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The Official Monthly Publication of the Diocese of Lafayette
Catholic school faculty & students ready to “raise the standards”
LAFAYETTE In mid-August, the Lafayette Diocese’s Office of Catholic Schools hosted its traditional Principals’ Mass at the Immaculata Center in Lafayette. The Mass was offered just prior to the start of the 2012-2013 school year, as a spiritual means of helping educators within the diocese’s Catholic school system prepare. After the Mass, Bishop Michael Jarrell was pleased to meet with three new principals who have joined the Catholic school system. Mrs. Sandy Gallo is the principal at Holy Cross Little Shepherds Early Learning Center in Lafayette. Holy Cross Little Shepherds is an addition to the diocesan family of Catholic schools. Mrs. Joni Duos is the principal at Our Lady of Fatima School in Lafayette. Mrs. Michelle Guidry is the principal at St. Mary Early Learning Center in Lafayette. Catholic schools in the Lafayette Diocese will join others throughout the country this
Catholic schools across the country. The logo designed for the week illustrates a chart of steady growth culminating in the highest achievement of all, a cross representing the faith that underscores all Catholic education.” This school year, the celebration of Catholic Schools week is slated for January 27-February 2, 2013. For further details, please visit the NCEA website at www. ncea.org.
After the recent Principals’ Mass at the Immaculata Center in Lafayette, Bishop Michael Jarrell (center) was pleased to meet with the three new principals who have joined the Catholic school system for the 2012-2013 school year. The new principals are Mrs. Sandy Gallo of Holy Cross Little Shepherds Early Learning Center in Lafayette (left), Mrs. Joni Duos of Our Lady of Fatima School in Lafayette (2nd from left), and Mrs. Michelle Guidry of St. Mary Early Learning Center in Lafayette (2nd from right). Also pictured is Superintendent of Catholic Schools Anna Larriviere. Photo by Stephanie R. Martin
school year in recognizing the special theme selected by the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA). According to the NCEA website, “‘Catholic Schools Raise the Standards’
highlights the recent launch of a new initiative, the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools, to ensure consistent high standards at
BSA leadership team announced for 2012-2013 campaign
by Stephanie R. Martin LAFAYETTE Members of the 2012-2013 BSA (Bishop’s Services Appeal) leadership team were introduced to parish pastors and BSA representatives at the recent BSA Workshop & Ministry Fair. The event, which occurs each year in preparation for the start of the BSA campaign, was held at the Immaculata Center in Lafayette. General Chairpersons of this year’s leadership team are Betty and Robert Delafosse. The Delafosses have been parishioners of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Lafayette for more than 30 years, and have previously served the leadership team as last year’s Vice Chairpersons; prior to that, they also served as the team’s Central
Region Chairs for several years. Betty is employed by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System and served on the Lafayette Commission on the Needs of Women for nine years. Robert is employed by the Lafayette Parish School System, and served on the State Evangelization Board for the Diocese of Lafayette. The Delafosses are the parents of four grown children, and in 1997 they received the Family of the Year Award from
Betty & Robert Delafosse General Chairs
the Eta Chi Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. This year’s General Vice Chairperson is Shevonne Cormier-Tweedel, who previously served on the leadership team as West Region Chair for three consecutive years. She is a member of Shevonne Cormier-Tweedel Our Lady of Vice Chair the Sacred Heart Church in Church Point, where she serves as a lector and elementary school catechist. She is a retired special education teacher and also a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americontinued on page 13
“Catholic Schools Raise the Standards” is the theme chosen by the National Catholic Education Association for Catholic Schools Week 2013. While the theme will be especially highlighted during the celebration of Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 27-Feb. 2), Catholic schools throughout the country will strive to incorporate its message all through the 2012-2013 academic year.
Inside this issue
Community expresses support for Immaculate Conception Church in Washington. . . . . . .6 Charismatic Renewal to host Fall Day of Renewal. . . . . . .19 U.S. Catholics’ satisfaction with bishops up to 70%. . . . .20 Bishop Jarrell ordains 26 men to Permanent Diaconate. .23-26 Where are our seminarians coming from? . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Carmelites to host Mass in honor of St. Teresa/Year of Faith. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Mitchell leaves literary rights to Atlanta Archdiocese. . . . . 39
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LifeSkills parenting program to be offered
CROWLEY The LifeSkills Training parenting program will be presented in the parish hall of St. Michael the Archangel Church in Crowley. The program will be presented from 6:00-8:00 p.m. over a three-week period (Sept. 11, 18, 25). Attending any one of these upcoming LifeSkills sessions may count as a 2012 Continuing Education credit for the Lafayette Dioceseâ€™s Safe Environment for Children program. LifeSkills is designed to help parents strengthen their communications with their children, while also teaching them skills to help them resist peer pressures such as drug and tobacco use and violence. By providing
their children with tools such as these, parents are preparing them for a successful transition from adolescence into early adulthood. Topics to be covered during Session #1 (Sept. 11) will include family communication and parental monitoring: bullying, substance abuse, and the internet. Sessions #2 (Sept. 18) will address the use of appropriate and consistent discipline, and taking a clear stand on drugs. The final session (Sept. 25) will cover being a good role model and safe environment tips. For more information, please contact Janeth Harrington by telephone at (337) 258-0073 or email email@example.com.
Menâ€™s work day
ST. MARTINVILLE The Community of Jesus Crucified is recruiting men to help out with chores around Our Lady of Sorrows Retreat Center in St. Martinville on Saturday, October 6. The work day is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., although volunteers are encouraged to come and stay for as long as they are able. Mass will be celebrated at 12:00 noon, and lunch will be provided. Skills that will come in handy include carpentry, plumbing, electrical, painting, concrete work, and cleaning. For more details, please contact Vic Guidry at (337) 824-3045 or the Center of Jesus Crucified ACADIANA at (337) 394-6550.
Mass in remembrance of deceased deacons/ wives of deacons
LAFAYETTE In grateful acknowledgment for the many hours of service and dedicated ministry to the people of the Diocese of Lafayette by the deceased members of the Permanent Diaconate family, a Mass is scheduled for Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. inside the Immaculata Chapel. The celebrant will be Father Gary Schexnayder. The Mass will be followed by a social in the John XXIII Room.
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The Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for September: General Intention: That politicians may always act with honesty, integrity, and love for the truth Missionary Intention: That Christian communities may have a growing willingness to send missionaries, priests, and lay people, along with concrete resources, to the poorest Churches
Pray for our departed clergy: Bishop Joseph Francis Sept. 01, 1997 Fr. Louis Perronet Sept. 01, 1950 Msgr. P.A. Borel Sept. 02, 1954 Msgr. Albert J. Bacque Sept. 03, 1992 Msgr. John H. Disch Sept. 03, 2006 Dcn. James Soileau Sept. 03, 1989 Msgr. Murphy Bernard Sept. 04, 2000 Fr. Alfred Voukirakis Sept. 05, 1961 Fr. John B. Detchemendy Sept. 06, 1937 Fr. Alcide Sonnier Sept. 06, 2007
22nd Sunday Ordinary Time
St. Gregory the Great Labor Day Diocesan Central Offices Closed
Meeting of the King’s Men 7:00 PM Our Lady of Wisdom Church, Lafayette
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Fr. Amable S. Doutre Dcn. Jonas Mason Msgr. A.L. Soulier Msgr. Daniel Habetz Fr. Charles M. Kirk
Sept. 19, 1937 Sept. 22, 2005 Sept. 22, 1989 Sept. 27, 1977 Sept. 29, 1936
Testimony of Faith 6:00 PM St. Joseph Church, Maurice
Marriage Anniversary Mass 2:00 PM St. Bernard Church, Breaux Bridge
Holy Hour for Vocations 6:00 PM St. Paul Church, Lafayette
Meeting of the King’s Men 7:00 PM Our Lady of Wisdom Church, Lafayette
First Saturday Blessed Virgin Mary
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Lt. Fr. Lafleur Memorial Mass Respect Life Workshop 6:30 PM 9:00 AM-12:00 PM St. Landry Church, Opelousas Immaculata Center, Lafayette St. Anthony Church Dinner 10:00 AM-2:00 PM St. Anthony Church, Lafayette
Total Consecration--Part 1 6:00 PM Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Jeanerette
23rd Sunday Ordinary Time
Fr. J. Verbis Lafleur Sept. 07, 1944 Fr. John A. Engbers Sept. 11, 1989 Fr. Joseph R. Dubuc Sept. 11, 1991 Fr. Desire Sarrazin Sept. 12, 1951 Fr. Alexandre Chasles Sept. 14, 1941 Msgr. J.J. Rousseau Sept. 14, 1955 Fr. Pierre M. Gruel Sept. 15, 1946 Msgr. L.C. Habetz Sept. 16, 1968 Msgr. Michael J. Benedict Sept. 18, 1998 Fr. Hormisdas J. Fortin Sept. 18, 1973 Msgr. Leo Schexnayder Sept. 18, 1991 Weekday
The Most Holy Name of Mary
St. John Chrysotom
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Our Lady of Sorrows
KPC Juniors Brown Bag Project Robicheaux Center, Lafayette
LifeSkills Training 6:00-8:00 PM St. Michael Church, Crowley
Fall Bazaar St. John Church, Mermentau
Total Consecration--Part 2 6:00 PM Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Jeanerette 24th Sunday Ordinary Time
St. Robert Bellarmine
26th Sunday Ordinary Time
Weekday Meeting of the King’s Men 7:00 PM Our Lady of Wisdom Church, Lafayette
LifeSkills Training 6:00-8:00 PM St. Michael Church, Crowley Total Consecration--Part 4 6:00 PM Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Jeanerette
Sts. Andrew Kim Tae-Gon and Paul Chong Ha-Sang & their companions
Sts. Cosmas & Damian
EnCourage Meeting 7:00-8:30 PM Contact Fr. Donovan Labbe for details: (985) 395-3616 or email@example.com
St. Vincent De Paul
Blessed Virgin Mary
Spirituality Retreat 9:30 AM-3:30 PM St. Marcellus Church, Rynella
Chili Cook Off 6:00 PM Notre Dame High School, Crowley
LifeSkills Training 6:00-8:00 PM St. Michael Church, Crowley Medical Ethics 7:00 PM St. Pius X Church, Lafayette Total Consecration--Part 3 6:00 PM Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Jeanerette
Fall Bazaar St. John Church, Mermentau
25th Sunday Ordinary Time
Weekday Meeting of the King’s Men 7:00 PM Our Lady of Wisdom Church, Lafayette
Charismatic Day of Renewal 9:30 AM-5:00 PM St. Pius X Church, Lafayette
Sts. Wenceslaus and Lawrence Ruiz & companions
Sts. Michael, Gabriel, & Raphael
Circle of Friends Singles Retreat 8:00 AM-12:30 PM Holy Cross Church, Lafayette Day of Recollection 9:00 AM-3:00 PM Our Lady of Sorrows Retreat Center, St. Martinville
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Community expresses support for Immaculate Conception through benefit dinner
WASHINGTON A benefit dinner on behalf of Immaculate Conception Church in Washington was recently held at the Wolff Hall. A total of 200 tickets were sold for the event, which took less than two weeks to sell out, and requests continued to come in for more right up to the day of the event. Participants included those who have lived in the town of Washington all their lives, as well as others who left long ago but still wanted to show their support for rebuilding Immaculate Conception Church. On January 14, 2011, the town suffered a great historical loss when the wooden church, a 155year-old structure built in 1836, burned to the ground. Since then, however, the community has rallied to rebuild. Father Albert Nunez, pastor, has continued to celebrate Mass for his parishioners in the parish hall. On the eve of the benefit dinner, many of those in attendance
in our community. The Wolff Hall was graciously offered as the venue by Robert Fruge and his wife Sharon. Food was donated by the Steamboat Warehouse restaurant, Russell’s Catering, Brent’s Catering, Crawfish House and Grill, and Piggly Wiggly. Other donations of beverages and side dishes were provided by Ardoin’s Grocery, Washington Citgo, Main Street Grocery, Washington Campground, Jeannette Martin, Brian and Joy Ortego. Cash donations were also given by Washington State Bank, Bobby Dupre, Ed and Thelma Thistlewaite, and Marlene Beauxis. On the eve of the benefit, many of those who attended first stopped by to see the progress of Immaculate Conception’s new church building before proceeding on to Wolff Hall for the dinner. This structure will replace the 155-year-old church which was lost to a fire in January 2011. Photo submitted by Amanda Bertrand
stopped by to see the ongoing progress of the new church building before proceeding to Wolff Hall. One such visitor was Darlene Pringle, a current resident of Houston, Texas, who came with her sister Marcella, who currently lives in Lafayette. Both women recalled that they had
Two hundred tickets were sold out in less than two weeks as long-time residents of Washington and old friends from as far away as Houston, Texas, came together to show their support for the rebuilding of Immaculate Conception Church. Photo submitted by Amanda Bertrand
made their First Communion at Immaculate Conception Church, and were please to spend an evening catching up with many of their old friends who still live in the area. Msgr. Melancon opened the evening with prayer, which was followed by an excellent dinner. Door prizes were also awarded, and live music was provided by Gerald and Callie Dischler. Later, participants were treated to a recollection of the history of Immaculate Conception Church as Kirt Soileau, in the role of a traveling priest from the past, took the stage. As the evening drew to a close, Father Nunez led everyone in prayer and the crowd sang “God Bless America.” So many people helped in so many ways; it is impossible to list them all, but Immaculate Conception Parish is sincerely grateful not only for the money raised, but for the coming together of the people
Emerging leader elected KPC state president
NEW IBERIA Congratulations go out to Mr. Corey A. Jeanlouis of Our Lady of Victory Corey A. Jeanlouis Council #195 in Loreauville. Mr. Jeanlouis was recently elected by the Louisiana delegation of the Knights of Peter Claver to serve as the Louisiana State Conference President. He is a member of St. Edward Catholic Church in New Iberia. According to the Knights of Peter Claver Historian, Mr. Jari Honore, Corey Jeanlouis is the 17th Knight to serve as the Louisiana State Conference President. Mr. Jeanlouis has been a member of the organization for nine years and has served in several positions on the local and state levels. Corey is the son of Mary Lou Jeanlouis and the late Peter Jeanlouis of New Iberia, LA.
Obituary: Fr. Donald Nicholas Leger
LAFAYETTE A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on August 10 at the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist in Lafayette for Father Donald Nicholas Leger. Father Leger, age 72, passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2012, at Iberia Medical Center in New Iberia. Bishop Michael Jarrel was celebrant of the Mass and conducted the funeral services. Interment followed at St. Bridget Cemetery in Schriever, Louisiana. Father Leger was born on May 9, 1940 to Marzia (Ledoux) and Joseph Doraston Leger, Sr., in Iota, Louisiana. He graduated from Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, in 1968, and was ordained on June 1, 1968 at the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist in Lafayette, Louisiana. On June 15, 1968, Father Leger began his first assignment as an Associate Pastor at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Berwick, followed by Our Lady of Fatima in Lafayette in 1971. His first assignment as a Pastor was in 1974 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Grand Prairie, and thereafter serving pastorships at St. Thomas More, Eunice; Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Kaplan; St. Joseph, Evangeline; St. Jules, Petit Mamou; and he served his last assignment, as a Pastor and Administrator at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Breaux Bridge from January 15, 2000 until February 2007. On February 12, 2007, he was assigned to serve as the Sacramental Minister of St. John the Baptist Church in Lyons Point, Louisiana, (where he was in residence), as well as Immaculate Conception Church in Morse, and St. John the Evangelist Church in
Mermentau. During his years of service to the Diocese of Lafayette, he was assigned and held positions as a Diocesan Consultor; Vicar, South Acadiana Deanery; Clergy Personnel Advisory Board (4 years); and Dean, Vermilion and Acadia Deanery. Father Leger is survived by two brothers, James Leger of Houma, LA and Michael Leger and his wife, Henrietta, of Temple, LA; three sisters, Irma Bergeron and her husband, Charles, of Brookhaven, MS, Katherine Miller of Houma, LA, and Cheryl Bourgeois of Lake Charles, LA; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Doraston Leger Sr. and Marzia Ledoux Leger; his brother, J.D. Leger Jr.; and his sister, Louise Duplantis. Pallbearers were fellow members of the clergy, and honorary pallbearers included members of the Leger Family. In order to financially assist seminarians seeking vocations into the priesthood, memorial donations may be made to the Fr. Don Leger Burse, Diocese of Lafayette, in care of, Vocation Office of Seminary, 1408 Carmel Ave., Lafayette, LA 70501. From the Leger family: ‘Special thanks to Fr. Donald Pousson, Fr. Clint Trahan, Fr. Neil McNeill, and to all parishioners of Lyons Point, Morse, Midland, Esterwood, and Mermentau, for letting our brother be what he loved most of all, a Parish Priest. We would also like to give a very special thank you to the Angels at Consolata Nursing Home, for your constant care and attention given to him. Our love and prayers always.”
