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Historic Dig: Artifacts of St. John’s Church & College Unearthed in Shreveport

by Jessica Rinaudo The Cathedral of St. John Berchmans has garnered much attention in recent months for the archeological dig they are conducting on Texas Avenue in Shreveport. There the dig team More »

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Bishop’s September Reflection: The Resurrection of the Body

by Bishop Michael Duca I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen. Most More »

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Classes and Podcast on Catholic Retrospective on the Anniversary of Protestant Reformation

by Dr. Cheryl White As the world prepares to mark the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation on October 31, the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans is using this More »

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New Christian Service Facility to Have September Grand Opening

by Jane Snyder The new Christian Service facility on Levy Street will have its grand opening on Wednesday, September 27, at 1:00 p.m. Please join Bishop Michael Duca and Mayor Ollie Tyler More »

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Catholic Charities Presents: Same Kind of Different as Me

by Lucy Medvec Catholic Charities of North Louisiana will be hosting private showings of the movie Same Kind of Different as Me in Shreveport and Monroe during the weekend of October 20-22.  More »

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St. John Berchmans Catholic School Welcomes Changes!

by Kelly Phelan Powell With the advent of a new school year, St. John Berchmans Catholic School in Shreveport is undergoing some exciting changes. Former principal Jo Cazes retired this year after More »

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Vocations View: God is Persistent: Being Accepted to the Permanent Diaconate Program

by Mike Van Vranken I had just turned 28 years old and was standing in the vestibule of St. Michael Church in West Memphis, Arkansas with my pastor.  Thumbing through a pamphlet More »

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Navigating the Faith: Spiritual Direction

by Dianne Rachal, Director of Worship While our diocese does not have an abundance of lay spiritual directors, the number more than doubled in August as four more people completed two years More »

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Catholic Connection Wins Awards!

The Catholic Press Awards were held in Quebec on Friday, June 23, 2017, with Catholic publications from across North America competing in hundreds of categories. The Diocese of Shreveport’s Catholic Connection took More »

St. John Berchmans Catholic School Welcomes Changes!

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by Kelly Phelan Powell

With the advent of a new school year, St. John Berchmans Catholic School in Shreveport is undergoing some exciting changes. Former principal Jo Cazes retired this year after more than four decades working in education, and assistant principal Jennifer Deason, who is in the dissertation phase of a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at Louisiana Tech, has transitioned into the leadership position at SJB. Trey Woodham, athletic director and middle school PE teacher, has assumed the assistant principal role.

There have been many cosmetic touches as well, but one change has teachers, parents and even students excited: SJB will offer Latin as part of its foreign language program for the 2017-18 school year.

“My vision for SJB is to continue to raise the bar, never settling for what we expect of ourselves or our students,” said Deason. “We would like to see growth in all of our learners across the board,” added Woodham. The new Latin curriculum is a major step toward those goals. Whitney Snead, current Latin teacher at Loyola College Prep, will give Latin instruction to SJB middle schoolers three times per week. Grades 3 through 5 will receive Latin instruction from Amy Vitacca, who also teaches middle school social studies.

“Embracing Latin at SJB makes perfect sense for our identity as a Catholic school with a rich curriculum in STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art and Math). As the official language of the Church, Latin enhances our Catholicity. Latin root words are the foundation in science and the language of law, government and theology. [It] supports learning grammar in the English language [and] prepares students to learn other foreign languages,” Deason explained.

As nine-time Science Olympiad State Champions, SJB takes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) very seriously. Although retired, Cazes will continue to work with the Science Olympiad team. “She and I are very close, and I have encouraged her to find a happy balance as she transitions into retirement,” said Deason. “When she is missing us, the school routine or the smiles from the kids, then I want her to come to school. She still has so much to share!”

SJB has undergone a number of other improvements and updates over the summer. Some of these include new landscaping around the campus, handrails, new upholstery for the kneelers in the Cathedral and new scoreboards for the gym. The downstairs hallway has also been painted, lightening the space. “The library and technology center look beautiful,” said Deason, describing the murals and other artistic touches added to the 4100 square foot space. SJB has also redesigned its spirit wear and will be offering students new options for outerwear.

