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Aging can be breathtaking journey

Posted August 22, 2014 at 12:00 am

By Debbie Shelley

The Catholic Commentator

Faith allows people to gracefully let go of their attachment to their younger life so they can grab God’s gifts for them as they grow older and closer to him. Sister Janet Franklin CSJ will speak on “The Spirituality of Aging” at the conference, “Family Choices: Embracing Body, Mind and Spirit in Dementia Care,” on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Catholic Life Center, 1800 S. Acadian Thruway in Baton Rouge.

Elderly people can deepen their spirituality by praying the rosary. File photo

 

Sister Janet, who is certified in spiritual direction and pastoral care, said, “Our minds and bodies may be diminishing, but our spirituality continues to grow if we find ways to develop it.”

The New Roads resident talked about challenges the elderly face.

One of the common challenges is loneliness. “People can experience loneliness even if they live in a facility,” Sister Janet

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    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Rosa Hernandez peaked into the large box of vegetables with a youthful exuberance, anticipating what surprises awaited her.

    Twelve-year-old Sydney Fairchild, right, takes a watermelon from her mother, Shawn, as she picks up assorted fruits and vegetables as part of the Farm to Work program at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. The recently completed, 10-week program allowed employees to buy vegetables and fruits at a discounted price. A similar program is scheduled for the fall. Photoc by Richard Meek | The

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    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, an interesting mixture of whimsical memorabilia and valuable, one-of-a-kind collectables.

    St. Joseph Cathedral Music Director Robbie Giroir sits in front of one of the many musical instruments he has collected since the ninth grade. Photos by Barbara Chenevert | The Catholic Commentator

     

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    Mighty Moms hosted a softball tournament, “Hit

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    Tureau cooks food for family members and feeds those in need

    By Barbara Chenevert

    Staff Writer

    Ronie Tureau cooks every Sunday for any of her six children, 15 grandchildren or eight great-grandchildren who happen to stop by. But she also feeds hundreds of other people living in the St. Amant community.

    Ninety-three-year-old Ronie Tureau, center, represented her parish of Holy Rosary in St. Amant at the Mass of Thanksgiving for the 50th Anniversary of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Photo by Laura Deavers | The Catholic Commentator

     

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    By Laura Deavers

    Editor

    One hundred years ago people of color living along Bayou Lafourche, in the towns of Bertrandville, Klotzville, Plattenville, Napoleonville and others, finally had a place where they could go to Mass and worship God without fear of degradation by their fellow Catholics who were white.

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