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Posted October 21, 2020 at 12:00 am

Catholic High School of Pointe Coupee in New Roads has added an engineering class to its curriculum. Offered as a Louisiana State University dual-enrollment class, students have the opportunity to take an Introduction to Engineering class. The class will count as a high school credit or as a college credit. Taught by Lillian Reyad, the class allows students to explore the profession of engineering through lectures, collaborative projects, technical writing and presentations. Students pictured are working on a team building exercise where they must learn to work together and communicate their ideas without talking. From left are Andrew Bonaventure, Holden Glaser and Cameron Decoteau. Photo courtesy of Megan Girlinghouse | Catholic High School of Pointe Coupee

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    Holy Ghost School in Hammond students used their October stewardship to recognize the fight against cancer.  Promoting “Peace, Love, Cure,” students were encouraged to wear a color that signified the cancer they were marching for. During their enrichment periods, students marched around campus carrying signs in honor or memory of loved ones who suffered from cancer. Donations will be sent to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. Brothers, from left, Sal, Landon and Liam DeMarco wear blue to raise awareness for colon cancer.

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    Learning fun for PK3 students at SPC

    Even though school looks different this year, the coronavirus and hurricanes haven’t stopped learning in the PK3 classes at St. Peter Chanel School in Paulina, according to principal Paula Poche. 

    The students began the school year sharing stories about themselves and making new friends in their classes. Students also enjoyed making play dough. 

    While learning about the beautiful bodies God gave them, students built body snacks using crackers and pretzel sticks and painted with

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    Frassati House to offer haven for Catholic young adults

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator 

    As a young adult and high school religion teacher, Ryan Hallford experienced firsthand a paucity of activities offered by the Catholic Church geared toward his age group. 

    He and his peers appear to be caught in a void, certainly too old to participate in many of the activities and ministries targeted may have been actively involved in at the college level but perhaps just

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    St. Jean Vianney Catholic School in Baton Rouge opened on Aug. 12, 1985 with only grades kindergarten through 4th and 90 students. Today the school offers preschool through 8th grade and has almost 500 students. The school celebrated its 35th anniversary Sept. 17 with an 80s Day. Pictured is the second grade class. Photo provided by St. Jean Vianney

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    St. George Catholic Church’s Dragon Hearts Club and Divine Mercy Girls made 695 brown bag lunches including peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and special notes for residents affected by Hurricane Sally in Iowa which is near Lake Charles. These services clubs (for girls in Kindergarten through 8th grade) live by their motto “Do small things with great love” from St. Teresa. St. George volunteers also traveled to Iowa on Sept. 19 and assisted with cleanup, repairs and providing a jambalaya meal for more than 600 residents.

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    Cooperation of students helps ease transition

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    With masked smiles, students showed up eager to learn, happy to see their peers and prepared to face challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic in order to make a not-so-traditional school year successful.  

    Students at Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Baton Rouge wear masks and social distance in class on the first day of

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    STA student earns diocesan KC award

    Juliette LeRay, a St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School in Hammond Class of 2020 graduate was selected as the overall Diocese of Baton Rouge Knights of Columbus Catholic Youth Leadership Award and Scholarship Winner.  

    LeRay initially was selected for the KC Hammond JFK Council #2952 CYLA and moved on to be selected as the diocesan winner.  

    The Catholic Youth Leadership Award and Scholarship is provided by the Knights of Columbus in recognition of service and

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    Catholic Elementary of Pointe Coupee was filled with hundreds of dads, grandfathers, uncles, and special guests earlier this year as they celebrated Donuts with Dad. The students were excited as they were able to spend quality time with their guests before beginning the day. Some students shared their school work, some played games and some even built with Legos as their guests helped. First -grader, Waylon Elliott, said “Donuts were a treat, but spending time at school with dad was the best!”

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    Patriotic essay winners

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator 

    “The first place winner of the Patriotic Essay for the diocese (of Baton Rouge) and the winner of $300 in prize money – Landry Mayeaux!” announced David Goldsmith, of the Bishop Stanley J. Ott Assembly of the Knights of Columbus, following the school Mass at St. Jude the Apostle in Baton Rouge on Feb. 20.  


    St. Jude School had five

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    Students in first, second and third grades at Mater Dolorosa School in Independence visited with Kathy Stuart, Southeast Field Representative for U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, R-LA.  Her visit was to enhance the learning of the United States government. She explained Sen. Cassidy’s roles and responsibilities to the citizens of Louisiana. Photo provided by Erin Mendez | Mater Dolorosa School

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    Students at St. Aloysius School in Baton Rouge create cards for the American Red Cross’ ‘Holiday Mail for Heroes’ campaign. Students created more than 1,200 cards.  Photo provided by Edie Boudreaux | St. Aloysius School



    Students from Catholic High School in Baton Rouge placed first, third and an honorable mention in the 2018 Congressional App Challenge competition. Mack Kemper, a senior, and Christian Thompson, a sophomore, placed first with a school safety application, UniteSMS, which could be used in an emergency to allow teachers and students to verify they are physically safe. Juniors Jeremy Worley and Mateo Rosas took third place, creating a charitable donation application to run on cell phone platforms. Receiving an honorable mention were juniors Josh Harold and Jefferson Koonce

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    Father Reuben Dykes, pastor of Mater Dolorosa Church in Independence, gets to know students during his first weeks as pastor. Photo provided by Erin Mendez | Mater Dolorosa School 


    Three students in advanced band under the direction of Dr. Kevin Andry at St. Jean Vianney School in Baton Rouge were awarded seats in the All District Band held on Dec. 8. Callie Suadi, left, was awarded first alternate in the concert band. Ethan Johansen, center, was awarded 8th chair trumpet in the Symphonic Band. Antonio Barraza was awarded 2nd chair alto sax in the Symphonic Band. Photo provided by Abby King | St. Jean Vianney School

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    St. Alphonsus School

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    Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Baton Rouge inducted 25 new members into its Beta Club on Nov. 7. Pictured, front row from left, are Gabriela Journée, Derald Spears, Edwin Perrault, Claire Tramonte, Morgan Massey, Drew Ourso, Isabella Rawlinson; second row, Lilla Aucoin, Whitney Bracken, David Carroll, Tavio Cinquemano, Blanche Coleman, Alfred Cooper, James McKay, Averie Harris, Turner Hester; and, back row, Caro Bookman, Bennett Barber, Luke Broussard, Reagan Chapman, Danny Woods, Jack McKay, Caroline Campbell, Ethan Hunter and Lucy Herasymiuk.

