St. Stephen Catholic Church on Napolean Avenue in Uptown New Orleans
The rulers sneered at Jesus and said, “He saved others, let him save himself if he is the chosen one, the Christ of God.” Even the soldiers jeered at him. As they approached to offer him wine they called out, “If you are King of the Jews, save yourself.” Above him there was an inscription that read, “This is the King of the Jews.” (Lk 23:35-38)
How many times have we gazed at a crucifix and seen that inscription: “I.N.R.I.” We know it means something about Jesus being “King of the Jews,” even if we don’t remember that it comes from the first letters of the Latin inscription meaning “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews: Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum. The key is understanding what’s behind that inscription. Is it just a “mocking” inscription provided by Pontius Pilate? Was it placed there to enrage the Jewish Sanhedrin? Or is it part of God the Father’s providential plan to reveal His Son to us?
To understand the role of Jesus as King, we have to understand a little bit of the Jewish concept of Messiah (literally meaning “someone anointed”), a term used in the Old Testament to describe a king who was traditionally anointed with holy oil as described in Exodus 30:22-25. In Jewish eschatology the term referred to a future Jewish King from the Davidic line, who will be “anointed” and rule the Jewish people during the Messianic Age.
And here’s where Jesus comes in. He comes to fulfill those prophecies. He’s from the Davidic line; He ushers in a new age of the Messiah; He spends the majority of his preaching ministry focusing on one thing: the Kingdom of God. After the Apostles received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, they began to fearlessly proclaim Jesus as “the Christ,” Christ being the Greek translation of the Hebrew word Messiah.
And so we celebrate this weekend the Solemnity of Christ the King. We place Him as King of our world (since He made it and governs it); as Kings of ourselves (since He made us); and Kings of our destiny (since He has ascended to the Father to prepare a place for us).
But nowhere is Christ’s “kingship” more apparent than on the cross. By dying for us, Jesus gave us the most radical notion of leadership. The King loves us – His subjects – so much that He leads not by a command, but by an example. He died first. And we follow. That’s how we reach the kingdom.
(Rev. Msgr.) Christopher H. Nalty
Saturday Vigil at 4:00pm
Sunday at 8:00am and 10:30am
Weekdays (Monday -Friday)
6:30am in St. Henry Church
6:00pm Mass Tuesdays in the Church
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Tuesday 4:45pm – 5:45pm
Thursday morning 7:00am – 8:00am
Confession Times at Good Shepherd
Saturdays at 3:00pm
(before the 4:00pm Vigil Mass)
Sundays at 9:30am – 10:15am
(before the 10:30am Mass)
The Office of Communications and the Clarion Herald are engaged in a process of strategic planning. An essential part of this process is to get feedback from a wide range of people in the Archdiocese. To that end, a very short online survey has been created and we ask that you help us by completing the shot survey online and distributing the survey link to people in your network. If you have already received this link from another source and completed the survey there is no need to complete it again. In any event, please also pass the link on to other Catholics – the more response they receive the better!
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Catholic Women in Action, a committee of the Catholic Foundation, invites you to our Advent Series “Bringing Christ to a World Longing for Love and Joy.” Please join us to reflect on how to spiritually prepare for Christ’s coming and help evangelize others. Our series begins on the Northshore at Mary Queen of Peace Parish on December 2nd at 9:00 a.m. for Mass with Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond followed by reflections from Judy Landrieu Klein and her daughter, Kara. The next is on the Westbank at St. Andrew the Apostle Parish, December 3rd for 9:30 a.m. Mass with Fr. John Talamo, Celebrant, followed by reflections from Sarah McDonald and Mayor of Gretna, Belinda Constant. Our final presentation will be on the Eastbank at St. Francis Xavier Parish on December 4th for 8:00 a.m. Mass with Fr. Peter Finney III Celebrant, followed by reflections from Peter Finney, Jr. and Mary Matalin.
General: That priests experiencing difficulties may be comforted in their sufferings, sustained in the doubts and confirmed in their fidelity.
Missionary: That the Churches of Latin America may send missionaries to other Churches as a result of the continental mission.
Please pray for the intentions of the Holy Father!
Deacon Paul A. Nalty, William Joseph Allen, Milton & Vivian Wetzel, Edwin & Shirley Sullivan, Edwin & Mary Wetzel, Reverend Louis Derbes CM, Charles Derbes, Irma Wetzel, Kate Arnoult, Yvonne Arnoult, Frank & Elbee Bynum, Hazel Johnson, the Youngblood Family, the Mercante Family, Beryl Carbon, Kathy Burnett, Vetter Amadeo Taylor, Lena Amadeo, Peter Amadeo Sr, Sara Wilder, Lena Cook, Peter Amadeo Jr, Wilhomenia Cosgrove, Edith Taylor, Edmund Taylor, the Taylor Family, the Wolcenski Family, the Maciasek Family, the Sisters of St Francis, the Griener Family, the Van der Haar Family, Mildred Mitchell, Mildred Guichard, Connie Martin, Pauline Cefolia, the Boudreaux & Bergeron Families, Roy Corass, Pat LeBlanc, Ryan LeBlanc, Conception Velasquez, Delfina Vallecillo, Mario Velasquez, Johnny Adkins, Earl & Betty Blum, Araceli Geisler, the Flowler Family, the Hillebrands Family, the Martin Family, the Marchessault Family, the Ritchotte Family, the Hackenbruch Family, and the Gainsburgh Family, Sadie Klien and the Gallaher, Collins and Egatz Families.
and the Poor Souls in Purgatory.
