St. Stephen Catholic Church on Napolean Avenue in Uptown New Orleans
“We give thanks to God always for all of you, remembering you in our prayers,unceasingly calling to mind your work of faith and labor of love and endurance in hope of our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father, knowing, brothers and sisters loved by God, how you were chosen. For our gospel did not come to you in word alone, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with much conviction.” (1 Thes. 1:2-5)
A number of years ago, I remember the Archbishop calling all priests to a Holy Hour of Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament at St. Louis Cathedral. And the way he did it was so succinctly Trinitarian. He asked us to “come let us pray with Our Lord Jesus to the Father that He will send the Holy Spirit down upon us.” I remember hearing it and having a new and different understanding of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. Instead of just directing my prayers, petitions, troubles, glory, honor and praise to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, the Archbishop made me realize that I was praying with Jesus, who constantly intercedes for us to the Father. And since the graces of God come through the Holy Spirit, together with Jesus, I was asking the Father to send the Holy Spirit.
We only know about God the Father because He has revealed Himself to us. And He did so definitively through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. And what He has revealed to us is called the “Deposit of Faith.” It’s a deposit that’s richer and deeper than the deepest gold mine. And the deeper we dig, the more we grow in our knowledge of God. But we don’t dig solely by reading and studying. We also do so through prayer.
Each Tuesday evening from 4:45 – 5:45pm, we have exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Stephen Church. And each Thursday morning from 7:00-8:00am, we have exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Henry Church. It’s a time when a few of us regularly pray together with Jesus to ask God the Father to send the Holy Spirit down upon our parish and ourselves. I just wish there were more of us there! It’s wonderful that we have so many parishioners who are active in so many ways in the parish. But I do know that the greatest gifts are the ones that don’t require our human efforts. They are the gifts that come to those who seek God with a sincere heart and a devout prayer life. Nowhere is prayer my efficacious than before the Blessed Sacrament. “Can you not stay awake with me one hour?” (Mt. 26:40)
(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)
Good Shepherd Parish needs average weekly collections of $6,500 in order to fund parish operations. Rarely does our collection exceed $5,000. The deficit is paid by generous donors at the end of the year, thank God! I encourage you to take this time to prayerfully consider whether you might increase your donations to to our parish. For those who are able, please consider an additional 10% per week. Your help will make a big difference in our ability to meet our financial obligations. One way to make this easy is to use our electronic giving program.
Simply click here to go to the Online Donations page to set up your online giving account. You may also use the paper authorization form, available at the Online Donations tab or from Dianne Caverly in the parish office. Call Dianne if you have difficulties.
Good Shepherd Parish frequently receives calls from “parishioners” who want 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, you must be a “registered” and “contributing” parishioner. This isn’t our rule; it’s the rule of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. All information is kept in strict confidence by the parish.
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.
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:
1. I will give them graces necessary for their state of life.
2. I will establish peace in their houses.
3. I will comfort them in all their afflictions.
4. I will be their strength during life and during death.
5. I will bestow a large blessing upon all their undertakings.
6. Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and the infinite ocean of mercy.
7. Tepid souls shall grow fervent.
8. Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.
9. I will bless every place where a picture of My Heart shall be set up and honored.
10. I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
11. Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be blotted out.
12. I promise you in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all-powerful love will grant all to those who communicate on the First Friday in nine consecutive months the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in My disgrace nor without receiving their sacraments; My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.
(with America Need Fatima and 40 Days for Life)
What: The Holy Rosary
Where: Near the Planned Parenthood Site
(on Claiborne between Jena and Cadiz)
When: October 11th at Noon
For more info contact Lydia Rose at 452-5392
Sunday, 28 September is to be set aside as a Day of Prayer for the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, scheduled to take place in Rome from October 5-19 to treat the topic: The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.
We are invited to pray for this intention during Mass and at other liturgical celebrations, in the days leading to the synod and during the synod itself. In Rome, in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, prayers will be recited each day in the chapel of the icon, Salus Populi Romani. The faithful, individually but above all in families, are invited to join in these prayers.
The suggested prayers include the Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod, composed by Pope Francis, as follows:
Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendor of true love, to you we turn with trust.
Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families too may be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel and small domestic Churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again experience violence, rejection and division: may all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth, may the approaching Synod of Bishops make us once more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family, and its beauty in God’s plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, graciously hear our prayer.
Feast Day – October 4
Blessing of the Pets – October 5 at noon
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. Next Sunday, all pets are invited into the schoolyard 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!
by (Rev. Msgr.) Christopher H. Nalty
Please don’t think that I’m trying to become the victim of a fatwa by the provocative title to this article. But there is a problem with Islam. All around the world, followers of Islam are engaging in terrible acts of brutality and violence in the name of their religion. At the same time, there has been condemnation by some more “moderate” Muslims. Why?
