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
e-mail:  raygidi@yahoo.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 Pilgrimage to the Holy Land lead by Deacon Jerry
Martinez:  
May 26 to June 6, 2020.  This pilgrimage is so helpful in reading and
understanding Scripture; the Bible truly comes alive after you have walked in
His footsteps.  Please consider participating in this wonderful spiritual,
educational, and personal experience.
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 April 7, 2019:
 Paisley James
Pisciotta,
son of Timothy Paul Pisciotta and Stormie Lynn Willoz, and Evan
Paul Taylor
, son of Steven Craig Taylor and Tara Lynn Trosclair.  We also
congratulate
Clinton Christopher Landry, who received First Communion and
was confirmed on Saturday, April 20, 2019.  May God's grace and blessings
received through this Sacrament guide them throughout their lives!
July 25, Feast of St. Christopher the Martyr
July 25, 7 p.m., Men's Prayer Group, Adoration Chapel
August 1, 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus meeting
August 6, Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ
August 6, 4:30-9:00 p.m., Three B's Restaurant Give-Back Night to support CYO
August 8, 6 p.m., Rosary Broadcast, Parish Center
August 8, 6:15 p.m., Bereavement and Support Group meeting, Parish Center
August 10, 4 p.m., Sacrament of the Sick after Mass
August 11, 7:30 a.m., Holy Name Mass and meeting
August 11, 6 p.m., CYO Mass and meeting
August 13, 6 p.m., Outreach Ministry 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
458-3152.  Please help us to keep our Adoration Chapel open.  Thank you and
God bless.
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
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
Tim and Barbara Favret Family has been selected as the July
Family of the Month.  Tim is the Grand Knight of St. Christopher's Council 4508
and has directed the Knight programs for the past two years.  He has served as
president of the Men’s Club and has run the Fall Fest for several years and was
awarded special recognition by Ms. Meche for his work at St. Christopher
School.  Tim is an organizer with a very positive and motivating attitude; there
isn’t a job or fund-raiser too big for him!  Barbara has served as a Troop Leader
for both the Brownies and Girl Scouts, while Tim was the “Cookie Dad,”
running the Girl Scout Cookies fund-raiser.  Their daughter, Elizabeth, was a
graduate of St. Christopher School and member of the CYO and was awarded
the Mother Cabrini Award for her contributions throughout her years attending
Cabrini High School.
We appreciate your dedication and for sharing your love and faith so actively
on behalf of our parish!  May God richly bless you and your family!
Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus is not offering us one
more philosophy of God. He is offering us the view
from the inside of the Trinity. And that is why we
should respond to his compelling invitation: "Come to
me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give
you rest."

What everyone wants is rest, but not in the sense of
relaxation. Rest here means achievement of joy. The
great illusion is that joy will come from filling up the
ego with goods. In fact, it will come from emptying out,
from turning one’s life over to the direction of God.

We also find in today’s Gospel those extraordinary
words: "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me."
Jesus himself is bearing the yoke that he speaks of
since he is yoked to the Father, doing only what he
sees the Father doing. Jesus is, in his innermost
nature, the one who listens and obeys.

What he is saying, therefore, is to stand next to him,
just as one ox stands next to the other as they pull
together. Just as Jesus is yoked to the Father, so we
should be yoked to him, obeying him as he obeys the
Father.

Peace,
Bishop Robert Barron
Gospel Reflection
Matthew 11:28-30
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.  
Pearson Sung Pratt, July 9, 2019
Rosalie Yost Blady, July 10, 2019
Mary Ard Pace, July 13, 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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New Seminarian
Please welcome Andy Gonzalez, a Seminarian with the Archdiocese who will
be assisting at St. Christopher for the next two months.
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.
Pray for Our Nation
As the United States celebrates our Independence, let us remember the role of
faith communities in the founding of our great nation.  Let us pray in
thanksgiving for all that we have accomplished and for the grace to do what
remains to be done to bring about peace and justice in our own country and
around the world.
God, our Father, giver of life, we entrust the United States of
America to your loving care. You are the rock on which this
nation was founded.  You alone are the true source of our
cherished rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Reclaim this land for your glory and dwell among your people.
Send your Spirit to touch the hearts of our nation’s leaders.   
Open their minds to the great worth of human life and the
responsibilities that accompany human freedom.  Remind your
people that true happiness is rooted in seeking and doing your
will.
Through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, patroness of our
land, grant us the courage to honor the sanctity of life.  We ask
this through Christ Our Lord.  Amen.             
Source: BostonCatholic.org
Food Pantry for Outreach
Sunday's Celebration
A special thanks to the Men’s Club and the Altar Society for all their hard work
for Sunday’s Celebration Welcoming Fr. Raymond as our Pastor and Farewell
Send-Off to Fr. Frank.  It was truly a wonderful event!