Feast of the Immaculate Conception
HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8th
Vigil Mass at Infant Jesus 4:00 p.m.
St. Martha and Infant Jesus
Nov. 22 (SM) Bible Study 9:30 a.m. – PO
Nov. 22 (IJ) Catholic Charismatic Westbank 7:30p.m.
Thanksgiving Day - Office Closed
Nov. 27 (SM) Church of Second Chances 6:15 p.m. PH
Nov. 28 (SM & IJ) #iGiveCatholic
Dec. 1 (SM) Adoration 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Dec. 2 (IJ) Rosary 9:00 a.m. – Carmel Hall
Dec. 3 (SM) Holiday Fair Trade Market 8:00 a.m.-noon PH
Dec. 4 (SM) Bible Study 6:00 p.m. PO
Dec. 5 (IJ) Golden Agers 2:00 p.m.
Dec. 6 (SM) Baptism Seminar 7:00 PO
Dec. 6 (SM) Bible Study 9:30 a.m. PO
Dec. 8 Feast of Immaculate Conception-Office Closed
Dec. 9, 10
(SM & IJ) Food Pantry Weekend
Dec. 11 (SM) Church of Second Chances 6:15 p.m. PH
Dec. 13 (IJ) Cath. Charismatic Renewal WB 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 19 (SM) PSR Nativity Play 6:30 p.m. PH
PO = Parish Office PH = Parish Hall
ADVENT PENANCE SERVICES
Monday, December 11th Our Lady of Prompt Succor
Tuesday, December 12th Visitation of Our Lady
Wednesday, December 13th Christ the King
ADVENT PENANCE SERVICES
Monday, December 11th Our Lady of Prompt Succor
Tuesday, December 12th Visitation of Our Lady
Wednesday, December 13th Christ the King
CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE
Regular Weekend Mass, Saturday, Dec. 23rd
Infant Jesus 4:00 p.m.
St. Martha 5:30 p.m.
Christmas Vigil, Sunday, Dec. 24th
Infant Jesus 4:00 p.m.
St. Martha 4:00 & 6:00 p.m.
Christmas Day, Monday, Dec. 25th
Infant Jesus 10:00 a.m.
St. Martha 10:30 a.m.
SAVE the DATE
Christmas Fair Trade Gift Sale
When: Sunday December 3rd, 2017
Where: St Martha Parish Hall
8:00 am - 12:00
Hosted by the Justice and LIfe Ministry
SHOP WITH A CONSCIENCE AT THE
HOLIDAY FAIR TRADE MARKET
St. Martha / Infant Jesus Justice & Life Ministry is hosting a Holiday Fair Trade Market on Sunday, December 3rd, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the St. Martha Parish Hall. Shop with a conscience for items like jewelry, gifts, housewares, Nativities, Christmas items, and more. We will also have beautiful, unique, eco-friendly apparel from Passion Lilie and Chocolate from Acalli, a fair trade craft chocolate maker right here on Westbank! All items are Fair Trade certified which means that the artisan/grower/etc., was paid a fair wage for their product. Its a great way to be in solidarity with poor communities around the world during Advent. The event is free and in the true spirit of our Parish, ALL are welcome. To volunteer or for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
ADOPT AN ANGEL
St. Martha Church & Infant Jesus of Prague Church will participate again in the Catholic Charities adopt an angel program.
ANGEL BOOK: When you choose your angel, please write your name and telephone number next to the angel’s name in our ANGEL BOOK. This helps us keep track of angel presents that have been delivered and a means to contact you if needed. Please attach the angel tag to the present! Catholic Charities can only make one combined pick up for St. Martha and Infant Jesus. Therefore, our collection time has been shorten to Sunday, December 10th.
PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION
”For We Walk by Faith, Not by Sight“ 2 Cor.5:7
Celebration of First Reconciliation
Congratulations to our Second Grade students who have received the Sacrament of First Reconciliation on November, 30th at St. Martha Church.
Gavin Santino Guerin
Clara Sandra Mall
Addisyn Layne Palmisano
Lucy Ellen Provenzano
Katalina Giovanna Whitney
PSR NATIVITY PLAY
To Celebrate this Christmas Season - Our First & Second grade students will perform in our annual Nativity Play on Tuesday, Dec. 19th at 6:30 pm.
All parents are invited to attend.
BEST ADVENT EVER
Sign up today for your best Advent ever!
WHAT IS SPIRITUAL DIRECTION?
