Evangelization convocation set

Posted August 31, 2018 at 12:00 am

By Debbie Shelley

The Catholic Commentator

This year’s Convocation Celebrating Catechists of the Diocese of Baton Rouge on Sept. 6 at the Catholic Life Center is an “all call” for everyone to become involved in lighting or rekindling the fire of the Catholic faith in others, according to Dina Dow, director of the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis of the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

The convocation theme, “Enlisting Witnesses for Christ,” is a follow-up to last year’s convocation,“Living as a Missionary Disciple.”

“This year we are called to understand how to enlist people to catechize,” said Dow.

The event, a precursor to Catechetical Sunday on Sept. 16, will include presentations from Bishop Michael G. Duca; Father Andrew Merrick, director of the Office of Vocations; Danielle Van Haute, respect life coordinator; Barry Schoedel, associate director of the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis; and Olivia

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    Atmosphere festive at cathedral

    By Debbie Shellley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    St. Joseph Cathedral was “bursting at the seams” in terms of numbers of people, prayers and well wishers for Bishop Michael G. Duca, who was installed as the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge on Aug. 24.  

    Bishop Michael G. Duca knocks on the door of St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge, signaling his “wish to come in.”  

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    Flooding concerns Fr. Reynolds

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator 

    There is only one word to describe Kerala, located in southern India, since heavy rains and flooding hit the area – devastated. Father Rubin Reynolds, pastor of St. Mark Church in Gonzales, is from Kerala and has been in touch with his family there. While his family’s home did not flood, the situation is tragic and ongoing.  

    A makeshift shelter is seen Aug. 13 on the

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    WELCOME!

    Bishop Michael Duca installed 

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator  

    At precisely 2 p.m. on Aug. 24, dressed in a red vestment and red mitre, Bishop Michael G. Duca pounded on the door of St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge with a rubber mallet, signaling his wish to “come in.” When the doors opened wide, the bishop walked into a packed house of more than 730 people, with a choir and congregation, accompanied by a pipe

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    Community rises in prayer on the eve of change

    By Debbie Shelley
    The Catholic Commentator  

    As the sun set over St. George Church in Baton Rouge on Aug. 23, the panels of the stained glass window above the altar glowed like smoldering embers holding the remnants of daylight, with the golden color ones tapering off, as people entered to the sounds of a musical prelude featuring flute, violin, piano and organ for an evening of prayer. The people gathered to welcome and pray for Bishop Michael G. Duca as the

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    A New Beginning

    Bishop Michael G. Duca

     

    Msgr. Walter Erbi, Chargè d”Affaires of the Apostolic Nunciature, reads from the Papal Bull, appointing Bishop Duca as the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Photo by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator

     

    Father Paul Yi, chancellor of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, assists Bishop Duca during Mass at the installation ceremony at St. Joseph Cathedral.  Photo by Richard

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    Learning about past helps future

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Gathered in a corner of Roselawn Memorial Park in Baton Rouge, beyond the sprawling ancient live oaks, angelic statues and massive headstones, a group of men stood quietly at the foot of a life-sized crucifix, studying the plaques on the ground. Leading the group was Father Matt Lorrain, director of seminarians for the Diocese of Baton Rouge, along with Father Andrew Merrick, director of vocations for the diocese.  

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    Being merciful is passing on God’s love

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Being merciful is remembering, celebrating and passing on God’s lavish love and compassion, according to Father Charlie Landry, pastor of St. Gabriel Church in St. Gabriel.  

    Father Landry, who grew up in Napoleonville and whose family was actively involved in St. Anne Church, learned lessons early on about mercy.  

    He vividly remembers his grandfather’s advice when his family bid him farewell before he boarded a train in New

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    Soldier surprises daughter at MBS

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator 

    First-grade students in Jeanne Hebert’s class at Most Blessed Sacrament School in Baton Rouge were quietly working on their handwriting skills Aug. 22. But, when the door to the classroom opened, Elizabeth Howland glanced up and spotted her mother, Katherine Howland, walking toward her. At first, Elizabeth was unsure why her mother was at school. But when Katherine told her daughter to turn around and look at the door, Elizabeth’s concern turned to joy when

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    Admittance of past mistakes first step in church healing

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Contrition through confession and recognition by leaders of the Catholic Church might be considered the first step of healing for a congregation being forced to grapple with another clergy abuse scandal, according to one diocesan clergy member.  

