Calling for volunteers to donate 5 minutes of time to help disinfect the Church after Mass

Duties entail wiping down the missalettes and pews right after Mass. It only takes a few minutes. Gloves, paper towels, and cleaning solution are provided. All you have to do is look for Robert after Mass and he'll get you set up. … [Read more...]

Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola – July 31

Ignacio López de Loyola was born in Spain in 1491, the youngest of 13 children. In 1506, he adopted the last name "de Loyola" in reference of the Basque city of Loyola where he was born.  In 1509, Ignatius took up arms under the Duke of Nájera and participated in many battles without injury to himself.  However, on May 20, 1521, in a battle against the French, a cannonball wounded both of his legs.  During his recuperation at Loyola, Ignatius read the Life of Christ by Ludolph of Saxony, a commentary on the Gospels with extracts from the works of over sixty of the Fathers of the Church; the book influenced his whole life.  Ludolph proposes that the reader place himself at the scene of a Gospel story and visualize the scene in a simple contemplation. During his recuperation at Loyola, … [Read more...]

Our Lady of Mount Carmel – July 16

The Order of the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin was born in the twelfth century on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land. A group of hermits from the west settled there to live after the example of Christ in His land. At their request, the Patriarch of Jerusalem gave them a rule of life that required them, among other things, to build an oratory among their cells where they could gather for the celebration of the Eucharist. The “Carmelites” built a chapel on Carmel that they dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, whom they addressed as the “Lady of the Place.” Since the 15th century, popular devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel has focused on the Brown Scapular, a sacramental associated with promises of Our Lady’s special assistance in the salvation of the devoted wearer, especially promising that … [Read more...]

Kateri Tekakwitha

July 14, 2018 First Native American Saint On Sunday, October 21, 2012 the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI canonized the first Native American Saint, Kateri Tekakwitha. St. Kateri was born in 1656 near Auriesville, New York, the daughter of a Mohawk warrior and a Christian mother.   At the age of four, smallpox attacked Tekakwitha's village, taking the lives of her parents and baby brother, and leaving Tekakwitha an orphan. She was adopted by her two aunts and an uncle, and although forever weakened, scarred, and partially blind, Tekakwitha survived. The brightness of the sun blinded her and she would feel her way around as she walked. When Tekakwitha was eighteen, Father de Lamberville, a Jesuit missionary, came to Caughnawaga and established a chapel.  Her uncle disliked the … [Read more...]

What do we mean by religious liberty?

Religious liberty is the first liberty granted to us by God and protected in the First Amendment to our Constitution. It includes more than our ability to go to Mass on Sunday or pray the Rosary at home. It also encompasses our ability to contribute freely to the common good of all Americans. Prayer for the Protection of Religious Libery Almighty God, Father of all nations, for freedom you have set us free in Christ Jesus (Gal 5:1). We praise and bless you for the gift of religious liberty,  the foundation of human rights, justice and the common good. Grant to our leaders the wisdom to protect  and promote our liberties. By your grace may we have the courage to defend them,  for ourselves and for all those who live in this blessed land. We ask this through the intercession of Mary … [Read more...]

The Immaculate Heart of Mary – June 20, 2020

The Blessed Mother was a true contemplative. Three times in Sacred Scripture we hear about Mary reflecting on events in her life. The first time was at the time of the Annunciation when the Angel Gabriel greeted her with the title “full of grace.” Mary then “pondered what sort of greeting this might be.” (Lk 1:29). Later, after the birth of Jesus, the appearance of the angels and the visit of the shepherds, Mary “kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” (Lk 2:19). Then, after Jesus was found in the temple and told Mary, “Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house.” (Lk. 2:49), Mary again “kept all these things in her heart.” (Lk 2:51). Just as devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a special form of devotion to the Person of Jesus, so the devotion to the … [Read more...]

Prayers to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Friday, June 19, 2020 Margaret Alacoque was born in Burgundy, France on 22 July, 1647. From her early childhood Margaret showed intense love for the Blessed Sacrament, and preferred silence and prayer to childish amusements. During her time before the Blessed Sacrament, Christ even made Himself visually apparent to her. This did not surprise her, because she thought others had the same Divine assistance! Although tempted by the luxuries and distractions of the world, Margaret Mary entered the Visitation Convent in 1572, where her visions became known. Because of her perceived “special status,” she was subjected to many trials to prove her vocation. She showed obedience, humility, and invariable charity towards those who persecuted her. Margaret Mary was inspired by Christ to establish a … [Read more...]

Trinity Sunday

Trinity Sunday, also known as the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, is celebrated a week after Pentecost Sunday in honor of the most fundamental of Christian beliefs—belief in the Holy Trinity. We can never fully understand the mystery of the Trinity, but we can sum it up in the following formula: God is three Persons in one Nature. The three Persons of God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—are all equally God. They cannot be divided.  As the above diagram shows, each person of the Holy Trinity is a separate person, having been identified as such in the Holy Bible, but each are also the One True God.  It’s why we make the sign of the cross in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, rather than the “names.”  It’s a profound mystery that many other religions reject.  It’s not … [Read more...]

Ordination of Priests for the Archdiocese of New Orleans!

On Saturday, May 30, 2020, at 10:00 AM at the St. Louis Cathedral, Archbishop Aymond ordained to the Priesthood Sylvester Ugbada Adoga, Luis Carlos Duarte Gonza?lez, and John Daniel Yike for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. All can view the Ordination Mass at … [Read more...]

Volunteers needed to help disinfect the Church after Mass.

Duties entail wiping down the missalettes and pews right after Mass. Gloves, paper towels, and cleaning solution are provided. All you have to do is stay a few minutes after Mass and look for Mimi or Larry. They'll get you set up. … [Read more...]