LENTEN WEEKLY MASS SCHEDULE
Monday 8:00 a.m. Infant Jesus
Tuesday 8:00 a.m. St. Martha
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. Infant Jesus
Thursday 8:00 a.m. St. Martha
Friday 8:00 a.m. St. Martha
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
All Fridays in Lent
Infant Jesus of Prague 5:30 p.m.
St. Martha 6:00 p.m.
ST. MARTHA MINISTRY SCHEDULE STATIONS OF THE CROSS
March 16 Justice & Life Ministry
March 23 PSR Catechists
March 30 Choir
THE LENTEN SEASON
A distinction is to be made between Lent and the Easter Triduum. Strictly speaking, Lent ends with the beginning of the Triduum on Holy Thursday. The Ordo notes:
“Lent runs from Ash Wednesday until the Mass of the Lord’s Supper exclusive on Holy Thursday.
BOY SCOUT SUNDAY
Come fellowship with our scouts and enjoy donuts in the parish hall on Sunday, March 11th after the 8:30 a.m. Mass
Father Lich will hear confessions on
the following Wednesdays:
March 21st St. Martha Church 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
WESTBANK DEANERY PENANCE SERVICES
All services begin at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 21st Christ the King
Trust that He deeply loves you. Trust that He has a plan for you. Trust that He is always with you. Trust that His mercy is far greater than any sin.
Accept His love.
Accept His love that led Him to the Cross. Accept His love that went through immense suffering so that He wouldn’t have to live without you. Accept His love from His Sacred Heart that beats for you.Turn away from sin. Make a commitment today to continue to hold fast to your Lenten resolutions. Make a commitment to continue to seek Him even when it’s hard and when life is busy.
Please note the new time for Adoration the First Friday of every month is 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
Holy Thursday, March 29th
Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7:00 p.m.
(St. Martha Only)
Good Friday, March 30th
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion 3:00 p.m.
(St. Martha Only)
Way of the Cross 6:00 p.m.
(St. Martha Only)
Holy Saturday, March 31st
Easter Vigil 7:30 p.m.
(St. Martha Only)
GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
The Archdiocese Golden Wedding Anniversary celebration will take place:
Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.
St. Philip Neri Church in Metairie
This celebration will not be a Mass, but a prayer service.
You may pick up a registration form in the gathering area at church or at the church office.
Please return registration form to the office by Feb. 28th
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
St. Martha and Infant Jesus
Novena and Chaplet of Divine Mercy begins on Good Friday, March 31st, and ends on Saturday, April 7th. Copies of the Divine Mercy Novena and Chaplet can be found in Church. Please take one with you. During these 9 days, please bring the Novena pamphlet with you when you attend Mass. If you are unable to attend daily Mass, the Novena and Chaplet may be said at home.
Divine Mercy Celebration
Infant Jesus will have their Divine Mercy Celebration on Sunday, April 8th. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will begin at 9:00 a.m. followed by the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and veneration of the Divine Mercy image and first class relic of St. Faustina. Mass will begin at 10:00 a.m. There will be fellowship and coffee and donuts in Carmel Hall following Mass.
2018 CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC
March 16-18 Copeland Tower Suites and Conference Center in Metairie. More info: CCRNO 504-828-1368 or www.ccrno.org
St. Martha and Infant Jesus
Mar. 16 (IJ & SM) Stations of the Cross 5:30 and 6:00pm
Mar. 18 (SM) First Eucharist Retreat 2-4 p.m. (PO)
Mar. 19 (SM) Bible Study 6:00 p.m. (PO)
Mar. 21 (SM) Bible Study 9:30 a.m. (PO)
Mar. 21 (SM) Confessions 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Mar. 23 (IJ & SM) Stations of the Cross 5:30 and 6:00p.m.
Mar. 24 (SM) Confirmation Class 9:00a.m.-2:00pm (PH)
Mar. 28 (IJ) Cath. Charismatic Renewal WB 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 29 (SM) Holy Thursday Service 7:00 p.m.
Mar. 30 (IJ & SM) Good Friday – Office Closed
Mar. 30 (SM) Passion of Our Lord 3:00 p.m.
Mar. 30 (IJ & SM) Stations of the Cross 5:30 and 6:00pm
Mar. 31 (SM) Easter Vigil 7:30 p.m.
