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Latin Festival

Posted October 9, 2018 at 12:00 am

By Debbie Shelley

The Catholic Commentator 

In a colorful, festive display, the Hispanic community came together under hot, but vividly blue skies to celebrate the contributions of cultures throughout the world at the Latin Festival on Sept. 16 at St. Pius X Church in Baton Rouge. 

Riding a mechanical bull was the highlight of the Latin Festival for many children. Photos by Debbie Shelley | The Catholic Commentator

 

According to Julia Scarnato, executive director of the Hispanic Apostolate of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, the first Latin Festival was held in 1986, originally a project of the youth ministry of the Hispanic Apostolate. It was designed to bring together Baton Rouge area Hispanics in order to share

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    HONORING SCOUTS

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Bishop Michael G. Duca, fresh off his installation as the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge 48 hours earlier, dipped into his own background to encourage numerous Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts gathered at the annual Catholic Committee on Scouting Religious Award Ceremony at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Baton Rouge on Aug. 26.  

     

    Boy Scouts

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    ‘Full circle’ of life for friends

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

    The floating sounds of piano and clarinet, medical information and words of inspiration synthesized into a concert-style presentation about music, healing and their doctor/patient relationship by Jan Grimes and Dr. Sarah Perez at the Women in Spirit meeting Aug. 27 at the St. Joseph Cathedral Parish Hall.  

    Jan Grimes plays piano as Dr. Sarah Perez plays clarinet during a presentation

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    CuddleCots offer peace to grieving families

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Two women who have walked a broken road when it comes to childbirth are helping to give the gift of time and Christ’s healing presence to families who have lost a child at birth. 

    The CuddleCot system cools deceased baby’s bodies, allowing families to stay with babies who are delivered either prematurely or full term before being moved to the morgue. Families and businesses that

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    Finding spiritual joy at work

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    “If Adam and Eve had never eaten that apple, I wouldn’t have to go to school,” a student at St. Elizabeth School in Paincourtville said at the beginning of the school year to Father Matthew Graham, pastor of St. Elizabeth Church and St. Jules Church in Belle Rose. He mused that the student grasped and expressed the “inward groaning” of what it takes to prepare for a future in the workplace, which is also the groaning from many

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    MAKING A DIFFERENCE

     Donation helps  fund Joseph  Homes

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator 

    When Baton Rouge resident Linda Duscoe did not take her annual summer vacation this year, she decided to put the money to good use: she wrote a check to Joseph Homes in Baton Rouge that would cover the cost of six months for apartment No. 2 which is dedicated to the Louisiana

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    EDITORIAL: Confusing times

    Anger. Hurt. Sorrow. Confusion. Misleading. Distrust. Disillusionment.

    Emotions many Catholics around the world are likely experiencing, and one could argue with good reason.

    Once again, allegations of clergy abuse are rocking the Catholic Church, and although this is not the first such scandal, perhaps none have been as far reaching, from affecting nearly an entire state to landing high in the church’s hierarchy.

    In mid-June, allegations of abuse to a minor implicating then-Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick were found to be credible. He submitted his letter of resignation from the Cardinalate to the Vatican on July 27,

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    Learning about past helps future

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Gathered in a corner of Roselawn Memorial Park in Baton Rouge, beyond the sprawling ancient live oaks, angelic statues and massive headstones, a group of men stood quietly at the foot of a life-sized crucifix, studying the plaques on the ground. Leading the group was Father Matt Lorrain, director of seminarians for the Diocese of Baton Rouge, along with Father Andrew Merrick, director of vocations for the diocese.  

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    Being merciful is passing on God’s love

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Being merciful is remembering, celebrating and passing on God’s lavish love and compassion, according to Father Charlie Landry, pastor of St. Gabriel Church in St. Gabriel.  

    Father Landry, who grew up in Napoleonville and whose family was actively involved in St. Anne Church, learned lessons early on about mercy.  

    He vividly remembers his grandfather’s advice when his family bid him farewell before he boarded a train in New

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    Admittance of past mistakes first step in church healing

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Contrition through confession and recognition by leaders of the Catholic Church might be considered the first step of healing for a congregation being forced to grapple with another clergy abuse scandal, according to one diocesan clergy member.  

