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., 8:00-1:00
    Novena:  Tues., following the 6:30 a.m. Mass
MASS SCHEDULE

Rev. Raymond Igbogidi, Pastor
e-mail:  
pastor@stchristopherano.com
Deacon Charles Duke
e-mail:  
ewduke@msn.com
Deacon Phil McManamon
e-mail:  
pmcmanam@yahoo.com
Ms. Janet Schluter, Secretary
e-mail:  
scmrectory@outlook.com
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.
Save the date for next year's 12-day Pilgrimage to the Holy Land lead by Deacon
Jerry Martinez:  
May 26 to June 6, 2020.  You will visit the humble home of
Joachim and Anna where the Angel Gabriel visited Mary, the birthplace of Jesus
in Bethlehem, the Sea of Galilee, the house of Caiaphas where Jesus was held for
trial, the Antonia Fortress where Jesus was tried by Pilot, the site of the
Crucifixion, and the tomb where Jesus rose from the dead.  
The pilgrimage to Turkey and Greece with Fr. Beau Charbonnet from
June 12-25, 2020, will follow in the footsteps of St. Paul as he formed Christian
communities that spread the growth of the Church Jesus founded. Starting from
Istanbul (Constantinople), we travel south to visit the Seven Cities of the Book of
Revelations, then take a cruise across the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas,
stopping at Patmos, Rhodes, Crete, and Santorini, then tour Athens, Corinth, and
Delphi.  
The pilgrimage to Ireland with Msgr Harry Bugler will be
July 7-18, 2020.  If you
are interested in attending one or more of the meetings, please contact Deacon
Jerry at 559-4495 or
pilgrimswayusa@aol.com and provide your name and contact
information.
Precious in His Sight
Adoration Chapel
We welcome into the faith community of St. Christopher our newest member,
who received the Sacrament of Baptism on September 8, 2019:
 Olivia Cabral
Mendel
, daughter of Michael and Wanele Mendel, born August 30, 2018.  May
God's grace and blessings received through this Sacrament guide her
throughout her life!
September 21, 4 p.m., Mass, Celebration of Marriage Anniversaries, reception following
September 22, 5-8 p.m., CYO meeting (no Mass)
September 23, 6 p.m., Legion of Mary meeting
September 24, 9:30 a.m., Mass, K-4th grades
September 24, 6:30-7:45 p.m., School of Religion
September 25, 9:30 a.m., Mass, 5th-7th grades
September 26, 7 p.m., Men's Club meeting
September 26, 7 p.m., Men's Prayer Group, Adoration Chapel
September 29, 8-11 a.m., CYO Pancake Breakfast, Parish Center
September 30, 6 p.m., Legion of Mary meeting
October 1, 6:30 p.m., School of Religion
October 3, 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus meeting
October 3, Men's Club Fall Fest Setup Night 1
October 4, 9:30-5:30, Veneration of Padre Pio, St. Rita, Uptown
A “Gift” is offered to all members of St. Christopher Parish.  Spending only one
hour with OUR LORD in the Blessed Sacrament can be a way to clear your
mind and help you live a better life.  Come join in adoration of OUR LORD.  
The hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Information is on the
table at the entrance to church, or you may direct any questions to Jerry Cox at
458-3152.  Please help us to keep our Adoration Chapel open.  Thank you and
God bless.
Pilgrimages to the Holy Land, Turkey/Greece, and Ireland
Mark Your Calendars
"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
Phil and Barbara McManamon Family has been selected as
the September Family of the Month.  Deacon Phil’s first assignment after
becoming a deacon in 2015 was, and remains, St. Christopher.  While currently
working on his master’s degree in theology, he serves as director of the Parish
School of Religion and also is involved in St. Christopher’s bereavement
ministry.  As a member of the Knights of Columbus, he leads the Advent and
Lenten retreats and Silver Rose events.  Barbara is a Eucharistic minister and
assists Phil in his various ministries.  Phil and Barbara are blessed with three
grown children and one grandchild, with two others on the way, due in
February 2020.  We are so grateful for their tireless commitment to serving God
within our parish and thank them for sharing their love and faith.   May God
richly bless them!
Friends, in our Gospel today Jesus heals a man with a
withered hand. As I’ve said many times before, we
tend to domesticate Christ, reducing him to a guru or
a teacher, one spiritual guide among many. But this is
to do violence to the Gospel, which presents him not
simply as teacher but as Savior.

I realize that the culture militates against Christianity at
this point, for it steadily teaches the ideology of self-
esteem and self-assertion. "I’m okay and you’re okay."
"Who are you to tell me how to behave?"

