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Catholic Banquet special to Angola inmates

Posted December 15, 2019 at 12:00 am

By Bonny Van

The Catholic Commentator 

On a bright sunny day just outside of the stucco front of Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel on the grounds of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola a small crowd of men gathered. They were lined up, waiting on family members to arrive for Mass and the annual Catholic Banquet held on Nov. 21. After going through the security checkpoint at the prison entrance, guests were shuttled to the chapel on buses, a procedure that pushed the start of the 11 a.m. Mass closer to noon. Finally, prisoners and family members entered the church and the atmosphere changed immediately, with an energy that was palpable. Many stopped to greet celebrant Father Todd Lloyd, pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Lakeland, as

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    St. Margaret renovation unveiled during Mass

    By Richard Meek 

    The Catholic Commentator  

    The grand lady looked fatigued, her beauty rankled by too much time in unrelenting heat and bone-chilling cold.  

    The exterior of St. Margaret Queen of Scotland Church is reflected in the approaching dusk as rededication ceremonies come to a close on Nov. 17. The church underwent a major renovation, and exterior work included new paint, sidewalks, metal roof, a statue of St. Margaret in the new piazza and repairs on the steeple. Photos by Richard Meek | The

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    FAMILY TIES

    Author recalls fond memories at Carville 

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Anne Harmon Brett’s favorite childhood memories include “stolen moments” when her parents crawled through a hole under a fence at the National Leprosarium in Carville, where they were patients, to meet Anne and her brother, J.C., for Sunday picnics by the Mississippi River levee.  

    Johnny Harmon in his photography lab at the former National Leprosarium at

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    ‘Pray, Learn and Serve:’ Message of Veterans Mass

    The following article was written by Ella Doyle, an eighth-grader at St. Alphonsus Liguori School in Greenwell Springs, from the Vocations Breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 7. The annual event is sponsored by the Vocations Team at St. Alphonsus Church.  

    When Father Tat Hoang CSsR, pastor of St. Gerard Majella Church in Baton Rouge, began his homily at the Veterans Mass at St. Alphonsus, I was curious about how he was going to tie the parable of the lost sheep to veterans,

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    EWTN honors Catholic Community Radio

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator 

    On an unusually balmy December day when the mercury topped out at 75 and the Saints were putting the finishing touches on a 13-3 regular season that would culminate in a Super Bowl championship, Advent and Christmas music debuted the humble beginnings of Catholic Community Radio in Baton Rouge.  

    Michael Warsaw, chairman and chief executive officer of EWTN, presents an award

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    CARVING OUT A WIN

    Posted December 6, 2019 at 12:00 am

    East Baton Rouge Parish coroner William “Beau” Clark, above, accepts the plaque he won after winning first place in the 10th annual turkey carving contest at St. Vincent de Paul Society. Clark beat out such

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    New Americans Thanksgiving Dinner 

    Posted December 6, 2019 at 12:00 am

     

     

     

    Andrea Rosas dances during a Hispanic dance at the New Americans Thanksgiving, which was sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge and held Nov. 23 at St. George Church

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    FranU Annual Fundraiser

    Posted December 6, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University board members, from left, Quentin Messer Jr., Dolores “Dee” LeJeune, Edgar Silvey, Donna Saurage, Leo Hamilton and FranU president Dr. Tina Holland enjoy the celebration of Fête des Fidèles (Feast of the Faithful)

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    St. Margaret renovation unveiled during Mass

    Posted December 6, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek 

    The Catholic Commentator  

    The grand lady looked fatigued, her beauty rankled by too much time in unrelenting heat and bone-chilling cold.  

    The exterior of St. Margaret Queen of Scotland Church is

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    FAMILY TIES

    Posted December 6, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Author recalls fond memories at Carville 

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Anne Harmon Brett’s favorite childhood memories include “stolen moments” when

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    #iGiveCatholic set Dec. 3

    Posted November 22, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    The Diocese of Baton Rouge will  be one of 39 dioceses nationwide participating in #iGiveCatholic, the annual national fundraising day for Catholic organizations.

    More than 100 organizations, churches, schools and parishes are scheduled to participate, which is scheduled

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    Catholic teaching offers relief

    Posted November 22, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Challenges faced by medical professionals in today’s constantly evolving health care arena are many, but perhaps the most prevalent

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    FIGHTING HUNGER

    Posted November 22, 2019 at 12:00 am

     

     

    On Nov. 10 people joined together to increase awareness and raise funds for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and Holy Grill during Hunger Walk, sponsored by the

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    HELP IS ON THE WAY

    Posted November 22, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Construction is moving rapidly on the new St. Vincent de Paul Day and Emergency/Disaster Services facility, to be located on the St. Vincent campus. In addition to being a day care facility, the

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    KEY TO THE FUTURE

    Posted November 22, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Michael G. Duca hands St. Margaret Queen of Scotland Church in Albany pastor Father Jamin David the key to the renovated church shortly before a Mass of Dedication on Nov. 17. The

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    Thy kingdom come

    Posted November 22, 2019 at 12:00 am

    The liturgical year transitions during the next two weekends, as Year C ends and Year A begins. We celebrate The Solemnity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, king of the universe (Christ the King) followed by The First

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    Students pay tribute to veterans

    Posted November 22, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    Students at Catholic schools across the Diocese of Baton Rouge honored military men and women for Veterans Day in a variety of ways. Gatherings, receptions and special

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    Bishop Duca releases statement on bishop appointment

    Posted November 19, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Michael G. Duca issued the following statement on the appointment of Msgr. Francis Malone as bishop-elect of Shreveport:  

    “I am delighted to hear that Msgr. Francis Malone has been chosen as the third Bishop of the Diocese of

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    ALL SAINTS’ DAY

    Posted November 8, 2019 at 12:00 am

     

    Deacon Ricky Oubre, deacon assistant at Our Lady of Peace Church and St. Philip Church in Vacherie, and St. James Church in St. James blesses the

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