VOL. 21, NO.5 DECEMBER 2011
St. Catherine Church
Publisher Bishop Michael G. Duca Editor Jessica Rinaudo Regular Contributors Bishop Michael Duca Christine Rivers Kim Long Katie Sciba Fr. Rothell Price Roxie Tabor Rosalba Quiroz Mike Van Vranken Dianne Rachal John Mark Willcox
Featured Contributors Jerry Brill William Livigni Theresa Mormino Sr. Martinette Rivers
Fr. Pike Thomas Randy Tiller Linda Webster Cindy Wooden
Advent Reconciliation Services...........................................................................3 Bishop Michael Duca’s December 2011 Schedule.............................................3 Bishop’s Reflection by Most Reverend Michael G. Duca....................................4-5
Editorial Board Dianne Rachal Cathy Cobb Christine Rivers Rev. Charles Glorioso John Mark Willcox Kim Long Kelly Phelan Powell The Catholic Connection is a monthly publication funded by your Diocesan Service Appeal; mailed to every known Catholic household in the Diocese of Shreveport. Our Mission is to advance knowledge and understanding of our Catholic Faith among the faithful. We seek to foster the application of Christ’s teachings and our Church’s mission in our daily lives and to encourage our sense of Catholic identity within our family, parish, and diocesan faith community.
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Rejoice Always by Mike Van Vranken..................................................................6 Catholic Charities Celebrates One Year and Launches New Website by Theresa Mormino.....................................................................................6 Celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe by Jessica Rinaudo...................................... 7 Small Church Profile: St. Lawrence Church, Swartz by Linda Webster..............8 Second Collections in December by Fr. Rothell Price.........................................9 Year End Giving by John Mark Willcox................................................................10 Meet the Departments: Stewardship & Development and Communications......10 School News.......................................................................................................11 The Legacy of St. Catherine of Siena Church by Randy Tiller with Jerry Brill, William Livigni and Theresa Mormino..........12-15 This Little Light of Mine by Kim Long..................................................................... 16 Let This Christmas Ignite Eternal Joy by Sr. Martinette Rivers.............................. 16 Hispanic Corner by Rosalba Quiroz...................................................................... 17 Pope Names Archbishop Vigano New Nuncio to the U.S. by Cindy Wooden....18 News Briefs by Catholic News Service.................................................................. 19 Around the Diocese.............................................................................................20-21 The Passing of Deacon Bill Long by Fr. Pike Thomas............................................... 21 Upcoming Events ...............................................................................................22 December 2011 Calendar...................................................................................23 Hispanic Youth Went on Retreat by Rosalba Quiroz.............................................. 24 On the cover: St. Catherine of Siena Church is now host to Catholic Charities of Shreveport, St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry and Community Garden and the St. Catherine Community Center After School Program. Back row L to R: Martha Pasquier, St. Vincent de Paul; Jean Dresley, Executive Director of Catholic Charities; Theresa Mormino and Anita Crafts, Catholic Charities; William Livigni, Coordinator of St. Catherine Community Center; Tony Caldwell, St. Vincent de Paul; Melvia Taylor and Kechia Carter, St. Catherine Community Center. Front row left to right: St. Catherine Community Center students: Javara Williams, Hailey Ammons, Jhayla Norris, Quesean Nicholson, Kimareon Reed and Dennis Harris.
Bishop Michael Duca’s December Schedule DECEMBER 1 & 2 Region V Episcopal Support Day; Abbey Christian Life Center, St. Benedict, Louisiana DECEMBER 4 Annual Society of St. Vincent de Paul Mass; Cathedral of St. John Berchmans; 11:00 a.m.; followed by luncheon at the Catholic Center DECEMBER 6 Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops meeting, Baton Rouge; 10:00 a.m. DECEMBER 7 Louisiana Interchurch Conference Executive Committee meeting; Rectory of St. Alphonsus Church, Greenwell Springs, Louisiana; 11:00 a.m. DECEMBER 8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass; Cathedral of St. John Berchmans, Shreveport; 8:15 a.m. Bishop Desmond Assembly - 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Annual Christmas Dinner; 6:30 p.m. DECEMBER 11 Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass & Celebration; Christ the King Church, Bossier City; 11:00 p.m. DECEMBER 14 Catholic Charities of Shreveport Board of Directors meeting; Catholic Center; 12:00 p.m. Catholic Charities of Shreveport Membership Board meeting; followed by Holiday Meet & Greet Gathering; Catholic Center; 5:30 p.m. DECEMBER 16 Diocese of Shreveport Seminarians’ Christmas Party; Fairview House, Shreveport; 6:30 p.m. DECEMBER 25 Midnight Mass; Cathedral of St. John Berchmans, Shreveport; 12:00 a.m.
Advent Reconciliation Services
his season of Advent with its “Great Expectations” reminds us of the hopeful possibilities of Christmas. Let us also approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation this year in a way in which our attention to Christ and His World may be broader and deeper. If your parish is not listed on the schedule please call for date and time. • St. Pius X Church, Shreveport: Wednesday, November 30 at 6:30 p.m. • Mary, Queen of Peace Church, Bossier City: Wednesday, November 30 at 6:00 p.m. • St. Mary of the Pines Church, Shreveport: Monday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m. • Sacred Heart Church, Shreveport: Tuesday, December 6 at 6:00 p.m. • Christ the King Church, Bossier City: Saturday, December 10 at 10:00 a.m. • Holy Trinity Church, Shreveport: Monday, December 12 at 5:00 p.m.
• St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Shreveport: Tuesday, December 13 at 6:30 p.m. • Cathedral of St. John Berchmans, Shreveport: Wednesday, December 14 at 5:30 p.m. •Holy Family Chapel, Barksdale Air Force Base: Wednesday, December 14 at 5:30 p.m. • St. Jude Church, Bossier City: Friday, December 16 at 5:30 p.m. • St. Joseph Church, Shreveport: Tuesday, December 20 at 6:30 p.m.
La Reflexión del Obispo por Obispo Michael G. Duca
ace unas semanas, los primeros de noviembre, hubo una reunión organizada por la Catedral de San Juan Berchmans en uno de los salones del Centro de Convenciones de Shreveport. Al entrar me di cuenta que ya tenían las decoraciones de navidad en todo el edificio. Después de esa tarde acepté el hecho de que el día de Acción de Gracias no marca ya el comienzo de temporada navideña en el mercado. Probablemente ya no nos sorprende porque hemos venido viendo esto ya por un tiempo. La navidad del mercado se ha vuelto tan seglar que hay solo una conexión con el Nacimiento de Cristo tan pequeña que cuelga de un hilito y un hilito muy delgado. Las últimas conexiones con el significado espiritual de navidad se están desapareciendo ya que se ven más señales de Felices Festividades y menos señales de Feliz Navidad. Cuando vemos el ambiente tan seglar de la Navidad en el mercado con frecuencia nos enojamos y nos frustramos. Pero ¿Por Qué estar enojados? No es la responsabilidad de las tiendas o centros comerciales de mantener el corazón y el alma llenos del mensaje de la Navidad. No, ese es nuestro mensaje, nuestra festividad y NUESTRO MISTERIO de celebrar y proclamar. A menos que estemos dependiendo del centro comercial, las decoraciones de Navidad o una fiesta del vecindario para ponernos en espíritu Navideño (y tal vez estamos dependiendo más de lo que nos gustaría admitir) debemos relajarnos y ver las maravillas, el gozo y el misterio de la Navidad donde verdaderamente se encuentra, en el corazón del Evangelio, en nuestras oraciones litúrgicas personales y compartidas y en el corazón caritativo de la Iglesia. El Evangelio es la fuente de la historia del Nacimiento de Jesús y nos haría bien leerla de la Biblia durante la temporada de Adviento y Navidad. La Biblia también nos presenta una historia enraizada en una historia pasada que representa el tiempo que la
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humanidad esperó y se preparó para el Redentor. La Biblia también nos predice el futuro sufrimiento, muerte y resurrección de Jesús. En el Mundo de Dios estamos sumergidos en el misterio que debe ser visto y celebrado manteniendo la espera del pasado, el gozo del presente y la esperanza del futuro prometido. ¿Es una novedad que el mercado no comprenda? Nosotros, que somos el Cuerpo de Cristo, lo entendemos y sabemos que el verdadero significado de la Navidad es descubierto, no solo en nuestras lecturas de la historia en la Biblia, sino en nuestra oración personal y en nuestras celebraciones Litúrgicas de los domingos de Adviento y del día de la Navidad. En nuestra celebración Litúrgica se comparte la espera y el gozo del misterio del nacimiento de Cristo. En nuestra Misa somos inspirados a comprender el misterio del amor de Cristo por nosotros (la Eucaristía) y esto nos da un refrescante y más profundo significado que todas las decoraciones, que los regalos y que las celebraciones que tendremos esta temporada Navideña. Esta santa inspiración nos mantiene enfocados en el verdadero significado de la Navidad, y así somos liberados de la carga de una navidad seglar y no dependemos de un mundo seglar para obtener el espíritu Navideño. Mas bien, llevamos el espíritu Navideño al mundo; llevamos a Cristo, que es la Luz y Esperanza del Mundo. Continuamos haciendo presente una vez más el regalo de Cristo al mundo
mientras que nosotros, el Cuerpo de Cristo, llevamos Su amor al mundo en nuestras celebraciones Navideñas. Este evento se manifiesta más claramente en la caridad que mostramos hacia los demás, especialmente a los más necesitados. Los actos de bondad que se dan sin esperar nada a cambio, las donaciones a los pobres y los regalos de Corazón que damos a quienes amamos son las señales mas claras de que tenemos el verdadero gozo Navideño en nuestros corazones. Es el verdadero espíritu navideño porque los damos movidos por Dios así como Él nos dio a Su Hijo para nuestra redención. Si vemos hacia atrás en los mejores recuerdos de navidad, podremos descubrir que los momentos llenos de asombro fueron creados por y con alguien lleno de fe. Fue esa fe y el profundo deseo de hacer real el amor de Dios, revelado en el regalo de Su Hijo, la fuente de gozo en esos momentos. Con frecuencia cometemos el error de tratar de imitar el evento y olvidar la más profunda fuente de gozo. Los papás y amigos que crean un recuerdo feliz en la Navidad “lo entienden.” No se trata de encontrar el espíritu Navideño, se trata de ser gente de fe conociendo el significado de Navidad, descubierto en la Palabra de Dios, en nuestras oraciones y en nuestros actos de caridad, y sabiendo que tenemos el espíritu. El gozo verdadero de Navidad no está en encontrar el espíritu Navideño sino en ser la fuente de ese Espíritu para los demás.
