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St. Pius X Parish to merge with St. Isidore Parish

Posted April 14, 2017 at 12:00 am

By Richard Meek

The Catholic Commentator

After serving the north Baton Rouge community for more than 50 years, St. Pius X Church is scheduled to cease functioning as a parish on May 31, the Diocese of Baton Rouge announced in a statement April 1.

St. Pius X Parish will cease functioning as a parish on May 31, the Diocese of Baton Rouge announced April 1. St. Pius’ current parish financial re parish boundaries will be incorporated into St. Isidore the Farmer Church in Baker. Photo by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator

The statement said the decision was made “through prayer” by Bishop Robert W. Muench after several months of intense study, deliberation and consultation with St. Pius pastor Father Frank Bass, the parish’s finance

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    Diocese merge St. Pius and St. Isidore church parishes

    The Diocese of Baton Rouge announced today that St. Pius X Parish will cease functioning as a parish in the diocese as of May 31, 2017. St. Pius X is located near the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport on Hooper Road.

    The decision was made through prayer by Diocesan Bishop Robert W. Muench after several months of intense study, deliberation and consultation with St. Pius’ pastor, parish and finance councils, its trustees and the Diocesan Presbyteral Council, which consists of member

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    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

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    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Charles (Pat) Sanguinetti, a longtime Catholic educator, has been chosen as incoming principal at St. Thomas Aquinas Regional High School in Hammond.

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    Executive orders on immigration and refugee resettlement prescribe substantive changes in these two critical areas of public policy that directly affect the futures of so many of our fellow human beings.

    It is my prayer that as these changes are reviewed and implemented, they will be morally defensible, compassionate, unambiguous, non-discriminatory and faithful to our principles as a nation birthed and built by the hands of those who came to our shores in search of lives free from religious persecution, hunger and fear. Thousands of those who want

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    The Catholic Commentator 

    Words evaded Theresa Gravious as she opened an unexpected holiday surprise, restoring joy to a Christmas that appeared to be washed away by August’s historic flooding. 

    “Oh my God!” Gravious exclaimed as she looked at the dollar amount on her gift card. 

     Theresa Gravious signs a list to receive a surprise Christmas donation following a dinner at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Baton Rouge on Dec. 15. Showing her obvious

    delight is Gravious’ granddaughter, seven-year-old Cheniya Knighten. Photo by Richard Meek |The Catholic Commentator

     

    Nearby, Martha

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    By Rachele Smith

    The Catholic Commentator

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    Students at St. Thomas More School in Baton Rouge release blue balloons after finding out their school was named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. Two other Catholic schools in the diocese, St.

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    The announcement was made Sept. 21 by Bishop Herzog at the St. Joseph Catholic Center in Alexandria.

    “I’m happy, I’m excited to be here in the Diocese of Alexandria,” Bishop Talley said during a with the priests of the diocese. “I pray that I

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    By Rachele Smith

    The Catholic Commentator

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    “The damage to thousands of homes, schools, businesses and churches as well as the continuing

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    Second collections locally and nationally to benefit flood victims

    Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    A second collection will be taken up for flood victims at Masses this weekend on the local and national levels.

    Monetary donations continued to be critical need to allow the diocese to respond to the “immediate needs of our parishes, schools and flood victims. Every parish community has differing needs and cash donations allow us to specifically address the varying needs,” Bishop Robert W. Muench said.  

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    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    The Diocese of Baton Rouge has received a $200,000 donation from the Knights of Columbus to help in the recovery effort.

    The Knights also sent $30,000 to the State Council in Louisiana, which is coordinating relief work by local Knights.

    “We have seen incredible generosity from our members,” said the organization’s CEO, Carl Anderson. “The funds we raise will go directly to help those affected by this tragedy, and working closely

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    FEMA setting up Disaster Recovery Center at St. Louis King of France

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    FEMA is setting up a Disaster Recovery Center at St. Louis King of France Church in Baton Rouge.

     

    Father Michael Alello, pastor at St. Louis King of France Church in Baton Rouge, speaks with FEMA representatives Rosemarie Zawoiski, left, and Azar Ghafara at the Queen Blanche Center at St. Louis. FEMA is setting up a Disaster Recovery Center that is scheduled to open Wednesday, Aug. 24 at the Queen Blanche Center. Photo by

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    Bishop visit shelters

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    Diocese of Baton Rouge Disaster Assistance Fund

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Diocese of Baton Rouge community during these difficult times. The historic flooding that has taken place has impacted nearly every corner of our diocese, and our parishes and schools are struggling to recover in an effort to provide for the spiritual and educational needs of their parishioners and students.

