The Come Alive: Night of Prayer is happening!

I will put my spirit in you that you may come to life, and I will settle you in your land. // Ezekiel 37:14  Set aside time to pray and contemplate God’s restoration in your life. Join us for a night of prayer on Saturday, November 13, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier…

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Pastoral Letter on Lifting the Dispensation

Bishop Robert Marshall has written a letter to the people of the diocese explaining the reasons for lifting the dispensation but also noting that there are major exceptions for those who are ill, whose health may be compromised, who care for the sick, who may be afraid, etc. View the letter here: Bishop’s Letter on…

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Student Spotlight

The Church Today newspaper would like to recognize young men and women across our diocese for their achievements in school and community life, may it be fine arts, hobbies, athletics, church, school, club and community service, who have been faithful in lifestyle and service, but who aren’t always recognized.  We don’t know them like you…

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Come to the Table

Our lives have been turned upside down by a virus we knew very little about. It has been over a year of confusion, isolation and stress. We have had to change how we go about our lives, and we have given up control over some basic aspects of our daily living.  We have had to…

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Cooking for A Cause Benefits Local Organizations

What do you get when you combine a group of determined students with an inspiring leader, chocolate chip cookies and plenty of enthusiasm to raise money for good causes? A new club at St. Mary’s Catholic School named Cooking for a Cause, founded by junior Mason McCart with the assistance of his high school classmates.…

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Traveling St. Joseph finds a home in Avoyelles Deanery

by Donna Culotta In the Year of St. Joseph, a special devotion to Jesus’ earthly father has taken root in Avoyelles Parish. Called the “Traveling St. Joseph, Our Guardian,” it is a statue housed in a special case that makes its way from home after home, staying nine days in a living novena. Begun in…

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Bishops vote to draft teaching document on the Eucharist

By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service The U.S. bishops approved by a wide margin a plan to draft a document to examine the “meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the church” following a lengthy debate during their spring general assembly. The action to move forward passed with 168 votes in favor and 55…

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Religious Freedom Week, June 22-29, 2021: Solidarity in Freedom

Religious Freedom Week takes place June 22 – 29 each year. It begins with the feast day of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher, includes the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, and ends with the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. The theme for this year is Solidarity in Freedom. The Church’s promotion of…

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Vacation Bible School is back!

Several church parishes will be holding Vacation Bible School sessions this summer. Check with your church parish if it is not listed below: June 21-25, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Pineville Our theme for this year will be: TREASURED Discovering Your Priceless to God. June 21-25, 8:00 -11:30 a.m. – Mary,…

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