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Bishop Duca Reflects on Our Diocesan Stewardship Appeal

by John Mark Willcox, Director of Stewardship  Incredibly this May, Bishop Michael G. Duca  will mark his first decade as the second Ordinary of the Diocese of Shreveport. During his 10 years More »

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Bishop’s Reflection: Letting Go of “Mine” for the Glory of God’s Work

by Bishop Michael G. Duca Maybe the first surprise to new parents is that children are born wild – not tame. I don’t mean this in a bad sense, but our first More »

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Faith Partners for Progress: Catholics Charities of North Louisiana and Society of St. Vincent de Paul

by Bonnie Martinez  The Western District Society of St. Vincent de Paul has been awarded a $5,000 systemic change grant by the National Council of the United States Society of St. Vincent More »

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Pro-Life Events Evolving in 2018: An Interview with Bishop Michael G. Duca

by Jessica Rinaudo As the Diocese of Shreveport continues to support and champion pro-life efforts in 2018, Bishop Duca is planning to keep awareness of the issue at the forefront but now More »

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Discerning a Vocation in College

by Raney Johnson, Diocese of Shreveport Seminarian Some young men discover their calling to the priesthood in high school and decide to enter the seminary right after graduating from high school. However, More »

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Mike’s Meditations: Courageously Ask for God’s Opinion

by Mike Van Vranken Someone recently asked me what he could do differently for Lent. I suggested he think of a moral issue about which he’s always had a definite opinion, and More »

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Bishop’s January Reflection: Make Small Commitments for Big Changes

by Bishop Michael G. Duca As you receive this Catholic Connection, I suppose we are all well into our New Year’s resolutions. Changes are tricky things because we often have a strong More »

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Discerning a Vocation in High School

by Raney Johnson, Diocese of Shreveport Seminarian High school can be a fun but stressful time. Life can easily become consumed with classes, extracurricular activities, jobs and finding moments to spend time More »

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50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae

by John Parker On July 25th 1968, Pope Paul VI issued a brief but controversial document that shook the secular and ecclesial world. The document was Humanae Vitae, Of Human Life, and More »

Epiphany Tradition in Monroe

A beautiful Epiphany tradition took place within the homes of the Parish School of Religion students of St. Matthew Parish in Monroe. The students learned the custom of chalking their doors and how special it is to invite Jesus to be a daily guest in their homes and lives.

College Students Spread Cheer

College students of the Association of Catholic Tech Students (ACTS) headed to Ruston Rehab before the break to spread some holiday cheer to the residents there. Even Santa and one of his elves were in town to help lend a hand! Thanks to the ACTS-ME (ACTS’ Ministry to the Elderly) committee for organizing this festive holiday mission!

St. Frederick’s eSports Rocket Team Ranked Nationally

The St. Frederick High School eSports Rocket League Team made it to the National Playoffs for the Fall Majors. They ranked fifth of all schools in the Central United States region where the competition was fiercest. We are very proud of the hard work of these young men. (Pictured from left to right: Carson Copeland, Jack Weir, Ted Brown, Coy Gammage and Will Yarbrough)

Children’s Homily in Stonewall

Fr. Jim Moran presented the children’s homily during the Christmas Mass at St. Ann Church in Stonewall.

Loyola Students Keep Cross at Center of Lent

This time last year, the members of Faith on Fire, the student-led Christian club at Loyola, wanted to give students a focal point for Lent—something that would cause them to pause in the middle of a busy school day and consider the true meaning of the Lord’s crucifixion and resurrection. They decided on a cross that stands over six feet tall in the center of the main hall. Michelle Brown, senior theology teacher and Faith on Fire sponsor said of the project, “It was entirely done by the students; no adults were involved with this project at all. Students donated their time and resources to hold bake sales and other fundraisers to purchase the supplies they needed.”

Ben Hyde, class of 2017, donated his afternoons and weekends to build the cross. “This was a true labor of love,” said Brown.

This year the cross will again be the focal point of Lent. Students and faculty gather around the cross every Friday to pray, and each day, there is a question for meditation at the foot of the cross. For example, one day a student may read, “Have you stopped today to thank your Savior for his suffering on your behalf?”

Students are particularly drawn to the cross and appreciate its prominent position in the school. Catholic and non-Catholic students alike value the opportunity to be reminded of Lent and its special significance in the lives of Christians.

“Seeing that cross reminds us that we are to give up things, but we can never give what Jesus gave for us,” said senior Alex Smith. “It shows that God gave His life, which is so much more than giving up candy or diet coke. Even those of us who are not Catholic are reminded of true sacrifice.”  •

St. Frederick Celebrates Feast of St. Nicholas

On December 6 students were asked to leave one shoe outside their classroom door during class. At the end of class, students found sweet goodies in their shoes in honor of St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children. St. Nicholas of Myra is a major saint in many European and Eastern countries, and one of the old Christian traditions surrounding his feast day is for kids to leave their shoes out overnight in front of the fireplace, on the windowsill, or outside their bedroom door so that St. Nicholas can fill them with special fruits, candies and other small gifts and treats.

Crawfish Crawl 5k & 10k at SJS

Make plans to attend the St. Joseph School’s Crawfish Crawl on Saturday, March 3, 2018! The 4th Annual 5K and 1-mile fun run has a new addition this year: a 10K route. Besides the run, this family-friendly event will feature face painting, bounce houses, crawfish races, a DJ and delicious food from Shaver’s Catering and Dickey’s BBQ Pit. You can register for the race by going to runsignup.com/Race/LA/Shreveport/StJosephCatholicSchoolCrawfishCrawl5k or stop by Sportspectrum, 6970 Fern Ave., Shreveport, LA 71105. If you are interested in being a sponsor of the 4th Annual Crawfish Crawl, call Greg Beauclair, Director of Marketing and Development at 318-841-8213, or e-mail gbeauclair@sjsfalcons.org.

Improvements Underway for SJB Playground

Playground renovations are coming right along at St. John Berchmans Catholic School. The school offers thanks to all who made donations to help fund this project, including sponsors of the school’s annual Rudolph Run 5k, running participants and those who bought raffle tickets for Christmas class baskets. St. John Berchmans School is installing a 5-foot wrought iron gate to enclose the entire playground, placing new playground tiles around existing equipment and benches, and installing canopies for shade to make recess on hot days more enjoyable for teachers and students alike.

Student of the Year at JGS

Jesus the Good Shepherd School has selected 5th grader, Maggie Rocconi (daughter of Matt & Carrie Rocconi), as Student of the Year for the 2017-2018 school year. Maggie’s exceptional grades, conduct, volunteerism, leadership qualities and outstanding Christian attitude were all factors in her being chosen for this honor. We are so proud of her and wish her the best as she moves on to compete for the North Louisiana Diocesan Student of the Year.

Student of the Year at Our Lady of Fatima

Baylee Mobley is Our Lady of  Fatima School’s 5th grade Student of the Year.