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Six to be ordained to transitional diaconate on May 19 LAFAYETTE Bishop Michael Jarrell will ordain six men to the Transitional Diaconate on Saturday, May 19 at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette. The ceremony, which is to begin at 10:00 a.m., will mark the last step before their ordination to the priesthood approximately one year from now. Please remember these men in your prayers. Those to be ordained are Garrett B. Savoie, Dustin Patrick Dought, Brian Harrington, Andre Metrejean, Mark Miley, and Neil Pettit. As transitional deacons, some of the ways in which these men will be able to serve the Roman Catholic Church will be by presiding over public prayer, administering the sacrament of baptism, ministering to the sick and dying, conducting funeral services, and performing works of charity in the name of the bishop of their diocese. “Furthermore, it will be his duty, at the bishop’s direction, to exhort believers and unbelievers alike, and instruct them in holy doctrine,” Bishop Jarrell affirmed during last year’s Transitional Diaconate ceremony. “As St. Peter reminded us, we are to use our gifts to serve one another as good stewards of God’s grace.” Garrett B. Savoie is the son of Missie and Brian Savoie and is sponsored by Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church parish in Mire. He attended Mire Elementary and Rayne Catholic before graduating from Notre Dame High School in 2002 and going on to pursue his educational studies at Louisiana State University at Eunice. He has also attended St. Joseph Seminary College and Notre Dame Seminary, and holds a BA in Philosophy and Liberal Arts. While in the seminary, he was 1st and 2nd Year Theology academic
representative, and 3rd Theology class president. Throughout his discernment journey, he has served in the church parishes of St. John in Mermentau, St. Peter in Carencro, Holy Rosary in Kaplan, St. Anthony in Eunice, St. Joseph in Evangeline, Sacred Heart in New Iberia, Our Lady of the Lake in Delcambre, Memorial Hermann in southwest Houston, and St. Joseph and St. Rose in Cecelia. Dustin Patrick Dought is the son of Pat and Dusty Dought and is sponsored by St. Genevieve Church parish in Lafayette. He attended St. Genevieve School and Teurlings Catholic High School before going on to study at Seton Hall University. He has
attended St. Joseph Seminary College and the Theological College of the Catholic University of America, earning a BA in Philosophy and Theological Studies. At seminary, he was also involved in Schola, student government, soccer, and flag football. His past assignments include Simple House, Bethesda Naval Hospital, Our Lady of Mercy in Potomac, MD, the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and St. Genevieve in Lafayette, Sacred Heart in Church Point, and St. Peter in Gueydan. Brian Harrington is the son of Aimee and Ben Harrington and is sponsored by the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Church parish in Lafayette. He attended
Cathedral-Carmel School before graduating from St. Thomas More High School and going on to attend St. Ben’s, Theological College, and Mount St. Mary’s Seminary; he holds a PhB and PhL from Theological College. In his journey toward ordination, he has served Holy Rosary in Kaplan, St. Mary Magdalen in Abbeville, St. Thomas More in Eunice, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in New Iberia, Sacred Heart in Ville Platte, St. Leo IV and St. Edward in Roberts Cove, and St. Peter in Gueydan. Andre Metrejean is the son of Margaret and Todd Metrejean and is sponsored by Our Lady of Wisdom Church parish in Lafayette. In addition to being homeschooled, he attended Ridge Elementary and Judice Middle School before graduating from Lafayette High School and going on to study at UL in Lafayette. He has attended St. Joseph Seminary College and Notre Dame Seminary, and holds a BA in Interpersonal Organization/Communication from UL as well as a Continued on page 4
Inside this issue Deacon Schambough to be ordained to priesthood. . . . . . 4 Bishops call to action to defend religious liberty. . . . . 7 “Paperclip Project” aids in learning about history & social justice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 32 church parishes exceed BSA campaign goals. . . . . . 21 Diocese announces new administrative restructuring. . .23 2012 Religious jubilarians honored. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
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William Schambough to be ordained to the priesthood on June 23
LAFAYETTE The Lafayette Diocese is pleased to announce that Bishop Michael Jarrell will confer the sacrament of Holy Orders on Deacon William Schambough next month on Saturday, June 23. The priesthood ordination will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette. Deacon Schambough is the son of Robert and Mary Ann Schambough, and he is sponsored by St. Anthony Church parish in Eunice. He was ordained to the Transitional Diaconate by Bishop Jarrell last year on May 21, 2011. He is currently studying at Notre Dame
Seminary in New Orleans. Please rememb e r Deacon Schambough in your Deacon William Schambough prayers, as well as all the seminarians of the Lafayette Diocese as they continue their path to the priesthood. Also pray for those men who have not yet begun their journeys to the priesthood but are in the process of discerning their call to serve.
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BA in Philosophy from St. Ben’s. He has previously served at St. Thomas More in Eunice and Holy Rosary in Kaplan. Mark Miley is the son of Inona Miley and the late M.H. Miley and is sponsored by Sacred Heart of Jesus Church parish in Ville Platte. He attended North Street and New Iberia High Schools before attending Cardinal Stritch University and Sacred Heart School of Theology. He has earned a BA of Arts & Religious Studies, and served as a member of the student council and Master of Ceremonies during his seminary studies. Neil Pettit is the son of Scarlet and Mike Pet-
tit and is sponsored by St. Mary Mother of the Church parish in Lafayette. He attended Woodvale and LJ Alleman Schools before graduating from Lafayette High, and also attended UL for one year. He has attended St. Joseph Seminary College and Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, studying Philosophy and Liberal Arts at St. Joseph’s. Throughout his journey to the priesthood, he has served at St. Thomas More in Eunice, the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette, St. Mary Magdalen in Abbeville, St. Peter in New Iberia, and Sts. Peter & Paul in Scott.
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Pray for our departed clergy: Fr. August Baudizzone May 05, 1933 Fr. Sylvio Auclair May 06, 1991 Fr. Calvin Burleigh May 06, 1996 Fr. Henry Van Boxel May 06, 2002 Fr. Benedict Colliard May 07, 1950
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Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate 10:00 a.m. Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Lafayette
Louisiana Clergy Open Golf Tournament 8:00 a.m. Squirrel Run Golf Course New Iberia
Hurricane Prayer Service 6:30 p.m. Our Lady Queen of All Saints Church Ville Platte
Fr. James Wright May 11, 1997 Fr. Frank Bischof May 15, 1961 Fr. Marcel Gaudet May 15, 1976 Fr. Joseph Van Brero May 18, 1973 Dcn. Leonard Freyou May 21, 2006 Dcn. Arthur Lognion May 21, 1986
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Sts. Bede the Venerable, Gregory VII, & Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi
Pentecost Eve Mass 7:00 p.m. Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Lafayette
The Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions May’s General Intention: That initiatives which defend and uphold the role of the family may be promoted within society May’s Mission Intention: That Mary, Queen of the World and Star of Evangelization, may accompany all missionaries in proclaiming her Son Jesus
Dcn. Coley Bellamy May 26, 1977 Dcn. Paul Meaux May 26, 1977 Fr. Harry Quick May 23, 1994 Fr. Edward Fruge May 27, 1994 Fr. Francis Buquet May 28, 1935 Fr. Robert Moag May 28, 1990
Dcn. Ronald Broussard May 28, 2007 Fr. Gustave Berube May 28, 1992 Fr. Whitney LeBlanc May 29, 1999 Fr. Frederick Webert May 30, 1977 Fr. Julien Bollard May 31, 1930
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Aquinas Institute summer 2012
LAFAYETTE Registration for the summer 2012 session of the Aquinas Institute will close on Friday, May 4. New and current credit students may call the Lafayette Diocese’s Office of Christian Formation at (337) 261-5550 for a registration application during this time, and the application will be forwarded to them according to space availability within the requested class. The cost for all credit students is $250 per course. All audit students may contact the office from Friday, May 4 through Friday, May 11, and the same procedure will be followed. The cost of auditing a course is $75 per class. Aquinas Institute courses are SACS accredited, and faculty members hold MA degrees or higher in their areas of instruction. Courses scheduled for the summer 2012 session include THE 210 The Doctrine of God (Trinity) and THE 190 Intro to New Testament Greek.
Louisiana Clergy Open Golf Tournament
NEW IBERIA Squirrel Run Golf Club in New Iberia will host the 37th Annual Louisiana Clergy Open Golf Tournament on Wednesday, May 16. The tournament is open free of charge to all priests and deacons of all Louisiana dioceses, as well as to all seminarians and diaconate formation participants of the Lafayette Diocese. This year’s tournament will be played in honor of Father Floyd J. Calais, retired priest of the Lafayette Diocese. Golfers’ registration and the driving range will open at 7:00 a.m., with 18-hole individual stroke play to begin at 8:00 a.m. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m., with a putt-off tournament and optional 9-hole team scramble also planned for the afternoon. Further information is available by contacting Msgr. Richard Greene, VE, at (985) 518-7124 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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May Birthdays Dcn. Samuel Diesi May 01 Fr. Donald Leger May 09 Fr. Ralph Landry May 11 Dcn. Richard Picard May 14 Bishop Michael Jarrell May 15 Fr. Charles Langlois May 15 Dcn. Eugene Leboeuf May 17 Fr. Robert Seay, OFM May 17 Fr. Martin Borcherding May 20 Dcn. James Davis May 20
Fr. Wilson J. Matt May 20 Fr. Thomas Nguyen May 20 Dcn. Christopher Doumit May 22 Dcn. Paul Matte May 22 Fr. Millard Boyer May 23 Msgr. Lawrence M. Herpin May 23 Fr. Richard Wagner, SSJ May 23 Fr. Mark Melancon May 27 Fr. Jason Vidrine May 29
May Ordination Anniversaries Fr. Anderson De Sousa, SVD May 01, 2009 Fr. Arthur Warren May 01, 1963 Fr. Robert Seay, OFM May 04, 1976 Fr. Willard Dugas May 06, 1977 Fr. Justin Arochiasamy, SVD May 07, 2007 Fr. Joseph Brennan May 07, 1959 Fr. Paul Bergeron May 09, 1981 Fr. Arockiam Arockiam, SVD May 14, 2002 Fr. Jody Simoneaux May 14, 1982 Fr. Scott Desmormeaux May 18, 1991 Dcn. Bertrand Rabalais May 18, 1974 Fr. Martin Borcherding May 19, 1973 Fr. Joseph Campion, SSJ May 19, 1991 Fr. Richard Fabre May 19, 1973 Fr. Steven LeBlanc May 29, 1977 Dcn. Jeff Trumps May 20, 2000 Fr. Howard Blessing May 21, 1976 Msgr. Ronald Broussard May 21, 1988 Msgr. Robert Angelle May 22, 1956 Fr. Paul Thibodeaux May 22, 1948 Fr. Bernard Lebiedz, OSB May 23, 1959 Fr. Randall Moreau May 23, 1987 Dcn. Charles Smith May 23, 1976 Dcn. Eugene Waguespack May 23, 1980 Fr. Glenn Meaux May 24, 1980 Fr. Francis Butler, SSJ May 25, 1985 Msgr. Russell Harrington May 25, 1979 Fr. John O’Hallaran, SSJ May 25, 1985 Msgr. Louis Melancon May 25, 1963 Msgr. Paul Metrejean May 25, 1963 Fr. Joseph Stemman May 25, 1963 Dcn. Roderick Perron May 26, 1977 Fr. Conley Bertrand May 28, 1959 Fr. Michael Champagne, CJC May 28, 1994 Fr. Greg Cormier May 28, 1983 Fr. Daniel Edwards May 28, 1994 Fr. Matthew Higginbotham May 28, 1994 Fr. Kenneth Mayne May 28, 1994 Fr. Robie Robichaux May 28, 1976 Fr. Michael Russo May 28, 1989 Fr. Eugene Tremie May 29, 1971
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Bishops issue call to action to defend religious liberty
USCCB WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. bishops have issued a call to action to defend religious liberty and urged laity to work to protect the First Freedom of the Bill of Rights. They outlined their position in “Our First, Most Cherished Freedom.” The document was developed by the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), approved for publication by the USCCB Administrative Committee on March 13, and published in English and Spanish on April 12. The document can be found at http://www.usccb.org/issues-andaction/religious-liberty/our-firstmost-cherished-liberty.cfm. “We have been staunch defenders of religious liberty in the past. We have a solemn duty to discharge that duty today,” the bishops said in the document, “… for religious liberty is under attack, both at home and abroad.” The document lists concerns that prompt the bishops to act now. Among concerns are: •The Health and Human Services
(HHS) mandate forcing all employers, including religious organizations, to provide and pay for coverage of employees’ contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs even when they have moral objections to them. Another concern is HHS’s defining which religious institutions are “religious enough” to merit protection of their religious liberty, •Driving Catholic foster care and adoption services out of business. Boston, San Francisco, the District of Columbia and Illinois have driven local Catholic Charities adoption or foster care services out of business by revoking their licenses, by ending their government contracts, or both—because those Charities refused to place children with samesex couples or unmarried oppositesex couples who cohabit. • Discrimination against Catholic humanitarian services. Despite years of excellent performance by the USCCB’s Migration and Refugee Services in administering contract services for victims of human trafficking, the federal government changed its contract specifications
to require USCCB to provide or refer for contraceptive and abortion services in violation of Catholic teaching. Religious institutions should not be disqualified from a government contract based on religious belief, and they do not lose their religious identity or liberty upon entering such contracts. Recently a federal court judge in Massachusetts turned religious liberty on its head when he declared that such a disqualification is required by the First Amendment—that the government violates religious liberty by allowing Catholic organizations to participate in contracts in a manner consistent with their beliefs on contraception and abortion. The statement lists other examples such as laws punishing charity to undocumented immigrants; a proposal to restructure Catholic parish corporations to limit the bishop’s role; and a state university’s excluding a religious student group because it limits leadership positions to those who share the group’s religion. Other topics include the history and deep resonance of Catholic
and American visions of religious freedom, the recent tactic of reducing freedom of religion to freedom of worship, the distinction between conscientious objection to a just law, and civil disobedience of an unjust law, the primacy of religious freedom among civil liberties, the need for active vigilance in protecting that freedom, and concern for religious liberty among interfaith and ecumenical groups and across partisan lines. The bishops decry limiting religious freedom to the sanctuary. “Religious liberty is not only about our ability to go to Mass on Sunday or pray the Rosary at home. It is about whether we can make our contribution to the common good of all Americans,” they said. “Can we do the good works our faith calls us to do, without having to compromise that very same faith?” “This is not a Catholic issue. This is not a Jewish issue. This is not an Orthodox, Mormon, or Muslim issue. It is an American issue,” they said. continued on page 17
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Father Janise talks about vocation path
by Kathleen Toups LAFAYETTE “I fIed Him down the nights and down the days; I fled Him down the arches of the years; I fled Him down the labrythian ways; Of my own mind and in the midst of tears. . .” These opening lines from Francis Thompson’s poem “The Hound of Heaven” are an appropriate description of Father Johnathan Janise’s journey to the priesthood. Father Janise, Associate Pastor of St. Peter’s in Carencro, was the featured speaker at the April 3 Food for the Journey. Growing up in Belaire Cove, a small community near Ville Platte, he served Mass at Sacred Heart Chapel in nearby Vidrine. He was the oldest of five boys in a closeknit Catholic family. “What is good in me comes from my parents,” he admitted. “They were good examples of our faith. My mother taught us our prayers, my father volunteered to teach CCD once a week. This made me see the faith as something important. I taught CCD in
(L/R) Father Thomas James, SVD, VE, Father Johnathan Janise, and Mary Bergeron. Photo submitted by Mary Bergeron
high school and continued serving Mass with priests who were pastors in Ville Platte and came to our chapel. These included Father Jay Voorhies, the future Bishop Jarrell, Msgr. Robert Romero, and Father Millard Boyer—I loved his tellling jokes! “These were examples to me, different personalities and gifts, but I am still thankful for the gifts they offered. Someone gave me a book about St. John Vianney,
who so struggled with grades he thought he would never make it to the priesthood. Reading about St. John Vianney and St. Therese of Lisieux, I learned they didn’t found any religious orders or do anything extraordinary; they tried to live life to the best of their ability. God calls, you give it your all. “I began to reconsider my struggles and investigate the priesthood. In my selfishness and unwillingness, He was still calling me. The
Acadiana Catholic power of God’s mercy and love can penetrate our hearts of stone,” Father Janise pointed out. He applied for the seminary in his senior year of high school and went to St. Joseph Seminary College for four years, but he soon decided to take some time off—time which lapsed into nine years before he returned. During those years out of the seminary, he taught religious education at St. Pius X in Lafayette and spent six or seven years at St. Edmund in Eunice. He says he had lots of time to reflect, for “the call” never left him. He began to pray about going back to the seminary and eventually entered Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans and was ordained just last year. “Even after ordination, God has not put His final touch on my heart,” Father Janise admitted. He commended the parishioners of St. Peter in Carencro where he is assigned. “I ask all of you to pray for me to be open to my new challenges. After all, the goal of all of us should be to become saints, and go to Heaven to be with our Lord,” Father Janise concluded.
