From the Pastor – October 4, 2015“But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.  So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.”  (Mk 10:6-9)

“Marriage is the intimate, exclusive, indissoluble communion of life and love entered by man and woman at the design of the Creator for the purpose of their own good and the procreation and education of children; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a Sacrament.”  Gaudium et Spes, 48

Sacred Scripture begins with the creation of man and woman in the image and likeness of God and concludes with a vision of the “wedding feast of the Lamb.” Through- out the Old Testament God’s love for his people is described as the love of a husband for his bride.  In the New Testament, that love is revealed in person of Christ who comes as the Heavenly Bridegroom to unite Himself indissolubly to His Bride, the Church. Children are not additions to marriage and conjugal love, but spring from the heart of the spouses’ mutual self-giving as its fruit.

In a series of public audiences, Pope St. John Paul II brought about a dramatic development in Catholic thinking by exploring how God has revealed Himself in man and woman, who are made in His image and likeness.  These series of audiences are now called the “theology of the body.”  In a dramatic way, the Holy Father discussed how the human body reveals the mystery of God.  And that mystery – which has been fully revealed in Jesus Christ – is that God is love.  And since God is love in a relationship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the theology of the body means that the differences in the bodies of men and women reveal the mystery of divine love in the world by the call of the two to become one flesh.

Briefly stated, the mystery of the marital union is a sign on earth of the eternal mystery of love found in the Trinity.  In the words of classical theology, the Father “generates” the Son, and from them both “proceeds” the Holy Spirit.  The love of each person of the Trinity for each other is full and complete.  Nothing is held back.  The Holy Father saw the total self-giving that takes place in marital love as a reflection of the Trinity.  From the total self-giving of the spouses to each other proceeds the gift of life in children.

On this Respect Life Sunday, we thank God for the gift of marriage, and especially for the gift of so many children in our parish.  May we be fruitful and multiply, and may we always participate in God’s loving plan.  And let us repent and fast and pray for an end of the great spiritual poverty that is legalized abortion.  Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the unborn, pray for us!
(Rev. Msgr.) Christopher H. Nalty

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Prayer for the Holy Father

V. Let us pray for Francis, our Pope.

R. May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies. [Ps 40:3]

Our Father, Hail Mary.

O God, Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful people, look mercifully upon Thy servant Francis, whom Thou hast chosen as shepherd to preside over Thy Church. Grant him, we beseech Thee, that by his word and example, he may edify those over whom he hath charge, so that together with the flock committed to him, may he attain everlasting life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions

October 2015

Universal: That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.

Evangelization: That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.

Please pray for the intentions of the Holy Father!

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.  Next Sunday, all pets are invited into the schoolyard 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!

Substance Addiction Ministry

In May of 2011, St. Margaret Mary Church formed a parish-based ministry that offers help, healing, and hope, to those afflicted with or affected by alcohol or drugs through education, prevention, support, and referrals.

On Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, the Slidell Substance Addiction Ministry (SAM) group will be hosting an in- formation fair night at the St. Margaret Mary Church, Evangelization Bldg., 1050 Robert Blvd., Slidell, LA, at 7:00 PM.

This information night is for those members of the community who are seeking help and information about addiction. The information night is open to everyone especially those who are having issues with alcohol or drug use as well as those who have been affected by someone else’s alcohol or drug use.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Deacon Louie Bauer at 985-707-7261 or

63rd Annual Red Mass

OCTOBER 5, 2015

The Saint Thomas More Catholic Lawyers Association, in conjunction with the Catholic Bishops of the State of Louisiana, announce the celebration of the 63rd Annual Red Mass, invoking the Holy Spirit upon the bench and bar of the State, on Monday, October 5, 2015, at 9:30 AM at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. The Most Reverend Gregory M. Aymond, Archbishop of New Orleans, will be the principal celebrant. The Most Reverend Fernand Cheri, Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans, will be the homilist. Members of the bench and bar of the State, as well as all members of the lay public, are invited to attend.

