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!
October 16, 9:30 a.m., Mass for PK3, 1, 5-7 grades, 7th grade Grandparents Day
October 17, 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus meeting
October 21, 6 p.m., Legion of Mary meeting
October 22, 4:30-9:00, Andy's Bistro Give-Back Night to benefit the CYO
October 22, 6:30 p.m., School of Religion
October 24, 7 p.m., Men's Club meeting
October 26-27, Altar Society raffle
October 26, 7-9 p.m., Trunk or Treat
October 27, 5:15 p.m., CYO meeting (no Mass)
October 28, 6 p.m., Legion of Mary meeting
October 29, 6:30 p.m., School of Religion
October 31, 7 p.m., Men's Prayer Group, Adoration Chapel
November 1, All Saints' Day
November 2, All Souls' Day
November 3, Daylight Saving ends
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
Steven and Lena Pardo Family has been selected as the
October Family of the Month.  The Pardos own Quarter View Restaurant, one
of our favorite places to dine, and have been so generous and accommodating
to our parish!  Over the years, they have provided countless trays of pasta and
food for the Fall Fest and different receptions at the Parish Center and rectory.  
They have also hosted luncheons for several of our parish ministries.  The
dishes they prepare and donate are always delicious and very much
appreciated!  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 today’s Gospel Jesus tells the crowds who
seek a sign that they will only receive the sign of
Jonah: "Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites,
so will the Son of Man be to this generation."

Jonah is called by God to preach to Nineveh, which is
described as an enormously large city. It takes, they
say, three days to walk through it. I can’t help but think
of Nineveh as one of our large, modern cities, a
center of all sorts of worldly activity and preoccupation.

What would its conversion look like? A turning back to
God as the only enduring good. After hearing the
word of Jonah, the Ninevites proclaim a fast, and all of
them, great and small, put on sackcloth. What is the
purpose of these ascetic practices? To wean people
away from an attachment to worldly pleasures.

Go beyond the mind that you have. Repent. Live as
though nothing in this world finally matters. And you
will be living in the kingdom of God!

Peace,
Bishop Robert Barron
Gospel Reflection
Luke 11:29-32
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.  
William "Billy" Simon, September 20, 2019
Rose Rita Guarino Deckelman, September 23, 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:
November 10
December 8
January 12, 2020
Baptismal Seminar:
October 25
November 22
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
St. Jude Solemn Novena
The St. Jude Novena will be offered October 21-29 at St. Mary Magdelen
Church, 6425 W. Metairie Avenue.  Monday through Friday, the Novena will
begin at 12:15 p.m., with Mass and Novena at 6 p.m.  Saturday Novena is at
12:15 p.m., with Mass and Novena at 4 p.m.  Sunday Novena will follow the
11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Masses.  The celebrant is Rev. Jose I. Lavastida of Blessed
Frances Xavier Seelos Church.   
New Rectory Staff
Please welcome Ms. Phyllis Reppel, who recently joined St. Christopher’s
Rectory office staff.   
Second Collection
The second collection this  weekend, October 19-20, is for World Missions. The
theme this year is “Baptized and Sent.”  Pope Francis invites us to see this
October as a special time to live out the mission we share through our baptism
as God’s children, that is, to bring the Gospel of Christ.  Thank you for your
generosity!
Patriotic Rosary
On Friday, November 8, at 7 p.m., the Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring
a Patriotic Rosary in church.  A reception will follow in the Parish Center.  
Please join us as we pray for our country and give thanks for all the freedoms
we enjoy.  May God bless America!
Altar Society Raffle
Our Altar Society will hold their yearly raffle on October 26-27 after all
Masses.  Raffle tickets are $1.00 each, and there are many prizes.  Plan to stop
by and take a chance.  You may be a lucky winner!  Besides preparing altar
linens and the beautiful altar arrangements each week, the Altar Society also
clean our church and prepare for some of the receptions hosted in the Parish
Center.  They are well deserving of our support!  
Trunk or Treat
Trunk or Treat, benefiting the CYO, will be on Saturday, October 26, from
7-9 p.m. in the school yard.  This is such a fun and safe event for trick-or-
treaters and those entering cars alike!  Concessions will be sold, and there are
awards for Best Decorations!  Registration is $10 per vehicle, and you provide
your own treats and decorations.  We will allow 50 cars in the yard - First come,
first serve!  Cars
may start to arrive at 5:15 p.m. but, for safety reasons, must be
in the yard by 6 p.m.  If you are interested in entering a car, please contact
Sherri at
seck@stchristopherschool.org.  Trick-or-treaters can purchase tickets at
the gate for $1.00.  Come have a spooky good time!