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St. Mary’s Assumption Church Bell Tower Restoration Campaign

Oct 4, 2013   //   by Brian Jones   //   Blog, Featured, News, Posts, Press Release  //  No Comments
 St. Alphonsus Parish-St. Mary`s Assumption Church
2030 Constance St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 522-6748 Fax: (504) 523-3734
A Parish of The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans


Donor Levels

Tower Cross                                      $150,000 includes naming rights

Tower Bell                                         $100,000 (2 bells available) includes naming rights

Four Sided Clocks:                           $50,000 (4 clocks available) includes naming rights

Mother of Perpetual Help Level        $25,000–$49,999

Archangel Level                                $10,000–$24,999 

Angel Level                                       $5,000–$9,999

St. Alphonsus Level                         $1,000–$4,999

Friend of Parish                                $500–$999

Parish Fan                                        $50–$499 

Other                                                  _______


The church tower of St. Mary’s Assumption church is in desperate need of tuck pointing, masonry work, repaired louvers and screening as well as repairing the damage done by termites, weather and old age. The cross that proudly sat atop it for 150 years was shattered several years ago by lightening and is now gone. The restoration of our church tower will address not only the issues already mentioned but restoring the tower’s four sided clock and re-mounting its two bells aptly named Pius and Gabriel. The estimated cost for all work is approximately $970,000. We currently have almost $460,000 and have a good basis for receiving help with tax credits once the bell tower project is complete.

The church tower is more than part of our church. It tower serves as an anchor for the neighborhood, a symbol of hope in an area (the River Garden area of the Irish Channel) which has experienced the challenges of poverty and the continual cycles of life, death and new life. Since 2008, when we celebrated the 150th anniversary of the building of St. Mary’s Assumption Church, we have been especially mindful of our ancestors, including Blessed Francis Seelos whose shrine is in the church, who have filled St. Mary’s with their spirit and faith. They have given us this gift. We will honor their memory and their spirit by handing this gift on to future generations. As our immigrant ancestors built St. Mary’s Assumption Church for us, may we preserve it for future generations.

We call upon all people of good will and especially those who have over the years looked to our church and its schools as a sign of hospitality, faith, education, or comfort to humbly answer our need for help.

We greatly appreciate all gifts, regardless of the amount. You can make a donation by credit card (Just press “Donate Now”) or you can send a check to St. Alphonsus Parish/St. Mary’s Assumption Church “Save the Tower Restoration Fund” 2030 Constance Street New Orleans, LA 70130.

For those who wish to take this opportunity to memorialize their gift the chart that is above will give you some guidance. If you wish to do so please indicate how your want your gift to be listed. Gifts can be paid over one year.

Thanks so very much for your help!


Sep 24, 2013   //   by Brian Jones   //   Blog, News, Posts  //  No Comments

Rivertown in Kenner will come alive with German food, music and beer for three weekends in October as the Deutsches Haus hosts its annual Oktoberfest, a longstanding tradition from the organization, which is dedicated to preserving German culture, language and heritage in the New Orleans area.

Each Friday and Saturday from Oct. 11-26, visitors will enjoy music from bands such as Prost!, beers like Köstritzer, and food such as Haus German Meatloaf with carrots and bacon (Rhineland style).  Nearly a dozen musical acts, 16 different beers, and a mouth-watering menu featuring a variety of traditional German entrees, appetizers and desserts will be enjoyed by the thousands of visitors who flock to the festival each year. Novelties such as the Dachshund Race (on Oct. 12) and daily Beer Stein Holding Contest (held every day of the festival) are also crowd-pleasers.

“The City of Kenner is excited to again host the Deutsches Haus Oktoberfest,” Kenner Mayor Michael S. Yenni said. “This top-quality festival brings the most visitors of any single event into Rivertown because it offers fabulous food and fun for the entire family. This will be the third year for Oktoberfest in Kenner and we hope to convince organizers to make Rivertown a permanent location.”

For more information, to join Deutsches Haus, or to volunteer for the event, visit


Deutches Haus, chartered in 1928, exists to promote German culture and heritage in the greater New Orleans area.  Forced from its longtime location downtown by the planned construction of a new hospital, the Deutsches Haus makes its temporary home at 1023 Ridgewood Drive in Metairie, a venue too small to accommodate the massive crowds that flock to Oktoberfest each year.  In cooperation with the City of Kenner, Deutsches Haus leaders are excited to hold this year’s event at Rivertown.


Media Contact:
Ray Sutherlin

37th Almost Annual Bottle & Glass Show and Sale

Sep 4, 2013   //   by Brian Jones   //   Blog, Events, News, Posts, Press Release  //  No Comments

Saturday, October 5, 2013
9:00am – 4:00pm
at the Deutsches Haus
(click do download the flyer)

Saints Games at the Haus!

Sep 3, 2013   //   by Brian Jones   //   Blog, Events, Featured, News, Posts  //  No Comments

The Haus will be showing all regular season Saints games and that food will be available. The Haus will open 1 hour before kickoff.

Deutsches Haus Summer Beerfest

Jun 24, 2013   //   by Brian Jones   //   Blog, Events, Featured, News, Posts, Press Release, Uncategorized  //  No Comments
Saturday, September 14
6pm -9pm
Taste various local, regional, national and international   beers
$20.00 per person in advance or online
$25.00 per person at the door.
Food will be available at additional cost.

Regional German Dinner

Jun 24, 2013   //   by Brian Jones   //   Blog, Events, Featured, News, Posts, Press Release, Uncategorized  //  No Comments
Regional German Dinner
July 13, 2013
Doors open at 6:30pm
Curry Wurst  (curry sausage)
“Kaiser Wilhelm” Kartoffelsuppe (Emperor Wilhelm II’s potato soup)
Kasseler auf Sauerkraut   (smoked pork loin with sauerkraut)
Gemuse  (vegetable)
Nachtisch  (dessert)
$25.00 per person   Tickets online and at bar
Sponnsored by the Ladies Auxiliary
Proceeds go to Building Fund

May 7, 2013 Stuttgart choir concert

Apr 11, 2013   //   by Brian Jones   //   Blog, Events, Featured, News, Posts  //  No Comments

The doors will open at 5 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres will be served, and the choir members and Haus members may mingle. At 7 p.m. the choir will perform. After the choir has finished performing, dinner will be served:

  • Chicked soup
  • Chicken breasts
  • Mashed potatoes
  • A medley of mixed vegetables: carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli
  • Garlic bread
  • Tossed green salad
  • Cakes by the members of the Damenchor

Additional information about the Stuttgart choir may be found at

Trivia Night Friday March 22 7:30pm

Mar 22, 2013   //   by Brian Jones   //   Blog, Events, Featured, News, Posts  //  No Comments
  • Fried and grilled catfish
  • Soup of the day
  • Crawfish ettoffee with rice
  • Shrimp/mushroom pasta
  • Fish tacos
  • Fries, cole slaw, hush puppies

Food start at 6:30pm

Wine and cheese tasting : Sparkling Wines November 29 7:30pm

Mar 22, 2013   //   by Brian Jones   //   Blog, Events, Featured, News, Posts  //  No Comments

$30 per person
tickets available online

Wine and cheese tasting August 30 7:30pm

Mar 22, 2013   //   by Brian Jones   //   Blog, Events, Featured, News, Posts  //  No Comments

Wines of the Southern Hemisphere
$30 per person
tickets available online