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
Three Adorers Requested
We welcome into the faith community of St. Christopher our newest member,
who received the Sacrament of Baptism on Saturday, June 30, 2018, with
Fr. Frank officiating:  
Cullen Matthew Lang, born May 23, 2018, son of Justin
and Krista Lang
.  May God's grace and blessings received through this
Sacrament guide him throughout his life!
July 14, 4 p.m., Sacrament of the Sick after Mass
July 19, 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus meeting
July 19, 7 p.m., Men's Prayer Group, Adoration Chapel
July 25, Feast of St. Christopher the Martyr
July 26, 7 p.m., Men's Prayer Group, Adoration Chapel
August 2, 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus meeting

August 2, 7 p.m., Men's Prayer Group, Adoration Chapel
August 6, Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ
August 9, 6:15 p.m., Bereavement and Support Group meeting, Parish Center
August 9, 7 p.m., Men's Prayer Group, Adoration Chapel
Our Adoration Chapel is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to noon.   
We are in need of  two people on
Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. and one person
on
Friday from 11 a.m. to noon.  If you are able to give of your time, please call
Jerry Cox at 828-4995.
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
Merrith and Ellen Karl Family has been selected as the July
Family of the Month.  With classes held from September through Easter,
Merrith and Ellen have faithfully conducted our RCIA program for over 15
years, graciously providing a means for many to learn about and be received
into the Catholic Church.  The Karls exemplify God’s love in both word and
action!  They have been honored as recipients of the Order of St. Louis
medallion and serve as extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist.  They have
been valuable participants in many aspects of parish life, such as the Scouts,
and all their children attended St. Christopher School.  Merrith has also served
as chairman of the St. Christopher Fair and is a member of the Men’s Club, and
Ellen is a member of the Altar Society.  We truly thank the Karls for their
dedication to serving our parish and school in general, and particularly for
their teaching ministry so that adults may join our faith and experience the
sacramental life that we are each so privileged to share!
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 our Gospel today, Jesus sends the
Apostles on a mission of evangelization, a mission that
we continue today.

We Catholics cannot avoid the demand of
evangelization, of proclaiming the faith. Vatican II
couldn’t be clearer on this score, seeing the Church
itself as nothing but a vehicle for evangelization.
According to Vatican II, it’s not so much the case that
the Church has a mission, but rather that a mission
has the Church. Bringing people to Christ is not one
work among many; rather, it is the central work of the
Church, that around which everything else we do
revolves.

Do we need evangelization? The statistics couldn’t be
clearer. Did you know that the fastest-growing
"religious" group in the United States is the "nones"—
that is, those who claim no religious affiliation? In the
latest Pew Research Center survey, fully 25 percent
of the country—80 million people—say that they have
no formal religion. When we focus on young people,
the picture is even more bleak. Almost 40 percent of
those under thirty are nones, and among Catholics in
that age group, the number rises to 50 percent. Of all
the Catholic children baptized or confirmed these last
thirty years, half no longer participate in the life of the
Church.

We need evangelization more than ever before. Will
you answer the call?

Peace,
Bishop Robert Barron
Gospel Reflection
Matthew 10:7-15
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.
Ms. Myrle Forsyth Pratt, beloved wife of almost 60 years of William Pratt, died
Thursday, June 28, at the age of 82.  Visitation, 10 a.m., Thursday, July 5, at
Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd; Funeral Mass,
1 p.m.;
Obituary.
1 p.m.;
Obituary.
Available Dates for Altar Flowers
If you would like to sponsor the flowers placed on the altar in honor of a
special event or loved one, there are several dates still available:  July 21-22,
July 28-29, August 11-12, August 18-19, September 15-16, October 27-28,
November 3-4, November 10-11, and November 17-18.  Please call the rectory
to reserve a date.
Assistance Requested for Outreach Ministry
The St. Christopher Outreach Ministry is in need of a few volunteers to help   
answer the phone during the week and assist some of our fellow parishioners
with their basic needs.  If you have a few hours a week to spare and feel you
would like to join this worthy ministry, please call the help line at 831-7692 and
leave a message.  We will return your call and be glad  to explain more fully
the purpose of this ministry.
St. Christopher Food Bank
There are baskets on the left side of the church foyer for food donations.  We
distribute between 30-35 boxes per week.  All donations are greatly
appreciated!  
New CYO Youth Ministers
We are very fortunate to have new Youth Ministers assisting with the CYO:
Mark and Kelsie Bordelon.  Mark is assistant dean of students and a religion
teacher at Brother Martin, and his wife, Kelsie, is a religion teacher at Mount
Carmel Academy; they are blessed with a one-year-old son.  We know they will
create wonderful opportunities and do a wonderful job leading our youth!
Ms. Marjorie Joan Tranchina Mauterer, beloved wife of 62 years of Raymond
Louis Mauterer, Sr., died Saturday, June 30, at the age of 81.  Visitation,
10:00-12:30, Friday, July 6, at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans
Memorial Blvd; Funeral Mass, 1 p.m., St. Christopher Church;
Obituary.
Knights of Columbus Raffle
Thank you for your generous support of the raffle by the Knights of Columbus
of the statue of Mary.  The winner is Mrs. Rose Deckleman, a longtime
parishioner of St. Christopher's!
There will be a Novena to St. Ann at St. Ann Church, 3601 Transcontinental
Drive, on
July 18-26.  Mass will be held weekdays at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., with
reconciliation offered before and after Mass.  Sewing Seams of Faith prayer
blankets will be available at the 10 a.m. Saturday Healing Mass, and there will
be a 4 p.m. Vigil and Sunday Masses at 8:00, 9:30, 11:00, and 5:00.  Please click
here for more information.
Novena to St. Ann