Regional prayer services before hurricane season
LAFAYETTE Regional representatives of the Lafayette Diocese are once again encouraging everyone to attend one or more of the regional prayer services planned prior to the start of the 2012 hurricane season. These services provide an opportunity for the entire community to come together and offer up their prayers asking for God’s
mercy and protection during this hurricane season. In the diocese’s West Region, St. John the Evangelist Church in Henry will offer a Mass at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29. In the North Region, Our Lady Queen of All Saints Church in Ville Platte will host an Ecumenical Hurricane Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30.
Cristina LeBlanc joins SEPI Board of Directors LAFAYETTE The Lafayette Diocese is pleased to announce that Mrs. Cristina LeBlanc has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Southeast Regional Office for Hispanic Ministry and for the Southeast Pastoral Institute (SEPI). As a native of Lima, Peru, she has been a faithful member of Acadiana’s Hispanic community since she came to the area with her husband, Allen LeBlanc, in 1976. She began work for the diocese’s Office of Hispanic Ministry in the year 2000, and was promoted to the position of office director in January 2010. Due to her role here in the Lafayette Diocese, Mrs. LeBlanc has long since cultivated an active relationship with SEPI, which is based out of Miami, Florida. SEPI exists to support the operations of Hispanic ministries in 30 Catholic dioceses throughout nine southeastern states, including Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennes-
see. As a member of SEPI’s Board of Directors, Mrs. LeBlanc will join 24 other member in establishing policies and Mrs. Cristina LeBlanc guidelines to help the institute function in its work and activities. The Board is composed of both men and women, clergy and laity, and all its members have strongly established ties to the communities they represent and serve. Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of the Archdiocese of Miami, Florida serves as Board President, while other Board members include Archbishops Gregory Aymond, Francis Schulte, and Alfred Hughes of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Mrs. LeBlanc’s term on the Board is for three years; she will continue to serve until the year 2015.
The Southeast Pastoral Institute (SEPI) is an organization based out of Miami, Florida, for the purpose of supporting Hispanic ministry and culture throughout 30 Catholic dioceses in nine southeastern states. Photo submitted by the Office of Hispanic Ministry
In the South Region, St. Peter the Apostle Church in Four Corners will host an Ecumenical Hurricane Prayer Service on Thursday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m. In the Central Region, the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist will sponsor a non-Eucharistic Prayer Service at the Start of Hurricane Season at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5. The service will be led by Fa-
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ther Chester Arceneaux, Rector of the Cathedral; he will be joined by the Very Rev. Thomas James, SVD, VE, Episcopal Vicar for the Central Region. The 2012 hurricane season begins on June 1 and continues through November 30. Please remember to pray for God’s mercy and protection, both for the state of Louisiana and for other states that are commonly affected by this storm season.
Catholic Daughters share goodwill for Easter
Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Sacre Coeur #2572 of Baldwin were pleased to present food certificates to three families for Easter. It is the court’s policy to share with others. Pictured above are Bernice M. Broussard (Regent) and Donna Rogers (member). Photo submitted by Bernice M. Broussard
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Tell the People schedule for MAY
LAFAYETTE The Lafayette Diocese’s Office of Radio/TV Ministry would like to remind everyone that due to special ABC programming, the broadcast of the Sunday Mass on KATC TV-3 will move up one hour on May 27. Mass will air at 9:00 a.m., followed by the diocesan television program Tell the People. Mass will air at its usual 10:00 a.m. time on all other Sundays during the month of May. On May 6, Tell the People will feature Karol Meynard (Director, Office the Pro-Life Apostolate) and Ed Boustany (Director, Office of Justice & Peace) as they discuss the repeal of the death penalty and a state-wide workshop to be held on May 12. Later in the show, Father Michael Champagne, CJC, will review the Eighth Commandment during the segment “What it Means to be Catholic” and Bishop Jarrell will
offer his thoughts on ending the death penalty. On May 13 Ed Boustany will once again be featured as he speaks about the new Secretariat of Catholic Charities in the Lafayette diocese. Father Champagne will conclude his review of
Una Hargrave honored
Catechist Certification Workshops
LAFAYETTE Una Hargrave, former director of the diocesan Office of Justice & Peace, was honored recently as the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year by the Lafayette Community Health Clinic. Miss Hargrave, who retired from the diocese after 40 years, has also received the diocesan Bishop’s Medal for devoted service, recognizing her many years of service to the Church and the diocese. She was also cited as Woman of the Year by a group recognizing women of outstanding service to the community.
The Lafayette Diocese’s Office of Radio/TV Ministry would like to remind everyone that many of its programs can be viewed online at any time; this includes the recitation of the rosary, special Masses and other diocesan events, and episodes of Tell the People and of Catholics Today. To view these programs, please visit online at www.diolaf.org and look for the Radio/TV Ministry listing located beneath the OFFICES tab at the top of the home page.
LAFAYETTE Registration information for the annual June and July catechist certification workshops and the annual July Day of Reflection for catechists and catechetical leaders will be available in early May at www.diolaf.org, under the section for the Office of Christian Formation. There are several workshop scheduled for July 13 and 14, with more workshops scheduled on July 27. The annual Day of Reflection will be held on July 28, 2012. Please refer to the website for further details.
the Eighth Commandment, and Bishop Jarrell will discuss the diocese’s upcoming Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate. On May 20, Willa Blackwell of the Office of Catholic Social Service will appear to address the topic of adoptions, and Fa-
Acadiana Catholic ther Champagne will discuss the Ninth Commandment. On May 27, Charles James will be on hand to offer information about the upcoming Day of Reflection for African-American Men, and Father Champagne will conclude his review of the Ten Commandments. On June 3, Tell the People’s time slot will be filled with the airing of a special Mass in which Anne Christian Heinen professed her vocation as a consecrated virgin here in the Lafayette Diocese. This Mass will air at 10:00 a.m. The Office of Radio/TV Ministry would also like to remind everyone that most Catholic programs produced by the office can be viewed at any time online. Please visit the Radio/TV Ministry section of the diocesan website at www.diolaf.org to view videos such as the recitation of the rosary, special Masses, Tell the People, and Catholics Today.
June 1st to be a Day of Prayer & Fasting In a recent letter to the bishops of all the Louisiana Dioceses, Archbishop Gregory Aymond of the Archdiocese of New Orleans announced that he has designated Friday, June 1 as a Day of Prayer and Fasting for protection for the 2012 hurricane season. Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate. Here in the Lafayette Diocese, four regional events have also been planned to encourage the people of Acadiana to pray for protection during the upcoming hurricane season. For a schedule of these events and further details, please refer to the article entitled “Regional prayer services before hurricane season” on page 9 of this edition.
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May 2012 by Bishop Michael Jarrell Liberty is an important concept for all Americans. Among the liberties enshrined in the Constitution is that of religious liberty. The very first amendment to the Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” The authors of the Constitution understood this amendment primarily as a protection from government encroachment on the religious liberty of churches and citizens. Last year, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops established an Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty because of a series of troubling developments over the past few years, such as: • Several states, notably, Alabama, have passed laws that forbid what the government deems harboring of undocumented immigrants, and what the Church deems Christian charity and pastoral care of those immigrants. It has become illegal, for example, to give undocumented immigrants a ride to Mass or allow them to attend religion classes. • In 2009, the Judiciary Committee of the Connecticut legislature proposed a bill that
Registration for VLCFF Cycles 4 & 5
LAFAYETTE Registration for Cycle 4 of the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) will close on Wednesday, May 16. These online classes will be conducted from May 20 through June 23. Successful completion of each course may
would have forced Catholic parishes to be restructured along congregational lines. • In its over-100-year history, the University of California, Hastings College of Law, has denied student organization status to only one group, the Christian Legal Society, because it required its leaders to be Christian and to abstain from sexual activity outside of marriage. • Boston, San Francisco, the District of Columbia and the State of Illinois have driven local Catholic Charities out of the ministry of providing adoption or foster care services because those charities refused to place children with same-sex couples or unmarried cohabiting couples. While these examples are real and disturbing, what has gained the most attention recently is the mandate for healthcare. The United States Department of Health and Human Services will be forcing religious institutions, such as hospitals and colleges, to facilitate and fund a product contrary to their own moral teaching. As Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, testified to Congress: “This is not a matter of whether contraception may be prohibited by the government. This is not even a matter of whether contraception may be supported by the government. Instead, it is a matter of whether religious people and institutions may be forced by the government to provide coverage for contraception or sterilization, even if that violates their religious beliefs.” The Committee is calling for a Fortnight for Freedom during the 14 days from June 21 to July 4. Catholics throughout the United States
be applied toward a Certificate in Catechesis, or as continuing education hours required by the Lafayette Diocese’s Office of Catholic Schools, and residents Lafayette Diocese may participate at the cost of $40 per course. Courses being offered during Cycle 4 include Catholic Beliefs, Introduction to Liturgy, Many Faces of Adult Learners, Poverty in the
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are urged to become informed, to pray for religious liberty, and to contact pubic officials on this urgent issue. Information is available on the website, www.usccb.org/conscience. The following prayer Ad Hoc Committee should be offered by all of us: Almighty God, Father of all nations, For freedom you have set us free in Christ Jesus (Gal 5:1). We praise and bless you for the gift of religious liberty, the foundation of human rights, justice, and the common good. Grant to our leaders the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties; By your grace may we have the courage to defend them, for ourselves and for all those who live in this blessed land. We ask this through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness, and in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, with whom you live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Mensaje del Obispo Debido a las limitaciones de tiempo de su horario de publicación, el Acadiana Catholic lamenta el no haber podido publicar la traducción al español del articulo del Obispo Michael Jarrell para el mes de mayo. Sin embargo, la versión en español del artículo se puede leer en el sitio Web www.diolaf.org, bajo la sección “Hispanic Ministry.”
U.S. and Around the World, Vision for Catholic Youth Ministry, and more. Registration for Cycle 5 of the VLCFF will open on Tuesday, May 22 and close on Wednesday, July 4, with the cycle to be conducted July 8 through August 11. Courses in this cycle will include Collaboration and Community, Facilitating Adult Learning and Faith Formation,
Scripture and Justice, and more. A full listing of the offered courses within each cycle, along with detailed descriptions, may be accessed at www.vlc.udayton.edu. For further information on the partnership between the University of Dayton Institute for Pastoral Initiative and the Lafayette Diocese, please contact the Office of Christian Formation at (337) 261-5550.
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“Paperclip Project” aids in learning about history & social justice
NEW IBERIA What began as a simple 8th Grade Language Arts lesson on The Diary of Anne Frank is fast becoming a diocesan-wide social justice program based on the history of the World War II Holocaust. Catholic High of New Iberia teacher Ashley Boustany thought it was a simple idea—collect six million paper clips as a visual representation of the six million Jewish lives lost in that tragic event. As Boustany explains, “I was teaching my students about Anne Frank, and how she and her family hid from the Nazi persecution. My students couldn’t comprehend how large a number six million is, so I thought we could collect paper clips, one for each Jewish life lost.” “The Paperclip Project” began with students in each of Boustany’s classes collecting and asking for donations. Alix Stelly, an 8th-grade honors English teacher, joined ranks, and soon word spread throughout the school with classes of all grades getting
Students of all grades and classes at Catholic High School of New Iberia have undertaken the collection of paperclips in an effort to obtain six million in all. “The Paperclip Project” began as a means of helping students visualize the six million Jewish lives which were lost during the Holocaust of World War II. Photo subtmitted by Ed Boustany
involved. A report ran on a local TV station, a story was posted on Facebook, and soon paperclips were being sent in from across the country. “We’ve received clips from Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, Oklahoma, California, Maine, Texas, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts,” Boustany says. “A school friend from Maryland sent in seven paperclips, representing the seven
people in hiding with Anne Frank, and another donor from Louisiana sent in 30,617 clips, one for each person living in the city of New Iberia.” Stelly added that besides collecting clips, the project has become educational beyond the study of English. “We’ve discussed social intolerance, and our students have come to recognize that they are all faced with stereotypes and ‘judgementalness’ on a daily basis.” Academically, math teachers at the school have used the idea to teach students conversion factors from inches to miles. “It’s hard to imagine that six million paperclips will make a chain over 120 miles long,” explains Adele Platt, math teacher at Catholic High. “We’ve gone even farther to estimate how long a line of six
Since beginning “The Paperclip Project”, donations have poured in nationwide, including paperclips which have been sent from Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia, Oklahoma, California, Maine, Texas, New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. Photo submitted by Ed Boustany
million people would be.” Religion teachers Brenda Smith and Lucy Lissard are also using “The Paperclip Project” to introduce Social Justice and Catholic Social Teaching to their students. History and science teachers are working on incorporating the Holocaust lessons into their classrooms as well. Ray Simon, principal of Catholic High, stated, “This has become an opportunity for our school to use one common event to teach many different subjects. It has brought our students closer together, enhanced awareness of
“The Paperclip Project” has been utilized in Catholic High classes of English, Math, History, Science, and Religion as teachers and students alike have embraced the many lessons to be learned from the project. Photo submitted by Ed Boustany
intolerance and discrimination, and created a greater appreciation for the dignity of life.” The school is now making plans for a special event to commemorate reaching the goal of six million paperclips. Donors will be notified, and actual Holocaust survivors will be on hand. “We’ve received a commitment to have a scale replica of a Holocaust Railcar constructed to house the paperclips permanently on campus,” says Charles Jaubert, Middle School Principal. That day of celebration may still be some time away. Boustany states, “To date, we’ve collected over one million clips. In only one month, that’s a great amount, but we still have a long way to go.” If you wish to become part of “The Paperclip Project”, send your donation of paperclips to: Ashley Boustany, 1301 De La Salle Drive, Room 507, New Iberia, LA 70560. If possible, include the number of clips being donated, along with donor information. All donations will be recognized.
