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    Posted by. Tre Williams on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 2:51 PM



    2020 Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule

     

    MASS:

    8:30am, 12 noon and 6:00pm. Ashes given out after all masses.











    Posted by. Tre Williams on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 9:44 AM



    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.
     

    “My sisters and brothers, we gather this morning as a family of faith, a family belonging to our God but also to Msgr. Gauthreaux,” Archbishop Aymond said. “And we come together to thank God for the gift of Msgr. Gauthreaux, his life, his faith, his family and the many ways in which he has served and led God’s people for over 60 years.”
     
    His relatives from his native Plaquemines, Louisiana, outside of Baton Rouge, were in attendance at the Mass as were many of the people he served for half a century. In 1968, he became the second pastor of St. Maria Goretti, located in what Father Pat Williams, vicar general of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, said was the “near East” of New Orleans. 
     
    Friendship grew
     
    Father Williams first got to know Msgr. Gauthreaux as a student in his canon law class  at Notre Dame Seminary.
     
    “I learned then how much he loved the priesthood and how much he loved being with the priests – a tradition he carried on with his Thanksgiving luncheons all the way to this day,” Father Williams said. “I also learned, like his good friend Msgr. (Clinton) Doskey, that the law was not an end to itself. The law was always about the people and how it could serve them and help them in their relationship with God.”
    Father Williams told the packed church of his many memories of his friend, Msgr. Gauthreaux, and he knew those attending had their memories, too. In bidding him farewell by celebrating the Eucharist, “our remembering is the work of the Spirit, and that means when we come together today in this place, we remember in love, and we remember in faith, and that gives us hope. We remember in love all the ways that Msgr. Gauthreaux touched the hearts of everyone here.
     
    “The book of Ecclesiastes (the first reading) tells us there is a time and place for everything. I’m sure you can remember those times in which you weeped at funerals, and Msgr. Gauthreaux was there. In times of joy – baptisms and weddings; the times in which he stood right here (at the ambo), so many many times that he proclaimed the Good News. The times that he offered counsel and guidance for his family, whom he loved so much, for his church. He dedicated his life to serving.
     
    “It’s through the Spirit that we remember in love, because St. Paul (letter to the Romans in the second reading) tells us that love never ends. He tells the Romans that there is nothing more powerful than the love of God in Christ Jesus. So, as we gather and remember in love, our hearts are saddened, yes, but whenever we remember, there will be love. And, that love gives us hope.
     
    “We also, in this funeral liturgy, gather to remember in faith – faith that is so beautifully proclaimed in the Beatitudes. To remember in faith means that we can proclaim, ‘Lord, for your faithful, life has changed not ended.’ For remembering in faith tells us that what we do at this table is not just a memory, but it is making present the very presence of God, the presence that Msgr. Gauthreaux celebrated so faithfully for such a long time. This is the faith that we live. This is the faith that Msgr. Gauthreaux lived and taught throughout his priesthood. Remembering in that faith sustains us in hope.”
     
    Father Williams urged everyone to always remember that in the midst of our dark valleys, God is always with us.
     
    “That is my prayer for each one of us – for monsignor’s family, friends, his parish family, his brother priests, all those who loved him and knew him,” Father Williams said. “My prayer is that with God’s help, every time we remember, there will be love. Every time we remember, there will be faith. In love and faith, may each of us find hope and peace.”
     
    Had the last words
     
    Mentioning that Msgr. Gauthreaux was not shy about expressing his opinion, Father Williams thought it apropos to let Msgr. Gauthreaux’s own written words be the last before departing the Funeral Mass:
    “I have loved as God wants us to love. I could never be a politician, especially an ecclesiastical politician. I must be honest, truthful, just, a good, kind friend to all, even the bishop, who may not appreciate what I stand for. I am happy with what I am and what I have achieved and the work I have done, all I have helped in my priesthood. I have been in the company of the best, and have been in great places and great times. I think I have helped and taught much to many priests and people. Thank you, God. Be merciful to me, a sinner. Let me forever be in the company and presence of my best friend and family. Deo gratias (thanks be to God).”
     
    “Deo gratias, indeed,” Father Williams said.    
     
    A second funeral liturgy was held for Msgr. Gauthreaux, who died Feb. 8, at age 89, at his childhood parish, St. John the Evangelist in Plaquemines, Louisiana, Feb. 18.










