From the Pastor – November 11, 2018

very short prayers“Brothers and sisters: Every priest stands daily at his ministry, offering frequently those same sacrifices that can never take away sins. But this one offered one sacrifice for sins, and took his seat forever at the right hand of God.” (Heb. 10:11-12)

Every Sunday, something important happens in our parish.  The event is centered on the “Paschal Mystery.”

What is the Paschal Mystery?  Simply put, the Paschal Mystery is the suffering, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ.  When the Jews were slaves in Egypt, God told them to slaughter a lamb in the evening twilight and to place its blood on the two posts and the lintels of their houses.  Seeing the blood, the Lord would “pass over” their homes in striking down the first-born of the Egyptians, and they would be released from their slavery. (Ex. 12).

The lambs which saved the Jewish people are commemorated in the Jewish feast of Passover, and the lamb was called the passover lamb, or “paschal” lamb in Hebrew.  The meaning of this event and its prophecy were revealed in the first-born Son of God, who allowed Himself to be slaughtered in the evening twilight with His blood dripping down the cross to save us from slavery to an eternal death due to sin.  In doing so (in the words of John the Baptist), Jesus was the “Lamb of God.”

The mystery of a God who loves us so much that He would become a man and suffer and die so that we might rise with Him is what makes up the mystery.  That is the mystery that we proclaim with the cross of Christ, and that is the mystery in which we participate at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, where we enter into the Paschal Mystery by remembering it and receiving the Lamb of God as the Bread of Life in the Holy Eucharist.

So what is the event that happens each week?  Clearly, it’s the Sacrifice of the Mass, itself.  Sometimes we can be overly preoccupied with the homily at Mass or seeing our friends, or listening to the music.  The above Scriptural selection from Hebrews reminds us that Jesus died once and for all as an offering to God so that our sins could be forgiven.  And since the sacrificial offering was made by the Son of God, it exists forever and for all time.  At Mass, we don’t simply “remember” what Jesus did 2000 years ago.  At Mass we participate in that saving event by being in the presence of the Lord in the Eucharist, and by doing what He commanded us to do:  to eat His body and drink His blood so that the angel of death might pass over us, also.  Our proclamation of that great mystery of love with the sign of the cross, and our participation in the mystery through Eucharist and the Sacrifice of the Mass point to our salvation in Heaven!
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(Rev. Msgr.) Christopher H. Nalty
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Thanksgiving Baskets

The St. Vincent de Paul Society would like to request your help in providing Thanksgiving Baskets for the needy of our parish.  We would appreciate monetary donations, or donations of non-perishable food items (yams, little green peas, corn, stuffing, etc) and gift cards.  Please contribute to the poor box, or bring items to the box in the back of church of the rectory by Sunday, November 18.  As always, thank you for your GENEROUS support!

Silver Rose Program

Tuesday, October 9th – Thanks to the Knights of Columbus for presenting the Silver Roses at last Tuesday evening’s Mass, as well as the Wednesday morning Mass. Pray that more people will respect life in the womb!

Greater New Orleans Rosary Congress

The Greater New Orleans Rosary Congress has been an annual event for 28 years, and this year will take place at Our Lady of Divine Providence in Metairie. The dates are October 6 thru October 12. It has drawn thousands of people from all over the area and beyond.

The church is open day and night for seven days. That is 168 hours, of continuous prayer and adoration of Jesus. Many spiritual groups, families, and individuals from local and adjoining areas cover the time. Prayer begins hourly, except when other activities are taking place. There is time for Mass, Adoration, Rosaries, processions, spiritual talks, periods of silence, and singing. The beauty and diversity of the Catholic Church is demonstrated in the many activities held during this week.

This year’s theme is the “The Pillars of Victory,” which comes from a dream of St. John Bosco where he saw the Holy Father in a terrible storm moor the Barque of St. Peter (an image of the Church) between two pillars, on top of one was the Eucharistic Host and on top of the other was Our Lady of the Rosary.

There is plenty room for all to come and pray together, here in the New Orleans – Metairie area. Those who come experience the proven power of these prayers.

If you wish to come and be a part of the Greater New Orleans Rosary Congress or be a helper or be a representative from different areas, call Marie at 504-508-7100 for more information.

St Michael, the Archangel Prayer

Beginning September 15, 2018, we will say the St Michael, the Archangel Prayer after all of the Masses at St. Stephen and St. Henry churches.

