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JUSTICE & LIFE MINISTRY


All are invited to a Lenten presentation and Lent appropriate meal on Saturday, March 25, 2017 in the parish hall following the 5:30 p.m. Mass.  We will have food, fellowship and prayer all centered on the issue of hunger - the hunger for Easter in our hearts as it relates to hunger locally and around the world.  Sr. Judy Gomila, MSC will be the guest presenter at this interactive event. We hope that you join us, so please mark your calendar. More details will come in future bulletins and announcements.


FASTING & ABSTINENCE

 

Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59. Those who are bound to fast may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to each one’s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics 14 years or older on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and on all Fridays of Lent. The determination of certain days as obligatory days of penance should not be understood as limiting the occasions for Christian penance.



PRO-LIFE ROSARY


When:       First Saturday, April 2, 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.





LENTEN WEEKDAY MASS SCHEDULE

 

    Monday                   8:00AM               Infant Jesus

    Tuesday                  8:00AM               St. Martha

    Wednesday            8:00AM               Infant Jesus

    Thursday                8:00AM               St. Martha

    Friday                     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 17        Men’s Club

March 24        Parish School of Religion & CYO

March 31        Justice & Life Ministry

April     7        Pastoral Council

April   14        Music Ministry


LENTEN CONFESSION

 

  St. Martha     Wednesday, March 22nd  5:00-6:30 p.m.

  St. Martha     Wednesday, March 29th   5:00-6:30 p.m.

  St. Martha     Wednesday, April 5th        5:00-6:30 p.m.

 

PENANCE & HEALING SERVICES

 

Our Lady of Prompt Succor

Wednesday, March 29th, 7:00 p.m.

Penance Service                          

 

Christ the King       

Wednesday, April 5th, 7:00 p.m.

Penance Service



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

 

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.





CHEFS’ CHARITY FOR CHILDREN

FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT

ST. MICHAEL SPECIAL SCHOOL

                

Some of New Orleans’ best-known and most talented chefs will come together to cook, teach, entertain and serve lunch for local food lovers at the 40th Annual "Chefs' Charity for Children" fundraiser on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Proceeds benefit St. Michael Special School, which educates special needs adults and children of the greater New Orleans area. For tickets, call 504.524.7285





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


MASS BOOK

 

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.


INFANT JESUS

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!

 

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

366-1604.




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!





TORNADO VICTIMS

 

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.





DYNAMIC CATHOLIC

 

“Don’t Give Up chocolate For Lent”

 

Join Dynamic Catholic for Best Lent Ever, a FREE email program designed to help you have a life-changing Lent.

 

http://dynamiccatholic.com/best-advent-ever/



 

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 kimb348@yahoo.com

Registration forms are in the gathering area.

 



PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION

”With God, All Things are Possible “Matt. 19:26

 

 

March Theme: Lenten Season & Reflection of the Life of Jesus

 

At the beginning of March, PSR began our Lenten journey joining our parish, with almsgiving through the CRS rice bowl program.  Our Lenten prayer to deepen our students’ relationship with Christ will be the Act of Contrition said at prayer time during assembly.  PSR asks for your special prayers for our second grade students as they study to receive the Sacrament of First Eucharist and for our older student group which is focusing on their studies to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Eucharist.

PSR will also be collecting carnival beads for St. Michael Special School. 

 

 

CONFIRMATION


SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION


Confirmation date is Wednesday,  May 24, 2017.

Children’s Liturgy Grades Kindergarten thru 2nd grade

Religious Instruction at St. Martha Church 8:30AM and 10:30AM
& Infant Jesus of Prague at 10:00AM



BULLETIN ADVERTISING


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.





R.C.I.A.

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.





                 COLLECTIONS

           St. Martha           Infant Jesus

  

 

Feb. 26 Weekly                 $4,208.06         $1,908.82

  Feb. 26 Church in Africa   $   239.00          $   378.95

  Mar.   5 Weekly                     $6,562.00    $3,105.50

  Mar.   5 Building Fund      $1,702.00           $   545.00

 

Thank you for your continued support!


