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Spreading Christmas joy to inmates

Posted October 16, 2018 at 12:00 am

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 Parish Jail in Amite, making those connections is especially important. Deacon Nat Garofola, who visits those incarcerated at the jail regularly, began distributing the Christmas cards 11 years ago.  

Deacon Nat Garofola sorts through some of the Christmas cards donated for inmates at the Tangipahoa Parish Jail. Deacon Garofola collects cards from parishioners at several churches to distribute to more than 500 inmates.  Photo by Bonny Van | The Catholic Commentator 

 

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    The Catholic Commentator 

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    Father Joshua Johnson admittedly never enjoyed writing, not as a high school student, nor as a seminarian.  

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    The Catholic Commentator  

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    The Catholic Commentator 

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    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

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    The Catholic Commentator 

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    Posted October 12, 2018 at 12:00 am

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    The Catholic Commentator  

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    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

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    The Catholic Commentator  

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    Posted October 12, 2018 at 12:00 am

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    Posted October 12, 2018 at 12:00 am

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    Posted October 12, 2018 at 12:00 am

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    The Catholic Commentator 

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    Posted October 12, 2018 at 12:00 am

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    Posted October 12, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

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    Spreading Christmas joy to inmates

    Posted October 12, 2018 at 12:00 am

    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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    Spreading Christmas joy to inmates

    Posted October 10, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator 

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    The Catholic Commentator

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    Posted September 14, 2018 at 12:00 am

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    The Catholic Commentator

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    Posted August 17, 2018 at 12:00 am

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    Posted August 17, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

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    The Catholic Commentator  

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    Posted August 16, 2018 at 12:00 am

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