St. Peter Claver Church ESTABLISED in 1920

St. Peter Claver Church
Saturday Evening: 4:00 p.m.
Sundays: 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m.
Holy Days: See Liturgy of the Eucharist schedule inside
Weekdays: See Liturgy of the Eucharist schedule inside
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. on Saturday
or anytime by appointment.
1923 St. Philip Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
Office (504) 822-8059
Fax (504) 822-9251
School (504) 822-8191
Credit Union (504) 988-1182
Misaada Center (504( 827-0707
Rev. J. Asare-Dankwah
Appointment with the priest or
deacon for preparation is necessary.
Call during pregnancy or as soon as
possible after the child is born.
Mr. André Aguillard, Sr.
Plant Manager
Mrs. Alena Boucree
Director of Religious Education
Mr. Devin Boucree
Youth Ministry
Contact the priest at least six (6)
months in advance.
Mrs. Vanessa Chavis
School Principal
Contact the parish office before
making arrangements with a
funeral home.
Mrs. Veronica Downs-Dorsey
Director of Music
Rev. Mr. Lawrence Houston
Mrs. Linda Hunter
Monday–Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Mr. Oliver Mahone
Business Manager
Grades K-8 – Saturday from
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Meet in the parish school.
Mrs. Edith B. Reed
Executive Secretary
Mrs. Henri Reed
Director of Family Life & Liturgy
Rev. Mr. Allen Stevens
Pastoral Assistant
We ask that you please call the office to register in the parish.
St. Peter Claver Catholic Church is a vibrant, spirit-filled, evangelizing community that is grounded in
the Eucharist and celebrates the culture and traditions of our African-American heritage.
Strengthened by our belief in Jesus Christ and trusting in God’s Word, we transform our community through
acts of justice by caring for the spiritual and physical needs of His people.
Scripture Insights
In most of the Old Testament, there was no belief in
the afterlife; the believer’s only opportunity to live
with God was in this life. Physical death was seen as
the end of life in the presence of god. But the Book of
Wisdom tells us that those who embrace wisdom will
live in grace and mercy with God forever. The First
Reading, from Wisdom, shows some of the first indications of the belief that the deceased survive physical
death. This growing sense of life after death sets in a
new light today’s Responsorial Psalm, the most beloved prayer in the Bible. The Shepherd is our true
guide, not only through the sufferings in this life, but
as our soul navigates the final journey through death
to new life in Christ. In the Second Reading, Paul
reflects on the transition point at death, when we will
face the divine Judge. There is no sense of
“balancing” the scales of justice in Paul’s letter. The
person we will meet across the divide of death is Jesus
Christ, who died for us while we were unworthy of
his love and care. Christ has already shown us that
his justice resides in the love he offers in reconciling
us to the Father. This marvelous love and reconciliation awaiting us rightly inspires our confident hope,
our “boast” in God. The Gospel presents Jesus as the
source of eternal life after death. As the visible presence of the invisible God, he enacts only the will “of
the one who sent me,” who commanded that he
should not “lose” anyone in his charge. A subtle condition suggests we must receive the life Jesus offers”
“everyone who sees the Son and believes in him” will
“have eternal life.” Seeing and believing are complementary and necessary ways of personally accepting
this grace.
What particular words in these readings bring you
comfort or offer a new insight?
How have your thoughts about death and eternal
life developed over time?
How do you think your desire to be close to God
compares with Christ’s passion for drawing you
closer to him?
PRAYER FOR THOUGHT: the souls of the just are
in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them. They
seemed to be dead and their passing away was thought an
affliction and their going forth from us, utter destruction.
But they are in peace. The Souls of the Just are in the hand
of GOD. Grant them rest, O Lord!
November 2, 2014
November is:
The lives and work of persons of African descent and others designated as special people of God who lived a lift
serving God are remembered. It is a time to tell the stories
of the contributions of African and African Americans to
the Catholic Church. This is an opportunity as a church
family to tell the story of how and why we are Catholic.
The rich history of the Black Catholic Churches in Treme
or even the greater New Orleans area is a great place to
begin teaching our youth so that they know upon whose
shoulders they stand. Perhaps you might share the story of
why St. Peter Claver parish was formed by the Josephite
Fathers in 1920 or the works of St. Katherine Drexel in
education and the courageous journey of Blessed Henriette
DeLille. Make a date with your family to hand on the history and tell your story of being Black and Catholic. Challenge the youth to name the black Catholic Churches in
New Orleans that were founded with the purpose of ministering to Blacks.
NOLA Interfaith Peace Initiative
Join us the NOLA Interfaith Peace Initiative as
we celebrate the One Year Anniversary of our
Covenant Signing, Tuesday, November 11,
2014 at 6:00 p.m. here in the Church. The
evening will include song, testimonies and a
recommitment to PEACE for all gathered. We
will celebrate our efforts over the past year and
proclaim our recommitment to PEACE. This is
open to the PUBLIC!!
Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults
Are you interested in becoming a member of the
Catholic Church or know someone who is?
A) Unbaptized adults who wish to learn more about
the Catholic faith with the possibility of becoming Catholic;
B) Baptized Christians from other denominations
who would like to learn more about the Catholic
C) Baptized Catholic adults who would like to prepare for First Communion & Confirmation.
For more information concerning the RCIA program
please contact the Parish Office, 504-822-8059.
Religious Education/Adult Faith Formation
BIBLE STUDY: Monday, October 27, 2014;
6:00 pm– 8:00 pm. Where: Ujima Center,
1019 N. Prieur St.
Monday, November 3, 2014
5:30 p.m. St. Ann Apartments
in the Chapel
St. Peter Claver Homebound and
Sick Parishioners
Please pray for the following parishioners who
are homebound or ill: Ryan Robinson, Jr.,
Armand Charbonnet, Edith Henry, Darrell
Esteen, Gwendolyn Rocque, Verna Mae Martin,
Joycelyn Johnson, John Henry, Shawn Curry,
Ann Shirley Robinson, Stanley & Beatrice
Grant, Myra Harrell, Merline Hinkson, Mildred
Blackwell, Francisco Richard, Marion LeBlanc,
Aaron LaCabe, Florence Smith, Bernice Stein,
John John, Diane Williams, Gwendolyn Wiltz,
Lula Belle Moss, Lois Reimonenq, Joyce Evans,
Sheryl Bennett, Javette and Michael Garner, John
and Claire Bidol, Connie Sykes, Angie Lawrence, Isabelle Williams.
Hosted by: Mrs. Pearl Dupart
Visit St. Ann’s Shrine
(2100 Block of Ursulines Avenue)
Tuesdays & Saturdays
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
St. Peter Claver Women of Nia-Imani
will be hosting a Prayer Breakfast on
Saturday, November 8, 2014 at St. Peter
Claver Parish Hall. The Prayer Breakfast will begin at 9:00 a.m. We invite ladies, men,
boys and girls to attend. Tickets are $10.00 and can be
obtained from any Committee Member or contact the
Parish Office at 822-8059.
Isaiah 43 Program:
Supporting Families in our Community
St. Peter Claver Parish is please to announce that
we will be hosting the Cathedral Deanery's
Isaiah 43 Active Parenting Series. Parents and
other caregivers are welcome to join us for this
six-week series. The sessions has begun, the following five interact sessions of education, support and
fellowship for parents and guardians; Session 3:
November 3rd; Session 4: November 17th and Session 5: December 1, 2014. All Sessions will begin at
5:30 p.m. in the School Hall, dinner and child care
provided. Contact Mrs. Alena Boucree and Deacon
Allen for additional details, 822-8059 or signup after
each Mass.
FAMILY LIFE Commission….
Everybody’s Birthday Party
Tuesday, November 25, 2014, St. Peter Claver Social
Ministry will be hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner for
those in the community. .Dinner will be served from
12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m. in the School Cafeteria,
1020 N. Prieur Street Volunteers are needed; Please
call the Parish Office to sign-up.
Will take place on Friday, November 7, 2014 for our
Senior Citizens at 4:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The
celebration includes food, music, games and birthday gifts
for all seniors in attendance. We need gifts for our seniors
and we welcome volunteers to assist and serve. If you can
help in any way, please call the Parish Office to share your
time and talent to bring bright moments to our seniors.
Will burn in memory for:
Mrs. Ethel Milton
Requested by: Mrs. Adrian Francis
Our supplies are very low. We are
in great need of the following items
to begin our Thanksgiving baskets:
Turkeys, jiffy mix, macaroni and
cheese, yams, corn bread dressing and can
cream. We count on your generosity to our
brothers and sisters in need.
We “thank you” so much for all the food items
that we have received as we continue to feed our
brothers and sisters in the community. May God
continue to bless each of you and your families.
Black Saints Celebration, 2014
“Standing Together: Walk
Together Children, Don’t You Get
Weary!! Join the Office of Black
Catholic Ministries as we Celebrate Black Catholic Heritage on Saturday,
November 15, 2014. The celebration will kickoff with a parade at A.L. Davis Park (10:00
a.m.); and conclude with a Prayer Service and a
Reception at St. Katharine Drexel Church.
Again we ask that you come “Walk with Us.”
Our Stewardship for Sunday, October 26, 2014 was
$15,677.93. $23,000.00 is NEEDED to balance the
budget weekly. Shortfall for October 26, 2014 is
$7,322.07; Second Collection for the
Youth Ministry: $714.69
Thanks for your generosity.
