Archive for March 2019

What it means to be a Godparent

By Ragan Savedra I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth. (3 John 1:4) I was 20-years old the first time I was asked to be a godmother. I was honored, thankful and also quite intimidated. I was excited to be a special part of that baby’s…

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Filipino Ministry going strong

Every first Sunday at St. Frances Cabrini Church in Alexandria, at 2:00 p.m., Father Dwight DeJesus celebrates Mass for the Filipino Catholics of the diocese. It is a regluar Mass but spoken entirely in Filipino and Fr. Dwight, pastor of St. Francis de Sales Church in Echo, says attendance typically averages anywhere from 50-100, but…

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Three ways to have a fruitful Lent

By Claire Couche As Lent is the time for greater love, listen to Jesus’ thirst…He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you. -Saint Teresa of Calcutta Lent is a beautiful time to grow in deeper love with Christ. We have just entered into the greatest love story—a…

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Catholic Schools to maintain 5-day school week.

In response to the recent School Board Meeting held in Avoyelles Parish and the approval of a 4-day school week, the Pastors, Principals, Superintendent and Catholic Schools Office Staff met to discuss the effects of this decision of the Board and its effect on our schools. We are in consensus that the Catholic Schools of…

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Bishop’s message for March: A new appointment

From the very first day of my service here, it has been a joy. As you might remember, the announcement of my appointment came on the Feast of St. Matthew, the 21st of September, 2016. I moved in with Fr. Jim Ferguson at our Cathedral in late October and on the 7th of November, was…

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How to prepare for confession

By Rachel Penate It felt as though the world had stopped, as though time stood still and was holding its breath for me — my sweaty hands clasped in front of my jittery body, waiting for what felt like eternity. I was in line for confession and what should’ve been a rewarding anticipation, felt more…

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Lent

Lenten Regulations: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards. For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on…

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Bishop David Talley named Bishop-Elect of Memphis

TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 2019 The Most Reverend David Prescott Talley, J.C.D., M.S.W., Bishop of Alexandria in Louisiana, has been named as the bishop of the Diocese of Memphis in Tennessee by His Holiness, Pope Francis.  The appointment was announced in Rome on March 5, 2019. Bishop Talley served as Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of…

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