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Holy Thursday, March 24th

Evening Mass of Lord’s Supper, 7 p.m.

(St. Martha Only)


Good Friday, March 25th

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion 3 p.m.

(St. Martha Only)


Way of the Cross

March, 25th, Good Friday

St. Martha – 6:30 p.m.

(St. Martha Only)


Holy Saturday, March 26th

Easter Vigil – 7:30 p.m.

(St. Martha Only)


Easter Sunday, March 27th

St. Martha - 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.

Infant Jesus of Prague - 10:00 a.m.


Divine Mercy Celebration

Infant Jesus of Prague

Infant Jesus Church will have their Divine Mercy Celebration on Sunday, April 3rd.  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 to help with this celebration, please place your donation in an envelope labeled Divine Mercy Sunday and place it in the collection basket at our weekend masses.


Vocation Cross

Vocation Cross (Infant Jesus).  The schedules for receiving the Vocation Cross at mass is shown below:

   Date                              Recipient

Sun., 3/27, 10 am                           Cynthia Matherene

Sat., 4/2, 4 p.m.                Waver & Jerome St. Romain

St. Martha Weekly Collection

FEBRUARY 21, 2016              Collection

Envelopes                       $2,959.00

         Loose                                      1,531.52

         Building Fund                                    .00

Total                                      $4,490.52


FEBRUARY 28, 2016              Collection

         Envelopes                     $4,455.00

         Loose                                      1,631.00

         Building Fund                                     00



Infant Jesus Weekly Collection

FEBRUARY 21, 2016              Collection

Envelopes                       $1,124.00

         Loose                                         629.00

         Building Fund                                    .00

Total                                      $1,753.00


FEBRUARY 28, 2016              Collection

         Envelopes                     $1,235.00

         Loose                                         564.74

         Building Fund                                  5.00












Mass Intentions


MON., MARCH 21, 8:00 A.M. (Infant Jesus)

Tony Palisi, Jr.

TUES., MARCH. 22, 8:00 A.M. (St. Martha)

The ill of our parish

WED., MARCH 23, 4:00 P.M. (Infant Jesus)

Tony Palisi, Jr., Marilyn Diaz

THURS., MARCH. 24, 7:00 P.M. (St. Martha)

Evening Mass of Lord’s Supper

Anton Tran Van Thao, Mary Lyn Diaz

FRIDAY, MARCH. 25, 3:00 P.M. (St. Martha)

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

SAT, MARCH. 26, 7:30 P.M. (St. Martha)

(Easter Vigil) - Alva “Bobbie” Hebert, Evelyn Manuel, Sandrus Baudoin, Bartholomeu Hoang Nguyen, Michael Tien Nguyen, Edith D. Gordon, Josef Tuan Tran, Kerner Bergeron, Sr.

SUNDAY, MARCH. 27, 8:30 A.M. (St. Martha)

For our parishioners

SUN., MARCH. 27, 10:00 A.M. (Infant Jesus)

Tony Palisi, Jr., Marie Guarino Chiasson & Clifton A. Chiasson, Sr., Anthony & Lena Peperone, Ray Vegas, Elaine Bartolo & Family, Vincent & Santa Saladino, Enola Orgeron, Edward Agnes & Elizabeth Delatte, Sam, Rosalie & Anthony Ditta, Brooks Stewart

SUN., MARCH. 27, 10:30 AM, (St. Martha)

Alva “Bobbie” Hebert, Arlene Longo, James Martin, Stephen Martin, Doris Sevin, William J. Stephen, Jr., Peter & Maria Minh Dang, Guise Nguyen Hong Phong, Joseph Binh Nguyen, Stacey Lynn Phelan, John P. Gustin, Sr., Maria Ho Lui Leung, Christine Yuen Wai Leung,

MON., MARCH. 28, 8 A.M.,(Infant Jesus)

For the sick

TUESDAY, MARCH. 29, 8 A.M., (St. Martha)

Helen Haber

WED., MARCH 30, 8:00 AM (Infant Jesus)

For the military

THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 8 A.M., (St. Martha)

Conrad Trombatore

FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 8:00 A.M. (St. Martha)

James Martin


SAT., APRIL 2, 4 P.M. (Infant Jesus)

Evelyn Manuel, Rita Mae Kilgore, Ella McMahon, Eugene Blanchard, Jr., Philip J., Philip D & Michael J. Salandino, Ray Vegas

SAT., APRIL. 2, 5:30 P.M. (St. Martha)

Alva “Bobbie” Hebert, Evelyn Manuel, Bartholomeu Hoang Nguyen, Michael Tien Nguyen, Edith D. Gordon, Josef Tuan Tran, Marylyn Diaz

SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 8:30 AM, (St. Martha)

For our parishioners

SUN., APRIL 3, 10:00 AM (Infant Jesus)

Marie Hernandez, Vincent & Santa Saladino, Edward, Agnes & Elizabeth Delatte, Sam, Rosalie & Anthony Ditta, Brooks Stewart, A.J. Borne, Louis Coleman, Jerry Rabalais, Timmy Campbell

SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 10:30 AM, (St. Martha)

Stacey Lynn Phelan, Arlene Longo, James & Stephen Martin, Maria Ho Lui Leung, Christine Yuen Wai Leung, Gracobe & Rosie Nguyen Van Thi, Peter & Maria Minh Dang, Joseph Binh Nguyen, (Bulletin Sponsor)


Sanctuary Light


The Sanctuary Light at St. Martha will burn the week of March 21st in memory of Janet Gray. It will burn the week of March 28th in memory of Alva Bobbie Hebert


The Sanctuary Light at Infant Jesus of Prague will burn the week of March 27th in loving memory of Tony Palisi, Jr.  It will also burn on Saturday, April 2nd in lovng memory of Ray Vegas.




The flowers at the altar the week of April 3rd have been donated in memory of Peter and Maria Minh Dang by Joe and Victoria Dang. 


Financial Statements

Parishioners on the envelope system wishing a copy of their 2015 envelope contributions for income tax purposes should call the Parish Office at 366-1604 (St. Martha) or 368-1397 (Infant Jesus).



Lenten Weekly 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


Infant Jesus of Prague Mission

All Fridays of Lent at 5:30 p.m.


St. Martha Church

All Fridays of Lent at 6:30 p.m.


St. Martha Ministry Schedule for

Friday Way of the Cross


Date                                               Ministry

March 18                               PSR Catechists

March 25                               Choir


Food Pantry Sunday - Second 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.






Bulletin Sponsors


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.



A note from Deacon Larry Murphy


Deacon Larry Murphy will be available at the Pastoral Office at Infant Jesus of Prague Mission on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursday of the month from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and on the 2nd and 4th Thursday from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Please schedule an appointment.  For a Saturday appointment, please contact Deacon Larry at 368-1397.




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.




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:

  • Food

  • Cash

  • 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.


Men’s Club


 “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.