The Bible Study for the Solemnity of Christ The King is now available. Click on the link to download or read it.
The Bible Study for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time is now available. Click on the link to download or read it.
The Bible Study for the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time is now available. Click on the link to download or read it.
This is a reminder that Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 1st at 2am. Please remember to turn your clocks back 1 hour before bedtime on Saturday, October 31st - Halloween night.
View photos from our weekly meal give away sponsored by Councilwoman Cyndi Nguyen and several restaurants in an effort to assist citizens of New Orleans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Holy Name Society members bag 4 individual meals from 4 different restaurants and distribute them to the public. We've been distributing an average of 300 bags per week.
The parish wants to thank Mrs. Sandra Murkowski for her many years of dedicated service to the young people of our parish. Mrs. Sandra has decided to take a step back from leading the program on a full time basis. Her service has been stellar and her contributions are immeasurable. Once it is safe, we will have a fitting celebration of her service. As Mrs. Sandra departs, we are pleased to welcome Mrs. Alena Boucree to our team as Director of Religious Education. We will have a longer introduction of Mrs. Boucree at a later date.
Voter Ride is now accepting registrations for all senior citizens in Orleans Parish who need a ride to the voting poll for the upcoming Presidential election. This free service will run from October 20 – October 24 during the early voting period. To sign-up, call (504) 408-1551 or visit www.voterride.net.
Congratulations to Irvin Hardy, for being recognized as the Altar Server of the year for St. Maria Goretti Parish.
We also congratulate Mrs. Angela Agochukwu and Mr. Eddie Numa for being selected to receive the Order of St. Louis Medallion.
The bankruptcy court in case number 20-10846 pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has set a deadline of March 1, 2021 to file a Sexual Abuse Proof of Claim in the Archdiocese of New Orleans Bankruptcy. A Sexual Abuse Proof of Claim form may be found at: www.NolaChurchclaims.com
The bankruptcy court in case number 20-10846 pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has set a deadline of November 30, 2020 to file a General Proof of Claim in the Archdiocese of New Orleans Bankruptcy. A General Proof of Claim form may be found at: https://www.donlinrecano.com/Clients/rcano/Static/BDPOC
Wednesday, September 9th, a number of parishes in the Archdiocese of New Orleans will offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation in keeping with the Diocesan tradition. We will offer the Sacrament here at St. Maria Goretti from 5:00 pm. to 6:30 pm. All COVID-19 mitigation methods will be in place.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you: Thank you to all who participated in our Supply Drive Friday, August 28th. We were able to provide substantial quantities of all the items needed by Hurricane Laura evacuees to support those who are living in hotels currently. In less than 24 hours we had more than $3,000 worth of supplies donated for our brothers and sisters. This too is pro-life work. We are assessing what the needs will be going forward and will reach out again as we know more.
If you can help with this effort please consider participating. There are around 750 Laura evacuees in the city of New Orleans who need some help. We give in gratitude for all that was given to us some 15 years ago. #louisianastrong #gorettistrong #blessedtogive
Click the link below to view pictures from Friday's supply drive. We were able to fill this room at the Marriott with supplies just from our drive and there were others collecting too. Let us never underestimate what we can do when we come together!
The Bible Study for the 17th Sunday in ordinary time is now available. Click on the link to download or read it.
The Bible Study for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time is now available. Click on the link to download or read it.
St. Maria Goretti Parish proudly congratulates our young ones on making their First Reconciliation and Communion this past weekend,
despite being delayed for almost two months because of the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Rony Cacho, Jr
Kevin Lewis, Jr
Ey' Shaun Stewart
View more photos from the weekend, by clicking the link below:
On Sunday, July 5, 2020 at the 12:00 Mass, Archbishop Gregory Aymond administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to 16 young Christians from St. Maria Goretti (11), Resurrection of Our Lord (4), and St. James Major (1). The celebrant of the mass was Archbishop Aymond, and Father Daniel Green and Father Cyril Buyeera of St. Maria Goretti, Father Geoffrey Muga of Resurrection of Our Lord, and Father Michael Labre of St. James Major concelebrating. A special thank you from Joe Simon the Confirmation Coordinator to Mrs. Alorea Gilyot and Ms. Lauralee Toscana who assisted with preparations , to Holy Name Members Melvin George, Eddie Numa, and Wayne Roberts for their service as altar servers, and to Holy Name Members Jon Johnson, Clifton Allen, and Lester Thomas for assisting with seating and escorting the Archbishop.
