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Posted November 26, 2020 at 12:00 am

Thanksgiving tradition continues

By Richard Meek

The Catholic Commentator

A pair of long-standing Thanksgiving Day traditions in Baton Rouge will continue although with a decidedly different look as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul will host its annual Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless at its men’s homeless shelter and also host the Holiday Helpers lunch at the Raising Cane’s River Center, which is open to the general public. 

However, because of the pandemic, no indoor seating will be available. Rather, meals at the homeless shelter will be distributed through a to-go window and drive through will be available at the River Center, according to St. Vincent President and CEO Michael Acaldo.

St. Vincent has been serving hot meals on Thanksgiving Day since 1982 and Holiday Helpers was established in 1987.

“At St. Vincent de

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    Diocese’s goal is to foster racial unity

    One day I was having a conversation with my dad about growing up in Dallas. He explained that his south Dallas neighborhood was made up of mainly Italian, Jewish and African American families. He remembered that he mostly played on his own street, but often the children of the neighborhood would gather to play baseball at the neighborhood park. It’s just what children did back then.

    He remembered one day, during a neighborhood baseball game, a policeman pulled up and called the white children over to his car. The

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    CHS dedicates student center, celebrates award

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    With temperatures plummeting under gray skies, spirits were soaring and everyone was proud to be a Bear at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge during a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating two historical occasions, the school’s record-setting sixth National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award and the opening of a stunning new student center.  

    The ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Brother Donnan Berry SC Student

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    Voters send signal recognizing dignity of life

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Louisiana voters’ overwhelming endorsement of the Love Life Amendment was a statement that the majority of residents recognize the value of human life, according to the leading pro-life official in the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

    The amendment, which  ensures that state judges cannot use the state constitution to hold sacred a right to abortion or the taxpayer funding of abortion in Louisiana and keeps the issue of abortion in the hands of the people through  elected legislators rather than the courts, garnered more than 60 percent of

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    GOBBLE UP!

    Posted November 18, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    Thanksgiving tradition continues

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    A pair of long-standing Thanksgiving Day traditions in Baton Rouge will continue although with a decidedly different look as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Society of St. Vincent de Paul will host its

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    Voters send signal recognizing dignity of life

    Posted November 18, 2020 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Louisiana voters’ overwhelming endorsement of the Love Life Amendment was a statement that the majority of residents recognize the value of human life, according to the leading pro-life official in the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

    The amendment, which 

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    Our only hope

    Posted November 18, 2020 at 12:00 am

    The liturgical year, Cycle A, concludes with the celebration of the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, as the new liturgical year, Cycle B, begins with the First Sunday of Advent. The Sunday

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    BLESSING OF THE GRAVES

    Posted November 18, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Father Charlie Landry, pastor at St. Gabriel Church in St. Gabriel, blesses the graves following Mass on Nov. 1. Clergy members throughout the Diocese of Baton Rouge blessed graves on All Saints Day.  

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    CLERGY PRAYER SERVICE

    Posted November 18, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Priests gathered at St. George Church on Nov. 6 for a Morning Prayer of the Church led by Bishop Michael G. Duca. Bishop Duca blessed the Oil of Catechumens and the Oil of the

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    PRESENTATION OF CHURCH KEY

    Posted November 18, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Michael G. Duca presents Father Babu Vareeth IMS a key to St. Ann Church in Morganza during a pastor installation service Nov. 8. Photo by Richard Meek |

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    KEY TO THE CHURCH

    Posted November 18, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Michael G. Duca, right, presents the key of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Donaldsonville to Father Raphael Asika MSP during his installation as pastor on November 7. Photo

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    TROOP BLESSING

    Posted November 18, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Michael G. Duca speaks with members of the Louisiana National Guard’s 256th Brigade Combat Team during a prayer service at Baton Rouge Airport on Nov. 12. Bishop Duca blessed the Tiger Brigade, which deployed almost

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    Barrett’s confirmation ‘a gain for the entire country’

    Posted November 4, 2020 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court received enthusiastic responses from throughout the Catholic community, including at the diocesan and state levels.

    Barrett, a native of New Orleans who was raised in Metairie and graduated from St. Mary’s Dominican High School in

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    VIRTUAL FUNDRAISING

    Posted November 4, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Raising money via the internet

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Fundraising in the traditional sense has been challenging for

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    Bishop Duca announces reorganization changes

    Posted October 21, 2020 at 11:13 am

    Bishop Michael G. Duca has made additional appointments as part of the ongoing reorganization of the Diocesan Curia.  

     The College of Consultors  

    The College of Consultors assists Bishop Duca in certain areas of administration as determined by canon law.  It also provides for the governance

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    Gero at FranU answering needs of ‘Silver Tsunami’

    Posted October 20, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    As people live longer and young families having fewer number of children, the need to provide resources and education to better health among the older generation is increasing.

    Recognizing the “Silver Tsunami” of people 55 years of age and older, Franciscan

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    Love Life Amendment on ballot

    Posted October 20, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Along with electing a president Louisiana voters will also  go to the polls Nov. 3 to decide on a pro-life amendment to the state constitution that would protect unborn babies in the event the Supreme Court eventually overturns Roe

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    Cathedral vandalism statement

    Posted September 26, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    A statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus outside of St. Joseph Cathedral’s Parish Office was defaced with vulgar graffiti overnight Sept. 24.

    This has now been removed. Persons of every religion should pray that all seeking respect also seek respectful ways to achieve their wishes.

     

    PSR classes adjusting to changes during pandemic

    Posted September 23, 2020 at 9:25 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Parish schools of religion are using various formats to catechize their children and youth in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

    St. Isidore Church in Baker kicked off its PSR program with a traditional in-person format on Sept. 16,

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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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