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 dates for next year's 12-day Pilgrimages:  
"Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus in the Holy Land of Israel" from
May 26 to    
June 6, 2020
, with Fr. Sidney Speaks (8 spots left).  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.  
Follow the Path of St. Paul in Turkey and Greece, as he formed Christian
communities that spread the growth of the Church Jesus founded, from
June 21-25, 2020, with Fr. Beau Charbonnet (8 spots left).  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.  
Enjoy the Beauty and the People of The Emerald Isle with Msgr. Harry Bugler in
his homeland of Ireland from
July 6-17, 2020.  
If you are interested in joining us, 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!
November 22, 9:30 a.m., Mass for PK3-7th grades
November 22, 7 p.m., CYO Skyzone night
November 22, 7 p.m., Baptismal seminar
November 23, 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Turkey Bingo
November 24, 5:15 p.m., CYO meeting
November 25, 6 p.m.., Legion of Mary meeting
November 25, 7 p.m., Parish Council meeting
November 26, 6:30 p.m., School of Religion
November 28, Thanksgiving Day
November 28, 7 p.m., Men's Prayer Group, Adoration Chapel
December 2, 6 p.m., Legion of Mary meeting
December 3, 6:30 p.m., School of Religion
December 5, 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus meeting
December 7, 8 a.m.-noon, Santa Breakfast, Parish Center
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
Elden and Lisa Moree Family has been selected as the
November Family of the Month.  Lisa has a long history of contributing
through her love of music.  She was a member of the 11 o’clock choir for many
years while attending St. Christopher School and high school.  Now in her 23rd
year at St. Christopher, Lisa teaches 5th-grade religion and leads the school
choir.  She coordinates the music and choir for the Knights, school events, and
Christmas Masses.  Elden is a member of the St. Christopher Men’s Club and
faithfully assists Lisa in setting up for events.  He is also a member of the Dad’s
Club at Cabrini High School.  We are so grateful for the Morees' tireless
commitment to serving God within our parish and thank them for sharing their
love and faith.   May God richly bless them!
Friends, today in the Gospel passage we see Jesus’
mercy toward the blind man as a hallmark of his
ministry. Jesus comes as healer, savior, inaugurator
of the kingdom. He is the embodiment of hope. Jesus
wanted to connect human suffering to the very source
of life and health. The energy of God pours through
him to the needy.

Now, I realize a question may be forming in your mind:
"Well, why doesn’t he simply cure everyone then?"
The answer is obviously wrapped up in the mystery of
God’s will, but the important point is this: Jesus is
healer in many senses, but ultimately in the sense that
he heals us from sin and death, not only physical
maladies. What appears historically in Jesus is an
eschatological anticipation, a hint and foreshadowing
of what is coming in God’s time and in God’s way.

Peace,
Bishop Robert Barron
Gospel Reflection
Luke 18:35-43
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
beginning preparations for filling baskets for Thanksgiving and Christmas for
those in need.  We are in need of regular size boxes or bags of cereal, beans and
rice, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, pasta and rice mixes, grits, oatmeal,
ramen noodles, cans of tuna, chicken, Vienna sausages, Spam, fruit, peanut
butter and jelly, soups, tomato sauce, gravy in packs or bottles, and drink
mixes such as 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.
Earline Dufour Bordelon, October 27, 2019
Marilyn Rebouché Grice, October 28, 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."
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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.
Food Pantry for Outreach
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:
January 12, 2020
Baptismal Seminar:
December 20
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!
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
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
We would like to invite all interested members of St. Christopher the Martyr
Parish to become Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and/or
Readers.  Qualifications include manifesting a devotion of the Eucharist in
public/private lives of prayer; manifesting a sense of presence and self-
confidence in liturgical decorum and relationship with others; being exemplary
in living out the Christian life, faith, and morals; being aware of and responsive
to the Church’s view of the importance of lay ministries; being in good
standing with the local church community; and having been fully initiated into
the Catholic church and wedded in the Church, if married.  If you are
interested, please contact the Pastor and register online with the Archdiocese at

