From the Pastor – March 4, 2018

very short prayers for your dayJesus said: “Take these out of here, and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.”  His disciples recalled the words of Scripture, Zeal for your house will consume me.  At this the Jews answered and said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?”

Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.” (Jn. 2:16-19)

Two weeks ago Jesus was out in the desert, hungry and thirsty.  Last week, He was on top of a mountain, gloriously transfigured in dazzling white before Peter, James and John.  This week, He’s in the Temple, purifying it.  Most of us are familiar with the story of Jesus casting the money-changers out of the Temple, and most of us understand that the scene is more than about a beautiful stone building in Jerusalem.  Ultimately, the story points to the “temple” of the body of Jesus and even further to us as “temples” of the Holy Spirit.  But there is something else going on in this passsage.  While it’s true that the “worldly” things are cast out of the Temple, what is more important is that Jesus Himself entered the Temple.

Two weeks ago we heard about how Jesus overcame the temptations of the devil in the desert.  Last weekend we heard how he revealed His heavenly glory of God on the mountaintop.  In imitation of Jesus, we are called to overcome the temptations of the world so that we might obtain the glory of Heaven.

This week Jesus helps us to understand that we respond to this call not by our own human efforts, but with the help of divine grace.  We could never resist the temptations of the devil or obtain the glory of Heaven unless Jesus came to our aid.  He conquered sin and death by the Paschal Mystery (His suffering, death, Resurrection and Ascension), but we participate in this mystery by allowing Jesus to come into the temple of our own bodies.  He does this initially at our Baptism when we are first called “temples of [God’s] glory.”  This is the moment when the Holy Spirit cleanses us from original sin.  Later, at Confirmation, we are “sealed” by the Holy Spirit, and our bond with the Body of Christ is made more perfect.  At First Holy Communion, the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist enters into the temple of our bodies in a physical way.  These are the Sacraments of Initiation, and they provide the grace that God gives us to follow Christ from the poverty of the desert to the glory of the mountaintop.

In the Gospel, Christ enters into the Temple.  Today welcome Him into the temple of your soul.
(Rev. Msgr.) Christopher H. Nalty

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Due to the Fête Francaise there will be no Stations of the Cross on Friday, March 9.  The Stations and the Fish Fry will resume on Fridays beginning March 16.

Friday Fish Fry

Knights of Columbus will be hosting the Lenten Fish Fry every Friday starting February 27th through March 27th at the Mother Pauline Center.  Food will be served after the Stations of the Cross at St. Henry Church.  Plates consist of Fried Fish, French Fries or Crawfish Pasta, Cole Slaw, Vegetable, Dessert and a drink for $9.00.  You can eat in, or get the food “to go.” Proceeds benefit the KC and Good Shepherd Parish.


There will be Stations of the Cross and Confession on Fridays of Lent at St. Henry Church with Confession at 5:30pm and the Stations at 6:00pm.  Remember that Msgr. Nalty is also in the Confessional from 3:00-3:45pm on Saturdays and 9:15-10:15 a.m. on Sundays.

Ya’ Mama was Pro-Life, dahlin’!

Americans United for Life released the 2017 LIFE LIST after analyzing progress made legislatively or in litigation in 2016. The Life List takes into account the 50 states’ overall advances since Roe v. Wade toward re-building a culture of life, including events of the last year. Louisiana comes in at number 3 for the second year in a row (we were number 1 for 6 years before that. But we should never stop working and praying until the government of our country changes the law to protect human life in the womb. Every biological textbook teaches that human life begins at conception,when a sperm cell fertilizes an egg. From that moment on, that unborn child should be protected. Please join us in prayer each Saturday at 11:00am outside of the abortion clinic located at on the corner of General Pershing and Magnolia.

Lenten Guidelines

Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59. Those who are bound to fast may take only one full meal. Two smaller

meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to each one’s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics 14 years or older on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and on all Fridays of Lent. The determination of certain days as obligatory days of penance should not be understood as limiting the occasions for Christian penance.

The Spirit of the season of Lent should be maintained throughout the weeks of Lent. The obligation to observe penitential days of the Church is a very important part of our spiritual life.  Individual circumstances must be taken into account, but in general, people should seek to do more rather than less, since fast and abstinence on the days prescribed should be considered a minimal response to the Lord’s call to penance and conversion of life.

Pics of St. Joseph Cookie Making

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!

Stations of the Cross

During Lent there will be Stations of the Cross and Confession on Fridays at St. Henry Church.  Confession begins at 5:30pm and the Stations at 6:00pm.  Remember that Msgr. Nalty is also in the Confessional from 3:00-3:45pm on Saturdays and 9:15-10:15 a.m. on Sundays.

St. Joseph Altar Cookies

Sunday March 4, 2018

Thanks to all who brought bags of flour and sugar and Crisco, and placing them in the large wooden box at the entrance of the church! In preparation for the St. Joseph Altar on Monday, March 19, we will begin making the traditional Italian cookies this Sunday.  Anyone who would like to learn how to prepare these delicacies is asked to go to:

St. Stephen School on Sunday, March 4 after the 10:30am Mass.

