Do you have one hour a month to spend with the Lord? We are in need of committed adorers for Adoration on the First Friday of every month. The Adoration Chapel is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Please call the office at
366-1604 to schedule your hour.
St. Martha and Infant Jesus
Jan. 15 (SM, IF) Office Closed
Jan. 17 (SM) Bible Study 9:30 a.m. (PO)
Jan. 22 (SM) Bible Study 6:00 p.m. (PO)
Jan. 22 (SM) Bible Study 6:00 p.m. (PO)
Jan. 24 (SM) Bible Study 9:30 a.m. (PO)
Jan. 24 (IJ) Cath. Charismatic Renewal WB 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 25 (SM) Confirmation Meeting 6:00 p.m. (PH)
Jan. 29 (SM) Bible Study 6:00 p.m. (PO)
Jan. 30 (SM) First Eucharist Parent Meeting 6:15pm (PH)
Jan. 31 (SM) Bible Study 9:30 a.m. (PO)
Feb. 2 (SM) Adoration 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (Chapel)
PO = Parish Office PH = Parish Hall
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
Our PSR students have cheerfully returned back to class and all are working very hard to keep their 2018 New Year Resolutions by walking by faith and looking forward to new and exciting plans Jesus has for them in the New Year. This year our second grade class and our fast track students are preparing for their First Eucharist very soon …. So please keep our beautiful little souls in your prayers. God Bless and Happy New Year.
Louise Frederick, PCL
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION 2018
Candidate, Parent, and Sponsor Mandatory Meeting
Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Time: 6:00– 7:15 PM ALL
7:15 – 7:45 PM SPONSORS ONLY
Place: St. Martha Parish Hall
Candidates please bring a copy of your baptismal certificate, registration form & fee to the meeting.
Your Confirmation date is Thursday, May 24, 2018
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
January 6, 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.
Keep the Rosary alive by your participation. We cordially invite St. Martha Parishioners to attend.
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"
Please 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 Westbank, Tuesday, 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 information.
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
Dec. 31 Weekly $6,039.00 $1,995.00
Jan. 7 Building Fund $1,807.00 $ 170.00
Thank you for your supporting your parish!
Mon. Jan. 15 8:00 Infant Jesus The Sick
Tues. Jan. 16 8:00 St. Martha World Peace
Wed. Jan. 17 8:00 Infant Jesus The Holy Souls in Purgatory
Thurs.Jan. 18 8:00 St. Martha Our Military
Fri. Jan. 19 8:00 St. Martha Souls in Purgatory
Sat. Jan. 20 4:00 Infant Jesus
Frank Romano, Anthony & Lena Peperone, Ray Vegas, Evelyn Manuel, Chester Jones, Hernandez Family, Daniel Simon
Sat. Jan. 20 5:30 St. Martha
Robert Bauer, Jr. John Bergeron, Anton Nguyen Van Tung, Josef Tuan Tran, Mary Martin, Sandrus Baudoin, Chester Jones & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Air Cooled Engines, Incorporated
Sun. Jan. 21 8:30 St. Martha
Sun. Jan. 21 10:00 Infant Jesus
Anthony “Mac” Palisi, Sr., Hernandez Family,
Walter & Elaine Bartolo & Family
Sun. Jan. 21 10:30 St. Martha
Maria Ho Nui Leung, Christine Yuen Wai- Leung, & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Air Cooled Engines Incorporated
Mon. Jan. 22 8:00 Infant Jesus For the Sick
Tues. Jan. 23 8:00 St. Martha Raymond Ronquillo
Wed. Jan. 24 8:00 Infant Jesus The Holy Souls in Purgatory
Thurs.Jan. 25 8:00 St. Martha All Souls in Purgatory
Fri. Jan. 26 8:00 St. Martha World Peace
Sat. Jan. 27 4:00 Infant Jesus
Frank Romano, Ray Vegas, Evelyn Manuel, Chester Jones
Sat. Jan. 27 5:30 St. Martha
Robert Bauer, Jr., John Bergeron, Anton
Nguyen Van Tung, Joseph Tuan Tran, Mary
Martin, Sandrus Baudoin & Our Bulletin
Sponsor: Air Cooled Engines Incorporated
Sun. Jan. 28 8:30 St. Martha
Sun. Jan. 28 10:00 Infant Jesus
Michael Ditta, Anthony “Mac” Palisi, Sr., Denney Watts, Sr.
Sun. Jan. 28 10:30 St. Martha
Maria Ho Nu Leung, Christine Yuen-
Wai Leung & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Air Cooled Engines Incorporated
Mon. Jan. 29 8:00 Infant Jesus The Sick
Tues. Jan. 30 8:00 St. Martha Anne Hanley de Mahy
Wed. Jan. 31 8:00 Infant Jesus The Holy Souls in Purgatory
Thurs. Feb. 1 8:00 St. Martha Our MilitaryFri. Feb. 2 8:00 St. Martha World Peace
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.
Dottie Rodrigue – mother of Janel Breaux
Please keep her in your prayers and also those who mourn her.
Week of Jan. 14 donated by Tony and Maggie Lumetta for
Caroline North (death anniversary)
Week of Jan. 14 donated by Marina Reed in memory of
Week of Jan. 21 ) donated by Tony and Maggie Lumetta for
Caroline North (memory of birthday)
Jan. 7 4:00 a.m. Mass Lela Matulich
Jan. 14 10:00 a.m. Mass Hippolyte Family
The Sanctuary Light will burn in loving memory of:
Week of Jan.14 Raymond Ronquillo, Sr. – St. Martha
Week of Jan.21 Anthony, Lena & Anna Peperone -
Week of Jan. 21 & Jan. 28 Patrick O’Riordan – St. Martha
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.