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Latin Festival

Posted October 9, 2018 at 12:00 am

By Debbie Shelley

The Catholic Commentator 

In a colorful, festive display, the Hispanic community came together under hot, but vividly blue skies to celebrate the contributions of cultures throughout the world at the Latin Festival on Sept. 16 at St. Pius X Church in Baton Rouge. 

Riding a mechanical bull was the highlight of the Latin Festival for many children. Photos by Debbie Shelley | The Catholic Commentator

 

According to Julia Scarnato, executive director of the Hispanic Apostolate of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, the first Latin Festival was held in 1986, originally a project of the youth ministry of the Hispanic Apostolate. It was designed to bring together Baton Rouge area Hispanics in order to share

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    Catechists encouraged to listen with their hearts

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    With the colorful backdrop of the story of the road of Emmaus, catechists from across the Diocese of Baton Rouge were encouraged to get involved in the lives of the people they are leading to Christ during the Convocation Celebrating Catechists of the Diocese of Baton Rouge on Sept. 6 at the Catholic Life Center.  

    Bishop Michael G. Duca refers to the story of the disciplines

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    EVENING PRAYER SERVICE

    Bishop Michael G. Duca led an evening prayer service Sept. 11 for diocesan deacons and their wives. He then hosted the group for dinner and conversation. Shown with the bishop, from left, are Deacon Tim and Gloria Messenger, Father Jamin David, Leona and Deacon Tommy Benoit and Lisa and Deacon John Veron. Father David is director of the Office of Diaconate Formation.  Deacon Veron is director of the Office of Diaconate Ministry and Life and Deacon Messenger and Deacon Benoit are assistants in the Office of Diaconate

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    HITTING HIS STRIDE

    Bishop Michael G. Duca, seen kissing the cross held by New Orleans Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond during the bishop’s installation ceremony Aug. 24, has kept a busy schedule. In the past two weeks, Bishop Duca has held a prayer service for deacons in the Diocese of Baton Rouge and their wives; celebrated the Rite of Admission to Candidacy for the priesthood for diocesan seminarians Danny Jude Roussel and Mathew Thomas Dunn; and, celebrated game day Mass at Christ the King Church in Baton Rouge

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    Latin Festival

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

    In a colorful, festive display, the Hispanic community came together under hot, but vividly blue skies to celebrate the contributions of cultures throughout the world at the Latin Festival on Sept. 16 at St. Pius X Church in Baton Rouge. 

    Riding a mechanical bull was the highlight of the Latin Festival for many children. Photos by Debbie Shelley | The Catholic Commentator

     

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    CTK brings light to house

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Out of the darkness of unspeakable tragedy, a light is rising, spreading a pharos of resurgence, and, perhaps most importantly, one of faith.  

    Father Andrew Merrick visits with student residents. Pictured are Adam Trufant, far left, Dominic Suseri, Father Merrick and Daniel Ellender. Photo by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator  

     

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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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    Sister Helen inspires SJA students

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator 

    When the bell tone sounded on Sept. 11, hundreds of students at St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge quickly began to fill the bleachers in the Student Activity Center. In the front row of the chairs lined up on the floor sat the Sisters of St. Joseph, always considered special guests of the school. Having taken their seats long before the students filed in, the sisters chatted

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    New Members

    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

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    The movement of the Holy Spirit

    The Mass readings during the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time focus on two movements of the heart: humility and preservation. The reading from the Book of Numbers is about the coming of the Spirit of God. Moses, in distress, cried out for help. God answers his plea as the Spirit of God descended into the meeting tent. There, the gathered elders, who were with Moses, stood in the glory cloud, received the Spirit of God and vocalized in praise. In addition, two others, on the list

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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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    PASTOR INSTALLATION

    Bishop Michael G. Duca presents Father Reuben Dykes a key to the church during his installation as pastor of Mater Dolorosa Church in Independence on Sept. 16. Photo by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator 

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    HUNGER WALK

    Hundreds of people came together to increase local awareness of and raise funds to combat hunger during the annual Hunger Walk in Baton Rouge on Sept. 16. Proceeds from the event, sponsored by the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge, benefited Holy Grill and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. St. Michael High School in Baton Rouge continued its tradition of having the most participants, with almost 100. The 2-mile walk began at the Catholic Life Center and went to Catholic High in Baton Rouge

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    Satisfying spiritual thirst

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    “What just happened?” people may ask when the Holy Spirit fans an initial spark of an idea into a roaring fire displaying God’s glory.

    The organizers of Women of the Well, a Catholic Women’s Ministry, asked this question as they watched the response to their invitation to women who are thirsting for more in their spiritual life to “come get a drink of living water.” 

    According to Becky

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    En el Festival Latino

    Por Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    En un despliegue festivo de color, la comunidad hispana se reunió bajo un cielo caluroso pero de un azul muy vivo, para celebrar la contribución de las culturas del mundo en el Festival Latino, el 16 de Septiembre en la Iglesia de St. Pío X en Baton Rouge.