Obituary: Fr. Gerald Lewis, SVD
Fr. Gerald “Gerry” Lewis, SVD passed away in Panama on July 27. In the past, Fr. Lewis had served several church parishes of the Lafayette Diocese, including St. Edward in New Iberia and Immaculate Heart of Mary in Lafayette. Please remember in your prayers Fr. Lewis and all those who mourn his death.
Obituary: Sr. Mary Madeline Sophie
NEW ORLEANS Sister Mary Madeline Sophie (nee Rosalie Jolivet) died on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at Lafon Nursing Facility. She was 97 years old. The daughter of the late Bartholomew Jolivet and Rebecca Abbs, Sister Madeline Sophie entered the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family on March 11, 1932, professed her first vows on September 24, 1935 and made Perpetual Profession on September 24, 1941. During her eighty years as a Sister of the Holy Family, Sister served the people of God in the following ministries: St. John Berchmans Home for Girls, Notre Dame Seminary, Lafon Nursing Facility, all in New Orleans, LA; Immaculata Seminary, Lafayette, LA; Holy Family, Covington, LA; Our Mother of Mercy, Houston, TX; Immaculate Heart of Mary, Lafayette, LA; and the Prayer Ministry of the Sisters of the Holy Family at the Motherhouse where she was a valued member of the Prayer Ministry. Sister was preceded in death by her two aunts who were also Sisters of the Holy Family: Sister Mary Justin Jolivet and Sister Mariettta of Jesus Jolivet. She is survived by her sisters Mary Davis and Gertrude Henry and by a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
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Pray for our priests Listed below are the priests for whom Catholics are asked to pray daily during the month of August. The calendar is sponsored by the Serra Club of Lafayette. 01 Pope Benedict XVI 02 Bishop Michael Jarrell 03 Fr. Keith LaBove 04 Fr. Paul LaFleur 05 Fr. James Lambert, SJ 06 Fr. Keith Landry 07 Fr. Oneil Landry 08 Fr. Ralph Landry 09 Fr. Charles Langlois 10 Msgr. H.A. Larroque, JCD, VG 11 Fr. Bernard Lebiedz, OSB 12 Fr. Steven LeBlanc 13 Chaplain Col. Louis Ledoux 14 Fr. Mark Ledoux 15 Fr. Donald Leger 16 Fr. Austin Leger 17 Fr. Lambert Lein, SVD 18 Fr. Martin Leonards 19 Fr. James Liprie, OSB 20 Fr. Thomas Madden, SJ 21 Msgr. Charles Mallet 22 Fr. Curtis Mallet, JCL, VG 23 Fr. Jaison Mangalath, SVD 24 Fr. Wilson Matt 25 Fr. Dismas Mauk, SVD 26 Fr. Kenneth Mayne 27 Fr. Garrett McIntyre 28 Fr. Neil McNeill 29 Fr. Glenn Meaux 30 Fr. Aaron Melancon 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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Catholics and Social Media
by Sister Mary Ann Walsh USCCB A recent sign of technology in church was a man watching the Olympics on his Smartphone. He may be among those very few Catholics who, the Public Religion Research Institute says, “incorporate technology into their practice of worship.” Public Religion’s July 2012 report finds that few Americans use social technology for religion and that Catholics especially lag in this area: while 19 percent of Evangelical Christians reported having posted something about being in church on Facebook, only six percent of mainline Protestants and two percent of Catholics have done so. It added that while a quarter of Evangelicals have downloaded or listened to a sermon on line, just six percent of mainline Protestants and Catholics have done so. However, there is much proof that Catholics are present in the new media world via blogs, Facebook, Twitter, web pages and other forms of social media. The U.S. bishops’ website, www.usccb.org attracts almost 100,000 visitors each day to its site for liturgical readings of the day, www.usccb.org/bible/readings. These visitors see and hear a brief reflection on the readings at www.usccb.org/bible/reflections. The bishops’ Facebook page, www.facebook.com/usccb, boasts about 40,000 followers and is growing. Posts on USCCBlog, found at http://usccbmedia.blogspot.com find their way into other corners of the blogosphere, both through church blogs, such as America Magazine’s “In all things…” and blogs in the secular arena, including Huffington Post, Politico, Washington’s Post’s “On Faith” and USA Today’s “Faith & Reason.” A recent social media foray is the church’s religious liberty texting campaign. The bishops urge people to text “Freedom” or Libertad” to 377377. Texters can sign up for brief messages about religious freedom, a key issue now.
Church blogs abound. Gossip blogs offer “inside” information, such as who might become a bishop next. Several blogs feed a liberal or conservative base, and, I fear, stoke church polarization in this election year. Some bishops blog. Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Arizona, files a “Monday Memo” at www.tucsondiocese.org. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York often makes news at http://blog.archny.org. Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston lets people know what he’s doing on his travels with www.cardinalseansblog.org. Others, such as Bishop Christopher Coyne, apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, and Bishop Anthony Taylor of Little Rock, Arkansas, post homilies, or at least 140 characters from their homilies, on Facebook or Twitter. Catholics who use the Web for spiritual development can go to many sites, including not only the USCCB site but also sites geared to meditation, such as the Irish Jesuits’ http://www. sacred space.ie and Franciscan Father Richard Rohr’s Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, www.cac.org. The church has a long history of wise use of media technology. Once Johannes Gutenberg invented movable type in the mid-15th century, the first book off his printing press was the Bible. Radio became popular in the United States in the early 20th century, and one of its first shows was “The Catholic Hour,” which ran from 19301950, and featured the priest/ preacher Fulton Sheen. Television surged into popularity in the fifties and Sheen became an Emmy-Award-winning TV star for his program “Life Is Worth Living,” 1951-1957. The syndicated “Fulton Sheen Program” followed, 1961-1968. Given this history, despite the Public Religion Research Institute data, the Catholic Church won’t lag for long in use of the newest technological means of communication, social media.
Registration for Cycle 7 of VLCFF
LAFAYETTE Registration for Cycle 7 of the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) is now open. Cycle 7 will be the final VLCFF cycle for the 2012 calendar year. Classes will be conducted from October 14-November 17, and those who wish to participate should do so prior to October 10. Registration may be completed by visiting www. vlc.udayton.edu. Classes to be offered during Cycle 7 will include Catholic Beliefs; Digital Catechesis: Web Literacy; Parish and Social Action; and more. Successful completion of VLCFF courses may be applied toward a Certificate in Catechesis, or toward the continuing education hours required by the diocese’s Office of Catholic Schools. Also, since the Lafayette diocese is a partner in the VLCFF, all residents within the diocese may participate at the reduced cost of $40 per course. 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.
KPC Juniors brown bag project
LAFAYETTE The Knights of Peter Claver Junior Clavers of Acadiana District IV will gather at the Robicheaux Center in Lafayette on Saturday, September 15 for the annual Brown Bag project. The Brown Bag project is a nationwide endeavor in which all junior courts and councils come together to donate items on behalf of local shelters. This year, the collection will target the need for cleaning supplies, toiletries, and towels. Participating churches in this year’s project include St. Benedict de Moor and St. Theresa in Crowley; St. Rose of Lima in Cecilia; Immaculate Heart of Mary, Our Lady Queen of Peace, St. Anthony, and St. Paul in Lafayette; Our Lady of Assumption in Carencro; and Our Mother of Mercy in Rayne. All donations will be distributed to The Faith House in Lafayette and The Assist Agency Women’s Shelter in Crowley.
Ladies Kaycee auxiliary presents scholarship awards
ABBEVILLE The St. Theresa Ladies Kaycee Auxiliary of Abbeville recently presented the Senior Boy and Senior Girl Scholarship & Award to Dennis Boudreaux and Brittany Vincent respectively. Dennis Boudreaux is the son of Jenni and Scott Boudreaux of Abbeville. He earned a score of 29 on the ACT and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. He plans to attend St. Joseph Seminary College to discern and study for the priesthood,
Presenting the award to Brittany Vincent (right) was Alberta LeBlanc (left), recording and corresponding secretary of the St. Theresa Ladies Auxiliary. Photo submitted by Alberta LeBlanc
Presenting the award to Dennis Boudreaux (left) was Marilyn Hargrave (right), treasurer of the St. Theresa Ladies Auxiliary. Photo submitted by Alberta LeBlanc
and is currently working with Father Herb Bennerfield in Delcambre. Brittany Vincent is the daughter of Stacy Pilcher Zamago and Todd Vincent; currently, she resides with her guardians, Julie and Kim Bradley. She graduated from Erath High School this past May with a 3.0 GPA and will be attending ULL in the fall. She plans to major in elementary education.
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October “Food for the Journey” meeting
LAFAYETTE On Tuesday, October 2, the Central Region of the Lafayette Diocese will sponsor its monthly gathering of “Food for the Journey” at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Lafayette. An optional buffet lunch will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m., at the cost of $12 per person. The presentation is scheduled for 12:10-12:45 p.m. and will be made by Father Keith LaBove, pastor of St. Patrick Church in Lafayette and hospital chaplain for the diocese’s Central Region. “Food for the Journey” Tuesday, October 2 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Crowne Plaze Hotel, Lafayette
“Food for the Journey” is a luncht i m e speaker series designed to help Catholics live out their faith Father Keith LaBove in their daily lives. All are welcome for this special anniversary celebration – come “eat and be fed”. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, please call Mary Bergeron at (337) 654-8682 or visit www.centralregiononline.org.
“A Call to Deeper Living: Slowing Down Our Busy Lives” spirituality retreat RYNELLA St. Marcellus Church in Rynella will host “A Call to Deeper Living: Slowing Down Our Busy Lives” on Saturday, September 22, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person, with registration to begin at 9:00 a.m., and participants are encouraged to attend Mass at 4:00 p.m. The retreat is sponsored by the Regional Pastoral Council of the South Region, Diocese of Lafayette. Speakers will be local spiritual directors and retreat leaders Robin and Easton Hebert. Easton is an adjunct director at the Je-
suit Spirituality Center in Grand Coteau, and Robin serves at Our Lady of Wisdom Church and Catholic Student Center on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus as marriage ministry coordinator. She has co-authored two books on spirituality: When Women Pray and When Wisdom Speaks. For further information, contact: Angela Boudreaux at (337) 380-6989 or Deacon Jerry Bourg at (337) 578-2423. Registration forms are available at local church parish offices. Look for notices in your weekly church bulletins beginning in September.
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Mensaje del Obispo: Septiembre 2012
por Obispo Michael Jarrell En el número del mes de marzo de Acadiana Catholic, el P. Kevin Bordelon escribió un artículo informativo sobre los fondos de donaciones para el seminario. Explicó que este fondo es una porción “nombrada” del legado. Frecuentemente es una manera de perpetuar a un ser querido fallecido. Los intereses anuales de este fondo se utilizan cada año para cubrir parte de los gastos de la formación de los seminaristas, que hoy en día son 39. Hoy escribo para proporcionar
más información al respecto. El fondo para el seminario se inició en el año 1919. El total ahora es de $4.2 millones de dólares. Existen 98 fondos ya completos ($15,000) totalizando $1,487,328.00; 73 fondos incompletos que suman $423,479.00 y unas donaciones especiales totalizando $2,291,448.00. Estas cifras representan la generosidad del clero y de los laicos a través de los años. Cada mes en estas páginas, se publica un informe enumerando los fondos incompletos y las donaciones actuales. En el futuro, el informe incluirá, por lo menos periódicamente, los fondos completos, ya que en la mayoría de los casos los donantes desean perpetuar a un ser querido. En su artículo, el P. Bordelon animó la creación de nuevos fondos, o a completar los incompletos. Me uno a él en ese pensamiento. Este año es especialmente un buen año para las
contribuciones al legado del seminario porque el instituto “Catholic Church Extension Society” ha ofrecido generosamente igualar dólar por dólar todas las donaciones recibidas antes del 31 de diciembre del 2012, hasta un total de $50,000. Esto provee una magnífica oportunidad para aumentar el capital del legado. El P. Bordelon también mencionó la importancia del “Bishop’s Services Appeal” en el cumplimiento del pago de la cuota anual para el seminario. Dijo: “Sean siempre generosos con el BSA.” Me pareció que vale la pena mencionarlo. Los llamados del Obispo para el año 2012-2013 empiezan en octubre. Tengo la seguridad de que puedo confiar en la continua generosidad de los feligreses de la Diócesis. Es interesante observar cuántos fondos y donaciones provienen de los sacerdotes (u Obispos), o que se
Man walked on the moon; God walked on the earth
by Kathleen Toups LAFAYETTE “Neil Armstrong walked on the moon but the Son of God, Jesus Christ, walked on the earth.” During his homily at Sunday Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Bishop Michael Jarrell called attention to the historical reality of God on earth, in relation to the news about the death of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. “We remember in 1969, when Armstrong walked on the moon; it was an exciting event,” Bishop Jarrell said.
“But let us not forget that God Himself, in the person of Jesus Christ, walked on this earth. This was also an exciting event, a great gift, truly a giant leap for mankind.” Bishop Jarrell also spoke of the upcoming Year of Faith as it has been proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI. In the announcement, the Holy Father mentioned the reason for the proclamation is to speak to non-believers or to reach people who have ceased to believe. “But the Pope goes on to say the Year of Faith is an appeal to all of us, no matter
how strong our faith, because faith can always be stronger,” Bishop Jarrell pointed out. “We can always have a purer faith, a better faith. It is part of life’s journey and goes on for a lifetime. “So a Year of Faith is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on our faith. This morning, I would like to make a simple point about faith and when we think about faith. First of all, it is faith in a person, faith is always believing in someone. In this case, faith is believing in the word of God, particularly as presented to us through Jesus Christ. It is not belief in a
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establecieron en sus nombres. He contado 82 fondos. Para mí es alentador saber que tantos sacerdotes de la Diócesis han tenido a bien ayudar en la formación de futuros sacerdotes. Dios ha bendecido a la Diócesis de tantas maneras a través de lo 94 años de su existencia, y estamos agradecidos que el llamado al sacerdocio ha sido otorgado a tantos hijos de nuestra área, y que tantas personas católicas han alentado las vocaciones al sacerdocio y han dado de sus bienes materiales para apoyar la formación de seminaristas. Su Santidad, el Papa Benedicto XVI ha hecho el llamado al Año de la Fe comenzando el 11 de octubre, 2012. Las vocaciones al sacerdocio y a la vida religiosa son solamente una señal de fe en las personas de la diócesis, pero son una señal importante. Que el Señor los bendiga a todos.
dogma or proposition, although these are important. Take for example, when we begin to say the Nicene Creed, as we do at Mass—we say ‘I believe in God.’ It is an expression of that truth we believe that God has spoken to us. Our faith, first of all is in Him. It was what Peter meant when he expressed faith in Jesus. “Our Christian faith is faith in God, faith in Jesus, faith in the Church that presents these truths to us. . . . .May this year of faith be a blessing for each of us individually and for the whole Church,” Bishop Jarrell said in conclusion.
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by Bishop Michael Jarrell In the March issue of the Acadiana Catholic, Fat h e r Kevin Bordelon wrote an informative article about seminary burses. He explained that a burse is a “named” portion of the seminary endowment fund. Often it is a way of memorializing a deceased loved one. Interest from the endowment is used each year to cover part of the expenses for the education of our seminarians, who now number 39. I write today to provide
more information. The seminary endowment fund was started in 1919. The total now is approximately $4.2 million. There are 98 completed burses ($15,000) totaling $1,487,328.00; 73 incomplete burses totaling $423,479.00 and special donations totaling $2,291,448.00. These figures represent the generosity of clergy and laity through past years. Each month in these pages, a report is given listing the incomplete burses and current donations. In the future, the report will include, at least periodically, the completed burses, since the donors in most cases desire to memorialize a loved one. In his article, Father Bordelon encouraged the establishment of new burses, or the addition to incomplete ones. I join him in that sentiment. This year is an
especially good year for contributions to the seminary endowment because the Catholic Church Extension Society has generously offered to match dollar for dollar all donations received before December 31, 2012, up to a total of $50,000. This provides a wonderful opportunity to increase the principal of the endowment. Father Bordelon also mentioned the importance of the Bishop’s Services Appeal in meeting the annual seminary bill. He said, “Always be generous to the BSA.” I thought that was worth quoting. Appeals for the 2012-13 BSA begin in October. I am confident that I can rely on the continued generosity of parishioners in the Diocese. It is interesting to note how many burses and donations have come from priests (or bishops), or
were established in their names. I have counted 82 such burses. It is encouraging to me that so many priests of the Diocese have seen fit to assist in the formation of future priests. God has blessed the Diocese in so many ways throughout the 94 years of her existence, and we are grateful that the call to priesthood has been given to so many native sons, and that so many of our Catholic people have encouraged vocations to the priesthood and have given of their material goods to support seminary education. His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI has called for a Year of Faith beginning on October 11, 2012. Vocations to priesthood and religious life are only one sign of the faith of people in a Diocese, but they are an important sign. May God bless all in our Diocese.
