Msgr. Nalty Homily – February 9, 2020

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From the Pastor – February 9, 2020

Jesus said to his disciples: “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” (Mt. 5:13) I’ve told this story before, but I’m reminded of it whenever I hear this Gospel!  When I was in second or third grade, some of my classmates started making fun of me – as children do – by calling me “salty Nalty.” They would repeat it over and over again: “Salty Nalty! Salty Nalty! Salty Nalty,” especially as they realized that it distressed me at that young age. One day I came home from school and told my Mother about it.  And she told me: “You just tell them that you are the ‘salt of the earth.’” I'm not sure I'd ever heard that saying before, but it sounded like it came from … [Read more...]

Apostolate Fair

The Respect Life Apostolate spreads the Gospel by giving witness to respect for life from conception to natural death by means of peaceful presence of prayer and/or vocal support for human life in situations that disregard human dignity. Among other activities, the Life Apostolate meets each Saturday at 11:00am to pray the Rosary at the Women's “Health Care” Clinic (abortion clinic) on the corner of General Pershing and Magnolia.  They also maintain a presence at the proposed Planned Parenthood site, and support Archdiocesan policy regarding the site.Altar Servers play a very important role in the liturgy. They are part of the procession, handle incense, help prepare the altar for Mass, aid with baptisms, and help with the sacred vessels. Our parish has a great need for more servers as … [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...]

Palm Branches Needed!

Each year the blessed palms from Palm Sunday are burned to make the ashes for Ash Wednesday. We will burn them next weekend. Since the palms are blessed, burning is the suitable way to dispose of them.  Please remember to bring them to Mass next weekend and place them in the brass urns in the back of the church. Thank you! … [Read more...]

Msgr. Nalty Homily – February 2, 2020

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St. Joseph Altar Cookies!

In preparation for the St. Joseph Altar on Thursday, March 19, we will begin collecting ingredients for the traditional Italian cookies and for the meal itself.  We would greatly appreciate donations of these ingredients on the following dates: February 1 & 2               All purpose flour February 8 & 9               Sugar (regular & powdered) February 15 & 16           Crisco shortening (not butter) February 22 & 23           Spaghetti March 7 & 8                  Wine March 14 & 15               Fresh vegetables & fruit Because we know that some parishioners find it difficult to get to St. Stephen Church during the Mardi Gras parades, you are more than welcome to bring food donations on other than the assigned days. Thank you for your … [Read more...]

Bible Marathon at Notre Dame Seminary

The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.” (Psalm 119:130) Notre Dame Seminary Bible Marathon 2020: A Public Reading of The Bible for 100 Continuous Hours Tuesday, January 28th at 12:30 PM- Saturday, February 1st at 6:00 PM Front Lawn of Notre Dame Seminary The Celebration of Candlemas will follow the Bible Marathon with Mass at 6:00 PM in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at NDS. Bible Marathon 2020 Sign Ups are NOW OPEN! Visit nds.edu to view available proclamation times. … [Read more...]

From the Pastor – January 26, 2020

As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. (Mt. 4:18-20) One afternoon while I was in seminary, I was having lunch with some classmates, and we were joined by another seminarian who was a member of a religious community.  He was younger than my classmates, and pretty “gung-ho” about being a seminarian.  With eager eyes and enthusiasm, he turned to my classmate, Mike Woods, and asked “So when did you get your call??!!” Now, you’d have to know Mike, but suffice it to say that Mike was about 10 years older than the other seminarian.  He’s from Pittsburgh, … [Read more...]

Ya’ Mama was Pro-Life, dahlin’!

Americans United for Life released the 2020 LIFE LIST after analyzing progress made legislatively or in litigation in 2019. The Life List takes into account the 50 states’ overall advances since Roe v. Wade toward re-building a culture of life, including events of the last year. Louisiana comes in at number 1! But we should never stop working and praying until the government of our country changes the law to protect human life in the womb. Every biological textbook teaches that human life begins at conception, when a sperm cell fertilizes an egg. From that moment on, that unborn child should be protected.  Please join me and members of our parish community in prayer each Saturday at 11:00am outside of the abortion clinic located at on the corner of General Pershing and Magnolia. … [Read more...]