Ministering to Those Who Have Experienced Miscarriage or Abortion

The Archdiocese of New Orleans will be hosting a training by Life Perspectives to broaden your understanding of grief and loss after miscarriage and abortion, explore how to be a safe place for hurting men and women, and provide healing resources to help those in your community. The training will take place on Thursday, October 17, 2019, from 6:30-8:30 PM at Schulte Auditorium at Notre Dame Seminary (2901 S. Carrolton Ave). There is no cost for the training and all materials will be provided. Please register by going to nolacatholic.org/miscarriage or contact the Office of Marriage and Family Life at 504-861-4243 or mfl@arch-no.org. … [Read more...]

Missionaries and Martyrdom

The only reason we know about Jesus Christ is that someone told us. More than likely, that person was our parents, but it could have been a priest, a teacher or even a friend. And the person who told us only knew about Jesus because someone had told him or her. And someone told that person, too. And so on. We trace that chain of people passing on their knowledge of Christ back to the Apostles, who were told by Jesus to: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Mt. 28:19-20). This statement of Jesus is called the “Great Commission” - the instruction of the resurrected Jesus Christ to … [Read more...]

What is “Active Participation”?

“In the celebration of Mass the faithful form a holy people, a people whom God has made his own, a royal priesthood, so that they may give thanks to God and offer the spotless Victim not only through the hands of the priest but also together with him, and so that they may learn to offer themselves.”  This is the basis for the “full conscious and active participation” of the faithful demanded by the very nature of the Liturgy.  Because the gathered liturgical assembly forms one body, each of its members must shun “any appearance of individualism or division, keeping before their eyes that they have only one Father in heaven and accordingly are all brothers and sisters to each other.”  Singing is one of the primary ways that the assembly of the faithful participates actively in the Liturgy. … [Read more...]

Knights of Columbus – Silver Rose Program

Tuesday, October 8, 2019In December 1531 the Blessed Mother appeared to Juan Diego in Mexico asking him to have the Bishop Juan de Zumarraga to build a church in her honor.  The Bishop was reluctant to just take his word and asked for sign from Juan.  He returned with a cloak of roses which were not native to the area.  The Blessed Virgin had arranged the roses in his cloak and she told him to bring them to the Bishop.  When he showed the bishop and even more wondrous sign appeared; a remarkable portrait of Our Lady was imprinted on the coarse fabric of his cloak.  The image and the cloak are displayed for the veneration of the faithful to this day at Our Lady of Guadalupe basilica of Mexico City.The Knights of Columbus have over the years had 7 Silver Roses made.  One Rose was … [Read more...]

From the Archbishop

The people of the Bahamas have suffered great destruction-loss of life and property. We continue to pray for them. If anyone wishes to offer financial help, they may give their gift at the parish or send it directly to me at 7887 Walmsley Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70125. Please mark the envelope: Hurricane Relief.Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond … [Read more...]

Back to School

St. Stephen Catholic School had its first day of classes on Monday, August 5, and our first school Mass on Friday, August 9.  We also had a nice group of parishioners join us for our second school Mass last week on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at 9:00 am.  I wish each parishioner could come to at least one school Mass (which is normally at 9:00 am on Friday unless a Holy Day of Obligation falls during that week) to see what well-behaved, enthusiastic and attentive students we have at St. Stephen’s.Unfortunately, many of the families that attend St. Stephen Catholic School do not live in the parish and, therefore, attend Mass at their home parish.  However, you do know some of our students (and former students) who participate as altar servers at our … [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...]

Good Stewardship

An article in the Times-Picayune several years ago woke me up a bit.  It said that out of all religious groups in America, the group that gave the smallest percentage of their income to their church were Catholics.  While Mormons generally give the Biblical 10% we call “tithing,” and while the average churchgoer in the United States gives 2.4 %, Catholics give the lowest percentage of every other religion.And I don’t write this because we still haven’t completely funded our Restoration (but we haven’t!) or because we need more money to operate (but we do!), but let me tell you the real reason: giving to charity shows a great reliance on God, and God rewards a cheerful giver.  Ever since I began “tithing,” God has given me more blessings than I can imagine.  And as He gives me more, I … [Read more...]

2019 Corpus Christi Pics

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Solemnity of Peter and Paul

On Friday, June 29, the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Pope Benedict XVI will bestow the pallium on 38 metropolitan archbishops, including 14 from Europe and six from North America. The Americans are: Archbishops Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Dennis Schnurr of Cincinnati, Ohio; and Thomas Wenski of Miami, Florida. The vestment is called a “pallium,” (plural is “pallia”) and it is a narrow band of cloth woven of white lamb's wool with a ring in the center which rests on the shoulders of its wearer. The narrow band falls down the front of the chest like a necktie and goes similarly down the back. It is decorated with six black crosses, one on each tail and four on the loop. The pallium has its origin as a liturgical vestment of the Holy Father since at least the 4th century, … [Read more...]