HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!
Please remember in prayer all service men and women, living and deceased
WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY, MAY 25 through THURSDAY, MAY 28
LIFE TOUCH PARISH PICTORIAL DIRECTORY
Sign up for your family’s portrait seating by going Online to our website
or calling the Church Office at 445-7120
Saturday, May 23
4:00-Mass for Thelma & Patty Allen, Helen Barth, De’ione Chambers, John Day, Sam & Myrtle Debona, Toni Lynn Hogue, H.L. Lemmon, Mary Matassa, Elaine “Smokie” Michiels, Julius Michiels, Salvadore Miletello, III, Al & Kitty Nassif, J.J. & Una Wilson
5:30- Mass for Loretta Bohrer
Sunday, May 24
8:00 -Mass for Nelda Fontenot
9:30 -Mass for Emile Belgard
11:00 -Mass for all people of the parish
12:30 -Spanish Mass for John Ramos
6:00 -Mass for Helen Barth
Monday, May 25
8:00 -Mass for Lois Thiels
Tuesday, May 26
8:00 -Mass for Helen Barth
10:00 -Mass at Lexington House for Maria L. Adams
Wednesday, May 27
8:00 -Mass for Hyacinthe “Hiway” Mathews Bailey
Thursday, May 28
8:00 -Mass for Helen Barth
1:00 -Wise Crackers (Martin de Porres Room)
5:00 -Catholic Daughters (HFC)
Friday, May 29
8:00 -Mass for Dena Flynn, Millie Navarro, Sid Rud, Kevin Thiels
Saturday, May 30
4:00 -Mass for all Thelma & Patty Allen, Sam and Myrtle Debona, Luke Difulco, Sr., Mary Matassa, James Mayeaux, Lena Medica, Elaine “Smokie” Michiels, Julius Michiels, Al and Kitty Nassif, Ruby and Kenneth Trahan
5:30 -Mass for Jack Dekeyzer, Julie Dekeyzer Williams
Sunday, May 31
8:00 -Mass for Helen Barth
9:30 -Mass for John and Faye Pontif
11:00 -Mass for the people of the parish
12:30 -Spanish Mass for Mary Weston
6:00 -Mass for Julius Michiels
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 De’ione Chambers by Elaine Moran; and Josephine Morkusec by Anita Wooley. 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: Dt 4,32-34, 39-40 Ps 32(33), 4-5, 6-9, 18-19, 20, 22 Rom 8 14-17 Mt 28, 16-20 Catechism 232-248
OUR OFFERTORY GIFTS
Average expenses for week $ 21,552.76
Gifts for the week of May 17 $ 26,451.90
Over for the week of May 17 $ 4,899.14
Holy Family Center
Balance on HFC Note 04/03/2015 $ 549,996.74
Monthly Note on HFC $ 15,000.00
Collected HFC Note Month of May $ 7,440.33
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!
One miracle of Pentecost was that, despite their diversity, each listener heard God’s word in his or her own language. The meaning for stewardship is that, by sharing the gifts poured out on us by the Holy Spirit, we will be empowered to meet the needs of our brothers and sisters, whatever they may be.
FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED AND THE CONSOLATION OF THEIR FAMILIES: Amy Alexander
OUR SICK: Baby Carly Ann Atwood, Yvonne Bolton, Denise Breaux, Lynn Conn, Rita Cormier, Rickey Gauthier, Mallory Jacobs, Debra Johnson, Altha Mayeux, Mary Snow, David Winn, Frank Zangla
RECOVERING, CONVALESCING OR ONGOING TREATMENT: Joan Andries, Janette Andrus, Harry Armand, Clifton Babineaux, Earl Basco, Mary Jane Britt, Colinda Brynes, Bralynn Cooke, Frank Crooks, Sarah Crooks, Gayle Dubea, Deacon Ray Gibson, Yvonne Hamilton, Tina LaBorde, Ressie Lemoine, Leah Leonard, Peggy Marcotte, Amy Marks, Ronald Moreau, Christopher Morgan, Jacqueline O’Neal, Baby Sydney Rud, Nancy Thiels Smith, Erica Stewart, Kathy Fryer Thomas, David Tran, Ronnie VanGossen, Al Velotta, Jean Wehrle, John Whittington, Patsy Wilmore, Tracy Wiltse
OUR SHUT- INS: George Allen, Jr., Jacqueline Barthel, Minnie Basco, Belton Beaubouef, Lizzie Belgard, Maretta Benoit, Nellie Bordelon, Shirley Bost, Laura Briggs, Florence Broussard, Ray Broussard, Marcelle Campo, Madeline Cancienne, Joyce Carmouche, Alfred Cook, Sr., Nancy Cook, Rita Cormier, Carmen Costa, Pat Curcio, Rebecca Curcio, Myrtis Daigre, Eileen Drerup, Yvonne Dubroc, Michael Dwyer, Grace Ellis, Elsie Farman, Gerald Flynn, Aline Garon, Loyd Gaspar, Mary Gaspard, Eula George, Jeanette Gilmore, Doris Greene, Jessie Griffin, Ruby Guilbeaux, Anita Guillory, Dorothy Harmeier, Rose Harmon, Claire Hebert, J.R. Herrin, Bertha Hopewell, Robert Jackson, Virginia Jackson, Mary Jones, Molly Kopycinski, Victoria Lacour, Patricia Lamkin, Mary Lena, Josephine Marcotte, Alice Mathews, Marjorie Mathews, Eula Maumphrey, Dorothy McGee, Grace Metoyer, Clemmie Michiels, Lettie Michiels, Ann Miller, Ovada Morgan, Hilda Naquin, Jacqueline O’Neill, Jane Ormsby, Billie Penny, Yvonne Perrin, Mary Perschy, Hazel Phillips, Rose Ponthieux, Phyllis Potts, Theresa Rudisell, Joyce Scallan, Ina Steiner, Jane Thiels, Lloyd Trahan, Catherine Turner, Michael Turner, Susan Turner, Frances Vance, Leala Vercher, Virginia Verzwyvelt, Willie Voorhies, June Whatley, 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, EricJeansonne, 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 email@example.com. Please keep all our military and their families in your prayers.