Woodham, who recently completed a 10-month Catholic Education Leadership Program through Loyola Marymount University, is ready and eager for his new role at SJB. “My main goal of the year is to support Jennifer [Deason] in any way I can to make sure this transition into new leadership is as smooth as possible. A lot of times, change makes people uncomfortable… I want to remind our students and parents that everything we do has purpose, and every decision we make is made with the best interest of our students, faculty and staff in mind. Another main goal of ours will be to expose our community to what a great school SJB is so we can increase and maintain a level of enrollment that our school is set up to support,” he said.

To that end, Ashley Timmons, Counselor and Marketing Director, has been working with a dedicated group of experienced volunteers to get the word out that SJB is an amazing learning environment with a strong Catholic Christian culture.

“Too often, people tell us they didn’t know about us,” said Deason. “We are working on getting our name out there and all the wonderful things that our school has to offer, but it is partially our fault – I find our school and families tend to be humbler, not needing or wanting too much extra attention for their good deeds or accomplishments. Fr. Peter Mangum [pastor of the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans] said we just need to tell the truth, so we are trying to do so more often… Our Catholic faith is rich and evident in all that we do, our STREAM curriculum is strong and only getting better with the recent addition of Latin. Our school truly feels like a family.”

Encounter Jesus 3: Diocesan Youth Event Coming to Loyola

by Jessica Rinaudo

Encounter Jesus 3, the annual diocesan-wide youth event, will be held on Saturday, September 16 at Loyola College Prep in Shreveport! This annual gathering of high school and middle school youth and their adult leaders aims to kick off the school year the right way: with time to encounter Jesus and celebrate the gifts that young people are to the Church and the world.

This year’s event headliner is Doug Tooke, a national speaker who combines stories, humor and small group discussions to engage young Catholics in their faith. Encounter Jesus 3 will be an experience rich environment! Youth will encounter Jesus through a variety of means and opportunities on this day including scripture, prayer, sacraments, taking their faith into extracurricular activities, talking about family, relationships and evangelizing, as well as through games and time to talk and interact with Bishop Michael Duca.

“As our young Catholics begin their school year and their minds become occupied with school work, their friends and all the extracurricular activities that fill their lives, it is important to take time to refocus on Jesus and his place in our lives,” said Bishop Michael Duca. “Encounter Jesus 3 will help our young people to see Jesus’ work in their lives and give them the tools they need to overcome the challenges and obstacles they will face as they continue to grow and interact with the people in the world around them.”

Some of the breakout sessions for this year’s event include: “Taking Our Faith into Our Extracurricular Activities” with Father Rothell Price; “Relationships” with separate meetings for girls and boys with Roxanne and Matthew Chumley; Father Matthew Long’s conversion story and “Bonding with Bishop.” There will also be group games, time to see Loyola College Prep and meet the students who attend the school.

“Encounter Jesus is an opportunity for Catholics to come together and be with other Catholics their age,” said Interim Youth Director, Randy Tiller. “In a mission diocese, our youth can sometimes find it hard to connect with other Catholics. Coming together in this way not only gives our youth the opportunity to share in faith together, but it bolsters their confidence in living their Catholic faith.”

There will be separate tracks for high school and middle school youth appropriate to their age and development levels.  Both age groups will share in opening prayer, keynote talks, music and Mass with Bishop Duca together.

Here’s What You Need to Know

WHO?
Middle School Students
High School Students
Youth Leaders
(Separate Breakouts for Each Age Group)

WHERE & WHEN?
Loyola College Prep, Shreveport
September 16
Registration starts at 8:30AM

REGISTER?
Contact your church’s youth minister, visit
www.dioshpt.org, or email Erin LeBrocq stpiusX_youthgroup@yahoo.com

Vocations View: God is Persistent: Being Accepted to the Permanent Diaconate Program

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by Mike Van Vranken

I had just turned 28 years old and was standing in the vestibule of St. Michael Church in West Memphis, Arkansas with my pastor.  Thumbing through a pamphlet explaining why the diocese was searching for men to be ordained as Permanent Deacons, I exclaimed to Fr. Barnes: “I want to do this!”  He smiled and prophesied that as I got older, I should remember this moment because God had just planted a seed.  Now, as an accepted candidate to the Diocese of Shreveport’s upcoming formation of a new class of ordained Permanent Deacons, I am both excited and humbled to finally answer God’s call.

