Safe Haven Sunday: Equipping the Family, Safeguarding Children

The family home is to be a safe haven. But, the inappropriate use of technology in the home deprives it of this role and is the greatest threat to the sanctity of marriages and families today. Pornography and other online threats are often one click away, and parents can feel overwhelmed with not knowing how to best protect their children in our fast-paced digital world.Next weekend, February 17-18, the First Sunday of Lent, the Archdiocese of New Orleans is taking a bold step to help families by celebrating “Safe Haven Sunday.” This awareness day will provide access to practical resources that any caring adult can use to protect themselves and our precious young people from online risks.Please join us with your prayers and presence as we prepare for this unique event. To learn … [Read more...]

MINISTRY TO THE POOR REPORT FOR 2017

Our parish is incredibly generous in contributing when we ask for money for the poor.  Recently the Society of Vincent de Paul compiled a list of all of the services that we provided as a parish.  Here is the list:4          Seminars held on Saturdays each quarter.  Our SVdP volunteers including an attorney, CPA, housing advocate and other volunteers counsel people on how to resolve problems and better their lives.40        Easter and Christmas Baskets were handed out which provided for a complete holiday meal. We also provided Christmas gifts for families and their children.144      Bus Tokens – Tokens help people to pay for a bus ride to an interview, job or a doctor’s appointment.  The ride costs $1.25 but we buy for $1.09.418      Food Bags were given to people who … [Read more...]

REMINDER

Next Sunday the Masses are at 4:00pm (Saturday Vigil), 8:00am and 10:00am (Sunday) … [Read more...]

Good Stewardship

Collections in our parish cover less than 50% of our parish expenses. With the costs of insurance, salaries, utilities and upkeep, we have a tough time. Without some generous benefactors donating at year’s end, we would be in bad shape! We’re a parish that is very generous to the poor, but we also need to be good stewards of our church and buildings that have been left to us by past generations.Consider the following:  If you give less than $5 into the collection each week, perhaps you can raise it to $5.  And if you give more than $5, perhaps you can raise your contribution by 25%.Thanks for your consideration! … [Read more...]

St. Blaise Throat Blessing

Saturday, February 3 after 4:00pm Vigil Masse Saturday, February 3 is the Feast of St. Blase, Bishop and Martyr, although it is not celebrated because it falls on a Sunday. St. Blaise, the bishop of Sebaste in Armenia was martyred in the year 316. The oldest accounts tell us that Blaise was a physician at Sebaste before he was made bishop. In the 4th century persecution of Licinius, St. Blaise was taken prisoner. After suffering various forms of torture he was beheaded.The most popular story attributed to St. Blaise occurred while he was in prison, when he cured a young a boy who was in danger of choking to death because of a fishbone in his throat.  That story, and the fact that St. Blaise was a doctor, made the saint very popular for intercessory prayer for throat ailments. At an … [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 patronize 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...]

St. Joseph Altar Cookies!

In preparation for the St. Joseph Altar on Monday, March 19, we will begin collecting ingredients for the traditional Italian cookies and for the meal itself.  We would greatly appreciate donations of the these ingredients on the following dates1/28      Crisco shortening with butter (no oil!) 2/4       All purpose flour, raisins and dates 2/11      Sugar, pecans and walnuts 2/18      Red wineBecause we know that some parishioners find it difficult to get to St. Stephen Church during Mardi Gras, you are more than welcome to bring food donations on other than the assigned days.  Thank you for your generosity, and we hope you can attend the St Joseph Day meal this year!For more details, contact Hunter Harris at 417-6066. … [Read more...]

Notre Dame Seminary Lay Programs Open House

Notre Dame Seminary Lay Programs is hosting an Open House for all interested students on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, from 6:00-8:00 PM with doors opening up at 5:45 PM. This event will take place in the Pastoral Center on the campus of NDS. Come learn information from faculty, hear stories from students, and network with potential classmates while enjoying delicious food and refreshments. Please click https://nolacatholic.org/documents/2018/1/2-NDS%20Lay%20Program%20Open%20House.pdf to download the flyer. … [Read more...]

Christmas Giving Tree

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul needs your help. A Christmas Giving Tree has been set up next to the St. Anthony Statue which has on it ornaments with gift requests from needy families.  If you can, please pick an ornament from the tree then return the gift with the ornament and place under the tree by Sunday, December 17. Monetary donations are also welcome.  Thank you for always being so generous in our efforts to help the needy of our parish! … [Read more...]

Poinsettias!

Poinsettias for the Sanctuary during Christmas can be purchased in the name of a deceased love one.  The cost is $25.00 per plant, and names will be recorded in the bulletin and on the parish website. Please use the red colored forms on the tables in the back of church. … [Read more...]