Congratulations to Mr. Alan Couvillon and Mr. Joseph Michelli. They have been selected as recipients of the Order of St. Louis Medallion from St. Martha Church this year.
We also congratulate Sybil Ditta and Sam Ditta who was selected from Infant Jesus of Prague Mission. The awards are presented to parishioners for their unselfish contribution of time, dedication and talents to the life of our parish.
Youth Ministry Bake Sale
The Youth Ministry at St. Martha will have their annual bake sale on Sunday, April 28th after 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. mass. Make sure you stop by to get your dessert for Sunday’s dinner!!!!!!
May 2, 3 & 4
It’s almost time for everyone to start spring cleaning! We ask that you start gathering any items you wish to donate toward St. Martha’s Garage Sale which will be held May 2, 3 & 4 this year. Of course, we also need volunteers. Please call Jessie Acosta at 368-8751 for more information. As always, we thank you for your generosity.
2018 Diaconate Formation Group Information
Archbishop Aymond has announced the commencement of an inquiry period in preparation for the formalized discernment process of calling men to enter formation. A series of regional “Information Nights” will be offered to illustrate the process of formation for service in diaconal ministry.
Anyone who desires to participate in one of these sessions must take the following steps: (1) complete the “First Inquiry Form”, and (2) RSVP for one of the “Information Nights” session dates.
Return the “First Inquiry Form” to:
Office of Diaconate, 7887 Walmsley Ave.
New Orleans, La 70125.
The content and format of these sessions are designed to be relatively informal. We will share information and an opportunity to ask questions will be provided to those who are in attendance. Wives are invited and encouraged to participate. Attendance at one of these sessions will assist an Inquirer and the Diaconate Formation Community in determining eligibility for entrance into the more formalized discernment process.
For answers to questions email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Ms. Diane Smith at 504-861-6329. The dates for Inquiry Information Nights on the Westbank are Thursday, April 25th and Thursday, May 9th, 6:30 p.m. thru 9:00 p.m. at Infant Jesus of Prague.
Congratulations to the following children who received their First Communion on April 16th at St. Martha Church
Kaitlyn Alexis Ables William Gregory LaCaze
Kaden Michael Bush Andrew Paul McCann
Brandon Lee Comeaux Remy Luke Mabile
Emily Nhi Do Arren Michaela Murphy
Marie Louise Imseis Abi Carmen Scanlan
Morning with Mary
The Ladies Altar Society of Immaculate Conception Parish is offering a “Morning of Reflection” on the role of Mother Mary in our life, Saturday, April 27th from 9:00 AM thru Noon at Immaculate Conception Parish House, 4509 Seventh St., Marrero. Cost is $5.00 and Lunch is included. Please pre-register by Monday, April 22nd, by calling 347-1680.
St. Martha Weekly Collection
March 25, 2013 Collection
Building Fund 290.00
Infant Jesus of Prague Weekly Collection
March 25, 2013 Collection
Building Fund .00
MONDAY, APRIL 22, 8:00 A.M. (Infant Jesus)
Pray for the sick of our parish
TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 8:00 A.M. (St. Martha)
For the health of David Vidrine
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 8.00 AM (Infant Jesus)
Pray for our military
THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 8:00 AM (St. Martha)
Al Delger, Aniano Baylan
FRIDAY, APRIL 26 , 8:00 A.M. (St. Martha)
For the health of Joe Michelli
SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 4:00 P.M. (Infant Jesus)
Adolph & Michael Boudreaux, Pete, Will & Julian Taulli, Lily Labella, Irene Matherine
SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 5:30 P.M. (St. Martha)
Ora Mae Smith, Carrie Ogden, Deceased members of the DeRoche Family, The Gordon Family, The Cook Family, The Landry Family, and the Grand Family, Louisiana Single Catholic (Bulletin Sponsor)
SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 8:30 A.M. (St. Martha)
For our parishioners
SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 10:00 A.M. (Infant Jesus)
Mr. & Mrs. Clifton A. Chaisson, Sr. (Anniversary)
SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 10:30 AM, (St. Martha)
James Martin, Wallace Faucheux, Ruby S. Orgeron, Peter & Maria Minh Dang, Joseph Binh Nguyen, William T. Stephens, Jr., Giacobe Nguyen Van Thi, Rosa Nguyen Thi Tieu, Maria Ho Lui Leung, Christine Yuen Wai Leung, Arlene Longo, Jules Orgeron, Joe Santos, Anthony Nguyen Van Tinh, Anna Maria Nguyen Thi May, Joseph Vu Van Dam, Anna Nguyen Thi Man, Avon, Suzanne Cantrelle, Parishioner, Bulletin Sponsor)
MONDAY, APRIL 29, 8:00 AM (Infant Jesus)
Pray for the sick of the parish
TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 8:00 AM (St. Martha)
For the health of Dean Danos
WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 8:00 AM (Infant Jesus)
Pray for the Military
THURSDAY, MAY 2, 8:00 AM (St. Martha)
For the health of John LeJeune
FRIDAY, MAY 3, 8:00 A.M. (St. Martha)
Thomas Norman Marshall, Jr.
