JUSTICE & LIFE MINISTRY
Thank you to all those who brought in baby items for the pro-life month "Baby Shower”. More than a truck load of items were collected and donated to ACCESS Pregnancy. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and will make
a difference in the lives of precious newborns and their mothers."
SCHOOL VOUCHERS (2017-2018)
Without a school in St. Martha’s Church Parish, the children of our parish attend the surrounding Catholic schools.
Vouchers are a way of helping the families in our parish obtain a discount in the school tuition for elementary school age children.
The request for school vouchers dramatically increased. To effectively handle all requests, vouchers will be distributed from January 30th-February 28th.
In order to qualify and obtain a voucher, you must be an active and supporting parishioner (by the envelope system) of St. Martha Parish for at least one year with a minimum donation of $365 for one child, $665 for two or more children.
St. Martha’s Parish pays a support fee of $300.00 per child to the Archdiocese for each voucher given.
To apply for a school voucher, please contact the office at
366-1604, Monday-Friday between 8:30 and 3:30.
If any additional information is needed, please call Nettie at 366-1604.
ASH WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1ST
8:00AM. . . . Infant Jesus. . .Mass and Ashes
12:00 Noon. .Infant Jesus. . .No Mass-Ashes only
6:30PM. . . . St. Martha. . . . .Mass and
LENTEN WEEKDAY MASS SCHEDULE
Monday 8:00AM Infant Jesus
Tuesday 8:00AM St. Martha
Wednesday 8:00AM Infant Jesus
Thursday 8:00AM St. Martha
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
ALL FRIDAYS IN LENT
5:30PM Infant Jesus of Prague Mission
6:30PM St. Martha Church
ST. MARTHA MINISTRY SCHEDULE FOR
WAY OF THE CROSS
March 3 Martha’s Friends
March 10 Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion and Lectors
March 17 Men’s Club
March 24 Parish School of Religion & CYO
March 31 Justice & Life Ministry
April 7 Pastoral Council
April 14 Music Ministry
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.
NATIONAL MARRIAGE WEEK:
Every February 7-14, it is an opportunity to promote, celebrate and strengthen marriage.
Amoris Laetitia: Pope Francis’s exhortation “The Joy of Love” (April 2016) about marriage and family life
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
CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL WESTBANK
The Catholic Charismatic Renewal Westbank (CCRWB) gathers monthly every second and fourth Wednesday evening. Starting at 7:30 pm with Praise followed by a Healing Mass at 8:00 pm, at Infant Jesus of Prague Church. Our next 3 prayer meetings are Feb. 22nd-Arch. Bishop Hughes, Mar. 8th-Msgr. Rareshide, Mar. 22nd- Fr. Dau as celebrants. Confessions are heard before mass. For more Info: 504-913-4903 EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
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.
“BEST ADVENT EVER”
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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 email@example.com
Registration forms are in the gathering area.
PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION
”With God, All Things are Possible “Matt. 19:26
There will be no class on February 28th,
Mardi Gras Day
Happy Mardi Gras!
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
Candidate & Sponsor Mandatory Meeting
Sponsors Must Attend
February 12th, 2017
Where: St. Martha Parish Hall
Time: 6 - 7:00 PM Sponsors
6 - 8:00 PM Candidate Class
See You There!
Confirmation Rite of Enrollment Mass for candidates and sponsors will be Saturday, March 4th at 5:30PM
Mrs. Louise Frederick, PCL
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
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
Jan. 22 Weekly $4,364.00 $1,633.70
Jan. 29 Weekly $5,272.00 $1,548.53
Jan. 29 Catholic Schools $1,102.50 $ 236.59
Feb. 5 Weekly $7,338.00 $2,968.00
Feb. 5 Church of Latin America $590.99
Feb. 5 Building Fund $1,782.73
Thank you for your continued support!
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.
