From Archbishop Aymond
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ
As we begin this Lenten journey of forty days, it is a call from Christ to reflect on our lives in an honest way before our loving God. During Lent we are called to identify at least one way in which God calls us to a change of heart and conversion. Having identified that action or attitude we then choose a penance that will help us to experience the conversion to which God is calling us.
Please be reminded that besides fasting from food, we can choose other means of fasting. For example, we can fast from judging others, fast from the world of technology, that is to say spending less time with computers and electronic devices to spend more time in prayer and in caring for others. We can also fast from selfishness by opening our hearts to those that are marginalized or burdened by addiction.
Please consider taking advantage of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, commonly known to us as confession. Lent is an opportune time to identify our weakness and to place ourselves humbly before a forgiving Christ. We receive his forgiveness, as well as a spiritual reconciliation with those whom we have hurt by our sins.
Wishing you God’s blessings and asking for you to remember me in Prayer, I am Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend Gregory M. Aymond
Ladies Day of Reflection
date for the Ladies Day
of Reflection, “A
Lenten Journey with
Mary” which will be held on Saturday,
March 14th, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The speaker will be Mrs. Jan Tate.
(Retreat & lunch fee is $30.00)
Healing Way of the Cross
It’s a great way to begin Holy Week and a time to reflect on Jesus as He went through His passion, death and resurrection. The healing Way of the Cross will be held on Monday, March 30th at 7:00 p.m. Mark your calendars now and invite a friend to join you. Philemon 1:20 – Yes, brother, let me have joy from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in the Lord.
Infant Jesus Church will have their Divine Mercy Celebration on Sunday, April 12th. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will begin at 9:00 a.m., followed by The Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and Veneration of The Divine Mercy Image and First Class Relic of St. Faustina. Mass will begin at 10:00 a.m. There will be fellowship and refreshments in Carmel Hall following the Mass. If you would like to make a donation towards the celebration, please place your donation in an envelope labeled Divine Mercy Sunday and place it in the collection basket at our weekend Masses.
Parish Council Elections
reminder, Parish Council
elections will take place in May of 2015.
If you know someone that you believe would make a
great addition to the
Council (including yourself), please contact Paul Vlosich
by email (email@example.com)
or leave a
message for Paul at the Parish Office.
As the election draws closer, we will contact those
who have been
ask that all nominees
remain open to the idea of serving on the Council and that
discern their decision to serve the parish in this manner.
Thanks to all who participated in our Fish Fry on February 27th. A big thank you also to all who worked so hard to make it a great success. We made $1,582.39 on this event.
Vocation Cross (Infant Jesus)
The schedule for receiving the Vocation Cross at mass is shown below:
Sun., Mar. 1st, 10:00 a.m. Loretta & Wardell
Sat., Mar. 7th, 4 p.m. Genevieve Harris
Sun., Mar. 15th, 10:00 a.m. Cynthia Matherne
Sat., Mar. 21st, 4 p.m. Jeannette & Roy
St. Martha Weekly Collection
FEBRUARY 8, 2015 Collection
Building Fund 263.00
FEBRUARY 15, 2015 Collection
Building Fund 250.00
Infant Jesus Weekly Collection
FEBRUARY 8, 2015 Collection
Building Fund .00
FEBRUARY 15, 2015 Collection
Building Fund .00
SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 8:30 A.M. (St. Martha)
For our parishioners
SUN., MARCH 1, 10:00 A.M. (Infant Jesus)
For the Parishioners
SUN., MARCH 1, 10:30 AM, (St. Martha)
Herbert Robin, Sr., Arlene Longo, James & Stephen Martin, Peter and Maria Minh Dang, Joseph Binh Nguyen, Giacobe & Rosa Nguyen Van Thi, Kenny & Larry Orgeron, Maria Ho Lui Leung, Christine Yuen Wai Leung, Robert J. Graziano, DDS, Family Dentistry, Parishioner (Bulletin Sponsor)
MON. MARCH 2, 8:00 A.M.,(Infant Jesus)
For the sick
TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 8:00 AM (St. Martha)
WED., MARCH 4, 8:00 AM (Infant Jesus)
THURSDAY, MAR. 5, 8:00 A.M., (St. Martha)
FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 8:00 A.M. (St. Martha)
For the Sick of our parish
