Monthly Archives: September 2017

Youth Attend Encounter Jesus 3

Middle school and high school youth from across  the Diocese of Shreveport gathered at Loyola College Prep on September 16 for Encounter Jesus 3 – a faith-filled and fun day!

St. Jude Parish Aids Hurricane Victims

St. Jude’s ACTS team made plans to go to Rockport, TX to assist with flood clean up following Hurricane Harvey. Mike Kenny volunteered to take much needed food, water, clothing and cleaning supplies with them if anyone wanted to donate to the cause. Forty-eight hours later, they had a trailer loaded down with cases of water, food, formula, baby bottles, clothing for all ages, toys, stuffed animals, diapers, wipes, hygiene products for men and women, paper products and cleaning supplies.

St. Paschal Youth Meet and Greet

St. Paschal Youth, SPY, recently had their back-to-school meet and greet with a social media/emoji theme. The Knights of Columbus provided hamburgers and the youth competed in various contests to win tickets that were used to “buy” a chance to win prize packages. The parents completed their annual diocesan paperwork and reviewed the youth calendar with Youth Ministry Coordinator, Shelly Schmidt.

Loyola Faculty and Students Read Immaculée’s Survival Story

by Lisa Cooper

In its second year, Loyola College Prep’s One School One Book initiative is enjoying great success. Over the summer, all students, faculty and staff at Loyola read Left to Tell, Immaculée Ilibaziga’s story of survival and forgiveness during the Rwandan genocide.

“The One School One Book initiative has played an important part in promoting unity in the school,” said Stephanie Johnson, Academic Assistant Principal at Loyola. “It provides common ground and talking points for students, administrators, coaches and teachers when they have all read the same book.”

Whether discussing the historical aspects of Immaculée’s story or using her narrative as the backdrop against which character is assessed, students and teachers find Left to Tell both compelling and relevant.

Johnson chose the book because she wanted, “the message of forgiveness to resonate with students. My hope was that students see that by clinging to her faith, Immaculée was able not only to persevere, but also to find healing and a renewed purpose.”

Students have responded well to the book and hope to learn more from the author during Immaculée’s speaking engagement at Loyola. Jake Watts says of Immaculée, “She is a true image of a miracle. I loved reading about her strength and how she overcame the hardship of the genocide and of losing her family.”

Teachers Receive Pair of Grants at SJS

St. Joseph Catholic School’s second grade teaching team is starting the year off right with a pair of grants. Katherine Suckle received a grant to purchase a class pet from “Pets in the Classroom.” “Second grade is a big year for learning responsibility. I hope to encourage responsibility in a fun way by having a class pet. As part of our classroom jobs, students will take turns being the ‘veterinarian’ where it will be their daily responsibility to take care of our class hamster.” said Suckle.

New teacher Jodi Hyman was awarded the “One Class at a Time” grant from KTBS at the end of the 2016-2017 school year and used the funds in her new classroom to purchase fitness equipment, including yoga mats, jump ropes, balance balls and stepping stones (used for balance and agility).
“Teaching children to enjoy fitness now while they’re young allows them the opportunity to have a positive outlook on exercising into adolescence, and through adulthood. I applied for this grant because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of my students’ health and encourage healthy habits.”

SJB Students Help Hurricane Victims

St. John Berchmans School partnered with St. Theresa Catholic School in Houston, TX, to provide a monetary donation of $3,800 to assist families affected by Hurricane Harvey. For a $20 donation, St. John Berchmans students received a “free dress” week with a different theme each day. Pictured is the K4 class.

JGS School Welcomes Fr. Biju

Jesus the Good Shepherd School celebrated the first school Mass of the year with Fr. Biju Kuriakose, CMI, officiating. Fr. Biju introduced himself to the students and told them of his time as principal and priest at a school in India. They are very excited to welcome Fr. Biju into the JGS school family.

Cooking for Our Lady of Fatima Teachers

Pre-K student, Jackson Miletello and his dad, Chef Anthony Miletello cooked lunch for the Our Lady of Fatima teachers. A big thanks to them!