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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.


”With God, All Things are Possible “Matt. 19:26



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

confirmed candidates!


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:   Registration for classes here:

 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!




St. Martha

Paul and Stephanie Vlosich


Infant Jesus

Gerry Palisi




Infant Jesus


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



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.





  Abortion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 504-831-3117

  Alcohol or Drug Addiction. . . . . 985-640-4804

  Human Trafficking Hotline. . . .1-888-373-7888



The 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 register.


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.




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.



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.




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

 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!





Ferdie’s Printing Service, Inc.







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,

     Wardell Brignac

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




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.


Infant Jesus

In your masses and prayers, please remember Mary Karidof and Edith Green. Remember also those who mourn them.


St. Martha


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.



Infant Jesus


May  28   10:00AM Mass  Loretta & Wardell Brignac

June  3      4:00PM Mass   Liz Dufrene




Infant Jesus


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.



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

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.






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

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.