Prayer to the Sorrowful Mother

by St. Alphonsus de LiguoriO my afflicted Mother! Queen of martyrs and of sorrows, thou didst so bitterly weep over thy Son, who died for my salvation; but what will thy tears avail me if I am lost? By the merit, then, of thy sorrows, obtain me true contrition for my sins, and a real amendment of life, together with constant and tender compassion for the sufferings of Jesus and thy dolours. And if Jesus and thou, being so innocent, have suffered so much for love of me, obtain that at least I, who am deserving of hell, may suffer something for your love. "O Lady," will I say with St. Bonaventure, "if I have offended thee, in justice wound my heart; if I have served thee, I now ask wounds for my reward. It is shameful to me to see my Lord Jesus wounded, and thee wounded with Him, and myself … [Read more...]

Annual Mission Appeal

August 25-26, 2018 The Dominican Sisters of Mary Immaculate Province in the United States in collaboration with their Sisters at the Motherhouse in Vietnam, provide direct service to the most neglected and disadvantaged.  Their mission is the salvation of humankind by evangelizing for the reign of God, educating youth in the authentic Catholic spirit, and doing charitable works as exemplified in Christ. Sr. Magalena Nguyen, O.P. and St. Luong Nguyen O.P. will give a brief presentation at each of the Masses next weekend to appeal for your help so that they may serve the poor of Vietnam. … [Read more...]

The Assumption of Mary – Holy Day of Obligation

6:30am and 6:00pm, August 15 (all Masses at St. Henry Church) After the Ascension of Jesus, Mary aided the beginnings of the Church by her prayers. In her association with the apostles and several women, we also see Mary by her prayers imploring the gift of the Spirit, who had already overshadowed her in the Annunciation. Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son's Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other … [Read more...]

Symbols of the Eucharist (4 of 5)

The symbol of the Agnus Dei, the “Lamb of God” is one of the most recognizable symbols of the Eucharist. It is an explicit connection between the Paschal Lamb of Passover and the Sacrifice of Christ on the cross. John the Baptist was the first to call Jesus the “Lamb of God,” and we hear the Lamb of God directed to the Eucharist at each Mass right prior to receiving Him in Holy Communion. … [Read more...]

The Angelus

The Angelus is a prayer of devotion to the Blessed Mother commemorating the announcement of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. The name “Angelus” comes from the opening words in Latin: Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariæ (“The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary”) and refers to the Angel Gabriel, the messenger of God who revealed to Mary that she would conceive a child named Jesus who would be called the Son of God. (Lk 1:26-35).  The Angelus is prayed by reciting three verses from Luke’s Gospel, and alternating with the “Hail Mary.” In a Catholic tradition dating to at least to the 14th century, the Angelus is prayed in churches, convents, and monasteries three times daily - 6:00 a.m., noon, and 6:00 p.m. - and is usually accompanied by the ringing of the Angelus bell.As stated in the … [Read more...]

Were you married in St. Stephen Church?

If so, would you donate a simple framed photo of your wedding in the church for our collection? (Max size 5”x7”) We now have a beautiful, antique cabinet from a parishioner's estate in the room we use for brides and would like to display wedding photos of our brides over the years. Please deliver to Paige Saleun in the rectory M-F 9-4:30pm. We’d love photos from the earliest days! … [Read more...]

A Gentle Reminder from another parish’s bulletin that was forwarded to me

“Please come to Mass early enough not to disrupt. Leave late enough not to insult. (the Mass does not end until the final blessing). Worship reverently enough not to distract. And dress proudly enough not to offend.” … [Read more...]

The Catholic Church Explained

The Catholic Church is the distinctive name of this holy Church which is the mother of us all. She is the bride of our Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God (for Scripture says: Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her). She is the type and she bears the image of the Jerusalem above that is free and is the mother of us all, that Jerusalem which once was barren but now has many children.The first assembly, that is, the assembly of Israel, was rejected, and now in the second, that is, in the Catholic Church, God has appointed first, apostles, second, prophets, third, teachers then workers of miracles, then healers, helpers, administrators and speakers in various tongues, as Paul says; and together with these is found every sort of virtue—wisdom and understanding, … [Read more...]

Symbols of the Eucharist

The “IHS” monogram is an abbreviation or shortening of the name of Jesus in Greek to the first three letters. It is sometimes transliterated into Latin characters as IHS. The abbreviation is meant to reflect the Holiness of the Name of Jesus – something to be revered. Oftentimes this symbol is present on the large host that the priest consecrates at Mass to remind the priest that – after the Consecration – he is holding Jesus. The particular symbol above is also the symbol for the Society of Jesus founded by St Ignatius Loyola, whose feast was July 31. … [Read more...]

The Metairie Chapter of Magnificat

A ministry to women, is sponsoring a breakfast on Saturday, June 16, 2018, 9 am to noon, at the Copeland Tower Suites & Conference Center, 2601 Severn Avenue (Ballroom, 16th floor) in Metairie. Our speaker, Kitty Cleveland, is a wife to Mel and a mother to Cecilia. Her secondary mission is as a Catholic singer, recording artist and lay evangelist – a calling that she says has often surprised and delighted her. She enjoys cooking, gardening, oil painting, and is currently working on her first book about her father. Come and enjoy breakfast with us and hear Kitty’s encouraging words. Reservations: $22 by mail (checks made out to Magnificat Metairie and mailed to 1005 Maryland Ave., Kenner, LA 70062 by June 12th) or online at www.magniicat-ministry.net/chapter-wbpages/metairie-la … [Read more...]