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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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JANUARY 1,  2012              



Vol. XVII  No.  6


PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF PROM PT SUCCOR Patroness of our Parish and of the State of Louisiana Feast Day: January 8

O Mary, mother of God, who amid the tribulations of the world, watches over us and over the Church of Your Son, be to us and to the Church, truly, Our Lady of Prompt Succor; make haste to help us in all our necessities, that in this fleeting life You may be our succor, and obtain for us (here ask the particular favor you desire). Help us to gain life everlasting through the merits of Jesus, Your Son, Our Lord and Redeemer. Amen. THIS YEAR Jan. 8 falls on Sunday and is the celebration of the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, which takes liturgical precedence over the Solemnity of Our Lady. The Solemnity of Our Lady of Prompt Succor is therefore transferred this year to Monday, Jan. 9 and will be celebrated at our regular 6:30 A.M. and 5:30 P.M. Masses. Additionally, we will honor our Parish Patroness with an all-school Mass on Friday, Jan. 6 at 8:00 A.M. Everyone is welcome. – Father Dan WWWWWWW THE PRIESTS, SISTERS AND STAFF of Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church and School would like to say thank you for your prayers, good wishes, cards, and gifts at Christmas. We appreciate your love and generosity and we pray that you and yours have a very Happy and Blessed New Year. – Father Dan ALTAR SOCIETY MEETING will be on Friday, Jan. 6 at 9:00 A.M. in the Lourdes Room. This ministry serves the church in many different ways, with a niche for everyone. We welcome new and inquiring members. Please join us! 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.

WEEKLY PARISH EVENT CALENDAR Monday, Jan. 2 10:00 A.M. NO Outreach Prayer Group (L) 6:00 P.M. Rosary (Church) Tuesday, Jan. 3 10:00 A.M. Outreach Prayer Group (L) 2:30 P.M. Mass at Rapides Parish Detention Center 3 3:00 P.M. NO St. Cecilia Choir (Music Room) 6:30 P.M. RCIA Pre-catechumenate (Life House) 7:00 P.M. Adult Choir (Music Room) Wednesday, Jan. 4 4:00 P.M. Youth Band (ND) 5:00 P.M. NO Parish Supper (OH) 5:45 P.M. NO Joyful Noise Choir (Music Room) 6:15 P.M. NO Junior High (Life House) 6:30 P.M. NO CCD (School) 6:30 P.M. Teacher In-Service for CCD (Life House) Thursday, Jan. 5 10:00 A.M. Rosary (Church) 4:00 P.M. Bear Cub Scouts (OH) Friday, Jan. 6 9:00 A.M. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (Church) 9:00 A.M. Altar Society (L) 3:00 P.M. Children’s Holy Hour (/Church) Saturday, Jan. 7 8:00 A.M. Parish Donut Social sponsored by ACTS (L) Sunday, Jan. 8 9:15 A.M. ‘Sunday Morning Lagniappe’ Bible Study (L) 10:00 A.M. Coffee and Donuts (MR) 10:30 A.M. Children’s Liturgy (L) 11:30 A.M. Coffee and Sandwiches (MR) 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) 6:30 P.M. Sandwich Social (MR) 7:00 P.M. High School Youth (OH)

Madonna Room (MR) Lourdes (L) Fatima (F) Olinger Hall (OH) Notre Dame (ND) CH RISTM A S M EM ORIA L In loving m em ory of: Abraham Mickel, Charles Collins, Sr., Lucy Rachal and Edgar Joe Rachal by Helen Collins

REGISTRATION FOR MEN’S ACTS RETREAT Feb. 2326 is now open through Jan. 15. Registration forms can be found by the church doors or online at



THE SANCTUARY LIGHT will burn this week in loving memory of JOEY, SPUBBY AND KATIE GIORDANO by the Giordano family. 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 FAREWELL LUNCHEON FOR SISTER CARLA BERTANI, OLS: A farewell luncheon for Sister Carla Bertani will be held Sunday, Jan. 8 from 11:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. at the St. Rita Holy Family Center. Sister Carla has served as administrator of St. Mary’s Training School for many years and has been chosen Superior General of her order. Tickets are $25 per person. RSVP by Jan. 2 by calling 445-6443, ext. 2106 or email TWO HEARTS RETREAT: Jim and Christy Gootee and the Two Hearts Team will be offering a retreat on “Christian Dream Therapy” at Maryhill Renewal Center on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 21-22 from 9:00 A.M. on Saturday to 5:30 P.M. on Sunday. The Retreat will look at dreams in Scripture as well as study God’s symbolic language found in our dreams. You will learn a variety of approaches to help you understand your own dreams. Bring a Bible and dream notebook. The $115 cost includes Reference Book and Retreat Manual. For more information and a registration form, go to

