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Author inspires SJA students to help needy

Posted November 14, 2018 at 12:00 am

By Bonny Van

The Catholic Commentator  

Just before the start of a guest speaker assembly Oct. 8 at St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge, hundreds of students scurried into the Student Activity Center to place their tattered, well-worn copies of a book on top of a table.  

Author Laura Schroff poses with SJA students and art teacher Nicole Lane, far right, as the students display their artwork based on her book, “An Invisible Thread.”  Photo provided by Mindy Averitt | St. Joseph’s Academy 

 

The book was titled “An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny,” and its author, Laura

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    Evergreen focused on faith building

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Randall Waguespack and John Acosta grinned and ribbed each other as they talked about sweating and bonding with 300 fellow volunteers on a blistering hot day Sept. 23 at St. Margaret Queen of Scotland Church in Albany.  

    Among the friendships formed through Evergreen Life Services are, from left, Randall Waguespack, executive director of Evergreen; Beryl Hebert, who will be working with people with

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    Church’s teaching on contraception ‘ahead of the world’

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator 

    The Catholic Church has always been a leader in family planning and its teachings are not dated, as some critics suggest.  

    Father Todd Lloyd

     

    In fact, “legitimate sciences” of the world are finally catching up thanks to St. Paul VI’s call to science in his groundbreaking encyclical “Humanae Vitae,” explained Father Todd Lloyd, pastor at Immaculate Conception Church in

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    Pray for priests through Mary

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    The current clerical sex abuse scandal is a sign of how the body of Christ has been wounded in the ongoing cosmic spiritual battle, according to Kathleen Beckman, co-founder of the international association Foundation of Prayer for Priests.  

    Praying over Kathleen Beckman, co-founder of the international organization Foundation of Prayer for Priests, center, before she speaks at an Oct. 27 Magnificat

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    Bishop Michael G. Duca’s Letter to the Diocese of Baton Rouge

    My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

    PRAISE BE JESUS CHRIST!

    I have asked your Pastor to have this letter read to you today for two reasons.

    The first is to thank you all for the warm and generous ways you have welcomed me into the Diocese of Baton Rouge. My visits to our church parishes have taken me into the urban areas of Baton Rouge, as well into the parish churches up and down the river, West and East Side, and through the parishes on northeast side of the Diocese. These visits have provided me with the experience of a vital and impressive

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    Cristo Rey president embraces school’s unique mission

    Posted November 9, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Eric Engemann nestled into his new chair, still acclimating to his new digs.

    Teenage voices, bursting with a hope for the future perhaps for the first time in their young lives, filtered through the window of his modest office

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    The Mater Dolrosa saints

    Posted November 9, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator  

    From Mary Queen of Peace to St. Padre Pio, St. Mother Teresa and St. Michael the Archangel, these favorite saints are keeping

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    BLESSING OF THE GRAVES

    Posted November 9, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Top eft photo: Father Vincent Dufresne, pastor of St. Joseph Church in Paulina; Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Gramercy; and St. Michael the Archangel

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    Ingraham to retire as diocesan CFO

    Posted November 9, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Joe Ingraham’s 35-year financial career spanning archbishops, bishops, one archdiocese, two dioceses is taking a curtain call.  

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    Pray for priests through Mary

    Posted November 9, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    The current clerical sex abuse scandal is a sign of how the body of Christ has been wounded in the

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    Evergreen focused on faith building

    Posted November 9, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Randall Waguespack and John Acosta grinned and ribbed each other as they talked about sweating and bonding with 300 fellow volunteers on

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    OBISPO DUCA CELEBRA MASA

    Posted November 9, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Como lo prometió en sus primeras palabras con los feligreses de Baton Rouge durante su instalación y con respecto a buscar un acercamiento con los hispanos, el domingo 28 de Octubre, el Obispo Michael Duca concelebró la

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    Father Vavasseur dies at age 85

    Posted November 9, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Father Henry C. Vavasseur, 85, retired priest of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, died Oct. 26 at Ollie Steele Burden Manor Nursing Home in Baton Rouge. Father Vavasseur was born in Port Allen and attended Catholic High

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    Flexibility necessary in catechesis

    Posted October 26, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    When students’ eyes light up or they raise their hands to answer questions, volunteer or plunge into an activity it means success in the frontline mission

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    Father Henry C. Vavasseur dies

    Posted October 26, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Father Henry C. Vavasseur, 85, retired priest of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, died Thursday, Oct. 26 at Ollie Steele Burden Manor Nursing Home in Baton Rouge. Father Vavasseur was born

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    Spreading Christmas joy to inmates

    Posted October 10, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator 

    It’s almost that time of year, the time for reaching out to friends and relatives during the Christmas season. For more than 500 inmates in the Tangipohoa

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    BAA to begin Oct. 1

    Posted September 28, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Fresh off a record-setting campaign that topped the $1 million mark for the third time in the past four years, the Bishop’s Annual Appeal will soon be launching with a renewed sense of optimism, said Tammy Abshire, stewardship director for

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    St. Padre Pio Mass Sept. 23

    Posted September 14, 2018 at 12:00 am

    From staff reports

    The Catholic Commentator

    A special Mass celebrating the feast day of St. Padre Pio is scheduled Sunday, Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Baton Rouge.

    The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be sung beginning at 2:30 p.m.

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    Bishop-designate Duca installation schedule

    Posted August 17, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Thursday, August 23, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.

    Evening Prayer at St. George Catholic Church
    Reception to follow in the gym. Open to the public.
    This event will also be aired live on Catholic Life TV
    and streamed.

    Friday, August 24, 2018, 2:00 p.m.

    Installation at St. Joseph Cathedral

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    Cristo Rey seeking corporate partners

    Posted August 17, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Staff report

    Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School is still seeking 18 jobs to allow students to report to work in September in conjunction with the school’s unique corporate work program.

    The money earned by the students pays their tuition. Through the corporate work program,

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    Thirst for justice satisfied through the joy of the Gospel

    Posted August 17, 2018 at 10:10 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Hungering and thirsting for righteousness means loving people enough to get involved in their lives and protect their dignity as sons and daughters of God, according to Father Rick Andrus SVD, pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Baton

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    Dressed for success

    Posted August 17, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    It was the excitement of back to school shopping for school clothes, at least for girls, who walked

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    ST. PATRICK PASTOR INSTALLATION

    Posted August 17, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Robert W. Muench, left, hugs Father Michael Micelli after instating him as pastor of St. Patrick Church in Baton Rouge on Aug. 4. Looking on is Deacon Pete Walsh. Photo

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    LIFE AT THE END OF THE ROAD

    Posted August 17, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Sleepy teens from St. John the Baptist Church in Brusly boarded a bus around 6:45 a.m. on July 14 for the almost 2-hour drive to the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola,

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    Symbolism marks ceremony

    Posted August 16, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator 

    The installation ceremony for Bishop-designate Michael G. Duca is steeped in tradition and one that is marked by its beauty, symbolism and acknowledgement of the past by linking

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