Artificial Contraception

Medical/Scientific Concerns Last week, I briefly presented the Church's teachings on the artificial contraception through examining societal concerns. This week I want to briefly examine the medical/scientific concerns. Although there are many ways of engaging in artificial contraception, the most popular method is the oral use of artificial hormones, including estrogen and progestogen. Collectively known as “the Pill,” these medications inhibit female fertility. In August of 1960 the first contraceptive pill, Enovid, was launched for sale in the USA. The mass-marketing of the drug was so successful that within one year of the product's launch, over 1 million American women were using it. Let me begin by stating that there is no way that this short article can cover all aspects of the … [Read more...]

For all? For many? For whom?

I have received quite a few questions about the language change in the translation of the Consecration of the Precious Blood in the Eucharistic prayer from “it will be shed for you and for all so that sins may be forgiven” to “it will be poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”Â  Rather than reinvent the wheel, I include below the answers to six questions that have come from the website of the United States Conference for Catholic Bishops: 1.    What does the decision regarding the translation of pro multis mean?   After having consulted with Conferences of Bishops throughout the world, Pope Benedict XVI determined that the translation of qui pro vobis et pro multis effundetur in remissinem peccatorum, presently translated “which will be shed for you and for all so that … [Read more...]

The Mass Explained Study Groups

Beginning on Tuesday, February 28 at 6:30pm (after the evening Mass) and continuing each Tuesday of Lent, we will have a study group to discuss a book written by Msgr. James P. Moroney called “The Mass Explained.”Â  Please contact Phillip Bellini, Director of Religious Education if you would like to participate so that we can be sure to order enough books. Msgr. Moroney is a consultor to the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and served as Secretary for the Pontifical Commission Vox Clara that guided the new English translation of the Roman Missal. … [Read more...]

A Thank You Letter

December 15, 2011 When the song of the angels is stilled When the star in the sky is gone, When the kings and princes are home When the shepherds are back with their flock, The work of Christmas begins: To find the lost, To heal the broken, To feed the hungry, To release the prisoner, To rebuild the nations, To bring peace among others, To make music in the heart. Howard Thurman Dear Parishioners, This is the season of giving and we are so grateful for your wonderful gift of socks, gloves, tshirts and toiletries. These are wonderful treats for our guests . This is an acknowledgement of this donation to Lantern Light, Inc. and that you have received no goods or services in return for this donation. Thank you very much for your help in spreadingjoy and blessings to all of God's … [Read more...]

National Vocation Awareness Week

National Vocation Awareness Week will be celebrated the week of January 9, 2012 – January 14, 2012.  Please pray daily  for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. … [Read more...]

Good Stewardship Update

An article on the front page of the Times-Picayune two weeks ago saddened me somewhat. It said that out of all religious groups in America, the group that gave the smallest percentage of their income to their church were Catholics. While Mormons generally give the Biblical 10% we call “tithing,” and while the average churchgoer in the United States gives 2.4 %, Catholics give the lowest percentage of every other religion. And before you think the reason I was saddened is because our church is need of repairs or because we need more money to operate, let me tell you the real reason: giving to charity shows a great reliance on God, and God rewards a cheerful giver. Ever since I began “tithing,” God has given me more blessings than I can imagine. And as He gives me more, I try to give more … [Read more...]

Original Oil Paintings Benefit

A series of original oil paintings are being displayed in the rear of the church. They were done by David Dillard, and they show representations of Our Lady of Good Counsel, St. Henry and St. Stephen churches as they looked this year during the Good Friday Nine Church walk. You might notice that the cross at St. Stephen is veiled as we do on that day. The gallery is asking $2000 each for the three paintings, with 40% of the proceeds going to Good Shepherd Parish. If you are interested in the paintings, please contact the gallery daviddillard.com or the parish office.   … [Read more...]

Remembering Archbishop Hannan

It's hard for me to believe that when I was confirmed by Archbishop Philip M. Hannan on March 26, 1976, he was 65 years old and had already been Archbishop of New Orleans for more than ten years. It seems so long ago, and I have so many other more vivid memories of Archbishop Hannan. I knew him well because my Dad served as his deacon at the Cathedral for many years. I remember greeting him after Mass there each Sunday. I remember him coming over to my parents' home for dinner when I was young, and telling stories of World War II. I remember returning to New Orleans after law school in 1988, at about the same time as his retirement. I remember him asking me to handle some legal work for him involving real estate transfers. But most of all, I remember the time I told him that I was … [Read more...]

The Christmas Proclamation

The twenty-fifth day of December. In the five thousand one hundred and ninety-ninth year of the creation of the world from the time when God in the beginning created the heavens and the earth; the two thousand nine hundred and fifty-seventh year after the flood; the two thousand and fifteenth year from the birth of Abraham; the one thousand five hundred and tenth year from Moses and the going forth of the people of Israel from Egypt; the one thousand and thirty-second year from David's being anointed king; in the sixty-fifth week according to the prophecy of Daniel; in the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad; the seven hundred and fifty-second year from the foundation of the city of Rome; the forty second year of the reign of Octavian Augustus; the whole world being at peace, in the … [Read more...]

St. Stephen School Meeting

There will be an important meeting of anyone interested in St. Stephen School, whether an alumnus, teacher, parent of a student, parent of a prospective student or interested parishioner on Tuesday, October 11 immediately following the 6:00pm Mass in the church.  Topics will include the ongoing construction, the finances and the future plans of the Archdiocese regarding Catholic schools. … [Read more...]