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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. 


St. Martha and Infant Jesus


Aug.   16  (SM)  Bible Study 10:00 a.m. – PO

Aug.  17 (SM)   Church of Second Chances 6:30

Aug.  19 (SM)   Church of Second Chances 10:00

Aug.  19 (SM)  Mission Appeal

Aug.  20 (SM)  Mission Appeal

Aug.  21 (SM)  Bible Study 6:00 p.m. – PO


Aug.  22 (SM)  Parish School of Religion 5:15p.m.


Aug.  23 (SM)  Bible Study 10:00 a.m. – PO


Aug.  23  (IJ)   Cath. Charismatic WB 7:30p.m.


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.


PH= Parish Hall     PO=Parish Office





Aug. 26   St. John Bosco Family Life Center

     9:30a.m.-12:30 p.m.

     Marian Day of Reflection for Men & Women

    Presenter:Jan Tate of the Arch. Spirituality Center


Aug. 30  St. Joachim 7:00-8:30p.m.

                Christian Living through the Sacraments

                Presenter: Rev. David G. Caron



Registration Information


Attention:   St. Martha & Infant Jesus of Prague

                        Parishioners, Parents & Grandparents:



Tuesday, August 22rd



PSR Registration  has started for children who attend public or private school in first thru eighth grades at both parishes.   Seats are limited so please send in your registration form and program fee to the church offices.  Registration forms can also be found in the Gathering Area of both churches. 


St. Martha’s Boy Scout Troop 217 and Cub Scout Pack 217 will also be registering new members on registration day.  

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 info concerning the

Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist.


West Bank High School of Religion - (WBHSR)

Grades 9th thru 11th

High school students attending public/private school must continue their religious education for three years to receive preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation received in junior/senior year.

Mandatory parent & student orientation meeting will be on Saturday, Aug. 26, 9-10AM at St. Cletus.  WBHSR Registration paperwork and fee is collected by

St Martha & Infant Jesus of Prague parish offices.  . 

Service Hours

High School Students who reside in our parish and need service hours may submit an application to volunteer for the 2017-2018 Parish School of Religious Education year.  

We have limited available slots. 


Children’s Liturgy (Ages PreK to Second Grade)

St Martha Masses 8:30 & 10:30 AM

Infant Jesus 10:00 AM Mass

St Martha Parents have the opportunity to share your Catholic faith with your children while you are listening to the readings and Gospel in Sunday morning Mass.  How?

Our Children’s Liturgy program provided by catechists at morning Masses.  Your children will receive faith-based fun and also be able to participate in the Mass by bringing the offertory gifts to Father.  This year, we do ask that you turn in a registration sheet so we can determine if all class times will be available.    All catechists are in compliance with the Archdiocese of New Orleans safe environment classes.





Church of Second Chances


You're Invited to Church of Second Chances - Information Session
Louisiana is the prison capital of the world with New Orleans leading the state. 

The crisis in our correctional system - the suffering of our brothers and sisters in prison - calls us to engage.  Whenever one of us suffers, we all suffer, and as Catholic Christians we are called to respond in prayer and action.  The Church of Second Chances is a Catholic program offered by JustFaith Ministries, inviting us all, as people of faith to learn about the difficult realities of our criminal justice system from a faith perspective.  As a participant you will learn, pray and engage in dialogue about ways to reshape our lives and communities through the vision of God's mercy. To learn more, we invite you to attend one of two information sessions: 

Thursday, August 17 at 6:30 p.m. or

Saturday, August 19 at 10:00 a.m. 

For more information contact Rene at







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

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


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.



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.



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  30   Weekly             $4,591.13        $1,853.25

Aug    6   Weekly             $7,053.70        $2,272.00

Aug    6   Building Fund   $1,481.25        $   532.78




Vinh T. Nguyen, DDS

Family Dentistry



West Plumbing






Mon.Aug. 14   8:00   Infant Jesus   Kemp Hall

Tues.Aug  15  8:00   St. Martha       All Souls in Purgatory

Wed. Aug  16  8:00   Infant Jesus   All Souls in Purgatory

Thurs.Aug  17 8:00  St. Martha      The Military

Fri.    Aug   18  8:00  St. Martha      The Sick

Sat. Aug. 19    4:00 Infant Jesus

Anthony & Lena Peperone, Elaine & Walter Bartolo & Family, Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Evelyn Manuel, Ray Vegas, Ledet, Diket & Carbo Families, Rita Landry, Gerald Causin, Pete Sears and Family, Frank Salvador Romano


Sat. Aug. 19    5:30   St. Martha

Josef Tuan Tran, Sandrus Baudoin, Robert Bauer, Jr., John Bergeron, Jeffery Brasset, Clovis Orgeron, Mae Brewton & Our Bulletin Sponsor: West Plumbing


Sun. Aug.20   8:30   St. Martha  

Victor  Gonzalez, Getty Guerin, Frank Romano, John F. Murphy, Jr. Maria Ho Nu Leung, Christine Yuen-Wai Leung, Special Intention, Tyrell Manieri, Sr. Zenaida Bayuga, Arthur Knatt & Our Bulletin Sponsor: West Plumbing


Sun. Aug. 20  10:00  Infant Jesus

Marie Hernandez & Family, Michael Ditta,    Kamp Hall, Sr.

Sun. Aug. 20   10:30  St. Martha Parishioners


Mon.  Aug. 21   8:00   Infant Jesus  Kamp Hall    

Tues. Aug. 22   8:00   St. Martha     Stephen Martin (death annv)

Wed.  Aug. 23   8:00   Infant Jesus  Louis Coleman

Thurs.Aug. 24   8:00  St. Martha      Tyrell Manieri, Sr.

Fri.     Aug. 25   8:00  St. Martha      Tyrell Manieri, Sr.


Sat.    Aug. 26   4:00  Infant Jesus

 Vincent & Santa Saladino, Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Evelyn Manuel, Bergeron, Manuel & Durio Families, Ray Vegas, Rita Landry, Gerald Causin, Frank Salvador Romano, William Emigh


Sat.   Aug. 26  5:30  St. Martha

Josef Tuan Tran, Sandrus Baudoin,   Robert Bauer, Jr., John Bergeron,  Jeffery Brasset, Mae Brewton (memory of birthday) & Our Bulletin Sponsor: West Plumbing


Sun. Aug. 27  8:30  St. Martha  

Victor Gonzalez, Getty Guerin, Frank Romano, Maria Ho Nu Leung, Christine Yuen-Wai Leung, Tyrell Manieri, Sr., Special Intention, All Souls in Purgatory & Our Bulletin Sponsor: West Plumbing


Sun. Aug. 27 10:00   Infant Jesus 

Kamp Hall, Sr.


Sun. Aug. 27 10:30   St. Martha    Parishioners


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.




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:

Arthur Knatt, brother of Pat Roussell.

Remember also those who mourn them.


St. Martha


Week of Aug. 13 in memory of John Murphy

donated by Helen Murphy

Week of Aug. 13 in memory of Josef Tuan Tran

donated by his parents Thai Tran Family

Week of August 27th in memory of Warren Murphy donated by Deacon and Bonnie Murphy.




Infant Jesus


Aug.   19    4:00p.m. Mass   Genevieve Harris

Aug.   27  10:00a.m. Mass   Sybil & Sam Ditta




Saint Martha


  The Sanctuary Light will burn in loving memory of:

   Week of August 13th – Tyrell Manieri, Sr.

   Week of August 20th – Annette Powell




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.