Then he said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you..” (Lk 17:17-19)
This Gospel this weekend concerns gratitude. The story is simple. Jesus cures ten lepers, and only one returns to thank Him. The word gratitude is interesting. It’s usually defined as “a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation.” And we might experience gratitude for many things. If we’re late for work, we might feel gratitude that we make it through all of the stoplights. We might wake up and see a beautiful sunny day, and feel gratitude. We might experience gratitude for any of the amazing little things that happen to us during the day – a rainbow, a sunset, a butterfly floating through the backyard.
But gratitude comes as a result of human acts, too. We feel gratitude when someone gives us a helping hand with our groceries. We feel gratitude when someone pays us a compliment. We feel gratitude when someone gives us a present. And what is the normal reaction to a feeling of gratitude in a human setting? We do something. We thank a person for their kindness. We might do so simply by saying “thank you.” We might send a thank you note. Or we might reciprocate the kindness by engaging in a kind act toward the person to whom we’re grateful.
One aspect of the Gospel today is interesting. We know that ten lepers were cleansed. Is it doubtful that each of the ten experienced gratitude? I can only imagine that each of the lepers must have been supremely grateful for having been cured from a debilitating and disfiguring disease that had made them outcasts in society. But the issue is that only one returns to give thanks to the person who had cured them. Only one came back to give thanks to God.
We really do our best to thank others when they are kind to us. Why should we act any differently toward God? That’s part of the message that Jesus is getting across to His listeners in this Gospel. It’s an “incarnational” aspect of gratitude. We actually do something to give thanks to God.
I have a little sign over my computer in my office. It is one of those “Simon” signs by the local artist Simon Hardeveld. It says – in big splashy letters – THANK YOU JESUS.
Maybe each of us needs to keep one of those signs somewhere in our lives. It could be in the car, or on a bathroom mirror, or on your desk. And then when we experience gratitude in our lives, we might remember to express our thanks. There are a lot of ways to thank God – the Eucharist is the most eloquent way – but another way is just to say: “Thank you, Jesus.” I promise He will hear.
(Rev. Msgr.) Christopher H. Nalty
Saturday Vigil at 4:00pm
Sunday at 8:00am and 10:30am
Our Lady of Good Counsel (OLGC)
Center of Jesus the Lord
Sunday at 10:30am
Monday – Friday 6:30am St. Henry
Tuesdays 6:00pm St. Stephen
First Fridays 7:00pm OLGC
Extraordinary Form Latin Mass
Last Sunday of month at 12:30pm
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Tuesdays 4:45 – 5:45pm St. Stephen
Thursdays 7:00 – 8:00am St. Henry
First Fridays 8:00 – 9:00pm OLGC
Confession Times at Good Shepherd
Saturdays 3:00 – 3:45pm St. Stephen
Sundays 9:30 – 10:15am St. Stephen
Sundays 10:00 – 10:30am OLGC
First Fridays 6:30 – 7:00pm OLGC
Feast Day – October 4
Many of the stories that surround the life of St. Francis of Assisi deal with his love for animals. Part of his appreciation of the environment is expressed in his Canticle of the Sun, a poem written in Umbrian Italian in perhaps 1224 which expresses a love and appreciation of Brother Sun, Sister Moon, Mother Earth, Brother Fire, etc. and all of God’s creations personified in their fundamental forms. Francis’ attitude towards the natural world, while poetically expressed, was conventionally Christian. He believed that the world was created good and beautiful by God but suffers a need for redemption because of the primordial sin of man. He preached the universal ability and duty of all creatures to praise God (a common theme in the Psalms) and the duty of men to protect and enjoy nature as both the stewards of God’s creation and as creatures ourselves. This Sunday, all pets are invited into the courtyard between the church and the school at 12:00 noon, after the 10:30am Mass for the Blessing of the Pets. Please make sure that your pets can play “nice” before bringing them over!
Our Altar Servers play a very important role in the liturgy. They are part of the procession, handle incense, help prepare the altar for Mass, aid with baptisms, and help with the sacred vessels. Our parish has a great need for young men desiring to serve at the altar as some of our current servers will be going off to college soon.
The Altar Society prepares the altar and sanctuary for Mass. This includes replenishing oil and wax candles, providing clean, ironed altar linens, attending to flowers on the altar and to holy water fonts. The Altar Society also decorates the church for Christmas, Easter and other special occasions.
We are always in need of help at the Rectory Office. Some volunteers handle specific record keeping tasks like updating sacramental registers that must be done on a regular basis. Others help with our service ministries, like distributing snack packs or canned goods, and some are just willing to help with whatever needs doing! The time commitment is up to you.
The Ozanam Inn (OI) Support Group provides a hot meal every month for the homeless living on our city streets. On the fourth Thursday of the month, volunteers meet at the rectory to prepare the meal, which they serve the same day at Ozanam Inn. Volunteers who serve with the OI Support Group experience the overwhelming joy – a true blessing from the Holy Spirit – that God pours out on those who serve the needy.
Rebuild Center Support Group
The Rebuild Center, located at St. Joseph Church on Tulane Avenue, provides basic services to help ‘rebuild’ the lives of the homeless and those in need. Volunteers from Good Shepherd Parish provide a tasty, nourishing meal on the first and third Thursday of every month. One day before serving, we prepare the meals (usually from scratch!) at the rectory.
The Choir sings at the 10:30 am Mass on Sundays, which is preceded by a 10:00 am rehearsal. On the last Sunday of the month, the Choir sings at the Extraordinary Form of the Mass of the Roman Rite, the “Tridentine” (Latin) Mass, which is preceded by a rehearsal at noon. All are welcome to join, no musical training necessary!
