From the Pastor – May 30, 2021

The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they all saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.

Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Mt 28:16-20)

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. In the early days of the Church there was no special day to honor the Holy Trinity, but that changed in the 3rd century when the Church was confronted with one of the first great heresies:  Arianism.  Although this heresy would seem strange to us today, it basically stated that God the Father always existed, but that He was separate from the lesser Jesus Christ, who was created by Him.  Then, the Father, working through the Son, created the Holy Spirit, who was subservient to the Son as the Son was to the Father.  This belief was definitively declared to be false by the Nicene Council in 325 A.D.

Without going into too much theological depth about the controversy, we can simply affirm the Nicene Creed which we recite each Sunday.  In the Creed we declare that we believe in one God: “the Father, the Almighty”; “one Lord Jesus Christ, “who is “God from God” and “consubstantial with the Father”; and the Holy Spirit who “proceeds from the Father and the Son” and who “with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified.”  But this isn’t the only time we proclaim the Trinity.  In fact, each time we make the sign of the Cross we are praying “In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”  Notice that we use the singular case for “the Name.”  This is our declaration of our belief in the Holy Trinity: One God in Three Divine Persons.

The Holy Trinity can seem like a difficult concept to contemplate, and it is best described as a mystery.  But this shouldn’t trouble us, because the infinite grandeur of God is so much greater than our finite minds can comprehend!  However, the Holy Trinity is revealed to us in God’s plan of salvation to bring us back into the relationship we had with Him before the Fall.  And the “agent” of that plan is none other than Jesus, the only Son of God, who became a man, suffered, died and rose again to bring mankind back into a perfect relationship with the Father in the embrace of the Holy Spirit.

There is no greater place to contemplate the Holy Trinity than in the presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.  When we pray before the exposed Blessed Sacrament (as on our weekly Tuesday and Thursday Holy Hours or at next week’s Corpus Christi Procession) we pray in union with Jesus Christ asking the Heavenly Father to grant us the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  That places us on earth within the Divine embrace of the Most Holy Trinity!

(Rev. Msgr.) Christopher H. Nalty
msgr.nalty@gmail.com

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Corpus Christi Mass and Eucharistic Procession

Sunday, June 6, 2021

All are invited to participate in a Eucharistic Procession immediately following the 10:30am Mass next weekend.  The procession will exit the Church, turn right on Napoleon Avenue and then go around the school and the church before returning into the church for Benediction.  It will be lead by a crucifer, and we will chant Eucharistic hymns as we bring carry Jesus in the Holy Eucharist throughout our neighborhood!

We would like to invite First Communicants and young children (K-4th) to wear white attire to lead the procession.  Please meet in the front of the church near the confessional immediately after the 10:30am Mass and we will direct you.  Either bring your own decorated basket for rose petals, or one will be provided.  Anyone who can save rose petals (by putting them in the fridge) is also asked to do so. Any questions about the Corpus Christi Procession can be directed to Kathy Fayard at kfayard@yahoo.com

Good Shepherd Parish Adult Education

The Hidden King:  The Jewish Roots of St. Joseph

Video Presentation by Dr. Brant Pitre
Wednesdays 6:30pm – 8:00pm
June 9 – June 23

St. Stephen Rectory Conference Room

Register with: Mr. Phillip Bellini,Director of Religious Education
pbellini@arch-no.org  or 504-227-3794

TOPICS: How was Joseph the Hidden King of the Jews; Why Joseph was a threat to the Fake King Herod;

Why Herod murdered his own wife, three sons and the Holy Innocents in Bethlehem;  Why Joseph accepted Mary’s Jewish Vow of Virginity; How Joseph hid the Virgin Birth from Satan; Joseph’s Relations to the “Brothers” of Jesus; Apocryphal Legend of the Elderly St. Joseph; The Biblical Age of St. Joseph; The Persecution of Joseph’s Family; How Joseph is the earthly Shadow of Jesus’ Heavenly Father

Upcoming Ordinations

On Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Louis Cathedral, Archbishop Aymond will ordain Lennin Arroyo, Joseph DiMaggio III, Jeffrey Merritt and Andy Gonzalez to the Transitional Diaconate for the Archdiocese of New Orleans and Joseph Odongo for the Archdiocese of Tororo.

On Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Louis Cathedral, Archbishop Aymond will ordain Daniel Dashner, Ajani Gibson, Michael Lamy, Truong Pham and Andrew Sanchez for the Archdiocese of New Orleans and Thomas Bamoah for the Diocese of Yendi.

Upcoming Events

May 1, 2021 –May Crowning at the 10:30am Mass.
May 9, 2021 – Blessing of Mothers at all Masses.
May 16, 2021 – First Holy Communions at the 10:30am Mass. Also, it is the Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord
May 21 2021 – St. Stephen Catholic School kindergarten graduation ceremony at 9:00am Mass
May 23, 2021 – Pentecost Sunday
May 30, 2021 – Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
June 3, 2018 – St. Stephen Catholic School seventh grade graduation ceremony at 9:00am Mass
June 6, 2021 – Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) with Eucharistic Procession after the 10:30am Mass

Our Lady of Good Counsel Special Mass April 25, 2021 at 5pm

Novena to Our Lady of Good Counsel

April 18 – 26
(say this prayer every day for the nine days)

Aware of the powerful intercessory prayers of Our Blessed Mother, let us commit to pray this short prayer for the next nine days.

