To members of both Infant Jesus of Prague and St. Martha, I and the Access staff are overwhelmed by the generosity you have shown to our Baby Bottle fund raiser for the Access Pregnancy Center. To date we have collected nearly $3,000 combined from both campuses, WOW! The money is needed, but more than that you have shown your love and concern. We are still receiving bottles at both campuses please give them to the ushers. We still have over 100 bottles that have not been returned, if for any reason you cannot donate that is fine, we ask that you return the bottle as they are expensive.
Dee & Don Caskey, Arch. Blenk Knights of Columbus
St. Martha Ministry Schedule for
Friday Way of the Cross
March 7 Martha’s Friends
March 14 EMHC’S/Lectors
March 21 Spirituality Group
March 28 Pastoral Council
April 4 Men’s Club
April 11 Youth Ministry/Rel. Ed.
April 18 Choir
Mark your calendar for St. Martha’s Annual Lenten Fish Fry which will be held on Friday, March 7th in the Parish Hall, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at all masses beginning February 15th.
BULLETIN SPONSORS NEEDED
We are looking for more sponsors for our bulletin. If you wish to take part in helping with our bulletin please call Mr. Raul Estrada of Trinity Publications, telephone number 405-706-3475 or please e-mail him at REstrada@Trinity Publications.com. A big THANK YOU to those of you who have already became a sponsor this year.
Vocation Cross (Infant Jesus)
The schedule for receiving the Vocation Cross at mass is shown below:
Sun., March 2nd, 10 a.m. Consuela Stewart
Sat., March 8th, 4:00 p.m. Barbara Hammer
St. Martha Weekly Collection
JANUARY 19, 2014 Collection
Building Fund 20.00
JANUARY 26, 2014 Collection
Building Fund .00
Infant Jesus Weekly Collection
JANUARY 19, 2014 Collection
Envelopes $ 1,314.00
Building Fund 00
Total $ 1,809.96
JANUARY 26, 2014
Envelopes $ 1,837.25
Building Fund 00
Total $ 1,837.25
In your masses and prayers, please remember Elaine Keller wife of Elmore Keller. Remember also those who mourn her.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 8:00 AM (Infant Jesus)
For the sick of our parish
TUESDAY, FEB. 25, 6:30 P.M. (St. Martha)
WED, FEBRUARY 26, 8:00 AM (Infant Jesus)
For our Military
THURS., FEBRUARY 27, 8:00 AM (St. Martha)
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 8:00 AM (St. Martha)
David Vidrine, Joseph Bing Nguyen on the anniversary of his death
SATURDAY, MARCH 1, 4:00 P.M. (Infant Jesus
Ella McMahon, Rene, Victoria & Shelby Manuel, Forest Blakeman, Vincent & Santa Saladino, Michael & Philip Saladino
SATURDAY, MARCH 1, 5:30 P.M. (St. Martha)
Ora Mae Smith, David Vidrine, Josef Tuan Tran, Kenny Orgeron, Dr. Lionel “Poochie” de la Houssaye, Theresa Marshall, +Loyola Louisa Munoz Watts, Classic Décor and Lighting, Parishioner, (Bulletin Sponsor)
SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 8:30 A.M. (St. Martha)
For our parishioners
SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 10:00 A.M. (Infant Jesus)
For the parishioners
SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 10:30 AM, (St. Martha)
Marie Meyer Sambola, Stephen & James Martin, Arlene Longo, Josef Tuan Tran, Peter & Maria Minh Dang, Joseph Binh Nguyen, Mary Santos, +Giacobe Nguyen Van Thi, Rosa Nguyen Thi Tieu, Herbert Robin, Sr., Theresa Marshall, +Elaine Keller, Air Cooled Engines, Inc. (Bulletin Sponsor)
MONDAY, MARCH 3, 8:00 A.M.,(Infant Jesus)
Ronald Laurent, Hernandez & Barrileaux Families
TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 8:00 AM (St. Martha)
ASH WEDNESDAY, MAR. 5, 8 AM (Infant Jesus)
ASH WEDNESDAY, MAR. 5, 6:30 P.M. (St. Martha)
Thomas Norman Marshall, Jr.
THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 8:00 AM (St. Martha)
Al Delger, David Vidrine
FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 8:00 A.M. (St. Martha)
Theresa & Thomas Norman Marshall, Jr., David Vidrine
SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 4:00 PM (Infant Jesus)
Ella McMahon, Widow’s Group deceased members and spouses
SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 5:30 P.M. (St. Martha)
Ora Mae Smith, Stephen & James Martin, Dr. Lionel “Poochie” de la Houssaye, Harold S. Clark, Sr., Josef Tuan Tran, Kenny Orgeron, Theresa Marshall, Mary Santos, Loyola Louisa Munoz Watts, Arch. Blenk Council 1905, Knights of Columbus (Bulletin Sponsor)
SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 8:30 AM, (St. Martha)
For our parishioners
SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 10:00 AM (Infant Jesus)
Enola Orgeron (healing)
SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 10:30 AM, (St. Martha)
Elaine Keller, Marie Meyer Sambola, Josef Tuan Tran, Arlene Longo, Peter & Maria Minh Dang, Joseph Binh Nguyen, Herbert Robin, Sr., William T. Stephens, Giacobe Nguyen Van Thi, Rosa Nguyen Thi Tieu, Maria Bich-Lan Tran, Mary Santos, Frank St. Pe’, Best Western, Westbank, Parishioner (Bulletin Sponsor)
The Sanctuary Light at St. Martha will burn the week of February 26th in memory of Mary Santos. It will burn the week of March 5th in memory of Lois Saunders.
The Sanctuary Light at Infant Jesus will burn the week of March 9th for the Widow’s Group deceased members and spouses.
The flowers at the Altar the week of February 15th were donated by Tony & Maggie Lumetta in memory of Sam North, Jr., on the anniversary of his death. The flowers at Mary’s Statue have been donated by John and Bess Bergeron in celebrations of their 64th Wedding Anniversary. The flowers at the Altar on February 22nd have been donated in memory of Joseph Binh Nguyen on the anniversary of his death by his children John and Thuy. The flowers at Mary’s Statue have been donated by Marina and Peter Reed in Thanksgiving on their 40th Wedding anniversary.
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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