Upcoming events in the Diocese of Lake Charles
2020 Mission Trip registration open
LAKE CHARLES — The Abrazando Cristo Mission trip for 2020 will be July 10-19, 2020, to Puerto Rico and only 25 seats available on a first come, first served basis.
Cost of the trip is $2,200.00, which covers all air and ground transportation, meals, lodging, tips, taxes, retreat, and mission shirts.
A non-refundable deposit of $300 must accompany the registration form, which has a Friday, February 14, deadline to secure a spot.
Pre-Lenten Mission Feb. 17-19
SULPHUR — A Pre-Lenten Mission, featuring inspirational and motivational speaker Father Cedric Pisegna, C.P., will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Feb. 17-19. He will preach the homily at all Masses on Sunday, Feb. 16.
Father Pisegna will celebrate the daily Mass at 8:30 a.m. and lead a 7 p.m. Word Service each of the three days. The best-selling author of 23 books, he can be seen on the Trinity Broadcasting Network on Sundays at 6 a.m. and on Daystar TV at noon on Sundays. All are welcome.
For more information call 337-625-3364 or at www.frcedric.org.
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat Feb 21-23
LAKE CHARLES — Rachel’s Vineyard of Southwest Louisiana, sponsored by the Office of Pro-Life of the Diocese of Lake Charles, hosts its next retreat weekend Friday through Sunday, Feb 21-23, at Tabor Retreat House of Saint Charles Center.
The retreat is for both men and women who are suffering from the trauma and after-effects of abortion. These can include: eating disorders, difficulty with relationships, repeat abortions, substance abuse, depression, suicidal urges, anxiety/panic attacks, nightmares, emotional numbness, guilt, anger & gear of punishment from God.
A Rachel's Vineyard Retreat provides an opportunity to deeply enter the grieving process and identify all the ways an abortion may have affected you. Rachel's Vineyard offers a number of powerful exercises that allow the wounded soul to speak its grief and sorrow. The exercises help to connect participants to their inner voice, to each other, and to the love and compassion of God.
They also help participants to accept forgiveness for themselves and others. There is also an opportunity to re-connect with the children that were aborted on a spiritual level, to give them honor and dignity through special and creative spiritual exercises as well as in a memorial service.
Cor ad Cor to begin
LAKE CHARLES — Cor ad Cor is a prayer and discussion group for unmarried women ages 18-39, who want to deepen their capacity to hear and respond to God's voice as He leads them on their daily pilgrimage of faith, hope and charity. Women do not have to be discerning religious life to participate.
The Religious Sisters of Mercy will lead the group in discussion, meeting on the first Thursday of each month from 5 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in their Convent at 1414 Martha Street, Lake Charles, beginning on March 5.
Dates for the remainder of 2020 are April 2, May 7, June 4, July 2, August 6, September 3, October 1, November 5, and December 3.
History of Lacassine, surrounding communities
LACASSINE — A book on the history of Lacassine, covering early settlers in the area and also the surrounding communities is available for purchase.
Cost of the hardcover book will be around $35.00 and all funds raised will go toward the building fund for a new church hall at St. John the Evangelist Mission. For more information and to purchase the book, call 337-540-9924.
Women's D.E.E.P. Retreat
MOSS BLUFF — The first Women’s Discipleship, Eucharist, Evangelization, and Prayer (D.E.E.P.) Retreat will be held at Saint Charles Center on Tuesday through Thursday, March 24–26.
The retreat is designed to guide women who have attended an A.C.T.S. retreat to go deeper in their faith walk and renew themselves spiritually.
“Spot of Grace” Retreat April 3-5
MOSS BLUFF — Sr. Camille Martinez, SEC will conduct the Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church Women’s Lenten Silent Retreat - “Spot of Grace” - over the Palm Sunday weekend, April 3-5, at Tabor Retreat House of Saint Charles Center.
Cost for a private room is $225 while a shared room is $205. Scholarships available upon request for those in need of assistance.
To register contact Andrea Blanchard at 474-1788 or 794-9679.
Clergy cook-off fundraiser April 18
LAKE CHARLES – The Diocese of Lake Charles Office of Pro-Life will present its third annual Clergy Cook-off on Saturday, April 18, at Prien Lake Park, according to Rickard Newman, Director of Pro-Life and Family Life.
The fundraiser will support pro-life ministries in the diocese including Rachel’s Vineyard, which will continue to help people heal from the wounds of abortion, and Grief to Grace, for anyone who has suffered from different forms of abuse.
The cook-off will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with tasting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Individual tickets for tasting are $60 each (children under 12 are free) and the Trinity Package ($600) offers eight tickets for tasting, a signed thank you from Bishop Glen John Provost, and “Long Time, No Sheen,” a book of jokes by Bishop Fulton Sheen. There will be live entertainment, door prizes and children’s games.
