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The beginning

Posted July 7, 2017 at 12:00 am

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 presence in the area for much longer. Our earliest explorers travelled with priests on their journeys to the New World.


Pictured is an early baptism register for St Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge. Photo provided by

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    Reaping the harvest

    The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower. All who come to him will have life forever.

    The 14th and 15th Sundays in Ordinary Time kindle the desire to live as faithful disciples of Jesus. We are called to deeper awareness of the characteristics of God as our king, our life guided by Jesus and our receptivity of the word.



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    Charismatic ministry chance to deepen spirituality

    By Rachele Smith

    The Catholic Commentator

    Larry Hebert is ready.

    The Catholic Charismatic Renewal ministry allows individuals to strengthen their relationship with Jesus and enjoy Christ-centered friendships. Charismatic prayer meetings begin with praise and worship and are followed by a speaker or brief message. Photos by Rachele Smith | The Catholic Commentator

    As one of the leaders of the newly reinstated Catholic charismatic prayer ministry at St. Mark Church in

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    Discipleship: Living the call of Jesus

    “Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord” – Psalm 89

    The journey through Ordinary Time of the Liturgical Year continues with the unveiling of the call to discipleship. Jesus’ extraordinary life is a path for baptized Christians to grow as life-giving disciples. It is through the example of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit that disciples are strengthened, encouraged and made holy.

    Be strong

    How are we strengthened as disciples? Initially, we

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    Faith’s powerful lessons

    Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; to God who is, who was, and who is to come.

    The liturgical celebration moves from Pentecost into two powerful solemnities: The Most Holy Trinity and The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). In these are revealed three powerful lessons in life-giving faith: source, revelation

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    Extraordinary ministers of Eucharist allow Catholics to experience the Lord

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Since 1246, Catholics have celebrated the feast of Corpus Christi, which takes place this year on June 15, in order to make the real presence of the body and blood of Christ in the Eucharist known to the world in a public way.

    Reverence and a sense of joy are important when extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist distribute the body and blood of Christ. Photo by Staci Brimer

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    Trust in the Spirit

    “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations …” – Matthew 28:19

    We are nearing the end of our Easter journey. Hopefully the celebration of our Lord’s resurrection has resonated in your heart and renewed your spirit. Just when you think the “party is over” our father saves the best of the season for last. These next two weeks will actually shed light on the power of new life in the resurrection, mainly the life of Jesus ascended, the life of the Holy Spirit and the life of the mission of the Church.

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    Marian Servants assist searching souls to find comfort through faith

    This is the final article in a series on secular religious institutes in the Diocese of Baton Rouge

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Pictured at a Commitment Day of the Marian Servants of the Eucharist are, from left, Theresa Hagen, Tonia Okpalobi, Ron Lindsey; middle row: Lisette Borné, Glen Landry, Susan Gros, Melinda Sanford, Janet Lindsey; bottom row: Lisa Landry, Shirley Sherman, Joyce Dietrick,

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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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