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

Posted March 1, 2019 at 12:00 am

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 result of the property being sold to a new owner. </span Photo by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator

 

The store has been a fixture on Government Street since 2003 but St. Vincent de Paul director Michael Acaldo said the store

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    Number of priests decline; percentage of Catholics remains steady

    VATICAN CITY (CNS)  – The percentage of Catholics in the world has remained steady, while the number of priests has decreased for the first time in almost a decade, according to Vatican statistics.

    Meanwhile, the numbers of bishops, permanent deacons, lay missionaries and catechists have all increased, it said.

    At the end of 2017, the worldwide Catholic population exceeded 1.3 billion, which continued to be about 17.7 percent of the world’s population, said a statement published March 6 by the Vatican press office.

    The statement reported a handful of the statistics in the Statistical

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    La Eucaristía al Estilo Latino

    Padre Donnell Kirchner, CSSR

    Paroquia de San Geraldo

    La  Iglesia Católica en el mundo entero, crece y se alimenta alrededor de la Eucaristía. La Eucaristía es el evento primordial y fundamental a través del cual se congregan las personas de más de 200 diferentes países y de diversas culturas. Aunque la celebración de la Eucaristía es un  evento clave y  único en su esencia,  no deja de recibir la influencia  personal de todos aquellos pueblos que la celebran.  

    Yo crecí en un contexto alemán-irlandés; para esta cultura, la iglesia era

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    St. Joseph’s Day Altars

    March 15 and 16

    Friends of St. Joseph

    Immaculate Conception Church

    865 Hatchell Lane, Denham Springs

    March 15 – Blessing of the altar in main hall after 7:00 p.m. Mass. 

    March 16 – 11:00 a.m. Feeding of the saints followed by a free meal for all until 3:00 p.m.

    March 16

    Our Lady of Pompeii Church

    14450 Hwy. 442, Tickfaw

    6:00 p.m. Altar will be blessed after Stations of the Cross.  Followed by Novena and public viewing until 8:00 p.m.

    March 17

    St. John

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    Through suffering comes redemption

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator
    (Second in a series)

    Cries of physical agony as the cold metal of nails are hammered into his warm flesh. Looks of anguish on his face from the piercing of his heart from the sword of betrayal, beginning with a kiss from Judas, the mockery of the crowds and the abandonment of those who were closest to him. And the most difficult thing to bear – our sins as the reason he is there and will surrender everything saying, “It is finished.”

    To understand the redemptive power of the long,

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    Loss of respect for human life drives spiritual decline

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    When disregarding signs and warnings that they are going down a wrong road, people make many twists and turns before they stop and ask in dazed confusion, “Where are we?” and “How did we get here?”  

    Father Jeff Bayhi

     

    The same is true concerning the challenges our nation faces today, according to Father Jeff Bayhi, pastor of St. John

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    Bishop Talley to lead the Diocese of Memphis

    WASHINGTON (CNS) – Just over four months after Pope Francis forced Bishop Martin D. Holley to step down as bishop of Memphis, Tennessee, he appointed Bishop David P. Talley of Alexandria to lead the diocese.   

    Bishop Talley’s appointment was announced March 5 in Washington by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.  

    The archbishop also announced Pope Francis’ decisions to accept the resignation of 75-year-old Bishop Armando X. Ochoa of

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    Faith at the heart of civil rights movement

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Faith continues to be at the core of achieving equality for people of all color and it was only through faith that the civil rights movement has been so successful in advancing equality for minorities.  

    Chancellor John Pierre

     

    That was the message Southern University chancellor John Pierre delivered during talks entitled “Faith, Social Action and Louisiana Civil Rights” at St. Paul the

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    Rice Bowl ‘opens minds’ of St. Michael students

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Wearing a grin and a bucket of water on her head, Emily Froeba, director of campus ministry at St. Michael the Archangel High School in Baton Rouge, walked into the crowded cafeteria, demonstrating a keen sense of balance and strength – until she slowly turned. Quickly she caught the bucket before it crashed to the floor but not before most of the water sloshed out, to the delight

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    CELEBRATING STUDENTS

     
    Area Catholic students showcase achievements and participation in a number of activities
     

     

    DRAGON BYTES ROBOTICS – St. George School’s first FIRST LEGO League team, the Dragon Bytes, received the Judge’s Award at both the Woodlawn High School and Panthrobotics Qualifier in November and the 2018 Louisiana State Championship at Jesuit High in December. This rookie team consists of ten seventh- and eighth-grade students: Coy Bruno, Lee Dirks, Beau Legnon, Quinn Luu, Reese Perron, Riley Polito, Gabriel Serrano, Max Schexnailder, Kenzie Stentiford and Kaiser Stentiford. The team coordinators

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    FEEDING SOULS

    St. Joseph’s Altar unites Morganza

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Drive through Morganza during winter’s last gasp and one is likely to be tantalized by the savory aroma of Italian cookies in the oven, icing waiting to crown the delicacy.  