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 HOLY SPIRIT RETREAT FOR TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS: Sponsored by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of New Orleans, the annual Holy Spirit Retreat for Teens and Young Adults will be held Friday through Sunday, Jan. 6-8 at the Landmark Hotel in Metairie. To register, go to or call (504) 828-1368. 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 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

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 ‘CHILDREN OF HOPE’: The next First Friday holy hour will be Friday, Jan. 6 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. 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, Christian Griffiths, Joseph Anthony Gonzales, Jr., Jesse Karinsny, Derrick Kozielski, Stephen Lee, Brandon McNamara, Christopher Nuss, Ledena Piper, Seth Sibley and Jared Slay. If you know someone serving whose name is not on our list, please contact the church office.

READINGS FOR JAN. 8: Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72; Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6; Matthew 2:1-12

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. OUR COOKS WILL TAKE A BREAK FOR THE HOLIDAYS. WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPERS WILL RESUME ON JAN. 11, 2012.

IN MEMORY: W ILLIAM DANIEL DYESS; DORIS MONROE Please pray for William (infant grandson of Mimi Hardy); Mrs. Monroe (mother of Richard Monroe) and those of our parish who have recently died and for the consolation of their families.

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

6:15  -­‐7:30  dPuring   .M.   the  School  year,   Junior  High  -­‐  Wednesdays  

SUNDAY LAGNIAPPE TOPICS ON JAN. 8: Sunday Evening Lagniappe will take two weeks off (Dec. 25 and Jan. 1). It will begin meeting again on Jan. 8.

PLEASE PRAY   FOR   THE   SICK:   Owen Anderson; John Aymond; Ruth Bergeron; Doug Broussard; Debbie Butler; Thomas Cain; Larry Carbo; Verna Carbo; Maci Callahan; Theresa Cataldie; Sophie Chestovich; Andrew Paul Dyess; John Finley; Chuck Hardy; Josie Kelso; Josey King; Bruce LaBorde; Levi Locicero; Robert Maddox V; Maxine Meadows; Shannon Carter Mitton; Jerry Moreau; Linda Pratt; Willard Price; Jeffrey Riggs; Geneva Scarbrock; Hazel Schmolke; Steve Tatum; Jo Ann Hebert Taylor; Barbra Vincent; Ruth Wallace; Father Bernard Zagst; and all the shut-ins 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.  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  

MASSES OF THE WEEK SUN., JAN. 1: 7:00 A.M. 9:00 A.M.

10:30 A.M. 5:30 P.M. MON., JAN. 2: 6:30 A.M. 5:30 P.M. TUES., JAN. 3: 6:30 A.M. 5:30 P.M. WED., JAN. 4: 6:30 A.M. 5:30 P.M. THURS., JAN. 5: 6:30 A.M. 5:30 P.M. FRI., JAN. 6: 6:30 A.M. 8:00 P.M. 5:30 P.M. SAT., JAN. 7: 8:00 A.M. 4:00 P.M.

SUN., JAN. 8: 7:00 A.M.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Vanderlick Al Beach; Howard B. Gist, Jr.; Dave and Irene Dufour; Gordon Ducote; Bob Foster; Kenneth W. Heldt, Mary E. Heldt, Patricia A. Heldt; In Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Living/deceased members of the Gueringer/Gagnard Families James Nelson Our Parish Family Ernest Abraham (anniv.) In Thanksgiving for prayers answered David Ezernack Paddy Champagne Femy van Dillen Frank and Frances Constantino Deceased members of the Rine family NO SCHOOL MASS P.W. and Neona Sansing Dena Flynn Nancy Ford Drury Sandy Norris Milo Wilson Neona Sansing; (anniv.); Margaret Brasher; Tony Fiorenza; Dena Flynn; Howard B. Gist, Jr.; Lanny Ducote and John Leslie Bowman; Al Beach; David Branch; John Cangelosi, Jr.; Beverly Bohrer; In Honor of Dr. Greg Ardoin and Family; Joseph J. Bellais, Eastlyn Bellais McGinnis, JamesMcGinnis Lee and Inez Jeansonne, Sr.

9:00 A.M.

10:30 A.M. 5:30 P.M.

Gordon Porterie (anniv.); Al Beach; Bob Foster; Kathleen Hooe; Archie Brodnax; David Ezernack; Living/deceased members of the Gueringer/Gagnard Families Our Parish Family Antonio Solon

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 Dec. (four Sundays) 70,000.00 Gifts on previous weekends in December 60,828.00 Gifts given last weekend 23,277.00 Amount OVER for December 14,105.00 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 1,767,527.00

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Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church, Alexandria