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Bishop Duca’s ordination homily

Posted June 7, 2019 at 12:00 am

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 times in a unique role as priest. And you can say that it is yours rightly so because God has chosen you, and that is not unimportant. He has chosen you because of your unique place in the body of Christ, your unique talents and gifts, maybe even more than

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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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    Bishop Michael G. Duca’s Sacrament of Confirmation 2019 Winter Schedule

    Friday, Jan. 18                      7:00 PM                 Immaculate Conception,
    Denham Springs

    Monday, Jan. 21                    7:00 PM                St. Theresa of Avila, Gonzales

    Tuesday, Jan. 22                   7:00 PM                St. Mark, Gonzales

    Thursday, Jan. 24                7:00 PM       

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    Continuing Formation Days upcoming

    Dear People of God of the Diocese of Baton Rouge,

    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. 

    With the guidance of the Diocesan

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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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    Bishop Duca asks for prayers during difficult times

    It has been just ten weeks since I was received at St. Joseph Cathedral as the sixth bishop of Baton Rouge. As bishop, I would have liked my first column in The Catholic Commentator to be on a less serious subject but this moment in our lives as Catholics demands a different kind of reflection.

    On August 14, the “Grand Jury Report on the Sexual Abuse of Children in Six Dioceses in Pennsylvania” was published and once again cast world-wide

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    Bishop Muench’s Chrism Mass homily

    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

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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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