LENTEN WEEKLY MASS SCHEDULE
Monday 8:00 a.m. Infant Jesus
Tuesday 8:00 a.m. St. Martha
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. Infant Jesus
Thursday 8:00 a.m. St. Martha
Friday 8:00 a.m. St. Martha
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
All Fridays in Lent
Infant Jesus of Prague 5:30 p.m.
St. Martha 6:00 p.m.
ST. MARTHA MINISTRY SCHEDULE STATIONS OF THE CROSS
February 16 Martha’s Friends & Associates
February 23 Eucharistic Ministers & Lectors
March 2 Pastoral Council
March 9 Bible Study
March 16 Justice & Life Ministry
March 23 PSR Catechists
March 30 Choir
SAFE HAVEN SUNDAY
Equipping the Family, Safeguarding Children
The Archdiocese of New Orleans is setting aside this weekend,
February 18-19 as “Safe Haven Sunday” in order to give focused time and resources to address the harmfulness of pornography and other online threats in marriages, family life and culture.
Today’s awareness day is celebrated through prayer and a reflection within the context of the Mass. After Mass, Covenant Eyes’ most recent book, Equipped: Smart Catholic Parenting in a Sexualized Culture will be available. This book includes a unique seven-day text-to-opt-in program: The Equipped 7-Day Challenge. This Challenge provides practical tips any caring adult can take to create safer digital environments for themselves and our young people.
Thank you for celebrating with us! If you have any questions about this awareness weekend, please contact the Archdiocese of New Orleans Office of Marriage and Family Life at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.nolacatholic.com.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE MINISTRY
(Meetings are open to everyone)
SAM is a parish-based ministry 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. Next meeting: February 27th @ 7 p.m. at Visitation Church in Marrero. For more information, contact Deacon Jerry Labadot at 495-5820.
Please note the new time for Adoration the First Friday of every month is 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
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
A Ministry to Catholic Women
Breakfast & Guest Speaker
Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Location: Café Hope at
Timberlane Country Club
1 Timberlane Dr.
Guest Speaker: Casey Sprehe
NO TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR
For Tickets Call:
Dee Caskey 884-8672
Lauren McGinnis 263-2472
Westbank Religious Supply House 341-6558
St. Martha and Infant Jesus
Feb. 16 (SM & IJ) Stations of the Cross
Feb. 17 (SM) Confirmation Class 9am to 2pm (PH)
Feb. 18 Safe Haven Sunday
Feb. 19 (SM) Bible Study 6:00 p.m. (PO)
Feb. 21 (SM) Bible Study 9:30 a.m. (PO)
Feb. 23 (IJ) Stations of the Cross 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 23 (SM) Stations of the Cross 6:00 p.m.
Feb. 26 (SM) Bible Study 6:00 p.m. (PO)
Feb. 28 (SM) Bible Study 9:30 a.m. (PO)
Feb. 28 (IJ) Cath. Charismatic Renewal WB 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 2 (SM) Adoration 8:30am to 6:00pm
Mar. 2 (IJ & SM) Stations of the Cross 5:30 and 6:00pm
Mar. 3 (IJ) Rosary 9:00 a.m. (Carmel Hall Chapel)
PO = Parish Office PH = Parish Hall
BEST LENT EVER
Don’t Give up Chocolate for Lent
This year, do something different. Join our parish for
BEST LENT EVER, a free email program from Dynamic Catholic that will help you have a life-changing Lent.
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RICE BOWL PROGRAM
Join our parish community
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Lenten journey with the Catholic Relief Services
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
Lenten Season & Reflection of the Life of Jesus
PSR begins our Lenten journey by joining our parish with almsgiving through the CRS rice bowl program. Our Lenten prayer to deepen our students’ relationship with Christ will be the Act of Contrition said at prayer time during assembly. PSR ask for your special prayers for our second grade students as they study to receive the Sacrament of First Eucharist and for our older student group which is focusing on their studies to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Eucharist.
PSR will also be collecting carnival beads for St. Michael Special School.
CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL WEST BANK
We meet the second and fourth Wednesday of every month.
7:30 Praise, personal testimony, and scripture sharing
8:00 Mass followed by prayers for healing
Feb. 28th Father H. J. Adams
March 14th Father Lance Campo
Everyone is invited
Anyone interested in helping dust the church, please join us. We meet every First Monday of the month at 10:00 a.m.
2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR
Without a school in St. Martha & Infant Jesus Parish, the children of our parish attend the surrounding Catholic schools.
Vouchers are a way of helping the families in our parish obtain a discount in the school tuition for elementary children.
In order to qualify and obtain a voucher, you must be an active and supporting parishioner (by the envelope system) of St. Martha or Infant Jesus for at least one year with a minimum donation of $365 for one child and $700 for two or more children for 2017.
St. Martha Parish pays a support fee of $350 per child to the Archdiocese for each voucher given.
To apply for a school voucher, please contact the office at 366-1604 between 8:30 and 3:30.
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Please complete and return to the office:
Parent’s Name: _________________________________
Phone #: ______________________________________
Envelope #: _________
Child’s Name: __________________________________
School Attending: _______________________________
Child’s Name: __________________________________
School Attending: _______________________________
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
When: First Saturday of each month
March 3rd, 2018
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, have world peace and personal needs.
The First Saturday of each month is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and has special meaning in your prayer life. Blessings are given to us by our Mother.
