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Volume XLI, No. 11 November 14, 2011

On the Inside

Saints at St. Joseph School

Msgr. Joseph Susi laid to rest at Maryhill Monsignor Joseph M. Susi, former 19-year chancellor of the Diocese of Alexandria and pastor of St. Rita Church for 27 years, passed away Oct. 21 at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. Read more about his life on page 3.

Are you ready? The new Missal changes go into effect Nov. 27 On Nov. 27, the first Sunday in Advent, the new English translation of the Roman Missal will go into effect. Are you ready? Go to pages 12 and 13 and review all of the changes in the "people's part" of the Mass, and become familiar with the new wording.

Sisters CC and V Lee celebrate 60 years as CDPs Sisters Virginia Lee and Cecile Clare Vanderlick recently celebrated their 60th anniversary as Sisters of Divine Providence with a special Mass and Open House in their home. See page 11.

ALL SAINTS DAY MASS. 5th and 6th graders from St. Joseph School in Plaucheville dressed as saints for the All Saints Day Mass on Nov. 1. Pictured are and Father Louis Sklar. See more pics on pg 16-17.

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Archbishop Vigano named new US apostolic nuncio By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN 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. The archbishop said being nuncio in the United States is an "important, vast and delicate" task; he said he was grateful to Pope Benedict for entrusting him with the mission and he felt called to renew his "trust in the Lord, who asks me to set out again" to a

new country. Being a nuncio, he said, is "a call to know this people, this country and come to love them." "For me to take the place of someone who was so loved, so committed, makes it an even greater challenge," he said. A nuncio is a Vatican diplomat with the rank of ambassador. He is responsible for diplomatic relations with the government, but also serves as the pope's representative to the church in a given country, which includes responsibility for coordinating the search for and vetting of candidates to become bishops. While at the commission governing Vatican City, Archbishop Vigano earned a reputation as a careful

administrator, skilled at cutting costs and improving the efficiency of an office that oversees the care of Vatican buildings, as well as the Vatican post office, police force and the Vatican Museums. Born in Varese, in Italy's far north, he was ordained a priest in 1968 for the Diocese of Pavia. He entered the Vatican's diplomatic service in 1973 and served at Vatican embassies in Iraq and in Great Britain before working in the Vatican Secretariat of State in 1978-89. He was the Vatican's permanent observer at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, from 1989 to 1992, when Pope John Paul II named him an archbishop and nuncio to Nigeria. Pope John Paul personally ordained him a bishop.

ARCHBISHOP VIGANO APPOINTED NEW APOSTOLIC NUNCIO TO UNITED STATES. Italian Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the new apostolic nuncio to the United States, is pictured at his residence at the Vatican Oct. 20. He succeeds the late Archbishop Pietro Sambi. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Mississippi voters reject initiative that life begins at conception Mississippi voters defeated a ballot initiative Nov. 8 that would have declared that life begins at conception, a proposal that supporters sought in the Bible Belt state as a way to prompt a legal challenge to abortion rights nationwide. The so-called "personhood" initiative was rejected by more than 55 percent of voters, falling far short of the threshold needed for it to be enacted. If it had passed, it was virtually assured of drawing legal challenges because it conflicts with the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that established a legal right to abortion. Supporters of the initiative wanted to provoke a lawsuit to

challenge the landmark ruling. The measure divided the medical and religious communities and caused some of the most ardent abortion opponents, including Republican Gov. Haley Barbour, to waver with their support. Opponents said the measure would have made birth control, such as the morning-after pill or the intrauterine device, illegal. More specifically, the ballot measure called for abortion to be prohibited "from the moment of fertilization" -- wording that opponents suggested would have deterred physicians from performing in vitro fertilization because they would fear criminal charges if an embryo doesn't

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survive. Supporters were trying to impose their religious beliefs on others by forcing women to carry unwanted pregnancies, including those caused by rape or incest, opponents said. Amy Brunson voted against the measure, in part because she has been raped. She also has friends and family that had children through in vitro fertilization and she was worried this would end that process. "The lines are so unclear on what may or may not happen. I think there are circumstances beyond everybody's control that can't be regulated through an amendment," said Brunson, a 36-year-old dog trainer.

Hubert Hoover, a cabinet maker and construction worker, voted for the amendment. "I figure you can't be half for something, so if you're against abortion you should be for this. You've either got to be wholly for something or wholly against it," said Hoover, 71, who lives in a Jackson suburb. Mississippi already has tough abortion regulations and only one clinic where the procedures are performed, making it a fitting venue for a national movement to get abortion bans into state constitutions. Keith Mason, co-founder of the group Personhood USA, which pushed the Mississippi ballot measure, has said a win

would send shockwaves around the country. The Colorado-based group is trying to put similar initiatives on 2012 ballots in Florida, Montana, Ohio and Oregon. Voters in Colorado rejected similar proposals in 2008 and 2010. "Some very strongly prolife people have raised questions about the ambiguity and about the actual consequences -- whether there are unforeseen, unintended consequences. And I'll have to say that I have heard those concerns and they give me some pause," Barbour said last week. Bishop Joseph Latino of the Diocese of Jackson, neither supported nor opposed the initiative.

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94-year-old former chancellor Msgr. Susi laid to rest By Jeannie Petrus CT editor "He was our friend, our mentor, our pastor and our chancellor; but most of all he was a priest -- a devoted man of Jesus Christ," said Father Scott Chemino, vicar general for the Diocese of Alexandria, at the Mass of Christian Burial held Oct. 26 for Msgr. Joseph M. Susi. Those words seemed to sum up the 94-year life of Joseph Susi, who passed away Oct. 21 at St. Frances Cabrini Hospital's Grace Home after a brief illness. Approximately 600 friends attended the 11 a.m. funeral Mass at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, including the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre, the Catholic Daughters, representatives from the Dominican Sisters of Nashville, and more than 70 priests from the Diocese of Alexandria and Shreveport. Concelebrating the Mass with Bishop Ronald Herzog (Alexandria), was Bishop Sam Jacobs (Houma-Thibodaux), and Bishop Michael Duca (Shreveport). “Monsignor Susi served

MSGR. JOSEPH M. SUSI -- FORMER CHANCELLOR, PASTOR, PRIEST -- PASSES AWAY. Msgr. Susi stands at the gates of the Maryhill Clergy Cemetery in this 2009 photo. At that time, his project was to expand and upgrade the clergy cemetery. Monsignor was buried Oct. 26 in the Maryhill Clergy Cemetery. this diocese in many areas," said Bishop Herzog. “His dedication to the priests, religious and laity modeled his priestly vows. He will be greatly missed and fondly

