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:  
pmcmanamon@archdiocese-no.org
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!
December 10-12, 6:30-7:45 p.m., Advent Retreat with Deacon Phil
December 12, 6:15 p.m., Bereavement Support Group Christmas Dinner, Piccadilly
December 12, 7 p.m., Home and School Club meeting
December 13, 11:30 a.m., Altar Society Christmas Luncheon, Quarter View Restaurant
December 14, 4 p.m., Sacrament of the Sick after Mass
December 14, 6 p.m., Tree-Lighting Mass and reception
December 16, 6 p.m., Legion of Mary meeting
December 17, 6:30 p.m., School of Religion
December 19, 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus meeting
December 19, 7 p.m., Men's Club meeting
December 20, 9:30 a.m., Christmas school Mass
December 20, 7 p.m., Baptismal seminar
December 23, 6 p.m., Legion of Mary meeting
December 24, Christmas Eve
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
Roy and Sharon Dodson Family has been selected as the
December Family of the Month.  Roy is a member of the Knights of Columbus.  
He is very generous with his time
and talent in handling small projects around
the church
, church yard, and rectory.  He also reviews and advises on larger
projects, such as pew repairs, stained-glass-window cleaning, church electrical
repairs, and parking lot drainage.  His wife
, Sharon, is very helpful and
supportive.  We are so grateful for the
Dodsons' 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 a Roman centurion
comes to Jesus and says, “Lord, my servant is lying at
home paralyzed, suffering    
dreadfully. . . . I am not worthy to have you enter
under my roof; only say the word and my servant will
be healed.”

Any objective observer would say, “Well, this is
ridiculous! What this man is asking is impossible.” He
is not only asking that his servant might be cured; he
is asking that he be cured at a distance, with simply a
word. He’s at the limit of what he could possibly know
or control or measure. And yet he trusts; he has faith.

Søren Kierkegaard defined faith as “a passion for the
impossible.” Is God opposed to reason? Absolutely
not; God gave us the gift of reason. Does God want
us to be unrealistic? No; he wants us to use all of our
powers of imagination and analysis. But faith goes
beyond reason; it is a passion for what reason can’t
see.

That centurion had a passion for the impossible. And
that’s why Jesus says to him, in some of the highest
praise you’ll find in the Gospel: “In no one in Israel
have I found such faith.”

Reflect: What would you like Jesus to “only say the
word” for and it will be done? Have you asked him with
the faith of the centurion?

Peace,
Bishop Robert Barron
Gospel Reflection
Matthew 8:5-11
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
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 Rebouche' Grice, October 28, 2019
Sandra Jean Schlumbrecht, November 21, 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
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.   
Three-Day Advent Retreat
On December 10-12, from 6:30-7:45 p.m., Deacon Phil will lead a three-day
retreat with the theme
“Our Advent Journey through the Old Testament.”  The
discussion will be held in two parts, with a break for refreshments, so even if
you can only attend part of the evening, you are most welcome.  On each of the
three days, we will journey through the Old Testament and examine how our
Savior's coming was foretold.  Please see this
flyer for further details and plan
to join us to experience this wonderful opportunity to prepare our hearts to
receive the Christ Child, "God with Us," and join with the angels who
announced His coming, exclaiming "Glory to God!  Glory to God!"
Isaiah 7:14