Pray for our priests
Listed below are the priests for whom Catholics are asked to pray daily during the month of May. The calendar is sponsored by the Serra Club of Lafayette. 01 Pope Benedict XVI 02 Bishop Michael Jarrell 03 Rev. Joseph Sai Tran, SVD 04 Rev. Eugene Tremie 05 Rev. Stephen Ugwu 06 Rev. Jason Vidrine 07 Rev. Richard Vidrine 08 Rev. Thomas Voorhies 09 Rev. Thomas Vu 10 Rev. Richard Wagner, SSJ 11 Rev. Arthur Warren 12 Rev. Daniel White, SJ 13 Rev. Andrew Whitman, SJ 14 Rev. Lawrence Abara 15 Rev. Ambrose Akalawu, CSSp 16 Rev. Joseph Alexander 17 Msgr. Robert Angelle 18 Rev. Chester Arceneaux 19 Rev. Jules Arceneaux 20 Rev. Michael Arnaud 21 Rev. Arockiam Arockiam, SVD 22 Rev. Justin Arockiasamy, SVD 23 Rev. Herbert Benerfield 24 Rev. Lloyd Benoit 25 Rev. Paul Bergeron 26 Rev. Conley Bertrand 27 Rev. Kenneth Bienvenu 28 Rev. Paul Bienvenu 29 Rev. William Blanda 30 Rev. Howard Blessing 31 Rev. Martin Borcherding Eternal Father, we lift up to You these and all the priests of the world. Sanctify them. Heal and guide them. Mold them into the likeness of your Son, Jesus, the Eternal High Priest. May their lives be pleasing to You. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
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Pentecost Eve Mass: celebrating 45 years of “The Descent of the Holy Spirit”
LAFAYETTE The Catholic Charismatic Renewal for the Diocese of Lafayette will be celebrating the 45th anniversary year of the most recent outpouring of the charisms and power of the Holy Spirit in the Catholic Church at their annual Pentecost Eve Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette. The Renewal invites everyone to join them in their annual Eucharistic celebration of Pentecost on Saturday, May 26. Pre-praise will begin at 6:30 p.m. with State of Grace music ministry, and Mass is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. with Father Jaison Mangalath, SVD, of Holy Ghost in Opelousas as the main celebrant and homilist. Other priests and deacons are invited to concelebrate and assist. There will be praise and singing to the Lord, incense, and a special time after the homily for “baptism in the Holy Spirit” for those recently involved in a Life in the Spirit Seminar. There will also be individual prayer for all those desiring a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit by the priests and deacons present. Meditative music will be played during this prayer and afterward this time of blessings, the Mass will continue. The Charismatic Renewal has the blessings and encouragement of the many Popes, especially John Paul II and Benedict XVI, who often have celebrated Mass with Renewal groups in St. Peter’s Square in Rome, especially the Pentecost Mass. The International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services hold a weekly prayer meeting in
the Vatican. It has often been declared by bishops and the Holy Father that the “baptism of the Holy Spirit” experienced and furthered through the Catholic Charismatic Renewal is for the whole church, not just a few. The US Bishops have issued strong statements of support for the Catholic CharPentecost Eve Mass Saturday, May 26 7:00 p.m. Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist ismatic Renewal, as well as our own Bishop Michael Jarrell who has in the past asked all priests and laity in the Lafayette Diocese to be welcoming to the Renewal
movement and prayer groups, and to always be discerning, but not stifling the Holy Spirit. The Renewal’s celebration of Pentecost Mass promises to be alive and active in its participation and filled with awesome wonder in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The Vatican has often called for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit as by a “New Pentecost” and a “new evangelization”, and the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the Lafayette Diocese promotes that vision. In celebration of the last 45 years and in anticipation of the upcoming Year of Faith focusing on evangelization, let us all come together in the greater body to celebrate once again the outpouring of gifts and charisms of the Holy Spirit upon His people.
To promote the celebration of Pentecost Sunday, the Lafayette Diocese’s Office of Christian Formation has sponsored several billboards, such as the one shown above, to be placed throughout the area. Photo submitted by the Office of Christian Formation
To report the abuse of children and young people, please contact Sister Kathleen Farrelly, O.Carm, LCSW Victim Assistance Coordinator for the Diocese of Lafayette 1001 West Pinhook Road, Suite 205 Lafayette, LA (337) 322-7255
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“BE FIRE!” By Graham N. Smith
Last time, we talked about the gift of prophecy, one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit that we read about in 1 Cor. chapters 12 and 14. St. Paul gives us a wealth of insight into the gifts of the Spirit in a very small space, but there’s a great deal to be learned about how to put them to use in living our daily lives. When we’re doing that, the Lord can show us a lot about what’s going on around us, and how He wants us to respond. Learning to “walk in the Spirit” with His gifts takes practice and dedication, so that we can distinguish the Lord’s “voice” in our minds from our own thoughts and from intrusive substitutes that Satan may try to slip in as distraction or deception. It’s good to work with someone experienced in using the gifts to help us learn to discern what’s from God and what’s not. Whole books have been written about that, but here are some quick pointers. A prophetic “word”, a thought through which the Holy Spirit speaks, can never contradict Scripture and be from God. The Holy Spirit gave us the Bible, and He’s not schizophrenic. A valid “word” also can’t contradict the teachings of our Church. If you hear one spoken that disagrees with either Scripture or Church teaching, it didn’t come from the Holy Spirit. Sometimes, a “word” isn’t for right now, but it’s still valid. For instance, if there’s a prophecy that the Lord wants someone to take up a new ministry in another city, it may line up with Scripture and with Church teaching, but that person’s family or job circumstances dictate that it not happen now. It may still be a valid “word” but won’t be one that can be acted upon until those circumstances change, and that might be years into the future. (Note: always get input from someone whose mature discernment you trust where “words” concern major life changes.) One of the best ways to develop this gift is to ask for it in our prayer time and tell the Holy Spirit we’re waiting to hear from Him. Like young Samuel, we can say, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening” (1 Sam. 3:10) and then listen with our hearts. When a thought comes, write it down! Study it. Ask the Lord to give you confirmation, perhaps in directing you to a particular Bible verse. Keep at it, and you’ll see this gift begin to blossom. Here’s another one. Ever have those moments when you just knew that something had happened or was about to? Or, perhaps you’ve suddenly had the urge to bring up something you’ve never thought about in conversation with a friend and it turns out to be the very thing that was really concerning your friend. Those aren’t fortune-telling or clairvoyance. They’re “words of knowledge”, given by the Holy Spirit. (1 Cor. 12:8) Sometimes, they’re to alert us. I had a vivid personal experience with this years ago when my father was very ill. As I drove away from a prayer meeting one night, I suddenly knew that I had a phone message waiting at home and that my father’s tumor had returned. When I got to the house, that’s exactly what was waiting. A “word of knowledge” is also very helpful in directing how we should pray. We were lifting up petitions aloud one night as we closed a prayer meeting, and I suddenly asked the Lord to let one of the men there know that “the bridge he’s worried about will be just fine.” After the meeting, I learned that this man had been worrying about whether a bridge he’d designed could handle the load. I had no idea about that before he told me. (The bridge turned out to be problem-free.) When we’re willing to let the Holy Spirit use us, these gifts can help us pray more effectively, and can help us bring comfort and consolation to people who really need it. Sometimes, we can be the voice Jesus uses to tell them that He knows what’s burdening their hearts, and that He loves them more than they can imagine. It blesses them greatly to hear that, but we’re blessed even more when the Holy Spirit delivers that love through us!
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“Our first, most cherished freedom” continued from page 7
The bishops highlighted religious freedom abroad. “Our obligation at home is to defend religious liberty robustly, but we cannot overlook the much graver plight that religious believers, most of them Christian, face around the world,” they said. “The age of martyrdom has not passed. Assassinations, bombings of churches, torching of orphanages—these are only the most violent attacks Christians have suffered because of their faith in Jesus Christ. More systematic denials of basic human rights are found in the laws of several countries, and also in acts of persecution by adherents of other faiths.” The document ends with a call to action. “What we ask is nothing more than that our God-given right to religious liberty be respected. We ask nothing less than that the Constitution and laws of the United States, which recognize that right, be respected.” They specifically addressed several groups: the laity, those in public office, heads of Catholic charitable agencies, priests, experts in communication, and urged each to employ the gifts and talents of its members for religious liberty. The bishops called for “A Fortnight for Freedom,” the two-week period from June 21 to July 4—be-
Camp Maryhill reunion
LAFAYETTE Plans are underway for a Knights of Columbus Maryhill Youth Camp reunion. Established by the late Bishop Charles Greco, the KC Supreme Chaplain and his fellow Knights started the camp in Pineville in 1951. It remained in operation until 1983, hosting thousands of girls from ages 9-15 as they enjoyed weeklong camp sessions that included swimming, horseback riding, archery, canoeing, hiking, crafts, sports, and talent shows. The reunion is being planned for August 2012 in the Lafayette area. Since no records exist to help guide the organization committee in contacting those who attended Camp Maryhill, anyone who is interested in attending should contact the committee at email@example.com.
ginning with the feasts of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher and ending with Independence Day—to focus “all the energies the Catholic community can muster” for religious liberty. They also asked that, later in the year, the feast of Christ the King be “a day specifically employed by bishops and priests to preach about religious liberty, both here and abroad.” Members of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty include Archbishop-designate William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman; and Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington; Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap, of Philadelphia; Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta; Archbishop John C. Nienstedt of St. Paul–Minneapolis; Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi, of Mobile, Alabama: Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle; Bishop John O. Barres of Allentown, Pennsylvania; Bishop Daniel E. Flores of Brownsville, Texas; Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix; Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois. Consultants include Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton. California; Bishop Joseph P. McFadden of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa and Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne–South Bend, Indiana.
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Bishops offer resource for re-energizing the faithful in Disciples Called to Witness
WASHINGTON USCCB The U.S. bishops want to provide an opportunity for all Catholics to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ, according to a new document from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Disciples Called to Witness: The New Evangelization focuses on reaching out to Catholics, practicing or not, who have lost a sense of the faith in an effort to re-energize them. “Every Catholic has a role in the Church, and every Catholic is called to spread the Gospel,” said Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay, Wisconsin, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis. “But in order to evangelize, a person must first be evangelized. This is really the heart of the New Evangelization.” The document examines what the New Evangelization is, its focus, its importance for the
Church and how dioceses and parishes can promote it. “The New Evangelization is a call to each person to deepen his or her own faith, have confidence in the Gospel, and possess a willingness to share the Gospel,” the document states. “It is a personal encounter with the person of Jesus, which brings peace and joy. The New Evangelization provides the lens through which people experience the Church and the world around them.” The document highlights the call of Pope Benedict XVI to pursue the New Evangelization with renewed vigor and joy. It also provides dioceses and parishes with resources to assist Catholics in renewing their faith and sharing it with others. The full text of the document is available online: www.usccb. org/beliefs-and-teachings/howwe-teach/new-evangelization/ disciples-called-to-witness.
Married couples cruise retreat
Glacier Bay; Sitka, Alaska; Ketchikan, Alaska; and Victoria, British Columbia. Space is limited, and early booking is recommended to ensure accommodations. Additional information—including rates—may be obtained online at www.globetrektravel.com.
LAFAYETTE Fathers Jude Halphen, PhD and Neil McNeill would like to invite all married couples to join them for a special married couples retreat on board the Holland America cruise ship. The seven-day cruise is scheduled to depart from Seattle, Washington on September 22, with ports of call to include: Juneau, Alaska;
Marriage 101: Infertility
by Kelley Chapman God’s first commandment to us is “Be fruitful and multiply. . .” We as humans, especially women, have the longing in our physical bodies and souls to bear children in order to ‘complete’ our family. When a couple is unable to bear children, it causes pain emotionally, physically and spiritually. Infertility is the inability to conceive within one year of trying, or six months if the couple is certain they have had intercourse during the fertile time of ovulation. Infertility may occur during a couple’s initial attempts to bring a child into the world. It may also occur through what may be called ‘secondary infertility.’ This is when a couple has successfully born a child previously but is unable to do so again. Women who are able to conceive but miscarry, also may be considered infertile. There are many ways to manage infertility. Each method raises many ethical, moral, spiritual, emotional, and physical ramifications. The first issue is to be familiar with infertility. Contacting a natural family planning specialist, who can assist in identifying the optimum time for conception, is an intelligent and viable option. Once couples initiate charting the female cycle, the primary solution associated with infertility is the realization of unfortunate timing for conception. “The Church’s moral principle concerning reproduction technologies is if a given medical intervention assists the marital embrace at achieving its natural end, it can be morally acceptable, even praiseworthy. But if it replaces the marital embrace as the means by which the child is conceived it is not in keeping with God’s intention for human life” (Donum Vitae). A family is still complete without children. Marriage is not a means to an end. Children are an ingredient of a family if God wills it. A couple without children are still family. “Children are not parents’ possessions to manufacture, manipulate, or design; rather, they are fellow persons with full human dignity, and parents are called to accept, care for, and raise them to be new members of God’s family and his Kingdom” (USCCB). Even with the biological proliferation of charting the female cycle and following a map of natural family planning and the holy influence of prayer and faith, failure to conceive and bear children exists. However, there are other options. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith states, “Couples who find themselves in this sad situation are called to find in it an opportunity for sharing in a particular way in the Lord’s Cross, the source of spiritual fruitfulness. Sterile couples must not forget that, as John Paul II observed, ‘even when procreation is not possible, conjugal life does not for this reason lose its value. Physical sterility in fact can be for spouses the occasion for other important services to the life of human person, for example, adoption, various forms of educational work, and assistance to other families and to poor handicapped children.’ Physical sterility can be a blessing. There are many disenfranchised and distressed infants, children, and youths who need spiritual and familial guidance which can be provided through your leadership actions as potential adopted parents or mentors. Involvement with the Church can guide you in many of these directions. Opportunity awaits every disappointment. Resources for this article: Good New About Sex & Marriage by Christopher West Life-Giving Love in an Age of Technology (usccb.org) Popepaulvi.com For more information on infertility please visit the following sites: www.Saintpetershcs.com www.Fertilitycare.org www.Nwfs.org www.Diolaf.org/marriage
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Holy Land pilgrimages on rise and could increase during Year of Faith
by Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) Fear of violence in the Middle East has not kept pilgrims away from the Holy Land, according to U.S. Franciscan priests who frequent the sites commemorating the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus. Any hesitancy to visit these places is “overcome by faith and interest,” said Franciscan Father Jeremy Harrington, commissary and guardian of the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington. The holy sites, he added, remain safe places to visit despite unrest in the region. Father Harrington also is sure the number of pilgrims will increase during the Catholic Church’s Year of Faith, which will begin Oct. 11 -- the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council -- and conclude Nov. 24, 2013 -- the feast of Christ the King. In pastoral recommendations for the Year of Faith, U.S. Cardinal William J. Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, stressed the importance of pilgrimages to St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City and to the Holy Land, “the place which first saw the presence of Jesus, the Savior, and Mary, his mother.” When pilgrims visit the Holy Land, they not only come away with a deeper sense of their faith, but they also show solidarity with the Christians living in the region, Father Harrington told Catholic News Service. Franciscan Father Garret Edmunds, a pilgrimage guide in the Holy Land and vice commissary
of the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington, said the number of pilgrims from Europe and North America has been stable. In recent years, he has seen an influx of pilgrims from Eastern Europe, Russia, India, the Far East, Africa and Brazil, which he attributes to emerging economies. Franciscan friars know plenty about the Holy Land because they have been there for a long time. For more than 750 years, they have had a ministry there preserving shrines, welcoming pilgrims, leading parishes and schools and housing, and feeding those in need. To continue the ministry they rely on an annual Good Friday pontifical collection that supports Christians in the Holy Land. Proceeds of the collection, coordinated by the Congregation for Eastern Churches, are distributed to Latin and Eastern Catholic bishops, parishes, schools and projects in Israel, the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus and Egypt. This spring the Vatican published a summary report on how the Franciscan Custodians of the Holy Land have used donations from recent collections. The funds enabled the friars to improve facilities for pilgrims at a number of holy sites at Bethlehem, Jerusalem and other locations. Funds were also used to provide university scholarships to students in the region, offered counseling, housing and medical care to families in need and to build or rebuild Catholic parishes and schools. The friars’ work at the holy sites
Franciscan Father Jeremy Harrington, commissary and guardian of the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington, poses near photos of Jerusalem inside the monastery March 29. Father Harrington is sure the number of pilgrims visiting the Holy Land will increase during the church’s Year of Faith that begins Oct. 11 -- the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council -- and concludes Nov. 24, 2013 -- the feast of Christ the King. CNS photo/Bob Roller
is particularly important because it enables these places to be monuments of faith, not just historical landmarks that are more like museums, according to Father Harrington. The priest also knows not everyone can make a pilgrimage to the sites where Jesus was born, lived and died, because of the expense and time involved. That’s why he encourages people to visit the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, which contains replicas of the Holy Land’s famous shrines as well as a replica of the Grotto at Lourdes and the
Roman catacombs. The monastery, dedicated in 1899, is set on 40 acres of land near the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The priests who live and work there say it is often described as an oasis of peace. Pilgrims are attracted to the shrines and also the outdoor gardens but they also come for Masses, daily confessions and adult education. “To come here gives people the opportunity to see what goes on in the Holy Land,” said Father Harrington.