Msgr. Joseph Susi 1917-2011

Ordained: June 3, 1950 Papal Chamberlain: May 20, 1972 Monsignor: Nov. 29, 1978 CDA Chaplain: 1986-2011 Chancellor: 1991-2010 KC State Chaplain: 2004-2011

remembered by those of us who were blessed to know him.” In the homily, presented by Father Chemino, Msgr.'s love of the Mass was shared. "As a priest, nothing made him happier, than when he celebrated Mass," said Father Chemino. "Whether he was celebrating Mass at home, in a church, in the chapel at the chancery, or the chapel he established at Kingsley Place, bringing the Mass to others was his greatest joy." Bishop Jacobs recalled, "We also have fond memories of the way he tenderly scolded while shaking his finger at you," he continued, "or the on-going mischievous taunting between he and Msgr. Hoppe."

Throughout his long life, he always felt a strong purpose to catechize people in the Catholic faith. Toward the end of his life, he estimated that he gave instruction to and brought more than 500 people into the Church. Msgr. Earl Provenza, from the Diocese of Shreveport, said he was a young boy in the 9th grade contemplating going to minor seminary when he first met Msgr. Susi. "He was my mentor and my friend and I admired him in so many ways," he said. "When I was ordained, he handed me a piece of paper with a poem on it titled "A Priest" by Lacordaire. He challenged me to live by the words in the poem. As much as I tried, I soon realized that it was

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Msgr. Susi who modeled his life after the poem. Joseph Marius Susi was born on March 19, 1917 in Newark, Ohio, where he attended grade school and high school. He worked at a grocery store for two years before attending St. Joseph College in Rensselaer, Ind., and then two years later the Dominican House of Studies in River Forest, Ill. As a Dominican, Msgr. Susi received the name "Brother Thomas Aquinas." He spent five years with the Dominicans before coming to the Diocese of Alexandria. On June 3, 1950, he was ordained by Bishop Charles P. Greco. Later, he was Bishop Greco's traveling chaplain throughout the Bishop's extensive visitations from 1966-1987. In his over 60 years of priesthood, his assignments included parishes in Shreveport, Monroe, Mansfield, Simmesport and Alexandria. He was pastor of St. Rita Catholic Church, Alexandria for 27 years, where he built Dube Hall, the Msgr. Susi Gymnasium, and renovated the entire St. Rita plant. For 19 years he served as Chancellor of the Diocese of Alexandria. When he retired as chancellor last year at age 93, he was believed to be the oldest chancellor in the world. He was designated Chancellor Emeritus in 2010.

A Priest To live in the midst of the world without wishing its pleasures; To be a member of each family, yet belonging to none; To share all suffering; to penetrate all secrets; To heal all wounds; to go from men to God and offer Him their prayers; To return from God to men to bring pardon and hope; To have a heart of fire for Charity, and a heart of bronze for Chastity To teach and to pardon, console and bless always. My God, what a life; and it is yours, O priest of Jesus Christ. —Lacordaire

Page 4 As you know, the Church sets aside the month of November to especially remember those who have died. The first two days are the annual celebrations of All Saints and All Souls, formally known as the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed. I feel certain that you included prayers for Monsignor Joseph Susi who died recently after many years of faithful service to the diocese. We are also approaching the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, one of the very special family times. It also, obviously, is a time

November 14, 2011 of young adults at the NCYC gathering in Indianapolis following the conference meeting.

to set aside in gratitude to God. In spite of the financial concerns, we still are among the most fortunate people on earth. We need to keep our focus.

By the time you read this I will be in Baltimore for the semi-annual bishops’ meeting which tends to have a full agenda each year. 2011 is no exception. I will also finally get to spend a day with thousands

We are in the final count down for the new Church year and the first use of the English translation of the 3rd Edition of the Roman Missal. I hope you have taken advantage of the material that was made available to make this a smooth transition. It is a great way to enter into the time of Advent, experiencing a deeper richness in the language of our Liturgy. It may take us a few weeks to become familiar with the new texts, but the

pew cards given to all our church communities should help in this learning process. Thanks to all of our priests and music ministers who have worked so hard during the past year and a half. I pray that the Advent Season will bring you many joys and blessings and lead you to the great days of the Christmas Season!

Creed's word changes unites us in new liturgy This column is called “We Believe.” This has been the title for the last three years. It is intended to be a reflection of the first words of the Nicene Creed recited at Mass and the first part of the Catechism of the Catholic Church is structured around. However, with the New Roman Missal, one of the changes to the Nicene Creed is that it will begin with “I believe,” instead of “We believe.” So, why the change? Doesn’t it seem odd to change from the collective “we” to the individual “I”? In an age overrun by relativism and secularism, doesn’t “I” imply a subjective and individualistic notion of faith? These are fair observations, but

far from what is intended with this alteration. First, the “I” of the Nicene Creed is a literal translation of the Latin singular Credo, the first word of the Latin creed. Further, “I” represents a more traditional liturgical use of the term in line with the Byzantine East and is consistent with the older Apostles’ Creed. Most importantly, use of “I” reflects and corresponds to

the “I do” answer given in the baptismal profession of faith. It is baptism that initiates one into the Body of Christ and makes us one with each other. Second, following Vatican II and the movement toward celebrating the liturgy in the vernacular, it was only the English translation that changed the singular to the plural “we.” Therefore, a return to “I”

represents not only a return to a traditional liturgical norm, but brings the English in line with all other Catholics around the world. Now we will all recite the Nicene Creed, not only with one voice and one faith, but with the same intended meaning, in communion with one another the world over. Third, it should not be forgotten that the Creed is a recitation of the whole belief of a pilgrim people. Church history attests to not only the spirited arguments but, on occasion, that some gave their very lives in defense of getting even one word put in or removed from the Creed.

Thus, the history of the Creed itself attests to the truth that it is not a set of individual beliefs isolated in a particular time. Finally, St. Thomas Aquinas long ago weighed in on the issue and opined that “I” represents the Body of Christ, the community of believers. When these changes begin this Advent we do well to remember when reciting the Nicene Creed that “I” means not just me, or you, but all of us, a pilgrim church on a journey, praying with oneness of belief. In the meantime, I will speak to my editor about a new title.

