Educating children with disabilities presents special challenges

Posted April 30, 2017 at 12:00 am

By Debbie Shelley

The Catholic Commentator

When Doctors Madonna and James Healy were expecting their first child, Madonna’s pregnancy went as expected.

“I was a good prenatal mother,” said Madonna, who recently came to the Diocese of Baton Rouge with her husband when he presented a marriage enrichment seminar. “I didn’t do the things I was not supposed to do and did the things I was supposed to do.”

As he grew, her son was active and sometimes would not answer the first time she called him. 

When he entered kindergarten, the teacher told Healy that her son was not following directions in class. 

Healy started working with him, giving him points if he came right away when she called him. After a certain number of

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    Traveling Fatima statue spreads blessings throughout the diocese

    By Rachele Smith

    The Catholic Commentator

    Weeks after saying goodbye to a special guest in her home, Vanessa Babin is already looking forward to another visit.

    The traveling Our Lady of Fatima statue is dressed in a long, beaded white gown and has a gold crown. The statue appears similar to the apparition of Mary, which occurred for the first time on May 13, 1917, almost 100 years

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    EASTER JOY

    Posted April 28, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Robert W. Muench welcomes diners to the annual St. Vincent de Paul’s Easter Meal on Easter Sunday. More than 140 volunteers served nearly 480 people. St. Vincent de Paul president Michael Acaldo said

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    COMPASSION TO JOY

    Posted April 28, 2017 at 12:00 am

     

     

     

     

    St. Joseph Cathedral was the site for the annual Chrism Mass, celebrated by Bishop Robert W. Muench and the clergy of the diocese. The bishop blesses the oils to be used at church parishes throughout the year and those oils are distributed

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    Portraying Jesus

    Posted April 28, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Holy Ghost School in Hammond first graders performed their annual Easter play for parents and students on two consecutive days. Dr. Gina Anthon wrote much of the original music and the first-grade teachers

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    KEEP ON TRUCKING

    Posted April 28, 2017 at 12:00 am

    The St. George Fire Department and a local company recently visited Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital to give patients an up-close look at their fire and cement trucks. They also previewed the annual “Touch-A-Truck”

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    St. Joseph Church Organ

    Posted April 28, 2017 at 12:00 am

    St. Joseph Church in Ponchatoula is one of the few churches in the United States that utilizes a fully-equipped theatre organ for its Masses. The Wicks Opus 838 organ was originally built for

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    FEEDING THE SPIRIT

    Posted April 28, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Holy Rosary food pantry benefits from campaign

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Deacon Steven Gonzales was speechless, an exuberance captured not by

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