A conversation with Fr. August Thompson

February is Black History Month. Bishop David Talley recently had a conversation with Father August Thompson. Fr. Thompson is 91 years old and he spoke about his experiences as one of the few black priests ordained during the Civil Rights era.

Lent: Penance Services, Lenten Missions, Stations of the Cross

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PENANCE SERVICES

Wednesday, February 21 following Lenten Mission -- Sts. Frances and Anne Church, Kolin

Thursday, March 15, 6:30 p.m. -- Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church, Alexandria

Bishops Message for February: Conversion of the Heart

Our Lord, Jesus of Nazareth, was formed in the living and written tradition of Mosaic Law and the writings of the prophets. In his public ministry, as told by the four Gospels, he would use the words of the prophets to underscore his proclamation of the Kingdom of His Father. At the beginning of holy Lent, the Church offers a pericope [extract] from the Book of Isaiah that images the life of Jesus.

Golf tournament March 12 - 17 to benefit Manna House

The annual Hixson Ford Pro Am Tournament in conjunction with the Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper ATP Open will be held March 13 at Oakwing Golf Club in Alexandria and will once again benefit Manna House. Each team of three amatuer golfers will be paired with a professional golfer.

The entry fee of $1,000 per team includes green fees, golf cart, hole sponsorship, six invitations to the Pro Am Party, the Pro Am Awards Party (food and drinks included) and the opportunity to play with a professional golfer.

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.