ST. MARTHA FEAST DAY
“All are Welcome” to join us for an evening of fellowship and community to celebrate the Feast Day of our Patroness, St. Martha on Saturday, July 30th at 5:30 p.m. for mass followed by a Social and Pot Luck Dinner in the Parish Hall. We ask that you bring a favorite dish to be enjoyed by all. St. Martha Parish will provide fried chicken and soft drinks. We would love to have all parishioners from both St. Martha and Infant Jesus of Prague to come and celebrate this feast day with us. Come see the new look of the parish hall.
Men’s Club News
June Election Results and Meeting Minutes
June meeting, the Men’s Club elected the following
Vice President: Bobby Aucoin
Secretary: Peter Reed
Treasurer: Caeasr Ochoa
Spiritual Chair: Michael Smith
Social Chair: Mike Pscenicka
Service Chair: Deacon Terry Manieri
For those that were unable to be at the meeting, we began with a Spiritual Enrichment about surrendering to God's will in our lives. We shared some personal stories about surrendering in our own lives and 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.
Want to be a part of the movement? The next meeting is scheduled for July 18th at the St. Martha Parish Office.
Parish School of Religion
”With God, All Things are Possible “ Matt. 19:26
PSR Registration Information:
FIRST CLASS DAY & PARENT ORIENTATION: Tuesday, August 23rd
Attention St. Martha & Infant Jesus of Prague Parents & Grandparents:
If you have children or grandchildren who attend public or private school in grades 1st thru 8th, Parish School of Religion registration will begin July 30th thru August 7th at both parishes. Seats are limited so please send in your registration form and program fee to the church office. Registration Forms will 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, PCL @366-1604 for information concerning the Sacrament of First Eucharist.
CATHOLIC YOUTH GROUP (CYO)
New registration for 2016-17 is open. Ages 13-18 are welcome. Pease contact Mrs. Kim at 504-421-6602
ST. MARTHA COLLECTION
June 26th Weekly $3,987.95
June 26th Peter’s Pence $1,068.65
July 3rd Weekly $6,221.50
July 3rd Building Fund $1,405.40
INFANT JESUS COLLECTION
June 26th Weekly $1,786.78
June 26th Peter’s Pence $ 352.00
July 3rd Weekly $4,087.79
MON., JULY 25, 8:00 A.M. (Infant Jesus)
For the Sick
TUES., JULY 26, 8:00 A.M. (St. Martha)
Deceased Pascual & Tapia Families
WED., JULY 27, 8:00 A.M. (Infant Jesus)
For the Military
THURS., JULY 28, 8:00 A.M. (St. Martha)
FRI., JULY 29, 8:00 P.M. (St. Martha)
Ben & Flor Pascual
SAT., JULY 30, 4:00 P.M. (Infant Jesus)
Evelyn Manuel, Rita Mae Kilgore, Eugene Blanchard,Jr., Marion Miller, Margery Lauent
SAT., JULY 30, 5:30 P.M. (St. Martha)
Bartholomew Hoang Nguyen, Michael Tien Nguyen, Josef Tuan Tran, Sandrus Baudoin, Bob Fowler, Aura May Javallana, Artemio Javellana, Sponsor of the Week: Lauren Kass McGinnis, Realtor Consultant
SUN., JULY 31, 8:30 A.M. (St. Martha)
For our parishioners
SUN., JULY 31, 10:00 A.M. (Infant Jesus)
Fernande Laurent (death anniversary), Loretta Chaisson Rogers, Margery Laurent
SUN., JULY 31, 10:30 AM, (St. Martha)
James & Stephen Martin, Peter & Maria
Minh Dang, Joseph Binh Nguyen, Stacey Lynn Phelan, Amos
Cormier, Glenda M.
Conner, Harry Lalonde, Jr. Pho Bang Restaurant Vietnamese
MON., AUG. 1, 8:00 A.M. (Infant Jesus)
For the sick
TUES., AUG 2, 8:00 A.M. (St. Martha)
For the sick
WED., AUG. 3, 8:00 A.M. (Infant Jesus)
For the Military
THURS., AUG. 4, 8:00 A.M. (St. Martha)
FRI., AUG. 5, 8:00 P.M. (St. Martha)
SAT., AUG. 6, 4 P.M. (Infant Jesus)
Evelyn Manuel, Rita Mae Kilgore, Ella McMahon, Elaine Bartolo & Family, Eugene Blanchard, Jr. (birthday), Philip J., Philip D. & Michael J. Saladino, Sonny Hammer & Family, Marion Miller, Margery Laurent
SAT., AUG.6, 5:30 P.M. (St. Martha)
Alva “Bobbie” Hebert, Bartholomew Hoang Nguyen, Michael Tien Nguyen, Joseph Tuan Tran, Sandrus Baudoin, Bob Fowler, Sponsor of the Week: Best Western
SUN., AUG.7, 8:30 AM, (St. Martha)
For our parishioners
SUN., AUG. 7, 10:00 AM (Infant Jesus)
Loretta Chaisson Rogers, Vincent & Santa Saladino, Margery Laurent
SUN., AUG. 7, 10:30 AM, (St. Martha)
Arlene Longo, James & Stephen Martin, Peter & Maria Minh Dang, Joseph Binh Nguyen, Glenda Conner, Nora O’Riordan, Doris Sevin, Grecobe & Rosa Nguyen Van Thi, Edith D. Gordon, Stacey Lynn Phelan, Harry Lalonde, Jr., Sam & Josie Rodrigue, Schnell’s Restaurant & Bar (Bulletin Sponsor)
Week of July 25th St. Martha Ben & Flor Pascual
The flowers the week of July 31st have been donated in memory of Samuel North, Jr. (anniversary of birthday) by Maggie and Tony Lumetta. The flowers the week of August 7th have been donated in memory of Michael Nguyen Minh Tien by Mary Staters.
Sun., July 31, 10am Hippolyte Family
Sat., August 7, 4pm Marilyn Coleman
masses and prayers, please remember Leo
Infant Jesus Church. 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,
St. John Bosco Family Life Center, Harvey
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
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.
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.