From the Pastor – September 18, 2016

masstime.us for new orleans mass times“No servant can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other,or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and mammon.” (Lk 16:13)

There’s an old expression, “no man on his deathbed ever wished he had spent more time at the office.” It’s a way of reinforcing the advice that Jesus gives us today. The question boils down to this: what is the most important thing in our lives?

Most of us wouldn’t have a hard time saying that two things in our lives are incredibly important: our families and our friends. These are the people that we can count on. And to them we devote a lot of time.
And when it comes to money? Well, that’s one of those necessary evils of life. We need it to survive, but I don’t think any of us would consider it our “god.”

But they key to today’s Gospel is in comparing our attitude toward money to our attitude toward God. Think about how many of us treat our jobs or our businesses. If something is working out as an investment, we hold on to it. If our job is allowing us to survive, then we keep it. But we pay attention to the details of our investments and our jobs for nearly 40 hours a week. And if something is about to go sour? We get out!

On the other hand, do we pay as much attention to our relationship with God? Do we recognize that some of our conduct is causing us to lose grace, and do we change it? Or do we see the stock in our eternal soul reducing in value and ignore it?

When it comes to business, the most successful people keep a constant eye on the bottom line. If something is costing them money, they cut it out. If something is making them money, they double down.
Today, Jesus is telling us to do the same. When we find ourselves in the wage of some sin, we should cut our losses! Sell the stock, and get out of there! When we find ourselves in the midst of some grace (like Mass, Adoration, Confession or good old fashioned Christian charity and almsgiving), we need to double down! Because a serious sin can send us into eternal bankruptcy. And a sound investment promises unlimited returns to our bottom line for all eternity.

In this story, Jesus is essentially telling us to use our heads, to be smart about our salvation. In the final analysis, that’s what matters most!
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Adult Bible Study/Religious Education

Beginning Thursday, October 6 at 7:00 pm we will offer our next class: LECTIO: EVANGELIZATION
It will be a Ten-Week course. Each class will last until 8:30 P.M. The instructor on the video is Dr. Mary Healy
From the Augustine Institute. The cost of the class will be $30.00. Learn evangelization from the men and women who changed the world for Christ. The renown teacher, Dr. Mary Healy, shows you from Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition how the Holy Spirit will help you bring Christ’s light to the world.

What is our mission as Catholics? We are living in a time of abandonment of Christian faith on a scale that has never before been seen in history. The time is past for business as usual. God has a role for you! We are called to go out and to serve others to bring healing and to bring them into the light of the truth of Christ. We are born for a time such as this!

For more information contact: Mr. Phillip Bellini 504-227-3795

The Olive Mass

Celebrating Food & Blessing Those Who Prepare and Serve It

The Catholic Church offers a spiritual gathering for various professionals groups. For example, The White Mass is for Medical Professionals; The Red Mass is for Legal Professionals; The Blue Mass is for Law Enforcement & Emergency Responders. But what about Food Professionals? How can the Catholic Church support, pray for, celebrate, honor and encourage those involved in the Food, Beverage and Hospitality Industry? In Italy, there are special Masses at the Vatican for Chefs, dedicated on the Feast of St. Francis Carraciolo.

To help fill this void, The Table Foundation will host the first ever “The Olive Mass: Celebrating Food & Blessing Those Who Prepare and Serve It.” It will be held on Monday, September 26, 2016, at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans at 10:00 AM. At this liturgy, we will also honor Chefs for Peace – a professional group of Christian, Jewish and Muslim Chefs who work in the Holy Land promoting peace and brotherhood by sharing food.

This Mass and the following reception in the historic Ursuline Convent are free and open to anyone and everyone who works in the food world – whether you’re a food producer, chef, line cook, restaurant owner, beverage provider, server, dishwasher or avid faithful foodie – you are welcome!

For more information visit:
Grace before Meals – Olive Mass Special Announcement

And the organizer behind this event is my good friend, Fr. Leo Patalinghug!

