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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

Rev. Blake Deshautelle, In Residence 2120 Coulee Crossing, Woodworth, LA Mailing Address: P. O. Box 408, Woodworth, LA 71485 Telephone: (318) 445-7554 frjohnpardue@gmail.com

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

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 11, 2011

CALENDAR Saturday, September 10 4:00 pm Mass - Dale King + Sunday, September 11 8:00 am Mass - Rena Truxillo + Breakfast after Mass 5:30 pm Mass - For the People Monday, September 12 No Mass Tuesday, September 13 6:00 pm Mass - Voorhies Gauthier + Wednesday, September 14 7:00 am Mass - Joseph T. A. Busch + Thursday, September 15 7:00 am Mass - Marcelle P. Busch + 5:30 pm - Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Friday, September 16 7:00 am Mass - Carl Bess, Jr. + Saturday, September 17 4:00 pm Mass - Margaret and Lee Sanders + Sunday, September 18 8:00 am Mass - Jim Damico + 5:30 pm Mass - For the People Sanctuary Candle burns in memory of Joseph Andre Busch, Sr. New CCD Year Begins Registration begins this weekend for CCD classes. Deborah Bess will be taking registration at the Second Sunday Breakfast. Deborah Bess has been appointed Director of Religious Education. She replaces Linda Kelly who has resigned due to the illness of her husband, Richard. I would like to express my sincere thanks to Linda for her extremely generous service as DRE. Father John

Dear Brothers and Sisters, At every Mass, the Eucharistic prayer begins with the Preface dialogue. The priest says, “The Lord be with you,” and you respond, “And also with you.” Then the priest says, “Lift up your hearts,” and you respond, “We lift them up to the Lord.” The priest continues, “Let us give thanks to the Lord Our God,” and you complete the dialogue with “It is right to give him thanks and praise.” Why do we do this? In the article “The Mass in Slow Motion: The (Remarkable) Preface Dialogue,” Msgr. Charles Pope reminds us that the liturgy we celebrate is the heavenly liturgy, and during the Mass we are “swept up into heaven.” The priest at that moment invites us to go to heaven! But since he acts in persona Christi then it really is the Lord Jesus speaking to us through the priest. “Lift up your hearts” might be better rendered “hearts aloft.” “Let your hearts be taken up! Come and go with me to the altar that is in heaven where I, Jesus the great High Priest, with all the members of my body render perfect thanks to God the Father! You are no longer on earth; your hearts have been swept aloft into the great liturgy of heaven.” (Msgr. Pope) Wow! Doesn’t that open up for you the importance of what we are doing? Doesn’t that give it new and fresh meaning? That is why we take such great care with everything we do in the Sacred Liturgy, for it is not our Mass but the Mass of heaven. We are there with the angels and the saints before the Father’s throne. Over the next several weeks my reflections will be about the heavenly liturgy, the new translation of the Mass texts and their meaning. It is my hope that by reflecting on them together, we may more joyfully appreciate the very center of the life of the Church. Sincerely yours, Father John


REGULAR COLLECTION 09/04/2011 Average Weekly Expenses Last Qtr Last Weekend’s Collection Building Fund (gifts since 7/1/11)

$2,846.00 $3,077.00 $220.00

Thank you for your generosity!

Prayer on the Anniversary of the 9/11 Tragedies God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world: peace in the hearts of all men and women and peace among the nations of the earth. Turn to your way of love those whose hearts and minds are consumed with hatred. God of understanding, overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy, we seek your light and guidance as we confront such terrible events. Grant that those whose lives were spared may live so that the lives lost here may not have been lost in vain. Comfort and console us, strengthen us in hope, and give us the wisdom and courage to work tirelessly for a world where true peace and love reign among nations and in the hearts of all. From Pope Benedict’s Prayer at Ground Zero, New York, 2008

WOMAN TO WOMAN CONFERENCE The first annual Woman to Woman Conference: Understanding Authentic Femininity will be held Saturday, October 15 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Cajundome Convention Center in Lafayette for women ages 18 and above. Johnette Benkovic, host of EWTN’s Women of Grace Series, will be the featured speaker. Cost is $40 and includes a catered lunch. For more information or to register, call 337-356-6971 or go to www.catholicwomensconference.org . Humility is the virtue of Our Lord Jesus Christ, of His Blessed Mother, and of the greatest saints. It embraces all virtues and, where it is sincere, introduces them into the soul. St. Vincent de Paul

WE PRAY FOR THOSE AMONG US ... ACUTELY ILL: Joan Alpha, Beverly Aleshire, Lovie Bennett, Marie Busch, Frances deLaunay, Walter Deptula, Russell Edwards, III, Judy John, Richard Kelly, Donald Parker, Sean Redmond, Caroline Roy, Chuck Saucier, Coralie Tano, Connie Ray Teutsch, Gary Treme. SICK OR RECOVERING: Patricia Arnold, Pat Boudreaux, Andre Busch, Anna M. Busch, Barbara Busch, Juanita Busch, Kevin Busch, Thomas Busch, Ed Carroll, George Coker, Betty Daigle, Patsy Fremin, Robert Hall, Linder Holland, Brenda Holloway, Merlyn Maillian, Clementine Matherne, Michael McGuire, Michelle McGuire, Yessica McGuire, LaVern Moser, Gayle Odum, James Odum, Dana Parker, Karen Rambo Roberts, Francis Snoddy, Nancy Weidner. HOMEBOUND: Beverly Aleshire, Joan Alpha, Marty Doiron. (Use a pew envelope to add or remove names or call Laura at 487-9894 or 767-6508.)

READINGS FOR NEXT WEEKEND Is 55: 6-9; Phil 1: 20c-24, 27a; Mt 20: 1-16a 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: Butch Doiron, Brad Gadel, Priscilla Gadel, Runnie Hunter, Rodney Lamkin, Bobbie Long, Grant Ogaard FINANCE COUNCIL: Ed Carroll; Pat Brister, Trustee; Chuck Reich; Gary Delaney, Trustee


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