PO = Parish Office PH = Parish Hall
BEST LENT EVER
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Parishioners on the envelope system wishing a copy of their 2017 envelope contributions for income tax purposes should call the Parish Office (St. Martha 366-1604) or (Infant Jesus 368-1397).
Please use the envelope system if you need a financial statement for income tax purposes.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO ADVERTISE
IN OUR CHURCH BULLETIN?
Please contact Ray Kelly at 504-338-3058
for information to advertise your business or for a memorial ad for a loved one.
PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION
”For We Walk by Faith, Not by Sight“ 2 Cor.5:7
Lenten Season & Reflection of the Life of Jesus
PSR begins our Lenten journey by joining our parish with almsgiving through the CRS rice bowl program. Our Lenten prayer to deepen our students’ relationship with Christ will be the Act of Contrition said at prayer time during assembly. PSR ask for your special prayers for our second grade students as they study to receive the Sacrament of First Eucharist and for our older student group which is focusing on their studies to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Eucharist.
PSR will also be collecting carnival beads for St. Michael Special School.
When: First Saturday of each month
April 7th, 2018
Where: Carmel Hall Chapel at Infant Jesus Church
Time: 9:00 a.m. Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet
Become a prayer warrior and join the Blessed Virgin Mary in the rosary to end abortion, world peace and personal needs.
Honor Mother Mary’s Rosary on the first Saturday of each month to receive Her Abundant Graces.
Anyone interested in helping dust the church, please join us. We meet every First Monday of the month at 10:00 a.m.
2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR
Without a school in St. Martha & Infant Jesus 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 children.
In order to qualify and obtain a voucher, you must be an active and supporting parishioner (by the envelope system) of St. Martha or Infant Jesus for at least one year with a minimum donation of $365 for one child and $700 for two or more children for 2017.
St. Martha Parish pays a support fee of $350 per child to the Archdiocese for each voucher given.
To apply for a school voucher, please contact the office at 366-1604 between 8:30 and 3:30.
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Parent’s Name: _________________________________
Phone #: ______________________________________
Envelope #: _________
Child’s Name: __________________________________
School Attending: _______________________________
Child’s Name: __________________________________
School Attending: _______________________________
ALTAR FLOWERS, MASSES AND
The calendar for Masses, Sanctuary Light and Altar Flowers is now open for the year 2018. If you wish to reserve your special dates in memory of a deceased loved one or celebrate an important date in your life, please call the parish office at 366-1604.
Masses $ 5.00
Sanctuary Light $10.00
FOOD PANTRY SUNDAY
Sunday of the month is FOOD PANTRY SUNDAY, helping the
homeless and low income families
and/or individuals. These donations offset purchases
made by our parish from
Second Harvest. Donations can be brought to St.
Martha/Infant Jesus churches
anytime, but we offer the Second Sunday of each month
in remembrance of those
who are less fortunate through our donations and
The items that we need are (and not limited to):
Breakfast Food: oatmeal, grits, cereal
Mac & Cheese, spaghetti, rice
Bottled Water, gatorade
Canned Meats: canned tuna, beef stew, chili, soups, spaghettios
Individual cans of potted meat, vienna sausage,
cheese & crackers
Frozen meat or Refrigerated items can be brought to
Office Mon.-Fri. from 8 am to 11:30 am
PLEASE NOTE NO CANNED VEGETABLES ARE NEEDED.
Future Dates Are: March 10th & 11th, Apr. 7th & 8th,
May 12th & 13th ,
+Prayer For The Poor By Mother Theresa+
Make us worthy, Lord, to serve those people throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger.
Give them through our hands, this day, their daily bread, and by our understanding love, give them peace and Joy. Amen
JUSTICE & LIFE NEWS
No One is Disposable
Pope Francis has frequently denounced a “throwaway culture” that ruthlessly discards human beings not considered useful in a modern society where everything and everyone is considering disposable.
By channeling so many of our troubled youth and adults into the criminal justice system, the message has become: “They’re not worth saving. They are disposable.” Because life is sacred and every human being is endowed with an inalienable dignity, society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes.
When determining the fate of young offenders, decision makers at all levels of our criminal justice system, as well as the voters who put decision makers into office, would be wise to consider the words of Pope Francis: “We must never allow the throwaway culture to enter our hearts, because we are all brothers and sister. No one is disposable.” (Taken from JSRI Teach-in on Criminal Justice Reform)
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.
