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Posted January 19, 2018 at 12:00 am

The Catholic Commentator 

Nationalities touching nearly every corner of the world were represented during a special Mass welcoming immigrants and refugees on Jan. 7 at St. Paul Church in Baton Rouge.  

A Mass at St. Paul Church in Baton Rouge on Jan. 7 welcomed immigrants and refugees from many nationalities and ethnic groups. The first two readings of the day were read in Arabic and Swahili, and the intentions were offered in several different languages. Photo by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator


The Mass coincided with the start of National Migration Week, which the Catholic Church in the United States has been

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    Joseph Homes receives grant from Wilson Foundation

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    On Dec. 6, 2017, Nick Marchiafava, 38, was released from Raymond LaBorde Correctional Center in Avoyelles Civil Parish, landing in his hometown of Baton Rouge. But, after serving 15 years in prison for convictions on drug possession and two other non-violent crimes, Marchiafava found himself completely alone without family or support system. 

    One of the rooms of Joseph Homes in

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    Racial Harmony Commission working for unity

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    Father Joshua Johnson vividly remembers as a teenager walking into a Baton Rouge grocery store and the security guard following his every step. Years later, he is not convinced much has changed.

    Father Johnson, the lone African-American priest in the Diocese of Baton Rouge, said even today he is often followed when he enters a retail outlet, especially when not wearing his clerics.

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    Dancers rock to a Zydeco line dance during the St. Peter Clever Council #116’s annual Christmas dance. The them for the dance was “It’s Christmas Time” and the attire Western casual. The council provided assistance to a number of those in need through a variety of charitable events during during the past year. Photo provided by Lawrence Williams | St. Peter Claver Council #116 

    Survive post-holiday blues with ‘attitude of gratitude’

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    Even as some people sing “Joy To the World” to outwardly express elation of Christ coming at Christmas, internally they are bewailing “Why can’t it be this way everyday?” This sense of blues can impact them spiritually after the holidays when things get back to their normal course with its trials and they wonder if the season has made any impact at all on the world and themselves.

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    Parishioners and visitors take a tour of St. John the Baptist Church in Zachary at an open house Dec. 7. Guides took the visitors in groups around the 18,000 square foot neo-Gothic church and explained the history behind the many beautiful sacred fixtures. Photo by Bonny Van | The Catholic Commentator

    Escaping the darkness through the Light Is ON For You

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    Light brings clarity as it illuminates a dark path or room, provides a sense of security as you “see what’s out there,” makes you wince as it spotlights problems and defects and lightens your heart with a sense of warmth. Jesus, as the source of all light, calls us out of the darkness as we clearly see our need for reconciliation with him and brings us back home to the warmth and security of

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    The seminarians of the Diocese of Baton Rouge gathered with Bishop Robert W. Muench for holy hour and dinner Dec. 18 at the Catholic Life Center. The seminarians presented the bishop with a print of the Annunciation by Southeast Louisiana artist Norman Faucheux. Presenting the print to Bishop Muench are Joseph Bresowar, left, and Albert Blount. Pictured from left, Director of Vocations Fr. Andrew Merrick, James Vu, Bresowar, Alex Ruch, Tres Turner, Danny Roussel, John Vu, Bishop Muench, Mathew Dunn, Jesse Barrow, Joseph St. Cyr, Jeremy

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    Deep freeze sends homeless to St. Vincent de Paul

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    An arctic front that greeted the new year and sent temperatures plunging to near record levels also sent the homeless community scrambling for warmer quarters.

    Michael Acaldo, executive director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, said the level of the homeless served because of cold weather was the highest in nearly four years. He said 37 emergency beds were brought in to the Bishop Ott shelter

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    Marriage, closings highlight CCTO conference

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    Reorganization of church parishes and substantive changes to marital law highlighted the agenda for the 6th annual Conference of Chancery and Tribunal Officials of the Provinces of New Orleans and Mobile meeting recently held in Baton Rouge.

    Nearly 60 tribunal officials from the 11 dioceses and archdioceses from Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi attended the conference, which was originally scheduled in Lafayette but a glitch necessitated a move

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    Artwork of the diocese

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    Adaliè Brent, Ivan Meštrović, Frank Hayden and Paul Dufour. These artists might be considered the Fab Four of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Their 60s and 70s era artwork is scattered throughout the footprint of the diocese, bringing to life a modern day flavor to a new

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    Bishop Robert W. Muench’s 2018 Winter Schedule

    Sacrament of Confirmation  

    Saturday, Jan. 13 | 4:00 PM St. Anne/St. Anthony, Sorrento  

    Thursday, Jan. 18 | 7:00 PM St. John the Baptist, Brusly  

    Friday, Jan. 19 | 7:00 PM Immaculate Conception, Denham Springs  

    Saturday, Jan. 20 | 4:00 PM Ascension/St. Francis/Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Ascension/Donaldsonville  

    Monday, Jan. 22 | 7:00 PM St. Theresa of Avila, Gonzales 

    Tuesday, Jan. 23 | 7:00 PM

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