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Thank you to all those who brought in baby items for the pro-life month "Baby Shower”. More than a truck load of items were collected and donated to ACCESS Pregnancy.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated and will make

a difference in the lives of precious newborns and their mothers."



Without a school in St. Martha’s Church Parish, the children of our parish attend the surrounding Catholic schools.


Vouchers are a way of helping the families in our parish obtain a discount in the school tuition for elementary school age children.


The request for school vouchers dramatically increased. To effectively handle all requests, vouchers will be distributed from January 30th-February 28th.


In order to qualify and obtain a voucher, you must be an active and supporting parishioner (by the envelope system) of St. Martha Parish for at least one year with a minimum donation of $365 for one child, $665 for two or more children.


St. Martha’s Parish pays a support fee of $300.00 per child to the Archdiocese for each voucher given.


To apply for a school voucher, please contact the office at

366-1604, Monday-Friday between 8:30 and 3:30.


If any additional information is needed, please call Nettie at 366-1604.




  8:00AM. . . . Infant Jesus. . .Mass and Ashes

12:00 Noon. .Infant Jesus. . .No Mass-Ashes only

  6:30PM. . . . St. Martha. . . . .Mass and Ashes



    Monday                   8:00AM               Infant Jesus

    Tuesday                  8:00AM               St. Martha

    Wednesday            8:00AM               Infant Jesus

    Thursday                8:00AM               St. Martha

    Friday                     8:00AM               St. Martha




            5:30PM           Infant Jesus of Prague Mission

            6:30PM           St. Martha Church




March   3        Martha’s Friends

March 10   Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion and Lectors

March 17        Men’s Club

March 24        Parish School of Religion & CYO

March 31        Justice & Life Ministry

April     7        Pastoral Council

April   14        Music Ministry





  Abortion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 504-831-3117

  Alcohol or Drug Addiction. . . . . 985-640-4804

  Human Trafficking Hotline. . . .1-888-373-7888



The celebration will take place on Sunday, June 11th at 3:00pm in St. Philip Neri Church in Metairie. This celebration will not be a Mass, but a Prayer Service. Anyone wishing to attend, please contact the office before March 3rd  to register.



Every February 7-14, it is an opportunity to promote, celebrate and strengthen marriage.


Amoris Laetitia: Pope Francis’s exhortation “The Joy of Love” (April 2016) about marriage and family life



The calendar is now open for the Altar Flowers and the Sanctuary Light for 2017. If you wish to remember a deceased loved one or celebrate an important date in your life, please call the office to reserve your date.  The donation for flowers is $50.00 and the donation for the Sanctuary Light is $10.00



The Mass Book for 2017 is open. Anyone wishing to schedule a Mass can come to the rectory Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Anyone who reserved a special date for the Sanctuary Light or Flowers for a loved one and would like to carry the gifts to the altar that day, please call the office at 366-1604 and we will set that up for you.




The Widow’s/Widowers Support Group is looking for members! Please come join this group which supports the spiritual and social welfare of widows and widowers. If interested, please contact Genevieve Harris at 361-4472.



Thank you to the Knights of Columbus Archbishop Blenk Council, No. 1095 for their generous donation of $1,000 to St. Martha Church and $1,000 to Infant Jesus Mission. We are grateful for their ministry and support of our church.



There is a need for Eucharistic Ministers at the 10:30AM Mass. If you are interested, please contact the office at




The Catholic Charismatic Renewal Westbank (CCRWB) gathers monthly every second and fourth Wednesday evening. Starting at 7:30 pm with Praise followed by a Healing Mass at 8:00 pm, at Infant Jesus of Prague Church. Our next 3 prayer meetings are Feb. 22nd-Arch. Bishop Hughes, Mar. 8th-Msgr. Rareshide, Mar. 22nd- Fr. Dau as celebrants. Confessions are heard before mass. For more Info:  504-913-4903  EVERYONE IS WELCOME!



