Parishioners on the envelope system wishing a copy of their 2015 envelope contributions for income tax purposes should call the Parish Office at 366-1604 (St. Martha) or 368-1397 (Infant Jesus).
MARK YOUR CALENDARS, Martha’s Friends will hold their Cake Sale the weekend of February 7th after every mass.
SCHOOL VOUCHERS (2016 – 2017)
Without a school in St. Martha’s & Infant Jesus Parish the children of our parish attend the surrounding Catholic Schools.
Vouchers are a way of helping the families in our parish to obtain a discount in the school tuition for elementary school age children. (The voucher does not cover children in Pre-Kindergarten)
The request for school vouchers has dramatically increased. To effectively handle all requests vouchers will be distributed from February 1st through March 1st only with the information provided on the form below.
In order to qualify and obtain a voucher you must be an active and supporting parishioner (by the envelope system) of St. Martha or Infant Jesus for at least one year with the minimum donation of $365 for one child, $665 for two children or more.
St. Martha & Infant Jesus pay a support fee of $300.00 per child to the Archdiocese for each voucher given.
To apply for a school voucher, please complete the following information and return to the rectory.
Name of Child
Name of Child
February 10, 2016
Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule
8:00 a.m. – Infant Jesus of Prague
6:30 p.m. – St. Martha Church
Noon – Distribution of Ashes – Infant Jesus
Lenten Weekly Mass schedule
Monday 8:00 a.m. Infant Jesus
Tuesday 8:00 a.m. St. Martha
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. Infant Jesus
Thursday 8:00 a.m. St. Martha
Friday 8:00 a.m. St. Martha
Stations of the Cross
Infant Jesus of Prague Mission
All Fridays of Lent at 5:30 p.m.
St. Martha Church
All Fridays of Lent at 6:30 p.m.
St. Martha Ministry Schedule for
Friday Way of the Cross
February 12 Martha Friends
February 19 EMHC’S/Lectors
February 26 Pastoral Council
March 4 CYO Ministry
March 11 Social Justice Grp
March 18 PSR Catechists
March 25 Choir
St. Martha Weekly Collection
JANUARY 10, 2016, Collection
Building Fund 138.00
Infant Jesus Weekly Collection
JANUARY 10, 2016, Collection
Building Fund 60.00
Food Pantry Sunday - Feb. 13-14
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.
Mass Intentions Of The Week
MON., FEB. 1, 8:00 A.M.,(Infant Jesus)
For the sick
TUESDAY, FEB. 2, 8:00 AM (St. Martha)
For the ill
WED., FEB. 3, 8:00 A.M. (Infant Jesus)
For the Military
THURS., FEB. 4, 8:00 A.M.(St. Martha)
Al Delger, James Martin, Ray Vegas
FRI., FEB.5, 8.00 A.M. (St. Martha)
SAT., FEB 6, 4:00 P.M., INFANT JESUS
Rita Mae Kilgore, Evelyn Manuel, Anthony & Lena Peperone, Ella McMahon
SAT., FEB. 6, 5:30 P.M. (St. Martha)
Alva “Bobbie” Hebert, Evelyn Manuel, Sandrus Baudoin, Bartholomew Hoang Nguyen, Michael Tien Nguyen, Edith Gordon, Josef Tuan Tran, Michael Landry, Hilda Simondeaux, Clovis Orgeron, August Moon, (Bulletin Sponsor)
SUNDAY, FEB. 7, 8:30 AM, (St. Martha)
For our parishioners
SUN., FEB. 7, 10:00 AM (Infant Jesus)
James & Fernande Laurent
SUNDAY, FEB. 7, 10:30 AM, (St. Martha)
Maria Ho Li Leung, Christine Yuen Wai Leung, Arlene Longo, James and Stephen Martin, Giacobo & Rosie Nguyen Van Thi, Bruce Baird, Peter and Maria Minh Daug, Joseph Binh Nguyen, Dufrene Surveying & Engineering, Inc., Wilton Dufrene, Parishioner, (Bulletin Sponsor)
MON., FEB 8, 8:00 A.M. (Infant Jesus)
For the ill
TUES., FEB. 9, 8:00 A.M. (St. Martha)
For the ill of our parish
