Archives for May 2016

From the Pastor – May 29, 2016

Brothers and sisters, I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, "This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me." In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me." For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes." (1 Cor. 11:23-26) In terms of a feast in the Catholic Church, today’s Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ  (“Corpus Christi” in Latin) is a fairly recent one.  We all know that the Body and Blood of Christ are present at each Mass, but the addition of this special feast to … [Read more...]

Memorial Day

May 30, 2016 As Americans, on Memorial Day we remember those who died in the service of our country. And as Catholic Americans, we also reflect on the meaning of true freedom and thank God for the Church which proclaims the way to the fullness of that freedom. One reason why we are willing to fight and die for freedom is because the need for freedom is imprinted into our very nature. This is why we fight for it for others. God of power and mercy, you destroy war and put down earthly pride. Banish violence from our midst and wipe away our tears, that we may all deserve to be called your sons and daughters. Keep in your mercy those men and women who have died in the cause of freedom and bring them safely into your kingdom of justice and peace. We ask this though Jesus Christ our … [Read more...]

Upcoming Ordinations

On Saturday, June 4, 2016, at 10:00 AM at the St. Louis Cathedral, Archbishop Aymond will ordain Patrick Richard Carr, Paul Anthony Clark, David Michael Ducote, Francis Nguyen Dzung, Francis Uzochukwu Offia and Kenneth Sims Smith to the Priesthood for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. You are cordially invited to attend both ceremonies. A reception at the Old Ursuline Convent will follow. Rev. Patrick Carr will celebrate his First Holy Mass as a Priest at 10:30 am next Sunday here at St. Stephen’s Church! … [Read more...]


Congratulations to those who received the Sacrament of Confirmation at the 4:00pm Vigil Mass last Saturday. What a great joy to have Archbishop Gregory Aymond in our parish to celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost, and for our Confirmands to receive the Sacrament on the Vigil of Pentecost! Come Holy Spirit! Taylor Brown Brandon Fazande Marcelle Kepper Annabeth Lawrence Lindsay Moroau Celina Morrison John Musser Jennifer Toups … [Read more...]

From the Pastor – May 22, 2016

Jesus said to his disciples: "I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you." (Jn 16:12-15) 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 seems strange to us … [Read more...]


May 15, 2016 – Pentecost Sunday Confirmations with Archbishop Aymond at the 4:00pm Vigil Mass May 22, 2016 – Trinity Sunday May 29, 2016 – Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) with Eucharistic Procession after the 10:30 am Mass to be followed by a parish fish fry and snowballs! … [Read more...]

From the Pastor – May 8, 2016

Then he led them out as far as Bethany, raised his hands, and blessed them.  As he blessed them he parted from them and was taken up to heaven.  They did him homage and then returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and they were continually in the temple praising God. (Lk 24:50-53) Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension, which is the elevation of Christ into heaven by His own power in the presence of His disciples.  In Sacred Scripture, this occurred on the fortieth day after the Resurrection – which was actually last Thursday, traditionally called “Ascension Thursday.”  However, the celebration of the Ascension has been moved to Sunday to encourage a more active participation in the Feast.  In terms of modern air travel, I guess Jesus’ flight got postponed for three … [Read more...]

Annual Mother’s Day Rosary Crusade for Life

The 18th Annual Mother’s Day Rosary Crusade for Life will be held on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. starting with Mass at St. Angela Merici followed by an adoption testimony by Debbie Shinskie, Director of the Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, and ending with Eucharistic Adoration, Rosary & Benediction.  Archbishop Gregory Aymond and Fr. Beau Charbonnet will be the celebrants.  This prayer event is sponsored by the Archdiocesan Sidewalk Counseling and Prayer Ministry, a ministry of the Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.  All are welcome.  For more information, please call Pam Richard at (504) 460-9360 or (985) 809-0773." … [Read more...]

Thank You!

From the Knights of Columbus On behalf of the Knights of Columbus Council, I want to thank Msgr. Nalty for allowing the Knights to conduct the Lenten Fish Fry at The Mother Pauline Center. Thanks to all the parishioners that came to the fish fry in support of our fund raising event. And to the volunteers who gave of their time and talents to prepare, cook and clean up for these meals: A HEARTY THANK YOU! We are truly blessed by the number of people who come forward to make these events the success that they are. Of the monies raised one-half will go to The K.C. Youth Expansion Program (YEP). The second half goes to Good Shepherd Parish. A check for $875.00 was presented to Msgr. Nalty following the 10:30 AM mass on Sunday April 24th. … [Read more...]

Congratulations to Becky Brocato and Mark & Kathy Fayard!

On Sunday May 1, 2016 at 3:00pm at St. Joseph Church (because the Cathedral is undergoing work on the AC), our parishioners Becky Brocato, Mark Fayard and Kathy Fayard were awarded the Order of St. Louis IX Medallion by Archbishop Aymond. The Order of St. Louis IX award was established more than 40 years ago to honor those members of the laity who have contributed their time and talents to the church. Even if you don’t know Becky, Mark and Kathy, you surely know of their work! They are all active in our ministry to the poor both at the Rebuild Center and here in our ministry to our neighborhood poor. Mark and Kathy and their children regularly pray the Rosary at 11:00 am on Saturday at the abortion clinic on General Pershing and Magnolia, and Mark is our volunteer webmaster. “Whatsoever … [Read more...]