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Jesuit seminarian took photographs of Titanicâ€™s infamous voyage
by Sarah MacDonald Catholic News Service DUBLIN (CNS) Commemorations of the sinking of the Titanic 100 years ago will put the spotlight on a young Irish priest whose photographs are some of the only surviving images of life onboard the liner on its first and last voyage. Jesuit Father Frank Browne, 18801960, became a prominent documentary photographer and a much-decorated chaplain in the British army in World War I. A collection of his photographs, â€œFather Browneâ€™s Titanic Albumâ€? has been reprinted to mark the centenary of the demise of the massive liner, which was constructed in Belfast, Ireland, and was believed to be unsinkable. More than 1,500 people died when it sank April 15, 1912. The new edition of the book is edited by Jesuit Father Edward Oâ€™Donnell, and the foreword is written by Robert Ballard, who first located the shipâ€™s wreckage in September 1985, the same month as a chance finding of 42,000 of Father Browneâ€™s photographs in the basement of the Jesuitsâ€™ headquarters in Dublin.
This is one of a collection of photographs of the Titanic taken by the late Irish Jesuit Father Frank Browne. â€œFather Browneâ€™s Titanic Albumâ€? has been reprinted to mark the centenary of the demise of the massive liner. Father Browne became a prominent documentary photographer and a much-decorated chaplain in the British army in World War I. CNS photo/courtesy Father Browne S.J. Collection
Frank Browne lived an eventful life. As a novice he met Pope Pius X in 1909 when he accompanied his uncle, Bishop Robert Browne of Cloyne, to a private audience at the Vatican. He was also a university classmate of Irish writer James Joyce, who featured the young seminarian as â€œMr. Browne the Jesuitâ€? in his masterpiece â€œFinnegans Wake.â€? In 1912, the Jesuit novice was still
three years from ordination. Because of a gift from his uncle, he was able to experience the Titanicâ€™s luxurious accommodation in the initial stages of its maiden voyage, from Southampton, England, to Cherbourg, France, and on to Queenstown, Ireland. While onboard, the self-taught photographer managed to obtain pictures of the first-class accommodation and dining rooms. He also captured the gymnasium, the library and passengers enjoying a stroll on the promenade, as well as many passengers in third class, recording some of those who would later perish in the freezing waters of the Atlantic. He took the last image of the Titanicâ€™s captain, Edward Smith.
Father Browneâ€™s images of the shipâ€™s accommodation and passengers have been pored over by maritime historians, engineers and filmmakers seeking answers to a tragedy that still grips the publicâ€™s imagination. Hollywood film director James Cameron used his photographs to re-create sets for his blockbuster movie. The Jesuitâ€™s image of 6-year-old Robert Douglas Spedden playing with his spinning top on the promenade, watched by his father Frederic, is one of the most famous of the collection. Cameron re-created the image in the film. The young Jesuit photographed the Titanic leaving port for the last time as it left Queenstown, in County Cork, for New York. He could have been onboard: An American couple he befriended on the ship offered to fund the final leg of the journey to New York. From the Titanic, he sent a telegram to his provincial in Dublin to request permission. However, a frosty telegram awaited him in Queenstown: â€œGet off that ship.â€? When news of the Titanicâ€™s disastrous fate reached Father Browne, he folded the telegram and put it into his wallet and kept it there for the rest of his life. He later said it was the only time holy obedience had saved a life. â€œFather Browneâ€™s Titanic Album,â€? edited by E.E. Oâ€™Donnell (2nd edition 2011), is published by Messenger Publications, www.messenger.ie.
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32 church parishes exceed 2011-2012 BSA campaign goals
LAFAYETTE The end of March roughly marked the halfway point of the 2011-2012 Bishop’s Services Appeal Campaign (BSA), and
the Lafayette Diocese’s Office of Development is pleased to announce that overall contributions are already above last year’s numbers. At the end of
The following church parishes have exceeded their collection goals. Parish Pastor % of Goal Met St. Anthony, Lafayette Fr. L. Lein 115.3% St. Leo, Lafayette Msgr. R. Robichaux 130.8% St. Patrick, Lafayette Fr. K. LaBove 100.1% St. Joseph, Parks Fr. B. Guillory 139.3% St. Louis, Parks Fr. B. Guillory 183.7% St. Joseph, Broussard & Fr. A. Arockiam, SVD 138.2% St. Anthony, Cade St. Mary, Lafayette Fr. H. Trahan 100.5% St. Paul, Lafayette Fr. R. Seay, OFM 136.7% St. Pius, Lafayette Fr. S. LeBlanc 104.2% St. Joseph, Milton Fr. A. Melancon 108.8% St. Anthony, Krotz Springs Fr. C. Nguyen 110.2% Holy Family, Lawtell Fr. J. Arockiasamy 120.5% St. Catherine, Leonville Fr. K. Domingue 144.3% St. Jules, Prairie Laurent Fr. K. Domingue 310.9% St. Leo, Leonville Fr. K. Domingue 115.9% Sacred Heart, Port Barre Fr. D. Picard 167.7% St. Augustine, Basil Fr. B. Taylor 112.7% Annunciation, Duralde Msgr. R. Romero 104.0% St. Anthony, Eunice Msgr. R. Romero 102.5% St. Joseph, Ville Platte Fr. J. Guillory 106.0% St. Francis, Cypremort Point Fr. T. Nguyen 343.3% St. Joseph, Loreauville Fr. J. Breaux 100.2% St. Helena, Louisa Fr. T. Nguyen 123.8% Perpetual Help, New Iberia Fr. M. Derise 101.6% Notre Dame, St. Martinville Fr. A. Seran 109.5% St. Edward, Richard Fr. W. Duet 143.7% St. Joseph, Maurice Fr. M. Sucharski 124.9% St. Joseph, Evangeline Fr. B. Clement 124.8% St. Martin, Delcanbre Fr. H. Bennerfield 119.6% St. James, Esther Fr. E. Fernandez 116.6% O/L Lourdes, Erath Fr. B. Melancon 109.6% St. John, Mermentau Fr. N. McNeill 107.2%
An improved diocesan website, which was launched in 2011, is one of the many services made possible by BSA funding. Not only does the website offer a comprehensive outline of all programs and services of the diocese, but it also gives individuals everywhere the opportunity to make online contributions to the BSA Campaign. File photo
March, the report totals for all four of the diocesan regions are $73, 439.78 over last year’s totals at the same point within the campaign. With five months remaining before the 2011-2012 campaign officially concludes in August, nearly all of the diocese’s 121 church parishes are at least halfway toward meeting their collection goals, which are based on the total amount they raised during last year’s campaign. Excitingly, 32 parishes have already exceeded their goals, some by more than 300 percent. A total of 21 parishes are currently within the 90 percent range of achieving their goals as well. To express his gratitude for this monumentous show of support, Bishop Michael Jarrell has sent letters to the pastors of the 32 parishes that have reached their BSA goals. He asked those pastors to convey his heartfelt appreciation for the generosity their parishioners have shown. Funds raised by the Bishop’s Services Appeal Campaign help
to subsidize the budgets of more than 30 diocesan agencies or services. Through this annual collection, people throughout Acadiana are able to make their pledges and show their support for the Lafayette Diocese just as they support their church parishes by placing money in the collection baskets every week. BSA pledge envelopes are always made available through the church parishes, and last year for the first time, individuals were also able to make their donations online by visiting the Development section of the diocesan website at www.diolaf. org. The website itself, which offers a comprehensive outline of the many services, programs, and activities of the Lafayette Diocese, is partially funded by the BSA campaign. Last year, gifts to the BSA Campaign amounted to a total of $2,375,086, which constituted 18% of the diocese’s incoming funds. The goal for this year’s campaign is to increase the final total to an even $2,500,000.
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Child Protection audits find nearly all dioceses compliant
USCCB WASHINGTON The 2011 Annual Report on the implementation of the Charter for Protection of Children and Young People reports that nearly all dioceses in the country are totally compliant with the 17-point Charter. It also notes that, as in previous years, the Diocese of Baker, Oregon, and Lincoln, Nebraska, and six eparchies (Eastern rite dioceses) refused to participate in the audits and therefore are found noncompliant. The full report can be found at http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/child-and-youthprotection/upload/2011-annual-report.pdf The report notes that most allegations reported today are of incidents from previous decades. For example, 68 percent of allegations made in 2011, were of incidents from 1960-1984, and the most common time period for allegations was 1975-1979. It also found most of the accused have died or been removed from ministry and many had been accused previously. Three percent (or 21) of the allega-
tions noted in the 2011 report came from current minors. “Of the 21 allegations made by minors, seven were considered credible by law enforcement; three were determined to be false, five were determined to be boundary violations, and three are still under investigation,” the report said. The credibility of three allegations could not be determined. In the same period, “683 adults who were victims/survivors of abuse in the past came forward to report on allegations for the first time.” The audits were undertaken by StoneBridge Business Partners, which began Charter audits for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops with the 2011 audits. One-third of the dioceses had onsite visits, and 24 of them included visits to parishes. Of these dioceses, StoneBridge found only one non-compliant with any article. The Diocese of Shreveport, Louisiana, was found non-complaint with Article 2, which concerns diocesan review boards, because its review board had not met in two years.
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StoneBridge noted that the diocese had “not experienced any Charter-related violations in at least four years” and that it immediately convened its review board when StoneBridge highlighted the failing. StoneBridge also issued numerous management letters, which recommended areas where dioceses and parishes might improve. The areas covered by most management letters concerned record keeping of background checks on adults working with minors and safe environment training for children, staff and volunteers. The annual report also includes statistical data gathered by the Georgetown University-based Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA). CARA noted costs related to the crisis decreased in such areas as settlements, therapy, and support for offenders, and increased in attorney fees. Total cost to dioceses in 2010 was almost $124 million; in 2011 it was almost $109 million. Total costs to dioceses and religious orders combined fell from $150 million in 2010 to about $144 million in 2011. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), said the church still had to remain watchful. “While the report supports the conclusion of both studies done by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice – that the majority of allegations are way in the past – the church must continue to be vigilant. The church must do all she can never to let abuse happen again. And we must all continue to work with full resolve toward the healing and reconciliation of the victims/survivors.” Al J. Notzon, III, chairman of the all-lay National Review Board for the protection of Children and Young People, in a letter to Cardinal Dolan highlighted “the im-
portance of good record-keeping regarding background checks and participation in safe environment training.” “I also highlight the great significance of involving parishes in the audit process,” he said. “The parish is where our children learn and live their young, growing faith. Parish participation in the audit process thus ‘makes the Church real’ for individual parishes and, most importantly, for the participating families and children.” In other findings, the 683 adults who were victims/survivors and came forward for the first time this year were offered help with healing, and 453 people accepted support. Another 1,750 people who reported abuse in the past continued to receive support. Of those clerics accused of past sexual abuse of minors, 253 were deceased, 58 had already been laicized, and 281 had prior allegations and were already removed. Across the country, 1.8 million volunteers in Catholic parishes and schools are trained to protect children. An additional 249,000 other employees are likewise trained. Nationwide over 4.8 million Catholic children were taught to recognize a grooming process, say no, and to tell parents and other trusted adults about such behavior. All audited dioceses/eparchies have safe environment training for children.
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Diocese restructures to add new secretariat to administration
LAFAYETTE On behalf of Bishop Michael Jarrell and other officials of the Lafayette Diocese, Msgr. Russell Harrington (Chancellor) recently announced a slight but significant restructuring of the administrative secretariats within the diocesan central offices. This restructuring is effective as of May 1, 2012. The Secretariat of Stewardship, directed by Deacon Jeff Trumps, and the Secretariat of Community Services, directed by Mrs. Maureen Fontenot, will essentially remain unchanged by the restructuring. However, the former Secretariats of Religious Personnel and Pastoral Services have now been combined into one, under the direction of Deacon Jim Kincel. A new secretariat, the Secretariat of Catholic Charities, has also been formed, and Mr. Ed Boustany has been appointed to serve as its director. The diocesan offices which have been reclassified into this new secretariat include the central offices of Catholic Social Services, Justice & Peace, Migration & Refugee Services, Persons with Disabilities, and the Pro-Life Apostolate. Additionally, all Catholic Service Centers within the diocese will be included in this secretariat for communication purposes with the Chancery, and they will be invited
to become a part of the diocese’s Catholic Charities agency network. The creation of this secretariat allows for the Lafayette Diocese to become a full agency member in Catholic Charities, USA. “In the past, the diocese was an affiliate member of Catholic Charities USA,” said Mr. Boustany as he explained the significance of this change to his fellow central office employees. “As an affiliate, we had limited access to resources made available through CCUSA— those being primarily in the area of emergency relief following various natural disasters which have affected our community. Now we will have access to all Catholic Charities USA benefits, including
enhanced programs, training and professional development, legislative advocacy, grant funding, and a common network of sharing with the over 175 Catholic Charities agencies in the US and around the world.” According to its website, www. catholiccharitiesusa.org, Catholic Charities USA is the national office for Catholic Charities agencies and affiliates nationwide. As a professional association and social justice movement, Catholic Charities USA supports local Catholic Charities as they provide help and create hope for over 9 million people each year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds.
Its mission is to exercise leadership in assisting its membership, particularly the diocesan Catholic Charities agencies, in their mission of service, advocacy and convening. Catholic Charities USA is also one of the largest advocacy agencies in the country, representing the Catholic voice on a wide range of legislative issues throughout all levels of government. “The formation of the Secretariat of Catholic Charities will not change the current daily operations of any of the diocesan offices or Catholic service centers that are now classified within it,” stressed Mr. Boustany. “The hope is that through it’s creation, this secretariat will bring all of the directors and employees within this group into a cohesive network, so that we may foster relationships, and more fully share resources as we further the goal of assisting those we serve, especially during times of crisis.” In the coming months, Mr. Boustany is looking forward to meeting one-on-one with all of the office and service center directors to more fully explain the benefits of this new structure. He will also join the other secretariat directors in attending the regularly scheduled administrative meetings with Bishop Jarrell and other diocesan officials.
Serra Club sponsors altar server awards
by Kathleen Toups LAFAYETTE Awards to outstanding altar servers of the Central Region were recently presented by Bishop Michael Jarrell during a scripture service in the chapel of Immaculata Center. This annual event is sponsored by the Serra Club of Lafayette. Bishop Jarrell was assisted by Serra chaplain Father Kevin Bordelon and Will Charbonnet , vice president for vocations and president-elect. Bishop Jarrell commended the recipients for their faithfulness and dedication. Each received a special medal and a certificate. Serra Club president George Arceneaux welcomed those in attendance at the beginning of the evening. This year’s recipients are: Sarah Padgett of Holy Cross, Lafayette; Adrienne
Brown and Taylor Brown of Immaculate Heart of Mary, Lafayette; Tyler Hayes of Our Lady of Fatima, Lafayette; Maya Pickney and Endie Benoit of Our Lady of Good Hope, Lafayette; Tyerrin Phillips of St. Paul, Lafayette; Andrew Francis Killeen of St. Pius X, Lafayette; John Patrick and David Joseph Allen of St. Edmond, Lafayette; Olivia Tolliver of St. Elizabeth Seton, Lafayette; Randy Green of Our Lady Queen of Peace, Lafayette; Mark Andries of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Lafayette; Anthony Ashy of St. Genevieve, Lafayette; Bernard and Alex Trappey of St. Leo, Lafayette; Katherine Dural and Grace Reaux of St. Mary, Lafayette; Brian Martinez of St. Jules, Lafayette; Ashia Sampy of Our Lady of the Assumption, Carencro; Justin Courville of St.
The Serra Club recently sponsored its annual altar server awards, which were presented to the honorees by Bishop Jarrell (right). Also pictured is Brian Martinez (left), honoree from St. Jules Parish in Lafayette, and Father Kevin Bordelon (center), Serra Club Chaplain. Photo submitted by Cristina LeBlanc
Peter, Carencro; Matthew Prilliman of St. Bernard, Breaux Bridge; Trylon Alexander of St. Francis, Breaux Bridge; Andrea Crouch of Sacred Heart, Broussard; Will Tomlinson of St. Basil, Judice; Kristie Smith of St. Joseph, Milton; Hallie and Halli
deClo of St. Martin de Porres, Scott; Skye Trahan of Sts. Peter & Paul, Scott; Michael Mouton of St. Rose of Lima, Cecilia; Quin Edward and Jean Batiste of St. Joseph and St. Louis, Parks; Megan Simon of St. Anne, Youngsville; and Kevin Batiste of Notre Dame, St. Martinville.
