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Bishop Duca blesses Cypress Springs Mercedarian chapel

Posted December 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

By Bonny Van

The Catholic Commentator

At the Chapel of Divine Providence on the Cypress Springs Mercedarian Prayer Center in Baton Rouge, before an overflow crowd that included people sitting in chairs set up in the vestibule, Bishop Michael G. Duca welcomed the Mercedarian Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament to the Diocese of Baton Rouge during a Mass on Nov. 26.  

Bishop Michael G. Duca blesses the new chapel at the Cypress Springs Mercedarian Prayer Center in Baton Rouge on Nov. 26. After the dedication Mass celebrated by the bishop, he blessed several buildings on the Cypress Springs campus.  Photo by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator  

 

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    Catholic Banquet special to Angola inmates

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator 

    On a bright sunny day just outside of the stucco front of Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel on the grounds of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola a small crowd of men gathered. They were lined up, waiting on family members to arrive for Mass and the annual Catholic Banquet held on Nov. 21. After going through the security checkpoint at the prison entrance, guests were shuttled to the chapel on

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    St. Margaret renovation unveiled during Mass

    By Richard Meek 

    The Catholic Commentator  

    The grand lady looked fatigued, her beauty rankled by too much time in unrelenting heat and bone-chilling cold.  

    The exterior of St. Margaret Queen of Scotland Church is reflected in the approaching dusk as rededication ceremonies come to a close on Nov. 17. The church underwent a major renovation, and exterior work included new paint, sidewalks, metal roof, a statue of St. Margaret in the new piazza and repairs on the steeple. Photos by Richard Meek | The

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    A message from Bishop Michael G. Duca who is currently in Rome visiting with Pope Francis:

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,

    On Tuesday of this week I had an opportunity with the bishops of Region V (which includes the dioceses of Louisiana) and Region IV to have a visit with the Holy Father, Pope Francis.

    The encounter was a joy. Pope Francis addressed us as brothers in Christ and led an open and relaxed conversation with all the bishops inviting us to ask whatever we wanted. The Holy Father answered all the questions directly with an honest

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    Message regarding arrest of Mark Ebarb

    The following message was sent by the principal of St. Theresa Middle School in Gonzales to the parents of students at St. Theresa Middle School and St. John Primary School regarding the arrest of Mark Ebarb.

    In addition to Mr. Ebarb’s service at the referenced camp, he also served for several years as a lector and Eucharistic minister at Christ the King Parish in Baton Rouge. He was removed from those ministries when the Pastor was made aware that Mr. Ebarb was on administrative leave from Dutchtown High School and was being investigated for alleged misconduct. There have been no allegations

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    Father Andrew Merrick message on Ebarb arrest

    Father Andrew Merrick’s message below to the Christ the King Parish community in Baton Rouge:

    Dear CTK Family, According to media reports, Mr. Mark Ebarb was indicted by an Ascension Parish Grand Jury on Wednesday, Dec 4th, on charges of indecent behavior with a juvenile. The media also reported that Mr. Ebarb is a teacher at Dutchtown High School and has been removed from the campus. Until recently Mr. Ebarb served for several years as a lector and Eucharistic minister at Christ the King. He was removed from those ministries last month when I was made aware that Mr. Ebarb was

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    FranU Annual Fundraiser

    Posted December 6, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University board members, from left, Quentin Messer Jr., Dolores “Dee” LeJeune, Edgar Silvey, Donna Saurage, Leo Hamilton and FranU president Dr. Tina Holland enjoy the celebration of Fête des Fidèles (Feast of the Faithful)

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    St. Margaret renovation unveiled during Mass

    Posted December 6, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek 

    The Catholic Commentator  

    The grand lady looked fatigued, her beauty rankled by too much time in unrelenting heat and bone-chilling cold.  

    The exterior of St. Margaret Queen of Scotland Church is

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    FAMILY TIES

    Posted December 6, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Author recalls fond memories at Carville 

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Anne Harmon Brett’s favorite childhood memories include “stolen moments” when

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    CARVING OUT A WIN

    Posted December 6, 2019 at 12:00 am

    East Baton Rouge Parish coroner William “Beau” Clark, above, accepts the plaque he won after winning first place in the 10th annual turkey carving contest at St. Vincent de Paul Society. Clark beat out such

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    New Americans Thanksgiving Dinner 

    Posted December 6, 2019 at 12:00 am

     

     

     

    Andrea Rosas dances during a Hispanic dance at the New Americans Thanksgiving, which was sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge and held Nov. 23 at St. George Church

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    #iGiveCatholic set Dec. 3

    Posted November 22, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    The Diocese of Baton Rouge will  be one of 39 dioceses nationwide participating in #iGiveCatholic, the annual national fundraising day for Catholic organizations.

    More than 100 organizations, churches, schools and parishes are scheduled to participate, which is scheduled

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    FIGHTING HUNGER

    Posted November 22, 2019 at 12:00 am

     

     

    On Nov. 10 people joined together to increase awareness and raise funds for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and Holy Grill during Hunger Walk, sponsored by the

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    HELP IS ON THE WAY

    Posted November 22, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Construction is moving rapidly on the new St. Vincent de Paul Day and Emergency/Disaster Services facility, to be located on the St. Vincent campus. In addition to being a day care facility, the

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    KEY TO THE FUTURE

    Posted November 22, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Michael G. Duca hands St. Margaret Queen of Scotland Church in Albany pastor Father Jamin David the key to the renovated church shortly before a Mass of Dedication on Nov. 17. The

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    Thy kingdom come

    Posted November 22, 2019 at 12:00 am

    The liturgical year transitions during the next two weekends, as Year C ends and Year A begins. We celebrate The Solemnity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, king of the universe (Christ the King) followed by The First

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    Students pay tribute to veterans

    Posted November 22, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    Students at Catholic schools across the Diocese of Baton Rouge honored military men and women for Veterans Day in a variety of ways. Gatherings, receptions and special

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    Catholic teaching offers relief

    Posted November 22, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Challenges faced by medical professionals in today’s constantly evolving health care arena are many, but perhaps the most prevalent

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    Bishop Duca releases statement on bishop appointment

    Posted November 19, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Michael G. Duca issued the following statement on the appointment of Msgr. Francis Malone as bishop-elect of Shreveport:  

    “I am delighted to hear that Msgr. Francis Malone has been chosen as the third Bishop of the Diocese of

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    ALL SAINTS’ DAY

    Posted November 8, 2019 at 12:00 am

     

    Deacon Ricky Oubre, deacon assistant at Our Lady of Peace Church and St. Philip Church in Vacherie, and St. James Church in St. James blesses the

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    FELLOWSHIP HALL BLESSING

    Posted November 8, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Michael G. Duca blesses the newly renovated Fellowship Hall at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in St. Francisville on Sunday, Nov. 3. The building, located next to the church, underwent a massive three-month overhaul

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