Bishop’s Reflection by Bishop Michael G. Duca
few weeks ago, in the first weeks of November, there was a gathering sponsored by the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans at the Shreveport Convention Center. As I walked in I noticed they already had Christmas decorations displayed throughout the (CNS photo/Debbie Hill) building. After that evening I accepted the fact that Thanksgiving was no longer presents a story that is rooted in a past give us the Christmas spirit. Instead, we the boundary to the beginning of the history that chronicles the time humanity bring the Christmas spirit to the world; Christmas season in the stores. We waited and prepared for the Redeemer. we bring Christ, who is the Light and probably are not surprised because we The Bible also foretells the future suffering, Hope of the World. We continue to make have seen this coming for a long time. The death and resurrection of Jesus. In the present again the giving of Christ to the Christmas of the marketplace has now Word of God we are plunged into a world as we, the Body of Christ, bring become so secular that its connection mystery that must be seen and celebrated His love to the world in our Christmas with the birth of Christ is hanging by a holding together the waiting of the past, celebrations. hair, and a thin hair at that. The last direct the joy that is present and future hope that This is even more clearly manifested in connections with the spiritual meaning is promised. the charity we show to others especially of Christmas are disappearing as you see Is it any wonder that a department store to those in need. The freely given acts of more Happy Holiday signs and fewer doesn't get it? We, as the Body of Christ, kindness, the donations to the poor and Merry Christmas signs. do get it and we know the true meaning the thoughtful gifts we give to loved ones When we see this continual are the clearest signs that we have secularization of Christmas the true Christmas joy in our ... we know the true meaning of in the marketplace we often hearts. It is the true Christmas Christmas is discovered, not just in get angry and frustrated. spirit because we are moved to But why are we angry? It is our reading the story in the Bible, but give to others as God gave His not the responsibility of the Son to us for our redemption. also in our personal prayers and in our department stores or the If we look back on the best malls to be the keepers of the Liturgical celebrations of the Sundays memories of Christmas, we may primary heart and soul of the discover that these wonder-filled of Advent and on Christmas day. Christmas message. No, that is moments were created by and our message, our holiday and with someone filled with faith. It feast and OUR MYSTERY to was this faith and the underlying of Christmas is discovered, not just in our celebrate and proclaim. So unless we are desire to make real the love of God, reading the story in the Bible, but also in depending on the mall, the decorations our personal prayers and in our Liturgical revealed in the gift of His Son, that was of Christmas or a neighborhood party the source of joy in those moments. Our celebrations of the Sundays of Advent to put us into the Christmas spirit (and mistake is often to try and imitate the and on Christmas day. In our Liturgical maybe we are more than we would like to celebration the anticipation and joy of the event and forget the deeper source of admit) then we should relax and look for mystery of Christ’s birth is shared. In our joy. The parents or friends that created a the wonder, joy and mystery of Christmas shared Mass we are inspired from the heart joyful memory of Christmas “got it.” It is where it will be truly found, in the heart not about finding the Christmas spirit, it of the mystery of Christ’s love for us (the of the Gospel, in our personal and shared is about being people of faith who know Eucharist) and this gives us a refreshing Liturgical prayers and the charitable heart and deeper meaning to all the decorating, the meaning of Christmas, discovered in of the Church. the Word of God, in our prayers and acts gift giving and celebrating we will do this The Gospel is the source of the story of charity, and knowing that we have that Christmas season. This holy inspiration of the Birth of Jesus and we would do spirit. The real joy of Christmas is not keeps us focused on the real meaning well to actually read the story of Christ’s about finding the Christmas spirit but of Christmas, so we are freed from the birth from the Bible during these Advent about being the source of that Spirit for burden of a secular Christmas and we and Christmas seasons. But the Bible also do not depend on the secular world to others. 5 4
Rejoice Always by Mike Van Vranken, Greco Instructor
uring Advent we are reminded to be so filled with delight because Jesus has already come as our savior and will return again for that day when “...He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; for the former things have passed away.” (Rev 21:4) But Saint Paul gives us a little stronger advice when it comes to the act of rejoicing. We know Paul suffered many hardships throughout his teaching ministry. We know he was beaten and imprisoned, that he lived in hunger as well as abundance, that he endured shipwrecks and was ridiculed as a liar and false teacher. Yet, in his letter to the Philippians he urged them (and us) to “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4) Notice how often he said to rejoice? Always! Rejoicing is easy when life is going well, when no one is sick, when the bills are mostly paid, when work is fun and when friends and loved ones remind us how much they care. Those are times when joy is a natural part of our daily existence. Could Paul have been serious when he said to rejoice always? Consider this: there are many who believe that Paul was in prison when he wrote these words to the Philippians. And, many prisons in those days were the local cistern – the city sewer. Can you picture Paul standing ankle deep in such a jailhouse urging us to be glad in every situation? He does give us some tactical advice on just how to rejoice always. He says to rejoice “in the Lord.” Focusing on the things of God and His provision moves our hearts from the world to God. In doing this, as he told the Philippians, we can, with prayer and thanksgiving, make our requests known to God. He said if we do that, the peace Saint Paul is depicted in mosaic at of God will guard our hearts Notre Dame Church in Louviers, and our minds in Christ France. (CNS photo/Crosiers) Jesus. He explains it is a peace that we cannot even understand. The Hebrew definition of the root word for peace means: “to be made whole.” He then gives the instructions to find whatever is true, honorable, right, good, lovely and pure and focus and meditate only on those things. Doing this not only gives us cause to rejoice, it gives us the spiritual stimulation to rejoice. Coupled with prayer, he tells us we will then receive the peace of God that passes our understanding. Paul knew how difficult it is to find the muscle to look on the bright side when life is filled with real difficulties. It is why he shared with us that he “...can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” That includes rejoicing in the Lord at all times – even when we are temporarily standing in one of life’s nasty sewers.
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Catholic Charities Celebrates One Year and Launches New Website by Theresa Mormino, Catholic Charities of Shreveport
Shrereveport Chamber of Commerce deputies hold the ribbon as Sr. Patricia Cairns, Jean Dresley, Bishop Duca, Guiel Hausen, Theresa Mormino and Anita Crafts perpare to cut the ribbon in celebration of one year of operation for Catholic Charities of Shreveport.
If you were anywhere near the intersection of E. 71st Street and Henderson Street on October 12, you may have wondered if a celebrity was in town! In fact, there were lots of them in the person of our very own Bishop Michael Duca, as well as Sr. Patricia Cairns, Jean Dresley, Joe Kane, Waynette Ballengee, Dr. and Mrs. John Valiulis, Patty Harper and many other dedicated board members and friends of Catholic Charities of Shreveport who came out en masse to help us celebrate. After a few opening comments from a member of the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, whose diplomats helped conduct the festivities, and the bishop’s comments and the invocation, chamber members held the bright red ribbon in place as Bishop Duca wielded the enormous scissors and, with a quick snip, ushered the crowd through to Catholic Charities’ offices at St. Catherine of Siena Church. We were filled to the brim with well-wishers, receiving many congratulations from the varied crowd of local politicians, business leaders, dedicated parish members, board members and other leaders in the diocese and surrounding community. The convivial atmosphere carried into the conference room where guests were served delicious refreshments, including a beautiful cake bearing our logo. Chamber members commented that it was the most attended and well-conducted ribbon cutting ceremony they had seen in many years, giving us all a sense of pride that so many wanted to support us by coming out to share in the day. We see this as a fitting entry into our second year. One of our most important goals for Catholic Charities of Shreveport this year has been the development of a website so we are thrilled to announce that as of Monday, November 7th, it’s up and running! Please take a moment to visit us at www. CCShpt.org, peruse the information there and let us know your thoughts. Awareness is vital if we are to reach the world with our message and raise the funds necessary to go forward in our work and we know there’s just no better way than the World Wide Web. Another way to learn about Catholic Charities is our new Facebook page which has an easy to use link on our website as part of our efforts to connect in this hyper-social world where social media must be included in any organization’s networking efforts. Please especially note the “Donate Online” button and feel free to use it often!
Celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe | by Jessica Rinaudo, Editor
was recently talking with two of my Hispanic co-workers about celebrations that were a part of our lives growing up and the subject quickly turned to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Both women told some of their stories of the celebration of the Blessed Mother, explaining the feast day celebration and how important the day is for those in the Hispanic culture. As she explained how the feast and celebration usually worked –from prayers and novenas to flowers and a mariachi band – I listened intently and continued to ask questions. Then she stopped, looked at me and said, “I just can’t believe you don’t know anything about this!” It’s amazing how some celebrations are such a part of our lives or culture that we often don’t realize that others may not be familiar with them. Fortunately celebrations of Our Lady of Guadalupe are alive and well in the Diocese of Shreveport, due in large part to a devout Hispanic population. The story of Our Lady of Guadalupe is one many know by heart. In 1531 many people began to make their way to the New World, bringing with them Christianity to an unreceptive native population. One Aztec Indian who did convert was Juan Diego. Juan Diego was walking through Tepayac Hill in central Mexico one day when a beautiful woman appeared to him surrounded by light. She spoke to him and told him that she loved him and desired for him to know her. She told him she was the ever-virgin Mary, Mother of the true God. She told him she desired a church in that place so his people could experience her compassion. She then asked him to tell the local bishop what he had seen and heard. Juan Diego promptly responded, only to have the bishop dismiss him. Again he saw the lady and again he went to the bishop who asked for a sign. Juan Diego again returned to the Lady. She told him to go to the top of the hill and pick the flowers growing there. Despite the freezing weather, there the Castilian roses bloomed. He removed his tilma cape and filled it with the roses and brought them back to Mary. She arranged them and told him to go to the bishop with this sign. Diego once again returned to the bishop. He told the bishop of all that had
Celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at Christ the King Church in Bossier City, LA.
happened and opened his tilma, letting the roses fall out and there, on the tilma was the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The bishop and his advisors fell to their knees and then went with Diego to the spot where he had first seen Mary. There they built the requested church. Within six years of this event, six million Aztecs converted to Catholicism. To this day the Basilica in Mexico City where her image hangs is one of the most popular religious pilgrimage sites in the world. Today the Our Lady of Guadalupe feast day is celebrated on December 12. While millions of pilgrims travel on that day to the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City, even more celebrate in their own homes and churches. In the Diocese of Shreveport there are eight Our Lady of Guadalupe celebrations. The celebrations vary according to the customs of each town but generally novenas and anticipated festivities take place prior to December 12.The main celebration commences December 11 when pilgrims from surrounding areas all come to pay homage to the image of Our Lady. Many faithful bring their own images of the Virgin to join in the celebrations; others approach the altar on their knees and many others bring beautiful rose bouquets and candles as a sign of reverence which in turn add color and life to this feast. At some celebrations, a mariachi band will celebrate the evening before, or during the early hours of the feast day. Hispanic people who pay homage to Our Lady of Guadalupe in the United States say it reminds them of home and, many times, of the family they left behind. The Our Lady of Guadalupe feast is to them a way in which they feel united to their family through their Mother “La
Hermosa Morenita” (the Beautiful Darkskinned Lady). The Diocese of Shreveport provides many opportunities for all people to celebrate the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The event is open to all, not just Hispanics, though most of the celebration is usually conducted in Spanish. Take the opportunity this year to visit one of these celebrations in our area! Christ the King Church (Bossier City) December 11: Reception: 4:00 - 9:00 p.m.; Marian Hour 10:30 p.m.; Serenade with Mariachi 11:30 p.m. December 12: Mass 7:00 p.m. with reception after Mass. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church (Farmerville) December 10: Holy Rosary 6:00 p.m.; Mass 7:00 p.m. December 12: Mass 7:00 p.m. St. Joseph Church (Mansfield) December 4-12: Novena to the Virgin, 7:00 p.m. St. Paschal Church (West Monroe) December 11: Mass 11:00 p.m. with reception after Mass. St. Thomas Aquinas Church (Ruston) December 12: Procession 7:00 p.m.; Mass 7:30 p.m. Sacred Heart Church (Oak Grove) December 12: Mass 7:00 p.m. St. Mary of the Pines Church (Shreveport) December 11: Reception and children's dancing 8:00 p.m.; Procession with children 10:30 p.m.; Mass 11:00 p.m.; Serenade with Mariachi 12:00 a.m. St. Paul Church (Minden) December 12: Holy Rosary 6:00 p.m.; Mass 7:00 p.m. 7 6
SMALL CHURCH PROFILE: St. Lawrence Church, Swartz by Linda Webster, PhD During the 25th anniversary year of the Diocese of Shreveport we are profiling small churches around the diocese.
ose Chaplin made a promise to God over 30 years ago that she keeps to this day. “If you can give us a church,” she prayed, “then I will take care of it.” The promise came from her experience in cleaning the school band room each week where the congregation gathered for Mass during the 1970’s. “I would go in that band room on the weekends and it St. Lawrence Church in Swartz, Louisiana. would be a mess,” she said. “Instruments everywhere – it was awful. “ Lawrence on Easter Sunday just a year later. Every Wednesday morning, for decades since the church Members of St. Lawrence are very active in community was built, Rose has cleaned the sanctuary. In the early 1980s, outreach. The prayer shawl ministry is an excellent example as after the church was dedicated in 1981, she worked alone. But described by Margo Lee, a long time parishioner. the Altar Society pitches in now and there is often a group of “There are four of us who meet on Thursday nights to knit or 15-18 members each week who share the cleaning chores and crochet shawls of thick, soft yarn to be given to anyone who asks. celebrate Mass together. The finished shawls are blessed by Father, and are delivered with St. Lawrence sits on a lush, beautifully landscaped lot just off a prayer card and a medal. We’ve given them to people who are of Swartz School Road near the center of town in the Eastern sick or need some comfort, ” she said. “We raise money to buy Deanery. Swartz is a growing community of commuter homes yarn by making and selling ‘walking’ rosaries which have been and sub-divisions about 12 miles east of Monroe, and that popular at St. Lawrence. ” growth has swollen Mass attendance to nearly 300 each weekend, Parishioners are active with the local soup kitchen, which absolute capacity for the small church. feeds the 100 neediest people in the area on weekends when But the brick church, the church hall, and the barbeque house Meals on Wheels doesn’t deliver food. Cooking rotates among weren’t the first gathering place for Catholics in Swartz. several local congregations, so the St. Lawrence group cooks “Bishop Greco bought an old army barracks for us in the about every four to six weeks. 1940’s so that we could have Mass but it fell apart after a few “When the ministry started, there wasn’t any money for food, years. We didn’t have any money to build a church after that, so so Rose Chaplin said the original group collected aluminum cans we worshipped at St. Matthew in Monroe, then we helped build and sold medals to get the initial money,” added Lee. Our Lady of Fatima in the early 1950’s,” explained Chaplin. The church also distributes food baskets at Thanksgiving and Diocesan records indicate that Fr. Sam Polizzi and five men Easter through the same ministry, and they contribute home went to Alexandria in 1978 to petition Bishop Graves for a cooked food to the “$1.00 lunches” at the Catholic Center located church in the Swartz area. The petition was granted and a on the University of Louisiana Monroe campus on a rotating small group of Catholics began celebrating Mass together in basis. the Progressive Men’s Club in April with the pool table serving The grounds are beautifully landscaped and include a as the altar. When Resurrection Garden the congregation to the east of the outgrew the club, they sanctuary. Small moved to the Virginia memorial tablets Starsney home on with the names of Highway 139, very deceased parishioners close to the location and family members of the present church are nestled into thick structure. mulch and surrounded At groundbreaking by lush plantings in 1980, Fr. Anthony that are being tended Cumella turned the carefully even in the first shovel-full of drought. The stones dirt for a mission to are clustered in a group be named after Our of about 25 around Lady of Guadalupe. the outside edge of the However, Fr. Earl circular walk. Beaulieu dedicated The large church The Resurrection Garden outside of St. Lawrence Church. the mission to St.
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hall, that includes four classrooms and an apartment in addition to a full kitchen and seating for approximately 100 people, was dedicated in 1990. During the school year, religious instruction starts early, around 8:00 a.m., so children are done in time for 10:00 a.m. Mass. “We really need to expand,” said Norma Lee, another long-time parishioner. “We are at absolute capacity and the church was never really designed to hold this many people.” She pointed out the folding doors behind the altar, the hinges barely visible without a very close look. “We’d open those doors after Mass for religious instruction,” she explained. “This was before we had the hall. The sanctuary was designed more as a multi-purpose structure so we could do
St. Lawrence Altar
everything in one building.” With the expanding population in Swartz, neither Chaplin nor Lee could estimate the number of parishioners who call St. Lawrence their home parish. “There is someone new here every week,” said Lee. “Lots of new faces with the construction running up toward Sterlington. And we have a church full of babies with all of the young families moving into the area.” And everything starts early at St. Lawrence. “I’m usually the first one here,” laughed Chaplin. “I like to come in and get everything ready for Mass and for CCD. When we have a choir, we come early in the morning to practice and we learn enough to get through Mass.” When the doors close behind the last parishioner, Chaplin is there to lock up, then the cleaning begins again on Wednesday.
