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.
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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
Blood,
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!
August 18, 2-5 p.m., CYO Car Wash, school yard
August 19, 8:30 to noon, CYO Car Wash, school yard
August 21, 4:30 to 9 p.m., Family Night at Andy's Bistro to benefit CYO

August 23, 7:30 p.m., Men's Club meeting (social begins at 7 p.m.)
August 26, 12 p.m., Knights of Columbus Ice Cream Social after Mass
August 27, 4:30 to 9 p.m., Knights of Columbus fund-raiser at That's Amore restaurant

August 28, Family Night at Reginelli's Lakeview location to benefit CYO
August 30, 7 p.m., Men's Prayer Group, Adoration Chapel
September 6, 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus meeting
September 8, 4 p.m., Sacrament of the Sick after Mass

September 8, 5 p.m., Parish Spaghetti Dinner after Mass
September 9, 6 p.m., CYO Mass and meeting
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
Joseph and Joann Matherne Family has been selected as the
August Family of the Month.  Joseph serves as Grand Knight of our Knights of
Columbus and is a member of the Men's Club, while Joann is a member of the
Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary and teaches at our School of Religion
and at the preschool.  Among their many contributions to our parish, Joseph
and Joann are both members of the Holy Name Society and Altar Society.  They
are longtime CYO leaders, Eucharistic Ministers, and also take time to deliver
meals to the needy.  We thank the Mathernes for their enormous contribution to
the good works of our parish!  Like the one pebble that makes many ripples in
the pond, the reach of all the kindness and services of this generous and
faith-filled couple is much greater than we can ever measure.
We are so grateful for you, Joseph and Joann!
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 focuses on the gift of
forgiveness. This is such an anchor of the New
Testament and so central to Jesus’ ministry and
preaching. When it comes to the offenses that we
have received from others, we are, all of us, great
avatars of justice. We will remember every insult,
every snub, and every shortcoming when it comes to
our being hurt by others. That’s why forgiving even
once or twice is so difficult.

Forgiving seven times, as Peter suggests, is beyond
the pale. Yet Jesus says to him, "I say to you, not
seven times but seventy-seven times." In other words,
forgive constantly, relentlessly, and without
calculation. Your whole life must become an act of
forgiveness.

And this is why Jesus tells the parable in today’s
Gospel. The man who had been forgiven so much
should, at the very least, show forgiveness to the one
who owed him so much less.

Here is the spiritual heart of the matter: whatever
anyone owes you (in strict justice) is infinitely less
than what God has graciously given to you; the divine
forgiveness of you is infinitely greater than any
forgiveness you might be called upon to offer.

Becoming an instrument of God’s life, grace,
forgiveness, and peace is what it is all about. Allow to
flow through you what has been poured into you—that
is the whole story.

Peace,
Bishop Robert Barron
Gospel Reflection
Matthew 18:21 - 19:1
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. Lucas "Luke" Henry Bacino, beloved husband of 40 years of Andrea
Hernandez Bacino, died Saturday, July 14, at the age of 76.  Luke received the
Order of St. Louis award and was an active member of the Knights of
Columbus. A celebration of his life was held Saturday, July 21, at
St. Christopher Church;
Obituary.
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, there are several dates still available:  
October 27-28, November 3-4, and November 17-18.  Please call the rectory to
reserve a date.  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”!
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.
Registration Open for PSR and Confirmation Classes
Students from Grades K-8 who are not attending Catholic school must attend
religious education.  The Parish School of Religion (PSR) meets on
Tuesday
nights from 6:30-7:45
in the Early Education Building.  The fee is $35, but this
will be waived if there is financial difficulty.
Returning students, please fill out the Returning Student Registration Form.  
New students may pick up a registration from at the Rectory or the back of
church or
here and are asked to submit a copy of their Baptismal Certificate
with the form.  All forms may be brought to the rectory or to class on the first
day,
Tuesday, September 4.
Any public high school public students who need to prepare for Confirmation
are to attend the Confirmation preparation program at St. Christopher, which
will meet at the same time and location as the PSR.  Please call the rectory or
contact Richard St. Amant, the Director of Religious Education, for more
information at 756-2115 or
dre@stchristopherano.com.
Give-Back Nights to Benefit the CYO
There will be a give-back night generously hosted by Andy's Bistro on
Tuesday,
August 21, and at Reginelli's Lakeview location on Tuesday,
August 28.  Whether dining in or taking out your meal, 10% of all
profits benefit St. Christopher's CYO.  Come support the CYO while
enjoying great food and a night off from cooking!
Ice Cream Lovers, Welcome!
Please join us for an Ice Cream Social on Sunday, August 26, after the 11 a.m.
Mass in the Parish Center.  Come and make your own super sundaes and visit
with other ice cream lovers!  This event is kindly sponsored by our
St. Christopher Knights of Columbus.
St. Christopher Family Night
The Knights of Columbus will host a St. Christopher Night at That's Amore,
4441 West Metairie, on Monday,
August 27, from 4:30 to 9 p.m.  That's Amore
serves pizza, seafood, salads, and sandwiches.  Ten percent of all sales (dine-in,
takeout, and delivery) will be donated to our Knights to aid in all they do for
our parish!
St. Christopher Men's Club at Work
On Saturday, August 11, members of the Men's Club volunteered at the annual
Red Dress Run, which is a fund
-raising event for our organization.  Some of the
SCMC
volunteers worked the front gate, checking bags, while the cooking crew
cook
ed and served up sausage-and-pepper sandwiches.  This is always a great
day, and thank you to all who volunteered!