Mardi Gras Day:  Mass at St. Henry at 6:30 a.m.  However, There will not be Adoration or Mass on Tuesday evening.Ash Wednesday: Mass and the distribution of ashes will take place at 6:30 a.m., 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m. at St. Henry Church. Before the 6:00 p.m. Mass in the church there will be a Holy Hour of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament beginning at 4:45 p.m.There will be Stations of the Cross and Confession on Fridays of Lent at St. Henry Church 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 9:15-10:15 a.m. on Sundays. … [Read more...]

Lenten Guidelines

FASTING AND ABSTINENCE Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59. Those who are bound to fast may take only one full meal. Two smallermeals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to each one’s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics 14 years or older on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and on all Fridays of Lent. The determination of certain days as obligatory days of penance should not be understood as limiting the occasions for Christian penance.MAINTAINING THE SPIRIT OF OF LENT The Spirit of the season of Lent should be maintained throughout the weeks of Lent. The obligation to observe penitential days of the … [Read more...]

Father Ward Lenten Mission

Former pastor of St. Stephen Church, James Ward, C.M., will lead a Lenten Mission which will take place Monday-Wednesday, February 26-28, 2018 at St Henry Church.  The theme for the Mission is “The Wisdom of Pope Francis.”  More information will be provided next weekend, but the schedule is below.6:00 pm, Mass 6:30-7:15 pm, conference 7:15-8:00pm, questions and answersDaily topics: Monday: Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium) Tuesday: On the Care for the Common Home (Laudato Si’) Wednesday: On Love in the Family (Amoris Laetitia) … [Read more...]

Palm Branches Needed!

Each year the blessed palms from Palm Sunday are burned to make the ashes for Ash Wednesday. We will burn them next weekend. Since the palms are blessed, burning is the suitable way to dispose of them.  Please remember to bring them to Mass next weekend and place them in the brass urns in the back of the church. Thank you! … [Read more...]

Our Lady of Lourdes

Next Sunday, February 11, the Church remembers the apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes to St. Bernadette Soubirous that took place a little over 150 years ago in Lourdes, France.  Since Our Lady of Lourdes Parish down the street on Napoleon Avenue has been closed, and since next Wednesday is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, I thought a little “refresher course” on the apparitions of Lourdes might be in order. On 11 February 1858, Bernadette Soubirous went with two girlfriends to collect some firewood to sell in order to be able to buy some bread. As she was wading through a river near the Grotto of Massabielle, she heard the wind but did not see the trees and bushes move. As she looked toward the Grotto, she saw a light and a beautiful lady – “Lovelier than I have ever seen” - dressed in … [Read more...]

Catholic Schools Week

January 28–February 3, 2018Sponsored by NCEA, CSW is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Schools typically observe the week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to Church, local communities and the nation.This year’s theme is Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.Please keep St Stephen Catholic School in your prayers this week! … [Read more...]

Christ in the City

All young adults (ages 18-39) are welcome to join Archbishop Aymond on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at 7:00 PM for Christ in the City, an evening of Eucharistic Adoration held at the Chapel at Notre Dame Seminary. The hour-long service of adoration includes a reflection, music, silent time for prayer, and the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. A social will follow at Archbishop Aymond's residence. … [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 General … [Read more...]

Holy Days Mass Schedule

Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24 4:00pm Vigil Mass (Confessions prior) 12:00am Midnight Mass Christmas Day, Monday, December 25 10:30am Mass (NOTE: NO 8:00am Mass) and NO 6:00pm Mass (all Masses at St. Stephen Church) Mary, Mother of God, Monday, January 1* 9:00am Mass (at St. Henry Church)* – Mary, Mother of God is not a Holy Day of Obligation this year because it falls on a Monday … [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...]