Second collections locally and nationally to benefit flood victims

Posted August 25, 2016 at 12:00 am

Richard Meek

The Catholic Commentator

A second collection will be taken up for flood victims at Masses this weekend on the local and national levels.

Monetary donations continued to be critical need to allow the diocese to respond to the “immediate needs of our parishes, schools and flood victims. Every parish community has differing needs and cash donations allow us to specifically address the varying needs,” Bishop Robert W. Muench said.  

Checks can be made payable to the Diocese of Baton Rouge, reference “Disaster Assistance Fund” in the memo section.

On a national level, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ president Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville has called

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    Knights of Columbus give diocese $200k for flood recovery

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    The Diocese of Baton Rouge has received a $200,000 donation from the Knights of Columbus to help in the recovery effort.

    The Knights also sent $30,000 to the State Council in Louisiana, which is coordinating relief work by local Knights.

    “We have seen incredible generosity from our members,” said the organization’s CEO, Carl Anderson. “The funds we raise will go directly to help those affected by this tragedy, and working closely

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    FEMA setting up Disaster Recovery Center at St. Louis King of France

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    FEMA is setting up a Disaster Recovery Center at St. Louis King of France Church in Baton Rouge.

     

    Father Michael Alello, pastor at St. Louis King of France Church in Baton Rouge, speaks with FEMA representatives Rosemarie Zawoiski, left, and Azar Ghafara at the Queen Blanche Center at St. Louis. FEMA is setting up a Disaster Recovery Center that is scheduled to open Wednesday, Aug. 24 at the Queen Blanche Center. Photo by

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    Bishop visit shelters

    Bishop Robert W. Muench visited three evacuation shelters on Aug. 14 comforting evacuees. He visited the F.G. Clark Center at Southern University, the Leo S. Butler Center and the Celtic Center. Thousands of people in the Diocese of Baton Rouge have been displaced because of record flooding caused by a tropical system that dumped up to 20 inches or more of rain in some areas. Several rivers crested at record levels. Photo by Father Paul Yi | Chancellor, Diocese of Baton Rouge

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    Diocese of Baton Rouge Disaster Assistance Fund

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Diocese of Baton Rouge community during these difficult times. The historic flooding that has taken place has impacted nearly every corner of our diocese, and our parishes and schools are struggling to recover in an effort to provide for the spiritual and educational needs of their parishioners and students.

    In order to support these efforts, the Diocese of Baton Rouge has established a special account, “Diocese of Baton Rouge Disaster Assistance Fund.” Monetary donations are critically needed at this time.

    To

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    Cristo Rey to reopen Aug. 29 at Bon Carre Business Center

    Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School announced the school will reopen at a temporary location at the Bon Carre’ Business Center (7173 Florida Blvd., 2 Floor in Baton Rouge) on Monday, Aug. 29. The school campus at 4000 St. Gerard Avenue in North Baton Rouge took on four feet of water during the recent flooding that has affected the entire area.

     

    The faculty and staff have been working diligently to reach students and their families for assessment of any damages and needs. As of Friday, 10 students and their families had lost everything; that number is expected to increase as the

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    Hi-tech awaits education future

    Posted August 25, 2016 at 12:00 am

    The Catholic Commentator

     

    Local Catholic school teachers and administrations participate in a commissioning ceremony while attending the 2016 Catholic Educators’ Gathering. Some

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    OLOL College awarded Lilly Endowment grant

    Posted August 25, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Our Lady of the Lake College, the only Catholic Franciscan institution of higher education in the southeastern United States, recently received a $446,692 award from Lilly Endowment Inc. to develop a summer program for youth centered on Franciscan theology, ethics and vocational discernment.

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    Ministry reaches out to inmates

    Posted August 25, 2016 at 12:00 am

    The Catholic Commentator

    On Friday nights, the chapel at Dixon Correctional Institute in Jackson is a hub for exploring the Catholic faith

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    ‘God loves these men’

    Posted August 25, 2016 at 12:00 am

    The Catholic Commentator

    When Jay Jackson was first asked by a friend to be part of prison ministry, his initial response was

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    Pro-life supporters praise ruling

    Posted March 4, 2016 at 12:00 am

    The Catholic Commentator

    Pro-life supporters hailed a decision by a federal appeals court upholding a Louisiana law that requires doctors who provide abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals

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    MARIAN SERVANTS GATHER

    Posted March 4, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Marian Servants of the Eucharist and Marian Servants of the Visitation, both of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, gathered with area Marian Servant

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    Ruling affirms First Amendment rights

    Posted March 4, 2016 at 12:00 am

    On Friday, Feb. 26 a state district judge in Baton Rouge handed down a major decision in a case that involves a lawsuit against the Diocese of Baton Rouge and one of its priests.

    While the full text

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    Tasman urges educators to ‘grow the kingdom’

    Posted September 17, 2015 at 7:00 am

    The Catholic Commentator 

    “Grow the kingdom of God here on Earth.” 

    Rob Tasman

     

    That’s what Robert Tasman, executive director of the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops, encouraged educators to do this year in the

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