So Just What is Natural Family Planning?

by Kelly Phelan Powell One of the most enduring religious stereotypes is Catholics and their outsized families. We even poke fun at ourselves a bit – we joke and say that when More »


Seeds of Peace Program at Grace Home

No one wants to need the services of Grace Home, but for many families, hospice care for a loved one is an undeniable reality. However, we are fortunate to have a facility More »


Annual Blessing of Cemeteries

The Church seeks to help the faithful departed, especially those souls in purgatory, by earnest prayer to God, and in particular, by remembrance of them on All Souls Day and throughout the More »


Celebrate All Souls Day at St. Joseph Cemetery

November 2, is the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, All Souls Day. On this day we commemorate the souls of all the faithful departed, not just relatives, but all baptized Christians More »


Navigating the Faith: Humanae Vitae

by Fr. Matthew Long, Pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Mansfield & St. Ann Church, Stonewall Pope Paul VI  became pope in 1963 and continued the work of the Second Vatican Council. During his More »


Domestic Church: Affirming Life in Your Marriage

Happy National Respect Life Month! If there’s any assembly in the world ready to stand for life from conception to natural death, it’s Catholics. We share articles, pray before clinics and organize More »


Get ready for the Catholic Pumpkin Patch!

October brings a stunning spray of orange that covers the lawn of Mary, Queen of Peace Parish in south Bossier.  The parishoners of Mary, Queen of Peace, under the leadership of Deacon More »


From the Pope: Mercy is Essential

Vatican City, September 10, 2014 (VIS) – A special aspect of the “maternity” of the Church is education through mercy, and this was the subject of the Holy Father’s catechesis during September More »


Bishop’s October Reflection: Be a Witness for Life

by Bishop Michael Duca So often today, and this will happen even more in the future, we find ourselves defending our faith from a biased and one-sided negative characterization of the Church.  More »

Deacon Jerry Daigle Blesses Pets in Zwolle

Madilyn Laroux and Deacon Jerry Daigle show that no heart is too small to bless the Lord at St. Joseph Parish in Zwolle’s annual Blessing of the Pets.

Loyola Student Achieves Perfect ACT Score

Loyola College Prep student Ben Maxey has joined the ranks of an elite group of high school students to earn the highly-coveted perfect ACT score of 36. The ACT is a national college admissions exam consisting of subject area tests in English, Math, Reading and Science. Of the more than 1.9 million U.S. students who took the ACT last year, less than one-tenth of one percent scored a perfect 36. Similarly, in Louisiana, only 21 out of 49,178 earned a perfect score. Students at Loyola College Prep earned an average composite score of 25 on this year’s ACT. By comparison, the national average is 21. In Louisiana, students averaged 19.1.

Ben attributes his success to the educational foundation he has received at Loyola as well as a lot of practice. “For me, the best preparation was just taking the ACT before,” said Maxey, who took it three times before with scores of 33, 34, and 35. “You can get all those study books, but the best practice is just to keep taking it and being familiar with it.”
Maxey also credited Loyola with helping achieve the perfect score. “The challenging classes and the content in those classes at Loyola have really helped me with a well-rounded education,” he said.

Ben was also recently named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist, making him eligible for more than $33 million in scholarships. Less than one percent of students in each state qualify to be considered a semi-finalist. Finalists will be announced in January 2015.

Jesus the Good Shepherd Cheerleaders Cheered at LSU Game

Jesus the Good Shepherd School’s 5th and 6th grade cheerleaders, had the opportunity to cheer during half time at the LSU vs New Mexico game in Baton Rouge. The JGS cheerleaders participated in the half time show with other cheerleaders from surrounding areas, but were the only ones from an elementary school. The girls did a great job and had a wonderful time.

St. John Berchmans 8th Graders Attended Annual Retreat

The St. John Berchmans School eighth grade class recently attended its annual retreat at The Pines Catholic Camp in Big Sandy, TX. The 31 students and their chaperones were there for three days while participating in leadership and faith-building activities. When asked about their favorite memories of Pines Camp, the class of 2015 answered, “spending time with friends,” “participating in zipline and the team wall,” “the counselors” and “walking through the forest.”

Fr. Mark Blessed St. Joseph Science Lab Pets

Fr. Mark blessed the various animals of St. Joseph School on October 7 in celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. He visited the science lab where Mr. Bell, Middle School Science teacher, has snakes and hissing cockroaches in residence; Mrs. Roper’s first grade class frog received blessings as well.

Fr. Joe Blessed Stuffed Animals in Honor of St. Francis

Fr. Joe Martina blessed stuffed animals in honor of St. Francis of Assisi’s feast day on October 3. Our Lady of Fatima School students brought their favorite stuffed animals to class with them to be blessed and Fr. Joe spoke to them about how it is important to take special care of all of God’s creation.

St. Joseph Parish in Bastrop Blesses Pets

The annual “Blessing of the Pets” was held at St. Joseph Parish in Bastrop on Saturday, October 4. Fr. Lijo Thomas offered a prayer; pets were then gently sprinkled with holy water. The “Blessing of the Pets” was held behind the church at the statue of St. Francis of Assisi. The parish welcomed all faiths via the local newspaper and local community television channel.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Blessed Pets

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish had a successful blessing of the pets conducted by Deacon Homer Tucker.

St. Theresa Circle Hosted Birthday Party at Retirement Home

St. Theresa Circle from St. Joseph Parish in Zwolle hosted the September birthday party for the residents at Toledo Retirement & Rehabilitation Home.

St. Francis Medical Center Blesses Pets!

St. Francis Medical Center celebrated the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi with the annual Blessing of the Pets on Sunday, October 5. The Pet Blessing, conducted by Fr. James Dominic, was held in Anna Gray Noe Park.