From the Pastor – July 10, 2016

masstime.us for new orleans catholic churchesThere was a scholar of the law who stood up to test him and said,  “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law?  How do you read it?”
He said in reply, You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself. (Lk 10:25-27)

If you could ask God one question, what would it be? Would you ask about the future?  Would you ask for the next Powerball number? Next year’s Superbowl Champion? Or perhaps you’d want to know about something from the past. Why did Katrina hit us?  Why did my loved one have to die?  Perhaps you’d want to know the answer to something current.  Why do bad things happen to good people? What is the cure for cancer or AIDS?

If there is a more important question than the one the scholar of the law asks, then I can’t think of it.  This life is complicated and full of mysteries; but it’s short.  The scholar asks the real question: “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”  The question is inside each of us.

After Jesus questioned him, the scholar puts together two parts of the Old Testament: we must love God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind (Dt 6:5); and we must love our neighbor as ourselves (Lv 19:18).  It’s a summary of the law.  But that’s not the end of the story.

“And who is my neighbor?” he asks.  Then comes the parable of the Good Samaritan in which Jesus made even clearer that love had no limits or boundaries, and likewise our love should have neither.   It must be directed to God, but it must be practiced to be real.  How can we claim to love a God we can’t see, when we can’t love the neighbor who we do see?

“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Mt 5:44), Jesus said.  Why? “So that you may be children of your Father in heaven who makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors and sinners do the same? … Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt 5:46-47).

God’s own unlimited love towards is the standard for our love for each other. Jesus was specific to St. Peter, who asked:  “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive? Seven times?” Jesus responded: “Not seven times, but seventy-seven times” (Mt 18:22) and specifically mentioned the Father’s unlimited mercy toward us as the model for our conduct toward others (Mt 18:23-35).  It’s a high bar.  But it’s the bar Christ gave us.  Don’t we want eternal life?

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Rev. Msgr. Christopher H. Nalty
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Our Lady of Mount Carmel – July 16

The Order of the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin was born in the twelfth century on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land. A group of hermits from the west settled there to live after the example of Christ in His land. At their request, the Patriarch of Jerusalem gave them a rule of life that required them, among other things, to build an oratory among their cells where they could gather for the celebration of the Eucharist. The “Carmelites” built a chapel on Carmel that they dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, whom they addressed as the “Lady of the Place.”

Since the 15th century, popular devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel has focused on the Brown Scapular, a sacramental associated with promises of Our Lady’s special assistance in the salvation of the devoted wearer, especially promising that those who died wearing the scapular would be saved. The origin is said to be that Our Lady gave the Scapular to an early Carmelite named St. Simon Stock.

The Brown Scapular resembles an “apron” that symbolizes the “yoke of Christ.” There are many indications of aprons being used over the religious habit even from the times of St. Benedict (+547 AD), whose Rule also mentions the scapular. In the course of time, the Brown Scapular became part of the religious habit, and eventually acquired religious significance.

As understood and lived in the Carmelite Order, following Jesus Christ and Our Lady becomes the reality for which the faithful in the Carmelite family strive. They rely on the help and support of all the brothers and sisters who share in the same ideal. The members of the Carmelite family live their commitment in various ways: in the “desert,” in fraternal life, in the apostolic life, on the streets of the world, together working with Mary for the Kingdom of God.

Feast of St. Henry – July 13

St. Henry (6 May 973 – 13 July 1024) was the fifth and last Holy Roman Emperor of the Ottonian dynasty, from his coronation in Rome in 1014 until his death a decade later.  He was crowned King of Germany in 1002 and King of Italy in 1004. He is the only German king to have been canonized.

Henry was the son of Henry, Duke of Bavaria. As his father was in rebellion against two previous emperors, he was often in exile. This led the younger Henry to turn to the Church at an early age, first finding refuge with the Bishop of Freising, and later being educated at the cathedral school of Hildesheim. He succeeded his father as Duke of Bavaria in 995 as Henry IV.  Henry’s most significant contributions as emperor came in the realm of church-state relations and ecclesiastic administration within the Empire. He supported the bishops against the monastic clergy and aided them in establishing their temporal rule over broad territories. He strongly enforced clerical celibacy in order that the public land and offices he granted the church would not be passed on to heirs. This ensured that the bishops remained loyal to him, from whom they received their power, and provided a powerful bulwark against rebellious nobles and ambitious family members. Henry founded the Diocese of Bamberg, which quickly became a center of scholarship and art.

