I have been looking for the Scripture that will speak to the damage, even catastrophic damage, pain and suffering that Hurricane Ida caused as it crashed into southeast Louisiana. As I write this message many today are without water, gasoline, power, even sewage and some are even hard to reach with the emergency aid they need. I hope by the time you read this at least the emergency aid is arriving to those so desperate even if full restoration is weeks, months, maybe years away.
Twenty years later, the memories of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America may still evoke a range of emotions, as thousands of lives were lost within minutes when planes crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Principals will contact parents directly with information about reopening of schools. The following schools have already resumed classes: St. John Interparochial (Iberville) Catholic of PC (Pointe Coupee St. Jude the Apostle (Baton Rouge)
by Fr. Joe Vu, Pastor of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish
To love Christ is to go through the process of embracing the cross to grow into loving everything there is to love about Christ...This week, ask yourself in what areas of my life can I grow to love to produce more supernatural fruits? What hinders me from experiencing God and neighbor more fully?
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge will be opening when each is able, according to Catholic Schools Superintendent Dr. Melanie Palmisano. Three have already opened and several other schools, especially those in East Baton Rouge Parish, are planning to reopen Tuesday, she said. For schools that sustained damage reopening may be at least two weeks away.
Numerous trees were downed on the grounds of St. Margaret Queen of Scotland Church in Albany. A large tree was toppled near the church, and the storm also damaged the cross sitting on top of the church, as can be seen in the upper right. Damage, especially tree damage, was prevalent throughout the Diocese of Baton Rouge. The Catholic Commentator will have the complete story along with photos in the Sept. 10 issue.
Because of the impact of Hurricane Ida, the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University campus will be closed through Monday, Sept 6. All campus operations and activities are cancelled including remote classes and Undergraduate clinicals. Graduate clinical students should contact their faculty and/or program directors regarding clinical assignments. If unable to reach faculty or program directors, use your best judgment regarding clinicals.
As your Bishop, it is with a heavy heart that I share with you news of Reverend Danny Roussel’s death on August 30th. Fr. Danny was a deeply devoted priest who was beloved by his family, his parishioners, and his brother clergy.
Whether it be science, entertainment, sports, food, drink, relationships, etc; we seek things to “heal” us from whatever struggle or pain that we bear. The things listed previously are not inherently bad and can provide joy, but they are not God. Yet we can fall into the trap of speaking about them as though they are our gods. The Lord desires eternal, intimate relationship with each of us, not as a collective whole but personally. That is the truth of what Heaven is. But while we are still here on Earth, we have the opportunity to live in this world but not belong to it. We can proclaim like the deaf man the truth and reality of WHO we are made for. Our calling as faithful Christians to speak of our relationship with the Lord that others may hear and come to believe.
Because of widespread power outages and other weather-related impacts, the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University physical campus will be closed through Wednesday, Sept. 1. All campus operations and activities are cancelled including remote classes. Undergraduate clinicals are also cancelled. Graduate clinical students should contact their faculty and/or program directors regarding clinical assignments. If unable to reach faculty or program directors, use your best judgment regarding clinicals.
In anticipation of widespread power outages and other weather-related impacts, the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University’s physical campus will be closed through Tuesday, Aug. 31. All campus operations and activities are cancelled including remote classes. Students who are enrolled in online classes and students on clinical rotations should contact their faculty and/or program directors for further direction.
Bishop Michael G. Duca of Baton Rouge issued the following statement Aug. 27: In anticipation of the approach of Hurricane Ida, the faithful of the Diocese of Baton Rouge are dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass this weekend, August 28-29, 2021. The entirety of the Diocese of Baton Rouge is under a hurricane warning with conditions expected to deteriorate beginning Saturday afternoon.