From the Pastor – July 23, 2017

masstime.us for new orleans mass times“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants, and the ‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.’” (Mt. 13:32-31a)

One of the memorable scenes from the Acts of the Apostles is when the Pharisees are deciding what to do about the pesky Apostles, who seem content to suffer persecution as they courageously preach about the Resurrection of Jesus. One of the Pharisees, named Gamaliel, orders the Apostles out of the Sanhedrin, and makes the following appeal to the members:

“Fellow Israelites, be careful what you are about to do to these men. Some time ago, Theudas appeared, claiming to be someone important, and about four hundred men joined him, but he was killed, and all those who were loyal to him were disbanded and came to nothing. After him came Judas the Galilean at the time of the census. He also drew people after him, but he too perished and all who were loyal to him were scattered. So now I tell you, have nothing to do with these men, and let them go. For if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin, it will destroy itself.” (5:35-39)

Now we can’t cite Gamaliel for “tolerance” in doctrine. He was a strict Jewish teacher. On one hand, he might be afraid of making the Apostles martyrs for their cause. Or he could have been afraid of the crowds, and reasoned that the whole “Jesus business” would burn itself out. On the other hand, there is some evidence that Gamaliel might have been a “closet Christian” himself, especially in the writings of Clement, Josephus and St. Augustine.
Perhaps Gamaliel had actually heard today’s Gospel being preached. Perhaps he actually understood the parable of the mustard seed. Many of the Church Fathers compare the mustard seed to the Gospel, but several, including St. Hillary and St. Gregory the Great, compare the mustard seed to Christ Himself. Remember that the body of Christ was buried, like a seed. But what happened is that the buried body yielded the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ that grew and spread throughout the whole world.

And what about those “birds of the sky” that “dwell in the branches”? Here Jesus is quoting from the Book of Daniel, where the birds of the sky are the members of the Kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar. So if the mustard plant is the Body of Christ, then we are the “birds of the sky” that are called to “dwell in the branches” of the Body of Christ, the always growing Catholic Church.

We should remember our status as faithful Christians. We don’t just meet in a building on Napoleon Avenue (and General Pershing and Louisiana Avenue!), we’re part of the Catholic Church, with “branches” that spread throughout the world. If you make a vacation out of town this summer, don’t forget to visit another branch!
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Young Adult Council for the Archdiocese of New Orleans

The Young Adult Council for the Archdiocese of New Orleans is a group of young adults who serve as an advisory board to the Associate Director for Young Adult Ministry. The Council will assist in planning and facilitating various events throughout this next year. If you are a young adult (18-39) with a desire to serve the young adult community within the Archdiocese of New Orleans, then this Council is for you. It is a great way to serve the local church through sharing your gifts and leadership. To learn more about the Young Adult Council, please contact Sam Pitre at spitre@arch-no.org or call (504) 836-0551 ext. 3228. Applications will be accepted until August 16, 2017.

Good Church Etiquette

An instructive reminder

Remember to keep your Eucharistic fast by abstaining from food and beverages (water excluded) for an hour before Mass.

Always dress modestly and appropriately. Arrive early to allow for personal prayer and/or read the readings of the day.

Turn off all mobile devices while still in the vestibule. This is your time with God and His people.

Use the restroom before or after Mass. Men remove hats or caps before the Lord.

Deposit all water bottles in the waste receptacles.

Make the sign of the cross with Holy Water upon entering.

Genuflect with great reverence towards the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle before entering your pew. If unable to genuflect, a profound bow is respectful.

Refrain from chit-chat which distracts others who are connecting with God through prayer before Mass.

Join the singing. St. Anselm said that “singing is praying twice.”  Singing with others gives great praise to God, which is really why we are gathered here.

Listen to the readings. God is speaking directly to you.

Receive Communion with laser-like attention. We receive Communion, we do not take it. If choosing to receive the Body of Christ in the hand, place the hand you write with under the hand you will receive, in a way, creating a throne for the Lord. A simple bow of the head to the Eucharist is appropriate as a sign of reverence to Christ before receiving.

Don’t forget to make a prayer of thanksgiving after receiving Communion. “There is no prayer more agreeable to God, or more profitable to the soul than that which is made during the thanksgiving after Communion.” (St. Alfonsus Liguori)

Remember that the point of being at Mass is not to see what we can get out of it, but what you can do to praise and worship the Almighty.