Deacon candidate Mike Van Vranken

I’ve learned when God chooses us to do something (John 15:16), we can run, hide, and find ten thousand excuses why we are not ready. But He waits patiently until we totally surrender to His will so He can place us exactly where He wants us. And for me, I’m convinced his desire, and mine too, is to be ordained and serve as a permanent deacon.  To be in this place of surrender, to know that I have made this decision in complete spiritual freedom and to anticipate the myriad of ways I will be able to minister to the people of God ignites a sensation in my entire being that fills me with joy, peace, excitement, awe, trepidation, delight and numerous feelings that I have no words to describe.

I catch myself daydreaming (“praydreaming” as one priest puts it) about many of these opportunities as a deacon: meeting with new parents about baptizing their infant into the body of Christ; proclaiming the “gospel of the Lord” to the assembly at Mass; teaching adults, children, youth – both Catholic and those becoming Catholic; witnessing and blessing marriages, officiating at funerals, wakes and burial services; helping those in need, including the hungry, homeless, sick, lonely, divorced, lost – those who Pope Francis reminds us are on the peripheries; offering words of encouragement, inspiration, hope and love to all people in our diocese.  In every one of these “praydreams,” I fall in love with the reality that I will be accompanying Jesus in the lives of each person I encounter in so many special and holy ways. Or, to say it differently, I will have more and richer opportunities to experience the Holy Trinity in every person I meet.

In my current role as a spiritual director, I constantly encourage people to take whatever issue is on their mind and share it in a heartfelt conversation with God. They should tell Him their feelings and thoughts, asking for His input and His desires. If you have any indication that God is choosing you to be one of his ordained Permanent Deacons, I offer you the same advice:  Get alone with God in a quiet place, slowly read John 15:1-17, or maybe another scripture where Jesus calls us, and have an honest and frank conversation with Him about how this scripture touches you. Finally, let Him take it from there.

It is good to remember that God is calling each of us – male and female, young and old to be missionary disciples.  At the same time, He is choosing some for the religious life, for the priesthood or to the permanent diaconate. It is good for all of us to ask His help in showing us exactly what he wants from us. And don’t worry that you might miss what His desire is for you. He’s very persistent.

If you would like more information about the Permanent Diaconate, contact Deacon Clary Nash, cnash@dioshpt.org or call 318.868.4441.

Second Collections: The Catholic University of America Collection

by Fr. Rothell Price, Vicar General

Collection Dates: September 9 & 10  
Announcement Dates: August 27 & September 3   

T he second collection in the parishes and churches of our diocese this month is for The Catholic University of America. We ask the Catholic faithful of our diocese to join with the Catholic faithful across our country to make Catholic higher education possible. You may not have a child, grandchild, or great grandchild at Catholic University, but every student at CUA is your son, daughter, grandchild, brother and sister in the family of our Catholic faith.  When you make a gift to the students and faculty, academic and service programs, and foundation and operations at CUA, you empower The Catholic University of America community to grow and strengthen its capacity to offer a world class education unlike any other.

The Catholic University of America collection prepares and strengthens the current and next generation of apologists who explain the Catholic faith and social teaching to the rest of the world.  Your gift supports scholarships for students who need financial assistance.  Please support the next generation of Catholic leaders for our Church and nation – including those studying to become our future priests and religious men and women.

Since 1903, The Catholic University of America has been greatly blessed by the generosity of parishioners around the country through the National Collection.  James Cardinal Gibbons, the first chancellor of CUA and ninth Archbishop of Baltimore, once called this collection, “the people’s endowment.”  I ask you to take his words into your heart.  Join your contribution to that of faithful parishioners across our country to spiritually and academically prepare this and future generations of students, particularly those who have financial need.

More than 12,000 priests and religious are proudly identified as alumni of CUA.  Hundreds of priests and religious attend CUA each year furthering their charge to engage in ongoing religious formation. The Catholic University of America’s mission centers on the discovery of knowledge and truth through excellence in teaching and research, all in service to the Church – a service that is greatly needed today.  University faculty and scholars promote Catholic social teaching and through their research and discourse, help form the Church’s response to challenging social issues of our time.

