Spiritual nourishment weapon in weight battle

Posted June 18, 2018 at 7:00 am

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 by the non-profit organization Self-Care Health Initiatives, people can address overeating in response to stress, moods and emotions. Workshops are conducted throughout Southeast Louisiana civil parishes in public libraries, as well as for faith-based organizations, such as Rosaryville Spirit Life Center in Ponchatoula, which focuses on Bible verses and meditations.

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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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    Statement of Bishop Robert W. Muench Bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge On Recent Developments Regarding the Alton Sterling Shooting

    After a 10-month state department of justice investigation into the shooting death of Alton Sterling, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced today that no charges would be brought against the two Baton Rouge Police Department officers involved. This morning’s announcement follows a similar finding by the United States Department of Justice last May. BRPD Chief Murphy Paul indicated his department is continuing an internal audit and administrative review of the case, and the results will be announced Friday.
    Let us take time during this Holy Week to pray for healing for all who have been wounded by this tragic event. As we walk the way of the cross during this last week of Lent, let us pray for the Sterling family, for law enforcement officials who risk their lives for our public safety, and for racial healing and transformation in our community.
    As Catholics, we are continually called to conversion, to build bridges of dialogue, understanding, respect and life-giving action with all of our brothers and sisters.
    May God bless our city this Holy Week, and may He move our hearts and our wills to work for the establishment of peace and justice on earth.

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    Diocese releases statement concerning allegation of sexual misconduct against Fr. Eric Gyan

    On November 8, 2017, the Diocese of Baton Rouge received from a woman in her thirties a written allegation of sexual misconduct against a priest of this diocese, Fr. Eric Gyan, currently Pastor of St. Theresa of Avila Parish in Gonzales. The misconduct was alleged to have occurred in 1996 when the woman was a minor and Fr. Gyan was pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Brusly. This is the only such complaint the diocese has ever received about Fr. Gyan.  

    The diocese’s victim assistance coordinator, Mrs.

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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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    Special collection for St. Joseph Abbey scheduled for Dec. 9-10

    By Richard Meek 

    The Catholic Commentator  

    The Diocese of Baton Rouge will he holding a special collection on the weekend of Dec. 9-10 to benefit St. Joseph Abbey and Seminary, Bishop Robert W. Muench announced in a letter.  

    Bishop Muench said the special will take the place of the annual collection for retired religious, which “our diocese has always been extremely generous in its response.”  

    St. Joseph College, the largest Catholic seminary college in

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    Correction

    The Roselawn Memorial Park ad that ran in the October 27, 2017 issue of The Catholic Commenator listed the incorrect Date for the All saints Day Service. The correct date is November 1 at 2:30 p.m. We apologize for the error.

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    AmeriHealth helps CCDBR serve mental health needs

    The Catholic Commentator

    Mental health is one of the most important steps, if not the most often overlooked, in the recovery process following a natural disaster.

    Representatives from AmeriHealth Louisiana Caritas and employees of Catholic Charities Diocese of Baton Rouge formed a human assembly line on Oct. 2 to put together disaster preparedness kits, which are being stored at CCDBR. Each kit contains such items as flashlights, can openers and adhesive bandages. AmeriHealth presented

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    AmeriHealth helps CCDBR serve mental health needs

    The Catholic Commentator

    Mental health is one of the most important steps, if not the most often overlooked, in the recovery process following a natural disaster.

    Representatives from AmeriHealth Louisiana Caritas and employees of Catholic Charities Diocese of Baton Rouge formed a human assembly line on Oct. 2 to put together disaster preparedness kits, which are being stored at CCDBR. Each kit contains such items as flashlights, can openers and adhesive bandages. AmeriHealth presented

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    St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and St. Catherine Laboure to close November 24

    St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and St. Catherine Laboure to close  November 24  

    The Diocese of Baton Rouge announced today that St. Joan of Arc Parish in Bayou Pigeon and its mission church St. Catherine Laboure in Bayou Sorrell will cease functioning as a parish in the diocese as of Nov. 24.  

