CCDBR behavioral health services take on new look

Posted September 22, 2020 at 12:00 am

By Richard Meek

The Catholic Commentator

For a quarter of a century, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge has been providing mental health services throughout the region but perhaps never has it been so complex to meet clients’ needs.

Services have continued throughout the pandemic uninterrupted thanks to the creativity and ingenuity of the CCDBR negotiating a labyrinth of technical challenges.  Rather than traditional face-to-face meetings, the overwhelming majority of sessions are being conducted through telemedicine, a video option that is becoming increasingly widespread.

“It has been our lifeline for several people who were already in therapy with our services and wanted to continue or people who have experienced difficulty due to (COVID-19) such as social isolation or maybe they’ve got into some financial difficulties because of loss of wages,” said Stephanie Sterling, director of CCDBR’s Maternity, Adoption and Mental

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    Mary’s Mantle helps parishioners draw closer to God

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

    With ongoing crisis in the world from medical, social and political standpoints, a group from St. John the Baptist Church in Zachary is seeking the Blessed Mother’s intercession through Mary’s Mantle consecration.  

    Jennifer Johnson, organizer at St. John, pointed out that the 46-day consecration is based upon an ancient tradition called “El Manto de Maria” that started in barrios in Mexico.  

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    Red Stick Fest goes virtual; youth find ‘belonging’ in faith

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Teens took a deep look at what it means to belong to the modern world, within the church and ultimately to the Sacred Heart of Jesus at this year’s Red Stick Catholic Fest on Aug. 29. The event, themed “Belong,” was hosted by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Baton Rouge.  

    Father Mathew Dunn, parochial vicar at

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    Pastoral appointments

    Posted September 22, 2020 at 12:00 am

     Bishop Michael G. Duca on Sept. 13 announced the appointment of Father Brent Maher pastor at St. Agnes Church in Baton Rouge and Father

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    Finding peace in the Sabbath

    Posted September 22, 2020 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    The coronavirus pandemic, social unrest and the Gulf of Mexico furiously churning out one hurricane after another has many people caught

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    FEEDING THE SOUL

    Posted September 22, 2020 at 12:00 am

    ‘Nutrition of love’ served at St. Gerard

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

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    Bishop announces new pastoral appointments

    Posted September 13, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    In consultation with and upon the recommendation of the Priest Personnel Board, Bishop Michael Duca appoints Father P. Brent Maher to a six-year term as Pastor of St Agnes Parish in Baton Rouge effective Sept.  12, 2020. His office as Pastor of St Ann Church in Morganza and St Vincent

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    PATH TO SAINTHOOD

    Posted September 8, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Long before his ordination Father Joshua Johnson would cringe walking through the atrium of the Catholic Life Center,

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    Columbarium to offer peace

    Posted September 8, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    By Debbie Shelley | The Catholic Commentator

    The Catholic Commentator  

    When completed, the Garden of Peace and Memorial Columbarium under construction at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Baton Rouge

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    CCDBR behavioral health services take on new look

    Posted September 8, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    For a quarter of a century, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge has been providing mental health services throughout the region but perhaps never has it been so complex to meet clients’ needs.

    Services have continued

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    Diocese makes history; Boltin appointed chancellor

    Posted September 1, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    Structural changes announced

    By Richard Meek 

    The Catholic Commentator  

    The Diocese of Baton Rouge made history when Bishop Michael G. Duca announced the appointment of Ann Boltin as chancellor.   

    Ann Boltin

     

    Boltin, the diocesan archivist, is the

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    ESL Summer Camp at Catholic Charities

    Posted August 28, 2020 at 11:48 am

    Two seniors at Colgate University in New York planned to spend their summer implementing a program that utilizes art as a technique for social cohesion among Syrian refugees and Jordanians in Amman, Jordan.

    In Jordan, the schools are set up on a “double shift” system with Jordanian

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    Fall sports cancelled

    Posted August 28, 2020 at 11:35 am

    Special to The Catholic Commentator

    Catholic elementary and middle schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge have suspended extra-curricular athletics for the fall semester, according to a statement from the Catholic Schools Office.

    There are approximately 25 elementary and middle schools in the diocese whose levels of academic instruction and sports programs

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    Styling in school thanks to Uniform for Kids

    Posted August 28, 2020 at 11:29 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    A worldwide pandemic and a fluid back-to-school calendar presented anomalous challenges to the annual Uniforms for Kids program.

    But with a bit of ingenuity, a new matrix of distribution was developed and the 23-year-old ministry of providing school uniforms

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    Catholic schools set to reopen in August

    Posted July 28, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge are scheduled to open in early August, according to a statement from the diocese released July 22.

    The diocese released the statement on the same day the East Baton Rouge School System

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    Declaración Comisión de armonía racial Diócesis de Baton Rouge

    Posted July 28, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    La Comisión de Armonía Racial de la Diócesis de Baton Rouge, la comisión bi-racial, que consta de 12 miembros e incluye clérigos, religiosos y laicos de la diócesis, continúa reuniéndose bajo la dirección del obispo Michael G. Duca para explorar formas de comprender mejor los efectos del racismo

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    Bishop Duca, governor discuss pandemic

    Posted July 28, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Bishop Michael G. Duca and Gov. John Bel Edwards discussed balancing fear with faith during the nationally syndicated radio program “Catholic Connection” on July 22 on Catholic Community Radio.

    Host Teresa Tomeo said in regard to the coronavirus pandemic

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    Catholic schools set to reopen in August

    Posted July 28, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge are scheduled to open in early August, according to a statement from the diocese released July 22.

    The diocese released the statement on the same day the East Baton Rouge School System

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    Pro-life leaders react to court’s pro-life ruling

    Posted July 17, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down Louisiana’s abortion law holds doctor who perform abortions to a lower standard of health care than that of their peers, Danielle Van Haute, Respect Life Coordinator for the Diocese of Baton Rouge, said.

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    Schools planning for unusual year

    Posted July 15, 2020 at 10:16 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge are scheduled to open in early August, with principals using the month of July to tweak protocols, according to Dr. Melanie Palmisano, Superintendent of Catholic Schools.

    Palmisano emphasized protocols will be tailored

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    Statement of Racial Harmony Commission Diocese of Baton Rouge

    Posted July 3, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    Over the last month, protesters and marches have become frequent occurrences in our country.
    The public, brutal killing of George Floyd by police has shaken our nation, and we mourn his death.
    The deaths of Mr. Floyd and so many other African Americans and Hispanics – Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks,

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    Clergy abuse list updated

    Posted July 1, 2020 at 9:00 am

    As part of our ongoing commitment to transparency, the following entry in the diocesan list of credible accusations of sexual abuse by clergy is hereby revised as shown below to reflect the recent receipt of additional allegations:

    Fr. George Gensler

    Dates of Abuse: Late 1970s

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