Program offers guidance for newly ordained priests

Posted December 13, 2017 at 12:00 am

The Catholic Commentator

Embarking on a new career, much less a new job, can be overwhelming under any circumstances.

Perhaps, those challenges are even more daunting among newly ordained priests. Shortly after the glow of ordination has faded the newly minted priest may find himself alone in a rectory, wondering what’s next.

Father Jason Palermo, pastor at St. Joseph Church in French Settlement and St. Stephen the Martyr Church in Maurepas, says he was fortunate to be able to participate in a mentoring program that was in place when he was ordained in 2009. He credits Father Phil Spano, currently pastor at Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Baton Rouge, for helping guide him

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    Prison work can be demanding

    The Catholic Commentator

    On a sunny afternoon in early November, more than a half dozen deacons gathered in a private dining room of the Catholic Life Center in Baton Rouge for lunch. They had traveled from towns and cities throughout the Diocese of Baton Rouge for this special gathering, which only takes place twice a year, bringing with them tales from behind prison walls. 

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    Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital to hold Deck the Halls Holiday Donation Drive

    BATON ROUGE, LA – Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is asking the community to help Deck the Halls by providing toys, crafts, games and supplies during a four-day donation drive on December 13-16. Donations to the Deck the Halls Holiday Donation Drive will benefit children who are in the hospital receiving treatment this holiday season and throughout the year.

    Items can be delivered on Wednesday, Dec. 13 through Saturday, Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All toys must be new in

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    Bishop Ott Shelter Program put freeze plan into effect

     As a community leading homeless services provider, the Bishop Ott Shelter Program has put a freeze plan into effect and is prepared to accommodate homeless men, women, and children in need of shelter during this cold weather snap. The St. Vincent de Paul Society, as part of its mission, is reaching out to unsheltered homeless people during this unusually cold winter weather. 

    St. Vincent de Paul operates three night shelters and one homeless day center. It is currently operating two emergency shelters for men and one for homeless women

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    Prison work can be demanding

    Posted December 8, 2017 at 12:00 am

    The Catholic Commentator

    On a sunny afternoon in early November, more than a half dozen deacons gathered in a private dining room

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    Refugees Relax

    Posted December 8, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Families from Afghanistan, Iraq, Venezuela and Burma in the Refugee Resettlement program of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge visited the Knock Knock Children’s Museum on Dec. 3. The event

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    Court ruling disappoints pro-life officials

    Posted December 8, 2017 at 12:00 am

    The Catholic Commentator

    Pro-life officials expressed disappointment about a federal appeals court in New Orleans on Nov. 28 that essentially allows Planned Parenthood facilities in Louisiana to

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    Giving across the Diocese

    Posted December 8, 2017 at 12:00 am

    The Catholic Commentator 

    As a nip in the air greeted Thanksgiving morning, and while many cooks were fretting over every detail of their

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    A WORK IN PROGRESS

    Posted December 8, 2017 at 12:00 am

    The Catholic Commentator 

    As St. Joseph Seminary College in St. Benedict continues its recovery from floodwaters that inundated the abbey

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    Teen suicide on the rise

    Posted December 8, 2017 at 12:00 am

    The Catholic Commentator

    Suicide is the second leading cause of death among those 15–24 years old, according to the World Health Organization. Therefore, concern over the Netflix

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    Surviving holiday stress

    Posted December 8, 2017 at 12:00 am

    The Catholic Commentator

    Anticipating Christmas may start off in a jingly, dashing off to a perfect Christmas festive mood. But stress may build from endlessly swiping the

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