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Special Announcement – Sunday Noon Mass Now Added!

Now that the “stay home” orders have been lifted for the State of Louisiana and the City of New Orleans, we are resuming public Masses. St Stephen Church will look a bit different from the last time you saw it because we are limited in how many people can attend Mass. What that means is that two-thirds of the pews have been “roped off,” so that you can stay 6 feet away from the persons in the pew in front of and behind you. It will be your responsibility to maintain that same distance from those who are in the same pew as you. We are asking singles to please use the side aisles to allow groups of related people to use the main, larger pews.

To allow the distribution of Holy Communion to be done in a safe manner, we will only have two ministers distributing. One will be in the normal position at the entrance to the sanctuary, and one will be at the break in the pews. Please take your time leaving your seats so as to avoid crowding those in front of you and return down the aisle against the wall and then through the side pews back to your pew.

So as to make sure that we do not get too many people at each Mass, we are using a sign-up system called “Sign Up Genius.” It will allow 100 to sign up at each of the 4:00pm Vigil, 8:00am, 10:30am and Noon Sunday Masses at St Stephen Church. It will also allow 100 people to sign-up for the 5:00pm Sunday evening Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. While we are limited in the numbers we can have in our church, I have decided to have a third Mass on Sunday at St Stephen Church at noon. Please sign up everyone in your family to secure a spot! Here is the link:
After going to the page, first click the Mass you want to attend, and then click the blue “Submit and Sign Up” button below. You will be directed to a page to insert your name, but you don’t have to submit any other information. If you know of anyone who doesn’t use the internet, you may sign them up yourself, or ask them to call the office at 899-1378.

For your protection, all of our churches are being thoroughly sanitized between the Masses.

Due to the continuance of the global COVID19 pandemic, the Archbishop continues to dispense all Catholics in our Archdiocese from the obligation to attend Holy Mass, especially those who are most vulnerable. Please do not attend Mass if you have any symptoms of illness, including coughing, shortness of breath or a high temperature. We want to keep everyone safe!

In Christ,
Msgr. Christopher H. Nalty

From the Pastor – May 10, 2020

Daily Mass TimesYou are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises” of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9)

A few years ago a friend told me that, although he didn’t come to Sunday Mass at St. Stephen, he did receive the bulletin and read my “sermons.”  After being assured that he did go to Sunday Mass somewhere else, I told him that these bulletin reflections are rarely connected to my Sunday homilies.  Although they can be my first thoughts on the Gospel or another one of the readings, there are only rare similarities between this column and the Sunday homily.

This is one of my more typical reflections, since Deacon Rich has the homily this weekend (I had planned on being out of town for a wedding which is now cancelled!).  This week the second reading for Sunday, of which a portion is above, really struck me.  Although the last two months has been extremely difficult and sad with my being apart from my parishioners during the global pandemic, this week has been a week of blessings for me.  It’s not been anything in particular; it’s just that I’ve really seen the Holy Spirit working in the lives of some of our volunteers and with the nurses at Touro Infirmary.

And so this little reading really struck me.  It’s hard for us to understand how important we are to God.  It’s really almost impossible to realize just how much He loves us.  We can get “theological” about it by looking at the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross.  Or we can get “material” about it by looking at our earthly blessings.  Or we can get “emotional” about it by experiencing God’s love in our families and friends.

When I recently read the passage above, I didn’t think of it in “theological” way.  I thought: Here’s St. Peter writing to his friends and saying “do you even realize how much God loves you?  Look what He did to help you understand that!”  Basically, St. Peter is being “real” in looking at the love of God in the person of Jesus.  He saw firsthand how Christ suffered and died; he saw the Resurrected Christ; he was a witness to the Ascension; and he was present at Pentecost.  We’re in the midst of these celebrations during the Easter Season, and this week has been a week of seeing God’s love working firsthand.

