Click Here for current church bulletin



If you did not have the opportunity to donate to the flood victims in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas, you can mail your donation to Archdiocese of New Orleans, 7887 Walmsley Avenue New Orleans, LA 70125 Attn: Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond



When:         First Saturday of each month

                  October 1, 2016


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.




The Archdiocese and the Justice & Life Ministry will host a presentation on Faithful Citizenship, the document from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops about voting our Catholic Values.  This will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Infant Jesus Hall; refreshments at 6:00 p.m. presentation at 6:30 p.m.  This is a free event and all are encouraged to attend.

Justice & Life meeting, Monday, Oct. 3 at

6:45 p.m. For more information email



We are pleased to offer Trick or Trunk for our parish community on Monday, October 31st from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. We ask that cars are parked and decorated by 6:00 pm.

Donations are welcomed and appreciated.


Co-Chairs:  Beth Fowler, NiaLynn Lee,

Lynn Martin, Paula Winters





Saturday, October 1, 2016


           Join with other pro-life citizens on Claiborne Avenue to stand

          shoulder to shoulder for peace against Planned Parenthood’s

             abortion expansion! Show your support for LIFE. Please sign up

 to attend this event. There will be sign-up sheet in the back of church.







SAT. NOV. 5TH 9:00 – 3:00


Speaker:  MRS. JAN TATE

Retreat & Lunch $30.00

For Info Contact Parish Office: 366-1604




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.


Parish School of Religion


”With God, All Things are Possible “  Matt. 19:26




What is it?

Liturgy of the Word for Children is a program in which the Sunday scripture readings are proclaimed and explained on a level appropriate to children in grades K-Second grade during 8:30 and 10:30am Mass on Sunday mornings at St Martha and 10:00am Mass at Infant Jesus of Prague.

This programs begins in September and ends in May.  Any child in this age group may participate – no registration is necessary.


What exactly do they do?

Before every Sunday morning Mass an announcement is made to meet our Catechist in the back of the church to be escorted to our Children’s Liturgy Room.  After a welcome and prayer, the children are read the Sunday Gospel and given an activity worksheet to help them understand.  Following a closing prayer, our usher will let the Catechist know when it’s time to return to Mass.  The children will return to Mass and participate in the Presentation of the Gifts before returning to their seat with their parents.

PSR Reconciliation & First Eucharist Sacrament Preparation Information: 

Parents and of children who are entering 2nd grade and are attending Ursuline Academy or Stuart Hall this 2016-2017 school year, please contact Louise Frederick @ 366-1604 to register your child for preparation for the Sacrament of First Eucharist.    Our program begins in October and our first parent meeting is on Tuesday, Sept 27 at 6:15 in the Parish Hall.  You must be registered to attend.


Children’s Liturgy Grades Kindergarten thru 2nd grade

Religious Instruction begins on Sunday, September 11th at St. Martha Church 8:30AM and 10:30AM & Infant Jesus of Prague at Sunday, September 11th at 10:00AM



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
Sept. 4         Weekly            $7,000.40                  $2,554.98
Sept. 4         Building Fund  $1,781.40                  $   306.00
Sept. 11       Weekly             $3,659.86                  $1,520.00








Chinese Eatery








Sat. Sept. 24 4:00   Infant Jesus

                             Evelyn Manuel, Rita Mae Kilgore, Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Ray Vegas, Adam & Rose Blanchard, Marion Miller, Irby Gros, Jr., Gerald Guidroz, Mark Moorman


Sat. Sept. 24  5:30  St. Martha

                             Bartholomew Hoang Nguyen, Hector Parks-anniversary of death 9/19, Bob Fowler, Sandrus Baudoin, Aura May Javellana, Artemio Javellana, Jimmy Palermo, Miriam L. Odgen, In Thanksgiving, &  Bulletin Sponsor: Dufrene Surveying & Engineering, Inc., Parishioner


Sun. Sept. 25 8:30    St. Martha                 Parishioners


Sun. Sept. 25 10:00         Infant Jesus

James DeSalvo-anniversary of death, Loretta Chaisson Rogers, , Margery Laurent, Sam, Rosalie, Tony & Mike Ditta, Edward, Agnes, & Elizabeth Delatte, Fr. Danny Digal, Souls in Purgatory          


Sun. Sept. 25 10:30         St. Martha

Arlene Longo, James & Stephen Martin, Peter & Maria Minh Dang, Joseph Binh Nguyen, Stacey Lynn Phelan, Glenda M. Conner, In Thanksgiving,Givse Nguyen Hong Phong, Giacobe & Rose Nguyen Von Thi, Marie Muller, Robert Aucoin, Sr. & Bulletin Sponsor: Jim Martin, CPA, Parishioner


Mon.  Sept. 26 8:00  Infant Jesus              For the Sick               

Tues. Sept. 27 8:00  St. Martha                 In Thanksgiving

Wed.  Sept. 28 8:00  Infant Jesus              For the Military

Thurs.Sept. 29 8:00 St. Martha                 In Thanksgiving

Fri. Sept. 30 8:00      St. Martha                 In Thanksgiving


Sat. Oct. 1   4:00              Infant Jesus

                                           Evelyn Manuel, Rita Mae Kilgore, Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Marion Miller, Ella McMahon, Becky Pietroia, Philip J., Philip D. & Michael J. Saladino, Forrest Landry


Sat. Oct. 1   5:30              St. Martha

                                           Alva “Bobbie” Hebert, Bartholomew Hoang Nguyen, Josef Tuan Tran, Bob Fowler, Sandrus Baudoin, Aura May Javellana, Artemio Javellana, Jimmy Palermo, & Our  Bulletin Sponsor: New Orleans Food & Spirits, Mark Bergeron, Parishioner


