Alleluia! He Is Risen! An Easter Message from Sr. Marjorie

The 40 days of Lent have come and gone! Our sacrificing, our prayers and our almsgiving have delivered us to this most holy day of rejoicing in the Resurrected Christ! Alleluia, he is risen!

I recently heard a beautiful Gospel song entitled, “Everything Changes, Nothing Remains the Same.” I always agreed with this sentiment, until I took a moment to reflect upon the Paschal Mystery we celebrate today. The story of the Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ NEVER CHANGES. Season after season and year after year, we are renewed with Christ in his glorious resurrection by his love for the world. Jesus’s testament to His everlasting love for each of us is our shared journey and our shared hope in new life in Christ.

True, our own lives are full of constant change. However, when we recall the unconditional and unending love that  GOD – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – has for us, we find that this is and forever will be the one constant that NEVER CHANGES!  Alleluia!

And so we pray:

O Lord, We saw the bread crumbs, emptied vessels, damp towel, scattered over the shaking floor of our faith. Justice was swept under the rug of violence and redemption hung in the balance of a cross. Just when all seemed lost and death began to dance, the long night came to an end. We proclaim your Death, O Lord!

At dawn, on the first day of the week, we pulled ourselves away from tear-stained pillows And walked in tired mourning to the place where, unguarded, the stone was rolled away, revealing an empty tomb full of life and possibility! The earth shook with the news, And we profess your Resurrection!

Light shines and lilies bloom. You are with us again in this upper room. We sigh and laugh at stories of darkness past. At your table we eat and sing, “Alleluia! Alleluia! Bells of blessing ring!” We dare to touch each other’s hands and side. Peace is your gift, Love is our guide. Until you come again! (David L. Coppola –Living With Christ)

May God bless each of us with an abundance of Easter Graces!

Sr. Marjorie Hebert, M.S.C. President and CEO

Magazine Donations Needed for Independent Living Skills Program!

What to do with that old stack of magazines? DONATE THEM to our Independent Living Skills Program (ILSP)  this spring! ILSP is in need of magazine donations for a collage project for the upcoming National Youth In Transition Database Conference for New Orleans and Thibodaux in June! Foster teens will be using magazine clippings to create career themed collages at this conference. If you’d like to donate your gently used magazines for ILSP’s collage project, please contact Melisa Jacks at 504-340-5100 by May 30 ! ILSP is particularly looking for magazines with career focused imagery including news magazines, fashion magazines, home and decor magazines, outdoor magazines, etc.

ILSP life skills classes and counseling help foster care teenagers prepare for independent living after they leave their foster care home once they turn age 18. It is a 12-16 week program for teenagers in the care of the State ages 14-18 years. Life skills taught through ILSP include job skills, college prep and application assistance, social skills, values, assertive communication, decision making, money management, housing, safety, parenting, personal care and health. ILSP holds group classes and workshops as well as one-on-one assistance. The program also integrates with other community partners that house and assist the State’s foster care children. Participants enrolled in the program must be referred by the State.

URGENT: Ensuring the least are not forgotten…

“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”



Ongoing funding cuts have put the scope of care for our Padua residents and participants in jeopardy! Will you help ensure the sustainability and quality of care for our disabled brothers and sisters?


Please help us raise $15,000 by the Feast Day of St. Anthony of Padua on June 13 for Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans Padua Community Services!

 Padua is one of the only facilities in the state providing comprehensive care for the physically and developmentally disabled, without which many clients’ only other recourse is a nursing home. Padua ensures that this vulnerable community does not become a forgotten and overlooked community. Will you be a voice for the voiceless by supporting our Padua family?

HOW CAN YOU HELP!  Learn more about Padua Community Services at our Givezooks Campaign page – gifts of any amount help us provide loving care for our Padua residents.

SHARE our campaign page with your friends and networks! We’ll be highlighting the work of Padua Community Services on Facebook and Twitter. Please follow us and like and share the info to help spread the word!

Thank you for your support! St. Anthony of Padua, pray for us!


Celebrating National Volunteer Week April 6-12, 2014

Thanks to all who volunteer with Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans!

Volunteers are truly the hands and heart of our mission to serve as Jesus served and to love as Jesus loved. Each year, thousands of caring individuals selflessly commit their time and talents to providing crucial assistance and support for our programs. This week, in celebration of National Volunteer Week, we just wanted to take a moment and express our heartfelt thanks to all our volunteers for their commitment to helping those in need. Volunteers are the action verbs in our mission of service!

Did you know? In 2012-2013, 11,298 volunteers gave 225,948 hours of service across our programs! The value of this volunteer work is over $2million to Catholic Charities and priceless to the thousands of people you helped serve.

