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New Members

Posted September 28, 2018 at 12:00 am

Court Regina Coeli #2063, Baton Rouge, instituted a new Junior Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court at St. Jude the Apostle Church in Baton Rouge. Adult sponsor Carol Goldsmith and Regent Linda Jones, along with Second Vice State Regent Pam Melancon, were instrumental in instituting the Junior Court, which is one of 10 in the state. The mission of JCDA is to nurture personal and spiritual growth through activities that focus on Christ’s message, service and community. Membership is open to young ladies ages 6 to 18 years of age. Pictured are JCDA’s newest members, from left, back row, Deacon James Morrissey, Margaux Mayeux, Susanna Shields, Caroline Losavio, Audrey Ours, Annabelle Ours and Father Trey Nelson, pastor of St. Jude; front row, are Alexandria Ours, Natasha Latsas, Kate Stacey,

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    Back the Blue!

    The August service project for Holy Ghost School in Hammond honored the Hammond Police Department.  For a donation of $1 or more, students wore jeans and a red, white or blue shirt in support of “Back the Blue” campaign.  Members of the police department visited the school’s morning assembly.  Nearly $1,300 was collected from this stewardship.

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    Program allows students the opportunity to dream

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Ceondere Herbert allows himself to dream, envisioning a life as a parasitologist and possibly a singer.  

    Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School students recently gathered at LSU to learn where they would be working as part of the school’s Corporate Work Study Program. The Match Day brought tears from not only students but their parents.

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    STRIKE UP THE BAND!

    The St. Michael Jazz Combo from St. Michael the Archangel High School in Baton Rouge performed at the public reception at the Catholic Life Center following the installation of Bishop Michael G. Duca on Aug. 24. Band members are Ben Messina, Steven Reed, Sam Richard, David Baudauin, Hector Barraza, CJ Gautreaux and Christopher Dugas. The band is under the direction of Dr. Kevin Andry. Photo provided by LeighAnn King | SMHS

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    GOAL!

    Students in grades Pre-K4 through second grade at St. Alphonsus Ligouri School in Greenwell Springs learned soccer skills during a clinic hosted by Baton Rouge Soccer Club. The goal was to introduce the younger students to soccer and help them build interest in the sport. Photo provided by Cindy Ryals | St. Alphonsus School

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    HONORING SCOUTS

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Bishop Michael G. Duca, fresh off his installation as the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge 48 hours earlier, dipped into his own background to encourage numerous Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts gathered at the annual Catholic Committee on Scouting Religious Award Ceremony at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Baton Rouge on Aug. 26.  

     

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    WELCOME!

    PreK students at St. Jude the Apostle School in Baton Rouge show off their impressions of the New Shepherd for the Diocese of Baton Rouge, Bishop Michael G. Duca. Pictured, from left, are Samantha Schexnayder, Jacob Schmeekle and Harper Blanchard. Photo provided by Starr Driesse | St. Jude School

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    SPECIAL BLESSING

    Personal Bibles were distributed to sixth-graders at Catholic of Pointe Coupee Elementary School in New Roads during Mass at St. Mary of False River Church in New Roads on Aug. 21. Father Amrit Raj, parochial vicar at St. Joseph, Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Francis churches in Maringouin, then blessed the Bibles. Deemed a rite of passage at CESPC, these students will begin learning the history of the Bible during this school year. Photo provided by Megan Girlinghouse |

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    STORY TIME

    PreK classes at St. Jude the Apostle School in Baton Rouge kicked off the school year with the story of “The Rainbow Fish,” about a fish that finds happiness after learning to share his beautiful scales. Students then decorated their own rainbow fish scales. Maggie Roy shows off her creation. Photo by Starr Driesse | St. Jude School

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    Soldier surprises daughter at MBS

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator 

    First-grade students in Jeanne Hebert’s class at Most Blessed Sacrament School in Baton Rouge were quietly working on their handwriting skills Aug. 22. But, when the door to the classroom opened, Elizabeth Howland glanced up and spotted her mother, Katherine Howland, walking toward her. At first, Elizabeth was unsure why her mother was at school. But when Katherine told her daughter to turn around and look at the door, Elizabeth’s concern turned to joy when

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    UP, UP AND AWAY!

    In keeping with tradition on the first day of school, PreK-4 students at Holy Ghost School in Hammond released balloons into the air after listening to the story, “Where Do Balloons Go?” Students used their imaginations and drew pictures to show where their balloons went. Pictured, from left, front, are Lucy Pegler, Lainey Dunn and Mary Michael McGibboney; from left, back, Clark Bonfiglio, Hunter Monistere, Wyatt Evans, Brodie Gomez, Jack Keller and Jase Brownlow. Photo provided by Cindy Wager |

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    GIVING BACK

    The first competition for the new House system at Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Baton Rouge kicked off with a food drive to replenish the St. Vincent de Paul Society food pantry at Sacred Heart Church. The pantry flooded during heavy rains in July, destroying all of the food stored there. Principal C.J. Laird joins second-graders, from left, Jaxson McCollum, Dalton Brockhoeft and Pia Freese, to talk about the competition. On the first day, students donated a total of 360 pounds of food.

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    Scouts learn work ethic while giving back

    Special to The Catholic Commentator  

    Bear Scouts from Pack 170, Den 5 and Den 8 helped to restore the Holy Ghost Church in Hammond prayer garden to its former beauty this summer. Third-grade scouts bagged groceries at a local supermarket to earn money to purchase materials for the project. The prayer garden was chosen because a majority of the scouts attend Holy Ghost School and are members of the church. The prayer garden is a memorial for several people from

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    GO STICKERS!

