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Sunday is coming!

Posted March 24, 2020 at 12:00 am

It’s Friday but Sunday is Coming! 

These are extraordinary times!  Each day brings another change in our routine that shakes our security whether financially, psychologically, medically or maybe all three.  And if that is not already too much, now our Sunday Mass, the one place each week we might go to hear the hopeful proclamation of the Gospel and to receive Our Lord in Holy Communion, has been suspended.  These are more than extraordinary times; these are times that cause us to look deep into our hearts to find spiritual solid ground that will give us the firm footing to meet the immediate challenges before us in this extraordinary time.   

Lent is an extraordinary time.  Every year we commit to 40 days of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  We make sacrificial Lenten commitments to change those routines, pleasures and attachments that keep us from fully embracing our

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    A message from the bishop

    During the week of March 2, I put out at least three notices describing the Diocese of Baton Rouge’s response to the possible arrival of the coronavirus here in Louisiana and the Diocese. By the time you read this in The Catholic Commentator there may already be a confirmed case. The fact that I put out three notices and all of them a little different was because of how fast the perceived concern grew in just a few days. I also began to hear of some

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    A New Year’s message from the bishop

    As you receive this edition of “The Catholic Commentator” I suppose we are all well into our New Year’s resolutions. Changes are tricky things because we often have a strong beginning, but in the end give up because we realize how hard it is to change. We give in to the old ways because we were not perfect in our resolve. And yet the Gospel messages call us to conversion and change as a means of reshaping of our lives ultimately in the image and likeness of

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    Strengthening Bonds

    A message from Bishop Duca

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,

    On Tuesday, Dec. 3, I had an opportunity with the Bishops of Region V (which includes the dioceses of Louisiana) and Region IV to have a visit with the Holy Father, Pope Francis. The encounter was a joy. Pope Francis addressed us as brothers in Christ and led an open and relaxed conversation with all the Bishops inviting us to ask whatever we wanted. The Holy Father answered all the questions directly with an honest but always pastoral answer. He modeled for us the

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    Keeping faith through Christmas

    Every year as Christmas draws near I call to mind good memories of family celebrations, Christmas feasts, the gathering of relatives, the lighting of the final candle of our family Advent wreath and midnight Mass.  

    I am sure that many of us have these same kind of memories of family gatherings and rituals that create a deep spiritual joy that is uniquely connected to the Advent and Christmas season.  Yet, as strong as these memories are, it may seem the connection with the deep spiritual meaning of Christmas seems

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    BAA money goes directly to diocesan ministries

    I remember when I was growing up that Catholics would proudly remark that they could go to Mass any place in the world and it would be the same Mass celebrated in Latin. It was a visible sign of the unity of the worldwide Catholic Church. Some today seem to talk of this claim of unity and the use of Latin as a nostalgic time but it is not a nostalgic idea even today. The Mass IS still the same no matter where you attend Mass

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    Clergy retreat scheduled

    Dear People of God of the Diocese of Baton Rouge,    

    One of the pillars of our priestly life is growing in our priestly ministry skills and in our self-awareness as called by God to priesthood. Our diocese has a long-standing tradition of offering a Clergy Fall Retreat in October mandatory every other year, as well as the mandatory Annual Priests’ Formation Days in January. The Clergy Fall Retreat is mandatory this year and will be held on October 7-10.    

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    Clergy retreat set

    Dear People of God of the Diocese of Baton Rouge,  

    One of the pillars of our priestly life is growing in our priestly ministry skills and in our self-awareness as called by God to priesthood. Our diocese has a long-standing tradition of offering a Clergy Fall Retreat in October mandatory every other year, as well as the mandatory Annual Priests’ Formation Days in January. The Clergy Fall Retreat is mandatory this year and will be held on October 7-10.  

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    Bishop DUCA’s Fall Confirmation Schedule

    Saturday, Sept. 7 | 4:30 p.m.

    St. Catherine of Siena, Donaldsonville

    Sunday, Oct. 13 | 8:00 a.m.

    St. Benedict the Moor, Napoleonville, &
    St. Augustine, Klotzville,  Napoleonville

    Monday, Oct. 21 | 7:00 p.m.

    Holy Ghost, Hammond

    Thursday, Oct. 24 | 7:00 p.m.

