From the Pastor – October 1, 2017

“Thus says the LORD: You say, ‘The LORD’s way is not fair!’  Hear now, house of Israel:  Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair?” (Ez. 18:25)

“That’s not fair!”  I can’t even imagine how many times I heard that growing up.  I grew up in a house with three sisters and a brother.  And one thing about us, we grew up with a strong understanding of justice.  Well, justice as we defined it.  When it came time to cut the pecan pie for dessert, we would scrutinize the pieces down to the last crumb.  And if someone got a bigger piece, one of us would exclaim:  “That’s not fair!”

And if one of us was invited to spend the night at our grandparents, then a scorecard was kept.  If there was not a perfect rotation so that each of us went in order, it would happen again:  “That’s not fair!”

One of the biggest injustices happened as my parents got older and more tolerant about allowing the younger kids to stay out late.  “How come Ariane gets to stay out until midnight?  When I was 15, I had to be home at 11:00pm!”  And then again:  “That’s not fair!

I’m not sure how times have changed with parents and children, but I would imagine they’re quite similar. It’s goes all the way back to the Cain and Able.  And this Sunday, the prophet Ezekiel reminds us of our complaint:  “The Lord’s way is unfair!”

The way it works for God’s family is similar to how it works in our own families.  God is our Heavenly Father, he knows what’s best for His children.  And He is the one who doles out the gifts and establishes the rules.  But His children (us) have a tendency to be envious of the gifts others receive.  And sometimes we don’t like to follow the rules in the Ten Commandments.

Another difficulty is that we live in a culture that creates divisions between those envious of each other’s gifts.  And we live in a culture that rejects many of the rules.  And that culture rubs off on us.

Jesus came to show us that giving (charity) is the highest form of love.  And He came to show us that obedience to the Father is the path to Heaven.  And just as Ezekiel prophesied that “Israel’s ways were unfair,” Jesus would say that our culture’s ways are unfair.  Money, sexuality and unlimited “freedom” stand in contrast to the poverty, chastity and obedience of Jesus.  And it wasn’t fair that the Son of God should die on a cross as an innocent man.

“It’s not fair,” we think.  And it’s not, if we’re thinking in an earthly way.  But if we express our gratitude to God for even the smallest gifts, and if we seek to understand His ways, we’re getting closer to Heaven.
(Rev. Msgr.) Christopher H. Nalty

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St. Francis of Assisi – Blessing of the Pets

October 1 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!

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. Rita Catholic Church – 7400 Jefferson Hwy. The dates are October 7 thru October 13.  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.

There is plenty room for all to come and pray together.  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.

Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels

October 2

Angels are intellectual beings created by God with a natural higher dignity than man; they have intelligence and will, are personal and immortal. Good angels serve God and help man. They always behold the face of God in heaven (Matt. 18:10).  Christ is at the center of the angels. Each one of us has a Guardian Angel to accompany us through life and shield us from the assaults of demons and even temporal evils, except what God permits for spiritual advancement.  Keep close to your Guardian Angel!

Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom His love commits me here, ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, too rule and guide. Amen.

Vincentian Priests Celebration!

200 Years since the Arrival of the Vincentians in the United States

September 27, 2017 at 5:00 pm

St. Joseph Church
1802 Tulane Avenue

The Congregation of the Mission (the “Vincentians”) invite all, clergy religious and laity, to their celebration.  As part of the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the Congregation of the Mission in the United States, there will be a Mass, reception and the inauguration of a “New Orleans Congregation of the Mission scholarship Fund.”

After consulting with Xavier University, the Vincentians are establishing a scholarship fund for Xavier students who have shown an interest in working to promote peace and justice after they graduate from college. Specifically, they will offer aid to students in their last year or two of college, who are running short of finances to complete their college education.

The New Orleans Vincentians at DePaul Residence and St. Joseph Church will contribute an initial $100,000 to the fund. In an effort to have the scholarship fund reach a goal of $200,000, they welcome additional contributions.  Please send checks made out to “St. Joseph Church” with note “for scholarship fund” to St. Joseph Church, 1802 Tulane Ave., New Orleans., La 70112.

The Congregation of the Mission arrived in Baltimore in 1816, spent 1817 in Bardstown, Ky and arrived in Perryville, Mo. in 1818. At the celebration, we will also distribute a booklet describing the history of Vincentian priests and brothers in our Province that included New Orleans from 1818 to the present day.

The Olive Mass

Celebrating Food & Blessing Those Who Prepare and Serve It

The Catholic Church offers spiritual gatherings for various professionals groups. For example, there is the White Mass is for Medical Professionals; the Red Mass is for Legal Professionals; and the Blue Mass for Law Enforcement & Emergency Responders. But what “food professionals”? How can the Catholic Church support, pray for, celebrate, honor and encourage those involved in the Food, Beverage and Hospitality Industry? In Italy, there are special Masses at the Vatican for Chefs, dedicated on the Feast of St. Francis Carraciolo.

