Bishop Muench’s Chrism Mass homily

Posted April 13, 2018 at 12:00 am

I begin this homily with a renewed call for prayer, respect for and dialogue with fellow citizens of our community as well as those responsible for ensuring security for us. In this regard I acknowledge the conscientious efforts of our Diocesan Racial Harmony Commission. At the Last Supper, Jesus said: “This is my commandment: Love one another, as I love you.”(Jn 15:12).

For this annual Chrism Mass we joyously assemble, representing the church in and of Baton Rouge in microcosm, through the unity and diversity of our six deaneries, spanning 5,500 square miles, as priests, deacons, deacon candidates and wives, consecrated religious, seminarians and vocational prospects, lay faithful from our 65 church parishes, diocesan and church parish employees, masters of ceremonies, readers, servers, musicians, television technicians, administrators, teachers and students from Franciscan Missionaries of our Lady University,

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    Bishop Muench’s statement on the Sterling decision

    After a 10-month state department of justice investigation into the shooting death of Alton Sterling, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced 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

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    Confession offers ‘good feeling’ that can last for weeks

    Many years ago the Diocese of Baton Rouge was one of the first to follow a Lenten initiative begun in the Archdiocese of Washington entitled The Light is ON for You. It involves opportunities for the sacrament of reconciliation (confession) to be available. Since then countless people have taken advantage of this venture. A list of places and times in our diocese where it will be specially celebrated this Lent is available (in this issue of) The Catholic Commentator Lent pull-out section. Materials and videos to assist you

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    Bishop Robert W. Muench’s 2018 Winter Schedule

    Sacrament of Confirmation  

    Saturday, Jan. 13 | 4:00 PM St. Anne/St. Anthony, Sorrento  

    Thursday, Jan. 18 | 7:00 PM St. John the Baptist, Brusly  

    Friday, Jan. 19 | 7:00 PM Immaculate Conception, Denham Springs  

    Saturday, Jan. 20 | 4:00 PM Ascension/St. Francis/Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Ascension/Donaldsonville  

    Monday, Jan. 22 | 7:00 PM St. Theresa of Avila, Gonzales 

    Tuesday, Jan. 23 | 7:00 PM

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    Moved by Faith

    The quickness with which some patients are up and walking so soon after their surgical procedures never ceases to amaze. A perfect way to avoid troubling complications, movement proves essential in a patient’s recovery. It also serves as a simple corrective to the less active lifestyle so common in our age. The popularity of step counting devices like the Fitbit and similar smartphone apps suggest we recognize the need to be more intentional in even the most conventional of our daily activities.

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    Bishop Muench’s annual Christmas message

    Dearest Sisters and Brothers in the Lord, 

    “Say to those who are frightened: Be strong fear not! Here is our God, he comes to save us” (Is 3:4). 

    As Christmas 2017 nears, we again approach in awe and wonder the manger of Bethlehem and the presence of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Comprehending the mystic truth of the Word becoming Flesh and living among us (Jn 1:14) requires us to realize Jesus is the third word of God;

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    Special collection set to benefit St. Joseph Abbey

    St. Joseph Abbey and Seminary College in Covington, have had a profound influence on the life of the Catholic Church in the Deep South. For over 125 years the monks of the abbey have been educating and forming young men as candidates for the priesthood. This has been their primary mission and their lasting legacy. Most of our own diocesan priests studied there.

    The monks began this ministry in 1889 at the invitation of the newly installed Archbishop of New Orleans,

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    Planting seeds today for the future

    A single millimeter amounts to little more than the head of a pin, the tip of a ballpoint, a lower case “o” in this size print. It is the diameter of a typical mustard seed. And yet, in the words of Jesus, faith no greater than that yields a harvest worthy of heaven. “I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you”

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