The Good Friday Collection

  Pictured is the Jerusalem Cross. If you have the opportunity to visit the Holy Land you will see this cross displayed everywhere. The meaning behind the Jerusalem Cross can be explained in many ways. The most famous are its representation of the Five Wounds of Jesus Christ. Another is the large cross representing the Person of Jesus, with the smaller four crosses representing the Four Gospels spread to the Four Corners of the Earth started in the Upper Room, in Jerusalem, more than 2000 years ago on Pentecost. We are blessed with rich and marvelous tradition! The Good Friday collection is taken up once a year and provides the necessary basic financial resources to sustain the Catholic institutions in the Holy Land. It is our collective privilege and duty to preserve our tangible … [Read more...]

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...]

St. Joseph Altar

The parish is very grateful to Hunter Harris and Becky Brocato who organized the beautiful St. Joseph Altar.  And Hunter and Becky would be the first to recognize that they couldn’t have done it without your help.  And so THANK YOU to the numerous volunteers:  the cooks, the servers, the runners, the cleaners and everyone who are playing such a tremendous role today in making the Solemnity of St. Joseph such a great success and a very happy day for all! The weather was perfect, and over 2500 plates were used. We estimate that we served at least 2000 people!!  Thanks for a great day! … [Read more...]

Tradition of the St. Joseph Altar

The tradition of a St. Joseph Day altar came to New Orleans from the Italian people of Sicily.  During the middle ages, Sicily faced a severe drought, and the people were reduced to eating fava beans, which were usually given to the animals. They prayed for the intercession of St. Joseph, and their prayers were answered: the rains came! In thanksgiving, the people of Sicily developed a tradition to decorate the St. Joseph Altar on the right side of most of their churches (or to make a small private altar at home) with flowers, fruit, candles, wine, fava beans, specially prepared cakes, breads, fish and cookies. Since the Feast of Joseph (March 19) almost always occurs during Lent, no meat is allowed on the altar. The custom of preparing an altar as a symbol of devotion to St. Joseph is … [Read more...]

Confessions, Stations of the Cross and Fish Fry on Fridays at St. Henry Church

During Lent at St. Henry Church, there will be Stations of the Cross and Confession on Fridays with Confession at 5:30pm and the Stations at 6:00pm.  Remember that Msgr. Nalty is also in the Confessional from 3:00-3:45pm on Saturdays and 9:30-10:15 a.m. on Sundays.  Beginning March 3, the Stations will be followed by a fish fry in the Blessed Pauline Center, directly behind St. Henry Church. … [Read more...]

MARDI GRAS MADNESS!

STEPHEN CATHOLIC SCHOOL St Stephen Catholic School will be hosting their annual school fundraiser during the Mardi Gras parades.  Please patron the school by purchasing food and drinks through the windows of the school facing Napoleon Avenue.  They will also offer bathroom passes for those wishing to avoid the Port-o-Lets.  They clean the bathrooms continuously throughout each day.  Please support our school that serves some of the neediest members of our community! … [Read more...]

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 (HLI.org). 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 respectlife@arch-no.org. 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...]