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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

Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 22, 2013

CALENDAR Saturday, December 21 4:00 pm Mass - William W. Floyd, Sr. + Sunday, December 22 7:30 am - Rosary 8:00 am Mass - Carl Bess, Jr. + 5:30 pm Mass - For the People Monday, December 23 7:00 am Mass - Vince Gallent, Sr. + 5:30 pm - Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Tuesday, December 24 4:00 pm Mass - Paul Ellington Midnight Mass - For the People Wednesday, December 25 9:00 am Mass - William W. Floyd, Jr. + 6:00 pm - NO CCD Class Thursday, December 26 No Mass Friday, December 27 No Mass Saturday, December 28 4:00 pm Mass - William W. Floyd, Sr. + Sunday, December 29 7:30 am - Rosary 8:00 am Mass - Murriel H. Jones, Sr. + 5:30 pm Mass - For the People Sanctuary Candle burns in memory of William W. Floyd, Jr. MERRY CHRISTMAS Everyone at Mary, Mother of Jesus Catholic Church would like to wish all of you and your loved ones a very safe and Merry Christmas CHRISTMAS MASSES

BREAKING THE SILENCE BY DIANE M. HOUDEK The Scriptures for the Fourth Sunday of Advent are filled with great promise but also with risk beyond imagining. They tell stories of crisis and challenge, of calls to conversion and questions that insist on answers. They demand a life lived on the cutting edge of awareness, a life that risks and responds without counting the cost. Life lived to the full, life in God, is filled with promise, with signs and wonders. This is the way of God’s life within us. How different the stories of Advent would be if Elizabeth, Mary, and Joseph had let fear and anxiety triumph over love, trust, and faith. Would we tell their stories at all? Advent promises the triumph of love over fear, of light over darkness. This love is difficult but so essential; we need to know God is with us. Out of the silence of Advent came the promise of the Incarnation. The Word broke into our lives with the startling and dazzling revelation that through Jesus of Nazareth, God loved us in the visible, tangible ways the angels could never understand. Because we believe this, we’re called to love one another with the same incarnate love. Such love is a challenge to be gentle, to give of one’s self, to enter deeply into reconciliation, to grow and to change—above all to trust. To this love we commit all that we are and all that we can become. When despair overwhelms us, when promises suddenly seem empty, when it seems we’re surrounded by dashed dreams and disappointment, by love betrayed and friendships faltering, prophets break into our lives with the word that God still cares, that love is still possible. To believe this promise demands that we risk once again, that we reach out in love, and that we trust the hand reaching out to us.

Christmas Eve, Tuesday 4:00 pm and Midnight Christmas Day, Wednesday 9:00 am

READINGS FOR NEXT WEEKEND Sir 3:2-6,12-14; Col 3:12-21 or 3:12-17; Mt 2:13-15, 19-23 The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph


COLLECTION 12/15/2013 Average Weekly Expenses Last Qtr Last Weekend’s Regular Collection Collections Month to Date Building Fund (gifts since 7/1/13)

$2,846.00 $1,600.00 $8,324.00 $460.00

Thank you for your generosity! CAPITAL CAMPAIGN Goal

Pledged

$170,000.00

$124,760.00

Cash Received $128,337.36

The Liturgical Calendar for 2014 has arrived. If you are interested in Mass intentions or memorial candles for certain dates in 2014, please call me, email me or come by during office hours. - Kathy DON’T FORGET!!! MMJ FIRST MONDAY SUPPER Monday, January 6, 5:00-7:00 pm In Cumella Hall. Dine In or Take Out - $7 per plate Turkey & Sausage Gumbo, Sweet Potato, Potato Salad & Toasted Bread Rounds Benefits the Capital Campaign THANK YOU…

CENLA ACTS MEN’S RETREAT Cenla ACTS is sponsoring a Men's Retreat at Maryhill Renewal Center beginning Thursday, February 27, 2014 through Sunday March 2, 2014. Take advantage of this unique opportunity for spiritual renewal. This is a Catholic retreat open to men of all denominations. Registration will close on January 21, 2014, and forms are in the vestibule. For additional information, call Keith Chapman 318-623-6092 or Brad Gadel 318-446-1153. 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, Susan McKinney, Sam Meadows, Sybil Moore, Sean Redmond, Elaine Roy, 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, Jack Ellington, 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.)

To Pat Brister and everyone who helped plan, decorate for and clean up0 after the Christmas party. The hall was beautiful, the food was excellent, and the fellowship we enjoyed was memorable. We are grateful to all who worked so hard to make this a very special evening for our church family. - Father John CHURCH VOCATIONS Traditionally at all Christmas Masses, a second collection is taken throughout our diocese for the education and formation of our priests. Through the Church Vocations collections, your generosity and prayers allow the church to continue to provide priests, sisters and brothers to serve our spiritual and physical needs. - Bishop Ronald Herzog 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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