Kids’ Connection

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The East Extends a Helping Hand

by Randy Smith The Diocese of Shreveport is blessed to have many Catholics who work diligently in all parts of the diocese to help those in need through a variety of programs More »


Lent: There’s a Diocesan App for That!

This year our diocese has made available a special Lenten Program on our NEW diocesan app CathConnect. In the app stores it will be called CatholicConnections. Drawing on this monthly magazine, the More »


Buried Treasure Uncovered at St. John the Baptist Parish in Many

“When I came here in July of last year, the first thing I noticed was the dingy carpet.”  No, it is not the beginning of an episode of “House Hunters” on HGTV.  More »


Lenten Acts of Love Tree

When my daughter, Heather, was five years old and Ash Wednesday was approaching, I was prayerfully discerning the best way to explain to her the upcoming season of Lent.  That’s when the More »


Navigating the Faith: Honor Your Father and Mother

by Cathy Cobb, DRE, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Honor your father and mother, that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God gives you. (Ex 20:12) More »


Domestic Church: Living & Praying Together

by Katie Sciba I was late for Mass. Frantically grabbing shoes and my purse before I dashed out the door, I slipped into a back pew just two minutes into the 8 More »


Bishop’s Reflection: Strive to be Faithful, Not Perfect, This Lent

by Bishop Michael G. Duca How is your Lent going? We are into the Lenten season and, by now, we may have been tempted to give up, or even failed to live More »


2015 Annual Diocesan Stewardship Appeal

As you can tell from his column in last month’s issue of the Catholic Connection, the coming year will be one of transitional challenge for the people of our diocese. Bishop Duca More »

St. Joseph Parish in Zwolle Confirmation Students Serve at Appreciation Dinner

Confirmation Students from St. Joseph Parish in Zwolle served the ladies of the Circle of Catholic Women at their annual Appreciation Dinner.

Sacred Heart Parish in Oak Grove Kick-off Pre-Lenten Mission

On Sunday, February 8, the parishioners of Sacred Heart Parish in Oak Grove enjoyed a potluck lunch to kick off a Pre-Lenten mission that was held Monday -Thursday nights. Fr. Simeon Gallagher presented the mission and his topic was Spirituality for Relationships. Each morning a Mass and a short presentation were held at St. Patrick at 10:30. Each evening a soup and sandwich supper was held at Sacred Heart at 5:30, followed by the presentation at 6:30. Those attending during the week were richly blessed by Father Gallagher’s talks.

Fr. Thomas Elavunkal Celebrates 17th Anniversary of Ordination

The congregations of St. John the Baptist Parish in Many and St. Terence Church joined together to celebrate Fr. Thomas Elavunkal’s 17th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood on Sunday, January 25 at the 10:00 a.m. Mass. The Knights of Columbus prepared a gumbo lunch for the congregation and visitors. Fr. Thomas was ordained in India on December 28, 1997. He was presented with a Papal Blessing from Pope Francis, a new vestment and an oil painting of recently canonized Saint Chavara from India.

ACTS Students Hold Seminar About Prayer

During the Winter Quarter, the Liturgy Committee of ACTS (Association of Catholic Tech Students) sponsored a seminar entitled “Aware of Prayer.” The purpose of this student-led activity was to expose college students to the different varieties of prayers in our Catholic tradition. Members of ACTS not only came up with the concept, but were also the presenters. The informative and conversational gatherings were held on three Tuesdays. The types of prayers discussed were Adoration, Liturgy of the Hours and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. The Liturgy Committee of ACTS is one of seven Christ-centered, student-led committees available to those involved with the Catholic Campus Ministry Program of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Ruston.

St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Celebrates Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas


St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Ruston recently had a special service for their Parish School of Religion classes on the feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas, January 28.

Jesus the Good Shepherd Students Raise Money

Jesus the Good Shepherd School found a fun way to raise money for the West Monroe Civitan Smiles Park Project. Students brought a dollar for “admission” to the JGS basketball shoot-out and enjoyed watching a competition between Fr. Keith Garvin from Jesus the Good Shepherd Parish and his teammate, Sue Blackford, compete against Fr. Lijo Thomas from St. Joseph Parish in Bastrop, and his teammate Fr. Mark Watson from St. Patrick Parish in Lake Providence and Sacred Heart Parish in Oak Grove. JGS school was able to donate over $1400 to the Smiles Park Project.

Krewe of Janus Visits Our Lady of Fatima School

Our Lady of Fatima School had some very special visitors in the form of the King and Queen of the Monroe Mardi Gras Krewe of Janus. The local royalty visited with the students and taught them about parade safety.

Loyola SGA Members Attend Conference

Loyola College Prep SGA members attended the Louisiana Association of Student Councils Convention at Captain Shreve High School. They made history by running for the office of state parliamentarian for the first time ever. They finished second in the race, but made a name for themselves and Loyola across the state.

Fr. Garvin Given Apostolic Blessing

An Apostolic Blessing from Pope Francis was presented to Fr. Keith Garvin at the Catholic Schools Week’s All Schools Mass.  Students from St. Frederick High School, Jesus the Good Shepherd School and Our Lady of Fatima School all attended the Mass held in the Msgr. Marsh Memorial Gym at SFHS.

SJS Students Have Pizza with the Priests

A dozen St. Joseph School 5th-8th grade boys enjoyed “Pizza with the Priests” as part of SJSs Catholic Schools Week celebration. In 5th grade, three students were nominated by their peers as having qualities that could someday lead to a vocation in the priesthood or diaconate; in middle school, students were asked to come forward if they would like to attend the lunch. SJS Pastor, Fr. Mark Franklin, Fr. Michael Thang’wa, Vocations Director Fr. Matthew Long, and Permanent Deacons Bill Roche and Bruce Pistorius were all on hand to visit with the boys and answer any questions they had about a vocation in the Church.