Second Week of Advent

  • Enhance your understanding of scripture with a Lectio Divina for today's readings. en Español

  • Light the second violet candle on your Advent wreath. Pray the rosary and meditate on the Joyful Mysteries.
  • Today, take joy in an open heart and your love for and from God. Take a small gift to someone who may be lonely during this season.

Bishop's message for December: Does Christmas = the Nativity of the Lord?

I can imagine a response to this column as I am writing it.  Someone reading the title is saying… this new Bishop is off his rocker! Lord help us. Of course Christmas is the same as the Nativity of the Lord, the birthday of Jesus of Nazareth. Didn’t you go to seminary?

Well, yes…OK….they seem to refer to the same event….in a way. But let’s see how they are very different holy days.

Ten candidates become Acolytes

Ten deacon candidates were instituted into the Ministry of Acolyte Dec. 2 during a special Mass at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral.

Deacon candidates receive the ministries of Lector and Acolyte before being ordained as permanent deacons. 

As acolytes, the candidates can now assist the priest and deacon at the altar during the Eucharistic Liturgy, principally in preparing the altar and the sacred vessels and, if necessary, distributing the Eucharist as an extraordinary minister.

Penance Services

The following is a listing of Penance Services throughout the diocese. If you do not see your church parish listed, contact your church office for more information.

Monday, Dec. 11
4:00 p.m. -- Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Fifth Ward

Tuesday, Dec. 12
5:30 p.m. -- St. Patrick Mission, Montgomery

Wednesday, Dec. 13
6:00 p.m. -- St. Peter Church, Bordelonville
6:00 p.m. -- St. Peter Mission, Elmer
6:00 p.m. -- St. Joseph Church, Colfax
6:10 p.m. -- Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Pineville

Bishop David Talley is exemplified as 4th Degree Knight of Peter Claver

Surrounded by fellow Knights and Sir Knights of Peter Claver at St. Juliana Church in Alexandria, Bishop David Talley was initiated Nov. 4 into the Knights of Peter Claver Third Degree, joining St. Juliana Council #268.

Shortly after being initiated into the Knights of Peter Claver, Bishop Talley was exemplified as a Fourth Degree Knight by supreme officers from the national office, the Louisiana state office and Assembly #27 Faithful Navigator. Father August Thompson, a

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: The deadline to apply is Dec. 15, 2017.

Job Openings

JOB OPENING – Chief Accountant. Applications are now being accepted for the job of chief accountant in the Business Office of the Diocese of Alexandria. Applicants are asked to submit a resume to David V. Brook, CPA, chief financial officer, Diocese of Alexandria at 4400 Coliseum Blvd., Alexandria, LA 71303, by Thursday, November 30, 2017.   Applicants are not required to be Catholic but must have actual accounting experience. The position is expected to be filled by Jan. 1, 2018.

MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY – Executive Director of Tekakwitha Conference. Applications for executive director of the Tekakwitha Conference located in Alexandria are being accepted now. The selected applicant will begin training in April, 2018 and will take over full duties Sept. 1, 2018.Qualifed applicants should be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Catholic Church;skilled in both administration and management;an effective written and oral communicator;and willing to become familiar with the National Tekakwitha Conference and our patroness, St. Kateri Tekakwitha. Possession of a professional degree, a working knowledge of finances and budgeting, and a theological background are preferable.Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and references by Jan. 30, 2018 to Gail Rando (chair of the search committee) via email at or to 145 Banff Street, Bear, DE  19701.