LAFAYETTE Ryan Verret, Director of the Louisiana Right-to-Life/Center for Medical Ethics, will speak at St. Pius X Catholic Church on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Life Center. The Center for Medical Ethics serves as Louisiana Right to Life’s arm in fighting to protect the elderly and individuals with disabilities and illnesses from both direct killing and denial of lifesaving medical treatment. Through public education and proactive legislation, people of Acadiana can encourage a life-affirming medical ethic at all stages of life and mount opposition to the culture of death. Target education areas include euthanasia; assisted suicide and denial
of treatment; Healthcare Rationing in general and within the Affordable Care Act; Wills to Live, Advanced Medical Directives, and Healthcare Rights of Conscience; and Medical Discrimination against Children and Adults with Disabilities. Ryan Verret completed graduate work and training in Bio-Medical Ethics as well as theology and Clinical Psychology. He has worked for several years in Palliative and Hospice Care Administration. He is married to Mary-Rose Verret and lives in Breaux Bridge with their two children, Azelie and Andre. For more information on his presentation contact Ashton Mouton, Minister of Evangelization for St. Pius X, at (337) 232-5130.
BROUSSARD St. Joseph Church in Broussard and its mission, St. Anthony Chapel in Cade, will host the community’s 59th annual church fair during the weekend of October 5-7. Festivities will be held at St. Joseph Church. On Friday, October 5, fried fish dinners will be sold from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the cost of $8 per plate. A children’s talent show will be held from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Admission is $3 per adult and $1 per child. On Saturday, October 6, dinners of red beans and rice with fried chicken will be sold from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at $5 per plate. In the evening, chicken and sau-
sage gumbo ($6 per bowl) and seafood gumbo ($7 per bowl) will be sold beginning at 6:00 p.m. Bingo will be held in the church hall from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and there will an adult dance with DJ Sam from 9:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. Admission for the dance will be $5 per person in advance and $7 at the door. On Sunday, October 7, BBQ dinners (chicken or pork) will be sold from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. for $7 per plate. All booths will also be opened at 11:00 a.m., and music will be provided by DJ Sam. From 1:00-5:00 p.m., music and entertainment will be provided by Lil’ Falley, Cupid, and Georgio. A raffle drawing will be held at 5:30 p.m. to conclude the festivities.
St. Pius X to host medical ethics director
59th annual church fair
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BSA leadership team
Charlene and Lewis Bernard Central Region Chairs
for 39 years. Patrick is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the army, and recently retired from Edward Jones. He works in building maintenance in the church parish, where he also serves as a deacon. Barbara is a former dental assistant and is currently engaged in making and sending prayer blankets to needy individuals throughout the United States. The parents of four children, the Burkes have been actively involved in various parish
Barbara and Deacon Patrick Burke South Region Chairs
ministries through the years, including having previously served as BSA Drive Chairpersons. Dianne Menard has accepted the position of West Region Chair. She is a life-long member of St. John Church in Henry, where she has served as the BSA parish chairperson since 2004. She has also served on the parish council and finance committee, as well as on the West Region Advisory Council. She is a lector and is retired from the Department of Health and Hospitals with the state of Louisiana.
Tammy and James Wallett North Region Chairs
currently serves as Assistant Principal. Tammy works in the business department of the local hospital. Barbara and Deacon Patrick Burke have accepted the position of South Region Chairs. They are members of St. Peter Church in New Iberia and have been married
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cas, Court Immaculate Conception #1531. Charlene and Lewis Bernard will serve as Central Region Chairs. They are members of St. Edmond Church in Lafayette, where they both serve as Eucharistic Ministers. Charlene also serves as a lector and on the Advisory Council and Stewardship Committee. Lewis has also served on the Advisory Council, twice as president and also as a finance committee member, as well as having served as chairman of the Stewardship committee. The couple has been married for 20 years; they have three children and two grandchildren. Lewis is an independent landman, and Charlene is a retired math teacher, having taught at Carencro High School and ULL. Both husband and wife are volunteers with Hospice of Acadiana, and Lewis has previously served as chairman of the diocesan BSA campaign twice. He has been a member of the Bishop’s Development Council for the past several years. Tammy and James Wallett will serve as North Region Chairs. They have attended St. Anthony of Padua Church in Eunice for 16 years, and been involved in helping to prepare the parish’s high school juniors for confirmation for the last 13 years. Prior to becoming a confirmation couple, Tammy and James served as “Life Teen” leaders in the parish. They have been married 31 years and have four grown children, all of whom attended St. Edmund Catholic School in Eunice, where James
Dianne Menard West Region Chair
by Stephanie R. Martin Despite the inclement weather, parish pastors and lay leaders were still happy to join Bishop Michael Jarrell and diocesan central office representatives on the morning of August 11 for the annual BSA Workshop & Ministry Fair. Altogether, there were approximately 150 people in attendance as everyone came together to begin preparations for the 2012-2013 Bishop’s Services Appeal (BSA) Campaign. The official kick-off weekend for the campaign has been scheduled for the first weekend in October (Oct. 6-7), and this year’s theme will be “United in Faith to do Good Works.” Connie Babin (Director, Office of Stewardship & Development) called the meeting to order, and
Bishop Jarrell led the opening prayer before introducing this year’s BSA leadership team (see related article beginning on page 3). Bishop Jarrell commended those in attendance for making the effort, especially since the weather was less than favorable, and extended his thanks to the employees of the diocesan central offices who were also in attendance. Bishop Jarrell noted that the time and effort the employees invested in creating their office displays for the ministry fair was crucial in helping to educate everyone about the many programs and functions that are funded by the BSA campaign. “I like to come to the ministry fair each year so I can find out what goes on in the central offices,” joked Bishop Jarrell. He encouraged the audience to take advantage of the information provided at the tables by taking the time to visit each of the 17 displays before the conclusion of the workshop. Next on the agenda, Karol Meynard (Director, Office of the
Pro-Life Apostolate) narrated a special slide show which featured the works and missions of the diocesan central offices. As the presentation progressed, central office employees stood before their tables and took it in turn to light candles from one another as a symbolic means of illustrating how each and every office and ministry of the diocese is “United in Faith to do Good Works.” After a short break, General Chairpersons Betty and Robert Delafosse offered tips to the audience on how to conduct a parish appeal on behalf of the BSA campaign. The workshop concluded with a viewing of this year’s BSA video, featuring Bishop Jarrell and several individuals whose lives have been positively impacted by various programs and ministries funded by the BSA campaign. Pastors will be encouraged to play the video, or its audio equivalent, for their parishioners during the kick-off weekend of October 6-7. At the conclusion of the workshop, Bishop Jarrell celebrated Mass for all participants in Immaculata Chapel. After Mass, BSA leaders were able to collect this year’s campaign materials so that they may begin planning on the most effective way to conduct their individual parish appeals. Parish pastors and lay leaders who were unable to attend the BSA Workshop & Ministry Fair to collect their materials may contact the BSA/Development office at (337) 2615641 for information on how to obtain them.
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Circle of Friends singles retreat
LAFAYETTE “What’s Your Thing” is the theme for this year’s singles retreat sponsored by Circle of Friends. It will be held from 8:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 29 in the gym at Holy Cross Church in Lafayette; there will also be an optional lunch at Zea’s Restaurant afterwards. The retreat will focus on the special opportunity singles have
at this time of their life to discover “their thing” and to blossom into the unique individual God created them to be. Father Howard Blessing from Holy Cross will be the keynote speaker, and life coach Denise Palmisano will be the featured speaker. The cost is $10 per person. People can preregister with the Office of Marriage and Family Life by calling (337) 261-5653.
Carencro Catholic celebrates new school year
CARENCRO Carencro Catholic School celebrated the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year as it does every year—with Mass at St. Peter Church, followed by a procession leading from the church to the school chapel. Father Mark LeDoux, pastor of St. Peter’s, carried a monstrance and placed the Body of Christ in the chapel. The presence of Christ can be felt throughout the school year. Students visit the chapel to pray and meditate with their class or individually during their free time. This year, the CCS family also
Carencro Catholic students celebrated the new school year with the traditional procession from St. Peter Church to the school chapel. Photo submitted by Carencro Catholic School
participated in a second procession following weekly school Mass, which honored the Feast of the Assumption. Students brought flowers and placed them at the feet of Mary, asking for her intercession on their behalf.
Congratulations Congratulations to the following church parishes for having recently reached and exceeded their fundraising goals for the 20112012 Bishop’s Services Appeal campaign: Parish Pastor % of Goal Met Sacred Heart Church Msgr. Jefferson DeBlanc 115.3 (Church Point) Immaculate Conception Rev. J. O’Hallaran 107.0 (LeBeau) St. Joseph Church Rev. Jude Obiechina 103.4 (Plaisance) St. Basil Church Rev. Rex Broussard 102.9 (Judice) Immaculate Conception Rev. Gregory Cormier 101.6 (Charenton) Our Lady of the Lake Rev. Herb Bennerfield 101.3 (Delcambre) St. Marcellus Rev. Eugene Tremie 101.3 (Rynella) St. Peter Rev. Dismas Mauk 101.0 (Four Corners) Immaculate Heart of Mary Rev. M. Higginbotham 100.6 (Crowley) Sacred Heart Church Rev. Louis Richard 100.2 (Broussard)
Students at Carencro Catholic School celebrated the Feast of the Assumption by placing flowers at the feet of Mary and asking for her intercession. Photo submitted by Carencro Catholic School
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Nellie Gray, 86, dies; was March for Life founder and emcee
by Mark Pattison Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) Nellie Gray, who started the annual March for Life parade to protest the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion nationwide, has died at age 86. She was found dead in her home Aug. 13 in Washington’s Capitol Hill neighborhood by a March for Life staffer, Gene Ruane, who said the medical examiner will determine the cause and date of her death. The March for Life has grown into one of the signature events of the pro-life movement. After the first march in 1974, Gray, a Texas native, established the March for Life Education & Defense Fund to sustain it. Each year in her remarks, Gray exhorted pro-lifers to promote and adhere to a series of “life principles” that would eliminate abortion and enhance life, to which she said there should be “no exception! No compromise!” Ruane, an administrative assistant with the March for Life,
told Catholic News Service Aug. 14 that leadership of the organization would be assumed by Terrence Scanlon, who has been its vice president “since the beginning.” Gray was a member of St. Mary, Mother of God Parish in Washington. Born June 25, 1926, in Texas, Gray served as a corporal in the Women’s Army Corps during World War II. She later earned a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s in economics. She worked for the federal government for 28 years at the State Department and the Department of Labor, while attending Georgetown University Law School. Gray later practiced law before the U.S. Supreme Court. In a 2010 profile, Gray said she wasn’t a Catholic as a child, but “I had elements of the Catholic faith in my life.” As a young woman, she encountered a priest who brought to light what the Catholic Church was about, and he tutored her until she joined the church.
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Gray also spoke of the march’s origins. “I received a call from the Knights of Columbus,” she recalled. “I didn’t even know who they were, but they explained their stance against abortion and needed a place to meet to discuss plans for a march. That place was my living room. About 30 people gathered there and they asked if I could help get speakers for the event since I knew Capitol Hill well. “What I couldn’t get was a master of ceremonies for the event,” she added. “Politicians didn’t want to get involved in a march, and people at that time weren’t interested in marches after the civil rights movement and other things. That left the emcee job to me.” Tributes to Gray poured in as news of her death spread. “The indelible mark she has left in this world can be seen in the generations of lives saved as a result of her dedicated work on behalf of the unborn,” said an Aug. 13 statement from Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “As we approach the tragic 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we are confident her legacy of pro-life activism will continue to inspire and effect change.” “She had a fierce heart that valued all people -- born and unborn -- fearlessly working to create a picture worth a thousand words -- the sight of hundreds of thousands of peaceful Americans calling on their courts and their legislators to defend life in law,” said an Aug. 14 statement from Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life. “As a colleague in national pro-life leadership, Nellie was always an inspiration to the rest of us,” said an Aug. 13 statement by Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life. “Her devotion was on display that same year, 2008, when, despite being in the hospital during the March for Life, she nevertheless was present at all all-day meeting of national leaders the very next morning.” Gray “mobilized millions to protest the injustice of Roe v. Wade and to speak out on behalf of unborn children, who have no
Nellie Gray, a pro-life leader who founded the March for Life in 1974, has died at age 86. She was found dead in her home Aug. 13 in Washington’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. CNS photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec
voice of their own. While Miss Gray did not see Roe overturned in her lifetime, the movement she helped build -- especially its young members -- will not rest until the right to life is restored once again,” said Deirdre McQuade, assistant director for policy and communications at the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, in an Aug. 14 statement. In 2008, the National ProLife Religious Council presented Gray with its Pro-Life Recognition Award. Later that day, she tripped and fell on the stage at the opening rally for the March for Life and had to be taken to the hospital with a head injury. “My heart is broken by the loss of Nellie Gray, a true prolife hero and role model. At the same time, I celebrate that Nellie is with our Lord who she loved so dearly, said an Aug. 13 statement by Bryan Kemper, founder of Stand True Ministry and director of youth outreach for Priests for Life. “I have had the honor of working with Nellie for years and every time I march in D.C. in January, I know she will be watching over us and praying for us.” U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., who is co-chairman of the House Pro-Life Caucus, called her an “extraordinary pro-life leader” who was unstoppable as emcee of the march “even in the worst of weather and poor health.” Because of her leadership, the Roe decision “has been marked continued on page 18
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Family Life community’s 22nd anniversary
ABBEVILLE The Family Life Community (FLC), based in Abbeville, recently celebrated its 22nd Anniversary with a Mass at St. Mary Magdalen Church. Father Scott Desormeaux served as celebrant, and the Mass was followed by a special dinner. The FLC, an intentional Community of families in the Church, was formed in May of 1990 as a Diocesan Community with approbation of then Bishop Harry Flynn. As the name indicates, the Community’s focus is evangelizing, catechesis, and forming families in the Church’s Teaching on
holy family life. Families undergo a year-long Formations Program before deciding to make “Solemn Commitment” to the Community. Ongoing teachings on Scripture, prayer, and living a holy Catholic family life “in the world but not of it” continues through Weekly Support Group meetings in homes, General Assemblies of the Community and family recreational activities. Msgr. Richard Mouton serves as spiritual counselor to the Community in matters of doctrine and dogma. The FLC is led by a group of “Overseer” couples and Support Group Coordinators.
Overseers of FLC are (L/R) Pat and Vickie Patout, Monique and Steve Leblanc, Fr. Desormeaux, Sandy and Fred Dubois, Kay and Vince Listi, and Vickie and Pat Miller. Photo submitted by Vince Listi
Day of Recollection to focus on Year of Faith/ new evangelization
ST. MARTINVILLE A Day of Recollection focused on the upcoming Year of Faith and the Call to the New Evangelization will be held on Saturday, September 29 at Our Lady of Sorrows Retreat Center in St. Martinville. The event, to be conducted from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., will feature two morning talks by Father Michael Champagne, CJC, followed by noon Mass. After lunch, a panel will speak on the importance of the journey of faith and various ways to participate in the New Evangelization. Opportunities for confession and adoration will also be included on the agenda. The event is free of charge and no registration is necessary, although participants should bring a brown bag lunch. For more information, please call (337) 394-6550.
