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
Rev. Raymond Igbogidi, Parochial Vicar
Deacon Charles Duke
Deacon Gerald "Jerry" Martinez
Deacon Phil McManamon
Ms. Janet Schluter, Secretary
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 members,
who received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, May 13, 2018, with
on Phil McManamon officiating:  Brayden Andrew  Solis, son of Andrew
and Candlice Solis , born April 11, 2011; Niko Jude Nicolosi, son of Phlip and
Patsy Nicolosi
, born March 27, 2012; and Lydia Jo Abbate, daughter of Luke
and Alexandra Abbate, born February 20, 2018
.  May God's grace and blessings
received through this Sacrament guide them throughout their life!
May 22, 9:30 a.m., School closing Mass
May 24, 7-10 p.m., St. Christopher City Park Night
May 28, Memorial Day
May 31, 7 p.m., Men's Prayer Group, Adoration Chapel
June 7, 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus meeting
June 7, 7 p.m., Men's Prayer Group, Adoration Chapel

June 9, 4 p.m., Sacrament of the Sick after Mass
June 10, 3 p.m., Archdiocesan Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebration, St. Philip Neri
June 10, 6 p.m., CYO Mass and meeting
June 12, 6 p.m., Outreach meeting
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
Jimmy and Wanda Gennaro Family has been selected as the
May Family of the Month.  Jimmy is a member of the Holy Name Society and
has graced our church with his musical talent, leading the 11 a.m. choir every
Sunday for an impressive 21 years!  His voice and guitar and the choir with
their harmonies add such a wonderful dimension to the Mass.  Jimmy attended
St. Christopher in the 1950s and thereafter taught music at St. Michael School
for 18 years.  Not only gifted in music, he created the Blessed Mother statue
that is displayed on the right side of the altar.  His loving wife, Wanda, is
president of the Mission Rosary Makers and also a member of the 11 a.m.
choir.  The hours of singing, of practicing, of leading, and of making Rosaries,
etc., only our Lord can count.
We are blessed and so very thankful, Jimmy and Wanda, for your dedication
and for so generously and lovingly sharing with us your faith in song and
deed, enriching our parish so greatly!  
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 we celebrate the brand new Memorial
of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church.

We hear in today’s Gospel that, as he was dying on
the cross, Jesus looked to his mother and the disciple
whom he loved, and he said to Mary, "Woman,
behold, your son," and then to John, "Behold, your
mother." We are told that "from that hour the disciple
took her into his home."

If Mary is the one through whom Christ was born, and
if the Church is indeed Christ’s mystical body, then
she must be, in a very real sense, the mother of the
Church. She is the one through whom Jesus
continues to be born in the hearts of those who
believe. This is not to confuse her with the Savior, but
it is to insist on her mission as mediator and
intercessor. At the close of the great "Hail Mary"
prayer, we Catholics ask Mary to pray for us "now and
at the hour of our death," signaling that throughout
one’s life Mary is the privileged channel through which
the grace of Christ flows into the mystical body.

God delights in drawing secondary causes into the
dense complexity of his providential plan, granting to
them the honor of cooperating with him and his
designs. The handmaid of the Lord, who is the mother
of the Church, is the humblest of these humble
instruments—and therefore the most effective.