How do you use the Advent season to prepare your soul for Christmas? In Dr. Seuss' book How the Grinch Stole Christmas, remember when the Grinch discovered at the very end: "Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. "Maybe Christmas...perhaps ...means a little bit more!" I loved that line when I was a kid, but now as an adult, it means even more. This year's Advent season gives us four full weeks to prepare for Christmas -- not four weeks to do Christmas shopping or decorate our homes -- but four full weeks to prepare ourselves spiritually for the coming of Christ. How do you use the Advent

season to prepare for Christmas? • The new English translation of the Mass will begin with the first Sunday in Advent (Nov. 27). The words will be slightly different, but do you know where all of what we say at Mass comes from? Use the Advent season to learn more about why we do things as Mass and how the Mass is rooted in Holy Scripture. • Rediscover your family. We all have busy lives, especially those families with children and teens. During this Advent season, try to do something spiritually together, as a family. Attend Mass together. Share a sit-down, home-cooked meal at home that starts out with a prayer. Pray

the Rosary together or at least a decade of the rosary a few times a week. Attend an Advent mission together at your parish. Talk about the mission in the car on the way home. • Go to confession. Check out the opportunities to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and make the time to be there -- put it on your list of things to do on Saturday/Sunday and do it. • Call someone you haven't talked to in while. An aunt who lives alone, an elderly neighbor, a friend struggling with an illness or a difficult situtation in life. A phone call means you care. Use this Advent to truly prepare your soul for Christmas.

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'Thankful box' reminds us of our blessings all year Adapted from a column by Chris Benguhe The Catholic Sun As we continue to face tough times in our nation and our world, let's help each other to remember all the blessings that God sends us every day through others who touch us with their selfless love. I know you have heard all that before. But it's easy to forget those kind pick-me-ups, such as the way someone smiled at the grocery store or how a family member went the extra mile to let us know how loved we are. It's important to remind ourseles of how special every single person we meet is and how much they make a difference. Remember, too, that we have the opportunity to give all that love back. Becoming thankful But how exactly do we remind ourselves of all that, long after we are done reading this column or when the Sunday church bells have long faded into the chaos and the catastrophes of the week?




That's where the thankful box project comes in. First, rummage around your house for an old shoe box, small cardboard box, or even a small plastic container. Have the kids sit down and decorate the box with Thanksgiving (or Christmas) drawings or pictures cut out from magazines. Write "Thankful Box" on the the box and cut out a slit somewhere on the top. Each day between now and Thanksgiving (or even Christmas), you and your family will write down one blessing you have to be grateful for on a piece of paper and put it in the box. Think of blessings that go beyond having the fanciest car on the block, or being the bestdressed person at work. Try to focus on things like how people came to help you last week when you were sick or remembering the people who celebrated with you on your birthday. Or maybe the way somebody picked you up the last time you were down. If you keep up with it, you should have at least 10 in there within 10 days.

10 Days of

Thanksgiving Nov. 15 - Nov. 24 Talk to your kids each day about the daily topic. Ask them to write on a piece of paper the answer to each topic and why. Put each piece of paper in a "thankful box." On Thanksgiving Day, have each child pick 2-3 pieces of paper from the box and have each child read their answers before (or after) the Thanksgiving dinner blessing. Day 1: My favorite animal Day 2:

My favorite flower or tree

Day 3: My favorite meal Day 4:

My greatest talent

Day 5:

My best friend

Day 6:

My favorite saint

Day 7:

My best day/holiday with my family

Day 8:

The person who made me laugh when I was sad

Day 9:

The person who took care of me when I was sick

Day 10: The person(s) who love me

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Meet Deacon Candidate

Meet Deacon Candidate

Kip Pelto

Ted Moulard

Home Parish: St. Frances Cabrini Church, Alexandria

Home Parish: OL of Lourdes, Fifth Ward & St. Mary’s Assumption, Cottonport

Occupation: Senior Accountant, CLECO Corp.

Occupation: VP, Merrick Construction, LLC

Marital Status: Married 41 years to Carolyn Brown Pelto

Marital Status: Married 14 years to Gail Moulard

Military: Naval Air Reserve Parish Involvement: Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Marriage Encounter, Knights of Columbus #13505, Youth Group, Order Carmelite Discalced Secular, NFP Couple to Couple League, and Cursillo Movement. Why I became a Deacon: I want to better serve people by prayer, to continue studying our Catholic faith, and grow into a more official capacity in serving the needs of God’s people. Ministry Interests: Manna House, nursing home and prison ministries, Catholic Charities Ministries, and Habitat for Humanity Most Inspiring Part of the Program: The course on Sacramental Theology with instructor Robert Rivers. His teaching methods, class demeanor and down-to-earth relationships with all the candidates by far was the best ever, in my opinion.

Education: BS from LSU

Clifford (Kip) Pelto Influences In Faith Journey: My brother was in the diaconate program in San Angelo, TX. When I attended his ordination, I was moved to tears by the words of the Bishop. He said, “Believe what you read, teach what you believe, practice what you preach.” I was stirred up again in my heart when I read in the Aug. 14, 2006 issue of the Church Today that Bishop Herzog was establishing the diaconate program. Thank You: I wish to thank my wife, Carolyn; my friend for life and companion in this life's journey. .

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Parish Involvement: Lector, Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus Council 1199, catechist , retreatant at Mansresa Retreat Center, member of parish council, member of St. Cecilia Choral. Why I Became a Deacon: The Baltimore Catechism calls us “to know, love and serve God” in this world. We need more workers in the vineyard and I pray that I have the ability to serve others and help promote the Kingdom of God. Influences in Faith Journey: In the late 1980s I attempted to begin my journey to the diaconate via the Loyola Institute of Ministry but resigned for family reasons. In 2007, when Bishop Herzog started the diaconate formation program through St. Meinrad Seminary, I was interested and Fr. Anthony Dharmaraj encouraged me to pursue the study.

Ted Moulard Ministry Interests: The annulment process, working with the homebound, and those in nursing homes and hospitals. Best Part of the Program: The fellowship and friendship among the candidates that we all shared. The subjects – Homiletics, Philosophy, Canon Law and Church History – were most interesting. Inspiring was the encouragement, support and prayers from friends and parishioners. Thank You: Fr. Louis Gagnard for teaching me the beauty and respect for the liturgy; Fr. Ronald Hoppe for guiding me through difficult times in my early life; and Fr. LD, Clepper, for showing me the true meaning of humility.

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ST. MARTIN OF TOURS CATHOLIC CHURCH, BELLEDEAU members pose for pictures to commemorate the conclusion of the four-month program of visiting and blessing every parish family.