And finally, leave church only after the procession has left the altar. Only one person left the Last Supper early”

Feast of St. Henry – July 15

Next Saturday at 3:00pm, there will be the annual St. Henry Feast Day Mass, followed by music, food, drinks and fun at the Annual St. Henry  Reunion.  If you went to St. Henry’s School, attended Mass at St. Henry, are named Henry, been to Henry’s bar, or have ever met anyone named Henry, you are invited!

St. Henry (6 May 973 – 13 July 1024) was the fifth and last Holy Roman Emperor of the Ottonian dynasty, from his coronation in Rome in 1014 until his death a decade later.  He was crowned King of Germany in 1002 and King of Italy in 1004. He is the only German king to have been canonized.

Henry was the son of Henry, Duke of Bavaria. As his father was in rebellion against two previous emperors, he was often in exile. This led the younger Henry to turn to the Church at an early age, first finding refuge with the Bishop of Freising, and later being educated at the cathedral school of Hildesheim. He succeeded his father as Duke of Bavaria in 995 as Henry IV.  Henry’s most significant contributions as emperor came in the realm of church-state relations and ecclesiastic administration within the Empire. He supported the bishops against the monastic clergy and aided them in establishing their temporal rule over broad territories. He strongly enforced clerical celibacy in order that the public land and offices he granted the church would not be passed on to heirs. This ensured that the bishops remained loyal to him, from whom they received their power, and provided a powerful bulwark against rebellious nobles and ambitious family members. Henry founded the Diocese of Bamberg, which quickly became a center of scholarship and art.

Henry had been working with the pope to call a Church Council to confirm his new system of politico-ecclesiastical control when he died suddenly in 1024, leaving this work unfinished.  Henry was canonized in July, 1147 by Pope Clement II; and his wife, Cunigunde, was canonized in the year 1200, by Pope Innocent III. His relics were carried on campaigns against heretics in the 1160s.  He is buried in Bamberg Cathedral.  Because as king he supported the Church, Henry is usually portrayed wearing a crown and holding a small model of a church.

Called, Formed & Sent Conference Series

Presented by Dr. Tom Neal, Academic Dean and Chair of Spiritual Theology at Notre Dame Seminary.

Location: Notre Dame Seminary Pastoral Center

Four weekly Tuesday night sessions topics:
July 18, 2017, 7:00pm—8:30pm
July 25, 2017, 7:00pm—8:30pm
August 1, 2017, 7:00pm—8:30pm
August 8, 2017, 7:00pm—8:30pm

Reception following Week 4

Suggested donation for the series is $30. Parish groups of 2-5 people welcome for flat fee of $50. Register early since space is limited!  If we have more that three couples attending the parish will subsidize the cost!

For more information contact Susie Veters at sveters@arch-no.org or call 504-596-3042

Jazzin on the River

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Presents
Jazzin’ on the River

June 28, 2017

The Steamboat Natchez
6pm-9pm

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 SVdP
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!

Day of Refreshment for Women

The Catholic Charismatic Renewal of New Orleans (CCRNO) will sponsor their annual Day of Refreshment for Women on Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at St. Matthew the Apostle in River Ridge. Theme for the Day is “Come to the Water.”  Talks will be given by members of the Women’s Retreat Team: Andi Oney of Laplace and Denise Beyer of Houma/Thibodaux. Cost is only $30 and includes lunch.

Music, teaching, small groups and prayer ministry are all featured. Please register online at www.ccrno.org by Wednesday, June 21th to order a lunch. On-site registrations are accepted but no lunch is guaranteed. For more information, call CCRNO at (504) 828-1368 or visit www.ccrno.org.

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.

2017 Eucharistic Procession Pics

Corpus Christi

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Corpus Christi Mass and Eucharistic Procession. Vatican Exhibit of Eucharistic Miracles.

We will have our annual Eucharistic Procession on Sunday, June 18 to show our belief in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Afterwards we will have a fish fry and snowballs from Plum Street.

If you can help with set-up, organization, ideas, food, drinks for this parish event, please contact the parish office (899-1378), Kathy Fayard (kfayard@yahoo.com), Phillip Bellini (pbellini@archdiocese-no.org), or Hunter Harris (417-6066).

