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Justice and Life News



"Each one of them is Jesus in disguise" - St. Mother Theresa.  The Justice & Life Ministry is continuing its work to alleviate poverty and hunger in our local and global community.  Over the past months we have incorporated "Food Pantry Sunday" and we are so grateful to the St. Martha and Infant Jesus Parishioners for their continued generosity.  In addition our ministry hosted a "Hunger Banquet" during Lent, which opened the Attendees eyes to issue of "global hunger.  "We also prayed together in the forms of the rosary and way of the cross, both with the themes of poverty at heart.


Next weekend, May 21 and 22 we will be promoting the "Hope Bag" project for homeless persons and we encourage every parishioner to participate!  It will be a fun and easy way for the whole family to get involved in helping those who are homeless by providing a "Hope Bag" of physical and spiritual food and hopefully to bring a smile to the face of Jesus in that person we meet on the street or see panhandling on the city's corners. Be sure to take a brown "Hope Bag" home with you next weekend, May 21-22 courtesy of the Justice & Life Ministry.


The Justice & Life Committee is a ministry of St. Martha & Infant Jesus Parish, organized to bring the social teachings of the Catholic Church to life through educating parishioners and inviting them to participation.  The next meeting of the Justice & Life Ministry will be Monday, June 6 at 6:45 p.m.  Please email to join us or to learn more about our ministry.




Just a THANK YOU to all those who donated diapers and formula for the victims of flooding and tornadoes in our Archdiocese.  Catholic Charities was very appreciative!  God bless you!


School of Religious Education

St. Martha School of Religious Education would like to express our sincere appreciation to our devoted Catechist volunteers for another successful 2015-2016 year!  We wish you a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you next year


St. Martha Weekly Collection



         Envelopes           $2,853.40

         Loose                             1,417.34

         Building Fund            95.00



Infant Jesus Weekly Collection



         Envelopes           $   982.00

         Loose                                771.00

         Building Fund                  00
















MONDAY, MAY 16, 8:00 A.M. (Infant Jesus)\

For the sick

TUES., MAY 17, 8:00 A.M. (St. Martha)

For the ill of our parishioners

WED., MAY 18, 8:00 A.M. (Infant Jesus)

For the Military

THURS., MAY 19, 8:00 A.M. (St. Martha)

For the health of Jimmy Palermo

FRIDAY, MAY. 20, 8:00 P.M. (St. Martha)

For the Ill of our parish

SAT. MAY 21, 4:00 P.M. (Infant Jesus)

Evelyn Manuel, Rita Mae Kilgore, Anthony & Lena Peperone, Annie DeMarco Deris, Josie & Bill Peperone, Dr. Keith Peperone, Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Ray Vegas, Linus, Mary & Preston Manuel

SAT, MAY.21, 5:30 P.M. (St. Martha)

Bartholomeu Hoang Nguyen, Michael Tien Nguyen, Josef Tuan Tran, Sandrus Baudoin, Aura May Javellana, Edith D. Gordon, Artemio Javellana, Frank Sanzone, Shirley Trombatore, TwinTire Auto Care, Parishioner, (Bulletin Sponsor)

SUNDAY MAY 22, 8:30 A.M. (St. Martha)

For our parishioners

SUN., MAY 22, 10:00 A.M. (Infant Jesus)

Ronald Laurent, Mike Ditta

SUN., MAY 22, 10:30 AM, (St. Martha)

Arlene Longo, James & Stephen Martin, Edith D. Gordon, Peter and Maria Minh Dang, Joseph Binh Nguyen, Marie Maller, Stacey Lynn Phelan, Alonzo Christopher Charlot, Alonzo S. Charlot, Maria Ho Lui Leung, Christine Yuen Wai Leung, Vinh T. Nguyen, DDS, Parishioner, (Bulletin Sponsor)

MON., MAY 23, 8 A.M.,(Infant Jesus)

For the sick

TUESDAY, MAY 24, 8 A.M., (St. Martha)

Sandrus Baudoin

WED. MAY 25, 8:00 AM (Infant Jesus)

For the Military

THURSDAY, MAY 26, 8 A.M., (St. Martha)

For the health Jimmy Palermo

FRIDAY, MAY 27, 8:00 A.M. (St. Martha)

Giuse Tran Kim Trong

SAT., MAY 28, 4 P.M. (Infant Jesus)

Evelyn Manuel, Rita Mae Kilgore, Eugene Blanchard, Jr.


SAT.,MAY 28, 5:30 P.M. (St. Martha)

Bartholomeu Hoang Nguyen, Michael Tien Nguyen, Edith D. Gordon, Josef Tuan Tran, Sandrus Baudoin, Aura May Javellana, Artemio Javellana, Shirley Trombatore, Acadian Flooring America, (Bulletin Sponsor)

SUNDAY, MAY 29, 8:30 AM, (St. Martha)

For our parishioners

SUN., MAY 29, 10:00 AM (Infant Jesus)

Vincent & Santa Saladino, Enola Orgeron, Mike Ditta, Edel Quinn

SUNDAY, MAY 29, 10:30 AM, (St. Martha)

Stacey Lynn Phelan, Arlene Longo, James & Stephen Martin, Giuse Nguyen Hong Phong, Maria Ho Lui Leung, Christine Yuen Wai Leung, Peter & Maria Minh Dang, Joseph Binh Nguyen, August Moon, Vietnamese & Chinese Cuisine, (Bulletin Sponsor)


Sanctuary Light

The Sanctuary Light at St. Martha will burn the week of May 16th in memory of Manuel Tapia.  It will burn the week of May 23rd in memory of John Murphy.


The Sanctuary Light at Infant Jesus of Prague burned the week of in loving memory of.



The flowers at the altar the week of May 20th have been donated in memory of Josef Tuan Tran by his parents.  The flowers on June 3rd have been donated in memory of Peter and Maria Minh Dang by Joe and Victoria Dang.


Vocation Cross


Vocation Cross (Infant Jesus).  The schedules for receiving the Vocation Cross at mass is shown below:

            Date                              Recipient

Sun., May22, 10 am     Jeannette Clark

Sat., May 28, 4 p.m.      Jeannette & Roy


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.


Men’s Club


 “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.