    Posted by. Tre Williams on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 11:00 AM



    Pastor, Professor, Judicial Vicar Archdiocese of New Orleans VIRIUSTUS ET IUSTITIAE. November 2nd, 1930 – February 8th, 2020. Reverend Monsignor Lawrence Earl Gauthreaux, a priest of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, passed away peacefully on February 8, 2020. He was 89 years of age. Msgr. Gauthreaux was born on November 2, 1930 in Plaquemine, LA. He attended St. John Elementary School and St. John High School in Plaquemine where he graduated Valedictorian of the 1947 class. He earned a B.B.A in Business at Loyola University in New Orleans and attended St. Joseph Seminary in Covington and studied Philosophy and Theology at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. He earned a Baccalaureate in Canon Law and Licentiate in Canon Law from Catholic University in Washington, DC. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 9, 1956 in New Orleans by Bishop L. Abel Caillouet in St. Louis Cathedral. "One kneels in the consciousness of his own nothingness and rises…A priest forever." Father Earl celebrated his first mass on June 10, 1956 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Plaquemine, La. Msgr. Gauthreaux served as Associate Pastor at St. Francis de Sales Church in Houma, Vicar Substitute at St. Michael's Church in New Orleans, Associate Pastor at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church in New Orleans, St. Leo the Great Church in New Orleans, St. Catherine of Siena Church in Metairie, and St. Mary Magdalen Church in Metairie. His pastorate began at St. Maria Goretti Church in New Orleans on June 1st, 1968. In addition to his pastoral assignments, he served in the Metropolitan Tribunal as Secretary, Pro-Synodal Judge, Examiner, Vice-Officialis, and Judge. He also served as Dean of the City-Park Gentilly Deanery and New Orleans East Deanery, as well as holding the position of Archdiocesan Censor, Professor of Pastoral Theology and Canon Law at Notre Dame Seminary, Vice-Chairman of the Ecumenical Committee, Spiritual Director of the Particular Council No. 2, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Confessor and Counselor at St. John Vianney Prep School, Moderator of the St. Thomas More Lawyers Association, Director of college level vocations and a member of the College of Consultors. Msgr. Gauthreaux was made a Prelate of Honor by Pope Paul VI in 1975. Until shortly before his death, Msgr. Gauthreaux was residing at St. Maria Goretti Parish, where he served as pastor for 53 years. He was preceded in death by his parents Paul Edward Gauthreaux, Sr. and Mabel Agnes Chriss Gauthreaux, a sister Blanche Marie Comeaux and husband Ralph Joseph Comeaux, Sr., and brothers Paul Edward "Toby" Gauthreaux and wife Betty Banta Gauthreaux, John Alfred Gauthreaux and wife Joan Eby Gauthreaux, Leonard Gordon Gauthreaux, Robert Gauthreaux (infant), niece Brenda Marie Comeaux, nephews Michael and Christopher Gauthreaux (infants), and great-nephew Derek Joseph Comeaux. Monsignor Gauthreaux is survived by his sister-in-law Jocelyn Myhand Gauthreaux of Addis, 24 nieces and nephews and their spouses, numerous great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, and great-great-great nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at St. Maria Goretti church on Friday, February 14th from 10 a.m. with a vigil service at 6 p.m. The visitation will continue through the night until the funeral mass. The funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 15th at 11 a.m., by The Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond. Pallbearers will be Joe Thibeaux, Gary Singletary, Joe Simon, James Young, Lester Thomas, and Ralph Clary. Honorary Pallbearers will be James Singletary, Raymond August, Alton Lombard, and Kenneth Boyd. A second visitation will be held at St. John the Evangelist Church in Plaquemine on Monday, February 17th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will resume on Tuesday, February 18th from 8 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., celebrated by The Archbishop Gregory Aymond. Interment in Grace Memorial Park, Plaquemine will follow. Pallbearers will be Mark Comeaux, Donnie Gauthreaux, John Gauthreaux, Chris Gauthreaux, Joe Thibeaux, and Joe Simon. At the age of 37, because of his expertise in Canon Law, Father Gauthreaux was called to Rome to assist with the writing of Vatican II laws of the Catholic church. At the age of 75, Katrina destroyed his church, rectory, and the adjacent Monsignor Gauthreaux education center. It was an emotional loss for Monsignor, who oversaw the re- construction of the 10.5-acre parish complex. In 2007, Monsignor Gauthreaux was named Distinguished Graduate of St. John High School, Plaquemine. He was chosen in 2013 to be Grand Marshal of the inaugural Krewe of Comogo parade, a parade formed to honor his beloved niece, Brenda. Father loved his family. Special thanks to The Archbishop Gregory Aymond, his brothers in the priesthood, his assistant and friend Father Cyril Buyeera, his dining partner Father Jon Koehler, his family of parishioners at St. Maria Goretti, his faithful staff, nurse parishioner Angela Agochukeu, and his own family of caregivers. A very special thank you to his dedicated and faithful housekeeper of 37 years, his very close friend, Gilda and her husband Joe Thibeaux, who helped care for Monsignor with love of family. He loved all of you. Many thanks to his team of doctors and staff at Ochsner Medical Center who treated Monsignor with care, respect, and nobility. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to St. John the Evangelist Church in Plaquemine, St. John the Baptist in Brusly, or St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church in New Orleans. 'Heavenly Father, we pray for your blessings through the intercession of our patroness, Saint Maria Goretti. May all of us be young at heart, vibrant in spirit, and strong in our faith, so that, like Maria Goretti, we may attain the happiness of heaven. Saint Maria Goretti, pray for us.' In Monsignor's own words, "My life as a priest has been a rich blessing to me as I thank God, my good family, and my special friends who were such an important part of my priesthood." And so, farewell our pastor, our brother, our friend, our uncle. Well done, good and faithful servant.
    Published in TheAdvocate.com from Feb. 11 to Feb. 18, 2020