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Acadiana Catholic Acadiana Catholic
The Glorious Mysteries Wednesdays & Sundays 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
The Resurrection (Lk. 24:1-12; Jn. 20) The Ascension (Lk. 24:50-53; Acts 1:1-12) The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4) The Assumption (Song 2:8-14) The Coronation of Mary (Rev. 12:1-4) The Luminous Mysteries Thursdays
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
The Baptism of the Lord (Mt. 3:16-17) The Wedding Feast at Cana (Jn. 2:3-5) Jesus’ Proclamation of the Coming of the Kingdom of God (Mk. 1:14-15) The Transfiguration (Lk. 9:33-36) The Institution of the Eucharist (Mt. 26:26-28)
Prayers of the Rosary
From www.usccb,org The Rosary is a Scripture-based prayer. It begins with the Apostles’ Creed, which summarizes the great mysteries of the Catholic faith. The Our Father, which introduces each mystery, is from the Gospels. The first part of the Hail Mary is the angel’s words announcing Christ’s birth and Elizabeth’s greeting to Mary. St. Pius V officially added the second part of the Hail Mary. The Mysteries of the Rosary center on the events of Christ’s life. There are four sets of Mysteries: Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and––added by Pope John Paul II in 2002––the Luminous. The repetition in the Rosary is meant to lead one into restful and contemplative prayer related to each Mystery. The gentle repetition of the words helps us to enter into the silence of our hearts, where Christ’s spirit dwells. The Rosary can be said privately or with a group.
Mysteries of the Rosary The Joyful Mysteries Mondays & Saturdays 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
The Annunciation (Lk. 1:26-38) The Visitation (Lk. 1:39-56) The Nativity (Lk. 2:1-20; Mt. 1:18-25) The Presentation in the Temple (Lk. 2:22-32) The Finding in the Temple (Lk. 2:41-52) The Sorrowful Mysteries Tuesdays & Fridays
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
The Agony in the Garden (Mk. 14:32-42) The Scourging at the Pillar (Jn. 19:1) The Crowning with Thorns (Mk. 15:16-20) The Carrying of the Cross (Jn. 19:12-17) The Crucifixion and Death (Mt. 27:33-56; Mk. 15:22-41; Lk. 23:26-49; Jn. 19:16-30)
Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen. Our Father Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen Hail Mary Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen. Glory Be (The Doxology) Glory be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Hail Holy Queen (Salve Regina) Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To you we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to you we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. All are invited to join Father Bill Melancon in praying the English and French versions of the rosary beginning at 4:00 a.m. every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning on the Acadiana CW channel (Cox Ch. 10). The rosary is also broadcast on KDCG TV-22 (Cox Ch. 9) at 6:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. KLFY TV-10 also airs the rosary at 5:30 a.m. each Saturday and Sunday. These rosary segments are provided by the Lafayette Diocese’s Office of Radio/TV Ministry and are also accessible at any time through the diocesan website. Simply go to www.diolaf.org and select “Radio/TV Ministry” from the OFFICES tab located at the top of the home page.
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Cathedral museum hosts antique rosary exhibit
by Stephanie R. Martin Photos by P.C. Piazza LAFAYETTE In the small neighboring community of Evangeline, there is a woman named Estelle Monic with a very spiritual hobby. She collects antique rosaries and is encouraged by her brother, John Simmes, who has gifted her with many over the years. When John gives Estelle a new rosary, however, the gift is never just another set of prayer beads. Each one has its own special past which John carefully researches and documents. Whenever possible, he includes information regarding a rosary’s origin, where he obtained it, the material used to make it, and details about the intricate artistic designs which adorn so many of them. At the present time, John has obtained and researched more than 150 rosaries from all over the world for Estelle’s collection. He has given them to her on special occasions such as her birthday or for Christmas, and now with the help of the Cathedral Museum in Lafayette, this brother and sister are sharing the fascinating beauty and history of these rosaries with others. “My mission is to share these rare and special artifacts of our Catholic faith with lay members and religious,” explains Estelle. “I want the faithful to have the opportunity to learn more about our various religious orders, saints, and their histories.” Estelle has lent several rosaries from her collection to the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
Museum, located inside the Cathedral center, in Lafayette. Last year, the museum featured an exhibit which consisted of several 15-decade rosaries from Estelle’s collection; many of which John had obtained for her upon visiting various monasteries throughout the world. These larger, longer 15-decade rosaries are typical of the ones worn by monks and also some priests, cinched near their waists to remind them of their commitment to pray throughout the day.
Mediterranean region, also circa 1890-1920, with beads made from very rare coral. Other rosaries currently on display from Estelle’s collection include one John found at a Trappist Monastary in Rome, with beads made from Spina Christi seeds, which come from the “crown of thorns” plant. There is also an antique Lourdes rosary of wooden beads (1880-1910), a World War I era U.S. soldier’s rosary, a vintage Carthusian rosary from Spain with handmade rose petal beads, and
The beads in this rosary are made of rare Mediterranean coral, circa 1890-1920.
Visit the Antique Rosary Exhibit At the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Museum (inside the Cathedral Center) The exhibit will be open throughout the months of May and June; admission is free of charge
The museum’s current rosary exhibit, which opened on April 1 and will remain open to the public until June 30, features many of the smaller five-decade rosaries from Estelle’s collection. This includes one Irish horn rosary from Ireland, circa 1890-1920; the “horn” referring to the fact that the beads are made from the horn of a livestock animal such as a goat or cow. Another rosary on display is from the
These Murano rosaries from Venice, Italy, circa 1940’s, are made of clear glass beads injected with red and blue colors.
even a rare bone and brass rosary from France with beads crafted from hand-carved bone. The display also includes several rare Bavarian Rosenkranz rosaries from the mid-1800’s. These rosaries have a Credo cross, a feature common to the Bavarian style but not here in the U.S. The Credo
Another rosary currently on exhibit at the Cathedral Museum is this soldier’s rosary, circa 1917. Rosaries such as these were issued to Catholic U.S. soldiers during the World War I era.
cross is a smaller cross immediately following the usual Crucifix, upon which the Apostle’s Creed is to be prayed. Booklets detailing the research that John has compiled on each of the rosaries are also included in the display. While John found many of these rosaries for Estelle during his world travels,, they have also been fortunate in being able to utilize the internet to research and find connections that have allowed them to procure even more. Though people might sometimes be hesitant to give up these heirloom treasures to just anyone, the thought of passing them on to a collector who will cherish and preserve their significance often provides the final persuasion.
Estelle Monic has graciously lent the Cathedral Museum several antique rosaries from her personal collection so that others have an opportunity to view and learn more about these precious artifacts of the Catholic faith. The rosary exhibit is open to the public free of charge until June 30.
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The “unsinkable bell” of St. Landry Church
OPELOUSAS There has been a lot of news coverage recently about the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, but St. Landry Church in Opelousas is also celebrating a milestone anniversary in honor of its bell. The Immaculate Conception bell was cast 100 years ago in April, by the McShane Bell Foundry Company in Baltimore, Maryland. The foundry is still operating today, and so is the bell! According to a bulletin insert written by then pastor Msgr. Robert Romero in 2010, the bell was donated to the church in April 1912 by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court #119; it was installed the following November. For a time, the bell had stopped ringing as a result of damage incurred when lightning struck some of the equipment, but this was eventually able to be repaired. Later still, the church parish installed a state-of-the-art computer system which allowed the bell to ring at various times throughout the day to signify the
The Immaculate Conception bell of St. Landry Church in Opelousas was donated by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court #119 in the year 1912. Photo courtesy of http://stlandrycatholicchurch.blogspot.com/2012/04/unsinkable-bell-at-st-landry-catholic.html
Angelus, Call to Worship, De Profundis, and the hours of the day. To learn more about the history of the St. Landry Church bell, please visit online at http:// stlandrybell.org.
Sts. Leo-Seton collects Mardi Gras beads
The EarlyAct Club of Sts. Leo-Seton Catholic School in Lafayette recently partnered with LARC to sponsor a school-wide Mardi Gras bead drive. Club members collected beads from each homeroom class and prepared them for LARC clients to sell to area Mardi Gras participants. Pictured above from left to right are EarlyAct members Angelle Joubert (vice-president), Anna Kathyrn Potier (treasurer), Emily Thomas (reporter), Catherine Meche, Bailey Benoit (president), B.J. Carmouche (secretary), and Susan Nini (LARC Director of Community Relations). Photo submitted by Sts. LeoSeton School
In the April 2012 edition of the Acadiana Catholic, an error was made in the article entitled “Office of Catholic Schools recognizes Students of the Year” on page 14. In reporting on the selection process, the guidelines reported in the article reflected the state-recommended procedure. Here in the Lafayette Dio-
cese, however, once each Catholic school has nominated its qualifying student for consideration, the final selection is made by the diocese’s Superintendent of Catholic Schools and the Director of the Office of Christian Formation. The Acadiana Catholic apologizes for any confusion the reporting error may have caused.
Bishop Jarrell appoints committee to prepare/ advise on local celebration of Year of Faith
LAFAYETTE With the Roman Catholic Church’s celebration of the Year of Faith now pending, Bishop Michael Jarrell has appointed a diocesan committee to recommend ways in which the year can be observed here in the Lafayette Diocese. The announcement regarding the Year of Faith was made last October, when Pope Benedict XVI issued his Apostolic Letter, Porta Fidei. According to the letter, the celebration will begin on October 11, 2012 and conclude on November 24, 2013 with the Solemnity of Christ the King. A press release issued by the Vatican Information Service earlier this year also explained the significance of the starting date. “The beginning of the Year of Faith coincides with the anniversaries of two great events which have marked the life of the Church in our days: the fif-
aged to celebrate the opening and the solemn conclusion of the Year of Faith, and that focus will be given to the continuing education of the clergy on the documents of Vatican Council II and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Parishes and communities will also hopefully become involved in distributing copies of the Catechism and other pertinent resources to help the laity further grasp their own important roles for the transmission of the faith. Here in the Lafayette Diocese, the Year of Faith committee will be meeting on a regular basis to devise ways in which these and many other recommendations can best be implemented among the people of Acadiana. Bishop Jarrell has appointed Father Tom Voorhies as the committee chair; he and Father Chester Arceneaux will represent the Council of Priests on the committee. Other clergy representatives
Year of Faith October 11, 2012-November 24, 2013 tieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council,. . . .and the twentieth of the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.” The release from the Vatican Information Service also outlined several recommendations for the recognition and celebration of the Year of Faith, throughout the levels of the Universal Church, diocesan, and for parishes, communities, and associations. Among the recommendations on the universal level was to encourage pilgrimages of the faithful to the See of Peter and the Holy Land. It was also announced that a Secretariat will be established within the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization to coordinate different initiatives of the Year of Faith. On the diocesan level, it was mentioned that each particular church will hopefully be encour-
serving on the committee are Msgr. Russell Harrington (diocesan Chancellor), Father Bryce Sibley (Pastor, Our Lady of Wisdom Church, Lafayette), Father Kevin Bordelon (Director, Office of Vocations/Seminarians), and Deacon Jim Kincel (Director, Office of Permanent Deacons). Lay members of the committee include Ann Broussard (Director, Office of Christian Formation), Faye Drobnic (Assistant to the Director, Office of Worship), Anna Larriviere (Superintendent of Catholic Schools), Mary Bergeron (Executive Assistant to the Central Regional Vicar), Stephanie Martin, (Staff writer, Acadiana Catholic), and Janeth Harrington (Executive Assistant to the West Regional Vicar). Developing news on the diocese’s plans to celebrate the Year of Faith will continue to be reported here in the Acadiana Catholic.
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Lyn Holley Doucet Director of Spiritual Formation, Our Lady of the Oaks Faithful Love In our area of the country it is not unusual to know couples who have been married for 40, 50, even 60 years. The faithfulness that characterizes an enduring marriage shines for me in a world of instant potatoes and instant gratification. There are usually struggles in any marriage, but the fidelity and commitment of each partner can spell the difference in a union that flourishes and one that fades away. As couples grow old together, illnesses and frailty become problems. Eventually and sadly, one spouse loses the other to death. In my work as a grief counselor I often heard from a long-married person newly widowed, “I feel like I have lost half of myself!” This darkness of deep loss is one important place where the promises of our Catholic faith meet the longings of the grieving heart, bringing the assurance that faithful spouses will meet again in a world beyond suffering. When I think of other examples of faithfulness, I think of Mary Magdalene, one of my favorite women in all of scripture. We hear much about Peter’s three denials and the doubting of Thomas. The story of Mary Magdalene’s faithfulness also takes its place as a prominent scriptural theme during the celebration of the Easter season. All four Gospels report that Mary Magdalene was present in unwavering love at the cross, the tomb, and the resurrection. Most of the disciples ran away in fear, but she remained. And she found on that first Easter Sunday the place where the promises of faith meet the grieving heart. “He is risen!” Perhaps you are grieving or struggling with the commitments and challenges of your life. Come on retreat with us at Our Lady of the Oaks and find the God of faithful love. His faithfulness is a living promise to all generations.
Vermilion Catholic students attend District Rally
Vermilion Catholic High School students recently attended the District Rally at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Of the thirty-six students participating, nine placed first, five placed second, eleven placed third, five placed forth and four placed fifth. The students who placed first-third will attend the State Rally which will be held at LSU on April 21. Photo submitted by Vermilion Catholic High School
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Opelousas Catholic earns continuing accreditation
OPELOUSAS Principal Perry Fontenot has announced that Opelousas Catholic School earned continuing accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED. This action was taken at the AdvancED Accreditation Commission meeting. Opelousas Catholic School has been accredited since 2007. SACS CASI provides nationallyrecognized accreditation, the purpose of which is continuous school improvement focused on increasing student performance. To earn accredi-
ment.” In related news, Opelousas Catholic School recently sponsored a special exhibit of Christian art different from what one would encounter in our native culture and everyday experience. “ICON: Through the Sacred Windows” was an exhibit presenting the viewer with numerous examples of Byzantine iconography from the 1700’s to the present day. While we are accustomed to seeing works of art from Western Europe, these works of art are characteristic of the Christian world of the east. In the west we are accustomed to our statues. If we see a religious painting, it is often a scene that used realism
Opelousas Catholic School students are shown viewing and studying the various Byzantine iconography on exhibit at the school. Photo submitted by Opelousas Catholic School
tation, schools must meet SACS CASI’s high standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school, and implement a continuous process of school improvement. Accreditation is granted on a fiveyear term. SACS CASI accreditation is recognized across state lines, which not only eases the transfer process as students move from accredited school to accredited school but also assures parents that the school is meeting nationally accepted standards for quality and successful professional practice. Dr. Mark Elgart, President/CEO of AdvancED, the parent organization of SACS CASI, stated, “SACS CASI Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school on the primary goal of creating lifelong learners. Opelousas Catholic School is to be commended for engaging in this process and demonstrating a commitment to continuous improve-
to convey the message. If one were to travel anywhere from Greece to Russia, these would be the religious images one would see. Following a disciplined approach, the images that emerge are both mystical and inviting. Christ and saints stare back at us. Their gaze seems to challenge us to renew our resolve to live the Gospel so as to join them in eternity. The exhibit was on display in the school’s conference room and chapel and included numerous examples from Russia that span the last three hundred years. Also included in the exhibit were works by two local iconographers, Faye Drobnic of Lafayette and Barbara Wiltz of Opelousas. Both have studied the art of iconography through the Prosopon School of Russia. By attending satellite workshops given by teachers traveling from Russia, they have been trained in this ancient and timeless art.
