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Ministry of Presence: St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Feeds Students at Louisiana Tech

by Jessica Rinaudo The words “Ruston” and “Louisiana Tech” go hand in hand. And with only one Catholic Church in the city, St. Thomas Aquinas parishioners have taken up the task of More »

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Updating St. Joseph Cemetery

by Randy Tiller In 2023 we will be commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Shreveport Yellow Fever epidemic of 1873. This is not only significant for our diocese, but of importance to More »

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April 28th: Divine Mercy Sunday

by Julia Doolin The second Sunday of Easter is the Feast of Divine Mercy. This year, the feast falls on April 28. For the last 15 years, the Cathedral of St. John More »

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Bossier Church Helps Provide Beds to Children

by Mary Ann Van Osdell Don Harper is seeing to it that “no kid sleeps on the floor in our town” and Mary, Queen of Peace Parish is helping him achieve that More »

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Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Good Friday Way of the Cross & Walk for Justice

by Jim Beadles, President, Shreveport Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul For more than 20 years, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has sponsored the Good Friday Way More »

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Vocations View: Reflection – Final Year of Seminary

by Deacon Kevin Mues, Seminarian Time flies when you’re having fun!” This statement seems particularly accurate to me at this moment in my life. As I approach the end of my final More »

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Mike’s Meditations: Put Jesus in Context

by Mike Van Vranken We’ve all done it. You know, take a bit of scripture that we love to remember and use it for our own justification. And, many times, if we More »

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Frontier Mission Beginnings: Fr. Jean Pierre and the Bayou Pierre Community

by Dr. Cheryl White The small community of Carmel, Louisiana is home to a rich cultural inheritance that resonates even today as an important and easily identifiable chapter of our Catholic history. More »

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Escape Routes: A Reflection on the Church Sex Abuse Crisis

by Kim Long Sometimes I run. It’s true. Sometimes I run from God. In 2002 when the Boston clergy scandal erupted I had a vague notion of what was going on. Several More »

Waterman Celebrates 103

Joetta Waterman celebrated her 103rd birthday with her family and parishioners of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Shreveport on February 16. Waterman is pictured with Fr. John Paul Crispin, FMH.

Kids Help Others in Need at St. Jude Parish

St. Jude students held a food drive for the Christ the King Food Bank and also collected gently used toys for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to distribute. Additionally, each child made “Friendship Soup” in a jar to donate to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

James Named National Merit Scholarship Finalist

St. Frederick student Julian James was named as a National Merit Scholarship Finalist for the 2018-19 school year. Julian is one of only two students from the northeast Louisiana area to be named in this prestigious competition. About 1.6 million students in some 22,000 high schools enter the National Merit Scholarship competition annually when they take the PSAT/NMSQT their junior year. This serves to screen program entrants, measuring critical reading ability, mathematics problem solving ability, and writing ability, rather than just existing knowledge. Students qualifying as finalists must also have an outstanding academic record and be endorsed and recommended by a high school official. They must also submit an application that includes high school courses and grades, extracurricular and volunteer activities, and a self-descriptive essay. All finalists receive a Certificate of Merit in recognition of their outstanding performance in the competition. It is such an honor calling Julian part of our Warrior family, and we are so proud of his many accomplishments!

Loyola College Prep Excels at District Literary Rally

Loyola College Prep placed first in sweepstakes for Division 3 at the Literary Rally held in late February.

Eighty students were sent to Natchitoches to compete in over 25 subject tests and a drama performance. Drama had to earn a superior rating to qualify for the state level, and only a limited number of students from each district and division qualify to move on in the subject areas.

Twenty-four students qualified for state, and eight students earned medals as top scorers in a particular subject.

The State Literary Rally will be held on Saturday, April 6, at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

Congratulations Flyers!

Medal Winners:
• Algebra I – Robyn Ford
• Biology II – Jonathan Okereke
• Civics – Grant John
• Environmental Science – Andrew Atkins
• Geometry – Sikai Liang
• Government – Andrew Meyer
• Health – Lauren Warren
• Spanish IV – Chloe Dean
State Qualifiers:
• PreCal – Mary Rose Desautels
• Algebra I – Robyn Ford
• Biology I – Caroline Henry
• Biology II – Jonathan Okereke
• Calculus II – Emma Michael
• Chemistry – Stafford Yerger
• Civics – Grant John
• English I – Emma Cate Dailey
• English II – Embeth Coyle
• English IV – Luke Jackson
• EnvSci – Andrew Atkins
• French I – Lauren Romero
• French II – Claire Scott
• French III – Jinsy Hardison
• Geometry – Sikai Liang
• Govt – Andrew Meyer
• Health – Lauren Warren
• Psych – Mary Elise Stari
• Spanish I – Declan Chmielewski
• Spanish II – Leslie Johnson
• Spanish IV – Chloe Dean
• US History – Hannah Johnson
• World Geography – Elliott Scott
• World History – Anna Avallone

Black History Month at Our Lady of Fatima School

Third grade students at Our Lady of Fatima School in Monroe participated in the school’s Black History Month program.