    Posted by. Tre Williams on Monday, February 10, 2020 at 4:20 PM



    Msgr. L. Earl Gauthreaux, the longest-tenured pastor in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, died Feb. 8 at the age of 89. He had served as pastor of St. Maria Goretti Church since 1968.


    Funeral Services

    Visitation:  Friday, February 14, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. until the Funeral Mass at St. Maria Goretti Church, 7300 Crowder Blvd., New Orleans.
     
    Vigil Service:  Friday, February 14, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at St. Maria Goretti Church

    Funeral Mass:  Saturday, February 15, 2020 11:00 a.m. at St. Maria Goretti Church
     
    Visitation:  Monday, February 17, 2020 from 5:00 pm. – 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at  St. John the Evangelist Church, 57805 Main Street,            Plaquemine, LA
           
    Funeral Mass:  Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, Plaquemine, LA

    Biographical Information

    Lawrence Earl Gauthreaux was born in Plaquemine, Louisiana, the third of six children of Paul Edward Gauthreaux, Sr. and Mabel Agnes Chriss. He was educated in Plaquemine from 1936 and graduated Valedictorian of the 1947 St. John High School Class. He continued his education at St. Joseph Seminary College, Covington, La. from 1947 until 1950 and then entered Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans where he studied until 1956. Monsignor Gauthreaux was ordained on June 9, 1956 serving in the priesthood for over 63 years.  In 1960, Archbishop Joseph Rummel sent him to the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. to study Canon Law and upon completion of his studies he returned to New Orleans in 1962 with a Licentiate in Canon Law. Upon completion of his studies, he returned to New Orleans in 1962 with a Baccalaureate and a Licentiate in Canon Law. At the age of 37, because of his expertise in Canon Law, Father Gauthreaux was called to Rome to assist with the writing of Vatican II laws of the Catholic church. On June 1, 1968 Father Gauthreaux was appointed Pastor of St. Maria Goretti Church, New Orleans. He was named a prelate of honor by Pope Paul VI on April 12, 1975 with the title Monsignor. He was pastor of St. Maria Goretti Church in New Orleans, Archdiocese of New Orleans for 53 years.











    Posted by. Joseph Simon on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 11:01 AM



    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.











    Posted by. Joseph Simon on Monday, January 6, 2020 at 9:07 AM



    Saint Maria Goretti will host the Lord Teach Me To Pray Part 1, Praying the Virtues program for women beginning on January 25, 2020.