Second Collections for December | by Fr. Rothell Price, Vicar General
NATIONAL RETIREMENT FUND FOR RELIGIOUS Announcement Dates: Nov. 26th & 27th, & Dec. 3rd & 4th Collection Dates: Dec. 7th & 8th On behalf of more than 34,000 women and men religious past age 70, I offer you my deepest thanks for your efforts and generosity in supporting them in their senior years. The Spirit-inspired words of our Blessed Mother certainly come to mind as we think of these senior women and men of God who have said yes to the Lord and served His Church. “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For He has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.” The sum total of the years of their individual and combined dedication and service is amazing. We, the grateful Church and People of God, look upon and encounter these senior women and men religious with tremendous respect, wonder and fondness. Every sign of their advanced age is a cause for joy and a source of inspiration to us. The theme for the Retirement Fund for Religious this year is: “Share in the Care.” Please give to those who have given a lifetime. Our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI made the following remark in 2010 while visiting a senior-care facility. “Indeed, the provision of care for the elderly should not be considered so much an act of generosity as the repayment of a debt of gratitude.” Join me in honoring and thanking this army of thousands of senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests for their faithful service. Give generously in accord with the spirit of this Advent Season to the National Retirement Fund for Religious,
on December 7th & 8th. “Share in the Care.” DIOCESE OF SHREVEPORT INFIRM PRIESTS’ FUND Announcement Dates: December 11th & 12th, 18th & 19th Collection Dates: December 24th & 25th In like fashion I ask you to shower with love and support the infirmed priests of our diocese. “The Little Drummer Boy” is a treasured song, lesson and animated movie of the Christmas season. “I have no gift to bring, pa rum pa pump um. That’s fit to give a king, pa rum pa pump um;” expresses the reality that God’s gift of Divine Love Incarnate is greater than anything we can offer in return; BUT, the gift of our very self and the love of our heart is gift enough for God. In like fashion, there’s no gift fit for our infirmed priests except the inestimable gift of ourselves and our grateful hearts. May one of our gifts to the Lord Jesus on the occasion of our annual celebration of his birth be our loving support to his infirmed priests through the Diocese of Shreveport Infirm Priests’ Fund. This collection brings spiritual and material care to our infirmed priests. This special collection will be collected in your parish on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, December 24 and 25. Saint Luke tells us, that, “suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.’” May God’s favor and yours rest on our infirmed priests through this tangible sign that they are remembered and cared for. I invite your participation in the Diocese of Shreveport Infirm Priests’ Fund. 9 8
Year End Giving by John Mark Willcox, Director of Development
n these times of rapid change, the end of the year can be an excellent time to review your important financial matters, especially those dealing with your desire to make any charitable gift to the Church before December 31, 2011. With proposed changes in federal tax laws, giving to the Church this year may never save you more. One of the last tax savings opportunities completely within your personal control is your monetary gift provided to support the ministry of the Church. Naturally, the higher your tax bracket, the more your charitable Church gifts will save you. The amount you save depends on tax rates and the portion of your gifts you are allowed to deduct. Facilitating your financial incentives to give to the Church before year’s end can significantly reduce the amount of taxes you will owe next April. Gifts of Cash Most of the Church’s faithful give in this way by the form of cash, electronic transfers or personal checks. When you itemize your tax deductions, up to one half of your Adjusted Gross Income or AGI can be positively affected by gifts of this nature. Gifts of Appreciated Property Mutual funds, bonds, securities or individual stocks that have risen in value can result in tax savings. If you have owned these items for more than one year, they can be deducted from your income tax at full value. This also gives you the added advantage of avoiding capital gains tax due on a sale instead of a gift. Many investments have decreased in value during this year as 2011 comes to a close. Consider selling them and making a charitable gift of the cash you receive for them. This creates a loss you may be able to deduct from other income subject to taxation along with the amount of the cash donation. Remember, if you consider the amount of the charitable deduction alongside the deductable loss, this may total more than the current value to the investment. Remember that any tax deductions you choose not to use this year may be carried forward for up to five future tax years. Life Insurance Gifts You may own an insurance policy that has accumulated cash value but is no longer needed for its original purpose. You have the option of gifting the value of that policy to the Church and benefitting from welcome income tax savings. Estate Plans December is also an excellent month to review your immediate and long-range estate and financial plans. Retirement accounts, life insurance policies and wills are just some of the tools of estate planning that can leave a lasting legacy to the Church. These meaningful future gifts can also generate income while providing immediate tax savings. After your loved ones have been provided for, consider leaving a specific amount or a percentage, or the residue of your estate to the Church. Action Equals Benefits If you want to take advantage of the strategies listed above, December is the time to act. See your advisors and accountant to provide you with your specific needs and spend time right now to decide on how to make your year-end gifts work best for you and the Church you love. For more information on how your year-end or planned gift can help both you and the Church, contact the Diocesan Office of Stewardship at 800-256-1542.
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MEET THE DEPARTMENTS: Stewardship & Development and Communications During the 25th anniversary year of the Diocese of Shreveport we are profiling those who work in each department for the diocese. We hope this helps you get to know the people who work for you.
L to R: Jessica Rinaudo, Publications Editor; John Mark Willcox, Director of Stewardship and Communications; Blanca Vice, Appeal Clerk.
he Office of Stewardship and Development directs major fundraising efforts on behalf of the diocese, primarily accomplished through the Annual Diocesan Stewardship Appeal. The Office of Communications serves as the media contact for facilitating official news and press releases and is the lead agent in preparation and oversight of the monthly diocesan news magazine, the Catholic Connection. John Mark Willcox: I began my career with the diocese in 1988 and have served as the diocesan Director of Development and Public Relations for most of those 22 years. I spend much of my time raising funds for diocesan programs and ministries including our Annual Diocesan Stewardship Appeal. I also handle media relations and coordinate public relations for our diocese. I like to “make people feel good about giving to the Church,” and “dispel myths the media may have about Catholicism.” I enjoy meeting Catholics from throughout the diocese and am happy to claim to have friends in each of our places of worship. I am the father of four children and a veteran of broadcast television. Blanca Vice: I am a native of El Paso, TX. Spanish was my first language although I am equally fluent in English. After spending my first four years of diocesan employment working in Hispanic Ministries, I moved to the Development Office in 2010 to assume the duties of Clerk for our Annual Appeal. I love the Church and the people I work with and I really enjoy helping people and seeing the good our Annual Appeal accomplishes in our diocese. My husband Jeffery and I have three children and he serves in the United States Air Force. Jessica Rinaudo: I am the Publications Editor for the Diocese of Shreveport. My job includes editing and managing the Catholic Connection magazine, photographing diocesan events and putting together miscellaneous publications including the Diocesan Directory. I have been in the print publishing industry for six years. I am married to Mark and together we have one daughter. My favorite part of my job is working with people in the diocese to bring them news and information they want to know about. If you have questions about the Catholic Connection, including how to submit articles and deadlines, the diocesan directory, or help with submitting photos of your church event, please call me.
JESUS THE GOOD SHEPHERD SCHOOL’s annual fall fundraiser, “Boo at Belle Point,” was a huge success this year. This fundraiser would not have been possible without tireless volunteers, sponsors, our community and the parish. Jesus Good Shepherd students, faculty, and staff want to tell everyone “Thank You.”
Two Loyola College Prep Flyers have received awards for their combination of athletic and academic accomplishments. Seniors Joseph Woodley (football) and Allison VanHoof (volleyball) were each named to the Composite All-Academic All-State teams in their respective sports. The awards are for senior students with the highest grade point averages from all classifications. They will be recognized and honored during the State Championships in their sports.
St. Frederick High School is proud to announce that senior Joseph Edwards was elected to be a member of the Composite Academic All-State Cross Country Team. The Academic Composite Team is composed of those senior student athletes with the highest
5 grade point averages from all classes/ divisions in a sport. Joseph was honored during the LHSAA State Championship Cross Country meet in November at Northwestern State University.
Our Lady of Fatima School students, in grades Kindergarten - sixth, who had met their Accelerated Reading goals for the first nine weeks were recently awarded with snow cones. Fatima had 99% of their eligible students meet their AR goals. Pictured are the qualified 6th graders enjoying their snow cones and time away from the classroom.
Family, Faith, Fun! St. John Berchmans School’s eighth graders spent their class retreat at the Pines Camp in Big Sandy, TX, focusing on these three aspects of their lives. Last month’s retreat included preparation for Confirmation, team building activities, personal challenges and time for personal reflection. The students feel their class is truly their extended family. They recognize the talents and strengths each one brings to the group. The teens have come together as a more unified class. The eighth
graders are also working toward more prayerful relationships with God in order to ready themselves for the Sacrament of Confirmation in the spring.
St. Joseph School celebrated and honored its military veterans during its annual Veterans Day prayer service held on November 11. Active duty and retired military members from over 70 St. Joseph School families were honored at the ceremony. This year’s guest speaker was Lt. Colonel Scott J. Belanger, Commander of the 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron located at Al Udied Air Base in Qatar. Lt. Col. Belanger is the son of St. Joseph principal Susan Belanger. He and his wife, Carol, are alumni of St. Joseph School and parents of St. Joseph students Ashtyn (3rd grade) and Jarrett (pre K-4). Other participants in the ceremony included the Barksdale Air Force Base Color Guard and students, who recited poems and sang songs. The highlight of the entertainment was the third grade class singing the “Armed Forces Medley” while veterans stood up to be honored. Pictured: Lt. Col Scott Belanger, his wife, Carol, and Principal Susan Belanger. 11 10
St. Catherine of Siena Church by Randy Tiller, Director of Mission Effectiveness with Jerry Brill, William Livigni and Theresa Mormino
he legacy of St. Catherine of Siena Church is really about the “evangelization of charity” Bishop Michael Duca spoke of in his keynote address at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Diocese of Shreveport.With the many challenges we face, the scarcity of resources in many cases, and the opportunities afforded us as the people of God, the story of the legacy of St. Catherine of Siena Church is wonderful to tell, full of all the richness of our faith and the incarnation during these Advent and Christmas times. Each parish is erected to address the salvation of the souls in a particular neighborhood. Based on the dominant culture of the area, the parish takes on a certain and unique character. We talk of the parishes being incorporated and becoming a “juridical person”- a person much like you and I, except we are the eyes and ears, the hands and feet, the heart and mind of the parish. In time the parish begins to look more like us. As far back as 1925, Jesuit priests from St. John Berchmans parish worked to get a church built in the Cedar Grove community. It was served as a mission of St. John’s. St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church became a fully erected parish in 1938. In subsequent years a grade school was added and run by the Daughters of the Cross. Then Cedar Grove was a neighborhood of white and blue collar middle class families transferred into the area by the large industrial companies following the end of World War II.
