Archives for June 2015

From the Pastor – June 28, 2015

The woman [healed from her hemorrhage], realizing what had happened to her, approached in fear and trembling. She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.” (Mk 5:33-34) The interesting thing about the healing of the woman with the hemorrhage in the Gospel this weekend is how it happens.  Jesus doesn’t actually “do” anything positive to heal the woman.  She took the initiative to touch his clothes, and the power of Jesus healed her.  Jesus knew that “power” (His healing power) had gone out of Him, but the healing came about through her faith in Him. What a wonderful message for us!  Since we don’t live at the time when we can actually see the incarnate Lord face-to-face, we … [Read more...]

Divorced People Are Not “Outside” the Church

[What follows is a clarification from the Holy Father that you might consider handing along to any of your Catholic friends who are divorced and remarried] We sometimes hear from our friends who are divorced and remarried:  “I’m excommunicated.”  That’s not true at all.  During the World Meeting of Families held in 2012 in Milan, a Brazilian family raised the issue of divorced couples who have remarried and cannot avail themselves of the Sacraments. Pope Benedict XVI affirmed that “this is one of the great causes of suffering for the Church today, and we do not have simple solutions. Naturally, one very important factor is prevention. This means ensuring that, from the beginning, the act of falling in love is transformed in a more profound and mature decision. Another factor is that of … [Read more...]

Support for Family and Friends of the Incarcerated

The Archdiocese is offering a support group for family and friends of the incarcerated. This group will take place on Monday, June 15, 2015, from 7:00 PM-8:00 PM, at St Joseph's Church (1802 Tulane Avenue). There will be five subsequent meetings each Monday until July 20, 2015. This is an open group and attendees can come and go to any of the sessions as they choose.  For more information, please contact Kim Baker M.A. or John Messenheimer M.Div at (504)-267-9727. … [Read more...]

From the Pastor – June 14, 2015

“To what shall we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use for it?  It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth.  But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.” (Mk 4:30-32) The people listening to the parables of Jesus didn’t always understand the meanings of His parables, but they surely understood agriculture.  A farmer can work as hard as he wants, but he can’t “make” a seed grow into a plant.  All the farmer can do is create the best environment for growth by planting in good soil and watering.  In the end of the day God causes the growth to occur.  So when Jesus is describing the Kingdom of God, … [Read more...]

“Dead Theologians Society” comes to Good Shepherd Parish and New Orleans

We will begin DTS the third week of July. For more information on how to join please contact our Director of Religious Education, Mr. Phillip Bellini, at 899-1378, or email him at We will have special presentations and guest speakers at some of our meetings. Meetings will only be twice a month. There is no fee to join DTS. God bless you. Learn more > … [Read more...]

Corpus Christi 2015 Thank You!

Thanks to all who helped celebrate Corpus Christi last Sunday! God gave us a gift of sunshine for the procession. Thanks to all of our canopy bearers. Thanks to for our Knights of Columbus, and for the beautiful chant by our choir to accompany our walk. Thanks to our First Communicants.  Thanks to our altar servers, who always have so much reverence in the sanctuary.  Thanks to the Daughters of Charity.  And thanks to Phillip Bellini for setting up the Vatican’s Eucharistic Miracle exhibit.  Special thanks to Hunter Harris and our cooks for all their hard work with the delicious lunch. It is such a faith filled day of love and community!  Finally, a big thanks to Kathy Fayard, who coordinated everything, and her husband, parish webmaster Mark, for handling her five kids and … [Read more...]

Corpus Christi 2015

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From the Pastor – June 7, 2015

The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they all saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Mt 28:16-20) Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. In the early days of the Church there was no special day to honor the Holy Trinity, but that changed in the 3rd century when the Church was confronted with one of the first great heresies:  Arianism.  Although this heresy would seem … [Read more...]

Retrouvaille Weekend for Troubled Marriages

Retrouvaille is a program designed to provide help and support to married couples who are undergoing difficulties in their relationship. Sponsored by the Catholic Church, Retrouvaille is open to couples of all faiths. It has proven helpful to couples who are troubled and stressed, or if the relationship has grown cold and distant. The next Retrouvaille Weekend will be July 17-19, 2015 at the Lumen Christi Retreat Center in Schriever, Louisiana. For additional information or to have information mailed to you contact Family Life Apostolate at 504-861-6243. … [Read more...]