St. Joseph School Teacher Wins Endowment

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities has awarded SJS Middle School ELA teacher Hallie Franks a $1,000 endowment for her idea for incorporating the study of Louisiana musical legends into the classroom. LEH launched the contest in September 2018, and in addition to a $1,000 prize, the winning teacher from each region will be invited to help develop a short educational video and lesson plan to be hosted on the 64 Parishes site.

St. Joseph Students Present Living Museum

The Living Museum is an event 4th grade students have participated in for the past six years. Students are given at least six weeks to work on the project. Each student randomly draws a name out of a bucket. Once the student is assigned a historical figure or monument, they research, write a paper, create a board and make a costume. The student presents to the class and then celebrates their work on Living Museum day. The entire school supports the 4th grade classes by viewing their presentations.

Teacher Appreciation at Jesus the Good Shepherd School

Jesus the Good Shepherd School celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week, February 25 – 28. Teachers were provided daily meals, sweet treats and goodies donated by JGS families, friends, parishioners and local businesses. On Thursday, the teachers enjoyed an off-campus meal at The Warehouse #1 Restaurant. It was a truly wonderful week! The teachers and staff of JGS are thankful for the love and support of their JGS families and community.

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Publishes Revised Translation of the Rite for Blessing the Holy Oils

from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

WASHINGTON—The publishing division of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has recently made available a revised translation of the rite for blessing the holy oils, entitled the Order of Blessing the Oil of Catechumens and of the Sick and of Consecrating the Chrism.

The book is used at the Chrism Mass, which is one of the highlights of the year in a diocese, normally held on Holy Thursday morning or on an earlier day of Holy Week. At that Mass the bishop, surrounded by a great number of clergy, religious, and faithful, blesses new holy oils for the coming year. The oils will be used for various ceremonies, such as for the preparation and celebration of baptism and for the celebration of the sacraments of confirmation, holy orders, and the anointing of the sick. They are used in some of the most majestic Catholic ceremonies, such as the dedication of a new church, and also in some of the simplest, like an anointing in a hospital room.

“USCCB Publications has produced an attractive book that is worthy of a ceremony as important as the Chrism Mass. The use of the holy oils is a striking part of the Church’s prayer in various moments of a person’s life and in important moments in the life of a parish,” explains Father Andrew Menke, executive director of the USCCB’s Secretariat of Divine Worship. “All of these ceremonies throughout the diocese are linked together through those oils blessed by the bishop.”

The Order of Blessing the Oil of Catechumens and of the Sick and of Consecrating the Chrism is intended primarily for bishops in the United States and for their diocesan worship offices, but will also be a useful reference for seminaries, theological libraries, and for those interested in the Roman liturgy. It may be ordered online.

Additional books and resources pertaining to marriage and family life, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Vatican, ministry and more can be found by visiting the USCCB’s online bookstore at https://store.usccb.org. •

Bishop David Talley Named Bishop-Elect of Memphis

from the USCCB

The Most Reverend David Prescott Talley, J.C.D., M.S.W., Bishop of Alexandria in Louisiana, has been named as the bishop-elect of the Diocese of Memphis in Tennessee by His Holiness, Pope Francis. The appointment was announced in Rome on March 5, 2019. Bishop Talley will serve as Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Alexandria until his installation as Bishop of Memphis in on April 2 at 2:00 p.,. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. At that time the See of Alexandria will become vacant and the College of Consultors will have eight days in which to elect a Diocesan Administrator.

Bishop Talley was ordained to the episcopacy on April 2, 2013, as an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. He was appointed as coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Alexandria on September 21, 2016, and took possession of the diocese as its twelfth bishop upon the resignation of Bishop Ronald Herzog on February 2, 2017.
In all things Bishop Talley fostered a spirit of unity and hope in planning for the future of the diocese while building on its long history.