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, April 8, 2018, with
Fr. Raymond officiating:  
Trey Michael Charleville, Jr., son of Trey Charleville
and Nicole Stewart, born December 17, 2013;
Harper Rose Hunter, daughter of
Jeffrey and Jolie Hunter, born November 30, 2017; and
Rhett Joseph Rhodes,
son of Robby and Dayna Rhodes, born July 24, 2017.  And most recently,
Alexander Brady Tillman, son of George and Monica Tillman, born September
11, 2017, was Baptized by Fr. Frank on April 22.  May God's grace and blessings
received through this Sacrament guide them throughout their life!   
Also warmly welcomed is
Amber Lynn Junot, who attended RCIA and
received the Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation at the
Easter Vigil Mass, Saturday, March 31, with Fr. Raymond officiating.  May God
bless her and always shed His light on her journey of faith.
April 26, 7:30 p.m., Men's Club meeting
May 3, 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus meeting
May 3, 7 p.m., Men's Prayer Group, Adoration Chapel
May 6, 9:30 a.m., St. Louis Award Celebration Mass and reception, St. Joseph Church
May 8, 6 p.m., Outreach Ministry meeting
May 9, 10 a.m., Mission Rosary Makers meeting, Parish Center
May 10, 6:15, Bereavement and Support Group meeting, Parish Center
May 10, 7 p.m., Men's Prayer Group, Adoration Chapel
May 11, 6 p.m., Rosary Radio Broadcast, Parish Center
May 12, 4 p.m., Sacrament of the Sick after Mass
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
Ernest and Joan Dugas Family has been selected as the April
Family of the Month.  Ernest has been an usher at St. Christopher for many
years and a dedicated member of the Mission Rosary Makers.  Both he and
Joan visit and assist the needy daily at Notre Dame Hospice.  They truly
personify the Gospel message:  Love your neighbor, visit the sick, and assist
those in need.  God bless them for their ministry and goodness, as they are a
blessing to us all and enrich our parish so greatly.  Congratulations to the
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 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 builds on the enduring and
endearing image of Jesus as the good shepherd.
Jesus says: "The sheep hear his voice, as he calls his
own sheep by name and leads them out."

How wonderful and strange that Christianity is not a
set of ideas. It’s not a philosophy or an ideology. It’s a
relationship with someone who has a voice. The first
disciples were privileged to hear the voice of the
historical Jesus. They heard its very particular tone
and texture.

But we hear his voice too, in our own way, especially
when we hear the Scriptures proclaimed at Mass.
Mind you, we don’t just read the Bible; we hear the
Bible. We also hear the voice of Jesus when the
bishops and the popes speak; we hear it in our
conscience, which Newman called "the aboriginal vicar
of Christ in the soul"; and we hear it in good spiritual
friends, those people who comfort us and challenge
us and keep calling us to higher ideals and encourage
us when we fall.

We listen to the voice of Jesus because he is leading
us to a renewed and transformed life with God.

