Pastor's Corner

As we celebrate our Centennial this weekend, it is important for us as a family to take a moment to express our gratitude to the many individuals, who over the years, has made this Centennial Celebration a reality.
We need to remember Fr. Larkin, the pastor of Holy Name of Mary, who in the early days began the nurturing of the seeds of the Catholic faith within the lives of our ancestors and founders of All Saints Catholic Church. Thank you. We need to remember Archbishop Blenk, S.M. who first had the vision of a Church on the West Bank for the African American Catholic Community, and Archbishop Shaw, who with the assistance of the Josephtes, brought that vision into reality. Thank you. We need to remember all of the Josephite Priests and Brothers who through their dedicated ministry enabled this tiny seed of faith to grow and flourish over these many years. Thank you. We need to remember the Sisters of the Holy Family, who sacrificed much to provide our children with a quality catholic education, which today we are realizing only partially the greatness of their dedication, sacrifice and gift within our community. Thank you. We need to remember our many ancestors and benefactors over the years, who sacrificed much so that All Saints Church and School could become more than just a building, but a thriving community of commitment to quality education and a faith that is actively lived and practice. Thank you.

It is through these many individuals, our own personal Saints, that has enabled us to gather this weekend to Celebrate this momentous occasion. Yet, as we rejoice in our celebration of 100 years as a Church, we are also reminded of the importance of our mission for the future our community here in Algiers. The Lord Jesus is still calling us to “Stand Up and be a Witness,” to His love and His presence in our life, and the life of our families, our State of Louisiana, our City of New Orleans, and our community of Algiers. Just as our ancestors had a vision that made a difference in the lives of many, we too are called to continue that vision so as to help make a difference in the lives of those who are presently in our midst and those who will come.

As our Centennial Theme states: “Guided by the light of faith for the first 100 years. Marching onward by faith, hope and love towards the future.” This is our calling; this is our mission. In truth as a faith community we have truly “come a mighty long way, leaning on the Lord,” yet we still have a way to go before we reach the finish line. As Saint Paul reminds us: “I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance.”

FORMER PASTORS OF ALL SAINTS CATHOLIC CHURCH

Rev. James Albert, S.S.J.

1919 – 1923

Rev. Vincent Severino, S.S.J.

1923 – 1937

Rev. John Callery, S.S.J.

1937 – 1941

Rev. Joseph McKee, S.S.J.

1941 – 1948

Rev. John Albert, S.S.J.

1948 – 1952

Rev. Francis Cassidy, S.S.J.

1952 – 1955

Rev. James Fitzpatrick, S.S.J.

1955 – 1961

Rev. Francis Schmutz, S.S.J.

1961 – 1965

Rev. Paul Lanigan, S.S.J.

1965 – 1969

Rev. Charles Brown, S.S.J.

1969 – 1973

Rev. William McKenna, S.S.J.

1973 – 1974

Rev. Grant Higgins, S.S.J.

1974 – 1975

Rev. John O’Rourke, S.S.J.

1975 – 1983

Rev. Raymond Carignan, S.S.J.

1983 – 1991

Rev. Robert Bowen, S.S.J.

1991 – 1994

Rev. Rawlin Enette, S.S.J.

1994 – 1997

Rev. Joseph Campion, S.S.J.

1997 – 2002

Rev. Peter Weiss, S.S.J.

2002 – 2006

Rev. John O’Hallaran, S.S.J.

2006 – 2008

Rev. Michael Saah Buckman S.S.J.

2008 – 2013

Rev. Stanley Ihouma, S.S.J.

2013 – 2014

Rev. Peter Weiss, S.S.J.

2014 –


Fr. Peter Weiss, S.S.J.


PRAYER FOR FAMILIES
We bless your name, O Lord,
For sending your own incarnate Son,
To become part of a family,
So that, as he lived its life,
He would experience its worries and its joys.
We ask you Lord,
To protect and watch over this family,
So that in the strength of your grace
It members may enjoy prosperity,
Possess the priceless gift of your peace,
And, as the Church alive in the home,
Bear witness in this world to your glory.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.