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Moving Forward in Sede Vacante

by Jessica Rinaudo Bishop Duca’s appointment to Baton Rouge earlier this year made our diocese, Sede Vacante or a “vacant see:” a diocese without a bishop, overseen by a diocesan administrator, who More »

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Praise Academy: Building Faith, Education and Community in Lakeside

by Jessica Rinaudo Every city has them – areas rampant with crime, populated by the poor, the hungry, those surviving day to day. Shreveport, Louisiana is no exception. I found myself driving More »

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U.S. Bishops Approved “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, A Pastoral Letter Against Racism”

from the USCCB BALTIMORE— The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved during its November General Assembly, the formal statement, “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, A Pastoral Letter More »

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LaCaze Lagniappe Gala: Celebrating the Life of Monsignor J. Carson LaCaze

by Randy Tiller Msgr. Carson LaCaze was a force of nature in the Diocese of Shreveport, but in sharp contrast to that dynamic personality, he was also well known to collect various More »

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Vocations View: Why I Want to Become a Priest

by Seminarian Nicholas Duncan I am going to let you all in on a little secret: I never wanted to become a priest. When I was a kid, I didn’t dream about More »

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Vulnerability is a Gift from God

by Katie Sciba Deep breath, I told myself. Play it cool. I lifted my chin, squared my shoulders, and feigned confidence walking into Sportspectrum. In the few months prior, I took up More »

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Administering in a Climate of Transition and Church Crisis

by Very Rev. Peter B. Mangum, Diocesan Administrator I was standing at the corner of Peacock Lane and Southgates in Leicester, UK, having just visited the recently excavated burial site of King More »

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O Antiphons

by Kim Long After 18 years of working for the Church, I have deemed Advent the season of quiet desperation. Our Church tells us to be reflective and prepare, while secular society More »

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Find Harmony This Holiday Season

by Kelly Phelan Powell Since I was a young girl, I’ve dreamt of the perfect family Christmas morning. My handsome husband and I would spring, totally refreshed, from bed when our beautiful More »

Second Collections: Catholic Campaign for Human Development

by Fr. Rothell Price

Collection Dates: November 10 & 11
Announcement Dates: October 28 & November 4

The door to the “Year of Faith” has swung open! Our Holy Father Benedict XVI and his brother bishops opened these 14 months of renewing our faith on October 11. Through union with Jesus in prayer, study of the Bible and teachings of the Lord and His Church, renewed participation in the Sacraments and publicly witnessing to our faith in Jesus Christ, this year will prove powerfully beneficial to each Christian person and the world.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development provides us with a profound opportunity to connect more intentionally with the Lord Jesus, advance his mission to show forth the Father, join our generosity and sacrifice to his, and give joyful witness to our love for him in the least of his brothers and sisters. Recall the saying, “If you want to feed a person for a day, give them a fish. If you want to feed that person for life, teach them to fish.”  The mission, nature and purpose of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development is to develop each person so they will be equipped to provide their own necessities for life and contribute to the overall health of our society.

“For over 40 years, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has funded organizations that work to end poverty and defend human dignity in neighborhoods throughout the United States. With your generous support to the CCHD Collection, we are able to use your gifts of treasure for efforts that help end poverty.” (USCCB)  Fight poverty in America and defend human dignity by supporting this work of the bishops in their mandate to present Jesus Christ to our fellow Americans in those endeavors that go beyond the short term to the joy of ending it.

“For over 43.6 million Americans, there is a thin line: between eviction and home, between hunger and health, between unemployment and work, between anxiety and stability.  This line is the Poverty Line. For a family of four, that line is $21,834 a year. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by funding community programs that encourage independence. You are essential to its success.  Your generous donation will give those in poverty the support they need to make lasting changes” (USCCB).  Jesus Christ forever changed and redeemed a wounded world; so can you. Our diocese receives large grants from this campaign. I ask for your generous participation in the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

Fr. Rothell Price, Vicar General, is the Director of Special Collections.

Thanksgiving in Aging

by Sr. Martinette Rivers

Sr. Martinette Rivers, OLS, shares the joy of aging with her fellow sisters.

There are productive attitudes to growing older and celebrating Thanksgiving. Gratefulness is a beautiful aging component. We should go public with our gratitude and continue, as we grow older, to “strike while the iron is hot.” Older people like us play a very important part in society and serve as role models for others. What kind of models of gratitude are we?

As the season unfolds, let us refresh our souls, stop rushing around in our busy world, allow God to speak to our hearts, take charge again of our attitude of gratitude, which we may have lost along the way. Remember, an enthusiast lives longer and reaps the blessings of age. How many amazing people like us have become icons of aging and dare to live every new moment? Remember the past with gratitude and look forward to the future with enthusiasm and confidence. God is looking for our grateful hearts this season.