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St. John’s fall bazaar
MERMENTAU St. John the Evangelist Church in Mermentau will host its annual fall bazaar during the weekend of September 15-16. Activities will begin with a Mermentau River fishing tournament on Saturday, September 15; weigh-in will be held at St. John Parish Hall at 12:00 noon. A washer board tournament is scheduled for 2:00 p.m., with music provided by DJ Rusty Louivere, and a chicken and sausage gumbo will be served from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Bingo is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. On Sunday, September 16, a BBQ pork dinner will be served from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. There will also be children’s games, bingo, a raffle, a sweet shop, trash and treasure, a live auction, and additional concessions available. Everyone is invited to attend this family-fun weekend. For further information, please contact St. John the Evangelist Church at (337) 824-2278.
Five-week course on total consecration
JEANERETTE Beginning on September 4 at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Jeanerette, Deacon Cody Miller will be conducting a five-week course on the total consecration to Jesus through Mary according to St. Louis de Montfort. These classes will be conducted for five consecutive weeks, until the Consecration Mass at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 8. Those who would like to participate should register early due to limited seating. Registered participants will also receive a free copy of the Consecration book. Deacon Miler encourages everyone to come and learn more about their faith, and why Blessed
John Paul II, Blessed Mother Theresa, and St. Maximilian Kolbe all loved the writings of St. Louis de Montfort. The classes will focus on how everyone can fully live their baptismal promises through Jesus and Mary. For more information regarding the five-week course, please contact Deacon Cody Miller by telephone at (337) 849-7963 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who are interested may also contact Our Lady of the Rosary Church at (337) 276-6900 for details. Additional information on the total consecration, please visit www.myconsecration.org or www. montfortspirituality.org.
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Obituary: Jerome J. Cochran
annually with a somber remembrance that gives voice to the defenseless unborn and the women wounded by abortion,” Smith said Aug. 14. “In Nellie’s name we will continue her legacy of unceasing commitment to defending the unborn.” “Many pro-lifers sometimes seem to take the annual march for granted, but the longevity of the March is actually a remarkable achievement, said an Aug. 14 blog posting on National Review Online by Michael J. New, an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute and an assistant professor at the University of Alabama. “Some 39 years ago, pro-life activists felt a need to properly commemorate the first anniversary of the tragic Roe v. Wade decision. That is when the idea for the March for Life was born. Interestingly, there was no plan to repeat the first march, but when deciding what to do with the leftover funds, someone suggested hosting a march the next year,” New said. “Since then, the march has been a key contribution to the pro-life cause.”
ST. LOUIS, MO Jerome J. Cochran, was fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church on Sunday, August 12, 2012. He was the beloved husband of the late Eileen O’Donnell Cochran; dear father of Karen (Jim) Dunne, Bridget George, Ann (Jeff) Sahm, Sean Cochran, Kristen (Mark) Fruin, Kevin Cochran, Brian (Jessica) Cochran, Meaghan Cochran, Patrick Cochran, Timothy Cochran and the late Christopher Cochran (Nov., 1970). He was also the brother-inlaw of the late Bishop Edward O’Donnell, grandfather to 18 grandchildren, loving son of the late James and Mary Cook Cochran, and brother of Jim Cochran and John (Judy) Cochran He was a proud graduate of St. Gabriel the Archangel (1957), CBC High School (1961), and SEMO (1965), and retired from Maritz, Inc. in 2002 after 33 years of employment. Jerry was a foster father, coach, mentor, and served in many capacities for St. Gerard Majella parish and school.
CANKTON St. John Berchmans Church in Cankton will begin its 14th annual Rosary Congress on Monday, October 1, after the 8:00 a.m. Mass. The rosary will be prayed at 9:00 a.m., and will continue to be prayed every hour on the hour for full length of the congress. The Rosary Congress will conclude with the celebration of Mass at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, October 5. A breakfast reception will immediately follow the Mass. The community of St. John Berchmans encourages everyone to join them in prayer for God’s peace and mercy upon the world. For additional information, please contact Debra and David Menard at (337)
407-1741, or Barbara Richard at (337) 668-4221. Further details may also be obtained by contacting the parish office at (337) 6684413.
St. John Berchmans rosary congress
2012-13 St. Michael School Faculty and Staff Religious Retreat
In celebration of Louisiana’s Bicentennial, St. Michael School faculty and staff began the new school year with a religious retreat in early August. They traveled to St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church in St. Martinville, the “mother church” of the Acadians and fourth oldest church in Louisiana. Father Rusty Richard, pastor of St. Martin de Tours, welcomed the St. Michael group and gave them an overview of the history of the church and area. Father Mikel Polson, pastor of St. Michael Church, energized the group with a meaningful talk on what it means to be a “Good Shepherd” in a Catholic school. The faculty and staff enjoyed the day and were excited to start the 113th year of St. Michael School. Photo submitted by St. Michael School
Charismatic Renewal to host fall day of renewal
LAFAYETTE The Catholic Charismatic Renewal for the Diocese of Lafayette will host a Day of Renewal on Saturday, September 22, at St. Pius X Life Center Hall. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m., and all attendees are invited to stay through St. Pius X’s 5:00 p.m. anticipated Mass. The registration fee is $5 per person, and a love offering will also be collected. The speaker for the day will be Deacon Larry Oney from the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Deacon Oney is a lay evangelist whose ministry is teaching and preaching. In addition to his duties as a deacon, he remains active in directing retreats and providing Days of Renewal and Revival Missions, as well as speaking at conferences. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a minor in Social Studies. He is chairman of the board and CEO of Risk Technology Institute LLC, an insurance service firm operating in Louisiana and Texas. He is married and the father of 5
Deacon Larry Oney
children. Praise for the day will be provided by State of Grace Music Ministry and MC for the event will be Graham Smith, CCR Coordinator and local attorney. There will be a period of personal ministry during the last hour of the day and Deacon Larry will also have copies of his latest book available for purchase. A lunch break will be taken with sufficient time to try out one of the many local eateries.
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Pope to visit Lebanon, meet Christians, Muslims in September by Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI will present a papal document addressing the church’s concerns in the Middle East, meet with representatives of local Christian and Muslim communities, and address political and cultural leaders on a three-day visit to Lebanon Sept. 14-16. Pope Benedict’s primary task on the trip will be to present a document, called an apostolic exhortation, based on the deliberations of a special Synod of Bishops held at the Vatican in 2010. That two-week meeting, which was attended by 185 bishops, most of them from the 22 Eastern Catholic Churches in communion with the Holy See, focused on the precarious circumstances of 5.7 million Catholics in 16 Middle
Eastern countries. A document released by participants at the end of the synod called for “religious freedom and freedom of conscience” in Muslim lands, a theme Pope Benedict is likely to address on his visit. Planning for the pope’s trip to Lebanon occurs against the backdrop of unrest in neighboring Syria, where soldiers have been battling forces seeking an end to the rule of President Bashar Assad, leaving thousands of civilians dead since March 2011. At the Vatican in June, Pope Benedict called on the international community to end the Syrian conflict and told Catholics from the Middle East that he prayed Mary would “watch over the upcoming trip that -- if it pleases God -- I will make [it] to Lebanon” in September.
Louisiana pro-life conference Oct. 26-27
LAFAYETTE The city of Lafayette will host Beyond the Vote 2012: Louisiana’s Pro-Life Conference during the weekend of October 26-27. The event will be held at the River Oaks Conference Center. Registration is $35 per adult and $15 per student; additional details are available at www.prolifelouisiana.org, or by calling 1-866-4635433. Conference registration includes a Friday night social, conference fee, and two meals on Saturday. The Louisiana Pro-Life Conference is sponsored by Louisiana Right to Life, in conjunction
with Louisiana Family Forum and Louisiana Baptist Convention.. The keynote speaker will be Lila Rose, undercover investigator of Planned Parenthood. Her work in this area has been featured nationwide and has led to congressional investigations of Planned Parenthood. According to Louisiana Right to Life, Beyond the Vote 2012 has been designed to take the prolife movement one step further by giving pro-lifers the education and inspiration necessary to be an effective voice for life through presentations, networking, handson workshops, youth and college training, and more.
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U.S. Catholics’ satisfaction with bishops up to 70 percent
by Sister Mary Ann Walsh reported cases. They launched a USCCB massive educational campaign U.S. Catholics’ satisfaction for professional staff and volwith bishops leaped from 51 to unteers who work with minors 70 percent in the last decade, and educated the minors themaccording to the Pew Forum. selves on appropriate interaction That’s impressive, though it is between themselves and adults. hard to imagine a lower point They established a compliance than in 2002, when Catholics audit system for the Charter. saw a flood of news on clerical Today as the Boy Scouts, Penn sexual abuse of minors. To copy State, and public and private Queen Elizabeth’s description schools address sexual abuse of 1992, when one of her sons of minors in their ranks, people divorced and Windsor Castle hear them promise to do what erupted in flames, 2002 was the the church has already been dochurch’s Annus Horribilis. ing for ten years. They include Causes of the uptick may be enforcing prevention strategies, many: steadfastness, action in a such as not allowing minors to crisis, and the bishops’ courage be alone with adults on outings; to walk forth when they probably conducting background checks would have preferred to hide in to eliminate unsavory characters a hole. Steadfastness in troubled attracted to youth; and educattimes means serious leadership ing children and adults about The Pew Forum measured principles of healthy interaction, current satisfaction with bishops including the kindergarten rule: against feelings a decade ago keep your hands to yourself. when the bishops faced the fact With media reports of sexthat sexual abuse of minors by ual abuse in youth groups and clergy was a horrific reality in in public and private schools, the church. The news had been Catholics saw that abuse is a simmering but broke out big tragic human problem, but not time in Boston in January 2002. one rooted in clerical celibacy Six months later a few thousand or Catholicism. They saw that media showed up sexual abuse of at the bishops’ U.S. Catholics’ satisfac- minors crosses all June meeting in tion with bishops leaped levels of society Dallas to see how from 51 to 70 percent in and exists more the bishops would often in the home the last decade. fix the problem. than outside it. To their credit, the bishops All of which started to calm acted. They developed the Chartheir earlier justifiable rage at ter for the Protection of Children “the bishops.” and Young People, a 17-article The bishops’ facing the probpromise to forthrightly confront lem led to Catholics’ increased child sexual abuse. They set up confidence. People find reassurreview boards comprised priance in results too, and, though marily of lay people to evaluate any instance of abuse is rep-
rehensible, there is hope in the fact that in the last audit period (2011) there were only seven accusations of minors molested by clerics deemed credible by law enforcement – that in a church of 77.7 million U.S. Catholics. That’s enough reason to make the satisfaction rate soar. Other factors fed the uptick. Though shamed by the scandal, bishops remained bishops. They faced financial crises squarely, confirmed youth in parishes, led dioceses in prayer and held the line on church teaching in the public square. They now maintain the high satisfaction rate despite seeming to be the sole voice for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the nation. The bishops have other positions that seem to please no one.
For example, they still want universal health care – they’ve sought it for decades – with particular concern for the plight of the poor and protection of innocent and fragile lives. Ironically, though their quite broad positions would protect so many, their positions right now please so few. The bishops may take some satisfaction in an approval rating of 70 percent, but raising poll numbers was never their goal. The year 2012 still presents challenges, especially in the area of sexual abuse, which demands constant vigilance and transparency. Pew numbers show, however, that people are with the bishops, which ought to be a measure of comfort in still trying times.
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) 298-2987
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Catholic Relief Services provides communication resources to promote its efforts
LAFAYETTE The Lafayette Diocese was pleased to recently receive a visit from Martha Gaynoe, a representative of Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Ms. Gaynoe was in the area to promote the many communications resources that CRS provides to help educate and gain support for the humanitarian work the organization spearheads worldwide. “Catholic Relief Services is the official humanitarian effort of the U.S. Catholic Church,” clarified Ms. Gaynoe in an interview with the diocese office of Radio/TV Ministry. “We serve under the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops), and we serve in 100 countries, working with the local Catholic churches in those countries.” During the interview, Ms. Gaynoe focused on another aspect of CRS’s mission, which is to engage American Catholics in learning about the work they perform on behalf of the Church, and thus encouraging these Catholics to live in solidarity with their brothers overseas. CRS
offers many resources in working toward this goal, and Ms. Gaynoe used their well-known Operation Rice Bowl program as an example. “Operation Rice Bowl is a six-week program during Lent that Catholic can engage in,” explained Ms. Gaynoe. “A lot of people know about the little rice bowl that they can put the money in, but there’s a full program as well. Each Lent, for every week, Operation Rice Bowl highlights one of the tenants of Catholic social teaching, as well as a country and what CRS does there as a development organization.” Ms. Gaynoe went on to say that the CRS website, www.crs. org, offers access to a multitude of resources that help support the worldwide humanitarian efforts of the organization. Through the site, visitors can learn more about the history of CRS and what countries are served. “How We Serve” provides a list of areas in which CRS strives to make an impact, including public policy, agriculture, education, emergency response, health, and
more. Visitors can also make donations, or light a virtual candle for their prayer intentions. Also online is the CRS newsroom, which provides access to the CRS newswire, media contacts, expert biographies, press releases, and The Catholic Relief Services website, www.crs.org, offers access to speeches and a multitude of resources that support the worldwide humanitarian efforts of the organization. Visitors can learn about the history of CRS, testimonies. make donations, and light a virtual candle for their prayer intentions. CRS also maintains a Facebook page, a a library of videos that further ilTwitter feeds for journalist, and lustrate the work of the organizaa YouTube account which offers tion.
Visitors to the CRS website can also sign up to receive email alerts from the CRS newswire. The newswire provides access to breaking and developing stories as they occur throughout the world, providing immediate updates in emergency situations and easy access to field staff. To sign up to receive the email alerts, simply go to www.crs. org/newsroom.
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Bishop Jarrell ordains 26 men to serve as permanent deacons
LAFAYETTE On the last two consecutive Saturdays in August, Bishop Michael Jarrell ordained a total of 26 men to the Permanent Diaconate for the Lafayette Diocese. Both ordinations were held at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette, and the reason for two separate Masses was in order to accommodate the large number of family and friends who attended to show their love and support for the men who were ordained. The Cathedral choir, under the direction of Thomas Niel, sang “The Great Commission” as the entrance hymn during the opening procession. The First Reading was taken from Numbers 3:5-9 and the Second Reading from Acts 6:1-7. After the Gospel Reading (John 15:9-17) was the Election of the Candidates. Deacon Richard Picard, Director of Diaconate Formation, called each man forward to be presented to Bishop Jarrell by Deacon Jim Kincel, Director of the Office of the Permanent Diaconate. Deacon Kincel then asked Bishop Jarrell that the men be ordained for service as deacons, and testified to their worthiness. Bishop Jarrell responded by electing to ordain the men for the Office of Deacon before offering further reflections in his homily. “Beloved brothers and sisters,” Bishop Jarrell began at the August 18 ceremony, “since these, our sons, who are your relatives and friends, are now
Bishop Michael Jarrell ordained 26 men to the Order of the Permanent Diaconate, in ceremonies held on the last two consecutive Saturdays in August. The ceremonies took place at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette. Photo by P.C. Piazza
to be advanced to the order of deacons, consider carefully the nature of the rank in the church to which they are about to be raised. “Strengthened by the gift of the Holy Spirit, they will help the bishop and his priests in the ministry of the Word, of the altar, and of charity, showing themselves to be servants to all.” Bishop Jarrell further elaborated on the duties these newly ordained deacons would assume in service of the Church. He said that they proclaim the Gospel, prepare the sacrifice of the Mass, and distribute Christ’s body and blood to the faithful. As deacons, the men would also be responsible for instructing believers and unbelievers alike in Holy Doctrine. Deacons may preside over public
During the Election of the Candidates, Deacon Richard Picard, Director of Diaconate Formation, called forward the ones to be ordained while Deacon Jim Kincel, Director of the Office of the Permanent Diaconate, presented them to the bishop. Photo by P.C. Piazza
love and joy as you would the Lord.” Bishop Jarrell urged the men to be of good reputation, filled with wisdom and the Holy Spirit. “Never allow yourselves to be turned away from the hope offered by the Gospel,” he stressed. “Now, you are not only hearers of this Gospel, but also its ministers.” After his homily, Bishop Jarrell asked the candidates before him several questions to establish their commitment to the duties of a permanent deacon. Following this, the Promise of the Elect, the entire congregation stood as the bishop invited
During the Litany of Supplication, Bishop Jarrell invited the entire congregation to pray for the candidates as they were about to be ordained. Photo by P.C. Piazza
prayer, administer the sacrament of baptism, assist at and bless marriages, bring Viaticum (Communion, anointing of the sick) to the dying, and conduct funeral rites. “With the help of God, they are to go about all these duties,” said Bishop Jarrell, “in such a way that you will recognize them as disciples of Him who came not to be served but to serve. Bishop Jarrell’s next words were directed to the men themselves. “Now, dear sons, you are to be raised to the order of the Diaconate; the Lord has set an example that just as He himself has done, you also should do. As deacons—that is, as ministers of Jesus Christ, who came among his disciples as one who served—do the will of God from the heart. Serve the people in
them to pray for all of the candidates during the Litany of Supplication. Later, the bishop laid his hands upon each of them as he prayed the Prayer of Ordination. The newly ordained deacons were then vested in the stole and dalmatic which they will wear when serving at the Liturgy, and presented with the Book of Goscontinued on page 26
Bishop Jarrell laid his hands upon each pf the candidates as he prayed the Prayer of Ordination. Photo by P.C. Piazza
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Congratulations to our n
Deacon Thomas Edward Adams and his wife Peggy are parishioners of St. Joseph Parish in Rayne, where he has also been assigned to serve.