If you would like to send a donation to help the Archdiocese of New Orleans victims of the recent tornado, please send your gift to Archdiocese of New Orleans at 7887 Walmsley Ave., New Orleans, LA 70125.





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New registration for 2016-17 is open. Ages 13-18 are welcome. Please contact Mrs. Kim at

504-421-6602 or

Registration forms are in the gathering area.



”With God, All Things are Possible “Matt. 19:26


 There will be no class on February 28th,

 Mardi Gras Day


Happy Mardi Gras!






Candidate & Sponsor Mandatory Meeting

Sponsors Must Attend


Date:  Sunday, February 12th, 2017
Where:  St. Martha Parish Hall
Time:  6 - 7:00 PM Sponsors
6 - 8:00 PM Candidate Class


                            See You There!


Confirmation Rite of Enrollment Mass for candidates and sponsors will be Saturday, March 4th at 5:30PM



Mrs. Louise Frederick, PCL

Confirmation date is Wednesday,  May 24, 2017.

Children’s Liturgy Grades Kindergarten thru 2nd grade

Religious Instruction at St. Martha Church 8:30AM and 10:30AM
& Infant Jesus of Prague at 10:00AM


Anyone wishing to advertise in the bulletin or have a memorial ad for a family member, please contact Ray Kelly with Trinity Publications at 1-800-633-1122.


How Do I Become Catholic?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) is the church’s path for welcoming adult newcomers into the Roman Catholic Church.


Who is the “Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults” for?

It is for those adults, young and old, who have never been baptized; or baptized in the Roman Catholic church but not evangelized or completely initiated; or baptized in another Christian church, but in need of further instruction and initiation.


A person who is to become Catholic does not need to be baptized again.  The Catholic Church respects your Christian upbringing and the faith experiences that are part of your life. Becoming Catholic does not mean rejecting your previous faith background.  One may come into “Full Communion” by a period of study and participation in liturgy with our community.


RCIA Classes for adults will begin in October. 

Please call the office at 366-1604 for more information.


           St. Martha           Infant Jesus

  Jan. 22 Weekly                                $4,364.00             $1,633.70

  Jan. 29 Weekly                                $5,272.00             $1,548.53

  Jan. 29 Catholic Schools                 $1,102.50             $   236.59

   Feb.  5  Weekly                               $7,338.00             $2,968.00

   Feb.  5 Church of Latin America      $590.99

   Feb.  5 Building Fund                      $1,782.73


Thank you for your continued support!


If you are a parishioner wanting a tax letter in January, please use your envelopes. If you do not receive envelopes and would like to, please contact the office or pick up a registration form in the gathering area and return it to the office, or place it in collection basket.





Susan R. Hemelt, MD


Barks Bubbles – N –Beauxs LLC







Sat.  Feb. 11 4:00  Infant Jesus

                              Marian Miller, Vincent & Santa   Saladino, Anthony & Lena Peperone,
Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Evelyn Manuel,  Ray Vegas

                    Sat.  Feb. 11 5:30        St. Martha

                             Sandrus Baudoin,., Josef Tuan Tran, Steven Gauthier, Sr. & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Susan R. Hemelt, MD

Sun. Feb. 12  8:30 St. Martha                                                


                    Sun. Feb. 12  10:0 Infant Jesus

        Elaine & Walter Bartolo & Family, Timmy Campbell
Sun. Feb. 12   10:30St. Martha

Glenda M. Conner, Betty Brossard,   Steven Gauthier, Sr., Victor Gonzalez, Debbie Petit, & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Susan R. Hemelt, MD

Mon. Feb.13  8:00 Infant Jesus    

                                Ora Mae Smith (birthday)

