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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 »

Ashes at St. Francis Medical Center

Fr. James Dominic distributed ashes to team members in various departments around St. Francis Medical Center as part of Ash Wednesday.

Serving Others in Rayville

Society of St. Vincent de Paul members in Rayville, along with Fr. Philip Pazhayakari, CMI, prepared bags to accompany the jambalaya meal for their “Saturday Meals” February delivery.

Valentine’s Day Dance at St. Elizabeth’s

The church hall was filled to celebrate St. Valentine. Participants danced to a variety of music and enjoyed dance lessons as well as plenty of food and fun!

Students Make King Cakes to Raise Funds

The St. Paschal Sr. high Youth group held their annual Mardi Gras King Cake fundraiser. All of the ingredients are homemade by the youth, including cream cheese filling, pecan praline filling and dough. They sold 265 King Cakes this year to fund their upcoming conferences.

Minden Students Take Part in Ash Wednesday Mass

The PSR students at St. Paul Parish in Minden participated in the Ash Wednesday Mass. Students read, sang and explained Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving. Students gave each family a prayer card, crackers and rock to represent those three facets of Lent.

Schoolhouse Students Celebrate DI Win

Children from Catholic Schoolhouse, a Shreveport homeschooling co-op, entered the Louisiana Destination Imagination State Tournament. The younger group wowed the appraisers with their life-sized pop-up book and story about dinosaurs and saints. The older group took home 3rd place in the state in their category of service learning. Their service project raised $443 for Praise Academy through a bake sale at St. Mary of the Pines Parish. They also donated books to their school.

Knights Create Seminarian Burse

The Knights of Peter Claver Council 144 have established a burse honoring Seminarian Raney Johnson at the Diocese of Shreveport. Contributions to Raney’s education can be made through the Diocese of Shreveport, earmarked for Burse #18. Pictured: Stanley Roque, Grand Knight; Regina White from the Office of Church Vocations; and Tim Ford, Area Deputy.

Waterman Celebrates 103

Joetta Waterman celebrated her 103rd birthday with her family and parishioners of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Shreveport on February 16. Waterman is pictured with Fr. John Paul Crispin, FMH.

Kids Help Others in Need at St. Jude Parish

St. Jude students held a food drive for the Christ the King Food Bank and also collected gently used toys for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to distribute. Additionally, each child made “Friendship Soup” in a jar to donate to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

James Named National Merit Scholarship Finalist

St. Frederick student Julian James was named as a National Merit Scholarship Finalist for the 2018-19 school year. Julian is one of only two students from the northeast Louisiana area to be named in this prestigious competition. About 1.6 million students in some 22,000 high schools enter the National Merit Scholarship competition annually when they take the PSAT/NMSQT their junior year. This serves to screen program entrants, measuring critical reading ability, mathematics problem solving ability, and writing ability, rather than just existing knowledge. Students qualifying as finalists must also have an outstanding academic record and be endorsed and recommended by a high school official. They must also submit an application that includes high school courses and grades, extracurricular and volunteer activities, and a self-descriptive essay. All finalists receive a Certificate of Merit in recognition of their outstanding performance in the competition. It is such an honor calling Julian part of our Warrior family, and we are so proud of his many accomplishments!