Thursday, December 21, 2017
Archdiocesan Spirituality Center
2501 Main Ave. Metairie
To register: https://asc.arch-no.org or call
504-861-3254 Cost: $25.00 (adjustments can be made)
JUSTICE & LIFE MINISTRY
"... in prison and you visited me." - Matthew 25:36
We heard these words in the Gospel just a few weeks ago. As Catholics we can choose to tell ourselves, that we don't have to take this literally and all go out and visit people in prison. However, we are all called to discern what these words may be calling us to. If not prison ministry then what? You needn't look far - news, social media, political debates - to see that our nation is experiencing a crisis. The U.S. is home to 5% of the world's population yet we incarcerate 25% of the world's prisoners - Louisiana is the nation's leader. Even more discouraging is the 76% recidivism rate and due to our nation's focus on "punishment" rather than reconciliation and rehabilitation. Dorothy Day said, "our salvation depends on the poor." Fr. Lich in his homily on this Gospel stated, that the "least of these" who Jesus referenced, are our gateway to heaven. In the spirit of upholding the life and dignity of every human being, more information will be provided in the days ahead on this issue and we invite you to learn and pray about the crisis of mass incarceration facing our community and how it affects each and every one of us.
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
Looking to Grow Your Faith
Pray the Rosary
Attend Adoration…First Friday each month at
St. Martha 8:30 am-6:30 pm
Read the Scriptures
Attend a Retreat
Share your Faith with others
Watch Focus on WLAE TV Sundays
Listen to Catholic Radio 690AM
Watch EWTN Cox (391)
AT&T U-verse (562) DirecTV (370).
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.
WIDOWS/WIDOWERS SUPPORT GROUP
The purpose of the group is to promote the spiritual and social
welfare of all ages. They offer emotional support, provide spiritual and social welfare, and engage in many fun-filled activities. Meetings are on the first Wednesday of the month at 3:00 p.m. in Carmel Hall at Infant Jesus. If you would like to join, or need more information, please call Genevieve Harris at 361-4472.
OF HOLY COMMUNION
NEEDED FOR HEALTHCARE FACILITIES
Eucharistic Ministers interested in serving in a Hospital, Nursing Home or Assisted Living Center, there will be a training session on Wednesday, December 13th
9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.. at the Archdiocese of New Orleans, 1000 Howard Ave. 9th Floor. Space is limited.
Please call 227-3606 to register.
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 email@example.com
Registration forms are in the gathering area.
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
Nov. 19 Weekly $4,915.00 $4,246.00
Nov. 26 Weekly $3,567.00 $1,654.00
you for your continued support!
Sat. Dec. 2 4:00 Infant Jesus
Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Evelyn Manuel, Ray Vegas, Rita Landry, Gerald Causin, Frank Romano, Allain & Comeaux Families, Edward St. Romain, Chester Jones, Rodriguez & Strohmeyer Families
Sat. Dec. 2 5:30 St. Martha Josef Tuan Tran, Sandrus
Baudoin, Stephen Martin (Birthday), Robert Bauer, Jr., John Bergeron, Amy Bairnsfather, Thanks to Bodin Family, Frances Blondiau, Anton Nguyen Van Tung & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Mississippi River Bank
Sun. Dec. 3 8:30 St. Martha
Maria Ho Nu Leung, Christine Yuen-Wai Leung, Tyrell Manieri, Sr., Anna Grace, Walter Grace, Frances Fran Cooper Blondiau & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Mississippi River Bank
Sun. Dec. 3 10:00 Infant Jesus
Ruth Brasset (birthday), Sam, Rosalie, Mike & Tony Ditta, Edward, Agnes & Elizabeth Delatte Richard Delatte
Sun. Dec. 3 10:30 St. Martha Parishioners
Mon. Dec. 4 8:00 Infant Jesus Edward St. Romain
Tues. Dec. 5 8:00 St. Martha Lamberto Lasm
Wed. Dec. 6 8:00 Infant Jesus All Souls in Purgatory
Thurs.Dec. 7 9:00 St. Martha Al Delger
Fri. Dec. 8 8:00 St.