INCOME TAX

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.


 

SPONSOR OF THE WEEK

 

SPONSOR OF THE WEEK

Lauren McGinnis

Keller/Williams




SPONSOR OF THE WEEK


Pho Bang Restaurant



 

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS

 

 

MASS INTENTIONS

 


Wed.  Mar. 15  8:00 Infant Jesus    

The Military

Thurs.Mar. 16  8:00 St. Martha       

All Souls in Purgatory

Fri.     Mar. 17  8:00 St. Martha    

                                  The Sick

Sat. Mar. 18  4:00       Infant Jesus

Marian Miller, Anthony & Lena Peperone, Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Evelyn Manuel, Ray Vegas, Rita Landry, Adolph, Evelyn, Michael & Tera Boudreaux

Sat. Mar. 18  5:30       St. Martha

Sandrus Baudoin, Josef Tuan Tran, & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Pho Bang Restaurant

 

Sun. Mar. 19  8:30 St. Martha

Parishioners

Sun. Mar. 19 10:00 Infant Jesus

Margery Laurent, Marie Hernandez & Family

Sun. Mar. 19 10:30 St. Martha           

Betty Brossard, Debbie Petit, Victor Gonzalez, Steven Gauthier, Sr., & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Pho Bang Restaurant

 

Mon.  Mar.20 8:00       Infant Jesus  The Sick           

Tues. Mar.21 8:00       St. Martha      In Thanksgiving

Wed.  Mar.22 8:00       Infant Jesus   Tony Palisi,Jr.

Thurs.Mar.23 8:00       St. Martha      The Military

Fri.     Mar.24 8:00 St. Martha     All Souls in Purgatory

 

Sat.  Mar. 25 4:00  Infant Jesus

                             Marian Miller, Vincent & Santa Saladino, Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Evelyn Manuel, Ray Vegas, Rita Landry, Dr. Keith Peperone, Wardell Brignac, Kent Matulich

           Sat.  Mar. 25 5:30       St. Martha

                             Sandrus Baudoin, Josef Tuan Tran, Clovis K. Orgeron, Anton Tran Van Thao & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Pho Bang Restaurant

 

Sun. Mar. 26   8:30 St. Martha                                               

 Parishioners

           Sun. Mar. 26 10:00 Infant Jesus

 Margery Laurent (birthday), Wardell Brignac

Sun. Mar. 26 10:30 St. Martha

 Betty Brossard, Alex Vedros, Steven          Gauthier, Sr., Victor Gonzalez, Debbie Petit, & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Pho Bang Restaurant

 

Mon. Mar.27  8:00  Infant Jesus    

 The Sick

Tues. Mar.28  8:00 St. Martha       

 In Thanksgiving

Wed.  Mar.29   8:00 Infant Jesus    

  Helen Haber

Thurs.Mar.30  8:00 St. Martha       

  The Military

Fri.     Mar. 31  8:00 St. Martha    

  All Souls in Purgatory

     


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.


DECEASED

Infant Jesus Church

 

In your masses and prayers, please remember Juan Murillo husband of Reyna Murillo.

 

Please keep the deceased in your prayers and those who morn him.




ALTAR FLOWERS

St. Martha

 

Week of March. 18th   The flowers were donated in memory of Sam North Jr. (anniversary of death) by Tony and Maggie Lumetta 

 
 

VOCATION CROSS

Infant Jesus

 

Mar. 19         10:00AM Mass     The Hippolyte Family    

Mar. 26          4:00PM Mass      Marilyn Coleman

                          

 

SANCTUARY LIGHT

 

St. Martha

Week of Mar. 26 the Sanctuary Light will burn this week in memory of Kent Matulich  (anniversary of death)

             

     

 

Infant Jesus

 

Feb.   4          4:00PM Mass    Barbara Hammer

Feb. 12          4:00PM Mass    Liz Dufrene



                  

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

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)

      

 




MARTHA’S FRIENDS

 

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




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.

 

 


 

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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.

 

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:

  • 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.