Family Day

September 25, 2016

Getting Back to the Table!
The dining table over the years has taken on a different purpose than originally designed. It has become the “dropping off zone” for assorted things coming into the house. When it’s time to eat, we grab a plate, get the comfortable place on the sofa and eat off a TV tray.

Losing the dining table as a place to gather and share a meal as a family is not all that is lost. Spending quality time with one’s family, utilizing the time to share the experiences of the day, gives the family the opportunity to bond with one another. Additionally, table time with the family opens opportunities to educate in faith and life. Before starting what can be shared at the table, it will help to understand the dining table as one of the most important “tools” in the home. It may not be the place families spend the most time; however, it can be the place that involves each person and makes them open to sharing.

If this is your first time making the effort to eat together at the table, don’t get frustrated if the family lapses back to T.V. trays. Simply restart eating at the table. This will soon become routine as the family bonds tighter.

Scheduling Prayer in the Home

1. At the beginning of every meal, giving thanks for the company at the table and for the food, is most appropriate. Allowing “Grace before Meals” or a prayer made up by one of the members teaches the children prayer is necessary in our lives and can be personalized.
2. Saying “The Morning Offering” each morning as a family unites the family for the day.
3. Praying the Rosary as a family bolsters the unity of the family. It also provides a forum for teaching the Mysteries of the Rosary as well as Scripture.
4. Just as each morning the family gathers to recite the “Morning Offering,” the family can gather at the end of each day to give thanks to God for the blessings they have received. During this time, they can share one blessing for which they are most grateful.

Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Mother Teresa of Calcutta was canonized by His Holiness, Pope Francis on September 4, 2016 in Rome!
Saint Teresa of Calcutta New Orleans
Msgr. Nalty with Mother Teresa in in 1996 when he spent the summer working with the poor of Calcutta.

9/11 Commemoration

Next weekend, we  commemorate the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pa. Ten years ago the bishops of the United States issued a pastoral message, Living with Faith and Hope, in which they drew on the rich resources of our Catholic faith to minister to our nation and world. Below is an excerpt from the document found here: usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/september-11/

“After September 11, we are a wounded people. We share loss and pain, anger and fear, shock and determination in the face of these attacks on our nation and all humanity. We also honor the selflessness of firefighters, police, chaplains, and other brave individuals who gave their lives in the service of others. They are true heroes and heroines.

In these difficult days, our faith has lifted us up and sustained us. Our nation turned to God in prayer and in faith with a new intensity. This was evident on cell phones on hijacked airliners, on stairways in doomed towers, in cathedrals and parish churches, at ecumenical and interfaith services, in our homes and hearts. Our faith teaches us about good and evil, free will and responsibility. Jesus’ life, teaching, death and resurrection show us the meaning of love and justice in a broken world. Sacred Scripture and traditional ethical principles define what it means to make peace. They provide moral guidance on how the world should respond justly to terrorism in order to reestablish peace and order.

The events of September 11 were unique in their scale, but they were not isolated. Sadly, our world is losing respect for human life. Those who committed these atrocities do not distinguish between ordinary civilians and military combatants, and there is the threat of possible terrorist use of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons in the future.

The dreadful deeds of September 11 cannot go unanswered. We continue to urge resolve, restraint and greater attention to the roots of terrorism to protect against further attacks and to advance the global common good. Our nation must continue to respond in many ways, including diplomacy, economic measures, effective intelligence, more focus on security at home, and the legitimate use of force.

In our response to attacks on innocent civilians, we must be sure that we do not violate the norms of civilian immunity and proportionality. We believe every life is precious whether a person works at the World Trade Center or lives in Afghanistan. The traditional moral norms governing the use of force still apply, even in the face of terrorism on this scale.”

