New Horizons Group for Widows & Widowers
Originally started by Bishop Ott, the New Horizons Group is recommencing their efforts and their meetings to support widows and widowers, those who have lost a spouse through death. This is a peer social ministry group that will meet regularly once a month on the third Tuesday of the month. Their next meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 21st, at 11:30am, in the Lake Sherwood Village Retirement Community located at 4101 Plaza Tower Drive, Baton Rouge 70816, behind The Londoner on Sherwood Forest Blvd. Lunch is available for $10. Any interested persons should contact Shannon Baldridge with the Marriage & Family Life Office at 225.242.0323 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please submit your name and telephone number as well as whether or not you can attend the first meeting when you contact us.
LA Bishops Make a Statement on Surrogacy Issue
The Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops (LCCB) seeks to articulate the Catholic Church’s teaching on the issue of surrogacy in light of legislation proposed during last year’s legislative session as well as what is before the Louisiana Legislature presently. The Church is clear and consistent in her teaching that surrogacy, in any form, is to be opposed as an immoral means to create a family. The desire to have a child is both natural and good. We recognize that issues of infertility can be incredibly sensitive and personal. While acknowledging this reality, it is important to realize that pursuing all means in the effort to create a child presents moral and ethical concerns and that a child is truly a gift to be given as opposed to a right to attain.
Surrogacy arrangements commercialize and objectify women relegating them to a utilitarian purpose. The Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith spoke to this point in Donum Vitae as it stated that surrogacy is contrary to the dignity of persons. Surrogacy diminishes the dignity of women in that it grossly focuses on what women can produce as opposed to the entire worth and being of who women have been created to be. In addition, surrogacy fails to acknowledge the uniqueness of the mother-child relationship to the detriment of women from a physical, psychological, and spiritual level.
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Fun Catholic Apps!
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Lighthouse Catholic Media Bible
Mea Culpa - Examination of Conscience
Rosary Deluxe Audio
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3 Minute Retreat (LoyolaPress)
Way of the Cross by St. Francis of Assisi
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Infertility Workshop: You're Not Alone
We will be offering a day-long workshop discussing the struggle of infertility from a Catholic perspective. The day will include discussions on the spirituality of infertility, medical causes and treatment options, and balancing hope and grief. It will take place at St. Thomas More Church Parish Activity Center at 11441 Goodwood Blvd. in Baton Rouge, on Saturday, July 25, 2015, from 9:30 am-4:00pm. The cost is $10 per person and includes lunch. If you have any questions, please contact the Marriage & Family Life Office at 225-242-0323.
Register now online - click here!
Bread or Stones Campaign
"Which one of you would hand his son a stone when he asks for a loaf of bread" -Matthew 7:9
The Bread or Stones Campaign is a children's anti-poverty initiative approved by all Louisiana bishops as part of the The L.I.C. Public Policy Task Force. The Bread or Stones Campaign focuses primarily on improving services in four areas that most impact child well-being: maternal and child health, school readiness and school dropout prevention, marriage and family supports, and child poverty reduction.
“In reports such as the Annie E. Casey Annual Kid’s Count, Louisiana has consistently been ranked as one of the worst states in all measures of child well-being. This is completely unacceptable. We can do better,” states Bishop Shelton Fabre. The Bread or Stones Campaign is inspired by Jesus' words in the Gospel of Matthew: "Would one of you hand his child a stone when he asks for a loaf?" How will you answer? Contact Rob Gorman at Catholic Charities Houma-Thibodaux (985-876-0490 or email@example.com) to sign your church up for the Bread or Stones Campaign. To learn more about this campaign, click here.
New Director for Marriage & Family Life Office
The Office of Marriage & Family Life is pleased to announce that Mr. Darryl Ducote, LCSW, has been hired to be our new Director!
Darryl Ducote is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in private practice as a psychotherapist focusing on marriage & family therapy in Baton Rouge for over thirty years. Darryl has a Masters Degree in Social Work from L.S.U. as well as a Masters in Theology and a Masters in Divinity from Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. He also is one of the creators of Marriage Ministry Resources (MMR). He has had both pastoral experience as a former priest and clinical experience in psychiatric hospitals and in private practice. Darryl is also a member of the liturgical musical group known as "The Dameans" which have composed and recorded over 15 albums of liturgical music. He is married with two step-children.
We are excited to welcome him to our office! He will officially be starting on September 29th.
Planned Parenthood Expanding
Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, an affiliate of Planned Parenthood (PP), the largest abortion business in the nation, plans to open a 7,000 square foot facility on Claiborne Ave in New Orleans in 2015. This multimillion-dollar "New Orleans Health Center" will become a regional abortion center in the heart of New Orleans, leading to an increase in abortions in New Orleans and surrounding areas.
For more information, go to www.NolaNeedsPeace.com
Office of Marriage & Family Life ~ 225-242-0323
1800 S. Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
P.O. Box 2028, Baton Rouge, LA 70821
Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge