Apostolate Fair

The Respect Life Apostolate spreads the Gospel by giving witness to respect for life from conception to natural death by means of peaceful presence of prayer and/or vocal support for human life in situations that disregard human dignity. Among other activities, the Life Apostolate meets each Saturday at 11:00 am to pray the Rosary at the Women’s “Health Care” Clinic (abortion clinic) on the corner of General Pershing and Magnolia. They also maintain a presence at the proposed Planned Parenthood site, and support Archdiocesan policy regarding the site.

Altar Servers play a very important role in the liturgy. They are part of the procession, handle incense, help prepare the altar for Mass, aid with baptisms, and help with the sacred vessels. Our parish has a great need for more servers as several of our most dedicated servers have left us for college.

Ushers greet parishioners as they enter the church, assisting those who need help finding a seat and providing information and directions for new visitors to the church.  Ushers are also responsible for taking up and securing the collection.

Special Events Committee committee needs YOU!  If you like to help with meal-based events, you’ll have a great time!  Our busy season is February to June as the committee organizes the St. Joseph Altar (including Cookie Sunday) and the Corpus Christi post-procession lunch; and helps the Knights of Columbus with Lenten Fish Fry Dinners.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) experience the great diversity of the Church, the Body of Christ, when they serve our parish community by assisting the celebrant in sharing the Body and Blood of Our Lord.  They are purposely called extraordinary “ministers” because their service derives from the Eucharistic Ministry of the Priest, and they assist the Priest in distributing the Body and Blood of Christ.  This is done at Masses with large numbers of people, and also by bringing the Eucharist to those in the hospitals, nursing homes of our parish, as well as those who are homebound.

Adults 18 years and older who have received the three sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation) may serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul –  The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers volunteers meaningful opportunities to serve their neighbors in need with love and compassion.  Our chapter of is one of the most active in New Orleans. Regular activities include “Christmas in July”, weekly distribution of lunch snack-packs, weekly distribution of shelter vouchers and information sessions on managing finances.  We strive to be more than a one time “emergency” help line and really make a change in our clients’ lives.  Monthly meetings are held in the rectory.

Friends of St. HenryThe all-volunteer Friends of St. Henry was formed to maintain the dignity and spirit of the historic (1855) Church of St. Henry and serve the community. There are no dues or membership requirements.  The organization sponsors a weekly Rosary and an organizational update weekly (Saturday at 10:00am), the Annual Feast of St. Henry Reunion and Block Party in July and a night of Christmas Carols.  Service activities include Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for needy families and the Christmas Angel Tree program which provides toys to underprivileged children.

Rectory VolunteersWe are always in need of help at the Rectory Office. Some volunteers handle specific record keeping tasks like updating sacramental registers that must be done on a regular basis.  Others help with our service ministries, and some are just willing to help with whatever needs doing!    The time commitment is up to you.