Our Lady of Fatima Plenary Indulgence

by Dianne Rachal, Director of Worship On Saturday, May 13, the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, Pope Francis declared canonized saints, Jacinta and Francesco Marto, two of More »


Reflection on the Four Marks of the Church

by Kim Long The Nicene Creed was written centuries ago to help Christians remember the important beliefs of the faith. In the Nicene Creed we identify the four marks of the Church. More »


U.S. Bishops Conference Calls for Renewed Peace Efforts in Syria

U.S. Bishops Conference Calls for Renewed Peace Efforts in Syria Bishops Echo Call of Pope Francis to Attain Peace in Syria “Through Dialogue and Reconciliation” from the United States Conference of Catholic More »


Shreveport’s Red Mass Celebrates 25 Years

by John Mark Willcox The year was 1992, only six years had passed since the creation of our diocese and several Catholics in the law field, joined by another group of supportive More »


The Harm of Pornography & Hope Beyond Addiction: Arming & Healing Our Children

Series written by Katie Sciba under guidance of Fr. Sean Kilcawley, STL This is the final installment in a four-piece series on pornography. The first three can be found in the January, More »


Celebrating 60 Years of Priesthood, Msgr. LaCaze Continues to Serve

by Kelly Phelan Powell “I can’t imagine the number of people this tireless priest and faithful steward of the mysteries of God has touched, inspired and profoundly impacted in his years of More »


Fr. Andre McGrath to Celebrate 50th Anniversary

by Deacon Mike Whitehead From his birth, Fr. Andre McGrath was dedicated to God. The family never wanted to put pressure on Fr. McGrath, but they were pleased when he entered the More »


O’Neill Leaves Legacy of Faith and Joy in Ruston Upon Passing

by Nancy Bergeron Blane O’Neill, the high school English composition teacher, was a tough cookie. If he thought a student’s paper was fluff, he’d stamp it with a picture of a cloud. More »


Mike’s Meditations: Magnify the Living Christ

by Mike Van Vranken How is your Easter going?”  Has anyone asked you that question over the last couple of weeks?  It’s ironic that we hear “How is your Lent going?” quite More »

SJB Wins at State Olympiad, Again!

Congratulations to the St. John Berchmans Schools Science Olympiad Team!  They placed first in the Science Olympiad State Competition which was held on Saturday, April 8, in Hammond, LA. This is the 9th consecutive year SJB has won at state. The team is comprised of seven 6th graders, seven 7th graders, and one 8th grade student who together compete against teams comprised of mostly 8th grade students. The team will now go on to compete in the Science Olympiad National Tournament which will be held on May 20 in Dayton, OH.

Loyola’s Boyd State Winner for KOC Catholic Student of the Year

Loyola senior, Lucia Boyd is the state winner for the Knights of Columbus Catholic Student of the Year, one of the highest honors for a Catholic student in Louisiana.  The winner, who is awarded a $4,500 scholarship, is chosen from among Catholic students throughout the state who are evaluated according to their church and faith activities, community involvement, athletic participation and social activities both in and out of school. Boyd, who competed in Baton Rouge, says the 8:00 a.m. competition time “made for a long drive after prom, but was worth it.”

Carter and Charlton Boyd, both Loyola graduates, won this prestigious award during their senior years, making Lucia the third among her siblings to merit this recognition.
“This award is important to us, as our Catholic faith is at the heart of our family,” says mom Bernadette Boyd.  “I am proud of my children and hope they will continue to serve as role models for others.”  Lucia will speak at the Annual State Convention on Saturday, May 6, where the Knights of Columbus will highlight her award and accomplishments.

JGS Pre-K Visited St. Joseph Home

Jesus the Good Shepherd Pre-K visited Christus St. Joseph’s Home for an  Easter egg hunt and lunch. St. Joseph’s Home was founded in 1947 and is the only Catholic affiliated nursing home and assisted living facility in northeast Louisiana. The residents of St. Joseph’s prepared candy filled eggs for the Pre-K students to hunt out on the lawn. Students visited with the residents, enjoyed an egg hunt and then were treated to a lunch prepared by St. Joseph’s cafeteria. It was truly a blessing to have the young and old come together on a such a beautiful day.

SJS Visited Louisiana Supreme Court

St. Joseph School 7th grade students went to New Orleans on March 13 to visit the Louisiana Supreme Court. They were given a tour of the Louisiana Law Museum. Students were also given a tour of the Courthouse and the Law Library. In the library, students saw rare law books, some that dated back to the 1500s. These historical materials were a great introduction to the material they will be learning next year in Louisiana History. Students were greeted by Justice Scott Crichton who answered questions and explained the role of the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Second Annual Diocesan Quiz Bowl

The Second Annual Diocesan Quiz Bowl was held on March 12.  The questions focused on the biblical books of Genesis and Matthew.  St Paschal’s “Wounded Warriors” Team won 1st place, donating their prize money to “Wounded Warriors.”  St Joseph, Shreveport came in 2nd place and donated their prize money to Mary’s House.  This event is sponsored by the Office of Catechesis.

Sunday School Butterfly Release at St. Paschal Parish

At St. Paschal parish in West Monroe’s Sunday school children experienced the releasing of butterflies, which they had watched develop during the past month. Approximately 28 butterflies left their habitats and were set free on the feast of St. Joseph.

St. Joseph, Shreveport Confirmation Retreat

The eight grade Confirmation classes from St. Joseph Parish in Shreveport gathered at The Pines Catholic Camp for a retreat the weekend of March 10. They were confirmed on Sunday, April 30.

Pre-K PSR Class Performs Story of Zacchaeus

Julie Byram’s pre-K Parish School of Religion (PSR) class  at St. Paul Parish in Minden performed a play of the Story of Zacchaeus. Every child had at least one line and the major characters had several. The children performed the play with perfection to a packed house.

Pivotal Prayer Series at Sacred Heart, Shreveport

Fr. John Paul Crispin hosted a six week series from Bishop Robert Barrons “Pivotal Prayer” on St. Francis of Assisi, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Catherine of Siena, Blessed John Henry Newman, G. K. Chesterton and Michelangelo at Sacred Heart Church in Shreveport. The attendance grew with each week as the Good News was being proclaimed!

Living Stations in Zwolle

The Confirmation class at St. Joseph Parish in Zwolle presented a living way of the cross.