Corona, a little known saint

Posted March 24, 2020 at 2:02 pm

Even in times of a worldwide pandemic, there appears to be a saint for every cause.

But regarding the coronavirus, don’t believe everything you hear or read.

Although it is seemingly true that for every crisis, occupation, event or country, Catholic saints have got you covered, this one may best be categorized as myth.

Lost something? Pray for the intercession of St. Anthony, who is also the patron saint of Lisbon, Padua and other places in Portugal. Is it hurricane season? Check out St. Medardus.

Of course, there is St. Joseph, the patron saint of the Universal Church, families, fathers, expectant mothers, travelers, immigrants, house sellers and buyers and more.

Now some are trying to add St. Corona as the patron saint of pandemics. Yes, she is the patron saint of treasure hunters and gamblers but not pandemics.

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    ‘Hot cross buns’

    Just three weeks into Lent and some Catholics might be rethinking what they gave up. While the journey may be tough, the end result is well worth the sacrifice. According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), “During Lent, we are asked to devote ourselves to seeking the Lord in prayer and reading Scripture, to service by giving alms and to practice self-control through fasting.” 

    Father Daniel Merz the Secretariat of Divine Wisdom for USCCB wrote there are several reasons for

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    Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge distributed bikes and bags filled with gifts to more than 400 families for its 2019 Community Comes Together for Christmas Program. Families were sponsored by area church and community organizations. Photo by Bonny Van | The Catholic Commentator

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    RHS alumni pitch in to help St. Gerard

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator  

    A group of Redemptorist High School alumni, who continue to remain loyal to their school, have rallied to express support for their alma mater’s elementary school, Redemptorist St. Gerard School in Baton Rouge.  

    The grounds of Redemptorist St. Gerard School in Baton Rouge were spruced up during a two-day cleanup effort just before school started Aug. 7. A new sign, donated by

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    Coming Events

    Spiritual Direction Information Meeting – The Archdiocese of New Orleans Spirituality Center will hold a spiritual direction internship information meeting Thursday, Sept. 5, noon – 2 p.m. or 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., in Room 105 of the Bishop Robert E. Tracy Center, 1800 S. Acadian Thwy., Baton Rouge. Register by calling 504-861-3254.

    Retrouvaille Weekend – Couples experiencing difficulties in their marriage are invited to attend a Retrouvaille weekend Friday, Sept. 6 – Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Bishop Robert E. Tracy Center, 1800 S. Acadian Thwy., Baton Rouge. For more information and to register,

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    My interview with Mr. Fred Rogers

    Fred Rogers was a good friend for many years. He entertained and educated children for more than a generation, and died on Feb. 27, 2003.  

    When he came to New York we often had dinner together. It’s my privilege to introduce him to you again today. Children still love him and parents trust him.  

    The theme song of his TV Show, “Mr. Rogers’s Neighborhood,” contained the words, “Won’t you be my neighbor?” When I did my TV show

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    Father Charlie Landry, pastor of St. Gabriel Church in St. Gabriel, questions Debbie Shelley and Jimmie Pappa on their intent to embrace the Gospel way of life by following the words and example of St. Francis of Assisi as they made their profession to the Secular Franciscan Order at the Ollie Steele Manor chapel in Baton Rouge on Sunday, June 23. Pappa and Shelley were joined by family, friends and members of the local St. Joseph’s Fraternity. Photo by Richard Meek

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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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    What to save of Notre Dame?

    Out of great tragedies come great lessons. Six days before Easter the Cathedral of Notre Dame, “Our Lady” as the French think of it, almost completely burned to the ground. The roof and its steeple entirely burned to ash, along with almost the entire inside of the cathedral. However, the front towers and the exterior walls with their beautiful stained glass windows were saved by some very brave firefighters. In his Easter homily, Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris praised those firefighters and their priest chaplain, Father Jean-Marc Fournier, who

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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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    Society of St. Vincent de Paul shutters Government St. store

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator 

    A Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s retail outlet in Baton Rouge closed its doors in January after the property was sold to a new owner, according to executive director Michael Acaldo.

    The Society of St. Vincent de Paul closed the doors on its Government Street retail store location in Baton Rouge in January. The closure came as a

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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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    On Jan. 31, in conjunction with Baton Rouge Green’s Arbor Day, St. Jean Vianney Church in Baton Rouge hosted the planting of a memorial oak tree in honor of John Melancon, who was actively involved in the parish and community. Deacon Brent Duplessis led a blessing ceremony, which was attended by Melancon’s family, friends and students of St. Jean Vianney School. Photo provided by Denise Louviere | St. John Vianney Church

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    Bishop Michael G. Duca, pictured far right, listens to discussions at a meeting of the Diocesan Commission on Racial Harmony. Also attending the meeting, pictured clockwise from the bishop, were Father Rick Andrus, pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Baton Rouge; Father Tom Clark, co-chair of the commission and pastor of Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Baton Rouge; Fr. Josh Johnson, co-chair of the commission and pastor of Holy Rosary Church in St. Amant; Deacon Alfred Adams of St. Joseph

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    Movie Reviews


    Warner Bros.

