Wednesday, Sept. 20

MEMORIAL OF ANDREW KIM TAE-GŎN, PRIEST, AND PAUL CHŎNG HA-SANG, AND COMPANIONS, MARTYRS

Stretch your faith

Being an example of faith to others means extending the branches of your life outward. Extend a branch a little farther today and say a silent prayer for someone in your life who is struggling. The martyrs Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, and their companions were part of a church in Korea that began entirely with laypeople. In difficult times of persecution they were buoyed by others in their faith. Do not doubt the power of a lived faith that extends beyond your arms and into others’ hearts.

TODAY'S READINGS: 1 Timothy 3:14-16; Luke 7:31-35 (445).
“O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.”

Church Fairs and Fall Festivals!

• Sept. 16-17: St. Peter/St. Michael Church, Bordelonville.
Join us for the annual St. Peter/St. Michael Church fair at the Bordelonville Volunteer Fire Department Training Facility. Activities begin Saturday after the 4 p.m. Mass. Join us for food, games, and live music.  On Sunday, don’t miss the Cochon de Lait dinner from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 pm for only $10 donation per plate.

• Sept. 29- Oct. 1: St. Francis de Sales Church, Echo. 

Two new offices created at diocese to be staffed by volunteers

Bishop David Talley has created and will direct two new offices at the Diocese of Alexandria. Both will be staffed by volunteers.

Office of Divine Worship

Bishop Talley will direct a new Office of Divine Worship and will be assisted by a small team of volunteers (laity and clergy), dedicated to the reverent and joyful celebration of the Mass (music and liturgy).

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.

A Message from Bishop David Talley: The Joy of the Gospel in America

In July, a group of clergy, a Sister and several lay leaders from our diocese joined me at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America

Inspired by Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of The Gospel), this Convocation was a gathering of Catholic leaders for a strategic conversation focusing on forming missionary disciples to animate the Church and to engage the many cultures of the United States more effectively and with Gospel joy.