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CHURCH & ADORATION CHAPEL CLOSING DURING RENOVATIONS

From Monday, June 26th, through Friday, June 30th, both the Church and the Adoration Chapel will be closed.

Daily Mass will be held in Providence Hall, Monday through Friday of that week at 9:00 a.m.  Please use the church parking lot and enter the Cuccia Center through the Front Door, the door that faces the grassy park and W. Metairie Ave.  Providence Hall can be entered from inside the Cuccia Center, so please do not enter through the door on N. Starrett.  Also, please do not park on N. Starrett Dr. by the church office.

The reason for the closure is there are renovations being made in the Sacristy, and there is carpet being installed under the pews where there was none before.

Thank you for your cooperation and your patience.

NEWLY CONFIRMED

Ms. Danielle Gresse from Our Lady of Divine Providence recently made her adult Confirmation at the St. Louis Cathedral in a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Aymond.  We welcome her into full communion with our Church.

OLDP ALTAR SERVER OF THE YEAR

Congratulations to Robbie Wallace, the OLDP Altar Server of the Year!

THE CELEBRATION OF THE CHRISTIAN MYSTERY

(excerpts from the Catechism of the Catholic Church)

34 1436 Eucharist and Penance. Daily conversion and penance find their source and nourishment in the Eucharist, for in it is made present the sacrifice of Christ which has reconciled us with God. Through the Eucharist those who live from the life of Christ are fed and strengthened. “It is a remedy to free us from our daily faults and to preserve us from mortal sins.” 

35 1437 Reading Sacred Scripture, praying the Liturgy of the Hours and the Our Father—every sincere act of worship or devotion revives the spirit of conversion and repentance within us and contributes to the forgiveness of our sins. 

FOR YOUR SPIRITUAL GROWTH

Do you want to know about your Faith Ancestry. Visit THE REASON WE ARE to find out more.  CLICK HERE

WHAT IF YOU MET AN APOSTLE??

If you bumped into an Apostle, and you wanted to know about this Jesus, this Christ; what might it be like. Well you can imagine it if you like. Go to UNRAVELING THE FAITH. In this week’s posting, Earl Gervais, our DRE, takes us into the Didache. The writings that our Church Scholars, and Pope Francis, tell us is as close to the Apostles as we could get. Take some time, and walk with the Early Church Fathers, let your soul and your spirit take you to the beginning.

PRAYER FOR PROTECTION IN STORMY WEATHER

Our Father in Heaven,
through the intercession of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, spare us during this hurricane season from all harm.  Protect us and our homes from all disasters of nature. Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us. 

We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

NEW "DIGGING DEEPER" FOR JUNE

DIGGING DEEPER

I am going to shift gears just a little bit for this month's DIGGING DEEPER segment. I am going to offer you a short story. But, it's not your typical short story. If you read it closely, carefully, and allow it's spirit to work it's way into your soul, you will be changed when you come out on the other side. I hope it touches your heart as it did mine when I first heard it.  Click here for the rest of the story...

FIRST COMMUNION

First Communion was celebrated at our 10:00 a.m. Mass on Saturday, May 13th.  A total of 28 children received the holy Eucharist for the first time at that Mass.  Congratulations to them all!


More pictures are available in the photo gallery.

FR. MIKE CELEBRATES 12 YEARS OF PRIESTLY ORDINATION


"PRIEST PAINTER" MAKES THE NEWS

Photo by Peter G. Forest
Fr. Mike's 3rd Annual Art Show and Auction was held Saturday night, May 27th in the Bahan Center and was very successful.  The beneficiary of this auction, the OLDP Sacristy, will get a good overhaul due to Fr. Mike's talents and generosity.  Everyone in attendance enjoyed the food, the music, and the large display of all kinds of art in various mediums, all done by our own Fr. Mike.

Read the article in the online edition of the NOLA.com website, Click here  NOLA.COM

See Fr. Mike's "Update" on his Page on this website.

TWO NEW SAINTS!

