August 6, 2017 Homily

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Young Adult Council for the Archdiocese of New Orleans

The Young Adult Council for the Archdiocese of New Orleans is a group of young adults who serve as an advisory board to the Associate Director for Young Adult Ministry. The Council will assist in planning and facilitating various events throughout this next year. If you are a young adult (18-39) with a desire to serve the young adult community within the Archdiocese of New Orleans, then this Council is for you. It is a great way to serve the local church through sharing your gifts and leadership. To learn more about the Young Adult Council, please contact Sam Pitre at spitre@arch-no.org or call (504) 836-0551 ext. 3228. Applications will be accepted until August 16, 2017. … [Read more...]

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! … [Read more...]

July 23, 2017 Homily

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From the Pastor – July 23, 2017

“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants, and the ‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.’” (Mt. 13:32-31a)One of the memorable scenes from the Acts of the Apostles is when the Pharisees are deciding what to do about the pesky Apostles, who seem content to suffer persecution as they courageously preach about the Resurrection of Jesus. One of the Pharisees, named Gamaliel, orders the Apostles out of the Sanhedrin, and makes the following appeal to the members:“Fellow Israelites, be careful what you are about to do to these men. Some time ago, Theudas appeared, claiming to be someone important, and about four hundred men joined him, but he … [Read more...]

Need a Ride?

Occasionally, parishioners without transportation inquire at the parish office whether it is possible for another parishioner to give them a ride to and/or from Mass. If you need a ride to Mass, or you would be willing to provide transportation to a fellow parishioner, please contact the parish office at (504) 899-1378. … [Read more...]

Good Church Etiquette

An instructive reminderRemember to keep your Eucharistic fast by abstaining from food and beverages (water excluded) for an hour before Mass.Always dress modestly and appropriately. Arrive early to allow for personal prayer and/or read the readings of the day.Turn off all mobile devices while still in the vestibule. This is your time with God and His people.Use the restroom before or after Mass. Men remove hats or caps before the Lord.Deposit all water bottles in the waste receptacles.Make the sign of the cross with Holy Water upon entering.Genuflect with great reverence towards the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle before entering your pew. If unable to genuflect, a profound bow is respectful.Refrain from chit-chat which distracts others who are … [Read more...]

From the Pastor – July 16, 2017

Thus says the LORD: Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down and do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, giving seed to the one who sows and bread to the one who eats, so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; my word shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it. (IS. 55:10-11)The Gospel for this 15th Sunday in Ordinary time is the parable from Matthew 13 about the field sown with good and bad seed.  We might have heard the expression “bad seed” as referring to someone who came from a “bad family.”  While it’s true that one’s environment can have a serious effect on our personalities, attitudes and habits, the Church teaches that we are all God’s children.  You might also hear … [Read more...]

July 9, 2017 Homily

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From the Pastor – July 9, 2017

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” (Mt 11:28-30)“Come to me,” the Lord asks us in today’s Gospel.  The word used for “come” in the original Greek is “?????” – pronounced “dyoo-teh.”  It’s a command, and it’s directed to the entire group to whom Jesus is speaking.  The same word is used by Jesus a number of times in the New Testament, speaking to a past event, a present event and a future event.In the past event, Jesus first used the word: “Come, after me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Mk 1:17).  In the future event, Jesus gives us the parable of the talents, and uses the word as … [Read more...]