Healthcare/Homebound Eucharistic Ministry
In recognition of the needs of those unable to attend Mass, volunteers in the Healthcare/Homebound Eucharistic Ministry bring Holy Eucharist to the homebound in the parish and to Kindred Hospital, Unity and Uptown nursing homes. This service is offered on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday mornings. Volunteers must be Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC), trained for the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
Special Events Committee
The Special Events Committee needs YOU! If you like to help with meal based events, you’ll have a great time! Our busy season is February to June as the committee organizes the Lenten fish fry, St. Joseph Altar (including Cookie Sunday) and Corpus Christi post-procession lunch.
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 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.
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.
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 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: And the organizer behind this event is my good friend, Fr. Leo Patalinghug!
Grace before Meals – Olive Mass Special Announcement
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:
And the organizer behind this event is my good friend, Fr. Leo Patalinghug!
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.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta was canonized by His Holiness, Pope Francis on September 4, 2016 in Rome!
Msgr. Nalty with Mother Teresa in in 1996 when he spent the summer working with the poor of Calcutta.
Next weekend, weÂ 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.”
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.
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!
6 STEPS FOR A GOOD CONFESSION
ACT OF CONTRITION
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You, and I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell, but most of all because they offend You, my God, Who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life.
“I am the Lord your God. You shall not have strange gods before Me.” (Ex 20:2,3)
“You shall not take the Name of the Lord your God in vain.” (Ex 20:7)
“Remember that you keep holy the Sabbath Day.” (Ex 20:8)
“Honor your father and your mother.” (Ex 20:12)
“You shall not kill.” (Ex 20:13)
“You shall not commit adultery.” (Ex 20:14) “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.” (Ex 20:17)
Note: In the area of deliberate sexual sins listed below, all are mortal sins if there is sufficient reflection and full consent of the will. “No fornicators, idolaters, or adulterers, no sodomites,… will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Cor 6:9-10) “Anyone who looks lustfully at a woman has already committed adultery with her in his thoughts.” (Mt 5:28)
SEVENTH & TENTH COMMANDMENTS
“You shall not steal.” (Ex 20:15) “You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.” (Ex 20:17)
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” (Ex 20:16)
“Whoever eats the bread and drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily sins against the Body and Blood of the Lord. … He who eats and drinks without recognizing the Body eats and drinks judgement on himself.” (1 Cor 11:27-29)
So, to receive Holy Communion while in the state of mortal sin (having committed a mortal sin which has not been confessed and forgiven in the Sacrament of Confession) is itself a mortal sin – a mortal sin of sacrilege.
“O God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” (Lk 18:13)
“Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven…” (Jn 20:23)
“Though your sins be like scarlet, they shall become white as snow. Though they be red like crimson, they shall become white as wool.” (Is 1:18)
“If we confess our sins, He who is upright can be depended upon to forgive sins, and to cleanse us from every wrong.” (1 Jn 1:9)
“Father, forgive them; they do not know what they are doing.” (Lk 23:24)
“Forgive us our sins, for we too forgive all who do us wrong.” (Lk 11:4)
Good Shepherd Parish is teaming up with Holy Name of Jesus to cover one day in the 40 days for life! We will be signing up our parish in a few weeks so please prayerfully consider joining our team! Times begin at 7:00am until 6:00pm (please cover at least one hour). We are praying in front of the Planned Parenthood clinic on Claiborne. Sign-up sheets are in the back of the church.
For more information, or to volunteer to help, please visit us online at www.40daysforlifenola.com.
Margaret Mary Alacoque was born on 22 July, 1647 and died on 17 October, 1690. From her early childhood Margaret showed intense love for the Blessed Sacrament, and preferred silence and prayer to childish amusements.
Throughout her life Margaret found consolation in the Blessed Sacrament, and Christ made Himself visually apparent to her. This did not surprise her, and she thought others had the same Divine assistance. Although tempted by the luxuries and distractions of the world, Margaret
entered the Visitation Convent in 1572, where her visions became known. Because of her perceived “special status,” she was subjected to many trials to prove her vocation. She showed obedience, humility, and invariable charity towards those who persecuted her.
Jesus recounted the following to St. Margaret Mary, and this devotion has been recognized by the Church:
“To all those who, during nine months on end, will receive Holy Communion on the first Fridays of every month. I promise the Grace of final perseverance. They will not die in My disgrace, but will receive the Sacraments (if necessary), and My Heart will be sure shelter for them in that extreme moment.”
The First Friday promises of our Lord to St. Margaret Mary:
October 7, 2016
In 1571 Pope Pius V instituted “Our Lady of Victory” as an annual feast to commemorate the victory of Lepanto, where Christian forces successfully thwarted an attempted invasion of Western Europe by the Muslim forces of the Ottaman Empire. The victory was attributed to the Blessed Virgin Mary, as a Rosary procession had been offered on that day in St. Peter’s Square in Rome for the success of the mission of the Holy League. In 1573, Pope Gregory XIII changed the title of this feast-day to “Feast of the Holy Rosary”. This feast was extended by Pope Clement XII to the whole of the Latin Rite, inserting it into the Roman Catholic calendar of saints in 1716, and assigning it to the first Sunday in October. Pope Pius X changed the date to 7 October in 1913, as part of his effort to restore celebration of the liturgy of the Sundays.
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 either reside in the parish or be “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” and “contributing” 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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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