PARISH OFFICE will be closed Monday, May 25 thru Thursday, May 28. Courtney Brinkman, Debbie Brown, Christine Gormsen, Etta Ohrt and Fr. Scott will be out of the office Tuesday, May 26 thru Thursday, May 28 for the PDS Conference. PDS is the parish census software that is used by our office. Fr. Taylor and Sister Nell will be available, although the office will be closed. You can contact Fr. Taylor by leaving a voicemail message at 445-7141, ext 211, and Sister Nell at the convent, 448-8001. If there is an emergency, and you need a priest, please call 445-7141 ext 4. Remember there are also priests on call at St. Frances Cabrini Hospital and Rapides Regional Hospital. If you are in the hospital and need a priest, please contact the Hospital Chaplains Office.
Notes from the Pastor......
Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest,
And in our souls take up your rest;
Come with your grace and heavenly aid
To fill the hearts which you have made.
As we celebrate Pentecost Sunday, the “birthday” of the Church, may we be filled with many graces and blessings!
Happy Memorial Day! This is a special time to remember those who have given their lives in service to our great nation, and to also remember those who are currently serving in our military. –Fr. Scott
PLEASE DO NOT PLACE MATERIALS IN THE ADORATION CHAPEL OR THE FOYER OF THE CHURCH, such as books, magazines, newspapers, novenas, holy cards, religious greeting cards, et cetera. We appreciate your reticence about simply “throwing away” these items, but they can pile up quickly! Anything placed in the church must have prior approval. You may leave these items in the sacristy, and we will determine whether or not they will be put out and where. We appreciate your cooperation!
ARE YOU A CHARTER MEMBER OF ST RITA PARISH? We are looking for parishioners who have belonged to St. Rita Parish for 50 or more years. If you are a Charter Member who was here when the church was founded in 1940, or have been here for 50 or more years, please call Etta Ohrt at 445-7141 ext 210. We want to recognize you at our 75th Anniversary Celebration, September 13 at the 11:00 Mass and in the Lifetouch Picture Directory.
LIFETOUCH PICTORIAL DIRECTORY: Please schedule your appointment and participate in our new parish directory! We have 208 families already signed up!! You may schedule your portrait session online by going to www.strita.org and clicking on the “Portrait Sign Up Button” located above the Contact Information or by calling the church office at 445-7120. The dates for the portrait sessions are as follows: June 4 - June 7 and June 25 - 28. For more information call 445-7141 ext 210.
DAY OF PRAYER AND FASTING TO AVERT STORMS: Bishop Herzog has announced that Friday, June 5 has been designated by the bishops of the state as a Day of Prayer and Fasting for deliverance from storms and violent weather during the coming hurricane season. On Thursday, June 4, we will offer the Mass to Avert Storms at our 8:00 AM Mass. On Friday, June 5, Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral will begin Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 11:00 AM with Benediction at 11:50 AM. Bishop Herzog will celebrate Mass at 12:05 PM. –Fr. Scott
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL will be held the week of July 13 - 17, 8:00 AM - 12:15 PM for students in grades Pre - K through 6 (2015-16) at the Holy Family Center. There will be no charge for registered parishioners; cost for all others is $25 per family. Registration will be held after all Masses, June 13 - 14. This will be a fun week. – Sr. Nell Murray
ALTAR & ROSARY SOCIETY is planning a trip on Saturday, June 13 to the Rosary House in New Iberia, followed by lunch at the Casino and a visit with Sr. Hannah in Opelousas. The ladies that would like to go to Rosary House will leave at 8:00 AM from the church and the ladies that only want to visit with Sr. Hannah and have lunch will leave at 10:00 AM. The day trip is open to all the ladies of the parish. If you are interested in joining us, please call Etta Ohrt at 445-7141 ext 210 (please leave a message). Deadline is Friday, June 5.
PRAYER BLANKET MINISTRY sponsored by the Catholic Daughters Court Desmond. You can pick up a prayer blanket from the church office during normal business hours. For more information contact, Mrs. Ona Wilson, 640-2159, Mrs. Sherry Hebert, 484-4797 or the church office 445-7120.
STEUBENVILLE SOUTH VOLUNTEERS: If you are a returning volunteer at Steubenville South in the Kitchen, you DO NOT have to register this year. But you do have to call and get your name on the list. So if you plan to volunteer as kitchen help, please call Belinda Guillory at 290-7709 and she will get you on the list.
2016 TRIP TO SPAIN & PORTUGAL sponsored by Travel & Cruise with Me. The trip includes a visit to Fatima! March 11 - 25, 2016 (Return on Good Friday). Cost for the trip with group discount is $1,961.75. If paid by August 30 the cost would be reduced to $1,806.88. Deposit is $200.00 per person non refundable. Insurance is available in case you have to cancel the trip. Gratuities can be paid up front. For more information contact Marie Michael at 449-9746.