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St. Theresa reaching out to Hispanic youth

Posted June 25, 2018 at 12:00 am

By Debbie Shelley

The Catholic Commentator  

St. Theresa of Avila Church in Gonzales is joining in the church’s mission of uniting faith with culture by welcoming its Hispanic population into its faith family. One of the ways is merging its Hispanic PSR and parish PSR programs and encouraging Hispanic youth to become involved in the church’s vacation Bible school and youth group.  

St. Theresa of Avila Church in Gonzales invited Hispanic families to enroll their children in the PSR program and vacation Bible school after the Spanish speaking Mass on June 10.  Photo by Debbie Shelley | The Catholic Commentator 

 

“I’m very excited,” said a beaming Father Eric Gyan,

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    Update: Bishop Muench resting comfortably at OLOL

    Bishop Robert W. Muench was overcome by heat at a reception after celebrating his Golden Jubilee Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral this afternoon.
    Bishop Muench was transported to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center as a precautionary measure and for further observation. He is now reported to be resting comfortably and will be kept overnight for observation.

    Please pray for Bishop Muench.

    BREAKING NEWS: Bishop Muench resting comfortably at OLOL 

    Bishop Robert W. Muench was overcome by heat at a reception after celebrating his Golden Jubilee Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral this afternoon. 

    Bishop Muench was transported to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center as a precautionary measure and for further observation.

    Metanoia Manor ‘taking care of the children’

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    “Actually, before I came here, one of the girls said, ‘Sister Norma, where are you going?’ And I said I had to go and do a presentation and she said, ‘Can I come?’ I said, ‘Not yet, baby, not yet. Maybe one day you will,’ ” said Sister Norma Nunez SOM during a May meeting of the Women in Spirit at the parish hall of St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge.

    The narrative was more than just an exchange between Sister Norma and the teen girl. Those few words

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    PROUD MOMENT


    Assumption celebrates anniversary 
    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator 

     As menacing, dark clouds gathered on the horizon, Baron LeBrun scanned the grounds at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Plattenville. 

     

    Assumption of

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    Beatitudes offers journey for life

    Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles focusing on the eight Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Keeping the “dos” and “don’ts” of the Ten Commandments is a good way to stay clear of the sins that can keep one from entering heaven. But to better understand God’s divine purpose behind these biblical laws and achieve the communion with him that they ultimately desire, Catholics should also reflect on the Beatitudes, according to Father Miles Walsh, pastor

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    Deacon Bains’ faith shines through the darkness

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    On July 13, 2002, Frank Bains of Baton Rouge was ordained a deacon in the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Two years later, his life changed in a way he could never have imagined.

    Deacon Frank Bains, right, joined Father Trey Nelson, pastor of St. Jude the Apostle Church in Baton Rouge, to celebrate Mass on Sunday, May 6. It was Deacon Bains’ final Mass before retiring. Photo by Bonny Van | The Catholic Commentator

     

    “I first noticed it

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    Monthly rosary meeting offers a jambalaya of faith

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    The scent of heavenly roses seasoned with Louisiana’s emblematic dish, jambalaya, formed a banquet for spirit and body at “A Morning with the Blessed Mother” prayer meeting at the home of Betty Robert of Gonzales on May 1.   

    Pictured during the crowning of Mary during A Morning With the Blessed Mother at the Gonzales home of Betty Robert are, from left, vocalist Celeste Veillon, Ruth Hanson

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    Prayer service celebrates racial diversity of diocese

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Mellifluous chords of unity filled St. Joseph Cathedral on June 3 during a prayer service that brought together people from all cultures and ethnicities.

    Dancers and drummers from the N’Fungola Sibo African Dance Drum Company in New Orleans electrified the crowd at the beginning of the Our Unity in Diversity and Our Diversity in Unity on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood Our Lord prayer service June 3 at St. Joseph Cathedral. Photos by Richard Meek | The Catholic

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    Monthly rosary meeting offers a jambalaya of faith

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    The scent of heavenly roses seasoned with Louisiana’s emblematic dish, jambalaya, formed a banquet for spirit and body at “A Morning with the Blessed Mother” prayer meeting at the home of Betty Robert of Gonzales on May 1.   

    Pictured during the crowning of Mary during A Morning With the Blessed Mother at the Gonzales home of Betty Robert are, from left, vocalist Celeste Veillon, Ruth Hanson

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    Diocesan Prayer for the Selection of a New Bishop

     Lord Jesus,

    you are the Good Shepherd

    who laid down your life for your sheep.

    As the Good Shepherd,

    you call other leaders

    to guide and care for your flock.

    We pray that you send forth

    your Holy Spirit

    to inspire your Church

    in selecting a new Bishop

    for the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

    May he be a shepherd,

    after your own heart,

    who will lead us

    to deepen our love for you

    and for each other.

    May he guide us

    to create the unity you intend

    for our entire human family

    as one flock with one shepherd.

    We pray this in your name,

    Jesus Christ,

    our Shepherd and Lord.

    Amen.

    The Catholic Commentator earns seven LPA awards

    Posted June 22, 2018 at 7:00 am

    The Catholic Commentator earned seven Louisiana Press Association awards, which were announced during the annual LPA luncheon on June 16 in New Orleans.

    Editor Richard Meek won the Sam Hanna Award for Best Regular Column as well as earning first and second place awards in Best

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    Sta. Teresa acercándose a los jovenes hispanos

    Posted June 22, 2018 at 7:00 am

    La Iglesia de Sta. Teresa en Gonzales se une a la misión de unir fe y cultura, dándole la bienvenida a la población Hispana en su familia de fe.  Una de estas formas es trabajando para fusionar el PSR Hispano (Escuela de Religión de la Parroquia por

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    Metanoia Manor ‘taking care of the children’

    Posted June 22, 2018 at 7:00 am

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    “Actually, before I came here, one of the girls said, ‘Sister Norma, where are you going?’ And I said I had to go and do a presentation and she said, ‘Can I come?’ I said, ‘Not yet, baby, not yet.

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    CSJ hosts leadership conference

    Posted June 22, 2018 at 7:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Baton Rouge recently served as the destination for students across the country learning about leadership in action at the CSJ|SSJ Leadership Conference. The conference was for students from the Congregation of St. Joseph’s Schools in the United States. Part of

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    Sexual abuse policy in the Diocese of Baton Rouge

    Posted June 22, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Churches, schools and youth organizations have an obligation to provide children and youth with a safe place to worship, study or participate in activities sponsored by the Catholic Church.

    In its ongoing effort to ensure that this is being accomplished, the Diocese of Baton Rouge has established

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    BISHOP MUENCH FLASHBACK

    Posted June 22, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Robert W. Muench celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving on June 29, 2008 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge to mark his 40th anniversary of ordination. Following the Mass, Bishop Muench welcomed family members and

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    Father Joseph Vu appointed pastor

    Posted June 22, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Father Joseph Vu has been appointed pastor at the cluster parishes of St. Anne Church in Napoleonville, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Plattenville and St. Philomena Church in Labadieville by Bishop Robert W. Muench.

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    RACIAL SOBRIETY

    Posted June 22, 2018 at 12:00 am

    An estimated 50 people attended an Introducing Racial Sobriety seminar June 9 at St. Michael Parish Hall in Convent. The seminar was sponsored by St Michael and the St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office. Father Clarence Williams CPPS,

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    Neighborhood friends

    Posted June 22, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

    The bright, hot summer sun shone like a spotlight on the mom-and-pop neighborhood store Owens Grocery and

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    Beatitudes offers journey for life

    Posted June 22, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles focusing on the eight Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew 

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic

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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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