Msgr. Timmermans dies

Msgr. John Timmermans

Msgr. Timmerman’s funeral will be livestreamed on the Sacred Heart Church Facebook page. Monsignor Johannes Maria Timmermans, a priest of the Diocese of Alexandria, passed from this life at his home in Mansura, Louisiana on December 31, 2021 at the age of 97. He is survived by his nieces Msgr. Timmermans was born on November…

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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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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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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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