Scripture Readings for:
November 3-9, 2014
Monday –11/3/14
Thursday –11/6/14
Philippians 2:1-4/
Luke 14:12-14
Philippians 2:5-11
Luke 14:15-24
Philippians 2:12-18
Luke 14:25-33
Philippians 3:3-8a
Luke 15:1-10
Philippians 3:17-4:1/
Luke 16:1-8
Philippians 4:10-19
Luke 16:9-15
Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12
1 Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17
John 2:13-22
November 2-8, 2014
Sunday, November 2, 2014
7:30 a.m.
Petitions to St. Joseph for Prayers
9:00 a.m.
Mr. Terry Bierria
Ms. JaWanna White
Ms. Marguerite Lee
Mr. Frank Powell
11:30 a.m.
Living and deceased members of the
Crusto, Fleury, Graham, Prevost,
Saulney and Wilson families
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
7:30 a.m.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
8:30 a.m.
School Mass-Church
Thursday, November 6, 2014
7:30 a.m.
Friday, November 7, 2014
8:30 a.m.
St. Ann’s Chapel
8:30 a.m.
Ms. Claudette LeBlanc
Saturday, November 8, 2014
4:00 p.m.
Ms. Carrie Meyer
Ms. Elode Honoré
Ms. Hilda Alexis
November 8 2014
November 9, 2014
4:00 p.m.
Ingrid Delahoussaye, Derek Delahoussaye,
Tiffany Davis, Adrian Francis, Mattie Milton
7:30 a.m.
William Broyard, Ellen Lee, Yolanda Green,
Elvira Talton, Nona Webb
9:00 a.m.
Lynette Walker. Linda Boyle, Mary Boutté, Alice
Grooms, Autherine Lear
Mark Foster, Lynette Brice, Nedra Kelly
11:30 a.m. Margie Sears, Damian Perrin, Brenda Barnes,
Angie Nash, Henri Reed
Severina DeSpenza, Denise Nicholl, Kenneth Sears
4:00 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
Jana Meyers-Smith * Cynthia Davis
Charmaine Gray * Ronnie Lacabe
Gina Dupart * Monica Boudouin
Eric Williams * Therese Badon
Weekly Ministry Schedule
November 3-9, 2014
6:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m.
6:30 p.m.
8:30 a.m.
5:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
Thurs. 7:30 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
8:30 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
8:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
10:45 a.m.
4:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
Bible Study-Ujima Center
Isaiah 43 Session-Ujima Ctr.
Food Pantry-Misaada Ctr.
Health/Wellness MinistryLegion of Mary-Ujima Ctr.
Youth Choir –Church
School Mass-Church
LOM-Ujima Center
H.S. Religion Education
Meeting-Ujima Center
Men of UMOJA-Ujima Ctr.
Youth Ministry-Sankofa
School Mass-Church
Food Pantry-Misaada Ctr.
Health/Wellness MinistryChoir Rehearsal-Church
St. Ann Mass—Chapel
SPC Boys Scout-Ujima Ctr.
CCD Class-School Bldg.
Liturgical Dance MinistryVigil Mass-Church
Sunday Mass—Church
Sunday Mass-Church
Sunday Mass – Church
“For I, the Lord, am your healer”
(Ex. 15:26 NAB)
November is Diabetes Awareness Month
The term “Diabetes mellitus” refers to a group of disease that affect how your body uses blood glucose,
commonly called blood sugar. Sugar is vital to your
health because its’; an important source of energy for
the cells that make up your muscles and tissues. It’s
your brain’s main source of fuel. If you have diabetes,
no matter what type, it means you have too much sugar in your blood. Too much sugar in your blood can
lead to serious health problems. Chronic diabetes conditions include type 1 diabetes (can develop at any
age, it typically appears during childhood or adolescence) and type 2 diabetes (most common type, can
develop at any age and is often preventable). These
signs and symptoms may indicate you have diabetes:
Increase thirst; Frequent urination; Extreme hunger;
Unexplained weight loss; Fatigue; Blurred vision;
Slow-healing sores; Mild high blood pressure; Frequent indentions, such as gum or skin infections and
vaginal or bladder infections. If you notice any possible diabetes symptoms, contact your doctor. The
earlier the condition is diagnosed, the sooner treatment can begin.
References: American Diabetes Association
If you need more information about diabetes or help
managing your diabetes call the Health & Wellness
Ministry located in the Misaada Center.
Office Hours: Tues. & Thurs., 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Phone: 504-827-0707
St. Peter Claver Church
Christmas Initiative 2014
“Make Room and Prepare for the Coming of the
Lord” in our homes, in our hearts, and recognizing
His presence in us and in others is our theme this
holiday season. Our Advent hope is to be able to
help families in our communities prepare and share
in the joy of Christ’s coming. Adopting a family is a
wonderful way to share your blessings with others
during this season. If you can help make Christmas
special for our families in need, please contact the
Parish Office at (504) 822-8059 and ask for Deacon
Allen Stevens.