Celebrating 300 Years of Catholicism
in New Orleans
Tricentennial Interfaith Prayer Service
Tuesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. St. Louis Cathedral
Tricentennial Lecture Series
Feb. 28, Sept. 7, Oct. 3
Learn more at nolacatholic.org
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
Feb. 18 Weekly $4,409.00 $2,101.00
Feb. 25 Weekly $6,575.00 $1,479.00
Mar. 4 Weekly $7,416.00 $2,802.00
Thank you for your support!
Thurs. Mar. 15 8:00 St. Martha Debbie Petit (birthday)
Fri. Mar. 16 8:00 St. Martha For the Holy Souls in Purgatory
Sat. Mar. 17 4:00 Infant Jesus
Ray Vegas, Evelyn Manuel, Amy Bairnsfather, Rita Landry, Josie & Bill Peperone, Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Junior Edgar Chauvin, Josephine McKenzie, Vincent & Santa Saladino
Sat. Mar. 17 5:30 St. Martha
Robert Bauer, Jr., John Bergeron, Anton Nguyen Van Tung, Sandrus Baudoin, Mary Martin, Josef Tuan Tran, Lorenza Dominguez Manabat, Stephen Joseph Warino, Joseph Vu Van Dan, Ana Van Thi Man, Anthony Nguyen Van Tinh, Ana Nguyen Thi May, Marie Hoang Dan Phuong, Our Bulletin Sponsor: Westbank Religious Supply House
Sun. Mar. 18 8:30 St. Martha
Sun. Mar. 18 10:00 Infant Jesus
Michael Ditta, Hernandez Family, Beverly Delatte
Sun. Mar. 18 10:30 St. Martha
Arthur Knatt,Jr. (memory of birthday)
Maria Ho Nui Leung, Christine Yuen Wai-Leung, Roland Lucas, Jr., Wallace Faucheux (anniversary of death), Lorenza Dominguez Manabat, Donna Ruiz, & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Westbank Religious Supply House
Mon. Mar. 19 8:00 Infant Jesus For the Sick
Tues. Mar. 20 8:00 St. Martha The Military
Wed. Mar. 21 8:00 Infant Jesu The Holy Souls in Purgatory
Thurs.Mar.22 8:00 St. Martha Tony Palisi, Jr. (birthday)
Fri. Mar. 23 8:00 St. Martha Lorenza Dominguez Manabat
Sat. Mar. 24 4:00 Infant Jesus
Ray Vegas, Evelyn Manuel, Dr. Keith Peperone, Vincent & Santa Saladino, Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Gerald & Theresa Causin,
Rita Landry, Josephine McKenzie
Sat. Mar. 24 5:30 St. Martha
Robert Bauer, Jr., John Bergeron, Anton
Nguyen Van Tung, Sandrus Baudoin, Mary Martin, Joseph Tuan Tran, Victor Gonzalez, Jr., Lorenza Dominguez Manabat, Mike Benavidez, Sr., Stephen Joseph Warino, Joseph Vu Van Dam, Ana Van Thi Man, Anthony Nguyen Van Thinh, Ana Nguyen Thi May & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Westbank Religious Supply House, Inc.
Sun. Mar. 25 8:30 St. Martha
Sun. Mar. 25 10:00 Infant Jesus
Walter and Elaine Bartolo & Family,
Sun. Mar. 25 10:30 St. Martha
Alex Vedros (memory of birthday)
Maria Ho Nui Leung, Christine Yuen-Wai Leung, Roland Lucas, Jr., Donna Ruiz, &
Our Bulletin Sponsor: Westbank Religious Supply House
Mon. Mar. 26 8:00 Infant Jesus For the Sick
Tues. Mar. 27 8:00 St. Martha Robert Bauer, Jr. (mem of death)
Wed. Mar. 28 8:00 Infant Jesus For the Holy Souls in Purgatory
Thurs. Mar. 29 8:00 St. Martha Helen Hunt
Fri. Mar. 30 8:00 St. Martha End to Human Trafficking
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.
your masses and prayers, please remember Mike
Benavidez, Sr. of St. Martha Parish husband of Lety
Please remember also those who mourn him.
The flowers for the week of March 18th have been donated in memory of Michael Ditta.
Mar. 17 4:00 p.m. Mass Barbara Hammer
Mar. 25 10:00 a.m. Mass Sybil & Sam Ditta
The Sanctuary Light will burn the week of
Mar. 18 in memory of Michael Ditta and the week of
Mar. 25 in memory of Anthony & Lena Peperone
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.