Christmas Giving Tree

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul needs your help. A Christmas Giving Tree has been set up next to the St. Anthony Statue which has on it ornaments with gift requests from needy families.  If you can, please pick an ornament from the tree then return the gift with the ornament and place under the tree by Sunday, December 17. Monetary donations are also welcome.  Thank you for always being so generous in our efforts to help the needy of our parish! … [Read more...]

Holy Days Mass Schedule

Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24 4:00pm Vigil Mass (Confessions prior) 12:00am Midnight Mass Christmas Day, Monday, December 25 10:30am Mass (NOTE: NO 8:00am Mass) and NO 6:00pm Mass (all Masses at St. Stephen Church) Mary, Mother of God, Monday, January 1* 9:00am Mass (at St. Henry Church)* – Mary, Mother of God is not a Holy Day of Obligation this year because it falls on a Monday … [Read more...]

From the Pastor – December 10, 2017

[John the Baptist said:] “One mightier than I is coming after me.  I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of His sandals. I have baptized you with water; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” (Mk. 1:7-8)One of my favorite books by Archbishop Fulton Sheen is called “Life of Christ.”  It’s a book that explores the life of Jesus using a great deal of reason and human history.  As a seminarian I recall being taken in by the first words:History is full of men who have claimed that they came from God, or that they were gods, or that they bore messages from God - -Buddha, Mohammed, Confucius, Christ, Lao-tze, and thousands of others, right down to the person who founded a new religion this very day. Each of them has a right to be heard and considered. But as a yardstick … [Read more...]

Advent

During Advent, we refrain from singing the “Gloria in Excelsis Deo / Glory to God in the Highest.” Why?Let’s start with some basic rules of liturgy set down by the Second Vatican Council in its Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.  Within the cycle of a year the Church “unfolds” the whole mystery of Christ, from the incarnation and birth until the ascension, the day of Pentecost, and the expectation of blessed hope and of the coming of the Lord (no.102). The church is to be particularly directed toward feasts of the Lord that point to salvation (no.108).In other words, a principle in ritual is to celebrates “feasts” and “fasts” in different ways so as to allow the mysteries of Christ to be made clear by the celebration. The Resurrection of Christ takes pre-eminence and is … [Read more...]

Poinsettias!

Poinsettias for the Sanctuary during Christmas can be purchased in the name of a deceased love one.  The cost is $25.00 per plant, and names will be recorded in the bulletin and on the parish website. Please use the red colored forms on the tables in the back of church. … [Read more...]

December 3, 2017 Homily

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November 26, 2017 Homily

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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...]

November 19, 2017 Homily

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November 5, 2017 Homily

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