St. Francis of Assisi – Blessing of the Pets

October 1 at NoonFeast Day - October 4Many of the stories that surround the life of St. Francis of Assisi deal with his love for animals. Part of his appreciation of the environment is expressed in his Canticle of the Sun, a poem written in Umbrian Italian in perhaps 1224 which expresses a love and appreciation of Brother Sun, Sister Moon, Mother Earth, Brother Fire, etc. and all of God's creations personified in their fundamental forms.  Francis' attitude towards the natural world, while poetically expressed, was conventionally Christian. He believed that the world was created good and beautiful by God but suffers a need for redemption because of the primordial sin of man. He preached the universal ability and duty of all creatures to praise God (a common theme in the Psalms) and … [Read more...]

Greater New Orleans Rosary Congress

The Greater New Orleans Rosary Congress has been an annual event for 25 years, and this year will take place at St. Rita Catholic Church - 7400 Jefferson Hwy. The dates are October 7 thru October 13.  It has drawn thousands of people from all over the area and beyond.The church is open day and night for seven days. That is 168 hours, of continuous prayer and adoration of Jesus. Many spiritual groups, families, and individuals from local and adjoining areas cover the time.  Prayer begins hourly, except when other activities are taking place. There is time for Mass, Adoration, Rosaries, processions, spiritual talks, periods of silence, and singing. The beauty and diversity of the Catholic Church is demonstrated in the many activities held during this week.There is plenty room for all … [Read more...]

Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels

October 2Angels are intellectual beings created by God with a natural higher dignity than man; they have intelligence and will, are personal and immortal. Good angels serve God and help man. They always behold the face of God in heaven (Matt. 18:10).  Christ is at the center of the angels. Each one of us has a Guardian Angel to accompany us through life and shield us from the assaults of demons and even temporal evils, except what God permits for spiritual advancement.  Keep close to your Guardian Angel!Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom His love commits me here, ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, too rule and guide. Amen. … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

The Holy Name of Mary

September 12, 2017 By St. Alphonsus de LiguoriRichard of St. Laurence states "there is not such powerful help in any name, nor is there any other name given to men, after that of Jesus, from which so much salvation is poured forth upon men as from the name of Mary." He continues, "that the devout invocation of this sweet and holy name leads to the acquisition of superabundant graces in this life, and a very high degree of glory in the next."  After the most sacred name of Jesus, the name of Mary is so rich in every good thing, that on earth and in heaven there is no other from which devout souls receive so much grace, hope, and sweetness.Hence Richard of St. Laurence encourages sinners to have recourse to this great name, "because it alone will suffice to cure them of all their … [Read more...]

Pornography Addiction

The internet has opened up an easy access to pornography which has become a major addiction in our society and a burden to many men. And the Church wants to help.  The Archdiocese of New Orleans has a confidential Catholic 12-step program for men struggling with an addition to pornography called the “My House Men’s Group.”  For more information contact (504) 430-3060 or email myhouse@archdiocese-no.org … [Read more...]

Back to School

St. Stephen Catholic School had its first day of classes on Tuesday, August 8, and we have our first weekly school Mass on August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, at 9:00 am at St. Henry Church.  I wish each parishioner could come to at least one school Mass (which will normally be at 9:00 am on Fridays at St. Henry Church) during the year to see what well-behaved, enthusiastic and attentive students we have at St. Stephen’s.  Unfortunately, most of the children 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 Saturday 4:00pm Vigil and Sunday 10:30am Mass.  Those young men are … [Read more...]

Young Adult Council for the Archdiocese of New Orleans

The Young Adult Council for the Archdiocese of New Orleans is a group of young adults who serve as an advisory board to the Associate Director for Young Adult Ministry. The Council will assist in planning and facilitating various events throughout this next year. If you are a young adult (18-39) with a desire to serve the young adult community within the Archdiocese of New Orleans, then this Council is for you. It is a great way to serve the local church through sharing your gifts and leadership. To learn more about the Young Adult Council, please contact Sam Pitre at spitre@arch-no.org or call (504) 836-0551 ext. 3228. Applications will be accepted until August 16, 2017. … [Read more...]