Archives for September 2019

From the Pastor – September 8, 2019

“If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.”  (Lk 14:26-27). What does it mean to be a Christian?  The word was first used by St. Luke in Acts 11:26, where he recounts that: “it was at Antioch that the disciples [of Jesus] were called ‘Christians’ for the first time.”  So being a Christian means being a disciple (from the Greek word for “pupil”) of Christ. If you read the Scriptural quote above, then Jesus has some pretty high standards for those who would choose to be His disciple.  A disciple must “hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters and even his own life” and he must … [Read more...]

Msgr. Nalty Homily – September 1, 2019

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Lord Teach Me To Pray

“Lord, Teach Me To Pray” (LTMTP) is a three-part prayer series, rooted in Ignatian spirituality and designed to help women and men learn how to pray.  Developed to meet the desire for on-going spiritual growth; for an appropriate response to the call to holiness; and for a deeper commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord, LTMTP offers facilitated faith-sharing prayer communities, in which the Lord, himself, teaches us to pray.  A women’s Part 3 group will meet weekly on Tuesdays at St. Henry Church, 803 Gen Pershing, at 10:30am.  The first meeting is Tuesday, Sept 10.  Sessions are available in all parts for men and women at various locations through the metropolitan area.  To register, contact Dianne Caverly at 504-388-3430 or  More information on flyers in church or go to … [Read more...]

From the Pastor – September 1, 2019

For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.   (Lk 14:11). What is humility?  The word origin comes from the Latin word “humus,” which means “dirt.”  It can have negative connotations as being “lowly” or “abased,” but Catholics tend to see humility as a virtue.  And the reason for that?  It’s because Our Savior, Jesus Christ, is the epitome, the essence of humility.  He came from the highest station possible:  He is the Lord, the Creator of the Universe, the Word made Flesh, the Alpha and the Omega.  And from the highest station, He chose the lowliest station on Earth.  He was born in a stable.  He grew up in one of the smallest backwaters of the Middle East.  He became an “itinerant” preacher and had nowhere to lay his head.  He … [Read more...]

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

At the conclusion of today’s gospel, we hear Jesus tell a “great crowd” that “...anyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.” A few of Jesus’ immediate disciples, such as Peter, John and James, did just that: They responded to Jesus’ call, renouncing everything to follow him. How do modern disciples of Jesus respond when confronted with this apparently harsh command of Jesus? Surely the renunciation of possessions need not mean literally giving all one’s possessions away, does it? Questions we might ponder this week though: Do our possessions keep us from encountering Christ at Mass? Do they distract us from our parish family? Do our possessions interfere with our relationships? Do they make us insensitive to those less fortunate? … [Read more...]