St. Christopher the Martyr Catholic Church
309  Manson Avenue, Metairie, Louisiana 70001
Phone:  504-837-8214



    Saturday Vigil:  4 p.m.
    Sunday:  7:30, 9:30, and 11 a.m.
        (6 p.m. on 2nd Sunday, CYO)
    Mon., Tues., Thurs., & Fri.:  6:30 and 9:30 a.m.
    Wednesday:  9:30 a.m.
    Feast:  6:30 a.m, 9:30 a.m., and 6 p.m.
    Confession:  Saturday, 3:00-3:45 p.m.
       Contact the rectory to make an  
       appointment for other times.
    Sacrament of the Sick:  Second Saturday of
        the month following the 4 p.m. Mass
    Adoration Chapel:  Mon.-Fri., 7:00-2:00
    Novena:  Tues., following the 6:30 a.m. Mass
MASS SCHEDULE

Rev. Frank Candalisa, Pastor
e-mail:  pastor@stchristopherano.com
Rev. Raymond Igbogidi, Parochial Vicar
e-mail:  raygidi@yahoo.com
Deacon Charles Duke
e-mail:  ewduke@msn.com
Deacon Gerald "Jerry" Martinez
e-mail:  deaconjerry@stchristopherano.com
Deacon Phil McManamon
e-mail:  pmcmanam@yahoo.com
Ms. Janet Schluter, Secretary
e-mail:  scmrectory@birch.net
CLERGY AND STAFF
RECTORY OFFICE HOURS:
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
504-837-8214
May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God,
rest in peace.  Our condolences go out to family and loved ones.
St. Christopher Parish is developing enhanced paper and digital communication
capabilities.  You can help us by providing us with your information.  Use
the link below to set up your personal user name and password to the database:
St. Christopher Church Census Database
Precious in His Sight
Three Adorers Requested
We welcome into the faith community of St. Christopher our newest members,
who received the Sacrament of Baptism:  on Saturday, January 6, 2018,
Remy
Lynn Domilise,
born September 26, 2017, daughter of Zachary D. Domilise and
Megan E. Betz; on Sunday, January 14,
Savannah Morgan Grimes, born
October 10, 2009, daughter of David and Donna Grimes; and
Thomas Vincent
Lopez
, born September 27, 2017, son of Byron and Kerri Lopez.  May God's
grace and blessings received through this Sacrament guide them throughout
their lives!   
January 25, 7 p.m., Men's Club meeting
January 25, 7 p.m., Men's Prayer Group, Adoration Chapel
February 1, 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus meeting
February 3, 11:30 a.m., CYO Senior Citizen Mardi Gras Luncheon and Party, gym
February 8, 7 p.m., Men's Prayer Group, Adoration Chapel
February 10, 4 p.m., Sacrament of the Sick after Mass
February 11, 6 p.m., CYO Mass and meeting
February 12, 6 p.m., Rosary Radio Broadcast
Our Adoration Chapel is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to noon.   
We are in need of  two people on
Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. and one person
on
Friday from 11 a.m. to noon.  If you are able to give of your time, please call
Jerry Cox at 828-4995.
St. Christopher Parish Census Form
Mark Your Calendars!
New "Prayer Room" on Our Web Site
In the words of Alfred Tennyson, "More things are wrought by prayer than this
world dreams of."  There is a new Resources
page on our site that is focused on
prayer, where we, as St. Christopher parishioners, can learn about and join
together in praying for each other's concerns and intentions.  You are invited to
contribute your intentions (large and small, your thanksgiving or your needs)
so that we may all join in lifting them in prayer.  Quiet time with God spent
thanking Him, seeking His will, listening . . . is a gift that you give yourself!   
May our relationship with God be strengthened, and may our capacity to love
and be loved increase as our hearts reach out to each other.  
Knights of Columbus Family of the Month
Each month, the Knights of Columbus present this award to recognize a
deserving family for their outstanding contributions to St. Christopher Parish
and School.  The
Conrad and Isabell Frey Family has been selected as the
December Family of the Month.  As long-standing members of the Altar
Society, Conrad and Isabell purchase (with a very limited budget) and arrange
the flowers for Mass, and Isabell sets them up on the altar for all to enjoy.  
Conrad hangs all the banners in the sanctuary as the seasons change and also
helps to clean the church when a member of the cleaning team is unavailable.  
Conrad is our parish handyman!  Not only does he repair and maintain the
equipment used to clean the church, he is Farther Frank's eyes in seeing what
areas need repair in our parish and, if able, will kindly perform the repair.
Isabel and Conrad are blessed with three children, who attended
St. Christopher School, and five grandchildren.  A warm “thank you” to the
Freys for being indispensable and so generous with their time and talents!
Anyone interested in learning more about receiving the Sacraments of Baptism or
Confirmation at St. Christopher Parish, please e-mail Deacon Jerry Martinez for
information concerning Baptism at
deaconjerry@st.christophrano.com and Vance
Ott for Confirmation at
Vance@FourPoints.com.
Baptism and Confirmation Information
Church Support Envelopes
We are preparing the list for church support envelopes for 2018 at this time.  If
you wish to begin receiving envelopes, please notify the rectory.  If you wish to
be taken off the list, please notify us as soon as possible.  Thank you for your
generous support throughout the year.
Termite Troubles
A live infestation of termites has been found in the church and Adoration
Chapel and is currently being treated.  The estimated cost for treatment and
repair so far is upwards of $20,000.  We are now accepting donations to help
cover these expenses.  Please indicate on the check that it is for "Termite
Extermination and Repair."  Thank to those who sent in donations for the
termite repair last weekend.
Friends, our Gospel today is Jesus’ inaugural
address, setting the tone for the whole of his
preaching. Mark tells us that he was proclaiming the
Good News of God, and that this was "the time of
fulfillment."