    A sprawling, lush spectacle, this DC Comics adaptation is also overlong, overcomplicated and, at times, just plain dumb. After washing up on shore wounded, the queen of Atlantis (Nicole Kidman) is nursed back to health by a lighthouse keeper (Temuera Morrison) whom she weds and with whom she has a son before being forced to return underwater to the arranged marriage she was trying to flee in the first place. Once grown (Jason Momoa), the couple’s superhero offspring reluctantly gets mixed up in the politics of his mother’s kingdom where the realm’s

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    Bishop Michael G. Duca’s Sacrament of Confirmation 2019 Winter Schedule

    Friday, Jan. 18                      7:00 PM                 Immaculate Conception,
    Denham Springs

    Monday, Jan. 21                    7:00 PM                St. Theresa of Avila, Gonzales

    Tuesday, Jan. 22                   7:00 PM                St. Mark, Gonzales

    Thursday, Jan. 24                7:00 PM       

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    Immigration battles continue as 2018 comes to an end

    By Rhina Guidos

    Catholic News Service

    WASHINGTON – The year may be coming to an end but the battles on the immigration front promise to continue well into 2019 and beyond.

    “On immigration, there is no rest for the weary with this administration,” said Kevin Appleby, senior director of international migration policy at the Center for Migration Studies in New York.

    By far, the most dramatic immigration development of 2018 took place around summer when then-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new policy that resulted in separating children from parents or other

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    Church marred by allegations of abuse

    WASHINGTON (CNS) – 2018 will no doubt be remembered as a dark time for the U.S. Catholic Church.

    Catholics felt betrayed by church leaders accused of sexual misconduct and cover-up revealed this summer and this cloud still hung over the church at the year’s end.

    In June, allegations were made against then-Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, accused of sexually abusing a minor almost 50 years ago and having sexual contact with seminarians while he was a bishop in New Jersey.

    A month later, Pope Francis accepted Archbishop McCarrick’s resignation from the College

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    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



    With the final needles of the now parched Christmas tree ready to fall to their grave on the den floor, the liturgical season transitions from Christmas to Epiphany. 

    Epiphany, celebrated Jan. 6, is the traditional day to once again haul out the boxes from the attic and refill them with the Christmas decorations and outdoor lightings that have been brightening the homestead since shortly after Santa paraded past Macy’s on Thanksgiving Day. Christmas is officially over, minus the less enjoyable tradition of opening

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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 

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    Starlight shines bright

    The universe is vast, precise and infinite. The more we seek to find the endpoint, the more we realize the magnitude of space and time is something to behold. We know who created the universe. As Catholic Christians, we begin the Creed with these words, “I believe in one God, the father almighty, maker of heaven and earth … ” Thus, it makes sense to look to the sky as a compass for travel and time. Therefore, we begin the new calendar year (the Gregorian calendar year,

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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


    Full of Grace Cafe offers coffee, hope

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator   

    The newly opened Full of Grace Café at Holy Rosary Church in St. Amant is a collective dream of its parishioners and pastor Father Josh Johnson that is meeting the needs of the less fortunate and giving them hope for a better future. 

    Bishop Michael Duca blesses the new Full of Grace Café as well as the people attending the ceremony.  Photo

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    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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    Cathedral music director dies

    Robbie Giroir, 60, longtime musical director at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge, died Dec. 23 after fighting an acute illness.  

    Giroir served for more than 30 years as the musical director at St. Joseph Cathedral and also taught at Baton Rouge Magnet High School for 35 years.  

    Besides being a musician and teacher, he was also a pilot and collector extraordinaire, and his home, with an interesting mix of whimsical memorabilia and valuable, one-of-a-kind collectables,

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    Who really were those Magi?

    The Gospel of St. Mark begins with Jesus being baptized by St. John the Baptist as a grown man who will soon begin his own ministry. St. John begins with Jesus as God’s divine word through whom he creates the universe. It is this word who becomes man and lives among us having the “glory of the Father’s only Son.” Again there is no description of Jesus’ birth or youth. Only St. Matthew and St. Luke begin their Gospels with infancy narratives. Their narratives, however, focus on different

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    Continuing Formation Days upcoming

    Dear People of God of the Diocese of Baton Rouge,

    The upcoming annual Continuing Formation days for our priests are Jan. 14-17. These days represent an important occasion for our priests’ renewal and growth in intellectual and spiritual formation, emotional maturity and physical well-being. Since these days are offered once a year and is a commitment by the diocese for their on-going formation, participation by our active priests is mandatory. 

    With the guidance of the Diocesan

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    The double message of Christmas 

    I’ve never been happy with some of my activist friends who send out Christmas cards with messages like: “May the Peace of Christ Disturb You!” Can’t we have one day a year to be happy and celebrate without having our already unhappy selves shaken with more guilt? Isn’t Christmas a time when we can enjoy being children again? Moreover, as Karl Rahner once said, isn’t Christmas a time when God gives us permission to be a happy? So why not?

    Well, it’s complex. Christmas is time when God gives us permission to be

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    Become Catholic to marry?/ Luminous mysteries

    Q I was browsing the internet today, ran across your column and have a question. I am in a long-term relationship with my partner, and we are planning on getting married next year. But we are having some conflict as to where (i.e., in what church) we are going to celebrate our wedding. 

    My family are all born-again Christians and actively participate in many church activities and ministries. My partner, though, is a devout Roman Catholic and wants me to become a Catholic.

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