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Sticker campaign spreads nationally

Posted December 15, 2018 at 12:00 am

By Richard Meek

The Catholic Commentator  

Perhaps never before has a governmental agency flub presented such an opportunity for evangelization. 

Yet, that is what happened from the fallout of the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office running out of ‘I Voted’ stickers Tuesday, Nov. 6, when voters went to the polls. The governmental faux pas created a tsunami of complaints on social media, with people asking why they were unable to get the sticker, which is ubiquitous on election day. 

At one point, Father Michael Alello, pastor at St. Thomas More Church in Baton Rouge, posted on his social media account, “Don’t worry, you will get an “I Prayed Today” sticker today when you come to

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    HOLIDAY SCRIBE

    Fr. Uter personalizes Christmas messages

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Shortly after Labor Day, when the only signs of Christmas are at retail outlets and drug stores, Father Frank Uter takes a seat at his kitchen table in his rectory and pens personal tidings in Christmas cards to each of the 4,100 families at Immaculate Conception

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    Seeking guidance from ‘an average Joe’

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator
    (Second in a series) 

    Imagine St. Joseph’s reaction when he learned his betrothed Mary, whom he had not yet had relations, is with child.  

    Did St. Joseph’s heart pound as he felt his dreams shatter? Hurt and confused, did he withdraw from Mary and struggle with anger and self-pity before deciding to divorce her quietly? And when he resolved to end things civilly an angel

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    Ascension sets up satellite school

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator 

    On Tuesdays and Thursdays mornings at 8:30 a.m., students ranging in grades from pre-K to 12, arrive at St. Anne Church in Sorrento to attend class. 

    Becky Wild, technology coordinator for Ascension Catholic School, assists students at St. Anne Church in Sorrento parish hall. The church has become a satellite location two days a week for students who live on the east bank of the Mississippi River. Pictured,

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    Faith Fund offers a way out of payday loan debt

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Consumers shackled by the traditional high interest rates of payday loans now have an avenue to establishing financial stability.

    Catholic Charities of the Diocese Baton Rouge, with the assistance of several partners, recently launched Faith Fund, an innovative program that will allow borrowers to pay off those loans while also receiving financial advice and budgeting education.

    “Our mission is not just to advocate (for the less fortunate) but our mission is to do things (to) serve the poor,” CCDBR executive director David Agiullard said. “It’s part of

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    Faith Fund offers a way out of payday loan debt

    Posted December 7, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Consumers shackled by the traditional high interest rates of payday loans now have an avenue to establishing financial stability.

    Catholic Charities of the Diocese Baton Rouge, with the assistance of several partners, recently launched Faith Fund, an innovative program

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    Ascension sets up satellite school

    Posted December 7, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator 

    On Tuesdays and Thursdays mornings at 8:30 a.m., students ranging in grades from pre-K to 12, arrive at St. Anne Church in Sorrento

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    CHRISTMAS VILLAGE

    Posted December 7, 2018 at 12:00 am

    A sure sign the Christmas season is upon us is when Father Jason Palermo, pastor at St. Joseph Church in French Settlement and St. Stephen the Martyr in

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    GIVING AND RECEIVING LOVE

    Posted December 7, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator 

    In the days leading up to Thanksgiving Day, Denise Terrance of Baton Rouge was coordinating the finishing touches for a typical holiday feast with turkey, dressing, gravy, sweet

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    HOLIDAY SCRIBE

    Posted December 6, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Fr. Uter personalizes Christmas messages

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

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    #iGiveCatholic scheduled Nov. 27

    Posted November 23, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Entering its third year, #iGiveCatholic has proven to be a financial boon in the Diocese of Baton Rouge, raising nearly a combined $100,000.

    A year ago, diocesan agencies raised $49,675, compared to $47,500 in 2016, the diocese’s first

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    St. Vincent to serve Thanksgiving meals

    Posted November 23, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    The Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Holiday Helpers are partnering for a second consecutive year to host the annual Thanksgiving dinner at the Raising Cane’s River Center in Baton Rouge. 

