OUR LADY OF PROMPT SUCCOR CATHOLIC CHURCH 2120 Elliott Street, Alexandria, Louisiana Tel: (318) 445-3693 Fax (318) 445-8471
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JANUARY 15, 2012
Vol. XVII No. 8
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN UPDATE: I am pleased to report that we received permission this past week from the Diocesan Building Review Committee to solicit bids for our new Family Life Center. Our architects, Barron, Heinberg & Brocato, will be advertising for bids from contractors for the next several weeks. The next step will be to choose a contractor and, with the Bishop’s permission, break ground later this spring. As you know, our new parking lot across 21st Street is now ready for use, and the workers have begun construction on the second new lot between Madeline Street and the Life House. Thank you for your continued prayers, patience and support of our capital projects! – Father Dan WWWWWWW DEACON ORDINATIONS: Our diocese’s 15 candidates for the diaconate will be ordained on Saturdays, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11, at 10:00 A.M. at the Cathedral. Benny Broussard, Todd Marye and Michael Young of our parish will all be ordained on Feb. 4. Anyone is welcome to attend. A public reception will follow each ordination in Olinger Hall. Please pray for these men as the complete preparations for ordination. – Fr. Dan OUR MONTHLY SENIOR CITIZEN MASS will be celebrated this Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 2:00 P.M. in the Church. Please come pray with us for your personal needs and for the needs of our country. All are invited to the reception in the Madonna Room following Mass. AMICUS CLUB RODEO TO BENEFIT ST. MARY’S: The Amicus Club PRCA Rodeo will be held Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20-21 in the Rapides Parish Coliseum. The rodeo will be held at 7:30 P.M. on both nights and also at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday. Tickets are $10 per person; children under 12 get in free with a coupon from their school. All proceeds from the PRCA sanctioned event will benefit St. Mary’s Residential Training Facility. CONGRATULATIONS TO Merrilyn Norem, Kevin Viator and Charles “Chip” Perot, who were elected to our parish Pastoral Council. Thank you to Huey Daigle, Cynthia Naus and Ken Primeaux for accepting to run on the nomination ballot. We appreciate all that each of you do for OLPS Parish.
WEEKLY PARISH EVENT CALENDAR Monday, Jan. 16 10:00 A.M. NO Outreach Prayer Group (L) 6:00 P.M. Rosary (Church) Tuesday, Jan. 17 10:00 A.M. Outreach Prayer Group (L) 11:00 A.M. OLPS Church Members Serve at Manna House 3:00 P.M. St. Cecilia Choir (Music Room) 6:30 P.M. RCIA Pre-catechumenate (Life House) 7:00 P.M. Adult Choir (Music Room) Wednesday, Jan. 18 2:00 P.M. Senior Citizen Mass (Church); Reception (MR) 4:00 P.M. Youth Band (ND) 5:00 P.M. Parish Supper (OH) 5:45 P.M. Joyful Noise Choir (Music Room) 6:15 P.M. Junior High (Life House) 6:30 P.M. CCD (School) Thursday, Jan. 19 10:00 A.M. Rosary (Church) 6:00 P.M. Hospitality Commission (L) 6:30 P.M. Knights of Columbus Council 8029 (OH) Friday, Jan. 20 9:00 A.M. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (Church) 11:00 A.M. Central Louisiana Interfaith (MR) Saturday, Jan. 21 10:00 A.M. Mass at Matthews Memorial Nursing Home Sunday, Jan. 22 9:00 A.M. St. Cecelia Choir Sings at Mass 9:15 A.M. ‘Sunday Morning Lagniappe’ Bible Study (L) 10:30 A.M. Children’s Liturgy (L) 2:30 P.M. Divine Mercy Chaplet and Rosary (Church) 4:15 P.M. ‘Sunday Evening Lagniappe’ Bible Study (L) 5:30 P.M. Children’s Liturgy (L) 7:00 P.M. High School Youth (OH)
Madonna Room (MR) Lourdes (L) Fatima (F) Olinger Hall (OH) Notre Dame (ND) REGISTRATION FOR MEN’S ACTS RETREAT Feb. 2326 closes after 10:30 A.M. Mass this Sunday, Jan. 15. Registration forms can be found by the church doors. Retreatants will be chosen on Sunday afternoon. CHURCH IN LATIN AMERICA: There will be a special collection next weekend, Jan. 21-22 for The Church in Latin America. For more than 46 years, the faithful of the United States have supported this national collection as a visible sign of their solidarity with the faithful of Latin America and the Caribbean. Please continue to be generous. – Bishop Herzog
OLPS SCHOOL BULLDOG BYTES OLPS and Family Playhouse Present Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” OLPS and Family Playhouse are producing their fifth annual OLPS school play, Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty.” Ninety-one students from kindergarten through sixth grade are bringing the crowd to their feet with applause. The hard work, commitment, and love among the children, parents and volunteers have made this year’s production another great success. Thank you all and see you again for next year’s show.
