Preparing for June Ordinations: Q&A with the Candidates

KEVIN MUES What are you most looking forward to about being ordained to the Transitional Diaconate? The transitional diaconate is a period of about a year. A man is ordained to the More »


Grant Brings Money School to Rural Community

by Lucy Medvec Catholic Charities of North Louisiana (CCNLA) recently took its financial education class, The Money School, on the road to Ringgold and it was all made possible by a grant More »


St. John Berchmans School Reigns as 10 Time Science Olympiad State Champions!

by Mary Simpson The St. John Berchmans Science Olympiad team won the State Science Olympiad competition held in Hammond, LA in March of this year – in fact, they have won it More »


St. Joseph Seminary Youth Events

by Kelby Tingle, Diocese of Shreveport Seminarian Throughout the course of the academic year, there are many exciting events that take place within the seminary community at St. Joseph Seminary College. The More »


Navigating the Faith: Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church New Feast Day

by Dianne Rachal, Director of Worship The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued a decree signed by Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect, on March 3, 2018, announcing that More »


Domestic Church: Finding the Divine Plan in Grief

by Katie Sciba I lost my dad in the fall of 2013. After dodging more adventurous deaths in his youth, he met his match in cancer. He fought for two-and-a-half years before More »


Faithful Food: Summer Recipes for Life

by Kim Long Birthdays when I was a child were a Real. Big. Deal. What exactly do I mean when I say that? My birthday, which falls in the later part of More »


Catholic Charities: North Louisiana’s Good Samaritan

by Lucy Medvec Who will you help today? In the parable of the Good Samaritan, we are called by Jesus to go forth and treat our neighbors with mercy, even those we More »


Bishop’s Reflection: Live in a Way That Embraces Eternal Life

by Bishop Michael G. Duca For I am already being poured out like a libation, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have competed well; I have finished the More »

Ashes at St. Francis Medical Center

Ashes were distributed on Ash Wednesday following Mass at St. Francis Chapel. Fr. James Dominic and Fr. Philip Theempalangattu also distributed ashes to patients and team members at St. Francis Medical Center. Pictured: Fr. James Dominic places ashes on Sr. Mary Ann Sepulvado.

PSR Provides for Nursing Home

The residents of St. Josephs Nursing Home were paid a visit by the St. Matthew PSR classes. Residents received sweet treats and goodie bags filled with socks and handkerchiefs, purchased with money raised by the students through their “Soup for Socks” fundraiser.

Service Project at St. Lucy Parish

St. Lucy Parish worked on their Service Project in support of the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team (DART), a non-profit advocate for victims and their children in North Central Louisiana who are touched by domestic and dating violence. On March 4, PSR students and parishioners helped sew and make “comfort bears” for the children that DART helps.

Mardi Gras Gala Celebration at St. Ann, Ebarb

St. Ann Church in Ebarb celebrated their annual Mardi Gras Gala on February 11 with a huge crowd. Delicious cajun food was devoured by all and a parade with music was the entertainment of the evening. Beads, flowers, a treasure chest, pictures and a blessed evening was had by all. And, last but not least, was the crowning of a new Mardi Gras King, Louis Procell, and Queen, Pearl Sepulvado!

Celebrating Anniversaries at Our Lady of Fatima

Married couples celebrated their 5th, 10th, 20th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th and above anniversaries of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Monroe. Vicar General, Fr. Rothell Price, Pastor, Fr. Paul Thunduparampil, and Deacon Bill Goss celebrated the Mass and recognized the couples. Congratulations to all of them!

Domestic Justice and Education Chairmen Urge Concrete Actions to Address Scourge of Gun Violence

photo by Fabrice Florin from Mill Valley, USA (Tam High Vigil for Parkland School Shooting)  [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

WASHINGTON—In the aftermath of the tragic attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the USCCBs Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop George V. Murry, S.J., of Youngstown, Ohio, Chairman of the Committee on Catholic Education, urged national leaders to finally come together and address the crisis of gun violence in a comprehensive way.

The full statement follows:
“Once again, we are confronted with grave evil, the murder of our dear children and those who teach them. Our prayers continue for those who have died, and those suffering with injuries and unimaginable grief. We also continue our decades-long advocacy for common-sense gun measures as part of a comprehensive approach to the reduction of violence in society and the protection of life.

Specifically, this moment calls for an honest and practical dialogue around a series of concrete proposals—not partisanship and overheated rhetoric. The idea of arming teachers seems to raise more concerns than it addresses. Setting a more appropriate minimum age for gun ownership, requiring universal background checks (as the bishops have long advocated), and banning ‘bump stocks are concepts that appear to offer more promise. We must explore ways to curb violent images and experiences with which we inundate our youth, and ensure that law enforcement have the necessary tools and incentives to identify troubled individuals and get them help.

Most people with mental illness will never commit a violent act, but mental illness has been a significant factor in some of these horrific attacks. We must look to increase resources and seek earlier interventions.

For many years, the USCCB has supported a federal ban on assault weapons, limitations on civilian access to high-capacity weapons and ammunition magazines, further criminalizing gun trafficking, certain limitations on the purchase of handguns, and safety measures such as locks that prevent children and anyone other than the owner from using guns without permission.

The advocacy by survivors of the Parkland shooting—and young people throughout our nation—is a stark reminder that guns pose an enormous danger to the innocent when they fall into the wrong hands. The voices of these advocates should ring in our ears as they describe the peaceful future to which they aspire. We must always remember what is at stake as we take actions to safeguard our communities and honor human life. In the words of St. John, ‘let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth (1 Jn. 3:18).”

USCCB Offers Congratulations to Pope Francis on His Fifth Year Anniversary

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Administrative Committee has issued the following statement today marking the fifth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis. The Administrative Committee is comprised of USCCBs officers, committee chairmen and other bishops representing every region of the United States.

Full statement follows:
“The members of the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, now gathered in ordinary session on the 13th day of March 2018, take this opportunity to express our filial affection on the fifth anniversary of your election to the Chair of St. Peter.
May the Lord bless you with His grace as you confirm all the brothers and sisters in unity and shepherd us in charity.”

Kids’ Connection: Divine Mercy Sunday

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St. Frederick High School Students Get a Dose of Reality from “Day with the Doctors”

Ethan Brister, Grant Johnson, Jonathan Roy, Zachary Shaw, and Gabriela Trejo spent a day at the LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine in Shreveport to participate in the Day with the Doctors program. These students were among 60 students from North Louisiana chosen to spend an entire day with medical staff and students at LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine.

Day with the Doctors is a one-day, interactive program that provides Louisiana high school students with an opportunity to experience and observe a day’s activities on a medical school campus. Students interact with faculty and medical students, discuss health careers and medical school, as well as learn basic medical diagnostic skills. Hands-on training includes: learning how to listen to breath and heart sounds, checking reflexes, suturing bananas and improving communication and listening skills in working with patients.

LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine faculty members and staff were available to answer questions regarding educational prerequisites, medical school admissions, medical school costs and personal preparation for the commitment of a health career.

This unique health career enticement program is coordinated and sponsored by Bayou North AHEC and LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine to educate future health professionals about the demand for healthcare professionals in rural and underserved areas of Louisiana.

Student participation is open to high school juniors and seniors residing in North Louisiana, who have a 3.0 grade point average or better.

Jesus the Good Shepherd School Celebrates Teachers

Jesus Good Shepherd School celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week, March 5-9. Each day was filled with 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 and received goody bags with personalized JGS raincoats. It was a wonderful week! The teachers and staff of JGS are truly thankful for their family and community.