SAT., MARCH 7, 4 P.M. (Infant Jesus)
Philip, Sr., Philip D., & Michael Saladino; Ella McMahon & Family; Eugene Blanchard, Jr.; A.J. Champagne; Vincent & Santa Saladino; Bergeron, Manuel & Durio Families
SAT., MARCH 7, 5:30 P.M. (St. Martha)
James & Stephen Martin, Rosie Clark, Angel Salvador, Josef Tuan Tran, Ora Mae Smith, Wendy Hoogacker, Cherie DeNicola, Clovis Orgeron, Lapalco Drugs, (Bulletin Sponsor)
SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 8:30 AM, (St. Martha)
For our parishioners
SUN., MARCH 8, 10:00 AM (Infant Jesus)
Paula Hymel Taravella
SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 10:30 AM, (St. Martha)
Herbert Robin, Sr., Arlene Longo, Maria Ho Lui Leung, Christine Yuen Wai Leung, Peter & Maria Minh Dang, Joseph Binh Nguyen, Giacobe & Rosa Nguyen Van Thi, William T. Stephens, Jr., Frank St. Pe’ & deceased members of the St. Pe’ & Hymel fly, Alonzo Charlot, Twin Tire Auto Care, (Bulletin Sponsor)
MON., MARCH 9, 8:00 A.M. (Infant Jesus)
sick of our parish
TUES., MARCH 10, 8:00 A.M. (St. Martha)
WED., MARCH 11, 4:00 P.M. (Infant Jesus)
THURS., MARCH 12, 10:30 AM (St. Martha)
& deceased family
FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 8:00 AM (St. Martha)
SAT., MARCH 14, 4:00 P.M. (Infant Jesus
The Deceased Members and Spouses of
the Widow’s Group; Marie Guarino
Chiasson (anniversary); Anthony & Lena Peperone;
Walter & Elaine
Bartolo & Family; Eugene Blanchard, Jr.; Vincent
& Santa Saladino;
Josie & Bill Peperone
SAT., MARCH 14, 5:30 P.M. (St. Martha)
Clark, Angel Salvador, Josef Tuan Tran, Wendy
Hoogacker, Remigo Beltram, Cherie
DeNicola, Creative Gardens and Landscaping (Bulletin
SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 8:30 A.M. (St. Martha)
For our parishioners
SUN., MARCH 15, 10:00 A.M. (Infant Jesus)
SUN., MARCH 15, 10:30 AM, (St. Martha)
Herbert Robin, Sr., Arlene Longo, James &
Stephen Martin, Peter and Maria
Minh Dang, Joseph Binh Nguyen, Giacobe & Rosa
Nguyen Van Thi, Wallace
Faucheux on the anniversary of his death, Alonzo
Charlot, Maria Ho Lui Leung,
Christine Yuen Wai Leung, Best Western, Westbank, Dawn
& Linda Botler,
Parishioner (Bulletin Sponsor)
MON. MARCH 16, 8:00 A.M.,(Infant Jesus)
TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 8:00 AM (St. Martha)
WED., MARCH 18, 8:00 AM (Infant Jesus)
THURSDAY, MAR. 19, 8:00 A.M., (St. Martha)
FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 8:00 A.M. (St. Martha)
the Sick of our
SAT., MARCH 21, 4 P.M. (Infant Jesus)
A.J. Champagne; Eugene Blanchard,
Jr.; Vincent & Santa Saladino; Rene,
Victoria & Shelby Manuel; Evelyn Boudreaux; Forest
SAT., MARCH 21, 5:30 P.M. (St. Martha)
Martin, Angel Salvador, Josef Tuan Tran, Del &
Helen Wiese, Wendy
Hoogacker, Cherie DeNicola, Remigio Beltram
SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 8:30 AM, (St. Martha)
For our parishioners
SUN., MARCH 22, 10:00 AM (Infant Jesus)
Jr. (birthday); A.J. Champagne
SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 10:30 AM, (St. Martha)
Herbert Robin, Sr., Arlene Longo, Maria Ho Lui Leung, Christine Yuen Wai Leung, Peter & Maria Minh Dang, Joseph Binh Nguyen, Giacobe & Rosa Nguyen Van Thi, Alonzo Charlot, First Bank & Trust, Lillian C. Orgeron, Parishioner, (Bulletin Sponsor)
The Sanctuary Light at St. Martha burned the week of March 5th, for Norman Hymel. The Light will burn the week of March 12th in memory of Alonzo Charlot. The light will also burn the week of March 19th in memory of Nestor Pascual.
The Sanctuary Light at Infant Jesus will burn the week of March 15th in memory of the deceased members and spouses of the Widow’s Group. The Light will burn the week of March 22nd in memory of Tony Palisi, Jr.
The Flowers at the Blessed Mother’s Statue the week of March 13th have been donated by Tony & Maggie Lumetta in memory of Sam North, Jr., on the anniversary of his death. The flowers the week of March 20th have been donated in memory of Nestor Pascual.
Lenten Weekday Mass Schedule
Monday 8:00 a.m. Infant Jesus
Tuesday 8:00 a.m. St. Martha
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. Infant Jesus
Thursday 8:00 a.m. St. Martha
Friday 8:00 a.m. St. Martha
Stations of the Cross all Fridays of Lent
5:30 p.m. – Infant Jesus of Prague Mission
6:30 p.m. – St. Martha Church
St. Martha Ministry Schedule for
Friday Way of the Cross
February 27 EMHC’S/Lectors
March 6 Spirituality Group
March 13 Pastoral Council
March 20 Men’s Club
March 27 Youth Ministry/Rel.Ed.
April 3 Choir
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.
“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.
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