Annulment Writing Workshop

The Archdiocese of New Orleans will offer a writing workshop for persons seeking an annulment in the Catholic Church or for persons responding to an annulment. The workshop will be held in St. Mary Magdalen School in Metairie. The series will be for  five (5) Tuesdays, September 13, September 20, September 27, October 4 and October 11, 2016. Hours are 7:30 PM– 9:00 PM. The materials for the series cost $25.00. To register or for more information, call Cathy at the Family Life Apostolate at 504- 861-6243.

Good Stewardship

An article in the Times-Picayune several years ago woke me up a bit.  It said that out of all religious groups in America, the group that gave the smallest percentage of their income to their church were Catholics.  While Mormons generally give the Biblical 10% we call “tithing,” and while the average churchgoer in the United States gives 2.4 %, Catholics give the lowest percentage of every other religion.

And I don’t write this because our church is need of repairs (but it does!) or because we need more money to operate (but we do!, let me tell you the real reason: giving to charity shows a great reliance on God, and God rewards a cheerful giver.  Ever since I began “tithing,” God has given me more blessings than I can imagine.  And as He gives me more, I try to give more away.

Collections in our parish cover less than 50% of our parish expenses. With the costs of insurance, salaries, utilities and upkeep, we have a tough time. Without some generous benefactors donating at year’s end, we would be in bad shape! We’re a parish that is very generous to the poor, but we also need to be good stewards of our church and buildings that have been left to us by past generations.

Consider the following:  If you give less than $5 into the collection each week, perhaps you can raise it to $5.  And if you give more than $5, perhaps you can raise your contribution by 25%.  Thanks for your consideration!

Our Lady of Mount Carmel – July 16

The Order of the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin was born in the twelfth century on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land. A group of hermits from the west settled there to live after the example of Christ in His land. At their request, the Patriarch of Jerusalem gave them a rule of life that required them, among other things, to build an oratory among their cells where they could gather for the celebration of the Eucharist. The “Carmelites” built a chapel on Carmel that they dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, whom they addressed as the “Lady of the Place.”

Since the 15th century, popular devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel has focused on the Brown Scapular, a sacramental associated with promises of Our Lady’s special assistance in the salvation of the devoted wearer, especially promising that those who died wearing the scapular would be saved. The origin is said to be that Our Lady gave the Scapular to an early Carmelite named St. Simon Stock.

The Brown Scapular resembles an “apron” that symbolizes the “yoke of Christ.” There are many indications of aprons being used over the religious habit even from the times of St. Benedict (+547 AD), whose Rule also mentions the scapular. In the course of time, the Brown Scapular became part of the religious habit, and eventually acquired religious significance.

As understood and lived in the Carmelite Order, following Jesus Christ and Our Lady becomes the reality for which the faithful in the Carmelite family strive. They rely on the help and support of all the brothers and sisters who share in the same ideal. The members of the Carmelite family live their commitment in various ways: in the “desert,” in fraternal life, in the apostolic life, on the streets of the world, together working with Mary for the Kingdom of God.

Feast of St. Henry – July 13

St. Henry (6 May 973 – 13 July 1024) was the fifth and last Holy Roman Emperor of the Ottonian dynasty, from his coronation in Rome in 1014 until his death a decade later.  He was crowned King of Germany in 1002 and King of Italy in 1004. He is the only German king to have been canonized.

Henry was the son of Henry, Duke of Bavaria. As his father was in rebellion against two previous emperors, he was often in exile. This led the younger Henry to turn to the Church at an early age, first finding refuge with the Bishop of Freising, and later being educated at the cathedral school of Hildesheim. He succeeded his father as Duke of Bavaria in 995 as Henry IV.  Henry’s most significant contributions as emperor came in the realm of church-state relations and ecclesiastic administration within the Empire. He supported the bishops against the monastic clergy and aided them in establishing their temporal rule over broad territories. He strongly enforced clerical celibacy in order that the public land and offices he granted the church would not be passed on to heirs. This ensured that the bishops remained loyal to him, from whom they received their power, and provided a powerful bulwark against rebellious nobles and ambitious family members. Henry founded the Diocese of Bamberg, which quickly became a center of scholarship and art.

