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Father Bahyi to celebrate 4Oth anniversary of priesthood

Posted May 22, 2019 at 12:00 am

Father Jeff Bayhi, pastor of St. John the Baptist Church, 4727 McHugh Dr., Zachary, will celebrate his 40th anniversary to priesthood with a Mass on Sunday, June 2, 3 p.m., at St. John.

For more information, call 225-654-5778. 

 

    Knights of Columbus documentary premieres Sunday

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. – “Everyday Heroes,” a Knights of Columbus documentary offering an unfiltered look at heroism in our day, begins a six-week run on ABC affiliates across the country, Sunday, May 19. Through short biographical vignettes supported by interviews and original footage shot in the United States, Canada and France, the documentary suggests that true heroism is most often found in the acts of the most humble an assertion conveyed through examples from the lives of ordinary members of Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest service society for Catholic men and their families. The 57-minute documentary features high-stakes and

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    Ordination scheduled

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Two seminarians are scheduled to be ordained priests to the Diocese of Baton Rouge on May 25, signaling what could be an uptick in the number of vocations.

    For the next three years, two new priests are scheduled to be ordained per year, an encouraging sign for Director of Seminarians Father Matt Lorrain, who has also previously served as Director of Vocations.

    Father Lorrain said there are currently 19 seminarians in varying stages of formation, with Deacon Tim Grimes and Deacon John Vu scheduled to be ordained this

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    Pro-life legislation meets early approval

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    State lawmakers have granted early approval for a trio of pro-life bills that are now in varying stages of the legislative process.

    Perhaps the bill with most impact, Rep. Katrina Jackson’s proposed “Love Life Amendment” that would mandate there is no right in the Louisiana Constitution to secure or protect a right to abortion, was approved by the state House of Representatives 81-10 April 23. The bill will be heard before the Senate Committee on Judiciary A at a date to be determined.

    If approved by lawmakers,

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    MAY CROWNING

    Sarah Lambert, a parishioner at St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland Church in Albany, places a crown on Mary during Mass on May 5 at St. Margaret. Lambert is in sixth-grade at Holden School in Holden. May crownings are being held throughout church parishes and schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge during what is generally regarded as “Mary’s Month.” Photo by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator

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    KC CONVENTION

    Bishop Michael G. Duca listens as Louisiana Knights of Columbus State Deputy Rennan Duffour of Hahnville speaks during a banquet May 4 at the annual KC convention held May 3-5 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge. Bishop Duca also celebrated a Mass the morning of May 5. Photo by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator

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    APPRENTICE AWARD WINNER

    Bishop Emeritus Robert.W. Muench received a St. Joseph’s Apprentice Award during The Cathedral Evening on May 4 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge. Also receiving an Apprentice Award during the fundraiser, which included dinner and entertainment, were longtime and active parishioners Mr. and Mrs. Tom and Mary Acosta, former long-time St. Joseph Cathedral employee Sheila Juneau and active volunteer Lillie Dorothy Hall. Community activists Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Nancy Valluzzo, were honored with the Cathedral Community Award. Photo by

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    Grandparents raising grandchildren

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Isaac Jones and wife, Norma, displaced from New Orleans to Houston for a period following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, suffered numerous health and financial issues. The couple put aside their own struggles to raise their grandchildren, Eymine, a student at Woodlawn Middle School, and JC, 3. They are raising their grandchildren with a dream they will have a better life.  

    Grandparents, some accompanied by their grandchildren,

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    ST. JAMES PASSION PRESENTATION

    St. James Church in St. James presented a Living Way of the Cross on April 16. In this station Jesus, played by Anthony Cooper, is stripped of his garments by the Roman guards, played by Junis Julian, left, and Leon Walker. Photo provided by Cynthia Clifton 

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    Sewing threads to a brighter future

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    A joyful glee brightened the youthful face of “Mary,” her expression testament to her excitement.  

    Bishop Michael G. Duca presented checks to the recipients of Works of Mercy grants during a ceremony May 1 at the Catholic Life Center. From left are Michael Manning, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank; Jena Maughan, Metanoia Manor; Bishop Duca; Gloria Messenger, St. Margaret Queen

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    Committee makes history

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator 

    On Tuesday, April 30, Louisiana Senate Judiciary Committee C made history by approving SB112, which creates a proposed constitutional amendment to abolish the death penalty.  

    Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux leads a rally of faith healers on the steps of the state capitol on Thursday, April 25, to oppose the death penalty in the state of Louisiana.  

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    STEPPING OUT

    Chef Folse experiences healing  

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator  

    When meeting Louisiana chef John Folse, one immediately learns he is a man who believes in his Catholic faith.  

    Folse, seen in the basement kitchen of Sts. Francisco and Jacinto Marto’s home, says he felt the presence of both his mother and the Blessed Mother during his visit to Fatima, especially

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    ‘Second chance’

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Troubled teens receive a “second chance” by pushing themselves physically, academically and socially as part of the Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program, which includes a 5 ½-month residential alternative military-like school at the Gillis W. Long Center on the old Indian Plantation grounds in Carville.  

    Pictured with youth at the Louisiana Youth Challenge at Gillis Long Center in Carville are, Father

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    St. Thomas More launches rebranding campaign

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Tucked away in a popular hamlet in the eastern fringes of Baton Rouge, St. Thomas More Church is often regarded as a hidden gem.  

    Pastor Father Michael Alello is hoping to put a little polish on that gem, recently launching an ambitious rebranding campaign aimed at unifying the STM church and educational ministries as well as increasing participation in all areas of the parish.  

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    BISHOP SELFIE

    Bishop Michael G. Duca showed off his photography skills by taking a selfie with the Easter Bunny during an Easter egg hunt at St. Joseph Cathedral on Easter Sunday. Pastor Father Paul Counce said it is believed to be the first Easter egg hunt sponsored by the cathedral in 50 years. He said more than 50 children participated and “they all had even more fun than the bishop.” Photo provided by Father Paul Counce | St. Joseph Cathedral

    Bishop Duca’s Sacrament of Confirmation 2019 Spring Schedule

    Friday, April 26 | 7:00 PM

    Mater Dolorosa, Independence

    Saturday, April 27 | 4:00 PM

    Sts. Anthony of Padua and Le Van Phung , Baton Rouge

    Sunday, April 28 | 10:30 AM

    Our Lady of Mount Carmel,
    St. Francisville

    Sunday, April 28 | 3:00 PM

    St. Joseph Cathedral,
    Baton Rouge

    Holy Family, Port Allen
    St. Gabriel, St. Gabriel

    Monday, April 29 | 7:00 PM

    St. Elizabeth, Paincourtville

    St. Joseph the Worker, Pierre Part
    St. Jules, Belle Rose
    St. Elizabeth, Paincourtville

    Tuesday, April 30 | 7:00

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    Deacon Adams a trailblazer in Diocese of Baton Rouge

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator 

    From humble beginnings rooted in the rich soil on both sides of the Mississippi River, Deacon Alfred Adams’ trailblazing life has become his ministry, a career of working toward racial equality using the Gospel as his vehicle.  

    Bishop Stanley J. Ott ordains Deacon Alfred Adams in 1990 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge. Deacon Adams is the first African-American ordained a permanent deacon in the Diocese of Baton

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    REJOICE!

    Bishop Duca’s Easter message 

    CHRIST IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED!
    I have always been at a loss for how to greet people at Easter. I suppose the default common greeting is “Happy Easter,” but that has always seemed too weak and even secular (like “Have a nice day!”) for so wondrous a solemnity of our faith. There is a greeting, I

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    CELEBRATING THE TRIDUUM

     

     

     

     

    Father Josh Johnson, pastor at Holy Rosary Church in St. Amant, washes the feet of parishioners during the Holy Thursday Mass. Photo by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator  

    Father Johnson prays with Deacon Eliazar Salinas Jr. and two altar servers before the Eucharist during eucharistic adoration

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    Finding unexpected blessings through tragedy

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Mary Heffron de Brueys said prayer and humility prompted her to ask “Why not me?” after her son, James, was lost at sea in the Pacific Ocean in the Marshall Islands on Thanksgiving Day 2010.  