www.arch-no.org/law-liturgical-ministry-formation
for the workshop on
Saturday,
December 7, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The workshop is held at the
Archdiocesan Administrative Building, 7887 Walmsley Avenue, New Orleans.
Turkey Bingo
The Knights of Columbus will host a Turkey Bingo on Saturday, November 23,
in the gym.  Come enjoy good family fun and have a chance to win a turkey for
Thanksgiving dinner!  Doors open at 5 p.m., with early-bird games at 6 p.m.
and regular games at 6:30 p.m.  Refreshments will be sold.   
#IGiveCatholic Giving, Now through December 3
    How can I repay the Lord for all the good He has done for me?  Psalm 116:
12.  God loves us, and what He desires from us is a grateful heart.  Thomas à
Kempis said, “Be grateful, therefore, for the least gift and you will be worthy to
receive a greater.  Consider the least gift as the greatest . . . .  And, if you but
look to the dignity of the Giver, no gift will appear too small or worthless.”  We
often assume that God’s blessings are due to us, but Jesus never took them for
granted.  He took the time to thank His Father because He had a grateful heart.  
Jesus is appreciative of every act of love and kindness coming from our own
hearts.
    It is said that the more thankful we are, the happier we become, and it is
from the spirit of gratitude that we can draw constant strength from God.  We
can practice gratitude by remembering to offer God a prayer of thanksgiving
each time we receive Him at mass in the Word and in the Holy Eucharist.  The
very word “Eucharist” means “thanksgiving”!  When prayers of gratitude go
up, God in turn pours down His blessings and goodness.
    As we enter this time of year, we are reminded of God’s giving of His whole
heart, and we ask, “What can we do in return?”  Give with
our whole heart!  
The national campaign, IGiveCatholic, is being held now through
Tuesday,
December 3, 2019.  There is a specific link whereby donations may be made
specifically for the benefit of St. Christopher Church:  
https://neworleans.
igivecatholic.org/organizations/st-christopher-the-martyr-
church.  Our entire
church sound system, which dates back to the 1970s, needs to be replaced in
order for the whole congregation to be able to hear the Word of God.  This
includes speakers, amplifiers, microphones, etc.  If possible, we would also
like to make a covered drop-off so that parishioners can stay dry on rainy days
and have a shorter distance to walk.  The rectory needs new flooring, painting,
and updating as well.

    
For more information, please see https://www.igivecatholic.org.  Whatever
amount we receive would be a blessing.  Thank you and God bless you.
Second Collection
The second collection this weekend, November 23-24, is for the Campaign for
Human Development.  When you participate in this collection, you help
groups of low-income people in our diocese and across the country in our
efforts to provide access to affordable housing, health care, jobs, employee-
owned businesses, and rights for immigrants.  By supporting CCHD, you help
out our own neighbors because 25% of your contribution stays within our
diocese.  Thank you for your generosity!
Santa Breakfast
The CYO is having Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 7, in the Parish
Center from 8
a.m.-noon.  The cost is $7.00 for breakfast and a picture with
Santa.   Come out for the fun and games!
Elward Whitfield Award
On Sunday, October 13, the St. Christopher Men’s Club presented the third
Elward Whitfield Award to Mr. Harvey Choina at the Men’s Club Mass.  The
Whitfield Award is the St. Christopher Men’s Club's highest honor to recognize
outstanding members for the numerous contributions they bring to our
organization.  The award is given only when deserved and is not given with
any frequency.  We thank "Uncle" Harvey for everything he does for the Men's
Club.  Congratulations, Mr. Choina!
Bereavement and Support Group Christmas Dinner
The St. Christopher Bereavement and Support Group Ministry will meet on
Thursday,
December 12, at Piccadilly Cafeteria on Clearview Parkway at 6 p.m.
for a Christmas Dinner.  All are invited to attend.  Each person will pay for their
own meal.  If you wish to play
the “Secret Santa” game, please bring a $10 gift
card in a Christmas
bag.   
Christmas Giving Tree
Our Giving Tree is in church for those who wish to participate.  Gifts must be
returned the weekend of
December 7-8.  You can make someone’s Christmas a
very special one!