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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.





Please contact Ray Kelly at 504-338-3058

for information to advertise your business or for a memorial ad for a loved one.




 ”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



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: _________________________________


Address: ______________________________________




Phone #: ______________________________________


Envelope #: _________


Child’s Name: __________________________________


School Attending: _______________________________


Grade: ______


Child’s Name: __________________________________


School Attending: _______________________________


Grade: ______



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.


Suggested donation:

Masses             $  5.00

Sanctuary Light $10.00

Flowers             $50.00



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.



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.



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)



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.

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




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

Dec. 31 Weekly                 $6,039.00      $1,995.00

Jan.   7 Weekly                 $4,202.00       $2,596.00
Jan.   7 Building Fund     $1,807.00       $   170.00


Thank you for your supporting your parish!     




China Doll Chinese Cuisine







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 Military

Fri.     Feb.  2   8:00    St. Martha       World Peace




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.


Infant Jesus


Dottie Rodrigue – mother of Janel Breaux

Please keep her in your prayers and also those who mourn her.


St. Martha


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

Victor Gonzalez


Week of Jan. 21 ) donated by Tony and Maggie Lumetta for

         Caroline North (memory of birthday)



Infant Jesus


   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 -

                     Infant Jesus

Week of Jan. 21 & Jan. 28   Patrick O’Riordan – St. Martha






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.





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: or 504-430-3060


Wives of men struggling with pornography may contact the confidential number for Pearl Ministry at 504-343-3359.




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.