    In order to support these efforts, the Diocese of Baton Rouge has established a special account, “Diocese of Baton Rouge Disaster Assistance Fund.” Monetary donations are critically needed at this time.

    To

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    HEALING THROUGH PRAYER

    Catholic churches welcome all for services

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Tears flowed as if rivers of sorrow, hugs transcended all ethnic and religious backgrounds, candles flickered for peace and countless prayers were offered. 

    St. Mark Church in Gonzales held a prayer service on July 21 in remembrance of the officers who died in shootings in Baton Rouge, Dallas, Kansas City, Kansas and the rest of the nation. Chief Deputy Bobby Webre, of

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    Chitwood appointed interim principal at St. Thomas Aquinas

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Ashley Chitwood, who has 30 years of high school and community college experience on the teaching and administrative levels, has been appointed interim principal at St. Thomas Aquinas Diocesan Regional High School in Hammond, Dr. Melanie Verges, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Baton Rouge announced Thursday.

    Ashley Chitwood

     

    Chitwood is replacing Jose Becerra, who recently

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    Words cannot express the emotions we feel for those who have lost loved ones in the tragic events of this day. Their entire lives have been unexpectedly and terribly turned upside down. In visiting this afternoon with two of the families affected by these shootings, Fr. Tom Ranzino and I shared prayer and support in the midst of their shock, horror and grief. Prayer is a powerful path to follow when tragedy happens, but even the most devout of us sometime question: “What good could come of this?” Only the Word of God has the answer to the questions that

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    As we mourn the deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Philando Castille in Falcon Heights, and the five Dallas Police Officers: Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael J. Smith, Michael Krol, and Lorne Ahrens, we acknowledge that we who make up the Church of the Diocese of Baton Rouge are as diverse as the communities in which we live. We have different stories, different experiences, different backgrounds, different opinions, and different understandings. The current situation in our community is fluid and changing. As we search as a diocese to respond in a way that will unite us and bring us

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    This week in our community, as in our nation, and as in our world, we find ourselves facing the many emotions that accompany acts of violence. We experience sadness, anger, frustration, and fear.  To all these, our Lord invites us to renew our trust in his promise of fidelity, to increase our prayer, and to renew our commitment to peace and mercy toward one

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    By Rachele Smith

    The Catholic Commentator

    After 71 years of service to the community, the Baton Rouge Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) is closing.

    Bonnie McCoy, long time executive director of the CYO, said the office will shut its doors July 31.

    The move will also end the Catholic School Athletic League (CSAL), the competitive sports program for elementary Catholic schools. The CSAL is administered through the CYO office, McCoy added.

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    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Bishop Robert W. Muench announced the following pastoral appointments effective July 1.

    – Father Paul Gros, pastor at St. Philomena in Labadieville. Father Gros will continue as pastor at St. Anne in Napoleonville and Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Plattenville.

    – Father Andrew Merrick, vocation director and parochial vicar at Christ the King and Catholic Center in Baton Rouge. Father Merrick’s appointment as

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    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The same mercy and patience that are essential for building a strong family must be shown to those whose families are in trouble or have broken up, Pope Francis said in his highly anticipated postsynodal apostolic exhortation.

    The document, “‘Amoris Laetitia’ (The Joy of Love), on Love in the Family,” released April 8, contains no new rules or norms. However, it encourages careful review of everything related to family ministry and, particularly, much greater attention to

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    VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Francis will declare Blessed Teresa of Kolkata a saint at the Vatican Sept. 4.

    The date was announced March 15 during an “ordinary public consistory,” a meeting of the pope, cardinals and promoters of sainthood causes that formally ends the sainthood process.

    At the same consistory, the pope set June 5 as the date for the canonizations of Blessed Stanislaus Papczynski of Poland, founder of the Marian Fathers

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    Officials confirm threat made to Catholic Charities Diocese of Baton Rouge
    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

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    BREAKING NEWS: St. Aloysius School receives prestigious Blue Ribbon Award

    From staff reports

    St. Aloysius School in Baton Rouge was selected as a Blue Ribbon Award winner by the U.S. Department of Education, it was announced Tuesday, Sept. 29.

    The announcement was made to the students and faculty during a school assembly.

    St. Aloysius students were overjoyed when they were told at a school assembly that the school has been selected as a Blue Ribbon Award winner by the

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    PAPAL VISIT

    People come first, human life is sacred, pope insists at U.N.

    UNITED NATIONS (CNS) Dealing with war, development, the economy or environmental concerns, bureaucrats and diplomats always must remember that the lives of real children, women and men are at stake, Pope Francis told the United Nations.

    Helping to celebrate the organization’s 70th anniversary, Pope Francis visited its headquarters Sept. 25 and pleaded with government leaders and U.N. officials to keep the dignity and sacredness of every human life

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