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PERFECT MATCH

Posted February 21, 2020 at 12:00 am

Eight decades of love

By Richard Meek

The Catholic Commentator  

Hands held tightly, smiles never leaving their beaming faces, a simple glance sending messages of the heart, Lloyd and Audrey Schroeder could be mistaken for a couple still in the early stages of love. 

Lloyd and Audrey Schroeder will celebrate their 74 wedding anniversary in June. They are scheduled to participate in the annual Diocesan 25th, 50th, 65th & Over Wedding Mass and Reception Feb. 23 at 2 p.m., at St. Thomas More Church. Photo by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator 

 

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    Donations emphasize students’ commitment to social justice

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Shortly before the start of the 10 a.m. Catholic Schools Week Mass at St. Gerard Majella Church in Baton Rouge, a trailer from Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge was set up in the parking lot to accept donations from hundreds of school children and faculty members who would be arriving soon.  

    During Catholic Schools Week, students from throughout the

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    Men of the Immaculata Conference set Feb. 29

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Secularism and relativism can often blur the lines of truth but spiritual infallibility can only be found in the Scriptures. Defining that truth is the theme of the fourth annual Men of the Immaculata “Call to Battle,” scheduled Feb. 29 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at St. George Church in Baton Rouge.

    The conference will feature national and local speakers, as well as chef John Folse preparing lunch and offering his own personal testimony. Priests will also be available throughout the day for confession.

    “Pilate asked Jesus, ‘What is truth?’

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    Faith helps maintain the magic of Valentine’s Day

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    A day that some jokingly, or maybe not, contend is a conspiracy concocted by a popular greeting card company and the floral industry is either a highly anticipated day of romance or one that is immensely feared, the latter more dominant among the male population.

    Valentine’s Day is a roux of roses, chocolates, cards and candlelight dinners, with the purpose of expressing one’s romantic feelings toward his or her partner, or at the minimum staying out of trouble by remembering to send flowers and present chocolates (and never buy

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    Faith helps maintain the magic of Valentine’s Day

    Posted February 14, 2020 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    A day that some jokingly, or maybe not, contend is a conspiracy concocted by a popular greeting card company and the floral industry is either a highly anticipated day of romance or one that is immensely feared, the latter more

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    Men of the Immaculata Conference set Feb. 29

    Posted February 14, 2020 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Secularism and relativism can often blur the lines of truth but spiritual infallibility can only be found in the Scriptures. Defining that truth is the theme of the fourth annual Men of the Immaculata “Call to Battle,” scheduled Feb. 29 beginning

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    Homeless encampments more visible, on the rise

    Posted February 14, 2020 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Homeless encampments are becoming increasingly visible in the Greater Baton Rouge area, even encroaching into the suburbs, and the number of women occupying those outdoor habitats are also on the rise, according to St. Vincent de Paul Society personnel

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    St. Gabriel celebrates milestone

    Posted February 14, 2020 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

    On Feb. 2, people gathered during a picturesque, sun-drenched day at St. Gabriel Church in the hamlet of St. Gabriel and celebrated

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    Faith bridges the spiritual gap

    Posted February 14, 2020 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Dr. Edward Sri encouraged Catholics to plunge into the mysteries of living authentic Christian love and being a disciple during

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    Diocese celebrates CSW

    Posted February 14, 2020 at 12:00 am

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Catholic Schools Week in the Diocese of Baton Rouge kicked off Jan. 27 with

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    LIFE MARCH

    Posted January 31, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Hundreds of people gathered to speak out for the life of the unborn during Louisiana Life March South in Baton Rouge on Jan. 25. Top left: Participants

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    Glow restored to historic church

    Posted January 31, 2020 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Historic Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Plattenville is shining a bit brighter, courtesy of a recently concluded

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    St. Agnes to celebrate Year of the Eucharist

    Posted January 31, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Shock overwhelmed Father Charbel Jamhoury when he read a report in September revealing that approximately 30-31 percent of Catholics do not believe the Eucharist is truly the body and

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    Happy New Year

    Posted January 31, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Chúc Mừng Năm Mới 
    St. Anthony of Padua and Le Van Phung Church in Baton Rouge celebrated the Vietnamese New Year with a Mass and a festival that

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    Clergy abuse list updated

    Posted January 29, 2020 at 10:03 am

    As part of our ongoing commitment to transparency, the following persons who previously served in the Diocese of Baton Rouge have been added to its Clergy Abuse List because they have been publicly identified on similar lists by other dioceses or institutes of consecrated life for acts committed

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    Homeless murders heartbreaking to SVDP staff

    Posted January 17, 2020 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    As executive director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Michael Acaldo directs the agency providing shelter to highest percentage of the homeless population in the Baton Rouge area.

    So concern was his first reaction when he learned of

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    Century of educational excellence

    Posted January 17, 2020 at 12:00 am

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator  

    On a quiet street in Baton Rouge, not far from a busy, elevated section of I-10, St. Francis Xavier School in Baton Rouge stands as

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    RELIC BLESSING

    Posted January 17, 2020 at 12:00 am

     

     

     

     

     Bishop Michael G. Duca, left, assisted by Father Michael Moroney, pastor of St. Alphonsus Church in Greenwell Springs, blesses a relic of St. Alphonsus Liguori that was recently placed in the church’s altar on Jan.

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    SHARING JOY

    Posted January 10, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Michael G. Duca distributed hundreds of toys to children at the annual St. Vincent de Paul Society gift giveaway on Dec. 21. This was one of several

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    A new observance – Word of God Sunday

    Posted January 9, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    By Barry Schoedel

    Special to The Catholic Commentator

    This year, on the liturgical memorial of St. Jerome, Pope Francis announced that the third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jan. 26, “is to be devoted to the celebration, study and dissemination of the Word of God.” Similar to

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    FOCUS founder to visit Baton Rouge

    Posted January 9, 2020 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Dr. Edward Sri, theologian, co-founder of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) and developer of Bible studies utilized by many

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    Clear vision for the New Year

    Posted January 8, 2020 at 12:00 am

     

    Happy New Year and new decade! The number ‘2020’ at times denotes clear vision rather than a calendar year. The American Optometric Association states, “20/20 vision does not necessarily mean you have perfect vision. It only indicates

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