Sat. Feb. 11 4:00 Infant Jesus
Miller, Vincent & Santa Saladino,
Anthony & Lena Peperone,
Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Evelyn Manuel, Ray Vegas
Sat. Feb. 11 5:30 St. Martha
Sandrus Baudoin,., Josef Tuan Tran, Steven Gauthier, Sr. & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Susan R. Hemelt, MDSun. Feb. 12 8:30 St. Martha
Sun. Feb. 12 10:0 Infant JesusElaine & Walter Bartolo & Family, Timmy Campbell
Sun. Feb. 12 10:30St. Martha
Glenda M. Conner, Betty Brossard, Steven Gauthier, Sr., Victor Gonzalez, Debbie Petit, & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Susan R. Hemelt, MDMon. Feb.13 8:00 Infant Jesus
Ora Mae Smith (birthday)Tues. Feb.14 8:00 St. Martha
Souls in PurgatoryWed. Feb.15 8:00 Infant Jesus
For the MilitaryThurs.Feb.16 8:00St. Martha
The SickFri. Feb. 17 8:00St. Martha
Sat. Feb. 18 4:00 Infant Jesus
Marian Miller, Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Evelyn Manuel, Ray Vegas, Leila Benazo, Adolph, Evelyn, Michael & Tera BoudreauxSat. Feb. 18 5:30 St. Martha
Sandrus Baudoin, Josef Tuan Tran, Steven Gauthier, Sr. & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Barks Bubbles – N – Beauxs L.L.CSun. Feb. 19 8:30 St. Martha
ParishionersSun. Feb. 19 10:00 Infant Jesus
Margery Laurent, Marie Hernandez, Timmy Campbell
Sun. Feb 19 10:30 St. Martha
Betty Brossard, Debbie Petit, Victor Gonzalez, Steven Gauthier, Sr., & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Barks Bubbles – N – Beauxs L.L.CMon. Feb.20 8:00 Infant Jesus Leila Benazo
Tues. Feb.21 8:00 St. Martha The Sick
Wed. Feb.22 8:00 Infant Jesus The Military
Thurs.Feb.23 8:00 St. Martha The Military
Fri. Feb.24 8:00 St. Martha All Souls in Purgatory
Sat. Feb. 25 4:00 Infant Jesus
Marian Miller, Vincent & Santa Saladino, Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Bergeron, Manuel & Durio Families, Mabel Rougeau, Evelyn & Marlin Manuel, Ray Vegas, Rita Landry
Sat. Feb. 25 5:30 St. Martha
Sandrus Baudoin, Josef Tuan Tran, & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Barks Bubbles –
N – Beauxs L.L.CSun. Feb. 26 8:30 St. Martha
Sun. Feb. 26 10:00 Infant Jesus
Timmy CampbellSun. Feb. 26 10:30 St. Martha
Betty Brossard, Steven Gauthier, Sr., Victor Gonzalez, Debbie Petit, Roderick, Alicia, Ariela Smalal & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Barks Bubbles –
N – Beauxs L.L.CMon. Feb.27 8:00 Infant Jesus
The SickTues. Feb.28 8:00 St. Martha
No Mass-Mardi Gras DayWed. Mar. 1 8:00 Infant Jesus
Elaine & Walter Bartolo & FamilyThurs.Mar. 2 8:00 St. Martha
Al DelgerFri. Mar. 3 8:00 St. Martha
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.
Debra Petit daughter of Betty Faucheux
Barbara Roussel sister of Kathy Dominick
Please keep the deceased in your prayers and those who morn them.
When: First Saturday, January 7, 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.
Week of Feb. 12 In Thanksgiving donated by Thuy Vo
Feb. 19 10:00AM Mass Loretta & Wardell Brignac
Feb. 25 4:00PM Mass Lela Matulich
Week of Feb. 12 Helen Murphy in Thanksgiving
Feb. 4 4:00PM Mass Barbara Hammer
Feb. 12 4:00PM Mass
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
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.
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.