Intramural Basketball The annual OLPS Intramural Basketball season will bounce into action this week. OLPS students in grades 1-6 will play intramural games on Saturday mornings. The program is designed to teach the fundamentals of basketball and good sportsmanship and to let the players have fun. The season runs from Saturday, Jan. 21 through Saturday, Feb. 11. Stop by the OLPS gym on Saturday mornings and watch your favorite basketball player.
S.A.L.T. RETREATS: The dates for the S.A.L.T. Retreats for high school teens have been announced. The dates are: • Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 11-12 (register by Jan. 16) • Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11 (register by Feb. 17) You can download an updated brochure from our website at www.diocesealex.org. For more information, call Cathy at 4456424, ext. 221.
OLPS YOUTH HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH BAND rehearses on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:00 P.M. The band is open to anyone in ninth through twelfth grades. Come join us in the Lourdes Room. JUNIOR HIGH: Our Junior High group (seventh and eighth graders from all schools) meets on Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 in the Life House. For more information, contact Kristine Antoon at 445-8473 or email@example.com.
HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH NEW S YOUTH GROUP: High School youth meet after the 5:30 P.M. Mass this Sunday. Contact John Lyons at 445-8473, ext. 213 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ‘CHILDREN OF HOPE’: The next First Friday holy hour will be Friday, Feb. 3 from 3:00 to 4:00 P.M. in church. The program includes Eucharistic Adoration, prayers, music, rosary and meditations for children especially in grades two through six.
Dinner Nites This Thursday, Jan. 19, is Popeye’s Chicken, Outlaw’s BBQ and Taco Bueno Dinner Nite. Please dine-in or out and OLPS School will receive 15 percent of the proceeds. Make sure to give your server the Dinner Nite form found at www.promptsuccor.org under Forms & Letters.
THE FLOWERS BY OUR LADY OF PROMPT SUCCOR are given this week for the intercession of the Blessed Mother for families by Dr. Tim Courtney. THE FLOWERS BY THE TABERNACLE are given in loving memory of the deceased members of the Juneau and LaBorde Families by the Robbie LaBorde Family. THE FLOWERS BY THE TABERNACLE on Wednesday are given in loving memory of Joseph G. Descant, Jr. by the Joey Descant Family. bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb ST. ANTHONY SCHOOL RAFFLE: Father Jack Michalchuk offers an opportunity to help St. Anthony School in Bunkie through a raffle offering 50 chances at $500.00. Tickets are $50.00 each; only 1,000 tickets will be sold. The raffle is based on the Pick 3 lottery on Saturday nights. One can win multiple times. Please send $50.00 per ticket (checks made payable to St. Anthony School) with your name, address and phone number to: Father Jack Michalchuk, P.O. Box 719, Bunkie, LA 71322. You will receive your ticket(s) by return mail. For more information, call (318) 240-3929. – Father Jack Michalchuk
OUR SEMINARIANS: Brian Seiler, Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, OH; Dutch Voltz, Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans, LA OUR CANDIDATES FOR THE PERMANENT DIACONATE: Benny Broussard, Todd Marye, Mike Young PLEASE PRAY for all our service men and women serving in Afghanistan and other parts of the world, and here at home, among them Peyton Abbott, Bill Aldridge, Paul Arbour, Chris Armstrong, Jesse Barth, Chad Bordelon, Beau Bradford, Chaplain Father John Brocato, Shawn D. Bryant, Gregory Carbo II, Orlando Carnales, Ray Constantino, Thomas Cooper, John V. Daigle, Mike Deville, Scott Deville, Dirk Erickson, David Fields, Chaplain Father John Gabriel, Shaun Gordon, Christian Griffiths, Joseph Anthony Gonzales, Jr., Jesse Karinsny, Derrick Kozielski, Stephen Lee, Brandon McNamara, Christopher Nuss, Ledena Piper, Seth Sibley, Jared Slay and Francis Jerome Vanderlick. If you know someone serving whose name is not on our list, please contact the church office. OLPS PARISH SUPPERS are held every Wednesday from 5:00 to 6:30 P.M. in Olinger Hall. The Knights of Columbus Council 8029 hosts and prepares the suppers. Meals are $4.00 per plate. Eat in or take out; you are encouraged to stay and eat in the Hall and visit with other members of our church family. You may check the bulletin online at www.olpschurch.org for weekly updates on the parish supper. Jan. 18 Menu: Spaghetti and meatballs, salad and dessert
LOUISIANA LIFE MARCH: The second annual Louisiana Life March will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 noon in Baton Rouge. The event is sponsored by the Louisiana Right to Life, Louisiana Baptist Convention, Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops, Louisiana Family Forum, the Knights of Columbus, and Louisiana’s Concerned Women for America. For more information, go to www.prolifelouisiana.org/LALifeMarch.