Greater New Orleans Rosary Congress

The Greater New Orleans Rosary Congress has been an annual event for 25 years, and this year will take place at St. Clement of Rome in Metairie.  The dates are October 3 thru October 9.  It has drawn thousands of people from all over the area and beyond.

The church is open day and night for seven days. That is 168 hours, of continuous prayer and adoration of Jesus. Many spiritual groups, families, and individuals from local and adjoining areas cover the time.  Prayer begins hourly, except when other activities are taking place. There is time for Mass, Adoration, Rosaries, processions, spiritual talks, periods of silence, and singing. The beauty and diversity of the Catholic Church is demonstrated in the many activities held during this week.

This year’s theme is the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Our Lady has often told us that she has many graces to give that are not requested.  We are praying for Life, Reparation and Peace in our city, state, nation and the world.

There is plenty room for all to come and pray together, here in the New Orleans – Metairie area.  Those who come experience the proven power of these prayers.

If you wish to come and be a part of the Greater New Orleans Rosary Congress or be a helper or be a representative from different areas, call Marie at 504-508-7100 for more information.

Offerings of the Religious of the Sacred Heart

Religious of the Sacred Heart are available to meet individually with men and women for spiritual direction.  Telephone 504 / 899 – 6027 for names of and information about the spiritual directors.  Their pictures can be found on this website:

Temenos (spiritual growth) groups meet monthly, September – May.  Facilitators: Jane McKinlay, RSCJ and John Gniady, JD.

Men’s Group:   4:40pm, 3rd Weds.

Women’s Group: 10:00am, 3rd Thurs.

Sacred Heart Moms: 10:00am, 3rd Weds.

Contact Sister Jane McKinlay at or 899 – 6027.

The Centering Prayer group meets on the First Friday, October – June, at 9:30am.  Contact Sister Jane McKinlay at or 899 – 6027.

A Family that Prays…

A Retreat for Married Couple and their Children (7 -17yrs)

“A Family That Prays” is a powerful weekend designed to enrich marriages, faith & family. Spouses will grow closer in their sacrament while their children will explore a deeper understanding & encounter with God. The retreat is held on the grounds of the St. Joseph Abbey in Covington and begins on Saturday, September 26th at 8:00 AM and ends after lunch on Sunday. Space is limited.

The donation, which is suggested and not required, is $325 for a family of 3 and $75 for every additional child.

If you would like to register or more information, call Jason Angelette at (504) 830-3716 or visit

Symbols of the Eucharist (5 of 5)

The Chalice with the Host is one of the most recognized symbols of the Eucharist because it potrays an image that is very familiar to those who attend Mass. By showing the Host above the Chalice, we are reminded of the moment at Mass when the priest elevates the Chalice and Host and proclaims the words of St. John the Baptist: “Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him who takes away the sins of the world.” It is interesting that this symbol does not visibly portray the priest, who is called at this moment to echo other words of St. John the Baptist: “I must decrease, and He must increase.” At this moment of the Mass, the attention is focussed on Jesus, really and truly present in the Sacred Species of bread and wine.

2015 Victims and Survivors of Violence Mass

Most Rev. Gregory M. Aymond will celebrate the 2015 Annual Archdiocesan Mass for Victims and Survivors of Violence on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 11:00 AM at St. Louis Cathedral. We invite everyone in the community who has been affected by any type of violence to participate in this Mass.

If you know of anyone who wants to be remembered in this Mass, please email Family Life Apostolate their information to, fax it to (504) 866-2906, attention Family Life.

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 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.

40 Days for Life

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

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

You are invited to get involved in the 40 Days for Life New Orleans campaign this September 23rd to November 1sr. 40 Days for Life is a national pro-life campaign that consists of 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion AND a constant peaceful and prayerful vigil outside of the Ridgelake abortion facility in Metairie near Lakeside Mall. Please consider joining us for one or more hours during the 40 days on October 5th, and spread the word to others about this important life-saving effort. For more information, or to volunteer to help, please contact Kathy Fayard, Miriam Ogden this weekend in the back of church, or Mary Nadeau at New Orleans Right to Life office at 504-835-6520.

