VOCATION WEEKEND FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE AGE MEN
Come and See Vocation Discernment Weekend for high school juniors and seniors, and college-age men will be held April 7-9, 2017 at St. Joseph Seminary College, Covington, Louisiana. This is an opportunity for men who are interested in the priesthood and who would like to find out more about seminary life. There is no cost for the weekend, but availability is limited on a first come, first served basis.
For more information or toregister, call the
Archdiocesan Vocation Office at 504-861-6298 or
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
Holy Thursday, April 13th
Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7:00 p.m.
(St. Martha Only)
Good Friday, April 14th
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion 3:00 p.m.
(St. Martha Only)
Way of the Cross 6:30 p.m.
(St. Martha Only)
Holy Saturday, April 15th
Easter Vigil 7:30 p.m.
(St. Martha Only)
Easter Sunday, April 16th
St. Martha 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.
Infant Jesus of Prague 10:00 a.m.
FASTING & ABSTINENCE
Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59. Those who are bound to fast may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to each one’s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics 14 years or older on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and on all Fridays of Lent. The determination of certain days as obligatory days of penance should not be understood as limiting the occasions for Christian penance.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR
ST. LOUIS MEDALLION RECIPIENTS!
Paul and Stephanie Vlosich
LENTEN WEEKDAY MASS SCHEDULE
Monday 8:00AM Infant Jesus
Tuesday 8:00AM St. Martha
Wednesday 8:00AM Infant Jesus
Thursday 8:00AM St. Martha
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
ALL FRIDAYS IN LENT
5:30PM Infant Jesus of Prague Mission
6:30PM St. Martha Church
ST. MARTHA MINISTRY SCHEDULE FOR
WAY OF THE CROSS
April 14 Music Ministry
DIVINE MERCY CELEBRATION
St. Martha Church
Sunday, April 23rd
Divine Mercy Chaplet, before 10:30 a.m. mass.
Infant Jesus Church
Sunday, April 23rd
9:00 a.m. – Recitation of the Holy Rosary followed by the Chaplet and veneration of the Divine Mercy image and the first class relic of St. Faustina.
Mass at 10:00 a.m. – Mass offered by
Servants of Praise Choir honor guards by
T.J. Larkin Assembly 4th Degree Knights of Columbus.
Mass will be followed by fellowship and refreshments in Carmel Hall.
ALL ARE WELCOME
SEELOS HEALING MASS
Celebrate the Healing Sacraments of
Penance & Anointing
Sunday, April 23rd at 1:00 p.m.
National Shrine/St. Mary’s Assumption Church
919 Josephine St.
(Corner of Josephine & Constance St.)
For More Information:
DYNAMIC CATHOLIC BOOKS
If you have any Dynamic Catholic Books that you have read and have no one to pass them on to, please bring them to the office and we will share them.
NEED HELP OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS SUFFERING FROM ADDICTION, ABUSE OR CONTEMPLATING ABORTION
THERE IS HOPE AND HELP!
Abortion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 504-831-3117
Alcohol or Drug Addiction. . . . . 985-640-4804
Human Trafficking Hotline. . . .1-888-373-7888
GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
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.
THE PONTIFICAL GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION
Pope Francis has asked our parish to support this collection, which helps Christians in the Holy Land. Through this collection, you stand in solidarity with the Church in the Holy Land as a witness of peace, supporting Catholics there in parishes and schools, maintaining Christian shrines and caring for refugees in the Holy Land.
ALTAR FLOWERS AND SANCTUARY LIGHT
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.
CARRYING GIFTS TO THE ALTAR
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.
WIDOW’S/WIDOWERS SUPPORT GROUP
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.
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS OF
HOLY COMMUNION NEEDED
There is a need for Eucharistic Ministers at the 10:30AM Mass. If you are interested, please contact the office at
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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CATHOLIC YOUTH GROUP (CYO)
New registration for 2016-17 is open. Ages 13-18 are welcome. Please contact Mrs. Kim at
504-421-6602 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration forms are in the gathering area.
PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION
”With God, All Things are Possible “Matt. 19:26
April Theme: Holy Week, Triduum & First Eucharist
Please congratulate the following students for receiving the Sacrament of Baptism on Saturday, April 15, during our Easter Vigil Mass:
Marcoantonio Rubio Gonzalez
Please congratulate the following students for receiving the Sacrament of First Eucharist on Saturday, April 15, during our Easter Vigil Mass:
Sergio Martinez Jr.
The students of Parish School of Religion wishes Father Lich a Holy Easter Season and a Very Happy Birthday!
We love you!
Mrs. Louise Frederick, PCL
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
Confirmation date is Wednesday, May 24, 2017.
Children’s Liturgy Grades Kindergarten thru 2nd gradeReligious 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
Mar. 26 Weekly $4,379.75 $1,561.75
Mar. 26 Catholic Relief $1,006.87 $ 308.65
Apr. 2 Weekly $6,685.00 $2,785.54
Apr. 2 Building Fund $1,671.00 $ 165.00
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.