Deacon Jay Abel Bergeron is a parishioner of St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Abbeville, where he has also been assigned to serve.
Deacon Russell James Hayes and his wife Connie are parishioners of Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Delcambre, where he has also been assigned to serve.
Deacon Joseph Hebert and his wife Angela are parishioners of St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Abbeville, where he has also been assigned to serve.
Deacon Edward Jules Boustany and his wife Tessa are parishioners of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Lafayette, where he has also been assigned to serve.
Deacon Kenneth James David and his wife Peggy; he has been assigned to serve Holy Cross Parish in Lafayette.
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Deacon George Bernard Jourdan and his wife Carolyn are parishioners of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette, where he has also been assigned to serve.
Deacon Juan Carlos Pagan and his wife Veronica are parishioners of Our Lady of Wisdom Parish in Lafayette, where he has also been assigned to serve.
Deacon Robert Charles Klingman, Jr. and his wife Susan are parishioners of Sacred Heart Parish in Broussard, where he has also been assigned to serve.
Deacon Timothy Isidore Marcantel and his wife Sue are parishioners of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Parish in Abbeville, where he has also been assigned to serve.
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Deacon Scott Ellis Peyton and his wife Letitia are parishioners of St. Peter Parish in Morrow, where he has also been assigned to serve.
Deacon William Logan Pollingue and his wife Charmaine are parishioners of Our Lady Queen of Angels Parish in Opelousas, where he has also been assigned to serve.
Deacon Charles Ray Richard and his wife Edith are parishioners of Holy Ghost Parish in Opelousas, where he has also been assigned to serve.
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newly ordained deacons
Deacon Daniel Peter Didier and his wife Jenny are parishioners of St. Michael Parish in Crowley, where he has also been assigned to serve.
Deacon Keith Anthony Duhon and his wife Lisa are parishioners of Our Lady of Wisdom Parish in Lafayette, where he has also been assigned to serve.
Deacon Kyle Joseph Fabre and his wife Karen are parishioners of St. Genevieve Parish in Lafayette, where he has also been assigned to serve.
Deacon Perry John Guidry and his wife Edolia are parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Henderson, where he has also been assigned to serve.
Deacon Roland James Jeanlouis and his wife Darlene are parishioners of Our Lady of Victory Parish in Loreauville, where he has also been assigned.
Deacon Dwayne Paul Joubert and his wife Mary are parishioners of St. Landry Parish in Opelousas, where he has also been assigned to serve.
Deacon Denis Francis La Croix and his wife Shawn are parishioners of St. Joseph Parish in Rayne, where he has also been assigned to serve.
Deacon Philippe Eugene R. Lizotte and his wife Shelley (not pictured) are parishioners of St. Mary Mother of the Church Parish in Lafayette, where he has also been assigned to serve.
Photo provided by the Office of Radio/TV Ministry
Photo provided by the Office of Radio/TV Ministry
Deacon Michael Raymond Morrison and his wife Elizabeth are parishioners of St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Lafayette, where he has also been assigned to serve.
Deacon Byron James Soley and his wife Beverly are parishioners of St. Joseph Parish in Milton, where he has also been assigned to serve.
Deacon William Merrill Vincent and his wife Melissa are parishioners of St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Abbeville, where he has also been assigned to serve.
Deacon Stephen Glenn Van Cleve and his wife Constance Ann are parishioners of Nativity of Our Lady Parish in New Iberia, where he has also been assigned to serve.
Deacon Jerry Wayne Wyble and his wife Gloria are parishioners of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish in Church Point, where he has also been assigned to serve.
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Permanent Diaconate Ordinations continued from page 23
Bishop Jarrell urged the men who were ordained to be of good reputation, filled with wisdom and the Holy Spirit. “Never allow yourselves to be turned away from the hope offered by the Gospel,” he stressed. “Now, you are not only hearers of this Gospel, but also its ministers.” Photo by P.C. Piazza
pels as a sign of their devotion to the Word of God. On behalf of Bishop Jarrell and the Lafayette Diocese, the Office of the Permanent Diaconate would like to thank the readers, deacons, altar servers, and gift bearers who took part in the ordination Masses. Special thanks are also extended to the vesting priests and deacons, as well as to Father Chester Arceneaux (Cathedral Pastor) and the Cathedral Staff, including
its musicians and ushers. A delayed broadcast of the Ordinations to the Permanent Diaconate will air at various times on AOC Channel 16; please refer to www.aocinc.org for a program schedule. The video will also soon be posted to the diocesan website, www. diolaf.org, and DVD copies of the ceremony may be purchased at $20 each from: Office of Radio/TV Ministry, 1408 Carmel Drive, Lafayette, LA 70501.
The Cathedral was filled with the families and friends who wished to express their love and support for the men who were ordained in the ceremonies. Photo by P.C. Piazza
Holy Hour for Vocations on Sept. 10
LAFAYETTE The monthly holy hour for vocations at St. Patrick Church in Lafayette will be held on Monday, September 10, instead of the usual first Monday. This is due to the first Monday being Labor Day. The holy hour will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is sponsored by the Lafayette Serra Club. The prayers will be led by Deacon Daniel Besse of St.Joseph Parish, Rayne. For those who want extra time in prayer, recitation of the rosary will begin at 5:30 pm. All are invited to join in these prayers for vocations and for perseverance in vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
Tell the People for September
LAFAYETTE The Lafayette Diocese’s Office of Radio/TV Ministry invites everyone to tune in for Sunday Mass at 10:00 a.m. on KATC TV-3. The diocesan television program, Tell the People, is also scheduled to air on the channel immediately following the Mass. On September 9, Deacon Cody Miller will be on to talk about Total Consecration, and Father Champagne will continue his discussion on the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, focusing this week on the Second Joyful Mystery. Bishop Jarrell will offer his thoughts on the Stella Maris Center, a new affiliate of the Lafayette Catholic Service Centers. The September 16 episode will feature an interview with Deacon Juan Carlos Pagan, new Program Coordinator for the diocese’s Office of Hispanic Ministry. Father Champagne will reflect on the Third Joyful Mystery of the rosary, and Bishop Jarrell will talk about ongoing construction projects around the diocese.
On September 23, Debra Menard will be on hand to provide information on the upcoming Rosary Congress to be held at St. John Berchmans Church in Cankton. Father Champagne will focus on the Fourth Joyful mystery of the rosary, and Bishop Jarrell will discuss the upcoming Year of Faith which will begin in October 2012 and conclude in November 2013. On September 30, Jan McNeil will appear to talk about the Cathedral Religious Museum, and Father Champagne will conclude his reflections on the Joyful Mysteries of the rosary with a discussion of the Fifth Joyful Mystery. Bishop Jarrell will focus on the Bishop’s Services Appeal Campaign, which will begin during the first weekend of October. Past episodes of Tell the People may be viewed online through the diocesan website, www.diolaf.org. To access the archive of videos, please select the Office of Radio/TV Ministry from the pull-down menu under the OFFICES tab of the homepage.
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Workshop participants learn to make sleep mats for Haiti mission
by Stephanie R. Martin LAFAYETTE What do you do to recycle your old plastic grocery bags? Some people like to literally recycle them, of course, while others like to keep an abundant stash around the house and reuse them for their intended purpose. Still others, however, have found
a creative way to use those bags in service to the less fortunate by crocheting them into sleep mats. That’s right—plastic grocery bags can be cut into strips and crocheted into a durable sleeping mat. It takes approximately 500700 bags and 35 work hours for each mat, which probably seems a little daunting, but it could
More than 60 individuals signed up for the two-hour workshop, during which Linda Wamsley and a team of volunteers guided them through the steps on how to prepare the plastic bags to make the sleeping mats. Photo by Stephanie R. Martin
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easily be a manageable group service project for any church group, particularly catechism students. With that in mind, the Lafayette Diocese’s Office of Christian Formation recently asked Linda Wamsley to present a two-hour workshop on the technique involved. More than 60 catechists signed up to take part, learning how to prepare the plastic bags to be cut into the strips that are then used to crochet the sleep mats. The finished mats may be donated to Father Glen Meaux’s Haiti mission for distribution. The sleep mat workshop was only one of several educational opportunities offered by the Office of Christian Formation during the summer months. Throughout June and July, there were a total of 18 different workshop sessions, offering a combined 78 credits to those working toward catechist certification, and 47 hours to Catholic school religion teachers, who are required to earn a minimum of 12 continuing education hours per calendar year. Among those opportunities was the DRE/Religion Administrator Day of Prayer in late July (also open to all catechists as a personal spiritual growth experience). The event was held inside Fusilier Auditorium at the Immaculata Center in Lafayette, and was sponsored by Our Sunday Visitor. Dr. JoAnn Paradise
Each sleep mat requires approximately 500-700 plastic bags and 35 hours of labor to complete. Photo by Stephanie R. Martin
served as the presenter, focusing on the theme “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you.” Dr. Paradise is a national consultant for Our Sunday Visitor Curriculum Publishers. Throughout the day, she guided participants in claiming the gift of peace in their relationships with God, self, family, and their lives as ministers of God’s word. In addition to Our Sunday Visitor, several other publishing companies also participated in the publishers’ exhibits which were available for viewing before and in between the workshops as they were offered over the course of two days in June and one day in July. These publishers included William H. Sadlier, Pflaum Publishing Group/ Pflaum Gospel Weeklies, and RCL/Benziger.
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The Office of Christian Formation also hosted a DRE/Religion Administrator Day of Prayer/Catechist Personal Spiritual Growth Experience near the end of July. The day was sponsored by Our Sunday Visitor and featured Dr. JoAnn Paradise as the presenter. Photo by Ann Broussard
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Where are our seminarians coming from?
by Fr. Kevin Bordelon Seminarian Breakdown by As we approach a new acaChurch parish demic year, we naturally consider Wisdom – 8 this question. As of the time of Pius X – 5 this writing (8/2/12), Bishop JarCathedral – 3 rell has accepted 10 new seminarSt. Mary’s – 3 ians to begin priestly formation St. Landry’s – 2 for our diocese. Four of the new Lady of the Lake, Delcambre – 2 seminarians—Brent Smith, AnAssumption, Mire – 1 drew Schumacher, Kyle White, St. Genevieve – 1 and Benjamin Frederick—are Sacred Heart, N.I. – 1 sponsored by Our Lady of WisSt. Joseph, Parks – 1 dom in Lafayette. The remaining St. Theresa, Crowley – 1 six men and their sponsoring parSt. Elizabeth Seton – 1 ishes follow: St. Anthony’s – 1 Benjamin Pitre (St. Landry, St. Bernard – 1 Opelousas) St. Peter’s, Carencro – 1 Joey Nelson (Our Lady of PerFatima – 1 petual Help, New Iberia) Holy Cross – 1 Stephen Pellessier (St. Mary, Perpetual Help N.I. – 1 Lafayette) St. Mary Magdalen – 1 Elliot Robichaux (Our Lady of St. Theresa, Abbeville – 1 the Lake, Delcambre) dral (3), and St. Mary’s (3)—acDennis Boudreux (St. Theresa, count for 19 seminarians or 51.3% Abbeville) of our total number. Andrew Killeen (St. Pius X, We continue to thank God for Lafayette) calling forth good men to conFurther statistics: not counting sider the priestly vocation and we the two seminarians studying for continue to pray that a vocationsthe Community of Jesus Crucifriendly culture be pursued and fied, we have a total of 37 men promoted in every parish and in in formation. Twenty parishes every Catholic home. account for those 37 men. That means 20 of our 121 parishes have someone in the seminary. Put another way, only 16.5% of our parishes have a seminarian. 101 parishes have potential then to produce a vocation. 83.5% of our parishes are ripe for the harvest of a priestly vocation! In May 2012, Bishop Jarrell ordained six men to the TranThe potential for growth sitional Diaconate, marking one of the final steps before they are fully ordained to the priesthood. Pictured above is tremendous. I might also add that from left to right are Rev. Mr. Garrett Savoie, Rev. Mr. Neil Pettit, Rev. Mr. Mark Miley, and Rev. Mr. Brian Harfour parishes—Wisdom rington. Not shown are Rev. Mr. Dustin Dought and Rev. (8), Pius X (5), Cathe- Mr. Andre Metrejean. Photo by P.C. Piazza Seminarian breakdown according to high school There are currently 39 seminarians studying for the Diocese of Lafayette; 22 of them graduated from a Catholic high school, 14 from a public high school, and three were homeschooled. Rummel – 1 Lafayette High – 6 Mt. Carmel (Houston) – 1 St. Thomas More – 5 New Iberia Senior High – 1 John Paul the Great – 5 James E. Taylor High (TX) – 1 Teurlings High – 3 Mandeville High – 1 Homeschool – 3 North Vermilion – 1 Notre Dame High – 2 St. Martinville High – 1 Opelousas Catholic – 1 Marksville High – 1 Vermilion Catholic – 1 Crowley High – 1 Catholic High (N.I.) – 1 Vandebilt – 1 Breaux Bridge High – 1 St. Edmunds High – 1
Incomplete Seminary Burses Stephen A. Pellessier is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen R. Pellessier. He is sponsored by St. Mary Mother of the Church Parish in Lafayette and currently in his second college year at St. Joseph Seminary College, LA.
*Rev. Mr. Neil Petit is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michel Edward Pettit. He is sponsored by St. Mary Mother of the Church Parish in Lafayette, and is currently in his fourth theology year at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD.
Ben Pitre is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Dale Pitre. He is sponsored by St. Landry Parish in Opelousas, and is currently in his pre-theology (first) year at St. Joseph Seminary College, LA.
*Michael Richard is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Richard. He is sponsored by St. Bernard Parish in Breaux Bridge, and is currently in his first theology year at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orlenas, LA.
Elliot Robichaux is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Robichaux. He is sponsored by Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Delcambre, and is currently in his second college year at St. Joseph Seminary College, LA.
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Father Delcambre suggests close relations with God
by Kathleen Toups LAFAYETTE Closer relations with God was the topic for Father Michael Delcambre at the August Food for the Journey. Father Delcambre is pastor of St. Joseph and St. Rose of Lima parishes in Cecilia. “The Lord wants a deeper relationship with all of us,” Father Delcambre emphasized. He conceded this is not an easy task. We are too often caught in “repetitive struggles with sin,” he admitted. He noted people always clean up their houses when they are expecting a visit from the priest; they are sure to leave a Bible in a prominent spot. “But everyone has a closet or a room where the ‘mess’ is concealed—you don’t want anyone to see it, you don’t even want Jesus to see it,” Father Delcambre pointed out. “You keep the door locked, you spend a lot of energy to make
sure Jesus can’t go there, but though your house may have a roof, even God can see what is in it. “When I try to hide from God the things I dislike most about myself, these are what God wants to deal with the most, because it separates
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Notre Dame High School chili cook off
CROWLEY Notre Dame High School in Crowley will hold its 8th annual Chili Cook Off on Thursday, September 20 at 6:00 p.m., immediately following the Homecoming Parade on the school’s campus. Honor classes for Homecoming 2012 are the Classes of 1973, 1983, 1993 and 2003. All alumni classes, civic or-
ganizations, area businesses and school supporters are invited to participate by sponsoring teams and/or purchasing tickets. Awards will be presented in various categories and NO entry fee is required. For information call the Development Office at 783-7143 or download entry forms at ndpios. com.
