From the Pastor – September 17, 2017

visit masstime.usPeter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive?  As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.” (Mt. 18:21-22)

When I was younger, my sisters and brother and I had a lot of little “family” jokes and expressions.  Sometimes when we’re together again, we use them to get a laugh.  In our teenage years those “inside jokes” tended to revolve around quotes from television shows or movies that we found funny.  Most of can do imitations of Eddie Murphy’s more memorable gags or lines uttered by Bill Murray in “Caddyshack” or “Stripes.”  But one of the older expressions I remember when I was very young was “seventy-eleven.”  Of course, it’s not an actual number, but it was used to express the hugest number possible.  Millions and billions (or even googles) weren’t real to us.  But “seventy-eleven” sounded really big.  So if we were going to use a number that Jesus would give in telling us how many times to forgive, we would say “forgive ‘seventy-eleven’ times.”

In the Gospel today, Jesus says “forgive seven times seventy-seven” times.  That’s a lot, but it’s a finite number.  In fact, it only adds up to 539.  If that were the case, we’d have to carry calculators around to make sure we were keeping track as to how many times we’d forgiven.  I would bet that most couples who’ve been married more than 20 years could say they’ve forgiven their spouses more than 539 times.  And then they kept forgiving beyond that.  Seven was used by Peter to indicate a constant stream of forgiveness.  Jesus took that number and put it off the charts.    We’re supposed to keep forgiving primarily because God continues to forgive us.  And most of us have offended Him more than 539 times.

This is a good weekend to remind ourselves that we should forgive.  As we recall the 9/11 attacks on our country, we might be tempted to relive those feelings of vengeance and that desire for justice ten years ago.  Although demands for justice are not necessarily wrong, we should look back on the last ten years and realize that holding on to hatred, vengeance and “debts” tends to hurt us more than it hurts the people we “hate.”

If we’ve gotten over our “hatred” for those terrorists who attacked us, we might want to look around at other “grudges” we’re holding on to, perhaps even within our own families.  Maybe there’s someone we need to forgive for the “seventy-eleventh” time.
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The Olive Mass

Celebrating Food & Blessing Those Who Prepare and Serve It

The Catholic Church offers spiritual gatherings for various professionals groups. For example, there is the White Mass is for Medical Professionals; the Red Mass is for Legal Professionals; and the Blue Mass for Law Enforcement & Emergency Responders. But what “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 second annual “The Olive Mass:  Celebrating Food & Blessing Those Who Prepare and Serve It.”  It will be held on Monday, September 25, 2017, at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans at 10:00 AM.

The Table Foundation will also host a reception at 11:30 AM at Chef John Besh’s Pigeon & Prince located at 129 Camp Street, followed by a Panel Discussion of some of New Orleans’s best and most famous chefs. To register please call (443) 541-2390 register at thetablefoundation.org/the-olive-mass

Centennial Statue of Our Lady of Fatima

is coming to St. Stephens Church
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

SERVICES
4:45 pm — Adoration 6:00 pm — Mass
6:45 pm — Fatima Talk 7:00 pm — Rosary
8:30 pm — Church closes

The International Centennial Pilgrim Image, a statue of the Immaculate Heart of Mary entrusted to the Alliance of the Holy Family International and Human Life International Austria by Pope Francis, will be in New Orleans for 10 days from Sept. 15-24.

It is one of six Fatima statues – one for each continent (Europe and Asia are considered Eurasia) – blessed by Pope Francis in Rome on Jan. 11, 2017, for veneration worldwide during the centennial of the Fatima appearances. Pope Francis declared the Fatima centennial a jubilee year – from Nov. 27, 2016-Nov. 26, 2017 – with a plenary indulgence granted to those who fulfill guidelines during this anniversary.

Father Bing Arellano, spiritual director of the Alliance of the Holy Family International, said Pope Francis was asked to send these images around the world “with an appeal to pray and offer reparation for the intentions of world peace and the sanctity of family life,” according to the Human Life International website (hli.org).