Henry had been working with the pope to call a Church Council to confirm his new system of politico-ecclesiastical control when he died suddenly in 1024, leaving this work unfinished.  Henry was canonized in July, 1147 by Pope Clement II; and his wife, Cunigunde, was canonized in the year 1200, by Pope Innocent III. His relics were carried on campaigns against heretics in the 1160s.  He is buried in Bamberg Cathedral.  Because as king he supported the Church, Henry is usually portrayed wearing a crown and holding a small model of a church.

Congrats to our newly ordained!

Thanks to all who made Fr. Patrick Carr’s first Mass as a newly ordained priest so special, especially our altar servers and those who prepared the lovely reception!

AND CONGRATS TO OUR NEWLY ORDAINED!

The following men were ordained to the Priesthood for the Archdiocese of New Orleans last Saturday, June 4, 2016 at St. Louis Cathedral:

Patrick Richard Carr
Paul Anthony Clark
David Michael Ducote
Francis Nguyen Dzung
Francis Uzochukwu Offia
Kenneth Sims Smith

Please pray for our new Archdiocesan priests!

Jazzin on the River

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Presents
Jazzin’ on the River III

July 9, 2016

The Steamboat Natchez
6pm-9pm

Come and enjoy an evening of dinner, dancing and drinks with
The Dukes of Dixieland
 Take part in the Silent Auction & Fun Raffles!
All proceeds will benefit the SVdP
Adult Learning Center and Community Pharmacy

Admission: $100.00 all inclusive

For ticket information, contact the SVdP Central Office at
940-5031, ext. 10, or svdpps@bellsouth.net

If you can’t attend please consider a contribution. Please send checks to:
St Vincent DePaul
P.O. Box 792880-2880
New Orleans, La 70179

And if you can’t attend, please buy a $20.00 raffle ticket in the back of church this Sunday for the Grand Prize, which is 10 separate gift certificates from each of the following restaurants:  Antoine’s, Arnauds, Bon Ton Café, Clancy’s, Herbsaint, Keith Young’s Steakhouse, La Petite Grocery, Pascal’s Manale, Patois and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.

Fortnight for Freedom

The Catholic Bishops of the United States are asking Catholics and all people of faith to join in prayer for our nation in thanksgiving for our freedom and for ongoing protections of conscience rights and religious liberty from Tuesday, June 21st – Mondau, July 4th.

“Keeping the spirit of the Gospel means that Catholic institutions are to bear witness in love to the full truth about the human person by providing social, charitable, and educational services in a manner that fully reflects the God-given dignity of the human person.” – Archbishop William E. Lori, Chairman, Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, on the “Freedom to Bear Witness”s

Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty

O God our Creator, from your provident hand we have received our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You have called us as your people and given us the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God, and your Son, Jesus Christ.

Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit, you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world, brining the light and the saving truth of the Gospel to every corner of society.

We ask you to bless us in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty. Give us the strength if mind and heart to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened; Give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of your Church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father, a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters Gathered in your Church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation, so that, with every trial withstood and every danger overcome-for the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and all who come after us – this great land will always be “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

What is Ordinary Time?

The Christmas Season officially concluded on the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord last Sunday, and Monday we began “Ordinary Time” with the colors of the vestments and altar furnishing returning to green from the violet of Advent and the white of Christmas. What’s so “ordinary” about it? Actually, “Ordinary Time” is the English translation of the Latin Tempus Per Annum (“time throughout the year”) and gets its name from the word ordinal, meaning “numbered,” because we begin to count the weeks rather than the seasons. Ordinary Time, depending on the year, runs either 33 or 34 weeks, and makes up the time in the Church calendar that does not fall within the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, or Easter.

The Church celebrates two periods as Ordinary Time. We just entered the first period, which runs until the evening of Mardi Gras when Lent begins. The second period begins on the Monday after Pentecost and runs until Advent begins. This period includes Christ the King Sunday, the final Sunday of Ordinary Time.