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In the late 70’s and 80’s, parochial education was taking a very hard hit and St. Catherine School closed in 1984. The parish continued to be an active, enthusiastic parish with all the ministries and opportunities afforded a full parish experience. However families began to move out as industries moved or closed and children grew up and went away to school. For a brief time in the early 1990’s the sacramental life of the parish was being served by the priests of the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans again. The summer of 1993 saw the appointment of Fr. Bill Spencer, a Franciscan priest, as the Coordinator of Inner City Special Ministries. Fr. Spencer also served to provide the sacramental and liturgical needs of St. Catherine of Siena Church. Over the next several years, the parish centered its activities into establishing these special care ministries. The neighborhood had transitioned to an inner city neighborhood with very few businesses and very little industry. The parish grew as a community of outreach and a spirit of “loving and caring for their neighbor” centered around a ministry of charity and evangelization to the residents of Cedar Grove, regardless of religious affiliation. Their generosity of time, talent and treasure supported the corporal works of mercy that were offered. When the church and pastoral services were merged into the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans parish after several months of listening sessions and discussions
with the bishop and parishioners, it was also decided that resources would continue to be available for continuing the special ministries. Thus the character and personality of the parish, the legacy and the spirit of St. Catherine of Siena continues today. A lot has changed over the years at this campus but they continue their “evangelization of charity.” Today the newly established Catholic Charities of Shreveport, the St. Catherine Conference of St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, the Community Garden and the St. Catherine Community Center all operate out of the campus that was once St. Catherine of Siena Parish. In June of this year, the Diocese of Shreveport celebrated its 25th anniversary as a diocese. The theme of the anniversary year is “Christ Yesterday, Today and Forever.” Bishop Michael Duca, in his keynote address, spoke of an effort of love that we inherit as a real gift. He called it “a legacy found in the Catholic faith that has been handed on to us.” He recognized the wonderful Bill Livigni, Coordinator of the St. Catherine Community Center, leads works of charity throughout the whole diocese that are first graders in an art lesson during the after school program at the part of our Catholic faith, our Catholic legacy. center. Bishop Duca said, “Our faith demands that we die to Stop by the St. Catherine of Siena campus and see the self so that Christ may live more deeply within us. Often though, we have an unwillingness to break down structures wonderful works of charity that keep the history of a parish alive. Offer support in the form of volunteering to help and free ourselves to recapture our deepest strength which at the food pantry, the Community Center and Catholic is found in being disciples of Jesus Christ. The mission that Christ gives us is simple-it is profound and it is rich and it is Charities. Give a few hours to helping in the community garden. With your gifts of stewardship, this spirit can stay an unfathomable mystery but it is simple.” alive. The spirit and legacy of the faithful that came and Special ministries offered at the St. Catherine of Siena went at St. Catherine, the parish leadership, the pastors Campus are: and priests that served there, the nuns that taught in the school, the bishops and diocesan leaders, all formed the he St. Catherine Community Center is an unique character that allows them to be true disciples of outreach ministry that is dedicated to fostering Christ. The legacy of the St. Catherine of Siena community healthy family relationships, enhancing human lives on today as a testament to what can be done long dignity, encouraging more diligent civic responsibility after the parish has been merged into a fuller, more viable and promoting a sense of pride in the Cedar Grove community. community. St. Catherine Community Center offers this Bishop Duca went on to say, “Challenges are coming family-focused outreach to the residents of Cedar Grove because of our culture, because of stresses and challenges in order to promote the welfare of our community. St. that are coming upon the church. You cannot be Catholic Catherine Community Center offers educational, cultural, by accident in North Louisiana and Catholics really are and recreational after school activities designed to provide Christians…that are working together with Christ for the healthy and positive alternatives to drug and alcohol abuse, good of the world.”
The St. Catherine Community Center offers educational, cultural, and recreational after school activities designed to promote healthy and positive decisions.
low literacy skills, teen pregnancy, gang involvement, poverty, violence and truancy to at risk youth and their families. Parenting classes are also offered to the public as well as an anger management class. The anger management and parenting classes are offered free of charge. These programs are funded through grants and generous donations from agencies and people who are committed to uplifting the residents of the Cedar Grove area. The St. Catherine Community Center after school and summer programs are tuition programs supplemented through donations and grants from individual donors and foundations.
with utilities, rent and other necessities, serving cheerfully, listening, and helping them recover their dignity. Vincentians believe all are created in God’s image. During a home visit, spiritual and practical advice may be offered as well. Continued use of the he St. Catherine of Siena Conference of the Society of St. Catherine facilities St. Vincent de Paul is still active and business-as-usual, by the Conference has seeing the face of Christ in all they serve and increasing allowed Food Pantry the spirituality of individual Vincentians. operations to continue. Mike Baumann, St. Catherine Conference President, called With the majority of St. Catherine Community Garden. a meeting of the 19 volunteers the day after the announcement food purchased from the was made that the parish was merging with the Cathedral of St. Food Bank of Northwest John Berchmans and had but one concern, “What will happen Louisiana, almost 91 to the people who depend upon the food pantry to live from tons of food were distributed this past year. Open on Mondays month-to-month?” In a unanimous vote, it was agreed that and Fridays from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., the Food Pantry served the conference should remain 3,635 households, representing active as long as it continued 4,296 adults, 3,793 children, and to have donations to cover 928 seniors – a total of 9,017 The Community Garden at St. Catherine people. The estimated value was expenses and an adequate number of volunteers was is a supplement to the St. Vincent de Paul $218,000. Clothing is also made maintained. available at this location. Martha Food Pantry. The Garden, which produces Pasquier, volunteer coordinator The Conference, affiliated with the Cathedral but acting for the food pantry, says she and about 1,000 pounds of food each year serves the other volunteers feel their independently of the Cathedral conference, is chartered to work involves two of the corporal as a teaching tool and a way to bring the serve the Cedar Grove, Eden works of mercy – feeding the poor community together. Gardens and Mooretown areas and clothing the naked, and they of Shreveport. The Conference are nourished by helping others. is grateful for the bishop’s Carol Brill, who has trained support, allowing it to continue using St. Catherine’s facilities. several home visitation teams over the past decade says, The St. Catherine Conference’s annual report for the year “Visiting those in need is a blessing to us. We feel that we are ending September 30, 2011, has been completed. There were doing the work of Christ on Earth. When we are away from 853 calls for help received by the Conference. Visitation teams our visitation ministry for an extended time, for whatever of the Conference were able to make 170 home visits to help reason, we feel restless, like something is missing in our lives – that we are not doing what God has called us to do for Him.”
he Community Garden, also a part of the efforts of St Vincent de Paul, is in its third year of existence. The garden is a supplement to the food pantry and serves as a teaching tool. It also brings the community together by having neighbors become friends while working together. The core of almost 20 workers helps produce about 1,000 pounds of food each year. Left: Jean Elow, Martha Pasquier, Josephine Carmody, Curtis Wilson, Tony Caldwell, Beulah Franklin and Caralyn Brown work with St. Catherine's St. Vincent de Paul Conference to run a food pantry and provide clothing to those in need in the area.
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Dr. Joe Bianca said, “People agree it is a good concept. I feel as though it has made an impact in the community. We feel we are making progress in regard to our original goals and feel the progress will continue at a slow but steady pace.” The Conference wishes to thank all for their time, contributions, and prayers. If you wish to contact the St. Catherine Conference of St. Vincent de Paul, you may call the Cathedral Office at 318-221-5296 or by mail them at P.O. Box 5892, Shreveport, LA 71135.
Meet the New Coordinator of the St. Catherine Community Center
t. Catherine of Siena Church is now the headquarters of the recently established Catholic Charities of Shreveport. Bishop Duca’s concern for the lack of formal outreach for the poor in our area spurred the initial study that Sr. Pat Cairns, CSJ, was instrumental in implementing. Having spent many years working as Executive Director of two Catholic Charities, she, along with the bishop, had a vision that the diocese should include a Catholic Charities. Catholic Charities of Shreveport’s mission statement makes clear our intention to bring Christ’s message of love to the poor and vulnerable by providing quality social services to families and individuals without discrimination and in accordance with Catholic Social Teachings and professional standards. How fitting that with the sanctioning of Catholic Charities of Shreveport, the latest addition to the St. Catherine’s campus, those traditions are being carried on today. In its first year, Catholic Charities of Shreveport assisted more than 800 individuals in a variety of emergency circumstances. Families were able to keep their homes with rentassists, keep their power on through the sweltering summer and, because of the newly formed Immigration and Family Services program, were able to advocate for our newest neighbors and help them chart the waters of living in their newly adopted country. Plans for the immediate future include financial education, the formation of a volunteer corps to assist in every program, including case work which grows weekly, and disaster assistance and relief. We are involved in on-going training at all levels and for all employees in our efforts to better serve those who have the greatest need. At Catholic Charities of Shreveport our desire is to continue St. Catherine Church’s loving work and hope that it is apparent in our activities. We dare to dream of a future without poverty and its sisters, homelessness, hunger and illness. We carry the message of Bishop Duca to evangelize charity in the world and echoes of St. Catherine’s legacy. • Right: Catholic Charities staff: Theresa Mormino, Development, Jean Dresley, Executive Director and Anita Crafts, Administrative Assistant outside Catholic Charities headquarters. (Not pictured: Guiel Hausen, Family Support Practioner).