Bishop Robert Barron
Gospel Reflection
John 10:1-10
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.
Ms. Annie Bruno Traina, wife of the late Charley Traina, died on Monday,
April 16, at the age of 92.  Visitation, 9:30 a.m., Saturday, April 21, at
Lake Lawn  Funeral Home; Funeral Mass, 2 p.m.;
Student Assistance
The school is looking for an adult to work with one of our students from 3:30 to
4:30 p.m.  If you are interested or for more information, please contact Lynn
Bailey at 975-3183.
Altar Server Honored
On April 9, William Black, a 7th-grader at St. Christopher, was honored as the
Outstanding Altar Server from our parish.  Thank you, William and all our
Altar Servers, for your dedication and service to St. Christopher Parish!  
Recipients of the Order of St. Louis Medallion
Congratulations to Conrad Frey and Russell and Deidre Gaubert, who will
receive 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!
Eagle Scouts Offer their Time and Service
Thank you and congratulations to Nicholas Hagstette and Harry Reiner for
recently completing their Eagle Scout Projects in service of our Parish.  
Nicholas, with the assistance of fellow Scouts in Troop 269, devoted his Eagle
Scout Project to sanding and varnishing the six sets of entry doors of church.  
Harry's Eagle Scout Project entailed painting all the railings on the three
entrances of church.  Nicholas and Harry would like to thank all who donated
the materials needed to complete their projects.  St. Christopher Parish truly
appreciates all that our Boy Scouts do for us.  Well done, Scouts!   
Men's Club Activities
The next Men's Club meeting will be April 26 at 7:30 p.m., with the social
beginning at 7:00.  They will be serving chops and white beans, and Board
nominations will be taken for next year's officers.  Also, Saturday,
May 12, from
8 p.m. to midnight marks the End-of-Year Toga Party, to be held in the gym.  
Tickets are $10.  Light food and mixers will be provided, but it's BYOB at this
social and dance that you won't want to miss!  You must be 21 to attend, and
togas are optional.  Come join in the fun!
Outreach Ministry Easter Food Boxes are a Blessing!
Thanks to your generosity, we were able to assist several parishioners with
food boxes and a $20 food gift card for Easter.  A special thanks to our CYO
young adults and parents who helped to prepare the boxes:  your help is
greatly appreciated!  It is our privilege to dispense these gifts of food.  If you
are in need of assistance, call 831-7692 and please leave a message.
We are now low and would appreciate your help in restocking items such as
cereal, peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti and other pastas, tuna, Chef Boyardee,
chili, beans, fruit, rice and pasta mixes, and drink items.
First Communicants
April 7, 2018
"Let the little children come to Me . . .
for the kingdom of heaven
belongs to such as these."
                 Matthew 19:14
Sadie Alvarez
Daniel Aucoin
Molly Avrard
Blaise Bairnsfather
Olivia Barraco
Amelia Becker
Evan Beckman
Chloe Behre
Laila Berger
Stevie Berthelot
Christian Blanke
Brady Blum
Jaden Brock
Addie Buhler
Dakota Cantwell
Chase Carter
Victoria Chavez
Iris Chiavetta
Jesse Cofield
Jett Cofield
Jake Cusachs
Landon Demoruelle
Molly Doubleday
Morgan Ellerbusch
Brenna Ferguson
Christopher Forster
Owen Geiger
Savannah Grimes
Zooey Gryzch
Brody Hidalgo
Erin Johnson
Katie Keene
Bailey Kramer
Tristan Ledet
Brea Leone
Cody Lister
Cayden Metcalf
Kieley Middlebrook
Triston Monroy
Alexis Morgan
Payton Morris
Theresa Ocampo
Connor O’Leary
Lucas Ovella
Jackson Ripp
Lily Roussell
Grayson Schexnaildre
Jorden Scott
Marley Shepherd
Gino Signorelli
Nicholas Spiller
Ethan Stradley
Ava Thomas
Faith Tran
Jackson Udstad
Ariana Walker
Lauren Walters
Emily Ward
Ashley Young
Richard Anthony McNulty, beloved husband of  53 years of Janet Cartullo
McNulty, died Tuesday, April 17, at the age of 74.  Visitation, 5 p.m., Monday,
April 23, at L.A. Muhleisen & Son Funeral Home, 2607 Williams Blvd., Kenner;
Funeral Mass, 7:30 p.m.;
Ms. Alvira May Habisreitinger Knight, eloved wife of 37 years of Philip
Knight, died Monday, April 16.  Visitation, 9 a.m., Saturday, April 21, at
Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home; Funeral Mass, 12:30 p.m.;
Second Collection
There will be additional collections next weekend, May 5-6, for repairs and
maintenance as well as for Catholic University, as scheduled by the
Archdiocese.  We thank you for your generosity!
Mother's Day Mass Intentions
Please submit your Mother's Day Mass intentions by May 4 in order that we
may timely submit them for publication in the bulletin.  You may call the
rectory at 837-8214 or fax
them at  837-8303.
Bereavement and Support Group
The Bereavement and Support Group will meet on Thursday, May 10, at 6:15
.m. in the Parish Center.  All are invited.  For more information, please call
Diane Vasquez at 835 -0540
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
pdate every once in a while!  Thank you for your cooperation.