Pastor visits, blesses all 84 families in his parish Not only was it the fact that the parishioners wanted it and the pastor was willing to do it, but that it was actually fulfilled was

even bigger news. Visiting and blessing every family in the parish annually. That was one of the proposals

made by the parish Pastoral Planning committee at St. Martin of Tours Church in Belledeau that met for a period of three years to determine the needs and desires of the parish. From May 30 - Sept. 27, Father Silverino Kwebuza, AJ, pastor, visited and blessed all 84 families in the parish, in an effort to fulfill and implement the

proposal in the Pastoral Plan. But before beginning the four-month adventure, even Father Silverino had no idea how interesting and spiritually enriching the spiritual program would be. "The program provided a unique opportunity to be with every member of the church -- in their own houses, where prayers

are offered and stories told," said Father Silverino. "When a pastor embarks on such a program, he get to learn more of the life-style of the people he shepherds. It becomes an opportune moment to share the parishioners' joys, challenges and trials and also to learn more of their views and opinions about the church -- what they like and what they don't like. "I wholeheartedly wish to thank my parishioners for welcoming me into their homes and for the open and generous sharing they were able to offer. "I do recommend this pastoral plan to other pastors whenever they are able to do it. It is very demanding, but worthwhile doing. Where there is a will, there is always a way."

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Father Robert Barron's new 10-part DVD Series

Catholicism EWTN Catholicism Schedule Date, Time, and Episode of Catholicism Series

Nov. 16 7 p.m. 8 p.m. 9 p.m. 10 p.m.

Fr. Robert Barron on EWTN live #9 The Fire of His Love: Prayer and Life of the Spirit #2 Happy are We: The Teachings of Jesus #3 A Body Both Suffering and Glorious: The Mystical Union of Christ and the Church

Nov. 17 10 p.m. #7 Word Made Flesh, True Bread of Heaven: The Mystery of the Liturgy and the Eucharist Nov. 18 9 p.m. #8 A Vast Company of Witnesses: The Communion of Saints 10 p.m. #10 World Without End: The Last Things Nov. 19 12 noon #2 Happy are We: The Teachings of Jesus 1 p.m. #6 A Body Both Suffering and Glorious: The Mystical Union of Christ and the Church 3 p.m. #7 Word Made Flesh, True Bread of Heaven: The Mystery of the Liturgy and the Eucharist 4 p.m. #8 The Vast Company of Witnesses: The Communion of Saints 5 p.m. #10 World Without End: The Last Things 9 p.m. #2 Happy are We: The Teachings of Jesus 10 p.m. #6 A Body Both Suffering and Glorious: The Mystical Union of Christ and the Church Dec. 3 3 p.m. #9 The Fire of His Love: Prayer and Life of the Spirit Dec. 10 5 p.m. #7 Word Made Flesh, True Bread of Heaven: The Mystery of the Liturgy and the Eucharist Dec. 11 10 p.m. #8 The Vast Company of Witnesses: The Communion of Saints Dec. 17 9 p.m. #10 World Without End: The Last Things ** The Diocese of Alexandria will also show the entire series Jan. 12-March 15 at the St. Joseph Catholic Center in Alexandria. One 1-hour DVD will be shown each week for 10 weeks every Thursday at 5:15 p.m. The DVD series will be free and open to the public.

2 diocesan priests host new Radio Maria programs Two priests from the Diocese of Alexandria are the hosts of two newly created programs on Radio Maria. They are: • Fr. Ryan Humphries is hosting a six-week series on the new English translation of the Roman Missal, on Sundays at 2:30 p.m.; Tuesdays at 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 8 p.m.; and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m.

The series, which started Oct. 26, is halfway completed airing. It focuses on what the new changes are and what they mean in the context of the Mass. • Fr. Chad Partain will host a regular weekly radio program titled "St. Philomena's Hour" every Friday at 5 p.m. beginning Nov. 18. Father Partain was recently

named the director of the St. Philmena Youth for Purity Program and the Congregation of the Children of Mary. He is also a member of the international Family of St. Philomena which includes the Archconfraternity of St. Philomena, the Universal Living Rosary Association, and the Congregation of the Children of Mary, an international youth organization.

Catholic Classics Advent Series The Office of Religious Formation and Training will present an Advent series made up of presentations on the faith by captivating Catholic priests. The schedule includes: Avoyelles Deanery: St. Paul the Apostle Church, Mansura, 6 p.m. by Fr. Chad Partain Advent Reflection Series • Nov. 30 • Dec. 14 / Dec. 21 Eastern Deanery: St. Edward Church, Tallulah, 6 p.m. by Fr. Ferreolus D’Cruz and guest priests Advent Reflections Dec. 7 - Fr. Ferreolus D'Cruz Dec. 14 - Fr. Peter Kuligowski Dec. 21 - Fr. Mark Watson Natchitoches Deanery: Nativity of the BVM, Campti, 9:30 a.m. by Fr. Ryan Humphries The Meaning of the Mass • Nov. 8 / Nov. 15 • Nov. 22

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ST. JOSEPH HALL RE-DEDICATION. Father Rusty Rabalais, pastor, blesses the newly renovated church hall at St. Joseph Church in Marksville Oct. 4 along with Father Abraham Varghese, parochial vicar; Father Jose Pallipurath, of St. Genevieve Church; and Father Irion St. Romain, Immaculate Conception Church in Natchitoches, and Deacon William Daigrepont. The entire renovation project was made possible by the maintenance staff and parish volunteers doing all of the work themselves. Renovations included painting and repairing the walls and ceiling, installing new floors and counter tops, putting in a new oven and ice machine, and repairing and painting exterior woodwork.

NEW MEMBERS JOIN ST. ANTHONY’S CHRISTIAN MOTHER’S SOCIETY. St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church for Altar Rosary Christian Mother’s Society welcomed nine new members Oct. 9. From bottom left are Bridget Hicks, Bonita Blake, Karen Bernstine, Catherine Elie, Sarah Rachal, Melissa Latchie, and Mary Ann Wigley. Top right is Sharon Flanagan, treasurer; Father O’Brien; Pastor; Carolyn Dupree; president; Daphne Bonnette and Bridget Metoyer.

ST. MARTIN OF TOURS, BELLEDEAU ROSARY RALLY. The parishioners of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Belledeau with their pastor, Father Silverino Kwebuza, AJ, held a public rosary rally at the Church on Saturday, Oct. 15 at noon. The prayers were concluded with a solemn Adoration and Benediction. Some of those in attendance were the parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes, Fifth Ward.


