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PRAYER FOR PROTECTION AGAINST

STORMS AND HURRICANES

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. 



UPCOMING EVENTS

St. Martha and Infant Jesus

 


Aug.  28 (SM)  Bible Study 6:00 p.m. – PO

 

Aug. 29  (SM)  Parish School of Religion 6:00p.m.

 

Aug.  30 (SM)  Bible Study 10:00 a.m. – PO

 

Sept.   1 (SM)  Adoration 8:30a.m-6:30p.m.

 

Sept.   2 (IJ)    Rosary 9:00a.m.

 

Sept.  5  (IJ)  Golden Agers 2:00 p.m.


Sept.  6  (IJ) Widows/Widowers Group 7:00 p.m.


Sept.  9, 10 (SM) Food Pantry Collection


Sept. 11 (SM)  Bible Study 6:00 p.m. – PO


Sept. 13 (SM)  Bible Study 10:00 a.m. – PO


Sept. 13 (SM) Confessions 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.


Sept. 13(IJ) Cath. Charismatic Westbank7:30p.m.

 

PH= Parish Hall     PO=Parish Office



 

 


EVENTS IN OTHER PARISHES


 

Aug. 30  St. Joachim 7:00-8:30p.m
Christian Living through the Sacraments

Presenter: Rev. David G. Caron


CATHOLICISM SERIES

 Sept. 6th-Nov. 8th

St. Cletus Church

For more information, call 36707951 or 460-9005

 

FATIMA: 100 YEARS LATER

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the

 Apparition of Our Lady

Tuesday, September 12th 7:00 PM

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church

444 Metairie Rd.  Call Jan Harrison 504.302.1443



 

EVERY BELIEVER AN EVANGELIZER

 

Want to be able to talk with others about your faith in Christ and his Church? What do you say?

Free Workshop Saturday, September 9th

8:30 AM – 3:00 PM at Schulte Auditorium

2901 S. Carrollton Ave.

To register call 504.267.9650 nolacatholic.org


PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION

Our first day was Tuesday, August 22nd, and it was a day of a little chaos, blessings from Father and great fun.  Father Lich opened with blessings and prayers for the students, parents, catechists and text books.   Our parent and student orientation event took the first half an hour and then students were released to meet their new teachers and find their new classrooms.  Parent orientation continued and with some light refreshments as parents waited for student class dismissal.  We did experience a surprise loss of electricity, due to a blown transformer, which really added to the fun. There are about 40 families that registered this year so far.  Please, if you are sending your children to PSR we are accepting late registration until September 12th.

We had a wonderful first day and look forward to a great school year.

 

CHILDREN’S LITURGY

CORRECTION ON AGE GROUP:

KINDERGARTEN THRU 2ND GRADE ONLY

 

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

 

WESTBANK HIGH SCHOOL OF RELIGION

IMPORTANT:

***FIRST CLASS DATE RESCHEDULED***

 

The first class originally scheduled for September 16th class has changed to September 9th.   Class time will remain the same 9:00am-Noon. 


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ANNULMENT WRITING WORKSHOP

 

The Archdiocese of New Orleans will offer a writing workshop for persons seeking an annulment in the Catholic Church or for persons responding to an annulment. The workshop will be held in the St. Benilde Teen Center in Metairie. The series will be for five (5) Tuesdays, September 12, September 19, September 26, October 3, and October 10, 2017. Hours are 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM. The materials for the series cost $25.00. To register go to our website http://www.arch-no.org/offices/family-life-apostolate/#annulments

 For more information, please call Cathy, 504-861-6243.



PRO-LIFE ROSARY

When:        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.

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



BIBLE STUDY

 

The study of the Parables that Jesus told is about to start. The Monday night group starts on August 7th at 6p.m.   The Wednesday morning group starts on August 9th at 10a.m.  Please Come Join us, share with us the marvelous insight of Jesus’ stories for us.


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)



 

BEGINNING EXPERIENCE MINISTRY-

COPING WITH LIFE ALONE

 

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.


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

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.


EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS OF

 HOLY COMMUNION NEEDED

There is a need for Eucharistic Ministers at the 10:30AM Mass. If you are interested, please contact the office at

366-1604.



 

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 kimb348@yahoo.com

Registration forms are in the gathering area.

 



BULLETIN ADVERTISING


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.




R.C.I.A.

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.




          COLLECTIONS

 

                     St. Martha       Infant Jesus

  Aug   13   Weekly            $5,381.00        $2,721.00

  Aug   20   Weekly            $3,893.00        $1,657.00

  Aug   20   Missions-Peru $3,121.00

 

   Thank you for your continued support!


