Monthly Archives: November 2014

Pope Francis to Visit Philadelphia World Meeting of Families in 2015

by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

WASHINGTON—The visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September 2015 for the World Meeting of Families will be a “joyful moment,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Pope Francis made his intention to travel to the United States public on November 17 in an address to the Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman at the Vatican.
“The presence of Pope Francis at the World Meeting of Families in our country will be a joyful moment for millions of Catholics and people of good will.  Our great hope has been that the Holy Father would visit us next year to inspire our families in their mission of love. It is a blessing to hear the pope himself announce the much anticipated news,” said Archbishop Kurtz.

The World Meeting of Families, sponsored by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Family, is the world’s largest Catholic gathering of families and is held every three years. World Meeting of Families 2015 will be September 22-25, 2015, hosted by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and will focus on the theme “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” emphasizing the impact of the love and life of families on society.

More information about the meeting, including open registration, is available online:

The Vatican has not announced additional dates or cities for the 2015 papal visit at this time.

Bishops Approve Items on Liturgy, Ethical & Religious Directives, Cause for Canonization at General Assembly

by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

BALTIMORE—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved several liturgical items, including revisions to the liturgy of the hours and a revision of guidelines for the celebration of the sacraments with persons with disabilities during their annual Fall General Assembly in Baltimore, November 11. The bishops also approved to pursue a revision of the section of the “Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services” on collaboration with non-Catholic health entities, and advanced a cause for canonization.

The bishops voted on the following five liturgical items presented by the Committee on Divine Worship:

• A revised English translation of the ritual book, “Order of the Dedication of a Church and an Altar” was approved.

• The first official English translation of the ritual book, “Exorcisms and Related Supplications” was approved.

• The bishops also voted to approve modifications to the “Revised Grail Psalter” including improving the translation to facilitate easier proclamation and singing.

• An English translation of the “Supplement to the Liturgy of the Hours” that includes prayers used for the feast days of saints who have been added to the General Calendar since 1984, was approved.

These items, passed by two thirds of the Latin-rite bishops, will be sent to Rome for approval.

• The bishops also approved to begin the work on updates and revisions to the 1995 document “Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities.”

The bishops also voted in favor of pursuing a revision of Part Six of the “Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services” to incorporate guidance the USCCB received from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith last February.

By a voice vote, the bishops also approved the cause for sainthood of Fr. Paul Wattson.

From the Pope: The Dignity of the Person Must Prevail Over Bureaucracy

by Vatican Information Services

Vatican City, November 14, 2014 (VIS) – “From your professional observatory, you are well aware of the dramatic situation faced by many people who are precariously employed or have lost their jobs; of the many families who pay the consequences; of the many young people in search of a first occupation and dignified work. They are many, especially immigrants, who are compelled to work illegally, and lack the most basic legal and economic guarantees”, said the pope that morning in his address to the 7,000 participants at the World Congress of Accountants, held in Rome from November 10 to 13.

In this economic context, there is a “strong temptation to defend one’s own interests without worrying about the common good, without paying too much attention to justice and legality. However, we are all, especially those who exercise a profession associated with the good functioning of the economic life of a country, required to play a positive and constructive role in carrying out our work on a daily basis, aware that behind every piece of paper there is a story, and there are faces. In this task … the Christian professional draws strength every day from prayer and the Word of God to carry out his or her own duties well, with skill and wisdom; and then, to go further than this, which means reaching towards those in difficulty; exercising that creativity that allows solutions to be found in situations of impasse; to make the reason of human dignity prevail over the rigidity of bureaucracy.”

Francis affirmed that the economy and finance are “dimensions of human activity and may be opportunities for encounters, dialogue, cooperation, the recognition of rights and the rendering of services, of dignity affirmed in work. But it is therefore necessary always to place man and his dignity at the center, opposing those dynamics that tend to homogenize everything and place money at the summit. When money becomes the aim and reason for every activity and initiative, this leads to the prevalence of a utilitarian perspective and the untrammelled logic of profit that does not respect people, with the consequent widespread decline in the values of solidarity and respect for the human person. Those who work in various roles in economics and finance are required to make decisions that favor the social and economic well-being of humanity as a whole, offering everyone the opportunity to realize their own development.”

“You, in your profession,” he said, addressing the accountants, “work alongside companies, but also families and individuals, to offer economic and financial advice. I encourage you always to work responsibly, favoring relationships of loyalty, justice and, if possible, fraternity, courageously facing, above all, the problems faced by the weakest and poorest. It is not enough to give concrete answers to economic and material questions; it is necessary to promote and cultivate the ethics of the economy, finance and work; it is necessary to keep alive the value of solidarity as a moral attitude, an expression of attention to others and all their legitimate needs. If we wish to hand our environmental, economic, cultural and social patrimony to future generations in a better condition than that in which we have inherited it, we must assume the responsibility of working for a globalization of solidarity. … And the social doctrine of the Church teaches us that the principle of solidarity works in harmony with that of subsidiarity. Thanks to the effect of these two principles, processes are placed at the services of humanity and enable the growth of justice, without which there cannot be true and lasting peace.”

St. Frederick High School Students Perform in Live Theatre

In October St. Frederick Catholic High School returned to live theater with an impressive production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” at the Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts. “It was exciting to see the talent and creativity that our students have, and we’re looking forward to more productions,” said Co-Director Cathy Airhart-Webb.  Several schools, including Our Lady of Fatima, attended the school showings. The Art Department sponsored an art contest and incorporated their interpretations of the play.  Pictured: Ichabod Crane (Senior Brandon Tramontana) and Hans Van Ripper (Sophomore Caroline Florsheim) perform a scene from “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”

Jesus the Good Shepherd Scouts Served Those Without Power and Workers

Jesus the Good Shepherd School is very proud of our boys in the JGS Cub Scout Pack 1 troop. The boys, along with their families, volunteered to serve 350 burgers at Restaurant Nonna to those without power and volunteers and Entergy employees that were cleaning up Monroe after it was hit by a tornado.

Our Lady of Fatima School Honored Veterans

Our Lady of Fatima School honored the nations’ Veterans from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces with songs of tribute and prayers. Special guests were Marine Sgt. Randall Rugg, a lifelong member of Fatima Church and School, who led the pledge, and the West Monroe High School JrROTC.

Loyola Names HOBY Delegates

Carrigan English

Holly Heafner

The Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar (HOBY) develops leadership potential in young people. Participants get a look at their nation, its people and their role in the world while meeting peers from all over. Loyola College Prep has been invited to send two delegates. Congratulations to Carrigan English and Holly Heafner.

St. John Berchmans Announces Students of the Year

St. John Berchmans School has selected two students for its annual Student of the Year award. Fifth grader Tiffany Siharath and eighth grader Sarah Siharath were honored at a recent awards ceremony and will go on to compete at the diocesan level in 2015.

St. Joseph School Students Compete in Robotics

St. Joseph School sixth graders research, build and program robots! They competed locally at the Bossier Civic Center. Pictured: Students John Shahrdar, Haley Meshell and Nathan Lirette work together to complete a mission with their robot in the Robotics Competition.

St. Francis Hospital Recognized for Maternity Care

On Thursday, October. 30, the Louisiana Chapter of the March of Dimes and the Louisiana Hospital Association, joined by Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the LA Department of Health and Hospitals, presented a recognition banner to St. Francis Medical Center for achievement in reducing the number of early elective deliveries and cesarean births performed before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy to help improve Louisiana’s birth outcomes and reduce premature birth.