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Walking with Philippians: Reflecting on Paul’s Words in Our Daily Lives

by Kim Long Okay, I admit it, I was never really a big fan of the “apostle Paul.” Chalk it up to that often quoted verse reminding wives to obey their husbands More »

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Evangelists Remind Us of Our Precious Gift of Faith

by Deacon Mike Whitehead Bunny Austin, Gerald Govin, Bobbie Harlan, John Munger, Terry Byrnes, Josephine Pupillo, Norma Lenard, Joycelyn Majeste, James Tuma, Sam DeFatta, Cambize Schardar, Maria Steele, Judy Landry, Maudie Baranowski, More »

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A Call to Diaconate Service

by Deacon Mike Whitehead It’s not too late to respond to a continuing call of service in the Diocese of Shreveport, but the clock is ticking. Bishop Michael Duca is looking for More »

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Flyers Make Hurricane Relief a Personal Mission

by Lisa Cooper Loyola Flyers strive each year to fulfill the charge to be men and women for others.  One of the most significant efforts toward this end is the hurricane relief More »

CCNLA Employee Carl Piehl volunteers in Houston.

Catholic Charities Employees Share Stories of Assisting in Houston

by Lucy Medvec One month after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, over 500 employees and volunteers attended the Catholic Charities USA Annual Gathering in Houston. Even though the area was still More »

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St. Francis Medical Center Hosts Memorial Service for Infants Born Before 20 Weeks

by Bonny Van Emotions were high at a special memorial service for infants born before 20 weeks. Parents and family members gathered at St. Matthew Parish Cemetery in downtown Monroe on Saturday, More »

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Bishop’s November Reflection: “The Shepherd Cannot Run”

by Bishop Michael G. Duca On September 23, I attended the Beatification of Father Stanley Rother. I was deeply moved by Fr. Rother and how this Oklahoma farm boy became the first More »

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Embrace Grace: A Pro-LOVE Movement for Single and Pregnant Women

by Kelly Phelan Powell Amy Ford grew up in a happy, loving, church-going, Christian home. She knew abortion was wrong; she had even prayed with other believers outside abortion clinics. But when More »

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Embrace Grace & Mary’s House: Sylvia’s Story

by L’Anne Sciba hen I first met Sylvia* she came to Mary’s House for a free pregnancy test. She’d already been to the abortion clinic and received the abortion pill. Now two More »

Warriors Hold eGaming Party

by Jennifer Patterson

Fifty students came to St. Frederick High School on Saturday, September 30, to participate in their first eGaming Party. Students brought TVs, computer monitors, games and extra controllers to help make the event a great success.

When Principal Blair David approached Jennifer Patterson, the schools religion teacher, about sponsoring an eSports Club, she had no idea what it was about. She hoped for at least 10 student members and ended up with 23 students on the team.

The St. Frederick Warriors will soon be competing against teams in other states in eSports tournaments. eSports has proven to be a nation-wide sport offering a healthy and competitive environment through an online platform that empowers high school gamers.

According to the High School eSports League (HSEL), studies have shown that 40% of students nationally do not participate in extra-curricular activities.This amounts to about 8 million students in the U.S.

eSports are a great opportunity for kids who may not participate in athletics or fine arts by giving them another avenue to be active in their school. It allows these students an outlet to engage with other students outside of an academic setting. Current league rules require that students be 13 years old and maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher in order to compete. The program has given students a reason to keep their grades up and develop a deeper connection with their school and their peers. It also helps them hone their communication skills with games that require constant coordination with their teammates. It’s a true sport that requires skills such as teamwork, collaboration, managing victory and defeat, setting goals, practicing and managing schoolwork.

Warrior eSports will compete online against other eSports teams across the country both regionally and nationally.  The Warriors practice Tuesdays and Thursdays after school for two hours in the computer room.

Currently, St. Frederick High School has the only eSports team registered with the High School eSports League in Louisiana.

More than 30 colleges currently offer $14 million in eSports scholarships. Some of the country’s best players now earn salaries to game professionally.
The season officially kicked off on Monday, October 16. Subscribe to our Twitch channel “Warrior_eSports” to tune in and watch the matches.

Balloon Rosary at St. Joseph School

With parish priests on retreat, St. Joseph Catholic School students used their regular Friday Mass time on October 6 to say a rosary in anticipation of the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. With the help of the PTO, middle school students assembled a rosary made out of helium balloons and released it into the sky at the conclusion. Later that morning, the rosary was spotted by an SJS Family touching down in north Shreveport, over 12 miles from its starting point.

Principal Dr. Judith McGimsey said of the rosary, “In addition to the event being so meaningful to our student body and church family, our hope is that someone saw the rosary in the air, and it was a prayer or intention answered.”

SJB Visits Papa Simpson’s Farm

Each year at St. John Berchmans School, students in Pre-K3 and 1st grade take a trip to Papa Simpson’s Farm. There they have the opportunity to learn about farm life by holding and petting chicks and baby goats, planting pumpkin seeds, feeding the animals and even milking a cow! The farm workers even teach the children about what happens to the milk after it’s taken from the cows and the everyday groceries that milk goes into. This field trip is a hands-on way for students to see up close what they learn about in the classroom.

Junior Altar Society Implemented at JGS

Jesus the Good Shepherd School has implemented a new Junior Altar Society. Every Friday after the school Mass, members of the Junior Altar Society will assist the ladies of the church Altar Society in helping clean and maintain their beautiful church. Student volunteers will rotate every nine weeks. We thank them for being good role models!

OLF Student Won Coloring Contest

Paiyton Fairley, a second grader at Our Lady of Fatima School, won a $75 Toys-R-Us gift card in the Sunny 98.3 coloring contest.

Tech Students Take Fall Retreats

Members of ACTS (Association of Catholic Tech Students) had two retreats this fall quarter. One was for the ACTS Leadership Team and the other was for the members of ACTS. Each retreat was held at the OWL Center in Dubach at both the high ropes course and the low ropes courses. In each retreat the students were challenged mentally and physically, which was then channeled into a reflection on their spiritual well-being. Fall retreats commence with one’s experience in the world and then reflect on one’s relationship with God, self and others.

Youth Cook for Volunteers

St. Paschal Youth (SPY) hosted a volunteer appreciation dinner for the Feed the Youth volunteers. These teams of adults provide dinner for our youth at each youth group meeting. The high school youth served the volunteers a homemade meal.  The volunteers were also honored with an appreciation gift for their service to the youth.

SVdP Walk for the Poor in Monroe

The faithful gathered together in Monroe for the Walk for the Poor in support of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Nearly 200 children joined this year’s walk!

KPC Day at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament

On September 10, the 4th degree of the Knights of Peter Claver celebrated KPC Day at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish. Bishop MichaelDuca, Fr. Jean Bosco and Deacons Charles Thomas and Verdine Williams attended.

Pet Blessing at St. Francis

Fr. James Dominic blesses Joyce Estes rescue dog, Maxie, during the Pet Blessing at St. Francis Medical Center. This event is held annually in recognition of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi.