• Sunday Bulletin, July 27, 2014
      BON VOYAGE,
      SEMINARIAN AUSTIN BURNS!
         
      BRUNCH WORKSHOP:
      “Sacraments – The Language We Speak”
      Saturday, August 16, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
       

      PARISH CALENDAR

      Saturday, July 26
      4:00    -Mass for Thelma & Patty Allen, Denise Gremillion
      Bankovic, Bruce Dekeyzer, Glenn & James Forest, Carmel Glorioso, Dotti Hagan, Bennett Jeansonne, Jr., Maria Norcio, Grady Sayes, Ruby Trahan, Strut & Sue Vanderlick, Jane Villemez, Living & Deceased members of the Brydels, Turner & Verzwyvelt Families
      5:30    -Mass for the Jules Lacour

      Sunday, July 27
      8:00    -Mass for Glen Scarborough
      9:30    -Mass for Jan Tolito
      11:00    -Mass for the people of the parish
      12:30    -Spanish Mass for Edna Rabalais
      6:00    -Mass for Brandon LaBorde

      Monday, July 28
      8:00    -Mass for Stanley Hanhart

      Tuesday, July 29
       8:00    -Mass for Wanda Burrows
       10:00    -Mass at Lexington House Nursing Home for Edna Rabalais

      Wednesday, July 30
      8:00    -Mass for Kevin Sanchez

      Thursday, July 31
       8:00    -Mass for Pauline Crawford

      Friday, August 1
       8:00    -Mass for Dena Flynn, Johnnie Mallory, Sid Rud 
         
      Saturday, August 2
      4:00    -Mass for Thelma & Patti Allen, Donald Ballard, Denise Gremillion Bankovic, Bruce Dekeyzer,Marvin Finney,  Carmel Glorioso, Feliciano Jesus Gomez, Marie Norcio, Grady Sayes, Charles Maxin Thompson, Ruby Trahan, Jane Villemez, Living and deceased members of the Brydels, Turner, & Verzwyvelt Families
      5:30    - Mass for Harry Gainer, Mary Etta Tatum, Steve Tatum

      Sunday, August 3
      8:00    -Mass for Glen Scarborough
      9:30    -Mass for Daniel Juneau, Sr.
      11:00    -Mass for the people of the parish
      12:30    -Spanish Mass for Mary Lee Foreman
       6:00    -Mass for Theresa Heston

      ALTAR FLOWERS were provided in honor of Msgr. Piegay Assembly Council 328 by the 4th Degree Knights.  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 Edna Rabalais by Judy Stokes and Gary Rabalais. 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: 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. Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament is strongly encouraged as the Eucharist is the ‘source and summit’ of our spiritual lives. Adorers can attest to the many favors received through this devout practice. 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 do not open the door for anyone who knocks as she/he does have not the code.
                                                          
      READINGS FOR NEXT WEEKEND: Is 55, 1-3 Ps 144 (145), 8-9, 15-16, 17-18 Rom 8, 35, 37-39 Mt 14, 13-21 Catechism 1878-1885

      OUR OFFERTORY GIFTS
          
      Regular Collection    
      Average expenses for week     $21,552.76
      Gifts for the week of July 20    $19,081.19
      Short for the week of July 20    $2,471.57
      Holy Family Center    
      Balance on HFC Note 07/04/2014    $735,018.03
      Collected on Pledges Month of July     $22,905.20
      Balance on School Loan 07/04/2014    $94,442.96

          
      THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!

          “The law of your mouth is to me more precious than thousands of gold and silver pieces,” says the Psalmist today. Does the amount of my offering suggest that I could honestly say the same?

      OUR SICK: Donald Coco, Flo Day, Yvonne Dubroc, Gloria Gonzales, Jack Haller, Renee Kyle, Marie Michael, Connie Nasello, Gussie Robin, Larry Robin, Leroy Robin, Kathy Fryer Thomas, Floyd Tyler, Lorraine Wright, Donald Young

      RECOVERING, CONVALESCING OR ONGOING TREATMENT: Joan  Andries, Mary Jane Britt,  Bralynn Cooke, Pat Curcio, Gayle Dubea, James Green, Fr. George Krosfield, Tina LaBorde, Ressie Lemoine, Peggy Marcotte,  Landon Pyburn, Kelsey Shaheen, Erica Stewart, Mike Tassin, Melvalynn Terrell, Jean Wehrle, Frank Zangla

      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, 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, Gloria Gonzales, 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, Dorothy McGee, Annette Merritt, Clemmie Michiels, Elaine “Smokie” Michiels, Lettie Michiels, Ann Miller, Ovada Morgan, Hilda Naquin, Kitty Nassif, Jacqueline O’Neal, Billie Penny, Yvonne Perrin, Rose Ponthieux, Phyllis Potts, Josie Richardson, Lucille Robinette, Peggy Rock, Theresa Rudisill, Joyce Scallan, Acadia St.Dozier, Ina Steiner, Enola Stewart, Marie Swido, 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, 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.