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Menard alumni build 'archway' to football field By Joan Lanius Class of 1960 The 1960 graduation classes of Providence Central High and Menard Memorial High Schools dedicated a new archway to Holy Savior Menard High School Oct. 21 before the Homecoming game. The new archway is at the entrance of the walkway to the football field and adjacent to the Menard Alumni Center. The archway project started last year in May when the Class of 1960 gathered for its 50-year reunion. Funds left over from the reunion were the catalyst for a

discussion on what class members could leave behind to honor their schools. Providence and Menard Memorial closed in 1967, but many Alexandrians have fond memories of the two schools, which are now consolidated into Holy Savior Menard Memorial High School on Coliseum Blvd. The archway consists of two brick columns joined by a metal arch which reads Menard Eagles. Each column features a bronze plaque --one for Menard Memorial and one for Providence Central -- with pictures of the two schools and a short history

ARCHWAY TO MENARD FOOTBALL FIELD. Kenny Ardoin, from the Menard Class of 1960, introduces the other class members who contributed to the new archway leading to the Holy Savior Menard football field. Two brick columns, each with a plaque of the history of Menard Memorial and Providence Central High School, support a cast-iron arch with the words, Menard Eagles. (Photo by Natasha Shipp, Provine Studios) of each. Todd Urbina and Scott Barksdale volunteered many hours of work and some of the materials used in the construction of the archway. "We'd like to thank the Class of 1960 for their contribution of this archway to Holy Savior Menard," said Joel Desselle, principal. "Not only is it an impressive structure, but it also serves as a historical reminder of the consolidation of these two schools into one." Father Blake Deshautelle, Menard chaplain, was also on hand to bless and formally dedicate the archway. After the TEAM ENTRANCE. The Menard football team follows members of the Class of 1960 as the first to go through the archway after it was dedicated Oct. 21, 2011. (Photo by Natasha Shipp, Provine Studios)

dedication, Kenny Ardoin, from the class of 1960, introduced members of the class who were present and contributed to the project. The names of all of the deceased members of the class were also read.

Class members gathered memorabilia from their teen years to put into a time capsule that was buried near the archway. Hopefully, the class of 2010 will dig it up in 2020 and enjoy reliving teenage life of 1960.

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Srs. CC and V. Lee celebrate 60th anniversary By Sr. Cecile Clare Vanderlick Sisters Virginia Lee and Cecile Clare Vanderlick, CDP, celebrated their 60th anniversary as Sisters of Divine Providence Oct. 23 with a large group of family members and friends in their home on Bayou Rapides Rd. Father Dan O'Connor, pastor of Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church, celebrated Mass during which the Sisters renewed their vows of poverty, celibacy, and obedience. After Mass, a family dinner was held at their home with immediate family members and spouses present including their sister Cecelia Mathews; three brothers Henry of Cheneyville, Dr. Charles of Alexandria, and David of Alexandria. The dinner was followed by an Open House to which other family members and friends were invited.

Sister Virginia Lee is presently in her 60th consecutive year of teaching in a Catholic school. She has taught at schools in Texas and Louisiana and has been at OLPS since 1972. She has served as principal for 40 years and is presently president of the school. Her love for children is outstanding. Her motto is: "Every child is beautiful since that child was made by the Hand of God." She plans to continue in this ministry as long as her health permits. Besides teaching, developing her spirtual life is of utmost importance. She rises early to be certain that she has time for prayer, including the Divine Office and Mass. Hobbies are essential for a balanced life. Her hobbies include baking cookies and cakes and making soups for shut -ins. Her greatest regret is that a day has only

24 hours in it. "I just can't get everying done," she said. Sister Cecile Clare was a Catholic educator for 53 years and simultaneously a registered nurse for 30 of those years at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, where she worked primarily in the cardiac unit. She taught in both elementary and secondary schools in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. In 1975, she was named the Outstanding Chemistry Teacher for the State of Louisiana. She taught at Providence Academy the last two years of its existence and moved to the new Holy Savior Menard Central High School in 1968 where she remained for the next 38 years. She served as principal and president, but her greatest joy was in teaching chemistry and in seeing the students' faces light up when they understood the concept she was explaining.

ANNIVERSARY MASS. Fr. Dan O'Connor celebrated a Mass Oct. 23 in the home of Sisters Cecile Clare and Virginia Lee Vanderlick on the occasion of their 60th anniversary as Sisters of Divine Providence. (Photo by Jim Smilie) Nursing was also a ministry she truely enjoyed as she endeavored to make a patient's suffering more bearable and to see the suffering Christ in each one. In 2008, she had to retire due to poor health. At that time, she moved to the Sisters of Divine Providence McCullough Hall in

WELCOMING FRIENDS. Friends and family members congratulate Sisters Cecile Clare and Virginia Lee Vanderlick on the occasion of their 60th anniversary as Sisters of Divine Providence. The Sisters hosted an open House Oct. 23 in their home. (Photo by Jim Smilie)

San Antonio, Texas, where she presently resides. The two Sisters have given a total of 120 years of service to God and to God's people and they hope to do so until the Lord says, "Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the kingdom of heaven."

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Changes in the Parts of the People in the Order Approved June 15, 2006 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: DIALOGUE AT THE GOSPEL

GREETING Present Text for People Priest: The Lord be with you. People: An also with you.

New Text for People Priest: The Lord be with you. People: And with your spirit.

PENITENTIAL ACT (Form A) I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned through my own fault, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do;

I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned,

and I ask blessed Mary, ever virgin, all the angels and saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord, our God.

therefore I ask blessed Mary ever Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.

in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault;

PENITENTIAL ACT (Form B) Priest: Lord, we have sinned against you: Lord, have mercy. People: Lord, have mercy. Priest: Lord, show us your mercy and love. People: And grant us your salvation.

Priest: Have mercy on us, O Lord. People: For we have sinned against you. Priest: Show us, O Lord, your mercy. People: And grant us your salvation.

GLORIA Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone ar e the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will. We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory, Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father, Lord Jesus Christ, only Begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us; you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer; you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen

Present Text for People Priest: A reading from the Holy gospel according to N. People: Glory to you, Lord.

New Text for People Priest: A reading from the Holy gospel according to N. People: Glory to you, O Lord.