Sat. Apr. 8 4:00 Infant Jesus
Deceased Members & Spouses of the Widow’s Group, Marian Miller, Vincent & Santa Saladino, Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Ray Vegas, Rita Landry, Wardell Brignac, Loretta Rogers,
Msgr. John Tomasovich
Sat. Apr. 8 5:30 St. Martha
Sandrus Baudoin, Josef Tuan Tran, Barbara Roussel, Harold & Rosie Clark, All Souls in Purgatory & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Best Western Plus,
Dawn & Linda Boteler, Parishioners
Sun. Apr. 9 8:30 St. Martha
Sun. Apr. 9 10:00 Infant Jesus
Sun. Apr. 9 10:30 St. Martha
Steven Gauthier, Sr., Victor Gonzalez, Debbie Petit, & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Best Western Plus, Dawn & Linda Boteler, Parishioners
Mon. Apr. 10 8:00 Infant Jesus The Sick
Tues. Apr. 11 8:00 St. Martha The Military
Wed. Apr. 12 8:00 Infant Jesus The Military
Thurs.Apr. 13 8:00 St. Martha All Souls in Purgatory
14 8:00 St. Martha All Souls in
Sat. Apr. 15 4:00 Infant Jesus
Msgr, John Tomasovich, Marian Miller, Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Evelyn, Victoria, Mary & Preston Manuel, Ray Vegas, Rita Landry, Josie & Bill Peperone, Wardell Brignac
Sat. Apr. 15 5:30 St. Martha
Sandrus Baudoin, Josef Tuan Tran, Barbara Roussel, Kerner Bergeron, Sr., Debbie Petit, Robert Bauier, Jr. & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Schnell’s Restaurant & Bar
Sun. Apr. 16 8:30 St. Martha
Sun. Apr. 16 10:00 Infant Jesus
Margery Laurent, Tony Palisi, Jr., Paula Hymel Taravella, Anthony & Lena Peperone, Elaine & Walter Bartolo & Family, Wardell Brignac, Timmy Campbell
Sun. Apr. 16 10:30 St. Martha
Victor Gonzalez, Steven Gauthier, Sr., William T. Stephens, Jr., Doris Sevin, James Martin, Stephen Martin, Elise Josephine Catherine Coll (anniversary of death 4/11), All Souls in Purgatory, Thanksgiving for Winston Lawrence, Lincoln Simmons, Nigel Cyrus, Allyson Lawrence & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Schnell’s Restaurant & Bar
Mon. Apr.17 8:00 Infant Jesus The Sick
Tues. Apr.18 8:00 St. Martha The Sick
Wed. Apr.19 8:00 Infant Jesus The Military
Thurs.Apr.20 8:00 St. Martha The Military
Fri. Apr.21 8:00 St. Martha All Souls in Purgatory
Sat. Apr.22 4:00 Infant Jesus
Marian Miller, Vincent & Santa Saladino, Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Evelyn Manuel, Ray Vegas, Rita Landry, Adolph, Evelyn, Michael & Tera Boudreaux, Dianne Bertucci
Sat. Apr.22 5:30 St. Martha
Sandrus Baudoin, Josef Tuan Tran, Barbara Roussel, Frank St. Pe’, Hymel Family, Clovis K. Orgeron, Frank Macera, Jr., Robert Bauer, Jr., All Souls in Purgatory, All Souls in Purgatory & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Schnell’s Restaurant & Bar
Sun. Apr. 23 8:30 St. Martha
Sun. Apr. 23 10:00 Infant Jesus
Tony Palisi, Jr., Marie Hernandez & Family, Michael Ditta, Louis Coleman
Sun. Apr. 23 10:30 St. Martha
Steven Gauthier, Sr., Victor Gonzalez, Debbie Petit, Robert Bauer, Jr., James Martin, Stephen Martin, & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Schnell’s Restaurant & Bar
Mon. Apr. 24 8:00 Infant Jesus The Sick
Tues. Apr. 25 8:00 St. Martha John C. Werner
Wed. Apr. 26 8:00 Infant Jesus The Military
Thurs.Apr. 27 8:00 St. Martha All Souls in Purgatory
Fri. Apr. 28 8:00 St. Martha Alex Michael Vedros
All Souls in Purgatory
BAPTISMS AND BAPTISMAL SEMINARS
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.
In your masses and prayers, please remember the following of St. Martha Parish, Robert Bauer, Jr. husband of Myrna Bauer, Frank Macera, Jr. father of Patricia Rudolph and great grandfather of Brandon Comeaux, and Randy Richard son of Susan Richard and the late Doug Richard, and of Infant Jesus Parish, Margaret LaBella wife of Sal LaBella. Remember also those who mourn them.
Week of April 2nd the flowers were donated in memory of Evelyn Manuel (birthday April 3rd) by Rita “Pepper” Scheffler
April 9 4:00PM Mass Marlin Manuel
April 16 10:00AM Mass Estelle and Ed Hymel
April 22 4:00PM Mass Genevieve Harris
Week of April 23rd the Sanctuary Light will burn this week in memory of Tony Palisi, Jr.
Week of April 23rd the Sanctuary Light will burn this week for Giacobe Nguyen Van Thi.
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.
PRAYER FOR HURRICANE SEASON
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
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.
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.
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.
IRS CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS RULING
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:
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.