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    Posted by. Joseph Simon on Monday, November 11, 2019 at 1:07 PM



    The November- December 2019 edition of the St. Maria Goretti Catholic Men's Fellowship is now available. Click on the link to read or down load it.











    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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