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McCord remembered during somber ceremony

Posted January 21, 2020 at 12:00 am

By Bonny Van

The Catholic Commentator 

On the second day into the New Year, alumni, family and friends of St. Michael the Archangel High in Baton Rouge gathered to remember and to pray for Carley McCord, a member of the Class of 2007.  

Father Ryan Hallford, chaplain for St. Michael the Archangel High School in Baton Rouge, leads a rosary for Carley McCord on Jan. 2. McCord, a 2007 graduate, died Dec. 28 in a plane crash in Lafayette. She worked as a sports sideline reporter for multiple media outlets. Photo by Bonny Van | The Catholic Commentator 

 

McCord died just days earlier, on Dec. 28, in a plane crash in Lafayette. The plane

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    Louisiana Governor’s Mass celebrated at cathedral

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Citing the leadership skills of King Louis IX of France, Archbishop Greg M. Aymond of the Archdiocese of New Orleans delivered a homily of hope for the future and asked Gov. John Bel Edwards to follow God during the next four years during the Louisiana Governor’s Mass on Jan. 13 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge.  

    Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond of the Archdiocese of New Orleans,

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    Homeless murders heartbreaking to SVDP staff

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    As executive director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Michael Acaldo directs the agency providing shelter to highest percentage of the homeless population in the Baton Rouge area.

    So concern was his first reaction when he learned of the random murder of a homeless couple in Baton Rouge, not far from the St. Vincent campus.

    His concern was heightened when a third homeless person was murdered two weeks later and police were able to determine the murders were connected.

    “We’ve never seen anything like that,” Acaldo

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    Homeless murders heartbreaking to SVDP staff

    Posted January 17, 2020 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    As executive director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Michael Acaldo directs the agency providing shelter to highest percentage of the homeless population in the Baton Rouge area.

    So concern was his first reaction when he learned of

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    RELIC BLESSING

    Posted January 17, 2020 at 12:00 am

     

     

     

     

     Bishop Michael G. Duca, left, assisted by Father Michael Moroney, pastor of St. Alphonsus Church in Greenwell Springs, blesses a relic of St. Alphonsus Liguori that was recently placed in the church’s altar on Jan.

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    Century of educational excellence

    Posted January 17, 2020 at 12:00 am

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator  

    On a quiet street in Baton Rouge, not far from a busy, elevated section of I-10, St. Francis Xavier School in Baton Rouge stands as

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    SHARING JOY

    Posted January 10, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Michael G. Duca distributed hundreds of toys to children at the annual St. Vincent de Paul Society gift giveaway on Dec. 21. This was one of several

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    A new observance – Word of God Sunday

    Posted January 9, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    By Barry Schoedel

    Special to The Catholic Commentator

    This year, on the liturgical memorial of St. Jerome, Pope Francis announced that the third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jan. 26, “is to be devoted to the celebration, study and dissemination of the Word of God.” Similar to

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    FOCUS founder to visit Baton Rouge

    Posted January 9, 2020 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Dr. Edward Sri, theologian, co-founder of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) and developer of Bible studies utilized by many

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    Clear vision for the New Year

    Posted January 8, 2020 at 12:00 am

     

    Happy New Year and new decade! The number ‘2020’ at times denotes clear vision rather than a calendar year. The American Optometric Association states, “20/20 vision does not necessarily mean you have perfect vision. It only indicates

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    Redemptorist receives literacy grant

    Posted January 8, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Capital Area United Way celebrated the holidays with third- and fourth-graders at Redemptorist St. Gerard School in Baton Rouge who have been participating in Vello, a one-on-one online tutoring program that helps local children improve

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    WINDOWS OF FAITH

    Posted January 1, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Creation and redemption depicted in stained glass 

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Step through the chapel doors of the new Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital and through

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    Strengthening Bonds

    Posted December 20, 2019 at 9:13 am

    A message from Bishop Duca

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,

    On Tuesday, Dec. 3, I had an opportunity with the Bishops of Region V (which includes the dioceses of Louisiana) and Region IV to have a visit with the Holy Father, Pope Francis. The