To help fill this void, The Table Foundation will host the second annual “The Olive Mass:  Celebrating Food & Blessing Those Who Prepare and Serve It.”  It will be held on Monday, September 25, 2017, at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans at 10:00 AM.

The Table Foundation will also host a reception at 11:30 AM at Chef John Besh’s Pigeon & Prince located at 129 Camp Street, followed by a Panel Discussion of some of New Orleans’s best and most famous chefs. To register please call (443) 541-2390 register at

Centennial Statue of Our Lady of Fatima

is coming to St. Stephens Church
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

4:45 pm — Adoration 6:00 pm — Mass
6:45 pm — Fatima Talk 7:00 pm — Rosary
8:30 pm — Church closes

The International Centennial Pilgrim Image, a statue of the Immaculate Heart of Mary entrusted to the Alliance of the Holy Family International and Human Life International Austria by Pope Francis, will be in New Orleans for 10 days from Sept. 15-24.

It is one of six Fatima statues – one for each continent (Europe and Asia are considered Eurasia) – blessed by Pope Francis in Rome on Jan. 11, 2017, for veneration worldwide during the centennial of the Fatima appearances. Pope Francis declared the Fatima centennial a jubilee year – from Nov. 27, 2016-Nov. 26, 2017 – with a plenary indulgence granted to those who fulfill guidelines during this anniversary.

Father Bing Arellano, spiritual director of the Alliance of the Holy Family International, said Pope Francis was asked to send these images around the world “with an appeal to pray and offer reparation for the intentions of world peace and the sanctity of family life,” according to the Human Life International website (

Missionaries from the Alliance of the Holy Family accompany the statue at each stop and explain the significance of the brown scapular of Mount Carmel and pray the rosary, organizers said.

Respect Life Program USCCB

Spiritual work of mercy – During the month of October, please join in our prayer.

“Father and maker of all, you adorn all creation with splendor and beauty, and fashion human lives in your image and likeness. Awaken in every heart reverence for the work of your hands, and renew among your people a readiness to nurture and sustain your precious gift of life. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever. Amen.”

 Corporal works of mercy—October 2 – What To Do When a Friend is Considering Abortion

One who is considering abortion needs to know you care about her for her own sake and she is not

alone. Take The L.O.V.E. Approach – Listen and Learn– find out what her perspective is. Open Options – provide facts in a loving and caring manner. Vision and Value– let her know she is valued and encourage her. Extend and Empower-provide practical support.

Learn more about The LOVE Approach at Heartbeat International at

Support the ACCESS Pregnancy Baby Shower at

Catholic Community Radio

If you listen to Catholic Community Radio at 5:00pm on October 12, you might hear someone you know…

Right to Life 2018 Calendar Sale

Respect Life Sunday will be observed September 30-October 1, 2017. Good Shepherd Parish will be selling the 2018 Right to Life Calendars that weekend. The calendars cost $5.00 and portray pro-life themes in beautiful full color graphics. The proceeds will help all the good pro-life work of New Orleans Right to Life, CYO, and other parish organizations. For more information contact Jan Delcorral at 504-952-7277 or email Jan at

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

On the week when we celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Archbishop Aymond has asked that every parish offer Confession for two hours. To that end, on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, Confessions will be heard beginning at 5:00pm until 6:30pm.

Parking During Construction

Parking for Sunday Mass will be a little more difficult during the Church Restoration, but we are trying to make it better.  There are a limited number of spaces in the schoolyard, which we hope can go first to less mobile parishioners.  You can enter behind the rectory on General Pershing and walk through the gate by the school to get to the church.  We also have a temporary handicap ramp on the front of the church.  We will also do our best to free up the spots on Camp Street when they are not needed by the contractors.  Thank you for your patience!

Lord Teach Me To Pray

Are you interested in a deeper relationship with God; do you want to improve your prayer life?  Lord, Teach Me to Pray is a three-part prayer series for men and women based on Ignatian Spirituality.  Beginning early to mid-September, all three parts of the series will be offered in several locations throughout the Archdiocese.  Part 1, Praying Christian Virtues, helps deepen prayer life, and discover what to do for dryness and obstacles in prayer.  This 12 week prayer series introduces the different methods of Ignatian prayer, meditation, contemplation and Consciousness Examen.  Small groups meet with 2 trained facilitators for 1-2 hours/week to pray and faith share.  In Good Shepherd Parish, Part III (women) will meet at St. Henry Church, Tuesdays, 10:30am-12noon beginning Sept 5th.  Contact Dianne Caverly, 504-388-3430 or, for more information or to register.  Additional sessions for men and women are available at other Uptown churches.  Consult the flyers in the foyer, or visit the web site,,  for the full schedule.

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!

Need a Ride?

Occasionally, parishioners without transportation inquire at the parish office whether it is possible for another parishioner to give them a ride to and/or from Mass. If you need a ride to Mass, or you would be willing to provide transportation to a fellow parishioner, please contact the parish office at (504) 899-1378.

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