DONATIONS TO ST. MARTHA OR
INFANT JESUS STAY IN THE PARISH
(checks will be accepted at the parish office)
Goals for collected funds are for a covered walkway for PSR students to be protected from the weather and for a new marquis.
ADORATION - FIRST FRIDAY
Dec. 2nd 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. at St. Martha
ROSARY FOR LIFE - FIRST SATURDAY
Dec. 3rd 9:00 a.m. at Infant Jesus (Chapel)
HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION – THURS. DEC. 8th
Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Vigil at Infant Jesus 4:00 p.m.
Feast Day – St. Martha 8:00 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
ADVENT PENANCE SERVICES
Tuesday, Dec. 6th 7 p.m. Visitation of Our Lady, Marrero Wednesday, Dec. 14th 7 p.m. Christ the King, Terrytown
FROM THE DEACONS DESK
BIBLE STUDY AT ST. MARTHA
With the completion of
the Archdiocese Synod we are in the process of
installing those goals in our
Parish. One of the goals was to establish Bible
groups in our parishes ….
Surprise !! We already have them. If you are
in learning more about
God’s word, the life of Jesus our Savior and the
meanings of His gospel message
and how they affect our daily lives, then there is
time like the present. On
January 18 2017@10AM-11:15AM
and then on Monday, January 23 2017@6PM – 7:15PM
will begin a new learning
journey. We will be studying the Parables of the
Kingdom, breaking open the
stories Jesus used to teach us about His gospel
and how to live it in
our life. The cost is $15.00, this will cover our
commentary book and of course
bring your bible. These groups are not about
much we know but how we
together to grasp the love Jesus has for us and
make that journey
together bringing each of us just a little closer
call either the Office at Saint Martha @ 366-1604
Deacon Larry @ 430-7864
and sign up so we can order the proper number of
In Christ Through Mary….Deacon Larry
“BEST ADVENT EVER”
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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
ADVENT & CELEBRATING THE HOLY FAMILY
Father Lich and I want to thank our PSR students and parents for being so generous by donating so many can goods and packaged food for the Infant Jesus of Prague Food Pantry. Any students that did not have a chance to bring in their can goods, may do so and they will help with the Christmas Season at the food bank.
Attention Second Grade Parents: Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation is Thursday, December 1st, for 6:30. Parents and students please arrive at church by 6:15 pm
ADVENT - When students return on Tuesday, November 29th, we will be in the first week of Advent. Advent is a time of preparation in the Catholic Church extending over four Sundays before Christmas. The word “Advent” comes from the Latin word advenio “to come to,” and refers to the coming of Christ. This refers, first, to our celebration of Christ's birth at Christmas; second, to the coming of Christ in our lives through grace and the Sacrament of Holy Communion; finally, to His Second Coming at the end of time. Our preparations, therefore should have all three comings in mind as we prepare our souls to receive Christ worthily.
CELEBRATING THE HOLY FAMILY – First & Second grade students will participate in our annual Nativity Play on Tuesday, Dec. 13th at 6:30 pm. All parents are invited to attend.
Attention Second Grade Parents:
Second Parent Reconciliation Meeting date is Tuesday, November 15th in the parish hall immediately after assembly! Reconciliation is scheduled for Thursday, December 1st.
Children’s Liturgy Grades Kindergarten thru 2nd gradeReligious Instruction at St. Martha Church 8:30AM and 10:30AM
& Infant Jesus of Prague at 10:00AM
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
All juniors & seniors, in WBHSR or in Catholic High School, who are preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation in St. Martha Parish must register with the Parish office by December 16th. Registration forms will be available in the gathering area of the church and at the parish office. Preparation for the Sacrament will begin in January 2017. We are pleased to announce that Archbishop Aymond is schedule as our celebrant and our Confirmation date is Wednesday, May 24, 2017.
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.
ADOPT AN ANGEL
St. Martha Church & Infant Jesus of Prague Church will be participating again this year in the Catholic Charities adopt an angel program.
ANGEL BOOK: When you choose and adopt your angel, please remember to write your name and telephone number next to the angel’s name you picked in our ANGEL BOOK. This record helps the office staff to keep tract of angel presents that have been delivered and if there are any questions, we can call. Please use your angel as your name tag! This year, Catholic Charities can only make one (1) combined pick up for the entire parish. Therefore, our collection time has been shorten to a deadline date of Friday, December 9th. All angel presents can be delivered to the church office where you angel was adopted or at Mass any time before Friday, December 9th. Thank You and Merry Christmas!
Oct. 2 Weekly $6,829.30 $4,010.34
Oct. 2 Building Fund $1,873.45 -
Oct. 9 Weekly $5,671.90 $1,704.87
Oct. 16 Weekly $3,815.65 $2,108.75
Oct . 23 Weekly $4,638.64 $1,540.97
Oct. 23 World Missions $ 999.94 $ 198.00
Oct. 30 Weekly $3,974.00 $1,361.10
Nov. 06 Weekly $7,134.99 $2,493.17
Nov. 06 Building Fund $1,419.00
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.
