Fear of uncertainty can drive anxiety during isolation

Posted May 25, 2020 at 12:00 am

By Richard Meek

The Catholic Commentator

Stay-at-home orders and being quarantined have been a blessing for many as they have been able to finally finish those home projects, dusting off partially read books and perhaps even strengthening family ties through spending so much time together.

Others, however, have not been so fortunate. Isolation has created anxiety and in many cases depression, according to Darryl Ducote, director of the Office of Marriage and Family Life for the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

“It depends on how you interpret the stay-at-home order,” Ducote said. “For a lot of people, this is just an inconvenience, ‘I’m bored.’

“But for some people it can be a big deal if their health is threatened, if they are terrified of getting the disease, or more often the case people are out of work and out of money.”

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    Schools find unique ways to celebrate graduates

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator 

    From drive-bys to drive-throughs, home visits to virtual videos, graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 have taken on a variety of forms.  

    Ascension Catholic High School in Donaldsonville principal Sandy Pizzolato delivered diplomas to seniors for graduation, including her daughter Katie. Photo provided by Sandy Pizzolato  

     

    For more than two months, students finished their

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    Pastors grateful for parishioners’ generosity

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Financial challenges are likely lurking for parishes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic that shuttered churches for nearly two months.

    But not all of the news is grim. Pastors  at two of the larger churches in the Diocese of Baton Rouge said they are somewhat encouraged by donations during the recent times of stay-at-home orders that were lifted by Gov. John Bel Edwards effective May 15.

    “Our parishioners have been extremely generous during this challenging time,” said Father Michael Alello, pastor at St. Thomas More Church in Baton Rouge.

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    Good neighbor: St. Paul the Apostle

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Cars lined Gus Young Avenue as St. Paul the Apostle Church in Baton Rouge dished out jambalaya lunches seasoned with faith, hope and charity to some of the area’s poorest residents on May 8.  

     

    Volunteers and staff were busy handing out and receiving words of thanks from drivers as they pick up jambalaya lunches at St. Paul Church in Baton Rouge on May

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    WELCOME HOME

    Bishop announces reopening of churches  

    To the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Diocese of Baton Rouge:  

    For several weeks now, Catholics have been unable to participate physically in the celebration of Mass. Despite the empty pews in our parish churches, our local clergy are to be commended for continuing the mission and for bringing the good news to others in new and various ways!   We also thank our Governor John Bel Edwards

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    Tips for seniors during pandemic

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Keeping the body, mind, and soul engaged is an important step for the elderly to reduce their vulnerability to the coronavirus, said clergy and parish health nurses in the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

    Senior citizens still living at home should heed the advice of staying home as much as possible, according to Stephanie Gaudin, parish nurse at Immaculate Conception Church in Denham Springs. Before they go to the grocery store or run other errands, senior citizens should make lists so they can complete their tasks as quickly as possible.

    But staying

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    Clergy adapt to changes

    Posted May 20, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Seating charts.

    Social distancing.

    Mask patrol.

    A single entrance door.

    Issues perhaps never addressed in the seminary but relevant today as pastors in the Diocese of Baton Rouge reopen churches after being shut down for two

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    Cristo Rey’s first graduation

    Posted May 20, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School is planning a celebratory drive-in ceremony for its inaugural graduating class.

    The event is scheduled May 23 at 1 p.m. at the school, where a stage will be set up across from

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    Fear of uncertainty can drive anxiety during isolation

    Posted May 20, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Stay-at-home orders and being quarantined have been a blessing for many as they have been able to finally finish those home projects, dusting off partially read books and perhaps even strengthening family ties through spending so much time together.

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    Pastors grateful for parishioners’ generosity

    Posted May 20, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Financial challenges are likely lurking for parishes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic that shuttered churches for nearly two months.

    But not all of the news is grim. Pastors  at two of the larger churches in the Diocese of

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    ORDINATION DATE SCHEDULED

    Posted May 20, 2020 at 12:00 am

     Bishop Michael G. Duca announced the ordination of Deacon Mathew Dunn to the priesthood and Taylor Sanford as a transitional deacon is scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 1 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge. Deacon Dunn,

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    DIPLOMA DELIVERY

    Posted May 20, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Garrison Landry, a senior at Ascension Catholic High School in Donaldsonville, tosses his cap in the air as his parents, Kristen and Brent Landry look on. Principal Sandy Pizzolato delivered diplomas to each graduate. 

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    Father Kirchner dies

    Posted May 20, 2020 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Father Donnell Kirchner CSsR died at home at the Holy Ghost Redemptorist rectory in Houston on

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    CHURCHES REOPEN

    Posted May 20, 2020 at 12:00 am

     

     

     

     

    Bishop Michael G. Duca distributes Communion at St. Joseph Cathedral on May 17. Photo by Bonny Van | The Catholic Commentator  

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    Tips for seniors during pandemic

    Posted May 5, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Keeping the body, mind, and soul engaged is an important step for the elderly to reduce their vulnerability to the coronavirus, said clergy and parish health nurses in the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

    Senior citizens still living at home should heed

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    St. Jude Food drive

    Posted May 5, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    Teachers and faculty at St. Jude the Apostle School in Baton Rouge hosted a drive-through canned food drive on April 25, collecting 1,653 pounds of food for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

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    Trump meets with Catholic educators; promises aid

    Posted May 5, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Financial relief for parents of Catholic school students may be on the way in terms of tax credits and direct assistance, President Donald Trump said during a conference call with Catholic educators and leaders April 26.

    Dr. Melanie Palmisano,

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    Grab N Go meals beginning May 11

    Posted May 5, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    The Diocese of Baton Rouge Child Nutrition Program announced it will be offering Grab N Go meal services at four sites beginning May 11.

    The program will be offering free breakfast and lunch curbside pickup service for all students

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    CCDBR provides $90,000 of relief services during pandemic

    Posted May 5, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Responding to natural disasters or human crisis with transcendent proficiency has been the standard for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

    But the coronavirus pandemic has presented a unique gauntlet even for an agency that has handled

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    Diocesan officials weighing churches reopening

    Posted May 5, 2020 at 11:48 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Bishop Michael G. Duca and diocesan officials are planning a return to public Mass celebration in response to a gradual loosening of the state’s stay-at-home orders.

    Governor John Bel Edwards has scheduled a press conference May 11 and is

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    LOVE PERSEVERES

    Posted May 5, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Couples go on with marriage plans despite restrictions 

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Church pews were mostly empty as bride and groom met at

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    UNIQUE GRADUATION

    Posted May 5, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University in Baton Rouge staged a drive-thru diploma pick up for students graduating a month early on April 27 in the Student Services building

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    Archdiocese of New Orleans files Chapter 11

    Posted May 5, 2020 at 12:00 am

    NEW ORLEANS (CNS) – Citing mounting concerns over the financial impact of clergy sex abuse settlements and the coronavirus pandemic, the Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for Chapter 11 reorganization of the finances of its administrative offices May

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    Special education director announced

    Posted April 21, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    The Catholic Schools Office announced the appointment of Kristy Monsour as Program Administrator of the Diocese of Baton Rouge Special Education REACH Program and Resource Lab Services effective July 1. Monsour graduated from St. Scholastica Academy in Covington and holds

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