    Pictured in a 2010 family photo are, front row, from left, James deBrueys, Simone deBrueys Bajon, holding nephew, Blake McCrary, Michelle deBrueys McCrary, holding daughter Madison;

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    SCHOOLS CELEBRATE THE PASSION

     

     

     

     

    Holy Family School in Port Allen. Photo provided by Annette Fitzgerald | Holy Family School

    St. Aloysius Church Youth Group in Baton Rouge. Photo provided by Mary Dawson | St. Aloysius Church

    St. Alphonsus of Ligouri School in Greenwell Springs.

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    RINGING IN THE FUTURE 

    On the evening of April 17 the inaugural senior class of Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School took their first steps toward graduation, celebrating with a ring ceremony hosted at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Baton Rouge. Above, right, is Principal Eric Engemann shown pinning Cedric Payne during the ceremony. Above, left, is the Cristo Rey Class of 2020. Photos provide by Katie Tasman | Cristo Rey Franciscan High

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    HFI helps deepen couple’s faith

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Married couples in the Holy Family Institute focused on their roles as disciples, evangelizers and promoters of vocations at its Triduum Retreat March 22-24 at the St. Francis Chapel of Ollie Steele Manor Nursing Home.  

    Father Matthew Roehrig SSP, pastor of St. Paul Monastery in Canfield, Ohio, and Director of Holy Family Institute, blesses St. Mary’s Book Store during the HFI Triduum retreat. P

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    Bishop Duca celebrates annual Chrism Mass

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    The oils that church parishes, hospitals, prisons and other agencies in the Diocese of Baton Rouge will use during the next year in their revitalizing work of the church were sent out with a blessing and the breath of the Holy Spirit at the annual Chrism Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge on April 17. 

     

    Bishop Michael G. Duca breathes over the vessels

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    Father Dupre appointed pastor

    Bishop Michael G. Duca has appointed Father Matthew Dupre pastor of Ascension of Our Lord Church and St. Francis of Asissi Church, both of which are located in Donaldsonville. 

    Father Dupre graduated from Ascension Catholic High School in his native Donaldsonville and was ordained June 6, 1998 by then-Bishop Alfred C. Hughes. 

    Father Dupre has served as parochial vicar at St. Jean Vianney Church and Christ the King Church and Catholic Center in Baton Rouge and

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    ACTS retreat opportunity to experience love of Jesus

    Special to The Catholic Commentator 

    David Fleshmen was initially skeptical, engaging reasoning such as a busy work schedule or not the right time as impulses to back out of an ACTS retreat he was scheduled to attend through St. Aloysius Church in Baton Rouge.   

    Fleshman, who grew up attending Presbyterian and Episcopal churches with his parents, said he felt like an outsider in Catholic church pews while attending Mass before he made the retreat.   

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    OLOL honors volunteers

    As part of National Volunteer Week, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge recognized 181 volunteers for their commitment to service. Volunteers from a variety of programs across the hospital served more than 10,000 hours in 2018 helping to provide care to OLOL patients and their families. 

    At a luncheon held April 10, awards were presented for Joyfulness of Spirit, Most Years of Service, Most Volunteer Hours in 2018, Most Volunteer Hours Overall and Presidential Volunteer Service.

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    ART FROM THE HEART

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Spend a few minutes with Kim Lopez and one is immediately struck by her love of the Catholic faith.  

    Artist Kim Lopez is shown holding a painting of the San Damiano cross that St. Francis was praying while receiving the stigmata. Lopez, a native of New Orleans and long-time resident of Baton Rouge, painted the cross for the John Paul II house at Christ

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    Self-examination a good practice during Lent

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    “Could you not stay awake one hour?”

    As Lent quickly comes to a close, some may find themselves in the same perplexing situation as the disciples, when Jesus invites them to watch and pray with him in the Garden of Gethsemane and admonishes them when he returns from prayer to find them asleep. People may find they have been on autopilot during Lent and are now receiving a startling “wake up” call, according to clergy of the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

    One of the reasons people may not

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    Holy Week preparation

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    When Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, he was greeted by cries of joy and praise –  “ …  they took palm branches and went out to meet him, and cried out: ‘Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the king of Israel (Jn 12:13).’ ”

    Palm Sunday, with its procession of faithful holding palms outside of the church and the reading of the Passion of Christ during Mass, kicks off a Holy Week that includes both a beginning and an end, but not in

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