NICENE CREED We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, one in Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered, died, and was buried. On the third day he rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; Through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism for the fogiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

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of the Mass in the Roman Missal, Third Edition confirmed March 26, 2010 by the Holy See (Prot n. 1464/06L) MYSTERY OF FAITH

APOSTLES' CREED Present Text for People I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen

New Text for People I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. who was conceived by the Holy Spirit born of the Virgin Mary. suffered under Pontius Pilate, was cruficied, died, and was buried. He descended into hell;. On the third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from there he will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen

INVITATION TO PRAYER May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good, and the good of all his Church.

May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good, and the good of all his holy Church.

PREFACE DIALOGUE Priest: The Lord be with you. People: And also with you. Priest: Lift up your hearts. People: We lift them up to the Lord. Priest: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. People: It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Priest: The Lord be with you. People: And with your spirit. Priest: Lift up your hearts. People: We lift them up to the Lord. Priest: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. People: It is right and just.

Present Text for People Priest:: Let us proclaim the mystery of faith: People: A -- Chris has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

New Text for People Priest: The mystery of faith: People: A -- We proclaim you Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again.

B -- Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory. C -- When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus, until you come in glory.

B -- When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, O Lord, until you come again.

D -- Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free. You are the Savior of the World.

C -- Save us, Savior of the world, for by your cross and Resurrection, you have set us free.

SIGN OF PEACE Priest: The peace of the Lord be with you always. People: And also with you.

Priest: The peace of the Lord be with you always. People:And with your spirit.

INVITATION TO COMMUNION Priest: This is the Lamb God who takes away the sins of the world. Happy are those who are called to his supper. All: Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.

Priest: Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb. All: Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

CONCLUDING RITES Priest: The Lord be with you. People: And also with you.

Priest: The Lord be with you. People: And with your spirit.

PREFACE ACCLAMATION Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Holy, holy, holy Lord God of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal Š 2010, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. CopyrightŠ 2010 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C. Used with permission. All rights reserved

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1ST PLACE GROSS: CLECO. Anthony Bunting, Mark Lazarone, Chris Queen, and Paul Bordelon.

BISHOP RONALD HERZOG visits with Fr. Kenneth Michiels, vocations director and Fr. Blake Deshautelle, associate vocations director, before the tournament.

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SACRED HEART CHURCH, PINEVILLE TRUNK OR TREAT. The trick or treaters were out Oct. 30 at Sacred Heart Church in Pineville for the annual Trunk or Treat event.

ST. ANTHONY SCHOOL, BUNKIE HAUNTED HOUSE. The 8th graders at St. Anthony School spooked many students for Halloween in their annual haunted house. These frightful creatures are front row: ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL PARADE OF SAINTS. 5th and 6th grade boys from St. Joseph School in Plaucheville portray the saints with Father Louis Sklar.

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OLPS PARADE OF SAINTS. Ms. Stacey Besselman's 4th grade class.

OLPS PARADE OF SAINTS. Mrs. Mary Jo Broussard's 4th grade class.

OLPS PARADE OF SAINTS. Mrs. Susan Peters' 4th grade class. ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL PARADE OF SAINTS. 5th and 6th grade girls from St. Joseph School in Plaucheville portray the saints with Father Louis Sklar.

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ST. MARY'S PARADE OF SAINTS. Saint Mary’s (Natchitoches) 1st graders participated in the Parade of Saints Nov. 1. Pictured are

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Christmas Calendar • Nov. 19-20: St. Frances Cabrini Christmas Shop. The Sanctuary Society of St. Frances Cabrini Church will host its annual Christmas Shop Nov. 19-20. Saturday, from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., There will be a silent auction, sweet booth, frozen foods, gift store and knit shop. Sunday, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., the events will continue and a pork dinner will be served from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. • Dec. 2-3: Sacred Heart Madrigal Medieval Dinner Theatre Show. Sacred Heart School in Moreauville will present a Madrigal Medieval Dinner Theatre Show Dec. 2-3 at 6:30 p.m. in the school gym. Enjoy a candlelit Advent musical program complete with a royal court, jousting, dancers, soloist, and beautiful music set in a medieval castle setting. The full-course dinner and show is $25 per person and the dessert and show only is $10 per person. Reservations must be made by Dec. 1 by calling Karen Moreau at 359-1943 or 985-2772. • Dec. 3: Natchitoches Christmas Festival of Lights. Come see the parades, enjoy the food and entertainment and most of all, the grand fireworks show at 6 p.m. Dec. 4: Rapides Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert, Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, 2:30 p.m. With a mix of upbeat classics and well-known carols, this is a concert that the whole family will enjoy. Cost: $25 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students. Call: 484-4469 • Dec. 4: The Live Nativity, First United Methodist Church of Alexandria, 4th Night of Christmas, 6-8 p.m. Annual drive-through nativity features members of the congregation as cast and includes Christmas music, candlelight and live animals. Spectators relive the story of the first Christmas from the comfort of their own vehicles.

Cost: Free. Call: Jennifer 443-5696 • Dec. 6: Lessons and Carols. The Northwestern State University Choirs will perform Lessons and Carols on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Immaculate Conception Church in Natchitoches at 7:30 p.m. Free. • Dec. 7: Lessons and Carols, Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church in Alexandria, 5th Night of Christmas, Prompt Succor Adult Choir, St. Cecilia Choir, Joyful Noise Singers, Teen Choir and Youth Band, Young Adult Music Ministry and the Calvary Conservatory Ensemble performs the Advent version of Lessons and Carols that seeks to reclaim the significance of the preparatory season that leads up to the Nativity. Cost: Free. Call: Linda 443-0614 for more information. • Dec. 8-12: A Pilgrimage to Bethlehem, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Dec. 10th is the 8th Night of Christmas, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Step back in time... to a place where a single event changed millions of lives forever. Come for music & drama presented in the beautiful Emmanuel Baptist Sanctuary, and stay for a guided tour of the dramatic recreation of First Century Bethlehem. Cost: Free admission. Call: 442-7773 for more info. • Dec. 9: City of Pineville Christmas Parade, Starts at Claiborne Ave & Military Hwy, continue to Main Street and end at Huey P. Long Hospital. 7:00 p.m. • Dec. 11: Alexandria Christmas Parade. Going down Jackson Street Extension at 2 p.m. • Dec. 13: Red River Chorale Concert. Red River Chorale will present A Festive Christmas on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Call 484-4463 or 484-4499 for tickets.