William J. Livigni
William J. Livigni became the Coordinator of St. Catherine Community Center in August of 2011. He is a native of Barbeton, Ohio and grew up as a United States Air Force Military dependent. He attended Louisiana State University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree. William earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Louisiana Tech University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). He is also a Licensed Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (LRC), a National Board Certified Counselor (NCC), and a lifetime Certified School Guidance Counselor, grades K-12. Mr. Livigni has provided training services to area nonprofit agencies as well as several church groups. Mr. Livigni also conducts groups for anger management, self-esteem, adolescents, vocational exploration, job readiness and effective parenting. He is a member of the American Counseling Association.
The Little Light of Mine
Let This Christmas Ignite Eternal Joy
by Kim Long, DRE, St. Mary of the Pines
by Sr. Martinette Rivers, ols
irst something happens; a girl says yes, a trip is planned, a child is born, an old man dies feeling fulfilled, a mother worries, a father dreams. Events that could have happened to anyone, but in fact, happened to Mary and Joseph and some people they knew. Two children are running, on the breezeway before our religious classes begin. I squat down like a short stop and say “Don’t run!” in my most authoritative and “school principal” like tones and the two boys slow down to a fast trot. Classes begin, and there is almost a humming noise as though I am hearing a well oiled machine work away; teachers sharing their faith, children sharing a crayon, and me breathing a sigh of satisfaction mingled with relief that everything is as it should be, at least in this moment, on this particular Wednesday. Then something happened…a child became ill; telephones rang, text message alerts sounded, tears were shed, doctors attempted careful assurance, novenas begun, a prayer quilt was requested, hope was clung to. Events that could have happened to anyone but this time it was someone we knew. In the weeks that followed we prayed for this child, one of our own, in our closing assemblies each Wednesday for two weeks. There would be a very different prayer on the following Wednesday. How to explain the death of a child to children? I wanted no part of that, hard enough to comprehend it myself and delicately, bowing to the chain of command, I handed this off to my pastor. He did an amazing job as did the grief counselors. As we gathered for closing assembly that night, each class had chosen a representative to come to the podium and offer a prayer for this child and while these prayers were being read in shaky, sad, but oh so trusting voices, their classmates turned on their battery operated tea lights so that by the time all the prayers were offered the room was awash with light and love. Something is always happening whether here and now or 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem. Things are always in motion, we are always in motion, and this is the nature of life. Our motion is cyclical - birth and death, Advent to Christ the King, here to there, up and then down. We are always moving towards God’s light and love. Not a stable, but in our case recently, a parish hall filled with children and adults struggling in the darkness of tragedy, not the Star of Bethlehem, but tea lights guiding us toward that beautiful light of Christ.
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t’s Christmas, the day God became man among us. What a remarkable moment that was for the world, thousands of years ago when Divinity arrived in their midst and in ours! The anniversary of Jesus’ birth speaks of God’s love for us, His Majesty among us, His coming just for you and me. In this season of Christmas remember Christ is among us. It is a time of joy which no one can take away from us. Watch the eyes of a child this Christmas as they ‘dance with utter contentment,’ their smile is not only on the lips, but in the eyes and in the heart. Could this joy become ours this year? Let your joy be the joy of Jesus as you celebrate and never let it fade away. If it’s authentic joy, it will overflow to others. Let it happen as you decorate your tree, put up the lights, make your Christmas cookies, and remember this is the time to celebrate and be glad, for “Christ is among us.” Christmas energy should be your driving force. Live exuberantly now, share your smiles and kind words and love everyone. Enthusiasm should be your special gift this year, not merely thoughts about yourself and what gift your children will give you. The Christmas joy in your heart does not lie in results, but in the effort you put forth to make it possible. Pretend you are a child again and let your eyes radiate the joy within your heart. Let the ‘delightful eternal child’ within you play again this year. Our Christmases could be so much more fun if the playing and creating we do brings back the happy memories of our childhood. When something gives us pleasure it is not a waste of time. Put more enthusaism into your day, a twinkle in your eye, a smile on your face. Sing during Christmas like an angel; send someone a Christmas flower. Enjoy what you have and be filled with the spirit of Christmas. Joy cannot be found in a stocking or bought in a gift shop, only you can put forth a Christmas energy filled with enthusiasm, love, peace and joy welling up inside of you this Christmas season. Let the light of God’s glory shine upon you. Jesus is your Christmas gift and he wants you to celebrate with wonder and joy, his birth in Bethlehem. Let it become a bit of paradise on earth as you become fully present to others this Christmas. Let your mind go back and relive all your happy moments, your best Christmas. It must have been filled with love. Let the Christmas music transport you into another place, the Christmas candy canes remind you of your Good Shepherd watching over you, the Christmas cake fill your eyes with delight and let that ‘delightful eternal child’ live on into the future. Buon Natale! A holy and happy Christmas season to each of you from Italy!
por Rosalba Quiroz
Bossier City: Christ the King Church 425 McCormick St. Bossier City Sábado 7:00 p.m. Domingo 3:00 p.m. Lunes 7:00 p.m. Confesiones 45 minutos antes de Misa Marilú Rodriguez Tel: 318-286-1492
El Año Litúrgico
l Año litúrgico es la separación de temporadas que la iglesia señala; comienza cuatro domingos antes del nacimiento de Jesús y termina con la celebración de Cristo Rey. La celebración de la Fiesta de Cristo Rey coincide con el fin de semana de Acción de Gracias que se celebra en Estados Unidos. Estas temporadas nos guían e invitan a reflexionar y a vivir todo el año en acorde a la vida de Cristo. Estos son los colores principales del Año Litúrgico: Morado significa luto y penitencia y se utiliza durante El Tiempo de Adviento (marca el comienzo del Año Litúrgico), Cuaresma y Semana Santa. El Adviento es tiempo de espera para el nacimiento de Dios en el mundo. La Semana Santa comienza el Domingo de Ramos y termina el Domingo de Resurrección. Verde significa esperanza y se utiliza en Tiempo Ordinario. Tenemos dos temporadas de Tiempo Ordinario durante el año: El Primero después Epifanía hasta inicio de Cuaresma; el Segundo después de Pentecostés hasta la fiesta de Cristo Rey. Durante el Tiempo Ordinario no se celebra el misterio de Cristo más bien profundizamos en los distintos momentos históricos de Su vida para adentrarnos en la historia de la Salvación. Blanco significa alegría y pureza y se utiliza en el Tiempo de Navidad y Pascua. Al terminar el Adviento, comienza el Tiempo de Navidad, desde la Navidad o Nacimiento, el 25 de diciembre cuando
viene Jesús al mundo y hasta La Epifanía el 6 de enero que es la manifestación pública de Dios a los hombres. El Tiempo de Pascua es tiempo de paz, alegría y esperanza y dura cincuenta días, desde el Domingo de Resurrección hasta Pentecostés. Rojo significa el fuego del Espíritu Santo y el martirio. Se utiliza en las fiestas de los santos mártires y en Pentecostés. Pentecostés, es la celebración de la venida del Espíritu Santo sobre los apóstoles cincuenta días después de su resurrección. Para reflexionar: ¿Amas a Dios? ¿Te consideras hombre /mujer de fe? Recuerda que no hay fe sin obras…. Demuestra tu fe y amor a Dios amando al prójimo. Nota: En la Revista de noviembre el artículo del obispo explicaba de los cambios hechos al Misal Romano en Inglés. Queremos aclarar que estos cambios no afectan a la Misa en Español. Los obispos de Latinoamérica todavía no reciben cambios a la traducción actual del Misal Romano en Español.
Calendario del Mes de Diciembre 6 Reunión de directores del Ministerio Hispano de Luisiana, Lafayette. 8 Inmaculada Concepción de la Santísima Virgen María (Fiesta de Guardar) 12 Celebración de Nuestra Sra. De Guadalupe (Ver horario de celebración en su comunidad) 16-24
Novenario y Posadas en preparación para la Navidad
25 Celebración del Nacimiento de Nuestro Señor 27 Primer Domingo de Adviento y Comienzo del Año Litúrgico. 1ª Semana de Enero: Los Obispos de Estados Unidos declaran esta la “Semana Nacional de Inmigración, este año con el tema “Acogiendo a Cristo en el Migrante” Unámonos en oración siempre pero sobretodo esta semana por una Reforma Migratoria justa.
