Sacrament of Confirmation
All Juniors in 11th grade in high school either in the West Bank High School of Religion or a Catholic High School, who are preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation in St. Martha Parish, must register with the Parish Office by October 31st. Please call or stop by the office to receive a registration form. Forms will also be available in the gathering area of the church.
Book of the Dead
The Book of the Dead will be available in church throughout the month of November. On all days when multiple intentions are allowed, the names of those souls entered in the book will be remembered.
Trick or Trunk
St. Martha will host Trick or Trunk on Friday, October 31st from 6:00 p.m. thru 9 p.m. Trick or Treating will begin at 6:30 p.m. All parishioners and families are invited to participate in a fun-filled Halloween Night. There will be Trick or Trunk for the little ones, a car decorating contest, and a wrap your mummy game. We also have other games and a D.J. for dancing.
In addition, hot foods, soft drinks and other snacks will be sold.
If you are not able to attend, we will accept donations of bags of candy to give to the children.
If any one would like to volunteer, please call the office at 366-1604 or Paulette at 494-9876. We need many volunteers to make it a success.
St. Martha’s Youth Group’s Bake Sale for Infant Jesus and St. Martha’s Food Bank was a great success. They collected $796.00. Thank’s so much for your participation.
In your masses and prayers please remember Lorita Adam Lee, mother of Bronson Adam. Also pray for Lavenia Chopin, mother of Angelica Hearnn and Kipp Chopin. Remember also those who mourn them.
Vocation Cross (Infant Jesus). The schedule for receiving the Vocation Cross at mass is shown below:
Sun., Oct. 26, 10 a.m. Sybil & Sam Ditta
Sat., Nov. 1, 4 p.m. Jeanette & Roy Allain
St. Martha Weekly Collection
SEPTEMBER 28, 2014 Collection
Building Fund 161.00
OCTOBER 5, 2014, 2014 Collection
Building Fund 1,436.50
Infant Jesus Weekly Collection
SEPTEMBER 28, 2014 Collection
Building Fund .00
OCTOBER 5, 2014, 2014 Collection
Building Fund 555.09
MON., OCT. 20, 8:00 A.M. (Infant Jesus)
Ella McMahon (anniversary of her death
TUES., OCT. 21, 8:00 A.M. (St. Martha)
For the Sick of our parish
WED., OCT. 22, 8:00 AM (Infant Jesus)
Ella McMahon (anniversary of her death)
THURS., OCT. 23, 8:00 AM (St. Martha)
For the health of Sandrus Baudoin
FRIDAY, OCT. 24, 8:00 AM (St. Martha)
Anna Nguyen Thi Trinh
SAT., OCT. 25, 4:00 P.M. (Infant Jesus
Ella McMahon; Rene & Victoria Manuel; Lloyd Harris (anniversary); Eugene Blanchard, Jr.
SAT., OCT. 25, 5:30 P.M. (St. Martha)
Iona Francis, James & Stephen Martin, Josef Tuan Tran, Lori Bergeron Grefer, Clovis Orgeron, Mothe Funeral Homes, LLC, (Bulletin Sponsor)
SUNDAY, OCT. 26, 8:30 A.M. (St. Martha)
For our parishioners
SUN., OCT. 26, 10:00 A.M. (Infant Jesus)
Walter & Elaine Bartolo & Family; Theodora Hue Nguyen
SUN., OCT. 26, 10:30 AM, (St. Martha)
Arlene Longo, Peter & Maria Minh Dang, Joseph Binh Nguyen, Herbert Robin, Sr., Ellen Kaupp, Cary Patrick Barras, Gene Duhon, Ephen Macaluso, Maria Ho Hui Leung, Christine Yuen Wa Leung, Giacobe Nguyen Van Thi, Rosa Nguyen Thi Tieu, Pemba Lighting & Automation, Parishioner (Bulletin Sponsor)
MON., OCT. 27, 8:00 A.M.,(Infant Jesus)
Lloyd Harris (anniversary
TUESDAY, 28, 14, 8:00 AM (St. Martha)
Deceased parishioners of St. Martha and Infant Jesus of Prague
WED., OCTOBER 29, 8 AM (Infant Jesus)
James & Fernande Laurent
THURS., OCTOBER 30, 8:00 A.M. (St. Martha)
Doris Sevin, Mr. & Mrs. Pancho M. Occiano
FRIDAY, OCT. 31, 8:00 A.M. (St. Martha)
SAT., NOV. 1, 4 PM (Infant Jesus)
Rene, Victoria & Shelby Manuel; Linus, Mary & Preston Manuel; Bergeron, Durio & Manuel Families; Mabel Rougeau; Anthony & Lena Peperone; Forest Blakeman; Tony Palisi, Jr.; Vincent & Santa Saladino; Philip, Sr., Philip D. & Michael Saladino; Sherry (Sue) Blanchard Evans; Gary Bloom; Eugene Blanchard, Jr.; Ella McMahon & Family; Marie Guarino Chiasson & Clifton A. Chiasson, Sr.
SAT., NOV. 1, 5:30 P.M. (St. Martha)
John W. LeJeune, Jr., James & Stephen Martin, Doris Sevin, Josef Tuan Tran, Mary Santos, Cyrus Bergeron Family, Anthony D’Gerolomo, Bernard Gould, Frank St. Pe’ and Emil St. Pe’ & Family, Theresa Marshall, Tony Guidry, Ellen Kaupp, Paul A. Couvillion, Cary Barras, Albert Lerille, China Doll, Parishioner (Bulletin Sponsor)
SUNDAY, NOV. 2, 8:30 AM, (St. Martha)
For our parishioners
SUNDAY, NOV. 2, 10:00 AM (Infant Jesus)
Hernandez & Barrilleaux Families; L.B. Mansfield; Lionel Weigel; Theodora Hue Nguyen; Cyrus Dufrene; Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Ochello; Mr. & Mrs. Mertile Dufrene; Elizabeth & Thomas Ochello
SUNDAY, NOV. 2, 10:30 AM, (St. Martha)
Thomas Norman Marshall, Jr., Francis & Marshall Fly, James & Stephen Martin, Peter & Maria Minh Dang, Joseph Binh Nguyen, Loyola Louisa Munoz Watts, John Eitmann, Ryan Bush, Herbert Robin, Sr., Ellen Kaupp, Carry Barras, Arlene Longo, Giacobe Nguyen Van Thi, Rosa Nguyen Thi Tieu, Maria Ho Lui Leung, Christine Yuen Wai Leung, Clement Heating & Air Conditioning (Bulletin Sponsor)
The Sanctuary Light at St. Martha will burn the week of October 22nd in memory of Albert Lerille. It will burn the week of October 29th in memory of Kylie Dupaquier. It will also burn the week of November 5th for the health of Sandrus Baudoin.
The Sanctuary Light at Infant Jesus of Prague will burn the week of October 26th in memory of Lloyd Harris. It will burn the week of November 2nd in memory of Marie Guarino Chiasson & Clifton A. Chiasson, Sr.
The flowers at the Altar the week of November 1st have been donated in memory of Peter & Maria Minh Dan by Mr. & Mrs. Joe Dang & Fly.. The flowers at Mary’s Statue are in memory of Josef Tuan Tran on the anniversary of his death.
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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