From the Pastor – June 18, 2017

Very Short PrayersJesus said to the Jewish crowds: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”. (Jn 6:51)

Today’s Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ  (“Corpus Christi” in Latin) is a fairly recent addition to the Church calendar, dating from only the 13th century.  We know that the Body and Blood of Christ are present at every Mass, but this special feast to honor the Body and Blood of Christ owes its existence to the petitions of a Belgium nun named Juliana of Liège from the 13th century. From a young age, Juliana had a great love for the Blessed Sacrament and longed for a special feast in its honor.  Her desire was increased by a vision she had of the Church under the appearance of the full moon having one dark spot. The spot signified the absence of a day specifically honoring the Blessed Sacrament. In 1208 Juliana also had a vision of Christ in which He instructed her to institute the Feast of Corpus Christi. The vision was repeated for the next 20 years, but she kept it a secret. When she finally told her confessor, he relayed it to the Bishop of Liège, who subsequently convened a synod in 1246 and ordered a Corpus Christi celebration to be held each year.

The celebration of Corpus Christi didn’t became universal until 1263 when Pope Urban IV (himself also from Liège) investigated claims of a Eucharistic miracle at Bolsena, Italy where a consecrated host had bled. In 1264 he issued a papal bull making Corpus Christi a feast throughout the entire Latin Rite. Corpus Christi was the very first papally sanctioned universal feast in the history of the Latin Rite.

While the institution of the Eucharist is celebrated on Holy Thursday, that particular liturgy also commemorates the washing of the apostles’ feet, the institution of the priesthood and the agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. Corpus Christi was established to be specifically focused on the Holy Eucharist.

A new liturgy for Corpus Christi was composed by St. Thomas Aquinas. Included in the new liturgy was the Pange Lingua, which is also used on Holy Thursday during the procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the altar of repose. The last two verses of Pange Lingua are also used as a separate hymn, Tantum Ergo, which is sung at Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament along with O Salutaris Hostia, the last two verses of Verbum Supernum Prodiens, Aquinas’ hymn for Lauds of Corpus Christi. Aquinas also composed the propers for the Mass of Corpus Christi, including the sequence Lauda Sion Salvatorem, which we sing today.

So we thank Holy Mother Church for the great feast we celebrate today. It’s a feast where Jesus feeds us Himself.  Our Lord – the living bread whom we worship – becomes our food.
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(Rev. Msgr.) Christopher H. Nalty
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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.

Nativity of John the Baptist

The life of John the Baptist is a preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ, and the circumstances of his birth are miraculous. In Luke’s Gospel, John’s parents, Zechariah and Elizabeth, were without children and beyond the age of child-bearing. During Zechariah’s time of priestly service in the Temple in Jerusalem, he is chosen to offer incense in the Holy Place. While there, the Archangel Gabriel appeared to him and announced that he and his wife will give birth to a child, and that they shall name him John. However, since Zechariah doubted the message, he was made mute until the time of John’s birth.

Here, a little math is in order. At the Annunciation, which we celebrated on March 25, the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary to inform her that she would conceive Jesus. But Gabriel also informed her that Elizabeth, her cousin, was already six months pregnant (Lk 1:36). Since Elizabeth was six months pregnant on March 25, we celebrate John’s birth three months later on June 24.

The Nativity of John the Baptist is one of the oldest solemnities in the Church, having been recorded by the Council of Agde in 506 as one of Southern France’s principal holy days. The day is marked as the beginning of the preparation of the way of the Lord. Although rendered mute by his doubting God, Zechariah was obedient in naming his son John, and was inspired to proclaim the prophecy of the ministry of his son, the so-called “Canticle of Zechariah” (Lk 1:68-79): “Blessed be the Lord, The God of Israel; He has come to His people and set them free. He has raised up for us a mighty Savior, Born of the house of His servant David. Through His holy prophets He promised of old That He would save us from our enemies, From the hands of all who hate us. He promised to show mercy to our fathers And to remember His holy Covenant. This was the oath He swore to our father Abraham: To set us free from the hands of our enemies, Free to worship Him without fear, Holy and righteous in His sight All the days of our life. You, My child shall be called The prophet of the Most High, For you will go before the Lord to prepare His way, To give his people knowledge of salvation By the forgiveness of their sins. In the tender compassion of our Lord The dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness And the shadow of death, And to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Vatican Pilgramage

Msgr. Nalty will be the Chaplain for a pilgrimage to the Vatican in November of 2017. Pilgrims must join or be a member of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums to participate. Brochures are in the back of the church.

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.

2017 Eucharistic Procession Pics

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!

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!

Nine Church Walk

Thanks to our volunteers who greeted pilgrims taking part in the Nine Church Walk on Good Friday. The pilgrims started arriving almost at the completion of our Holy Thursday vigil at 6:00am, and they continued even into the afternoon and evening. We had our handy clicker to count numbers, so we know that at least 3,000 people came to visit St. Stephen’s on Friday. I sat in the confessional from 9:00am – noon, and I was rarely alone.  The line was continuous for the entire time. Anybody who doubts the vitality of the Catholic Church in New Orleans need only to have seen the busloads of high school groups, CYO groups, and large families taking part in the walk to have their doubts removed. I was so happy to greet many pilgrims from other parishes where I have served. It was great to see old friends, but it made me so proud and happy to be able to welcome them to St. Stephen’s. I heard nothing but good reports from the crowds at St. Henry Church and Our Lady of Good Counsel. I wish I had been able to make it to St. Henry’s and Our Lady of Good Counsel, but between the Holy Thursday vigil, confessions, the 3:00pm Good Friday service, I didn’t have much time to venture out!  Thanks to everyone who came to pray, and those who greeted them!

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