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    Posted by. Joseph Simon on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 3:24 PM


    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.

    Posted by. Joseph Simon on Monday, August 27, 2018 at 11:01 AM

    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

    Posted by. Tre Williams on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 4:58 PM

    Click link below to view a message from the Archdiocese Office of Marriage and Family Life



    Posted by. Tre Williams on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 9:39 PM

    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.

    Posted by. Tre Williams on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 4:37 PM

    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.



    Hi Ms Laurelee,

    I send this email to thank you and the little Angels who worked tirelessly to raise funds to support our ministry. I facilitated a wedding for a couple, helped a little girl by the name of, Amentono Gloria to get her certificate and me to shop for the rectory and myself. 


    With Love and Appreciation,

    Fr. Daniel Ochom 
    Dear Ms. Laurelee,
    I am glad to hear from you. 
    Thank you so much for your continued support towards our well being in Uganda. You efforts and love indeed make our ministry light.  I pray God blesses your students and the entire Goretti parish and rewards you abundantly. 
    I wish you blessings.
    Fr. Alex  Oketch

    Posted by. Tre Williams on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 5:48 PM

    Nearly 300 people came out to praise God with our choirs,receive the message from Father Maurice Nutt, and left filled with the Holy Spirit.

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