Day: Immaculate Conception
Sat. Dec. 9 4:00 Infant Jesus
Deceased Members & Spouses of the Widow’s Group, Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Evelyn Manuel, Ray Vegas, Rita Landry, Gerald Causin, Frank Romano, Allain & Comeaux Families, Chester Jones
Sat. Dec. 9 5:30 St. Martha
Josef Tuan Tran, Sandrus Baudoin, Clara Mary Faucheux (memory of birthday), Robert Bauer, Jr. John Bergeron, Amy Bairnsfather, Eloise Melancon, Thanks to Bodin Family, Frances Blondiau, Anton Nguyen Van Tung & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Fifth District Savings Bank
Sun. Dec. 10 8:30 St. Martha
Maria Ho Nu Leung, Christine Yuen-Wai Leung, Robert Aucoin, Sr. (memory of death), Tyrell Manieri, Sr. & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Fifth District Savings Bank
Sun. Dec. 10 10:00 Infant Jesus
Ruth Brasset, Brooks P. Stewart
Sun. Dec. 10 10:30 St. Martha Parishioners
Mon. Dec. 11 8:00 Infant Jesus Brooks P. Stewart
Tues. Dec. 12 8:00 St. Martha Remedios Go
Brooks P. Stewart
Wed. Dec. 13 8:00 Infant Jesus In Thanksgiving to St.
Lucy and St. Odile
Thurs.Dec. 14 8:00 St. Martha Modesto Pascual
Fri. Dec. 15 8:00 St. Martha World Peace
Sat. Dec. 16 4:00 Infant Jesus
Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Evelyn Manuel, Ray Vegas, Kent Matulich, Rita Landry, Gerald Causin, Frank Romano, Allain & Comeaux Families, Edward C. St. Romsin, Chester Jones, Anthony & Lena Peperone
Sat. Dec. 16 5:30 St. Martha
Majorie Ronquillo, Josef Tuan Tran, Sandrus Baudoin, Robert Bauer, Jr., John Bergeron, Amy Bairnsfather, Frances Blondiau, Gertrude Tablan (birthday), Thanks to Bodin Family, Anton Nguyen Van Tung, Eloise Melancon & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Fifth District Savings Bank
Sun. Dec. 17 8:30 St. Martha
Maria Ho Nu Leung, Christine Yuen-Wai Leung, & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Fifth District Savings Bank
Sun. Dec. 17 10:00 Infant Jesus
Michael Ditta, Ruth Brasset
Sun. Dec. 17 10:30 St. Martha Parishioners
Mon. Dec. 18 8:00 Infant Jesus Edward St. Romain
Tues. Dec. 19 8:00 St. Martha Fran Blondiau
Wed. Dec. 20 8:00 Infant Jesus All Souls in Purgatory
Thurs.Dec. 21 9:00 St. Martha Fran Blondiau
Fri. Dec. 22 8:00 St. Martha Helen Haber
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 Lloyd LaGrange, father of Denise Guerineau and the late Janet Gray and Frances Blondiau, niece of Lena Delger. Remember also those who mourn them.
Dec. 3 Joseph Tuan Tran donated by his parents Mr. and
and John Murphy donated
by Mary Murphy
Dec. 10 Lumetta & North Families donated by Tony and Maggie Lumetta
Dec. 10 Maria But Thi Nguyen donated by Mr. and Mrs. Thanh Nguyen
10:00 a.m. Mass Sybil & Sam Ditta
Dec. 10 4:00 a.m. Mass Genevieve Harris
Dec. 17 10:00 a.m. Mass Loretta & Wardell Brignac
The Sanctuary Light will burn in loving memory of:
Week of Nov. 26 Tyrell Manieri, Sr.
Week of Dec. 3 Maria
Week of Dec. 10 Ben & Flor Pascual
Week of Dec. 10 Widow/Widowers Group
Deceased Members and Spouses-Infant Jesus
Week of Dec. 17 Helen Haber-St. Martha
Week of Dec. 17 Anthony & Lena Peperone- Infant
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)
2017 SPONSOR BOARD
Archbishop Blenk Council #1905
Best Western Westbank
Bill Bravender – State Farm Insurance
China Doll Chinese Cuisine
Divers Supply, Inc.
Dr. Vinh Nguyen Family Dentistry
Dufrene Surveying & Engineering, Inc.
Ferdie’s Printing Service
First Bank & Trust
Judge Stephen Grefer (2nd Parish Court)
Marrero Land & Improvement Assoc., Ltd.
Ricky Templet, Councilman District 1
Roy M. Bowes – Christian Legal Society
Stepper RV Service & Detailing
TJ’s Carnival Supplies
Twin Tire Auto Care
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.
Resources Available through the
Archdiocese of New Orleans
My House Men’s Group is a confidential, Catholic 12 step program for men struggling with pornography. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-430-3060
Wives of men struggling with pornography may contact the confidential number for Pearl Ministry at 504-343-3359.
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
& 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.