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Faithful Step Up in Wake of Tornado Devastation

by Walter Johnson On April 25, the city of Ruston found itself reeling from an EF3 tornado that blew into the area in the early hours of Thursday morning. The vicious storm More »

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Fr. Kevin Mues Ordination to the Priesthood

A Q& A with the Diocese of Shreveport’s Newest Ordained Priest During your time in seminary, what are some of the moments that have encouraged your vocation? The things that have been More »

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Reflection on Minor Seminary

by Seminarian Kelby Tingle Four years ago I graduated from Loyola College Prep in Shreveport and, feeling a call to discern a vocation to the priesthood, I made the prayerful decision to More »

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CCNLA and SVdP: Side by Side and Hand in Hand

by Tiffany Olah, Catholic Charities of North Louisiana At first glance, it may appear that there is a duplication of services in what the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) does More »

Pro-Life Oratory Contest Winners Announced

T he Shreveport-Bossier Pro-Life Oratory Committee has announced the local winners of its high school oratory contest. Kaiden Odell, a senior at Word of God Academy in Shreveport, won first place with More »

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Pope Exhorts Young People to Be Courageous; Encounter Christ on the 56th Annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations

from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops The 56th annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations was celebrated by the Catholic Church on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 12, a More »

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One Last Time: Rinaudo Bids Farewell After More Than a Decade as Connection Editor

by Jessica Rinaudo As I began to work on this, my final issue of The Catholic Connection, I looked back and counted the number of issues I’ve put together over the past More »

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The Beauty of Parish Life

by Kim Long Recently I began to reflect on what God used to get my attention over 30 years ago when “becoming Catholic” began to go from a wild exotic notion to More »

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On the Trail of History: France and the Priest-Martyrs of 1873

by Fr. Peter B. Mangum As many are aware, I have been working on a project over the last two years to explore and raise awareness of the lives of five remarkable More »

St. Fred’s Senior Selected for All-State Football

St. Frederick High School senior, Gregory Long was recently selected to the All-State Academic Football Team and was also named the SFHS recipient of Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church Held Ministry Fair

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Shreveport held their annual Ministry Fair, sponsored by the Parish Council on September 30. For the event, parish ministries, including Eucharistic Ministers, ushers and the Knights and Ladies of St. Peter Claver, set up information tables to educate church members about the various parish ministries and to recruit new members.

Sacred Heart Youth Helped Homeless

The Sacred Heart of Jesus Life Teen youth took on the “Give it Away Now! – Shelter the Homeless” project by pledging 16 service hours and collecting 235 items for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to serve the poor and needy in our community.

St. Paschal Held Rosary for Peace

The Rosary Group at St. Paschal CHURCH in West Monroe gathered to pray the rosary for peace on Oct. 13, 2012.

St. Joseph Church, Zwolle Held Special Rosary

On October 17, the Council of Catholic Women of St. Joseph Church in Zwolle held the first of two special rosaries scheduled to honor our Blessed Virgin Mary. These ladies came together in prayer for America led by Opal Leone. From left to right seated, Jewel Procell, Marie Corley and Edna Myles. Standing front row L-R: Annie Ezernack, Mildred Craig, Mary Remedies, Valarie Sepulvado, Opal Leone, Henrietta Blake, Merlie Procell, Iva Lee Meshell, Carolyn Rivers, Sandra Sepulvado, Vickie Meshell and Emma Sepulvado. Back row L-R: Rosemary Ebarb, Betty Ebarb, Mary Ertel, Merle Rivers, Valda Sepulvado, Rita McComic, Linda Champion, Rose Procell, Ella Garcie, Catherine Sepulvado and Bertie Malmay. Not pictured, Felicia Whitlow.

Hispanic Celebration for Christ the King

There was a Hispanic celebration for the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel at the 3:00 Mass on September 30 at Christ the King CHURCH. The Mariarchi band did a fantastic job with the music at the Mass. The celebrant was Fr. Rigoberto Betancurt.

Catholics Honored for Philanthropy

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John and Lynne Manno

Yesterday, the 21st Annual Philanthropy Day in Shreveport, honored three area Catholics. John and Lynne Manno were recognized as Outstanding Philanthropists and Margaret Furrh Green was honored as the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser. Congratulations to these fine representatives of what is good about giving within our diocese.

Seminarian Contact Information

Many of our churches have asked for a downloadable version of our seminarians’ mailing addresses so they can send them Christmas and birthday cards.

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Pope Presents Vatican II Messages for Laypeople

Pope Benedict XVI gives a message to Robert Prybyla (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — At the end of the Mass in St. Peter’s Square marking the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II and the start of the Year of Faith, the pope gave out texts of the special messages that Pope Paul VI had composed for seven categories of the faithful; Pope Benedict chose contemporary representatives of those groups to receive the messages Oct. 11. The symbolic gesture was meant not just to recall and commemorate an event, but to “enter more deeply into the spiritual movement, which characterized Vatican II, to make it ours and to develop it according to its true meaning,” the pope said in his homily. The seven messages, initially presented by Pope Paul on Dec. 8, 1965, address the concerns and responsibilities of: political leaders, scientists and cultural figures, artists, women, workers, the poor, sick and suffering and young people. Pope Benedict gave the “Message to Politicians” to some members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, including ambassadors to the Vatican from each continent. The message said that the only thing the Church asks of politicians is freedom — “the liberty to believe and to preach her faith, the freedom to love her God and serve him, the freedom to live and to bring to men her message of life. Do not fear her.”

Catholic Leaders: Nobel Prize for Medicine a Triumph for Ethics

Kyoto University, Professor Shinya Yamanaka of Japan & John Gurdon of Britain in London.

MANCHESTER, England (CNS) — Catholic leaders in Europe hailed the decision to give a Nobel Prize to two pioneers of adult stem-cell research as a triumph for ethics. A statement from the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community, known as COMECE, said that awarding the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine to John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka represented an “important milestone” in recognizing the superior potential of adult stem-cell research over destructive experimentation on human embryonic stem cells. The Anscombe Bioethics Centre, an institute serving the Catholic Church in the United Kingdom and Ireland, also described the award as an “achievement of great ethical significance.” Said David Jones, director of the Anscombe center in Oxford, England: “This technique offers hope of progress in stem-cell research without relying on the unethical destruction of human embryos. The past attempts to clone human embryos and the bizarre experiments to create mixed human-nonhuman embryos have delivered nothing. In contrast, the transformation of adult cells into stem cells is making great progress,” he continued. “This is science at its best: both beautiful and ethical.” The Nobel committee said England’s Gurdon and Yamanaka of Japan had “revolutionized” science through their work. “These discoveries have also provided new tools for scientists around the world and led to remarkable progress in many areas of medicine,” the committee said.