Tues. Feb.14  8:00 St. Martha       

 Souls in Purgatory

Wed.  Feb.15  8:00 Infant Jesus    

 For the Military

Thurs.Feb.16 8:00St. Martha       

The Sick

Fri.     Feb. 17 8:00St. Martha    

The Military

Sat. Feb. 18  4:00        Infant Jesus

Marian Miller, Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Evelyn Manuel, Ray Vegas, Leila Benazo, Adolph, Evelyn, Michael & Tera Boudreaux

Sat. Feb. 18  5:30        St. Martha

Sandrus Baudoin, Josef Tuan Tran, Steven Gauthier, Sr. & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Barks Bubbles – N – Beauxs L.L.C

Sun. Feb. 19  8:30 St. Martha


Sun. Feb. 19 10:00 Infant Jesus

Margery Laurent, Marie Hernandez, Timmy Campbell

Sun. Feb 19 10:30 St. Martha

Betty Brossard, Debbie Petit, Victor Gonzalez, Steven Gauthier, Sr., & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Barks Bubbles – N – Beauxs L.L.C

Mon.  Feb.20 8:00       Infant Jesus  Leila Benazo   
Tues. Feb.21 8:00       St. Martha      The Sick
Wed.  Feb.22 8:00       Infant Jesus
  The Military
Thurs.Feb.23 8:00       St. Martha      
The Military
Feb.24 8:00 St. Martha     All Souls in Purgatory
Sat.  Feb. 25 4:00  Infant Jesus

                              Marian Miller, Vincent & Santa Saladino, Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Bergeron, Manuel & Durio Families, Mabel Rougeau, Evelyn & Marlin Manuel, Ray Vegas, Rita Landry

Sat.  Feb. 25 5:30        St. Martha

                             Sandrus Baudoin, Josef Tuan Tran, & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Barks Bubbles –

N – Beauxs L.L.C

Sun. Feb. 26  8:30 St. Martha                                                


Sun. Feb. 26 10:00 Infant Jesus

Timmy Campbell

Sun. Feb. 26 10:30 St. Martha

 Betty Brossard, Steven Gauthier, Sr.,    Victor Gonzalez, Debbie Petit, Roderick,  Alicia, Ariela Smalal & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Barks Bubbles –

N – Beauxs L.L.C

Mon. Feb.27  8:00 Infant Jesus    

The Sick

Tues. Feb.28  8:00 St. Martha       

 No Mass-Mardi Gras Day

Wed.  Mar. 1   8:00 Infant Jesus    

 Elaine & Walter Bartolo & Family

Thurs.Mar. 2  8:00 St. Martha       

 Al Delger

Fri.     Mar. 3  8:00 St. Martha    

Alex Vedros




A Baptismal seminar is required by church law before each Baptism. Both parents and God Parents must attend. Seminars will be held on the 1st Wednesday of each month in the Parish Office. Please contact the office at 366-1604 to register. You can attend a seminar prior to the birth of your child.


Debra Petit daughter of Betty Faucheux

Barbara Roussel sister of Kathy Dominick


Please keep the deceased in your prayers and those who morn them.




When:   First Saturday, January 7, 2017

Where:  Carmel Hall Chapel at Infant Jesus Church

Time:    9:00 a.m.


Become a prayer warrior and join the Blessed Virgin Mary in the rosary to end abortion, world peace and personal needs.


St. Martha


Week of Feb. 12   In Thanksgiving donated by Thuy Vo 



Infant Jesus


Feb. 19         10:00AM Mass     Loretta & Wardell Brignac    

Feb. 25          4:00PM Mass      Lela Matulich





St. Martha

Week of Feb. 12  Helen Murphy in Thanksgiving  




Infant Jesus


Feb.   4          4:00PM Mass    Barbara Hammer

Feb. 12          4:00PM Mass    Liz Dufrene




Parishioners on the envelope system wishing a copy of their 2016 contributions for income tax purposes should call the office at 366-1604 (St. Martha) or

368-1397 (Infant Jesus)





The Annual Christmas Luncheon for Martha’s Friends and

Associate Members was Dec. 5th. The food was fantastic. Thanks to all the chefs and bakers. Martha’s Friends serves as a welcoming committee and additional support to all parish ministries. The activities include Confirmation Celebration, Turkey Bingo, Bake Sale, and other church events. It is a great way to socialize and get involved in the parish. Anyone wishing to join Marth’s Friends, please call the office at 366-1604.