Missionaries from the Alliance of the Holy Family accompany the statue at each stop and explain the significance of the brown scapular of Mount Carmel and pray the rosary, organizers said.

The Holy Name of Mary

September 12, 2017

By St. Alphonsus de Liguori

Richard of St. Laurence states “there is not such powerful help in any name, nor is there any other name given to men, after that of Jesus, from which so much salvation is poured forth upon men as from the name of Mary.” He continues, “that the devout invocation of this sweet and holy name leads to the acquisition of superabundant graces in this life, and a very high degree of glory in the next.”  After the most sacred name of Jesus, the name of Mary is so rich in every good thing, that on earth and in heaven there is no other from which devout souls receive so much grace, hope, and sweetness.

Hence Richard of St. Laurence encourages sinners to have recourse to this great name, “because it alone will suffice to cure them of all their evils;” and “there is no disorder, however malignant, that does not immediately yield to the power of the name of Mary.” The Blessed Raymond Jordano says, “that however hardened and diffident a heart may be, the name of this most Blessed Virgin has such efficacy, that if it is only pronounced that heart will be wonderfully softened.” Moreover, it is well known, and is daily experienced by the clients of Mary, that her powerful name gives the particular strength necessary to overcome temptations against purity.

Pornography Addiction

The internet has opened up an easy access to pornography which has become a major addiction in our society and a burden to many men. And the Church wants to help.  The Archdiocese of New Orleans has a confidential Catholic 12-step program for men struggling with an addition to pornography called the “My House Men’s Group.”  For more information contact (504) 430-3060 or email myhouse@archdiocese-no.org

Back to School

St. Stephen Catholic School had its first day of classes on Tuesday, August 8, and we have our first weekly school Mass on August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, at 9:00 am at St. Henry Church.  I wish each parishioner could come to at least one school Mass (which will normally be at 9:00 am on Fridays at St. Henry Church) during the year to see what well-behaved, enthusiastic and attentive students we have at St. Stephen’s.  Unfortunately, most of the children that attend St. Stephen Catholic School do not live in the parish and, therefore, attend Mass at their home parish.  However, you do know some of our students (and former students) who participate as altar servers at our Saturday 4:00pm Vigil and Sunday 10:30am Mass.  Those young men are representative of the quality of the students that we educate here in our parish.  If you know someone who is looking for a wonderful Catholic environment in which to educate their children, please have them investigate St. Stephen Catholic School!

Young Adult Council for the Archdiocese of New Orleans

The Young Adult Council for the Archdiocese of New Orleans is a group of young adults who serve as an advisory board to the Associate Director for Young Adult Ministry. The Council will assist in planning and facilitating various events throughout this next year. If you are a young adult (18-39) with a desire to serve the young adult community within the Archdiocese of New Orleans, then this Council is for you. It is a great way to serve the local church through sharing your gifts and leadership. To learn more about the Young Adult Council, please contact Sam Pitre at spitre@arch-no.org or call (504) 836-0551 ext. 3228. Applications will be accepted until August 16, 2017.

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

On the week when we celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Archbishop Aymond has asked that every parish offer Confession for two hours. To that end, on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, Confessions will be heard beginning at 5:00pm until 6:30pm.

Right to Life 2018 Calendar Sale

Respect Life Sunday will be observed September 30-October 1, 2017. Good Shepherd Parish will be selling the 2018 Right to Life Calendars that weekend. The calendars cost $5.00 and portray pro-life themes in beautiful 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.

Parking During Construction

Parking for Sunday Mass will be a little more difficult during the Church Restoration, but we are trying to make it better.  There are a limited number of spaces in the schoolyard, which we hope can go first to less mobile parishioners.  You can enter behind the rectory on General Pershing and walk through the gate by the school to get to the church.  We also have a temporary handicap ramp on the front of the church.  We will also do our best to free up the spots on Camp Street when they are not needed by the contractors.  Thank you for your patience!