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An ImportAnt message for the Families of Basile Dear Friends, After several meetings to determine our cemeter y needs we are pleased that arrangements have to announce been completed to bui ld a garden mausoleum Cemeter y here in Basile. in St. Augustine Our parish has entered into an agreement with Acme Mausoleum LLC to conduct a survey in of New Orleans our area to determine the size of the mausole survey is completed, the um. After the Acme firm will build the memorial. This program approval of His Excelle has the full ncy, Most Reverend Mic hael Jarrell, Bishop of Lafayette. The new mausoleum will be constructed so that it will be standing for cen come. The structure will turies to be built with the finest materials, steel reinforc and select granite. Fur ed concrete thermore, regular and continued care will be will be accomplished by assured. This our establishing a large endowed trust fund sole maintenance of the mem ly for the orial. The interest and earnings of this special be more than ample to trust fund will maintain this lasting mem orial. Acme Mausoleum LLC celebrated is 100th year of memorial experience were the builders of man in 2010. They y existing facilities in the Lafayette area and are the same trustworthy cred offering to us entials and satisfactory service. Representatives will con duct a survey in this area for the next several wee questions about the mau ks to answer soleum and determine who is interested in mak for their families. The ing provisions size of the mausoleum will be determined by crypts selected before con the number of struction begins. Therefo re, anyone seeking info should speak with one rmation of the representatives now conducting the survey. interested you should rese If you are rve space now.
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Sertoma Club’s generosity aids deaf/blind community LAFAYETTE The residents and staff of Village du Lac would like to thank the Sertoma Club for several generous donations which have helped improve the quality of life in the community. Village du Lac is a diocesan-owned housing complex for the elderly and disabled in the Lafayette area. Recently, Steven Broussard (Sertoma Club’s Vice President of Programs) and other club members visited Village du Lac and built a permanent area for the residents to play horse
shoes and washer throw games. Mr. Broussard was assisted by Jimmy Thomas, Jason Denais, Ryan Landry, Troy Bernard, and Glen Hebert, Jr. The group also laid down markers which will assist the blind and blind/ deaf residents in making their way around the complex. In addition to their work, the Sertoma Club donated Braille and large print Bingo cards, and had the community piano properly tuned so that the residents can enjoy live music during their afternoon coffee visits. In previous years, the Serto-
Members of the Sertoma Club have built a permanent horse shoe and games area for the residents of Village du Lac in Lafayette. Photo submitted by Village du Lac
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Former student restores playground
In Lafayette, the playground of St. Genevieve School was recently restored by former student Alexander Kellar. Now a sophomore at Teurlings High School, Alexander restored the playground as a service project in his journey to become an Eagle Scout. He plans to continue his service project on the middle campus over the summer. Photo submitted by St. Genevieve School
ma Club has also overseen the installation of solar screens on Village du Lac’s cafeteria windows. The screens have helped reduce the glare caused by the incoming sunlight, which has been a great improvement for those with poor vision. The club has also provided a covered bus stop so that the residents have protection from the weather elements as they wait for their transportation to arrive.
The Sertoma Club also installed markers that will aid blind and blind/deaf residents in navigating their neighborhood. Photo submitted by Village du Lac
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Religious jubilarians to be honored at Mass on May 24
LAFAYETTE Congratulations are extended to the 13 religious sisters currently celebrating a jubilarian anniversary year here in the Lafayette Diocese. The sisters will all be honored at a special Mass at the Immaculata Chapel on May 24. 75 Years Sister Vivian Marie Coulon, MSC, is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. She has taught in elementary and secondary schools staffed by the Marianites, as well as at Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans. She also served as principal in Morgan City, and served in the Congregationâ€™s administration as Provincial Councilor and as Congregational President from 19771981. Her missionary activities include pastoral work in Chiapas, Mexico and at Guantanamo Base in Cuba, where she ministered to Cuban and Haitian refugees. In her last active ministry, Sr. Vivian lived and worked among persons with disabilities at Village du Lac in Lafayette, LA. She now resides at Prompt Succor Nursing Home in Opelousas. 70 Years Sister Mary Hilary Hernandez, OCarm, is a native of St. Gabriel, Louisiana. She holds a BS in Education and entered religious life on January 30, 1940.
She professed her final vows at the Mt. Carmel Motherhouse in New Orleans on August 10, 1942. Throughout the years, she has served in the areas of Lafayette, Abbeville, Rayne, Carencro, Marrero, Westwego, Lacomb, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and the Philippines. Sister Mary Clare Aucoin, MHS, is from New Orleans. She holds a BS in Secondary Education from USL (now UL) in Lafayette, an MS in Education from Xavier University in Cincinnati, and Certification in Guidance and Counseling from Loyola University in New Orleans. She entered into religious life in May 1942 and professed her final vows at the Convent of the Sisters of the Most Holy Sacrament in Lafayette on August 15, 1947. She has served at St. Michael School in Crowley. Annunciation High School in New Orleans, St. Charles Borromeo High School in Destrehan, Archbishop Chapelle High School in Metairie, and Our Lady of Victories High School in Pascagoula, MS. Sister Mary Gabreilla Bertrand, MHS, is from Prairie Ronde. She holds a BA in Lower Elementary Education from the former USL in Lafayette, and an MA in Administration and Supervision from Our Lady of the Lake College in San Antonio. She entered into religious life in June 1942 and professed her final vows at the Convent of the Sisters of the Most Holy Sacrament in Lafayette on August 15, 1974. She has served at St. Michael School in Crowley, St. Jo-
seph School in Gretna, Our Lady of Fatima School in Lafayette, St. Maurice School in New Orleans, Our Lady of Victories School in MS, and Blessed Sacrament Academy in Birmingham, AL. Sister Mary Florence Lemaire, MHS, is a native of Sulphur. She earned her LPN degree from T.H. Harris Vo-Tech School in Opelousas and entered into religious life in April 1942. She professed her final vows at the Convent of the Sisters of the Most Holy Sacrament in Lafayette on August 15, 1947. She has served at the MHS Motherhouse in Lafayette, Blessed Sacrament Covent in AL, St. Joseph Convent & Boarding School in New Orleans, Infirmary of the Sisters of Mount Carmel in New Orleans, and Bethany MHS Health Care Center in Lafayette. Sister Mary Jo Ortego, MHS, is from Washington. She holds a BS in Education from the former USL in Lafayette, and an MS in Physics from Notre Dame University in Indiana. She entered into religious life in June 1942 and professed her final vows at the Convent of the Sisters of the Most Holy Sacrament in Lafayette on August 15, 1947. She has served at St. Bernard School in Breaux Bridge, St. Maurice School in New Orleans, Redemptorist Elementary in Crowley, Our Lady of Fatima School in Lafayette, Annunciation High School in New Orleans, St. Charles Borromeo High School in Destrehan, Notre Dame High School in Crowley, Our Lady of Victories High School in MS, St. Margaret Parish in Lake Charles, Our Lady
Help of Christians in Jennings, Bethany MHS Health Care Center in Lafayette, and MHS Altar Bread Department in Lafayette. 60 Years Sister Catherine Martin, OCarm, is from Lafayette, Louisiana. As a child, she attended Mt. Carmel Elementary School in Lafayette, and also later attended Mr. Carmel High School in New Orleans. She earned a degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University in New Orleans, and in Art Studies from Notre Dame University in Indiana. She entered into religious life in September 1949 and made her final profession of vows on August 2, 1956 in New Orleans. She taught at Our Lady of Prompt Succor in Westwago, St. James and St. Dominic in New Orleans, St. Joseph in Rayne, Mt. Carmel in Lafayette, and St. Joseph in Marrero. Presently, she is involved in art ministry in the Lafayette area. Sister Pius Blanchard, MHS, is a native of Eunice. She holds a BA in Elementary Education from the former USL in Lafayette and an MA in Elementary School Guidance & Counseling from Our Lady of the Lake College in San Antonio. She entered into religious life in September 1952 and professed her final vows at the Convent of the Sisters of the Most Holy Sacrament in Lafayette on August 15, 1958. She has served at Our Lady of continued on page 41
Sr. Virgina Ann deGravelle
FORT SMITH, AR Funeral services for Sister Virgina Ann (Ginger) deGravelle were held on March 24, 2012 at St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Interment followed on the grounds of the monastery. Sister Ginger was born on Nov. 10, 1939, to the late Leona B. and George A. deGravelle, Sr. She graduated from Mt. Carmel Academy in New Iberia, where she was captain of the basketball team, an all-state player, and homecoming queen. She attended Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette), where she majored in accounting and general business and later became an accountant at the university. She also worked as Director of Volunteer Services at the University Medical Center in Lafayette. She served on the Board of Directors of the Billeaud Companies (a real estate and development Company) and was a volunteer at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. Sister Ginger took an early retirement to care for her elderly parents, and when they passed away, she decided at age 53 to enter the St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith, Arkansas, where she served
as treasurer and worked in the business office processing med- ical bills for the Sisters. She served on the Advisory Board at St. Vincent Hospital in Morrilton, AR. Survivors include her brother, George A. deGravelle, Jr., and his wife Deb bie; her sister Nancy Zembower and her husband Gayle, two nephews, Todd Zembower and his wife Adri- enne, Kevin Zembower and his wife Melissa, and one niece, Ai mee and her husband Brandon Trahan. She is also surived by seven great-nieces and nephews.
ians of the Diocese of Lafayette. The Lector was John Braham, campus minister at Opelousas Catholic School. A loving daughter, sister and friend, Sarah will be deeply missed by her parents, William and Kathryn Jarrell of Opelousas, her brothers, Jacob, Seth, David, Samuel and John Michael Jarrell; and her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Aguillard of Eunice; her paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Jarrell, Jr. of Opelousas; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her aunt, Melanie Ann Jarrell. An accomplished 17 year old, Sarah was the newly elected cheer captain. She was a first team all-district and all-parish defensive soccer player and allparish MVP, an inducted member of The National Honor Society, Senior Beta Club member, mem-
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.”
(2 Tim. 4:7) Sarah Jarrell
OPELOUSAS A Mass of Christian Burial for Sarah Jarrell was celebrated on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at St. Landry Catholic Church in Opelousas; Rite of Committal followed in the Bellevue Memorial Park. Sarah, a junior at Opelousas Catholic School, died at Lafayette General Medical Center on Friday, April 6, 2012. Bishop Michael Jarrell, her great uncle, was celebrant of the Funeral Mass. The Rev. Msgr. Keith J. DeRouen, pastor of Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church was homilist and Master of Ceremonies. Major concelebrants were Father James Brady, pastor of St. Landry Catholic Church; Msgr. James Gaddy, pastor of Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Lake Charles; Msgr. Louis Melancon, in residence at St. Landry Catholic Church; and Father Millard Boyer, chaplain at Lafayette General Hospital. Deacons of the Mass were Deacons Jerome Collins and Sammy Diesi, and servers included seminar-
ber of the student government, and a manager of the baseball team. Sarah loved baking, laughing, soccer, cheerleading, and being with family and friends. She will also be remembered for her creative talent in making bracelets for friends and family. She was competitive on the field and compassionate towards all. Sarah was in the confirmation class of Our Lady Queen of Angels Church and received the sacrament of Confirmation preceding her death.
OPELOUSAS A Mass of Christian Burial for Morgan Adams was celebrated Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at St. Landry Catholic Church in Opelousas; Rite of Committal followed in the Bellevue Memorial Park. Morgan was a junior at Opelousas Catholic School. God’s long-term journey for Morgan and her childhood friend Sarah Jarrell, started on Friday, April 6th, Good Friday. On this day, the hearts of their family and
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friends filled with unimaginable sorrow. Morgan will continue to be a blessing to many others through the gifts of life she is providing through her donation to the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency. Morgan is survived by her parents and brother, her maternal grandparents Paul Gus and Madeline Dupre of Opelousas, LA, paternal grandparents, Jim and Judy Adams of Opelousas, LA and Marylynn and Jack Barham of Shreveport, LA. She is also survived by Uncles and Aunts Michael and Monica Dupre of Houston), TX (who are also her Godparents), Leslie Dupre of Opelousas, LA, Dennis and Terry Adams of Opelousas, LA and Lisa and Steve Hargett of Atlanta, GA. Nieces and Nephews who will miss Morgan include: Emily and Sean Dupre of Houston, TX, Wesley Olley of Atlanta, GA and Crawford and Dagny Adams of Opelousas, LA. Morgan loved her family and she loved her friends, and she loved God. Her bond with God is undeniable. Morgan embraced life in her short time on earth. She loved gymnastics and especially cheerleading; so much that she had hopes of becoming a LSU cheerleader. She cherished time with her Mom; shopping for prom dresses, a graduation ring, talking, and watching movies. She had a special bond with her Dad; especially recently when they spent early evenings fishing in the family pond. Morgan absolutely adored her older brother Christian, who was always her protector. Morgan’s extended family was at Opelousas Catholic High School where she was just starting to enjoy the rewards of finishing her junior year. She thrived in the school’s Christian environment, cheered for the Vikings, excelled academically (straight A’s), and was just asked to join the Beta Club. Her recent academic accomplishments made her realize that she could achieve her dream of becoming a dermatologist one day. Morgan also spent many happy days performing gymnastics at AJ’s Gym in Carencro, LA and Precision Athletics in Baton Rouge, LA.
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Cheers, tears, prayer: Cuban-Americans join Cuban pilgrims in Santiago
by Tom Tracy Catholic News Service SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba (CNS) When the Miami Air charter plane touched the ground on March 26, applause and shouts of “Thanks be to God” rang out in the cabin, and Julia Malcolm had tears on her face. It was Malcolm’s first time back in Cuba since leaving 51 years ago. “I am crying, but now I am very happy that we will be with the pope and like him, will kiss the ground,” said Malcolm, a member of St. John the Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Malcolm’s charter flight was part of a pilgrimage organized by the Archdiocese of Miami. More than 300 pilgrims traveled first to Santiago de Cuba, then on to Havana. At least 500 others from the archdiocese were expected to join them in Havana. Julia Palmer of Kentucky accompanied Malcolm, her mother. Palmer said she and her two sisters wanted to seize the opportunity of the pope’s visit to bring their mother back to Cuba. “This is a trip of a lifetime, to see Cuba through the eyes of my mother,” she said. After landing, the several hun-
dred U.S. pilgrims were treated to a surprise; they had a chance to visit the historic Shrine of Our Lady of El Cobre, about 30 miles away. The Virgin of Charity of El Cobre is Cuba’s patroness. Archbishop Patrick Pinder of Nassau, Bahamas, said he was impressed with the condition of the shrine and the local Cubans he encountered there. “I was impressed with how well it was maintained,” Archbishop Pinder said, noting he has been in Cuba before, but never Santiago de Cuba or El Cobre. “It speaks of a certain depth of faith of the people to keep up the church that way. That afternoon, the Florida pilgrims joined approximately 200,000 others for Pope Benedict XVI’s Mass in Antonio Maceo Revolution Square. In a covered area where the Cuban bishops and priests vested before the Mass, Xiomara Bedoga Ocana, a sacristan at the cathedral in Santiago de Cuba who helped prepare the vestments for the Cuban bishops and visiting clergy, made new friends and prayed with several of the Cuban-American pilgrims. “With all the difficulties we
People lined a street in Havana as they waited for Pope Benedict XVI to pass in his popemobile. CNS photo/Alessia Giuliani, Catholic Press Photo
A woman attending Mass with Pope Benedict XVI holds a sign in Spanish that reads, “God loves you,” in Revolution Square in Havana. CNS photo/Alessia Giuliani, Catholic Press Photo
have had to go through in this country, it is something that we had the visit of two popes,” she said, referring to Blessed John Paul II’s 1998 visit. “Our faith grows, and it will continue to grow after this.” A very pregnant Myrna Bustamante came with her “pretty much about to be born” Catholic child. “I might go to the Maternidad at any moment now,” she said, referring to the local birthing hospital. “I couldn’t go this afternoon because of the heat, but I wouldn’t miss this evening’s Mass.” “Cubans listening to the pope’s words will be blessed, but their hearts will also open up to believe and improve their behavior,” said Claudia Arias, a member of a local parish youth group. Another member of her group, Aimee Echevarria, added, “Those who don’t believe will be persuaded to have faith in God and the church, Jesus Christ, and all the saints who can help “To see the people of Cuba so excited and so spiritual is wonderful,” said Nestor Machado. “The fervor of that young seminarian was very touching.” Mary Travis of St. Petersburg, Fla., was beaming near the end of Mass. “We did it all,” she said.
