From the Pastor – June 28, 2015

The woman [healed from her hemorrhage], realizing what had happened to her, approached in fear and trembling. She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.” (Mk 5:33-34)

The interesting thing about the healing of the woman with the hemorrhage in the Gospel this weekend is how it happens.  Jesus doesn’t actually “do” anything positive to heal the woman.  She took the initiative to touch his clothes, and the power of Jesus healed her.  Jesus knew that “power” (His healing power) had gone out of Him, but the healing came about through her faith in Him.

What a wonderful message for us!  Since we don’t live at the time when we can actually see the incarnate Lord face-to-face, we have the assurance that our faith can be the means by which we can be healed.  As Jesus told her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you.  Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.”

So what are the means that we can use our own faith to allow Jesus to cure us?  It’s through our faith in the Sacraments.  There are two Sacraments that are “one time shots”:  Baptism and Confirmation.  And there are two Sacraments that are “lifetime Sacraments”:  Marriage and Holy Orders.  But there are three Sacraments of which we can avail ourselves throughout our lives: Confession, Anointing of the Sick and Holy Communion.  Our faith in each of these Sacraments can bring us healing.   The most obvious Sacrament for physical healing is Anointing of the Sick.  Father Doug and I spend a lot of time administering this Sacrament in Touro, Oschner and in people’s homes.  It often results in physical healing.  However, it’s not primarily directed toward temporary healing, but to the remission of sins – something that is ultimately directed toward eternal life.  While we can always avail ourselves of Anointing of the Sick when we are in grave health, Confession is the Sacrament that we can approach the most often.  By our faith in Confession, we are healed from the disease of sin.  Although we might think that physical healing is a more “miraculous” event, any physical healing only lasts until the next illness.  Eventually, some physical condition will result in our death.  Confessions can be even more powerful since it concerns our immortal soul that is called to holiness and union with God.  But Holy Communion is even greater.  In Holy Communion, we not only touch the “garment” of Jesus; we touch Jesus Himself.  We come into “union” with Christ in the Eucharist, a union that is imperfect in this life (because of our sins), but points toward that perfect union of Heaven.  So when we approach the Eucharist in a state of grace (forgiven from sin) and with a strong faith, we should be able to hear Jesus say to us: “your faith has saved you.  Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.”

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

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Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions

June 2015

Universal: That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.

Evangelization: That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.

Please pray for the intentions of the Holy Father!

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 Sunday, June 21st – Saturday, July 4th, a time when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. The theme of this year’s Fortnight will focus on the “freedom to bear witness” to the truth of the Gospel.

“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”

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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.

Signing with Courage

Signing with Courage – Charles Carroll of Carrollton

The legal separation of the American colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a committee with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.

Adams’ prediction was correct, but he was two days off! From the beginning, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress. And the Declaration itself wasn’t signed until August 2, 1776.

Divorced People Are Not “Outside” the Church

[What follows is a clarification from the Holy Father that you might consider handing along to any of your Catholic friends who are divorced and remarried]

We sometimes hear from our friends who are divorced and remarried:  “I’m excommunicated.”  That’s not true at all.  During the World Meeting of Families held in 2012 in Milan, a Brazilian family raised the issue of divorced couples who have remarried and cannot avail themselves of the Sacraments. Pope Benedict XVI affirmed that “this is one of the great causes of suffering for the Church today, and we do not have simple solutions. Naturally, one very important factor is prevention. This means ensuring that, from the beginning, the act of falling in love is transformed in a more profound and mature decision. Another factor is that of accompanying people during marriage, to ensure that families are never alone but find authentic company on their journey. We must tell people in this situation that the Church loves them, but they must see and feel this love.” Parishes and other Catholic communities “must do everything possible so that such people feel loved and accepted, that they are not “outsiders” even if they cannot receive absolution and the Eucharist. They must see that they too live fully within the Church. The Eucharist is real and shared if people truly enter into communion with the Body of Christ. Even without the “corporeal” assumption of the Sacrament, we can be spiritually united to Christ.” It is important for divorced couples “to have the chance to live a life of faith, to see that their suffering is a gift for the Church, because they also help others to defend the stability of love, of Marriage; theirs is a suffering in the community of the Church for the great values of our faith.”

As a canon lawyer, I do a great deal of ministry with divorced and remarried Catholics, especially in helping guide their cases through the Metropolitan Tribunal.  If you need my help, call me.  That’s what I’m here for!

