Friends of St. Martha Church & Infant Jesus of Prague Mission are in need of men, women and teens in our parish to join in our group, guided by the Holy Spirit to share your time, talent and spirit in building our community and serving the needs of our parish. There are numerous ways to help and groups to join. Think and pray about your gifts and where God is calling you to serve!
Our ministries include, but are not limited to…
Helping Hands Food Panty Wednesdays and Thursdays at Infant Jesus - sort groceries, prepare bags and distribute food
Telephone Committee/Office Volunteer
Confirmation Preparation Catechists (January – May)
Confirmation Night – May 24th
St. Martha’s Garage Sale – June 16th
sorting and organizing items during collection dates of June 1-June 14, help with sales and bagging items the day of the sale
St. Martha’s Feast Day – July 28th - bring a dish and join us for food, fun and fellowship
Children’s Liturgy Catechists (September – May)
during 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. mass
Parish School of Religion Catechist (September - May)
Trick or Trunk (October)
Turkey Bingo (November)
Angel Tree (December)
Other Ministries include: Ushers, Lectors, Choir, Altar Servers, and Decorating Committee
Please consider volunteering in some way in our parish. Please call St. Martha 366-1604 or Infant Jesus 369-1397 or stop by the office.
The Risen Christ Comes to
Strengthen and Encourage us
The Archdiocese of New Orleans Retreat Center invites you to join the retreat entitled “The Risen Christ Comes to Strengthen and Encourage Us” May 28-30, 2018, presenter Rev. Richard Buhler, S.J. In this retreat Fr. Buhler will lead us to explore questions like “Where do I need the risen Savior in my life? How can I bring Jesus’ encouragement to others?” For more information, call 887-1420
Please note the new time for Adoration the First Friday of every month is 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
A Ministry to Catholic Women
Come enjoy breakfast and
Guest Speaker: Kitty Cleveland
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018
Time: 9:00 am – Noon
Place: Café Hope at Timberlane Country Club
On sale April 2nd thru May 7th 2018
NO TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR
Westbank Religious Supply 341-6558, Mary’s Helpers 348-7729
Lauren McGinnis 263-2474, Dee Caskey 884-8672
SATURDAY, JUNE 16th
7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Items we can accept: shoes, purses, clean clothes, household items, kitchen items, knick knacks, jewelry, artificial flowers, linen, toys, bicycles, wagons, small working appliances, miscellaneous items, reading books only
Items we cannot accept: car seats, computers, monitors, printers, furniture, yearbooks, photo albums, projection tv’s, large old style tv’s
Collection dates: June 1 – June 14 noon – 6:00 p.m.
and Saturday, June 9th 9:00 a.m. to noon (Parish Hall)
We cannot take any items earlier than June 1st, as we do not have a place to store them.
We are also in need of plastic grocery bags, large brown paper bags, newspaper, clothes hangers and boxes of all sizes. Of course, we are also in need of volunteers to work (men and women).
Anyone wishing to help or donate items, please call:
2018 NEW ORLEANS WINE:
CATHOLIC WOMEN’S CONFERENCE
Join women from the greater New Orleans area and across the country for the Archdiocese of New Orleans second WINE: a Catholic Women’s Conference hosted by WINE: Women in the New Evangelization. Dynamic Catholic speakers, ValLimar Jansen and Renee Bondi will inspire you and musician, Lorraine Hess will rejuvenate your spirit. The day will include time for Mass celebrated by Archbishop Aymond, Confession, prayer, rest, socializing, and shopping. Saturday, June 9, 2018 at St. Angela Merici Catholic Church in Metairie. Special group rate available, so bring your friends! For more info and to register, visit wineconference.org. The early bird special $55 ends on May 9th, and because space is limited, register early!
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
St. Martha and Infant Jesus
May 13 Mother’s Day
May 14 (SM) Bible Study 6:00 p.m. (PO)
May 16 (SM) Bible Study 9:30 a.m. (PO)
May 21 (SM) Bible Study 6:00 p.m. (PO)
May 22 (SM) Confirmation Rehearsal
May 23 (IJ) Cath. Charismatic Renewal WB 7:30 p.m.
May 24 (SM) Confirmation
May 26, 27 (SM & IJ) Mission Appeal
May 28 (SM & IJ) Memorial Day-Office Closed
PO = Parish Office PH = Parish Hall
FIRST FRIDAY ADORATION
We invite you to come spend time with the Lord in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every first Friday
of the month. You will be amazed at the blessings and graces you will receive. The chapel is open from
8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
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
A special farewell to Jade Guidry who is leaving for college and will be missed by all of the catechists and students. Jade started as a student at St. Martha celebrating Communion in second grade and with PSR through Confirmation in 11th grade. She has also been a cherished high-school volunteer. We all wish her the best and will be praying for her as she begins her college years with the hope that she may return and be a PSR catechist sometime in the future. Good Luck Jade and Study Hard, and Remember Jesus is with you --even in college. OOXXOO
As we look towards summer vacation, Father Lich treated our committed, prayerful and loving students and teachers to flavored snowballs as we bid farewell to our student body until August of our next school year.