     

    Bishop Lawrence T. Persico of Erie, Pennsylvania, speaks with Jim VanSickle of Pittsburgh, who told a Pennsylvania grand jury he was molested by a priest when he was a teenager in Bradford,

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    PASTOR INSTALLATION

     Bishop Robert W. Muench presents Father Matthew Graham to the congregation during a pastor installation ceremony on July 28 at St. Jules Church in Belle Rose. Father Graham was also installed as pastor at St. Elizabeth Church in Paincourtville on July 29. Photo by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator

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    CELEBRATING TRADITION

    SJA kicks  off 150th  year 

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator  

    The grounds of St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge were quiet as a summer sun shone brightly on the school’s newest addition, a 23,150-square-foot Student Activity Center.  

     

    Bishop Robert W. Muench, with the assistance of SJA student Anna Claire Eagleton, blesses the new Student Activity

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    Educators gather for prayer

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    Just before the start of the 2018-19 school year, more than 900 educators from schools throughout the Diocese of Baton Rouge converged for prayers, blessings and a reminder of their mission: evangelizing hearts, educating minds, encouraging talent and embracing the future. 

     

    Bishop Robert W. Muench talks about the importance of ministering to students at the annual Catholic Educators Gathering sponsored by the Catholic Schools Office. This year’s event was held at Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Baton Rouge.

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    PRESERVING HISTORY

    Archives building  dedicated 
    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    The Diocese of Baton Rouge stepped into the future to preserve the past with the dedication of a new archives building that will house records reaching back some 300 years. 

     

    Bishop Robert W. Muench is all smiles as he blesses the new archives building on July 27. Judicial vicar Father Paul

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    The meek seek the world to come

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Living out the beatitude “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth” assures people that if they put their lives under the control of God, they will see the promise of the kingdom of heaven come to earth, according to Father Eddie Martin, parochial vicar at St. Aloysius Church in Baton Rouge.  

    Father Martin said the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that the beatitudes show the inner heart of Jesus

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    TEA TIME

    Holy Family Church in Port Allen hosted an afternoon tea social for seniors on July 22. Tables were set with an array of vintage china, tablecloths, flowers and various teas to choose from. Some attendees showed up dressed with hats and attire customary for a proper English tea. Refreshments included hot tea, along with fresh baked scones and tiered trays of bite-sized treats, all baked and served by volunteers. Kathryn Moreau (center) serves Carrie Junot, left, and Louise Latino.

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    Movie highlights works of Dom DeWit at Sacred Heart

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator 

    The walls of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Baton Rouge are painted with some of the most striking images of Jesus and Gospel stories of any church in the Diocese of Baton Rouge. It is the work of Dom Gregory De Wit OSB, a Holland Benedictine monk who originally came to the United States to paint murals at St. Meinrad Archabbey in Indiana in 1937.  

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    BISHOP MUENCH FLASHBACK

    Bishop Robert W. Muench “incenses” the altar at the 50th anniversary of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, November 6, 2011. The Mass was held at what was then known as the Baton Rouge River Center Arena. Commentator file photo

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    PRESTIGIOUS HONOR

    Capital Area United Way announced at its 2018 Annual Meeting on July 26 that the Society of St. Vincent de Paul was selected as the 2017-2018 Community Impact Award Winner. This prestigious honor is given annually to a partner in the 10-Parish United Way Service Area who is responsive to the needs of their clients and community served through exceptional services, programs and customer service; a model organization for collaboration and best practices to enhance the quality of service and life for the community; and is creating

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    Summer program gives seminarians inside look

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator 

    On a hot Friday afternoon in July, the grounds outside of Immaculate Conception Church in Lakeland were quiet and vacant of cars and people. It was a serene setting, but in less than 24 hours, the church would be busy with the hustle and bustle of a vibrant parish life.  

