sunday Dinner – $7.00
                  Pork Roast, Dirty Rice, Yams, Baked Beans,
                  Green Salad, Roll

      12:30 noon         BINGO
      12:30 - 2:00        Fun and Games for Children

      2:00 PM            Silent Auction Ends

      3:00 PM            Raffles Drawn
                               Silent Auction Items Announced

                      BINGO & FAIR CLOSES