Thanks to all for your donations for Easter flowers and decorations! Thanks also to Father Lich and his team of volunteers who did a spectacular job decorating our church for Easter! It was truly beautiful!
PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION
”With God, All Things are Possible “Matt. 19:26
On Tuesday, April 25th, the teachers and students closed our last day of the year in church with a ceremony of prayer and reviewing the spiritual lessons and experiences we were blessed with this year. Our catechists presented each student with a certificate of promotion to the next level and many were awarded certificates for perfect attendance.
As we look towards summer vacation, Father Lich treated our committed, prayerful and loving students and teachers to flavored snowballs as we bid farewell to our student body until September of the next school year.
Eighth grade graduates, your next step will be to attend Westbank High School of Religion (WBHSR) to begin your preparation to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. And, of course, I look forward to seeing the rest of you and some new faces at PSR in September!
Remember students: “With God, All Things are Possible”
Please congratulate our second grade students who will receive the Sacrament of First Eucharist at 10:30 am Mass on Sunday, April 30, 2017.
Evan Samuel Bailey
Joshua Brennan Berthelot
Gabrielle Marie Delpozo
Kadin Nicole Fascio
Preslie David Gulizo
Luciana Bella Holton
Abigail Renee Jefferson
Ana Leigh Livaudais
Remington Gary Mouton
Loren Santiago Nguyen
Samantha Lee Plaisance
HAVE A SAFE, GREAT AND
BLESSED SUMMER VACATION!
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
Confirmation date is Wednesday, May 24, 2017.
Children’s Liturgy Grades Kindergarten thru 2nd gradeReligious Instruction at St. Martha Church 8:30AM and 10:30AM
& Infant Jesus of Prague at 10:00AM
Mrs. Louise Frederick, PCL
First Saturday of Each Month
When: May 6, 2017
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.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR
ST. LOUIS MEDALLION RECIPIENTS!
Paul and Stephanie Vlosich
received the Outstanding Altar Server Award from St.
Martha Parish on April 26th
at St. Rita Church. She is a senior at Cabrini High School
and will attend LSU
OUR LADY OF FATIMA (U.N. Int’l Pilgrim Virgin Statute)
St. Cletus Church
May 3 & 4, 2017
Speaker: Dorinda C. Bordlee
Saturday, May 13th 9:30 am-Noon
Café Hope at Timberlane Country Club
Tickets: $20.00 On Sale April 10th to May 10th
NO TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR
Tickets: Westbank ReligiousSupply House: 341-6558
Lauren McGinnis: 263-2474, Dee Caskey: 884-8672
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
GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
celebration will take place on Sunday, June
11th at 3:00pm in St. Philip Neri Church in
Metairie. This celebration will
not be a Mass, but a Prayer Service. Anyone wishing to
attend, please contact
the office before March 3rd to register.
SUBSTANCE ADDICTION MINISTRY
Meetings are open to anyone touched by addictions. The next meetings are May 9th & 23rd at Visitation Church upstairs in the Pastoral Center at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Deacon Jerry Labadot @ 495-5820.
ALTAR FLOWERS AND SANCTUARY LIGHT
The calendar is now open for the Altar Flowers and the Sanctuary Light for 2017. If you wish to remember a deceased loved one or celebrate an important date in your life, please call the office to reserve your date. The donation for flowers is $50.00 and the donation for the Sanctuary Light is $10.00
The Mass Book for 2017 is open. Anyone wishing to schedule a Mass can come to the rectory Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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.
WIDOW’S/WIDOWERS SUPPORT GROUP
The Widow’s/Widowers Support Group is looking for members! Please come join this group which supports the spiritual and social welfare of widows and widowers. If interested, please contact 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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
St. Martha Infant Jesus
April 9 Weekly $5,413.92 $1,699.00
Good Friday-Holy Land $1,240.22 $ 52.00
April 16 Easter $7,557.21 $1,976.41
Rice Bowls $1,560.21
If you are a parishioner wanting a tax letter in January, please use your envelopes. If you do not receive envelopes and would like to, please contact the office or pick up a registration form in the gathering area and return it to the office, or place it in collection basket.
