#iGiveCatholic on Giving Tuesday December 1, 2020

Donate $25.00 or more online or use the envelopes available in church for donations in any amount. Advanced Giving Dates: November 16 - 30, 2020 https://neworleans.igivecatholic.org/organizations/good-shepherd-church-33e05355-6e7e-412d-a97e-4d13155a30f8 … [Read more...]

Restoration of Historic St. Stephen Church: The Front Porch

We need your support! The inside and most of the outside of St. Stephen Church is now beautifully restored. In order to keep the costs manageable in the 2017-2018 restoration, we were forced to eliminate some projects. We will gradually address items omitted from the original restoration in the coming years. First on our list is the front porch. It needs work! We would like to install this beautiful mosaic (on display near the Camp Street door) in the center of the porch, surrounded by a decorative border. … [Read more...]

From the Pastor – November 22, 2020

We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, about those who have fallen asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep. (1 Thess. 4:13-15) How many times have we gazed at a crucifix and seen that inscription: “I.N.R.I.”  We know it means something about Jesus being “King of the Jews,” even if we don’t remember that it comes from the first letters of the Latin inscription meaning “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews:  Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum.  The key is understanding what’s behind that inscription.  Is it just a “mocking” inscription provided by Pontius Pilate?  Was it placed there to enrage the Jewish Sanhedrin?  Or is it part … [Read more...]

From the Pastor – November 15, 2020

Jesus told his disciples this parable:  “A man going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one – to each according to his ability. Then he went away.” (Mt. 25:14-15) When I was a child, I remember having a picture book outlining today’s parable of the talents.  And in the book, the word “talent” was translated “bag of gold.”  And that’s  precisely what Jesus is talking about here.  In the original Greek, the word used is ???????? (talenton), which is a unit of measurement.  It was the amount of a precious metal that would fill an amphora, which was approximately one cubic foot.   The weight (and value) would depend upon the type of metal.  While certainly a “liberal” translation, the term “bag … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Baskets

The St. Vincent de Paul Society would like to request your help in providing Thanksgiving Baskets for the needy of our parish.  We would appreciate monetary donations and gift cards. As always, thank you for your GENEROUS support! … [Read more...]

From the Pastor – November 8, 2020

“'Lord, Lord, open the door for us!' But he said in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.' Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”  (Mt. 25:11-13) What does it mean to “fear the Lord”?  Fear seems to be something negative.  We associate it with threats and negative consequences.   So what does the Psalmist mean today when he says that those who “fear the Lord” are blessed? Perhaps surprisingly, “fear of the Lord” is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, along with Wisdom Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge and Piety. Fear of the Lord is more closely related to “awe,” and allows us to be aware of the glory and majesty of God. A person with wonder and awe knows that God is the perfection of all we desire: perfect knowledge, perfect goodness, … [Read more...]

November – ALL SOULS REMEMBRANCE

Parish Intentions In Memoriam... Vincent Aiola Jr, Lena Amadeo, Peter Amadeo, the Baehr Family, Hudson Bain, Rose & Rodney Ballor, James Baptiste, Louise Dutrey Baptiste, the Bell Family, Mr & Mrs Elmo J. Bourgeois, David Bowie, Mary Frances Braud, Adelaide Brennan, Cleonise Brown, Marie Louisa Broussard Brown, Marlene Brown, Neely Brown, Pauline Brown, Tom & Mary & Brigid Burke, Mary Carnody, Dorothy Carr, George Carr, Anne & Fintan Carroll, Sister Ererentia & Anne Carroll, Ernestine Charlebois, James Aza Charlebois, Robert Charlebois, Thomas Charlebois, Lois Collins, William "Bill" Collins, Mr & Mrs Richard W. Cooper Sr, "Grandma" Cosgrove, Mr & Mrs John C. Coyle, the Cressend Family, Juanita Lamb Daigrepont, Robert Daigrepont, Ruby & Hurlin Daire, … [Read more...]

From the Pastor – October 25, 2020

“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” (Mt. 22:36-40) In English we use the word “love” in a lot of ways.  We might use it to describe our favorite restaurant, “I love La Petite Grocery.”  We might use it to describe our favorite tech device, “I love my iPhone.”  Or we might use it to describe bigger things, like “I love New Orleans.”  And in all of these usages, it’s used primarily as a superlative of the word “like.” When it comes to people, the usage of the word … [Read more...]

All Hallows’ Eve

Halloween or All Hallows' Eve is not a liturgical feast on the Catholic calendar, but the celebration has deep ties to the Liturgical Year. These three consecutive days ”” Halloween, All Saints Day and All Souls Day ”” bring to mind the Communion of Believers. On earth we are called the “Church Militant,” because we are striving to get to heaven.  We pray for the “Church Suffering,” the souls in Purgatory, especially on All Souls Day (and even the entire month of November). We also honor and ask the intercession of the “Church Triumphant,” those souls, whether canonized or uncanonized, who are in Heaven. In England, saints or holy people are called “hallowed,” hence All Saints Day was  “All Hallow's Day.” The evening before the feast became popularly known as “All Hallows' Eve” or even … [Read more...]

Remember to Pray for the Faithful Departed!

All Souls Indulgences An indulgence, applicable only to the souls in purgatory, is granted to the faithful who devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, even if only mentally, for the departed. The indulgence is plenary each day from the 1st to the 8th of November; it is partial on other days of the year. A plenary indulgence, applicable only to the souls in purgatory, is granted to the faithful, who on the day dedicated to the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (as well as on the Sunday preceding or following, and on All Saints' Day) piously visit a church. In visiting the church it is required that one Our Father and the Creed be recited. To acquire a plenary indulgence one must fulfill the following three conditions: (1) Sacramental Confession, (2) Holy Communion, and (3) … [Read more...]