Henry had been working with the pope to call a Church Council to confirm his new system of politico-ecclesiastical control when he died suddenly in 1024, leaving this work unfinished.  Henry was canonized in July, 1147 by Pope Clement II; and his wife, Cunigunde, was canonized in the year 1200, by Pope Innocent III. His relics were carried on campaigns against heretics in the 1160s.  He is buried in Bamberg Cathedral.  Because as king he supported the Church, Henry is usually portrayed wearing a crown and holding a small model of a church.

Apostolate Fair

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) experience the great diversity of the Church, the Body of Christ, when they serve our parish community by assisting the celebrant in sharing the Body and Blood of Our Lord. Adults 18 years and older who have received the three sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation) may serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.

Lectors
Lectors serve the parish community in a very special way; their goal is to engage the hearts and minds of the congregation as they hear the Word of God.

Good Shepherd always welcomes of volunteers in both groups, although our greatest need at this time is for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion! Please prayerfully consider whether God is calling you to serve your parish in either of these special ministries. Scheduling is flexible.

Society of St Vincent de Paul
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers volunteers meaningful opportunities to serve their neighbors in need with love and compassion. Our chapter of is one of the most active in New Orleans. Regular activities include “Christmas in July”, weekly distribution of lunch snack-packs, weekly distribution of shelter vouchers and information sessions on managing finances. We strive to be more than a one time “emergency” help line and really make a change in our clients’ lives. Monthly meetings are held in the rectory.

Religious Education
Good Shepherd Parish offers religious education for school children, adults and those non-Catholics interested in learning about our faith.

We offer CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) classes for grades 1 – 4. Classes meet on Sunday mornings 9:20-10:20, beginning mid-September and follow the academic calendar. We are in need of volunteer teachers!

Bible study classes can help you develop a better understanding of our faith, and a deeper relationship with God. Small groups meet weekly to study and discuss salvation history.

RCIA is a process of reflection, prayer, instruction, discernment, and formation for those who wish to come into full communion with the Catholic Church. Catholics are also invited to attend to further their religious education.

Right to Life 2017 Calendar Sale

Respect Life Sunday will be observed October 1-2, 2016. The CYO or another parish organization will be selling the 2017 Right to Life Calendars at parishes that weekend. The calendars cost $5.00 and portray pro-life themes in beau ful full color graphics. The proceeds will help all the good pro-life work of New Orleans Right to Life, CYO, and other parish organizations. For more information contact Jan Delcorral at (504) 952- 7277 or email Jan at jdelcorral@cox.net.

Local Catholic Response to Southeast Louisiana Flooding

Even as the flood waters rose in our neighboring Dioceses of Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Lake Charles in August, the response of the local Catholic Church began. Parishes throughout the metropolitan area went to work quickly to provide aid to our sisters and brothers affected by the historic flooding. As the flood waters receded, volunteers from our parishes and schools were some of the first on the ground, and our local parishes continue to be a point of resource and aid to the area. Below is just a sampling of the flood relief efforts coordinated by the parishes, schools and minis- tries of the Archdiocese of New Orleans:
• Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans raised $267,208 in the weeks immediately following the flooding all of which will be sent to Catholic Charities agencies in Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Lake Charles to be used to help flood victims.
• An appeal from Archbishop Aymond resulted in an additional $360,000 to be sent to the bishops in our neighboring dioceses to help with flood relief and rebuilding efforts.
• By August 21, Second Harvest Food Bank had distributed 233,702 pounds of water, snacks and cleaning supplies to agencies serving approximately 44,635 people. Additionally, Second Harvest has provided meals and support to both the Baton Rouge area Council on Aging and Red Cross.
• We are aware of 10 tractor trailers full of supplies that were donated and distributed to those in need through e orts of local church parishes.
• Local Knights of Columbus Councils and parish men’s clubs mobilized hundreds of volunteers to prepare thousands of meals and also to gut and clean homes in the affected areas.
• Teams of seminarians from Notre Dame Seminary mobilized to help cut and clean homes in the Baton Rouge area.
• Several Catholic High Schools mobilized hundreds of volunteers to clean and gut in the affected areas, prepared meals, and coordinated successful supply drives.
• Local Catholic Schools have formed twinning relationships with affected schools to provide direct assistance for the long-term of recovery.

