Retrouvaille Weekend for Troubled Marriages

Retrouvaille is a program designed to provide help and support to married couples who are undergoing difficulties in their relationship. Sponsored by the Catholic Church, Retrouvaille is open to couples of all faiths. It has proven helpful to couples who are troubled and stressed, or if the relationship has grown cold and distant. The next Retrouvaille Weekend will be July 6-8, 2018, at the William J. Kelly Retreat Center in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. For additional information or to have information mailed to you contact the Office of Marriage and Family Life at 504-861-6243 or see the website at www.retrouvaille.org. … [Read more...]

Novena to the Holy Spirit

Novena to the Holy Spirit for the Seven Gifts (to be prayed beginning May 11) The novena in honor of the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost. Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the light and strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian. ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT AND PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of … [Read more...]

Peter’s Pence Collection: Be a Witness of Charity

 Peter's Pence is the annual collection to benefit the charitable works of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, who calls us to be attentive to the voices of those on the margins and respond joyfully to their needs. Participation in this collection gives each parishioner the opportunity to become a witness to charity, a force of mercy that reaches out to those around the world. The collection will be taken up in the Archdiocese of New Orleans on the weekend of May 19-20, 2018. … [Read more...]

May Crowning of Mary

May 13, 2018 - 10:30am Mass The month of May is traditionally dedicated to Mary in many cultures, since May is considered the season of the beginning of new life. In ancient Roman culture, May was dedicated to Flora, the goddess of bloom, of blossoms, and the Romans celebrated ludi florales (floral games) at the end of April, asking the help of Flora for all that blooms since May 1 was considered the beginning of growth. In the same way, the Blessed Virgin Mary gives us the newness of life in the person of Jesus Christ so that we might become new creations born into Eternal Life. Since medieval times, we begin to see a connection between Mary and the month of May. Among the earliest witnesses are: Alphonsus X, King of Castille, Spain (+1284) with his "Cantigas de Santa Maria.” Here and … [Read more...]

Hope and Healing After Abortion

The May Respect Life Gathering, Hope & Healing after Abortion, will be held on Monday May 7, 2018, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church Seelos Center, 2030 Constance ST in NOLA at 6:30 PM with Pam Richard, Rachel’s Vineyard team member presenting. All are welcome. … [Read more...]

2018 World Day of Prayer for Vocations

April 22, 2018 Today the Church throughout the world prays for vocations. Will you make a special effort to ask the Lord for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life?Pray for the priests who have ministered to you throughout your life, both living and dead.Keep our parish priests in your prayers throughout the week.Encourage your children, grandchildren, or other young people to consider a vocation as a priest or religious brother or sister.Pray a rosary for more young men and women in our diocese to respond to God’s call. … [Read more...]

Novena to Our Lady of Good Counsel

April 18 – 26 (say this prayer every day for the nine days)Aware of the powerful intercessory prayers of Our Blessed Mother, let us commit to pray this short prayer for the next nine days.O Holy Virgin, to whose feet we are lead by our anxious uncertainty in our search for and attainment of what is true and good, invoking thee by the sweet title of Mother of Good Counsel. We beseech Thee to come to our assistance, when, along the road of this life, the darkness of error and of evil conspires towards our ruin by leading our minds and our hearts astray. Do Thou, O Seat of Wisdom and Star of the Sea, enlighten the doubtful and the erring, that they be not seduced by the false appearances of good; render them steadfast in the race of the hostile and corrupting influences of passion … [Read more...]

Nine Church Walk

Thanks to our volunteers who greeted pilgrims taking part in the Nine Church Walk on Good Friday. The pilgrims started arriving almost at the completion of our Holy Thursday vigil at 6:00am, and they continued even into the afternoon and evening. We had our handy clicker to count numbers, so we know that close to 3,000 people came to visit St. Stephen’s on Friday. I sat in the confessional from 9:00-11:00 am, and Father Doug from 11:00am-12:30pm, and we were rarely alone. The line was continuous for the entire time.  Anybody who doubts the vitality of the Catholic Church in New Orleans need only to have seen the busloads of high school groups, CYO groups, and large families taking part in the walk to have their doubts removed. I was so happy to greet many pilgrims from other parishes where … [Read more...]

Divine Mercy

Divine Mercy Sunday is dedicated to the devotion to the Divine Mercy promoted by St. Faustina , and is based upon an entry in St. Faustina's diary stating that anyone who participates in the Mass and receives the sacraments of confession and Eucharist on this day is assured by Jesus of full remission of sins. According to the notebooks of Saint Faustina, Jesus made the following statements about this day: "On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though … [Read more...]

The Precepts of the Church

“Now when they heard [Peter's preaching] they were cut to the heart, and they said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, Brethren, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37). When the people heard Peter and the apostles preaching about Christ, they instinctively asked, “What shall we do?” Over the centuries, the Church has given answers to this question, adapting the unchangeable elements of the Christian vocation to the pastoral requirements of each age. In our times, the responses to this question are summed up in what have come to be known as “The Precepts of the Church,” which are derived from Catholicism's moral and doctrinal foundations. The Cathechism of the Catholic Church, nos. 2041-2043, lists five precepts of the Church, listed and briefly discussed below. Attend Mass on Sundays and on … [Read more...]