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A season of hope

Posted January 19, 2018 at 12:00 am

“Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men” – (Mk 1:17)

The liturgical season has moved into what the Catholic Church refers to as Ordinary Time. The readings for Mass are anything but ordinary. In fact, extraordinary moments resonate with clear messages of faith, hope and love. Starting the new season is an invitation to act.

Answering the call

Jonah has a mission to act upon a task given to him by God. He initially runs away from the call out of fear and lack of trust in the Lord. Yet, God persists, Jonah surrenders to God’s will and the people whom

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    Seek the truth

    We have found the Messiah: Jesus Christ, who brings us truth and grace. – John 1:41

    The world rings in the New Year with fireworks bursting high in the sky. Shouts of joy are heard as each time-zone strikes midnight and people toast to a new dawn filled with well-intended promises and resolutions. The liturgical year is also illuminated with joy, as the

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    Congregation of St. Joseph’s service day aids community

    The Catholic Commentator 

    During a visit to the Holy Land a year ago Cherry Riggs was exposed to how people in other parts of the world are forced to live and how they often leave everything in their native country to immigrate to the United States. 

    Associates of the Congregation of St. Joseph, as well as St. Joseph women religious and St.

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    The real reason for the season: A reminder for all

    “… let the earth be open and bring forth a Savior.”

    The early weeks of the new liturgical year correlate with the end of the calendar year, as we celebrate incredible feasts back-to-back: the Fourth Sunday of Advent, within hours of Christmas vigil Mass, then the following Sunday’s Feast of the Holy Family, within hours of the Solemnity of Mary, the mother of God on New Year’s Day. We have

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    Catholic Charities

    Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge is a network of agencies which has evolved from a number of different programs, all of which stem from a shared mission: to help those in need. Catholic Charities has its roots in the Catholic Family Life Bureau (est. 1962), Catholic Social Services (est. 1964), and the Office of Social Responsibility (est. 1968). 

    Originally, the primary focus was on maternity and adoption counseling, emergency

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    Prepare, wait and watch

    The season of fall has finally debuted as the leaves fade into rustic hues of orange, brown, yellow and burgundy. Similarly, the colors adorning the sanctuaries around the world will shift from green to white to purple, as we enter into the last week of the Liturgical Year and begin anew with Advent. We end the old year with jubilant celebration and begin a new year with a clear resolution following three principles: prepare, wait and watch.

    Prepare

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    Advent opportunity to hit reset button on spiritual life

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Given the natural and manmade chaos that appears to be running rampant in the world, like the people of Jesus’ time, Catholics may be looking for “the big wrap up” when God cleans out evil and brings his faithful to heaven. But as the new liturgical year begins with Advent on Dec. 3, the church teaches Catholics that their long awaited savior entered the world in a manger in

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    The beginning

    The Catholic Commentator along with the Archives Department of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, is launching Capital City Faith, which will trace the history of Catholicism in the city of Baton Rouge through a series of articles and photographs provided by the Archives Department.

    By Ann Boltin

    Although we are celebrating the bicentennial of the incorporation of the great city of Baton Rouge, the Catholic Church has been a

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    Spiritual roots examined during Lenten Day of Reflection

    The Catholic Commentator

    About 300 black Catholics throughout South Louisiana examined their spiritual roots during a Lenten Day of Reflection at the Catholic Life Center on Feb. 13.

    More than 300 black Catholics from around South Louisiana attended the Sankofa Lenten Day of Reflection at the Catholic Life Center on Feb. 13. Photo provided by Deacon Alfred

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    Communicants must meet certain criteria to receive body of Christ

    By Richard Meek 

    The Catholic Commentator 

    (Second in a series)

    Holy Communion will always be at the center of the Catholic Church; it is what separates Catholicism from other denominations. 

    But not all who attend Mass are necessarily eligible to receive the body and blood of Christ. Father Paul Counce, judicial vicar for the Diocese of Baton Rouge, said canon law is clear that a communicant must meet four requirements, including having fasted for at least one hour prior to receiving Communion; be in a state of grace, also known as properly disposed; believe in the

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