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Priesthood strikes harmonious chord with Saints fan

Posted April 20, 2014 at 12:00 am

By Barbara Chenevert

The Catholic Commentator

A New Orleans Saints sweatshirt hangs casually on the back of the chair. A poster of Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees looks over the room, while a collection of footballs sits prominently on the bookshelves.

Father Cayet Mangiaracino OP stands by his collection of footballs in his office at Holy Ghost Church in Hammond. Father Cayet is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his ordination on April 26. Photo by Barbara Chenevert | The Catholic Commentator

 

A pro football player’s office? No, this bastion of Saints football is the office of Father Cayet Mangiaracino, a 79-year-old Dominican priest who admits the loves of his life are football and music. (He once wrote a song recorded by pop legend Ricky Nelson.)

Every Sunday during football season the parochial vicar at Holy Ghost Church in Hammond ends the service with “a blessing of the Lord and

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    Diocesan committee to evaluate long range plan for parishes in light of priest shortage
    By Barbara Chenevert

    The Catholic Commentator

    Bishop Robert W. Muench has established a pastoral planning committee to make “maximum use of the resources” of the diocese in light of the shortage of priests.

    The committee will look at a long-rang plan that integrates creative proposals for clergy personnel

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    PALM BLESSING

    Posted April 18, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Robert W. Muench blesses palms before the celebration of Palm Sunday Mass on April 13. The congregation processed from One American Place into St. Joseph Cathedral. Palm Sunday opened the holiest week of the year for

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    Family of nine to be baptized

    Posted April 18, 2014 at 12:00 am

    The Catholic Commentator

    For 16-year-old Brett, the Catholic Church feels like home.

    The nine members of the Todd Ross family being

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    A Passion for Christ

    Posted April 18, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Emotional roles bring blessings for cast members
    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Anguish wept from the voice of Jordan Frantz, the stinging sound of a bullwhip piercing 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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