    St. Thomas More, Baton Rouge

    Sunday, Nov. 3 | 10:30 a.m.

    Our Lady of Mount Carmel, St. Francisville

    Monday, Nov. 4 | 7:00 p.m.

    St. Jude, Baton Rouge

    Tuesday, Nov. 5 | 7:00 p.m.

    St. Aloysius,

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    ONE YEAR LATER: Bishop Duca’s reflections

    A lot can happen in a year. 

    A lot can happen in a moment! 

    Last summer, on June 10, 2018 to be exact, I received a call from the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, informing me I had been chosen by Pope Francis to be the next bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. My heart sank as I considered leaving the church I had come to love in Shreveport. I almost did not answer the

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    Bishop Duca’s ordination homily

    I know you probably thought this day might never come when you first started, and now it is here. You are now to be ordained a priest.  

    You can rightly say in some ways that this your sacrament. You might rightly say, “I am being ordained a priest. I am receiving the sacrament of Holy Orders.” And in this sacrament, you’ll be marked by God as his servant for all

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    Death penalty lacks mercy

    Recently during this legislative session, two leading legislators, one Democrat and one Republican, have sponsored bi-partisan legislation to offer a Constitutional Amendment to repeal the death penalty in Louisiana. The Legislature should pass this measure and the governor should sign it.

    For years the bishops of Louisiana have spoken and taught in favor of ending the death penalty, and I lend my voice to this clear and consistent position. But in this matter I want to reflect with you, my

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    Bishop Duca’s Sacrament of Confirmation 2019 Spring Schedule

    Friday, April 26 | 7:00 PM

    Mater Dolorosa, Independence

    Saturday, April 27 | 4:00 PM

    Sts. Anthony of Padua and Le Van Phung , Baton Rouge

    Sunday, April 28 | 10:30 AM

    Our Lady of Mount Carmel,
    St. Francisville

    Sunday, April 28 | 3:00 PM

    St. Joseph Cathedral,
    Baton Rouge

    Holy Family, Port Allen
    St. Gabriel, St. Gabriel

    Monday, April 29 | 7:00 PM

    St. Elizabeth, Paincourtville

    St. Joseph the Worker, Pierre Part
    St. Jules, Belle Rose
    St. Elizabeth, Paincourtville

    Tuesday, April 30 | 7:00

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    REJOICE!

    Bishop Duca’s Easter message 

    CHRIST IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED!
    I have always been at a loss for how to greet people at Easter. I suppose the default common greeting is “Happy Easter,” but that has always seemed too weak and even secular (like “Have a nice day!”) for so wondrous a solemnity of our faith. There is a greeting, I

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    Holy Week a journey to spiritual resurrection

    Soon we will enter into the most sacred part of our journey to Easter, the celebration of the Sacred Triduum, Holy Week. Each part invites us to connect with the Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus. 

    We begin our Holy Week journey on Palm Sunday as part of the crowd that joyfully welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem.  Remember, as we are crying out “Hosanna,” that a few days later the same crowd cried out for Jesus’ crucifixion.  The people were partially cheering

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    Family Christmas centered on faith

    BISHOP DUCA’S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE
    Every year as Christmas draws near, I call to mind good memories of family celebrations, Christmas feasts, the gathering of relatives, the lighting of the final candle of our family Advent wreath and midnight Mass.  I am sure that many of us have these same kind of memories of family gatherings and rituals that create a deep spiritual joy that is uniquely connected to the Advent and Christmas season.  Yet as strong as these memories are, it may seem that the connection with the deep spiritual meaning of Christmas seems to

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    Continuing Formation Days upcoming

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    The upcoming annual Continuing Formation days for our priests are Jan. 14-17. These days represent an important occasion for our priests’ renewal and 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 for their on-going formation, participation by our active priests is mandatory. </span id=”1″>

    With the

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    Bishop Michael G. Duca’s Letter to the Diocese of Baton Rouge

    My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

    PRAISE BE JESUS CHRIST!

    I have asked your Pastor to have this letter read to you today for two reasons.

    The first is to thank you all for the warm and generous ways you have welcomed me into the Diocese of Baton Rouge. My visits to our church parishes have taken me into the urban areas of Baton Rouge, as well into the parish churches up and down the river, West and East Side, and through the parishes on northeast side of the Diocese. These visits have provided me with the experience of a vital and impressive

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