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Evergreen focused on faith building

Posted November 20, 2018 at 12:00 am

By Debbie Shelley

The Catholic Commentator 

Randall Waguespack and John Acosta grinned and ribbed each other as they talked about sweating and bonding with 300 fellow volunteers on a blistering hot day Sept. 23 at St. Margaret Queen of Scotland Church in Albany.  

Among the friendships formed through Evergreen Life Services are, from left, Randall Waguespack, executive director of Evergreen; Beryl Hebert, who will be working with people with disabilities in the catechetical and RCIA programs at St. Patrick Church in Baton Rouge; and John Acosta, who is currently working toward living independently with Evergreen’s assistance.  Photo by Debbie Shelley | The Catholic Commentator 

 

They helped strip the church of its

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    Pray for priests through Mary

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    The current clerical sex abuse scandal is a sign of how the body of Christ has been wounded in the ongoing cosmic spiritual battle, according to Kathleen Beckman, co-founder of the international association Foundation of Prayer for Priests.  

    Praying over Kathleen Beckman, co-founder of the international organization Foundation of Prayer for Priests, center, before she speaks at an Oct. 27 Magnificat

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    A BRIDGE TOO FAR

    Accident creates hardships  for families 

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    A crane that slammed into the Sunshine Bridge has not only disabled the critical traffic artery but has disrupted the lives of thousands of people.  

    A barge carrying a crane hit the Sunshine Bridge on Oct. 12, causing severe damage to a support

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    Reading connects inmates, children

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    From a large screen in the corner of a room, a woman, wearing make-up and neatly styled hair, sat in front of a blue paper backdrop and held up a book and read the title.  

    A smock worn by volunteers and books used in the Reading Connection were displayed during a recent presentation of the program at Catholic Charities

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    Hope for harmony lies in prayer

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator 

    The Catholic Church has erred in the past in effectively addressing racism in the United States, but there are signs of progress and hope for the future, according to Bishop Edward K. Braxton, bishop of the Diocese of Belleville, Illinois.  

    Bishop Edward K. Braxton, bishop for the Diocese of Belleville, Illinois and former bishop of the Diocese of Lake Charles, speaks

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    Father Johnson issues invitation to all Catholics

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Father Joshua Johnson admittedly never enjoyed writing, not as a high school student, nor as a seminarian.  

    As someone who once shuddered at the thought of even writing a term paper, the idea of becoming a best-selling author appeared ludicrous. Yet, Father Johnson, pastor at Holy Rosary Church in St. Amant, recently reached the pinnacle of Amazon’s best selling list with the release

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    Well formed conscience should guide vote

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Mid-term elections on Nov. 6 can be the time to “throw the rascals out” and send a message to the nation’s leaders on how they are doing as Republicans and Democrats battle for control of the U. S. Congress. By researching candidates and issues, educating themselves on Catholic social teachings and praying, people can be sure they are voting with a well-formed conscience, according to clergy and lay leaders of the Diocese of Baton Rouge.  

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    Sesay family together again after 16 years 

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Amid the chaotic setting of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport on a busy Thursday night, Dauda Sesay was encased in his own emotional cocoon.  

    While taxi drivers were picking up fares, and passengers were scrambling to make flights, Sesay was silent among the flurry of activity, corralling a preponderance of emotion that was 16 years in the making. Eventually, the gates opened

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    Program allows students the opportunity to dream

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Ceondere Herbert allows himself to dream, envisioning a life as a parasitologist and possibly a singer.  

    Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School students recently gathered at LSU to learn where they would be working as part of the school’s Corporate Work Study Program. The Match Day brought tears from not only students but their parents.

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    Latin Festival

    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

     

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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.  

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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

    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

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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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    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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