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OUR LADY OF PROMPT SUCCOR CATHOLIC CHURCH 2120 Elliott Street, Alexandria, Louisiana Tel: (318) 445-3693 Fax (318) 445-8471

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MARCH 25,  2012              


DAILY MASSES DURING LENT 6:30 A.M. and 5:30 P.M., Monday through Friday 8:00 A.M. Thursday, Friday and Saturday STATIONS OF THE CROSS Thursday 1:15 P.M.; Friday 6:00 P.M. LENTEN PENANCE SERVICE Wednesday, March 28, 6:30 P.M. WWWWWWW PALM SUNDAY BAKE SALE: On Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1 before and after the 4:00 P.M., 9:00 A.M., and 10:30 A.M. Masses, the Altar Society will hold its annual Palm Sunday Bake Sale in the Madonna Room. Bakers are needed! Anyone interested in donating a baked item may deliver it to the Madonna Room on Saturday, March 31 beginning at 3:00 P.M. and before the 4:00 Mass. Thanks so much! OLPS JUNIOR HIGH AND HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUPS are hosting a BBQ pork lunch on Tuesday, April 10 to raise funds to cover the costs associated with the groups’ attending the Catholic Heart Work Camp this summer. The lunch includes a BBQ pork sandwich, brownie and chips for $6.00. Lunch orders of five or more will be delivered. Forms are located on the tables in the church and in this weekend’s bulletin. KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS Council 8029 is hosting its annual chicken bar-be-que fundraiser on Palm Sunday, April 1. One-half chicken and trimmings is only $6.00 per plate. Eat-in at Olinger Hall or take out. Contact any KC member for tickets. Proceeds support our seminarians. THERE WILL BE NO 8:00 A.M. School Mass this Thursday, March 29 due to the administration of standardized tests. All students in grades one through six will attend Mass this Friday. Bishop Herzog will be here to celebrate Mass with us. – Father Dan THERE WILL BE NO coffee and donut or sandwich socials in the month of April due to the Palm Sunday and Easter holidays.


Vol. XVII  No.  18 WEEKLY PARISH EVENT CALENDAR Monday, Mar. 26 10:00 A.M. Outreach Prayer Group (L) 6:00 P.M. Rosary (Church) Tuesday, Mar. 27 3:00 P.M. St. Cecilia Choir (Music Room) 6:00 P.M. Education and Spirituality Commission (F) 6:00 P.M. Our Lady’s Manor Board (MR) 6:30 P.M. RCIA Pre-catechumenate (Life House) 7:00 P.M. Adult Choir (Music Room) Wednesday, Mar. 28 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) 6:30 P.M. Lenten Parish Penance Service (Church) Thursday, Mar. 29 8:00 A.M. NO SCHOOL MASS 10:00 A.M. Rosary (Church) 1:15 P.M. Stations of the Cross (Church) 6:00 P.M. Pastoral Council (Rectory) Friday, Mar. 30 9:00 A.M. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (Church) 9:00 A.M. Altar Society (L) 6:00 P.M. Stations of the Cross (Church) 6:15 P.M. Lenten Couple Prayer Series (OH) Saturday, March 31 5:00 P.M. Altar Society Bake Sale (MR) Sunday, April 1 PALM SUNDAY 9:00 A.M. Altar Society Bake Sale after 9:00 and 10:30 Masses (MR) 9:15 A.M. ‘Sunday Morning Lagniappe’ Bible Study (L) 10:30 A.M. Joyful Noise and St. Cecilia Choirs Sing at Mass 10:30 A.M. Children’s Liturgy (L) 11:00 A.M. KC Council 8029 Chicken BBQ Dinner (OH) 11:30 A.M. Easter Egg Hunt (School Playground) 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) ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT will be on Sunday, April 1 on the school playground, beginning at 11:30 A.M., after the 10:30 A.M. Mass. There will be games, crafts and face painting. Bring your cameras to take pictures with the Easter Bunny!!

THE CENLA ACTS community has opened registration for the next women’s retreat. The retreat is June 7-10 at Maryhill Renewal Center in Pineville. Applications can be found by the doors of the church and online at


EASTER MEMORIAL DONATIONS: You will find memorial envelopes on the tables at each entrance to the church. This is an appropriate way to remember a loved one, deceased or living. You may drop your envelope in the contribution basket or return it to the church office. Memorials will be used to purchase flowers for the church during the Easter season and will be published in the Easter Sunday bulletin.


CONGRATULATIONS to the following OLPS students for being winners in the annual VFW contest at the Post level. All first place winners move on to the District level. The students participated in the contest through art projects and written essays. The younger children submitted drawings of the American flag and of important events in American history. The older children competed through an essay with the theme “What Veteran’s Day Means to Me.” Please congratulate the following students when you see them: Madison Kidd, Alyssa Rabie and Anna Marie LaCombe who placed first in their categories; Elizabeth Barth, Carly Sicuro, Michael Urbanski, Addison Hebert, Olivia Johnson and Alison Roy who also placed in the contest.

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.

The race is on to register for the second annual OLPS ‘Trek for Tech’ 5K/1 Mile/Block Run on May 19. Run or walk to support the OLPS Technology Fund by participating or sponsoring the race. Register at For questions or to help, contact Tonya Curcio at 449-9073, ext. 210 or Elizabeth Cassano at Run Wild, 445-9735.

‘CHILDREN OF HOPE’: The next First Friday holy hour will be Friday, May 4 from 3:00 to 4:00 P.M. in church. (The First Friday in April is Good Friday.) The program includes Eucharistic Adoration, prayers, music, rosary and meditations for children especially in grades two through six.

