Feast of the Holy Family

December 29 Consecration to the Holy Family O Jesus, our most loving Redeemer, who having come to enlighten the world with Thy teaching and example, didst will to pass the greater part of Thy life in humility and subjection to Mary and Joseph in the poor home of Nazareth, thus sanctifying the Family that was to be an example for all Christian families, graciously receive our family as it dedicates and consecrates itself to Thee this day. Do Thou protect us, guard us and establish amongst us Thy holy fear, true peace and concord in Christian love: in order that by living according to the divine pattern of Thy family we may be able, all of us without exception, to attain to eternal happiness. Mary, dear Mother of Jesus and Mother of us, by the kindly intercession make this our humble … [Read more...]

Christmas Giving Tree

Thanks to all who donated presents to the poor of our neighborhood by participating in the Christmas Giving Tree program! The Society of St Vincent de Paul and the children of our neighborhood appreciate your wonderful Advent generosity! Nineteen families with 43 children were provided Christmas gifts and a family gift. Additionally, 35 food baskets were given out for Christmas including 25 we received from Sacred Heart. Because of monetary donations we were able to increase the amount of the gift card for the turkey or ham gift certificate that went with the food baskets we made. The thirty-five also includes the 19 who received gifts. … [Read more...]

December 18, 2016 – 4th Sunday of Advent

A picture is painted for each of us concerning the transition from Old Testament to New. We are able to see the thread running from one to the other. A Savior will come forth from David. It was prophesied, it was spoken, and it was done. Paul brings this picture into our reality as he did in his own reality. We are reminded of our own call to apostleship in Baptism, our responsibility to bring the faith to all the Gentiles and of our call to be holy. The Gospel portrays how “God centered” Joseph and Mary were in the manner they responded to God. Mary responded in the affirmative when asked to become the Mother of Jesus. Joseph, ever ready to protect Mary, is able to believe and act on advice from an angel of the Lord.  Are we that “God centered”? … [Read more...]

What are the “O Antiphons?”

The seven "O Antiphons" (also called the "Greater Antiphons" or "Major Antiphons") are prayers that come from Vespers of the Liturgy of the Hours during the Octave before Christmas Eve, a time which is called the “Golden Nights.” Each Antiphon begins with "O" and addresses Jesus with a unique title which comes from the prophecies of Isaiah and Micah, and whose initials, when read backwards, form an acrostic for the Latin “Ero Cras” which means “Tomorrow I will be [there].” Those titles for Christ are: December 17: O Sapientia (O Wisdom) December 18: O Adonai (O Lord) December 19: O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse) December 20: O Clavis David (O Key of David) December 21: O Oriens (O Dayspring) December 22: O Rex Gentium (O King of the nations) December 23: O Emmanuel (O God is with Us) … [Read more...]

Fatima’s Centennial U.S. Tour for Peace

The world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima is on an historic 2-year tour to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima, and is coming to the Archdiocese of New Orleans. It will be an extraordinary occasion of healing, hope and grace, including the opportunity to hear the story of Fatima and venerate this beautiful statue that set out from Fatima in 1947 to bring the graces of Fatima to all who might not ever be able to make a pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal. We bring the pilgrimage to you! Hundreds of favors and graces, including cures, and countless conversions are associated with the image. The presence of this special Statue (sculpted according to the description of Sister Lucia, the Fatima seer) is a great gift to our community. The schedule … [Read more...]

The Advent Wreath

The Advent wreath is a set of four candles which are lit each Sunday of the Advent Season. Three of the candles are violet-colored, and one is rose-colored. The violet candles symbolize faithful expectation, and the rose candle symbolizes joy and hope. These colors mirror the colors of the priest's vestments used during the Sundays of Advent. In earlier times, the season of Advent had stronger penitential and ascetic aspects, and a relaxation of disciplines was offered on the third Sunday of Advent, called Gaudete Sunday, from the Latin for "rejoice", the first words of the Introit. This turn is reflected in the shift from violet to rose. One violet candle is lit on the first evening of Advent (a Sunday). On successive Sundays, the second violet candle is added, then the rose candle on … [Read more...]

Christmas Giving Tree

St. Vincent de Paul Society needs your help. A Christmas Giving Tree has been set up next to the St. Anthony Statue. The ornaments on the tree have names and ages of children along with their Christmas gift wish. We also will be helping the Veterans and needy in our community that frequent our food pantry. 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 15th following the 10:30 Mass. … [Read more...]

Friends of St. Alphonsus Creche Exhibit

The annual St. Alphonsus Cre?che Exhibit will begin on Sunday, November 27, 2016, and will be open until Sunday, December 4, 2016. The exhibit is located at 2025 Constance Street, New Orleans, LA (between St. Andrew & Josephine Street). The church will be open from 10:00am-2:00pm (M-F), 10:00am-4:00pm (Sat.) and 12:00-4:00pm (Sun) There will be over 100 cre?che's from around the world. For more information call Blanche Comiskey at 504-235-2931, or the FOSA office at 504-524-8116. … [Read more...]

All Souls Remembrance

Parish Intentions In Memoriam.... William Allen, Clyde Arnoult, Kate Arnoult, Yvonne Arnoult, Claude Baehr, Harold Baquet, Elmo & Joséphine Bourgeois, James M. Brenn, Laura Brenn, Maurice W. Brenn Sr, Elbée & Frank Bynum, Mildred Curlee, Shelly Domingue, Lester & Ethel Heidingsfelder, Earline Johnson, Pauline Johnson, Andriana Kappesser, Mr Jean Lapeyre, Lionel Lopez, Stephen W. Mensingh, Deacon Paul Nalty, Maria Nguyen Thi Voc, Miriam Ogden, Brenda Schmitt, Edwin Sullivan Jr, Shirley Sullivan, Lloyd & Emma Templet, Irma Wetzel, Mary & Edwin Wetzel, Milton & Vivian Wetzel, Clarence "Pete" Wolbrette, the Favor Family, the Klotz Family, the Mercante Family, the Nguyen Family, the Youngblood Family, and the Poor Souls in Purgatory. … [Read more...]

Offering Envelopes

We are beginning to organize the 2016 weekly donation envelopes for pick-up in mid-December.  If you are not currently using envelopes or would like to donate electronically, please e-mail ststephenpar@archdiocese-no.org or call (899-1378) the rectory for details. … [Read more...]