    Mariachi Jalisco, una grupo cubano, toca música mexicana en el Festiva Latino el 16 de septiembre en San Pío X en

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    Love is the foundation of peace

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Peacemakers are God’s agents dispensing love, mercy, compassion and forgiveness to make the world as God intended it to be, according to Father Charles Atuah MSP, pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Donalsonville, in speaking about the seventh beatitude given by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount.

    “God is full of love,” said Father Atuah. “You cannot speak about peace if there is no love. Love is the foundation

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    Movie Reviews

    The Nun

    Warner Bros.

    Made with a big budget, this fifth film in “The Conjuring” franchise pulls out all the stops in an attempt to rank as the “That’s Entertainment!” of Catholic-themed horror films. But a surfeit of questionable elements, including the tasteless treatment of a relic deserving the deepest possible reverence, makes this inappropriate for many. A creepy white-faced demon nun (Bonnie Aarons) skitters through catacomb tunnels and pops out of the darkness in an ancient, sprawling Romanian abbey

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    40 Days for Life begins

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

    The lives of the unborn will hopefully be among many saved during Baton Rouge’s annual 40 Days for Life, Sept. 26 – Nov. 4, according to Danielle Van Haute, who co-chairs the event with Clelie and Charles Carpenter.  

    The Baton Rouge event is part of a national 40 Days for Life peaceful vigil of prayer and fasting for the end of abortion.  

    Overall, the days have been “filling

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    Coming events

    Public Square Rosary – A public square rosary crusade as part of the America Needs Fatima Campaign will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, noon, at St. Gerard Majella Church, 5354 Plank Road, Baton Rouge. For more information, contact Seabell Thomas at 225-356-7141.

    Hungarian Festival – The Hungarian Harvest Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, 6 p.m., at the American Legion Hall, 26200 Hwy. 43, Springfield. There will be a traditional harvest dance, food and wine auction. For tickets or more information, call Nichole McMorris at

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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.  

     

    Boy Scouts

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    ‘Full circle’ of life for friends

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

    The floating sounds of piano and clarinet, medical information and words of inspiration synthesized into a concert-style presentation about music, healing and their doctor/patient relationship by Jan Grimes and Dr. Sarah Perez at the Women in Spirit meeting Aug. 27 at the St. Joseph Cathedral Parish Hall.  

    Jan Grimes plays piano as Dr. Sarah Perez plays clarinet during a presentation

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    CuddleCots offer peace to grieving families

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Two women who have walked a broken road when it comes to childbirth are helping to give the gift of time and Christ’s healing presence to families who have lost a child at birth. 

    The CuddleCot system cools deceased baby’s bodies, allowing families to stay with babies who are delivered either prematurely or full term before being moved to the morgue. Families and businesses that

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    Finding spiritual joy at work

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    “If Adam and Eve had never eaten that apple, I wouldn’t have to go to school,” a student at St. Elizabeth School in Paincourtville said at the beginning of the school year to Father Matthew Graham, pastor of St. Elizabeth Church and St. Jules Church in Belle Rose. He mused that the student grasped and expressed the “inward groaning” of what it takes to prepare for a future in the workplace, which is also the groaning from many

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    MAKING A DIFFERENCE

     Donation helps  fund Joseph  Homes

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator 

    When Baton Rouge resident Linda Duscoe did not take her annual summer vacation this year, she decided to put the money to good use: she wrote a check to Joseph Homes in Baton Rouge that would cover the cost of six months for apartment No. 2 which is dedicated to the Louisiana

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    Movie Review

    Operation Finale

    MGM

    Directed by Chris Weitz, this movie offers a Jewish perspective not often found in World War II films. It follows a group of Israeli Mossad agents 15 years after World War II as they covertly infiltrate Buenos Aires in order to capture a high-ranking Nazi (Ben Kingsley) who has thus far escaped justice. As they struggle to get him to sign written consent to be tried in Israel, the group’s passionate leader (Oscar Isaac) strikes up an unlikely, and respectful, relationship with the prisoner, showing that even enemies deserve respect and dignity. The

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    Catechesis & the cross

    “Last one out the door, please turn out the lights!”

    This phase was common during the energy crisis of the 1970s. The awareness to conserve gas and electricity instilled a habit remaining with some today to turn out the lights each time one leaves the room. It is common in church parishes for a catechist, namely the Director of Religious Education (at schools and parish halls), to switch the lights on and off since they arrive early and leave

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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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    CuddleCots offer peace to grieving families

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Two women who have walked a broken road when it comes to childbirth are helping to give the gift of time and Christ’s healing presence to families who have lost a child at birth. 

    The CuddleCot system cools deceased baby’s bodies, allowing families to stay with babies who are delivered either prematurely or full term before being moved to the morgue. Families and businesses that

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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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