JUSTICE & LIFE MINISTRY
January is Pro-Life Month. We will be collecting newborn baby items (diapers, wipes, baby clothing, bath supplies, bottles, pacifiers, etc.) to benefit Access Pregnancy Center throughout the month of January. Items may be brought to church or the parish office. Please join us for March for Life in Baton Rouge on Sat., Jan. 21st. For details, please contact Don Caskey at 884-0101.
JUST A REMINDER: Scripture Study begins in January 2017: Wednesday, January 18th at 10AM and on Monday, January 23rd at 6PM. We will be reading and discussing the Parables of Jesus and their meanings and affects. Please try and challenge yourself to a new spiritual experience this new year. Books need to be ordered, so please give us a call at 366-1604 and let us know you are joining us on this unique journey.
Deacon Larry Murphy
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Where: Carmel Hall Chapel at Infant Jesus Church
Time: 9:00 a.m.
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.
SCHOOL VOUCHERS (2016-2017)
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 (excluding Wednesday)
between 8:30 and 3:30.
If any additional information is needed, please call Nettie at the at 366-1604.
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.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
The Knights of Columbus quarterly Mass at St. Martha Sunday, January 29th at 10:30. They will be serving coffee and donuts in the parish hall after the 10:30 mass.
SUBSTANCE ADDICTION MINISTRY
Visitation of Our Lady Church
(Meetings are open to everyone)
SAM is a parish-based ministry that is designed to provide a safe, confidential place for people touched by addiction to share their personal experiences with others. SAM provides general educational information about addiction through professionals in this field. SAM’s mission is to offer help, healing, hope, and support to anyone who is afflicted with or affected by addictions. The group’s mission goal is to help these individuals re-connect with self, loved ones, and God. We are available to people of all faiths. The group does not provide professional diagnosis, therapy, counseling or treatment; that is left to the professionals. We do however provide a list of referrals of local addiction facilities and professionals that we have already had come speak at our group meetings.
The next meeting is scheduled for January 24th, 2017 @ 7 p.m. in the church meeting room. Guest speaker will be Patricia Benitez with American Addiction Centers. For more information contact Dc. Jerry Labadot @ 495-5820.
WESTBANK YOUTH DAY
Westbank Youth Day is Saturday, February 4th at Archbishop Shaw for grades 8th-12th. Admission is free. Keynote Sepaker: Fr. Daniel Green, Main Celebrant for Mass is Fr. Abraham Feliciano, sdb. For more information and to register, contact Fr. Michael Eguino, sdb at firstname.lastname@example.org
GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
The 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.
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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
January Theme: New Year of Resolutions & Possibilities
Our PSR students returned back to class last week and all are working very hard to keep their 2017 New Year Resolutions and keeping a watchful eye for new and exciting possibilities coming in the New Year. This year our second grade class will begin preparing for their First Eucharist very soon, so please keep our beautiful little souls in your prayers. God Bless and Happy New Year.Mrs. Louise Frederick
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
Date: Sunday, January 15, 2017
Where: St. Martha Parish Hall
Time: 6 – 7:00 PM
All juniors & seniors, in WBHSR or in Catholic High School, who are preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation in St. Martha Parish must attend.
Registration forms are available in the gathering area of the church and at the parish office.
First Confirmation class is schedule for Sunday, January 22, 2017.
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.