The use of the term “Ordinary Time” was used before the Second Vatican Council, but it was not until after the council that the term was officially used to designate the period between Epiphany and Lent, and the period between Pentecost and Advent. The older names for those seasons were the “Season After Epiphany” and the “Season After Pentecost.”

Ordinary Time celebrates the mystery of the life of Christ in all its aspects, and contains many important liturgical celebrations, including, Trinity Sunday, Corpus Christi, the Assumption of Mary, he Exaltation of the Holy Cross, All Saints, All Souls and Christ the King. In addition, the Church continues to celebrate other feast days of Mary, feasts of many saints, and the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul.

Confirmations

Congratulations to those who received the Sacrament of Confirmation at the 4:00pm Vigil Mass last Saturday. What a great joy to have Archbishop Gregory Aymond in our parish to celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost, and for our Confirmands to receive the Sacrament on the Vigil of Pentecost! Come Holy Spirit!

Taylor Brown
Brandon Fazande
Marcelle Kepper
Annabeth Lawrence
Lindsay Moroau
Celina Morrison
John Musser
Jennifer Toups

UPCOMING EVENTS IN MAY

May 15, 2016 – Pentecost Sunday
Confirmations with Archbishop Aymond at the 4:00pm Vigil Mass

May 22, 2016 – Trinity Sunday

May 29, 2016 – Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) with Eucharistic Procession after the 10:30 am Mass to be followed by a parish fish fry and snowballs!

Thank You!

From the Knights of Columbus

On behalf of the Knights of Columbus Council, I want to thank Msgr. Nalty for allowing the Knights to conduct the Lenten Fish Fry at The Mother Pauline Center. Thanks to all the parishioners that came to the fish fry in support of our fund raising event. And to the volunteers who gave of their time and talents to prepare, cook and clean up for these meals: A HEARTY THANK YOU!

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We are truly blessed by the number of people who come forward to make these events the success that they are. Of the monies raised one-half will go to The K.C. Youth Expansion Program (YEP). The second half goes to Good Shepherd Parish. A check for $875.00 was presented to Msgr. Nalty following the 10:30 AM mass on Sunday April 24th.

Salvation Army Vouchers

As many of you know, a substantial portion of the money that our parish donates to the poor is used to purchase vouchers for the Salvation Army shelter on Claiborne Avenue.  We purchase the vouchers for $10, and the voucher provides a homeless person with access to a bed, a shower and two square meals.  This week I received a letter from the Salvation Army telling us that, due to our having purchased 500 vouchers this year, we now qualify as a “Shelter Partner,” meaning that our vouchers will now cost us 20% less, or $8.00.  Instead of keeping the savings, we have decided to purchase 20% more vouchers each month to further help those who are in need.  “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me.” …  “Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.”  (Mt 24:35, 45)

Good Church Etiquette

An instructive reminder

Remember to keep your Eucharistic fast by abstaining from food and beverages (water excluded) for an hour before Mass.

Always dress modestly and appropriately. Arrive early to allow for personal prayer and/or read the readings of the day.

Turn off all mobile devices while still in the vestibule. This is your time with God and His people.

Use the restroom before or after Mass. Men remove hats or caps before the Lord.

Deposit all water bottles in the waste receptacles.

Make the sign of the cross with Holy Water upon entering.

Genuflect with great reverence towards the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle before entering your pew. If unable to genuflect, a profound bow is respectful.

Refrain from chit-chat which distracts others who are connecting with God through prayer before Mass.

Join the singing. St. Anselm said that “singing is praying twice.”  Singing with others gives great praise to God, which is really why we are gathered here.

Listen to the readings. God is speaking directly to you.

Receive Communion with laser-like attention. We receive Communion, we do not take it. If choosing to receive the Body of Christ in the hand, place the hand you write with under the hand you will receive, in a way, creating a throne for the Lord. A simple bow of the head to the Eucharist is appropriate as a sign of reverence to Christ before receiving.

Don’t forget to make a prayer of thanksgiving after receiving Communion. “There is no prayer more agreeable to God, or more profitable to the soul than that which is made during the thanksgiving after Communion.” (St. Alfonsus Liguori)

Remember that the point of being at Mass is not to see what we can get out of it, but what you can do to praise and worship the Almighty.

