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Feast of the Immaculate Conception



Vigil Mass at Infant Jesus 4:00 p.m.

Feast Day Mass at St. Martha 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 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.

Nov. 23 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


7:00 p.m.


    Monday, December 11th   Our Lady of Prompt Succor

    Tuesday, December 12th    Visitation of Our Lady

    Wednesday, December 13th   Christ the King


7:00 p.m.


Monday, December 11th Our Lady of Prompt Succor

Tuesday, December 12th Visitation of Our Lady

Wednesday, December 13th Christ the King





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.




What:    Christmas Fair Trade Gift Sale
When:     Sunday December 3rd, 2017

Where:    St Martha Parish Hall

Time:       8:00 am - 12:00

 Hosted by the Justice and LIfe Ministry



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


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.

All angel presents can be delivered to the church before Mass or at the church office where your angel was adopted. All presents must be in by  Sunday, December 10th. 


Thank You and Merry Christmas!


 ”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



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.



Sign up today for your best Advent ever!



Thursday, December 21, 2017

7:00-9:00 p.m.

Archdiocesan Spirituality Center

2501 Main Ave. Metairie


To register: or call

504-861-3254 Cost: $25.00 (adjustments can be made)



"... 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. 



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.





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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)

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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.


Infant Jesus


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.





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.




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.



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


   Thank you for your continued support!



Mississippi River Bank






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. Martha     Holy 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




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.

St. Martha


Dec. 3     Joseph Tuan Tran donated by his parents Mr. and

     Mrs. Thai Tran 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



Infant Jesus


   Dec.  3   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



St. Martha


The Sanctuary Light will burn in loving memory of:

   Week of Nov. 26   Tyrell Manieri, Sr.

   Week of  Dec.  3    Maria Tran-Thi De

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)







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

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.





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: or 504-430-3060


Wives of men struggling with pornography may contact the confidential number for Pearl Ministry at 504-343-3359.




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

& 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.