Support for Family and Friends of the Incarcerated

The Archdiocese is offering a support group for family and friends of the incarcerated. This group will take place on Monday, June 15, 2015, from 7:00 PM-8:00 PM, at St Joseph’s Church (1802 Tulane Avenue). There will be five subsequent meetings each Monday until July 20, 2015. This is an open group and attendees can come and go to any of the sessions as they choose.  For more information, please contact Kim Baker M.A. or John Messenheimer M.Div at (504)-267-9727.

Retrouvaille Weekend for Troubled Marriages

Retrouvaille is a program designed to provide help and support to married couples who are undergoing difficulties in their relationship. Sponsored by the Catholic Church, Retrouvaille is open to couples of all faiths. It has proven helpful to couples who are troubled and stressed, or if the relationship has grown cold and distant. The next Retrouvaille Weekend will be July 17-19, 2015 at the Lumen Christi Retreat Center in Schriever, Louisiana. For additional information or to have information mailed to you contact Family Life Apostolate at 504-861-6243.

Jazzin on the River

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Presents

Jazzin’ on the River III

Join us for a night of dinner, drinks, dancing and a silent auction.

SATURDAY, JUNE 20
6:00 until 9:00 p.m.
Dockside aboard the Riverboat Natchez
(boat will not sail)

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 Society of St. Vincent de Paul
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 $25.00 raffle ticket for the Grand Prize, which is 10 separate $100 gift certificates from ten different restaurants!

May Crowning of Mary

The month of May is traditionally dedicated to Mary in many cultures, since May is considered the season of the beginning of new life.  In ancient Roman culture, May was dedicated to Flora, the goddess of bloom, of blossoms, and the Romans celebrated ludi florales (floral games) at the end of April, asking the help of Flora for all that blooms since May 1 was considered the beginning of growth.  In the same way, the Blessed Virgin Mary gives us the newness of life in the person of Jesus Christ so that we might become new creations born into Eternal Life.

Since medieval times, we begin to see a connection between Mary and the month of May. Among the earliest witnesses are: Alphonsus X, King of Castille, Spain (+1284) with his “Cantigas de Santa Maria.” Here and elsewhere, both Mary and the month of May are greeted, welcomed and celebrated on specific days in May. Later, it became the custon in Italy to devote the whole month of May to Mary. On each day of the month, special devotions to Mary were organized.

Today, May crownings occur in many Catholic parishes and homes with the crowning of a statue of Mary. The ceremony traditionally takes place with young girls dressed in dresses carrying flowers (traditionally hawthorn) to adorn the statue. One of the girls (often the youngest) carries a crown of flowers or an actual golden crown on a cushion for placement by the May Queen (often the oldest girl) on the statue. The flowers are replaced throughout the month to keep them fresh.

Crowning Mary is associated with adding ornamentation to an icon of Mary, sometimes as simple as adding additional gold trim. Perhaps in homage to this, Pope Clement VIII (+1605) added two crowns to the icon of Mary with the Infant Jesus in the Saint Mary Major Basilica in Rome. The crowns were eventually lost, but were replaced by Gregory XVI in 1837 in a Rite that was to become the standard practice for crowning.

17th Annual Mother’s Day Rosary Crusade for Life

with Mass and Eucharistic Procession
Saturday, May 9th, 2015 8:30 to 11:30 am
St. Angela Merici Church 901 Beverly Garden Drive Metairie, Louisiana

CELEBRANTS
Archbishop Gregory Aymond and Fr. Beau Charbonnet

SCHEDULE
8:30 – Mass at St. Angela Merici
9:30 – Eucharistic Procession to the abortion facility at 3044 Ridgelake Drive
11:15 – Benediction at St. Angela Merici

Please Note: Bus transportation for those unable to walk in the procession will be available to and from the abortion facility.

John and Pam Richard, Coordinators

For more information, please call 504.460.9360 or 985.809.0773

What do we mean by religious liberty?

Religious liberty is the first liberty granted to us by God and protected in the First Amendment to our Constitution. It includes more than our ability to go to Mass on Sunday or pray the Rosary at home. It also encompasses our ability to contribute freely to the common good of all Americans.

Prayer for the Protection of Religious Libery

Almighty God, Father of all nations, for freedom you have set us free in Christ Jesus (Gal 5:1). We praise and bless you for the gift of religious liberty,  the foundation of human rights, justice and the common good. Grant to our leaders the wisdom to protect  and promote our liberties. By your grace may we have the courage to defend them,  for ourselves and for all those who live in this blessed land. We ask this through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness,  and in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,  in the unity of the Holy Spirit, with whom you live and reign,  one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

“Dead Theologians Society” comes to Good Shepherd Parish and New Orleans

We will begin DTS the third week of July. For more information on how to join please contact our Director of Religious Education, Mr. Phillip Bellini, at 899-1378, or email him at pbellini@arch-no.org. We will have special presentations and guest speakers at some of our meetings. Meetings will only be twice a month. There is no fee to join DTS. God bless you.