And finally, leave church only after the procession has left the altar. Only one person left the Last Supper early”

Thanks for all your help!

Corpus Christi was a wonderful day.  Thanks to all who helped with the procession.  Also thanks to those who arranged for the tents, the tables, the fish and the snowballs. It was a bright sunny day for those who proclaimed the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist!

Feast of St. Henry

Feast Day Mass at St. Henry’s Church

Saturday, July 9 at 3:00 p.m.

Followed by a party at Grits (on the corner of Lyons and Annunciation) until 7:00 p.m.

Featuring food, snowballs, soft drinks, beer & water

Music by the J. Monque’D Blues Band

Admission is FREE

Nativity of John the Baptist

The life of John the Baptist is a preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ, and the circumstances of his birth are miraculous. In Luke’s Gospel, John’s parents, Zechariah and Elizabeth, were without children and beyond the age of child-bearing. During Zechariah’s time of priestly service in the Temple in Jerusalem, he is chosen to offer incense in the Holy Place. While there, the Archangel Gabriel appeared to him and announced that he and his wife will give birth to a child, and that they shall name him John. However, since Zechariah doubted the message, he was made mute until the time of John’s birth.

Here, a little math is in order. At the Annunciation, which we celebrated on March 25, the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary to inform her that she would conceive Jesus. But Gabriel also informed her that Elizabeth, her cousin, was already six months pregnant (Lk 1:36). Since Elizabeth was six months pregnant on March 25, we celebrate John’s birth three months later on June 24.

The Nativity of John the Baptist is one of the oldest solemnities in the Church, having been recorded by the Council of Agde in 506 as one of Southern France’s principal holy days. The day is marked as the beginning of the preparation of the way of the Lord. Although rendered mute by his doubting God, Zechariah was obedient in naming his son John, and was inspired to proclaim the prophecy of the ministry of his son, the so-called “Canticle of Zechariah” (Lk 1:68-79): “Blessed be the Lord, The God of Israel; He has come to His people and set them free. He has raised up for us a mighty Savior, Born of the house of His servant David. Through His holy prophets He promised of old That He would save us from our enemies, From the hands of all who hate us. He promised to show mercy to our fathers And to remember His holy Covenant. This was the oath He swore to our father Abraham: To set us free from the hands of our enemies, Free to worship Him without fear, Holy and righteous in His sight All the days of our life. You, My child shall be called The prophet of the Most High, For you will go before the Lord to prepare His way, To give his people knowledge of salvation By the forgiveness of their sins. In the tender compassion of our Lord The dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness And the shadow of death, And to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Memorial Day

May 30, 2016

As Americans, on Memorial Day we remember those who died in the service of our country. And as Catholic Americans, we also reflect on the meaning of true freedom and thank God for the Church which proclaims the way to the fullness of that freedom. One reason why we are willing to fight and die for freedom is because the need for freedom is imprinted into our very nature. This is why we fight for it for others.

God of power and mercy, you destroy war and put down earthly pride.
Banish violence from our midst and wipe away our tears, that we may all deserve to be called your sons and daughters.
Keep in your mercy those men and women who have died in the cause of freedom and bring them safely into your kingdom of justice and peace.
We ask this though Jesus Christ our Lord.  R/. Amen.

Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions

June 2016

Universal: Human Solidarity
That the aged, marginalized, and those who have no one may find–even within the huge cities of the world–opportunities for encounter and solidarity.

Evangelization: Seminarians and Novices
That seminarians and men and women entering religious life may have mentors who live the joy of the Gospel and prepare them wisely for their mission.

Please pray for the intentions of the Holy Father!

Upcoming Ordinations

On Saturday, June 4, 2016, at 10:00 AM at the St. Louis Cathedral, Archbishop Aymond will ordain Patrick Richard Carr, Paul Anthony Clark, David Michael Ducote, Francis Nguyen Dzung, Francis Uzochukwu Offia and Kenneth Sims Smith to the Priesthood for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. You are cordially invited to attend both ceremonies. A reception at the Old Ursuline Convent will follow.

Rev. Patrick Carr will celebrate his First Holy Mass as a Priest at 10:30 am next Sunday here at St. Stephen’s Church!

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