Eighth grade graduates who are attending public or private high school, your next step will be to attend Westbank High School of Religion (WBHSR) to begin your preparation to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. And, of course, I look forward to seeing the rest of you and some new faces at PSR in August!!
Remember students: “We Must Walk by Faith, Not by Sight”
2 Cor 5:7
HAVE A SAFE, GREAT, LONG, AND BLESSED
Mrs. Louise Frederick, PCL
Anyone interested in helping dust the church, please join us. We meet every First Monday of the month at 10:00 a.m.
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 needare (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
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 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 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
Apr. 22 Weekly $4,556.00 $1,396.00
Apr. 29 Weekly $5,154.00 $2,130.00
Thank you for supporting our parish!
Sat. May 12 4:00 Infant Jesus
Ray Vegas, Evelyn, Victoria & Mary Manuel, Josie & Bill Peperone, Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Gerald & Theresa Causin, Vincent & Santa Saladino, Frank S. Romano, Sr., Claris Danos, Margaret Murry, Genevieve Harris
Sat. May 12 5:30 St. Martha
Robert Bauer, Jr., John Bergeron, Sandrus Baudoin, Mary Martin, Anton Nguyen Van Tung, Josef Tuan Tran, Harold & Rosie Clark, Lorenza Dominguez Manabat, Aura May Javellana, Deacon Wilfred Robichaux, Elton Oubre, Sr. Mike Benavidez, In Thanksgiving & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Pho Bang Restaurant
Sun. May 13 8:30 St. Martha
Al Delger, Mary Martin, Mariela Gonzalez, Mildred Reilly, Teresa Johnson, Betty Dufrene & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Pho Bang Restaurant
Sun. May 13 10:00 Infant Jesus
Anthony & Lena Peperone, Rita Rebecca “Pepper” Scheffler (her birthday), Marie Hernandez, Walter and Elaine Bartolo & Family, Hattie Matherne, Robert, Marie & Beverly Delatte, Vincent & Santa Saladino, Edward, Agnes & Elizabeth Delatte, Sam, Rosalie, Tony & Mike Ditta
Sun. May 13 10:30 St. Martha
Mon. May 14 8:00 Infant Jesus For the Sick
Tues May 15 8:00 St. Martha Lorenza Dominguez Manabat
Wed. May 16 8:00 Infant Jesus Bob Fowler (death anniversary)
Thurs May 17 8:00 St. Martha Mary Martin
Fri. May 18 8:00 St. Martha World Peace
Sat. May 19 4:00 Infant Jesus
Anthony & Lena Peperone, Ray Vegas, Evelyn, Linus, Mary & Preston Manuel, Terrill James Manuel (birthday), Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Rita Landry, Vincent & Santa Saladino, Frank S. Romano, Sr., Claris Danos, Margaret Murry, Genevieve Harris
Sat. May 19 5:30 St. Martha
Robert Bauer, Jr., John Bergeron, Sandrus Baudoin, Mary Martin, Anton Nguyen Van Tung, Joseph Tuan Tran, Lorenza Dominguez Manabat, Betty Dufrene, Aura May Javellana, Deacon Wilfred Robichaux, Artemio Javellana, Maria Cordes, Mike Benavidez & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Pho Bang Restaurant
Sun. May 20 8:30 St. Martha
Lorenza Dominguez Manabat, Betty Dufrene, & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Pho Bang Restaurant
Sun. May 20 10:00 Infant Jesus
Robert, Marie, Beverly Delatte,
Sun. May 20 10:30 St. Martha
Mon. May 21 8:00 Infant Jesus For the Sick
Tues. May 22 8:00 St. Martha Our Military
Wed. May 23 8:00 Infant Jesus For the Holy Souls in Purgatory
Thurs. May 24 8:00 St. Martha Lorenza Dominguez Manabat
Fri. May 25 8:00 St. Martha Mary Martin
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
Baylee Marie Doughty daughter of Stacy Siemssen and Byron Doughty, Sr., granddaughter of Brian & Lori Siemssen,
Joseph Jambon father of Glen Jambon,
Patrice Bulger wife of Lyle Bulger.
Remember also those who mourn them.
Week of May 13 the flowers on the altar were donated by the Danos Family in memory of Claris Danos
Week of April 29 the flowers by the Blessed Mother statute were donated by the Rosalie Fisher in memory of Victor Fisher. Week of May 13 the flowers by the Blessed Mother statute were donated by Tony & Maggie Lumetta in memory of Caroline North and Marie Lumetta. Week of May 20 the flowers were donated by Rosalie Fisher for Victor Fisher by the Blessed Mother statute and for Henry Block by the St. Martha statute
May 12 4:00 p.m. Mass Marilyn ColemanMay 20 10:00 a.m. Mass Gerry Palisi
The Sanctuary Light will burn the week of May 13th in loving memory of Bob Fowler.
The Sanctuary Light will burn the week of May 120th for the Blanchard and Pillitire families.
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: email@example.com 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.