Bishop's message for October: The Catechism of the Catholic Church

In most every parish that I served in as a priest, I started a “book club." With a book club, a group of interested parishioners would commit to reading a book and then coming together every two weeks or so, to discuss what each learned and any insight given. If you have not had this kind of experience, I recommend it. The books could be fiction or non-fiction.

Holy Family Sisters celebrate 175 years

In celebration of their 175th anniversary, the Sisters of the Holy Family have spent the past year visiting every Holy Family mission in the U.S.

On Oct. 1, a large representation of the Sisters travelled to St. Augustine Church in Isle Brevelle to witness the blessing of a new stained glass window in the church dedicated to their founder Blessed Henriette Delille.

Church Fairs and Fall Festivals!

• Oct. 13-15: St. Augustine Church Fair.  A weekend of fun and food awaits you at the St. Augustine Church Fair Oct. 13-15 at 2250 Hwy. 484, Natchez, LA. Friday starts with a fish fry at 6 p.m. followed by a dance featuring DJ Rob Reel. Saturdays events will be held from 9 a.m. -11 p.m. and includes Creole cuisine and festival foods, church tours, a Family/Youth bike ride (“Tour de Cane”) at 10 a.m. and music by DJs Doc Couty and Butchie Wutchie. The events continue on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Masses will be celebrated Saturday at 5 p.m.

Thinking about becoming a deacon?

Now is the time to contact diocese to learn more

The Office of the Permanent Diaconate would like to announce the start of a new Permanent Deacon Formation class beginning in the Fall of 2018.

Deacon Richard Mitchell, assistant director for the Office of the Permanent Diaconate, is now taking contact information and fielding questions from men who may be interested in discerning this ministry.

If interested, contact Deacon Mitchell at (318) 445-6424, ext. 206 or email: dcnrmitchell@diocesealex.org.

USCCB Establishes New Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism

WASHINGTON—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops today announced the establishment of an Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism. Initiated by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the USCCB, the committee will focus on addressing the sin of racism in our society, and even in our Church, and the urgent need to come together as a society to find solutions.

Millennials: Do you have something to say to the bishops? All young people encouraged to take survey before Synod on Family in 2018

Pope Francis has dedicated the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to be focused on the theme of “Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment.” It will be held in October 2018.

In preparation for the synod, a survey has been constructed by the Office of the General Secretariat of the Synod, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, asking the young people of the world to provide some insight into “what is it like to be a young person in the Catholic Church Today.”