Diaconate Ordinations

On Saturday, May 19, 2018, at 10:00 AM at St. Louis Cathedral, we will ordain to the transitional Diaconate Douglas Michael Busch, Daniel Steven Darmanin, Andrew Octavio Gutierrez, Daniel Chinedu Okafor, Leon Keller Poche, Jr., Andrew Charles Rudmann, and Damian Patrick Zablocki for the Archdiocese of New Orleans and Br. Ton Huu Dang for the Missionaries of Faith. You are cordially invited to attend the ceremony. Priests and deacons are asked to bring their alb. Vestments will be provided. Reception at the Old Ursuline Convent to follow. … [Read more...]

Gift of the Holy Spirit

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit are gifts which assist us in furthering our sanctification and help “complete and perfect the virtues of those who receive them.” The term “gift” means that the Holy Spirit bestows them; they are supernatural gifts operating in a supernatural manner. They are not gifts one simply invokes in times of emergency. The gifts are enumerated in Isaiah 11:2-3. The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit are: Wisdom – The gift of wisdom allows us to see God at work in our lives and in the world. For the wise person, the wonders of nature, historical events, and the joys and sorrows of our lives take on deeper meaning. Understanding – The gift of understanding allows us to comprehend how we should to live as a follower … [Read more...]

Our Lady of Good Counsel

Beginning Sunday, May 20, 2018, Good Shepherd Parish will have a 5:00pm Mass each Sunday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. … [Read more...]

Congratulations to Dotty Forley, Michael & Donna Riess!

On May 6, 2018 at 3:00pm at St Joseph Church, our parishioners Dotty Forley and Michael & Donna Riess will be awarded the Order of St. Louis IX Medallion by Archbishop Aymond at St. Louis Cathedral.  The Order of St. Louis IX award was established more than 40 years ago to honor those members of the laity who have contributed their time and talents to the church.Even if you don’t know Dotty, Michael and Donna, you surely know of their work! Dotty is extremely active in our ministry to the poor both at the Rebuild Center and here in our ministry to our neighborhood poor. Michael & Donna headed our Restoration Campaign, which is the reason we’re making so much progress in restoring our church. … [Read more...]

Alleluia!

Easter Sunday is the day of the “Alleluia!” After forty days of Lenten sacrifice and fasting, we finally arrive at the most important day of our liturgical year, and the only word we have to express our inner joy is “Alleluia!!” In the old Greek version of the Book of Tobias, in the Septuagint Greek translation of the Hebrew psalter, and in the original Greek of the Apocalypse we hear about this most holy word. It is part of the earliest Christian liturgies of which we have record. It is a word composed of the divinely acclaiming verbal form Allelu and the divine pronoun term Ya (for YHWH or Yahweh). So, preserving its radical sense and sound, and even the mystical suggestiveness of its construction, it may be literally rendered, “All hail to Him Who is!”--taking “All Hail” as equivalent … [Read more...]

St. Joseph Pics (click for larger image)

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Altar of Repose

Mass of the Lord’s Supper At the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday (7:00 p.m.) sufficient hosts are consecrated for that Mass and for the next day. These consecrated Hosts remain in a ciborium on the corporal in the center of the altar until the end of Mass, after which they are carried in Solemn Procession to the Altar of Repose, with the priest vested in a Cope and Humeral Veil, and covered with a canopy. The Blessed Sacrament remains in the temporary tabernacle at the Altar of Repose, and the Holy Thursday service concludes with the stripping of all altars except the Altar of Repose.Holy Thursday is a day of exceptional devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, and the repository is the center of the love, prayers and aspirations of the faithful.  After the Good Friday service, … [Read more...]

Annual Good Friday Collection for the Holy Land

 Pope Francis has asked our parish (and every parish throughout the world) to support the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, which helps maintain a Christian presence in the Holy Land. Your support helps the Church minister in parishes, provide Catholic schools and other religious education, and preserve the sacred shrines, such as the recent restoration of the Tomb of Christ in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The collection helps to support Christians who are the victims of increasing persecution in the midst of broader wars, unrest and instability that threatens to drive them out of the land where Jesus walked. When you contribute to the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, you become an instrument of peace and solidarity with the Christians in the Holy Land. The Archdiocese of … [Read more...]

A MESSAGE FROM THE ARCHBISHOP

Confessions will be at St. Henry. March 7, 2018 Confession available in all parishes, 5:00 PM-6:30 PM March 14, 2018 Confession available in all parishes, 5:00 PM-6:30 PM March 21, 2018 Confession available in all parishes, 5:00 PM-6:30 PM Click here to read Message from Archbishop Aymond   … [Read more...]

REMINDER!

Due to the Fête Francaise there will be no Stations of the Cross on Friday, March 9.  The Stations and the Fish Fry will resume on Fridays beginning March 16. … [Read more...]