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Thank you Father Lich for 33 years of service to the priesthood. We are very blessed to have you at St. Martha and Infant Jesus.



Our Father 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 Lord. Amen.  



St. Martha and Infant Jesus


June 24 (SM)   Garage Sale   7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

June 28 (IJ)        Cath. Charismatic WB   7:30 p.m.

July    1 (IJ)     Rosary 9:00 a.m.

July    3 (SM)  Justice & Life 6:45 p.m.

July    5 (IJ)    Widows/Widowers Group 3:00 p.m.

July    5 (SM)  Baptism Seminar 7:00 p.m.

July    6 (IJ)    Golden Agers 2:00 p.m.

July    7 (SM)  Adoration 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

July 8, 9 (SM) Food Pantry Weekend

July  11 (SM)   Martha’s Friends 10:30 a.m.

July  12 (IJ)      Cath. Charismatic WB   7:30 p.m.


St. Martha


On June 17th and 18th , your Knights of Columbus Council #1905 is holding an Access Pregnancy Center's Baby Bottle Drive. Access Pregnancy Center provides both Pre-natal and Post-natal services for young mothers that may not have any other resources. The Baby Bottle Drives are one of the primary sources of income that help. Please take a baby bottle home and return it with whatever donation you are called to give.   For More Information, please call  

Don Caskey at 504-884-0101



Summer Courses for Adult Faith Formation!


Course descriptions can be found on:

Registration for classes here:


St Martha is on the Archdiocese education schedule this year and the ten hour class series Christology  will be held on two Saturday classes – July 8 & July 15 8:30 am to 1:30 pm in the parish hall.  You can register for the Christology Class at the St. Martha front office. Cost $10.00.  Please think about joining us. 

We would love to see you there!


Summer Blessings,  




Like us on Facebook:  St Martha Church Harvey

PSR and our ministries are trying to build on social media this summer.  Please like us on Facebook  and help us with our communication efforts.  We are always looking for a way to reach the community and would like to start with our parishioners.  Help us spread the

Word of the Lord!


First Saturday of Each Month


When:     First Saturday of each month

                  July 1, 2017


Where:   Carmel Hall Chapel at Infant Jesus Church

Time:        9:00 a.m.

Men & women are invited to become a prayer warrior and join the Blessed Virgin Mary in the rosary to end abortion, have world peace and for your personal needs.



Date:          June 24th

Time:          7:00-3:00 p.m.

Location:    Parish Hall



We will start collecting kitchen items, household items, toys, books, small appliances, small furniture, clean clothing, shoes, etc.


Collection Begins: May 30th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

(Monday – Friday)

 at the parish hall.


No electronics please!



On Sunday, May 21, at 8:30 Mass, Father Lich introduced and welcomed our new ministry for the young boys in our parish by sponsoring

Cub Scout Pack 217 and Boy Scout Troop 217.  The Scouts and their families and friends attended Mass and hosted a coffee and donut event in the parish hall after mass to meet the parishioners.  Although the weather was a little wet, the Scouts want to thank Father Lich and all the parishioners who stopped by to share a treat with them and look forward


Infant Jesus


The Widow’s Group is sponsoring a cake and sweet sale after all masses on June 17th and 18th.



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.





  Abortion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 504-831-3117

  Alcohol or Drug Addiction. . . . . 985-640-4804

  Human Trafficking Hotline. . . .1-888-373-7888



Congratulations to the following couples who were honored for 50 years of marriage at a Prayer Service on Sunday, June 11th at St. Philip Neri Church in Metairie:

Deacon Terry and Dottie Manieri

Ed and Darryl Scanlan





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.


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.


Infant Jesus


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.



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.




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.