Count your blessings, with or without turkey and all its trimmings, as there is a more profound spiritual meaning given to us by the pilgrims: gratefulness to the Lord.  As I think about the picture of George Washington praying on his knees and his proclamation to give God a Day of Thanks in 1789, I am humbled before my God. It moves me deeply as I get down on my knees to give thanks again this year. If we cannot pray from gratitude, we can certainly pray to experience gratitude. Thomas Merton says, “To live our innermost truth with integrity is gratefulness; it is the full response to what is gratuitously given – namely, everything.”

The paradoxical aspect of gratitude is, the more grateful we are, the more reasons we have to be grateful. Perhaps we should take more time to reflect upon our blessings.

Remember all the past Thanksgiving Days and how things have changed. I can truthfully say my best Thanksgivings took place in the U.S. There have been times I cried on Thanksgiving Day when I was abroad because no one understood me. I prayed on those dreary days that God would change my dreariness into beauty, light and hope. Christ can so change us that beauty and wonder take over and transform us on these days. “No eye has seen, nor ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:7

Thanksgiving is is a day with a different state of mind, one of grace because we have been daily graced by God. Thanks for life Lord, and for all our years. God, you are great and I am grateful.

Sr. Martinette Rivers is a Sister of Our Lady of Sorrows and a spiritual gerontologist. She currently resides in Rimini, Italy.

St. Jude Church Competed in Dragon Boat Races

This September marked the 4th Annual Dragon Boat Festival sponsored by Shreveport Downtown Rotary Club to raise money for projects in education, social services and community development. Last year’s event raised over $23,000. Father Pike Thomas prayed the invocation at the 2011 event, and knew then he wanted us to be involved, rowing for a good cause. Team Captain David Dant assembled 23 rowers and raised $900 in donated funds to sponsor St. Jude Church’s first ever Dragon Boat Festival entry.

Thriving Hispanic Community in Oak Grove

There is a thriving Hispanic community in Oak Grove, Louisiana. After the 5:00 p.m. Spanish liturgy with Fr. Mark Watson, the members of Sacred heart Church in Oak Grove’s Hispanic community shared a potluck dinner and enjoyed one another’s company.

Fr. Peter Guest Homilist in Alexandria

Judicial Vicar and Cathedral Rector the very rev. peter b. mangum  was the guest homilist at the Diocese of Alexandria’s annual Red Mass held at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral on Friday, September 12, 2012.  Local judges, attorneys and the presbyterate of the Alexandria Diocese joined with Bishop Ronald Herzog as he imparted a special blessing on the upcoming judicial year.

 

SEAS Scout Ranks Eagle Scout

Andrew Lukacs, 15, of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s Boy Scout Troop 10, has earned the distinguished rank of Eagle Scout. In its 100th year, the Eagle Scout medal is the highest award given by the Boy Scouts of America and is achieved by about 4 percent of Boy Scouts. Inspired to help an organization close to his family, Lukacs led 16 Troop 10 Scouts in building three raised gardens and six benches for the residents of Holy Angels to use in their expanding Horticultural Program. Lukacs’s aunt has lived at Holy Angels all of her adult life and is one of 184 residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

 

Sacred Heart of Jesus Held “Taste of Sacred Heart”

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church held their first ever “Taste of Sacred Heart”on Sept. 22, in Gabriel Hall. Friends in Faith and Service Ministry members published a cookbook and selected 28 dishes from their cookbook to share for the event. Three members from the group designed kitchen items to be given away as door prizes. There were approximately 150 people in attendance for the fundraiser. Music, food and fellowship was enjoyed by all.

“Broaden Horizons” Program at JGS

Jesus the Good Shepherd School Mrs. Embanato’s 5th and 6th grade history classes at Jesus Good Shepherd were chosen to participate in the “Broaden Horizons” program through the Louisiana Department of Tourism. Students were given an 8×10 stretched canvas with an outline of the state and were asked to give their interpretation of Louisiana. Students drew symbols synonymous with the state as well as used stickers and the JGS shield to decorate their state. The Department of Tourism sponsored this program state-wide as a part of the Louisiana Bicentennial Celebration.

Homecoming Mass at St. Fred’s

Fr. Richard Norsworthy said Mass at St. Matthew’s Church in Monroe for St. Frederick High School students, faculty, parents, grandparents and alumni to celebrate homecoming. The Mass was part of the week long homecoming festivities that included the coronation of the Homecoming Court, alumni reception and the Warriors victory against the Tensas Panthers on September 28.

St. Joseph School Was Visited by Louisiana State Superintendent John White

St. Joseph School was visited by Louisiana State Superintendent John White, who talked about the adoption of Common Core Standards and introduced the COMPASS evaluation methods of teachers. Superintendent White said St. Joseph School is a phenomenal  organization doing good work to educate our children for the future.