PRAYER FOR PROTECTION AGAINST
STORMS AND HURRICANES
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
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
EVENTS IN OTHER PARISHES
Aug. 26 St. John Bosco Family Life Center
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
PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION
Attention: St. Martha & Infant Jesus of Prague
Parishioners, Parents & Grandparents:
PSR FIRST CLASS DAY & PARENT ORIENTATION
Tuesday, August 22rd
DOORS OPEN AT 5:15
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. .
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.
JUSTICE & LIFE NEWS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANNULMENT WRITING WORKSHOP
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 http://www.arch-no.org/offices/family-life-apostolate/#annulments
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
at 10a.m. Please Come Join us, share with us the
marvelous insight of Jesus’ stories for us.
DYNAMIC CATHOLIC BOOKS
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.
NEED HELP OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS SUFFERING FROM ADDICTION, ABUSE OR CONTEMPLATING ABORTION
THERE IS HOPE AND HELP!
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-
COPING WITH LIFE ALONE
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.
CARRYING GIFTS TO THE ALTAR
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.
WIDOWS/WIDOWERS SUPPORT GROUP
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.
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS OF
HOLY COMMUNION NEEDED
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.
CATHOLIC YOUTH GROUP (CYO)
New registration for 2016-17 is open. Ages 13-18 are welcome. Please contact Mrs. Kim at
504-421-6602 or email@example.com
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.
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
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.
BAPTISMS AND BAPTISMAL SEMINARS
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.
Week of Aug. 13 in memory of John Murphy
donated by Helen Murphy
Week of Aug. 13 in memory of Josef Tuan Tran
parents Thai Tran Family
Week of August 27th in memory of Warren Murphy donated by Deacon and Bonnie Murphy.
Aug. 19 4:00p.m. Mass Genevieve Harris
Aug. 27 10:00a.m. Mass Sybil & Sam Ditta
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)
2017 SPONSOR BOARD
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
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.
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
& 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.