Monthly Archives: November 2013

Bishop Duca Spoke at Theology on Tap

Bishop Michael Duca greets attendees at Theology on Tap at O’Briens Pub in October. Theology on Tap is a program for Catholic young adults to gather in a relaxed setting and learn more about the Catholic faith.

St. Joseph Students Learned About Fire Safety

The Shreveport Fire Department brought “Pluggy” to St. Joseph Catholic School for a demonstration on fire safety. Students in K-5 and 1st grade got the opportunity to interact with “Pluggy” and learn what to do in a fire emergency.

Hahnenberg Closed Year of Faith Speaker Series

Dr. Edward Hahnenberg, the Breen Chair of Systematic Theology at John Carroll University, was the concluding speaker of the Diocesan Year of Faith Speaker Series on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the Catholic Center. He presented on “The Church in the Making: Keeping Alive the Vision of Vatican II.”

Wreath Winner Helped Support Trip to NCYC

Ron and Marilyn Landry of Our Lady of Fatima Church in Monroe proudly accepted the LSU wreath they won in a recent wreath raffle to benefit the OLF youth group, CIA – Catholics In Action.  Ruth Jones (not pictured) won a Saints wreath.  The wreaths were made and donated by OLF parishioners Juan and Jennifer Duong. Proceeds from the raffle were used to cover costs for the youth group to attend the National Catholic Youth Conference.

Center for Ministry Development Classes at the Diocese

Through a grant from the Catholic Extension Society, the diocese is offering a nationally recognized certification program for Lifelong Catechesis or Youth Ministry Studies.  Sixteen catechists and youth ministry leaders from across the diocese gather four weekends a year for two years. Pictured: Tom East, instructor and Director of the Center for Ministry Development, leads the course.

PSR Students at St. Mary of the Pines Went A-Souling

PSR students at St. Mary of the Pines Church went A-Souling the Wednesday before Halloween. The students learned about the ancient practice and went from classroom to classroom  begging and singing  for soul cakes and praying for the departed souls of each “house” (or classroom). All age groups participated with the 7th grade boys dressed in black robes striking a note with their chimes to begin each round of singing, ending in Vandegaer Hall with Fr. Francis and Fr. Mike leading the traditional prayers for the souls of the departed. Then everyone was entertained by the 9th and 10th grades who performed a puppet show depicting St. George slaying the dragon. This was a project to teach the children the origin of trick-or-treating as well as introduce them to praying for the faithful departed.

Loyola College Prep Students Attended Retreat

Loyola College Prep holds four individual class retreats each school year at various locations throughout Shreveport. Students from each grade level get a chance to reflect on their spirituality and hear messages from retreat leaders and classmates. The most recent retreat was held at the Catholic Center and Marcos Villalba, Coordinator for Hispanic Youth and Young Adults, helped lead the retreat.

Our Lady of Fatima Students Served at Fall Fest

The Our Lady of Fatima youth group, CIA – Catholics In Action, recently served at the Our Lady of Fatima School Fall Festival. The youth had a great time working the various booths. This service project was a great way to help the parish school while spending time with their friends.

St. Paschal Celebrated Seniors

Each year St. Paschal Church celebrates their Senior Parish Members who are 80 and older. Parish members of all ages planned the event and served the delicious meal. After dessert was served each attendee received a gift bag and the honorees shared their memories about the beginning of St. Paschal Parish. Many present were founding parishioners who experienced the building of the first church and attended the first Mass celebrated – midnight Christmas Mass in 1940.

Fr. Ubald Led Healing Prayer Service

Fr. Ubald came to the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans for a Mass with Healing prayer on Tuesday, November 5, at 5:30 p.m. During the 1994 Rwandan genocide, Fr. Ubald lost 80 members of his family and over 45,000 of his parishioners were exterminated. Fr. Ubald has been blessed with a healing ministry and his focus is on healing and evangelization wherever he goes.