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Bishop Muench offers support to task force recommendations

Posted February 3, 2017 at 11:00 am

Greetings of peace in the New Year!

After two years of work and visitations to every church parish in our diocese, the Diocesan Pastoral Planning Task Force has completed and presented to me the report containing recommendations for ongoing pastoral planning in our diocese. I am very happy to accept these recommendations and offer my support as we move forward toward implementation.

You will notice that the report is divided into four sections: 1. Introduction, outlining the history of the work of the task force and the process used in creating this document; 2. Part One:

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    Priests Formation Days spiritually enriching for clergy members

    Dear People of God of the Diocese of Baton Rouge,

    The Continuing Formation of the Clergy Committee is hosting the Annual Priests’ Formation Days on January 9-12, 2017. These formation days are one of the important ways in which the priests of our diocese are formed for ministry. They offer the priests opportunities for growth in intellectual and spiritual formation, emotional maturity and physical well-being. Since these days are offered once a year, and is a commitment by the diocese

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    Christ’s birth offers welcome reassurance

    As Christmas nears, we approach the manger at Bethlehem where our Divine Savior was starkly, but lovingly, birthed in an ancient world in need of peace and meaning found reassurance. Ironically, we in today’s world, find ourselves in similar need.

    The inexhaustible mystery of God’s divinity, infinity and eternity brings tranquility to the anguished, healing to the infirm, comfort to the grieving, relief to the burdened, hope to the despairing, direction to the lost, joy to the afflicted and love to the forsaken. It validates the personal

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    BAA an opportunity to show appreciation for Christ’s mercy

    “Compassion has a human face. It means to suffer with, to suffer together, to not remain indifferent to the pain and the suffering of others. It is what Jesus felt when he saw the crowds who followed him” (Pope Francis, “The Name of God Is Mercy”). We have seen the need on many faces in recent weeks, as many thousands of our neighbors have experienced record flooding and the loss of everything they owned. Believing the father has shown us mercy we follow a scriptural example. We embrace

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    Unwelcome flooding provides opportunity for spiritual growth

    (On Aug. 18, Bishop Muench celebrated and preached the homily for the annual Back to School Mass for the Diocesan Catholic School Office personnel, Catholic school administrators and others. In original form the homily was unscripted. After a request from The Catholic Commentator to publish it, the bishop submitted the following, slightly revised version.)

    Forty-eight years ago, while preparing to be ordained a priest, I had a simple card printed quoting Pope John XXIII, now St. Pope John XXIII:

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    Bishop’s request for prayer to bring peace

    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

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    Bishop Muench asks for openness during Chrism Mass homily

    I acknowledge representatives from our various Church parishes, schools, diocesan offices and agencies, deacons and their wives, religious, and on this, their anticipated Holy Thursday feast day, our esteemed priests. We recognize in particular those priests celebrating ordination anniversaries this year: 60 years, Msgr. Lefebvre and Father Marcell; 50 years, Father Mascarella; 45 years, Father Moroney; 40 years, Father Healy SSJ; 35 years, Father Clark SJ; 30 years, Father Gyan, Father Lorraine and Father Suchit IMS; 25 years, Father

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