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Mary, Mother of Jesus Catholic Church 9323 Highway 165 South, Woodworth, Louisiana

Rev. John Pardue, Pastor

Church Mailing Address: P. O. Box 408

2120 Coulee Crossing, Woodworth, LA

Office Hours: TWTh 8:00-noon (318) 487-9894 or 767-6508 Secretary/Bookkeeper: Laura Callico, mmjwoodworth@att.net Cantor/Music Director: Priscilla Gadel, priscilla.s@prodigy.net

Rev. Blake Deshautelle, In Residence Mailing Address: P.O. Box 408, Woodworth, LA 71485 Telephone: (318) 445-7554 frjohnpardue@gmail.com

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 9, 2012

CALENDAR Saturday, September 8 4:00 pm Mass - Joseph Andre Busch, Sr. + Sunday, September 9 7:30 am - Rosary 8:00 am Mass - Mat and Janice Lohman + Breakfast after 8:00 am Mass 5:30 Mass - For the People Monday, September 10 No Mass Tuesday, September 11 No Mass Wednesday, September 12 No Mass Thursday, September 13 No Mass No Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Friday, September 14 No Mass Saturday, September 15 4:00 pm Mass - Marcelle P. Busch + Sunday, September 16 7:30 am - Rosary 8:00 am Mass - Carl Bess, Jr. + 5:30 pm Mass - For the People

Sanctuary Candle burns in memory of Mat and Janice Lohman CAPITAL CAMPAIGN 2012 Total collected to date

Dear Parishioners, The Second Vatican Council document on the church “Lumen Gentium, 10,” states, “though they differ from one another in essence and not only in degree, the common priesthood of the faithful and the ministerial or hierarchical priesthood are nonetheless interrelated: each of them in its own special way is a participation in the one priesthood of Christ.” This means that the ministerial priest on the day of his ordination is ontologically changed. An ontological change is a change in being. He is, obviously, still human. So what does this change mean? It means that he “possesses the authority to act in the power and place of the person of Christ himself.” Therefore, the church does not define a priesthood based on mere function, on what the priest does, but what he is. Being proceeds doing. He can do what he does because of what he is. He is different, but different does not mean better, it just means different. He is not holy based on that difference. A priest, therefore, can never be considered “just another one of the guys.” He can never be your peer. He must associate with you differently than the way he associates with other priests. That association can be easy and natural, but he must always remember who he is and what he is. Though you may love him a great deal and be friends with him, he can never have a permanent place at your dining room table. And yes, we priests enjoy a culture all our own. And no priest ever understands what it means to be a priest until he becomes one. Please respect these differences. Failure to do so on either the part of the priest or the lay person can cause unnecessary difficulty. And please pray for your priests. Sincerely yours, Father John

$84,000 in cash $43,000 in pledges TOTAL: $128,000

READINGS FOR NEXT WEEKEND Is 50: 5-9a; Jas 2: 14-18; Mk 8: 27-35 Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time


REGULAR COLLECTION 09/02/2012 Average Weekly Expenses Last Qtr Last Weekend’s Collection Building Fund (gifts since 7/1/12)

$2,846.00 $3,526.00 $2,695.00

Thank you for your generosity! THE NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY September 8 The Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary was celebrated at least by the sixth century, when St. Romanos the Melodist, an Eastern Christian who composed many of the hymns used in the Eastern Catholic and Eastern Orthodox liturgies, composed a hymn for the feast. The feast spread to Rome in the seventh century, but it was a couple more centuries before it was celebrated throughout the West. From an apocryphal gospel written about A.D. 150, we learn the names of Mary’s parents, Joachim and Anna, as well as the tradition that the couple was childless until an angel appeared to Anna and told her that she would conceive. The traditional date of the Feast, September 8, falls exactly nine months after the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. Perhaps because of its close proximity to the feast of the Assumption of Mary, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is not celebrated today with the same solemnity as the Immaculate Conception. It is, nonetheless, a very important feast, because it prepares the way for the birth of Christ. Source: catholicism.about.com WE PRAY FOR THOSE AMONG US ... ACUTELY ILL: Darren Aleshire, Lovie Bennett, Jane Blaney, Cameron Brown, Betty Daigle, Dr. James David, Amy Ladner Davis, Frances deLaunay, Walter, Jr. and Jackie Deptula, Linder Holland, Judy John, Richard Kelly, Elsie Marcon, Susan McKinney, Donald Parker, Linda Pearson, Sean Redmond, Elaine Roy, Ronnie Spurlock, Sr., T.J. Swain, Connie Ray Teutsch. SICK OR RECOVERING: Pat Boudreaux, Andre Busch, Anna M. Busch, Barbara Busch, Juanita Busch, Kevin Busch, Marie Busch, Thomas Busch, George Coker, Nicholas Fremin, Patrick Fremin, Patsy Fremin, Brenda Holloway, Steve Mathews, Michael McGuire, Michelle McGuire, Yessica McGuire, LaVern Moser, Jillian Newsom, Gayle Odum, James Odum, Bobby Odum, Jr., Dana Parker, Karen Rambo Roberts, Milton Sasser, Francis Snoddy. HOMEBOUND: Joan Alpha, Marty Doiron. (Use a pew envelope to add or remove names or call Laura at 487-9894 or 767-6508.)

CCD classes at MMJ will begin Wednesday, September 19 at 6:00 pm in Cumella Hall Registration forms are available in the vestibule. See Deborah Bess for more information. FRANCISCAN HEALING CONFERENCE The theme for this year’s Franciscan Healing Conference is “Becoming a People of Joy and Praise.” The oneday conference, presented by Jim and Christy Gootee and the Two Hearts Team, will take place at Maryhill Renewal Center on Saturday, September 22 from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. Teachings and prayers, as well as the evening Healing Service, will help break bondages, change thinking and behavior, and bring the healing grace of Jesus to body, mind and spirit. Cost is $30. Meals not included. Overnight stay can be arranged for $35 per night but must be arranged in advance. CARINGBRIDGE WEBSITE CaringBridge is a nonprofit organization offering free personalized websites to people facing a serious medical condition or hospitalization, undergoing medical treatment and/or recovering from a significant accident, illness, injury or procedure. It is similar to a blog and allows family members and friends to receive consistent information via a single website, eliminating the need to place and receive numerous telephone calls. Visitors can read updates on the patient’s condition and post their own messages of support and encouragement. CHURCH INFORMATION WEEKEND MASSES: Saturday 4:00 pm. Sunday 8:00 am & 5:30 pm WEEKDAY MASSES: 7:00 am Tuesday thru Friday. HOLY DAY MASSES: as announced. FIRST SATURDAY MASS: 9 am in Honor of the Blessed Mother. BAPTISM PREPARATION: e-mail or call pastor to schedule. MARRIAGE PREPARATION: e-mail or call pastor to schedule first appointment at least six (6) months in advance. FUNERAL SERVICES: only the funeral home may schedule. When making arrangements, have director call pastor personally. CONFESSION: 30 mins before weekend Masses; any time on request ANOINTING OF THE SICK: Upon request. HOSPITALIZATION: e-mail or call pastor at any time, give patient’s name, hospital and room number. SERIOUS ILLNESS, DEATH, DYING: call pastor at any time. OF COUNSEL TO OUR PASTOR PASTORAL COUNCIL: Deborah Bess, Butch Doiron, Brad Gadel, Priscilla Gadel, Runnie Hunter, Rodney Lamkin, Bobbie Long, Grant Ogaard FINANCE COUNCIL: Ed Carroll; Pat Brister, Trustee; Gary Delaney, Trustee; Dr. Bernard Patty; Chuck Reich


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