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    John Paul and Alex Neal, seventh-graders at St. Alphonsus School in Greenwell Springs and members of BSA Troop 322, along with St. Alphonsus teacher Julie Guillot, visited Redemptorist St. Gerard School in Baton Rouge to demonstrate how to properly fold the American flag. Redemptorist students who participated in the event were seventh-graders Travious Lewis and Gerrick Camel and eighth-graders Zawaskie Myles and Glen Cage. Photo provided by Dr. Cindy Ryals | St. Alphonsus School

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    The Diocese of Baton Rouge Catholic Schools Office held a Leadership Appreciation Luncheon Nov. 6. Pictured, from left, are Bishop Michael G. Duca; Dr. Melanie Verges, Superintendent of Catholic Schools; and Father Cleo Milano, 2018-19 Distinguished Catholic School Clergy. Photo by Bonny Van | The Catholic Commentator

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    Third graders at Catholic Elementary School of Pointe Coupee in New Roads participated in a Marshmallow Shooter project to fully understand force and motion. Students constructed their marshmallow shooting machines out of cups, balloons and tape. Pictured are students Olivia Vosburg, left, and Madden Sonnier demonstrating their device. Photo provided by Megan Girlinghouse | Catholic Elementary

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    The Hammond Fire Department visited Pre-K 3 students at Holy Ghost School in Hammond. The children learned how to stop, drop and roll. They also got to sit in the fire truck. Photo provided by Cindy Wager | Holy Ghost School

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    Red Stick Catholic Fest

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Gospel messages set to the rhythm of electric guitars, drums and intertwining vocals stirred youth to dance, high-five and hug as they entered the Catholic Life Center for the first Red Stick Catholic Fest on Nov. 10. They spent the day connecting faith with the body, mind and soul. 

    With the help of a slingshot, T-shirts flew through the air to Red Stick Catholic Fest attendees hoping to be

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    Tanner Pike, a sophomore at St. Michael the Archangel High School in Baton Rouge, completed the rank of Eagle Scout with Troop 322 of St. Alphonsus Church in Greenwell Springs. He completed all requirements including his Eagle Project, which was building four long benches for the carpool breezeway at St. Alphonsus School in Greenwell Springs for the younger students. As an Eagle Scout, Pike plans to continue his commitment and dedication to scouting and community. Pictured, left, are Josh Degraff, coordinator of Eagle advancement for

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    Students help classmate secure bike

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    It was a typical sunny morning when Ainsley Hale, 10, of Greenwell Springs climbed aboard her brand new purple bike for a ride. What was not typical was Ainsley, her bike, or where she was riding.  

    Ainsley Hale, center, smiles with her family and therapist at St. Jude School in Baton Rouge after taking a spin on her donated adaptive bike from the McClindon

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    Youth invited to serve on parish council

    By  Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

    In sync with Pope Francis’ call for the church to listen and walk with young people, three youth have been invited to serve on the parish advisory council for St. Anne Church in Napoleonville, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Plattenville and St. Philomena Church in Labadieville. 

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    Bishop Michael G. Duca and Bishop Emeritus Robert W. Muench, along with Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, blessed the new St. John Paul II House on the LSU campus Oct. 24. Three of the nine residents briefly discussed the impact the house, which opened in August, has made in their lives, both personally and spiritually. Father Andrew Merrick, pastor of Christ the King Church and Catholic Center in Baton Rouge, gave a brief history of the St. John Paul II House.

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    Students in grades fifth through eighth at St. Francis Xavier School in Baton Rouge helped clean up Lutheran Cemetery in Baton Rouge on Saturday, Oct. 27. Pictured, Breanna Auguster helps rake the grounds around gravesites.  Photo provided by Paula Johnson | St. Francis Xavier School 

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    Jamison Traigle, left, and Tre’Von Weber, both seniors at St. John High School in Plaquemine, watch as first graders select treats during Trunk or Treat Oct. 26. Seniors decorate the trunks of their vehicles and pass out goodies to first graders for the annual event. Photo provided by April Hedges | St. John High School  

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    The cross country team at St. Michael the Archangel High School in Baton Rouge is reaping success both on and off the trails. The SMHS team was tops at the Battlefield Cross Country Festival with the girls’ team taking first place while the boys’ team placed second. Also, the team has an overall GPA average of 3.45. Pictured, from left, are Parker Devries, Betsy Adams, Emma Miller and Michael Martin. Photo provided by LeighAnn King | St. Michael High School

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    Students at Holy Ghost School in Hammond used their October service project to raise money for “Geaux PINK – Join the Fight!”  Students donned pink and donated nearly $1,600 to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center while doing so.  Pictured, from left, front, are Knox Peterman and Ryleigh Fugarino; center row, Collie Sledge, Gracelynn Canzoneri, Layla Hooks and Celia Adams; and, back row, Miley Smith, Konnor Burkes and Ryder Falcon. Photo provided by Cindy Wagner | Holy Ghost School