Monthly Archives: March 2016

JGS Helps Pilots for Patients Program

Students at Jesus the Good Shepherd School collected $600 in donations for the Pilots for Patients Organization. This non-profit organization provides free air transportation to patients needing diagnosis and treatment at medical facilities not available to them locally. JGS has been touched personally by this wonderful organization as one of their teachers utilized their services during her cancer treatment. They are honored to be able to contribute to this worthy cause.

St. Frederick Students Give Back

St. Frederick High School Spanish IV students delivered 52 St. Benedict Blessing Bags to the women at Mercy Ministries. The Spanish Club organized the project and collected items from the students at St. Frederick High School.

Additionally, St. Frederick High School 9th, 10th and 11th grade religion classes made fleece blankets during Catholic Schools Week. On February 25, 10th grade students delivered the blankets with members of the Ouachita Counsel on Aging.

SJB Student Wins Fair

Natalie Balbuena, a student at St. John Berchmans School, won first place in History in Division 2 Individual Social Studies Fair. Her project was titled “All About Soap” and it described the history of soap and soap making.

Fathers’ Mass at St. Joseph School

St. Joseph School continued their tradition of the annual “Fathers’ Day” Mass on Wednesday, March 16, as part of their celebration of our patron saint and the patron saint of fathers, St. Joseph. Students were encouraged to invite their fathers and father figures to join them at the school Mass.

Daddy Daughter Dance at Our Lady of Fatima School

Our Lady of Fatima had its first Daddy Daughter Dance on February 19.

African American Holy Men and Women Celebrated at Sacred Heart, Shreveport

This year Sacred Heart of Jesus Church honored the four African Americans who are on the road to sainthood in the Catholic Church. The lives of Pierre Toussaint, one time slave; Mother Mary Lange, founder of the Oblate Sister of Providence; Henriette DeLille, founder of the Sisters of the Holy Family; and Augustus Tolton, listed as first black priest in United States, were role played by church members.  Fr. Rothell Price and Fr. Francis Kamau also shared their journeys to priesthood. A social with dinner followed in church hall.

–  Deacon Clary Nash

Tech’s Catholic Leadership Team

The key words in the mission statement for the Association of Catholic Tech Students spells out “JESUS” – Joy, Evangelization, Sacraments, Unity, Service. Whether or not this was planned is debated, but it demonstrates just how central Jesus is to our ACTS community.

Our motto “Christ-Centered, Student-Led” becomes very clear during the winter quarter when leadership team elections take place. This past January, nominations began for the leadership team, followed by an election in February.

The elected team of eight students had a discernment retreat to learn about leadership, began to bond as a team, and decided on positions based on each student’s strengths. The team adopts a principle of Franciscan servant leadership, making “Christ-Centered, Student-Led” truly come alive as the leadership team takes the initiative to ensure that ACTS offers plenty of opportunities to be Catholic at Louisiana Tech.
One leader ensures that a fun, safe social happens every Saturday, giving students an opportunity to spend time with other young people of similar values. Another leader heads up prayer and liturgy, organizing rosaries, Adoration, and faith-centered talks. Another plans outreach activities beyond the walls of the Catholic Student Center that uphold the dignity of every person. Meanwhile, our campus minister empowers the team to lead by “stepping back” and adopting the role of advice-giver and spiritual director, pointing back to the “Christ-Center” when needed.

The new team is enthusiastic for their term, ready to show Jesus as the center of our organization through the acronym that makes up his name – Joy, Evangelization, Sacraments, Unity and Service.

by Bro. Mike Ward

Boyd Wins Pro-Life Oratory Contest

The Annual Pro-Life Oratory contest for the Shreveport-Bossier region was held at the Catholic Center on February 16.  The purpose of the contest is to invite high school juniors and seniors to present a five  to seven minute talk on a pro-life topic, such as the tragedy of abortion, tragedy of euthanasia, tragedy of infanticide or the tragedy of embryonic stem cell research. This year’s winner is Lucia Boyd, a junior at Loyola College Prep and daughter of Drs. Carter and Bernadette Boyd.  She is President of Flyers for Life and a School Ambassador and was named one of Louisiana’s Young Heroes for her community service. She has volunteered at the Bishop’s Pro-Life Banquets for the past three years and participated in the north Louisiana March for Life this past January. Lucia, who spoke on the tragedy of abortion, will read her winning essay at the Bishop’s 6th Annual Pro-Life Banquet on April 6, at the Shreveport Convention Center. She is eligible to participate in the Louisiana State Oratory Contest held in May in coordination with the Knights of Columbus Convention.

Cathedral Receives Volunteers of America Award

Volunteers of America at their annual luncheon on Tuesday, March 8 at East Ridge Country Club, gave the Ellen Brown award to “the compassionate parishioners from the outreach team [at the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans]. Located in the heart of the Highland neighborhood, the church is committed to finding ways to serve as the Hands and Feet of Christ in our Community.”
Outreach ministries include preparing home-cooked meals once a month for 56 veterans who live at the VOA Veterans Transitional Living Facility and serving those in need at the Highland Blessing Dinner on Thursday nights. In addition, parishioners also give to VOA generously every Christmas season through their Advent Giving Tree program which provides much needed support and supplies to children and families in need.

Parish Mission Held in Oak Grove

On Sunday, February 28, Jeremias Perez from Knoxville, TN, lead a Lenten Retreat for the Hispanic Community of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oak Grove.  Those who attended heard talks on the “Importance of Reading the Bible,” “Lent,” “Sin” and “Conversion.”  It helped the members of the community to better understand their faith.