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First Saturday – April 2

March 24th, 2016

Crusade for the Conversion of Greater New Orleans
9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. Eucharistic Adoration, Rosary,
Confession, Novena and Holy Mass. All are invited.

First Friday Latin Mass – April 1

March 24th, 2016

6:30 P.M. Eucharistic Adoration; Rosary; Confession
7:00 P.M. Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form
Everyone is invited. Security provided.

Easter Blessings

March 24th, 2016

Father Stanley Klores, Deacon Chris DiGrado, and all the assisting priests wish everyone God’s blessings of peace, love and joy of the Easter Season.

Music – March 20

March 18th, 2016

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Jubilee of Mercy Mission – April 4-7

March 18th, 2016

Sr. Briege McKenna, O.S.C.; Fr. Kevin Scallon, C.M.

Monday, April 4—Thursday, April 7, 2016
After the 11:30 A.M. Mass and at 6:30 P.M.

Monday, April 4
11:30 A.M. Mass; followed by mission talk
6:30 P.M. Mission talk and Reconciliation
Theme: Reconciliation

Tuesday, April 5
11:30 A.M. Mass; followed by mission talk
6:30 P.M. Mass and mission talk
Theme: The Priesthood and the Eucharist

Wed., April 6
11:30 A.M. Mass; followed by mission talk
6:30 P.M. Mass and mission talk
Theme: The Lord, The Giver of Life

Thursday, April 7
11:30 A.M. Mass; followed by mission talk
6:30 P.M. Mass, mission talk and Eucharistic Healing Service
Theme: Healing

St. Clare Sisters Retreat Ministry

Sister Briege McKenna, O.S.C. was born in Ireland and entered the Sisters of St. Clare at the age of fifteen. Following her final vows and after suffering for more than three years with rheumatoid arthritis, she was transferred to her community in Tampa, Florida with the hope that the Florida sunshine would relieve her suffering. At the age of twenty-four, she was miraculously and instantaneously healed during the celebration of the Eucharist and some time later received, in prayer, the gift of healing for which she has become so widely known. In 1974, again during prayer, she was given a deep spiritual insight into the call to priesthood. Since then, bishops and priests in many parts of the world have invited her to speak and minister at their retreats and conferences. Her book, “Miracles Do Happen” has been translated into many languages through out the world.
Since 1985, Sister Briege has been ministering to priests in collaboration with Father Kevin Scallon, C.M.. She is the 1988 recipient of the Poverello Award from the Franciscan University, and the 2009 recipient of the Award for Outstanding Catholic Leadership from the Catholic Leadership Institute

CST Spiritual Advisor

Father Kevin Scallon, C.M. is a Priest of the Vincentian Community who was born in Ireland.  Following his ordination in 1961, he ministered in England for three years and in Nigeria for six years.  In 1970, after graduating from Catholic University of America, he was appointed as Spiritual Director at All Hallows Seminary in Dublin, Ireland. In 1976, Fr. Kevin started the “Intercession for Priests” in Dublin, a month-long retreat where priests could come to pray for the spiritual renewal of the priesthood.  In 1982, he was appointed director of missions and retreats for the Vincentian Community. In 1985, he began fulltime ministry to priests with Sister Briege McKenna,  O.S.C. .

Good Friday – Holy Land Collection

March 18th, 2016

Pope Francis has asked our parish to support Christians in the Holy Land. Through the Good Friday Collection, you join with Catholics around the world to stand in solidarity with the Church in the Holy Land. Christians, along with all of the clergy and religious who serve in the Holy Land, will deeply appreciate your prayers and financial help!
The political, religious and military challenges in the Holy Land are more complex than ever. The wars, unrest and instability have been especially hard on Christians.
Our parish will support Christians in the Holy Land through the Good Friday Collection, as requested by Pope Francis. Like Simon of Cyrene, you can help carry the cross under very difficult circumstances in the Holy Land.
PLEASE BE GENEROUS!

St. Joseph Altar – Sunday, March 20

March 18th, 2016

In addition to Saturday starting at noon, viewing of the St. Joseph Altar in Reynolds Hall will take place after the morning Masses on Sunday.

Many thanks for all who donated flowers, food, money, and talent to make the altar here at St. Patrick’s a beautiful tribute to St. Joseph. A special thanks to Mary Trentacosta and Theresa Panko who guided the project.

St. Patrick’s Respect Life Group

March 18th, 2016

St. Patrick’s Respect Life Group will pray a rosary at the Planned Parenthood site on the corner of South Claiborne Ave. and Cadiz St., Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 9:00 A.M. Everyone is invited!

Music – March 13

March 11th, 2016

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Palm Sunday and Holy Week Schedule

March 11th, 2016

Confessions will be heard for 30 minutes before all Masses

Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016
8:00 a.m. Mass
9:00 a.m. Solemn Blessing of Palms; Procession;
Solemn High Mass (Latin Extraordinary Form)
11:00 a.m. Solemn Mass (Ordinary Form)
5:30 p.m. Sung Mass

Holy Thursday, March 24, 2016
7:30 p.m. Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Solemn
Procession to the Altar of Repose.
Watch at the Altar of Repose until midnight.
(Security provided).

Good Friday, March 25, 2016
Special blessing with the Relic of the True Cross at all Good Friday services.
7:30 a.m. Church opens for visitation.
12:00 noon Stations of the Cross.
3:00 p.m. Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Veneration of the Cross.

Holy Saturday, March 26, 2016
5:30 p.m. No Vigil Mass
8:00 p.m. Solemn Easter Vigil; Pontifical First Mass of Easter (Security provided)

Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016—Note Mass Schedule Changes
7:30 a.m. Sunrise Mass
9:00 a.m. Vidi Aquam; Solemn Procession; Solemn High Mass (Latin Mass, Extraordinary Form).
11:00 a.m. Procession and Solemn Mass (Ordinary Form)
5:30 p.m. Sung Mass

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH
1139 Oretha Casstle Haley Blvd.

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
Good Friday, March 25, 2016
8:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m. Church open for visitation.

Holy Saturday, March 26, 2016—Mater Desolata
9:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m. The Mater Desolata is a pious devotion in which the faithful devoutly keep vigil in prayer and reparation with the Mother of Our Lord. An exact replica of the Shroud of Turin will be displayed on the altar for our veneration this year.   Please bring a purple flower to place at the “tomb.” All are invited.

FREE PARKING AT ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH
Easy access to the secured parking lot is through the gate located on the South Rampart Street side of the church.
Security is provided at all Masses and religious service

Saint Joseph’s Day Altar – Saturday, March 19

March 11th, 2016

Saturday—March 19
12Noon Blessing of the St. Joseph Altar in Reynolds Hall, followed by viewing until 5:30 P.M.
Sunday—March 20
Viewing of the altar after the morning Masses.

Donations of Italian/Sicilian foods, baked items, etc. can still be donated. Monetary donations can be made using the special envelopes in the narthex of the church. and hand delivering the envelope to the rectory office or placing it in any collection basket at the Masses.
Please contact Mary Trentacoste (504) 452-4682; (504) 362-7251 for more information, volunteer, or donate.

Saint Patrick’s Day – Thursday, March 17

March 11th, 2016

11:30 A.M.—No Mass
12 Noon—Mass celebrated by Father Patrick Collum.
Following the Mass there will be a brunch reception in the rectory, honoring the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Everyone is invited.