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
Adorers Requested for Chapel
We welcome into the faith community of St. Christopher our newest members:  
Cullen Matthew Lang
, born May 23, 2018, son of Justin and Krista Lang, who
received the Sacrament of Baptism on Saturday, June 30, 2018;
Avery Amelia
dauaghter of John-Avery and Emily Blood, and James Francis Laux, son
of David and Megan Laux, who received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday,
July 8, 2018
.  May God's grace and blessings received through this Sacrament
guide them throughout their lives!
September 20, 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus meeting
September 23, 9:30 a.m., KC-hosted coffee and donuts after Mass
September 27, 7 p.m., Men's Prayer Service, Adoration Chapel
October 2, 6:45 p.m., Blessing of the Pets, church yard
October 4, 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus meeting
October 6, 5 - 11 p.m., Fall Fest
October 8, 6 p.m., Rosary Radio Broadcast
October 9, 6 p.m., Outreach meeting

October 10, 10 a.m., Mission Rosary Makers meeting, Parish Center
We are in great need of Adorers for the Adoration Chapel.  The hours are 8 a.m.
to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Please sign up for an hour per week to
spend with Our Lord and Savior.  Information is on the table in the entrance to
church, or you may direct any questions to 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
Terry and Carol Pond Family has been selected as the
September Family of the Month.  The Ponds have been active in our parish for
over 40 years.  During that time, Carol has been a teacher and the Coordinator
of Religious Education for St. Christopher School, doing a wonderful job of
fostering our children's faith!  She moderates the choir, Beta Club, and altar
servers.  When you say Ms. Pond's name to a graduate of St. Christopher, their
eyes light up in happy remembrance of a wonderful teacher and mentor.  She
and Terry also volunteer their services, offering CPR and health training to the
faculty and community.  Their children, grandchildren, and great-
grandchildren keep them very active and present in our parish.
    Thank you, Ms. Pond, for your dedication and love for all our children and
for your and Mr. Terry’s generously giving of your time and energy on behalf
of St. Christopher School and Parish throughout these several decades!  You are
a great part of what makes our church and school community so vibrant and
strong, and we greatly appreciate you!
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, in today’s Gospel Jesus is amazed at a
Roman centurion’s faith: "I tell you, not even in Israel
have I found such faith." How often the Bible compels
us to meditate on the meaning of faith! We might say
that the Scriptures rest upon faith, remain inspired at
every turn by the spirit of faith.

Faith is an attitude of trust in the presence of God.
Faith is openness to what God will reveal, do, and
invite. It should be obvious that, in dealing with the
infinite, all-powerful person who is God, we are never
in control.

One of the most fundamental statements of faith is
this: your life is not about you. You’re not in control.
This is not your project. Rather, you are part of God’s
great design. To believe this in your bones and act
accordingly is to have faith. When we operate out of
this transformed vision, amazing things can happen,
for we have surrendered to "a power already at work
in us that can do infinitely more than we can ask or
imagine." Even a tiny bit of faith makes an
extraordinary difference.

Bishop Robert Barron
Gospel Reflection
Luke 7:1-10
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.
Mr. Clifford Joseph Francois, III, beloved husband of Jean Catherine Holder,
died Wednesday, September 5, at the age of 77.  Clifford received the Order of
St. Louis award in 1982 and was an active member of St. Christopher Parish.
Visitation, Saturday, September 15, at 10 a.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral
Home; Funeral Mass, 1 p.m.;
Available Dates for Altar Flowers
If you would like to sponsor the flowers placed on the altar in honor of a
special event or loved one,
October 27-28 is still available.  Also, the books for
the sanctuary lights and flowers are now open.  Sanctuary lights are $10 per
week, and flowers are $40.  Your sponsoring the altar flowers can be a lovely
way to say “Congratulations,” “Happy Birthday,” or “Happy Anniversary”!  
Please call the rectory to reserve a date.  
St. Christopher Outreach Ministry
Thanks to the generosity of our parishioners, we can continue to help those in
need. It is typical during the summer months that we don’t have as much food
as we normally would because the children are out of school and many
families are traveling on vacation.
We are in need of peanut butter and jelly, red beans and rice, cereal, fruit in
cans or plastic containers, tuna, Vienna sausage, pasta or rice mixes., and drink
items such as tea bags, Crystal Light, Kool-Aid, and lemonade.  
If you are in need of help, please call 831-7692 and leave a message. It is our
privilege to be of assistance.
Wedding Anniversary Celebration
There will be a Mass on Saturday, October 13, at 4 p.m. to honor couples
celebrating their 25th, 50th, or other special wedding anniversary this year.  
Please contact the rectory at 837-8214 to register so that we may know how
many will attend.  There will be a reception for the couples and their families
in the Parish Center following Mass.
Come Enjoy St. Christopher Fall Fest!
Fall Fest will be held this year on Saturday, October 6, from 5 to 11 p.m.  It's a
pay-one-price event with music, food, beer, soft drinks, multiple activities for
children, and a sock-hop for older children.  Come out to eat, relax, and enjoy
the music!  Fall Fest is always a great time for the whole family!
Knights of Columbus Message
The Knights of Columbus  would like to thank all the ice cream lovers who
came over after Mass.  We would also like to thank the pizza lovers who came
to That’s Amore restaurant.  We appreciate your support!  Hope to see you
after the 9:30 a.m. Mass on
September 23 for coffee and donuts in the Parish
Fatima Rosary 2018
The Fatima Rosary Rally will be  Saturday, October 13, from noon to 2 p.m. in
the church courtyard.  All are invited to come pray the Rosary with us in
concert with 14,000 Rosary Rallies across America.  This year is the 101st
anniversary of Mary's apparitions at Fatima, Portugal, to the three shepherd
children, Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia.  Let us join in honoring our Blessed
Mother and her Immaculate Heart and appeal to her for the conversion of souls
and for our country.  Truly, "America Needs Fatima"!
Redelegation for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion 2018
The Redelegation for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will be
October 13, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church,
Metairie.  Please contact the rectory if you will attend so that preparations may
be made.  Those who have attended a session after January 1, 2018, do not need
to attend at this time.
Feast Day of Padre Pio, September 23
Ms. Marie Arceneaux Schwalb, wife of the late Harold Schwalb, died Monday,
3, at the age of 85.  She served four terms as Altar Society president
and was a recipient of the Order of St. Louis Award in 2013
.  Visitation,
Saturday, September 15, at
9 a.m. at St. Christopher Church; Funeral Mass, 11
a.m.; Obituary.
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Deacon Jerry Martinez is organizing another Pilgrimage to the Holy Land for
June 4-15, 2019, which will include some new and interesting sites.  Anyone
who is interested in a journey to Holy Land is urged to make one as soon as
possible; it is an unforgettable experience.  For more information, please note
brochure, which includes the itinerary and Reservation Application, as
well as these comments from
deacons and parishioners who have made past