Keep up the good work or get involved! Explore current volunteer opportunities or learn more about ways to give.

Independent Living Skills Program opens doors at 1430A Claire Avenue in Gretna

Catholic Charities’ Foster Care Support Program Gets New Home

The Independent Living Skills Program (ILSP) of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans recently moved to its new location at 1430A Claire Avenue in Gretna, Louisiana. Previously housed at Madonna Manor at Hope Haven in Marrero, the new home of ILSP, a program that assists teenagers to successfully transition out of the State’s foster care, will house the program’s offices, classroom space, food pantry and Hope Chest donation center.

ILSP life skills classes and counseling help foster care teenagers prepare for independent living after they leave their foster care home once they turn age 18. It is a 12-16 week program for teenagers in the care of the State ages 14-18 years. Life skills taught through ILSP include job skills, college prep and application assistance, social skills, values, assertive communication, decision making, money management, housing, safety, parenting, personal care and health.

ILSP holds group classes and workshops as well as one-on-one assistance. The program also integrates with other community partners that house and assist the State’s foster care children. Participants enrolled in the program must be referred by the State.

For more information on Independent Living Skills Program (ILSP) or to donate gently used clothing and household items to the Hope Chest, contact Melisa Jacks at (504)340-5100 or email

Catholic Schools Have Heart!

Over 30 Catholic schools throughout our archdiocese participated in our first “Show Your Heart Day” this year. Students were allowed to wear their favorite red shirt to school on Valentine’s Day or a day designated by their school if they donated $1 or more to Catholic Charities. As a result to date, students, parents and teachers raised $14.348 to support our programs and ministries, and many schools are still sending in support! We can’t wait for Show Your Heart Day on February 14, 2015!

Many thanks to the participating schools including:

Academy of Our Lady

Cabrini High School

Archbishop Hannan High School

Archbishop Rummel High School

Archbishop Shaw High School

Ascension of Our Lord School

Brother Martin High School

Cabrini High School

Christian Brothers School

Holy Name of Jesus School

Mary Queen of Peace School

St. Dominic

Mount Carmel Academy

Our Lady of Lourdes School

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School

Our Lady of Prompt Succor School

Our Lady of the Lake School

Pope John Paul II High School

Sacred Heart of Jesus School

St. Alphonsus School

St. Anthony of Padua School

St. Benilde School

St. Christopher the Martyr School

St. Dominic School

St. Francis Xavier School

Stuart Hall

St. Joan of Arc School

St. Leo the Great School

St. Mary Magdalen School

St. Mary’s Dominican High School

St. Michael Special School

The St. Paul’s School

St. Peter School

St. Rita Catholic School

St. Rosalie School

St. Scholastica Academy

St. Stephen Central Catholic School

Stuart Hall School

Mary, Queen of Peace School

ACCESS Provides Women’s Health on Wheels

Catholic Charities’ pregnancy support services launches mobile pregnancy center

 Women’s health services and support are now more accessible and available throughout South Louisiana with the new ACCESS Mobile Pregnancy Center of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans. This pregnancy support health facility on wheels provides free and confidential services and support for women including pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, material support and case management services.

“We are so pleased to expand the service area of ACCESS Pregnancy and Referral Center to women with this new mobile center.” said Sr. Marjorie Hebert. “We hope our big pink bus will soon be a familiar site in many neighborhoods throughout our archdiocese. Our doors are open and ready to assist women in need of support and information.”

Services available on board the mobile unit include on-board ultrasounds, four-minute pregnancy testing and pregnancy and adoption-related services.  The unit also provides resources such as prenatal nutrition and diet information, doctor referrals and assistance in filling out Medicaid applications. The mobile unit is even equipped as a diaper bank, distributing diapers, baby wipes and layette baskets for new mothers.

As part of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, it is the only mobile service of its kind that offers comprehensive social services and pro-life health services for clients.  From March – May 2014, the mobile center will be at the following locations from 9:30am-3:30pm:

Tuesdays:  KENNER in the Divine Mercy Church Parish parking lot, 4337 Sal Lentini Pkwy

Wednesdays: COVINGTON in front of the Covington Food Bank, 840 N. Columbia Street

Thursdays: MARRERO at Hope Have, 1101 Barataria Blvd on the Westbank


“We see there is a need out there for access to low-cost health services and education for women on their options. Some of our clients don’t even understand how they got pregnant,” said Elaine Parra, staff member of the Mobile Pregnancy Center.  “We give them information on all their options and let them know that there is support available for them,” Parra said.

As a pro-life ministry, ACCESS will also be frequenting schools and campuses throughout the Archdiocese of New Orleans as a teaching tool for students. Since late Fall of 2013, it has also established a presence on South Claiborne Avenue around the site of the new Planned Parenthood facility.  “We know that’s where we need to be – to be that life presence in stark contrast to their presence,” ACCESS Program Director Michelle Black said.

