Monthly Archives: October 2016

Consistory for the Creation of New Cardinals

“Dear brothers and sisters,” said the pope after praying the Angelus, “I am glad to announce that on Saturday, November 19, on the eve of the closure of the Holy Door of Mercy, a consistory will be held for the appointment of 13 new Cardinals from the five continents. Their provenance, from 11 nations, expresses the universality of the Church, who announces and bears witness to the good news of God’s mercy in every corner of the earth. The insertion of the new Cardinals in the diocese of Rome, furthermore, manifests the indissoluble bond between the See of Peter and the particular churches around the world.”

“On Sunday, November 20, Solemnity of Christ the King, at the conclusion of the Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy, I will concelebrate holy Mass with the new cardinals, with the College of Cardinals, with the archbishops, bishops and presbyters. These are the names of the new cardinals:

1. Archbishop Mario Zenari, Italy, who will remain as apostolic nuncio in the beloved and troubled Syria
2. Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga of Bangui, Central African Republic
3. Archbishop Carlos Osoro Sierra of Madrid, Spain
4. Archbishop Sérgio da Rocha of Brasilia, Brazil
5. Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of Chicago, United States of America
6. Archbishop Patrick D’Rozario of Dhaka, Bangladesh
7. Archbishop Baltazar Enrique Porras Cardozo of Mérida, Venezuela
8. Archbishop Jozef De Kesel of Mechelen-Brussels, Belgium
9. Archbishop Maurice Piat of Port Louis, Mauritius
10. Bishop Kevin Joseph Farrell, prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, Families and Life, United States of America
11. Archbishop Carlos Aguiar Retes of Tlalnepantla, Mexico
12. Archbishop John Ribat of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
13. Archbishop Joseph William Tobin of Indianapolis, United States of America.”

After announcing the names of the future cardinals, the Holy Father explained that the members of the College of Cardinals will also include “two archbishops and a bishop emeritus, distinguished for their pastoral service, and a presbyter who has given clear Christian witness. They represent many bishops and priests who in the Church as a whole build up the People of God, announcing the merciful love of God in their daily care for the Lord’s flock, and in the confession of the faith. They are:

1. Archbishop Anthony Soter Fernandez, emeritus of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2. Archbishop Renato Corti, emeritus of Novara, Italy
3. Bishop Sebastian Koto Khoarai, emeritus of Mohale’s Hoek, Lesotho
4. Rev. Ernest Simoni, presbyter of the archdiocese of Shkodër-Pult, Albania.”
Finally, the pope asked all those present to pray for the new cardinals, so that, “confirming their adhesion to Christ, supreme merciful and faithful Priest, they help me in my ministry as bishop of Rome, and as a ‘permanent and visible source and foundation of unity of faith and communion.’”

from Vatican Information Services

Pilgrims Visit Italy

Pilgrims joined Fr. Jerry Daigle, Jr., Parochial Vicar of St. Jude Parish, in visiting the Shrines of Italy.

Christian Service Breaks Ground on New Location

Christian Service, a ministry founded in 1970 by Sister Margaret McCaffrey to serve those in need, broke ground on September 28 for their new building at Hope Connections. Christian Service will become the food and clothing part of the collaboration of 12 non-profits to meet the crisis needs of those who are homeless or close to being homeless in our community.

Christian Service will be doubling their capacity in the new 10,000 square foot facility and will be able to serve more people in an atmosphere of dignity, love, and hope, as their mission statement says.

Zwolle & Ebarb Youth Sing for Flood Victims

Children of St. Joseph Parish in Zwolle and St. Ann Church in Ebarb enjoyed singing Vacation Bible School songs to help the Christian Benefit for Flood Victims in south Louisiana.

Pilgrims Visit Holy Door

Members of Jesus the Good Shepherd in Monroe, Sacred Heart in Oak Grove and St. Patrick in Lake Providence participated in a pilgrimage to the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans as a means of entering into the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Blessing of Pets at STMOPS

The Annual Blessing of Pets and Low Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic was held at St. Mary of the Pines Parish on October 2. They celebrated St. Francis Day by blessing the pets.

Back the Badge Day in Mansfield

St. Joseph Parish’s Men’s Club in Mansfield hosted a “Back the Badge – Law Enforcement Day” on September 9. There were around 175 law enforcement officers in attendance. They enjoyed a brisket lunch cooked and served by the St. Joseph Men’s Club and members of the St. Joseph and St. Ann Catholic Churches. Officers were presented a St. Michael prayer card and medallion by Fr. Matthew Long, as well as an Emergency Responder Survival Kit of candy treats. Fr. Long told the officers that the St. Michael Prayer is prayed at every Mass for them.

SJB Student Begins Elite Gymnast Training

St. John Berchmans’ 6th grader, Julia Krzywanski, recently attended a regional gymnastics training camp in Orlando, FL, followed by a week-long tryout for a place on an elite/international competition team. Julia tried out at two gyms for two different Olympic coaches. After only 30 minutes with each coach, she was offered spots in their elite training groups. She had a hard time deciding, but she ended up choosing Steve Nunno, former coach to Olympic Gold Medalist, Shannon Miller.

Julia’s determination and hard work has paid off and she will begin training immediately, however, she must depart from her SJB family.  Julia’s parents, Sara and Dave say Julia will miss SJB.

“She has learned so much at SJB and we are confident that she has a firm academic foundation to begin her homeschooling. Thank you again for everything you have done to encourage and support her!  Knowing that each of you believed in her really pushed her toward making this move and reaching for her dreams.”

OLF Participates in STEM Playground

Our Lady of Fatima is participating in the STEM Playground. Sponsored by Northrop Grumman, STEM Playground is a world-wide competition where students compete by engaging in various experiments and activities and record the results. Students are paired up in teams and must work collaboratively to complete the experiment. OLF is currently the only school in the area who is competing. On Friday September 23, they completed the first activity where they built a tower using only 14 pieces of spaghetti and 14 marshmallows. The students enjoyed the experience and look forward to future experiments.

SJS Collected Pet Donations

St. Joseph School celebrated the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi by holding a pet food drive October 3 -7. Together with the Pet Pantry of Northwest Louisiana, a contest was held between grades to see which grade could donate the largest amount of pet food.  The 1,083 pounds of donations they collected will help 300 low income families in need of assistance in feeding their pets.