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Visitation of Our Lady Church


Sept. 7-9               6:30PM

                                 Sept.   9               Healing Service after Novena

Sept. 10                7:00PM

Sept. 11                5:00PM

Sept. 12-15           6:30PM




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





PSR Registration Information: 

Religious Instruction Class for Grades 1st thru 8th begins on Tuesday, August 23rd, 6-7:15 pm. Doors open at 5:30.   Parents must attend first class for orientation.   Student seats are limited so please send in your registration form and program fee to the church office.  Registration Forms and additional information can be found in the Gathering Area.

Parents of children who are entering 2nd grade and are attending Ursuline Academy or Stuart Hall for the 2016-2017 school year, please contact Louise Frederick @366-1604 for information concerning the Sacrament of First Eucharist.


West Bank High School of Religion (WBHSR)

Grades 9th thru 11th

Parent of teens who attend public or private school must continue their religious education to receive preparation for Confirmation during their junior or senior year.

Mandatory parent & student orientation meeting will be on Saturday, Aug. 27, 9-10AM at St. Cletus.

St Martha & Infant Jesus of Prague are to register at the parish office.  Registration forms and additional information can be found in the Gathering Area. 


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

nd our struggles in doing so. We also listened to a song that I invite you all to google and listen to: "Just Be Held" by Casting Crowns.



July 24             Weekly            $4,370.83           

July 31             Weekly            $4,351.20





July 24             Weekly            $2,184.25

July 31             Weekly            $2,160.00




AUGUST MOON  Vietnamese & Chinese Cuisine









Infant Jesus


Aug.  20     4:00PM         Evelyn Manuel

                                    Rita Mae Kilgore

                                    Eugene Blanchard, Jr.

                                    Ray Vegas

Adolph, Evelyn & Michael Boudreaux   

Marion Miller 

Aug.  21   10:00AM         Anthony & Lena Peperone

                                    Fernande Laurent

                                    Vincent & Santa Saladino

                                    Loretta Chaisson Rogers

                                    Margery Laurent

                                    Fr. Danny Digal 

Aug.  22    8:00AM          For the Sick                              

Aug.  24    8:00AM          Louis Coleman


St. Martha


Aug.  20     5:30PM  Bartholomew Hoang Nguyen

                             Michael Tien Nguyen, Josef Tuan Tran

                             Harold & Rosie Clark, Alva “Bobbie” Hebert, Sandrus Baudoin, Bob Fowler,

                             Aura May Javellana, Artemio Javellana, Joretta Walker Bourgeois

                             Jimmy Palermo        

Aug.  21   10:30AM  Arlene Longo, James & Stephen Martin, Peter & Maria Minh Dang

                             Joseph Binh Nguyen, Stacey Lynn Phelan, Alonzo Christopher Charlot

                             Alonzo S. Charlot, Glenda M. Conner

                             Nora O’Riordan, Thelma Rita Hebert

Aug. 22     8:00AM          For the Sick      

Aug. 23     8:00AM          Stephen Martin              

Aug. 25     8:00AM          Dr. H.O. Blackwood of Shreveport

Aug. 27     5:30PM   Bartholomew Hoang Nguyen, Michael Tien Nguyen, Maria Tian Thi Tinh, Josef Tuan Tran, Sandrus Baudoin, Bob Fowler, Aura May Javellana, Artimio Javellana, Joretta Walker Bourgeois, Jimmy Palermo    

Aug. 28     8:30AM          For Parishioners

Aug. 28   10:30AM          Arlene Longo, James & Stephen

Martin, Givse Nguyen Hong Phong, Peter & Maria Minh Dang, Joseph Binh Nguyen, Marie Muller, Stacey Lynn Phelan, Bernice Kostycz, Glenda M. Conner, Nora O’Riordan         

Aug. 30     8:00AM          Dr. H.O. Blackwood of Shreveport           

Aug. 31     8:00AM          For Deceased Parishioners                     

Sept. 01    8:00AM          Al Delger          



Sanctuary Light

St. Martha

Week of August 27 Alva “Bobbie” Hebert and

Rosa Nguyen Thi Tieu.



Week: September 1 for Lestor Pascual



Vocation Cross

Infant Jesus


The Vocation Cross will be received by Marlin Manuel at the 4:00PM Mass on Saturday, August 20th.




St. Martha


In your masses and prayers, please remember Joseph Ciro Palermo. Remember also those who mourn him.


St. John Bosco Retreat

Save the Date


Saturday, August 27th Marian Day of Recollection for men and women presented by Jan Tate of the Archdiocesan Spirituality Center, 9:30-12:30,

St. John Bosco Family Life Center, Harvey





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



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


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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.