St. Maria Goretti's Holy Name Society assisted with a food give away today that was sponsored by Councilwoman Cyndi Nguyen. Goretti Parish thanks Councilwoman Cyndi Nguyen for her assistance to the people of New Orleans East during this difficult time.
To view more photos of the Give Away, click the link below...
The Saint Maria Goretti Staff, Pastoral Council, and Parish Family are happy to officially welcome Reverend Daniel H. Green, as our new Pastor.
The Bible Study for the fourteenth Sunday in ordinary time is now available. Click on the link to download or read it.
As the city continues to open up, we are seeing an increase in or Saturday Vigil and Sunday mass attendance. In order to conform to social distancing norms attendance restrictions continue to apply. Therefore, we ask parishionsers sign-up for the desired mass the day before for week day masses and by 12:00pm (noon) on Saturday for all week end masses. Masks are required at all masses. To sign upi for mass click on the link below
The Bible Study for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Jesus is now available. Click on the link to download or read it.
Bible Study for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity is now available. CLick on the link to download or read it.
The Bible Study for Pentecost Sunday is now available. Click on the link to download or view it.
The City of New Orleans announced in its Reopening Plan that places of worship are now allowed to have Mass indoors with up to 100 people. Therefore, in accordance with Mayor Cantrell's plan, we will now expand our reservation slots from 10 people per Mass to 100 people per Mass. People planning to attend Mass must RSVP.
Please read the requirements for attending Mass carefully.
Reminder: The obligation to attend Mass during the COVID-19 pandemic has been dispensed by Archbishop Aymond.
By order of the governor of Louisiana, and the Mayor of New Orleans the state and city will enter Phase I re-opening effective 16 May 2020. Churches in New Orleans may conduct public Mass with in person with the fewer of a maximum of 25% of the church’s seating capacity or 100 people, provided that all social distancing practices are met. Here at St. Maria Goretti we can safely accommodate 100 people. We give thanks to God for this opportunity to worship together again as a community within the Church! We give thanks to God for this opportunity to worship together again as a community within the Church!
In order to follow the state and city guidelines, we are asking each family to sign up for the Mass they would like to attend. (SIGN UP LINK BELOW) We ask that you SIGN UP FOR ONLY ONE SUNDAY MASS EVERY TWO WEEKS AND ONLY ONE WEEK DAY MASS EVERY TWO DAYS so that as many people as possible can attend Mass. Please submit the name of each individual whom you are registering to attend Mass. Once the maximum number of people is reached for a Mass, the form will not allow you to sign up for that Mass. If you sign up for more than one Mass every two weeks, your name will be deleted. As the number allowed in Churches is expanded, we will allow parishioners to sign up to attend Mass each week. Everyone is still dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. If you are healthy, we invite you to come to church. If you are sick, please wait until you recover to attend Mass. Due to the limited spaces available, you must sign up.
The May - June 2020 edition of the St. Maria Goretti Catholic Men's Fellowship Newsletter is now available. Click on the link to download or read it.
The Bible Study for the Fourth Sunday After Easter is now available. Click on the link to download or view it.
Due to technical difficulties, we will not live stream Mass today.
The Power Point presentation of the Bible Study of theThird Sunday After Easter is now available. Click on the link to download or view, power point is required.
The Bible Study for Divine Mercy Sunday is now available , click on the link to download or view it. Power point is required
He is Risen, Alleluia
Dear family members,
Allow me use this platform to reach out to you all with this Easter message of Christ’s triumph over death.
We celebrate Easter this year in the midst of challenging and painful experiences. The first challenge was the loss of our Pastor in February. As we were coming to terms with the loss, Covid -19 hit and continues to ravage the world. Unfortunately we have not been spared. Some of our parishioners have contracted it and three have passed on. Two (James Becnel and Tammy Becnel) are from the same family. I am in touch with them and will be holding funeral prayers for them at the Cemetery on Friday. Steven Johnson’s funeral will be at a later date. Please remember the bereaved families in your prayers.
However, not everything is gloom. On March 21, 2020 we officially announced our new Pastor Fr. Daniel Green. He is a great Pastor whom I have known for some years. We look forward to receiving him with joy. Another cause for hope is the news that Covid-19 curve is beginning to flatten. We are urged to be even more cautious and not relax on the safety measures.
Easter is a time of joy, a time when we are reminded that God always has the final word. Death gives way to life, fear to faith and defeat to victory. The triumph of Christ over death is a clear reminder that Jesus has power over the forces of evil including Covid-19.
