PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S PASSION
Blessing and Procession with Palms at all Masses,
beginning on the Church courtyard!
JOIN US FOR HOLY WEEK SERVICES:
WEDNESDAY, TENEBRAE, 7:30 PM
THURSDAY, MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER, 5:30 PM
FRIDAY, WAY OF THE CROSS, 12:05 PM;
FRIDAY, PASSION AND VENERATION
OF THE CROSS, 5:30 PM
SATURDAY, THE VIGIL OF EASTER,
GATHER AT 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 28
4:00 -Mass for Thelma & Patty Allen, Thetty Andries, Helen Barth, Luke Difulco, Sr., Nelda Fontenot, Jules Lacour, John and Lena Rini, J. J. & Una Wilson
5:30 - Mass for Dewitt Roberts
Sunday, March 29
8:00 -Mass for George & Edna Rabalais
9:30 -Mass for Toney & Marie Carcara
-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 George Rabalais
6:00 -Mass for Luke Difulco, Sr.
Monday, March 30
8:00 -Mass for Kevin Thiels
6:00 -NO Women of Grace Meeting
Tuesday, March 31
8:00 -Mass for Doris Messina
10:00 -Mass at Lexington House for Jane Villamez
Wednesday, April 1
8:00 -Mass for Chuck Saucier
7:30 -Tenebrae (Evening Prayer)
Holy Thursday, April 2
Mass is only permitted in the evening, no 8:00 AM Mass
8:30 -Communion to all Shut-ins by priests, deacon and sister. (After which, NO Communion to the shut-ins until Easter Sunday.)
PASCHAL TRIDUUM BEGINS– LENT ENDS
5:30 -Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper with Washing of the Feet. Adult and Children’s Choirs
Exposition will take place on the side altar next to the door leading to the parking lot. Adoration Chapel will be closed. Use any church entrance. The following schedule is a guide to try to ensure that there is always someone in church during the time of solemn exposition. You are welcome at any time if you cannot make the suggested time.
7:00-8:00 -Altar & Rosary Society & all parishioners
8:00-9:00 -Catholic Daughters & all parishioners
9:00-10:00 -Knights of Columbus & all parishioners
10:00-11:00 -High School Youth, Confirmation Class & all parishioners
11:00-12:00 -Young Adults & all parishioners
12:00 -Solemn Adoration ends
Good Friday, April 3
DAY OF FAST AND ABSTINENCE
Mass is never celebrated on this day. Eucharist is not present for adoration.
12:05 -Way of the Cross
5:30 -Celebration of the Lord’s Passion with Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion
Vigil of Easter, Saturday, April 4
8:00 -Lighting of fire in Courtyard (We will enter the church together. Church will be locked until we enter.)
-Mass of Vigil: Service of Light, Liturgy of the Word, Baptism, Confirmation, First Eucharist
-Mass intention for all living and deceased members of the parish
Easter Sunday, April 5
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
ADORATION CHAPEL: Please note that the St. Pius X Adoration Chapel will be closed beginning on Holy Thursday at 8:00 AM until after the 6:00 PM Mass on Easter Sunday. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be observed following the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper until midnight. Please refer to the above Calendar for the suggested times for organizations.
READINGS FOR NEXT WEEKEND: 42:Acts 10:34a, 37-43 Ps 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 Col 3:1-4 or 1 Cor 5:6b-8 Jn 20:1-9 or 41: Mk 16:1-7
NO WEDNESDAY EVENING MEAL until Wednesday, April 15.
OUR OFFERTORY GIFTS
Average expenses for week $21,552.76
Gifts for the week of March 22 $23,047.58
Over for the week of March 22 $1,494.82
Lent Weekday Collection $3,902.81
Holy Family Center
Balance on HFC Note 03/04/2015 $570,907.71
Collected on Pledges Month of March $23,870.16
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!
Thank you to everyone who made a pledge to the Annual Diocesan Appeal last weekend. If you have not had the opportunity to make your pledge to the ADA there are pledge envelopes available in each pew. Please take the time to make your commitment to the larger Church, knowing your gift to the Annual Diocesan Appeal makes a real difference in the lives of the laity of the Diocese.
FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED AND THE CONSOLATION OF THEIR FAMILIES: Doine Chambers
OUR SICK: Ray Beauboeaf, Thomas Bordelon, Debbie Brown, Michael Dekeyzer, Thelma Elie, Lloyd Gaspar, Rose Harmon, William Lamkin, Leah Leonard, Richard Morley, Michael Stephenson, David Tran, Carolyn VanGossen, Raymond Villemarette, June Whatley, Tracy Wiltse
RECOVERING, CONVALESCING OR ONGOING TREATMENT: George Allen, Joan Andries, Mary Jane Britt, Bralynn Cooke, Raymond Crooks, Gayle Dubea, Deacon Ray Gibson, Patricia Glorioso, George Krosfield, Tina LaBorde, Lisa Lachney, Ressie Lemoine, Peggy Marcotte, Baby Sydney Rud, Nancy Thiels Smith, Erica Stewart, Kathy Fryer Thomas, Kenneth Trahan, Gilbert Urzua, Ronnie VanGossen, Henry Vanderlick, Al Velotta, Eric Watkins, Jean Wehrle, John Whittington, Patsy Wilmore, Frank Zangla
OUR SHUT- INS: Eudore Arsenault, Jacqueline Barthel, Minnie Basco, Belton Beaubouef, Lizzie Belgard, Maretta Benoit, Nellie Bordelon, Shirley Bost, Florence 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, 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, Dorothy Harmeier, Rose Harmon, Claire Hebert, J.R. Herrin, Bertha Hopewell, Virginia Jackson, Anne Jones, Mary Jones, Patricia Lamkin, Josephine Marcotte, Alice Mathews, Marjorie Mathews, Eula Maumphrey, Dorothy McGee, Clemmie Michiels, Lettie Michiels, Ann Miller, Grace Metoyer, Ovada Morgan, Hilda Naquin, Connie Nasello, Kitty Nassif, Jacqueline O’Neal, Billie Penny, June Peterson, Yvonne Perrin, Hazel Phillips, Rose Ponthieux, Phyllis Potts, Joyce Scallan, Acadia St.Dozier, Ina Steiner, Jane Thiels, Lloyd Trahan, Catherine Turner, Michael Turner, Susan Turner, Frances Vance, Leala Vercher, Virginia Verzwyvelt, Willie Voorhies, Ruby Williams, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please keep all our military and their families in your prayers.
Notes from the Pastor......
Holy Week is the time when we experience some of the most beautiful and meaningful liturgies of our Church year. The Chrism Mass, at which the Holy Oils are blessed for the entire Diocese, and each priest renews his priestly vows, will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 31 at 11:00 AM at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral.
At St. Rita, we keep vigil before beginning the great Paschal Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Vigil of Easter on Holy Saturday. Please join us for Tenebrae, an evening prayer service, on Wednesday, April 1 at 7:30 PM. This beautiful and moving service sets the tone for our commemoration of Our Lord Jesus’ Last Supper, Passion, and Resurrection.
On Holy Thursday, April 2, we celebrate the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 5:30 PM, with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament continuing until Midnight. On Good Friday, April 3, we walk the Way of the Cross at 12:05 PM, and at 5:30 PM we celebrate the Passion and Veneration of the Cross. On Holy Saturday, April 4, the Easter Vigil, celebrating the night that Jesus rose from the dead, begins after darkness has fallen. We will gather on the Church courtyard at 8:00 PM and begin shortly thereafter. Masses on Easter Sunday are at the regular times, 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM.
Please join us to celebrate the summit of our year. You will be blessed! –Fr. Scott DEACON RAY GIBSON is undergoing treatment after the discovery of a tumor in the colon. Deacon Ray has completed one round of chemotherapy, and is scheduled for a second round this week. He will more than likely have surgery in the near future. Deacon’s spirits are high, and he is tolerating the treatment well at this time, but due to decreased immunities, he cannot be exposed to large crowds. He sends his greetings to all of us. Please keep Deacon Ray and his wife Phyllis in your prayers.
During this time, Deacon Kip Pelto, who is assigned to St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, will be helping us at St. Rita as needed, primarily with hospital and shut-in visits. Please welcome Deacon Kip. –Fr. Scott
PARISH OFFICES & ST. VINCENT DE PAUL THRIFT STORE will be closed, Friday, April 3 for Good Friday.
EASTER FLOWER FUND: Remember your loved ones by donating to the Easter flower fund. A list of the donors and names of those to be remembered will be published the Sunday after Easter. Easter flowers are $15; make checks payable to St. Rita Altar and Rosary Society. You may use the Easter Flower Offering envelope in your monthly packet or an Easter Flower envelope located in the hymnal racks in the pews and drop it in the collection basket.
ALL EUCHARISTIC SERVERS WHO TAKE COMMUNION TO OUR SHUT - INS: Please take note that the Fr. Scott, Fr. Taylor, Sr. Nell and Deacon Kip Pelto will be visiting the shut-ins on Thursday, April 2. Please do not take communion to your shut-ins this upcoming week. Thank you for all that you do.
HOLY LAND COLLECTION ON GOOD FRIDAY: Please help support our brothers and sisters by giving to the special Holy Land collection on Good Friday. This Pontifical Collection allows the Franciscans and others to continue caring for Christianity’s holiest sites and for God’s people in the Holy Land. Please be generous in your support. You may use the envelope in your monthly packet or a pew envelope clearly marked and simply drop it in the collection basket.
EASTER EGG HUNT on Easter Sunday after the 9:30 Mass on the church grounds. Children 7 and younger are invited to participate. Don’t forget your basket!!
KC FISH FRY: Please note that there will be no Fish Fry on Good Friday, April 3. Many thanks to the Knights for providing this opportunity throughout Lent!
PRAYER BLANKET MINISTRY sponsored by the Catholic Daughters Court Desmond. This ministry makes lap blankets for our shut-ins and sick. Donations are needed of ribbon, material and thread. Monetary donations are also accepted. To make a monetary donation, you may use the pew envelope and mark it Prayer Blanket Ministry. For more information contact, Mrs. Sherry Hebert 484-4797.