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CuddleCots offer peace to grieving families

Posted September 23, 2018 at 12:00 am

By Debbie Shelley

The Catholic Commentator  

Two women who have walked a broken road when it comes to childbirth are helping to give the gift of time and Christ’s healing presence to families who have lost a child at birth. 

The CuddleCot system cools deceased baby’s bodies, allowing families to stay with babies who are delivered either prematurely or full term before being moved to the morgue. Families and businesses that donate a CuddleCot through the Ardent Foundation of Baton Rouge can place a plaque on the equipment that includes the name of the deceased loved one they are honoring and a Scripture verse.  Photo provided by Candace Muller 

 

Candace Muller and Mandy

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    Finding spiritual joy at work

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    “If Adam and Eve had never eaten that apple, I wouldn’t have to go to school,” a student at St. Elizabeth School in Paincourtville said at the beginning of the school year to Father Matthew Graham, pastor of St. Elizabeth Church and St. Jules Church in Belle Rose. He mused that the student grasped and expressed the “inward groaning” of what it takes to prepare for a future in the workplace, which is also the groaning from many

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    Christ the King brings light to house

    By Richard Meek
    The Catholic Commentator

    Out of the darkness of unspeakable tragedy, a light is rising, spreading a pharos of resurgence, and, perhaps most importantly, one of faith.

     

     Father Andrew Merrick visits with student residents. Photo by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator

     

    Christ the King Church in Baton Rouge, through the efforts of pastor Father Andrew Merrick and many others, has turned the former Phi Delta Theta fraternity house, where LSU freshman student Max Gruver died a year ago during a fraternity hazing incident, into a community of nine Catholic male students living together,

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    MAKING A DIFFERENCE

    Donation helps  fund Joseph  Homes

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator 

    When Baton Rouge resident Linda Duscoe did not take her annual summer vacation this year, she decided to put the money to good use: she wrote a check to Joseph Homes in Baton Rouge that would cover the cost of six months for apartment No. 2 which is dedicated to the Louisiana Parole Project in honor of Tom Gess, who with his wife Kathy, was “instrumental” in getting

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    Bishop Duca celebrates Mass with seminarians

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator  

    In his first Mass since becoming bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, Bishop Michael G. Duca appeared relaxed, jovial and calm. The celebration was the 4:30 p.m. Saturday Mass at St. John the Baptist Church in Brusly for the 20 seminarians studying for the diocese.  

    Seminarian Joseph Bresowar reads from the Scriptures during the seminarians’ Mass at St. John the

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    HONORING SCOUTS

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Bishop Michael G. Duca, fresh off his installation as the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge 48 hours earlier, dipped into his own background to encourage numerous Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts gathered at the annual Catholic Committee on Scouting Religious Award Ceremony at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Baton Rouge on Aug. 26.  

     

    Boy Scouts

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    OLOL’s ‘Stop the Bleed’ initiative can be life saving 

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator 

    In a world where terrorism and mass killings are a reality, emergency response personnel have added a new tool to the arsenal of first aid: stop the bleed.  

    Jerre Hinds, a trauma nurse with Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, helps employees of the LA Dept. of Health and Hospitals during a session on “Stop the Bleed.”  

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    ‘Full circle’ of life for friends

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

    The floating sounds of piano and clarinet, medical information and words of inspiration synthesized into a concert-style presentation about music, healing and their doctor/patient relationship by Jan Grimes and Dr. Sarah Perez at the Women in Spirit meeting Aug. 27 at the St. Joseph Cathedral Parish Hall.  

    Jan Grimes plays piano as Dr. Sarah Perez plays clarinet during a presentation

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    EDITORIAL: Confusing times

    Anger. Hurt. Sorrow. Confusion. Misleading. Distrust. Disillusionment.

    Emotions many Catholics around the world are likely experiencing, and one could argue with good reason.

    Once again, allegations of clergy abuse are rocking the Catholic Church, and although this is not the first such scandal, perhaps none have been as far reaching, from affecting nearly an entire state to landing high in the church’s hierarchy.

    In mid-June, allegations of abuse to a minor implicating then-Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick were found to be credible. He submitted his letter of resignation from the Cardinalate to the Vatican on July 27,

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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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    ROAD OF FAITH

    Posted September 14, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Michael G. Duca illustrated with humor his talk to catechists about what it means to accompany others in their faith journey during the Diocese of Baton Rouge Annual Convocation Celebrating Catechists Sept. 6 at

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    PRAYING IN COMMUNITY

    Posted September 14, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Michael G. Duca, right, joins attendees in singing “Let There Be Peace on Earth” as civic and faith leaders and citizens lit candles and prayed for the community during the Interfaith Federation of Greater

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    HONORING SCOUTS

    Posted September 14, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Bishop Michael G. Duca, fresh off his installation as the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge 48 hours

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    A CENTURY OF SERVICE

    Posted September 14, 2018 at 12:00 am

    The St. Joseph Rosary Altar Society celebrated its 100th anniversary with a celebration and Mass on Aug. 7 at St. Joseph Church in Ponchatoula. Established in 1918, the Altar Society has a devotion to Blessed Mother. Its

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    Finding spiritual joy at work

    Posted September 14, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    “If Adam and Eve had never eaten that apple, I wouldn’t have to go to school,” a student at St. Elizabeth School in Paincourtville said at the beginning

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    ‘Full circle’ of life for friends

    Posted September 14, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

    The floating sounds of piano and clarinet, medical information and words of inspiration synthesized into a concert-style presentation about

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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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    WELCOME BACK

    Posted August 16, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Father Cleo Milano, pastor of Our Lady of Mercy School in Baton Rouge, greets students and their families on the first day of school on Aug. 9. Students in grades 3Y through first

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    ‘We were one,’ bishop’s sisters say of family

    Posted August 9, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    “We’re four different children but we’re one,” said Mary Muench Pringle, sister of Bishop Robert W. Muench. She was describing the closeness, the love and the faith-filled dynamic of the Muench family.

    Bishop Muench’s sisters, from left, Jo

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    ON THE MOVE

    Posted May 31, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Construction of the new Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is approximately 60 percent complete, officials said during a recent media tour. The freestanding hospital will feature more than 350,000 square feet of patient care space, one full floor dedicated to

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    Cristo Rey to receive new sports equipment

    Posted April 20, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Former LSU Tigers and NFL star Justin Vincent and UnitedHealthcare are donating new sports equipment to Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School to replace equipment that was damaged in the 2016 flood. The donation was made possible by a $10,000 grant from UnitedHealthcare to Vincent’s Dreambuilders program. The Dreambuilders

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