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Bishop Michael G. Duca distributes Communion at St. Joseph Cathedral on May 17. Photo by Bonny Van | The Catholic Commentator  

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St. Joseph Cathedral was one of many churches to reopen in the Diocese of Baton Rouge the weekend of May 16-17, with the remainder of the churches opening the week of May 18.  Photo by Bonny Van | The Catholic Commentator  

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Father Jason Palermo, pastor at St. Stephen the Martyr Church in Maurepas and St. Joseph Church in French Settlement, distributes Communion during the vigil Mass at St. Stephen on May 16. Photo by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator  

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Father Palermo walks up the aisle at the beginning of Mass at St. Stephen preceded by Deacon James Little, right, and Deacon Mathew Dunn. Also pictured are parishioners Wayne and Julie Bennet. Julie Bennett said, “It’s great to be back. I couldn’t stand it any longer.”  Photo by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator 

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A masked congregation at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Maringouin sing the opening hymn during the parish’s reopening Mass. </span id=”0″>Photo by Debbie Shelley | The Catholic Commentator 

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Father Chris Decker, distributes communion during the reopening Mass for Immaculate Heart of Mary in Maringouin.  Photo by Debbie Shelley | The Catholic Commentator