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From the Pastor – October 18, 2020

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 so efficacious than before the Blessed Sacrament.  “Can you not stay awake with me one hour?”  (Mt. 26:40)

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

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Be a Good Steward

Good Shepherd Parish needs average weekly collections of $6,500 in order to fund parish operations.  Rarely does our collection exceed $5,000. Thankfully, we often cover our deficit with year-end donations by generous.  I encourage you to take this time to prayerfully consider whether you might increase your donations 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 sign up at our web site: www.GoodShepherdParishNOLA.com.  Go to the Online Donations tab at the top of the 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.

Lord Teach Me to Pray

PART 1:  PRAYING CHRISTIAN VIRTUES

WHAT:      A 12- week prayer series that will introduce you to the meditative and contemplative way of prayer devised by St. Ignatius of Loyola, enabling you to deepen your prayer life and your relationship with Our Lord

WHEN:      Starts Thursday, Sept 24, 2020 at 6:00pm.
New participants accepted until Oct 8, 2020.

WHERE:   In St. Stephen Church.  Enter through the (school) side door.

REGISTER:  Dianne Caverly, 504-388-3430

NOTE:       This session is for women only.  Contact Dianne for more information on men’s sessions or the complete schedule for women.

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

“We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern.” – Pope Francis, 9/16/13

As important local, state, and national elections approach, the Archdiocese of New Orleans is launching an informational campaign to educate Catholics on their responsibility to exercise their right to vote with a properly formed conscience. Using resources based on the US Bishops’ document “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” the archdiocese will share through the Clarion Herald and digital communications resources about the roles and responsibilities of Catholic clergy, religious, and laity in public life, how to properly form one’s conscience, and how to have civil dialogue in political debate. For the latest information visit https://nolacatholic.org/ or follow the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans on Facebook.

St. Francis of Assisi – Blessing of the Pets

October 4 at Noon

Feast Day – October 4

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.  This Sunday, all pets are invited into the courtyard between the church and the school 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!

Appeal for Hurricane Laura Survivors

On Septmeber 12 – 13 ONLY at St. Stephen Church

The Knights of Columbus will collect donations of items listed on the flyers in the back of church.

In Our Parish

The parish office frequently receives calls from “parishioners” to have their children baptized, get a school voucher, get married or have permission to serve as a godparent. Being a “parishioner” at Good Shepherd Parish means that you either (1) reside in the parish boundaries (Leontine to Seventh Street, Carondelet to the River) or (2) you have completed a parish census form (3) have registered online at goodshepherdparishNOLA.com. This isn’t our rule, it’s the rule of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.  To be a “contributing parishioner” (for the purposes of school vouchers) you must use parish envelopes or personal checks for donations.

The Sorrowful Mother September 15

In recent weeks, the Church has celebrated three feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary: the Assumption, the Queenship and the Nativity. This week, we recall Our Sorrowful Mother, also known as Mater Dolorosa in Latin. The notion of Mary as the “sorrowful Mother,” has its origin in the Biblical prophecy of Simeon at the presentation of Jesus in the Temple, where he states to Mary: “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed” (Lk 2:34-35).

Over the centuries, the Church has recognized popular devotion to seven sorrows of Mary: (1) the Prophecy of Simeon over the Infant Jesus (Lk 2:34); (2) the Flight into Egypt of the Holy Family (Mt 2:13); (3) the Loss of the Child Jesus for Three Days (Lk 2:43); (4) the Meeting of Jesus and Mary along the Way of the Cross (Lk 23:26); (5) the Crucifixion, where Mary stands at the foot of the cross (Jn 19:25); (6) the Descent from the Cross, where Mary receives the dead body of Jesus in her arms (Mt 27:57); and (7) the Burial of Jesus. (John 19:40). Numerous devotions, and even religious orders, have arisen around meditation on the Seven Sorrows.

Our Lady of Sorrows has been the subject of some key works of Marian art. In iconography, Our Lady of Seven Sorrows is at times represented as the Virgin Mary wounded by seven swords in her heart, a reference to the prophecy of Simeon at the Presentation. In other depictions, the expression of the Virgin is one of sadness.

The first known altar to Mater Dolorosa was made in 1221 at the monastery of Schunau in southern Germany. In many countries, parishioners traditionally carry statues of Our Lady of Sorrows in processions on the days leading to Good Friday.

