Prayer for Families After the Floods
Gracious and Almighty Father,
In this time of loss and sorrow following the floods,
Please be with our families and loved ones
As we attempt to pick up the pieces of our damaged homes and tumultuous lives.
Give us strength and courage to face each day with hope and renewal.
Grant calm and patience to our mothers and fathers even when stresses are great.
Grant obedience and flexibility to our children even when they don’t fully understand what’s going on around them.
Grant generosity and compassion to our neighborhoods so that we might support each other and offer helping hands and gentle words when the strength of others falters.
Help us to grow closer to each other and to You
And let this be an opportunity for our faith to find new roots in your unceasing mercy.
Thank you, Heavenly Father, for all that you have done for us and continue to do,
You who live and reign forever and ever. Amen.
We also turn to you, our Blessed Mother, protector of families, that you may see our need as you saw the need of the newly married couple in Cana (John 2). We ask that you petition Jesus on our behalf to supply what necessities enable our households to return to normal again. Amen.
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. The meetings are held at 11:30am, at the Catholic LIfe Center in Borders Dining Hall in the Tracy Center located at 1800 S. Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge, LA 70808. 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.
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
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Life Fest - Save the Date!
October 1, 2016 - Life Fest and Annual Respect Life Mass
The 2nd Annual Diocesan Life Fest will be held at 10am on Saturday, October 1, 2016, in the Tracy Center Ballroom of the Catholic Life Center (1800 S. Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge). The theme for this year is "Called to Compassion: Living Mercy". The keynote presenter will be Fr. Andrew Merrick, Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Baton Rouge and Spiritual Director for the March for Life Pilgrimage. Breakout session topics include: Mercy at the End of Life, Prison Ministry, Artificial Reproductive Technologies & Infertility, and Living out Every Day Mercy. This FREE event will also feature Adoration, Kids Track for ages 5-11, music by Greg&Lizzy, various exhibitors and the Annual Respect Life Mass at 4pm. Registration information will be available soon!
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.
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