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New life in an old church

Posted September 16, 2014 at 12:00 am

By Barbara Chenevert

The Catholic Commentator

The parishioners and pastor of St. Gabriel Church know they have a treasure, they’re just not sure what to do with it.

Clifford Normand, David Broussard and Eugene LeBlanc look over the interior of the historic St. Gabriel Church built between 1774 and 1776. At left is a model of the church as it looked in 1776. Photo by Barbara Chenevert | The Catholic Commentator

 

Situated near the front of the church property, about 150 yards in front of the current church sits the original St. Gabriel church that has been in existence longer than the United States has been a country.

Built between 1774 and 1776 by Acadians who settled along the Mississippi River on Spanish land grants, the historic church now sits proud but virtually unused on the river road facing the Mississippi.

Pastor Father Charles Landry has a dream for the

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    Ministry helps preserve old traditions in new country

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    There is a wide diversity in the Hispanic population within the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Some were born in the United States and immersed in its culture. Others have come from Latin America and need help adapting to their new country.

    Members of the Hispanic youth group at Christ the King Church and Student Center at LSU share their faith and bond together as a community at yearly retreats. This year’s retreat was held at Rosaryville Spirit Life Center in Ponchatoula. Photo provided by Franklin Vaca

     

    The Hispanic youth group at Christ

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    BREAKING NEWS: Diocese of Baton Rouge issues statement regarding state Supreme Court decision

    The Diocese of Baton Rouge is petitioning the Supreme Court of the United States to reverse a Louisiana Supreme Court decision that could potentially allow a lower court to decide what constitutes the sacrament of reconciliation in the Catholic Church.

    The legal action is the latest in a case involving Father Jeffrey Bayhi, currently the pastor at St. John the Baptist in Zachary, and the sanctity of the seal of confession.

    In 2009 the parents of a minor daughter sued for damages suffered by them and their daughter as a result of alleged inappropriate kissing and touching of their child by a member

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    Carville mystery solved

    Posted September 5, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Elizabeth Schexnyder wrote in to inform readers that the Holy Agony Shrine in the rear of the Sacred Heart Chapel in Carville, featured in the Aug. 8 edition of The Catholic Commentator is the work of a patient, a skilled cement worker whose records

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    Pastor Installation

    Posted September 5, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Robert W. Muench, left, installs Father Matt Dupré as pastor of St. Patrick Church in Baton Rouge on Aug. 23. Father Dupr

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    Young immigrants finding hope and home in Baton Rouge

    Posted September 5, 2014 at 12:00 am

    At the young age of 11, a time of innocence for most youth, “Carlos” was arrested by Honduran police because his father was suspected of a crime. The police jailed the young boy, tortured and beat him in a failed effort to find out where

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    BIENVENIDOS!

    Posted September 5, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Apostolate welcoming to Hispanic immigrants

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    Our Lady of the Thirty-Three (Uruguay), Our Lady of Divine Providence (Puerto Rico), Our Lady

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    Behind the Collar

    Posted September 5, 2014 at 12:00 am

    …with Father Richard Andrus SVD, pastor, St. Paul the Apostle Church, Baton Rouge

    Q  Tell us about your dog, Zeus, how you made the transition to living in the south and

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    PIE IN THE EYE

    Posted September 5, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Michael Comeau, principal at Holy Family School in Port Allen, promised his staff and students if they were successful in a fund-raising effort on the first day of school, the winning team and

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    Cristo Rey school gaining support

    Posted September 5, 2014 at 12:00 am

    The Catholic Commentator

    Uncertainty stained Raegan Porter’s summer following her sophomore year in high school.

    A family issue appeared to jeopardize continuing her

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    New life in an old church

    Posted September 5, 2014 at 12:00 am

    The Catholic Commentator

    The parishioners and pastor of St. Gabriel Church know they have a treasure, they’re just not sure what

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    TREASURES FROM THE DIOCESE

    Posted September 5, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Looking for a tranquil escape in a fast-paced world? A fountain and a cement carving of the Beatitudes in a serene courtyard at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Prairieville offers an idyllic hamlet for prayer

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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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    Aging can be breathtaking journey

    Posted August 22, 2014 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Faith allows people to gracefully let go of their attachment to their younger life so they can grab God’s gifts for them as they grow older and closer to him. Sister Janet Franklin CSJ will speak on “The Spirituality of

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    HOME GROWN

    Posted August 22, 2014 at 12:00 am

    OLOL helps employees eat healthier

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Rosa Hernandez peaked into the large box of vegetables with a youthful exuberance, anticipating what surprises awaited her.

    Twelve-year-old Sydney Fairchild, right, takes a watermelon from her mother, Shawn, as she picks

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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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