Governor John Bel Edwards recently announced that Louisiana would be allowed to move to Phase 3 of COVID-19 precautions. The Governor indicated that, in Phase 3, reduced capacity limits for churches set for COVID-19 precautions are lifted. Capacity limits set by Fire Marshals remain in effect. Under the new state guidelines, “Religious services will no…

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The following is a list of Mass times and services for Holy Week and Easter. Some churches have several different times listed for each day. This list will be updated as new information is received. If your church is not listed, contact the church office for information. April 1, Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s…

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The Catholic Schools Office is conducting an “Online” Schools Job Fair! Go to www.diocesealex.org/our-diocese/catholic-schools/job-applications/  and see a listing of positions available at each of our Catholic Schools within the Diocese of Alexandria: teachers, administration and other positions. You can apply online right there!  Don’t miss this opportunity!

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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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Brothers and sisters in Christ, Marking the beginning of the season of Lent with the blessing and distribution of ashes is a deeply held tradition in the Catholic Church. Though it has never been a Holy Day of Obligation, our Ash Wednesday Masses have often been among the best attended celebrations of the year. As…

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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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The following is the transcript from Bishop Robert Marshall’s recent video about the importance of a Catholic Education. Sisters and brothers in Christ, In commercials and marketing materials, we often hear private and parochial schools proclaim their value.  The value of this kindergarten, for example, is how effectively it prepares a child for first grade. …

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Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, As our country prepares to observe the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday on Monday, January 18, we do so as a deeply divided nation.  Everything, it seems, has become a political hot-button.  Social media, which we all hoped would foster understanding among peoples and nations, has instead been…

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Shreveport, La. (CNS) — The sacrifice of five Catholic priests who gave their lives ministering to people in Shreveport during the 1873 yellow fever epidemic is memorialized in stained glass at Holy Trinity Church in downtown Shreveport.  Their stories have been regularly recounted across nearly 150 years of news reports and histories of Shreveport.  The…

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