    Posted by. Tre Williams on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 6:07 PM



    The St. Maria Goretti High School of Religion sponsored their 12th Annual All Saints Day Program the weekend of November 2nd and 3rd, 2019.  Different students from each of the classes in our school from 1st grade through 11th grade portrayed saints at each of the four Masses that weekend.  After the homily, they spoke in the first person dressing as and sharing the lives of their chosen saints. Pictured above from left to right are:

    #1 8:30 Mass on Sunday
    St. Christopher- Kevin Lewis
    St. Luke the Evangelist- Grayson Moss
    St. Theresa of Avilla- Brook Blanchard
    St. Veronica -Paige Parent
    #2 Noon Mass on Sunday
    St. Francis of Assisi- Osayi Igninoghene
    St. Louise deMarillac- Brevyn Malveaux
    St. Maria Goretti- McKenzie Malveaux
    #3 4:00 Mass on Saturday
    Blessed Bartolo Longo- Leyah Woods
    St. Augustine, Bishop- Blake Cordier
    St. Francis of Assisi- Aidan Smith
    St. Katherine Drexel- Lila Nguyen
    #4 10:30 Mass on Sunday
    St. Paul-Bryce Darensbourg
    St. Matthew- Malani Sanders 
    St. Cecilia- Kennedy Gibson
    St. Veeronica- Kamri Johnson










    Posted by. Joseph Simon on Monday, December 2, 2019 at 2:08 PM



    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











    Posted by. Tre Williams on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 9:58 AM



    October is the Month traditionally dedicated to the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. During this past October, members of the 9th and 10th grades of  St. Maria Goretti's School of Religion learned about the devotion of the Rosary with its 20 mysteries and how to pray it.  They also made their own Rosaries which they are proudly displaying and which Fr. Cyril blessed.  Each student chose his/her colored beads and learned that the Rosary includes 53 recitations of the Hail Mary and 6 of the Our Father for a total of 59 beads.
     
    Pictured left to right are: 
     
    First picture -Aniya Branon 9th, Shawna Nguyen  10th, Kamri Johnson 10th, and Michael Sanders 9th. 
     
    Second picture - Edric Williams 9th, Michael Sanders 9th, Fr. Cyril, Leilah McCalister 10th, Tia Gaillard 10th, and Dylan Rousseve 10th.
     
    Missing from picture is Paige Parent, 9th










    Posted by. Tre Williams on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 7:41 PM



    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











    Posted by. Tre Williams on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 1:20 PM



    The St. Maria Goretti School of Religion celebrated its 12th Annual Living Rosary on Sunday, October 6th, 2019 in the Msgr. L. Earl Gauthreaux Center after classes at 11:10am. The Rosary was said in honor of October being the month of the Rosary and the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on Monday, October 7th. It was at the apparitions at Fatima, Portugal in 1917 that Our Lady of Fatima asked all of the church to pray the Rosary for peace.  It was also during these apparitions that Our Blessed Mother made the following request of us all:
    "When you recite the Rosary, say at the end of each decade: 'Oh My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Your Mercy.'" 
     
    Pictured above are the students and teachers who participated in the Living Rosary. Those participating formed themselves in the shape of a Rosary and each represented a bead reciting the prayer of that particular bead.
    For more photos click the link below










    Posted by. Tre Williams on Monday, October 7, 2019 at 1:32 PM



    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!











    Posted by. Joseph Simon on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 10:16 AM



    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,











    Posted by. Joseph Simon on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 2:54 PM













    Posted by. Joseph Simon on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 12:40 PM



    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











    Posted by. Joseph Simon on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 12:30 PM



    The July- August 2019 edition of the St. Maria Goretti Catholic Men's Fellowship Newsletter is available. Click on the link to download or read it.











    Posted by. Tre Williams on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 10:42 AM



    The 2019 Feast Celebration will be held on Saturday, July 6th following the 4:00pm Mass. Refreshments will be served! 

    Come join us in the Msgr. Gauthreaux Center as we celebrate our patron Saint, Maria Goretti.











    Posted by. Tre Williams on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 12:16 AM



    I am grateful for your financial help and I used the funds to start a turkey project with the Parish kids. We have twenty female turkeys and will be buying five males at a later. We want to expand this project as a way of improving our livelihood. By the end of the year we should have over one hundred of them.
    Thank you all for love and sacrifice made to help us. God bless your generous hearts.
    With Gratitude and Love,
    Fr. Daniel Ochum










    Posted by. Joseph Simon on Monday, May 6, 2019 at 9:26 AM



    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.