WED., FEB 10, 4:00 P.M. (Infant Jesus)
Ella McMahon (birthday)
THURS., FEB. 11, 10:30 AM (St. Martha)
FRIDAY, FEB. 12, 8:00 AM (St. Martha)
For the ill of our parish
SAT., FEB 13, 4:00 P.M. (Infant Jesus
Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Evelyn Manual, Josie & Bill Peperone, Mr. & Mrs. Sam Centanni, Dr. Keith Peperone
SAT, FEB. 13, 5:30 P.M. (St. Martha)
Evelyn Manuel, Sandrus Baudoin, Bartholomew Hoang Nguyen, Michael Tien Nguyen, Edith Gordon, Josef Tuan Tran, Michael Landry, Hilda Simoneaux, Ora Mae Smith, Harold & Rosie Clark, Jim Martin, Certified Public Accountant, Parishioner, (Bulletin Sponsor)
SUNDAY, FEB. 14, 8:30 A.M. (St. Martha)
For our parishioners
SUN., FEB. 14, 10:00 A.M. (Infant Jesus)
LaDonia & Oscar Lacinak, Candy & Gerald Jenkins, Elaine Bartolo & Family, Brooks Stewart, For all those who died without being Baptized
SUN., FEB. 14, 10:30 AM, (St. Martha)
Arlene Longo, Maria Ho Lui Leung, Christine Yuen Wai Leung, James & Stephen Martin, Sal J. Graziano, Bruce Baird, Peter & Maria Minh Dang, Joseph Binh Nguyen, John Murphy, Joseph Binh Nguyen, Stacey Lynn Phelan, New Orleans Food & Spirits (Bulletin Sponsor)
MONDAY, FEB. 15, 8:00 A.M.,(Infant Jesus)
For all aborted babies
TUESDAY, FEB. 16, 8:00 A.M., (St. Martha)
WED., FEB. 17, 8:00 AM (Infant Jesus)
In thanksgiving to St. Philomena for prayers answered
THURSDAY, FEB. 18, 8:00 A.M., (St. Martha)
FRIDAY, FEB. 19, 8:00 A.M. (St. Martha)
For the health of our parishioners
SAT., FEB. 20, 4 P.M. (Infant Jesus)
Rita Mae Kilgore, Evelyn Manuel, Eugene Blanchard, Jr.
SAT., FEB. 20, 5:30 P.M. (St. Martha)
Evelyn Manuel, Sandrus Baudoin, Bartholomew Hoang Nguyen, Michael Tien Nguyen, Edith Gordon, Joseph Tuan Tran, Michael Landry, Hilda Simoneaux, Jose’ Guiang, Lori Bergeron Grefer, Anytime Fitness on Manhattan, (Bulletin Sponsor)
SUNDAY, FEB. 21, 8:30 AM, (St. Martha)
For our parishioners
SUNDAY, FEB. 21, 10:00 AM (Infant Jesus)
Ronald Laurent, Marie Hernandez
SUNDAY, FEB. 21, 10:30 AM, (St. Martha)
Arlene Longo, James &
Stephen Martin, Maria Ho Lui Leung, Christine Joseph
Binh Nguyen, Yuen Wai Leung, Peter & Maria Minh
Dang, Marie Muller, Stacey
Lynn Phelan, Mississippi River Bank, Mississippi River
Bank, (Bulletin Sponsor)
The Sanctuary Light at St. Martha will burn the week of February 1st in memory of Janet Gray. The light will also burn the week of February 8th in memory of deceased members of the Bairnsfather’s family.
The Sanctuary Light at St. Martha will burn the week of February 15th in memory of Janet Gray. The Light will burn the week of February 22nd in memory of Annette Powell
The Sanctuary Light at Infant Jesus will burn the week of February 7th in memory of Tony Palisi, Jr.
Vocation Cross (Infant Jesus)
The schedule for receiving the Vocation Cross at Mass in Infant Jesus is shown below.
31st, 10 am
Sat., , Feb. 6th, 4 pm Jeannete & Roy
Sun., Feb. 14th, 10 a.m. Consuela Stewart
Sat., Feb. 20th, 4 p.m. Barbara
flowers at the Altar the week of January 29th
donated in memory of Catherine Hebert by Sister Marjorie
flowers at the Altar the week of February
5th has been donated in memory of Peter and
Maria Minh Dang by Jose
& Victoria Dang.
The Altar Flowers the week of February 12th have been donated in memory of Josef Tuan Tran by his parents. The flowers at the altar the week of February 19th have been donated in memory of Joseph Binh Nguyen by his children Joseph & Thuy Nguyen. The Flowers at Mary’s Statue has been donated in memory of Sandrus Baudoin
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.