St. Paul tells us, “We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose” Rom 8:28. During this Corona period we have asked ourselves many important questions about life and perhaps have learned great lessons about what is of utmost value in this life. Corona has reminded us that humanity is one family. And that our true enemy is invisible and knows no color, creed, status, or power. It has brought out the goodness humanity. Many “Simons of Cyrene” have arisen to help to carry the crosses of others through acts of charity and words of comfort.
As we celebrate this Easter in our domestic churches (homes) possibly behind closed doors in fear and for fear of contracting the Virus, the words of the angel to Mary Magdalene and Mary, “Do not be afraid”, repeated by Christ himself shortly after, is the same message for us. Do not be afraid. Christ has conquered death and is alive. May he grant you his gift of Peace.
Jesus is truly risen, alleluia
Due to technical difficulties, the Passion of Our Lord will not be live streamed today.
Sorry for any inconvenience!
The Bread, The Wine, The Tomb, The Stone is a resource available for prayer and meditation during the Triduum. Click on the link to down load or view . Powerpoint is required.
The Bible Study for Easter is now available. Click on the link to download or view it.
5 April 2020- Palm Sunday- The 10:30 Mass will be live streamed via Face Book live and the parish website site at https://www.facebook.com/smgneworleans/ and https://smgnola.com/LIVE.
Parishioners may pick up palms in the church vestibule on Sunday between 12:00pm-3:00pm and Monday – Wednesday between 8:00am – 3:00pm.
9 April 2020- Holy Thursday- The Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be live streamed at 7:00pm via Face Book live and the parish website site at https://www.facebook.com/smgneworleans/ and https://smgnola.com/LIVE.
10 April 2020- Good Friday- The Passion of Our Lord will be live streamed at 3:00pm via Face Book live and the parish website site at https://www.facebook.com/smgneworleans/ and https://smgnola.com/LIVE.
12 April 2020- Easter- The 10:30 Mass will be live streamed via Face Book live and the parish website site at https://www.facebook.com/smgneworleans/ and https://smgnola.com/LIVE
Deacon Terrell Broussard and Ms. Lanette E. Rousseve will conduct prayer and conversation with the Alter Servers on April 4, 2020 at 11:00 AM
Access Code 354627
Topic of discussion:
*Make a prayer of your own and share with the group
*Is there anything you want to know about the church
An Act of Spiritual Communion.
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.
SMG will LIVE stream the Feast of the Annunciation Mass tomorrow morning, March 25, 2020 at 8:30 am. View it here on the website at www.smgnola.com/LIVE or on our facebook at Facebook.com/smgneworleans
The Greater New Orleans Foundation Launches the Louisiana Service and Hospitality Family Assistance Program with Support from the Gayle Benson Community Assistance Fund, McIlhenny Company and the Louisiana Restaurant Association
HE NEVER GIVES US MORE THAN WE CAN STAND. SO… STAND ON HIS WORD!
BIBLE STUDY – LORD INCREASE MY FAITH? Deacon Terrel Broussard will continue to publish the Bible Study and post it on the parish website. To attend the Bible Study by Conference Call, dial into the conference line at 7:00 PM Monday Night for a discussion of the Sunday readings. The Dial in Number is: (425) 436-6314. The Access Code is: 601575. The Word of God can move us from fear to faith. This week, we continue our Lenten preparation and study of the Word of God with the GENERAL THEME: LORD, INCREASE MY FAITH? During week 5 we ask: LORD, GIVE ME A FAITH THAT IS ALIVE?
CONTINUING FAITH FORMATION AND RCIA SESSIONS WILL MEET BY CONFERENCE CALL ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT 7:00 PM. THE DIAL IN NUMBER IS: (425) 436-6314. THE ACCESS CODE IS: 601575. Topic: Baptism, why water? Why anointing? What does it mean to be enlightened with grace and truth? “ Catechism of the Catholic Church 1216 "This bath is called enlightenment, because those who receive this [catechetical] instruction are enlightened in their understanding . . . ." Having received in Baptism the Word, "the true light that enlightens every man," the person baptized has been "enlightened," he becomes a "son of light," indeed, he becomes "light" himself:
Baptism is God's most beautiful and magnificent gift. . . .We call it gift, grace, anointing, enlightenment, garment of immortality, bath of rebirth, seal, and most precious gift. It is called gift because it is conferred on those who bring nothing of their own; grace since it is given even to the guilty; Baptism because sin is buried in the water; anointing for it is priestly and royal as are those who are anointed; enlightenment because it radiates light; clothing since it veils our shame; bath because it washes; and seal as it is our guard and the sign of God's Lordship.