For more information, or to volunteer to help, please visit us online at

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat


Healing the pain of abortion-one week at a time. There is forgiveness and hope after abortion. If you or someone you love is hurting from an abortion, please consider attending this healing retreat. All faiths are welcome!

It will be held at:

The Archdiocese of New Orleans Retreat Center
5500 St. Mary Street, Metairie, LA
Friday, October 30 – Sunday, November 1, 2015

Our Lady of the Rosary

In 1571 Pope Pius V instituted “Our Lady of Victory” as an annual feast to commemorate the victory of Lepanto, where Christian forces successfully thwarted an attempted invasion of Western Europe by the Muslim forces of the Ottaman Empire. The victory was attributed to the Blessed Virgin Mary, as a Rosary procession had been offered on that day in St. Peter’s Square in Rome for the success of the mission of the Holy League. In 1573, Pope Gregory XIII changed the title of this feast-day to “Feast of the Holy Rosary”. This feast was extended by Pope Clement XII to the whole of the Latin Rite, inserting it into the Roman Catholic calendar of saints in 1716, and assigning it to the first Sunday in October. Pope Pius X changed the date to 7 October in 1913, as part of his effort to restore celebration of the liturgy of the Sundays.

Gospel Music Festival

The Office of Black Catholic Ministries, Second Harvest Food Bank, and St. Vincent De Paul invites all to come out and enjoy an evening of music and praise. On Saturday, September 19, 2015, twelve Catholic Gospel Choirs will lead us in prayer, praise, and worship beginning at 6:00 PM at the Historic Carver Theater located at 2010 Orleans Avenue, Ne Orleans, LA 70116. The event is free, but attendees are asked to bring canned food items or monetary donations to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank and St. Vincent De Paul.  For more information call  (504) 861-6207 or email

Discussion Series on the Dignity and Vocation of Women

The Retreat Center of the Archdiocese of New Orleans will be offering a discussion series on St. John Paul II’s 1988 apostolic letter – On the Dignity and Vocation of Women. The series will be held on four consecutive Thursdays, beginning September 17, 2015, from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM at the Retreat Center (formerly the Cenacle). Each part of the series includes reflection on the theology and spirituality of this document, as well as an opportunity for prayer and discussion. Facilitators include Dr. Daniella Zsupan- Jerome, Mrs. Jill Cabes, Ms. Sarah Denny, Dr. Jennifer Miller and Mrs. Susie Veters. To register or for more information, please contact Susan Halligan at 504-267-9604 or The suggested donation is $40. Space is limited.

Congratulations to Deacon Patrick Carr!

Many of you know Patrick Carr, who is a former parishioner of Our Lady of Good Council and was very involved with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  Patrick entered the seminary a number of years ago, and has had several pastoral assignments in the Archdiocese (including here at Good Shepherd Parish) as part of his formation for the priesthood.  I was honored that Patrick invited me to the special occasion of his Ordination to the Diaconate, which took place on September 2 in the Chapel of Notre Dame Seminary.  Deacon Patrick is due to be ordained a priest in June.  Congratulations, Patrick!

Pro-Life Activities

Every Saturday at 11:00 a.m. we pray the Rosary at the Woman’s Health Care Center on the corner of General Pershing and Magnolia near Oschner Baptist Hospital. This facility is one of at least three abortion centers in the New Orleans area and just outside of our parish boundaries. Please join us!

Adult Education


Beginning on Thursday, September 3rd we will begin our new adult Bible study course on

Lectio: Eucharist

Discover the relevant truth of Scripture and the Tradition of the Catholic Church with Lectio, a brand new video-based study series from the trusted presenters at the Augustine Institute. Learn More >

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