From Fr. Lich
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
God made a promise: “The virgin shall be with child and give birth to a son, and they shall call him Emmanuel, a name which means God is with us” (Mt 1:24, cf. ls 7:14). God’s promise came true: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us (Jn 1:14).” “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord” (Lk 2:10-11)
Christmas once again proclaims the good news that the Eternal Son of God has taken up our human nature and dwells among us to save us from our sins and eternal death and to lead us home to eternal life with God our Father. Christmas not only proclaims the good news of our Savior’s birth; Christmas also invites us to allow Jesus to be formed within us. As our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI stated: “He wants to enter human life through us”. He also seeks a living dwelling place in our personal lives. This is the coming of the Lord. Let us once again learn this; the Lord can also come among us.”
Even more, Christmas missions us to bring the Christ living within us to others, so that His Presence can transform their lives with hope and peace and joy.
This Christmas and throughout the coming New Year, my prayer is that more and more you will deepen your union with Christ through prayer and the celebration of the sacraments and make Him present in our society by your witness and love.
I will remember each of you in prayer, asking the infant Savior to bless you and those you love with the fullness of His peace!
Faithfully in Christ,
Love, Fr. Lich
Vocation Cross (Infant Jesus). The schedule for receiving the Vocation Cross at mass is shown below:
Sun., Dec.21st, 10 a.m. Gerry & Anthony
Sat., Dec. 27th, 4 p.m. Lela Matulich
St. Martha Weekly Collection
NOVEMBER 23, 2014 Collection
Building Fund 0.00
NOVEMBER 30, 2014, 2014 Collection
Building Fund 185.00
Infant Jesus Weekly Collection
NOVEMBER 23, 2014 Collection
Loose $ 426.80
Building Fund .00
NOVEMBER 30, 2014, Collection
Building Fund 00
MON., DECEMBER 15, 8:00 A.M. (Infant Jesus)
William Cambre, Jr. (Anniversary)
TUES., DECEMBER 16, 8:00 A.M. (St. Martha)
WED., DECEMBER 17, 8:00 AM (Infant Jesus)
THURS., DECEMBER 18, 8:00 AM (St. Martha)
For the deceased of our parish
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 8:00 AM (St. Martha)
For the health of Sandrus Baudoin
SAT., DECEMBER 20, 4:00 P.M. (Infant Jesus
Kent Matulich; Gary Bloom; Eugene Blanchard, Jr.; Ronald Dufrene, Jr.; Tracy J. Charles; A.J. Champagne
SAT., DECEMBER 20, 5:30 P.M. (St. Martha)
James & Stephen Martin, Harold S. Clark, Sr., Josef Tuan Tran, William T. Stephens, Jr., John Campo, Rosie Clark, Twin Tire Auto Care, Parishioner (Bulletin Sponsor)
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21, 8:30 A.M. (St. Martha)
For our parishioners
SUN., DECEMBER 21, 10:00 A.M. (Infant Jesus)
Fernand Crochet, Jr.; Theodora Hue Nguyen; Brooks Stewart (anniversary)
SUN., DECEMBER 21, 10:30 AM, (St. Martha)
Peter & Maria Minh Dang, Joseph Binh Nguyen, Mariela Gonzalez, Herbert Robin, Sr., Arlene Longo, Maria Ho Lui Leung, Christine Yuen Wai Leung, Giacobe Nguyen Van Thi, Rosa Nguyen Thi Tieu, Air Cooled Engines, Inc. (Bulletin Sponsor)
MON., DECEMBER 22, 8:00 A.M.,(Infant Jesus)
For the sick of our parish
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 8:00 AM (St. Martha)
James Leithman, Lori Bergeron Grefer
WED., DECEMBER 24, 4:00 PM (Infant Jesus)
Rene, Victoria & Shelby Manuel; Linus, Mary & Preston Manuel; Bergeron, Durio & Manuel Families; Anthony & Lena Peperone; Forest Blakeman; Charles Schultz (birthday); Marie Hernandez; Vincent & Santa Saladino; Michael, Philip Jr. and Philip Saladino, Sr.; Dominick & Laura Saladino; Eugene Blanchard, Jr.; Ella McMahon & Family; Family of Marie Guarino Chiasson & Clifton Chiasson, Sr.; Cyrus Dufrene; Ronald Dufrene, Jr.; Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Ochello; Mr. & Mrs. Mertile Dufrene; Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Ochello, Louis Coleman
WED., DECEMBER 24, 4:00 P.M, (St. Martha)
Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd Loup & Fly, Josef Tuan Tran, John W. LeJeune, Jr., Ellen Kaupp, Herbert Robin, Sr., Mary Santos, Rosie Clark, Bernard Gould, Ryan Bush
WED., DECEMBER 24, 6:00 P.M, (St. Martha)
David Callahan, Thomas Norman Marshall, Jr., Frank St. Pe’ & Hymel & St. Pe’ Fly, John Eitmann, Clovis Orgeron, Tony Guidry, Manual Tapia
THURSDAY, DEC. 25, 10:A.M., (Infant Jesus)
Paula Hymel Taravella; Tony Palisi, Jr.; Walter & Elaine Bartolo & Family; Josie & Bill Peperone; Mr. & Mrs. Sam Centanni; Dr. Keith Peperone; Lily LaBella; Gary Bloom; Lionel Weigel; Theodora Hue Nguyen; Edward, Agnes & Elizabeth Delatte; Sam, Rosalie & Tony Ditta
THURSDAY, DEC. 25, 10:30 A.M., (St. Martha)
James & Stephen Martin, Doris Sevin, Lucia Thanh Truc, Maria Thanh Thuy, Loyola Louisa Munoz Watts, Rosie Clark, Herbert Robin, Sr., Jessie Rosemond, Luis Fernando Maldonado, Jr., Steve McDaniel, Catherine Hebert
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26, 8:00 A.M. (St. Martha)
The Health of Sandrus Baudoin
SAT., DECEMBER 27, 4 PM (Infant Jesus)
Eugene Blanchard, Jr.; A.J. Champagne;
SAT., DECEMBER 27, 5:30 P.M. (St. Martha)
Josef Tuan Tran, Albert Lerille, Rosie Clark, Arch. Blenk Council #1905, Knights of Columbus (Bulletin Sponsor)
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28, 8:30 AM, (St. Martha)
For our parishioners
SUNDAY, DEC. 28, 10:00 AM (Infant Jesus)
Theodora Hue Nguyen, Paula Hymel Taravella
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28, 10:30 AM, (St. Martha)
James & Stephen Martin, Peter & Maria Minh Dang, Joseph Binh Nguyen, Herbert Robin, Sr., Arlene Longo, Giacobe Nguyen Van Thi, Rosa Nguyen Thi Tieu, Maria Ho Lui Leung, Christine Yuen Wai Leung, Lapalco Hardware, (Bulletin Sponsor)
The Sanctuary Light at St. Martha will burn the week of December 24th in memory of John W. LeJeune, Jr. It will burn the week of January 1st in memory of Rosie Clark.
The Sanctuary Light at Infant Jesus of Prague will burn the week of December 21st for Paula Hymel Taravella, Tony Palisi, Jr., the Family of Marie Guarino Chiasson & Clifton Chiasson, Sr. It will burn the week of December 28th in memory of Tony Palisi, Jr. and the family of Marie Guarino Chiasson and Clifton Chiasson, Sr.
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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