The Saint Maria Goretti Staff, Pastoral Council, and Parish Family are happy to open our arms and hearts as we welcome Father Daniel H. Green, as our Pastor effective July 1, 2020.
Sunday Rosary- 8:00am
Call: (425)436-6324 Access Code: 878764
Daily Rosary- Monday- Saturday 6:00pm
Call: (563) 999-2090 Access Code: 354627
Daily Mass can be viewed on EWTN,
Mass from St. Louis Cathedral
Monday- Saturday 12:05pm WLAE / live streamed https://thedailymass.com/mass/
Sunday 11:00am WLAE / live streamed https://thedailymass.com/mass/
Sunday Offerings can be mailed to:
St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church
7300 Crowder Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70127
( Please include envelope number in the memo block of the check)
In light of recent developments regarding the community spreading of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Greater New Orleans area , the Archdiocese of New Orleans has suspended public Mass and confessions until further notice. This will include the Wednesday Night Confessions scheduled for the upcoming three Wednesdays. Please keep in your prayers those who have died and pray for the healing of all those who are affected by this pandemic.
Click link below to view our COVID-19 page dedicated to providing information on the changes and cancellations at St. Maria Goretti Parish due to the Novel Coronavirus.
SAVE THE DATE
Saint Maria Goretti Parish Lenten Mission
April 6-8, 2020 7:00-8:30 PM in the church
Presenter- Redemptorist Priest -Rev. Dr. Maurice J. Nutt
Join us as we welcome Father Nutt back for three nights of preaching and teachin
Fasting is to be observed by all Catholics 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 Catholic 14 years or older on All Fridays of Lent.
Story by Christine Bordelon, Clarion Herald:
Ten rows of priests concelebrated with Archbishop Gregory Aymond and Archbishop Emeritus Alfred Hughes Feb. 15 at the Funeral Mass for Msgr. L. Earl Gauthreaux at the parish he led for 52 years – St. Maria Goretti.
The January- February 2020 Edition of the St. Maria Goretti Catholic Men's Fellowship Newsletter is now available. Click on the link to read or download it.
Saint Maria Goretti will host the Lord Teach Me To Pray Part 1, Praying the Virtues program for women beginning on January 25, 2020.
The St. Maria Goretti Holy Name Society with pray the Rosary on a live Radio Rosary Broadcast on the dates listed below. The rosary is broadcast from Rooms 3-4 of the Monsignor Gauthreaux Center. All are invited to join us . please arrive prior to 5:55PM. The rosary is broadcast daily on WVOG 600AM, WVOG 107.1 FM, or can be streamed online at https://www.catholicstand.com/hunger-and-thirst/
January 22, 2020 July 24, 2020
February 14, 2020 August 24, 2020
March 20, 2020 September 23, 2020
April 22, 2020 October 23, 2020
May 15, 2020 November 20, 2020
June 19, 2020 December 21, 2020
St. Maria Goretti Parish thanks all who came out and enjoyed a beautiful Sunday afternoon with us at our Annual Parish Picnic. The afternoon was full of fun including, face painting, snoballs, popcorn and of course bbq. We also enjoyed watching the Saints beat the Jaguars! #WhoDat
To view photos from this years' picnic click the link below
We look forward to seeing everyone at our annual picnic Sunday, October 13, 2019 from 1:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. There will be plate dinners and lots of fun. Just bring yourself and your family to the Msgr. Gauthreaux Center for a good time!
Members of the St. Maria Goretti Holy Name Society participated in the Annual National Holy Name Sunday Mass at St. Dominic Catholic Church. This annual celebration of the Holy Name Society is attended by representatives of the parish Holy Name Societies that comprise the New Orleans Archdiocesan Union of Holy Name Societies. The mass is held Annually at St, Dominic which is also home of the National Shrine of Blessed John of Vercelli, the founder of the Holy Name Society,
Monsignor Gauthreaux installed the officers of the Holy Name Society for the 2019-2020 year during the 8:30 am Mass on Sunday, June 9, 2019. Congratulations to the following Holy Name men, and my the Holy Spirit guide you in the performance of your duties.
President Gary Singletary
1st Vice-President Wayne Roberts
2nd Vice-President Delany Winston
Secretary Gary Nicholson
Treasurer Clarence Butler
Marshall Lester Thomas
The St. Maria Goretti Catholic Men's Fellowship May-June 2019 Edition of the Newsletter is now available. Click on the link to read or download it.
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!
View more photos from the event below:
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.
Click link below to view photos from the 2018 Parish Picnic
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.
CLICK LINK BELOW TO VIEW PHOTOS
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.
View all of the photos from the day by clicking the link below:
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.