• December 21, 2014
      MERRY CHRISTMAS!

      CHRISTMAS VIGIL MASSES –
      WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24
       AT 4:00 & 5:30 PM (Children’s Mass)

      CHRISTMAS MIDNIGHT MASS
      AT 12 MIDNIGHT
      ST. RITA CHOIR PRELUDE
      BEGINS AT 11:10 PM

      CHRISTMAS DAY MASSES
                               AT 8:00 & 11:00 AM                                                             
      PARISH CALENDAR

      Saturday, December 20

      4:00    -Mass for Joyce Adams, John Wesley Andries, Bruce Dekeyzer, Bennett Jeansonne, Jr., W.C. Johnson, Jr., Jules Lacour, C.L. & Vergie Michiels, Ervin Riche, Julian Kenneth Turner, Rowena Vidrine, Ray Whatley
      5:30    - Mass for Denise Gremillion Bankovic

      Sunday, December 21
      8:00    -Mass for Dena Flynn
      9:30    -Mass for Jack Dekeyzer, Julie Dekeyzer Williams
                  -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 Theresa Heston

      Monday, December 22
      8:00    -Mass for the intention of Helen Mathews

      Tuesday, December 23
      8:00    -Mass for Kevin Thiels
      10:00    -Mass at Lexington House Nursing Home for Mary Weston

      Wednesday, December 24, Christmas Eve
      All Christmas Masses are for the intention of our parish family, living and deceased. Confessions will be heard from
      3:15 PM to 3:55 PM.
      8:00    -NO Mass
      4:00    -Mass for all living & deceased of the parish
      5:30    -Mass for all living & deceased of the parish
      12:00    -Midnight Mass for all living & deceased of the parish

      Thursday, December 25, Christmas Day
      8:00    -Mass for all living & deceased of the parish
      11:00    -Mass for all living & deceased of the parish

      Friday, December 26
      8:00    -Mass for Margie Braud, Barbara Jeansonne, Julius Michiels, Joe Scarbrock, Strut & Sue Vanderlick

      Saturday, December 27
      4:00    -Mass for Joyce Adams, John W. Andries, Emile Belgard, Mary Ferguson Curley, Bruce Dekeyzer, Marshall Gauthier, Alma, Anna Mae, Dan & Gibbon Mayeux, Annette Merritt, Pat Rabalais & family, Ervin Riche, Sid Rud, Ray Whatley
      5:30    -Mass for Denise Gremillion Bankovic

      Sunday, December 28
      8:00    -Mass for Mary Casey
      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 Pauline Crawford

      ALTAR FLOWERS are not allowed during the season of Advent. 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 Wadell Abide by the Shaheen and Michael families; and Wayne Vallery by Bertha Vallery. 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 not to give the code to anyone, and please do not open the door for anyone.                                                    
      READINGS FOR NEXT WEEKEND: Ps 128:1-5 Col 3:12-21 or 3:12-17 Lk 2:22-40 or 2:22, 39-40

      NO WEDNESDAY EVENING MEAL until Wednesday, January 7, 2015

      OUR OFFERTORY GIFTS
          
      Regular Collection    
      Average expenses for week                         $21,552.76
      Gifts for the week of December 14               $24,246.85
      Over for the week of December 14                 $2,694.09
      Holy Family Center    
      Balance on HFC Note 11/04/2014                 $645,092.46
      Collected on Pledges Month of Dec              $11,524.47
      Balance on School Loan 11/04/2014              $28,128.54

      THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!

      FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED AND THE CONSOLATION OF THEIR FAMILIES: Donald Young

      OUR SICK: Carmen Costa, Anita Guillory, Ivy Hernandez, Robert Mayeaux, Ella Salard, Kenneth Trahan, James White, Patsy Wilmore, Lorraine Wright

      RECOVERING, CONVALESCING OR ONGOING TREATMENT: Joan  Andries, Mary Jane Britt, Audra Cannon, Baby Riley Cole, Bralynn Cooke, Pat Curcio, Michael Dekeyzer, Gayle Dubea, Eric Hess, Fr. George Krosfield, Tina LaBorde, Ressie Lemoine, Peggy Marcotte, Dusty Nassif, Landon Pyburn, Brenda Rodgers, Baby Sydney Rud, Nancy Thiels Smith, Erica Stewart, Kathy Fryer Thomas, Al Velotta, Mary Warrington, Jean Wehrle, John Whittington, Frank Zangla

      OUR SHUT- INS: Harry Armand, Virgie Armand, Alice Arsenault, Eudore Arsenault, Jacqueline Barthel, Minnie Basco, Belton Beaubouef, Lizzie Belgard, Maretta Benoit, Nellie Bordelon, Shirley Bost, 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,  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, Patricia Lamkin, Josephine Marcotte, 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, Hazel Phillips, Rose Ponthieux, Phyllis Potts, Lucille Robinette, Theresa Rudisill, Joyce Scallan, Acadia St.Dozier, Ina Steiner, Enola Stewart, Jane Thiels, Lloyd Trahan, Catherine Turner, Michael Turner, Susan Turner, Frances Vance, Cornelia Vanlangendonck, Leala Vercher, Joseph Vermaelen, 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.