The liturgical feast of the Our Lady of Sorrows originated in 1413, and Vatican approval for the celebration of a feast in honor of Our Lady of Sorrows was first granted to the Servite order in 1667. Pope Pius VII extended the celebration to the whole of the Latin Church in 1814, and Pope St. Pius X established the feast on September 15, the day after the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. The sequence known as Stabat Mater is sung at Mass on that day.

Blessing of the Cemeteries

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On All Saints Day, Sunday, November 1, 2019, at noon, Msgr. Nalty will bless the St Vincent Cemeteries on Soniat and Loyola Avenue (behind Newman School).  These cemeteries are the resting places for many longtime parishioners of St. Stephen Church, as well as the Vincentian Priests and Daughters of Charity who served our parish for over 150 years.  At 12:30 pm, Msgr. Nalty will bless St Joseph Cemetery located at 2220 Washington Ave.

An indulgence, applicable only to the souls in purgatory, is granted to the faithful who devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, even if only mentally, for the departed. The indulgence is plenary each day from the 1st to the 8th of November; it is partial on other days of the year.

To acquire a plenary indulgence, one must fulfill the following three conditions: (1) Sacramental Confession, (2) Holy Communion, and (3) prayer for the intention of the Holy Father. The three conditions may be fulfilled several days before or after the performance of the visit; it is, however, fitting that Holy Communion be received and the prayer for the intention of the Holy Father be said on the same day as the visit.  The condition of praying for the intention of the Holy Father is satisfied by reciting one Our Father & one Hail Mary. A plenary indulgence can be acquired once a day.

40 Days for Life

Want to help mark the beginning of the end of abortion in New Orleans?

The 40 Days for Life Campaign kicked off on September 23. If you feel called to peacefully pray at the abortion clinic we have a small group who prays the Rosary at 11:00am on each Saturday at the clinic on General Pershing and Magnolia. If you are unable to join us in our peaceful vigil, we ask that you commit to praying daily and fasting to end abortion.  For more information, or to volunteer to help, please visit 40 Days online at http://prolifelouisiana.org/40daysforlifenola

Notice Regarding Archdiocese of New Orleans Chapter 11 Reorganization

The bankruptcy court in case number 20-10846 pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has set a deadline of March 1, 2021 to file a Sexual Abuse Proof of Claim in the Archdiocese of New Orleans Bankruptcy. A Sexual Abuse Proof of Claim form may be found at: www.NolaChurchclaims.com

The bankruptcy court in case number 20-10846 pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has set a deadline of November 30, 2020 to file a General Proof of Claim in the Archdiocese of New Orleans Bankruptcy. A General Proof of Claim form may be found at: https://www.donlinrecano.com/Clients/rcano/Static/BDPOC

Knights of Columbus Silver Rose Program

Tuesday, October 13th
Holy Hour at 4:45pm, Mass at 6:00pm

In December 1531 the Blessed Mother appeared to Juan Diego in Mexico asking him to have the Bishop Juan de Zumarraga to build a church in her honor.  The Bishop was reluctant to just take his word and asked for sign from Juan.  He returned with a cloak of roses which were not native to the area.  The Blessed Virgin had arranged the roses in his cloak and she told him to bring them to the Bishop.  When he showed the bishop and even more wondrous sign appeared; a remarkable portrait of Our Lady was imprinted on the coarse fabric of his cloak.  The image and the cloak are displayed for the veneration of the faithful to this day at Our Lady of Guadalupe basilica of Mexico City.

The Knights of Columbus have over the years had 7 Silver Roses made.  One Rose was presented to Pope Francis in 2014.  For the past 56 years the silver roses traveled from Canada to Mexico to symbolize unity among the peoples in the Americas. The rose is also a symbol of the pro-life movement, which recognizes Our Lady of Guadalupe as its patroness. The roses began their journey in Canada in May, and for six months they have been carried by Knights of Columbus throughout the western, central and eastern corridors of North America. The journey concluded on December 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, at the basilica bearing her name in Mexico City. The roses will be presented before an image of Our Lady.

The Silver Rose program is replete with symbolism. The seven guides carrying the roses represent the sacraments of the Catholic faith and the ways to approach God. The thorns represent all the efforts and sacrifices of the Columbian Squires and Knights of Columbus along the way. Lastly, the strong stem represents faith.

One of these Silver Roses will be here at St. Stephens Church in Good Shepherd Parish on Sunday October 15th. Please come and join us in this Celebration of the Silver Rose for Our Lady of Guadalupe.  To see the routes of the Silver Roses please go to www.runningoftherose.org

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