Farmerville: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church 600 E. Water Street Farmerville Sábado 7:00 p.m. Rev. Al Jost Tel: 318-243-0115 Mansfield: St. Joseph Church 305 Jefferson Street Mansfield 2do Domingo 2:00 p.m. y 3er Martes 6:30 p.m. Juanita Ibarra Tel: 318-872-5390 Minden: St. Paul Church 410 Fincher Road Minden 2do y 4to Viernes 7:00 p.m. Margarita Bratton Tel: 318-377-9684 Oak Grove: Sacred Heart Church 201 Purvis St Oak Grove Domingo 5:00 p.m. Feliciano y Rosa Alviso Martinez Tel: 318-428-2137 Ruston: St. Thomas Aquinas Church 810 Carey Ave. Ruston 2do y 4to Domingo 2:30 p.m. Soledad Broyles Tel: 318-243-1958 Shreveport: St. Mary of the Pines Church 1050 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop Shreveport Domingo 1:00 p.m. Carmen Bradford Tel: 318-455-2300 West Monroe: St. Paschal Church 711 N 7th Street West Monroe Domingo 2:30 p.m. Lorena Chaparro Tel: 318-651-9136
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Pope Names Archbishop Vigano New Nuncio to the United States by Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service
ATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI named Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, 70, to be the new nuncio to the United States. In his most recent position, the Italian archbishop had served for two years as secretary-general of the commission governing Vatican City. He succeeds the late Archbishop Pietro Sambi in Washington. Just minutes after his assignment was announced Oct. 19, Archbishop Vigano told Catholic News Service he hoped to get to the United States in time for the U.S. bishops’ general assembly Nov. 14-16. The archbishop said being nuncio in the United States is an Italian Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the new apostolic nuncio to the “important, vast and delicate” task; he said he was grateful to United States, is pictured at his residence at the Vatican Oct. 20. He Pope Benedict for entrusting him with the mission and he felt succeeds the late Archbishop Pietro Sambi. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) called to renew his “trust in the Lord, who asks me to set out again” to a new country. A nuncio is a Vatican diplomat with the rank of ambassador. Being a nuncio, he said, is “a call to know this people, this He is responsible for diplomatic relations with the government, country and come to love them.” but also serves as the pope’s representative to the church in a “For me to take the place of someone who was so loved, so given country, which includes responsibility for coordinating committed, makes it an even greater challenge,” he said. the search for and vetting of candidates to become bishops. Archbishop Vigano said he knew a U.S. presidential election While at the commission governing Vatican City, Archbishop is coming up, but Vigano earned a reputation as a careful administrator, skilled before he can say at cutting costs and improving the efficiency of an office that anything “I need to oversees the care of Vatican buildings, as well as the Vatican hear from the bishops post office, police force and the Vatican Museums. and learn from Born in Varese, in Italy’s far north, he was ordained a priest them. The election in 1968 for the Diocese of Pavia. He entered the Vatican’s is important for the diplomatic service in 1973 and served at Vatican embassies country and for the in Iraq and in Great Britain before working in the Vatican whole world.” Secretariat of State in 1978-89. New York He was the Vatican’s permanent observer at the Council of Archbishop Europe in Strasbourg, France, from 1989 to 1992, when Pope Timothy M. Dolan, John Paul II named him an archbishop and nuncio to Nigeria. president of the Pope John Paul personally ordained him a bishop. U.S. Conference of Archbishop Vigano -- who speaks Italian, French, Spanish Catholic Bishops, sent and English -- was still serving as nuncio to Nigeria in 1997 a message of welcome when Pope John Paul visited the country. to the new nuncio Returning to the Vatican Secretariat of State in 1998, and said the bishops Archbishop Vigano coordinated the appointments of nuncios looked forward to and papal representatives around the world. meeting him at their In 1999, he led a five-man Vatican delegation to Iraq to try -New York Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, November assembly unsuccessfully, it turned out -- to make arrangements for Pope president of the U.S. Conference of in Baltimore. Catholic Bishops, welcomes Archbishop John Paul to visit. The pope had wanted to go to Ur, the city Carlo Maria Vigano, right, the new Archbishop Dolan thought to be the birthplace of Abraham, as part of a biblical apostolic nuncio to the United States, on said that, as the pope’s pilgrimage for the year 2000. At the time, Iraq was under an the opening day of the annual fall meeting representative in the economic embargo by the West and Ur was under a no-fly zone of the U.S. bishops' conference Nov. 14. U.S., Archbishop being enforced by U.S. and British military. (CNS photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec) Vigano would “serve In November 2010 the archbishop was called upon to as a continuing sign to us of that source of renewal and hope represent the Vatican at the general assembly of Interpol, the that Pope Benedict brought to our country” during his April international cooperative organization for police agencies. In 2008 visit. Archbishop Dolan said the new nuncio’s variety of his speech to the assembly, he highlighted the ongoing violence experiences would enable him “to see the intricacies involved in against Christians in Iraq, but also spoke more generally about representing the Holy Father in both the church and diplomatic the Vatican’s conviction that the promotion of human rights is worlds, especially now as they are lived out in America’s the best strategy for combating inequalities that lead to crime democratic society.” and terrorism.
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by Catholic News Service
Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl speaks Nov. 14 on the floor of the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. In a presentation Nov. 15 the cardinal said that a new ordinariate -- functionally similar to a diocese -- will be created Jan. 1 to bring Anglicans into the U.S. Catholic Church. (CNS photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec)
Highlights of 2011 USCCB Fall General Assembly
ALTIMORE (CNS) -- At the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ fall general assembly in Baltimore Nov. 14-16, the bishops: Heard a report by Bishop William E. Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., on threats to religious liberty, including efforts to legalize same-sex marriage; Established a Subcommittee on Health Care Issues under the Committee on Doctrine; Voted to add new optional memorials for Blessed John Paul II and Blessed Marianne Cope to the U.S. liturgical calendar; Were told about current moves to strengthen marriage, including well-received public service announcements with the theme of “a good marriage goes a long way”; Heard from two bishops who recently visited Iraq about the need to protect Iraqis and provide assistance after U.S. troops leave there; Learned that a new U.S. ordinariate to bring former Anglicans into the Catholic Church will be established Jan. 1; Chose Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle as secretary-elect and selected one committee chairman and five chairmen-elect.
Cardinal Says US Ordinariate for Former Anglicans to Be Created January 1
ALTIMORE (CNS) -- A new ordinariate - functionally similar to a diocese - will be created Jan. 1 to bring Anglicans into the U.S. Catholic Church, announced Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl during the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Nov. 15. Cardinal Wuerl also said 67 Anglican priests have submitted their dossiers seeking ordination in the Catholic Church, and 35 of those have received initial approval from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. That means they can move to the second stage of approval, which includes a criminal background check, psychological evaluation and recommendations from the Catholic bishop where he lives and from his Anglican ecclesiastical authority, he said. Cardinal Wuerl told reporters after the session with the bishops that Anglican parishes with a total of about 2,000 members have so far asked to become part of the Catholic Church through the process established in 2009 when Pope Benedict XVI issued an apostolic constitution, “Anglicanorum coetibus.” Cardinal Wuerl was named by the Vatican to head an ad hoc committee for the constitution’s implementation. The constitution authorizes the creation of an ordinariate to bring in Anglicans, or Episcopalians as they are known in the United States, who desire to join the Catholic Church but retain certain elements of the Anglican liturgy and traditions. The process was established to accommodate whole congregations who choose to join the Catholic Church together.
2012 Papal Trip to Mexico, Cuba Being Studied Seriously, Spokesman Says
(CNS photo/Stefano Rellandini, Reuters)
ATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Vatican officials are at an advanced stage in studying the possibility of a papal trip to Mexico and Cuba in the spring of 2012, the Vatican spokesman said. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the spokesman, told reporters Nov. 10 that the nuncios to Mexico and Cuba have been told to inform those governments that “the pope is studying a concrete plan to visit the two countries, responding to the invitations received” from them. Father Lombardi said a definite decision regarding a trip in the spring should be made within a few weeks. The fact that the nuncios were asked to inform the governments demonstrates the advanced nature of the planning, he said. The Mexican government and Mexican Catholics repeatedly have said they’d like Pope Benedict to visit “and he is happy to finally be able to respond,” the Jesuit said. The pope went to Brazil in 2007, but would like to visit a Spanish-speaking country in the region and Mexico is the largest of them. “Cuba is another country that really wants to see the pope,” he said, and a papal visit could offer great encouragement to the people and the country “in an important period of their history.” Father Lombardi said the timing would be related to the 400th anniversary of the discovery of the image of Our Lady of Charity of Cobre, the patroness of Cuba. “Just looking at a map, you see that Cuba and Mexico are in the same direction from Rome, so it’s logical to combine in a single trip these two countries, rather than others that would require a longer and more complex itinerary,” the spokesman said. 19 18
Around the Diocese
The Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady celebrated the 100 year anniversary of their order at a special Mass in Monroe at Anna Gray Noe Park on October 3. The Mass was celebrated by Bishop Michael Duca. The FMOL sisters serve across the state of Louisiana. In Monroe they serve at St. Francis Hospital.
The 40 Days for Life Program ended on Sunday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m. with a candlelight prayer service led by Chris Davis, a parishioner of the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans and 40 Days for Life Director, and with prayers by Pastor Matt Day, from Broadmoor Baptist Church, Shreveport.
On Sunday October 30, Bishop Michael Duca celebrated the 11:00 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans where he blessed the new Cathedral pipe organ as it was used for the first time in Liturgy. The new organ, built by Parkey Organ Builders of Atlanta, took nearly one year to construct and three months to install. Later that afternoon, the inaugural organ recital was played that commenced the newly established Cathedral Concert Series that will feature the new instrument for the both the people of the diocese and community.
On October 29, some of the Catholic youth organizations from the Diocese of Shreveport came together with their families and friends to celebrate the Louisiana Tech homecoming game against San Jose State on a beautiful day. St. Thomas Aquinas Church from Ruston and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church from Shreveport joined their cheers as Louisiana Tech defeated San Jose State 38 - 28. Thanks to everyone who made this event possible.
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Jesus the Good Shepherd Church in Monroe hosted their annual Poor Manâ€™s Supper benefitting the Society of St Vincent de Paul on September 21. Volunteers, priests and the bishop served a humble meal to those who attended to raise awareness of the poor, homeless and underserved. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul uses those funds raised to assist the poor in the local Monroe community.
The Passing of Deacon William “Bill” Long | by Fr. Pike Thomas
Fr. Francis Geremia, CS, national director of the Marian Movement of Priests, conducted a cenacle of prayer at St. Joseph Church in Shreveport on October 17. The event began with the recitation of the Rosary, followed by the celebration of Holy Mass. During his homily, he spoke about the importance of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the formation of prayer cenacles.