St. Vincent de Paul – Good Works

“Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Mt 25:40)

Here’s what your donations helped to accomplish during our last fiscal year:

2,671   Snack Packs – (Consists of one sleeve of Saltines, a small can of Vienna sausages, a small breakfast bar, health bar, peanut butter crackers, applesauce, diced fruit and a bottle of water).  This is to help an individual have the equivalent of a lunch meal.

454      Food bags are given to people who knock on the door and tell us they need food.  We try to give them canned items that will help for a couple of days.  We prefer to provide items that can be heated, i.e., red beans, hearty soups, rice, macaroni and cheese, pasta, fruit, and breakfast items (oatmeal, cereal, grits) if we have them on hand.

1,341   Shelter Vouchers – These people had a bed for the night, and didn’t have to sleep on the street.  There is always a line of people who arrive early Tuesday mornings hoping to receive a voucher.

120      Bus Tokens – It helps so much if you can pay for someone to ride the bus to a job, an interview or a doctor’s appointment.  Bus rides cost $1.25 but we are able to purchase vouchers for $1.09.

85        Christmas and Easter Baskets which provide for a complete holiday meal.

2,400   Blessing Bags – Purchased by you at our cost of $.50 to hand to people on the streets asking for a handout.  It holds a bottle of water, energy bar, cheese crackers, a prayer card and information on where to get help.

82        Seminars – Held quarterly on Saturday by our SVdP volunteer lawyer (who resolved 40 issues in the past 3 years!), CPA and others who counsel people on how to resolve problems and better their lives.

356 pairs of Socks, 45 pairs of gloves and 213 toiletry items.

$3,532 Utility bills – Many of the poor live in homes that aren’t insulated and are subjected to bills that exceed what they can afford.  Often they will turn AC’s up and heaters down to save money.

$937    Rent – We try to help with a small portion of rent, if possible.  It is very rare for us to pay a full month’s rent.

$1,296 Ozanam Inn – We cook a hot meal once a month and serve it to approximately 200 grateful people.

ON BEHALF OF ALL WHO BENEFITTED FROM YOUR GENEROSITY, THANK YOU!

Novena to the Holy Spirit

Novena to the Holy Spirit for the Seven Gifts
(to be prayed beginning May 25)

The novena in honor of the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost. Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the light and strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian.

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT AND PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS
On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace, O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, “Speak Lord for Your servant is listening.” Amen.

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

Eucharistic Miracles of the World


Catalogue of the Vatican International Exhibition

With an extensive assortment of photographs and historical descriptions, the exhibition presents some of the principal Eucharistic Miracles that have taken place over the centuries and throughout the world. Most Eucharistic miracles involve incidences in which the Host has “turned into human flesh and blood.” Certainly, the Church teaches (and we believe) that the consecrated Host is the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ under the appearances of bread and wine. Through Eucharistic miracles, Christ manifests His Presence in a more tangible and visible way. Interestingly, many Eucharistic miracles have occurred during times of weakened Faith. For example, a number of Eucharist miracles have taken place as a result of someone, often the priest himself, doubting the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Included in the exhibit are descriptions of many of the most famous miracles, including those of Lanciano, Orvieto and Siena. Each of them has received full approval by the Church. By means of the exhibit, one can “virtually visit” the places where the miracles occurred.

It is important for us to remember that while Eucharistic Miracles can help us more fully understand and live our faith (with Christ the Eucharist as its source and summit), these Miracles are only useful as long as they are closely focused on Jesus Christ. They cannot become autonomous. Miracles can strengthen the faith of believers and even non-believers, but they are valuable only if they direct us to the Eucharist instituted by Christ and present at each celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. They must serve the faith. They must not and cannot add anything to the one and only, definitive gift of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. They are a humble reminder of the Real Presence and can impart a more fruitful and deeper knowledge of it. Join us and see the different ways that Christ has manifested His Real Presence to increase our faith!

Congratulations to Patrick Guise and Cindy Gainsburgh!

st_louis_medalArchbishop Aymond will present the Order of St. Louis Medallion to 256 members of the laity in ceremonies this Sunday at 3:00 PM in the St. Joseph Church, 1802 Tulane Ave. Our parishioners, Patrick Guise and Cindy Gainsburgh, will be among those honored.

Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions

May 2017

That Christians in Africa, in imitation of the Merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice, and peace.

Please pray for the intentions of the Holy Father!

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