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.
St. Christopher Parish is developing enhanced paper and digital communication
capabilities.  You can help us by providing us with your information.  Use
the link below to set up your personal user name and password to the database:
St. Christopher Church Census Database Link
Precious in His Sight
You Can Make A Difference
We welcome into the faith community of St. Christopher our newest member,
who received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, January 8, 2017, with
Deacon Jerry Martinez officiating:  
Landon Raymond McCrossen, born
September 30, 2016, son of Eric and Shanna McCrossen.  May God's grace and
blessings received through this Sacrament guide him throughout his life!
March 1, Ash Wednesday
March 2, 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus meeting
March 3, 6:30 p.m., Stations of the Cross
March 5, 6 p.m., Confirmation meeting for 2017 Confirmation, gym
March 8, 10 a.m., Mission Rosary Makers meeting, Parish Center
March 9, 6:15 p.m., Bereavement and Support Group, Parish Center
March 10, 6:30 p.m., Stations of the Cross
Our Adoration Chapel is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to noon.
Please consider becoming an committed adorer or substitute who would be
able to fill in when someone is unable to be there.  If you would like to help,
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.  
Early Education Annex Worker Needed
The Early Education Annex is seeking someone to care for infants through age
two for the shift from 3 to 6 p.m.  Applicants must be 18 years or older.  For
further information, please contact
arnochrist@archdiocese-no.org.
Outreach Ministry Extends "Thank you" and Requests Food Donations
Over Thanksgiving an Christmas, through your generosity, our Outreach
Ministry was able to distribute 70 boxes of food along with a $20 gift certificate
for food, as well as provide some financial assistance to our parishioners who
qualified and needed help.  We thank you on behalf of St. Christopher asked us
to express their appreciation.  We receive handshakes, hugs, and sincere thanks
and wish we could pass them on to you.
We are now in need of foods such as tomato sauce, Chef Boyardee, chili,
canned meats, packs of oatmeal and grits, ramen noodles, jelly, and drink
products like Crystal Light, Kool-Aid, hot chocolate, and tea bags.  If you are in
need of assistance, please call 831-7692.
Mr. German Hernandez Hernandez, beloved husband of 47 years of Ana
Leticia Banegas Zavala, passed away on February 1 at the age of 79.  Services
were held on Saturday, February 18, at Tharp-Sontheimer Funeral Home;
Obituary.
Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebration
The Archdiocesan Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebration will take place on
Sunday, June 11, 2017, at 3 p.m., in St. Philip Neri Church in Metairie. This will
not be a Mass, but a prayer service.  The registration deadline is
February 22,
2017.  Congratulations to each happy couple!
Willwoods Married-Couple Retreat
Would  you  like to break away with your spouse and spend quality time
together enriching your marriage?  Join us on our
March 18-19 Married-
Couples Retreat at the St. Augustine Retreat Center in Bay St. Louis just two
blocks away from the bay.  Attending a married-couples retreat annually is a
wonderful way to deepen your love for God and each other!  To register or for
more information, call Jason Angelette, 504-830-3716, or visit
www.willwoods.org.  The suggested donation of $275 is requested but is not
required.  
Thank you to Hunter Vuljoin for organizing the landscaping of the Rectory
yard and Mary Garden as his Eagle Scout project.   Old shrubs were removed  
and new ones planted for everyone's enjoyment!  A big thank-you also goes out
to Troop 269 members and parents:  Daniel D'Aunoy, Jude Duvernay, Daniel
Gauthier, Scott Heu, Brian Murry, Patrick O'Neill, Harry Reiner, Gerald Roser,
Nick Scandurro, Phillip St. Martin, James and Jim Stoddard, as well as Ethan,
Marty, and Peggy Vuljoin.
Mr. Ronald Joseph Mire, beloved husband of the late Linda Scallan Mire,
passed away on February 15 at the age of 72.  Visitation, Monday, February 20,
11 a.m., at Garden of Memories Funeral Home; Funeral Mass, 1 p.m.;
Obituary.
Ms. Vivian Orr Alfred, beloved wife of the late Jerome Donald Alfred, passed
away on February 16 at the age of 93.  Visitation, Friday, February 24, 10:30
a.m., at St. Christopher Church; Funeral Mass, 12:30 p.m.;
Obituary.
Mr. Michael Brady Wallace, beloved husband of over 60 years of Camille
Kingsmill Wallace, passed away on February 19 at the age of 84.  Visitation,
Friday, February 24, 9:30 a.m., at Greenwood Funeral Home, 5200 Canal Blvd;
Funeral Mass, 1 p.m.;
Obituary.
Clarion Herald
There is an envelope in the Church Support Envelopes for the Clarion Herald,
which is distributed at Mass on the weekend.  The yearly cost is $20, with our
parish being billed for the copies we receive.  We appreciate your
contributions to help defray this expense.
Second Collection
There will be a second collection on March 4-5 for  repairs, maintenance, and
utilities.  Many thanks for your generosity!
Lenten Regulations
Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday by all Catholics who are 18 years
of age but not yet 59.  Those who are bound to fast may take only one full meal.
Two smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to
each one’s need, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted.
Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics 14 years or older on
Ash Wednesday and on all Fridays of Lent.  The determination of certain days
as obligatory days of penance should not be understood as limiting the
occasions for Christian penance
, as the spirit of the season of Lent should be
maintained throughout the weeks of Lent.  People should seek to do more
rather than less, since fasting and abstinence on the days prescribed should be
considered a minimal response to the Lord’s call to penance and conversion of
life.   
Thank You to Troop 269's New Eagle Scout