    The decision was made through prayer by Bishop Robert W. Muench after several months of intense study, deliberation and consultation with St. Joan of Arc’s administrator, parish and

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    Long time editor Laura Deavers dies

    Laura Gatz Deavers, who served as editor of The Catholic Commentator for 30 years and was known for her commitment to her Catholic as well as to the people of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, died Wednesday, Sept. 13 at the age of 69.Deavers, a native of Baton Rouge, served as editor of the Commentator from 1984-2013 and helped transform the content of the paper into focusing more on the life and the people of the diocese.

    “Laura Deavers applied her Catholic faith to everything she did,” Bishop Robert W. Muench said. “She

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    Bishop Robert W. Muench announces diocesan-wide collection for victims of Hurricane Harvey

    We, the Church in and of Baton Rouge, extend our hearts and prayers to all devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Having had our own experiences of the devastation that natural disasters can bring to life, property, livelihood, security and well-being, we identify and empathize with others so affected. 

    A special monetary collection will be taken up in all our churches on the weekend of September 9-10, 2017. Checks should be made out to the “Diocese of Baton Rouge, Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund” and placed in the Church collection or mailed

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    Bishop Muench’s statement on Hurricane Harvey

    We in the Diocese of Baton Rouge extend our hearts and prayers to all devastated by the path of Hurricane Harvey. We ourselves are well experienced with the devastation national disasters can bring to life, property, livelihood and security, and we identify and empathize with those so affected. 

    Arrangements will be made to offer financial as well as continuing spiritual support to show our solidarity with you and our commitment to assist in your recovery to the best of our ability.

    In the midst

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    Bishop Robert W. Muench’s Statement on the Charlottesville Incidents

    I join my brother bishops throughout the United States and our Diocesan Commission on Racial Harmony in condemning the shameful display of racism that took place last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.

    I embrace the words of the Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Bishop Frank Dewane, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development: 

    “We stand against the evil of racism, white supremacy, and neo-Nazism. At the same time, we stand with our

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    Technology aids students to improve Baton Rouge

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    There is “much to love” about Baton Rouge, including the LSU Tigers and Southern Jaguars, weekend festivals and galas filled with fun activities, entertainment and food (including the official state crustacean, crawish), the State Capitol, a thriving arts community and the Mississippi River.

    From left, St. Aloyisus students Katherine Winchester, Isabelle Gruner and Jensen Holliday work on their projects as

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    Advocating for refugees

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    When arriving in Baton Rouge, Dauda Sesay and his family were strangers, being introduced to an unfamiliar world of culture, language and even as to where to live.

    That is, until familiar victual scents stirred memories of their native Sierra Leone.

    “We have a lot of fish, shrimp, crabs,” Sesay said of his native land. “The only difference is we don’t have a lot of crawfish.”

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    Discipleship: Living the call of Jesus

    “Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord” – Psalm 89

    The journey through Ordinary Time of the Liturgical Year continues with the unveiling of the call to discipleship. Jesus’ extraordinary life is a path for baptized Christians to grow as life-giving disciples. It is through the example of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit that disciples are strengthened, encouraged and made holy.

    Be strong

    How are we strengthened as disciples? Initially, we are called to

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    Refugee rises from the horrors of war to become advocate

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    On a rather nondescript morning in Sierra Leona, Dauda Sesay, shortly before his 17th birthday, was sent off to school along with his little sister. As was her daily ritual, their mother accompanied her children to the school bus stop.

    Dauda Sesay and his wife, Alima, are shown with their children, Adama, 8 and Alusine, 6. The couple, who are refugees from Sierra Leona, also have a 23-month-old son, Dauda

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

    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

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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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    BREAKING NEWS: Cristo Rey coming home

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School in Baton Rouge is coming home, and much sooner than anyone expected.

    Crisco Rey president Brian Moscona could hardly contain his excitement as he relayed the news on March 23 that the school, which was driven from its north Baton Rouge site by floodwaters this past summer, should be operational in August

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    BREAKING NEWS: St. Thomas Aquinas announces new principal

    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.

    Sanguinetti, who has served as principal at Cathedral School in Natchez, Mississippi for the past 15 years, will begin at STA on July 1, according to Dr. Melanie Verges, superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Baton

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    Statement of Bishop Robert W. Muench on Executive Actions Regarding Immigration and Refugee Resettlement

    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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