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.
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Precious in His Sight
Adoration Chapel
We welcome into the faith community of St. Christopher our newest members,
who received the Sacrament of Baptism on October 14, 2018:
 Mable
Marquerite Mueller
, born June 26, 2018; Emma Grace Prestigiacomo, born
July 11, 2018; and
Sebastian Joshua Boesch, born November 23, 2016.  May
God's grace and blessings received through this Sacrament guide them
throughout their lives!
November 17, 6:30 p.m., Turkey Bingo, gym
November 27, 6:30 p.m., Redelegation Session for Extraordinary Ministers
November 27, IGiveCatholic Giving Day
November 29, 6:30-7:30, Advent Evening of Reflection
November 29, 7 p.m., Men's Prayer Group, Adoration Chapel
December 1, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., CYO Santa Breakfast, Parish Center
December 4-6, 6:30-7:45 p.m., Advent Retreat at St. Christopher
December 7, 4 p.m., Vigil Mass, Feast of the Immaculate Conception

December 8, 9:30 and 4 p.m., Mass for Feast, Holy Day of Obligation
December 9, 6 p.m., CYO Mass and meeting
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
828-4995.  Please help us to keep our Adoration Chapel open.
 Thank you and
God bless.
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
Francis and Carol Meche Family has been selected as the
October Family of the Month.  Francis and Carol are longtime parishioners who
have been very generous with their time and assistance with our parish needs.  
The Meches developed the outdoor library between church and Parish Center,
and Miss Carol is a member of the Altar Society and is one of the school
cafeteria helpers.  
We appreciate so much your dedication and for sharing your love and faith so
actively on behalf of our parish!  May God bless you and your family
abundantly!
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 passage the Lord
compares the clueless behavior of our time with that
of Noah. Listen to his warning: "Jesus said to his
disciples, ‘The coming of the Son of Man will repeat
what happened in Noah’s time.’" Those aren’t very
reassuring words.

Then he specifies: people were eating and drinking,
marrying and being given in marriage right up to the
time of the flood, and then, when it came, with
shocking suddenness, they were destroyed. The end
of an old world had arrived, but the inhabitants of that
world were clueless. A new world was coming, but the
prospective citizens of it had no idea how to prepare
for it.

Our version of Noah’s world-destroying flood might be
the crashing of a huge comet into the earth. What if
we knew that a comet was coming, but we did nothing
about it; we adjusted in no way to it? This was the
situation of those in Noah’s time and, Jesus suggests,
those in his own time. And it’s our situation, too. We
must prepare for the Lord’s coming by patterning our
lives on the Gospel.

