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College selection runs in the family

Posted August 22, 2014 at 12:00 am

The Catholic Commentator

As students return to the college campus this fall, some will be there because it’s in their family blood.

Four generations of the Johnson Family, beginning with the late Hattie Melancon, have graduated from Southern University. Keeping the Southern family tradition going are from left, Tanganika Johnson, biology teacher at Southern; Joyce Johnson, volunteer liaison between Southern and Immaculate Conception Church in Baton Rouge, and Tiara Johnson, a freshman. Photo by Debbie Shelley | The Catholic Commentator

 

Many generations of families have graduated from Southern University, said Joyce Johnson, volunteer receptionist at St. Joseph Chapel and Martin Luther King Center at Southern. Her daughter, Tanganika, teaches

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    Altar serving helps St. James families bond in their faith

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    Chad Parker thought he had put the robes up for good.

    Christopher Williams and his grandfather, Raymond Zeringue, frequently serve Mass together at St. James Church in St. James where Father Chris Decker, right, is pastor. Photo by Barbara Chenevert | The Catholic Commentator

     

    He happily participated as an altar server at St. James Church in St. James during

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    Father’s Day holds special meaning for dad

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    When viewed through the prism of youthful innocence, 8-year-old Keller Patton had endured a stressful day. Seeking comfort, he walked up to his dad, hugged him and asked if he could have a kiss.

    Brian Patton and his wife Kristin spend as much time as possible with their sons, Keller, 8 (seated next to Kristin) and Courtland, 10. “I

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    Family values shine through their music

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    An accordion sits perched on the fireplace mantel. Photos of musical instruments line the walls of the living room, along with a poster of Acadians exiled from Nova Scotia. The family cat mulls around looking for a friendly lap.

    LeeAnn, from left, Christine, Wallace and Taylor Law make up the Cajun band, Chere Mom. The band is gaining popularity at venues that

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    Inching toward understanding lives touched by adoption

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    If life is a yardstick, adoption is an inch … but it’s an important inch, said Janie Cravens LCSW to a group of diverse people touched by adoptions, including adoptees, adoptive parents, birth parents and relatives and professionals May 6 at Southeastern Louisiana University Baton Rouge Center – School of Nursing.

    Janie Cravens LCSW talks about the needs of adoptees during her presentation,

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    Easter is a time for families to celebrate life

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    Easter is a time for families to celebrate the goodness of life, in its earthly, natural state and the eternal life provided by Christ when he rose from the grave.

    Ready for Easter Sunday Mass in 1990 are Coco family members, from left, front row, Shawn, Luke, Paul; middle row, Ashley Coco Anderson, Renee Coco Allen, Ana Coco Champion; back row, Lisa

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    Safe Families provides a haven for families in crisis

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    As dawn’s first light heralded the arrival of Christmas morning, one needy Baton Rouge family awoke to holiday trappings normally reserved for the more fortunate.

    Officials from the Diocese of Baton Rouge participated in planting a pinwheel garden in front of the Catholic Charities office building in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, scheduled for April. The pinwheel is the national symbol

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    Parents can help children enter into Christ’s passion

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    “Jesus Loves Me, This I know,” is one of many songs children sing as they receive their first glowing lessons about how much God cares for them. Lent is a time when parents can teach their children the realities of Christ’s suffering and death on a cross that he underwent out of his deep love for them.

    A good way to introduce children to Christ’s passion is

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    ‘Black Madonna’ brings sense of hope to Baton Rouge

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    Catholics have been searching for someone to lead the defense of family and life in the war waged against them by the culture of death. The Blessed Mother, in the form of an icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, “The Black Madonna,” came from Russia to Baton Rouge, not with hawkish words or weapons, but with the young Christ Child in her arms advocating healing and love.

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    Healthy lifestyle can be enjoyable for families

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    Diet and exercise for some families may equate to “eating like a rabbit” and slugging through exercises. Health professionals emphasize that during February, American Heart Month, families should have fun as they adopt a healthy lifestyle.