“We arrived, were told to follow our guide, the guide got lost and we were left squashed, cheek to jowl, in the crowd, and then we came back out here to watch at a distance. Our senses are filled with the tropical climate here tonight and the joy of the people, and we timed it perfectly to go receive holy Communion; there was a fervor, and we are very touched.” Several U.S. bishops were among the Vatican officials and Cuban prelates concelebrating the Mass. Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley relished the scene in the square before removing his vestments. “All of these papal visits are a moving experience, but to have it here in Cuba and on the feast of the Annunciation was very moving,” the cardinal said, “I know that Catholics around the world have high hopes for Cuba, and hopefully this will result in greater freedoms for the people of Cuba. “All the attention that this brings to Cuba is a healthy step toward greater freedoms that the world would wish for Cuba,” he said, adding that the papal visit would also increase Cubans’ faith. Contributing to this story was Wallice de la Vega.
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Father Davis urges everyone to “put on Jesus” during Divine Mercy homily by Kathleen Toups LAFAYETTE “Who are you wearing?” That was the question posed by Father Hampton Davis, homilist at the Central Region’s Divine Mercy Sunday celebration. “I hope you’re wearing Jesus,” he told the congregation that filled Our Lady of Fatima Church in Lafayette for the annual event. “You’ve got to put on Jesus because you are God’s children. If you are a disciple of Christ, you must wear Jesus.” “This Divine Mercy celebration is given to us to see the channels of Divine Mercy,” he continued. “You can say the Divine Mercy prayers all day every day, but if you are not transformed to become a disciple of Christ it is all worthless. We are most like God when we are merciful. “Why is it so difficult to be merciful?” he asked. “The one most in need of mercy is the one you see in the mirror, yet we tend to think of others more in need of mercy.” Father Davis emphasized this point by relating the story of a murderer who, after serving out his prison sentence, befriended the mother of the person he had killed. He had repented his
Celebrating the Mass for the Central Region’s celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday were Bishop Michael Jarrell, Father Thomas James, SVD, VE, Father Michael Russo, and several other clergy from the Central Region of the Diocese of Lafayette. They were joined by Deacon Art Bakeler of Sts. Peter & Paul Church in Scott. Photo submitted by Orida Edwards
crime and the mother had forgiven him. Father Davis then reminded those in attendance of the words from St. Faustina’s diary, documenting the conversations through which Jesus brought the message of Divine Mercy to the world. “‘Do not be discouraged by the difficulties you encounter in proclaiming my mercy, they are evidence that this work is mine,’ Jesus told her. ‘Nothing will stop me from granting you graces. . .before I come as the Jesus, the Just Judge, I will come first at the King of Mercy.
Let no soul fear to draw near to me, I pour out a whole ocean of graces on those who approach the fount of my mercy.’” The afternoon program began with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament by Father Michael Russo, pastor of Our Lady of Fatima parish. He also led the recitation of the chaplet, litany
and prayers of Divine Mercy. Deacon Art Bakeler assisted Father Russo. After Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Bishop Michael Jarrell of Lafayette was principal concelebrant of Mass. Concelebrants included Father Thomas James, S.V.D., Vicar of the Central Region which sponsors the celebration; Fathers Russo and Davis. Also concelebrating were Fathers Thomas Finley, Keith Landry, Anderson de Souza, SVD, and Ryszard Kalinowski, SVD. Father William Blanda was master of ceremonies for the Mass. The epistles were read by Gayle Landry and Jerry Callier. Bringing the gifts were Michelle Devall, Voorhies and Debby Short. Andre Courville, organist, and the Fatima choir provided special music. Rachel Gaspard was cantor. Mary Bergeron, executive assistant to Father James, welcomed those in attendance at the beginning of the program.
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Bishop Jarrell calls for new evangelization during Chrism Mass
by Kathleen Toups LAFAYETTE In his homily to the priests at the Holy Thursday Mass of Chrism, Bishop Michael Jarrell called on those present to continue the work of the new evangelization. Bishop Jarrell was the celebrant of this annual Mass on Holy Thursday in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Many priests of the diocese were in attendance to renew their priestly promises of service and dedication to Christ. The bishop also blessed the oils which are used
in the administration of the sacraments throughout the diocese during the year. The bishop noted that this has been a frequent theme of Pope Benedict XVI, who has announced that new evangelization will be a theme of the Synod of Bishops to be held in October of this year. Bishop Jarrell said he is organizing a committee for the Year of Faith to make recommendations for diocesan observance. Important in the work of evangelization is priestly spirituality, Bishop Jarrell pointed
Deacon Cody Miller of Milton cheerfully greeted Catholic School students who lined up outside the Cathedral to watch the procession of priests and deacons make their way inside for the celebration of the Chrism Mass. Photo by P.C. Piazza
Laity, religious, deacons participate in Chrism Mass
by Kathleen Toups LAFAYETTE Although major attention is on the priests at the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, there are also laity, religious, and deacons who have important roles. Laity and deacons take part in the blessing of the oils, which are brought up to the bishop by individuals who are involved in the sacraments. The oil of the sick was presented by Margaret Rucks, who is involved with the sick and elderly. The oil of catechumens was presented by Kaffy Belvin, who is involved with the RCIA program. The oil of chrism was presented by transitional Deacon William Schambough, who will be ordained to the priesthood in June. Permanent Deacons Mitch Hebert, Gary Gaudin, and Davis Chambers carried the large glass urns with the oils. Deacon candidates Roland James Jeanlouis and Stephen Glenn Van Cleve read the epistles at the Mass. Transitional Deacon Rev. Mr. William Schambough read the Gospel, and permanent Deacons Tim Maragos and Tom Sommers assisted the bishop. Bringing up the gifts at the Offertory were Brothers Mark Bordelon, O.S.B., and Juniper Crouch, O.F.M.; Sisters Judith Coreil, M.S.C., Mildred Leonards, C.D.P., Marie George Henry, S.S.F., and M.Teresa Margaret Toups, O.Carm. Another important lay contribution was the Cathedral choir, led by Tom Neil, organist and director of music at the Cathedral.
During the Chrism Mass, Bishop Jarrell blessed the oils which will be used in the administration of the sacraments in all diocesan church parishes throughout the year. Photo by P.C. Piazza
out. He commended the diocesan Council of Priests which has expressed interest and concern over this, and emphasized “this is a personal responsibility.” “Brothers, when we renew our priestly promises, it must be a sincere statement, not a mere formality. . .We cannot go and evangelize unless we first come to the Lord and resolve to be more closely united with Him.” Bishop Jarrell quoted from a talk Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York delivered to other cardinals, in which he related the story of a bishop in India who had a high number of converts. When questioned as to how this was accomplished, the bishop said that God was presented to them as a loving father, and the people see the Church loving them in their schools, in their clinics, in their treatment of the elderly, the orphans, food for the hungry. In conclusion, Bishop Jarrell recognized “all the good evangelization work that is being done in our diocese.” He cited the Pastoral Outreach Task Force for providing resources for pastors and fostering the work of inviting Catholics to the practice of their faith, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults for inviting people to Communion with God, the good work of Catholic schools, religious programs, adult education courses and in many Catholic homes, “the work of evangelization is being done by sincere and committed disciples of Jesus.” He also cited the
movements, rallies, conferences and spiritual gatherings continually drawing people to Christ and His Church. “I bless all these efforts and those I did not mention, and thank those who work so hard for the new evangelization. May the Lord prosper the work of our hands,” he concluded. Concelebrants of the Chrism Mass included Abbot James Liprie, O.S.B., Father Curtis Mallet, Vicar General; Msgr. Robie Robicheaux, Judicial Vicar; Msgr. Russell Harrington, Chancellor; regional vicars Msgr. Jeff DeBlanc (West); Msgr. Richard Greene (South); Msgr. Robert Romero (North); Father Thomas James, S.V.D. (Central); and Father Chester Arceneaux, pastor of the Cathedral. Masters of ceremonies were Fathers William Blanda, Jason Vidrine, Kevin Bordelon, and Garrett McIntyre. Seminarian Dustin Dought carried the cross. At the end of the Mass, the priest jubiliarians for this year were introduced by Msgr. Russell Harrington. Those honored include Fathers Louis V. Ledoux (60 years), Ralph Landry and Austin Leger (50 years), Anthony Ostini, SJ, LF and Jose Padinjarepeedika, CMI. (40 years), and Randall Moreau (25 years). A video of the 2012 Chrism Mass may be viewed online at www.diolaf.org, under the section of the Office of Radio/TV Ministry.
June Food for the Journey
LAFAYETTE The Central Region of the Lafayette Diocese of Lafayette will host its next meeting of “Food for the Journey” on Tuesday, June 5, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Lafayette. The speaker will be Father Joseph Campion, SSJ, Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Breaux Bridge. An optional buffet will be available at the cost of $12
per person beginning at 11:30 a.m. Father Campion’s presentation will begin at 12:00 noon. “Food for the Journey” is a monthly lunchtime speaker series designed to help Catholics live out their faith in their daily lives. No pre-registration is required, and all are welcome to “eat and be fed.” For further details, please contact Mary Bergeron at (337) 654-8682 or go online at www.centralregiononline. org.
Incomplete Seminary Burses Payton Bourque is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jared Bourque. He is sponsored by Holy Cross Church in Lafayette and currently in his first college year at St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington, LA. Photo by Paul Kieu
Joseph Boustany is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Boustany. He is sponsored by Our Lady of Fatima Church in Lafayette and currently in his second college year at St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington, LA. Photo by Paul Kieu Patrick Broussard is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Steven J. Broussard. He is sponsored by the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette. He is currently in his second Theology year at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. Photo by P.C. Piazza
Branson Cambre is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Rick A. Cambre. He is sponsored by St. Pius X Church in Lafayette. He is currently in his first college year at St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington, LA. Photo by Paul Kieu
Chris Cambre is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Rick A. Cambre. He is sponsored by St. Pius X Church in Lafayette. He is currently in his fourth college year at Theological College in Washington, DC.
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Men’s prayer breakfast
NEW IBERIA On the first Saturday after Easter, 80 men gathered inside the St. Edward School cafeteria in New Iberia for a Men’s Prayer Breakfast. Together they sang, prayed, and accepted Msgr. Ron Broussard’s challenge to “Step it up!” as he shared with them a pastoral letter entitled “What We Have Seen and Heard.” The letter was composed by 10 black bishops of the United States in 1984 as they sought to explain that evangelization is both a call and a response; it means not only preaching but also witnessing and sharing the
gifts of their African past. From the historical perspective, the black man was the object of racial hate, stripping him of his dignity. Thus, they must reevaluate the vocation of fatherhood and the importance of the black man in the context of the black family. They must be challenged to assert their spiritual strength and sense of responsibility. They must be models of virtue for their children and loving partners for their wives. For more on the pastoral letter, please visit www.nbccongress. org and do a search for ‘pastoral letter’.
On the first Saturday after Easter, 80 men gathered inside the St. Edward School cafeteria in New Iberia for a Men’s Prayer Breakfast. Photo submitted by Deacon Jerry Bourg
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Catholics care, Catholics vote: the question of conscience
USCCB WASHINGTON “We don’t tell them who to vote for. We don’t want to tell them who to vote for!” That’s what one Midwestern bishop said following the USCCB’s November 2007 meeting in Baltimore, where the bishops had overwhelmingly approved the document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship on political responsibility. His comment reflected the fact that the document, at its heart, is a call for Catholics to get involved in the political process, not a voting guide. It also reflected the Church’s practice of not endorsing political parties or candidates. Of course, this doesn’t remove the Church from the political arena entirely. A person would have to live in a concrete bunker to miss the fact that the bishops have plenty of positions on political issues and public policy -- from battles over religious freedom and the defini-
tion of marriage to the perennial advocacy against abortion and for immigration reform and peace in the Middle East. Surely the bishops must have some inkling of what issues should be important to Catholics when they vote. They do. But they also recognize that voting is a moral choice. And the responsibility for that choice ultimately falls with the individual. To help Catholic voters in this task, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship emphasizes two principles: a well-formed conscience and the virtue of prudence. The bishops are quick to point out that conscience is not the freebie it might initially seem to be. It’s not “something that allows us to justify doing whatever we want, nor is it a mere ‘feeling’ about what we should or should not do.” They call conscience “the voice of God resounding in the human heart” (nothing intimidating about
that), something that “always requires serious attempts to make sound moral judgments.” Being a faithful citizen requires a well-formed conscience. This concept is so central to Church teaching that the bishops made it the title of their document. Forming one’s conscience is an ongoing process aided by reading Scripture, reflecting on Church teaching, studying the issues and, of course, praying. Prudence is the virtue that enables people to discern the right thing to do in specific, everyday circumstances and then act. Like a well-formed conscience, this comes with some caveats. For instance, Catholics must recognize that there are morally unacceptable ways of pursuing moral goals (i.e. the ends don’t justify the means). The bishops readily acknowledge that there are different ways to respond to various social concerns, but they also say no one is excused from helping to build a more just, peaceful world. The bishops also strongly note that certain intrinsically evil acts -- such as abortion and racism -- must always be op-
posed. And then there’s the fact that voting is essentially the most morally imperfect act one can ever engage in within the political process. The moral certainty of principle gets boiled down into these messy, unreliable things called candidates, who are prone to contradictions and swayed by public opinion. Nor does the voter have the luxury of saying, “I’ll take Candidate A’s positions regarding human life, but Candidate B’s positions on human dignity.” In the face of this, it would be difficult to blame the bishops for throwing up their hands and saying to lay Catholics, “You figure it out!” However, the truth is not a surrender of responsibility, but rather a recognition of it. Holding up conscience and prudence in the political process sends the message that the bishops take the U.S. Catholic faithful seriously by giving them this challenge. It recognizes that they play a unique role in the ongoing interplay between Church and society and that no one, not even the bishops, can do it for them.
Sacred Heart places 1st at fitness meet
For the second year in a row, the elementary fitness team of Sacred Heart School in Ville Platte has placed 1st in the Evangeline Parish Fitness Meet held in Basile. This is the first round of competition leading up to the Governor’s Games and the Governor’s Council of Physical Fitness for the state. The team consists of Emilyse Bergeron, Blair Lafleur, Olivia Hernandez, Wesley Launey, Garrett Fontenot and Grant Soileau. Emilyse Bergeron placed 1st overall in the girls division, with Blair Lafleur placing second. These two girls will go on to compete as part of the Evangeline Parish team at the state competition in Baton Rouge on April 28. Photo submitted by Sacred Heart School
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Prayer, not strategic campaign, is needed during crisis, pope says
By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) When a community is faced with crisis, persecution and trouble, it should come together in prayer for strength from God, not formulate strategic plans to defend itself from difficulties, Pope Benedict XVI said. Unity is fundamental, he said, and the community needs to come together and ask “only to proclaim the word of God fearlessly in the face of persecution,” not to avoid tests, trials and tribulation. There was a festive atmosphere during the pope’s general audience in St. Peter’s Square April 18 -two days after the pope turned 85 years old. Thousands of pilgrims sang “Happy Birthday” when a Bavarian band struck up the tune, and smaller groups of the 22,000 people present sang or shouted “Happy Birthday” in their native languages. The pope also thanked people for their well-wishes marking the seventh anniversary of his pontificate April 19. “I ask that you always support me with your prayers so that, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I may persevere in my service to Christ and the church,” he said. During his main audience talk, the pope continued his cycle of talks on prayer. He looked at how the early Christian community prayed when the apostles Peter and John were released af-
ter being arrested for teaching in the name of Jesus. The fledgling community “raised their voices to God with one accord,” St. Luke says in the Acts of the Apostles, asking the Lord to note the threats being made against them and give them the power and courage “to speak your word with all boldness.” “Facing danger, difficulties and threats, the first Christian community does not seek to analyze how to react or devise a strategy in how to defend itself, what measures to adopt,” the pope said. The vulnerable community did not pray to God for revenge or “to be defended, be spared trials and suffering, it is not a prayer to be successful,” but just to be able to proclaim the word of God with candor, freedom and courage and make “God’s bounty visible.” The pope asked that people’s prayers be inspired to seek “God’s loving plan in light of Christ and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit,” to find answers to life’s questions and difficulties, and better discern the correct direction of one’s life and vocation. People need to reflect on Scripture and to help make sense of daily events, especially when encountering problems and difficulties. “Let us be enlightened by the word of God to learn God is present in our lives even in difficult moments and that even trials are part of a divine plan of love.”