Notre Dame Seminary will host its annual Gala & Auction on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 7 to 10 p.m. on the grounds of the Seminary located at 2901 South Carrollton Ave. The Seminary is celebrating 90 years of service to the Archdiocese of New Orleans and the dioceses throughout the South by preparing men for the ministerial priesthood. Tickets start at $100 and can be purchased at www.nds.edu or at the seminary. The evening will include silent and live auctions, musical entertainment, a raffle, as well as beverages, food, and desserts from over 40 local restaurants and caterers. Auction items include jewelry, concert tickets, hotel and vacation packages, photography sessions, gift cards and certificates and LSU and Saints autographed memorabilia. For more information about the event, contact Yvette LaCour in the Development Office at email@example.com.
Good Shepherd Parish frequently receives calls from “parishioners” to have their children baptized, get a school voucher, get married or serve as a godparent. In order for the parish to agree to these things, the person must be a “registered” and “contributing” parishioner. This isn’t our rule, it’s the rule of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Obviously, all of your information is kept in strict confidence by the parish.
So let’s make sure that we all know: To be “registered” at Good Shepherd Parish means that (1) you have completed a parish census form or have registered online at goodshepherdparishNOLA.com, (2) you use parish envelopes or checks for donations.
The Saint Thomas More Catholic Lawyers Association, in conjunction with the Catholic Bishops of the State of Louisiana, announce the celebration of the Annual Red Mass, invoking the Holy Spirit upon the bench and bar of the State, on Monday, October 7, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Louis. The Most Reverend Gregory M. Aymond, Archbishop of New Orleans, will be the principal celebrant. Very Reverend James Wehner, Rector of Notre Dame Seminary, will be the homilist. Members of the bench and bar of the State, as well the laity, are invited to attend.
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) began last week, but it’s not too late to start attending classes. If you’re not Catholic, if you’re a lapsed Catholic, or if you’re interested in learning more about what it means to be Catholic, please call Phillip Bellini at 899-1378.
All of you are aware of the massive destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. While Archbishop Aymond is not calling for a special 2nd collection, pastors are asked to please announce that anyone who would like to donate can send their Typhoon Haiyan Relief donations to Archbishop Aymond’s attention at the chancery, 7887 Walmsley Ave. New Orleans, LA 70125. Archbishop Aymond will send the donations to the bishops in the Philippines.
The Catholic Charismatic Renewal of New Orleans (CCRNO) will sponsor its annual Holy Spirit Retreat for teenagers and young adults, better known as January Retreat, January 3-5, 2014 at the Landmark Hotel, 2601 Severn Avenue, Metairie, LA 70002.
The retreat theme is “Freedom” and the weekend will include Talks, Skits, Music, Worship, Mass, Confessions, and Fellowship. It will feature Fr. Steve Bruno, Matt Bourgeois and other well-known local priests and youth speakers. Everyone of high school and college age is invited to attend participants must register by December 6, 2013, $160 for lodging and meals. Youth groups are welcome. One free chaperone registration for every eight retreatants who register together by December 2, 2013. For more information and to register, visit www.ccrno.org or contact the CCRNO office at (504) 828-1368.
There are many special volunteers who help us each week to accomplish the details of managing our parish activities and provide the many services requested by our parishioners and needy neighbors.
Please consider becoming one of our valued volunteers! Our greatest needs at this time are Ushers and we would like to have Greeters to welcome parishioners and visitors prior to each Mass. We will be needing additional volunteers to help prepare the Church for Christmas! For more details on any of the above, please call Dixie at the rectory 899-1378.
Thanks to all who prayed for me and my pilgrims during our pilgrimage to Rome last week. It was a truly blessed experience for all of us, and I carried all of your intentions to the Tombs of those great Apostles, Sts. Peter and Paul. Particularly blessed were we to celebrate Mass in so many holy places including the Basilica of St. Peter, the Catacombs of St. Priscilla, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, Santa Maria della Libera in Aquino (the village of St. Thomas Aquinas), the Pontifical North American College and the private Chapel of the Swiss Guards in the Vatican. Good Shepherd Parish was remembered at each Mass by name. One of the most important parts of our trip was attending the weekly General Audience of Our Holy Father, Pope Francis. His gentle, pastoral style was so heart warming, and brought enthusiastic responses to a crowd of over 100,000 people. Below are two photos where we are truly at the heart of the Church!
Many of you may not be aware that the Archdiocese of New Orleans has a very active social media presence. Almost everyone is aware of the updated Archdiocese of New Orleans website at www.archdiocese-no.org but did you know that we are on Facebook and Twitter as well?
Please “Like” the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans on Facebook. You may also want to “Like” the following related Facebook pages:
Archbishop Gregory Aymond
Archdiocese of New Orleans Young Adult Ministry
Black Catholics of New Orleans NOLA Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans New Orleans Catholic Schools
NOLA Vocations – Info for Men and Women
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The CYO/Youth & Young Adult Ministry Office announces the next Theology on Tap series, to take place on Tuesdays in October 2013, at the Irish House in New Orleans. Each Tuesday will present a different speaker speaking on a relevant contemporary theological topic, and the Irish House has some great taps to share. The evening begins at 6:30pm, and the speaker start at 7:00pm.
Respect Life Sunday will be observed on the weekend of October 5, 2013 and October 6, 2013. The CYO or another parish organization will be selling the 2014 Right to Life Calendars that weekend. The calendars cost $5.00. For more information contact Jan Delcorral at (504) 952-7277.
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