SPONSOR OF THE WEEK

 

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SPONSOR OF THE WEEK


Acadian Flooring America

 

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS


MASS INTENTIONS

 

Mon.Aug.  28   8:00   Infant Jesus   The Sick

Tues.Aug  29  8:00    St. Martha       Tyrell Manieri, Sr.

Wed. Aug  30  8:00    Infant Jesus   All Souls in Purgatory

Thurs.Aug 31  8:00   St. Martha      Tyrell Manieri, Sr.

Fri.    Sept.   1  8:00   St. Martha      Tyrell Manieri, Sr.

Sat. Sept.   2    4:00       Infant Jesus

Anthony & Lena Peperone, Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Evelyn Manuel, Ray Vegas, Philip J, Philip D & Michael Saladino, Josie & Bill Peperone, Rita Landry, Gerald Causin, Frank Salvador Romano, William Emigh, Josephine McKenzie, Allain & Comeaux Families

 

Sat. Sept.  2    5:30   St. Martha

Josef Tuan Tran, Sandrus Baudoin, Robert Bauer, Jr., John Bergeron, Jeffery Brasset, Tyrell Manieri, Sr. (memory of birthday), Maria Hoang Dan Phuong & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Acadian Flooring America

 

Sun. Sept.  3   8:30   St. Martha  

Victor  Gonzalez, Frank Romano, Maria Ho Nu Leung, Christine Yuen-Wai Leung, Special Intention, Lori Richard, Tyrell Manieri, Sr. & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Acadian Flooring America

 

Sun. Sept.  3  10:00  Infant Jesus

Parishioners

Sun. Sept. 3   10:30  St. Martha  Parishioners

 

Mon.  Sept.  4   8:00   Infant Jesus  The Sick

Tues. Sept.  5   8:00   St. Martha      Tyrell Manieri, Sr.

Wed.  Sept.  6   8:00   Infant Jesus  Souls In Purgatory

Thurs. Sept. 7   8:00  St. Martha      Al Delger

Fri.     Sept.  8   8:00  St. Martha      Arthur Knatt

 

Sat.    Sept.  9  4:00  Infant Jesus

 Deceased Members and Spouses of the Widow’s Group, Vincent & Santa Saladino, Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Evelyn, Rene, Victoria & Shelby Manuel, Ray Vegas, Rita Landry, Gerald Causin, Frank Salvador Romano, Josephine McKenzie, Allain & Comeaux Families

Sat.   Sept.  9   5:30  St. Martha

Josef Tuan Tran, Sandrus Baudoin,   Robert Bauer, Jr., John Bergeron,  Mae Brewton, Anthony Nguyen Van Tinh, Ana Nguyen Thi May & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Acadian Flooring America

Sun. Sept.  10   8:30  St. Martha  

Steve Gauthier, Sr., Frank St. Pe’, Hymel & St Pe’ Family, Kaiden Damiens, Frank Romano, Maria Ho Nu Leung, Christine Yuen-Wai Leung, Special Intention, Tyrell Manieri, Sr., Lori Richard & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Acadian Flooring America

Sun. Sept. 10   10:00  Infant Jesus 

 Marie Hernandez & Family, Chuck

 Nguyen, Paul Ngo

Sun. Sept.  10 10:30  St. Martha    Parishioners

 

Mon. Sept.  11  8:00   Infant Jesus   The Sick

Tues. Sept. 12  8:00   St. Martha       Steve Gauthier, Sr

Wed. Sept.  13  8:00   Infant Jesus   All Souls in Purgatory

Thurs.Sept. 14  8:00  St. Martha       Tyrell Manieri, Sr.

Fri.     Sept. 15  8:00   St. Martha      Tyrell Manieri, Sr.


                     



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.



DECEASED

 

In your masses and prayers, please remember:

Deborah Morales, mother of Danielle Wolford and

Lori Richard, sister-in-law of Kirk and Kathy Richard. Remember also those who mourn them.


ALTAR FLOWERS

St. Martha

 

Week of Sept. 3rd  in memory of Tyrell Manieri, Sr. (memory of birthday) donated by Deacon Terry Manieri

Week of Sept. 10th  in memory of Steve

Gauthier, Sr. (memory of birthday 9/12) donated by the Gauthier Family


Infant Jesus

Week of Sept. 10th The flowers on the Altar are donated by the Widow’s Group in memory of their deceased members and spouses


 


 

VOCATION CROSS

Infant Jesus

 

Sept.   3     4:00p.m. Mass   Jeanette & Roy Allain

Sept. 10   10:00a.m. Mass   Loretta & Wardell Brignac

                          

 

SANCTUARY LIGHT

Saint Martha

   

  

The Sanctuary Light will burn in loving memory of:

   Week of September  3rd   Kylie Dupaquier

   Week of September 10th  Floreine Saunders


                  

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

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)

      

 




THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!!!

 

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






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.

 

 


 

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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.

 

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:

  • 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.