Bishop’s Service Award
Congratulations to Jackie Comb (left) and Clifford Hebert (right), parishioners of St. Bernard Church in Breaux Bridge who recently received the Bishop’s Service Award in recognition of their outstanding work on behalf of the church parish and/or Lafayette Diocese. Also pictured is Father Paul LaFleur (center), pastor of St. Bernard Church. Photo submitted by Donna Melancon
Teurlings student awarded scholarship
LAFAYETTE Allison Marcel, a senior at Teurlings Catholic High School, was recently selected as a 2012 Educational Advancement Opportunity Scholarship recipient by
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the Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus Foundation. The Foundation supports the educational advancement of deserving young women in Louisiana through the awarding of scholarships. Allison received her award at a Gala on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at the Baton Rouge Marriott. She is the daughter of Tammy and Deacon Al Marcel. They attend St. Anthony Church in Lafayette.
Carencro Catholic Passion Play
Carencro Catholic 8th graders reenacted the Passion of Christ on Holy Thursday for the student body. The true meaning of Easter was evident through their genuine Reverence. Pictured are Ty Veillon, Bodie Stelly, and Mason Oswald during The Last Supper scene. Photo submitted by Carencro Catholic School
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Religious jubilarians continued from page 30
Fatima School in Lafayette, St. Pierre School in Carencro, St. Maurice School in New Orleans, Our Lady Star of the Sea School in New Orleans, St. Charles Borromeo School in Destrehan, Our Lady Immaculate School in Jennings, Sacred Heart School in Pascagoula, MS, Blessed Sacrament Academy in AL, Immaculate Conception Parish in Jennings, St. Elizabeth Parish in Coteau Holmes, and St. Bernard Parish in Breaux Bridge.
Sister Nira Ledoux, SFCC is also celebrating 60 years of religious life. 50 Years Sister Mary Kay Kinberger, MSC, was born in Plaquemine, Louisiana. She ministered as a registered nurse at Opelousas General Hospital, Lake Providence Hospital, Methodist Hospital in New Orleans, and as a nursing instructor at Charity Hospital School of Nursing in New Orleans. She served the Congregation as Director of Formation. During her Doctoral studies at Gonzaga Uni-
How to plan retreats
The Office of Christian Formation recently sponsored a workshop on how to plan retreats. Ann Marie Eckert from the Center for Ministry Development led catechetical leaders, catechists, and youth ministers through a process for designing retreats for different age groups. The title of the workshop was “Retreats: Forming Faith, Transforming Lives.” Photo submitted by the Office of Christian Formation
versity in Spokane, Washington, she served as a member of Gonzaga’s faculty and chair of the nursing program. Upon her return to New Orleans, she was a member of the faculty of Our Lady of Holy Cross College Nursing Program. In 1990, she became Director of Religious Education for the Diocese of Baton Rouge, and ministered in that role for five years. From 1995 until 2007 she served as Congregational Leader of the Congregation. Sr. Kay now ministers as Assistant Administrator of Prompt Succor Nursing Home in Opelousas. Sister Eileen Rowe, OSF and Sister Avila Thomas, SSF, are also celebrating 50 years of religious life. 25 Years Sister Kathleen Farrelly, OCarm, is a native of New Orleans. She holds a BS in General Business, as well
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as a Master’s in Social Work, and is a certified spiritual director. She entered into religious life in August 1984 and made her final profession of vows at Mt. Carmel Academy in New Orleans on August 22, 1992. She has served at Mt. Carmel Academy in New Orleans, St. Bernard Church in Breaux Bridge, and Cathedral Carmel School in Lafayette. She currently serves as a clinical social worker in private practice, as part-time Vocations Director for the religious community, and as Victim Assistance Coordinator of the Lafayette Diocese.
Please remember these religious sisters in your prayers, along with all those who are currently living the religious life or discerning the call to do so.
SPREADING THE FAITH AND CARING FOR GOD’S PEOPLE IN A WORLD OF NEED. THE SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH
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Community of Jesus Crucified retreats
ST. MARTINVILLE The Community of Jesus Crucified invites everyone to attend one of the following retreats at Our Lady of Sorrows Retreat Center in St. Martinville. A Married Couples retreat with Father Michael Champagne, CJC, is planned for the weekend of June 8-10. The experience will consist of talks and meditations pertinent to living out the sacrament of matrimony. Members of the Community of Jesus Crucified will also conduct a free Women of the Eucharist retreat during the weekend of October 19-21. The retreat will include quiet time to pray, opportunities to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation, Mass, adoration of the Eucharist, and free time to stroll through the retreat center’s beautiful grounds. Two Men of God retreats have also been scheduled for the weekends of August 10-12 and November 30-December 2. Presented by Father Michael Champagne, CJC, these silent retreats are designed to help men better
understand and respond to their baptismal call to holiness in their state of life. Further details and registration information for all retreats may be obtained by contacting Cheryl Moss at (337) 453-2385.
Prayer retreat May 11-13
LAKE CHARLES The St. Charles Center in Lake Charles will host a weekend retreat entitled “Leading a Meaning-Centered Life” from May 11-13. The retreat will focus on seeking to improve conscious contact with God through prayer and meditation, specifically through the discipline of centering prayer and other forms of contemplative prayer. Participants will also explore the concept of meaning-centered life as proposed by Craig Naaken in his books The Addictive Personality and Reclaim Your Family from Addiction. Presenters of the retreat will be Midge Debarge and Andrea Vidrine. Midge Debarge is a licensed addiction counselor at New Beginnings Treatment Center in Lake Charles, as well as
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Day of Reflection for African American Men
LAFAYETTE The third annual Day of Reflection for African American Men is scheduled for Saturday, June 30 at the Immaculata Center in Lafayette. The day will be conducted from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and the speaker will be Father Anthoy Bozeman, Pastor of St. Raymond-St. Leo Church in New Orleans. Father Bozeman was raised in Philadelphia within the parish boundaries of Our Mother of Sorrows, where he began his formal education before continuing on to West Philadelphia Catholic High School. Upon graduation
from West Catholic, he pursued his undergraduate studies at LaSalle University in Philadelphia. In search of a greater challenge, Father Bozeman joined the U.S. Military, serving his country for a total of 16 years of combined Active and Air National Guard Reserve duty, but serving his country was not enough; he felt a greater calling. He entered St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia and was ordained to the priesthood on May 20, 2000. Father Bozeman served as Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Grace and Our Lady of Hope Churches. In June of 2005, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia released Fr. Bozeman to discern a deeper answer to God’s call by joining a religious community. This call eventually led him to the Josephite community and the New Orleans area. He was appointed Chaplain of Xavier Prep High School in October 2006, and Pastor of St. Raymond & St. Leo the Great Parish in July 2008. Registration information for the third annual Day of Reflection for African American Men is scheduled to be mailed out to all church parishes during the month of May.
Doug Ashy receives Pro Deo et Pontifice award
LAKE CHARLES Doug E. Ashy, Sr., of Lafayette, is the 2011 recipient of the Pro Deo et Pontifice Award given by the Bishop Jude Speyrer Chapter of Pontifical Knights and Dames. Ashy, the founder of Doug Ashy Building Materials in Lafayette, has been an active member of many business/professional and service organizations, civic groups and religious groups. He and his wife Claire were married in 1951 and have three children, eight grandchildren, and six (soon to be eight) great-grandchildren. He began his building materials business in 1960, with four employees in a small location, and today has more than 300 employees and eight locations. As a real estate developer, he made possible numerous subdivisions in the
Lafayette area and was a founder of Southwest National Bank. Ashy has served on various local, state, and national boards dealing with his lumber business and helped found the Acadian Home Builders Association, serving on its board for 48 years. A member of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce since 1963, he also is a member of the United Givers Fund, Lafayette Juvenile Young Adult program, Visions Lafayette, Downtown Lafayette Unlimited and many more. He is an active parishioner of St. Mary Mother of the Church parish in Lafayette and is Knight Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Ashy is also a member of the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, DC.
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Lourdes Foundation awards grants to local charities
LAFAYETTE The Lourdes Foundation recently disbursed $50,000 in grants to 21 local nonprofit organizations at its 2012 annual Grant Awards Breakfast. Grant funds are awarded to nonprofit agencies and programs focused on health care and wellness. “The Foundation has awarded $450,000 in grants since the organization’s beginning eight years ago,” stated Julie Dronet, this year’s grant committee chair.
Funds for the grants are raised through the Lourdes Foundation Legacy Golf Tournament. Lourdes Foundation, Inc. is a fully owned 501C(3) subsidiary of Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, Inc. The Foundation was formed to promote and support the religious, health and charitable activities of Our Lady of Lourdes and with the traditions of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady.
Grant Recipient Organizations: Boys and Girls Clubs of Acadiana; Bridge Ministry of Acadiana; C.U.P.S.; Children’s Museum of Acadiana; Desormeaux Foundation; Down Syndrome Association of Acadiana; Faith House; FoodNet; Hearts of Hope; Holy Family Catholic School; Louisiana Emergency Medical Unit; Lafayette Breakfast Sertoma Club; Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic; Lafayette Lions Club; Miles Perret Cancer Services; Our Lady of Lourdes Burn Unit; St. Bernadette Community Clinic; Our Lady of Lourdes – Transitions of Care; SMILE Community Action Agency; St. Thomas More Catholic School; Sts. Leo-Seton Catholic School. Photo submitted by Lourdes Foundation, Inc.
Doug E. Ashy, Sr. (left) of Lafayette is the 2011 recipient of the Pro Deo et Pontifice award. The award is conferred on a Knight or Dame of another diocese who has rendered outstanding service to the Church and to mankind. Presenting the award to Mr. Ashy was H. Gayle Marshall (right), president of the Bishop Jude Speyrer Chapter of Pontifical Knights and Dames of the Diocese of Lake Charles. Photo courtsesy of http://live.lcdiocese.org/news/
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Holy Ghost Church presents virtual pilgrimage to Lourdes
OPELOUSAS Holy Ghost Church in Opelousas recently hosted a special virtual pilgrimage to Lourdes for guests and parishioners. The 90-minute “tour” was presented by the North American Lourdes Volunteers and sponsored by the Legion of Mary. The event began with a walking procession which departed from the neighboring St. Landry Church; those participating in the procession
Prior to the start of the Lourdes virtual pilgrimage, participants departed from St. Landry Church and recited the rosary as they processed onward to Holy Ghost Church for the presentation. Photo submitted by Jackie Griffin
recited the rosary as they followed a statue of Mary as it was carried down the street. People were also given an opportunity to touch the Rocks from the Grotto and the Healing Waters of Lourdes. Marlene Watkins, founding Administrator of the North American Lourdes Volunteers, narrated as those in attendance watched the film of the virtual tour. Ms. Watkins is a resident of Syracuse, New York, and has been a guest on EWTN several times; she has also spoken at conferences and on radio shows throughout the world to share the message of Lourdes. As the first North American Lourdes Volunteer, she has made a lifetime commitment the Hospitalité NotreDame de Lourdes and is dedicated to sharing the message of Lourdes through this special virtual pilgrimage. Inspired by her own special devotion to St. Bernadette, Ms. Watkins guides visits for volunteers and youth to St. Gildard Convent in Nevers and serves as the first American teacher for English-speaking volunteers to the Sanctuaries at Lourdes, France. Accompanying Ms. Watkins on this virtual pilgrimage was Père Ré-
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Breakfast with Daddy
In honor of the Feast of St. Joseph, patron saint of fathers, St. Pius School in Lafayette hosted its annual “Breakfast with Daddy” day for PreK4 students. Daddies and granddaddies were invited for coffee and donuts, while their children and grandchildren presented them with specially made gifts of ties and crowns. Following breakfast, the children also gave their guests a tour of their vegetable garden, a project made possible by funding received from the American Heart Association. Photo submitted by St. Pius School
St. Ignatius students help Dreams Come True
Students at St. Ignatius School in Grand Coteau enjoyed afternoon popsicles after their big “Walking for Dreams” walk-a-thon on behalf of their Dreams Come True project. Thanks to their fundraising endeavors over the last five months, the school was able to donate $4,700 to the Dreams Come True of Louisiana project. Photo submitted by St. Ignatius School
GRAND COTEAU Students at St. Ignatius School in Grand Coteau continue to live the virtues of the 2011-2012 Catholic School theme—Faith, Service, Knowledge. This school year, St. Ignatius adopted Dreams Come True of Louisiana, a nonprofit organization that helps to provide “dreams” to terminally ill Louisiana children from ages 3-18. Over a five-month period, students, faculty, and families of St. Ignatius have participated in a series of fund-raising events and activities to raise money for this cause. The student body held bake sales every Friday during November and December, with all classes being assigned
a particular Friday on which to donate goodies for the sale. The Library Club sold gently used books, and Mrs. Bernadette Mills and her gifted program students made and sold bracelets. The school also held a “Walking for Dreams” walk-a-thon in which students, faculty, and parents used PE time to walk around the grounds of St. Charles Church for a total of 16 miles. At the end of the day, a special closing ceremony was held to conclude the school’s Dreams Come True project. Becky Prejean, coordinator of Dreams Come True of Louisiana, was on hand to accept the school’s generous donation totaling $4,700.
How to Trap a Leprachaun
Second-grade students at St. Francis School in Iota recently embarked on a project to write their own make-believe stories on how to trap a leprechaun. In addition to writing out their stories, the students made their very own leprechaun traps. Photo submitted by St. Francis School
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Berchmans student wins essay contest
St. Ann’s Ladies Altar Society MAMOU The Ladies Altar Society of St. Ann Church in Mamou recently presented the Sacred Heart of Jesus pendant to two of its members in honor of their 50 years of service. The Ladies Altar Society is a valued group whose members volunteer their time and talent to the church, sanctuary, and sacristy. Prayers and congratulations are extended to Mrs. Gula Guillo-
Micah Manzanares, a sixth-grader at Berchman’s Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, was selected as the winner of an essay contest sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Photo submitted by Schools of the Sacred Heart
GRAND COTEAU Congratulations to Micah Manzanares, a sixth-grade student at Berchmans Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, for winning a special essay contest. Micah’s essay, which focused on the heroic leadership of Major George Armistead as he defended Fort McHenry against British boats and canons, was selected as the winner of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) essay contest for the state of Louisiana. Accompanied by his family, Micah recently traveled to the city of New Orleans in order to receive an award in recognition of his achievement during the DAR’s annual convention.
(L/R) Cynthia Deculus (president of the Ladies Altar Society), Stephanie Guillory, and Father Mark Melancon (pastor). Photo submitted by Dianne Deculus
(L/R) Father Austin Leger and Mrs. Anna Belle Deculus. Photo submitted by Dianne Deculus
ry and Mrs. Anna Belle Deculus for their service and commitment to the organization. Father Mark Melancon, pastor of St. Ann’s, presented Mrs. Guillory’s pendant posthumously. Her daughter, Stephanie Guillory, received it in her mother’s memory. Father Austin Leger presented Mrs. Deculus with her pendant on a separate occasion.
Congratulations Quiz Bowl Winners
First-placed winners in the diocesan JV Quiz Bowl was awarded to the team from Notre Dame High School in Crowley. (L/R) Brent Didier, Christopher Fleming, Winston Faulk, Bryant Venable, and Michael Herpin. Not pictured is coach Angie Hebert. Photo submitted by Dr. Nancy Ehret
Second-place in this year’s diocesan JV Quiz Bowl went to the team from Catholic High of New Iberia. (L/R) Caroline Pellerin, Paul Simon, Anne Caffery, Mary Jaubert, and Lanie Marcantel. Not pictured is coach Jennifer Reynolds. Photo submitted by Dr. Nancy Ehret
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