The young adults of the diocese joined together on October 13 at Country Tavern Barbeque in Shreveport for a Theology on Tap gathering. This was the kickoff of a four session series on the upcoming changes to the Liturgy, as well as the importance of the Liturgy to our Catholic faith. The speaker was Dianne Rachal, Director of Worship for the Diocese of Shreveport. Dianne’s topic was specifically geared toward the changes that would be experienced the first Sunday in Advent.
As part of the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Diocese of Shreveport, Fr. Michael S. Driscoll, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, spoke on “The Eucharist as the Embodiment of Love” at the Catholic Center on November 10. This Hesburgh Lecture was sponsored by the Diocese of Shreveport and the Notre Dame Club of Northern Louisiana.
Memorial Service for Deacon William R. (Bill) Long, 79, was held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church Thursday, March 31, 2011. Services were conducted by Rev. Pike Thomas. Deacon Long Deacon William "Bill" Long died in Ocala, FL, on March 10, 2011. He was born in New Jersey and was ordained one of the first Permanent Deacons of the Catholic Church in 1971, and served in Las Vegas, NV, and at Our Lady of Lourdes in Victoria, TX, before being called to North Louisiana in 1989. He served the Diocese of Shreveport as Pastoral Associate for the Catholic Communities of the Holy Spirit, Catholic Chaplain at Wade Correctional Center, Director of Community and Family Ministry, Chaplain at LSUHSC, and Deacon and Director of Social Ministry at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. He was an active member of Interfaith of North Louisiana and the Kairos Prison Ministry. He and his wife, Mitzi, retired to Dunnellon, FL, in 2004, where she still resides. Two sons, several grandchildren and a legion of friends survive him. (Obituary originally published March 29, 2011, in The Shreveport Times.) Personal words about Deacon Bill from Father Pike Thomas: As you may know, I worked with Bill for the better part of my priesthood: c. 1989- 1993 and again from 1995-2004. I loved him dearly. He was a true believer and doer of the Word. He had a rich sense of humor, which was also often “fractured” and some of those stories he loved I used in my homily in his Memorial Service, to the smiles (and groans) of the 150 or so assembled “mourners.” When I interviewed him in Victoria in 1989 for our Pastoral Associate position in my fivecommunity cluster in Northwest Louisiana (he was just back from the hospital after an operation), he gave me a quote, not original to him, but in perfect sync with my own deep convictions. It was this remark, which sold me on the prospect of the wonderful service he would provide this region for many years, “We make a big mistake in our church: we teach the children and play with the adults. It should be the other way around.” This principle remains one of those which guides my own vision of Church. Thanks always, Deacon Bill. 21 20
DECEMBER 4-6: ADVENT MISSION AT SACRED HEART OAK GROVE Sr. Marilyn Vassallo, CSJ, will lead an Advent Mission at Sacred Heart Church in Oak Grove. The mission will be at noon on December 4, and at 6:30 p.m. December 5-6. DECEMBER 10: MARY, QUEEN OF PEACE YOUTH CHRISTMAS VISIT TO WARE YOUTH CORRECTIONAL FACILITY Mary, Queen of Peace Church’s high school and middle school youth groups will visit Ware Children’s Correctional Facility in Coushatta, LA, for their annual Christmas visit. Fr. Joseph Ampatt will lead the group to the prison on Saturday, December 10. All groups should arrive at Mary, Queen of Peace Church at 8:30 a.m. for a prompt departure at 9:00 a.m. The group will return from Ware by noon. Each church is responsible for the transportation of attending youth. Please bring Christmas cakes, decks of cards, and / or pairs of socks to distribute to the imprisoned youth. Wrap your items so that the children will have some presents to “unwrap” for Christmas. Please contact the church office at Mary, Queen of Peace, 318-752-5971, or at email@example.com, no later than December 6 with an approximate number of youth and adults who will be in attendance. DECEMBER 12-14: ADVENT MISSION AT ST. JOSEPH CHURCH, SHREVEPORT Fr. Mike Joly will present an Advent mission December 12-14 called “Miracles: Faith or Fiction” twice daily. The morning mission will be at 9:00 a.m. at the Family Life Center and the evening session will be at 6:30 p.m. in the church. For more information, contact St. Joseph Church,
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318-865-3581. JANUARY 7: VOCATIONS DISCERNMENT RETREAT If you are a single man age 17-40, you’re invited to a one-day vocation discernment retreat on January 7, 2012. Ever wonder what seminary would be like? Interested in learning more about the priesthood? Come spend time praying about your vocation with men from around our diocese. Take the time to let God reveal His plan for you! Hear inspiring presentations from priests, meet with seminarians, and reflect on your own vocation. It’s a time to slow down and listen to God. No pressure— just prayer. For more information, or to register, contact the Vocations Office at 318219-7261, or e-mail Fr. David Richter at firstname.lastname@example.org. JANUARY 12 - MARCH 1, 2012: LIFE HAPPENS ALONG THE JOURNEY GRIEF GROUP St. Jude Church’s “Life Happens Along the Journey” is a free, non-denominational, community grief support group for adults and mature teens on Thursday evenings from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. The group meets at St. Jude Church in Kilpatrick Hall. Day care available. To register, call Laurie at 318-549-1082, or email lauriebelle55@ bellsouth.net. JANUARY 13-14: 30TH ANNUAL JOHANNES HOFINGER CATECHETICAL CONFERENCE The 30th annual Johannes Hofinger Catechetical Conference scheduled for January 13-14, 2012, has been relocated to the Pontchartrain Center at 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner, LA 70065. The conference is sponsored in partnership with the following (Arch) dioceses: Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Biloxi, Birmingham, Houma-Thibodaux, Jackson, Lafayette, Lake Charles, New Orleans, Mobile and Shreveport. The conference theme is, “Do This In Memory of Me” with goals of “Believe, Belong, Become.” There will be three major addresses and over 50 breakout sessions. The conference features an exhibit hall and will host several publisher showcases during the lunch breaks on Friday and Saturday. Fees for the 2012 Johannes Hofinger Conference: Friday and Saturday -
$95; Single day - $55 ($105/$60 after 12/9/2011) Discount rates are available for group registrations of five or more: $90/$50 and are available until 12/9/2011. Conference details and links to hotel reservation information is available on the website. www.HofingerConference.org JANUARY 14: 2012 DIOCESAN LITURGICAL CONFERENCE The annual Diocesan Liturgical Conference will focus on “The Eucharistic Prayer.” The conference will be led by Msgr. Michael Clay. The event will be Saturday, January 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Catholic Center. $20 registration includes lunch. To register or for more information, contact Dianne Rachal, 318868-4441, or email@example.com. FEBRUARY 4: PRO-LIFE BANQUET The Diocese of Shreveport’s Annual Pro-Life Banquet will be on Saturday, February 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Eastridge Country Club. Proceeds from the banquet will support the diocese’s pro-life activities in 2012. Fr. Shenan Boquet, President of Human Life International, the largest pro-life organization in the world, will be the keynote speaker. Father Boquet, originally from Louisiana’s HoumaThibodeaux diocese has given hundreds of talks at conferences on issues ranging from the dignity of the human person, the nature of marriage, to social justice and moral theology. Please email Roxie Tabor at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 318773-1027 to reserve your tickets for this important diocesan event. Tickets are $50 each or $90 per couple. FEBRUARY 12: APPEAL SUNDAY Bishop Duca has chosen the Masses of February 11-12, 2012 to launch our 2012 Annual Diocesan Stewardship Appeal Campaign. Please mark your calendars and begin to plan now how you can gift your time, talent and treasure to the good of our combined ministry to the people of this region. Appeal highlights for the coming year will be featured in the February issue of your Catholic Connection and don’t forget, additional Appeal donations received at the Catholic Center on or before December 31st can be attributed to your charitable contributions on your federal income tax form for 2011.
DECEMBER 2011 SUNDAY
Our Lady of Guadalupe stands out among decorations adorning the Christmas tree at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
3 Saint Francis Xavier, priest
Second Sunday of Advent Annual St. Vincent de Paul Mass, Cathedral of St. John Berchmans, 11am
11 Third Sunday of Advent
18 Fourth Sunday of Advent
Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops Meeting, Baton Rouge
Immaculate 2nd Collection: Conception of National Retirement Fund the Blessed Virgin Mary for Religious St. Ambrose, bishop Catholic Center St. Nicholas, bishop & doctor of the Closed
Deadline for January Catholic Connection St. Juan Diego
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Liturgical Council Meeting, 1pm St. Lucy, virgin & martyr
CHRISTMAS DAY Catholic Center 2nd Collection: Closes Until Infirm Priests Fund January 2
St. Peter Canisius, priest & doctor of the Church
27 St. John, apostle & evangelist
St. John of the Cross, priest & doctor of the Church
Christmas Holidays Begin for Catholic Schools
Vocations Board Meeting, Catholic Center, 12pm
The Holy Innocents, St. Thomas Becket, martyrs bishop & martyr
St. John of Kanty, priest
30 The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
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31 St. Sylvester I, pope
St. Stephen, first martyr
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Hispanic Youth Went on Retreat
he Hispanic Ministry Office coordinated their second annual youth Spanish weekend retreat, BĂşsqueda (Search) in Scottsville, TX in September. Thirty youth ranging from 14-17 years old from six parishes with Hispanic communities participated. Twenty more who lived this retreat last year helped during the event. The youth experienced the love of Christ and were empowered to go out and participate more actively in their communities and parishes.
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