THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!!!
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
St. Martha and Infant Jesus
June 2 (SM) Adoration 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
June 3 (IJ) Rosary for Life 9:00 a.m.
June 5 (SM) Justice & Life Ministry 6:45 p.m.
June 6 (IJ) Golden Agers 2:00 p.m.
June 7 (IJ) Widow’s Group 3:00 p.m.
June 8 (SM) Men’s Club Social 7:00, Mtg. 7:30
June 10 (SM) Food Pantry Weekend all masses
June 14 (IJ) Cath. Charismatic WB 7:30 p.m.
PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION
”With God, All Things are Possible “Matt. 19:26
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
St. Martha Church was honored with the presence of Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond as the celebrant for our Confirmation Mass on Wednesday evening May 24th.
Congratulations to our eighteen
Jonathan “Lawrence” Arnold
Aaron “Patrick” Ashburn
Chandler “Boethius” Boudreaux
Victoria “Cecilia” Cheung
Garrett “David” Cooper
Stephen “Anthony” Duplechain, Jr.
Logan “Patrick” Falgout
Blake “Thomas” Flood
Franco “Boethius” Funes
Jade “Dymphna” Guidry
Mary “Gabriel” Hemphill
Nyla “Christina the Astonishing” McCoy
Michael “Michael” Mouton
Matthew “Francis of Assisi” Murray
Sabrina “Mary” Nguyen
Molly “Maria Goretti” Richard
Abigail “Cecilia” Rochefort
Ariel “Francis de Sales” Salmeron
Mrs. Louise Frederick, PCL
Summer Courses for Adult Faith Formation!
Starting in June, learn more about your Catholic Faith by taking summer education classes offered by the Archdiocese on the Westbank, Eastbank and Northshore. Courses are open to those seeking basic catechist certification or anyone who would like to attend for personal formation. Each course is 10 hours and the cost is $10 per course. Course descriptions can be found on: https://nolaore.org/basic-level. Registration for classes here: https://nolaore.org/course-schedule.
For more information, I have placed flyers at the PSR alcove in the gathering area or you can call the office for more information.
St Martha is on the list for Christology which will be held on two Saturday classes – July 8 & July 15 8:30 am to 1:30 pm in the parish hall. Please think about joining us. We would love to see you there!
Like us on Facebook: St Martha Church Harvey
PSR and our ministries are trying to build on social media this summer. Please like us on Facebook and help us with our communication efforts. We are always looking for a way to reach the community and would like to start with our parishioners. Help us spread the
Word of the Lord!
Happy Mother’s Day!
First Saturday of Each Month
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.
Date: June 24th
Time: 7:00-3:00 p.m.
Location: Parish Hall
We will start collecting kitchen items, household items, toys, books, small appliances, small furniture, clean clothing, shoes, etc.
Collection Begins: May 30th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
(Monday – Friday)
at the parish hall.
No electronics please!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR
ST. LOUIS MEDALLION RECIPIENTS!
Paul and Stephanie Vlosich
EASTER FLOWER MEMORIALS
Mr. & Mrs. P.F. Alviar Leslie Labatut
Dr. Stanley Bleich O.J. Labatut
Wardell Brignac Lucy Lee
Stacy Brunell Mr. & Mrs. Steve Liss
Amania Castro Evelyn Manuel
Vivian & Leonce Cavalier Manuel Family
Edgar Chauvin Family Meyer Family
Louis Coleman Mire Family
Charles Corcoran Tony Palisi, Jr.
Doris Corcoran Mr. & Mrs. Earl Robichaux
Ditta Family Jospeh Ronquillo
Al Donovan Euclid & Theodore Roos
Dianne Durand Mabel Rougeau
Ken Durand Peter Russo
Leon Durand Homer & Santa Salsmen
Lorraine Durand Savoie Family
Durio Family Cindy Simon
Wilmer Fernandez Clarence, Leonie St. Romain
Pearl Foz Robert, Michael St. Romain
Pablo Garcia Jordan & Josh Tomblin
Barbara Hammer Mary Tomblin
Sonny Hammer Frank Tuminello
Lloyd Harris Michael Tuminello
Michael Harris William Tucker
Cornelius, Eunice Holmes Mr. & Mrs. Abel Valladere
Germaine, Beautynel Holmes Nellie & Bernerdett Veal
Ellis & Gerald Holmes Ray Vegas
Ethel Wright Jackson Volansky Family
George Labatut Alice Wattigny
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
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
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.
“Don’t Give Up chocolate For Lent”
Join Dynamic Catholic for Best Lent Ever, a FREE email program designed to help you have a life-changing Lent.
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.
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
May 7 Weekly $5,041.33 $1,465.00
May 7 Building Fund $1,540.90 $ 443.00
May 14 Weekly $5,453.75 $ 951.00
Thank you for your continued support!
Sat. May 27 4:00 Infant Jesus
Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Evelyn Manuel,
Ray Vegas, Rita Landry, Dr. Keith
Sat. May 27 5:30 St. Martha
Sandrus Baudoin, Josef Tuan Tran, Frank Macera, Jr., Robert Bauer, Jr., Aura May Javellana & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Express Car Care
Sun. May 28 8:30 St. Martha
Sun. May 28 10:00 Infant Jesus
Margery Laurent, Marie Hernandez &
Family, Edel Quinn
Sun. May 28 10:30 St. Martha
Alonzo Christopher Charlot, Victor
Gonzalez, Steven Gauthier, Sr., James
Martin, Stephen Martin, Debbie Petit,
Wallace Faucheux (birthday), & Our
Bulletin Sponsor: Express Car Care
Mon. May 29 8:00 Infant Jesus The Sick
Tues. May 30 8:00 St. Martha The Military
Wed. May 31 8:00 Infant Jesus All Souls in Purgatory
Thurs.June 1 8:00 St. Martha Al Delger
Fri. June 2 8:00 St. Martha Annette Powell
Sat. June 3 4:00 Infant Jesus
Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Vincent &
Santa Saladino, Evelyn Manuel, Ray
Vegas, Rita Landry, Gerald Causin
Sat. June 3 5:30 St. Martha
Sandrus Baudoin, Josef Tuan Tran,
Clovis K. Orgeron, Robert Bauer, Jr.,
Frank Macera, Jr., & Our Bulletin
Sponsor: Express Car Care
Sun. June 4 8:30 St. Martha
Sun. June 4 10:00 Infant Jesus
Cleveland Samuel Banquer,
Sun. June 4 10:30 St. Martha
Steven Gauthier, Sr., Victor Gonzalez,
Debbie Petit, James Martin, Stephen
Martin, & Our Bulletin Sponsor:
Express Car Care
Mon. June 5 8:00 Infant Jesus Marjorie Ronquillo
Tues. June 6 8:00 St. Martha Lois Saunders
Wed. June 7 8:00 Infant Jesus All Souls in Purgatory
Thurs.June 8 8:00 St. Martha Kylie Dupaquier
Fri. June 9 8:00 St. Martha The Military
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 Mary Karidof and Edith Green. Remember also those who mourn them.
Week of May 28th the flowers were donated in memory of Joseph Tuan Tran by Mr. and Mrs. Tran. Week of June 4th the flowers were donated in honor of Gavin Gauthier’s Baptism by the Gauthier Family.
May 28 10:00AM Mass Loretta & Wardell Brignac
June 3 4:00PM Mass Liz Dufrene
Week of June 4th the Sanctuary Light will burn in memory of Marjorie Ronquillo
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
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.
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.