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 “All Are Welcome to join us for an evening of fellowship and community to celebrate the Feast Day of our Patroness, St. Martha

on Saturday, July 29th at 5:30 p.m. for mass followed by a Social and Pot Luck Dinner in the Parish Hall. We ask that you bring a favorite dish to be enjoyed by all.


St. Martha Parish will provide fried chicken and soft drinks. We would love to have all parishioners from both St. Martha and Infant Jesus of Prague come and celebrate this feast day with us.



Our Father in Heaven through the intercession of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, spare us during this Hurricane season from all harm. Protect us and our homes from all disasters of nature. Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. 



Infant Jesus

On July 29th and 30th , your Knights of Columbus Council #1905 will hold an Access Pregnancy Center's Baby Bottle Drive. This provides Pre-natal and Post-natal services for young mothers that may not have any other resources..Please take a baby bottle home and return it with whatever donation you are called to give.   For More Information, please call

Don Caskey at 504-884-0101



St. Martha and Infant Jesus


July  26   (IJ)     Cath. Charismatic WB 7:30p.m.

July  29   (SM)   St. Martha’s Feast Celebration

                            after 5:30p.m. Mass

July 29, 30 (IJ)  Access Pregnancy Bottle Drive

Aug.   1   (IJ)     Golden Agers 2:00 p.m.

Aug.   2  (SM)    Baptism Seminar 7:00 p.m.

Aug.   2  (IJ)      Widow/Widowers Group 3:00p.m.

Aug.   4  (SM)    Adoration 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Aug.   5  (IJ)      Rosary 9:00 a.m.




Registration Information


Attention:   St. Martha & Infant Jesus of Prague

                        Parishioners, Parents & Grandparents:


If you have children or grandchildren who attend public or private school in grades 1st thru 8th, Parish School of Religion (PSR) registration will begin July 24th thru August 15th at both parishes.   Seats are limited, so please send in your registration form and program fee to the church office.  Registration Forms can also be found in the Gathering Area in the PSR alcove.


FIRST CLASS DAY & PARENT ORIENTATION:   Tuesday, August 22nd  Doors Open at 5:15 p.m.

Parents of children who are entering 2nd grade and are attending Ursuline Academy, Sacred Heart or Stuart Hall for the 2017-2018 school year, please contact Louise Frederick @366-1604 for information concerning the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist.





"Creating Racial Harmony"


In the 9th General Synod of our Archdiocese, a goal has been laid out that every parish engage in dialogue addressing racism throughout our Archdiocese.  In the fall, the Justice & Life Ministry will be hosting an 8-week course called

"Church of Second Chances." 

The course will open our eyes of faith to racism in our community and the issues in our criminal justice system. 

 For more details on the class you may email  In that spirit, here are a list of ideas for us as people faith to begin creating racial harmony today:

- Listen to people of color; don't interrupt or offer examples from your own life.

- Attend an anti-racism training or Peace Walk offered by this Archdiocese

- Take a class on African-American studies

- Watch PBS American Experience Documentary,

The Freedom Riders

- Learn the history of redlining and housing segregation

- Check out public events hosted by Black Student organizations on local campuses.

(Taken from "Compassion" - a publication of the

Jesuits of the Central and Southern Province)






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!


When:        First Saturday of each month - August 5th, 2017

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.

We need young parishioners who are interested in keeping alive the rosary at Infant Jesus.



2114 Oakmere Dr.


Sale Date: July 22nd 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Donation drop off: July 15, July 16   9:00 a.m. to noon

                    July 17 – July 20   5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


For more information, please call Marlene 341-5485



Visitation of Our Lady Church is hosting SAM meetings on Tuesday, July 11th & 25th @ 7 p.m. (Meetings are open to everyone)


Substance Addiction Ministry       

     SAM is a parish-based ministry that is designed to provide a safe, confidential place for people touched by addiction to share their personal experiences with others.  SAM provides general educational information about addiction through professionals in this field. SAM’s mission is to offer help, healing, hope, and support to anyone afflicted with or affected by addictions. The group’s mission goal is to help these individuals re-connect with self, loved ones, and God. We are available to people of all faiths. The group does not provide professional diagnosis, therapy, counseling or treatment; that is left to the professionals. We do however provide a list of referrals of local addiction facilities and professionals that we have already had come speak at our group meetings.


For more information contact Deacon Jerry Labadot at 495-5820.

When:        First Saturday of each month - August 5th, 2017

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.

We need young parishioners who are interested in keeping alive the rosary at Infant Jesus.



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

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)





Beginning Experience Ministry under the New Orleans Archdiocese Family Life Apostolate will begin a 10 week program “Coping with Life Alone” to help those struggling with loss through divorce, death or separation. The Coping Program will begin on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM in St. Angela Merici's Conference Hall, 835 Melody St., Metairie. The cost will be $35. Call Joey Caruso at 504-812-3300 or Lynn Drewes at 504-390-3910 to register and for any questions.


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.



