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New parish center fulfills needs at cathedral

Posted November 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

By Barbara Chenevert 

The Catholic Commentator

A vision that began more than 15 years ago becomes a reality this month as St. Joseph Cathedral dedicates its newly renovated multipurpose parish hall that will serve not only the cathedral parish, but the diocese as well.

A large assembly room that features a terrazzo floor and state-of-the-art kitchen will allow St. Joseph Cathedral to host receptions after diocesan events. Photos by Barbara Chenevert | The Catholic Commentator

 

It is important that the Cathedral has this kind of facility, not only for the lived faith life of the parish, but to host large diocesan events as well, said Pastor Father Paul Counce.

The $3.4 million renovated building includes a large assembly hall that can accommodate up to 400 people, a state-of-the-art kitchen, meeting rooms, a choir rehearsal room and adequate restrooms.

“We are the smallest parish in the diocese with only 61 registered

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    Many answering Jesus’ call of inclusivity

    By Debbie Shelley 

    The Catholic Commentator

    Vicki Brooks has served meals at the Bishop Ott Shelter for more than 20 years. Seeing the face of Christ in the destitute homeless men she encountered, the need to bring Christ’s love to often forgotten people of the world welled up within her.

    JustFaith members at St. Jean Vianney Church in Baton Rouge and inmate peer ministers at Louisiana State Penitentiary plant small signs containing characteristics of faith during a retreat “Planting Seeds of Faith” at Angola. File photo by Debbie Shelley | The Catholic Commentator.

     

    “That’s how my journey began.

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    Teacher of the Year

    Posted November 14, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Kimberly Inman was honored as Teacher of the Year for the 2014-15 school year at Holy Ghost Catholic School in Hammond. Inman, left, is shown receiving the award from principal Tangee Daugereaux.

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    Pastor Appointment

    Posted November 14, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Robert W. Muench has appointed Father Juel Kandulna IMS as parochial vicar at Holy Rosary Church in St. Amant.

    Father Kandulna was born in India in 1968

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    HUNGER WALK

    Posted November 14, 2014 at 12:00 am

    About 300 people gathered Nov. 2 at the Catholic Life Center to participate in the Hunger Walk to raise funds and awareness to eliminate hunger. The

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    SPIRITUAL OASIS

    Posted November 14, 2014 at 12:00 am

    St. Albert undergoing renaissance at SLU

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Cierra Calloway stepped onto the imposing surroundings of Southeastern Louisiana University, staring into a sea of strange faces, left alone to navigate the turbulent waters of

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    BOXES OF LOVE

    Posted November 14, 2014 at 12:00 am

    At its October meeting, the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women packed shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse International Relief. The boxes are sent to children in need overseas. The women collected

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    LITANY OF THE SAINTS MASS

    Posted November 14, 2014 at 12:00 am

    St. Joseph School in Ponchatoula recently celebrated its annual Litany of Saints Mass. The sixth graders dressed up as their favorite saints and told students stories about their saints. Above, sixth-grader Gage Carroll poses as

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    AGAINST THE WALL

    Posted November 14, 2014 at 12:00 am

    On Sept. 2, St. Jean Vianney School kicked off a fund raiser, including a fun run. The students met a challenge to raise $30,000 for the school. On Oct.

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    BYZANTINE ICON FORUM

    Posted November 14, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Dr. Bissera V. Pentcheva, associate professor of art and history at Stanford University, presented a forum, “The Byzantine Icon in the Expanded Field: Art, Music and Acoustics in Justinian’s Great Church of Hagia Sophia,” during an

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    40 days campaign a success

    Posted November 14, 2014 at 12:00 am

    The Catholic Commentator

    A record number of babies saved and an expanding number of church and prayer group participation highlighted the recently completed 40 Days for Life campaign.

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    Bishop urges prayer for peace

    Posted August 22, 2014 at 12:00 am

    The Catholic Commentator

    Calling peace a “precious gift,” Bishop Robert W. Muench has joined bishops throughout the United States in calling on Catholics to pray for peace and persecuted

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    HOME GROWN

    Posted August 22, 2014 at 12:00 am

    OLOL helps employees eat healthier

    The Catholic Commentator

    Rosa Hernandez peaked into the large box of vegetables with a

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    COLLECTOR OF LIFE

    Posted January 13, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Organist’s home reflection of his heart

    By Barbara Chenevert

    The Catholic Commentator

    If every item in his home has a story to tell, then Robbie Giroir has a lot to talk about. Musician, teacher, pilot and collector extraordinaire, Giroir’s home is a thumbprint of his life,

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