Sun.  Oct. 2  8:30      St. Martha



Sun.  Oct. 2 10:00            Infant Jesus      

Vincent & Santa Saladino,

Loretta Chaisson Rogers


Sun.  Oct. 2 10:30            St. Martha

Arlene Longo, Peter & Maria Minh Dang, Joseph Binh Nguyen, Stacey Lynn Phelan, Glenda M. Conner, Janet Gray, Therese Cambre,  In Thanksgiving, & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Chinese Eatery on Manhattan


Mon.  Oct. 3  8:00     Infant Jesus              For the Sick               

Tues. Oct. 4  8:00     St. Martha                 In Thanksgiving

Wed.  Oct. 5  8:00     Infant Jesus              For the Military

Thurs.Oct. 6  8:00    St. Martha                 Al Delger

Fri.     Oct. 7  8:00     St. Martha                 Thanksgiving


Sat.    Oct. 8  4:00            Infant Jesus

                                           Evelyn Manual, Marlin Manuel (birthday), Rita Mae Kilgore, Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Ray Vegas, Vincent & Santa Saladino,

Josie & Bill Peperone, Marian Miller,

Irby Gros, Jr., Tera Boudreaux


Sat.    Oct. 8  5:30            St. Martha

                                           Bartholomew Hoang Nguyen, Bob Fowler, Sandrus Baudoin, Aura May Javellana, Artemio Javellana, Jimmy Palermo,

Josef Tuan Tran, Rosie Clark, Alva “Bobbie” Hebert, In Thanksgiving,  &  Our Bulletin Sponsor: Mississippi River Bank


Sun.   Oct. 9   8:30    St. Martha                



Sun.   Oct. 9 10:00           Infant Jesus

Loretta Chaisson Rogers, Timmy Campbell

Paula Hymel Taravella (birthday),

James Laurent (birthday)


Sun. Oct. 9  10:30            St. Martha

Peter & Maria Minh Dang, Joseph Binh Nguyen, Stacey Lynn Phelan, Glenda M. Conner, Doris Sevin, Anna Nguyen Thi Trinh, Giacobe & Rose Nguyen Von Thi,

& Our Bulletin Sponsor: Fifth District Savings Bank


Mon.  Oct. 10   8:00  Infant Jesus              For the Sick               

Tues. Oct. 11   8:00  St. Martha                 Therese Cambre

Wed.  Oct. 12   8:00  Infant Jesus              For the Military

Thurs.Oct. 13   8:00 St. Martha                 For the Military

Fri.     Oct. 14   8:00  St. Martha                 All Souls in Purgatory





In your masses and prayers, please remember:


Raymond Lauren (St. Martha), nephew of Audrey Orgeron

Reba Catanese     (St. Martha)

Laura Robertson  (Infant Jesus)

Ruth Blakeman     (Infant Jesus)


Remember also those who mourn them.


NOVEMBER 5, 2016


If you have a family member that passed away between November 8, 2015 and November 4, 2016, please call the office at 366-1604 so we may be in touch with you about the special mass on

November 5th.

If you would like to offer any of the following for your loved ones, please contact the office at 366-1604.


Mass                        Suggested Donation                  $  5.00

Flowers                    Suggested Donation                  $50.00

Sanctuary Light       Suggested Donation                  $10.00


St. Martha


Week of Oct. 2   Peter & Maria Minh Dang

                           Donated by Joe & Victoria Dang


Week of Oct. 9  In memory of Ben & Flor Pascual



Infant Jesus


Oct. 1      4:00PM Mass       Barbara Hammer

Oct. 9    10:00AM Mass       Sybil & Sam Ditta            





St. Martha

Week of Oct. 9    Peter & Maria Minh Dang

                            Donated by Joe & Victoria Dang


Infant Jesus

Week of Oct. 2    Memory of Gerald Guidroz

                            Good Health for Mark Moorman

Week of Oct. 9    Paula Hymel Taravella Memory of Birthday



Confessions will be heard in all Catholic churches in the Archdiocese of New Orleans on Wednesday, September 14th from 5:00-6:30PM. Fr. Lich will be available at St. Martha.




In honor of Labor Day and the dignity of work, the Justice & Life Ministry Committee is hosting a multi-lingual rosary and prayer service for persons who are unemployed, underemployed are who may work in unjust conditions. The service will be held Thursday, September 1, 2016 in the evening in the Church. The rosary will begin at 6:30 p.m. If you or someone you know is unemployed or underemployed, please join us for this prayerful time as we come together as a parish community to support those who may be struggling with this important theme of Catholic Social Teaching: the dignity of work and the rights of workers.

Immediately following the prayer service we will gather for light food and fellowship.  Employment resources for work will be available through the Catholic Charities office of Workforce Development.  We hope you can join us!

The next meeting of the Justice & Life Ministry will be Monday, September 12 at 6:45 p.m.  Please email with questions about the Justice & Life Ministry or the Labor Day prayer service

Please bring relief items for the Louisiana flood victims for the next Food Pantry Sunday.  They will be given to Catholic Charities for distribution.


The Justice & Life Ministry would like to hear your "Hope Bag" stories.  Please send your feedback, story, and experience with your Hope Bag encounters with the poor.



Our Father in heaven, through the powerful intercession of our Lady of Prompt Succor, spare us from all harm during this hurricane season and protect us and our homes from all disasters of nature.


Our Lady of Prompt Succor,

Hasten to help us

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

Sheena Berthelot & 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.