USCCB WASHINGTON Catholics can learn about the state of poverty in the United States and concrete ways they can make a difference at a new website from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The site, www.povertyusa.org, was launched August 15 and offers tools and resources to spread the word about poverty in America. Resources include an interactive poverty map with state and county level poverty statistics, a Poverty Tour video which gives viewers a sense of what it is like to live at the federal poverty line, videos and links to PovertyUSA’s social media sites, including www. facebook.com/povertyusa. The website, which is an initiative of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) and USCCB’s Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development, will feature selected news stories related to the state of poverty in the United States. Also, on the countylevel view of poverty statistics, visitors will be able to find examples of local organizations working to alleviate poverty in their communities. We are committed to providing educational content related to poverty as well as hopeful examples of what we can do to make the state of poverty better,” said Ralph Mc-
Cloud, national director of CCHD. “We welcome comments regarding the new site or suggestions for future feature articles or guest editorials.” Comments and suggestions may be sent to the Justice, Peace and Human Development main email. Those wishing to receive additional resources on a regular basis can sign up for the email newsletter, Notes for Neighbors. CCHD is the domestic anti-poverty program of the USCCB and works to break the cycle of poverty by helping low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, families and communities. It has a complementary mission of educating on poverty and its causes. This dual pastoral strategy of education for justice and helping people who are poor speak and act for themselves reflects the mandate of the Scriptures and the principles of Catholic social teaching. CCHD is made possible by the generous support of Catholics in the United States, especially through an annual parish collection. CCHD’s grants to local anti-poverty efforts are screened, awarded and monitored in close partnership with local Catholic dioceses. CCHD grants to groups in a local community require the explicit approval of the bishop of that diocese.
New Poverty USA Website Offers Statistics, Stories, Resources To Catholics
Fr. Thomas James, SVD, Vicar for the Central Region, and Fr. Michael Delcambre. Photo submitted by Mary Bergeron
me from Him,” Father Delcambre noted. “Sometimes they are small— lying, lack of purity—but sometimes they get bigger. Lent comes along, we try to do better. We go to confession, sins are taken away, but too often they keep coming back.” Father Delcambre recalled from his childhood, being warned about using knives, but he couldn’t resist “sneaking his Dad’s rusty knife to cut a piece of sugar cane.” He cut his finger down to the bone, it was bleeding furiously and he ran to a neighbor’s house for help, to avoid his mother, but of course she found out anyway. He promised himself that he would not mess up again, so he wouldn’t need help from anyone. Too often this applies to sin in our lives, we try to hide our sinful habits, we go to confession, but nothing gets better. We try to hide our mistakes behind the locked door. Instead of trying to do without God, Father Delcambre reminded that God, through his Son Jesus Christ, has given us the solution. “We must invite Jesus into our pain, tell Him our troubles. Jesus wants to come into our lives, and share his great Love and mercy,” Father Delcambre concluded.
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Marriage 101: The power behind a family dinner
News from St. Thomas More High School
by Kelley Chapman
September 24, 2012 is Family Day –A Day to Eat with Your Children. According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), family day is a national movement that informs parents that the engagement fostered during frequent family dinners is an effective tool to help keep America’s kids substance free. Most families, both parents and children, are involved within their community in some way and are unable to have daily family time during dinner. Some families have to get creative in order to have daily family time. Whether it is enjoying a family breakfast, a bed time snack as a family, or even coming together right before bed every night. During family time it is not only a great opportunity to discuss everyday events with your child/children, but it is also a fun idea to mix up the conversation and get to know your child/children in a different way. Not only is this fun, it creates a comfort level between the parent and the child/ children. Some good starter questions come from The Meal Box, a box of two-sided cards. One side consists of various questions to ask to get to know your family a little better, and the other side gives tips to help
parents apply the question into faith. Some questions may be simplified depending on the age of the child/children. A sample front is, “If you could build a private bridge or tunnel that would take you directly from your home to any place at all, what would it connect you to?” a sample of the back is “Prayer is one of the surest ways we connect with God. At any time, in any circumstance, you can talk to God heart-toheart. Make prayer a daily habit in your home.” - The Meal Box: Fun Questions and family faith tips to get mealtime conversations cookin’ by Bret Nicholaus and Tom McGarth Family dinners are a time when the family unit can socialize, interact and augment the familial bond, so sit down on September 24, 2012 and join the nation, eat dinner together as a family! For more information on family day, please visit www. casafamilyday.org. Any questions or comments please email Kelley Chapman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students from St. Thomas More High School in Lafayette attended Covecrest Life Teen summer camp in Hiawasse, Georgia over the summer. The students are shown above as they prepared for a white water rafting trip as part of the camp experience. Photo submitted by St. Thomas More High School
LAFAYETTE Several students from St. Thomas More High School in Lafayette attended Covecrest in Hiawasse, Georgia over the summer. Covecrest is a Life Teen summer camp where teens who are seeking God can receive Him. Each day is packed with adventure and prayer. The school also recently hosted a spirit squad retreat for more than 90 members of
the Sparklers, Cougar Dance, Varsity, Jr Varsity Cheerleaders and Cougar Motion. The girls all gathered together for team building, fellowship and prayer. Lastly, members of the STM Varsity Football team and their fathers attended a retreat at Woodmen of the World in Abbeville, La. The focus of the retreat was team building and brotherhood.
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The STM spirit squad retreat was attended by more than 90 members of the Sparklers, Cougar Dance, Varsity, Jr Varsity Cheerleaders and Cougar Motion. Photo submitted by St. Thomas More High School
News from St. Paul Chapter #3 4th Degree
LAFAYETTE Members of St. Paul Chapter #3 Fourth Degree Division Knights of Peter Claver and Ladies of Grace recently attended the KPC/Ladies Auxiliary National Convention in Dallas, TX. The St. Paul #3 Chapter was honored with the â€œGood Neighborâ€? award for service to God, the Catholic Church, and the community. The St. Paul Chapter #3 Fourth Degree Ladies of Grace also recently hosted their annual tea. The purpose of the tea was to award three scholarships to high school graduates for their hard
The St. Paul Chapter #3 Fourth Degree Ladies of Grace welcomed three honorees at their annual tea. Photo submitted by Grace Hebert
work during the school year. This yearâ€™s recipents were Delanie Duhon of Northside High School, Thea Comeaux of Cecilia High School, and Damien Glover of Lafayette High School.
Members from the St. Paul Chapter #3 Knights of Peter Claver/and Ladies of Grace in Lafayette were proud to attend the 97th annual national convention in Dallas, TX. The group was honored to receive the â€œGood Neighborâ€? award. Photo submitted by Grace Hebert
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Carmelites to host Mass in honor of St. Teresa/Year of Faith
LAFAYETTE The Monastery of Mary, Mother of Grace will host a Mass in honor of St. Teresa and the opening of the Year of Faith at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 14. The Mass will be celebrated by Father Daniel Chowning, OCD. Prior to the celebration, the Carmelite community encourages everyone to make a private novena to St. Teresa of Jesus from October 715. On October 11, Pope Benedict XVI will inaugurate the Year of Faith in commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. The date also marks the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which was given to the people of God to illustrate anew â€œthe power and beauty of the Faithâ€? (Porta Fidei 4). These great events in the universal Church happily coincide with the Carmelite Orderâ€™s preparation for the commemoration, in 2015, of the fifth centenary of the birth of St. Teresa of Jesus, reformer of Carmel and Mother of the Discalced Carmelites. How fitting it will be to emphasize the faith of the Church in the context of a preparation honoring this
â€œDaughter of the Churchâ€? who declared she would give her life for the least ceremony of the faith and who, as a child, wanted to be a martyr to witness to her faith. Just as the Year of Faith is designed to â€œusher the whole Church into a time of particular reflection and rediscovery of the Faithâ€? (Porta Fidei 4), this time of preparation in Carmel is dedicated to more intense reflection and rediscovery of the example and teaching of St. Teresa. Because of this, the Carmelites will omit their usual celebrations honoring St. Therese. This â€œlittle saintâ€? not only bore the name of the great St. Teresa but also her spirit, her love of Jesus, and her intense devotion to the faith of the Church. The monasteryâ€™s Mass of St. Therese and the Blessing of Roses in her honor will take place at 6:45 a.m. on Monday, October 1. May this wonderful Year of Faith and year of preparation for St. Teresaâ€™s centenary â€œmake our relationship with the Lord increasingly firm, since only in Him is there the certitude for looking to the future and the guarantee of an authentic and lasting loveâ€? (Porta Fidei 15).
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Notre Dame senior receives LYS award
CROWLEY Congratulations are extended to Ross Cullen, a senior at Notre Dame High School in Crowley, who recently received the Jo Pease Most Outstanding Delegate Award at the Louisiana Youth Seminar held on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge. Over 300 high school students throughout Louisiana and other states recently attended the summer leadership camp. While attending LYS, students(delegates) participated in many activities which focused on leadership skills, team building, learning effective communication skills, targeting and goal achieving, and many more self-development skills. Founded in 1971, LYS has impacted over 9,000 young Sopho-
more, Junior and Senior students. Each year, the Jo Pease Most Outstanding Delegate Award is given to a delegate who embodies the leadership and Ross Cullen goals of LYS. The delegate is selected by the counselors and staff made up of former LYS delegates. These volunteers conduct and oversee programs while interacting with all delegates during the week. Ross is the son of Lynn and Mark Cullen.
Food & Nutrition Services School of the Year
The Diocese of Lafayette recently recognized Sts. Leo-Seton Catholic School cafeteria technicians for their excellent school food service program during the annual food and nutrition awards day. SLS was honored and received the 2011-2012 Food and Nutrition Services School of the Year award. This award is determined using a variety of criteria some of which include accurate and timely record keeping, budget management, sanitary reports and having an all-around engaging rapport with students, staff and members of the SLS family. Technicians proudly serving the SLS family pictured with their certificate of recognition are L-R: Sabrina Ardoin, Debbie Guidry, Rose Mary Davis, Mngr.-Mary Vera, Cindy Melancon and Carolyn Martin. Photo submitted by Sts. Leo-Seton School
New leadership team for the Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart
The U.S. Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart has a new leadership team. Barbara Dawson, RSCJ, was named provincial in September 2011 by Superior General Kathleen Conan, RSCJ. Following a consultation with the province, she named her provincial council. Sisters Margaret Causey, Sheila Hammond, and Diana Wall have agreed to serve with Sister Dawson for a three-year term. They began their term August 1. The Province held a leadership blessing ceremony at the Shrine of St. Philippine Duchesne in St. Charles, Missouri on Saturday, July 21. In addition to welcoming and blessing the new team, members of the province thanked and blessed the outgoing leadership team made up of Provincial Paula Toner, RSCJ and Sisters Anne Byrne, Margaret Causey, Mary Charlotte Chandler, Melanie Guste, Mary Kay Hunyady and Susan Maxwell. The Society of the Sacred Heart has a long history in Grand Coteau, where they founded the Academy of the Sacred Heart, now Schools of the Sacred Heart at Grand Coteau. There are currently six Religious of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau. Photo submitted by the Society of the Sacred Heart
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Renewal of CCHD leads to stronger emphasis Action in Jacksonville, Fla., told on Catholic teaching
By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) A little self-reflection every now and then never hurts. Some call it prayer; others a retreat. Peter Maurin and Dorothy Day, co-founders of the Catholic Worker, called it “clarification of thought.” No matter how it’s pegged, something worthy usually emerges. Stephanie Gyldendan, head organizer for ESTHER, a faithbased organization addressing social justice concerns in Neenah, Wis., finds such reflection a good thing. Members of the organization (a recipient of funding through the Catholic Campaign for Human Development) have begun to reflect more deeply on their work at the behest of the campaign, the U.S. bishops’ domestic anti-poverty campaign. And they liked what they saw, Gyldendan told Catholic News Service. “It really brought in a rich discussion on why our faith traditions call us to engage in the community and work for justice,” Gyldendan said. Under revised guidelines developed in 2010 as CCHD underwent its own “review and renewal” after a period of reflection, organizations seeking church funding for anti-poverty work are being asked to consider how work on affordable housing, immigrant rights, police protection and school reform enhances Catholic moral and social teaching. ESTHER, which stands for Empowerment Solidarity Truth Home Reform, is an interfaith organization that includes seven Catholic parishes as partners. Gyldendan said CCHD’s new guidelines provide “room for conversation” to better understand how faith motivates action. CCHD-funded organizations are finding that the revised guidelines leave no doubt that Catholic teaching must be upheld in all activities and affiliations. Rob Sievert-Wagner, lead organizer at Interfaith Coalition for
CNS it was a “good thing” for the group to better understand how its issue campaigns align with Catholic teaching, especially in a community with a small Catholic population. At Teach Our Children in New Haven, Conn., director Camelle Scott-Mujahid, said the guidelines offer the organization “more explicit language, especially about Catholic social teaching.” The guidelines were implemented after CCHD came under fire beginning in 2008 from critics who claimed the program had lost its way by funding groups that were part of coalitions taking positions contrary to Catholic teaching on issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage. At various times in recent years, at least eight bishops decided not to participate in the annual CCHD collection in parishes, citing questions about the activities of groups being funded. CCHD director Ralph McCloud said the yearlong review served to “strengthen some of the structures within the system.” “The intention was to review the mission, remind folks of the mission ... offer ways that might be a form of renewal, recommitment, rededication in light of today’s reality and the Gospel call of people being concerned about people by themselves who are poor. (We are) looking at Jesus’ message of 2,000 years ago and applying it to today,” McCloud said. The renewal also led to a stronger emphasis on connecting funded agencies with Catholic parishes or institutions. CCHD also decided to award fewer grants but in larger amounts for greater impact. For the 2012-13 funding year, 214 organizations received more than $9.1 million, an average of $42,731 each, CCHD reported. That compares with 2006-07 when $7.8 million was distributed through 283 grants, averaging $27,550 per grant, according to program records. The renewal of CCHD has not gone without challenges. One critic identified concerns continued on page 37
A Vacation with the Lord
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by Father Paul Patin, S.J. People go on retreats to special places like Our Lady of the Oaks in Grand Coteau for various reasons, but no matter why they came, they usually leave saying, “I wish I could stay here longer” or “Now back to the rat race” or “Returning to the real world.” It’s obvious why someone would like the peace and quiet of a retreat: these provide the chance to be aware of God more easily. And it’s common to refer to life as a “rat race” from which we flee by going inward during days of retreat. Finally, to say the “real world” is found “out there” when we leave a retreat raises a question: where, in fact, am I likely to be in touch with what’s really real, in the noise and chaos and superficiality of life as it often is? Can I make a serious effort to be still and notice what’s going on inside of me in daily life? If I do this, I believe, I am more able to get in touch with what’s real. Is it possible to have little oases in my daily busy life in which I can more easily notice what is going on inside of my deepest self? Experts in spirituality say that it is possible and even necessary to find these moments and, in Ignatian spirituality, the practice is called the Awareness Examen or the Consciousness Examen. This is not the same as an examination of conscience done before reconciliation to discover my sins. Rather, it’s asking myself (examining) if I’ve been noticing the movements of the different spirits that work on me in my daily life, both the good from God and the bad from the Enemy. The Examen has five steps and does not need to take a lot of time: 1-Pray for an enlightened graced recalling of the day just finished or the past few hours of the day you are still in. What stands out as of some significance? 2-Choose something to be grateful for in the period you are looking back over and express that gratitude to the Lord. There is always something to be grateful for. 3-Review the feelings that come to you as you remember the past day or part of the day. Feelings can be a help in pointing us to what was important or unusual in our day. Good feelings lead us to reflect that there was probably something good going on; bad feelings make us ask what was perhaps not right. 4-Choose one of these feelings—either a good feeling or a bad feeling—and actually pray out of that feeling. Speak to God in your experiencing of the feeling and ask for a deeper understanding of why you had it and what it’s telling you. 5-Look forward to the next day or the rest of the present unfinished day and try to get in touch with what feelings, again, surface when you think of what you will be doing. Pray for the help you need from God, the daily bread that God will give.