It’s a real family affair, and an instruction in the traditions of so many of our parishioners of Italian heritage!   For more details, contact Hunter Harris at 417-6066.

Safe Haven Sunday: Equipping the Family, Safeguarding Children

The Archdiocese of New Orleans is setting aside this weekend, February 17- 18 as “Safe Haven Sunday” in order to give focused time and resources to address the harmfulness of pornography and other online threats in marriages, family life and culture.

Today’s awareness day is celebrated through prayer and a reflection within the context of the Mass.  While the parish doesn’t have too many copies currently available, we can order more copies of the book, Equipped: Smart Catholic Parenting in a Sexualized Culture, to be made available.  This book includes a unique seven-day text-to-opt-in program: The Equipped 7-Day Challenge. To order this challenge, you need only text “secure” to 66866 on your mobile phone.  This Challenge provides seven days of practical tips that any caring adult can take to create safer digital environments for themselves and our young people.

Thank you for celebrating with us! If you have any questions about this awareness weekend, please contact the Archdiocese of New Orleans Office of Marriage and Family Life at or visit


Our parish is incredibly generous in contributing when we ask for money for the poor.  Recently the Society of Vincent de Paul compiled a list of all of the services that we provided as a parish.  Here is the list:

4          Seminars held on Saturdays each quarter.  Our SVdP volunteers including an attorney, CPA, housing advocate and other volunteers counsel people on how to resolve problems and better their lives.

40        Easter and Christmas Baskets were handed out which provided for a complete holiday meal. We also provided Christmas gifts for families and their children.

144      Bus Tokens – Tokens help people to pay for a bus ride to an interview, job or a doctor’s appointment.  The ride costs $1.25 but we buy for $1.09.

418      Food Bags were given to people who knock on the door and ask for food.  We give them canned items that will help for a few days.  Items that can be heated are best, i.e., red beans, hearty soups, rice, macaroni and cheese, pasta, fruit, and breakfast items including oatmeal, cereal and grits.

$940    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.

$1,813   Ozanam Inn – We cook a hot dinner meal monthly from September through May and serve it to approximately 200 grateful people.

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

2,962 Snack Packs – These bags help an individual have the equivalent of a lunch meal.  It consists of one sleeve of Saltines, a small can of Vienna sausages, along with a small breakfast bar, health bar, peanut butter crackers, applesauce and/or diced fruit.

74 Utility bills – Many of the poor live in homes that aren’t insulated and are subjected to bills that belie the fact they aren’t using much energy.

30 Rebuild Center meals – Twice monthly a hot lunch is prepared and served to about 225 homeless people.  A hot meal for a homeless person is a real blessing.  When serving the meals, the “clients” always thank you and tell you how much they appreciate it.

976 Vouchers – These people had a bed for the night and didn’t have to sleep on the streets.  There is always a line of people who arrive before 8:00 a.m. on scheduled Tuesday mornings hoping to receive one.

329  pairs of socks, 58 pairs of gloves and over 200 toiletry items were also given out.


Next Sunday the Masses are at 4:00pm (Saturday Vigil), 8:00am and 10:00am (Sunday)

Good Stewardship

Collections in our parish cover less than 50% of our parish expenses. With the costs of insurance, salaries, utilities and upkeep, we have a tough time. Without some generous benefactors donating at year’s end, we would be in bad shape! We’re a parish that is very generous to the poor, but we also need to be good stewards of our church and buildings that have been left to us by past generations.

Consider the following:  If you give less than $5 into the collection each week, perhaps you can raise it to $5.  And if you give more than $5, perhaps you can raise your contribution by 25%.

Thanks for your consideration!

St. Blaise Throat Blessing

Saturday, February 3 after 4:00pm Vigil Masse

Saturday, February 3 is the Feast of St. Blase, Bishop and Martyr, although it is not celebrated because it falls on a Sunday. St. Blaise, the bishop of Sebaste in Armenia was martyred in the year 316. The oldest accounts tell us that Blaise was a physician at Sebaste before he was made bishop. In the 4th century persecution of Licinius, St. Blaise was taken prisoner. After suffering various forms of torture he was beheaded.

The most popular story attributed to St. Blaise occurred while he was in prison, when he cured a young a boy who was in danger of choking to death because of a fishbone in his throat.  That story, and the fact that St. Blaise was a doctor, made the saint very popular for intercessory prayer for throat ailments.

At an early date, the veneration of this Eastern saint was brought into Europe, and Blaise became one of the most popular saints of the Middle Ages. Numberless churches and altars were dedicated to him.

On the feast day, the blessing of St. Blaise will be given in St. Henry Church after the 6:30 am Mass. Also, the blessing will be given in St. Stephen Church after the 6:00 pm Mass on Tuesday, February 4. The blessing of the throat is carried out using two white taper candles that were blessed on the previous day, February 2, the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas Day). The white color of the candles symbolizes purity. A red ribbon draped over the base of the candles symbolizes the martyrdom of St. Blaise. The candles are grasped in an X-shape and held up to the throat of the person receiving the blessing: “Through the intercession of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from every disease of the throat and from every other illness, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

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