From the Pastor – November 14, 2021

“Brothers and sisters: Every priest stands daily at his ministry, offering frequently those same sacrifices that can never take away sins. But this one offered one sacrifice for sins, and took his seat forever at the right hand of God.” (Heb. 10:11-12)

Every Sunday, something important happens in our parish.  The event is centered on the “Paschal Mystery.”

What is the Paschal Mystery?  Simply put, the Paschal Mystery is the suffering, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ.  When the Jews were slaves in Egypt, God told them to slaughter a lamb in the evening twilight and to place its blood on the two posts and the lintels of their houses.  Seeing the blood, the Lord would “pass over” their homes in striking down the first-born of the Egyptians, and they would be released from their slavery. (Ex. 12).

The lambs which saved the Jewish people are commemorated in the Jewish feast of Passover, and the lamb was called the passover lamb, or “paschal” lamb in Hebrew.  The meaning of this event and its prophecy were revealed in the first-born Son of God, who allowed Himself to be slaughtered in the evening twilight with His blood dripping down the cross to save us from slavery to an eternal death due to sin.  In doing so (in the words of John the Baptist), Jesus was the “Lamb of God.”

The mystery of a God who loves us so much that He would become a man and suffer and die so that we might rise with Him is what makes up the mystery.  That is the mystery that we proclaim with the cross of Christ, and that is the mystery in which we participate at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, where we enter into the Paschal Mystery by remembering it and receiving the Lamb of God as the Bread of Life in the Holy Eucharist.

So what is the event that happens each week? Clearly, it’s the Sacrifice of the Mass, itself.  Sometimes we can be overly preoccupied with the homily at Mass or seeing our friends, or listening to the music.  The above Scriptural selection from Hebrews reminds us that Jesus died once and for all as an offering to God so that our sins could be forgiven.  And since the Son of God made the sacrificial offering, it exists forever and for all time. At Mass, we don’t simply “remember” what Jesus did 2000 years ago.  At Mass we participate in that saving event by being in the presence of the Lord in the Eucharist, and by doing what He commanded us to do:  to eat His body and drink His blood so that the angel of death might pass over us, also.  Our proclamation of that great mystery of love with the sign of the cross, and our participation in the mystery through Eucharist and the Sacrifice of the Mass point to our salvation in Heaven!

(Rev. Msgr.) Christopher H. Nalty
msgr.nalty@gmail.com

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Thanksgiving Baskets

The St. Vincent de Paul Society requests your help in providing Thanksgiving Baskets for the needy of our parish.  We appreciate monetary donations or donations of the following: large size canned fruit, large canned yams, canned cranberry sauce, boxed stuffing mix, large boxed instant mashed potatoes, boxed macaroni & cheese, packs of gravy, cake mix and canned icing.  Flyers with more details are available near the church entrances.  We need all food and monetary donations by Sunday, Nov 14, 2021. Thanks for your GENEROUS support!

World Mission Sunday

October 24, 2021

World Mission Sunday, organized by the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, is a day set aside for Catholics worldwide to recommit themselves to the Church’s missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice.

Annually, World Mission Sunday is celebrated on the next-to-last Sunday in October. As described by Pope John Paul II, World Mission Sunday is “an important day in the life of the Church because it teaches how to give: as an offering made to God, in the Eucharistic celebration and for all the missions of the world” (see Redemptoris Missio 81).

This year’s theme for World Mission Sunday is “We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20). Every parish in the world can participate, united in this special Eucharistic celebration. Every parishioner is a missionary, sharing our love for Christ’s Gospel with one another, supporting the Church most in need.

The mission of the servants of the Word – bishops, priests, religious and laity – is to allow everyone, without exception, to enter into a personal relationship with Christ. In the full range of the Church’s missionary activity, all the faithful are called to live their baptismal commitment to the fullest, in accordance with the personal situation of each. A generous response to this universal vocation can be offered by consecrated men and women through an intense life of prayer and union with the Lord and his redeeming sacrifice.

40 Days for Life

Want to help mark the beginning of the end of abortion in New Orleans?