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Corpus Christi 2015 Thank You!

Thanks to all who helped celebrate Corpus Christi last Sunday! God gave us a gift of sunshine for the procession. Thanks to all of our canopy bearers. Thanks to for our Knights of Columbus, and for the beautiful chant by our choir to accompany our walk. Thanks to our First Communicants.  Thanks to our altar servers, who always have so much reverence in the sanctuary.  Thanks to the Daughters of Charity.  And thanks to Phillip Bellini for setting up the Vatican’s Eucharistic Miracle exhibit.  Special thanks to Hunter Harris and our cooks for all their hard work with the delicious lunch.

It is such a faith filled day of love and community!  Finally, a big thanks to Kathy Fayard, who coordinated everything, and her husband, parish webmaster Mark, for handling her five kids and photographing and posting the photos so promptly!

If you have pictures of the the procession you’d like us to post online, please email them to the office, and we’ll post them!

Corpus Christi 2015

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.

Corpus Christi

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Corpus Christi Mass and Eucharistic Procession. Vatican Exhibit of Eucharistic Miracles.
Our Eucharistic Procession will immediately follow our Corpus Christi Mass.  Afterwards we will have a fish fry and snowballs from Plum Street.  If you can help with set-up, organization, ideas, food, drinks or even moral support (!) for this parish events, please contact the parish office (899-1378) or Kathy Fayard (kfayard@yahoo.com), Phillip Bellini (pbellini@archdiocese-no.org), or Hunter Harris (417-6066).

Gift of the Holy Spirit

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit are gifts which assist us in furthering our sanctification and help “complete and perfect the virtues of those who receive them.” The term “gift” means that the Holy Spirit bestows them; they are supernatural gifts operating in a supernatural manner. They are not gifts one simply invokes in times of emergency. The gifts are enumerated in Isaiah 11:2-3.

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit are:
Wisdom – The gift of wisdom allows us to see God at work in our lives and in the world. For the wise person, the wonders of nature, historical events, and the joys and sorrows of our lives take on deeper meaning.

Understanding – The gift of understanding allows us to comprehend how we should to live as a follower of Jesus Christ. A person with understanding is not confused by the conflicting messages in our culture about the correct way to live. Similar to “common sense,” the gift of understanding perfects a person’s speculative reason in the apprehension of truth. St. Thomas Aquinas described it is as a gift “whereby self-evident principles are known.”

Counsel (Right Judgment) – The gift of right judgment allows us to see the difference between right and wrong, and to choose to do what is right. A person with right judgment avoids sin and lives out the values taught by Christ. This gift of truth allows the person to respond prudently and happily to God’s commandments.

Fortitude (Courage) – The gift of fortitude allows us to overcome our fears and to be willing to take risks as a follower of Christ. A person with courage is willing to stand up for what is right in the sight of God, even if it means accepting rejection, condemnation, or even physical injury and death. Courage gives us the firmness of heart to do good and endure evil.

Knowledge – By the gift of knowledge, we understand knowledge of the meaning of God’s Revelation, especially as expressed in the life and words of Jesus Christ. A person with knowledge is always learning more about Scriptures, Sacred Tradition and the teachings of the Church. It is not simply an accumulation of facts and figures.

Piety (Reverence) – With the gift of piety or reverence, have a deep sense of respect for God and the Church. A person with reverence recognizes our total reliance on God and comes before God with humility, trust, and love. St. Thomas Aquinas wrote that Piety “is the gift whereby, at the Holy Spirit’s instigation, we pay worship and duty to God as our Father.”

Fear of the Lord – Fear of the Lord is more closely related to “awe,” and allows us to be aware of the glory and majesty of God. A person with wonder and awe knows that God is the perfection of all we desire: perfect knowledge, perfect goodness, perfect power, and perfect love. This gift is described by St. Thomas Aquinas as a fear of separating oneself from God. He describes the gift as a “filial fear,” like a child’s fear of offending his father, rather than a “servile fear,” that is, a fear of punishment.

The gifts of the Holy Spirit are something for which we need to pray. We beg the Holy Spirit to give us these gifts! And here is a good traditional prayer:

O Lord Jesus Christ, Who, before ascending into heaven, didst promise to send the Holy Ghost to finish Thy work in the souls of Thy Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me, that He may perfect in my soul the work of Thy grace and Thy 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 Thy 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 Thee, 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, 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 Thy true disciples and animate me in all things with Thy Spirit. Amen.

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