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 WELCOME TO NEW ORLEANS' OLDEST CHURCH BUILDING! ONCE A MORTUARY CHAPEL DURING THE YELLOW FEVER OUTBREAK, IT IS NOW OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE CHURCH AND THE SITE OF THE INTERNATIONAL SHRINE OF ST. JUDE.  BUILT IN 1826 TO SERVE THE MANY WHO DIED DURING THE EPIDEMIC, IT LATER BECAME A SANCTUARY DURING THE CIVIL WAR. STAFFED BY THE OBLATES OF MARY IMMACULATE (OMI) SINCE 1918, IT IS A CENTER OF POPULAR DEVOTION AND DAILY PRAYER.
THE SHRINE HONORS ST. JUDE THE APOSTLE, KNOW AS THE PATRON SAINT OF IMPOSSIBLE CASES. ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE CHURCH IS A PEACE GARDEN WITH THE WORLD'S LARGEST STATUE OF ST. JUDE - 17 FEET TALL. 
     THE SHRINE'S SOLEMN, ST. JUDE NOVENA, HELD FOUR TIMES A YEAR, DRAWS NUMEROUS PEOPLE FROM VARIOUS RELIGIOUS BACKGROUNDS WHO SEEK GOD'S WILL AND FAVOR IN THEIR SOMETIMES DESPERATE CASES.

ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE CHURCH IS A GROTTO TO OUR LADY OF LOURDES, DECORATED WITH MANY CANDLES AND PLAQUES OF "THANKS". THESE ARE SIGNS OF GRATITUDE TO THE LORD FOR MANY FAVORS AND PRAYERS ANSWERED,

THE GIFT SHOP IS ALSO LOCATED ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE CHURCH AND STOCKS AN ABUNDANCE OF HOLY CARDS, CANDLES WITH  DIFFERENT COLORS FOR DIFFERENT PETITIONS, JEWELRY, STATUES, GIFTS FOR SACRAMENTS RECEIVED,  AND VARIOUS OTHER RELIGIOUS ARTICLES. GIFT SHOP HOURS ARE  9 am TO 5 pm  DAILY.

INSIDE THE CHURCH YOU WILL DISCOVER THE SIMPLICITY OF A HOUSE OF WORSHIP WHERE OVER ITS HISTORY HAS PROTECTED AND SUPPORTED THE MANY THAT HAVE COME THROUGH ITS HUGE DOORS. THERE IN THE QUIET PRESENCE OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT, PEOPLE COME DAILY TO PRAY AND SIT IN SILENCE. THE CHURCH IS OPEN FROM  6am TO 5 pm DAILY.

WITH ITS RICH HISTORY ALSO COMES THE MISSION OF THIS LONG STANDING CHURCH ... TO REACH OUT AND BE A BEACON OF HOPE TO MANY WHO VISIT AND TO THE MANY WHO ARE IN NEED, ESPECIALLY THE POOR AND HOMELESS.

THIS IS EVIDENT ACROSS THE STREET AT OUR ST. JUDE COMMUNITY CENTER. SOME OF ITS  MINISTRIES ARE  TO FEED THE HUNGRY DAILY BREAKFAST AND LUNCH, PROVIDE SHELTER FOR WORKING WOMEN, ADMINISTER FOOD THROUGH THE SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK,  AND HOUSING FOR STUDENTS COMING FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY ON MISSION TRIPS.

A POPULAR ATTRACTION TO OUR CHURCH IS  OUR SUNDAY JAZZ MASSES.(9:30 am and 11:30am)  WE ALSO HAVE A SPANISH MASS AT 1PM. THE HOSPITALITY, THE WONDERFUL MUSIC, AND THE DIVERSITY THAT IS WITNESSED OFTEN BECOMES THE HIGHLIGHT FOR MANY VISITORS TO NEW ORLEANS, 

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPECHURCH IS TRULY A FAMILY. WE WELCOME YOU TO COME AND JOIN US AS A MEMBER OF OUR FAMILY.

GOD BLESS YOU.

FR. TONY, OMI

 

 

10/18/2017
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