UNRAVELING OUR FAITH

2016-2017 SCHOOL OF RELIGION CLOSING CEREMONY

Our School of Religions for both elementary and Special Children of Christ, held their closing ceremony Tuesday night, May 2nd.  Award certificates were given out for Perfect Attendance, Good Attendance and Promotion.  
7th Grade Promotion
Perfect Attendance

THEOLOGY ON TUESDAY


MAY CROWNING

MAY CROWNING
EXPOSITION
PROCESSION
with Blessed Mother
BENEDICTION



SUNDAY,MAY 7,2017
Beginning with the 10:00 a.m. Mass
Refreshments following Benediction in 
Bahan Center


(NOTE:  THERE WILL NOT BE A 12:00 NOON MASS)

100TH ANNIVERSARY OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA


It is almost certain that we would not be celebrating the beatifications of Jacinta and Francisco Marto were it not for the apparitions which they experienced. Yes, every Catholic has the possibility to attain to the measure of sanctity which this honor represents. However, in practical terms it was the tutelage of an angel and the Blessed Mother that led these two young children to holiness in just a few short years. That tutoring began in the spring of 1916 with three visitations of the Guardian Angel of Portugal, apparitions which served as preparation for the visits the following year of the Mother of God.

PARISH FAIR & FESTIVAL 2017

Our Annual Parish Fair has come and gone.  Wow, what a crazy weekend!  This year's fair was a bit different than in past years as OLDP incorporated the archdiocesan policy requiring the purchasing of tickets from a central ticket booth for most of the game booths and food booths, including the food in the Bahan Center.  This enabled those booths to only collect tickets instead of the handling of cash, which sped up the lines a bit.  Even though we ran into a few snags, we did quite well for being our first year doing this.

This year we also had a better security presence with more Jefferson Parish deputies on the grounds and around the area, providing a safer environment for all.  There were no reported incidences of any serious nature the entire weekend.  We thank the Jefferson Parish deputies for a job well done.

Thank you to all who helped put this event together, and a special thanks to all those volunteers who donated their time and talents to the success of this annual event.

A great thank you goes out to all those who attended the fair and not only enjoyed themselves, but helped out the school and the church through their purchase of tickets, and other donations.

Check out the Parish Fair & Festival page at the top of this website to see photos of the various activities during this year's fair.

A TEACHING ON RECONCILIATION & THE EUCHARIST

Fr. Deo Ekisa will be continuing his presentation on Reconciliation and the Eucharist on Tuesday, April 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the church. The first talk was truly enlightening and answered many questions regarding these two most important sacraments. Fr. Deo will continue where he left off in his March 14th presentation and bring even more enrichment to us. There will be time for questions and answers at the conclusion. Everyone is welcome to join us even if you missed the first talk.

ASH WEDNESDAY: A DAY OF FAST & ABSTINENCE FROM MEAT

In the Catholic Church, Ash Wednesday is observed by fasting, abstinence from meat, and repentance—a day of contemplating one's transgressions. On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, all Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 (whose health enables them to do so) are permitted to consume only one full meal, which may be supplemented by two smaller meals, which together should not equal the full meal. Some Catholics will go beyond the minimum obligations demanded by the Church and undertake a complete fast, or a bread and water fast. 

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are also days of abstinence from meat (mammals and fowl), as are all Fridays during Lent. Some Catholics continue fasting throughout Lent, as was the Church's traditional requirement, concluding only after the celebration of the Easter Vigil. 

In the medieval period, the day before Ash Wednesday was the required annual day of confessing one's sins and receiving absolution and instructions on the penances to be performed during Lent, the reason it was called Shrove Tuesday.

OLDP SCHOOL STUDENTS DONATE FOOD TO OUR PARISH FOOD PANTRY

The OLDP School students and their families donated more than 4,400 items to our food pantry this past week.  We wish to thank them for their service to our parish and parishioners.

UPDATE: FR. MARK ODOI

We received a letter from Fr. Mark Odoi (he served as a Transitional Deacon at OLDP in 2015) updating us on his ministry/assignment in Uganda.  Here are some excerpts from that letter:

Greetings to you, Ms. Mickie, OLDP Parish staff and Family,

We have been having unusually extreme drought here in Uganda. This has caused serious famine to the majority of families and has also dangerously reduced water levels at the country's only hydro-power generation dam. There is thus very little electricity and even the little internet access has dwindled further.

I hope you all are doing fine. Just wanted to let you know that I was at last able to buy a used Nissan Vehicle to help with my pastoral outreach here. I THANK YOU AND ALL THE OLDP PARISHIONERS FOR YOUR GENEROSITY that enabled me to acquire it. May the almighty bless each of you abundantly,

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE ADDRESSES PRO-LIFE MARCH IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Vice President Mike Pence addresses the Pro-Life Rally at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Jan. 27, 2017. Credit: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images.
Vice President Mike Pence addresses the Pro-Life Rally at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Jan. 27, 2017. Credit: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

“Life is winning in America,” he said, “and today is a celebration of that progress, the progress that we’ve made in that cause.”

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