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Mailing Address: 401 21st Street, Alexandria, La. 71301 Church Office/Rectory Telephone: 445-‐3693 Choir Director/Organist Telephone: 487-‐8528 Life House Telephone: 445-‐8473 Fr. Daniel P. O’Connor, V.F., Pastor Fr. Emmanuel Chinaka, Associate Pastor Fr. Chris Nayak, In Residence Mary Floyd, Parish Manager Annette Curley, Accountant/Margaret Shiver, Receptionist Sr. Virginia Lee Vanderlick, C.D.P., President of OLPS School Jo Tassin, Principal of OLPS School Sr. JoAnn DeLoach, M.S.C., Pastoral Associate Paul Hood, Director of Religious Education Linda Perot, Director of Music Ministry Josh Blakesley, Associate Director of Music Ministry John Lyons, Coordinator of High School Ministry Kristine Antoon, Coordinator of Junior High Ministry Sarah Duncan Mealer, Church Nursery Coordinator Brandon Callahan, Maintenance Supervisor Michael Upton, Finance Council Chair + Bill Aldridge, Pastoral Council Chair Mark Lemaire, School Council Chair SACRAMENTS/LITURGY/DEVOTIONS Mass: Saturday 4 PM Sunday 7, 9 & 10:30 AM; 5:30 PM (Nursery Available for 9, 10:30 AM & 5:30 PM for Newborns through 3 yrs.) Weekdays: 6:30 AM & 5:30 PM Holy Day of Obligation: Vigil -‐ 5:30 PM Holy Day: 6:30 AM; 12:05 P.M. & 5:30 PM Children’s Liturgy of the Word (For ages 4 -‐ 8 yrs.) Sundays at 10:30 AM Sacrament of Penance: Saturdays 3:00 -‐ 3:50 PM and Weekdays before Mass Sacrament of Matrimony: Please contact the Priest no less than four months in advance in order for marriage preparation to begin. Sacrament of Baptism: Baptismal Preparation Class quarterly. Register in advance by calling the Church Office (445-‐3693). Baptisms are ministered by appointment. Sacrament of Holy Eucharist: For the sick and homebound. Contact Sister JoAnn DeLoach, M.S.C. at 445-‐3693. Anointing of the Sick: Please contact our Parish Priests at 445-‐3693. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: The Blessed Sacrament is exposed from 9:00 AM -‐ 5:00 PM every Friday in the Church. RELIGIOUS FORMATION PROGRAMS CCD -‐ Wednesdays during the School year, 6:30 -‐ 7:30 PM Junior High -‐ Wednesdays during the School year, 6:15 -‐7:30 P.M.
