Archives for September 2013

Theology on Tap

The CYO/Youth & Young Adult Ministry Office announces the next Theology on Tap series, to take place on Tuesdays in October 2013, at the Irish House in New Orleans. Each Tuesday will present a different speaker speaking on a relevant contemporary theological topic, and the Irish House has some great taps to share.  The evening begins at 6:30pm, and the speaker start at 7:00pm. … [Read more...]

In Our Parish

Good Shepherd Parish frequently receives calls from “parishioners” to have their children baptized, get a school voucher, get married or serve as a godparent.  In order for the parish to agree to these things, the person must be a “registered” and “contributing” parishioner.  This isn’t our rule, it’s the rule of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.  Obviously, all of your information is kept in strict confidence by the parish. So let’s make sure that we all know: To be “registered” at Good Shepherd Parish means that (1) you have completed a parish census form or have registered online at, (2) you use parish envelopes or checks for donations.  … [Read more...]

Red Mass October 7, 2013

The Saint Thomas More Catholic Lawyers Association, in conjunction with the Catholic Bishops of the State of Louisiana, announce the celebration of the Annual Red Mass, invoking the Holy Spirit upon the bench and bar of the State, on Monday, October 7, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Louis. The Most Reverend Gregory M. Aymond, Archbishop of New Orleans, will be the principal celebrant. Very Reverend James Wehner, Rector of Notre Dame Seminary, will be the homilist. Members of the bench and bar of the State, as well the laity, are invited to attend.   … [Read more...]

From the Pastor – September 29, 2013

He said, “Then I beg you, father, send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they too come to this place of torment.” But Abraham replied, “They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.” He said, “Oh no, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.” Then Abraham said, “If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.” (Lk 16:27-31) What is faith? How do we get it, and where does it come from? St. Thomas classically defined faith as: “the act of the intellect assenting to a Divine truth owing to the movement of the will, which is itself moved by the grace of God.” But sometimes things are made easier by looking at examples. … [Read more...]

Right to Life 2014 Calendar for Sale

Respect Life Sunday will be observed on the weekend of October 5, 2013 and October 6, 2013. The CYO or another parish organization will be selling the 2014 Right to Life Calendars that weekend. The calendars cost $5.00. For more information contact Jan Delcorral at (504) 952-7277. … [Read more...]


RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) began last week, but it’s not too late to start attending classes. If you’re not Catholic, if you’re a lapsed Catholic, or if you’re interested in learning more about what it means to be Catholic, please call Phillip Bellini at 899-1378. … [Read more...]

From the Pastor – September 22, 2013

“No servant can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and mammon.” (Lk 16:13) There’s an old expression, “no man on his deathbed ever wished he had spent more time at the office.” It’s a way of reinforcing the advice that Jesus gives us today. The question boils down to this: what is the most important thing in our lives? Most of us wouldn’t have a hard time saying that two things in our lives are incredibly important: our families and our friends. These are the people that we can count on. And to them we devote a lot of time. And when it comes to money? Well, that’s one of those necessary evils of life. We need it to survive, but I don’t think any of us would consider it our “god.” But … [Read more...]

From the Pastor – September 15, 2013

“This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” (Lk 15:2b) Jesus was often criticized during His earthly ministry. He was criticized for breaking Mosaic law (curing on the Sabbath). He was criticized for fraternizing with a woman (the woman at the well). He was criticized for being a glutton and a drunkard (contra John the Baptist). And He was criticized for blasphemy (for forgiving sins). But one of the most frequent criticisms of Jesus was that He ate and drank with sinners. Sometimes, we can use that criticism to justify our own conduct. So what’s the big deal if I hang out with sinners? Jesus did the same thing! There is a different reality: God came to save His people from their sins. The name “Jesus” means “God saves.” God sent us His Son to save us from the darkness of sin and … [Read more...]

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat For Those Healing From An Abortion Experience Scheduled For November

Rachel's Vineyard Retreats are healing retreats that present the opportunity for women and men who have struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of abortion to experience God's forgiveness and mercy. The weekend also presents an opportunity to surface and release repressed feelings of anger, shame, guilt and grief.  Each weekend is led by trained professionals as well as individuals who have personally experienced abortion. The retreat team consists of non-abortive and post-abortive persons, a priest, and a licensed counselor. The Rachel's Vineyard New Orleans site will be facilitated through Access Pregnancy Centers. A Rachel's Vineyard retreat will be held November 15-17 2013 at Rosaryville Retreat Center in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. Fr. Joseph Palermo will be the spiritual … [Read more...]

From the Pastor – September 8, 2013

“If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” (Lk 14:26-27). What does it mean to be a Christian? The word was first used by St. Luke in Acts 11:26, where he recounts that: “it was at Antioch that the disciples [of Jesus] were called ‘Christians’ for the first time.” So being a Christian means being a disciple (from the Greek word for “pupil”) of Christ. If you read the Scriptural quote above, then Jesus has some pretty high standards for those who would choose to be His disciple. A disciple must “hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters and even his own life” and he must … [Read more...]