The month of May: To our mommas and Our Lady

Since 1908, our nation has circled the 2nd Sunday of May on our calendars as Mother’s Day. So, on the 14th of this month, every son and daughter in central Louisiana should find a way to let your momma know how much you love her. For those of us who are living without her presence, we will remember all that she was for us. We will thank God for her and ask the Lord to bless her with light and love.

This Mother’s Day celebration of the gift of our mommas is always at about mid-month. But there’s another remembrance in May, taking up the whole month. In our Catholic culture, May is Mary’s month.

Bishop Talley to ordain three men to the priesthood June 17

Deacons Derek Ducote, Daniel Hart, and Gus “Dutch” Voltz will be ordained to the Holy Priesthood on Saturday, June 17 at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral by Bishop David Talley. Following the ordination Mass, a reception will be held in Xavier Hall.

Derek Ducote
Derek Ducote and his parents Kelly and Chris Ducote, are members of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Alexandria. 

Priest Assignments

From Bishop David Talley:

On this celebration of St. Joseph the Worker, I want to share with all of you the changes of priest assignments that will take effect on the 1st of July:

Priest assignments that will take effect on July 1, 2017:

Fr. Rusty Rabalais, re-appointed Pastor of St. Joseph’s in Marksville.

Fr. Dwight de Jesus, appointed Pastor of St. Francis de Sales in Echo and St. Joseph’s in Cheneyville.

Holy Savior Menard seeks memorabilia from past decades for 125th Anniversary

The planning committee for the 125th anniversary of Holy Savior Menard is looking for help in pulling together memorabilia of any kind -- photos, uniforms, awards, stories -- for the 125th celebration.  Anyone interested or having anything to contribute, please call Kathleen Adamson at 318-445-8233.

The Crucified One is lauded as Christ . . . the Risen Lord

Bishop's monthly message...

With this week’s prayer, the parishes and missions of our four regions ... the deaneries of Natchitoches, the eastern region, the central region and the Avoyelles ... have entered into the very heart of our faith-life during this “holiest of weeks.”

After Jesus was celebrated by the crowds as He entered holy Jerusalem for Passover (Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord), He prayed at the Temple, proclaimed the Kingdom of His Father throughout the city, and as the great remembrance of EXODUS approached ... as He desired to celebrate this ritual of the Passover with his closest disciples ...