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Challenge of robotics attracting young girls

Posted November 13, 2019 at 12:00 am

By Bonny Van

The Catholic Commentator 

Dressed in uniforms and socks – no shoes in case the floor mats get dirty – students in fifth through eighth grade at St. Jude the Apostle School in Baton Rouge hustle from floor mats laid out in the hallway to computers in a nearby classroom. What looks like play time is actually serious work with the kids studying, learning, building, coding, experimenting and problem solving. This is robotics and St. Jude boasts a robust program.  

Pictured from left, Maddy Seely, Janie Elliott and Jenna Braud, sixth-graders from St. Jude the Apostle School in Baton Rouge, work on their robot during an afterschool session of robotics. The girls are getting ready for competition

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    Holy Sepulchre order celebrates Queen of Palestine Mass 

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem prayed for the protection of Catholic Christians in the Holy Land during a Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael G. Duca on Oct. 30, the feast day of Our Lady Queen of Palestine, at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Baton Rouge.  

    Members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem gathered Oct. 30 for the

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    Marriage ministry an answer to ‘wake up’ call

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

    A little more than three years ago, God kept waking Elizabeth Schroeder up at night, calling her to start a ministry to help couples strengthen their marriage at her parish, St. George Church in Baton Rouge. She thought about the families she knew who were impacted by divorce and separation.  

     

    Couples enjoy a night of fun and marriage building opportunities at a Supper and Substance

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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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    FELLOWSHIP HALL BLESSING

    Posted November 8, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Michael G. Duca blesses the newly renovated Fellowship Hall at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in St. Francisville on Sunday, Nov. 3. The building, located next to the church, underwent a massive three-month overhaul

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    OUR LADY OF PURGATORY

    Posted November 8, 2019 at 12:00 am

    St. Joseph Church in Ponchatoula unveiled a statue or Our Lady of Purgatory in the church on All Saints Day, Nov. 1. The statue believed to be the only one of its kind in Louisiana shows the Blessed Virgin as

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    St. Margaret begins young adult ministry

    Posted October 25, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    As a young adult, even from his unique perspective as an ordained priest, Father Brad Doyle understands the void his age group often faces within the church.

    He said young people often get involved in high school, and once

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    National Vocations Week Nov. 3-9

    Posted October 25, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Encouraging young men and women to consider a call to religious life will be the focus of National Vocations Week, scheduled Nov. 3-9.

    During weekend Masses, priests will preach on the theme “May God Make You Worthy of His

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    ‘Cracked Pots’ offers relief

    Posted October 25, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    The death of an adult child may cause mothers to believe they are emotionally and spiritually “going to pieces.” 

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    CANARY ISLAND EXHIBIT

    Posted October 25, 2019 at 12:00 am

    CISLANDERUS: Canary Islanders in the U.S., an exhibit dedicated to the Canary Islanders community in Louisiana, opened at the Capitol Museum Oct. 17 and runs through March 17. The Department of Archives of the Diocese

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    GRAND DAY

    Posted October 25, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Children wait in line to get their face painted at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge Sunday, Oct. 20 at the “Grand Day” event. “We call it ‘Grand Day’ because what we’re really doing is honoring

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    Public policy guide issued by LCCB

    Posted October 11, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    A CALL TO POLITICAL RESPONSIBILITY

    Catholic tradition affirms that responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation. The leaders of the Catholic Church have the right and duty to share the Catholic Church’s teachings and to educate Catholics on moral dimensions

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    Catholic medical ethics conference scheduled Nov. 2

    Posted October 11, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Providing quality and timely medical ethics formation for medical professions will be the focus of an upcoming conference sponsored by the Diocese of Baton Rouge, as well as Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and Franciscan Missionaries of

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    Come and See weekend set Nov. 8-10

    Posted October 11, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Thought about joining the priesthood?

    Perhaps the upcoming Come and See vocations weekend retreat at St. Joseph’s Seminary College in Saint Benedict will offer some encouragement.

    The weekend is scheduled Nov. 8-10 and is open for all men 16 years old and older.

    Activities include

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    Supreme Court to review LA abortion law

    Posted October 11, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    News that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral arguments regarding Louisiana’s Unsafe Abortion Protection Act that would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital was greeted warmly by the state’s pro-life leaders.

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    KPC celebrates centennial

    Posted October 11, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    A century-old tradition of service and community outreach along Bayou Lafourche was recently celebrated with a Mass followed

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    SEMINARIAN MASS

    Posted October 11, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Michael G. Duca celebrated Mass for seminarians and their parents Sept. 28 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Baton Rouge. A brunch followed the Mass. Pictured from left are Vocations Director Father Andrew Merrick,

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