[Kreweoftruth] Easter Notes from OLGC
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Good Friday at Our Lady of Good Counsel
~ April 22nd
This Friday is Good Friday and Our Lady of Good Counsel will be open from 7 AM - 1PM. We will be handing out bottled waters to the people making the walk of the nine churches. We will need help throughout the day to hand out the waters and greet the walkers from 7am until 1pm. Please join us to help at OLGC this Friday.
Feast Day at Our Lady of Good Counsel
All are welcome - please join us one week from today!!!
On Tuesday, April 26th, Mass will be celebrated at the historic Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, 1307 Louisiana Avenue, in the Garden District of New Orleans, at 7:00 pm. This special Mass will occur on the occasion of the Feast Day of Our Lady of Good Counsel.
The Reverend Monsignor Christopher H. Nalty will be the celebrant, with Brian Morgan (former Organist at OLGC) at the pipe organ, and Melissa Brocato (former Cantor at OLGC) as soprano soloist.
This beautiful church was dedicated in 1894, and was named for the miraculous fresco now found in Genazzano, Italy.
Like last year we will have a reception in the back of the church after mass. We will need helpers to serve the cake and punch Anyone that can help with this please email Barbara at BARBARAF13 at aol.com
>From Our Pastor
Please visit the Good Shepherd website for more information on the events of the parish.
>From the Pastor - April 17, 2011
“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.”
Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise.”
Martha said to him, “I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.”
Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.” (Jn. 11:21-27)
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At the school Mass this past Friday, I spoke to the students about fear. I mentioned that I had been afraid of the dark when I was younger, and that I was still scared of snakes now that I am older. And I asked them about things that might frighten them. As usual, I got some great answers. Children were afraid of spiders, snakes, bears, and cockroaches. Boy, that brought back some memories of the first time I tried to swat a roach off a wall only to have it fly right into my face!
After a brief discussion of these “lesser” fears, I asked what was the scariest thing ever. And the first raised hand gave me the answer I was looking for: “dying.”
Death is frightening. We fear dying, and we fear that our loved ones might die. Death fills us with terror and doubt. And that is precisely why Jesus came into the world. He came to die for us, and in doing so to not only conquer death but to calm our fears about dying.
Easier said than done isn’t it? No matter how much of a brave face we might put on, death is still frightening.
And death is something about we should be meditating about over these next few weeks. Before we get to Easter, we have to go through Good Friday. Since we know the end of the story, we might be able to draw strength from Easter as we meditate upon the Cross, but that shouldn’t give us a pass to ignore it. The Cross is the means of our salvation. The Cross is our weapon against evil. The Cross is spes nostra – our only hope. Jesus’ raising Lazarus from the dead, as we hear in this week’s Gospel, prepared the disciples for witnessing the death of Jesus. They saw in this miracle that Jesus had command over death. But that didn’t stop them from being afraid and running away when Jesus was arrested. They still feared for their lives.
We might still be filled with the terror of death, and that’s why we confront it. But we confront it in the person of Jesus. Look up at the crucifix. Be not afraid. Our Lord faced the fear of death once and for all. He overcame it.
Rev. Msgr. Christopher H. Nalty
msgr.nalty at gmail.com
Confession Times at Good Shepherd
Fridays at 5:30pm
(before Stations of the Cross)
Saturdays at 3:00pm
(before the 4:00pm Vigil Mass)
Sundays at 9:30am
(before the 10:30am Mass)
Two More from Good Shepherd
Nine Church Walk
An old New Orleans devotion will take place on Good Friday. The “nine church walk” calls for pilgrims to walk from church to church, stopping briefly in each to pray and meditate on the passion of Christ. Many pilgrims will begin the nine church walk at St. Stephen Church as early as 7:00 am. They will arrive in family groups, parish communities and CYO groups.
In other parts of the world, particularly in cities like Rome where churches are densely congregated, Catholics visit nine churches on Holy Thursday, rather than Good Friday. Traditionally, nine signifies the nine days of a novena. A wonderful novena to begin on Good Friday is the Novena for Divine Mercy, which continues until Divine Mercy Sunday.
This year we will open all three of the churches in our parish from 7:00 am until 1:00pm on Good Friday. If you can help greet pilgrims and distribute water at either St. Stephen, St. Henry or Our Lady of Good Counsel churches, please contact the parish office at 899-1378, or just show up!
Easter Holiday Baskets for the Needy
Our parish and the St. Vincent De Paul Society are sponsoring Food Baskets for the needy for Easter. We are also working with the Volunteers of America Veterans Program to provide personal hygiene items for their clients. Please visit the “Lenten Tree” in the back of church fill out a card! May God bless your generosity!
Extraordinary Form at St Stephen Church
The Extraordinary Form of the Mass of the Roman Rite (also known as the "Tridentine," Latin Mass) will again be celebrated at St Stephen Church, 1025 Napoleon Avenue, on Sunday, May 1st (Low Sunday), at 12:30 pm. The Reverend Monsignor Christopher H. Nalty, Pastor, will be the celebrant.
The Good Shepherd Choir will be heard in this Missa Cantata, under the direction of Brian Morgan, OCDS, Director of Music/Principal Organist. Low Sunday is the name of the Sunday following Easter in the pre-Vatican II calendar. It is also known as Quasimodo Sunday, from the opening words of the Introit, "As newborn babes...." It was on this Sunday in 1467 that the unfortunate protagonist of Victor Hugo's celebrated novel of 1831, "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame," was found abandoned on the steps of the great Cathedral of Paris.
For further information, please telephone the Rectory Office, at (504)899-1378.
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