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Mass attendance encouraging

Posted June 4, 2020 at 12:00 am

By Richard Meek

The Catholic Commentator  

As many churches in the Diocese of Baton Rouge reopened the weekend of May 16-17, pastors were not sure what to expect.  

Small bottles of holy water, missalettes and armbands that say “Pray Louisiana!” on one side and “Heal Our Land” on the other were distributed after all Masses at St. Patrick Church in Baton Rouge the weekend of May 23-24. The parish requested 500 bracelets from Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office. The idea was originally introduced at the governor’s Prayer Breakfast on March 10.  Photo by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator

 

Sure, safety measures were in place, several parishes had established a

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    Virus devastates families

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    As families grapple with the death of one or more loved ones because of the coronavirus pandemic, church parishes in the Diocese of Baton Rouge are putting their arms around them in a way that transcends social distancing by meeting them at the foot of the cross.  

    April Dunn, left, is pictured with Melanie Washington, who was her colleague in the Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs. Dunn

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    Change through listening

    This week, we as a nation, watched the horrific and heart breaking death of Mr. George Floyd while being subdued by police in Minneapolis. (Before you read on, remember now what your first feelings were when you read this first sentence.) 

    We can view this as an isolated event, but even then, it is by any measure of human common decency a profound disregard of the human dignity of Mr. George Floyd who when he

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    Bishops ‘sickened’ by Floyd’s death, say racism ‘real and present danger’

    WASHINGTON (CNS) The U.S. Catholic bishops said May 29 they “are broken-hearted, sickened and outraged to watch another video of an African American man being killed before our very eyes.”

    ​”What’s more astounding is that this is happening within mere weeks of several other such occurrences. This is the latest wake-up call that needs to be answered by each of us in a spirit of determined conversion,” they said in a statement about the May 25 death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis.

    ​In recent weeks, Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed 25-year-old African American man in Georgia, was fatally shot,

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    Spiritual renewal coming out of isolation

    Posted June 3, 2020 at 9:54 am

    Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Emerging into the sunshine from “cocoon-style” lives forced by the coronavirus-related restrictions, people are resuming favorite activities – dining in their favorite restaurant, going to the ballpark – leaping for joy like calves let out to pasture.

    The virus has

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    Video rosary honors Mary

    Posted June 2, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Priests, deacons, men and women religious and even lay staff members of the Diocese of Baton Rouge recently participated in a video rosary honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary.

    Nicole Jones, coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministry Programs for

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    Blue Cross grant aids St. Vincent de Paul Society

    Posted June 2, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Funding from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation is a welcome contribution that will allow the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to continue to be one of the area’s leaders in providing assistance to the homeless and needy

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    Principals ready for a new school year

    Posted June 2, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    Leadership at a number of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge will feature some new faces and some familiar ones when the 2020-21 school year kicks off in August.

    Superintendent Dr. Melanie Palmisano released a list of

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    FOOD DISTRIBUTION

    Posted June 2, 2020 at 12:00 am

    St. Margaret Queen of Scotland Church in Albany partnered with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank to distribute food for 800 families. The food includes cold and dry goods.

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    ISLAND MASS

    Posted June 2, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Parishioners at St. Joseph the Worker Church in Pierre Part arrived on foot, boats and even pirogues to attend Mass celebrated Saturday, May 16 on Virgin Island. Pastor Father Al Davidson celebrated the Mass,

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    Virus devastates families

    Posted June 2, 2020 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    As families grapple with the death of one or more loved ones because of the coronavirus pandemic, church parishes in the Diocese

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    St. Faustina feast day Oct. 5

    Posted June 2, 2020 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

    A beacon of hope shone for a world straining under the effects of the coronavirus when Pope Francis marked St.

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    Mass attendance encouraging

    Posted June 2, 2020 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    As many churches in the Diocese of Baton Rouge reopened the weekend of May 16-17, pastors were not sure

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    Clergy adapt to changes

    Posted May 20, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Seating charts.

    Social distancing.

    Mask patrol.

    A single entrance door.

    Issues perhaps never addressed in the seminary but relevant today as pastors in the Diocese of Baton Rouge reopen churches after being shut down for two

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    Cristo Rey’s first graduation

    Posted May 20, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School is planning a celebratory drive-in ceremony for its inaugural graduating class.

    The event is scheduled May 23 at 1 p.m. at the school, where a stage will be set up across from

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    Fear of uncertainty can drive anxiety during isolation

    Posted May 20, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Stay-at-home orders and being quarantined have been a blessing for many as they have been able to finally finish those home projects, dusting off partially read books and perhaps even strengthening family ties through spending so much time together.

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    Pastors grateful for parishioners’ generosity

    Posted May 20, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Financial challenges are likely lurking for parishes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic that shuttered churches for nearly two months.

    But not all of the news is grim. Pastors  at two of the larger churches in the Diocese of

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    ORDINATION DATE SCHEDULED

    Posted May 20, 2020 at 12:00 am

     Bishop Michael G. Duca announced the ordination of Deacon Mathew Dunn to the priesthood and Taylor Sanford as a transitional deacon is scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 1 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge. Deacon Dunn,

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    WELCOME HOME

    Posted May 20, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Bishop announces reopening of churches  

    To the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Diocese of Baton Rouge:  

    For several weeks now,

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    DIPLOMA DELIVERY

    Posted May 20, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Garrison Landry, a senior at Ascension Catholic High School in Donaldsonville, tosses his cap in the air as his parents, Kristen and Brent Landry look on. Principal Sandy Pizzolato delivered diplomas to each graduate. 

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    CHURCHES REOPEN

    Posted May 20, 2020 at 12:00 am

     

     

     

     

    Bishop Michael G. Duca distributes Communion at St. Joseph Cathedral on May 17. Photo by Bonny Van | The Catholic Commentator  

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    Tips for seniors during pandemic

    Posted May 5, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Keeping the body, mind, and soul engaged is an important step for the elderly to reduce their vulnerability to the coronavirus, said clergy and parish health nurses in the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

    Senior citizens still living at home should heed

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    St. Jude Food drive

    Posted May 5, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    Teachers and faculty at St. Jude the Apostle School in Baton Rouge hosted a drive-through canned food drive on April 25, collecting 1,653 pounds of food for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

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    Trump meets with Catholic educators; promises aid

    Posted May 5, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Financial relief for parents of Catholic school students may be on the way in terms of tax credits and direct assistance, President Donald Trump said during a conference call with Catholic educators and leaders April 26.

    Dr. Melanie Palmisano,

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    Grab N Go meals beginning May 11

    Posted May 5, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    The Diocese of Baton Rouge Child Nutrition Program announced it will be offering Grab N Go meal services at four sites beginning May 11.

    The program will be offering free breakfast and lunch curbside pickup service for all students

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    CCDBR provides $90,000 of relief services during pandemic

    Posted May 5, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Responding to natural disasters or human crisis with transcendent proficiency has been the standard for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

    But the coronavirus pandemic has presented a unique gauntlet even for an agency that has handled

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