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    SEASON OF GOOD CHEER 

    Posted December 20, 2019 at 1:51 am

     

    Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge distributed bikes and bags filled with gifts to more than 400 families for its 2019 Community Comes Together for Christmas Program. Families were sponsored by area church and community organizations. Photo by Bonny

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    Church Renovation: Immaculate Conception

    Posted December 20, 2019 at 1:48 am

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    Parishioners, visitors and guests at Immaculate Conception Church in Baton Rouge were greeted by smiling ushers as they walked through the massive glass foyer flooded with sunshine on Dec. 15  for a special Mass for the

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    St. Nick brings Christmas joy to all who see him

    Posted December 20, 2019 at 1:29 am

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    Wearing a bright red shirt and pants, topped off with a green fleece jacket, Greg Oivanki walks into a Baton Rouge grocery with his wife Sarah who is pushing a grocery cart and checking out the produce.

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    Teens consecrate lives to Jesus through Mary

    Posted December 20, 2019 at 1:24 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    A group of youth at St. Joseph Church in Ponchatoula are navigating their teenage years with the help of Mary who drew them into a deeper knowledge of her son Jesus in a Marian consecration focusing on

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    Keeping faith through Christmas

    Posted December 20, 2019 at 1:19 am

    Every year as Christmas draws near I call to mind good memories of family celebrations, Christmas feasts, the gathering of relatives, the lighting of the final candle of our family Advent wreath and midnight Mass.  

    I am sure that many

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    Nueva misión para profesor

    Posted December 20, 2019 at 1:16 am

    Por Richard Meek

    El Comentarista Católico

    Rita Rangel acarició ansiosamente la taza de café, dándole un abrazo al tipo Barrosco como si fuera su propio Trofeo de Heisman personal.
    Quizás lo fue.

    Para Rangel, la taza, presentada por su clase de inglés como segunda lengua,

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    Volunteers celebrate birthdays with SJV students

    Posted December 20, 2019 at 1:13 am

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    Bundled up in coats and sweatshirts over school uniforms, almost 475 students from kindergarten through eighth-graders gathered on sidewalks and second-floor balconies surrounding the courtyard at St. Jean Vianney School in Baton Rouge. 

    With one collective happy

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    Big Buddy program 40 years strong

    Posted December 20, 2019 at 1:07 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Basking in the afterglow of the “Baton Rouge Big Buddy 40th Birthday Bash” block party in October, program organizers brought out a large green storage tub full of nostalgic photos and laughed as they shared “remember when

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    Re-entry remains a difficult process for ex-inmates

    Posted December 20, 2019 at 1:04 am

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    The encouraging news is Louisiana no longer leads the country and the world with the highest prison population per capita (that title now goes to Oklahoma) thanks to sweeping criminal justices reforms measures passed in 2017 but

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    ADOPTION AWARD

    Posted December 20, 2019 at 1:03 am

    Paula Davis, clinical director for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, is presented the 2019 Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute Angels in Adoption Award by Sen. John Kennedy on Nov. 14. The Angels in Adoption program honors individuals, couples,

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    Finding God in the holiday blues

    Posted December 20, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

    When holiday blues turn black through substance abuse or any other addiction, people need treatment, support and ultimately God’s healing hand, say medical experts and clergy of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. 

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    FranU Annual Fundraiser

    Posted December 6, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University board members, from left, Quentin Messer Jr., Dolores “Dee” LeJeune, Edgar Silvey, Donna Saurage, Leo Hamilton and FranU president Dr. Tina Holland enjoy the celebration of Fête des Fidèles (Feast of the Faithful)

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    St. Margaret renovation unveiled during Mass

    Posted December 6, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek 

    The Catholic Commentator  

    The grand lady looked fatigued, her beauty rankled by too much time in unrelenting heat and bone-chilling cold.  

    The exterior of St. Margaret Queen of Scotland Church is

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    FAMILY TIES

    Posted December 6, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Author recalls fond memories at Carville 

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Anne Harmon Brett’s favorite childhood memories include “stolen moments” when

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