40 Days for Life Baton Rouge
This fall, Baton Rouge, is uniting with cities around the world in 40 Days for Life, the largest simultaneous interdenominational pro-life effort in history. A focused campaign of prayer, vigil and outreach, 40 Days for Life seeks to bring an end to the tragedy of abortion.
During Baton Rouge's third campaign last year, 19 babies were confirmed saved and over 1,300 people gathered to pray for an end to abortion. Come join this prayerful campaign!
A WITNESS TO LOVE Prepare-Enrich Pre-Marital Inventory Training
Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Place: St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church Community Center
Address: 119 Highway 403, Paincourtville, LA 70391
Cost: $185 per individual or $200 per couple
This training will be hosted by Fr. Andrew Merrick, pastor of St. Elizabeth & St. Jules, and the Diocese of Baton Rouge's Office of Marriage & Family Life. The earlier start and ending time is most convenient for priests who need to be back at their parishes to hear confessions before the vigil Mass.
The training will include how to mentor and how to use the new parish marriage prep resource, "Witness to Love", which is being piloted now. For details on how you can use Prepare-Enrich as an Evangelization tool for integrating engaged couples into your parish, visit: www.witnesstolove.org.
Prepare-Enrich: The Catholic Version was released in 2007 and is used by many dioceses across the country and in Louisiana, it is the preferred inventory for many dioceses because of its accuracy, ease of use, accompanying workbook, couple's report, follow-up questions, and detailed facilitator's report. If you use marriage mentors or sponsors at your parish, the P-E offers many ways to allow them to participate in the marriage prep process as well as follow up after the wedding. If you have used FOCCUS or another PMI in the past, you will find it easy to transition. To read more about Prepare-Enrich, visit: www.prepare-enrich.com.
Cost includes certification, materials, a free scoring, refreshments, drinks and lunch. You can either pay by credit card or mail in a check. Details can be found in the registration process for how to submit payment. For questions about the content of the training, please contact Mary-Rose Verret at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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
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 2014. 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
Family Choices: Embracing Body, Mind, & Spirit in Dementia Care
Saturday, September 27, 2014
9:00am - 3:30pm
Catholic Life Center, Main Auditorium
1800 S. Acadian Thwy, Baton Rouge
Cost: $10 or $15 for Walk-Ins
Family Choices: Embracing Body, Mind, and Spirit in Dementia Care conference is filled with dynamic speakers and highly relative topics educating our community on how to take a holistic approach in caring for people with Dementia. Our morning keynote speaker will be Sr. Janet Franklin, CSJ, who lives in New Roads but travels around the country, facilitating full retreats to aged religious motherhouses. She will be presenting on the topic of “The Spirituality of Aging”. Following Sr. Franklin’s presentation will be talks by Dana Territo from Alzheimer’s Services on “Being Proactive in Aging”, Deacon Pete Walsh from St. Patrick’s Parish on “Aging Through Movement”, and Mary Malloy on “Aging Through Art”. Our afternoon keynote presentation will be made by Dr. Charles Mason, Angela Cunningham, LCSW, and Melanie Oliver, RN, and they will be presenting on the topic, “The Ethics of End of Life Care”.
Click here to Register
Download Family Choices Flyer
Download Bulletin Insert
Bishop's Respect Life Mass
Sunday, October, 12, 2014 at 11:00am
Sacred Heart Church
2250 Main Street, Baton Rouge, 70802
There will be a special blessing by Bishop Muench for all those involved in Respect Life ministries at this mass. All are invited to a reception following Mass in the parish hall.
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 an ordained 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.
Prayer Vigil for Chris Sepulvado on Evening of His Execution
THERE HAS BEEN A STAY OF EXECUTION FOR CHRIS SEPULVADO. THE PRAYER VIGIL HAS BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL A NEW EXECUTION DATE IS SET. STAY TUNED!
Click here for details from the news.
We, as a people of the Catholic faith, believe in the value and protection of all human life from the moment of conception to natural death. We stand together in defense of those who cannot defend themselves, as the protectors of life and the voice of mercy, hope, and redemption.
Believing in the forgiveness and the redeeming power of Christ, we ask you to join us at a peaceful Prayer Vigil to pray for Christopher Sepulvado, 70 years old, who is scheduled to be executed in the evening on Wednesday, February 5th. We will be praying for the end of the death penalty in Louisiana. We will also remember the young victim, William Allen Mercer, during our vigil.
For more information about the death penalty in Louisiana, visit the website of the Louisiana Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. For more information about Catholics in the effort to end the use of the death penalty in our nation, visit the website of Catholics Mobilizing Network.
Our office will be working with the Prison Ministry Office of Catholic Charities and the LCADP in this effort.
Intercessory Prayers to Use at Mass
Sanctity of Life Bulletin Article
Statement by the LA Bishops 2014
Here are some fact sheets on the Death Penalty:
Louisiana: Death Penalty Facts
Why Say 'No' to the Death Penalty?
DPIC Facts about the Death Penalty
Catholic Responses to the Death Penalty
Click here for more resources on the Death Penalty.
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