St. Vincent de Paul – Good Works

“Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Mt 25:40)Here’s what your donations helped to accomplish during our last fiscal year:2,671   Snack Packs - (Consists of one sleeve of Saltines, a small can of Vienna sausages, a small breakfast bar, health bar, peanut butter crackers, applesauce, diced fruit and a bottle of water).  This is to help an individual have the equivalent of a lunch meal.454      Food bags are given to people who knock on the door and tell us they need food.  We try to give them canned items that will help for a couple of days.  We prefer to provide items that can be heated, i.e., red beans, hearty soups, rice, macaroni and cheese, pasta, fruit, and breakfast items (oatmeal, cereal, grits) if we have them … [Read more...]

Novena to the Holy Spirit

Novena to the Holy Spirit for the Seven Gifts (to be prayed beginning May 25) 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...]

Eucharistic Miracles of the World

Catalogue of the Vatican International Exhibition With an extensive assortment of photographs and historical descriptions, the exhibition presents some of the principal Eucharistic Miracles that have taken place over the centuries and throughout the world. Most Eucharistic miracles involve incidences in which the Host has “turned into human flesh and blood.” Certainly, the Church teaches (and we believe) that the consecrated Host is the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ under the appearances of bread and wine. Through Eucharistic miracles, Christ manifests His Presence in a more tangible and visible way. Interestingly, many Eucharistic miracles have occurred during times of weakened Faith. For example, a number of Eucharist miracles have taken place as a result of someone, … [Read more...]

Congratulations to Patrick Guise and Cindy Gainsburgh!

Archbishop Aymond will present the Order of St. Louis Medallion to 256 members of the laity in ceremonies this Sunday at 3:00 PM in the St. Joseph Church, 1802 Tulane Ave. Our parishioners, Patrick Guise and Cindy Gainsburgh, will be among those honored. … [Read more...]

Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions

May 2017That Christians in Africa, in imitation of the Merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice, and peace.Please pray for the intentions of the Holy Father! … [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 at least 3,000 people came to visit St. Stephen’s on Friday. I sat in the confessional from 9:00am – noon, and I was 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 I have served. It was great to see old … [Read more...]

The Story of the Palms

It was a common custom in many lands of the ancient Middle East to cover in some way the path of someone thought worthy of the highest honor. In 2 Kings 9:13 Jehu, son of Jehoshaphat, was treated to this honor. Each of the four Gospels report that the people of Jerusalem gave Jesus the honor of walking on a covered path. However, in the synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) we hear that the people lay their garments and cut rushes to place on the street. Only the Gospel of John specifically mentions palms. So what is the significance of the palm? The palm branch was a symbol of triumph and of victory in Jewish tradition, and is treated as such in other parts of the Bible (e.g. Leviticus 23:40 and Revelation 7:9). Based on this significance, the scene of the crowd greeting Jesus by … [Read more...]

Nine Church Walk

An old New Orleans devotion will take place on Good Friday next week. The “nine church walk” calls for pilgrims to walk from church to church, stopping briefly in each to pray and meditate on the passion of Christ.  Many pilgrims will begin the nine church walk at St. Stephen Church as early as 7:00 am.  They will arrive in family groups, parish communities and CYO groups.In other parts of the world, particularly in cities like Rome where churches are densely congregated, Catholics visit nine churches on Holy Thursday, rather than Good Friday.  Traditionally, nine signifies the nine days of a novena.  A wonderful novena to begin on Good Friday is the Novena for Divine Mercy, which continues until Divine Mercy Sunday.This year St. Stephen Church and St. Henry Church will be open … [Read more...]

The April Respect Life Focus is on Fertility/Infertility/Assisted Reproductive Technologies

Our spiritual work of mercy-Prayer for those struggling with Infertility:Mother of Christ, you were graced by God with the privilege of bearing our Divine Savior. You experienced the joys and challenges of being a parent. Your life was blessed with seeing Jesus grow from infancy and childhood, into his adult years of teaching a ministry. With St. Joseph, you created a home for your family to love and share together. Please intercede before the God of all life, that those struggling with infertility may conceive a baby and raise healthy children, with whom they can share the Lord’s good gifts. May their children honor them and You by lives of virtue and caring for others. May their home be holy and their family be blessed with health, happiness and abiding love. And for those for whom … [Read more...]

Easter Lilies!

One of the most beautiful and fragrant reminders of Easter morning are Easter lilies.  We will be purchasing them for the altar for use over the Easter season.  If you would like to donate an Easter lily in the name of a loved one for $25, there are envelopes in the back of church.  Please return by April 9, 2017. … [Read more...]