Saint Michael Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares
of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou,
O Prince of the Heavenly Host –
by the Power of God –
cast into hell, satan and
all the evil spirits,
who prowl through the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Masses Back at St. Stephen Church

Beginning Friday, August 31, both the School Mass and the Tuesday evening Mass that is preceded by a Holy Our of Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will return to St Stephen Church.  The School Mass is celebrated on Fridays at 9:00am (unless there is a Holy Day of Obligation that week, in which case it is moved to the Holy Day of Obligation), and the Tuesday evening Mass is celebrated at 6:00pm, with the preceding Holy Hour beginning at 4:45pm.

Confessions

September 12, 2018
5:00pm – 6:30pm

As he did last year, Archbishop Aymond has asked that each parish offer the Sacrament of Confession on September 12, the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary.

Remember to Pray for the Faithful Departed!

 

Traditionally, the Church dedicates each month of the year to a certain devotion. In November, we remember the Holy Souls in Purgatory – faithful Christians who have died and gone before us but who still must atone for their sins. The time they spend in Purgatory cleanses them so that they may enter Heaven free from all effects of sin.

Praying for the dead, especially for those we have known, is a requirement of Christian charity. Our own prayers and sacrifices can be offered up to relieve their suffering.  The following prayer, among others, can be incorporated into our daily prayers during this month: Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

A plenary indulgence, applicable only to the souls in purgatory, is also granted to the faithful who fulfill the following conditions:

  • On any and each day from November 1 to 8, devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, if only mentally, for the departed (the ‘Eternal rest grant unto them…’ suffices)
  • Offer an Our Father and Hail Mary for the Pope’s Intentions
  • Make a good confession within a week and be free from all attachment to sin
  • Receive Holy Communion that day (or ASAP following if unable that day)

40 Days for Life Pre-Campaign Party

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

The 40 Days for Life New Orleans campaign is Sept. 26 through Nov. 4 at Women’s Health Care Center, 2701 General Pershing St., New Orleans. This is a new location for 40 Days for Life. For more information on the campaign, contact campaign director Shanon Snyder at snyder@prolifelouisiana.org or 504.835.6520.

Pro-Life Activities


Every Saturday at 11:00 a.m. we pray the Rosary at the Woman’s Health Care Center on the corner of General Pershing and Magnolia near Oschner Baptist Hospital. This facility is one of at least three abortion centers in the New Orleans area and just outside of our parish boundaries. Please join us!

ANO Retreat Center-Men’s Retreat

The Archdiocese of New Orleans Retreat Center in Metairie will hold a Men’s Retreat on October 19- 21, 2018, with Fr. Joe Kraft presenting on the theme, “Man Up! Living Our Call to Discipleship and Holiness.” This is the only retreat currently scheduled there for men, as the retreat center’s weekend group retreats are open to women during most of the year. For more information, call Lou Piazza at 504-628-6593.

Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Saint Teresa of Calcutta New Orleans
Msgr. Nalty with Mother Teresa in in 1996.

Sometimes I tell stories in my homilies about the summer that I spent working in Calcutta with the Missionaries of Charity. Saint Teresa of Calcutta used to have a little card that she gave to people she met. She called it her “business card.” I’ve reproduced one she gave to me after I worked in Calcutta one summer:

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It’s nice having her autograph, but that’s not the point. The point is how she connects silence to prayer to faith to love to service to peace. We all want peace. Mother Teresa provided me that recipe.

Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Feast Day September 5

On 10 September 1946, on a train journey from Calcutta to Darjeeling, Mother Teresa received what she termed the “call within a call,” which was to give rise to the Missionaries of Charity family: “to quench the infinite thirst of Jesus on the cross for love and souls” by “laboring at the salvation and sanctification of the poorest of the poor.” On October 7, 1950, the new congregation of the Missionaries of Charity was officially erected as a religious institute for the Archdiocese of Calcutta.

Throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, Mother Teresa expanded the work of the Missionaries of Charity both within Calcutta and throughout India. From the late 1960s until 1980, the Missionaries of Charity expanded across the globe and in their number of members. Mother Teresa opened houses in Australia, the Middle East, and North America, and the first novitiate outside Calcutta in London. In 1979 Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. By that same year there were 158 Missionaries of Charity foundations.

By 1997, the Sisters numbered nearly 4,000 members, and were established in almost 600 foundations in 123 countries of the world.

On September 5, 1997 Mother Teresa died at her Motherhouse in Calcutta. Hundreds of thousands of people from all classes and all religions, from India and abroad, paid their respects. Presidents, prime ministers, queens, and special envoys were present at her funeral on behalf of countries from all over the world.

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