Posted June 8, 2018 at 7:00 am

Kindergarten classes at Holy Ghost School in Hammond held a closing ceremony on May 18.  Students led the ceremony with songs and Scriptures and teachers presented all students with an award for their accomplishments. Pictured, from left, are, front row, Caroline Caves and Layne Pegler; back row, Laila Domiano, Preston Dow, Selena Florian, Hannah Fontenot and Rory Franks. Photo provided by Cindy Wagner | Holy Ghost School



    Second-graders at St. Jude the Apostle School in Baton Rouge presented a “living rosary” on May 22.  The students, dressed in their first Communion outfits, began the service by crowning Mary, then they were seated in the shape of a rosary on the floor of the activity center. Altar servers moved behind the students as each one stood to represent a bead in the rosary. Photo provided by Starr Driesse | St. Jude School


    Students from Catholic schools through the Diocese of Baton Rouge celebrated the last day of school with Mass, awards, pictures and good-byes for the summer break. Most schools dismissed during the week of May 21. Principal Michael Comeau of Holy Family School in Port Allen visited with students, parents and posed for photos as he closed out the 2017-18 school year. Photo by Bonny Van | The Catholic Commentator

    Blessings on the Bayou comes to Baton Rouge

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    The mission work started in the Labadieville area through Blessings on the Bayou is coming to Baton Rouge through the Blessings Mission, sponsored by St. Thomas More Church, June 13-17.

    Father Michael Alello, pastor of STM, began Blessings on the Bayou in 2009 when he was pastor of St. Philomena Church in Labadieville as a way for youth to see that they can serve people “right in their own backyard” by helping those on fixed incomes in the Labadieville, Napoleonville and Thibodaux areas.

    In seven years, approximately 1,000

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    Second-graders Robert David, left, and London Griffin of Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Baton Rouge were honored to crown Mary at the annual May Crowning on May 2. Photo provided by Lisa Cosse | Sacred Heart School

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    Members of the St. Michael the Archangel High School in Baton Rouge band, along with band director Dr. Kevin Andry, pose with their seven trophies from Festival Disney 2018, an annual musical performance festival held over several weekends in the spring, featuring concert bands, marching and parade bands, orchestras, jazz bands, vocal ensembles, show choirs and auxiliary performers. The group won trophies for Superior Concert Band; Superior Jazz Band; Best Jazz Band in the school’s classification; and, a Gold Mickey for Best Jazz Ensemble during the

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    Moscona named STM principal

    The Catholic Commentator 

    An opportunity to spend more time with his family as well as returning to his educational roots proved to be pivotal in Brian Moscona accepting the job as principal at St. Thomas More School in Baton Rouge.  

    Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School president Brian Moscona greets students as they return to modular buildings at the former site of Redemptorist High School

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    Students from St. Theresa Middle School in Gonzales celebrate the May Crowning of Mary. Photo provided by Teresa Landry | St. Theresa Middle School 

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    Members of the St. Jude the Apostle School in Baton Rouge robotics team, led by Katy Ullrich, compete at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge on Saturday, April 28. Pictured from left, Isabella Clardy, Ryan Casey and Kyle Oubre operate a robot for judging.  Photo by Bonny Van | The Catholic Commentator 

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    Band trips, service, sports remembered by seniors

    By Bonnie Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    The first week of May marks the last days of school for seniors at Catholic high schools throughout the Diocese of Baton Rouge. And for many, it means looking ahead while reflecting on the past. 

    Pictured, from left, Michael Crick, Andrew Trammell and Hunter Williams talk during lunch break at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge. The young men say faith

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    St. Jean Vianney songwriter earns state award

    The Catholic Commentator

    While some people might get a song “stuck in their head,” 12-year-old Isabella Hays gets melodies “stuck” in hers. She has always loved music and there is hardly an activity that is not accompanied by the sound of music. Even while going to classes at St. Jean Vianney School in Baton Rouge, Hays hears it. 

