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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

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 408, Woodworth, LA 71485

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

2120 Coulee Crossing, Woodworth, LA Telephone: (318) 445-7554 frjpardue@parish.diocesealex.org

First Sunday of Advent, December 1, 2013

CALENDAR Saturday, November 30 4:00 pm Mass - Russel Edwards, III + Sunday, December 1 7:30 am - Rosary 8:00 am Mass - Mat & Janice Lohman + 5:30 pm Mass - For the People Monday, December 2 7:00 am Mass - William W. Floyd, Jr. + 5:30 pm - Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Tuesday, December 3 7:00 am Mass - Cynthia Fowler + Wednesday, December 4 7:00 am Mass - Clare Perez + 6:00 pm - CCD Class - Hall Thursday, December 5 7:00 am Mass - Murriel H. Jones, Sr. + Friday, December 6 No Mass Saturday, December 7 9:00 am Mass - In Honor of the Blessed Mother 4:00 pm Mass - Carl Bess, Jr. + Sunday, December 8 7:30 am - Rosary 8:00 am Mass - Dr. James David, Sr. + 5:30 pm Mass - For the People Sanctuary Candle burns in memory of Mat & Janice Lohman Mary, Mother of Jesus Church is planning to form a youth group for young people in the 6th - 12th grade. On Sunday Dec. 1 there will be a meeting in the hall for all interested adults with Father John and Brinda Edwards, our youth group facilitator, after the 5:30 mass. READINGS FOR NEXT WEEKEND Is 11:1-10; Rom 15:4-9; Mt 3:1-12 Second Sunday of Advent

ADVENT IS TOO IMPORTANT TO MISS BY DIANE M. HOUDEK Advent calls us to an awareness of something beyond the comfort and cheer of Christmas traditions, calls us into the winter of the year to see the beauty of waiting—darkness waiting for light, emptiness waiting for fullness, cold waiting for warmth, hearts waiting for love. Our Gospel today warns us not to be lulled to sleep by daily routines and the flurry of holiday activity. Jesus condemns the people of Noah’s time not for their activities, but for their indifference to the realities of life in their midst. Too often we like to pretend there’s nothing beyond the next festivity. Advent is a time to prepare ourselves not for a whirl of Christmas parties but for the lord, who is continually breaking into our lives. Advent calls us to transform our lives because of God’s promise to dwell in our midst. As the liturgical seasons and scriptures cycle around each year, we might begin by asking, “Where was I when this was proclaimed last, and where will I be when it’s proclaimed this year? How has my life changed?” Advent comes into the darkness of our everyday lives with a promise of love and light, a challenge of conversion, a sense of discovery. Advent is a time to rediscover our faith, to explore who we are and whom we follow. The prophets call us to believe in God’s promise—to take risks, to make difficult choices, to give of ourselves. Christmas celebrates the first risk Jesus took: being born into our world. Every day we’re called to take the risk of living in that world and transforming it through our belief in God’s promise fulfilled in Jesus the Christ. Grounded in our faith, we discover that taking risks can awaken within us a sense of promise and anticipation, not dread and fear and remorse. Paul tells the Romans: “You know the time; it is the hour for you to awake from sleep. For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.” And Jesus tells his disciples, “Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.” They’re not saying this to frighten us, but to make sure we don’t miss the wonder that is Emmanuel.


TIME TO SIGN UP!!!

COLLECTION 11/24/2013 Average Weekly Expenses Last Qtr Last Weekend’s Regular Collection Collections Month to Date Building Fund (gifts since 7/1/13)

$2,846.00 $1,926.00 $9,887.00 $435.00

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

Pledged $124,760.00

The MMJ Christmas Party will be Friday, December 13 at 6:00 pm. Please sign up in the vestibule to let us know how many will attend and whether you will bring a salad, vegetable or dessert. MMJ furnishes the meat and beverages. IGNITE CONFIRMATION RALLY

Cash Received $127,407.36

OUR COOKBOOKS HAVE ARRIVED!!!! “Ordinary Thyme” is a great collection of 430 recipes from our parish family members. They are available for purchase before and after weekend masses for $20 each. Great Christmas gift idea! Call Priscilla at 442-2245 or 446-5502 if you want to purchase one or if you would be interested in taking some copies to sell. WE PRAY FOR THOSE AMONG US ... ACUTELY ILL: Darren Aleshire, Lovie Bennett, Cameron Brown, Nick Campbell, Jannett Clark, Betty Daigle, Frances deLaunay, Walter, Jr. and Jackie Deptula, Judy John, Richard Kelly, Paul Lauve, Matthew Leotta, William McGraw, Susan McKinney, Sam Meadows, Sybil Moore, Sean Redmond, Elaine Roy, Katie & Tommy Smith, Ronnie Spurlock, Sr., T.J. Swain, Connie Ray Teutsch, Mary Virginia Young, Woodrow E. Young. SICK OR RECOVERING: Denise Bankovic, Pat Boudreaux, Joann Fuqua Brock, 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, Sharie Hakeman, Brenda Holloway, Jacob Jones, Daniel Jones, Elsie Marcon, Edwin Mathews, Steve Mathews, John McCall, Michael McGuire, Michelle McGuire, Yessica McGuire, LaVern Moser, Gayle Odum, James Odum, Bobby Odum, Jr., Dana Parker, Ray Reich, Karen Rambo Roberts, Charlotte Shelor, Francis Snoddy. HOMEBOUND: Joan Alpha, Marty Doiron, Daphne Land, Fleta Waits. (Use a pew envelope to add or remove names or call Kathy at 487-9894 or 767-6508.)

The Office of Religious Formation and Training will host Ignite Confirmation Rally on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 8:45 am to 5:15 pm at the Alexander Fulton Hotel. All Confirmation candidates are invited to attend. Presenters include Fr. Bryce Sibley, Bishop Ronald Herzog, and Chris Padget. Cost is $20 if you register by Dec. 30; $25 if after Dec. 30. To register call 318-445-6424, ext. 221 or go to diocesealex.org/ youth ministry.

DON’T FORGET!!! MMJ FIRST MONDAY SUPPER Monday, December 2, 5:00-7:00 pm In Cumella Hall Dine in or take out - $7 per plate Chili & Rice, Condiments, Cornbread & Salad. Benefits the Capital Campaign Mass Intentions $5.00 Sanctuary Candle $4.00 Call or email Kathy or use a pew envelope. CHURCH INFORMATION WEEKEND MASSES: Saturday 4:00 pm. Sunday 8:00 am & 5:30 pm WEEKDAY MASSES: 7:00 am Monday thru Thursday. 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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