So, let me just ask you one thing: “Do you even realize how much God loves you?!  He does! He has “called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

(Rev. Msgr.) Christopher H. Nalty

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This weekend Confessions will be heard at the normal parish times in the “bride’s room,” which is the room adjacent to the rest room near the front of the church. Monsignor Nalty will be seated with his back facing the door. You can use the kneeler six feet behind him or the chair six feet in front of him. If you use the kneeler, please use a provided sanitary wipe to sanitize the kneeler before you leave.

Saint Vincent DePaul Society

This is a great organization that supports so many needy people in so many ways. They meet on the 2nd Tuesday each month after Mass at Saint Stephen and are looking for new members. Watch the spotlight video below to hear Laura Finnegan discuss what the group does for its clients and so much more!

Parishioner Spotlight Interview

The Eight Gates of Jerusalem

Monsignor’s homily on May 3 referenced the eight gates of Jerusalem. He focused on two of the gates in particular, the Sheep’s Gate. Sometimes referred to as the Lion’s Gate for the carved lions guarding the way, it is most likely the entrance through which Jesus was taken into the city after his arrest. It is also known as Saint Stephen’s Gate as St. Stephen was martyred right outside. Monsignor’s homily illustrates the enormous significance of this gate.

Monsignor Nalty Spotlight Interview

Online Collections Announcement

In this time of “no collections”, Good Shepherd still has significant expenses for, among other things, utilities, insurance and salaries for our dedicated staff. Here are two easy ways to donate to Good Shepherd Parish:

To make a donation to the general operating expenses using your credit card, click here You will not need to set up an account to donate.

To direct your donations more specifically to the Restoration, General Operating Expenses, Poor Box, etc., click here to set up an account via our Online Donation Platform managed by Vanco Services.

Of course, donors can always drop off or mail donations to the parish office. If you have any questions or need assistance, contact Dianne Caverly at 504-227-3794 or


The church will be open during this time. Also indicate that Confession is also available by appointment. Please leave a message for Monsignor Nalty or email him. 
Wednesday from 5-6:30 PM on the steps of Saint Stephen Church
Confession Protocol
There will be a chair six feet in front of Monsignor Nalty for face-to-face confessions and for those who prefer anonymous confessions, there will be a kneeler six feet behind him. Please remain far enough away from the steps to respect confidentiality, while you’re waiting. Approach the steps when you see your fellow parishioner walk down.

Volunteers needed to help disinfect the Church after Mass.

Duties entail wiping down the missalettes and pews right after Mass. Gloves, paper towels, and cleaning solution are provided. All you have to do is stay a few minutes after Mass and look for Mimi or Larry. They’ll get you set up.

Dynamic Prayer Event Recording

One of the great moments in the life of a Christian comes when we realize, once and for all, that a life with prayer is better than a life without prayer. We invite you to join us in reflecting on what prayer is, and how to do it. Visit to watch Matthew Kelly’s Kelly’s presentation Our Lady Queen of Peace on the North Shore. The recording of this event will be available on-demand for the entire Month of May! Click here to download the Prayer Process document that was presented at the event.

Friday, May 1st: The Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker

In the first half of the 20th century, communism had gained support from many leaders around the world, and entire nations had succumbed to its ideas. In 1937, Pope Pius XI realized the serious threat that Communism posed to the common good, and called upon St. Joseph to protect the Church from the many errors of Communism.

As a result of the Popes words, Catholics fervently began to pray to St. Joseph, specifically under the title of “Terror of Demons” to combat atheistic ideas of Communism. They also invoked the help of St. Joseph in the cause of workers rights. Both of these issues were major topics of concern in the mid-20th century. The threat of worldwide Communism was felt by everyone, including the Pope.

Pope Pius XII turned to St. Joseph and denounced the falsehoods of Communism by elevating the dignity of workers in a very special way. On May 1, 1955, Pope Pius XII declared May 1 to be the Liturgical Feast of St. Joseph the Worker.

St. Joseph, indeed, is a light in the darkness and model of workmen. He brings to light the malice of the enemies of the family. He brings light into the darkness of erroneous movements that seek to strip people of their human dignity and eliminate God from the minds and hearts of families and nations. St. Joseph is the Patron of human dignity. He is the Terror of Demons.”

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