Our Father in heaven, through the powerful intercession of our Lady of Prompt Succor, spare us from all harm during this hurricane season and protect us and our homes from all disasters of nature.


Our Lady of Prompt Succor,

Hasten to help us

Food Pantry Sunday - Second Sunday Every Month

Helping Hands & Justice and Life Ministries of Infant Jesus/St. Martha Parish need the help of parishioners in serving our poor and homeless brothers and sisters.  Our food pantry (open every Wednesday and Thursday) is in need of the following items:


     Rice & Pasta

     Canned meat & tuna

     Canned soup & ravioli (w/ pull tabs)

      Pudding & peanut butter cups (single serves)

New or gently used: socks, gloves, hats, and clothing for men, women and children


We will be collecting donations the 2nd Sunday of every month beginning February 13th & 14th.  We thank you and God Bless you for your support of this important ministry in our Parish!  For more information please call the office: Infant Jesus-368-1397 or St. Martha-366-1604.






Bulletin Sponsors


May we suggest that you turn to the back page of our bulletin and check out our advertisers.  Through their generosity, our bulletin is made possible.  We would like to express our thanks to them for their ongoing support.



A note from Deacon Larry Murphy


Deacon Larry Murphy will be available at the Pastoral Office at Infant Jesus of Prague Mission on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursday of the month from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and on the 2nd and 4th Thursday from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Please schedule an appointment.  For a Saturday appointment, please contact Deacon Larry at 368-1397.




Choose Life Newspaper


One long ago day at a Washington, D.C. Prayer Breakfast, a tiny nun proclaimed these words to those in high positions of power; “if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”  On that day, Mother Teresa of Calcutta captured the essence of love—respect for all human life.

We pray for all those who have been led astray by the false promises of abortion that they may turn to the Lord for comfort.




The IRS has issued new guidelines, effective January 1, 2007 that will require parishioners who itemize deductions on their federal tax returns to have bank records or parish receipts in order to deduct their charitable church contributions.  This means parishioners who contribute cast in the collection basket each Sunday, without using a church envelope, will no longer be able to deduct those contributions because they will have neither bank records nor receipts to verify them.





Infant Jesus of Prague/St. Martha Church

Food Bank (368-1397)

2108 8th Street, Harvey

A few parishioners of Infant Jesus of Prague Church started the Food Bank over 20 years ago. Today the Food Bank serves approximately 60 bag lunches per month to homeless street people and provides groceries to approximately 160 needy families once a month who live in the church parish boundaries. Strict records are kept to insure that the truly needy are provided food. The following are required for families requesting monthly groceries: ID, proof of address, proof of income, and social security card numbers for family members. The street people are required to sign for their lunches. Bag lunches and monthly family groceries are distributed every Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30 to noon.


Cash and food donations are provided to the Food Bank by parishioners of Infant Jesus and St. Martha Parishes, and various businesses on the Westbank. Second Harvest is a major contributor to the Food Bank.


The following are ongoing needs of the Food Bank:

  • Food

  • Cash

  • Checks made payable to “Infant Jesus Helping Hands”

  • Volunteers to serve

Some items needed:

  • Rice, Sugar, Can Goods, Beans, Cereal,  Can Vegetables

  • Stuffing, Cookies, Tomato Sauce, Crackers,

  • Jell-O, Boxed Pasta, Dishes

  • Tuna Tomato Paste Boxed Rice Dishes

  • Snacks Can Soup Individual Gatorade

  • Cake Mix Potted Meat Individual Bottled Tea

  • Pasta Peanut Butter Individual Bottled Water

  • Chips Canned Fruit Potted Meat

  • Can Tomatoes, Boxed Potato Dishes, Vienna Sausage

  • Razors, Mini Shaving Cream, Mini Soap, Deodorant,

  • Shampoo and Feminine Products

Volunteers: Elaine Bartolo & Bertha Lapine

Sheena Berthelot & Martha Strauch





Heavenly Dusters (St. Martha)