    The San Guiseppe Ladies from St. Ann Church in Morganza bake cookies that will be used on the parish’s St. Joseph’s Day Altar on March 17 following the 10 a.m. Mass.

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    Come Lord Jesus! celebrates anniversary

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

    When the fire of the Holy Spirit was breathed into the apostles at Pentecost, they were emboldened to preach the word as Jesus taught them and “go out to the ends of the earth.” Many were even persecuted for it, so it could be passed down to people of today. Following the pattern set by the apostles into modern day life, participants in the Come Lord Jesus! program

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    REMEMBER YOU ARE DUST

    Churches around the Diocese of Baton Rouge were packed to overflowing from morning to evening with people receiving ashes on their forehead to mark the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, March 6. At St. Joseph Cathedral Bishop Michael G. Duca and Father Paul Counce, pastor of the cathedral, concelebrated a noon Mass during which ashes were distributed. </span id=”0″>Photo by Debbie Shelley | The Catholic Commentator</span id=”1″>

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    Catholic Community Radio sets spring drivetime

    Catholic Community Radio has scheduled its spring drivetime fundraiser March 19-March 21 from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. live from Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Catholic Community Radio can be heard on 1380 AM in Baton Rouge and 690 AM in the New Orleans area and some parts of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. 

    The station can also be listened to live at ccradio.live or on CCR’s free mobile app, which can be downloaded by searching “Catholic Community Radio.”  

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    El Camino walk ‘healing’

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Alone in his thoughts, aching muscles voicing their displeasure, a world apart from Maringouin, Father Chris Decker was startled by the voice of God.  

    Father Chris Decker spent more than 30 days walking the El Camino De Santiago. Father Decker called the experience “incredibly healing.”  Photos provided by Father Decker  

     

    Walking

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    Confession offers healing

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Weeds compete with flowers, grasses and plants for water, sunlight and nutrients and weaken non-weed plants, leaving them prone to insects and disease. In the same way, sin damages the soul and leaves it prone to the destructive forces of evil, according to priests in the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

    Lent, “The Springtime of the Soul,” is a time for Catholics to receive the sacrament of penance and reconciliation and root out sins and restore their relationship with God, according to Father Cayet Mangiaracina OP, parochial vicar at Holy

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    Catholic men called to pick up daily crosses

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    A sold out crowd of 1,200 is expected to fill St. George Church in Baton Rouge for the third annual A Call to Battle: Catholic Men’s Conference presented by the Men of the Immaculata scheduled March 9.

    The theme of this year’s conference is “A Call to Battle: Consecration.”

    Among the large turnout are expected to be nearly 100 priests and deacons, with 20 priests committed to hearing confessions throughout the day.

    For the second consecutive year, the conference will be held at St. George. A year

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    St. Joseph Spirituality Center closing in June

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    The trustees of St. Joseph Spirituality Center and the Sisters of St. Joseph who sponsor the center announced it will cease operations June 30.

    The center was opened 35 years ago out of the need for spiritual opportunities that were not being provided by anyone else, executive director Dianne Hanley said in  a letter. She added that need changed as parishes and other organizations began providing more spiritual programs and opportunities, and because of that shift, the main work of the center became spiritual direction.

    Hanley said the

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    VIETNAMESE NEW YEAR

    Bishop Michael G. Duca joins Father Peter Tan Viet Nguyen, pastor of Sts. Anthony of Padua and Le Van Phung Church in Baton Rouge, to celebrate Mass on Sunday, Feb. 3, commemorating the Vietnamese Lunar New Year. Photo by Bonny Van | The Catholic Commentator 

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    TUITION ASSISTANCE

    The Knights of Columbus of the Louisiana Council have initiated a new program designed to give Catholic school tuition assistance to children of Knights of Columbus members. Winners from a lottery drawing receive $500 towards Catholic school tuition. Winner Dalton Brockhoeft, pictured front row left, attends Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Baton Rouge. His brother, Konner, also attends Sacred Heart School. Also pictured, from left, are Eric Miller, state advocate; Brandon Brockhoeft, Dalton’s father and a member of the Robert E. Tracy Council in