The 2021 40 Days for Life New Orleans campaign began September 22nd. 40 Days for Life is an international inter-denominational campaign focused on saving lives through prayer, vigil, and outreach.

In New Orleans, our 40 Days for Life peaceful and prayerful vigil runs all 40 days from 7 AM – 7 PM at “Women’s Health Care Center,” New Orleans’ only abortion facility located at 2701 General Pershing St. For more information contact sarah@prolifelouisiana.org, call 504-835-6520 or visit 40 Days online at http://prolifelouisiana.org/40daysforlifenola

Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels

October 2

Angels are intellectual beings created by God with a natural higher dignity than man; they have intelligence and will, are personal and immortal. Good angels serve God and help man. They always behold the face of God in heaven (Matt. 18:10).  Christ is at the center of the angels. Each one of us has a Guardian Angel to accompany us through life and shield us from the assaults of demons and even temporal evils, except what God permits for spiritual advancement.  Keep close to your Guardian Angel!

Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom His love commits me here, ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, too rule and guide. Amen.

Pro-Life Activities


Every Saturday at 11:00 a.m. we pray the Rosary at the Woman’s Health Care Center on the corner of General Pershing and Magnolia near Oschner Baptist Hospital. This facility is one of at least three abortion centers in the New Orleans area and just outside of our parish boundaries. Please join us!

Lord Teach Me to Pray

Are you interested in a deeper relationship with God?  Do you want to improve your prayer life?  Lord, Teach Me to Pray is a three-part prayer series for men and women based on Ignatian Spirituality.  Beginning early to mid-September, all three parts of the series will be offered in several locations throughout the Archdiocese.  Small groups meet with 2 trained facilitators for 1-2 hours/week to pray and faith share.  In Good Shepherd Parish, My 19th Annotation (Part II) for women will meet in the St. Stephen rectory chapel, Thursdays at 6:00pm beginning Sept 9th.  Contact Dianne Caverly, 504-388-3430 or dlcaverly@gmail.com, for more information or to register.  Additional sessions for men and women are available at other area churches.  Visit the web site, www.lordteachmetopray.com for the full schedule.

Mission to the Holy Spirit – “Making a Difference for the Future”

August 9 – 13, 2021

Each night:
Confessions 6:15 – 6:45pm
Musical performance 6:30pm
Mass at 7:00pm

Click here for Mission flyer and details.

November Liturgies

During November, we come to the end of the Church year, and we are asked to consider the end times – our own as well as the world’s. The culmination of the liturgical year is the Feast of Christ the King which asserts the supreme authority of Christ over human beings and their institutions. Beyond it we see Advent dawning with its preparation for the birth of Christ and its foreshadowing of the Lord’s coming in glory. The main feasts are the Solemnity of All Saints, (November 1), All Souls, (November 2), St. Charles Borromeo, (November 4), the Lateran Basilica, (November 9), St. Leo the Great, (November 10), St. Martin of Tours, (November 11), St. Josaphat, (November 12), St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, (November 13), St. Albert the Great, (November 15), Sts. Margaret of Scotland and Gertrude (November 16), St. Elizabeth of Hungary, (November 17), Presentation of Mary, (November 21), St. Cecilia, (November 22), St. Andrew Dung-Lac and companions, (November 24), St. Catherine of Alexandria (November 25) and the Solemnity of Christ the King, (November 25) and St. Andrew, (November 30).

Remember to Pray for the Faithful Departed!

Traditionally, the Church dedicates each month of the year to a certain devotion. In November, we remember the Holy Souls in Purgatory – faithful Christians who have died and gone before us but who still must atone for their sins. The time they spend in Purgatory cleanses them so that they may enter Heaven free from all effects of sin.