Dec. 25 Weekly $6,098.29 $2,140.75
Jan. 1 Weekly $6,226.00 $3,498.61
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. Jan. 14 4:00 Infant Jesus
Marion Miller, Vincent & Santa Saladino, Ruth Blakeman (birthday), Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Evelyn Manuel
Sat. Jan. 14 5:30 St. Martha
Bob Fowler, Bartholomew Hoang Nguyen, Sandrus Baudoin, Mary Magdalene Thi But, Frank Sanzone, Giuse Nguyen Hong Phong, & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Clement Air Conditioning & Heating
Sun. Jan. 15 8:30 St. Martha
Sun. Jan. 15 10:00 Infant Jesus
Sun. Jan. 15 10:30 St. Martha
Glenda M. Conner, Betty Brossard, Marie But Thi Nguyen, Giacobe & Rosie Nguyen Van Thi
Mon. Jan. 16 8:00 Infant Jesus
Bob Fowler (birthday), Raymond
Tues. Jan. 17 8:00 St. Martha
Mary Magdalene Thi But
Wed. Jan. 18 8:00 Infant Jesus
For the Military
Thurs.Jan. 19 8:00 St. Martha
Fri. Jan. 20 8:00 St. Martha
Sat. Jan. 21 4:00 Infant Jesus
James, DeSalvo (birthday, Marian Miller, Anthony & Lena Peperone, Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Evelyn Manuel
Sat. Jan. 21 5:30 St. Martha
Bartholomew Hoang Nguyen, Sandrus Baudoin, Mary Magdalene Thi But, Jospeh Tuan Tran, Giacobe & Rosa Nguyen Van Thi, Steven Gauthier, Sr. August “Gus” Windhorst, Henry Trapani & Our Bulletin Sponsor: William J. Scheffler III, Attorney, Rita “Pepper’ Scheffler, Paralegal/ParishionerSun. Jan. 22 8:30 St. Martha
Sun. Jan. 22 10:00 Infant Jesus
Sun. Jan. 22 10:30 St. Martha
Glenda M. Conner, Betty Brossard, Mary Magdalene Thi But, Giuse Nguyen Hong Phong,Steven Gauthier, Sr., August “Gus” Windhorst, Henry Trapani, & Our Bulletin Sponsor: William J. Scheffler III, Attorney, Rita “Pepper’ Scheffler, Paralegal/ParishionerMon. Jan. 23 8:00 Infant Jesus For the Sick
Tues. Jan. 24 8:00 St. Martha Mary Magdalene Thi But
Wed. Jan. 25 8:00 Infant Jesus For the Military
Thurs.Jan. 26 8:00 St. Martha Mary Magdalene Thi But
Fri. Jan. 27 8:00 St. Martha Mary Magdalene Thi But
Sat. Jan. 28 4:00 Infant Jesus
Marian Miller, Vincent Saladino (birthday), Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Evelyn Manuel, Ray Vegas
Sat. Jan. 28 5:30 St. Martha
Bartholomew Hoang Nguyen, Sandrus Baudoin, Mary Magdalene Thi But, Giuse Nguyen Hong Phong, Kerner Bergeron, Sr., Josef Tuan Tran, Steven Gauthier, Sr. & Our Bulletin Sponsor: William J. Scheffler III, Attorney, Rita “Pepper’ Scheffler, Paralegal/ParishionerSun. Jan. 29 8:30 St. Martha
Sun. Jan. 29 10:00 Infant Jesus
Paula Hymel TaravellaSun. Jan. 29 10:30 St. Martha
Glenda M. Conner, Betty Brossard, Steven Gauthier, Sr., Giuse Nguyen Hong Phong, & Our Bulletin Sponsor: William J. Scheffler III, Attorney, Rita “Pepper’ Scheffler, Paralegal/ParishionerMon. Jan. 30 8:00 Infant Jesus
For the SickTues. Jan. 31 8:00 St. Martha
Souls in PurgatoryWed. Feb. 1 8:00 Infant Jesus
For the MilitaryThurs. Feb. 2 8:00 St. Martha
Al DelgerFri. Feb. 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.
Steven Gauthier, Sr. brother-in-law of Dottie Manieri
Victor Gonzalez father of Marina Reed
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 Jan.
Jan. 14 10:00AM Mass Estelle & Ed Hymel
Jan. 21 4:00PM Mass Genevieve Harris
Jan. 29 10:00AM Mass Consuela Stewart
Week of Jan. 7 Bob Fowler
Week of Jan. 14 Raymond Ronquillo, Sr.
Week of Jan. 14 Raymond Ronquillo
A big thank you to all who donated to #IGIVE CATHOLIC! A total of $1,460.00 was raised to help fund a walkway from the parish hall to the office to protect students from the weather. We really appreciate your generosity!
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.