    Posted by. Tre Williams on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 12:35 PM



    Dear Ms. Laurelee,
    Easter greetings to you! and hope that you are doing ok.
    I did receive $140 that you sent us through Fr. Alex. It was such a timely assistance that enabled me to complete the term one school tuition for a young orphaned high school seminarian(LEONARD) whom I have been trying to help. Also part of this money helped me meet therapy fees for my Mom who is steadily recovering from a fractured hip. I am most grateful for this help!
    I am profoundly grateful to you and the 9th and 10th graders of St. Maria Goretti for organizing and sponsoring the 12th Annual Bake Sale and choosing to support my ministry with the proceeds. Much appreciation too to Monsignor , the families of the 9th and 10th graders, and the whole St. Maria Goretti Community for supporting the Bake Sale.
    May the Lord reward each one of you abundantly.
    HAPPY EASTER!
    Fr. Mark Oboth Odoi
    Archdiocese of Tororo, Uganda










    Posted by. Tre Williams on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 1:11 PM



    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











    Posted by. Tre Williams on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 1:04 PM



    Dear Ms. Laurelee & (St. Maria Goretti Parish),
    Thank you so much. This is very wonderful and it brings back to me lots of memorials. I truly enjoyed my teaching experience while with you and I learned a lot.
    I am really touched by the sacrifices made by you, those kids and the rest of our friends. God knows it all, how He will reward each one of you.
     May I take this opportunity to wish you the best out of this Holy week and a glorious Easter. I love you all. God bless you abundantly.
    Fr. Alex










    Posted by. St. Maria Goretti Church on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 11:38 PM



    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:











    Posted by. St. Maria Goretti Church on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 11:16 PM



    The 9th and 10th graders of the St. Maria Goretti High School of Religion sponsored their 12th Annual Home Baked Goods Bake Sale for three Ugandan priests who were educated at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans before being ordained for their home dioceses in Uganda in 2005, 2006, and 2007.  This year, as a result of the wonderful participation of our students who did the baking and the parishioners who bought the treats, the sale raised $420 even though the weather was rainy, windy ,and cold.  Because of the generosity of Goretti's people ,Fathers Daniel, Alex, and Mark will each receive $140 for his individual parish and ministries.  What a wonderful combined effort between the teens and  the parish.  How fitting that during Lent, we were able to put into practice the Corporal Works of Mercy for the benefit of our brother and sisters so far away. 

    Thank you Goretti.  You are the  best.
    Click link below to view more photos from the weekend










    Posted by. Joseph Simon on Monday, March 4, 2019 at 10:30 AM













    Posted by. Tre Williams on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 7:47 PM













    Posted by. Tre Williams on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 7:45 PM



    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.











    Posted by. Tre Williams on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 9:30 PM



    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











    Posted by. Tre Williams on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 4:32 PM



    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











    Posted by. Tre Williams on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 8:38 PM



    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











    Posted by. Tre Williams on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 8:31 PM



    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











    Posted by. Tre Williams on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 1:43 PM



    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. 











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



    Brothers,

    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.

     

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    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. 

    Once more, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

    With Love and Appreciation,

    Fr. Daniel Ochom 
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    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.
     










    Posted by. Tre Williams on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 4:22 PM



    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:











    Posted by. Tre Williams on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 1:55 PM



    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

    Msgr Gauthreaux

    Fr. Deogratias

    Seminarian Dan

     

    8:30 Mass Sunday

    Sean-Paul Martin, 8th Grade, Pope St. John Paul II

    Fr. Deogratias

    Seminarian Dan

    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

    Msgr. Gauthreaux

     

    12:00 Mass Sunday 

    Fr. Joseph

    Brooke Dapremont, 10th Grade, St. Katharine Drexel

    Perkins Broussard, V, 10th Grade, dressed as the husband of St. Rita of Cascia

     

     











    Posted by. Tre Williams on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 4:34 PM



    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.











    Posted by. Tre Williams on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 1:03 AM



    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











    Posted by. Tre Williams on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 1:02 AM



    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.
    Uganda











    Posted by. Tre Williams on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 1:01 AM



    Click link below to view photos from our 2017 Springtime Tea...









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