      NO 8:00 AM MASS on Wednesday December 24!  

      PARISH OFFICE HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: For the two weeks of Christmas holidays please note that the parish offices will be closed on the following days; Wednesday, December 24th, Thursday, December 25th, Friday, December 26th, Wednesday, December 31st, Thursday, January 1st and Friday, January 2nd.  
          If you have an emergency for someone who is seriously ill or dying, please call 445-7141 ext. 4 and a priest will be paged to answer your call.

      ST. VINCENT DE PAUL STORE will be closed December 24 - 26 and December 31 - January 2.

      COMMUNION TO OUR SHUT - INS:  Please take note that the priests, deacon and sisters are scheduled to visit the shut-ins on Monday, December 22, at which time they will also deliver the poinsettia’s. Please do not take communion to your shut-ins this week. Thank you for all that you do.

      Notes from the Pastor......

           Christmas is upon us!  Please note that there will be NO 8:00 AM MASS on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24.  Christmas Vigil Masses will be Wednesday, December 24 at 4:00 PM and 5:30 PM (Children’s Mass.)  

       If you plan to attend the 4:00 PM Vigil on Christmas Eve, please come early to ensure that you have a seat!  And remember, “saving seats” is not permitted!  We do our best to ensure that everyone who needs to sit has a chair.  I would also appreciate it if you would sit in the main body of the Church until it is filled, and not sit immediately in the foyer.  That is intended for overflow.  Thank you for your consideration!

        Our Midnight Christmas Mass is at 12 Midnight.  With musical preludes beginning at 11:10 PM.  Masses on Christmas Day will be at 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM.

         On behalf of myself, Fr. Taylor, Deacon Ray, Sr. Nell, Sr. Hannah, and the Parish Staff, we wish you a most blessed and joyful Christmas Season!
          –Fr. Scott

      CHURCH VOCATIONS COLLECTION: This collection is taken the month of December  throughout our diocese for the education and formation of our priests.  Through the Church Vocation Collection, your generosity and prayers allow the church to continue to provide priests, sisters and brothers to serve our spiritual and physical needs.  Please be generous to this collection.  You may use the envelope in your monthly packet or a pew envelope clearly marked and simply drop it in the collection basket.    – Bishop Herzog

      RETIRED RELIGIOUS COLLECTION: The average age of retired women and men religious currently living in nursing homes is 75 and older.  In 2012 alone, the total cost of care for senior religious was more than $1.1 billion.  For most of their lives, elder religious worked for small stipends and today, in their old age, they need your help.  All proceeds from the Retirement Fund for Religious are distributed to 440 religious communities across the United States, who need to most. You may use the envelope in your monthly packet or a pew envelope clearly marked and drop it in the collection basket.

      THE SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD, THURSDAY, JANUARY 1ST, is a Holy Day of Obligation.  Vigil Masses on New Year’s Eve, Wednesday, December 31st are at 4:00 and 5:30 PM; Masses on New Year’s Day, Thursday, January 1st are at 8:00 and 11:00 AM.  Join us as we honor Our Lady and begin the Year of our Lord 2015!

      “POINSETTIA’S for Our Shut Ins”: Many thanks for the monetary donations given for poinsettia’s for our 82 shut-ins, we collected $341.00. Each of our shut- ins will receive a beautiful poinsettia. Please keep all our shut-ins in your prayers.    – Fr. Scott
          
      ALTAR & ROSARY  has available Altar Wine for a $10 donation and the 2015 Calendars for $2. You can pick up the wine or calendar in the Sacristy after Mass.

      WOMEN OF GRACE COMING TO ST. RITA CHURCH!  I am pleased to announce that we will host a Women of Grace study program for all women of the parish beginning in Lent, on Monday evenings, for eleven weeks beginning on February 9 and concluding on May 4.  (We will not meet the Monday of Holy Week or Easter Monday). This life-changing spiritual formation program was put together by EWTN personality Jonette Benkovic. Many of you may be familiar with her programs and approach.  
        The format will consist of video presentations and break-out sessions for discussion. Through this format, women are fed spiritually, intellectually and emotionally and encouraged to embrace their gift of being daughters of God. You will have the opportunity to sign-up for this program after all Masses on January 3 and 4.  There will be a minimal cost of $20 and we do have limited space!  More information will be published in future bulletins.  You may find out more by emailing Desi Martin at dsm9624@live.com or Christine Gormsen at cgormsen@strita.org    
                                                      --Fr. Scott

      CHRISTMAS MEMORIAL FLOWER FUND:  Remember your loved ones by donating to the Christmas flower fund. A list of the donors and the names of those being remembered will be published in the January 11 bulletin. Donations for the decorating fund is $10. Make checks payable to the St. Rita Altar and Rosary Society, and please include the name(s) of those to be remembered. Thank you for your support!