Lord Teach Me To Pray

Are you interested in a deeper relationship with God; do you want to improve your prayer life?  Lord, Teach Me to Pray is a three-part prayer series for men and women based on Ignatian Spirituality.  Beginning early to mid-September, all three parts of the series will be offered in several locations throughout the Archdiocese.  Part 1, Praying Christian Virtues, helps deepen prayer life, and discover what to do for dryness and obstacles in prayer.  This 12 week prayer series introduces the different methods of Ignatian prayer, meditation, contemplation and Consciousness Examen.  Small groups meet with 2 trained facilitators for 1-2 hours/week to pray and faith share.  In Good Shepherd Parish, Part III (women) will meet at St. Henry Church, Tuesdays, 10:30am-12noon beginning Sept 5th.  Contact Dianne Caverly, 504-388-3430 or dlcaverly@gmail.com, for more information or to register.  Additional sessions for men and women are available at other Uptown churches.  Consult the flyers in the foyer, or visit the web site, www.lordteachmetopray.com,  for the full schedule.

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!

Need a Ride?

Occasionally, parishioners without transportation inquire at the parish office whether it is possible for another parishioner to give them a ride to and/or from Mass. If you need a ride to Mass, or you would be willing to provide transportation to a fellow parishioner, please contact the parish office at (504) 899-1378.

2017 Eucharistic Procession Pics

Corpus Christi

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Corpus Christi Mass and Eucharistic Procession. Vatican Exhibit of Eucharistic Miracles.

We will have our annual Eucharistic Procession on Sunday, June 18 to show our belief in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Afterwards we will have a fish fry and snowballs from Plum Street.

If you can help with set-up, organization, ideas, food, drinks for this parish event, please contact the parish office (899-1378), Kathy Fayard (kfayard@yahoo.com), Phillip Bellini (pbellini@archdiocese-no.org), or Hunter Harris (417-6066).

St. Vincent de Paul – Good Works

“Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Mt 25:40)

Here’s what your donations helped to accomplish during our last fiscal year:

2,671   Snack Packs – (Consists of one sleeve of Saltines, a small can of Vienna sausages, a small breakfast bar, health bar, peanut butter crackers, applesauce, diced fruit and a bottle of water).  This is to help an individual have the equivalent of a lunch meal.

454      Food bags are given to people who knock on the door and tell us they need food.  We try to give them canned items that will help for a couple of days.  We prefer to provide items that can be heated, i.e., red beans, hearty soups, rice, macaroni and cheese, pasta, fruit, and breakfast items (oatmeal, cereal, grits) if we have them on hand.

1,341   Shelter Vouchers – These people had a bed for the night, and didn’t have to sleep on the street.  There is always a line of people who arrive early Tuesday mornings hoping to receive a voucher.

120      Bus Tokens – It helps so much if you can pay for someone to ride the bus to a job, an interview or a doctor’s appointment.  Bus rides cost $1.25 but we are able to purchase vouchers for $1.09.

85        Christmas and Easter Baskets which provide for a complete holiday meal.

2,400   Blessing Bags – Purchased by you at our cost of $.50 to hand to people on the streets asking for a handout.  It holds a bottle of water, energy bar, cheese crackers, a prayer card and information on where to get help.

82        Seminars – Held quarterly on Saturday by our SVdP volunteer lawyer (who resolved 40 issues in the past 3 years!), CPA and others who counsel people on how to resolve problems and better their lives.

356 pairs of Socks, 45 pairs of gloves and 213 toiletry items.

$3,532 Utility bills – Many of the poor live in homes that aren’t insulated and are subjected to bills that exceed what they can afford.  Often they will turn AC’s up and heaters down to save money.

$937    Rent – We try to help with a small portion of rent, if possible.  It is very rare for us to pay a full month’s rent.

$1,296 Ozanam Inn – We cook a hot meal once a month and serve it to approximately 200 grateful people.

ON BEHALF OF ALL WHO BENEFITTED FROM YOUR GENEROSITY, THANK YOU!

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