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

June  4   Weekly               $4,533.00            $3,456.8
June  4  Building Fund      $1,534.00            $   439.00
June 11  Weekly                $5,782.97            $1,996.00













Tues. Jun  20  8:00  St. Martha       All Souls in Purgatory

Wed.  Jun  21  8:00  Infant Jesus   All Souls in Purgatory

Thurs.Jun 22  8:00  St. Martha       All Souls in Purgatory

Fri.     Jun  23  8:00  St. Martha      All Souls in Purgatory

Sat. Jun 24    4:00  Infant Jesus

Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Evelyn & Mary Manuel, Ray Vegas, Rita Landry,

Mr. & Mrs. Sam Centanni, Gerald Causin, Brazeo Panepinto

Sat. Jun 24    5:30   St. Martha

Sandrus Baudoin (anniversary of death), Josef Tuan Tran, Robert Bauer, Jr., John Fockler, John Bergeron, Agnes D’Angelo, Jeffery Brasset, All Souls in Purgatory &

Our Bulletin Sponsor: Lapalco Hardware


Sun. Jun 25   8:30   St. Martha  Parishioners


Sun. Jun 25  10:00  Infant Jesus

Margery Laurent, Paula Hymel Taravella, Wardell Brignac


Sun. Jun 25  10:30  St. Martha  

Victor  Gonzalez, Steven Gauthier, Sr.,

All Souls in Purgatory, Debbie Petit,

Mrs. R.V. Faucheux (memory of birthday)

James Martin, Stephen Martin, John Fockler,

Frances Labadie & Our Bulletin

Sponsor: Lapalco Hardware


Mon.  Jun 26  8:00   Infant Jesus   The Sick       

Tues. Jun 27  8:00   St. Martha       All Souls in Purgatory

Wed.  Jun 28  8:00   Infant Jesus   All Souls in Purgatory

Thurs.Jun 29  8:00   St. Martha       All Souls in Purgatory

Fri.     Jun 30  8:00   St. Martha       All Souls in Purgatory


Sat.    Jul    1  4:00   Infant Jesus

Vincent & Santa Saladino, Elaine & Walter Bartolo & Family, Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Evelyn Manuel, Ray Vegas, Rita Landry, Philip J, Philip D & Michael Saladino, Josie & Bill Peperone, Gerald Causin, Sonny Hammer, Josephine McKinzie


Sat.   Jul  1    5:30  St. Martha

Sandrus Baudoin, Josef Tuan Tran, Debbie Petit,  Robert Bauer, Jr., Raymond Boss, Jr. (mem. Of death 6/29), John Bergeron, Agnes D’Angelo, Jeffery Brasset, All Souls in

 Purgatory & Our Bulletin Sponsor:

 Lapalco Hardware


Sun. Jul   2  8:30     St. Martha  

Steven Gauthier, Sr., Mildred Kliebert, Victor Gonzalez, James Martin, Stephen Martin, Frances Labadie, All Souls in Purgatory & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Lapalco Hardware


Sun. Jul  2 10:00    Infant Jesus

Wardell Brignac, Chuck Nguyen


Sun.   Jul   2  10:30  St. Martha      Parishioners

Mon.  Jul   3    8:00   Infant Jesus  The Sick

Tues. Jul   4    8:00  St. Martha       All Souls in Purgatory

Wed.  Jul   5    8:00  Infant Jesus   The Military

Thurs.Jul   6    8:00  St. Martha       Al Delger

Fri.     Jul   7    8:00  St. Martha      The Military




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.



John Fockler, husband of Jane Fockler

John Bergeron, husband of Bess Bergeron,

Jeffery Brasset, husband of Carolyn Brasset,


Infant Jesus

Frank Romano, husband of Lynn Rome Romano,

father of Mary Romano, Elizabeth Strohmeyer, Lillie Farenholt, Frank Romano


Please keep them in your prayers and remember also those who mourn them.


St. Martha


 Week of June 18th in memory of Samuel North, Sr. and Anthony Lumetta, Sr. donated by Tony and Maggie Lumetta. Week of June 25th  in honor of Jimmy and Gayle Ponseti’s 58th wedding anniversary. Week of June 25th in memory of Minh Tien Nguyen’s

15th year anniversary of death. Week of July 2nd in memory of Sandrus Baudoin’s anniversary of death.     




Infant Jesus


June 25   10:00AM Mass   Hippolyte Family

July    1     4:00PM Mass   Waver & Jerome St. Romain




Saint Martha & Infant Jesus


  The Sanctuary Light will burn in loving memory of:


  Week of June 19th – Sandrus Baudoin (SM)

                                  (anniversary of death)

  Week of June 25thPaula Hymel Taravella (IJ)

                                        (anniversary of death)

  Week of June 25th – Rosa Nguyen Thi Tieu

  Week of July   2nd – Sonny Hammer (IJ)




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)







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

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


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.



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.