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Sacred duty: saints show that church is holy despite failings
by Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) Catholic devotion to the saints appears to be alive and well, and Pope Benedict XVI continues to proclaim new saints at a regular pace. The official calendar of saints’ feast days will grow in October when the pope canonizes seven men and women, including Mother Marianne Cope of Molokai and three laypeople: the Native American Kateri Tekakwitha, the Filipino Peter Calungsod and the German Anna Schaffer. The canonization Mass Oct. 21 will be one of the first big events of Pope Benedict’s Year of Faith, which is designed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and to launch a strengthened commitment to the new evangelization. According to Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, the appeal of the saints and their concrete examples of holiness
give them “an undeniably positive role to play in this time of new evangelization,” since they are living proof that the church is holy. In a new book, currently available only in Italian, Cardinal Amato writes that it’s easy to understand how people can question the church’s holiness when they see the sinful behavior of some of its members. But the good, loving and charitable activities of other members are the best evidence that the church truly is the holy body of Christ, he says. “The holiness of the church is not the sum of the holiness of its children, but is a spiritual gift received from the spirit of the Risen Christ,” he writes. “Throughout history, the church carries the treasure of its holiness in earthen vessels. Being aware of that, the historic church can do nothing other than continually convert to the cross of Christ.” The saints and martyrs officially recognized by the church are the “demonstration that the church, even if it is not already
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that they are ready, willing and able today to help the church’s members along the path of holiness. The Second Vatican Council “purified” exaggerated practices related to the veneration of the saints, for example, where the faithful would “enter into
Juana Cortez holds the statue of St. Toribio Romo she keeps in her home in Tijuana, Mexico. Cortez said that she recovered from cancer through the intercession of the saint. Pictured at left is her daughter, Lilibeth Rodriguez, with the family’s dog, Bobby. (CNS photo/David Maung)
the humiliations” Christ’s body suffers because of the sins of its members, he writes. For Jesuit Father Paolo Molinari, who served as an expert at Vatican II and shepherded Blessed Kateri’s sainthood cause for 55 years, saints are not mythic heroes but real men and women who show all Christians that it’s possible to live holy lives no matter where they were born or what their state of life. It’s not a matter of demonstrating extraordinary courage in a dangerous situation, but “living an ordinary life in an extraordinary way,” a way that “comes from the spirit of Jesus poured into our hearts,” Father Molinari said in an interview with Catholic News Service. Another great thing about the saints, Father Molinari said, is
a church and go to the statue of St. Anthony or St. Rita and touch it, but not even think that the Lord is present in the tabernacle,” he said. But the council still emphasized the fact that those friends of God are part of the church and will intervene on behalf of those still living on earth, he said. Veneration of the saints, the Jesuit said, is a sign of “the link between the pilgrim church (on earth) and the ones who have gone to God.” Blessed Kateri is, like all the saints, still part of the Catholic family, concerned about the needs of her kin, Father Molinari said; and so, “being with God, she will probably whisper into the ear of God something of what we say to her.”
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LCWR announces decision to continue to dialogue on Vatican assessment
by Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service ST. LOUIS (CNS) Members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious announced Aug. 10 at the close of their four-day assembly in St. Louis that they will continue to dialogue with church officials about the Vatican’s doctrinal assessment of their organization. LCWR’s outgoing president, Franciscan Sister Pat Farrell, said the group’s leaders would begin dialogue with Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, who is charged with overseeing the group’s reform and was expected to attend the organization’s board meeting Aug. 11. In issuing the assessment in April, the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said a reform of LCWR was needed to ensure its fidelity to Catholic teaching in areas including abortion, euthanasia, women’s ordination and homosexuality. Sister Farrell said the LCWR members hoped its leaders would have “open and honest dialogue” that would lead to greater understanding and to greater opportunities for women to have a voice in the church. She said the officers would “pro-
ceed with these discussions as long as possible but would reconsider if LCWR is forced to compromise the integrity of its mission.” When asked during an afternoon news conference how the group would be able to dialogue on issues of doctrine, Sister Farrell said that “dialogue
At the start of the Aug. 7-10 meeting Sister Farrell announced that this gathering would be “like no other” because of the particular focus on the doctrinal assessment. At the close of the assembly, Franciscan Sister Florence Deacon, president-elect, was to succeed Sister Far-
Franciscan Sister Pat Farrell, center, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, addresses a press conference near the end of the group’s annual assembly Aug. 10 in St. Louis. Joining her was president-elect Franciscan Sister Florence De acon, left, and Dominican Sister Mary Hughes, right, past president of the organization. (CNS photo/Sid Hastings)
on doctrine will not be our starting point.” She also said the LCWR officials cannot speculate how the dialogue will proceed but will see “how it unfolds.” Nine hundred sisters attended the St. Louis meeting, which included several closed sessions where members discussed how they would respond to the Vatican’s doctrinal assessment.
rell. Sister Carol Zinn, a Sister of St. Joseph, was chosen president-elect. The gathering was the first time the organization had assembled since the assessment was released April 18. The organization’s canonical status is granted by the Vatican. The participants, leaders of women’s religious congregations, were urged at the outset of the St. Louis meeting to
take a thoughtful and prayerful approach to discerning the assessment and not to discuss the deliberations with members of the media since the process would continue to unfold in each day’s executive sessions. One sister described the process of discernment as “muddling through” and said it is not new to the sisters but something they said they are used to doing, particularly in their work with other religious communities and lay groups. References to how the sisters were discerning their next steps were clear in the daily prayer sessions where the sisters were continually reminded that they were at a crossroad and should let go of fears and preconceived ideas and trust the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Sister Farrell told the group in her closing address that the doctrinal assessment’s “historical impact” could not be ignored. “Yes, much is at stake,” she said, pointing out that the LCWR can only go forward with “truthfulness and integrity” which she said she hoped would both contribute to the “good of religious life everywhere and to the healing of the fractured church we so love.”
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in administering the grants and blamed the staff for failing to follow funding guidelines. “What they (CCHD) need to do is find people ... who properly understand what the problem with these certain organizations are so they will have a wellformed and balanced approach to whether they should receive Catholic money or not,” said Michael Hitchborn, director of the American Life League’s Defend the Faith program and who has spearheaded the Reform CCHD Now coalition. McCloud acknowledged there is room for improvement. “I think we’re light years ahead of where we were and that we’re clearer about CCHD and its mission,” McCloud said. “This has become an opportunity to teach people about the Catholic faith. I think we’re moving in the right direction. Everybody would agree we have a ways to go, but we’re taking very, very positive steps.” He added that keeping track of the activities that coalitions’ funded groups join is difficult.
Teach Our Children’s ScottMujahid said she is unable to track every action of the organizations her group works with on school reform. “It’s been a little bit of a headache, not because of the review and the changes to (CCHD),” she said, “but because of the attacks. Every year something new comes out. It does seem like there’s a little bit of reaching going on (with the charges by critics).” The vigilance of the campaign’s detractors led CCHD to defund several organizations. And one longtime CCHD recipient, Chelsea Collaborative in Chelsea, Mass., voluntarily returned $40,000 in July, saying funding restrictions were too severe. The controversy emerged over whether the group could work on behalf of gays and lesbians facing discrimination. Citing a miscommunication over what activities were permitted and what were not under the grant, McCloud said CCHD officials were dismayed that they failed to persuade the collaborative’s leaders to keep the funds. “They were a group doing tremendous work for the Archdio-
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This poster promoting the 2012 Catholic Campaign for Human Development appeal features the slogan “Fight poverty. Defend human dignity.” In 2012-2013 the CCHD distributed $9.1 million to 214 organizations that help people out of poverty. CNS
cese of Boston,” McCloud said. A spokeswoman for the collaborative told CNS the group was proud of its work on behalf of immigrants through its Chelsea Latino Immigrant Committee, the funding recipient, making the return of the grant and the withdrawal of its application for another round of funding all the more difficult. The grant covered 82 percent of the committee’s budget. “We spent months trying to get clarity,” Rita Falzarano, the organization’s development coor-
dinator, said of negotiations with CCHD officials. Despite the challenges, McCloud said the number of grant applications has remained stable. Usually, he said, groups disqualify themselves after reviewing the application and understanding the requirements. “Even with the requirements, there’s still a tremendous amount of work that can be done in terms of anti-poverty work,” he said. “They requirements are not so stringent that they cannot improve local communities.”
In related news
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) launched a new
website, www.povertyusa.org, on August 15. The site offers tools and resources to help Catholics spread the word about poverty in America. The site is an initiative of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) and USCCB’s Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development. Please refer to “New Poverty USA Website Offers Statistics, Stories, Resources To Catholics” on page 29 of this edition of the Acadiana Catholic for further details.
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Mitchell heir leaves millions, literary rights to Atlanta Archdiocese
by Gretchen Keiser Catholic News Service ATLANTA (CNS) The Archdiocese of Atlanta has received a substantial gift from the estate of Margaret Mitchell’s nephew, Joseph, including a 50 percent share of the trademark and literary rights to “Gone With the Wind.” The estate of Joseph Mitchell included a multimillion-dollar bequest to the archdiocese and the donation of his home in Atlanta. One of two sons of Margaret Mitchell’s brother, Stephens, Joseph Mitchell died in October 2011. He was a member of the Cathedral of Christ the King and asked that, if possible, his donation assist the cathedral in a particular way. “It is a magnificent gift,” said Deacon Steve Swope, who has been overseeing the transition of the bequest on behalf of Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory. The inheritance passed on to the archdiocese includes a collection of signed “Gone With the Wind” first editions published in various languages in countries around the world and an unpublished history of the Mitchell family, handwritten by Margaret’s father, Eugene Muse Mitchell. Some of Margaret Mitchell’s personal effects, including her wallet with her press card and library card, and furniture from her apartment have been given to the archdiocese. A library of books includes his-
A young Margaret Mitchell is pictured with her mother, Maybelle Stephens Mitchell, and her brother, Stephens. A collection of the American author’s personal effects were part of a multimilliondollar bequest made to the Archdiocese of Atlanta by the her last direct descendant, nephew Joseph Mitchell. CNS photo/courtesy of Atlanta Archdiocese
tories and signed first editions of the late Georgia Catholic author Flannery O’Connor’s novels and short stories. Joseph Mitchell, who died at 76, was the last direct descendant of the Mitchell family. His brother, Eugene, a generous benefactor of Morehouse College and School of Medicine, as was Margaret Mitchell, died in 2007. Eugene’s widow, Virginia, is still living. The two brothers had each inherited a trust with a half share of the literary and trademark rights to the celebrated novel written by their late aunt. The movie rights were sold immediately after “Gone With the Wind” was published in 1936 to instantaneous success. Two million copies of the novel had been sold by 1939. The work was quickly
ell,” Deacon Swope said. The “artifacts that were part of the provenance of Margaret Mitchell” are being preserved by the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Deacon Swope said. It is hoped that in the future, the collection can be loaned to a major institution for public display, he said. From the Joseph Mitchell estate, Archbishop Gregory has designated that $7.5 million be given to the Cathedral of Christ the King for its building fund. He also has assigned $1.5 million to Catholic Charities Atlanta for its immediate use and an additional $2 million to create an endowment fund for the social services agency to address its long-term need for sustaining income. The archbishop also has asked
Various editions of “Gone With the Wind” -- including ones from Spain, Germany, Iran, Finland and Vietnam -- are part of a multimillion-dollar bequest made to the Archdiocese of Atlanta by Joseph Mitchell, Margaret Mitchell’s nephew. CNS photo/courtesy of Atlanta Archdiocese
translated into Arabic, Asian and eastern and western European languages. Mitchell was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1937 for her work, and, according to Publishers Weekly, the novel continues to sell in the United States at a rate of about 75,000 copies a year. The Archdiocese of Atlanta has created a corporation with the Eugene Mitchell trust to manage the literary inheritance. The archdiocese also will continue to use the group of attorneys, colleagues of Stephens Mitchell, who have been safeguarding the literary work and its appropriate use on behalf of the Mitchell family for decades. “We want to continue to make ‘Gone With the Wind’ available to the widest possible audience and to do it in a way that is respectful and dignified and in line with the wishes of the late Stephens Mitch-
the Catholic Foundation of North Georgia to create an endowment fund for each parish, mission and Catholic school of the archdiocese with a $10,000 gift apiece from the Joseph Mitchell estate, totaling more than $1 million. He also has assigned $150,000 to the Deacons’ Assistance Fund, $100,000 of which will be a challenge grant that is in place until May 31, 2013, to match any charitable contributions made to the fund during that time. The remainder of the Mitchell bequest will be held in reserve and used by the archdiocese for general religious purposes as requested in Joseph Mitchell’s will, Deacon Swope said. Plans call for the cathedral parish, which has limited space on its Peachtree Road site, to use part of the bequest to purchase the nearby archbishop’s residence on West
This portrait of Margaret Mitchell from her brother Stephens Mitchell’s home is part of a multimillion-dollar bequest made to the Archdiocese of Atlanta by Joseph Mitchell, Margaret’s nephew. He died last October. CNS photo/courtesy of Atlanta Archdiocese
Wesley and renovate it as a rectory. A new residence is planned for Archbishop Gregory and future archbishops of Atlanta on the property given to the archdiocese by Joseph Mitchell. “The Archdiocese of Atlanta has been blessed with a generous gift through the kindness of Joe Mitchell,” Archbishop Gregory said. “This gift is a reservoir of the funds earned through the genius of Margaret Mitchell and her depiction of the harsh struggles of Southern life during and after the Civil War. The Mitchell family has a proud Catholic legacy, and this gift will allow that legacy and that pride to be shared with many others in the archdiocese.” The Catholic roots of the Mitchell family come through Margaret and Stephens’ mother, Maybelle Stephens Mitchell, whose father, John Stephens, was born in Ireland and whose mother, Annie Fitzgerald Stephens, descends from one of the earliest Catholic families in Georgia. In Finis Farr’s biography of Margaret Mitchell, Stephens Mitchell said their mother was educated in a convent school in Quebec and was so concerned with teaching and defending the Catholic faith she helped found the Catholic Laymen’s Association of Georgia, made up of prominent lay Catholics who wrote and spoke to explain Catholic beliefs and defend the church against anti-Catholicism.
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CHS ‘joyfully and reverently’ celebrates first Mass of the year on Holy Day
NEW IBERIA The Catholic High School of New Iberia family of students, parents and alumni celebrated the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This date served as the first all-school Mass of the 2012-13 school year. Hosted by the senior class of 2013 and celebrated by Fr. Buddy Breaux of St. Joseph Church in Loreauville, the Mass was also a commissioning ceremony for the senior students who will serve as campus ministers during the school year. “We begin this year with much enthusiasm and optimism. Today was a shining example of
the CHS spirit and tradition,” said Development Director Jerry Reynolds. The campus ministry program at Catholic High also has a new leader, yet one who is a familiar face around campus. Mrs. Erin Thomas, who enters her fourth year at CHS, has assumed the role. Previously, Mrs. Thomas taught in the middle and high schools and was an assistant volleyball coach. The campus minister role is one she feels is a great responsibility. She feels privileged that God wants her to serve CHS in this manner and hopes to build upon her several years of ministry experience. In addition to Mrs. Thomas’
new role at CHS, there are seven teachers who have returned or are new teachers at CHS. Three of the new faculty members are alumni. One of the aims of having such individuals in the classroom is to enhance the school’s tradition and to demonstrate to students the many ways in which alumni are giving back to their alma mater. After Mass, Principal Ray Simon gave a special congratulations and welcomed Mount Carmel Academy alumnae, who gave a presentation to the CHS
Scholarships awards in memory of Lt. Father Joseph Verbis Lafleur
OPELOUSAS The family of Lt. Father JosephVerbis Lafleur, a military chaplain who was killed in the line of duty in World War II, was pleased to award three $1,000 scholarships recently. The scholarships were given to Catholic schools students from Opelousas Catholic, Sacred Heart High School in Ville
BREAUX BRIDGE St. Bernard School celebrated the Feast Day of St. Bernard on Monday, August 20. The day began with Mass at St. Bernard Church for the entire faculty, staff and student body. Next, students gathered outdoors near the newly installed stained glass window (that faces Bridge Street) for a special blessing by Deacon Butch Hebert. The window was purchased with help from SBS students and families. Mrs. Nanette Burch, SBS employee, baked and sold chocolate chip cookies once a month for three years in order to raise enough money to purchase the stained glass window depicting the school’s patron saint.
Caroline Landry of Vermilion Catholic School, with Carroll Lafleur. Photo submitted by Carroll Lafluer
Platte, and Vermilion Catholic School in Abbeville. These were all schools with which Father Lafleur had a personal connection during his lifetime, and although this is the first time the scholarships have been awarded, the Lafleur family intends to continue this endeavor in the
Deacon Butch Hebert stands below St. Bernard School’s newly installed stained glass window as students and faculty gather to witness his blessing of their completed project. Photo submitted by St. Bernard School
From right, Louis Labruyere of Opelousas Catholic School, along with Father James Brady (Pastor, St. Landry Church), and OC principal Perry Fontenot. Photo submitted by Carroll Lafluer
future. Each student will have the $1,000 scholarship applied to his or her fall tuition for the 2012-2013 school year. The first ever recipients of the Lt. Father Joseph Verbis Lafleur Scholarship were Silas Matthew Brou of Sacred Heart School, Louis Labruyere of Opelousas Catholic, and Caroline Landry of Vermilion Catholic.
