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, June 10, 2018, with
Deacon Jerry Martinez officiating:  
Audrey Anne Gunthans, born March 29,
2018, and
Sarah Claire Gunthans, born January 14, 2015; Richard Justin
, born October 5, 2017; and Giovanni Victor Lawtum, born May 1, 2018.  
May God's grace and blessings received through this Sacrament guide them
throughout their life!
June 19, 9 a.m., Altar Society Rosary and Mass
June 21, 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus meeting
June 21, 7 p.m., Men's Prayer Group, Adoration Chapel
June 28, 7 p.m., Men's Prayer Group, Adoration Chapel
June 28, 7:30 p.m., Men's Club meeting
June 28, 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus Patriotic Rosary
July 5, 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus meeting
July 5, 7 p.m., Men's Prayer Group, Adoration Chapel
July 8, 6 p.m., CYO Mass and 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 Janet Schluter Family has been selected as the
June Family of the Month.  Janet has diligently served for 39 years as our
church secretary and office manager and also is a lector and Eucharistic
minister.  Jim is an usher, member of the Men’s Club, and he brings
Communion to the homebound and assists with many parish and rectory
chores.  As a couple, they have aided our priests in countless ways, assisting
with transportation for appointments and groceries, etc.  Truly, the services that
Janet and Jim have provided for our church are well beyond those of a
dedicated secretary and her kind and supportive husband!  They have
earnestly devoted a great part of their lives attending the many needs of our
parish, for which we are deeply grateful.
Janet and Jim, thank you so much for your dedication and daily efforts to keep
our parish running smoothly!
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 gives Jesus’ teaching about
nonresistance to evil people. We are continually
wanting God to behave as we would, that is to say,
withdrawing his love from those who don’t deserve it
and giving his love to those who do deserve it. But this
is just not the way God operates.

Why should you pray for someone who is persecuting
you? Why shouldn’t you be allowed at least to answer
him in kind—an eye for an eye? Because God doesn’t
operate that way, and you are being drawn into the
divine life. Why should you turn the other cheek to
someone who has struck you? Because it’s practical?
No, because that’s the way God operates, and you’re
being called into the divine life. Why should you go
beyond simply loving those who love you? Because
that’s the way God operates: he loves the saints and
he loves the worst of sinners.

Is any of this easy to do? Of course not. Are we able
to get to this state through willing it, through earnest
practice? Of course not! That’s why love is referred to
as a theological virtue. It is the sheerest participation
in the divine life, and it can only come from God.

Bishop Robert Barron
Gospel Reflection
Matthew 5:38-42
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. 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;
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:  June 30-    
July 1, July 7-8, July 21-22, July 28-29, August 11-12, August 18-19,
September 15-16, October 27-28, November 3-4, November 10-11, and
November 17-18.  Please call the rectory to reserve a date.
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 831-7692 and
leave a message.  We will return your call and be glad  to explain more fully
the purpose of this ministry.
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!
Golden Wedding Anniversaries
The following couples were honored June 10 for their Golden Wedding
Anniversaries:  Mr. and Mrs. Kent Bairnsfather, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Chaix,
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Dugas, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Sbisa, Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie
Solis, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Switzer, and Mr. and Mrs. William Trepagnier.  
Congratulations to each wonderful couple!
Second Collection
Next weekend, June 23-24, will be our annual Missionary Appeal.  Sr. Pamela
will join us to speak about the Daughters of Divine Love
, a pontifical and
international order of religious women founded in Nigeria in July 1969 by the
late Bishop Godfrey, Okoye, CSSP.  The congregation has over 900 sisters
ministering in 15 countries around the world, including the United States,
Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Germany, England, France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland,
Australia, Nigeria, Chad, Gabon, Dameroon, Mali, and Kenya.  The Daughters
minister in all walks of life where the manifestation of God’s love is needed.
Altar Society Mass
On Tuesday, June 19, the Altar Society will recite the Rosary at 9 a.m., followed
by Mass celebrating the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  There will not be a
Patriotic Rosary
The Knights of Columbus will host a Patriotic Rosary on June 29 at 7 p.m.  You
are invited to wear red, white, and blue as we pray to our Blessed Mother for
our country!  Following the Rosary, refreshments will be served in the Parish
Center.  The drawing for the statue of Mary that the Knights of Columbus is
raffling will also be held following the Rosary.