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Upcoming events in the Diocese of Lake Charles

Local March for Life set January 22
LAKE CHARLES  — Life March Southwest, sponsored by Louisiana Right to Life, New Life Counseling, and ABC Pregnancy Center, will be held Wednesday, January 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning at the Veterans Memorial Park of the Lake Charles Civic Center grounds.

Participants are asked to line up beginning at 5:30 p.m. for the approximately 1.2-mile march to the Calcasieu Parish Courthouse where, Bishop Glen John Provost will pray the opening prayer. There will also be music, speakers, and a candlelight vigil on the courthouse steps. Open to all additiona and information can be found atto LaLifeMarch.com or calling 1-866-463-LIFE.

Domestic Church Evangelization Retreat planned Feb. 6-9
A Domestic Church Evangelization Retreat for sacramentally married couples will be Thursday, Feb. 6, through Sunday, Feb. 9, at Dry Creek Baptist Camp.

Participation in this retreat offers couples an opportunity to begin or deepen their spiritual journey together. It also serves as an introduction to Domestic Church for those interested in beginning formation in a Domestic Church circle.

Leading the retreat will be Casey and Erin Powell, local coordinators for Domestic Church in the Diocese of Lake Charles. The Powells have been involved with Domestic Church for at least half of their 10-year marriage. They are parishioners of Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Welsh. 

The retreat begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and ends at noon on Sunday. Cost is $410 per couple. Contact: Casey and Erin Powell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 337-249-6946 or 337-526-6383. Register online at DomesticChurchFamilies.com. Dry Creek Baptist Camp is located at 8237 LA-113, Dry Creek.

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 will be 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.

For an information packet/registration form, contact Felicia Borel at 337-477-1236 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A non-refundable deposit of $300 must accompany the registration form, which has a Monday, January 20, deadline to secure a place.

Popcorn Balls, BBQ Dinner Sales
LAKE CHARLES — The St. Henry Catholic Church Altar Society will hold a "popcorn ball" sale on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 6-7, while St. Henry Knights of Columbus #5022 will offer  BBQ dinners on Saturday, Feb. 8, both in the St. Henry Community Center behind the church, located at 1021 Eighth Avenue.

The "popcorn ball" sale begins at 9 a.m. each day and continues until stock is sold out. They are guaranteed when preordered and may be ordered, at $3 each, by calling 337-912-2185 or 337-436-7223.

The BBQ dinners, either a half chicken or pork steak or ribs, are $10 each, and will be sold from 8 a.m. until sold out on Saturday. Dinners include rice dressing, pork and beans, and potato salad.

For more information or to preorder, call 337-499-9226, 337-912-2185, or 337-436-7223.

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.

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.

The Very Reverend Ruben Buller will be the priest leader for this pilgrimage and Mass will be said daily.  A copy of the brochure covering the pilgrimage is available either by email or “hard copy” by contacting Roz or Pierre Allemond, Lieutenancy Pilgrimage Coordinators, at 318-452-6443 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with name, address, and telephone number.

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.

History of Lacassine, surrounding communities
LACASSINE — A book on the history of Lacassine, covinerg cover early settlers in 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

January Holy Spirit Women's Retreat
LAFAYETTE — Johnnette Benkovic Williams, Fr. Mark Goring, Deacon Larry and Andi Oney, and Patti Mansfield will be featured at the annual Holy Spirit Women’s Retreat on January 24-26, 2020, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Lafayette,.

The prophetic theme is “2020:  Without a Vision the People Perish.” The liturgies, music, prayer, teaching and fellowship will bring encouragement to all those who love the Lord and the Church. 

Johnnette is Founder and President of Women of Grace which sponsors conferences, media, study groups and more.  She is featured on EWTN on both radio and television and is a prolific writer. Her new book is The Rosary: Your Weapon in Spiritual Warfare.

Fr. Mark Goring is a dynamic and inspiring preacher who is fearless.  He is a member of the Companions of the Cross, and the past Director of the Catholic Charismatic Center in Houston and has a daily YouTube broadcast of gospel preaching.  They will be joined by Deacon Larry and Andi Oney, Patti Mansfield and the CCRNO Team.  Register online at www.ccrno.org or call 504-828-1368.

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.

Contact Linda Daigle for more information about the retreat and team registration at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (337) 802-3496.

“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.

To sign up or for more information contact Marjorie Long at 337-439-7400, Ext. 317 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“Grief to Grace” retreat May 13-17
LAKE CHARLES – Registration for the next This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. retreat experience being offered by the Office of Family Life of the Diocese of Lake Charles, has opened according to Marjorie Long, site leader.

The retreat will be held May 13-17, 2020 at Tabor Retreat House of Saint Charles Center.

The cost is $1,500.00, which includes a private room, meals and all materials. Scholarship assistance is available upon request for those in need of partial aid. All inquiries are confidential. To register, call 337-489-2473 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 $4,199 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.

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!

To connect, visit the website: www.fullyalivelakecharles.com & join the Facebook group: “FULLY ALIVE! Lake Charles” - email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text the word "Fully" to 84576.

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."

Those interested in volunteering should e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 337-395-565

Women sought to join Theresians
LAKE CHARLES — Catholic women are being sought to join a monthly faith-filled spiritual community, especially to form a new Theresians group in the Westlake, Sulphur, Vinton and Carlyss areas, according to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., outreach coordinator for the Theresians International Organization.

To learn more about the Theresians call Thomas at 504-756-0000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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