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    Heart to mouth

     

    By Dina Dow

    The Liturgical Season changes from Ordinary Time to Lent. The next Sunday Mass Readings over the next two week offer a challenge to the faithful to “hold on to the word of life.” [Phil 2:16]

     

    The Heart at Work

    What is in your heart? What does your heart tell you? If what is in one’s heart comes out of their mouth, then what does one need to fill their heart so to speak words which gives life? Our words disclose our minds. What we fill our minds with will come out in our

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    CATHOLIC CHARITIES HONOREES

    On Feb. 13, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge staff, volunteers and board members celebrated the agency’s accomplishments of the past year and highlighted plans for the future. At the meeting, Jeff Smith was presented with the David Hamilton Volunteer of the Year Award and Ashley Bennett received the Gene Domingue Co-worker of the Year Award. Pictured, from left, are, CCDBR Executive Director David Aguillard, Smith, Bishop Michael G. Duca, Bennett and Gerri Hobdy, CCDBR Advisory Board Chair. Photo

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    ‘MY PARISHIONERS’

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Overcast skies, chilly winds and the constant threat of rain greeted Bishop Michael G. Duca on his first visit to death row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

    Bishop Michael G. Duca blesses a rosary Pope Francis sent to a prisoner on death row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola on Feb. 20. Photos by Bonny Van |

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    Bringing mercy to Guatemala

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Looking into the grinning, giggling faces of Guatemalan orphans wrapped in their outstretched arms, four area missionaries experienced the tangible rewards Christ promises in Matthew 25:40 … “Amen I say to you, whatever you do for these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”  

    Singing and dancing was a favorite activity of the girls in an orphanage in Jalapa Guatemala served by area missionaries as part

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    EXEMPLIFICATION CEREMONY

    The Knights of Peter Claver St. Agnes Assembly #9 in Baton Rouge held an Exemplification Ceremony on Jan. 24. This ceremony allows new men to enter the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Peter Claver.  The recently exemplified Sir Knights are, from left, Holy Rosary Church in St. Amant pastor Father Joshua Johnson, Wilfred Johnson and Father Derek Weingartner SJ. Photo submitted by Lawrence Williams | Knights of Peter Claver

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    A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Initial excitement was quickly doused with a healthy dose of doubt when presented with an idea that would certainly remove me from my comfort zone.

     The Vatican is brilliant as dawn announces the beginning of a new day in Rome. Photo by Richard Meek

     

    Nearly a year ago, a reporter suggested I go on a pilgrimage to Italy that was being organized at the time. Naturally, I understood her motive: let’s get the old curmudgeon out of

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    ‘Symbol of oppression’ removed from CLC

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    As an impressionable young seminarian, Father Joshua Johnson said that on one of his first visits to the Catholic Life Center he was taken aback by a large mural dominating a wall in the lower level of the CLC.  

    A mural painted by noted artist Adele Brent was removed from the Catholic Life Center on Feb. 21. The mural, which

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    Through the lens of Fr. Burns

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Father Gerald Burns captures adventurous moments in his life through photography. With liveliness and awe of nature reflected in his eyes and voice, he talked about an Alaskan photo expedition in which he captured a group of 25-30 humpback whales blowing bubbles in giant circles around herring to herd them into tightly grouped schools that can be swallowed whole. On another Alaskan expedition he was with a group of photographers

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    Pro-life leaders speak out on New York law

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    New York state’s recently adopted legislation allowing abortion up until the time of birth, and a similar proposal in Virginia that went even a step further has sparked outrage from pro-life leaders on the local and nationals levels.

    On Jan. 22, the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is Catholic, signed the state’s newly minted Reproductive Health Act. One of the law’s key components is that it permits abortions with only vague restrictions at any

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    List of individuals who are subjects of credible allegations of sexual abuse

    A. The individuals identified below have been the subject of credible allegations of sexual abuse of one or more minors or vulnerable adults which allegedly occurred within the Diocese of Baton Rouge after its formation in 1961. Also included is the name of a seminarian against whom a credible allegation was reported to the Diocese of Baton Rouge and which was included among the records that were reviewed.

    1. Name: John Berube

    Affiliation: Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette (M.S.)

    Year of Ordination: 1953

    Pastoral Assignment: St. Theresa of Avila, Gonzales, LA

    Number of Allegations: More than One

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