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

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
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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.
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Precious in His Sight
Three Adorers Requested
We welcome into the faith community of St. Christopher our newest member,
who received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, February 11, 2018, with
Fr. Raymond officiating:  
Adelena Mercedes Zelaya, born November 25, 2017,
daughter of Ms. Sofia Zelaya.  May God's grace and blessings received through
this Sacrament guide her throughout her life!   
March 20, 9 a.m., Altar Society Morning of Reflection
March 21, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Confession
March 21, 7 p.m., Men's Prayer Group, Adoration Chapel
March 22, 7:30 p.m., Men's Club meeting (7 p.m., Social)
March 23, 6 p.m., Men's Club Fish Fry
March 23, 6:30, Stations of the Cross
March 29, Holy Thursday
March 30, Good Friday
March 31, Holy Saturday
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
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
David and Sherri Eck Family has been selected as the March
Family of the Month.  David Sr. is an active member of the St. Christopher
Knights of Columbus, chairing their Coats for Kids program, and of the
St. Christopher Men's Club.  Sherri teaches kindergarten at St. Christopher,
where she coordinates and assists in producing the annual school play,
presenting this year
Blue Suede Paws, a 1950's sci-fi musical, on Saturday,
March 24, at 6 and 8 p.m. in the Parish Center!  Sherri also assists in various
Knights of Columbus events, i.e., Patriotic Rosary, Coats for Kids, etc.  For
many years, David and Sherri have been leaders of both Scout Troop 117 and
our CYO.  David Jr. is a proud Eagle Scout and active member of the Knights of
Columbus, Men’s Club, and CYO, and he also finds time to assist with the
creation of scenery for the school plays.  Bayley attended St. Christopher School
and is the mother of a beautiful baby girl!  The Ecks have given an incredible
amount of their time serving our parish in countless activities.  They are all so
big-hearted and have such a wonderful “can do” attitude, always willing to
assist and fill a need.  We are so grateful for their tremendous dedication to
and support of our parish.  Thank you and God bless you, Eck family!
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
Baptism and Confirmation Information
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, today’s Gospel reports the mixed reactions of
people to Jesus’ message. What does he say as he
preaches? "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at
hand." We mustn’t flatten this out or render it too
spiritually abstract, as though he were talking only
about becoming nicer people, more generous and
more kind. His preaching was about more than that. It
was part and parcel of his Messianic vocation.

What he was saying was something like this: a new
order is breaking out in Israel, the tribes are coming
back together, and Yahweh is going to reign.
Therefore, adjust your lives, your vision, your
expectations. Start living even now as members of this
new kingdom.

Israelites knew that a major task of the Messiah was to
engage the enemies of Israel, to deal definitively with
those powers opposed to God’s creative purpose.
This very much included political oppressors, religious
charlatans, and self-absorbed Pharisees—all of whom
Jesus deals with and confronts.

Bishop Robert Barron
Gospel Reflection
John 7:40-53
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!
Up-to-Date Web Pages
Computer tip:  If any Web page appears to be out-of-date, it may possibly be
remedied simply by refreshing your browser via pressing Ctrl + F5!
Altar Society Morning of Reflection
The St. Christopher Altar Society will hold a Morning of Reflection on Tuesday,
March 20, beginning at 9 a.m. with the Rosary and Mass.  Artist Tony Manzella
will speak about his painting, “My Jesus Has Blue Eyes.”  Refreshments will be
served.  For more information, please call 858-3366.
Summer Pilgrimages to the Holy Land and France
There will be a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land on June 19-30, 2018, with Fr. Beau
Charbonnet and a
Pilgrimage to France on July 2-12, 2018, with Msgr. Harry
Bugler and Fr. Mike Kettenring.  If you would like to participate in either of
these rewarding trips or you would like more information, please see the
Holy Land and France brochures with attached Reservation Applications.  
Please spread the word if you know someone who may be interested and
impress upon them the need to act quickly to secure a spot for the pilgrimage
they would like to join!
St. Christopher Outreach Ministry
We continue to make food available for our parishioners in need.  During the
following weeks of Lent, we wish to ask each household to bring one food item
with them to Mass and place them in the baskets at the entrance alcove of
church.  This will help us greatly to prepare our monthly baskets, especially
with Easter coming.  We are in need of tomato sauce and spaghetti, Chef
Boyardee, chili, beans, canned tuna, chicken, Vienna sausage, and Spam, fruit,
and peanut butter and jelly, packs of grits, oatmeal, ramen noodles, macaroni
and cheese, rice and pasta mixes, regular-size boxes or bags of cereal, bags of
beans and rice, soup, and drinks like Kool-Aid, lemonade, and tea bags.  Your
generosity is and always will be appreciated, especially by those receiving
care.  If you are in need of assistance, please call 831-7691 and leave a message.
Letter from Fr. Frank
Please read this letter from Fr. Frank announcing his retirement next year, June
of 2019, and Fr. Raymond's succeeding him as Pastor of St. Christopher
Church.  With heartfelt gratitude, may we keep our priests in our thoughts and
prayers for health and blessings, as they continue to serve and minister to us so
lovingly and well.
Ms. Rose Anne Hammack Porta, beloved wife of 54 years of Sandor Jozsef
Porta, died on Friday, February 23, at the age of 74.  Visitation,
11 a.m., Wednesday, February 28, at Garden of Memories; Funeral Mass,
1 p.m.;
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Confessions will be heard from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21.  
Please take advantage of the extra days scheduled to go to Confession during
this season of Lent.
Mr. Joseph "Jo Jo" Adam Morales, Jr., beloved husband of Peggy Guillory
Morales, died on Wednesday, March 7, at the age of 59.  Visitation,
10 a.m., Tuesday, March 13, at  L. A. Muhleisen & Son Funeral Home, 2607
Williams Blvd.; Funeral Mass, 2 p.m.;
Men's Club Meeting
There will be a Men's Club meeting on March 22, at 7:30 p.m., with Captain
C.T. Williams as guest speaker.  The Social will begin at 7:00, and grilled chops
and white beans will be served.  Come enjoy the camaraderie while being a
part of all the good that this great organization does.