A number of years ago, I was visiting one of my sisters, and she invited a friend of hers to dinner with us – a devout Muslim. In the midst of dinner, he began to challenge me on Christianity and it’s core belief: The Holy Trinity. He argued that God is one, to which I agreed; but he denied that God could be “three in one” as we profess in the Nicene Creed. It’s hard preaching on Trinity Sunday to a church full of practicing Catholics, but that’s child’s play compared to explaining the “mystery” of the Holy Trinity to a Muslim who denies the Divinity of Jesus Christ. After some fruitless conversation (basically a Bible versus Koran fundamentalist argument), I asked him a series of questions. “Do you believe that God is all powerful? Do you believe that God is all knowing? Do you believe that God created everything that we can see and everything that we can’t see? Do you believe that God can do whatever God wants?” After acknowledging all of these questions in the affirmative, I asked one last question: “If God wanted to, could He become a man and walk on the earth?” There was no other answer that he could give. He had to say “yes.” And I replied, “That’s the difference between our religions. We believe that He did.” [Read More...]
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 is the first time that the Church throughout the world will celebrate the Feast Day of Pope St. John Paul II.
Pope St. John Paul II, also known as Saint John Paul the Great, was Pope from October 16, 1978 until his death on April 2, 2005. He was the second longest-serving pope in modern history after Pope Pius IX, who served for nearly 32 years from 1846 to 1878. Born in Poland, John Paul II is credited as helping to end Communist rule in his native Poland and eventually all of Europe. John Paul II significantly improved the Catholic Church’s relations with Judaism, Islam, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Anglican Communion.
One of the most traveled world leaders in history, John Paul II visited 129 countries during his pontificate. As part of his special emphasis on the universal call to holiness, he beatified 1,340 people and canonized 483 saints, more than the combined tally of his predecessors during the preceding five centuries. By the time of his death, he had named most of the College of Cardinals, consecrated or co-consecrated a large number of the world’s bishops, and ordained many priests.
John Paul II’s cause for canonization commenced a month after his death, due to Pope Benedict XVI, his successor and close collaborator, having waived the traditional five-year waiting period. Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed him Venerable on December 19, 2009 and Blessed on May 1, 2011 after the Congregation for the Causes of Saints attributed a miracle to him, the healing of a French nun from Parkinson’s disease. A second miracle, the healing of a Costa Rican woman from a brain aneurysm, was approved on July 2, 2013 and confirmed by Pope Francis two days later. John Paul II was canonized on April 27, 2014, alongside Pope John XXIII. Like John XXIII, his feast day is not celebrated on the date of his death, but on the anniversary of his Papal election, October 22, 1978. Last month, on Thursday, September 11, 2014, Pope Francis added his optional memorial to the worldwide General Roman Calendar of saints’ feast days, in response to requests from around the world.
The 40 Days for Life Campaign kicked off on September 28. We are teaming up with Holy Name of Jesus parish to help cover all of the hours from 7:00am to 7:00pm on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 3044 Ridgelake Drive in Metairie. If you feel called to peacefully pray at the abortion clinic please sign up for an open hour. The sign up sheet is in the back of the church. If you are unable to join us in our peaceful vigil, we ask that you commit to praying daily and fasting to end abortion. We have placed prayer cards at the back of the church on the Pro-Life table.
For more information, or to volunteer to help, please visit us online at www.40daysforlifenola.com.
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.
Come and See Vocation Discernment Weekend for high school juniors and seniors, and college- age men will be held November 7-9, 2014 at St. Joseph Seminary College, Covington, Louisiana. This is an opportunity for men who are interested in the priesthood and who would like to find out more about seminary life. There is no cost for the weekend but availability is limited on a first come, first served basis. For more information or to register, call the Archdiocesan Vocation Office at (504) 861-6298 or e-mail email@example.com.
RETREAT FOR THOSE HEALING FROM AN ABORTION EXPERIENCE
If you or someone you love is hurting from an abortion, please consider attending this healing retreat. There is forgiveness and hope after abortion. All faiths are welcome!
The Archdiocese of New Orleans Retreat Center
5500 St. Mary Street, Metairie, LA
Friday, October 31st – Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
$170 per person (financial assistance is available)
Priest Facilitator: Rev. Joseph Palermo
To register or for more info, please contact either of the following retreat facilitators: Pam Richard at (504) 460-9360 cell or (985) 809-0773 home or firstname.lastname@example.org Melanie Baglow at (504) 889-2431 home or email@example.com
Peace. That the Lord may grant peace to those parts of the world most battered by war and violence.
World Mission Day. That World Mission Day may rekindle in every believer zeal for carrying the Gospel into all the world.
Please pray for the intentions of the Holy Father!
Next week is the annual Archdiocese of New Orleans Priest Convention. Fr. Doug and Msgr. Nalty will be unavailable from September 23-25. Please contact the parish office for emergencies. Mass will continue at St. Henry Church at 6:30am all week, and the 6:00pm Mass at St. Stephen’s will be celebrated by Fr. Menard because Fr. Chambers is out of town due to the death of his brother, John. Please keep the Chambers family in your prayers during their time of loss.
The Second Harvest Helpline is a toll-free number that assists community members with public assistance applications (SNAP, CCAP, Kinship Care, FITAP, and Child Support), emergency food assistance, and referrals for specialized services and programs. Those in need of services can call 1-855-392-9398 for assistance. Second Harvest Community Advocates are availableMonday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and can assist English and Spanish-speaking clients over the phone or schedule a meeting in-person.
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