Please give generously to The Catholic University of America collection. Your heartfelt participation in the second collection is joined to the generosity of CUA alumni, friends, faculty and staff.  Your donation strengthens the Catholic University’s mission and extends its reach.  Your contribution helps our national university move forward, ensuring that current students and future graduates can continue to be God’s light in our world.

Learn more at collection.cua.edu.

Navigating the Faith: Spiritual Direction

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by Dianne Rachal, Director of Worship

While our diocese does not have an abundance of lay spiritual directors, the number more than doubled in August as four more people completed two years of formation. Brenda Lites and Susan Tousignant, St. Jude in Benton;, Marie Rinaudo, Cathedral of St. John Berchmans; and Mike Van Vranken, St. Joseph in Shreveport, graduated from the Archdiocese of New Orleans Spirituality Center Formation Program on August 9, and are now certified spiritual directors. They join Joe and Katherine Bernal of St. Paschal in Monroe and Dianne Rachal of the Catholic Center.  These spiritual directors are trained in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, as retreat leaders, and in one-on-one spiritual direction.

What is Spiritual Direction?
Throughout the history of the Church there have always been men and women who listened to those wanting assistance with their prayer.  From the desert fathers and mothers of the 4th century, through numerous saints and founders of religious orders, mystics and confessors, the Church’s sacred tradition of spiritual direction has been nurtured and safeguarded, remaining a venerable and vital spiritual practice for many today.  Spiritual direction is concerned with helping a person directly with their relationship with God. Spiritual directors help people grow in their prayer life, nurture their relationship with God and enable one to become more attentive to God in daily life.  In nurturing one’s relationship with God, the most fundamental issue in that relationship is: “Who is God for me, and who am I for God?”

Spiritual direction is help given by one Christian to another which enables that person to pay attention to God’s personal communication, to respond to this communication, to grow in intimacy with God, and to live out the results of one’s relationship with God.  Spiritual direction has always aimed at fostering union with God.

What is Spiritual Direction Not?
Spiritual direction is not counseling – spiritual directors are not trained therapists, counselors or psychiatrists.  While spiritual direction can be a helpful adjunct if one is in therapy, it can never take the place of counseling or professional therapy.

Spiritual direction is not pastoral counseling provided by ordained priests and deacons, nor is it spiritual companioning where two people agree to meet and mutually support one another in their spiritual lives.

Who is Spiritual Direction For?
Everyone who is in a relationship with God would benefit from spiritual direction. Are you considering a major life change:  Vocation?  Marriage?  Career move?  Does God feel far way, even though you pray daily?  Do you feel that everyone else has a fulfilling prayer life, and that somehow you are missing out on something?  Are you troubled about the “worldliness” of your life, and concerned about the will of God for you?  Are you angry with God?  If any of these questions resonate with you, spiritual direction can help you draw closer to God and discern His will for you. A trained spiritual director helps one address God directly and listen to His response. Spiritual direction focuses on what happens when a person listens to and responds to a self-communicating God.

What is Spiritual Direction Like?
The spiritual director and the person agree to meet for a specified length of time, usually an hour, and  decide the frequency of meetings.  A spiritual director maintains complete confidentiality with respect to everything that transpires during the meeting. The person coming for spiritual direction communicates what is happening in their prayer life. Sometimes a spiritual director will give the person a scripture or spiritual writing to pray with and reflect on, and the person shares what surfaced during reflection. The spiritual director may suggest spiritual practices such as journaling, contemplation or lectio divina.

The spiritual director always listens intently, helping the person notice God’s presence, God’s movements, God’s will in the life of the person. The person coming for spiritual direction is open in sharing their prayer experiences with the spiritual director, and more importantly, open to receiving God’s communication. In spiritual direction, God is the director.

As Christians, we are a pilgrim people on a journey moving ever closer to eternal life, accompanied by Jesus Christ who shows us the way, and growing in the wisdom of the Holy Spirit who is the love of God the Father.  Spiritual direction helps us develop and deepen our relationship with the Triune God.

For more on information contacting a spiritual director, attending an informational meeting about becoming a spiritual director or taking spiritual direction classes, see the sidebar.

