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If you did not have the opportunity to donate to the flood victims in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas, you can mail your donation to Archdiocese of New Orleans, 7887 Walmsley Avenue New Orleans, LA 70125 Attn: Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond



  When:       November 5, 2016

                  (First Saturday of each month)


  Where:   Carmel Hall Chapel at

 Infant Jesus Church


  Time:        9:00 a.m.


Men and women are invited to become a   prayer warrior and join the Blessed Virgin Mary in the rosary to end abortion, have world peace and for your personal needs.




The Archdiocese and the Justice & Life Ministry will host a presentation on Faithful Citizenship, the document from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops about voting our Catholic Values.  This will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Infant Jesus Hall; refreshments at 6:00 p.m. presentation at 6:30 p.m.  This is a free event and all are encouraged to attend.

Justice & Life meeting, Monday, Oct. 3 at

6:45 p.m. For more information email



We are pleased to offer Trick or Trunk for our parish community on Monday, October 31st from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. We ask that cars are parked and decorated by 6:00 pm.

Donations are welcomed and appreciated.


Co-Chairs:  Beth Fowler, NiaLynn Lee,

Lynn Martin, Paula Winters




Open House is October 18th 4:00-7:00p.m. with continuous tours every 30 minutes. Please Join us.







SAT. NOV. 5TH 9:00 – 3:00


Speaker:  MRS. JAN TATE

Retreat & Lunch $30.00

For Info Contact Parish Office: 366-1604




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.


Parish School of Religion


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




Each week, after students and catechists arrive for class on Tuesday night, we begin in assembly with prayer time and a short presentation of our monthly theme.  Our theme in the month of October is dedicated to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.

With respect to Our Lady, the students are discussing the power of the rosary and how important saying the Rosary has become in our Catholic prayer life.  Our 5th grade catechist, Miss Jude, is instructing the students on how to say the Rosary and will also present to the students the mysteries of the life of Christ revealed to us as we pray the Rosary.  Our students will also have the awesome opportunity to participate in a “Living Rosary” on Tuesday, October 25th.  All parents are welcomed to attend.


PSR will also begin with our first service project collecting food for the Infant Jesus Food Pantry to help our brothers and sisters in need to have a Holy and Happy Thanksgiving.



Children’s Liturgy Grades Kindergarten thru 2nd grade

Religious Instruction begins on Sunday, September 11th at St. Martha Church 8:30AM and 10:30AM & Infant Jesus of Prague at Sunday, September 11th at 10:00AM


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.



TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM


#iGiveCatholic is an online giving event for people across the nation (and the world!) to come together to raise as much money as possible for Catholic parishes, schools, and ministries located in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, and various diocese in Louisiana and Mississippi on one day.


 Last year, #iGiveCatholic raised more than $1.3 million for the Archdiocese of New Orleans.



                                            St. Martha                 Infant Jesus
Sept. 4         Weekly            $7,000.40                  $2,554.98
Sept. 4         Building Fund  $1,781.40                  $   306.00
Sept. 11       Weekly             $3,659.86                  $1,520.00
Sept. 18       Weekly             $4,179.25                 $1,636.25
Sept. 25       Weekly             $3,744.40                 $1,455.49
Sept. 25       Catholic Comm$   908.05                $    266.91


If you are a parishioner wanting a tax letter in January, please use your envelopes. If you do not receive envelopes and would like to, please contact the office or pick up a registration form in the gathering area and return it to the office, or place it in collection basket.





Chinese Eatery


Mississippi River Bank








Sat.    Oct. 8  5:30            St. Martha

                                           Bartholomew Hoang Nguyen, Bob Fowler, Sandrus Baudoin, Aura May Javellana, Artemio Javellana, Jimmy Palermo,

Josef Tuan Tran, Rosie Clark, Alva “Bobbie” Hebert, In Thanksgiving,  &  Our Bulletin Sponsor: Mississippi River Bank


Sun.   Oct. 9   8:30    St. Martha                



Sun.   Oct. 9 10:00           Infant Jesus

Loretta Chaisson Rogers, Timmy Campbell

Paula Hymel Taravella (birthday),

James Laurent (birthday)


Sun. Oct. 9  10:30            St. Martha

Peter & Maria Minh Dang, Joseph Binh Nguyen, Stacey Lynn Phelan, Glenda M. Conner, Doris Sevin, Anna Nguyen Thi Trinh, Giacobe & Rose Nguyen Von Thi,

& Our Bulletin Sponsor: Fifth District Savings Bank


Mon.  Oct. 10   8:00  Infant Jesus              For the Sick               

Tues. Oct. 11   8:00  St. Martha                 Therese Cambre

Wed.  Oct. 12   8:00  Infant Jesus              For the Military

Thurs.Oct. 13   8:00 St. Martha                 For the Military

Fri.     Oct. 14   8:00  St. Martha                 All Souls in Purgatory

Sat. Oct. 15   4:00            Infant Jesus

                                           Evelyn Manuel, Rita Mae Kilgore, Anthony & Lena Peperone, Eugene Blanchard, Jr.,

Ray Vegas, Adolph, Marion Miller, Bernard B. Gould, Rene, Victoria & Shelby Manuel, Evelyn & Michael Boudreaux


Sat. Oct. 15   5:30            St. Martha

                                           Bartholomew Hoang Nguyen, Josef Tuan Tran, Bob Fowler, Sandrus Baudoin, Aura May Javellana, Artemio Javellana, Jimmy Palermo, Fred King, Esq., Reba Catanese, & Our  Bulletin Sponsor: Mothe Funeral Homes, LLC