Something was being brought to completion. What
was it? It was everything that the Old Testament had
spoken of. Jesus gathered up in his person everything
that Israel was about—and this is why his presence
was so compelling and why following him was of
paramount importance. This is why he says, "Repent
and believe in the gospel." The Good News is him. So
now it’s time to make a decision.

Friends, this is the whole story. Everything else is
commentary. We are meant to see ourselves in Simon
and Andrew, in James and John. When Jesus passes
by, we have to respond. The time is now. They got
this, and that’s why they responded so promptly.

Now here’s the catch: to follow him means to do what
he does, to call other people to the kingdom. "Come
after me, and I will make you fishers of men." That line
is addressed to all of us, to all the baptized, to all the
disciples.

Peace,
Bishop Robert Barron
Gospel Reflection
Mark 1:14-20
CYO Senior Citizen Mardi Gras Luncheon and Party
The CYO invites all the seniors in the parish (and "almost seniors"!) to our
Mardi Gras Party/Luncheon on Saturday,
February 3, at 11:30 in the gym.  We
will serve lunch, have entertainment, second-line, and party!  Wear your
Purple, Green and Gold and join the fun!
Men's Club Meeting
The Men's Club will next meet on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., with
the social starting at 7 p.m.  Come enjoy Budweiser Clydesdales and a meal of
spaghetti and Italian sausage!
Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebration
The Archdiocesan Golden Wedding Anniversary celebration will take place on
Sunday,
June 10, 2018, at 3 p.m. at St. Phillip Neri Church in Metairie.  The
celebration will be a prayer service rather than a Mass.  All participants must
register through their parish.  To register, please call the rectory at 837-8214
prior to
March 2, 2018.
Ms. Anna Celestine Hamberger, beloved wife of Edward W. Hamberger, died
on Friday, January 5, at the age of 90.  Services were held at Lake Lawn Funeral
Home on Wednesday, January 10;
Obituary.
Mr. Andrew "Drew" J. Williams, beloved husband of 48 years of Margaret
Williams, died on Tuesday, January 9, at the age of 77.  Services were held at
Garden of Memories on Tuesday, January 16;
Obituary.
CYO Retreat
St. Christopher's CYO 2018 Retreat will be held on Divine Mercy Weekend,  or
the Octave of Easter,
April 6-8, at Fountainbleau State Park. Entitled, "LB/FB:
Recognizing Christ in Everyday Life," this year's retreat promises to be one that
will be uplifting and faith-builiding for all who attend!
Parish Picnic
St. Christopher's Parish Picnic, hosted by the Men's Club, will be on April 14 at
Lafreniere Park, Shelter #2.  Mark the date and plan to join in the fun!
Pray for Our Priests
Please pray for our priests.  Fr. Raymond just completed a retreat, and
Fr. Frank will be on retreat January 22-26.  We are so very blessed to have such
strong men of God to shepherd us!
Ms. Betty Lou Doyle Hammond, beloved wife of the late Nathaniel "Tippy"
Hammond, died on Thursday, January 18, at the age of 83.  Visitation, 9 a.m.,
Monday, January 22, at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial
Blvd.; Funeral Mass, 11 a.m.;
Obituary.
Ms. Elaine Bertucci Eck died on Monday, January 8.  Services to be
determined;
Obituary.
St. Christopher Cub Scout Parade
This year's Cub Scout Parade will roll on Saturday, February 27, at 10 a.m..  The
route can be viewed
here.  Hopefully we'll have fair weather and everyone can
come out and enjoy a beautiful day with the Scouts!