From the Pope: Divine Forgiveness: Motor of Hope

from Vatican Information Services

We have heard the reaction of the companions of Simon the Pharisee: “Who is this, who even forgives sins? (Lk 7: 49).” Jesus has just performed a scandalous gesture. A woman of the city, known to all as a sinner, entered Simon’s house, bowed down at Jesus’ feet, and anointed his feet with perfumed oil. All those who were there at the table murmured: if Jesus is a prophet, he should not accept gestures of this type from a woman such as her. Those poor women, who served only to be seen in secret, even by the heads, or to be stoned. According to the mentality of the time, between the saint and the sinner, the pure and the impure, the separation should have been clear.

But Jesus’ attitude is different. Since the beginning of his ministry in Galilee, he approached the lepers, the possessed, all the sick and the marginalized. Behavior of this type was not at all usual, and indeed this sympathy of Jesus for the excluded, the “untouchables,” will be one of the things that most disturb His peers. Where there is a person who suffers, Jesus takes him on board, and that suffering becomes his. Jesus does not preach that the condition of suffering must be borne with heroism, in the way of the stoic philosophers. Jesus shares human pain, and when he encounters it, there flows from within him that attitude that characterizes Christianity: mercy. Jesus, faced with human pain, feels mercy; Jesus’ heart is merciful. Jesus feels compassion. Literally: Jesus feels a tremor within. How often in the Gospels we encounter reactions of this type! Jesus’ heart incarnates and reveals the heart of God, that wherever there is a man or a woman who suffers, wants healing, liberation and full life.

And this is why Jesus opens his arms to sinners. How many people continue, even today, in an erroneous life because they do not find anyone willing to look at them in a different way, with the eyes, or better, with the heart of God, that is, looking at them with hope. Jesus instead sees the possibility of resurrection also in those who have accumulated many mistaken choices. Jesus is always there, with an open heart; he throws open that mercy he has in his heart; he forgives, embraces, understands, approaches: this is how Jesus is!

At times we forget that for Jesus this is not an easy love, that came cheaply. The Gospels record the first negative reactions towards Jesus, precisely when he forgives a man’s sins (cf. Mk 2: 1-12). He was a man whose suffering was twofold: because he was unable to walk and because he felt “in error”. And Jesus understood that the second pain was greater than the first, so he welcomed him immediately with the announcement of his liberation: “Son, your sins are forgiven” (v. 5). He is freed of that sense of oppression, of feeling in the wrong. It is then that some of the scribes – those who think they are perfect … I think of many Catholics who believe themselves perfect and look down on others, this is sad – some of the scribes present are scandalized by Jesus’ words, which sound to them like blasphemy, because only God can forgive sins.

We, who are accustomed to experiencing the forgiveness of sins, perhaps at too easy a price, should at times remember how much we have cost to God’s love. Each one of us cost a lot: Jesus’ life! He would have given it even for just one of us. Jesus does not go to the cross because he heals the sick, because he preaches charity, because he proclaims the beatitudes. The Son of God goes to the cross above all because he forgives sins, because he wants the total and definitive liberation of man’s heart. Because he does not accept that the human being spends all his existence with this indelible stamp, with the thought of not being able to be received by God’s merciful heart. And with these sentiments Jesus goes towards sinners, which all of us are.

So sinners are forgiven. They are not only reassured at a psychological level, since they are freed of a sense of guilt. Jesus does much more: he offers those who have erred the hope of a new life. “But, Lord, I am a wretch” – “Look ahead and I will give you a new heart.” This is the hope that Jesus gives us. A life marked by love. Matthew the publican becomes an apostle of Christ: Matthew, who is a traitor of the homeland, an exploiter of the people. Zacchaeus, a corrupt rich man of Jericho – he must surely have had a degree in taking bribes – is transformed into a benefactor of the poor. The woman of Samaria, who had five husbands and now lives with another, feels she is promised a “living water” that will always flow inside her (cf. Jn 4: 14). This is how Jesus changes the heart; He does this with all of us.

It is good for us to think that God has not chosen as the first clay to form His Church those people who have never made a mistake. The Church is a people of sinners who experience God’s mercy and forgiveness. Peter understood more truth about himself at the cockcrow than from his efforts of generosity that swelled his chest and made him feel superior to others.

