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Catholic Charities celebrates 50 years

Posted November 23, 2014 at 12:00 am

By Barbara Chenevert 

The Cathollic Commentator

Spotting an elderly man walking with a cane, Linda Simms steps from behind her receptionist desk to hold the door open for him.

Bishop Robert W. Muench presides over a Mass celebrating the 50th anniversary of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge on Nov. 4. The bishop said CCDBR makes a difference in the community through its care and generosity. Photo by Richard Meek |The Catholic Commentator

 

“Come on in. Welcome,” she tells him, full of smiles.

Simms works as the receptionist at Catholic Charities Diocese of Baton Rouge, as part of its senior employment program. But her spirit exemplifies that of the entire organization that this year celebrates its 50th anniversary of caring for and opening its doors to those in need in this community.

“I don’t think I can really express the frequency of how often we

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    Suspect nabbed in Morganza robbery

    By Barbara Chenevert 

    The Catholic Commentator

    A 45-year-old Lettsworth man was arrested Nov. 4 for allegedly stealing sacred items valued at more than $12,000 from the St. Vincent de Paul mission chapel in Innis.

    This stained glass window was damaged during the burglary. Photo provided by Father Brent Maher

     

    “I’m beyond happy. Our God is good is the first thing that came to mind,” when the sheriff’s office reported the arrest, said Father Brent Maher, pastor of St. Ann in Morganza and St. Vincent de Paul.

    Detective Josh Adams of the Pointe Coupée Sheriff’s Office said Stephen Mayeaux, whose address

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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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    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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    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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