But this sort of thing—whatever value it might have
politically or psychologically—is simply inimical to a
biblical Christianity. The biblical view is that we have,
through the abuse of our freedom, gotten ourselves
into an impossible bind. Sin has wrecked us in such a
fundamental way that we have become dysfunctional.
Until we truly feel what it means to be lost and
helpless, we will not appreciate who Jesus is and what
he means.

Jesus is someone who has rescued us, saved us,
done something that we could never, even in
principle, do for ourselves.

Peace,
Bishop Robert Barron
Gospel Reflection
Luke 6:6-11
We are very thankful for all the support by our parishioners.  Without your
help, we would not be able to provide the assistance needed.  We are probably
as low on food as we have ever been.  We are in need of boxes or bags of cereal,
beans and rice, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, pasta and rice mixes, grits,
oatmeal, and ramen noodles.  We also need cans of tuna, chicken, Vienna
sausages, spam or similar products, fruit, peanut butter and jelly, soups,
tomato sauce, gravy in packs or bottles and drink mixes like tea bags,
Kool-Aid, hot chocolate, and Crystal Light.  Please help us by checking current
"best by" dates.  If you are in need of assistance, call 831-7692 and leave a
message.  We will return your call.  May God bless all of you.  
Louis A. Hosch, Jr., August 29, 2019
Elvine “Noonie” Bourgeois Ovella, September 1, 2019
Carita Julia Breaux, September 2, 2019
Flowers and Sanctuary Lights
Flowers and sanctuary lights for 2019 are available.  There are several open
weeks for the flowers on the altar and for sanctuary lights.  What a beautiful
way to remember relatives or someone special (living  or deceased)!  You
could say “Congratulations,” “Happy Birthday,” or “Happy Anniversary.”  
Please call 837-8214 to reserve a weekend.  The cost is $40, made payable to
“St. Christopher Altar Society."
Advertiser of the Week
Zummo’s Super Market

Lunches * Po-Boy Sandwiche * Liquors
3425 Metairie Road
833-8628
Lost and Found
There are many items that have been left in church and are on the shelf  on top
of the poor box under St. Anthony.  The items include rosaries, umbrellas, etc.  
Please check to see if any of the items belong to you.
St. Christopher Parish Census Form
St. Christopher Parish is developing enhanced paper and digital communication
capabilities.  You can help us by providing us with your information.  Use
this
link to set up your personal user name and password for the database.
Anniversary Celebration
On Saturday, September 21, 2019, at the 4 p.m. Mass, St. Christopher will
celebrate couples who have attained 25 and 50 years or longer of marriage this
year.  A reception will follow in the Parish Center.  If you plan to attend, please
call Gail Giardina at 834-5135.  
Food Pantry for Outreach
CYO Membership and Fund Drive
Calling all youth!  The mission of St. Christopher CYO is to serve the needs of
all youth:  spiritual, emotional, social, and physical.  We offer guidance to
assist young people as they assume responsibility for themselves and for their
relationships with their peers and community, as well as creating an
environment which leads them into a relationship with God through Christ and
His Church.  Membership is open to students in 7th grade up until the age of
18.  We have Mass and our meeting every second Sunday of the month, with
Mass beginning at 6 p.m. and the meeting at 7 p.m. in the gym.  For more
information, contact Kelsie Bordelon at
kelsielabauve@gmail.com.  
In the foyer of the church, you will find CYO information on the table and a
donation board with envelopes for your use.  Our youth need your support!
Spiritual Retreats
A spiritual retreat is an opportunity to withdraw from the routine and
pressures of life, and to open our heart and mind to God’s love for us and
discern the movement of the Spirit in our life and surrender to God’s will.
There are a variety of options available for a retreat in and near the Archdiocese
of New Orleans, ranging from one day of reflection to a three-day silent retreat.  
For people seeking a deeper experience of growth in their relationship with
God, there are also options for individual spiritual direction with a companion
experienced in the spirituality of the Desert Fathers and saints of the Church.
St. Christopher is blessed to have clergy with experience in spiritual direction
and companionship.  For more information and assistance in determining the
spiritual experience that best suits you, please contact Dcn. Phil McManamon
at 451-0009 or
pmcmanam@yahoo.com.
Holy Baptism
If you have a child who will be Baptized, the upcoming dates to prepare for are
as outlined below.  You must attend the Baptismal Seminar in order for your
child to be Baptized.
Baptism:
October 13
November 10
December 8
January 12, 2020
Baptismal Seminar:
September 27
October 25
November 22
December 20
Parish School of Religion
It's not too late to register!  The St. Christopher Parish School of Religion
(formerly known as "CCD" is starting registration for the 2019-2020 school year
for children in kindergarten through 8th grade who are attending non-Catholic
elementary school.  Classes are held in the EEC Building from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
on most Tuesday nights during the school year, beginning Tuesday,
September 10.  Please fill out the registration form and return it with a
payment of $35 to the parish office.  If you have any questions, please contact
the deacons or Fr. Raymond.
School of Religion Teachers Needed
We are in need of a few teachers/helpers for the Parish School of Religion
program.  Please call the rectory if you are able to assist.
Altar Society Appeal
Ever wonder what exactly the Altar Society is about?  Do you know who
prepares the altar each week with the beautiful floral arrangements, cleans the
linens, vacuums, dusts, cleans the door and windows, etc.?  Well, it’s the
Ladies of the Altar Society (and sometimes with a little help from their
spouses).  The ladies also prepare for the receptions for the St. Louis Awards
and the 25th-50th Wedding Anniversaries and also sponsor the Day of
Reflection each Spring, among other needs when called upon.  The Altar
Society is always looking for new members.  If you would like to join us, our
meetings are the 3rd Tuesday of each month, preceded by the Rosary and Mass
in the Church at 9 a.m.  We would love to have you!
Confirmation Meeting
For anyone entering their junior year and wanting to make Confirmation in
May 2020, there will be an informational meeting in church at 7 p.m. on
September 18 in church.  Please note the date change from September 17 to
September 18 and bring a copy of your Baptismal Certificate.
Pro Life
"Abortion is the only surgery for which the surgeon is not obligated to inform
the patient of the possible risks of the procedure, or even the exact nature of the
procedure.  Indeed, abortion providers are the only medical personnel who
have a 'constitutional right' to withhold information, even when directly
questioned by the patient."  David Reardon, Aborted Women:  Silent No More
St. Pio Comes to the Archdiocese of New Orleans
We are excited to welcome relics of popular 20th century stigmatist Capuchin
priest and spiritual father, St. Pio of Pietrelcina, affectionately known as "Padre
Pio."  St. Rita Church, on 2729 Lowerline Street, will receive his relics, which
will be on display for veneration from 9:30-5:30 on Friday,
October 4, 2019.  
There will be a Mass in honor of St. Pio celebrated by Archbishop Aymond,
with reserved seating for St. Rita parishioners in the central nave and all else
open to first arriving.  For more information, please see this
site or call 866-7426.
Mary Dorman, 104 years old, with Fr. Raymond
after the 6 p.m. Mass on Sunday, September 8, 2019.
How inspiring to see a 104-year-old coming to Mass
still, to worship her God and to celebrate with her
brothers and sisters in Christ.
Tickets must be purchased no later than October 2, 2019.  Please
click
here for more information and the ticket form.
Willwoods Married-Couples Retreat
Would you like to take a break away with your spouse and spend quality time
enriching your marriage?  Then join us on our upcoming Married Couples
Retreat at the newly renovated St. Joseph’s Abbey’s Christian Life Retreat
Center in Covington on
September 28-29 or  October 12-13 .  A married-
couples retreat does not mean that someone is failing, but rather it is a falling
into the arms of our Lord.  It is a weekend dedicated to giving you and your
beloved the opportunity to find rest, strength, and enrichment, which is
something we all need!  A once-a-year commitment to attending  a retreat as a
couple is a great habit that will bless and deepen your love for God and each
other!  To register, call 830-3716 or visit
www.FaithandMarriage.org.  A
suggested donation is requested but not required.  Scholarships are available;
cost should never be a reason why a couple cannot make a weekend.
Rosary Rally
Please join our Rosary Rally on October 12 in the courtyard from noon until
2 p.m.  America urgently needs the prophetic messages of Our Lady at Fatima.
Above all, America needs a clear direction, a great purpose, and the means to
achieve it. The admonitions, requests, and warnings of Mary Most Holy can
rightly be called a heaven-sent survival manual.
We are excited to welcome relics of popular 20th century stigmatist Capuchin
priest and spiritual father, St. Pio of Pietrelcina, affectionately known as "Padre
Pio."  St. Rita Church, on 2729 Lowerline Street, will receive his relics, which
will be on display for veneration from 9:30-5:30 on Friday,
October 4, 2019.  
There will be a Mass in honor of St. Pio celebrated by Archbishop Aymond,
with reserved seating for St. Rita parishioners in the central nave and all else
open to first arriving.  For more information, please see this
site or call 866-7426.