Bishop Robert Barron
Gospel Reflection
John 19:25-34
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!
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.
Recipients of the Order of St. Louis Medallion
Congratulations to Conrad Frey and Russell and Deidre Gaubert, who
received the St. Louis Award Sunday,
May 6, 2018, at St. Joseph Church on
Tulane Avenue.  There will be a celebration Mass honoring all the recipients at
9:30, with a reception following.  Conrad Frey is a Eucharistic minister and can
be seen around the parish fixing everything that needs repair.  Not only does
he hang the altar cloths at Christmas and Easter, but he assists the Altar Society
weekly with placement of flowers on the altar.  Russel Gaubert is a member of
the Knights of Columbus, one of our dedicated cantors, and has volunteered
his time and service in countless ways.  His kind wife, Deidre, is a member of
the Altar Society and also active on the Altar Society cleaning team, as well as a
Eucharistic minister and cafeteria helper.  We are grateful to Conrad, Russell,
and Deidre for all their dedication to our parish.  They are so very kind and
well-deserving of this honor!
Ms. Dorothy Hosli Wade died Saturday, May 12, at the age of 83.  Visitation,
10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 17, at St. Christoper Church; Funeral Mass, noon;
Prayer List Update
If you have placed a name on our Prayer List in the back of church and no
longer need prayer for your intention, please call the rectory.  We need to
update every once in a while!  Thank you for your cooperation.
The following youth of our parish
received the Sacrament of
Confirmation on May 1, 2018,
with the Most Reverend Fernand
J. Cheri, III, O.F.M., as celebrant.
Ethan P. Bairnsfather
Justin C. Becker
Jonathan A. Braud
Mason T. Celestin
Matthew M. David
Cameron M. Frost
Perry L. Ganci, Jr.
Carson Gauthreaux, III
Camryn E. Gauthier
Austin L. Gregoire
Curtis S. Gross, II
Hannah A. Guise
Casen J. Guttuso
Nicholas W. Hagstette
Hunter W. Haro
Garrett J. Hickman
Madelyn A. Keene
Maddux M. Meariman
Christopher Montalbano, Jr.
Trey D. Nickens
Alexis J. Rafidi
Chase A. Raterman
Britney A. Rice
Anthony J. Serio
Evan M. Threeton
Charles J.Wellington
Megan E. Winningham
City Park Fun Night
Please come join us for our annual City Park Fun Night on May 24 from
7 to 10 p.m.  This fun, exciting event is a private party for St. Christopher
families to enjoy rides, let loose, and prepare for summer vacation.  Tickets are
$15 per child and $5 per adult.  (A ticket must be purchased to enter City Park,
and all children must be accompanied by an adult.)  Please return the forms,
available in the school office or edline, by Monday, May 8. Only preorder
tickets will be available; tickets will NOT be sold at the door.
Scam Alert Re:  Fr. Frank
Attention:  The solicitation regarding any funds requested on behalf of
Fr. Frank or any friend of his is
fraudulent.  Please disregard and do not heed.
Assistance Requested for Outreach Ministry
The St. Christopher Outreach Ministry is in need of a few volunteers to help   
answer the phone during the week and assist some of our fellow parishioners
with their basic needs.  If you have a few hours a week to spare and feel you
would like to join this worthy ministry, please call the help line at 831-7962 and
leave a message.  We will return your call and be glad  to explain more fully
the purpose of this ministry.
St. Timothy Award to St. Christopher Youth
Katie Pomes was one of 15 students throughout the Archdiocese to receive the
prestigious St. Timothy Award at the annual Youth Leadership Celebration on
Sunday, April 29, 2018, at St. Louis Cathedral.  The St. Timothy Award is the
highest award the Archdiocese of New Orleans can bestow upon a young
person.  Based on 1 Timothy 4:12, the award honors youth who act as positive
examples to their peers, exhibit Catholic morals, and demonstrate exemplary
service to others and leadership in their Catholic community.  Congratulations,
Katie, and thank you for your service and dedication to our parish community.  
We are very proud of you!
Baby Bottle Drive
The Knights of Columbus will be handing out baby bottles for their annual
drive for Catholic Charities.  Please take a bottle, make your donation via cash
or check, and bring it back to church the next week.  The Knights will be at the
church doors to accept your kind donation.   
Eagle Scouts Honored
Congratulations to James Gregory Venturatos on achieving the rank of Eagle
Scout with Pelican District BSA Troop 117 on May 12, 2018, and to
, of Boy Scout Troop 269, on achieving the rank of Eagle Scout on
May 19, 2018.  Brian's project was the cleaning of the chairs in St. Christopher
cafeteria.  Well done, Scouts!
St. Christopher Food Bank
There are baskets on the left side of the church foyer for food donations.  We
distribute between 30-35 boxes per week.  All donations are greatly
New CYO Youth Ministers
We are very fortunate to have new Youth Ministers assisting with the CYO:
Mark and Kelsie Bordelon.  Mark is assistant dean of students and a religion
teacher at Brother Martin, and his wife, Kelsie, is a religion teacher at Mount
Carmel Academy; they are blessed with a one-year-old son.  We know they will
create wonderful opportunities and do a wonderful job leading our youth!
New CYO Youth Ministers
There will be a second collection next weekend, June 2-3, for repairs,
maintenance, and utilities.  Thank you for your support!