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ADVENT’S BEAUTY

Posted November 28, 2014 at 12:00 am

Season offers time to prepare for Christ’s coming

By Barbara Chenevert 

The Catholic Comentator

The season of Advent is often misunderstood, easily overlooked and almost always in competition with the busyness of Christmas.

Advent is a time of hopeful anticipation of the coming of Christ now and at the end of time. The Advent wreath is the traditional symbol of this anticipation as a different candle is lit each week of the season until all four are lit. Photo by CNS

 

The four weeks before Christmas make up the season of Advent, a time when Catholics around the world wait for the coming of Christ into their lives.

“We all know that Christmas is rushing toward us, but maybe God might be calling us to take a ‘time out’ to appreciate the beauty of patient hope that reveals something most precious to us,” said Father Jamin David, in explaining the

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    Reading program creates bond between children, parents

    By Debbie Shelley 

    The Catholic Commentator

    Na’Tyria Mitchell, 7, snuggled with her mother, Tiffany, as she read “Wagon Wheels” to her in the Redemptorist Elementary School Library. Around them, children talked boisterously after enjoying chili dogs, chips and brownies. All activity ceased, however, and rapt attention was focused on a storyteller as she came forth and read “Fanny’s Dream.” They giggled during parts of the story and cried “No!” when a discussion leader later asked a question that wasn’t true about the story. Adults also gave their comments on the story.

    Tiffany and

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    ‘Sharpie Art’ lights new Hall of Saints in Albany

    Posted November 28, 2014 at 12:00 am

    By Barbara Chenevert 

    The Catholic Commentator

    Father Jamin David affectionately calls it “Sharpie Art.”

    St. Peter, the other apostles and St. Paul line the hallway of the Hall of Saints multi-purpose ministry center at St. Margaret. The “stained glass” images are photos superimposed onto Plexi glass and

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    OLOL wins national award

    Posted November 28, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. 

    The recognition

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    Former stewardship director honored

    Posted November 28, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Mark Blanchard, the founding stewardship director for the Diocese of Baton Rouge, was honored posthumously Nov. 13 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Greater Baton Rouge. Blanchard was hired in 1985 and remained until his

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    ADVENT’S BEAUTY

    Posted November 28, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Season offers time to prepare for Christ’s coming

    The Catholic Comentator

    The season of Advent is often misunderstood, easily overlooked and almost

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    Bishop urges prayer for peace

    Posted August 22, 2014 at 12:00 am

    The Catholic Commentator

    Calling peace a “precious gift,” Bishop Robert W. Muench has joined bishops throughout the United States in calling on Catholics to pray for peace and persecuted

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    HOME GROWN

    Posted August 22, 2014 at 12:00 am

    OLOL helps employees eat healthier

    The Catholic Commentator

    Rosa Hernandez peaked into the large box of vegetables with a

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    COLLECTOR OF LIFE

    Posted January 13, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Organist’s home reflection of his heart

    By Barbara Chenevert

    The Catholic Commentator

    If every item in his home has a story to tell, then Robbie Giroir has a lot to talk about. Musician, teacher, pilot and collector extraordinaire, Giroir’s home is a thumbprint of his life,

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