SATURDAY, MAY 4, 4:00 PM (Infant Jesus)
Forest Blakeman, Michael & Philip Saladino, Vincent & Santa Saladino, Lily Labella
SATURDAY, MAY 4, 5:30 P.M. (St. Martha)
James Martin, Ruby Sanzone, Joe Santos, Aura May Javellana, Thomas Norman Marshall, Jr., Ora Mae Smith, Jules Orgeron, Deceased members of the DeRoche, The Gordon Family, The Cook Family, The Landry Family and the Grand Family, Air Cooled Engines, Inc. (Bulletin Sponsor)
SUNDAY, MAY 5, 8:30 AM, (St. Martha)
For all Parishioners
SUNDAY, MAY 5, 10:00 AM (Infant Jesus)
Darryl Hall, L. D. Mansfield
SUNDAY, MAY 5, 10:30 AM, (St. Martha)
Aura May Javellana, Peter & Maria Minh Dang, Joseph Binh Nguyen, Giacobe Nguyen Van Thi, Arlene Longo, Rosa Nguyen Thi Tieu, Maria Ho Lui Leung, Christine Yuen Wai Leung, Jules Orgeron, Maria Hoang Dan Phuong, Anthony Nguyen Van Tinh, Ana Maria Nguyen Thi May, Joseph Vu Van Dam, Anna Nguyen Thi Man, In loving member of James Leithman (Bulletin Sponsor)
The Sanctuary Light at Infant Jesus will burn the week of April 28th in memory of Mr. & Mrs. Clifton A. Chaisson, Sr.
The Sanctuary Light at St. Martha will burn the week of April 23rd in memory of Giacobe Nguyen Van Thi. It will burn the week of April 30th in memory of Ora Mae Smith.
The Altar Flowers at St. Martha Church for the week of March 22nd have been donated by Mr. & Mrs. Bat Le in memory of Peter Vu and Maria Nhung. The flowers for the week of March 29th will be in memory of the deceased parishioners of St. Martha and Infant Jesus of Prague.
Catholic Charismatic Prayer Group
The Catholic Charismatic Prayer Group will meet on Wednesday, May 8th at 7:30 p.m. in Infant Jesus Church. The celebrant will be Fr. Dau. All are welcome.
The Golden Agers will meet on Tuesday, May 7th at 2:00 p.m. in Carmel Hall.
The Widows Support Group will meet on Wednesday, May 1st at 4:00 p.m. in Carmel Hall.
Vocation Cross (Infant Jesus)
The schedule for receiving the Vocation Cross at mass is shown below:
Sun., April 28th, 10:00 a.m. Cynthia Matherne
Sat. May 4th, 4:00 p.m. Waver & Jerome St.Romain
The Easter Candle this year was been donated by Judy and Wilton Dufrene for a special intention.
In your masses and prayers please remember Ada Lee Hourcade. Also, Mr. Morgan Cheramie, Sr., husband of Mary Nell Cheramie. Remember those who mourn them.
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
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.
“Loving and Serving God Through One Another”. We meet once a month to schedule, discuss and plan such events as the St. Martha’s Annual Golf Tournament, retreat, how we can assist other ministries, cabbage ball and bowling events against St. Martha’s Youth Group and an occasional card game among the members.
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.
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