Students of Catholic High School in New Iberia came together to celebrated the first all-school Mass of the 2012-2013 academic year on the Feast of the Assumption. Photo submitted by Catholic High School
St. Bernard School celebrates the feast day of its patron
student body. Mr. Simon also recognized Mr. Roland Jeanlouis, a class of 1983 graduate and recently ordained deacon of the Lafayette Diocese. Mr. Jeanlouis and his wife Darlene have two children currently enrolled at CHS. As a gift to the students of CHS, five graduates of MCA from the 1970’s and 1980’s performed several numbers, including an upbeat and entertaining performance of Hail, Holy Queen based upon the movie, Sister Act.
Silas Matthew Brou of Sacred Heart School, with Carroll Lafleur. Photo submitted by Carroll Lafluer
“BE FIRE!” By Graham N. Smith
We just had a wonderful conference here for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. I’m still feeling “on fire” with the Holy Spirit! It’s great to rejoice in Jesus with hundreds of other folks who love Him and know they’re loved by Him, but like the mountaintop experience that Peter, James and John had (Matt. 17:1-13), it ended. Now we have to get back into daily life, but it shouldn’t be “same-old, same-old.” Fr. Peter Coughlin, one of our conference speakers, made it clear that walking with Jesus can never be “doing our own thing.” We have to know what God’s will “for the moment” is. To know that, we have to be hearing the Holy Spirit, and we can’t do that unless we “truly believe that God wants to communicate with us,” Fr. Coughlin said. So, gut check – do we really believe that God wants to talk to us, share a bit of wisdom, what He’d like us to do right now, and maybe what He’d like us to say
to the guy or gal next to us? He does, and we need to be listening. Fr. Coughlin warned that whatever guides us is our God, and that we’re commanded not to have any other “gods” before us. Are we listening for His voice, or for something else? I need to listen more and listen better. I had a personal reminder of that last month when I was sent out one evening for cold packs, the kind that you put in the freezer and they come out still flexible enough to use on someone’s aching head. You don’t find them just anywhere, so I drove off with the idea that I was going to spend a couple of hours going from drug store to drug store. I hadn’t gotten five minutes from home when suddenly the name of a large sporting goods store popped into my mind. I hadn’t thought of that place at all, but the name was persistent, so I thought, “this might be the Holy Spirit,” and I went there. Sure enough, I asked about those cold packs and they had them. I bought some and was back home with the cold packs inside a half hour for the person who needed them. It was a teachable moment for my 5 year old grandson Ethan, who was with me. I explained what had happened and how the name of that store had been given to me by the Holy Spirit.
The real teaching, though, was for me. It reminded me that God wants to speak to our hearts, guide us, and fellowship with us. The Holy Spirit is speaking to us a lot more often than we’re listening. Another reminder for me recently – I went to a funeral and ran into someone I hadn’t seen in quite awhile. When I greeted him, he promptly delivered a word that spoke straight to a situation in my life. My friend didn’t know anything about that but Jesus did, and through my friend He spoke clearly to me about it. Such words can be a “Hey! Wake up!” moment, or for consolation, or they can be life-changing. In the book “He’s Alive! Vol. II” compiled by Fr. Coughlin is the testimony of Fr. Denis Phaneuf, who wrote of the deep doubts he had about his vocation to the priesthood. At a Charismatic conference, a woman he didn’t know came up and said that the Lord wanted her to pray with him. Reluctantly, he agreed. She began to pray, and then spoke this
September 2012 Page 41 to him: “Before I laid the foundations of the world, I called you to be a priest. Why do you doubt me?” That woman knew nothing of Fr. Phaneuf’s struggle, but God knew every detail and used her to speak a strong word of consolation and direction to him. He knew from that word that Jesus is very much alive! Paul tells us that prophecy will lay bare the secrets of men’s hearts. (1 Cor. 14:24-25) We may risk being seen as a fool to share what the Lord has given us, and we’ll have to learn to listen hard for His voice and trust it. But if we do, we may some day share the one bit of encouragement that rekindles someone’s flagging faith, or we may even speak the word that convinces a doubting heart that Jesus is alive and cares very much about that person. So, who’s guiding us? Whose voice are we listening for?
Seminarians welcomed back
by Kathleen Toups LAFAYETTE New and returning seminarians studying for the priesthood for the Diocese of Lafayette were welcomed back at the annual social and supper, sponsored by the Serra Club of Lafayette. This year’s event was held at the Petroleum Club. Will Charbonnet, club president, extended a welcome and introduced Bishop Michael Jarrell of Lafayette for the invocation. In his prayer the bishop asked the Lord “to watch over us and bless our endeavors for the coming year.” After an enjoyable meal, Father Kevin Bordelon, vocation director and director of seminarians, was introduced. He spoke of the work of the Holy Spirit, guiding the work of vocations. “We invoke the Holy Spirit which works quietly and effectively. Sometimes we are un-
aware of it. And we are grateful for the assistance of the Serra Club.” He introduced Father Daniel Scheidt of the Diocese of Fort Wayne, Ind., who will be giving the retreat the semnarians will be making at Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat House in Grand Coteau. Father Bordelon said 10 new men have been accepted for formation to make a total of 37 seminarians in formation. During the retreat at Grand Coteau, three seminarians were advanced in study, receiving the candidacy for Holy Orders from Bishop Jarrell. This means they publicly express their intention to receive ordination as a deacon and later as a priest. Bishop Jarrell conferred the candidacy on Sam Fontana of St. Pius X Parish, Lafayette; Brother Brian Webre and Brother Nicholas DuPre of the Community of Jesus Crucified.
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Respect Life: faith opens ours eyes to human life in all its grandeur and beauty
by Stephanie R. Martin LAFAYETTE With October just around the corner, the Lafayette Diocese’s Office of the Pro-Life Apostolate and its volunteer parish coordinators are once again preparing for the celebration and recognition of Respect Life Month. Respect Life Month is promoted and supported by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities. Each year, the celebration is revived on Respect Life Sunday, which church parishes throughout the country recognize on the first Sunday in October; this year’s celebration will be on October 7. A special liturgy guide is currently available at www.usccb. org/about/pro-life-activities/respect-life-program to help parishes plan their local Masses accordingly. The liturgy guide is available in both English and Spanish versions. The liturgy guide is only one of several resources included in the USCCB’s annual pro-life packet, especially designed to help educate individuals on the Catholic Church’s pro-life stance. These packets also contain full-size posters to promote the annual theme, flyers, clipart, bulletin inserts, and pamphlets which feature articles on some of the most current prolife matters at hand. This year’s pamphlet topics are: Religious Liberty and the American Soul; Conscience Protection in Health-
care; Doctor-Assisted Death by Suicide; Marriage, the Sanctuary of Life; Pornography and Our Call to Love; Contraceptives and Women’s Well-Being; The Call to Greatness; and Responding to Unplanned Pregnancy. The following summaries were taken from the USCCB website, where all of the pamphlets may be downloaded in either English or Spanish Religious Liberty and the American Soul, written by Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia, addresses the defense and promotion of religious liberty in American law and culture as the foundation of all human rights. Conscience Protection in Healthcare, written by former HHS Asst. Secretary Joxel García, MD, with Terry M. Rauch II, describes the decades-long assault on the conscience rights of healthcare providers. Doctor-Assisted Death by Suicide, written by Professor William L. Toffler, MD explains how Oregon’s assisted suicide law has harmed patients, degraded the quality of care and compromised the integrity of the medical profession. Marriage, the Sanctuary of Life, written by Professor Helen Alvaré, Esq. contrasts the Catholic vision of marriage, where children are welcomed and spouses grow in selfless love, with the view prevailing today, that marriage exists for one’s personal happiness alone.
Four pieces of life-saving legislation now in effect
From Louisiana Right to Life As of midnight on August 1, 2012, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, the Hear the Hearbeat Bill, the Criminal Abortion Dismemberment Act, and the Additional Protections Against Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide took effect. The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act protects unborn children 20 weeks old (post-fertilization) and older based on the scientific evidence showing that the unborn child can feel pain at 20 weeks. The Hear the Heartbeat Act requires abortion facilities to make the unborn child’s heartbeat audible for the mother at least 24 hours prior to an abortion (unless she requests and signs an opt-out form). In addition, SB 708 improves the Ultrasound Before Abortion law by requiring abortion facilities to place the ultrasound screen in view of the woman so that she then has the choice whether to view the ultrasound images of the unborn child. The Criminal Abortion Dismemberment Act creates a specific crime for performing an abortion in the state of Louisiana if the abortionist is not licensed to practice medicine in Louisiana. The Additional Protections Against Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Act better protects the disabled and ill from euthanasia and assisted suicide.
Contraceptives and Women’s Well-Being, written by Susan E. Wills, JD, LLM offers evidence that the promised benefits of the sexual revolution, made possible by contraception, have more often failed women. Call to Greatness, written by Ashley Brashear, chronicles the response of young Catholics to the call of Bl. Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI to evangelize the culture in defense of life. Pornography and Our Call to Love, written by Daniel Spadaro, LPC, CSAT, explains the harmful impact of pornography use on mental health, behavior and relationships. Responding to Unplanned Pregnancy, written by Margaret
(Peggy) Hartshorn, PhD discusses the spiritual foundation of pregnancy care services as rooted in love. Church parishes and schools may use any of these articles free of charge, with attribution to the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities. The USCCB pro-life packets have already been distributed to local pro-life coordinators who attended the Office of the Pro-Life Apostolate’s annual Respect Life workshop in early September. Those who were unable to attend, however, still have time to visit the USCCB website in order to obtain materials for the 2012 celebration of Respect Life Sunday on October 7, and for distribution throughout the entire year.
Holy Ghost ladies attend convention
OPELOUSAS A delegation of ladies from the Holy Ghost Court #8 KPC Ladies Auxiliary in Opelousas recently attended the 97th annual National Knights of Peter Claver Convention in Dallas, Texas. The theme of the convention was “Remember the
Time” which blended in with the KPC Ladies Auxiliary mission of “Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity.” Holy Ghost Court #8 KPC Ladies Auxiliary is an active Catholic organization consisting of a total of 174 members. Delegates from the court who
Members of Holy Ghost Court #8 KPC Ladies Auxiliary who attended the 97th annual National Convention are pictured above. (Seated) Vice Grand Lady Regina Tatum, Lady Elizabeth Hayes (Junior Daughter Counselor) and Grand Lady Elinor NacosteEaglin. (Standing) Lady Mary Ann Broussard, Lady Barbara Washington, Lady Marie Lucille Dave, Lady Carolyn Thomas, Lady Mary Madeline Taylor (Financial Secretary), Lady Cynthia Singleton (Recording Secretary) and Lady Dorothy Lastrapes (Treasurer). Not pictured are Lady Shirley R. Payne, Lady Minnie Finks and Lady Cecilia Dauterive. Photo submitted by Lady Charlene R. James
served on the national committees were Grand Lady Elinor Nacoste-Eaglin (Election and Credential Committees), Lady Mary Madeline Taylor and Lady Cynthia Singleton (Save the Children Committee), and Lady Carolyn Thomas (Safety and Health Issues Committee). Additionally, Lady Carolyn Thomas and Lady Elizabeth Hayes sang with the St. Joseph Frances Choir at all Masses during the convention. Grand Lady Eaglin also received the prestigious Silver Medal of Merit, and Court #8 was given the Expansion Award for Induction of New Members.
For additional coverage of the 97th annual KPC/ KPC Ladies Auxiliary National Convention, please see page 31 of this edition.
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2012 retreats with Community of Jesus Crucified
ST. MARTINVILLE The Community of Jesus Crucified encourages everyone to mark their calendars for the following retreats, to be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Retreat Center in St. Martinville. Members of the Community of Jesus Crucified will 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. A Men of God retreat is also scheduled for November 30-December 2. This silent retreat, presented by Father Michael Champagne, CJC, will focus on helping men to 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.
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Catechetical Sunday to be celebrated on Sept. 16
LAFAYETTE On Sunday, September 16, Catholic church parishes throughout the United States will commission their catechists as part of the 2012 Catechetical Sunday celebration. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Catechists and Teachers as Agents of the New Evangelization.” “Before Catholics can go out and evangelize, they must be evangelized,” said Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay, Wisconsin, chairman of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). “We celebrate catechists because, since they instruct our people, they have a crucial role in the New Evangelization.” The New Evangelization, the effort to rekindle the faith in
Catholics, whether practicing or not, is a major focus of the Year of Faith, an effort announced by Pope Benedict XVI beginning on October 11 and running through November 24, 2013. In the Lafayette Diocese, the Offices of Christian Formation and Catholic Schools would like to offer their joint recognition to all those who have completed the following levels in the Catechist Certification process during the past year.
Level I: Quik Start Denise Broussard--St. Genevieve School, Lafayette Angela F. Lee--Sts. Leo-Seton Elementary, Lafayette Linda Robichaux--St. Cecilia Elementary, Broussard Monique S. Terracina--St. Cecilia Elementary, Broussard Jennifer Viator--Sts. Leo-Seton
Catechists and Teachers AGENTS OF THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
A Catechist’s Prayer
Father of all families, you have called me to serve the family in truth and love as a catechist. May I be faithful to this call, rooted in your Word, and open to the gifts of the Holy Spirit. May I use these gifts, especially the gifts of faith, hope, and love, to serve the family as a witness to you, who are love and life and the source and destiny of all families. Let your Spirit enlighten my mind and strengthen my heart so that I can be a path of Christ’s love to families, especially those in need, the homebound and aged, the disabled and disheartened. Through the intercession of Mary and Joseph, I pray for the Church, the Bride of Christ, whose mission to build a civilization of love passes through the family. Amen.
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Elementary, Lafayette Blaine Castille--St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Lafayette Carrie Deville--St. Joseph Church, Ville Platte Mia Deville--St. Joseph Church, Ville Platte Wanda Gallow--St. Joseph Church, Ville Platte Peggy Lalonde--St. Leo the Great Church, Leonville Audrey Thomas--St. Joseph Church, Ville Platte Regina Thomas--St. Joseph Church, Ville Platte Sherry Wyble--St. Leo the Great Church, Leonville Level II: Basic Catechist Shammie Derise--St. Pius Elementary, Lafayette Peggy C. Johnson--St. Genevieve School, Lafayette Kristina Lavergne--Rayne Catholic Elementary, Rayne Dawn Menard--Rayne Catholic Elementary, Rayne Valrie Odom--St. Cecilia Elementary, Broussard Jennifer Viator--Sts. Leo-Seton Elementary, Lafayette Blaine Castille--St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Lafayette
CATECHETICAL SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 16, 2012 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Copyright © 2012, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC. All rights reserved. Image © 2002 Bénédictines de Notre-Dame du Calvaire by Sr. Marie-Paul Farran, OSB. Used with permission from The Printery House. To order publication no. 7-312, visit usccbpublishing.org or call 800-235-8722.
Level III: Intermediate Catechist Carla Broussard--St. Pius Elementary, Lafayette Colleen K. Conque--CathedralCarmel Elementary, Lafayette Marie Therese Doucet--Sacred Heart School, Ville Platte Linda L. Horton--Catholic High School, New Iberia
Peggy C. Johnson--St. Genevieve School, Lafayette Kristina Lavergne--Rayne Catholic Elementary, Rayne Dawn Menard--Rayne Catholic Elementary, Rayne Valrie Odom--St. Cecilia Elementary, Broussard Mary T. Sonnier--Maltrait Memorial, Kaplan Blaine Castille--St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Lafayette Level IV: Catechist Kristina Lavergne--Rayne Catholic Elementary, Rayne Valrie Odom--St. Cecilia Elementary, Broussard Letty Reed--St. Edward Elementary, New Iberia Christy Savoie--St. Cecilia Elementary, Broussard Level V: Advanced Catechist Michelle Benson--St. Cecilia Elementary, Broussard Kim C. Frederick--St. Pius Elementary, Lafayette Kristina Lavergne--Rayne Catholic Elementary, Rayne Valrie Odom--St. Cecilia Elementary, Broussard Yvette Primeaux--St. Pius Elementary, Lafayette Level VI: Director of Religious Education Jessica Currier--St. Anne Church, Youngsville Carol Olivier-- St. Peter Church, Carencro
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