Peace,
Bishop Robert Barron
Gospel Reflection
Luke 17:26-37
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.
Mr. Clifford Joseph Francois, III, beloved husband of Jean Catherine Holder,
died Wednesday, September 5, at the age of 77.  Clifford received the Order of
St. Louis award in 1982 and was an active member of St. Christopher Parish.
Visitation, Saturday, September 15, at 10 a.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral
Home; Funeral Mass, 1 p.m.;
Obituary.
St. Christopher Outreach Ministry
Thanks to our parishioners, our school kids, and the help of our CYO, we were
able to deliver 26 boxes in the month of October.  We are beginning our
preparations for our November delivery and Thanksgiving boxes.  We are
requesting cranberry sauce, turkey stuffing, turkey gravy in a jar or pack,
mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes or yams, green peas, and cake mix and
icing. Our regular staples are red beans and rice, peanut butter and jelly, pasta
sauce, spaghetti, tuna , canned meat or beans, canned fruit, grits and oatmeal in
packs, cereal, and drinks such as Crystal Light, Kool-Aid, and tea bags.  If you
are in need of help, please call 831-7692 and leave a message.  It is our
privilege to dispense this food for our parish.
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Deacon Jerry Martinez is organizing his 12th Pilgrimage to the Holy Land for
June 4-15, 2019, which will include some new and interesting sites.  Anyone
who is interested in a journey to Holy Land is urged to make one as soon as
possible; it is an unforgettable experience.  For more information, please note
this
brochure, which includes the itinerary and Reservation Application, as
well as these comments from
deacons and parishioners who have made past
pilgrimages.  
IGiveCatholic Giving Day
The national campaign, IGiveCatholic, is being held on November 27, 2018.  
There is a specific link whereby donations may be made specifically for the
benefit of St. Christopher Church and/or School:
https://neworleans.igivecatholic.org/organizations?query=St.+Christopher.
There will also be advanced giving available from November 12-26.  For more
information, please see
https://neworleans.igivecatholic.org.  Whatever
amount we would receive would be a blessing.  Thank you!
Turkey Bingo
The KC Turkey Bingo will be Saturday, November 17, in the gym.  Come enjoy
good family fun and have a chance to win a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner!  
Doors open at 6 p.m., with early-bird games at 6:30 and regular games at 7:00.  
Concessions will be sold.  Tickets may be purchased at the door, at $1.25,
which entitles you to one bingo card and one chance on the entrance prize.
Advent Evening of Reflection
Advent season is coming!  The four weeks of Advent that lead up to Christmas
Day are a time to prepare for the coming of our Lord in heart and mind.  This
can seem impossible when we are also dealing with the Christmas rush.  
Keeping Christ in Christmas really means keeping Christ at the center of
Advent.  On Thursday,
November 29, there will be an Evening of Reflection in
church from 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Accompanied by the sweet voices of our school
choir, the CYO and schoolchildren will bring biblical characters to life, and
meditations will be offered by our priests and deacon on scriptural events
leading to Our Lord's birth.  A reception will follow in the Parish Center.  
Please join us as we prepare in mind in spirit for this Holy Season!
Redelegation Session for Extraordinary Ministers
If any Extraordinary Minister  DID NOT attend the Redelegation session on
October 13 at St. Catherine, there will be one at St. Christopher in church on
Tuesday,
November 27, 2018, at 6:30 p.m.  You must attend this session to
continue as an EM.  Please contact Millie Moore with any questions you may
have at 782-6669.  We appreciate your service!
Breakfast with Santa
The St. Christopher CYO is hosting Breakfast with Santa on Saturday,
December 1, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Parish Center.  Come join Santa and his
elves for
breakfast and a morning of fun! Tickets are $8 and can be purchased
from the school office or at the door.
St. Christopher Parish Advent Retreat
During the first week of Advent, on Tuesday-Thursday, December 4-6, there
will be an retreat at St. Christopher Church from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.  Presented by
Deacon Phil, the theme is "Preparing for Emmanuel through the Joyful
Mysteries.”  On each of the three days, we will take a journey though the joyful
mysteries to prepare our hearts to receive the Newborn King.  The last day will
end with Benediction.  Each day will have two parts, so even if you can attend
only part of the evening, you are most welcome.  Please see this
flyer for
further details and plan to join us to experience this wonderful opportunity to
say with our hearts, “Come, Lord Jesus!”
Christmas Mass Intentions
If you would like to have your intentions be included in the bulletin for
Christmas Masses on
December 24 and 25, you may place them in the
collection basket or mail them to the rectory or simply call the rectory at
837-8214.   
Altar Society Raffle
The Ladies of the Altar Society would like to thank everyone who helped the
annual raffle be a big success.  We are grateful for your generosity and your
support.  The money is used for the beautiful flower arrangements that are
placed on the altar weekly.  The winners were:  $100 cash prize, Michelle Czop;
Walgreens $10 gift card, Sandra Niemeyer; Walgreens $10 gift card, Susan
Watts; Church Supply House $30 gift card, Sue Kirsch; Tessie’s Restaurant $20
gift card, Karen Booth; Hobnobbers Cafe’ $10 gift card, Mary Schmidt;
Hobnobbers Café’ gift card, Myriam Quimbar; Piccadilly gift cards, Linda
Vinsanau, Harriet Robin, Barbara Forestiere, and Karen Booth; Quarter View
Restaurant gift cards: Tommy Loehn and Lois Bowers; Krispy Kreme dozen
donuts, Linda Pelayo, Bonnie Boyer, Dianne Bourgeois, Fr. Frank, Marie
Hagstette; afghan handmade by Mary Latham, Karen Betz; Pelican Car gift set,
Mary Marino; wine decanter set, Anthony Hagstette; 5x7 angel picture frame,
Lena Pardo; metal cross, Rebecca Guillen; autographed book, Robin Roberts
;
bath basket, Isabell Frey; bath basket, Nancy Carollo; Pauline’s Book & Media
basket, Fr. Frank; throw and cross gift basket, Becky Gros.