A Synodal Church SURVEY

We appreciate you taking time to help us determine what is most important to you regarding your faith life. Please take a few moments to complete this survey. TAKE THE SURVEY As Pope Francis invites all Catholics to have their voices heard leading up to 2023 Synod of Bishops, the Diocese of Alexandria is encouraging…

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Christmas Mass Schedules

The following is a list of Mass times and other services happening across the diocese for Christmas. Some churches have several different times listed for each day. This list will be updated periodically through the week before Christmas Day. If your church is not listed, contact your church parish office for dates and times. Clarification…

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Father John Brocato named Executive Director of Catholic Charities Cenla

Father John Brocato was recently appointed Executive Director of Catholic Charities Cenla. The Mission of Catholic Charities is to provide service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures, and to call the entire church and other people of goodwill to do the same. The National Conference of Catholic Charities (NCCC) was…

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Spiritual direction: growth along the journey

There seems to always be a need for good spiritual directors: those men and women who have a special gift, and are trained to guide the People of God on their faith journeys. The Diocese of Alexandria is blessed to have 3 individuals who have recently completed the Internship in Spiritual Direction from the Archdiocese…

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Diocese of Alexandria Catholic Schools choose to “opt out” of mask mandate

On October 26, 2021, Governor John Bel Edwards lifted the mask mandate for most indoor gatherings.  The mandate remains in effect for some public buildings, including K-12 schools.  The revised guidelines, however, permit public school districts and other private and parochial schools to opt out of the mandate if – and only if—the schools follow…

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Bishop Marshall’s updated guidelines regarding masks

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, For the past eighteen months, we have been living with various restrictions on our personal interactions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  While the danger continues to exist – particularly for many of the most vulnerable members of our community – the impact of the recent variant has subsided over…

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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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