Those participating in the tasting serve as judges and determine the winning dish and team and the winner receiving a $500 donation to the parish.
Catholic Charities Jazz Brunch April 26
LAKE CHARLES — The annual Jazz Brunch, benefitting the ministry of Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana in the Diocese of Lake Charles will be Sunday, April 26, at the Lake Charles Country Club. Net proceeds from the event go directly to serve the poor.
According to Sister Miriam, MacLean, R.S.M., Director of Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana, this year’s theme is: “God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” (1 John 4:16)
“This passage aptly describes so much of what we are about at Catholic Charities,” said Sister Miriam. “We strive every day to give people another opportunity to encounter God who is love and to aid them in learning to abide in Him.”
Doors open at 10:30 a.m. with a silent auction. The blessing and brunch begin at 11:30 a.m., with entertainment provided by the McNeese Jazz Combo of Efron Simon, Josh Hebert, and Ryan Miller.
Reserved tables of eight in the following categories include: Disciple Table for $1,500 and recognition at the brunch; Friend Table for $1,000 and recognition; Traditional Table for $700; along with individual tickets for $75 each. Tickets may be purchased at Catholic Charities, 1225 Second Street, or online through www.catholiccharitiesswla.com. Call Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana at 337-439-7436 for more information.
Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted for payment of winning auction bids on the day of the Jazz Brunch.
Photographer of Saint Teresa of Calcutta to speak
LAKE CHARLES — Marie Bissell Constantin, the author of Finding Calcutta: Memoirs of a Photographer, who photographed and spent time in Calcutta at Saint Mother Teresa’s monastery, will speak at McNeese State University’s SAGE Series on Monday, April 6, at 3 p.m. in the Seed Center.
Individual admission is $20, payable in advance or at the event with a credit card or check or at the Series price of $65 for any six admissions. A direct link to registration is as follows:
“Grief to Grace” retreat May 13-17
The retreat will be held May 13-17, 2020 at Tabor Retreat House of Saint Charles Center.
Pilgrimage to Alpine Europe, Oberammergau Passion Play
LAKE CHARLES — Fr. Rommel Tolentino will lead an 11-Day Pilgrimage to Germany, Switzerland, and Austria on June 15-25.
Visit medieval Heidelberg, cruise the scenic Rhine River, enjoy the stunning scenery of Lake Lucerne, travel to picturesque Innsbruck in the heart of the Austrian Alps, tour Mozart’s and the “Sound of Music” city of Salzburg, pray in the shrines of the Black Madonna in Einsiedeln and Altotting, see the fairy tale like Neuschwanstein castle, visit the Bavarian capital of Munich, and experience the once-in-a-decade Oberammergau Passion Play. Cost is $3,999 per person with round trip air from Houston. Includes First class hotels, double occupancy, two meals a day - breakfast and dinner, daily sightseeing, daily Mass, airport taxes, fuel surcharges, Passion Play Package and Trip Protection Plan.
Tickets are limited. For more information or to request a brochure, call the Cathedral office at 337-436-7251.
Holy Land Pilrgrimage in 2020
ALEXANDRIA — The Equestrian Order of The Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, Southeastern Lieutenancy, is offering a pilgrimage to the Holy Land for the period of September 22 to October 2, 2020.
The trip departs Newark, NJ, non-stop to Tel Aviv, and includes first class hotels, private motor coach transportation, breakfast, dinner and all fees and taxes. Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, we will be met by a local guide who will be our leader throughout the trip. Cost for the pilgrimage is $3,673.00 per person, double occupancy.
You can also view details at sleohs.com, and at the programs dropdown, click pilgrimages. This tour is already half-filled and limited to 45 individuals. In order to be considered one must submit the application and $300 deposit soon. This pilgrimage is offered on a first come, first served basis and is being marketed nationwide.
Mass on Radio Maria
ALEXANDRIA — The celebration of the Mass can be heard at 8 a.m. Monday through Friday, 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, and at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sunday on Radio Maria (91.1 FM) and on www.radiomaria.us.
Fully Alive community growing, seeks young adults
LAKE CHARLES — Young adults in the Lake Charles diocese area, 18-39 years old, non-students in the working world: FULLY ALIVE is a community just for you!
CHRISTUS Hospice seeking volunteers
LAKE CHARLES — CHRISTUS Hospice, a Catholic faith-based organization, is seeking volunteers to aid in a variety of areas, according to Kelly Ieyoub, volunteer coordinator.
"Volunteers are needed to assist with patient companionship, caregiver respite, spiritual support and so much more," she said. "You can make a difference. Listen to cherished memories, pat a shoulder, give a hug, touch a heart, change a life .. maybe your own."
Women sought to join Theresians