READINGS FOR JAN. 22: Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 25; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20 SUNDAY LAGNIAPPE TOPICS ON JAN. 15: Lourdes Room, 9:15 A.M. – Apologetics Lourdes Room, 4:15 P.M. – The Book of Acts of the Apostles IN MEMORY: ALICE GREMILLION Please pray for Mrs. Gremillion (mother of Mrs. Cindy Sansing) and those of our parish who have recently died and for the consolation of their families.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK: Owen Anderson; John Aymond; Ruth Bergeron; Doug Broussard; Thomas Cain; Larry Carbo; Verna Carbo; Maci Callahan; Theresa Cataldie; Sophie Chestovich; John Finley; Delores Gauthier; Camille Head;
Chuck Hardy; Josey King; Bruce LaBorde; Robert Maddox V; Maxine Meadows; Jerry Moreau; Linda Pratt; Willard Price; Jeffrey Riggs; Geneva Scarbrock; Hazel Schmolke; Steve Tatum; Barbra Vincent; Ruth Wallace; Katherine Wood; Father Bernard Zagst; and all the shut-ins of our parish.
MASSES OF THE WEEK SUN., JAN. 15: 7:00 A.M 9:00 A.M.
10:30 A.M. 5:30 P.M. MON., JAN. 16: 6:30 A.M. 5:30 P.M. TUES., JAN. 17: 6:30 A.M. 5:30 P.M. WED., JAN. 18: 6:30 A.M. 5:30 P.M. THURS., JAN. 19: 6:30 A.M. 8:00 A.M. 5:30 P.M. FRI., JAN. 20: 6:30 A.M. 8:00 P.M. 5:30 P.M. SAT., JAN. 21: 8:00 A.M. 4:00 P.M.
SUN., JAN. 22: 7:00 A.M. 9:00 A.M.
10:30 A.M. 5:30 P.M.
Josie, Marilyn and Benton Bordelon, Jr. Tony Fiorenza; Elizabeth B. Doucet; Al Beach; Howard Gist, Jr.; Living and Deceased members of the Gueringer/Gagnard Families; Gordon Ducote; Jesse Hyde, Sr.; Mae Hyde; William Hyde, Sr.; Bob Foster; Frances Ruth Sampite; Kenneth W. Heldt, Mary Heldt, Patricia A. Heldt; Mythlee Vanhoof Jay Herrington Our Parish Family In Thanksgiving to St. Jude Rachel Miller LeBlanc Tony Fiorenza Daisy Aymond David Ezernack Howard B. Gist, Jr. V.A. Lomonte, Jr. (Anniv); Deceased members of the Lomonte Family Milton Daigre Intention of Lili Courtney Allen and Virgie Aymond Hazel and Clement Freeman Intention of Barbara Louviere Dena Flynn Margaret Brasher; Tony Fiorenza; David Branch; May Hippler; Frances Ruth Sampite; Ernestine Loden; Mary Jean Curley Simpson; Joseph J. Bellais; Eastlyn Bellais McGinnis; James McGinnis; Sam and Edith Tamburo; Colingo/Tamburo Families; Simon and Mamie Campo and Campo Families Our Parish Family Al Beach; Joseph ‘Jay’ Piazza; Tony Fiorenza; David Ezernack; Myrthlee Vanhoof; Living and Deceased Members of the Gueringer/Gagnard Families; Intention of Todd and Melanie Drury; Bob Foster; Kenneth W. Heldt, Mary E. Heldt, Patricia A. Heldt Mike Hussey Leland McCullough, Jr.
OLPS M INISTRY COM M ISSION OPPORTUNITIES BUILDINGS/MAINTENANCE: Chair – Steve Gauthier, 487-0309. COMMUNICATIONS: Chair – Katie Flynn Vanderlick, 792-1939. COMMUNITY SERVICES: Chair – Susan Harrison, 201-1177. HOSPITALITY: Chair – Jenny Tassin 792-3953. LITURGY: Chair – Chris Armstrong, 641-9916. PARISH AND FAMILY LIFE: Chair – Stacey Besselman, 794-5807. SPIRITUALITY/EDUCATION: Chair – Paul Mathews, 619-9406.
STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE: Michael Young, 308-3004. GIFTS REPORT – CHURCH SUPPORT Income needed for Jan. (five Sundays) 87,500.00 Gifts on previous weekends in January 17,041.00 Gifts given last weekend 20,218.00 Income still needed for January 50,241.00 THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY ‘WHERE WE BELONG’ CAPITAL CAMPAIGN Campaign Goal 5,300,000.00 Pledged to Date 3,381,690.00 Collected to Date 1,792,596.00