Sun.  Oct. 16  8:30    St. Martha



Sun.  Oct.16 10:00           Infant Jesus      

Fernande Laurent, Vincent & Santa Saladino, Loretta Chaisson Rogers, Margery Laurent, Madeline Joseph, Marie Hernandez, Fr. Danny Digal


Sun.  Oct. 16 10:30          St. Martha

Peter & Maria Minh Dang, Joseph Binh Nguyen, Stacey Lynn Phelan, Glenda M. Conner, Giacobe & Rosie Nguen Van Thi, Sam & Josie Rodrigue, Reba Catanese, & Our Bulletin Sponsor: China Doll


Mon.  Oct. 17  8:00   Infant Jesus              For the Sick               

Tues. Oct. 18  8:00   St. Martha                 Therese Cambre

Wed.  Oct. 19  8:00   Infant Jesus              For the Military

Thurs.Oct. 20  8:00  St. Martha                 Reba Catanese

Fri.     Oct. 21  8:00   St. Martha                 Sick Parishioners


Sat.    Oct. 22  4:00          Infant Jesus

                                           Evelyn Manual, Rita Mae Kilgore,Ella McMahon, Elaine Bartolo & Family, Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Ray Vegas, Vincent & Santa Saladino, Candelaria Maraasin, Isabelo Ignas, Francisco Ignas, Sonny Hammer, Ruth Blakeman, Marian Miller


Sat.    Oct.22  5:30           St. Martha

                                           Bartholomew Hoang Nguyen, Bob Fowler, Sandrus Baudoin, Aura May Javellana, Artemio Javellana, Jimmy Palermo,

Josef Tuan Tran, Clovis Orgeron, Fred King, Esq., Shirley Trombatore, Reba Catanese  &  Our Bulletin Sponsor: Air Cooled Engines, Incorporated


Sun.   Oct. 23   8:30  St. Martha                



Sun.   Oct. 23 10:00         Infant Jesus

Loretta Chaisson Rogers, Marie Hernandez, Ronald Laurent


Sun. Oct\. 23   10:30        St. Martha

Peter & Maria Minh Dang, Joseph Binh Nguyen, Stacey Lynn Phelan, In Thanksgiving, Giacobe & Rose Nguyen Von Thi, Glenda M. Conner, & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Manhattan Animal Clinic, LLC & Boarding Kennel, Amy F. Bairnsfather, DVM


Mon.  Oct. 24   8:00  Infant Jesus              For the Sick               

Tues. Oct. 25   8:00  St. Martha                 Deceased Parishioners

Wed.  Oct. 26   8:00  Infant Jesus              For the Military

Thurs.Oct. 27   8:00 St. Martha                 Reba Catanese

Fri.     Oct. 28   8:00  St. Martha                 For 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.



In your masses and prayers, please remember:


Raymond Lauren (St. Martha), nephew of Audrey Orgeron

Reba Catanese     (St. Martha)

Laura Robertson  (Infant Jesus)

Ruth Blakeman     (Infant Jesus)


Remember also those who mourn them.


NOVEMBER 5, 2016


If you have a family member that passed away between November 8, 2015 and November 4, 2016, please call the office at 366-1604 so we may be in touch with you about the special mass on

November 5th.

If you would like to offer any of the following for your loved ones, please contact the office at 366-1604.


Mass                        Suggested Donation                  $  5.00

Flowers                    Suggested Donation                  $50.00

Sanctuary Light       Suggested Donation                  $10.00


St. Martha


Week of Oct. 23    Sandrus Baudoin

                              Donated by Jean Baudoin



Infant Jesus


Oct. 15       4:00PM Mass    Liz Dufrene

  Oct. 23     10:00AM Mass    Loretta & Wardell Brignac    





St. Martha

Week of Oct.   9       In loving memory of Harold S. Clark

Week of Oct. 16       In Thanksgiving

Week of Oct. 23       Sandrus Baudoin


Infant Jesus

Week of Oct. 16    In loving memory of Ella McMahon                            

Week of Oct. 23    In loving memory of Lloyd Harris

                              (death anniversary)



Confessions will be heard in all Catholic churches in the Archdiocese of New Orleans on Wednesday, September 14th from 5:00-6:30PM. Fr. Lich will be available at St. Martha.




In honor of Labor Day and the dignity of work, the Justice & Life Ministry Committee is hosting a multi-lingual rosary and prayer service for persons who are unemployed, underemployed are who may work in unjust conditions. The service will be held Thursday, September 1, 2016 in the evening in the Church. The rosary will begin at 6:30 p.m. If you or someone you know is unemployed or underemployed, please join us for this prayerful time as we come together as a parish community to support those who may be struggling with this important theme of Catholic Social Teaching: the dignity of work and the rights of workers.

Immediately following the prayer service we will gather for light food and fellowship.  Employment resources for work will be available through the Catholic Charities office of Workforce Development.  We hope you can join us!

The next meeting of the Justice & Life Ministry will be Monday, September 12 at 6:45 p.m.  Please email with questions about the Justice & Life Ministry or the Labor Day prayer service

Please bring relief items for the Louisiana flood victims for the next Food Pantry Sunday.  They will be given to Catholic Charities for distribution.


The Justice & Life Ministry would like to hear your "Hope Bag" stories.  Please send your feedback, story, and experience with your Hope Bag encounters with the poor.



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.