    A year ago, St. Vincent de Paul

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    OLOL releases statement on firing

    Posted November 23, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center released a statement on the Nov. 6 firing of John Paul Funes, president and chief executive officer of Our Lady of the Lake Foundation.

    “John Paul Funes, president of Our Lady of the Lake Foundation, has been terminated,”

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    LAS OBRAS CORPORALE DE MISERICORDIA, no 1

    Posted November 23, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Pe. Donnell Kirchner, CSSR

    Paroquia de San Geraldo

    Quien segue Jesus y vive  bajo la inspiracion del Espiritu Santo produce frutos y resultados de su vivencia.  Su vida es marcada por obras que muestram que alguna cosa diferente esta’ sucediendo en el  interior

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    MOVING DAY

    Posted November 23, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Movers spent the week of Nov. 12 moving the Department of Archives from its location at the Catholic Life Center to its new building on Parker Street, located behind the CLC. Specialty movers were called in because

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    PRIEST APPRECIATION

    Posted November 23, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Father Armit Raj, parochial vicar at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Maringouin, St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Parish in Livonia and St. Joseph Parish in Grosse Tete, was honored at a reception as part of a priest

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    Advent founded on Mary’s faith

    Posted November 23, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator
    (First of a series) 

     Imagine: You stop to pray in the middle of your day. There’s a stirring in the air … a glow … a powerful

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    Red Stick Catholic Fest

    Posted November 23, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Gospel messages set to the rhythm of electric guitars, drums and intertwining vocals stirred youth to dance, high-five and hug

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    FranU honors community leaders

    Posted November 23, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (FranU) recognized the service contributions of three alumni and one community leader during the 2018 Fête des Fidèles Annual Fundraiser and 95-year anniversary celebration on Nov. 10 at L’Auberge

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    Flexibility necessary in catechesis

    Posted October 26, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    When students’ eyes light up or they raise their hands to answer questions, volunteer or plunge into an activity it means success in the frontline mission

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    Father Henry C. Vavasseur dies

    Posted October 26, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Father Henry C. Vavasseur, 85, retired priest of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, died Thursday, Oct. 26 at Ollie Steele Burden Manor Nursing Home in Baton Rouge. Father Vavasseur was born

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    Spreading Christmas joy to inmates

    Posted October 10, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator 

    It’s almost that time of year, the time for reaching out to friends and relatives during the Christmas season. For more than 500 inmates in the Tangipohoa

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    BAA to begin Oct. 1

    Posted September 28, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Fresh off a record-setting campaign that topped the $1 million mark for the third time in the past four years, the Bishop’s Annual Appeal will soon be launching with a renewed sense of optimism, said Tammy Abshire, stewardship director for

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    St. Padre Pio Mass Sept. 23

    Posted September 14, 2018 at 12:00 am

    From staff reports

    The Catholic Commentator

    A special Mass celebrating the feast day of St. Padre Pio is scheduled Sunday, Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Baton Rouge.

    The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be sung beginning at 2:30 p.m.

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    Bishop-designate Duca installation schedule

    Posted August 17, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Thursday, August 23, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.

    Evening Prayer at St. George Catholic Church
    Reception to follow in the gym. Open to the public.
    This event will also be aired live on Catholic Life TV
    and streamed.

    Friday, August 24, 2018, 2:00 p.m.

    Installation at St. Joseph Cathedral

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    Cristo Rey seeking corporate partners

    Posted August 17, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Staff report

    Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School is still seeking 18 jobs to allow students to report to work in September in conjunction with the school’s unique corporate work program.

    The money earned by the students pays their tuition. Through the corporate work program,

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    Thirst for justice satisfied through the joy of the Gospel

    Posted August 17, 2018 at 10:10 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Hungering and thirsting for righteousness means loving people enough to get involved in their lives and protect their dignity as sons and daughters of God, according to Father Rick Andrus SVD, pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Baton

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    Dressed for success

    Posted August 17, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    It was the excitement of back to school shopping for school clothes, at least for girls, who walked

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