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‘Second chance’

Posted May 23, 2019 at 12:00 am

By Debbie Shelley

The Catholic Commentator  

Troubled teens receive a “second chance” by pushing themselves physically, academically and socially as part of the Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program, which includes a 5 ½-month residential alternative military-like school at the Gillis W. Long Center on the old Indian Plantation grounds in Carville.  

Pictured with youth at the Louisiana Youth Challenge at Gillis Long Center in Carville are, Father Charlie Landry, left, pastor of St. Gabriel Church in St. Gabriel and Sacred Heart Chapel at Carville, Deacon Kirk Duplantis, second from right, St. Gabriel and Sacred Heart, and his wife, Rozalyn, third from right. Photo provided by Glenda Slayton  

 

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    SJV students gather to pray before class

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator 

    One by one, sometimes three and four young students at St. Jean Vianney School in Baton Rouge bound into the classroom of third-grade teacher Frances Thompson. Dropping their backpacks and lunch sacks on the floor, the children, ranging from pre-K to fourth grade, found seats on the floor or at tables facing a Smart Board with lyrics of songs of worship and joined in the chorus. It’s a scene repeated every

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    Grandparents raising grandchildren

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Isaac Jones and wife, Norma, displaced from New Orleans to Houston for a period following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, suffered numerous health and financial issues. The couple put aside their own struggles to raise their grandchildren, Eymine, a student at Woodlawn Middle School, and JC, 3. They are raising their grandchildren with a dream they will have a better life.  

    Grandparents, some accompanied by their grandchildren,

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    St. Thomas More launches rebranding campaign

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Tucked away in a popular hamlet in the eastern fringes of Baton Rouge, St. Thomas More Church is often regarded as a hidden gem.  

    Pastor Father Michael Alello is hoping to put a little polish on that gem, recently launching an ambitious rebranding campaign aimed at unifying the STM church and educational ministries as well as increasing participation in all areas of the parish.  

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    Sewing threads to a brighter future

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    A joyful glee brightened the youthful face of “Mary,” her expression testament to her excitement.  

    Bishop Michael G. Duca presented checks to the recipients of Works of Mercy grants during a ceremony May 1 at the Catholic Life Center. From left are Michael Manning, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank; Jena Maughan, Metanoia Manor; Bishop Duca; Gloria Messenger, St. Margaret Queen

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    Father Bahyi to celebrate 4Oth anniversary of priesthood

    Posted May 22, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Father Jeff Bayhi, pastor of St. John the Baptist Church, 4727 McHugh Dr., Zachary, will celebrate his 40th anniversary to priesthood with a Mass on Sunday, June 2, 3 p.m., at St. John.

    For more information, call 225-654-5778. 

     

    Knights of Columbus documentary premieres Sunday

    Posted May 14, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. – “Everyday Heroes,” a Knights of Columbus documentary offering an unfiltered look at heroism in our day, begins a six-week run on ABC affiliates across the country, Sunday, May 19. Through short biographical vignettes supported by interviews and original footage shot in the United States, Canada and

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    Ordination scheduled

    Posted May 10, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Two seminarians are scheduled to be ordained priests to the Diocese of Baton Rouge on May 25, signaling what could be an uptick in the number of vocations.

    For the next three years, two new priests are scheduled to

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    Pro-life legislation meets early approval

    Posted May 10, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    State lawmakers have granted early approval for a trio of pro-life bills that are now in varying stages of the legislative process.

    Perhaps the bill with most impact, Rep. Katrina Jackson’s proposed “Love Life Amendment” that would mandate there

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    STEPPING OUT

    Posted May 10, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Chef Folse experiences healing  

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator  

    When meeting Louisiana chef John Folse,

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    ‘Second chance’

    Posted May 10, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Troubled teens receive a “second chance” by pushing themselves physically, academically and socially as part of the Louisiana National Guard Youth

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    BISHOP SELFIE

    Posted May 10, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Michael G. Duca showed off his photography skills by taking a selfie with the Easter Bunny during an Easter egg hunt at St. Joseph Cathedral on Easter Sunday. Pastor Father Paul Counce said it is believed

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    MAY CROWNING

    Posted May 10, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Sarah Lambert, a parishioner at St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland Church in Albany, places a crown on Mary during Mass on May 5 at St. Margaret. Lambert is in sixth-grade at Holden School in Holden. May crownings

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    KC CONVENTION

    Posted May 10, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Michael G. Duca listens as Louisiana Knights of Columbus State Deputy Rennan Duffour of Hahnville speaks during a banquet May 4 at the annual KC convention held May 3-5 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge.

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    APPRENTICE AWARD WINNER

    Posted May 10, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Emeritus Robert.W. Muench received a St. Joseph’s Apprentice Award during The Cathedral Evening on May 4 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge. Also receiving an Apprentice Award during the fundraiser, which included dinner and entertainment,

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    Grandparents raising grandchildren

    Posted May 10, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Isaac Jones and wife, Norma, displaced from New Orleans to Houston for a period following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, suffered numerous

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    ST. JAMES PASSION PRESENTATION

    Posted May 10, 2019 at 12:00 am

    St. James Church in St. James presented a Living Way of the Cross on April 16. In this station Jesus, played by Anthony Cooper, is stripped of his garments by the Roman guards, played by Junis Julian, left,

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    Committee makes history

    Posted May 10, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator 

    On Tuesday, April 30, Louisiana Senate Judiciary Committee C made history by approving SB112, which creates a proposed constitutional amendment

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    HFI helps deepen couple’s faith

    Posted April 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Married couples in the Holy Family Institute focused on their roles as disciples, evangelizers and promoters of vocations at its

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    Father Dupre appointed pastor

    Posted April 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Michael G. Duca has appointed Father Matthew Dupre pastor of Ascension of Our Lord Church and St. Francis of Asissi Church, both of which are located in Donaldsonville. 

    Father Dupre

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    OLOL honors volunteers

    Posted April 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

    As part of National Volunteer Week, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge recognized 181 volunteers for their commitment to service. Volunteers from a variety of programs across the hospital served more

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    REJOICE!

    Posted April 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Duca’s Easter message 

    CHRIST IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED!
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    CELEBRATING THE TRIDUUM

    Posted April 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

     

     

     

     

    Father Josh Johnson, pastor at Holy Rosary Church in St. Amant, washes the feet of parishioners during the Holy Thursday Mass.

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    RINGING IN THE FUTURE 

    Posted April 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

    On the evening of April 17 the inaugural senior class of Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School took their first steps toward graduation, celebrating with a

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    ART FROM THE HEART

    Posted April 17, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Spend a few minutes with Kim Lopez and one is immediately struck by her love of the Catholic faith.  

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    Self-examination a good practice during Lent

    Posted April 12, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    “Could you not stay awake one hour?”

    As Lent quickly comes to a close, some may find themselves in the same perplexing situation as the disciples, when Jesus invites them to watch and pray with him in the Garden

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    Holy Week preparation

    Posted April 12, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    When Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, he was greeted by cries of joy and praise –  “ …  they took palm branches and went out to meet him, and cried out: ‘Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the

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