From the Pastor – February 26, 2017

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. (Mt. 6:33-34)One of my favorite books is called the “Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis. I’m sure many of us have read it. The book takes the form of a series of letters from a senior demon, Screwtape, to his nephew, a junior “tempter” named Wormwood, giving advice on the best way to ensure that a British man, known only as “the Patient,” ends up in hell. In a great irony, God is called “the Enemy.” One of my favorite letters involves the idea of “living in the present.” I’m going to let C.S. Lewis speak for the pastor today:“The humans live in time but our Enemy destines them to eternity. He therefore, I believe, … [Read more...]

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

October 16 Margaret Mary Alacoque was born on 22 July, 1647 and died on 17 October, 1690. From her early childhood Margaret showed intense love for the Blessed Sacrament, and preferred silence and prayer to childish amusements. Throughout her life Margaret found consolation in the Blessed Sacrament, and Christ made Himself visually apparent to her. This did not surprise her, and she thought others had the same Divine assistance. Although tempted by the luxuries and distractions of the world, Margaret 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.First Friday … [Read more...]

Be a Good Steward

Good Shepherd Parish needs average weekly collections of $6,500 in order to fund parish operations.  Rarely does our collection exceed $5,000. The deficit is paid by generous donors at the end of the year, thank God!  I encourage you to take this time to prayerfully consider whether you might increase your donations to to our parish.  For those who are able, please consider an additional 10% per week.  Your help will make a big difference in our ability to meet our financial obligations.  One way to make this easy is to use our electronic giving program.Simply click here to go to the Online Donations page to set up your online giving account.  You may also use the paper authorization form, available at the Online Donations tab or from Dianne Caverly in the parish office.  Call Dianne … [Read more...]

From the Pastor – October 12, 2014

“On this mountain the LORD of hosts will provide for all peoples a feast of rich food and choice wines, juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.” (Is. 25:6)It’s interesting how many times Sacred Scriptures describe Heaven in terms of food and drink.  The “promised land” was a place flowing with “milk and honey.”  Alternatively, Isaiah describes a “mountain” with “rich food and pure, choice wines.”  For people living in an arid place, the idea of abundant food and drink was very appealing, especially in times of famine.But Jesus takes the analogy even further by describing a wedding banquet, something that was by far the most joyous occasions in the life of a Jew. If you think today’s wedding receptions are “over-the-top,” think again.  Jewish weddings were marked by an eight day … [Read more...]

Eucharistic Procession 2014

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Christmas Receptions

Good Shepherd Parish Christmas Receptions after all Masses December 21-22 We will host brief receptions after all of the Masses with light pastries, light hors d’oeuvres, coffee, soft drinks and juices. If you would be interested in helping to provide food or helping with the hospitalities, please contact Laura Finnegan by email or Kathy Fayard by email if you can help. Or call the parish office!  … [Read more...]

Lenten Liturgies

With Lent approaching in two weeks, I want to call attention to the changes that we may observe in the liturgies.  “Austere” is the watchword for the liturgical celebrations of the Season of Lent. The Church has proclaimed a time of fasting and self-denial and she teaches by example. The priest is vested in violet, “the gloomy color of affliction and mortification,” except on the Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday) when he may wear rose vestments. During Lent the sanctuary is bereft of flowers and we use less ornate linens. The Gloria is not prayed (except on the two Solemnities) and the Alleluia is entirely absent throughout Lent.  Further, the use of musical instruments is limited to the accompaniment of singing. By this penitential “fast of the senses,” Holy Mother Church … [Read more...]

NOLA Catholic Experience

This month, the archdiocesan Office of Communications launched its latest initiative, the NOLA Catholic Experience blog at With a blog team of about 12 and the blessing of Archbishop Aymond, this blog will be an outlet for New Orleans Catholics from various walks of life to share their experiences living their Catholic faith in their everyday lives. Please encourage people to go to the blog, read the messages and respond as the Holy Spirit moves them to what they hear. It is our hope that this blog will become a powerful tool in the New Evangelization and reach people where they are by telling the stories of people very much like them who live in this world but are not of this world. Again, to read the blog, go to the website above. If you would like … [Read more...]

Building Committee

 As you have heard announced at Mass, we will soon begin a push to do major restorative work on St. Stephen Church. With that in mind, the first thing that needs to be done is to make up a project report which will be given to an architect to gain an understanding of the costs involved. The first meeting of the Building Committee will be next SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3 IN THE RECTORY AT 9:00AM. If you cannot attend, but are still interested in participating, please email Msgr. Nalty at  … [Read more...]

In Our Parish

The parish office frequently receives calls from “parishioners” to have their children baptized, get a school voucher, get married or have permission to serve as a godparent. Being a “parishioner” at Good Shepherd Parish means that you either (1) reside in the parish boundaries (Leontine to Seventh Street, Carondelet to the River) or (2) you have completed a parish census form or have registered online at This isn't our rule, it's the rule of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.  To be a “contributing parishioner” (for the purposes of school vouchers) you must use parish envelopes or personal checks for donations. … [Read more...]