Burses Donations in October Knights of Columbus #9217............................................................ $10.00 Msgr. Adrian Molenschot Burse Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Crooks.......................................................... $30.00 Father Michael Kammer Burse Roderick Broussard......................................................................... $50.00 Msgr. Milburn Broussard Burse Mrs. Billie Flynn & Mrs. Gail Gutierrez........................................... $50.00 Msgr. Joseph Susi Burse Dr. Joseph Landreneau.................................................................. $100.00 Msgr. Henry Beckers Burse Mr. & Mrs. Robert O. Miller............................................................ $200.00 Father Dan Corkery Burse Mr. & Mrs. Dan Vanderlick............................................................. $200.00 Msgr. Joseph Susi Burse Dwight E. Beridon........................................................................... $250.00 Harold and Lillie Beridon Burse Dwight E. Beridon........................................................................... $250.00 Msgr. John Timmermans Burse Ms. Geraldine B. Deptula............................................................ $1,000.00 Father Bruce Miller Burse St. Mary's Training School......................................................... $1,000.00 Msgr. Joseph Susi Burse Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows.................................................. $1,000.00 Msgr. Joseph Susi Burse Total this month........................................................................... $4,140.00 A Seminary Burse is an invested sum of money, the interest of which is used in perpetuity to help fund the education of men to the priesthood. A Seminary Burse may be named for anyone - bishop, priest, religious, or lay person - by the original donor, and can be added to and allowed to grow. A burse is complete when it reaches $15,000.00, but another burse of the same name can be started. Contributions to any of the burses or to establish a new burse should be sent to the Chancery Office, P. O. Box 7417, Alexandria, Louisiana 71306-0417.

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Sacred Heart School, Moreauville Students perform circus skills at Sacred Heart's Circus of the Kids

THE FLYING TRAPEZE. swing in the air on the triple trapeze during the Circus of the Kids held Nov. 3-5 at Sacred Heart School in Moreauville. CAST OF CIRCUS OF THE KIDS. Forty-seven students from Sacred Heart School performed acts in the Circus of the Kids, a program that makes hometown kids into circus stars. BICYCLE FOR TWO OR THREE? balances herself while peddles a bicycle steered by a circus team professional. The Circus for Kids teaches kids circus stunts designed to promote self-esteem, teamwork, and discipline. HOT JUMP.

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Remember Me The family heirloom that keeps souls remembered this November and always If there was ever a book for every home, it’s this one! In author Laura Rutten Woods’ new hardcover, Remember Me, she has created a home for your family history that reminds us of our dearly departed and how, they too, need our prayers. Remember Me is a family heirloom that is sure to be used again and again. It serves as a constant reminder to pray for loved ones who have gone before you. It is our hope that Remember Me will become a focal point of prayer for you and your family each and every month. As you use it, you will be filled with comfort and special memories — so that the souls of our faithful

departed will live on and never be forgotten. Stop and think about where you put your holy cards, obituaries and important information about your family and friends when they pass away. This book will help you with all of that. You are able to log in the record of death along with a place to keep your information. A useful inside pocket keeps your prayer cards, Mass programs and memories safe and organized. Couple that with an abundance of prayers dedicated to our dearly departed and you have everything you need to do this important Christian duty. Ask yourself - do you always remember the anniversary date

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Mighty Macs true story of Catholic women's basketball team winning national championship By Kurt Jensen Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) -There's so much to commend in "Johnny English Reborn" (Universal), a comedy sequel which has none of the scatological humor of its predecessor -- 2003's "Johnny English" -- that it seems a shame to highlight, and quibble about, a single vulgar sight gag. Still, since it's such an unfortunate anomaly in an otherwise recommendable movie, here goes: As the proceedings open, British secret agent Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) is

undergoing martial-arts training in China, hoping to make himself invincible after an earlier spy operation in Mozambique has gone terribly wrong. Part of this training involves pulling everlarger rocks that -- as we can tell by implication -- are attached to his private parts. The payoff, though, doesn't emerge until a full 90 minutes later, during a climactic fight with an evil double

THE MIGHTY MACS. Marley Shelton, who portrays Sister Sunday, and Carla Gugino, who portrays head coach Cathy Rush, star in a scene from the movie "The Mighty Macs." The movie tells the story of the women's basketball team at Immaculata College in the Philadelphia suburbs that won the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women basketball championship in 1972, the year that college women's basketball converted to the full-court game played today. (CNS photo/The Maximus Group)

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM WINS CHAMPIONSHIP IN 1972. Sister Mary of Lourdes McDevitt, president at Immaculata College in Philadelphia is seen with members of the women's basketball team after they won the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women's basketball championship in 1972. Pictured with Sister Mary are Theresa Shank, left, Maureen Stuhlman, slightly hidden, Janet Young, Cathy Rush, Denise Conway, Janet Ruch, with glasses, and Maureen Mooney. The teams story is told in the movie "The Mighty Macs." (CNS photo/courtesy of Immaculata College)

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agent, when Johnny is shown to be impervious to being kicked in the crotch. Fortunately, this is the only dubious, and dull, gag in the film, as Johnny -- a combination of Atkinson's much-celebrated Mr. Bean and Leslie Nielsen's Frank Drebin of the "Naked Gun" franchise -- overcomes any and all obstacles in elaborately droll set-pieces and employs the occasionally funny weapon, including a Rolls-Royce that responds to voice commands.

Like Mr. Bean, Johnny is at his funniest and most sympathetic when he's competently triumphing over severe odds. We're not laughing at Johnny, but with him. Younger adolescents are unlikely to understand some of the dry James Bond references, but adults will, and the in-jokes aren't prevalent enough to put this into the cult-film category. The plot -- as scripted by William Davies and Hamish McColl and directed by Oliver Parker -- has Johnny rebounding

from an operation in which the new president of Mozambique was assassinated while under his supposed protection. On his way to uncovering the people responsible, Johnny continually embarrasses his boss Pamela (Gillian Anderson) and lurches toward a romance with psychologist Kate (Rosamund Pike). The film contains some cartoonish violence, a single tasteless visual joke and fleeting mildly crass language. Rated PG

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November 14, 2011 'In Your Face' Rally

OLPS Advent Mission to feature Rich May

St. Frances Cabrini Church will host In Your Face 2011 on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. for all high school youths. Come and relive the Steubenville South experience with us again this winter. Featuring Chris Padgett as the entertaining keynote speaker, Paul George as the host, Paul Hood as the music leader and Father Jose Robles-Sanchez as the Mass celebrant. Register by Nov. 25 and the cost is $20 per person; register after Nov. 25 and the cost is $25. For more information, call 318-445-4588 or email or go to

A three-night Advent mission, titled Experience the Newborn King in the Eucharist, will be presented by renown speaker Rich May at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church in Alexandria Nov. 14-16 at 7 p.m. each night. The topics will include: Nov. 14: The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist and how our belief is biblical and traditional Nov. 15: Our Lady, as the Mother of the Blessed Sacrament and the inseparable bond that exists between Mary and the Eucharist. Nov. 16: The Eucharist, Marriage and Family and how Christian spouses encounter the source from which their own marriage covenant flows. Rich has appeared on EWTN and regularly broadcasts on Radio Maria. He has also released CDs on many topics of our Catholic faith. The mission is free and open to the public.