Mon. Apr. 24 8:00 Infant Jesus The Sick
Tues. Apr. 25 8:00 St. Martha John C. Werner
Wed. Apr. 26 8:00 Infant Jesus The Military
Thurs.Apr. 27 8:00 St. Martha All Souls in Purgatory
Fri. Apr. 28 8:00 St. Martha Alex Michael Vedros
All Souls in Purgatory
Sat. Apr. 29 4:00 Infant Jesus
Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Evelyn & Marlin Manuel, Ray Vegas, Rita Landry, Bernard B. Gould, Dianne Bertucci
Sat. Apr. 29 5:30 St. Martha
Sandrus Baudoin, Josef Tuan Tran, Barbara Roussel, Frank Macera, Jr., Carrie Ogden, Blanche & Nathan Hebert, Theresa & Jake Falcone, Evelyn Sshexnayder Robert Bauer, Jr. & Our Bulletin Sponsor: First Bank & Trust, Lillian C. Orgeron, Parishioner
Sun. Apr. 30 8:30 St. Martha
Sun. Apr. 30 10:00 Infant Jesus
Sun. Apr. 30 10:30 St. Martha
Victor Gonzalez, Steven Gauthier, Sr., William T. Stephens, Jr.-anniversary of death, Doris Sevin, James Martin, Stephen Martin, Debbie Petit, Carrie Ogden, All Souls in Purgatory, & Our Bulletin Sponsor: First Bank & Trust, Lillian C. Orgeron-Parishioner
Mon. May 1 8:00 Infant Jesus The Sick
Tues. May 2 8:00 St. Martha Evelyn Schexnayder
Wed. May 3 8:00 Infant Jesus The Military
Thurs.May 4 8:00 St. Martha Al Delger
Fri. May 5 8:00 St. Martha All Souls in Purgatory
Sat. May 6 4:00 Infant Jesus
Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Vincent & Santa Saladino, Evelyn Manuel, Ray Vegas, Philip J, Philip D & Michael Saladino, Rita Landry
Sat. May 6 5:30 St. Martha
Sandrus Baudoin, Josef Tuan Tran, Barbara Roussel, Robert Bauer, Jr., Ruby Sanzone, Frank Macera, Jr., Aura May Javellana, All Souls in Purgatory & Our Bulletin Sponsor: First Bank & Trust, Lillian C. Orgeron-Parishioner
Sun. May 7 8:30 St. Martha
Sun. May 7 10:00 Infant Jesus
Sun. May 7 10:30 St. Martha
Steven Gauthier, Sr., Victor Gonzalez, Debbie Petit, James Martin, Stephen Martin, Doris Sevin, Evelyn Schexnayder, & Our Bulletin Sponsor: First Bank & Trust, Lillian C. Orgeron-Parishioner
Mon. May 8 8:00 Infant Jesus The Sick
Tues. May 9 8:00 St. Martha The Sick
Wed. May 10 8:00 Infant Jesus The Military
Thurs.May 11 8:00 St. Martha All Souls in PurgatoryFri. May 12 8:00 St. Martha The Military
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 the following of St. Martha Parish, Robert Bauer, Jr. husband of Myrna Bauer, Frank Macera, Jr. father of Patricia Rudolph and great grandfather of Brandon Comeaux, and Randy Richard son of Susan Richard and the late Doug Richard, and of Infant Jesus Parish, Margaret LaBella wife of Sal LaBella. Remember also those who mourn them.
Week of April 23rd the flowers were donated in memory of Josef Tuan Tran by his parents.
April 30 10:00AM Mass Consuela Stewart
May 06 4:00PM Mass Jeanette & Roy Allain
Week of April 23rd the Sanctuary Light will burn this week in memory of Tony Palisi, Jr.
Week of April 23rd the Sanctuary Light will burn this week for Giacobe Nguyen Van Thi.
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)
The Annual Christmas Luncheon for Martha’s Friends and
Associate Members was Dec. 5th. The food was fantastic. Thanks to all the chefs and bakers. Martha’s Friends serves as a welcoming committee and additional support to all parish ministries. The activities include Confirmation Celebration, Turkey Bingo, Bake Sale, and other church events. It is a great way to socialize and get involved in the parish. Anyone wishing to join Marth’s Friends, please call the office at 366-1604.
PRAYER FOR HURRICANE SEASON
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
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
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.