In the Archdiocese of New Orleans we know too well the physical and emotional toll flood victims face as they work to rebuild homes, schools, churches and businesses. Please continue to keep the flood victims in prayer. Pray too in thanksgiving for all those who have contributed to recovery and to those who continue to work on their behalf that God will give them strength and grace to continue their work.

Beginning Experience Weekend

The Beginning Experience Weekend on October 21-23, 2016, is a wonderful opportunity for healing for those suffering the loss of a spouse either through death or separation/divorce. Those who have attended this weekend attest to the new hope they have received and the powerful safe and loving environment they found in the experience. Under the sponsorship of the Archdiocese of New Orleans Family Life Apostolate this international program has helped thousands navigate the road through grief. Call Toni (985)789-8666 or Becky Brocato (504) 455-8920 for more information.

What is “Active Participation”?

“In the celebration of Mass the faithful form a holy people, a people whom God has made his own, a royal priesthood, so that they may give thanks to God and offer the spotless Victim not only through the hands of the priest but also together with him, and so that they may learn to offer themselves.”  This is the basis for the “full conscious and active participation” of the faithful demanded by the very nature of the Liturgy.  Because the gathered liturgical assembly forms one body, each of its members must shun “any appearance of individualism or division, keeping before their eyes that they have only one Father in heaven and accordingly are all brothers and sisters to each other.”  Singing is one of the primary ways that the assembly of the faithful participates actively in the Liturgy. The people are encouraged to take part by means of acclamations, responses, psalms, antiphons [and] hymns. . . . The musical formation of the assembly must be a continuing concern in order to foster full, conscious, and active participation.  Sing to the Lord Music in Divine Worship, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 24, 25, 26.

Lord Teach Me to Pray

Lord, Teach Me to Pray, a three-part prayer series for men and women based on Ignatian Spirituality, offers participants a unique opportunity to experience prayer with Jesus.  Praying Christian Virtues (Part 1) is a 12 week prayer series that helps bring focus to prayer life as well as deal with dryness and obstacles in prayer. In My 19th Annotation (Part 2), you will pray the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Small groups meet with 2 trained facilitators for 1-2 hours/week to pray and faith share.  Good Shepherd Parish will offer Parts 1 and 2 for women at St. Henry Church beginning in mid-September.  Contact Mary Ann Brown, 504-905-4230 or mbrown6865@aol.com, for more information or to register.  Additional sessions for men and women are available at other Uptown churches.  Please visit the web site, www.lordteachmetopray.com for the full schedule.

40 Days for Life Pre-Campaign Party

Want to help mark the beginning of the end of abortion in New Orleans?

Want to help mark the beginning of the end of abortion in New Orleans?

The 40 Days for Life Pre-Campaign Party will be held at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church at 4230 S. Broad Ave., New Orleans, LA, on Thursday, August 25, 2016, at 6:00 PM. Guest speakers include Archbishop Aymond, Dr. Susan Caldwell, Dr. Kathy Allen, and Sancha Noel Smith. Come join us to learn why “Abortion Is Not Women’s Healthcare,” and to learn more about 40 Days for Life happening here in New Orleans September 28, 2016, through November 6, 2016. Dinner will be provided. Please note this is a change in venue this year to respect the fact that, thanks be to God, the Causeway facility has closed. Sadly, the new Planned Parenthood facility on Claiborne has opened its doors near Blessed Trinity Catholic Church. Now more than ever your prayerful presence is necessary! Email respectlife@arch-no.org for more information.