Sacred Heart Advent Mission for Youth, Young Adults Sacred Heart Church in Moreauville and the Office of Religious Formation and Training will host an Advent Mission night on Sunday, Dec. 18 from 5 p.m. (Mass) - 8 p.m. Our Advent Theme is “Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus” presented by Fr. Basil Burns.  The night is filled with music, prayer, evangelism, and catechesis. We invite high school students, young adults, and adults to become closer to Christ and His Church. For more information, contact Luc Noel at 1-866-447-7088, extension 221, or e-mail at, or

Charismatic Conference The Service Committee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal for the diocese is hosting a Women’s Catholic Charismatic Conference on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Maryhill Renewal Center in Pineville. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the conference will end with a Vigil Mass at 5 p.m. The cost is $45, which includes breakfast and lunch. Call 419-1547 or Donna at 613-0202 for more info.

Free Health Screening St. Frances Cabrini Hospital is offering free men’s prostate screenings on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 9:30 a.m. To participate in this event, please visit the Cabrini Main Lab (Masonic Drive entrance) between Nov. 7 and Nov. 11 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to have your free PSA blood work done and available to discuss with the physicians during the “Know Your Stats” event on Nov. 19. Seating is limited, so register TODAY at or call 318448-6816

Volunteer for Bunkie Thanksgiving St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church is one of 10 churches in Bunkie to host the 5th annual Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday, Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving Day) from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Haas Auditorium in Bunkie. Each participating church signs up to prepare casseroles, turkeys, desserts, bread and drinks. The Knights of Columbus and the Sherriff’s department provide more than 50 turkeys for the event. If you want to help, call Elizabeth at 346-2005 in Bunkie or Sandra at 442-9042 in Alexandria.

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ST. RITA CHURCH BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS. St. Rita Church held its annual Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, Oct. 2.

Rick Miller to speak John Rick Miller, founder of the international mission For the Love of God Worldwide, will speak at the Main Chapel of Maryhill Renewal Center in Pineville on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. The program begins with the Rosary at 6 p.m., the talk at 7 p.m., Mass at 8 p.m., followed by the First Friday night vigil (which will be bilingual). Spanish translation will be provided. For more information call Eve James at 318 352-4391, or Fr Martin Laird 318 964-2921, Or

St. Augustine Advent Retreat St. Augustine Catholic Church will be having an Advent Renewal and Awakening Retreat on Dec. 9 - 11 at 6:30 p.m. each evening. The featured speaker is Fr. Edward B. Branch, BA, M.Div., D.Min., Catholic chaplain for the Atlanta University Center. The retreat will include sacramental talks, activities, music and the Eucharistic celebration everyday.  This is an opportunity to prepare for a graceful Christmas.

OL OF LOURDES BIDS FAREWELL TO FAMILY. Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Winnfield held a farewell dinner for the Angel Rodriguez family on Sunday, Oct. 2. Father Christian Ogbonna, pastor, presented the Rodriguez family with a beautiful crucifix to be placed in their new home in Mexico. Father Christian blessed the family and thanked them for their service to OL of Lourdes Church. Also at OL of Lourdes Church, catechism classes began on Oct. 12 for students in grades Pre-K through 8th grade.

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November -- December Monday






VIRTUS Training 6:00 pm St. Mary's Assumption, Cottonport



Great American Smokeout








Advent Series 9:30 a.m. Immaculate Conception, Natchitoches


Cabrini Church Christmas Shop 8:00 am-6:00 pm 8:00 am-2:00 pm

Catholicism Series airs on EWTN

7:00, 8:00, 9:00 10:00 pm PRAY FOR FR. A. VARGHESE


10:00 pm

9:00, 10:00 pm




12:00, 1:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 9:00, 10:00 pm PRAY FOR FR. O. WILLIAM








Advent Series 6:00 p.m. St. Paul the Apostle, Mansura




VIRTUS Training 6:00 p.m. St. Joseph Catholic Center, Alexandria



Use of the new English translation of the Roman Missal begins today




Charismatic Conf. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Maryhill Renewal Center

Free Prostate Screening 9:30 a.m. Cabrini Hospital

OLPS Advent Mission with Rich May -- 7:00 p.m. Advent Series 9:30 a.m. Immaculate Conception, Natchitoches




Speaker Rick Miller 7:00 p.m. Maryhill Renewal Center


Natchitoches Festival of Lights


In Your Face Youth Rally 9:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m. St. Frances Cabrini Church, Alexandria


Holiday Concert Rapides Symphony 2:30 p.m. Coughlin Saunders, Alexandria


Live Nativity 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Catholicism Series on EWTN First United Methodist, Alexandria 3:00 p.m.

Madrigal Medieval Dinner Theatre, 6:30 p.m.--Sacred Heart Church Moreauville SECOND SUNDAY FIRST SATURDAY FIRST FRIDAY OF ADVENT PRAY FOR FR. S. CHEMINO




Lessons & Carols 7:30 p.m. Immaculate Conception, Natchitoches


Advent Series 6:00 p.m. St. Edward Church, Tallulah


Lessons & Carols 6:30 p.m. Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Alexandria PRAY FOR FR. D. DEJESUS




Red River Chorale Christmas Concert 7:30 p.m. St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Alexandria



Advent Series 6:00 p.m. St. Paul the Apostle, Mansura




6:00 p.m. St. Edward Church, Tallulah



Pineville Christmas Parade 7:00 p.m.



Catholicism Series on EWTN 5:00 p.m.



Alexandria Christmas Parade 2:00 p.m.

Catholicism Series on EWTN 10:00 p.m.

St. Augustine Advent Retreat -- 6:30 p.m.





Catholicism Series on EWTN 9:00 p.m.




Advent Mission for Youth/Young Adults 5:00-8:00 p.m. Sacred Heart, Moreauville

Alexandria Zoo Holiday Light Safari FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT








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