The Call to Address Racism in Our Hearts and Communities

In their new pastoral letter against racism, Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, the Catholic bishops of the United States invite conversion of hearts, minds, and institutions in order to address the evil of racism that still exists in our communities. By our baptism, we are members of Christ’s body and sharers…

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Celebrations of the season

Nov. 17-Jan. 6, 2019: City of Natchitoches 92nd Christmas Festival of Lights Over 300,000 Christmas lights and 100 lighted set pieces illuminate downtown Natchitoches and Cane River Lake every evening at dusk through January 6, 2019.  All Christmas events take place in Downtown Natchitoches along the banks of Cane River Lake and the Historic District. …

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Celebrating the entire Christmas Season

Christmas is one of the most important days of the Church year, second only to Easter itself. It is the feast of the incarnation, the feast of God becoming flesh (the Latin “in carne” means “enfleshment”). It is a uniquely Christian teaching, the Divine choosing to become one of us. Because of this belief, God…

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Building bridges across cultures

[Father Peter Faulk, JCL, JV, was featured in the Santa Croce Pontifical University of the Holy Cross bi-weekly e-newsletter recently. Father Peter is the Judicial Vicar for the diocese and also plays an important role in Hispanic ministry. Santa Croce Pontifical University is located in Rome, Italy, and has an enrollment of about 1,500 students…

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Local priests attend V National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry

The Fifth National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry (V Encuentro) gathered 3,000 Hispanic/Latino ministry leaders and delegates from dioceses, ecclesial movements, schools, universities, and Catholic organizations from across the country. A priority activity of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Strategic Plan for 2017-2020, the V Encuentro is a four-year process of evangelization, mission,…

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LCCB supports unanimous juries within Louisiana

October 4, 2018: The Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops strongly affirms the November 6th ballot initiative to return Louisiana to a state possessing unanimous juries, and therefore enabling its legal practices to become more truly reflective of justice.  Louisiana must return to the wisdom of its origins within this matter and bring its practice in…

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October is the month of the Holy Rosary

Mary in our Life by Fr. William G. Most The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. According to an account by fifteenth-century Dominican, Alan de la Roch, Mary appeared to St. Dominic in 1206 after he had been praying and doing severe penances because of his lack of success in combating the…

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USCCB Statement on Sex Abuse Scandals

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Administrative Committee Statement on Sex Abuse Scandals; Committee Releases Actions to be Taken Within Its Authority September 19, 2018 WASHINGTON–The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Administrative Committee has issued the following statement today in response to the recent sex abuse scandals. In the statement, the bishops say they pledge…

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