Mon. Nov. 21 8:00 Infant Jesus For the Sick
Tues. Nov. 22 8:00 St. Martha Ben & Flor Pascual
Wed. Nov. 23 8:00 Infant Jesus Elaine Bartolo & Family
Thurs. Nov. 24 8:00 St. Martha Deceased ParishionersFri. Nov. 25 8:00 St. Martha The Military
Sat. Nov. 26 4:00 Infant Jesus
Evelyn Manuel, Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Florence Landry, Josie & Bill Peperone, Dr. Keith Peperone, Deceased Members of the Legion of Mary, Marion Miller, Ruth Blakeman, Ray Vegas, Granvell & Rose Mary Malone, Anthony & Lena Peperone
Sat. Nov. 26 5:30 St. Martha
Bartholomew Hoang Nguyen, Josef Tuan Tran, Sandrus Baudoin, Aura May Javellana, Artemio Javellana, Reba Catanese, But Txi Nguyen, Patricia Cummings, & Our Bulletin Sponsor: First Bank & Trust, Lillian C. Orgeron, Parishioner
Sun. Nov. 27 8:30 St. Martha
Sun. Nov. 27 10:00 Infant Jesus
& Santa Saladino, Margery Laurent, Joseph Lodge
Sun. Nov. 27 10:30 St. Martha
Peter & Maria Minh Dang, Joseph Binh Nguyen, Giacobe & Rosie Nguyen Van Thi, Maria Ho Nui Leung, Christine Yuen Wai Leung, Betty Brossard, Glenda M. Conner, Patricia Cummings, Giuse Nguyen Hong Phong, Charlie Jeandron, & Our Bulletin Sponsor: First Bank & Trust, Lillian C. Orgeron, Parishioner
Mon. Nov. 28 8:00 Infant Jesus
For the Sick
Tues. Nov. 29 8:00 St. Martha
Deceased Pascual & Tapia Families
Wed. Nov. 30 8:00 Infant Jesus For the Military
Thurs.Dec. 1 8:00 St. Martha Al Delger
Fri. Dec. 2 8:00 St. Martha Stephen Martin
Sat. Dec. 3 4:00 Infant Jesus
Evelyn Manuel, Ella McMahon, Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Philip J, Philip D & Michael J Saladino, Marion Miller, Irby Gros, Jr., Vincent & Santa Saladino, Ruth Blakeman, Ray Vegas, Granvell & Rose Mary Malone, Barbara Blanchard Salvato, Felicia Usner
Sat. Dec. 3 5:30 St. Martha
Bartholomew Hoang Nguyen, Sandrus Baudoin, Aura May Javellana, Artemio Javellana, Josef Tuan Tran, Reba Catanese, Patricia Cummings, Alva “Bobbie” Hebert, But Txi Nguyen & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Ferdie’s Printing Service
Sun. Dec. 4 8:30 St. Martha
Sun. Dec. 4 10:00 Infant Jesus
James & Fernande Laurent, Margery Laurent, Joseph Lodge
Sun. Dec. 4 10:30 St. Martha
Peter & Maria Minh Dang, Joseph Binh Nguyen, Maria Ho Nui Leung, Christine Yuen Wai Leung, Giacobe & Rose Nguyen Von Thi, Glenda M. Conner, Robert Aucoin, Sr., Betty Brossard, Patricia Cummings & Our Bulletin Sponsor: Ferdie’s Printing Service, Inc.
Mon. Dec. 5 8:00 Infant Jesus For the Sick
Tues. Dec. 6 8:00 St. Martha For the Sick
Wed. Dec. 7 8:00 Infant Jesus For the Military
Thurs. Dec. 8 8:00 St. Martha Deceased Parishioners
Fri. Dec. 9 8:00 St. Martha The Military
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.
In your masses and prayers, please remember:
But Txi Nguyen mother of Thanh Nguyen
BOOK OF THE DEAD
The Book of the Dead will be available in church throughout the month of November. On all days when multiple intentions are allowed, the names of those souls entered in the book will be remembered.
MASS FOR DECEASED PARIHIONERS
NOVEMBER 5, 2016
If you have a family member that passed away between November 8, 2015 and November 4, 2016, please call the office at 366-1604 so we may be in touch with you about the special mass on
If you would like to offer any of the following for your loved ones, please contact the office at 366-1604.
Mass Suggested Donation $ 5.00
Flowers Suggested Donation $50.00
Sanctuary Light Suggested Donation $10.00
Week of Nov. 20 Lumetta & North Families
Week of Dec. 4 Joseph Tuan Tran
Donated by his parents
Nov. 26 4:00PM Mass Marilyn Coleman
Dec. 4 10:00AM Mass Gerry & Anthony Palisi
Week of Nov. 27 Stacey Lynn Phelan
Week of Dec. 4 Maria Tian Thi Tinh
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.