    Father Todd Lloyd, pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Lakeland, goes

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    St. John enjoys being debt free

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator  

    On June 24, the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, Father Matt Lorrain, pastor of St. John the Baptist Church in Brusly, burned the note on a $1.4 million loan to renovate the church … or in this case, because the renovations include a new sensitive state-of-the-art fire alarm, maybe just a paper shredder located near the altar.  

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    Youth serve, evangelize in Mission Hope

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    With the sparkling waters of the False River as their backdrop, youth from around the Diocese of Baton Rouge nourished thirsting souls in New Roads with living water during Mission Helping Other People Everywhere (HOPE) July 12-15.  

    Youth proudly display blankets they assembled to give out to those in need. Photos by Debbie Shelley | The Catholic Commentator

     

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    Burial in ‘consecrated ground’/ Cohabitation and Catholic seniors

    Q My husband and I are both cradle Catholics. He has completed paperwork with the Emory School of Medicine to donate his body to their research program. Emory’s policy is to cremate the body once their research is completed and then, after a memorial service, the cremains will be buried at the Decatur Cemetery here in Georgia.  

    I would like to know whether this satisfies the “consecrated grounds” requirement of the Catholic Church. (Alternatively, if requested, Emory would return the cremains to the

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    Father Adkins retiring; reflects on ministry

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

    “Thank you for loving me,” said Father Howard Adkins, pastor of Mater Dolorosa Church in Independence and St. Dominic Church in Husser to people who have played an important role in shaping his life and call to the priesthood through their support and challenges. Father Adkins, 72, is set to retire this month.  

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    Father Adkins was ordained

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    Mourners can find peace in the beatitudes

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    When one has a love relationship with God, even as the Lord draws him or her toward himself into the heavenly home, he encircles the person’s faith-filled survivors with arms of compassion and comfort. This is the beautiful unfolding of the beatitude “Blessed are those who mourn,” according to Father Jerry Martin, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church in Prairieville.

    Father Martin noted that the word beatitude refers to a great state of joy. Its roots go back to the Latin word “beatus,” meaning “happy” and “joy.”

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    Share the Gospel, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS)–All Christians are called to be missionaries, concerned more with sharing the Gospel than with earning money or even with being successful at winning converts, Pope Francis said.

    “A baptized person who does not feel the need to proclaim the Gospel, to announce Christ, is not a good Christian,” the pope said July 15 before reciting the Angelus prayer with an estimated 15,000 people gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

    Pope Francis was commenting on the day’s Gospel reading, which told about how Jesus sent the disciples out two-by-two to preach and to heal in

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    Supper and substance set

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Regular date nights are known to be “fuel for the fire” in keeping intimacy alive in a marriage. To turn up the notch of romance, by inviting God into their relationship, many Catholic couples participate in Supper and Substance, which combines an evening out with opportunities to share and grow in faith with other couples. A diocesan wide Supper and Substance will be held Saturday, Aug. 4, 6:30 p.m., at the New Activity Center at St. John the Evangelist Church in Prairieville.

    “Supper and Substance is a

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    Making a difference, one job at a time

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Wearing dress shirts and slacks, Kerry Myers and Harold Grier anxiously waited for staff members of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge Community and Social Responsibility department to arrive in a small dining room at the Catholic Life Center. Special guest Tristi Charpentier of the Wilson Foundation was also there for this “lunch and learn” session. It was a chance for Myers and Grier to exhibit their presentation explaining why employers should consider hiring

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    FMOLHS leader earns national health award

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    Tara Haney, vice president of operations for Health Leaders Network (HLN) for Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System in Baton Rouge, was honored as one of Tomorrow’s Leaders by the Catholic Health Association (CHA) during an awards banquet last month in San Diego.  

    Tara Haney, a leader of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System in Baton Rouge, was recognized by the Tomorrow’s Leaders Program of the Catholic Health Association. Haney, center, receives

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    LOOKING AHEAD

    Move to BR  exciting for  Bishop Duca 

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    On a recent Saturday morning, as Bishop-designate Michael G. Duca pulled into the garage at his Shreveport home following an ordination ceremony his cell phone rang.  

     

    Bishop-designate Michael G. Duca, pictured with students in Shreveport after a Red

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