    Piano teacher Rebecca Bellelo works with 12-year-old

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    Students at Holy Ghost School in Hammond donated money to wear a purple top with jeans to school on Friday, April 13.  The school collected more than $1,200 for the Tangi Humane Society. Pictured from left, are Caroline Dutruch, Lelia Jones, Macy Cerdes, Sarah Beth Thompson, Hayden Horzelski and, in front, Lilah Brown. Photo provided by Cindy Wagner | Holy Ghost School



    Members of the Ascension Civil Parish Council proclaimed March 15 as Ascension Catholic Girls Powerlifting Team 2018 State Champion Day. The team won the Division V State Championship on March 15 in Alexandria. Pictured front row, from left, Nydia Cooper, Ceily Grisaffe, Council President Kenny Matassa, Madison Tripode, Lani Lemann, Layne Melancon; second row, Coach Jalynn Moll, Hannah Settoon, Camille Lemann, Rodnekia Mitchell, Dakota Bonadona, Asst. Coach Robert Lemann Jr., Councilman Oliver Joseph; third row, council members Travis Turner, Daniel Satterlee, Dempsey Lambert, Randy Clouatre, Bill Dawson, Todd

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    Students at St. Alphonsus Liguouri School in Greenwell Springs get a treat during opening ceremonies for Field Day on April 13. LSU baseball players Nick Coomes, pictured at left, and Josh Smith, alums of St. Alphonsus School, carried the torch to start the games. Both players said they were excited to be asked to be part of the event. “I thought it was kind of cool being asked because I remember growing up and being that kid just watching it and it’s cool getting to come

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    The Bishop Ott Fourth Degree Assembly honored its top Patriotic Essay Winners for seventh and eighth grade students on the topic, “What are some freedoms we/I enjoy because of the service and sacrifice of our military veterans?” A total of 252 essays from five different schools were submitted. Student Cooper Smither won first place. Second place went tor Jesse Smith and Evelyn Carley, left, placed third (pictured) received a plaque and $100 check from Co-Patriotic Chairman Delmas Forbes Jr. with the Knight of Columbus. Both Smith and

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    St. Michael the Archangel High School students Abigail LeBlanc and Thomas Smith were awarded Second Generation Warrior Scholarship, sponsored by the St. Michael Alumni Association. LeBlanc and Smith pose with their alumni parents and Khloe Page, right, SMHS Alumni Director. Photo provided by LeighAnn King | St. Michael High School

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    Changing society comes ‘one child at a time’

    The Catholic Commentator 

    “Make Baton Rouge a better place!” 20 fifth-graders shouted in unison at St. Francis Xavier School in Baton Rouge. 

    Fifth-grade students at St. Francis Xavier School in Baton Rouge look over their poster depicting ideas to “Make Baton Rouge a Better Place.” All 20 students say they worked as a team to create the poster and made sure everyone’s

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    Sixth-grade students at St. Jude the Apostle School in Baton Rouge make rosaries for their second-grade “prayer buddies” during Mary Ann Reech’s religion class. The rosaries will be distributed to the second-graders after Mass on April 18, before they make their First Communion. Photo by Bonny Van | The Catholic Commentator

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    Mater Dolorosa School and Church in Independence held its annual Saint Joseph’s altar on March 18. Students from PreK-3 through eighth grade participated as saints and re-enacted the Last Supper. Pictured, from left, are Emily Brouillette, Brayden Hernandez, Katy Jo Johnson, Blayne Husser, Brason Costa, Bailey Bell, Joshua Thiel, Emma Bellavia, Sarah Dreher, Ethan Lemane, Sophia Lemane and Melissa Mixon holding Charlie Canale. Photo provided by Erin Mendez | Mater Dolorosa School

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    Students at Holy Ghost School in Hammond celebrated Holy Thursday with the washing of the feet.  In showing their service to others, students in PreK-4 and their fourth-grade buddies commemorated this event. Lily Verburg gets her feet washed by her fourth-grade buddy Brody Jones. Photo provided by Cindy Wagner | Holy Ghost School



