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
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
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 member,
who received the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, February 11, 2018, with
Fr. Raymond officiating:  
Adelena Mercedes Zelaya, born November 25, 2017,
daughter of Ms. Sofia Zelaya.  May God's grace and blessings received through
this Sacrament guide her throughout her life!   
March 23, 6 p.m., Men's Club Fish Fry and Ham Bingo
March 23, 6:30, Stations of the Cross
March 29, 7 p.m., Holy Thursday Mass

March 30, 3 p.m., Good Friday Mass
March 31, 8 p.m., Easter Vigil
April 1, 7:30, 9:30, and 11 a.m., Easter Sunday Mass
April 5, 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus meeting
April 5, 7 p.m., Men's Prayer Group, Adoration Chapel
April 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
David and Sherri Eck Family has been selected as the March
Family of the Month.  David Sr. is an active member of the St. Christopher
Knights of Columbus, chairing their Coats for Kids program, and of the
St. Christopher Men's Club.  Sherri teaches kindergarten at St. Christopher,
where she coordinates and assists in producing the annual school play,
presenting this year
Blue Suede Paws, a 1950's sci-fi musical, on Saturday,
March 24, at 6 and 8 p.m. in the Parish Center!  Sherri also assists in various
Knights of Columbus events, i.e., Patriotic Rosary, Coats for Kids, etc.  For
many years, David and Sherri have been leaders of both Scout Troop 117 and
our CYO.  David Jr. is a proud Eagle Scout and active member of the Knights of
Columbus, Men’s Club, and CYO, and he also finds time to assist with the
creation of scenery for the school plays.  Bayley attended St. Christopher School
and is the mother of a beautiful baby girl!  The Ecks have given an incredible
amount of their time serving our parish in countless activities.  They are all so
big-hearted and have such a wonderful “can do” attitude, always willing to
assist and fill a need.  We are so grateful for their tremendous dedication to
and support of our parish.  Thank you and God bless you, Eck family!
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
deaconjerry@st.christophrano.com 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, in today’s Gospel, Jewish leaders attempt to
stone Jesus because he claimed to be the Son of
God. He defended his identity, saying "If I do not
perform my Father’s works, do not believe me; but if I
perform them, even if you do not believe me, believe
the works, so that you may realize and understand
that the Father is in me and I am in the Father."

At the Last Supper, Jesus would further explain his
intimate relationship with the Father. There he lays
out for us the co-inherence that obtains at the most
fundamental dimension of being, that is to say, within
the very existence of God. "Lord," Philip said to him,
"Show us the Father, and that will be enough for us."
Jesus replied, "Philip, after I have been with you all
this time, you still do not know me? Whoever has seen
me has seen the Father."

How can this be true, unless the Father and the Son
coinhere in each other? Though Father and Son are
truly distinct, they are utterly implicated in each other
by a mutual act of love. As Jesus says, "It is the
Father who lives in me, accomplishing his works."

Bishop Robert Barron
Gospel Reflection
John 10:31-42
CYO Retreat
St. Christopher's CYO 2018 Retreat will be held on Divine Mercy Weekend,  or
the Octave of Easter,
April 6-8, at Fountainbleau State Park. Entitled, "LB/FB:
Recognizing Christ in Everyday Life," this year's retreat promises to be one that
will be uplifting and faith-builiding for all who attend!
Parish Picnic
St. Christopher's Parish Picnic, hosted by the Men's Club, will be on April 14 at
Lafreniere Park, Shelter #2.  Mark the date and plan to join in the fun!
Up-to-Date Web Pages
Computer tip:  If any Web page appears to be out-of-date, it may possibly be
remedied simply by refreshing your browser via pressing Ctrl + F5!
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!
St. Christopher Outreach Ministry
We continue to make food available for our parishioners in need.  During the
following weeks of Lent, we wish to ask each household to bring one food item
with them to Mass and place them in the baskets at the entrance alcove of
church.  This will help us greatly to prepare our monthly baskets, especially
with Easter coming.  We are in need of tomato sauce and spaghetti, Chef
Boyardee, chili, beans, canned tuna, chicken, Vienna sausage, and Spam, fruit,
and peanut butter and jelly, packs of grits, oatmeal, ramen noodles, macaroni
and cheese, rice and pasta mixes, regular-size boxes or bags of cereal, bags of
beans and rice, soup, and drinks like Kool-Aid, lemonade, and tea bags.  Your
generosity is and always will be appreciated, especially by those receiving
care.  If you are in need of assistance, please call 831-7691 and leave a message.
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. Rose Anne Hammack Porta, beloved wife of 54 years of Sandor Jozsef
Porta, died on Friday, February 23, at the age of 74.  Visitation,
11 a.m., Wednesday, February 28, at Garden of Memories; Funeral Mass,
1 p.m.;
Mr. Joseph "Jo Jo" Adam Morales, Jr., beloved husband of Peggy Guillory
Morales, died on Wednesday, March 7, at the age of 59.  Visitation,
10 a.m., Tuesday, March 13, at  L. A. Muhleisen & Son Funeral Home, 2607
Williams Blvd.; Funeral Mass, 2 p.m.;
Holy Week Mass Schedule
Holy Thursday, March 29, 7 p.m.
Good Friday, March 30, 3 p.m.
Easter Vigil, March 31, 8 p.m.
Easter Sunday, April 1, 7:30, 9:30, and 11 a.m.
TV Mass for the Homebound
For the faithful at home or in health-care settings, the Heart of the Nation
Sunday TV Mass brings spiritual comfort and the blessings of joy-filled hope in
our Risen Savior.  Please invite anyone you know who is not able to join us in
church to view Mass at 8 a.m. on
Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday on WNOL,
Channel 38 (TV or online).  For those who are able to attend church, the TV or
online liturgy does not fulfill the Sunday Mass obligation.