     

    Bishop Lawrence T. Persico of Erie, Pennsylvania, speaks with Jim VanSickle of Pittsburgh, who told a Pennsylvania grand jury he was molested by a priest when he was a teenager in Bradford,

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    Community rises in prayer on the eve of change

    By Debbie Shelley
    The Catholic Commentator  

    As the sun set over St. George Church in Baton Rouge on Aug. 23, the panels of the stained glass window above the altar glowed like smoldering embers holding the remnants of daylight, with the golden color ones tapering off, as people entered to the sounds of a musical prelude featuring flute, violin, piano and organ for an evening of prayer. The people gathered to welcome and pray for Bishop Michael G. Duca as the

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    Atmosphere festive at cathedral

    By Debbie Shellley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    St. Joseph Cathedral was “bursting at the seams” in terms of numbers of people, prayers and well wishers for Bishop Michael G. Duca, who was installed as the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge on Aug. 24.  

    Bishop Michael G. Duca knocks on the door of St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge, signaling his “wish to come in.”  

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    WELCOME!

    Bishop Michael Duca installed 

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator  

    At precisely 2 p.m. on Aug. 24, dressed in a red vestment and red mitre, Bishop Michael G. Duca pounded on the door of St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge with a rubber mallet, signaling his wish to “come in.” When the doors opened wide, the bishop walked into a packed house of more than 730 people, with a choir and congregation, accompanied by a pipe

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    Learning about past helps future

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Gathered in a corner of Roselawn Memorial Park in Baton Rouge, beyond the sprawling ancient live oaks, angelic statues and massive headstones, a group of men stood quietly at the foot of a life-sized crucifix, studying the plaques on the ground. Leading the group was Father Matt Lorrain, director of seminarians for the Diocese of Baton Rouge, along with Father Andrew Merrick, director of vocations for the diocese.  

    Read Full Story…

    Being merciful is passing on God’s love

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Being merciful is remembering, celebrating and passing on God’s lavish love and compassion, according to Father Charlie Landry, pastor of St. Gabriel Church in St. Gabriel.  

    Father Landry, who grew up in Napoleonville and whose family was actively involved in St. Anne Church, learned lessons early on about mercy.  

    He vividly remembers his grandfather’s advice when his family bid him farewell before he boarded a train in New

    Read Full Story…

    page 4 clergy abuse photo.jpg

    Admittance of past mistakes first step in church healing

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Contrition through confession and recognition by leaders of the Catholic Church might be considered the first step of healing for a congregation being forced to grapple with another clergy abuse scandal, according to one diocesan clergy member.  

     

    Bishop Lawrence T. Persico of Erie, Pennsylvania, speaks with Jim VanSickle of Pittsburgh, who told a Pennsylvania grand jury he was molested by a priest when he was a teenager in Bradford,

    Read Full Story…

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    Community rises in prayer on the eve of change

    By Debbie Shelley
    The Catholic Commentator  

    As the sun set over St. George Church in Baton Rouge on Aug. 23, the panels of the stained glass window above the altar glowed like smoldering embers holding the remnants of daylight, with the golden color ones tapering off, as people entered to the sounds of a musical prelude featuring flute, violin, piano and organ for an evening of prayer. The people gathered to welcome and pray for Bishop Michael G. Duca as the

    Read Full Story…

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    Atmosphere festive at cathedral

    By Debbie Shellley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    St. Joseph Cathedral was “bursting at the seams” in terms of numbers of people, prayers and well wishers for Bishop Michael G. Duca, who was installed as the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge on Aug. 24.  

    Bishop Michael G. Duca knocks on the door of St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge, signaling his “wish to come in.”  

    Read Full Story…

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    WELCOME!

    Bishop Michael Duca installed 

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator  

    At precisely 2 p.m. on Aug. 24, dressed in a red vestment and red mitre, Bishop Michael G. Duca pounded on the door of St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge with a rubber mallet, signaling his wish to “come in.” When the doors opened wide, the bishop walked into a packed house of more than 730 people, with a choir and congregation, accompanied by a pipe

    Read Full Story…

    Thirst for justice satisfied through the joy of the Gospel

    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 Rouge.

    In looking at the fourth beatitude, a key point to remember about “righteousness” is God alone is righteous, said Father Andrus.