    First-graders at St. Peter Chanel School in Paulina work on a unit on investigating matter. Throughout the unit, students participated in various experiments such as predicting whether an object would float or sink or if oil will dissolve in water. Photo provided by Paula Poche | St. Peter Chanel School

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    Youth from around the Diocese of Baton Rouge attended Abbey Youth Festival on March 17, the feast of St. Patrick, at St. Joseph Abbey and Seminary College in St. Benedict. The theme of the event, “Arise,” was inspired by the St. Patrick’s Breastplate prayer, also called “The Cry of the Deer,” which is attributed to St. Patrick. Photo by Rozalyn Duplantis

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    Praying the Rosary

    Students in the Rosary Club at Mater Dolorosa School in Independence spent time after school to make rosaries for students who participated in a St. Joseph’s altar on March 18. Pictured, from left on bottom row, are Rebecca Thiel, Kaelynn Coslan, Emily Brouillette, Isabella Lamarca and Ava Peco; middle row, Logan Matherne, Emily Vosbein, Elizabeth Brouillette, Tanner Matherne and Kori Johnson; back row, Gage DiVittorio, Blayne Husser, Anthony Vosbein, Brady Mendez, Joshua Thiel, Brett Angelette and Dane Divittorio. Photo provided

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    Alexa Gaudet and Mikayla Lawrence, students of St. Michael the Archangel High School in Baton Rouge, were among more than 100 students who donated blood for Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center on Feb. 26. OLOL nurses and staff set up equipment in the school’s gym for the school day for students over the age of 16 to donate. Photo provided by Leighann King | St. Michael High School

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    St. Gerard students go marching in the ‘light of God’

    The Catholic Commentator 

    From saints and religious figures to liturgical dancers and cheerleaders, the gym of Redemptorist St. Gerard School in Baton Rouge was filled with messages of faith, hope and history for its Black History program, entitled, “We’re Marching in the Light of God.” The theme, according to religion teacher Cassandra Will, was about the faith of those who were lead to march “in the light of God.” As part of the

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    Liam Calkins, an eighth-grader at St. Thomas More School in Baton Rouge, made a full court shot in the final two seconds to win a Catholic School Athletic Association basketball game Feb. 22. When asked about the shot, Liam stated, “We had a fast opportunity to win the game and the only thought that I had was to catch the ball and shoot it. Then when the shot went in, I was mesmerized! The other team, St. Jean Vianney (in Baton Rouge), showed great sportsmanship by coming

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    Seventh-grade students at St. Aloysius School in Baton Rouge burn blessed palms from Palm Sunday 2017 for the ashes the will be distributed on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14. Photo by Bonny Van | The Catholic Commentator

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    Expect the unexpected during March for Life

    The Catholic Commentator  

    First-time and veteran young pilgrims from the Diocese of Baton Rouge encountered the unexpected when they journeyed to Washington, D.C. for March for Life on Jan. 15-20. But they said their biggest expectation was fulfilled to return filled with joy, peace and passion to defend life.  

    Hundreds of youth from the Diocese of Baton Rouge gathered with other pro-life advocates in Washington

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    Catholic High announces National Merit semifinalists

    Five Catholic High School in Baton Rouge seniors have been named National Merit Semifinalists and 10 have received National Merit Commended honors in the National Merit Scholarship Program.  

    The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. Roughly 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools across the nation entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The top 50,000 scorers qualify for recognition in the

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    Baseball players from Mater Dolorosa School in Independence were excited by a surprise visit from Wade Miley.  Miley played professional baseball for Arizona, Seattle, Baltimore and Boston and is now a free agent. In honor of his long-time friend, Johnnie ‘Lilman’ Santangelo, who died from brain cancer in 2016, Miley is sponsoring the Mater Dolorosa baseball team this season and will work with the team. The players were given an autographed baseball by Miley. Photo provided by Erin Mendez | Mater Dolorosa

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