    Exercising is important for children’s health. File photo

     

    The biggest barrier to living healthy is the habits people form, according to Dr.

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    March for Life best lesson about protecting unborn

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    Better than speaking to children about the importance of a topic is to immerse them in experiences related to it so it becomes part of who they are.

    Dr. Rob Chasuk, center, pauses in front of the United States Supreme Court with his sons, Mark, left, and Luke, during the 2014 March for Life. Photo provided by Rob Chasuk

     

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    Parents guide children to consecrated life by love, service

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    “Wake up the world! Be witnesses of a different way of doing things, of acting, of living! It is possible to live differently in this world,” Pope Francis said in a meeting last fall with the Union of Superiors Generals of religious men at the end of their 82nd General Assembly. The meeting was detailed in an article written by Father Antonio Spadaro SJ.

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    New year is great time to plan for financial success

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    At the beginning of the year, many families resolve to improve their finances, but get bogged down in the details of how to do it. How can families enhance their quality of life while living out their vows to spend less and save more?

    Not being afraid of looking at income versus expenditures each month is the beginning of good financial planning. File

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    New year provides opportunity to celebrate family

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    There’s a natural connection between the New Year and the Feast of the Holy Family, which is celebrated this year on Dec. 29, that prompts families to resolve to live holier lives. What lessons can a family that lived in ancient times in the Holy Land teach 21st century American families?

     One of the biggest lessons is that parents are the educators of their children, said Deacon Jodi Moscona, deacon

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    Prayer for Families

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    There’s a natural connection between the New Year and the Feast of the Holy Family, which is celebrated this year on Dec. 29, that prompts families to resolve to live holier lives. What lessons can a family that lived in ancient times in the Holy Land teach 21st century American families?

     One of the biggest lessons is that parents are the educators of their children, said Deacon

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    JAMIE’S JOY

    Christmas mission aids homeless

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    The number 42 was a signature number for Jamie Navarre, a native of St. Francisville. He was assigned the number, which was also Jackie Robinson’s number, as the only white member of the Southern University baseball team. He kept that number throughout college and as he played adult league softball.

    Tucker Navarre packs one of the bags that will

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    Family leaves legacy of being ‘the voice of the Wolfpack’ at RHS

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    Before the beginning of Redemptorist High School’s last home football game on Nov. 8, footballs were lofted through the air at Majella Field as Mike O’Neill, who carried on a family tradition of being “the voice of the Wolfpack” for the past 56 years, chatted with players and coaches. There was light-hearted bantering and waving to family and friends around the stadium.

    Michael

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    Retrouvaille helps put marriages back on track

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    On Oct. 4, Terry and Tara Messenger, coordinators of Retrouvaille for Baton Rouge, took time to talk about the program before going out to celebrate their 39th wedding anniversary with friends, because they said if it had not been for Retrouvaille, their marriage would not have made it to that point.

    Tara and Terry Messenger

     

    Retrouvaille,

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    Be a leader when parenting, psychologist says

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    Children have not changed, but the way parents think about them and about their responsibilities has, said John Rosemond, family psychologist and syndicated columnist, in a presentation, “Parenting With Love and Leadership,” on Oct. 1 at Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Baton Rouge.

    When children are the center of their parent’s attention, they often believe they can express themselves in anyway

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    Family sees whole person when caring for loved one with Alzheimer's

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    Love and commitment are the reasons people say they give compassionate care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area will support these caregivers during a Wellness Day on Saturday, Nov. 2, at St. James Place, 333 Lee Dr., Baton Rouge.