The ACCESS Mobile Pregnancy Center will be blessed and officially commissioned for service by Archbishop Gregory Aymond at the ACCESS Jazz Brunch on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the Audubon Tea Room.

For more information on ACCESS and the new ACCESS Mobile Pregnancy Center, visit . No appointment is necessary for the Mobile Center. Walk-ins are welcome and encouraged!  If you are interested in scheduling an appointment or would like more information on the mobile center, call 504-427-1278.

 More about ACCESS Pregnancy and Referral Centers

ACCESS provides pro-life pregnancy support services to women throughout the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Annually, ACCESS serves over 1,000 abortion-vulnerable women through free and confidential services including pregnancy testing, ultrasound, material support and case management services.

ACCESS Mobile Pregnancy Center Schedule March – May 2014

The ACCESS Mobile Unit will be parked at these locations from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Tuesdays – Divine Mercy, 4337 Sal Lentini Pkwy., Kenner

Wednesdays – Covington Food Bank, 840 N. Columbia St., Covington

Thursdays – Hope Haven, 1101 Barataria Blvd., Marrero

Walk-in visitors are always welcome – no appointment necessary. Call 504-427-1278 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

The possibility of an unplanned pregnancy brings with it many questions, which is only natural. ACCESS Pregnancy & Referral Centers are here for you.

Caring staff members and volunteers are here to support you during this time of uncertainty. Our client advocates are extensively trained to provide individualized support and referrals for all of your pregnancy-related concerns. Professional counseling services are available by referral.

We Offer the Following FREE Services*:

  • Pregnancy testing
  • Education on adoption, parenting & abortion
  • Referrals for prenatal care & community resources
  • Ultrasounds to confirm pregnancy
  • Online Medicaid enrollment by certified Medicaid enrollment specialists
  • Educational sessions with a dietician and a nurse
  • Post-abortion support counseling

* All services are complimentary and confidential.

Mardi Gras Holiday Office Closure

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans offices and sites will be closed for the Mardi Gras Holiday Monday, March 3 and Tuesday, March 4. We will re-open for normal business hours Wednesday, March 5.  We wish you a fun and safe Mardi Gras!

Mardi Gras Prayer

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for it is from your goodness that we have this season to celebrate.

We thank you for the abundance of gifts you shower upon us. We thank you especially for one another. As we give you thanks, we are mindful of those who have so much less than we do AS we share these wonderful gifts together, we commit ourselves to greater generosity toward those who need our support.

As our feasting fills us with gratitude, so may our fasting and abstinence in the days to come hollow out in us a place for deeper desires and an attentiveness to hear the cry of the poor. May our self-denial turn our hearts to you and give us a new freedom for generous service to others.

We ask for these graces with our hearts full of delight and stirring with readiness for the journey ahead. We ask them with confidence in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.

Head Start registration open

Head Start is a child and family development program with special emphasis on a comprehensive range of services for children from infancy to 2 years (Early Head Start) and preschoolers 3 to 4 years of age (Head Start), including children with disabilities. The services include  social services, mental health services, nutrition services and early childhood education to promote the social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth and development of each child. Families receive experiences and services that help enhance their social and economic self-sufficiency and strengthen their family unity.

If you are interested in getting a “Head Start” for your child, the following Head Start and Early Head Start Centers are accepting applications.Please bring your child’s birth certificate, proof of income, immunization record and Parent/Guardian Identification to the center of your choice.


Incarnate Word Head Start/Early Head Start                         Louise Head Start
(Ages 6 weeks – 5 years)                                                                             (Ages 3- 5 years)
8326 Apricot Street                                                                                       1205 Louisiana Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118                                                                                New Orleans, La 70115
504-861-6365                                                                                                  504-891-2871
Family Service Workers                                                                     Family Service Workers
Petrina Balser                                                                                                    Michelle Barrow
Phyllis Carter                                                                                                     Cossette Lainez


St. John the Baptist Head  Start                                                      Leslie Early Head Start                
(Ages 3- 5 years)                                                                                              (Ages 6 weeks – 2 years)
1920 Clio Street                                                                                              2126 Constance Street
New Orleans, LA 70113                                                                                New Orleans, LA 70130
504-529-2557                                                                                                  504-522-2725
Family Service Workers                                                                      Family Service Worker
Tonya Credit                                                                                                      Phyllis Carter
Tammy Nash
Alicia Davis


St. Mary of the Angels Head Start/Early Head Start              
(Ages 6 weeks – 5 years)
2225 Congress Street
New Orleans, LA 70117
Family Service Workers  
Alicia Davis
Jami’i Turner