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Churches embrace the most vulnerable

Posted August 30, 2015 at 12:00 am

By Debbie Shelley 

The Catholic Commentator 

Even the strongest people from New Orleans were under immense strain when Hurricane Katrina plowed into the Gulf Coast in 2005, killing thousands, destroying everything in its path and uprooting the lives of millions. Most vulnerable to the ravages of that storm were those at both ends of the life spectrum, the newborn and elderly. Church parishes in the Diocese of Baton Rouge wrapped their arms around them like a protective barrier, providing them shelter and safety, security and words of life. 

Those most vulnerable to the ravages of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 were newborns, children and the elderly. Church parishes across the Diocese of Baton Rouge responded by opening up shelters for the evacuees. Photo provided by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge

 

St. Patrick Church in Baton

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    Lessons learned were not just in the classroom

    By Rachele Smith 

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Diligently placed in a special blue binder, dozens of cards and handwritten notes sit side by side. Page after page they recall a time of desperation, a time 10 years ago when families from the New Orleans area were forced into exile following the destructive wrath of Hurricane Katrina. 

    New Orleans students displaced by Hurricane Katrina pick up donated supplies as new students at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Hammond. 

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    Body of Maria Goretti to visit Our Lady of Mercy Church

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Our Lady of Mercy Church in Baton Rouge is one of the scheduled visits for the body of St. Maria Goretti during an upcoming tour of the United States, according to pastor Father Cleo Milano.

    In honor of the upcoming Year of Mercy, the Vatican has released the body, the major relics, of St. Maria Goretti for her first U.S. tour.

    A solemn Mass

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    Supreme Court decision on marriage “a tragic error” says president Of Catholic Bishops’ Conference

    WASHINGTON-The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

    The full statement follows:

    Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable. Just as Roe v. Wade did not settle the question of abortion over

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    NEW SECULAR FRANCISCAN

    Posted August 21, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Denise Biscamp OFS recently made her formal permanent profession as a secular Franciscan in the Chapel of the Maryville Convent of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady. Her profession follows several years of formation to become a

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    VOICE OF AN ANGEL

    Posted August 21, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Katrina victims found light of hope in their darkest hour

    The Catholic Commentator

    In 2005, life-long New

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    Welcome back!

    Posted August 21, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Dawn Ekker, a teacher at St. Joseph School in Ponchatoula, greets students on the first day of school Aug. 10. All of the schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge are now open, with

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    HOME GROWN

    Posted August 22, 2014 at 12:00 am

    OLOL helps employees eat healthier

    The Catholic Commentator

    Rosa Hernandez peaked into the large box of vegetables with a

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    BIRD’S EYE VIEW

    Posted July 10, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Deacon uses skill to spread joy

    By Rachele Smith

    The Catholic Commentator

    What can you do in 10-15 minutes?

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