O Holy Virgin, to whose feet we are lead by our anxious uncertainty in our search for and attainment of what is true and good, invoking thee by the sweet title of Mother of Good Counsel. We beseech Thee to come to our assistance, when, along the road of this life, the darkness of error and of evil conspires towards our ruin by leading our minds and our hearts astray. Do Thou, O Seat of Wisdom and Star of the Sea, enlighten the doubtful and the erring, that they be not seduced by the false appearances of good; render them steadfast in the race of the hostile and corrupting influences of passion and of sin. O Mother of Good Counsel, obtain for us from Thy Divine Son a great love of virtue, and, in the hour of uncertainty and trial, the strength to embrace the way that leads to our salvation. If Thy hand sustains us, we shall walk unmolested along the path indicated to us by the life and words of Jesus our Redeemer, and having followed freely and securely, even in the midst of this world’s strife, the Sun of Truth and Justice under Thy maternal star, we shall come to the enjoyment of full and eternal peace with Thee in the haven of salvation. Amen.
By Pope Pius XII, 23 January 1953

Eucharist Lecture Series

Notre Dame Seminary is offering a year-long “Eucharist Lecture Series” during 2021 for the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ Year of the Eucharist!
Our fourth presentation will be entitled “The Real Presence of the Eucharist” and will be offered by Dr. David Liberto, Professor of Dogmatic and Historical Theology at Notre Dame Seminary. This event will take place on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, with Eucharistic Adoration beginning at 5:30 PM followed by a lecture and Q&A from 6:00- 7:00 PM. This event is FREE and open to the public. ou can attend either in person (socially distanced) or virtually, but space is limited, so make sure to RSVP. Virtual attendees will receive streaming information via email on the day of the event. Registration will close on Wednesday, April 21 at 5:00 PM. To register go to: nds.edu/els/

Divine Mercy Sunday

 

A Mass in honor of Divine Mercy Sunday will be celebrated by Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond on April 11, 2021 at 3:00 p.m at St. Joseph Church, 1802 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans.

Trinity Sunday

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Trinity Sunday, also known as the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, is celebrated a week after Pentecost Sunday in honor of the most fundamental of Christian beliefs—belief in the Holy Trinity. We can never fully understand the mystery of the Trinity, but we can sum it up in the following formula: God is three Persons in one Nature. The three Persons of God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—are all equally God. They cannot be divided.  As the above diagram shows, each person of the Holy Trinity is a separate person, having been identified as such in the Holy Bible, but each are also the One True God.  It’s why we make the sign of the cross in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, rather than the “names.”  It’s a profound mystery that many other religions reject.  It’s not something that is easily explainable, but it was revealed by Jesus Christ through His Divine Word, and the Holy Spirit has filled our hearts and minds to help us understand it.  We reinforce our belief in the Holy Trinity each time we make the sign of the cross.

The origins of the celebration of Trinity Sunday go back to the Arian heresy of the fourth century, when Arius denied the divinity of Jesus Christ by denying that there are three Persons in God. To stress the doctrine of the Trinity, the Fathers of the Church composed prayers and hymns that were recited on Sundays as part of the Divine Office, the official prayer of the Church. Eventually, a special version of that office began to be celebrated on the Sunday after Pentecost, and the Church in England, at the request of St. Thomas à Becket (1118-1170), was granted permission to celebrate Trinity Sunday. The celebration of Trinity Sunday was made universal by Pope John XXII (1316-34).

For many centuries, the Athanasian Creed was recited at Mass on Trinity Sunday. While seldom read today, the creed can be read privately or recited with your family to revive this ancient tradition.

Eucharistic Miracles Morning of Reflection

A special Eucharistic Miracles Morning of Reflection, sponsored by the Catholic Women in Action Committee of the Catholic Community Foundation, will be held on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 A.M. at St. Stephen Church on Napoleon Avenue in New Orleans. Rev. Jeffrey A. Montz, Director of Spiritual Formation and Professor of Theology at Notre Dame Seminary, will celebrate Mass and offer a reflection. Displays of 30 or more of Eucharistic miracles will next be available for viewing. In-person seating for the event is limited and reservations are required. For more information and to R.S.V.P., please contact Kathi Zimmerman at 504.527.5794 or kzimmerman@ccfnola.org.

Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit

A special Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit will be in St. Stephen Church June 5 – 13, 2021 during hours when the church is regularly opened for Masses and Eucharistic Adoration (Saturday 3:00pm – 5:30pm, Sunday 7:00am – 12:00pm, Tuesday 4:45pm – 6:45pm).  The display includes artwork and information on more than 30 officially recognized Eucharistic Miracles that have occurred across the centuries.  For more information contact Phillip Bellini in the rectory office, 504-899-1378 or pbellini@arch-no.org.

Novena to the Holy Spirit

Novena to the Holy Spirit for the Seven Gifts
(to be prayed beginning May 13)

The novena in honor of the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost. Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trbinity, it is a powerful plea for the light and strength and love so sorely needed y every Christian.

NOVENA PRAYER FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT
O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Your true disciples and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.  (Say 7X Our Father, Hail Mary & Glory Be)

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

In 1914 the U.S. Congress passed a Joint Resolution, and President Woodrow Wilson signed it, establishing “Mother’s Day” to emphasize a women’s role in the family. One thing important to note is that the apostrophe in “Mother’s Day” is in between the “r” and the “s,” indicating the original meaning of the day, which is to honor one’s own Mother, rather than Mothers in general.

We are bound by our love and through God’s command to honor our own mother, but we have to always remember that we have another mother in Heaven.  When Jesus became a human being, He also became our brother.  And as He hung on the cross He gave us his Most Holy Mother to be our mother:  “When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.”  Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.”  (Jn 19:26-27).

On this Mother’s Day, we pay homage to our own earthly mother.  We might call her Mom, Mama, Ma or Mommy, but we have her to thank for giving us life, bearing us in her womb, and tenderly caring for us as we grew up.  We are called to remember her gentleness as well as her wise counsel.  And whether our mother is living or deceased, we know that our love for her is never diminished.

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