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Families learn life lessons through helping flood victims

Posted September 29, 2016 at 12:00 am

Debbie Shelley 

The Catholic Commentator 

“Everyone is family in Louisiana” was proven to be more than a fuzzy, feel-good catch phrase following the flood of national disaster proportions in south Louisiana beginning Aug. 12. Families donated goods, “sweated it out” helping others gut and clean out their homes and opened their own spared homes to loved ones and neighbors sending out distress signals as they lost everything. 

Eddie Parfait, center, carries supplies with the help of his son, Jaxon, as his other sons, Cooper, left, and Jordan, rear left, next to his mom, Jennifer, directly behind Parfait, carry their own load. Photo by Debbie Shelley | The Catholic Commentator

 

“I saw the amount of people out there who needed help and it was driving me crazy doing nothing,” said Stafford Johnson, a member of St. Aloysius Church in

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    BREAKING NEWS: Three Catholic Schools named 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools

    By Rachele Smith

    The Catholic Commentator

    Three Catholic schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge have been recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2016, according to an announcement made by Secretary of Education John King, Jr. today (Sept. 28).

    Students at St. Thomas More School in Baton Rouge release blue balloons after finding out their school was named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School of

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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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    RECOVERY BEGINS

    Posted September 16, 2016 at 12:00 am

     

     

     

    The Father Vander Heyden Knights of Columbus Council 4874 in Ponchatoula delivered hot lunches to areas east and west of Ponchatoula, which were hit hard. Nearly 50 volunteers, including Knights and members of the

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    SIMPLE LOVE

    Posted September 16, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Amish community aids flood victims

    The Catholic Commentator

    The Percheron draft horses at Louisiana State Penitentiary, favorites in Baton Rouge area parades, caught

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    CELEBRATING ST. TERESA

    Posted September 16, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Sept. 4 for the canonization Mass of St. Teresa of Calcutta celebrated by Pope Francis.

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    Flood impact evaluated

    Posted September 16, 2016 at 12:00 am

    The Catholic Commentator

    Although several church parishes in the Diocese of Baton Rouge took on water during the recent flooding, chief financial officer Joe Ingraham said the financial impact

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    Building clears big hurdle

    Posted September 14, 2016 at 4:17 am

    The Catholic Commentator

    A proposed archives building to house valuable religious and civil records from throughout the Diocese of Baton Rouge took a major step forward Sept. 12 when

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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.” 

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    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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