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Ruston Catholic Received French Legion of Honor

by John Mark Willcox There is always a first time for everything when you work for the Church and I had a first time experience recently when I conducted my first interview More »

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From Atheism to Seminary: Meet the Diocese’s Newest Seminarian

by Jessica Rinaudo When you think of candidates for the Catholic priesthood, the word “atheist” likely never crosses your mind, but the Diocese of Shreveport’s newest seminarian, Francis Genusa, used that term More »

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Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat: Post-Abortive Healing

by Dianne Rachal, Director of Worship Rachel mourns for her children, she refuses to be consoled because her children are no more. Thus says the LORD: Cease your cries of mourning, wipe More »

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His Presence & Prayers Saved My Daughter’s Life

by Susan Flanagan On a hot Saturday this past July, the local abortion clinic’s parking lot was filled with cars, business as usual getting underway there. On average, 60-70 babies are aborted More »

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Money School Gives Value to Those in Need

by Lucy Medvec, Catholic Charities of North Louisiana It’s 9:00 a.m. on a Tuesday at Catholic Charities and the lobby is filled with people waiting to attend the Money School, the weekly More »

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Catholic Schools Annual Report

by Sr. Carol Shively, OSU This 2017 – 2018 Annual Report is organized around the four major themes of the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools—Mission and Catholic Identity, Governance More »

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Domestic Church: Finding Treasure in Monotony

by Katie Sciba If you have a family, you have monotony; there’s no way around it. Work, school, errands, activities – there is so much “same ol’” on repeat. Quite simply, all More »

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BIshop’s Reflection: Do You Accept?

by Bishop Michael G. Duca On June 10th, as I pulled into my garage after having just ordained Father Duane Trombetta as a priest for the Diocese of Shreveport in a beautiful More »

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A Decade with Bishop Duca

by Jessica Rinaudo, Editor, The Catholic Connection In December 2007, newly married and stepping into a budding career as a graphic designer and journalist, I was hired as the editor of The More »

Krewe of Aesclepius Celebrated with St. Mary of the Pines

The Krewe of Aesclepius came bearing gifts to the PSR Mardi Gras party at St. Mary of the Pines Church. They met the royalty from each class and led them in the traditional Second Line to the tune of accordion music and many cheers.

Fr. Thomas John Celebrates 20 Years

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church members, co-workers and friends came together to celebrate Fr. Thomas John Vadakemuriyil’s 20th anniversary of his ordination as a priest on December 29. The celebration began with 4:30 Mass with a packed church. Everyone thanked him for all he does at Sacred Heart. After Mass we gathered in Gabriel Hall for a covered dish dinner. Pictured: Indiana LaCour and Fr. Thomas John.

50 Years of Knights of St. Peter Claver

On January 6, Joseph Robert Balthazar received his 50 year pin and certificate from the Knights of St. Peter Claver at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church. Pictured from left to right: Bro. Paul Mutisya, Fr. Andre McGrath, Joseph Robert Balthazar and Grand Knight Tim Ford.

Run with the Nuns Raised Money for Gingerbread House

All funds raised by Run with the Nuns support children’s health programs in our community. A donation to Gingerbread House for neglected and abused children was made possible by Run with the Nuns VI, a motorcycle rally that occurred in October 2012. These funds will be used to purchase a new recording/video system for the center which is used in child abuse and neglect cases. For more information on Gingerbread House, visit www.gingerbreadhousecac.org.

Hispanic Youth Traveled to NOLA

On January 12, Hispanic Youth from the Diocese of Shreveport traveled together to New Orleans for a formation workshop by SEPI.  SEPI is the Southeast Pastoral Institute, an educational service organization that assists the Catholic bishops of nine southeastern states in the training and development of Hispanic leadership to help integrate the community into the life of the Church and society.

Teaching Mass at St. Jude Church

On January 30, St. Jude Church celebrated a Children’s Teaching Mass as part of GIFT (Growing in Faith Together). Fr. Pike Thomas and Deacon Larry Mills broke down the Mass for children in the Religious Education program on Wednesday evening. Tailored for 3rd through 7th grade, the Mass was celebrated with the Children’s Music Ministry, youth lectors, altar servers and ushers.

Loyal Students Earn Awards at LASC Convention

Thirteen of Loyola College Prep’s SGA members traveled to Sulphur High School in January to attend the Louisiana Association of Student Councils (LASC) convention. Loyola earned the recognition of Gold Honor Council and the Mega Bucks Club for raising more than $500 for Ronald McDonald House. Loyola was also elected as vice president of District IX and will be represented in the position by Emily Roemer.

JGS Shoot Out Raised Food for Hungry

Jesus the Good Shepherd School found a fun way to provide food for the hungry. Prior to the start of the JGS Catholic Schools Week Basketball Shoot-out, each student was asked to pay an “admission” of one canned good. Every student brought a can and JGS was able to donate 365 cans to the Northeast Louisiana Food Bank. During the Shoot-out, students enjoyed watching their prinicpal Lisa Patrick and her teammate, Fr. Lijo from St. Matthew Catholic Church, compete against Fr. Job from Christ the King/ULM Catholic Center and Fr. Abraham from Jesus the Good Shepherd Church. In the end, Fr. Job and Fr. Abraham, playing for the PK3-3rd graders, were the winners but all of the students enjoyed watching the hilarious antics on the court!

St. Fred’s Students Compete in Religion Scholars Bowl

These St. Frederick School’s seventh and eighth grade students qualified to compete in the Religion Scholar’s Bowl at St. John Berchmans School in Shreveport on January 31. Left-to-right standing: Grant Johnson, John Henry Hebert, Barrett Coon, Christian Amy, John Ellender and Jack Weir. Left-to-right sitting: Marie Livigni and Kristy Pham.

St. Joseph School Celebrated Catholic Schools Week

Fr. Jose’ Sanchez celebrates the School Mass at St. Joseph School during Catholic Schools Week. He demonstrated “raising the standards” by showing how our students grow through every stage of life and how they should use Christ as the ultimate model.