Praying for the dead, especially for those we have known, is a requirement of Christian charity. Our own prayers and sacrifices can be offered up to relieve their suffering. The following prayer, among others, can be incorporated into our daily prayers during this month: Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

A plenary indulgence, applicable only to the souls in purgatory, is also granted to the faithful who fulfill the following conditions:

  • On any and each day from November 1 to 8, devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, if only mentally, for the departed (the ‘Eternal rest grant unto them…’ suffices)
  • Offer an Our Father and Hail Mary for the Pope’s Intentions
  • Make a good confession within a week and be free from all attachment to sin
  • Receive Holy Communion that day (or ASAP following if unable that day)

Please Pray for the Faithful Departed of our Parish

Charles Alexander, Flarencia Bardales, Margo Berger, Rose Bonds, Harry Boudreaux, Mr & Mrs Elmo J. Bourgeois, Marie Claire Brown, Marie Louisa Broussard Brown, Francisca Catrete, Robert Charlebois, Tommy Charlebois (Woods), Charles Connor Sr, Charles Connor Jr, Wilma Conner, Richard W. Cooper, Rose Cooper, John J. Coyle Jr, Mary M. Coyle, the Reverend Desmond G. Crotty, Gerry Deegan, Raymond Eli, Leonard Evans, Bobby Fuentes, Clinton Fuller, Clinton Fuller Sr, Armen Gamble, Lilian Madan Gamble, Skip Gamble-Aaron, Manuel George Sr, Manuel George, Michael George, Rose George, Joan Glynn, Ralph Goodman, Henry Hamilton Jr, Wessie Harrell, Hilda Heidingsfelder, Rose Jacobs, Earline Johnson, Helen C. Kennedy, Lilly Kennedy, Louise E. Kennedy, Sean Thomas Kennedy, Siminne B. Kennedy, Thomas Jos. Kennedy, Jared Keyworth, Melva Lorio, Louise & P.J. McMahon, Rafael Madan, David Mallory, Shirley Mallory, Vanessa Massey, Annette Matherne, Jon & Carol Matheson, Hillman Matherne, Deacon Paul Nalty, Buenaventura Pepino, Concepcion Pepito, Esperidiona Pepino, Monica Pepino, Prudencio Pepino, Anne Ponseti, John Ponseti, Luke Ponseti, Mark Ponseti, Mary Ponseti, Ted Ponseti, Thedore Ponseti, James J. Porter Sr, Wanda L. Porter, Earl & Louise Robinson, Earl & Rhea Robinson, Lynne Robinson, Julian Richard Rogers, Bruce Snider, Benjamin Bruce Sugg, Mr & Mrs Lloyd Templet, Neil & Georgia Mae Thompson, Beatrice Ward, Ralph Watermeier, Kathy & Gene Watt, Terry White Sr, the Guise & Fontenot Families, and the James Aza Woods Family.

(Envelopes to remember the departed in the back of church)

Blessing of the Cemeteries

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On All Saints Day, Monday, November 1, 2021, at 12:00 noon, Father Freddie Kaddu will bless the St Vincent de Paul Cemetery on Soniat and Loyola Avenue (behind Newman School).  This cemetery is the resting places for many longtime parishioners of St. Stephen Church, as well as the Vincentian Priests and Daughters of Charity who served our parish for over 150 years.  On the same day at 12:30pm, he will bless the St. Joseph Cemetery at 2220 Washington Avenue.  Many people take the occasion of the blessing as a time to beautify these resting places and pray for the souls of their faithfully departed relatives, priests, religious sisters and friends.

First Friday Devotion

Jesus recounted the following to St. Margaret Mary, and this devotion has been recognized by the Church:
“To all those who, during nine months on end, will receive Holy Communion on the first Fridays of every month.  I promise the Grace of final perseverance. They will not die in My disgrace, but will receive the Sacraments (if necessary), and My Heart will be sure shelter for them in that extreme moment.”

The First Friday promises of our Lord to St. Margaret Mary:
1.  I will give them graces necessary for their state of life.
2.  I will establish peace in their houses.
3.  I will comfort them in all their afflictions.
4.  I will be their strength during life and during death.
5.  I will bestow a large blessing upon all their undertakings.
6. Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and the infinite ocean of mercy.
7. Tepid souls shall grow fervent.
8.  Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.
9.  I will bless every place where a picture of My Heart shall be set up and honored.
10. I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
11. Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be blotted out.
12. I promise you in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all-powerful love will grant all to those who communicate on the First Friday in nine consecutive months the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in My disgrace nor without receiving their sacraments; My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.

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