Be a Good Steward

Good Shepherd Parish needs average weekly collections of $6,500 in order to fund parish operations.  Rarely does our collection exceed $5,000. Thankfully, we often cover our deficit with year-end donations by generous.  I encourage you to take this time to prayerfully consider whether you might increase your donations to our parish.  For those who are able, please consider an additional 10% per week.  Your help will make a big difference in our ability to meet our financial obligations.  One way to make this easy is to use our electronic giving program.  Simply sign up at our web site: www.GoodShepherdParishNOLA.com.  Go to the Online Donations tab at the top of the page to set up your online giving account.  You may also use the paper authorization form, available at the Online Donations … [Read more...]

Lord Teach Me to Pray

PART 1:  PRAYING CHRISTIAN VIRTUES WHAT:      A 12- week prayer series that will introduce you to the meditative and contemplative way of prayer devised by St. Ignatius of Loyola, enabling you to deepen your prayer life and your relationship with Our Lord WHEN:      Starts Thursday, Sept 24, 2020 at 6:00pm. New participants accepted until Oct 8, 2020. WHERE:   In St. Stephen Church.  Enter through the (school) side door. REGISTER:  Dianne Caverly, 504-388-3430 NOTE:       This session is for women only.  Contact Dianne for more information on men’s sessions or the complete schedule for women. … [Read more...]

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

"We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern." - Pope Francis, 9/16/13 As important local, state, and national elections approach, the Archdiocese of New Orleans is launching an informational campaign to educate Catholics on their responsibility to exercise their right to vote with a properly formed conscience. Using resources based on the US Bishops’ document “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” the archdiocese will share through the Clarion Herald and digital communications resources about the roles and responsibilities of Catholic clergy, religious, and laity in public life, how to … [Read more...]

St. Francis of Assisi – Blessing of the Pets

October 4 at Noon Feast Day - October 4 Many 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...]

Appeal for Hurricane Laura Survivors

On Septmeber 12 – 13 ONLY at St. Stephen Church The Knights of Columbus will collect donations of items listed on the flyers in the back of church. … [Read more...]

In Our Parish

The parish office frequently receives calls from “parishioners” to have their children baptized, get a school voucher, get married or have permission to serve as a godparent. Being a “parishioner” at Good Shepherd Parish means that you either (1) reside in the parish boundaries (Leontine to Seventh Street, Carondelet to the River) or (2) you have completed a parish census form (3) have registered online at goodshepherdparishNOLA.com. This isn’t our rule, it’s the rule of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.  To be a “contributing parishioner” (for the purposes of school vouchers) you must use parish envelopes or personal checks for donations. … [Read more...]

The Sorrowful Mother September 15

In recent weeks, the Church has celebrated three feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary: the Assumption, the Queenship and the Nativity. This week, we recall Our Sorrowful Mother, also known as Mater Dolorosa in Latin. The notion of Mary as the “sorrowful Mother,” has its origin in the Biblical prophecy of Simeon at the presentation of Jesus in the Temple, where he states to Mary: “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed” (Lk 2:34-35). Over the centuries, the Church has recognized popular devotion to seven sorrows of Mary: (1) the Prophecy of Simeon over the Infant Jesus (Lk 2:34); (2) the Flight into Egypt of the Holy Family (Mt … [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...]

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

On the week when we celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Archbishop Aymond has asked that every parish offer Confession for two hours. To that end, on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, Confessions will be heard in the “bride room” of St. Stephen Church beginning at 5:00pm until 6:30pm. … [Read more...]

Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist August 29

The Church, having celebrated the earthly birthday of St. John the Baptist on June 24, honors the anniversary of his martyrdom on August 29. Besides our Lord and the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. John the Baptist is the only one whose birth and death are celebrated in the liturgy of the Church. Through his birth, preaching and baptizing, John bore witness to the coming birth, preaching and baptism of Christ, and by his suffering he revealed that Christ also would suffer. As St. Venerable Bede wrote: “He preached the freedom of heavenly peace, yet was thrown into irons by ungodly men. He was locked away in the darkness of prison, though he came bearing witness to the Light of life and deserved to be called a bright and shining lamp by that Light itself, which is Christ. “To endure … [Read more...]