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.




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

July  2   Weekly                                   $ 6,808.00   $ 2,975.64
July  2   Building Fund                        $ 1,323.00    $    351.33

July  9   Weekly                                  $ 4,628.50    $ 1,797.00













Mon.  July 17    8:00   Infant Jesus   The Sick
Tues. July 18    8:00  St. Martha      
 The Military
Wed.  July 19    8:00  Infant Jesus
   The Military
Thurs.July 20    8:00  St. Martha      
The Sick
Fri.     July 21    8:00  St. Martha      All Souls in Purgatory

Sat. July 22    4:00 Infant Jesus

Anthony & Lena Peperone, Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Evelyn, Linus, Mary & Preston Manuel, Ray Vegas, Rita Landry, Gerald Causin, Josephine McKinzie, Frank Salvador Romano

Sat. July 22    5:30   St. Martha

Josef Tuan Tran, Sandrus Baudoin,  Debbie Petit,  Robert Bauer, Jr., John Bergeron, Jeffery Brasset, Getty Guerin, Lillian Delgar Vicknair, Lori, Grefer, Steven Pfiffner & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Twin Tire Auto Care

Sun.  July 23   8:30   St. Martha  

Victor  Gonzalez, Mildred Rodrigue,

James Martin, Stephen Martin,

Frances Labadie, Frank Romano, John F. Murphy, Jr. & Our Bulletin Sponsor:

Twin Tire Auto Care


Sun.  July 23   10:00  Infant Jesus

 Fr. Danny Digal (birthday)

Sun.  July 23   10:30  St. Martha Parishioners


Mon. July 24   8:00   Infant Jesus  Kemp Hall, Willard

McKinley, Charles Holmes, Roderick Brooks, Paul Honoray, Willie Spike, George St. Romain, Clarence St. Romain, Jr.        

Tues. July 25  8:00   St. Martha        The Military

Wed.  July 26  8:00   Infant Jesus    Theodora Nguyen,

                                    Robert St. Romain, Garrett McKinley,

Milbon Batiste, Paltrice Holmes, Clarence Augustine, Freddie James, Anthony Johnson

Thurs.July 27  8:00   St. Martha       The Sick

Fri.     July 28  8:00   St. Martha       All Souls in Purgatory


Sat.   July  29  4:00   Infant Jesus

Vincent & Santa Saladino, Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Evelyn Manuel, Ray Vegas, Rita Landry, Gerald Causin, Josephine McKinzie, Frank Salvador Romano

Sat.   July 29  5:30  St. Martha

Josef Tuan Tran, Sandrus Baudoin,  Debbie Petit,  Robert Bauer, Jr., John Bergeron,  Jeffery Brasset, Getty Guerin, Lillian Delgar Vicknair, Lori Grefer, & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Twin Tire Auto Care


Sun. July 30  8:30  St. Martha  

Victor Gonzalez, Frances Labadie, Frank St. Pe’, Hymel & St. Pe’ Family, Frank Romano, John F. Murphy, Jr. & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Twin Tire Auto Care

Sun. July 30 10:00  Infant Jesus   The Parishioners

Sun. July 30 10:30  St. Martha    Parishioners


Mon.  July 31    8:00   Infant Jesus   Kemp Hall

Tues. Aug   1    8:00  St. Martha       The Military

Wed.  Aug   2    8:00  Infant Jesus   The Military

Thurs.Aug   3    8:00  St. Martha      Al Delger

Fri.     Aug   4    8:00  St. Martha      All Souls in Purgatory

Sat. Aug  5    4:00   Infant Jesus

Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Evelyn Manuel, Ray Vegas, Philip J, Philip D & Michael Saladino, Rita Landry, Gerald Causin, Frank Salvador Romano

Sat.  Aug 5    5:30   St. Martha

Josef Tuan Tran, Sandrus Baudoin, Robert Bauer, Jr., John Bergeron, Jeffery Brasset, & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Vinh T Nguyen, DDS Family Dentistry





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.



John Fockler, husband of Jane Fockler

John Bergeron, husband of Bess Bergeron,

Jeffery Brasset, husband of Carolyn Brasset,


Infant Jesus

Frank Romano, husband of Lynn Rome Romano,

father of Mary Romano, Elizabeth Strohmeyer, Lillie Farenholt, Frank Romano


Please keep them in your prayers and remember also those who mourn them.


St. Martha


Week of Aug. 6th in memory of James Bush, Sr. & Barrett Ehret, Sr.  donated by Renee Ehret.
Week of
Aug. 6th in memory of Samuel North, Jr. (birthday Aug. 4th) donated by Tony and Maggie Lumetta.




Infant Jesus

July  23  10:00a.m. Mass   Estelle & Ed Hymel

July  29    4:00p.m. Mass   Genevieve Harris

Aug    5    4:00p.m. Mass   Marlin Manuel




Saint Martha


  The Sanctuary Light will burn in loving memory of:

   Week of August 6th – John Bergeron




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.






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.