Saturday, October 10, 2015
10 AM - Kickoff
4PM - Annual Bishop's Respect Life Mass
Tracy Center Ballroom, 1800 S. Acadian Thrwy, Baton Rouge
Cost: FREE, includes lunch - please pre-register out of courtesy to our kitchen staff
This celebration of life will have something everyone! Renowned speakers, music, kids track for ages 5-11, Eucharistic Adoration and more! The day will conclude with the Annual Bishop's Respect Life Mass at 4:00 PM. More information coming soon!
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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.
To finish reading the rest of their statement or to read the statement as a whole, click here.
Fun Catholic Apps!
Check out these great Catholic apps for prayers, readings, scripture, etc! Just click each link to be taken to information on each app (for iPhones, iPads, some Androids):
Lighthouse Catholic Media Bible
Mea Culpa - Examination of Conscience
Rosary Deluxe Audio
The Catholic Directory Mass Times
3 Minute Retreat (LoyolaPress)
Way of the Cross by St. Francis of Assisi
For more great Catholic Apps, visit Catholicapps.com
Saturday, September 26, 2015
9am-4pm (includes lunch)
Room 202 of the Bishop Robert E. Tracy Center at the Catholic LIfe Center
1800 S. Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge
Cost: $100 per person or $115 per couple
We are recommending this training for anyone who might be involved in the use of a pre-marital inventory including: priests, deacons, marriage prep coordinators and mentor couples.
Our office is recommending the Prepare/Enrich pre-marital inventory for use in the diocese as part of each parish's marriage preparation process. We are making this recommendation because we believe that the Prepare/Enrich inventory has several advantages including the following:
The deadline for registration is Thursday, September 10th to allow time for us to order the necessary training materials. Please register here. If you have any questions or need additional information, contact Darryl Ducote at 225-242-0323.
Upcoming Marriage Encounter Weekend
Marriage Encounter website
~This program is designed to make a good marriage better - a weekend, overnight experience with reflection and sharing with your partner.
Dates: October 30-November 1, 2015
Location: Baton Rouge Diocesan Retreat Center - Tracy Center (click for directions)
Registration Fee: $75
For information call: Jack & Angel LaBate at 1-800-586-5469 or 678-232-0080 or you can email them at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign your church up for the Bread or Stones Campaign. To learn more about this campaign, click here.
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, August 18, 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 email@example.com. Please submit your name and telephone number as well as whether or not you can attend the first meeting when you contact us.
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