    St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge cheerleaders won the 2018 National High School Cheerleading Championship (NHSCC) in the Super Varsity Division II. The competition was held in February at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando. Photo provided by Mindy Averitt | SJA

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    PLAY BALL

    Sacred Heart of Jesus School seventh-grader Sid Bowden coaches pre-kindergartner Mary Alice Boudreaux on third base during a biddy T-Ball game at the historic Sacred Heart ball field. Bowden is a member of the school’s seventh and eighth grade baseball team. Team members mentored the biddy athletes at games held May 2. Photo provided by Lisa Cosse| Sacred Heart School

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    BY DEFINITION

    Fourth-grade students at St. Jude the Apostle School in Baton Rouge completed their first year studying the Vocabulary Workshop curriculum with a production showcasing a word in its grammatical form by costume and, in some cases, action. Photo provided by Starr Driesse | St. Jude School

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    MAY DAY

    Mason D’Antoni places a flower in front of a statue of Mary for a May crowning ceremony celebrated by PreK-4 students at Holy Ghost Catholic School in Hammond. Photo provided by Cindy Wagner | Holy Ghost School

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    Youth learn to share pro-life message

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    “Leadership is a conversation,” is a mantra among those who want to be in the forefront of any career field. When it comes to the pro-life movement, the stakes are higher than profit or influence: it’s lives. Louisiana high school and college youth attending the PULSE Leadership Institute June 18-22 learned the persuasive skills to help people see the value each human life brings in terms of light,

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    LAW DAY

    Madison Davis, left, and Madelyn Fitch, students at St. Jean Vianney School in Baton Rouge, participate in Law Day May 1, sponsored by the Baton Rouge Bar Association. Local middle and high school students were invited to witness a formal opening of court. SJV student Bella Bull won second place in the poster contest and Brooklyn Flowers won the Middle School Division in the essay contest for Law Day. Photo provided by Adele Kleinpeter | St. Jean Vianney

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    New name, same ministry for Blessings Mission

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    “You’ve got to be really quick and keep up the good work ethic. Not slacking off is the key to getting the job done,” said Joseph Parson, a youth from Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Baton Rouge in expressing the importance of time during a diocesan-wide Blessings Mission hosted by St. Thomas More Church in Baton Rouge June 13-17. Youth learned that time was critical in helping people who were waiting to get back

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    BEARS ON PARADE

    Pre-kindergartners at Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Baton Rouge visit the kindergarten classroom during the class’s annual Bear Parade at the school. Joining the parade was pre-kindergarten assistant and bear Terry Fountain. Photo provided by Lisa Cossè | Sacred Heart of Jesus School

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    MIDSUMMER NIGHT

    Students in the eighth grade at St. Jude the Apostle School in Baton Rouge performed their interpretation of the Shakespeare plays, “Othello,” “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Macbeth” which were part of their literature curriculum during the school year. The students, under the guidance of English teacher Megan Riedel, wrote, directed and choreographed their own unique versions of the plays in a performance entitled, “Shakespearience Goes Hollywood.” Photo provided by Starr Driesse | St. Jude the Apostle School

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    Students perform missionary work at home

    Editor’s Note: This is the first in a four-part series on youth who are
    discovering new facets of their community by serving as missionaries in the Diocese of Baton Rouge.  

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    From right, Rhianna Soucie, Camille Schexnayder and Corinne Carnaggio paint a dining room door at the St. Vincent de Paul Society.  Photo by Debbie Shelley | The

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    FUNDRAISING GAMES

    Students at St. Thomas More School in Baton Rouge raised more than $2,500 through teacher Brian Quantrille’s Q-baller games to donate to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center for the Children’s Hospital. Pictured with students are, left, Brian Quantrille, STM teacher; Dr. Judy Armstrong, STM principal; and, Danny Fields, director of Children’s Miracle Network Fundraising at OLOL. Photo provided by Dr. Judy Armstrong | St. Thomas More School

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    Students perform missionary work at home

    Editor’s Note: This is the first in a four-part series on youth who are
    discovering new facets of their community by serving as missionaries in the Diocese of Baton Rouge.  

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    From right, Rhianna Soucie, Camille Schexnayder and Corinne Carnaggio paint a dining room door at the St. Vincent de Paul Society.  Photo by Debbie Shelley | The

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    AWARD WINNERS

    Awards were presented to Isabelle Gruner and Katherine Winchester, students at St. Aloysius School in Baton Rouge, on May 31 by Fran Harvey, founder of the Global Geospatial Institute (GGI) in Baton Rouge that educates Louisiana students in this new technology. The software tools for creating story maps, collecting data, analyzing it, and presenting scientific solutions and outcomes are available for free to every school in the U.S. Gruner’s project, “The Give Project,” promotes the idea and educational values of schools by growing gardens and giving a

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    SINGING FOR SUPPER

    Students at Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Baton Rouge perform during the annual Teacher-8th Grade Lip Sync Battle on April 4. The event benefits the Sacred Heart of Jesus St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. Students and faculty donated nonperishable food to cast their votes. Throughout the school year, students donate food items each week. The lip sync battle, near the end of the school year, helps keep the pantry stocked for the summer. Pictured, from left, are Edward Shanks, Willie Bracken, Aubrey Carroll, William Anderson; Jack

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    READING REWARDS

    Holy Ghost School in Hammond Points Club members enjoyed an end-of-the year ice cream treat. Students were challenged throughout the year to meet a certain number of book points for their respective grade levels in the Accelerated Reader Program. Nearly 100 students reached their goal. Photo provided by Cindy Wagner | Holy Ghost School

    CLOSING CEREMONY

    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

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