Brothers and sisters, we are all poor sinners, in need of the mercy of God Who has the strength to transform us and to restore our hope, every day. And He does this! And to those who have understood this basic truth, God gives the most beautiful mission in the world, that is, love for brothers and sisters, and the proclamation of a mercy He denies to no one. And this is our hope. Let us go ahead with this trust in forgiveness, in Jesus’ merciful love.

Back to School Mass with Bishop Duca

Bishop Michael Duca greets the altar servers at the “Back to School Mass” at the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans.

“Let Your Light Shine” Annual Tech Students Retreat

More than 70 college students attended the annual Spring Retreat of the Association of Catholic Tech Students (ACTS), the campus ministry program at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Ruston, led by Br. Michael Ward, OFM. The ACTS Spring Retreat is one of three retreats offered by the campus ministry program at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish. The fall and winter retreats are preludes to the spring retreat — the largest of the three. The ACTS spring retreat is a shining example of the ACTS motto, “Christ-Centered and Student-Led.”

Two students leaders coordinated a team of 20 students, spending three months planning the retreat, tailoring it to the needs of attendees guided by a yearly theme. This year, the theme was “Let Your Light Shine.” The student-led weekend is carefully choreographed with skits, talks, activities, prayer, reflection time and, of course, meals. The Women’s Guild of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish supplied the snacks for the weekend, and the Men’s Club hosted a fish fry for the retreatants on Saturday evening.

Typically, ACTS invites speakers to address the college students. This year, the students invited Fr. Ryan Humphries from St. Edward the Confessor Church in Tallulah, and Pam and Roland Allen who are parishioners of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish. Pam is the Executive Director of the Louisiana Center for the Blind and Roland is the Cane Travel Instructor for the center. The “senior talk” of the weekend was given by Seth Louviere who encouraged the ACTS members to stay strong in their faith during college. The spring retreat “officially” ended with the celebration of a 7:00 p.m. Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish. Thanks to Fr. Pat Madden and Fr. Joe Martina who assisted the pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas, Fr. Frank Folino, ofm, in offering the sacrament of reconciliation.

Sacred Heart in Rayville Celebrates Sacred Heart of Jesus Over Four Days

Each year, Sacred Heart Parish in Rayville celebrates the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This year the church was honored to have Bishop Michael Duca and several priests from surrounding parishes join together in a four day celebration.

On Tuesday, June 20, Fr. Joseph Puthuppally celebrated Mass and presented a homily, the theme of which was “Be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”  On successive evenings, Fr. James Moran, CO celebrated Mass and presented a homily entitled, “Do not perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them.” Fr. Job Edathinatt of St. Lawrence Church in Swartz celebrated Mass and presented a homily entitled, “In praying, do not babble like the pagans.”

On Friday, June 23, in celebration of the feast day, Bishop Duca joined Pastor, Fr. Philip Pazhayakari, CMI, Fr. James Dominic, Fr. Biju Kuriakose, CMI, and Fr. Moran, CO in concelebrating Mass. Bishop Duca gave an inspiring homily, the theme of which was “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened.”

The Mass highlighted a four-day celebration which joined several priests in surrounding parishes.

The ladies and men of Sacred Heart Parish prepared meals each evening, and an enthusiastic group of parishioners attended the spiritual and uplifting celebrations.

Pictured: Celebrating the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on Friday, June 23, at Sacred Heart Parish in Rayville, were (left to right), Fr. James Dominic, Fr. Biju Kuriakose, CMI,  Bishop Michael Duca, Fr. Philip Pazhayakari, CMI, and Fr. James Moran, CO.

St. Patrick Youth Take Mission Trip to Help Flood Victims

From Monday, June 5, to Saturday, June 10, youth from St. Patrick Parish in Lake Providence and Sacred Heart Parish in Oak Grove, participated in a Mission Trip to Hammond, LA.  During that time they helped to renovate a home that was damaged in the major flooding that took place in south Louisiana last year.  The group worked with the Fuller Center in Hammond.  A group from Minnesota worked with them and is in included in the photo above.