Happy, Holy Easter to All,
We at St. Maria Goretti have just completed a wonderful Lenten season. We can now celebrate the beauty and joy of Easter. Each day during Lent so many attended daily Mass, Way of the Cross and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Chapel. Many joined in Bible Study on Monday nights to share the Word of God. On Palm Sunday we experienced the Hosanna’s of the people who recognized Jesus in exhilaration. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week we gathered as a family to join together in worship, praise and song to give God glory as we celebrate and grew in our knowledge of God and fellowship in our Parish Mission. On Holy Thursday we gathered to give thanks to God for the institution of the Eucharist and the Priesthood he entrusted to us at the Last Supper. On Good Friday we mourned and suffered with Jesus, hanging on the Cross in reparation for our sins and salvation for us. On Holy Saturday we entered the darkness of our Church with the Easter Candle, symbolic of Christ, the Light of the World. During these ceremonies we recalled the Creation of the world and mankind, and our fallen nature through sin. Then we sang with gusto, and rang all the Church bells, lighted the candles, decorated our altar and church with flowers as we sang the “Glory to God in the highest”. We are alive with Christ, fully alive through Baptism, inspired by the Holy Spirit, reconciled with God and each other, and uplifted by the Eucharist. What a wonderful, happy and holy Easter we have, as we celebrate the beauty of nature in our world and the special beauty of our lives with Christ.
A Happy, Holy Easter to our Goretti Family. Msgr. Gauthreaux, Fr. Cyril, and all our Staff
SMG Altar Server, Foluke Uwaezouke, received the Serra Club Award to honor her for being SMG's Altar Server of the Year.
Thank You Foluke, for your outstanding service to our parish!
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Fasting is to be observed by all Catholics on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday who are 18 years of age until the age of 59. Only one meal should be eaten on those days and No meat. Those who are bound to fast may also take only one full meal. Two small meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to each one’s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics 14 years or older on All Fridays of Lent.
These great looking young people are members of the St. Maria Goretti High School of Religion 9th and 10th grade class who participated in the 10:30AM Mass on Sunday, January 6, 2019 serving as Readers, Gift Bearers, and Ushers. Our parish is proud of them!
First row: Angelle Brown, Crystal Lockett, and Kamri Johnson
Second row: Tia Gaillard, Danna Moses, Myrielle Gibson, Lexi Reed, Leilah McCallister, Dylan Rousseve, Jonathan Reimonenq, and Steward Aime.
Missing from picture: Ra'Heim Bacchus
The St. Maria Goretti School of Religion presented its annual tribute to the Saints in honor of All Saints Day. Students delivered a brief biography of their saints of choice after the homily at all Masses on the weekend of November 3 and 4, 2018. Below are pictures of the participating students dressed as the saints they portrayed.
4:00 Mass Saturday, Nov 3
Osayi Igbinoghene, 1st grade, St. Francis of Assisi
Steward Aime, 10th grade, St. John the Evangelist
Cardell Hayes, 2nd grade, St. Joseph
8:30 Mass Sunday, Nov 4
Luke Washington, 7th grade, St. Luke
Angelle Brown, 10th grade, St. Damian
Michael Sander III, 8th grade, St. Michael the Archangel
10:30 Mass Sunday, Nov 4
Blake Casimere, 6th grade, St. Anthony of Padua
Bryan Ancar, 5th grade, St. Patrick
Chayse Collins, 4th grade, St. Zita
Kacidy Washington, 3rd Grade, St. Lea of Rome
12:00 Mass Sunday, Nov 4
Kamri Washington, 9th grade, St. Bernadette of Lourdes
Parris Griffin, 2nd grade, St. Theresa of Avila
Tate Theriot, 2nd grade, St. Jude Thaddeus
Dahnte Woodfork, 11th grade, St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo
St. Maria Goretti Church thanks all who came out on Sunday to enjoy themselves at our Annual Parish Picnic. This year' picnic had an extra flare with views of the WWII Air, Sea and Land Festival's air crafts flying over campus. The festival took place a few miles away at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport.
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The St. Maria Goretti High School of Religion sponsored the School of Religion's 11th Annual Living Rosary on the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary, Sunday, October 7, 2018, in the Msgr. L Earl Gauthreaux Center after class. Parents and friends were invited to attend and participate.
Students from First Grade through Eleventh Grade took part forming the shape of the Rosary with each one representing a different bead of the Rosary. In praying the Rosary, each students individually recited the prayer of the bead they represented including the Glorious Mysteries which are prayed on Sundays. In addition, each student received a Rosary as a gift from our Holy Name Society.
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Msgr. Earl Gauthreaux was recently featured in the Clarion Herald, the official newspaper for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He gave spiritual inspiration as well as reflecting on his life and accomplishments as he turns 88 on November 2nd.
In the Gospel of Luke one of the apostles asked Jesus to theach them to pray and He did. Today, Jesus is willing and waiting to teach us to pray too. Join us as we begin the Lord Teach Me to Pray program Part I Virtues.