    “What Jesus is saying (in the beatitude) is that ‘Blessed are those who have a heart like God.’ God’s heart is not set on

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    Youth experience joy through helping the needy

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    A serenity that often accompanies a leisurely outing in a southeast Louisiana swamp was abruptly interrupted when a snake suddenly appeared on the side of the canoe in which Kathleen Helms was paddling.

    The snake did not sliver its way into the canoe, but seeing a snake for the first time certainly left its mark on the Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School junior. Helms, seeing a live snake for the first time, admitted she was too busy trying to get away for fear to set in.

    But the experience

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    Dressed for success

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    It was the excitement of back to school shopping for school clothes, at least for girls, who walked out of the dressing rooms and twirled with delight in their new uniforms. The boys tended to roll their eyes and groan when sent back to try on another set of clothes.  

    Jalesia Allen looks over the new clothes her children,

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    Film screening cancelled

    The Thursday, July 26 screening of the film, “Sexual Revolution: 50 Years Since Humanae Vitae” at the Catholic Life Center has been cancelled. Please continue to check the websites for upcoming events at mfldiobr.org, evangcatbr.org and redstickcatholics.com.

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    Teen to plant seeds of her future in Irish soil

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Holy Rosary Church in St. Amant was the soil where the seeds of service were sewn for Rachael Duchmann. She will soon travel on foreign soil to deliver Christ’s universal message of love to youth in Ireland this fall.  

    Rachael Duchmann will spend 11 months in Ireland as part of NET Ministries. Photo by Debbie Shelley |

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    Spiritual nourishment weapon in weight battle

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    The triggers can come at any time … after fighting with the spouse or looking for something quick to eat with a carload of kids, blowing a work presentation, sinking into the coach and tuning in a favorite channel or while rooting for the Tigers, Jaguars or Saints during game time with friends and family. But no matter the situation, when one gives into the temptation to overeat, he or she can be weighed down bodily as well as mentally and spiritually with guilt. Through Beneath the Weight, sponsored

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    Irish voters approve referendum allowing abortion

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    A St. Amant teenager preparing to embark on a mission to Ireland said she is heartbroken by that country’s vote opening the door to abortion on demand. Yet, she said, the vote is only further evidence that God is leading her where she is needed. Results from the nationwide referendum showed that 66.4 percent of citizens opted to remove the Eighth Amendment from the Irish constitution, while 33.6 percent voted to retain it. Turnout was 64.5 percent. Voters inserted the original amendment in the constitution in 1983 by a margin of 2-1, and it

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    BREAKING THE CHAIN

    Metanoia offers peace  to trafficking victims 

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator 

    “I am their voice.” 

    Sister Norma Nunez SOM joins Father Jeff Bayhi, pastor of St. John the Baptist Church in Zachary, center, and Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the

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    Fate of funding unresolved

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    The Louisiana Legislature is likely headed into a third special session of 2018 with the fate of funding for nonpublic schools still hanging in the balance. At risk is $16 million in funding for child nutrition programs and required services, which was not included in an underfunded budget adopted at the conclusion of a special session June 4. Although legislators adopted the budget, an accompanying revenue-raising bill was not. Gov. John Bel Edwards vowed that the bill that was adopted would not be the budget going into the 2018-19 fiscal year beginning July 1. Legislators

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    Deacon Bains’ faith shines through the darkness

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    On July 13, 2002, Frank Bains of Baton Rouge was ordained a deacon in the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Two years later, his life changed in a way he could never have imagined.

    Deacon Frank Bains, right, joined Father Trey Nelson, pastor of St. Jude the Apostle Church in Baton Rouge, to celebrate Mass on Sunday, May 6. It was Deacon Bains’ final Mass before retiring. Photo by Bonny Van | The Catholic Commentator

     

    “I first noticed it

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    Prayer service celebrates racial diversity of diocese

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Mellifluous chords of unity filled St. Joseph Cathedral on June 3 during a prayer service that brought together people from all cultures and ethnicities.

    Dancers and drummers from the N’Fungola Sibo African Dance Drum Company in New Orleans electrified the crowd at the beginning of the Our Unity in Diversity and Our Diversity in Unity on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood Our Lord prayer service June 3 at St. Joseph Cathedral. Photos by Richard Meek | The Catholic

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