      CHURCH IN AFRICA COLLECTION: This month our parish will take up a collection for the Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa. While those in the region are inspired by the faith, they face the challenges of high rates of poverty and unemployment, in addition to illiteracy and inadequate education. The Solidarity Fund supports essential pastoral projects throughout the continent that nourish the people of this growing Church. Please give generous in this Collection. You may use the envelope in your monthly packet or a pew envelope clearly marked and drop it in the collection basket.

      CATHOLIC INQUIRY (RCIA): If you interested in knowing more about the Catholic faith, please call Sr. Nell at 445-7141 ext 215.

       WE LIVE IN CASUAL TIMES, and in the heat of the summer, we are often “dressed down”!  However, I ask everyone to be conscious of their dress when attending Mass.  Thank you!     –Fr. Scott

      WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MASS: If you are celebrating a 25, 40, 50, 60 or more anniversary in 2014, we would like to honor you on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at the 11:00 Mass and present you with a Papal Blessing in honor of your marriage from the Holy Father, Pope Francis. If you would like to participate, please call the Church Office at 445-7141 ext 214 before August 1.
          
      THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY is Friday, August 15.  It IS a Holy Day of Obligation.  Vigil Masses will be celebrated at 4:00 and 5:30 PM on Thursday, August 14; Masses on Friday, August 15 will be at 7:15 & 8:00 AM, 12:05 & 6:00 PM.

      Pastor’s Notes...

        Please join me in thanking our seminarian Austin Burns for his wonderful presence and ministry in our parish this summer!  It’s been a joy to have Austin with us, and I thank him for his work with the sick and homebound, Nursing Home ministry, Mass assistance, and Vacation Bible School, to name a few!

        Next week will be Austin’s last week with us, so please take the opportunity to thank him for his service and encourage him in his further formation for the priesthood!  After a short break, he will be returning to the Pontifical College-Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio to continue studies and formation.  Austin has completed his studies in Pre-Theology, and will be entering into First Theology, with the plan and hope of ordination to the priesthood for the Diocese of Alexandria in four years.  

        We will publish Austin’s address in future bulletins, and I ask you to keep in touch with him through these important years of formation.  Please pray for Austin, and all our seminarians. 

        Thank you, Austin!  May you continue to be blessed as your presence has blessed us!  You will forever be a member of the St. Rita family!                 –Fr. Scott
         
         
      ANNUAL BRUNCH WORKSHOP:  Join us for the annual Brunch Workshop  on Saturday, August 16 from 8:30 AM -12:30 PM in the Holy Family Center. Fr. Hector Medina, from the Diocese of Fort Worth, will present Sacraments: The Language We Speak. More information can be found on the back of the bulletin!
        Please join us for a wonderful workshop and a delicious brunch!  To register, call 445-7141, ext. 214.  
       – Sr. Nell and Fr. Scott

      CULTURAL EXCHANGE AND MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY: Holy Savior Menard, in partnership with F.L.A.G. (Foreign Links Around the World), has enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to bring the world to our door steps by welcoming seven international exchange students for the 2014-2015 school year. We are looking for host families who will join us in the mission to support of global diversity in our school. For more information call Courtney Brinkman at (318) 880-8665.

      FOR HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH:

      ATTENTION ALL NINTH GRADERS!  For the first time we will be offering a 9th Grade program on Wednesday nights! This program will be separate from CCD, but will follow the CCD Schedule, and will be taught by our new Associate Director of Religious Education, Christine Gormsen. All St. Rita Church parishioners are invited! More information will be shared in upcoming bulletins, and with students and parents in a personal letter very soon!
              
      ATTENTION ALL TENTH GRADERS!  This is the year that you begin Confirmation preparation!  Confirmation classes will be moved back to Wednesday nights, taught by Janet Opdenhoff.  All 10th Graders, whether public school, private school, or Holy Savior Menard students, will be invited to register very soon. Menard students will not be required to attend Wednesday sessions, but will be given a schedule and list of requirements. More information will be shared in upcoming bulletins, and with students and parents in a personal letter very soon!

      ATTENTION ALL ELEVENTH GRADERS!  You will continue your preparation for Confirmation this year!  Confirmation classes will be moved back to Wednesday nights, taught by Janet Opdenhoff. All 11th Graders, whether public school, private school, or Holy Savior Menard students, will be asked to continue preparation. Menard students will not be required to attend Wednesday sessions, but will be given a schedule and list of requirements. More information will be shared in upcoming bulletins, and with students and parents in a personal letter very soon!

       WE WILL HAVE A MEETING OF ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS & PARENTS PRIOR TO THE BEGINNING OF THESE SESSIONS!    –Fr. Scott
          
      HOLY FAMILY CENTER: For questions concerning the rental or scheduling of the hall please contact Debbie Brown at 445-7141 ext 214.