Vincentian Priests Celebration!

200 Years since the Arrival of the Vincentians in the United States September 27, 2017 at 5:00 pmSt. Joseph Church 1802 Tulane AvenueThe Congregation of the Mission (the “Vincentians”) invite all, clergy religious and laity, to their celebration.  As part of the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the Congregation of the Mission in the United States, there will be a Mass, reception and the inauguration of a “New Orleans Congregation of the Mission scholarship Fund.”After consulting with Xavier University, the Vincentians are establishing a scholarship fund for Xavier students who have shown an interest in working to promote peace and justice after they graduate from college. Specifically, they will offer aid to students in their last year or two of college, who are running … [Read more...]

From the Pastor – September 24, 2017

“Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?  Take what is yours and go.  What if I wish to give this last one the same as you?  Or am I not free to do as I wish with my own money?  Are you envious because I am generous?  ‘Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.’” (Mt. 20:13-16a)A number of years ago, one of my closest friends and I were on a retreat at Manresa.  Although it was a silent retreat, several of my buddies and I used to sneak out to the levee late on the last evening of the retreat as kind of “debriefing.” I remember looking up at the starry sky and my friend saying: “Wouldn’t it be great to have a ‘simple faith,’ like a farmer.   You just got up in the morning, did the farm work, went back into the house in the evening and prayed for good … [Read more...]

September 17, 2017 Homily

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The Olive Mass

Celebrating Food & Blessing Those Who Prepare and Serve ItThe Catholic Church offers spiritual gatherings for various professionals groups. For example, there is the White Mass is for Medical Professionals; the Red Mass is for Legal Professionals; and the Blue Mass for Law Enforcement & Emergency Responders. But what “food professionals”? How can the Catholic Church support, pray for, celebrate, honor and encourage those involved in the Food, Beverage and Hospitality Industry? In Italy, there are special Masses at the Vatican for Chefs, dedicated on the Feast of St. Francis Carraciolo.To help fill this void, The Table Foundation will host the second annual “The Olive Mass:  Celebrating Food & Blessing Those Who Prepare and Serve It.”  It will be held on Monday, … [Read more...]

From the Pastor – September 17, 2017

Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive?  As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.” (Mt. 18:21-22)When I was younger, my sisters and brother and I had a lot of little “family” jokes and expressions.  Sometimes when we’re together again, we use them to get a laugh.  In our teenage years those “inside jokes” tended to revolve around quotes from television shows or movies that we found funny.  Most of can do imitations of Eddie Murphy’s more memorable gags or lines uttered by Bill Murray in “Caddyshack” or “Stripes.”  But one of the older expressions I remember when I was very young was “seventy-eleven.”  Of course, it’s not an actual number, but it was used to express the … [Read more...]

September 10, 2017 Homily

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Exaltation of the Holy Cross

On the week when we celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Archbishop Aymond has asked that every parish offer Confession for two hours. To that end, on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, Confessions will be heard beginning at 5:00pm until 6:30pm. … [Read more...]

Centennial Statue of Our Lady of Fatima

is coming to St. Stephens Church Tuesday, September 19, 2017 SERVICES 4:45 pm — Adoration 6:00 pm — Mass 6:45 pm — Fatima Talk 7:00 pm — Rosary 8:30 pm — Church closesThe International Centennial Pilgrim Image, a statue of the Immaculate Heart of Mary entrusted to the Alliance of the Holy Family International and Human Life International Austria by Pope Francis, will be in New Orleans for 10 days from Sept. 15-24.It is one of six Fatima statues – one for each continent (Europe and Asia are considered Eurasia) – blessed by Pope Francis in Rome on Jan. 11, 2017, for veneration worldwide during the centennial of the Fatima appearances. Pope Francis declared the Fatima centennial a jubilee year – from Nov. 27, 2016-Nov. 26, 2017 – with a plenary indulgence granted to those who … [Read more...]

From the Pastor – September 10, 2017

“Again, amen, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father.  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Mt. 18:19-20)Most priests tend to pray a lot.  I’m one of them.  At my ordination to the diaconate, I promised to pray the “prayer of the Church” called the Liturgy of the Hours.  It’s made up of Morning Prayer, Daytime Prayer, Evening Prayer, the Office of Reading and Night Prayer.  Of course, I also celebrate at least one Mass daily.  I also try daily to make a Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament, recite the Rosary, do some spiritual reading and pray other devotional prayers according to the season.But I try not to “isolate” my prayer … [Read more...]

September 3, 2017 Homily

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