JUSTICE & LIFE NEWS
MONTHLY PEACE PRAYER WALK –
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
"We ask the risen Jesus, who turns death into life, to change hatred into love, vengeance into forgiveness, war into peace. Yes, Christ is our PEACE, and through him to implore PEACE for all the world." - Pope Francis"
join us in following the call of Pope Francis to go out
into the community and
encounter others to promote PEACE. This month's PEACE
PRAYER WALK is on the
January 30 at 6:00
p.m. at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Parish in
Westwego. All are
welcome. Sponsored by the ANO Office of Racial
Harmony and Isaiah 43
Program. Call Kristina at (504) 310-8772 for more
few weeks ago you may have seen the bulletin post that
brought attention to
some of the injustices that exist in the criminal
justice system and perhaps,
why as Catholics we should care. If we are a
community of Christ
followers, we must consider every human being as
valuable and precious - the
unborn, the stranger, the homeless and the
prisoner. Here are a few more
items for consideration and prayer:
- The prison population in the U.S. in the 80's was roughly 300,000 and today we incarcerate over 2.2 million yet crime has not significantly changed.
- As little as .61 cents per meal is being spent in typical penitentiaries yet $63 billion is spent annually on prisons - roughly 7% of state budgets matched only by healthcare spending.
- Too many prisoners who return home often find themselves with little to no access to housing and essential resources that make it possible to find sustainable work.
Consider these statistics next time you hear the word... "criminal" or "ex-offender". The implications for criminal justice reform are financial, imperative to public safety, and imperative to our faith as we are called to care for the "least of these - our brothers and sisters" (Matthew 25).
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 Interfaith Prayer Service
Tuesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. St. Louis Cathedral
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 email@example.com
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
Jan. 28 Weekly
Feb. 4 Weekly $7,288.00 $2,914.00
Thank you for your generosity!
Fri. Feb. 16 8:00 St. Martha Doris Sevin (anniv. of death)
Sat. Feb. 17 4:00 Infant Jesus
Ray Vegas, Evelyn Manuel, Amy Bairnsfather, Winnie & Resaire Ducote, Rita Landry,
Mr. & Mrs. Sam Centanni, Vincent & Santa Saladino, Eugene Blanchard, Jr.
Sat. Feb. 17 5:30 St. Martha
Robert Bauer, Jr., John Bergeron, Anton Nguyen Van Tung, Josef Tuan Tran, Rita Marvio Bertolino, Mary Martin, Sandrus Baudoin, Aura Javellana, Artemio Javellana, Visitacion & Florentino Batiquin, Lorenza Dominguez Manabat, Doris LeBlanc Reese & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Cake Craze
Sun. Feb. 18 8:30 St. Martha
Sun. Feb. 18 10:00 Infant Jesus
Michael Ditta, Marie Hernandez, Anthony “Mac” Palisi, Sr., Timothy Campbell, Darrel Hall, Sr., Beverly Delatte
Sun. Feb. 18 10:30 St. Martha
Maria Ho Nui Leung, Christine Yuen Wai-Leung, Lorenza Dominguez Manabat, Roland Lucas, Jr., The Wealthy & the Sick of the World & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Cake Craze
Mon. Feb. 19 8:00 Infant Jesus For the Sick
Tues. Feb. 20 8:00 St. Martha Lorenza Dominguez Manabat
Wed. Feb. 21 8:00 Infant Jesus The Holy Souls in Purgatory
Thurs. Feb.22 8:00 St. Martha The Military
Fri. Feb.23 8:00 St. Martha The Sick
Sat. Feb. 24 4:00 Infant Jesus
Ray Vegas, Evelyn Manuel, Mabel Rougeau, Anthony “Mac” Palisi, Sr. (birthday), Rita Landry, Eugene Blanchard, Jr.
Sat. Feb. 24 5:30 St. Martha
Robert Bauer, Jr., John Bergeron, Anton
Nguyen Van Tung, Mary Martin, Sandrus Baudoin, Joseph Tuan Tran, Aura Javellana,
Artemio Javellana, Visitacion & Florentino
Batiquin, Doris LeBlanc Reese, Alan Acy, Jr.
& Our Bulletin Sponsor: Cake Craze
Sun. Feb. 25 8:30 St. Martha
Sun. Feb. 25 10:00 Infant Jesus
Anthony “Mac” Palisi, Sr. (birthday), Timothy Campbell, Beverly Delatte
Sun. Feb. 25 10:30 St. Martha
Maria Ho Nui Leung, Christine Yuen-
Wai Leung, Roland Lucas, Jr. & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Cake Craze
Mon. Feb. 26 8:00 Infant Jesus For the Sick
Tues. Feb. 27 8:00 St. Martha Our Military
Wed. Feb. 28 8:00 Infant Jesus For the Holy Souls in Purgatory
Thurs. Mar. 1 8:00 St. Martha Robert Aucoin, Sr. (wedding anniv.) Fri. Mar. 2 8:00 St. Martha Special Intention
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.
In your masses and prayers, please remember
Corrine Winter Authement of St. Martha Parish and
Cheryl Nicholas of Infant Jesus Parish
Please remember also those who mourn them.
Week of Feb. 11 the altar flowers were donated by Tony and Maggie Lumetta in memory of the Lumetta and North families.
Feb. 17 4:00 p.m. Mass Genevieve Harris
Feb. 25 10:00 a.m. Mass Jeanette Clark
The Sanctuary Light will burn the week of Feb. 18 and Feb. 25
in memory of Roland Lucas, Jr.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.