What a privilege it is to clean the Lord’s house.  And that’s what we do.  We clean floors and windows, dust and vacuum, clean bathrooms and anything else that need to be cleaned.  We also take the linens home to wash and iron.  We work as a group so that no one has a heavy load.  Many hands make light work, so we are always looking for new members.


Altar Society (Infant Jesus)


We also take care of the Lord’s house, open chapel, clean church and altar, wash and prepare linens, change books in the church and chapel and set up for mass.





The Proper Way

For Receiving Holy Communion


The following guidelines are based on the norms for the reverent reception of Holy Communion at Mass contained in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal from the Holy See and in Norms for the Distribution and Reception of Holy Communion under both Kinds in the Dioceses of the United States issued by the American Bishops and confirmed by the Holy See.


How to receive Holy Communion


Stand up and step out of your pew to join in the Communion Procession.  Often an usher helps to oversee this process.


If you are not carrying a child in your arms or a hymnal or a cane in your hand, it is appropriate to join your hands in front of you in a prayerful position (traditionally over the heart) as you process forward.


Remain standing for the reception of Holy Communion.  This is the standard posture for receiving Communion in the United States.


As you approach the minister, bow your head slightly as a sign of reverence toward Our Lord in the Eucharist.  You may receive the Sacred Host either in your hand or on your tongue.  The choice is yours.  There should be nothing (gum or cough drop) in your mouth when you receive Holy Communion.


If you intend to receive the Sacred Host in your hand, extend both hands palm upwards toward the minister, placing one hand directly on top of the other.  You should do this as you approach the minister so that it is obvious to the minister that you wish to receive Communion in the hand.  Do not receive the Sacred Host in the hand by extending only one of your hands.  If you are carrying a child in your arms or a cane in your hands, you should receive the Sacred Host on the tongue.


The minister will hold the Sacred Host in front of you and say, “The Body of Christ.”  You respond by saying, “Amen”.  Do not substitute another expression for it such as “Thank you”.  The minister in saying “The Body of Christ” and “The Blood of Christ” is making a declaration of faith about the nature of the Eucharist and the Church which you as the communicant must affirm with your “Amen” before you receive.  The word Amen from Hebrew meaning “Truly”, or “Let it be so”.


The minister will then place the Host on your open palm.  Do not attempt to grab the Host from the minister with your fingers.  Once the Host has been placed in your hand, immediately consume the Host in front of the minister.  You should pick up the Host from the palm of your hand with the fingers of your other hand and reverently place the Host in your mouth.  Do not begin walking back to your pew before consuming the Host, or carry the Host with the intention of dipping it into the Precious Blood. (The Lord said, take this cup and drink from it).


If you are going to receive the Sacred Host on your tongue, keep your hands joined over your heart, bow your head slightly as a sign of reverence toward Jesus in the Eucharist.  After the minister holds the Host in front of you and says the Body of Christ and your respond Amen, tilt your head backwards and extend your tongue far enough so there is no danger of the host falling to the floor.


If you wish to receive the Precious Blood – the choice is yours – bow your head slightly as you approach the minister.  The minister will hold the chalice in front of you and say, “The Blood of Christ”, to which you respond, “Amen”.  The minister will then hand you the chalice.  Grasp the chalice firmly with both hands.  Take a small sip of the Precious Blood and hand the chalice back to the minister who will wipe its rim to prepare it for the next communicant.


After receiving Holy Communion, return reverently to your pew and either sit or kneel for your private prayers, or to make an act of thanksgiving for the gift of the Eucharist.