ANNUAL SOLEMN NOVENA OF
OUR LADY OF SORROWS
Visitation of Our Lady Church
Sept. 7-9 6:30PM
Sept. 9 Healing Service after Novena
Sept. 10 7:00PM
Sept. 11 5:00PM
Sept. 12-15 6:30PM
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration forms are in the gathering area.
Parish School of Religion
”With God, All Things are Possible “ Matt. 19:26
ST MARTHA PARISH
SAFE ENVIRONMENT CLASS
PSR Registration Information:
Religious Instruction Class for Grades 1st thru 8th begins on Tuesday, August 23rd, 6-7:15 pm. Doors open at 5:30. Parents must attend first class for orientation. Student seats are limited so please send in your registration form and program fee to the church office. Registration Forms and additional information can be found in the Gathering Area.
Parents of children who are entering 2nd grade and are attending Ursuline Academy or Stuart Hall for the 2016-2017 school year, please contact Louise Frederick @366-1604 for information concerning the Sacrament of First Eucharist.
West Bank High School of Religion (WBHSR)
Grades 9th thru 11th
Parent of teens who attend public or private school must continue their religious education to receive preparation for Confirmation during their junior or senior year.
Mandatory parent & student orientation meeting will be on Saturday, Aug. 27, 9-10AM at St. Cletus.
St Martha & Infant Jesus of Prague are to register at the parish office. Registration forms and additional information can be found in the Gathering Area.
Children’s Liturgy Grades Kindergarten thru 2nd gradeReligious Instruction begins on Sunday, September 11th at St. Martha Church 8:30AM and 10:30AM & Infant Jesus of Prague at Sunday, September 11th at 10:00AM
nd our struggles in doing so. We also listened to a song that I invite you all to google and listen to: "Just Be Held" by Casting Crowns.
ST. MARTHA COLLECTION
July 24 Weekly $4,370.83
July 31 Weekly $4,351.20
INFANT JESUS COLLECTION
July 24 Weekly $2,184.25
July 31 Weekly $2,160.00
Aug. 20 4:00PM Evelyn Manuel
Rita Mae Kilgore
Eugene Blanchard, Jr.
Adolph, Evelyn & Michael Boudreaux
Aug. 21 10:00AM Anthony & Lena Peperone
Vincent & Santa Saladino
Loretta Chaisson Rogers
Fr. Danny Digal
Aug. 22 8:00AM For the Sick
Aug. 24 8:00AM Louis Coleman
Aug. 20 5:30PM Bartholomew Hoang Nguyen
Michael Tien Nguyen, Josef Tuan Tran
Harold & Rosie Clark, Alva “Bobbie” Hebert, Sandrus Baudoin, Bob Fowler,
Aura May Javellana, Artemio Javellana, Joretta Walker Bourgeois
Aug. 21 10:30AM Arlene Longo, James & Stephen Martin, Peter & Maria Minh Dang
Joseph Binh Nguyen, Stacey Lynn Phelan, Alonzo Christopher Charlot
Alonzo S. Charlot, Glenda M. Conner
Nora O’Riordan, Thelma Rita Hebert
Aug. 22 8:00AM For the Sick
Aug. 23 8:00AM Stephen Martin
Aug. 25 8:00AM Dr. H.O. Blackwood of Shreveport
Aug. 27 5:30PM Bartholomew Hoang Nguyen, Michael Tien Nguyen, Maria Tian Thi Tinh, Josef Tuan Tran, Sandrus Baudoin, Bob Fowler, Aura May Javellana, Artimio Javellana, Joretta Walker Bourgeois, Jimmy Palermo
Aug. 28 8:30AM For Parishioners
Aug. 28 10:30AM Arlene Longo, James & Stephen
Martin, Givse Nguyen Hong Phong, Peter & Maria Minh Dang, Joseph Binh Nguyen, Marie Muller, Stacey Lynn Phelan, Bernice Kostycz, Glenda M. Conner, Nora O’Riordan
Aug. 30 8:00AM Dr. H.O. Blackwood of Shreveport
Aug. 31 8:00AM For Deceased Parishioners
Sept. 01 8:00AM Al Delger
Week of August 27 Alva “Bobbie” Hebert and
Rosa Nguyen Thi Tieu.
Week: September 1 for Lestor Pascual
The Vocation Cross will be received by Marlin Manuel at the 4:00PM Mass on Saturday, August 20th.
In your masses and prayers, please remember Joseph Ciro Palermo. Remember also those who mourn him.
St. John Bosco Retreat
Save the Date
Saturday, August 27th Marian Day of Recollection for men and women presented by Jan Tate of the Archdiocesan Spirituality Center, 9:30-12:30,
Bosco Family Life
JUSTICE & LIFE MINISTRY NEWS
In honor of Labor Day and the dignity of work, the Justice & Life Ministry Committee is hosting a multi-lingual rosary and prayer service for persons who are unemployed, underemployed are who may work in unjust conditions. The service will be held Thursday, September 1, 2016 in the evening in the Church. The rosary will begin at 6:30 p.m. If you or someone you know is unemployed or underemployed, please join us for this prayerful time as we come together as a parish community to support those who may be struggling with this important theme of Catholic Social Teaching: the dignity of work and the rights of workers.Immediately following the prayer service we will gather for light food and fellowship. Employment resources for work will be available through the Catholic Charities office of Workforce Development. We hope you can join us!
The next meeting of the Justice & Life Ministry will be Monday, September 12 at 6:45 p.m. Please email email@example.com with questions about the Justice & Life Ministry or the Labor Day prayer service
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.