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Budding friendship ‘nets’ a convert to Catholicism

Posted March 19, 2018 at 12:00 am

The Catholic Commentator 

The cry room at Immaculate Conception Church in Denham Springs is where the puzzle pieces were put together to make a complete picture of faith and friendship for the families of Blake Taylor, who will enter the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil Mass on March 31, and his sponsor, Sammy Sabella.

The families of Sammy Sabella, standing left, and Blake Taylor formed a friendship that led to Blake entering the RCIA program and preparing to enter the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil Mass on March 31 at Immaculate Conception Church in Denham Springs, with Sammy as his sponsor. Pictured on the couch are Sabella’s wife, Katie, left, and

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    USCCB calling for support of Conscience Protection Act

    Congress needs to hear from us. Health care providers and trainees, churches, and others are being forced to participate in abortion or provide coverage for it in their health care plans. Federal conscience laws prohibit such coercion, but these laws continue to be violated—mostly because they don’t provide victims with the ability to defend their rights in court.

    In the next week, Congress will decide whether to improve enforcement of these laws by enacting the Conscience Protection Act. No one should be forced to participate in abortion. Tell your representatives today at humanlifeaction.org

    Call and email your U.S. senators and representatives through

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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.


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    Posted March 16, 2018 at 12:00 am

    The Price LeBlanc Family recently donated two vehicles (a 2017 Nissan Sentra and 2017 Nissan Frontier) to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal benefitting Catholic Charities Diocese of Baton Rouge. The vehicles will be used to transport Catholic Charities

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    Posted March 16, 2018 at 12:00 am

    The Catholic Commentator 

    On a breezy Sunday evening in early March, a handful of parishioners attempted to light 273 red votive candles, set up in

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    Posted March 16, 2018 at 12:00 am

    The Catholic Commentator

    In one corner of the gym, a drone was flying near the ceiling. In an upstairs lab, a young scientist was

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    Celebrating marriage

    Posted March 16, 2018 at 12:00 am

    The Catholic commentator 

    Faith, patience, belief in one another sprinkled in with a sense of humor are key components to maintaining a joyous

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    Posted March 16, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Robert W. Muench, right, hugs Father Michael Alello after installing him as pastor of St. Thomas More Church in Baton Rouge on March 10. St. Louis King of France Church in Baton Rouge was amagulated

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    Bishop’s recipe for virtue

    Posted March 16, 2018 at 12:00 am

    The Catholic Commentator 

    “What ingredients is he using this year?” is the question on most people’s mind at the annual

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    Refugee program to close

    Posted March 16, 2018 at 12:00 am

    The Catholic Commentator 

    One of the oldest Catholic Charities Diocese of Baton Rouge programs will soon be shuttered, victim of a changing political climate and a federal government budgetary axe.

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    Sacred Heart to host St. Padre Pio relics

    Posted March 16, 2018 at 12:00 am

    The Catholic Commentator

    St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina OFM has been called Italy’s most beloved saint whose appeal transcends cultural boundaries. People in the Diocese of Baton

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    Posted March 15, 2018 at 12:00 am

    A long-standing tradition of Bishop Robert W. Muench is to tide in the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, which starts at the Catholic Life Center. The bishop is pictured with former Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden. The

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    The Light is ON for YOU, sacrament of reconciliation

    Posted February 23, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    FEBRUARY 19, 26,

    MARCH 5, 12, 26

    St. Jean Vianney Church

    16166 S. Harrell’s Ferry Rd., Baton Rouge

    6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

    5:00 – 6:15 p.m. (Mar. 26)

    Church office 225-753-7950


    Holy Ghost Church

    601 North Oak St., Hammond

    6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


    FEBRUARY 21,

    MARCH 7, 14, 21

    St. Patrick Church

    12424 Brogdon Lane, Baton Rouge

    7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

    Church office

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