    Father Jack Nutter, pastor of St. Louis King of France, blesses his mother, Mary, who had Alzheimer’s. Photo provided

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    St. Paul advises couples about marital roles in Book of Ephesians

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    The most common complaint to marriage and family counselors from husbands is, “She doesn’t respect me” and wives is, “He doesn’t choose me,” according to Dr. Brant Pitre, professor of sacred Scripture at Notre Dame Seminary. St. Paul gave the solution to these problems in Ephesians 5:29-33, Pitre stated during his DVD presentation “Wives Do What?!: Ephesians 5 and St. Paul’s Life-Changing Vision of the Christian Family”

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    Household management an important issue in marital happiness

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Studies show that household tasks rank at the top with money and sex as areas that can create conflict in a marriage. Having a plan to solve such conflicts can help keep a marriage viable, according to Luis Campos LCSW, who has practiced marriage and family counseling for the past 27 years and worked for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge for the past 15 years.

    Having a good system of managing household tasks helps to keep balance in

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    Catholic schools teaching the next generation of many families

    By Debbie Shellley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Kimberly Inman said she was “definitely emotional” as she brought her daughter Ally, 16, for her first day of pre-kindergarten at Holy Ghost School. She cried years later as she drove down the long driveway of St. Thomas Aquinas High School to bring Ally for her first day of school there. Kimberly Inman said both milestones reminded her that Ally, who is now a junior at STA, is growing up and having some of the same experiences she had at those schools. Ally Inman and sister Lily, 12, a

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    Johnson to speak about impact of dementia on marriage

    By Debbie Shelley

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    “The yuppies and baby boomers are growing older,” noted Dr. Christopher Johnson, retired professor of gerontology and sociology and former executive director of gerontology at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. As people enter their senior years, among the difficulties they may have to face is dealing with dementia.

    Dr. Christopher Johnson

    Johnson, who has a master’s level training and certification in marriage and family therapy, will speak about how a marriage is impacted when a spouse

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    Family members learn more about each other, their faith at retreat

    Diane Hebert and Phyllis Jumonville, who are second cousins and best friends, grew up together living like tomboys on farms in White Castle. Hebert joked about the time she admired her cousin’s haircut, and Jumonville told her she had watched the hair stylist cut her hair and she could do hers the same way.

    Father Joey Angeles, center, pastor of Our Lady of Prompt

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    St. Jean Vianney Church partners with Safe Families for Children

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    “Safe Families for Children is one of those things we wish didn’t have to happen,” David Aguillard, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, told people attending an informational meeting about the movement at St. Jean Vianney Church in Baton Rouge on June 5. Yet, he noted, the fact that many children and families live in crisis calls Catholics to provide them with biblical hospitality.

    Members

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    Fathers and sons learn how to have strong faith, relationships

    Fathers and sons bonded during a Father’s Day weekend program, “What It Takes To Be a Strong Catholic Man,” which included a talk from David Dawson Jr. about “man-ness,” what it takes to be a superhero and love, as well as interactive activities June 15 at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Baton Rouge.

    Fathers and sons spent time doing activities at a program

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    Men have support in journey to become better husbands, fathers

    As men around the diocese prepare to celebrate Father’s Day this weekend, there are many resources in this diocese to help them be better husbands, fathers and spiritual leaders.

    Taking a break during a recent workday are members of the Men’s Club of St. Thomas More in Baton Rouge. From left, are standing on ground, Kevin Comeaux, Frank LaCour, David Sledge and son Ethan, Robert Seidenglanz, David Broussard and son Jack,

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    Wallace urges moms to set aside to-do list, spend time with God

    Being too preoccupied with completing the to-do list can cause people to miss out on seeing Jesus dancing all around them and blessing them every day, Dr. Mary Wallace, an LSU administrator and mother of four, told a group of moms at a “My Cup Runneth Over: Encouragement for Moms” presentation at St. Mary of False River Church in New Roads on May 18.

    Dr.

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    Good planning helps parents successfully take young children to Mass

    Parents can help their children grow in their Catholic faith and become actively involved in their church parish family by preparing for Sunday Mass.

    John and Tessa Dempre are raising their young children, from left, Ava, 5, Cole, 4, and Luke 2, in the Catholic faith at St. Alphonsus Church in Greenwell Springs. Photo provided by Tessa Dempre

     

    In an

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