The Parish School of Religion for Elementary, Middle and High School will have parent and student orientation on Sunday, September 9, 2018 from 10:00am- 11:00am in the Msgr. Gauthreaux Center. Late registration for CCD classes will take place after orientation for those who have not registered. The registration fee is $25.00. There is an additional sacrament fee: $15.00 for First Communion and $20.00 for confirmation.. Birth certificates and baptismal certificates are required at registration. If your child was baptized at Goretti before hurricane Katrina and you need a copy of a certificate, you can contact the Archdiocese Archives at 861-6241
Deacon Poncho De Leon was a lot of things to a lot of people. Not only was he a Deacon, he was a chemist, a father, a grandfather and a friend. He worked for the University of New Orleans for 21 years at the Advanced Materials Research Institute (where he was Assistant Director), which is a multi-disciplinary institute where researchers, students, and visiting scientists collaborate on projects dealing with materials science and nanotechnology.
Ildefonso “Poncho” Ramos De Leon was born in the high desert town of Marathon, Texas, son Alec De Leon said. The middle child in a Spanish-speaking family with five kids, Poncho De Leon was an academic star in his town. He was class valedictorian at Marathon High School, earning a full scholarship to Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, where he studied chemistry and math, according to his personnel records.
De Leon enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Following his service in the Marines, he returned to Marathon, where he landed a job in a food co-op and met Margaret Fennelly, whom he married in 1970. He pursued graduate studies in chemistry at Texas A&M before being hired in New Orleans, where he relocated with his young family that grew to include three children.
In 1983, De Leon was ordained as a permanent deacon and took great joy in serving parishioners at our parish during baptisms, weddings, funerals and more. On Facebook, where others post images of family or news stories or political memes, De Leon in the past year took to posting images of flowers—tulips, aster, black-eyed susans, purple roses, dianthus and more.
Deacon Poncho passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 6, while spending time with his grandchildren. His son said the cause of his collapse and death at age 71 is not yet known. Deacon Poncho will be remembered for his combination of faith, professionalism, kindness and expertise.
Funeral Arrangements for Deacon Poncho will take place, here, at St. Maria Goretti on Friday, July 27, 2018. Visitation is 8:00am – 11:00am with the Holy Name Society leading the rosary at 9:30am, all organizations are invited to participate in the rosary. The Mass of Christian Burial will start at 11:00am.
He is proceeded in death by his wife, Margaret Fennelly. Besides Alec, who resides in New Orleans, he leaves behind a daughter, Marisa Reyes, and her husband Vigneer Reyes, of Metairie; and a son, Esteban De Leon, and his wife, Ann Beck, of Bellingham, Wash. Colleagues say De Leon spoke often of his family and was especially proud of his four grandchildren, Vigneer Jr., Cristian, Marilu and Marigny.
St. Maria Goretti Parish will forever be grateful for Deacon Poncho’s many years of service to our parish. Our prayers are with his family during this difficult time.
A huge THANK YOU" to our Goretti Family for your support of the CCD Bake Sale this past April. Because of your generosity, we were able to send $431 to the priests we support in Uganda.
On Sunday, November 12, 2017 the St. Maria Goretti High School of Religion sponsored their 10th Annual Living Rosary Prayer in the Msgr. Gauthreaux Center. Over 75 of our students assembled along with our teachers forming a Rosary and individually recited one of the prayers of the Rosary out loud. We used the Crucifix on the wall for the Crucifix on the Rosary and lit a candle in front of a statue of Our Lady.
Parents of the students also attended and they were invited to participate as well.
In support of spreading "Pray the Rosary" as we are encouraged to do by Our Lady of Fatima and to commemorate the occasion, the Holy Name Society presented each child with a small Rosary.
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Once again this year, in celebration of the upcoming feast of All Saints Day, the St.Maria Goretti School of Religion presented their All Saints Day Program. Students from the various grades spoke at all the Masses on the weekend of October 28th and 29th, 2017. The students and the Saint he/she depicted are identified below.
4:00 Mass Saturday
Kevin Brown, 11th Grade, St. Augustine
Cardell Hayes, 1st Grade, St. Francis of Assisi
8:30 Mass Sunday
Sean-Paul Martin, 8th Grade, Pope St. John Paul II
Ty Theriot, 5th Grade, St. Jude
Madison Vidal, 6th Grade, St. Victoria
10:30 Mass Sunday
Chayse Cousins, 3rd Grade, St. Abigail
Tamia Doty, 3rd Grade, St. Philomena
Naomi Ford, 2nd Grade, St. Maria Goretti
12:00 Mass Sunday
Brooke Dapremont, 10th Grade, St. Katharine Drexel
Perkins Broussard, V, 10th Grade, dressed as the husband of St. Rita of Cascia
Thanks to all who attended our 2017 Parish Picnic, despite the fact that is was rescheduled from October 8th to October 22nd due to Hurricane Nate. We had a great turnout even though the forecast for the New Orleans area was stormy.
Greetings to you Ms. Laurelee,
Thank you so much for this picture and please my appreciation to you and these wonderful children of God for such a noble task which enables us to make small yet significant differences in the lives of some people down here in Uganda. God's blessing be upon you all.
Yours in Christ,
FR. MARK ODOI
Hi Ms Laurelee,
I pray and hope all is well with you and the bake for sale team. I am very grateful to you and your entire team for the generous and wonderful job well done. I am truly humbled for your love and generosity towards my work and those I serve. I received the money and I used it generously in helping some three kids pay their tuition. I helped Gloria, John Baptist and Peter. They send their appreciation. I was also able to do some house shopping for my new place in the parish where I am. Thank You Ms Laurelee and the Little Ones. God bless you all.
With Love and Gratitude,
Daniel Ochom, Fr.