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

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

OUR SEMINARIANS: Brian Seiler, Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, OH; Dutch Voltz, Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans, LA THE SANCTAURY LIGHT will burn this week in loving memory of SHERRY ELIAS. bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb MEMORIAL CONTRIBUTION: Marie D. Aertker, a former member of Our Lady of Prompt Succor Parish, recently died. In her will she requested a generous contribution from her estate be made to the OLPS library fund. Marie’s daughter, Jill Occhi, stated that her mother had a deep love for the church and since we no longer have a library fund, the family requested the donation be put toward our capital campaign fund. We thank Mrs. Aertker’s family for honoring her wishes and contributing to our campaign. – Father Dan FRIDAY, APRIL 6 AT 6:00 P.M. you will have another opportunity to draw near to HIM. You are invited to join OLPS in praying the Stations of the Cross, also known as the Way of the Cross, in the church. Walk with our Lord on His Way of the Cross, a journey made because of His great love for each of us. Let us unite ourselves to the passion and death of Jesus Christ in the conscious way we live and each moment so that our hope may grow. – Jessica Viator

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 for weekly updates on the parish supper.

Mar. 28 Menu: Baked chicken, rice dressing, cole slaw, bread, and dessert. JOSH BLAKESLEY has released his fourth album titled “You are the Light.” It’s a collection of songs that inspire a life of faith and worship. It is available on iTunes and all digital download sites. Look for it on disc in the coming weeks.

PLEASE PRAY   FOR   THE   SICK:   John Aymond; Ruth Bergeron; Keith Brewster; Larry Carbo; Verna Carbo; Maci Callahan; Theresa Cataldie; Sophie Chestovich; Dr. Don Edgerton; John Finley; Eloise Hall; Chuck Hardy; Josey King; Tiffany Lora; Robert Maddox V; Irene Mathews; Maxine Meadows; Ashley Miller; Linda Pratt; Willard Price; Elaine Roy; Geneva Scarbrock; Hazel Schmolke; Leroy Seaux; Don Smith; Pat Stephens; Steve Tatum; Mary Nassif Tompkins; Barbra Vincent; Ruth Wallace; Steven White; Rodney Williams; Katherine Wood; and all the homebound of our parish.


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.  Chris  Nayak,  In  Residence   Rev.  Mr.  Todd  Marye,  Deacon   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 APRIL 1: Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22; Philippians 2:6–11; Mark 14:1—15:47 SUNDAY LAGNIAPPE TOPICS ON APRIL 1: Lourdes Room, 9:15 A.M. – Apologetics Lourdes Room, 4:15 P.M. – The Book of Acts of the Apostles IN MEMORY: JOHN FRANCIS RABALAIS Please pray for Mr. Rabalais (father of Mr. Richard Rabalais), and those of our parish who have recently died and for the consolation of their families.

MASSES OF THE WEEK SUN., MAR. 25: 7:00 A.M. 9:00 A.M.

Josie, Marilyn and Benton Bordelon, Jr. Bob Foster; Living and Deceased Members of the Gueringer/Gagnard Families; Sam and Edith Tamburo, Colingo and Tamburo Families, Simon and Mamie Campo, and Campo Families; Deacon Charles Jones; Cassie Carbo; Kenneth W. Heldt, Mary E. Heldt, Patricia A. Heldt; Al Beach; Lem and Harry Hardy; Father Michael J. McGivney (founder of the Knights of Columbus) Gordon Ducote Our Parish Family

10:30 A.M. 5:30 P.M. MON., MAR. 26: 6:30 A.M. David Ezernack 5:30 P.M. Intention of Jim Curley TUES., MAR. 27: 6:30 A.M. Irene St. Clergy 5:30 P.M. Rusty and Lee Tarver WED., MAR. 28: 6:30 A.M. Virgie and Allen Aymond 5:30 P.M. Capitola McCann THURS., MAR. 29: 6:30 A.M. Dena Flynn 8:00 A.M. No School Mass 5:30 P.M. Jeanne M. Brasseaux FRI., MAR. 30: 6:30 A.M. Intention of Connie Poole 8:00 P.M. In Thanksgiving for Prayers Answered 5:30 P.M. Intention of Annake Cannella SAT., MAR. 31: 8:00 A.M. Intention of Michael Head 4:00 P.M. Joseph J. Bellais, Eastlyn Bellais McGinnis, James McGinnis; Joanna Taylor; Pauline Nardini; Cassie Carbo; Deborah Roach; Cecil Wayne Normand; Priscilla Tooley; Virginia Messina Gibson; Special Intention for Randy Tarver SUN., APRIL 1: 7:00 A.M. Our Parish Family 9:00 A.M. Al Beach; Living and Deceased Members of the Gueringer/Gagnard Families; Alice Gremillion; Dena Flynn; David Ezernack; Deborah Roach; Bob Foster; Gordon Ducote; Dave and Irene Dufour; Charles Anderson; Cassie Carbo;Heloise Knobloch (anniv.); Living and Deceased members of the Clarence Flynn Family; Minh-Cho-Lee; O’Hearn and Brent Mathews; Kenneth W. Heldt, Mary E. Heldt, Patricia A. Heldt 10:30 A.M. Jay Herrington 5:30 P.M. James Steven Hellweg GIFTS  REPORT  –  CHURCH  SUPPORT   Income needed for March (four Sundays) 70,000.00

Gifts on previous weekends in March Gifts given last weekend Amount still needed for March

44,735.00 14,868.00 10,397.00

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 1,826,103.00

Our Lady of Prompt Succor bulletin 3-25-12  

Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church, Alexandria