Visit of the Black Madonna

Our Lady of Czestochowa St. Stephen Church - Monday, February 17 Holy Hour of Adoration 4:45pm Holy Mass 6:00pm A reproduction of the icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, also known as the Black Madonna, is coming to St. Stephen Church on Monday, February 17. "From Ocean to Ocean" is sponsored by Human Life International ( This worldwide pilgrimage is dedicated to the defense and support of life and family through the intercession of the Blessed Mother under her title of Our Lady of Czestochowa. The pilgrimage started in 2012 in Vladivostok, Russia, then made its way through 24 countries and more than 400 cities and towns to reach the Atlantic Ocean. One of its final European stops was on Divine Mercy Sunday 2013 in Fatima, Portugal, where the icon was placed on the … [Read more...]

Ya’ Mama was Pro-Life, dahlin’!

Americans United for Life released the 2017 LIFE LIST after analyzing progress made legislatively or in litigation in 2016. 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 3 for the second year in a row (we were number 1 for 6 years before that. 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 us in prayer each Saturday at 11:00am outside of the abortion clinic located at on the corner of … [Read more...]

Prayer on the Occasion of the Inauguration of a Public Official

This prayer, from the U.S. edition of the Book of Blessings (no. 1965), is an adaptation of the prayer for the Church and for civil authorities that was composed by Archbishop John Carroll for use on the occasion of the inauguration of George Washington in 1789. Prayer on the Occasion of the Inauguration of a Public Official Almighty and eternal God, you have revealed your glory to all nations. God of power and might, wisdom and justice, through you authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgment is decreed. For the President: Assist with your spirit of counsel and fortitude the President of these United States, that his administration may be conducted in righteousness, and be eminently useful to your people over whom he presides. May he encourage due … [Read more...]

Louisiana Life March

January 20, 2017 Memorial for the Unborn Prayer Service will be held at St. Patrick’s #3 Cemetery, 202 City Park Ave. (near Canal Blvd.), NOLA on Friday January 20, 2017, at 2:00 PM with Archbishop Aymond leading the prayers. All are invited to attend. If you have any questions, please contact the Respect Life Office 504-286-1119 or January 21, 2017 Louisiana Life March South will be held Saturday January 2, 2017, in Baton Rouge. Life March South activities will begin at 9:30 AM with pre-event remarks and program at Galvez Plaza behind the Old State Capitol. The March for Life will begin at 10:00 AM concluding at or near the State Capitol at 10:45 AM. At that point, the formal program of the event will begin. Visit Louisiana Right to Life’s site for more … [Read more...]

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

January 18 -25 The theme of this year's Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is “Reconciliation-The Love of Christ Compels Us.” (cf. 2 Cor 5:14-20). According to Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII). . . , “it was in the context of the Reformation Anniversary that the Council of Churches in Germany took up the work of creating the resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017. It quickly became clear that the materials for this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity would need to have two accents: on the one hand, there should be a celebration of God's love and grace, the ‘justification of humanity through grace alone,’ reflecting the main concern of the churches marked by Martin Luther's Reformation. On the other hand, the materials should also recognize the … [Read more...]

Electronic Giving & Envelopes

Parishioners of Good Shepherd Parish who have registered now receive envelopes in the mail. Please register if you would like to receive envelopes. Also, we offer electronic giving as a way to automate your regular donations. … [Read more...]

Our Lady of Fatima Statue

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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...]

Immaculate Conception

Holy Day of Obligation Masses Thursday, December 8 6:30am at St. Henry, 8:30am and 6:00pm at St. Stephen An interesting icon representing Jesus inside of Mary inside of St. Anne (the mother of Mary). Some months before I went to seminary, I was having dinner with some friends and talking about the Catholic faith. One friend was a Catholic who attended daily Mass and the other was a self-acknowledged agnostic. During the course of our conversation, the agnostic asked me: “what would it do to your faith if it could be proved that Jesus was conceived and born in the normal way? What if the Immaculate Conception never happened?” I told him that he was confusing the Incarnation with the Immaculate Conception, and that the Immaculate Conception was the belief that MARY was conceived in … [Read more...]


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...]