For more information, or to volunteer to help, please visit us online at www.40daysforlifenola.com.

Knights of Columbus Raffle Tickets

Next weekend the Knights of Columbus will be selling raffle tickets for the items below.  Tickets are $20/each, but look at all of the wonderful prizes, 40 in all.  I’m sorry that I had to make the print so small, but it was the only way the prizes could all fit in the bulletin!

Grand Prize – 3 Club seats to Saints vs Lions + $150.00 @ Ruth’s Chris
+ Hard Rock Casino package + 3 rounds of golf at the Oaks

Second Prize –   2 seats to Saints vs Bucs on 40 yd line loge club seats
+ $100.00 @ Acme + 2 Tickets to LPO Opening Night

Additional Prizes
– 2 Sideline bunker Club seats to Saints vs Bucs + $100.00 @ Bacchanal + 2 tickets to LPO Opening Night

– 3 Loge End Zone seats Saints vs Rams + $100 @ Andy’s Bistro + 2 JPSO Season Tickets

– 2 Club seat tickets Saints vs Panthers + $100.00 Mariza Gift Cert.

– 3 Loge end zone tickets Saints Vs Bucs + $100 @ Andy’s Bistro

– 2 40 yd line lower terrace ticket Saints vs Falcons + $100 Franklin Gift Cert.

– 2 40 yd line lower terrace ticket Saints vs Raiders + $75 Muriel’s Gift Cert.

– 2 Plaza seat tickets Saints vs Panthers + $50 MoPho Gift Cert.

– 2 40 yd line lower terrace ticket Saints vs Lions + $50 Acropolis Gift Cert.

– 2 40 yd line lower terrace ticket Saints vs Broncos + $50 Boucherie Gift Certificate

– 2 40 yd line lower terrace ticket Saints vs Rams

– 2 40 yd line lower terrace ticket Saints vs Bucs

– 2 40 yd line lower terrace ticket Saints vs Seahawks

– 2 Loge end zone ticket Saints vs Rams

– 2 Loge end zone ticket Saints vs Bucs

– Fishing Trip for 4 in Fourchon We Day Guided, All incl., Overnight

– 2 Loge Club Seats to Saints vs Steelers (Preseason)

– 2 Upper 20 yd. line LSU vs Alabama + Parking Pass

– 2 Upper 20 yd. line LSU vs Alabama + Parking Pass

– 2 Upper 20 yd. line LSU vs Alabama

– 2 Upper 20 yd. line LSU vs Ole Miss + Parking Pass

– 2 Upper 20 yd. line LSU vs Ole Miss + Parking Pass

– 2 Upper 20 yd. line LSU vs Ole Miss

– 2 Upper 20 yd. line LSU vs Miss State + LSU vs Jacksonville State + Parking Pass

– 2 Upper 20 yd. line LSU vs Miss State + LSU vs Jacksonville State + Parking Pass

– 2 Upper 20 yd. line LSU vs Miss State

– 2 Tulane Football Season Tickets + 2 Loge Club Seats Saints vs Ravens (Preseason)

– 4 Upper 20 yd. line LSU vs Missouri + Parking Pass

– 2 Upper 20 yd. line LSU vs Missouri + Parking Pass + 2 UNO Courtside Basketball Season Tickets

– 4 Upper 20 yd. line LSU vs USM + Parking Pass

– 2 Upper 20 yd. line LSU vs USM + Parking Pass + 2 40 yd line Saints vs Steelers (preseason)

– 4 Upper 20 yd. line LSU vs S. Alabama + Parking Pass + 2 40 yd line Saints vs Steelers (preseason)

– 2 Upper 20 yd. line LSU vs S. Alabama + Parking Pass + 2 40 yd line Saints vs Ravens (preseason)

– 2 Upper 20 yd. line LSU vs Jacksonville ST + Parking Pass + 2 40 yd line Saints vs Ravens (preseason)

– 4 Winners of 2 tickets to Pelicans vs TBD Club Seats.

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