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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: Kathy Rachall, 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 frjpardue@parish.diocesealex.org

Third Sunday of Lent, March 3, 2013

CALENDAR Saturday, March 2 9:00 am Mass - In Honor of the Blessed Mother 4:00 pm Mass - Mark Gagnard + Sunday, March 3 7:30 am - Rosary 8:00 am Mass - Mat & Janice Lohman + 5:30 pm Mass - For the People Tuesday, March 5 7:00 am Mass - Carl Bess, Jr. + 6:30-7:30 pm - “The Light is on for You” Wednesday, March 6 7:00 am Mass - C. J. Dupont + 6:00 pm - CCD Class - Hall Thursday, March 7 7:00 am Mass - Mrs. L. J. Rolfes + Friday, March 8 7:00 am Mass - Joseph Andre Busch, Sr. + 6:00 pm - Stations of the Cross Saturday, March 9 4:00 pm Mass - Mark Gagnard + Sunday, March 10 7:30 am - Rosary 8:00 am Mass - Danny Eason + Breakfast - Hall 5:30 pm Mass - For the People Sanctuary Candle burns in memory of Mat & Janice Lohman The parable in today’s Gospel clearly warns that we, like the fig tree, will be judged by our fruit. While God mercifully provides us with time and opportunity, let us give witness to our faith with deeds of kindness and generosity by contributing to the 2013 Annual Diocesan PARISH LENTEN MISSION - SAVE THE DATES Father Remi Pastor of St. James and St. Juliana Parishes in Alexandria will preach a Lenten Mission for us. 7:00 pm on March 17, 2013 and 6:00 pm on March 18 & 19, 2013.

Dear Parishioners, Today, I am writing you about the Sacrament of Marriage. While I do not plan to address the more practical aspects of married life I do seek to consider the theology of Matrimony. Too often people speak about marriage as a mere social construct. As if it were something that society created for the good of society or to promote the common good. Under such an understanding, society and governments would have the proper responsibility to determine the meaning and ends of marriage. But the Catholic Church firmly insists otherwise. “God himself is the author of marriage.” Therefore, it is from God that we must understand what it means, and its purpose. It is from God that we must learn who may participate in the Sacrament and who may not. “The vocation of marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they came from the hand of the Creator.” Paragraph 1652 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church reads, “By its very nature the institution of marriage and married love is ordered to the procreation and education of the offspring and it is in them that it finds its crowning glory.” Since it is impossible for love between to people of the same sex to be ordered to procreation of offspring, then it is impossible for two people of the same sex to be married. No law by any government on earth can change that. It takes more than the legal recitation of vows to make a valid marriage. Marriage is an intimate community of life and love. It is by nature a covenant. 1638 reads, “’From a valid marriage arises a bond between the spouses which by its very nature is perpetual and exclusive.’” This means that once two people have married, and then they are married until the death of one of the spouses. The difficulty is that in our day and age many young people do not understand the importance or meaning of commitment, or that what they are getting into in marriage which is perpetual. More preparation instead of less needs to be done in preparing our couples for their vocation in marriage. Sincerely yours, Father John READINGS FOR NEXT WEEKEND Jos 5:9a 10-12; 2 Cor 5:17-21; Lk 15:1-3, 11-32 Fourth Sunday of Lent


FIRST MONDAY SUPPER

COLLECTION 02/24/2013 Average Weekly Expenses Last Qtr Last Weekend’s Regular Collection Collections Month to Date Building Fund (gifts since 7/1/12)

$2,846.00 $1,748.00 $9,090.00 $3,100.00

Thank you for your generosity! CAPITAL CAMPAIGN Goal $170,000.00

Pledged

Cash Received

$124,760.00

$105,601.05

EASTER FLOWER FUND Remember your loved ones by donating to the Easter flower fund. You may use the Easter Flower Offering envelope in your monthly packet or an Easter Flower Envelope located in the pews and drop it in the collection basket. Mass Intentions $5.00 Sanctuary Candle $3.00 Call or email Kathy or use a pew envelope. WE PRAY FOR THOSE AMONG US ... ACUTELY ILL: Darren Aleshire, Denise Bankovic, Lovie Bennett, Jane Blaney, Stefanie Boswell, Cameron Brown, Nick Campbell, Betty Daigle, Dr. James David, Frances deLaunay, Walter, Jr. and Jackie Deptula, Louise Gagnard, Murlene Gallant, Linder Holland, Judy John, Richard Kelly, Paul Lauve, Shelly Long, Sandra Maltese, Matthew Leotta, Susan McKinney, Sam Meadows, Sherrie Miller, Sybil Moore, Donald Parker, Della Perkins, Sean Redmond, Elaine Roy, Michael Smilie, 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, Amy Ladner Davis, Nicholas Fremin, Patrick Fremin, Patsy Fremin, Brenda Holloway, Jacob Jones, Daniel Jones, Elsie Marcon, Steve Mathews, Michael McGuire, Michelle McGuire, Yessica McGuire, LaVern Moser, Gayle Odum, James Odum, Bobby Odum, Jr., Dana Parker, Ray Reich, Karen Rambo Roberts, Francis Snoddy. HOMEBOUND: Joan Alpha, Marty Doiron. (Use a pew envelope to add or remove names or call Kathy at 487-9894 or 767-6508.)

The 1st Monday supper is this Monday, March 4th. Chicken and sausage gumbo will be served from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. $7.00 per plate. Dine in or take out. CROSSROADS YOUNG ADULT CONFERENCE Calling all young adults to come join us this year at the annual young adult conference, March 15-17, 2013 at Maryhill Renewas Center. Our theme is “GONE” featuring Jim Murphy, Paul Hood, and Grae McCullough. Cost: $65/person. Sponsored by the Office of Religious Formation and Training. For more info, call 1-8066-447 -7088 Ext. 221, youngadults@diocesealex.org or www.diocesealex.org/crossroadsconference Daylight Savings Time begins next Sunday, March 10 at 2:00 am Don’t forget to spring forward! SECOND SUNDAY BREAKFAST Just a reminder...Next Sunday March 10th breakfast will be in the hall immediately following 8 am mass. OPERATION RICE BOWL This week we focus our prayers, fasting and almsgiving on Lesotho, where many children lack access to quality education. Only 73% of primary school-age children in Lesotho are enrolled in school. Give to your Rice Bowl this week to support communities working with CRS to provide educational opportunities for children. 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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