Below are upcoming events slated in the parishes of the Diocese of Lake Charles.
True reformers: Saints of the Catholic Reformation
LAKE CHARLES -- The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception presents a Lenten study on Thursdays, February 22, March 1, 8, 15, and 22, which explores the lives of Saints Ignatius of Loyola, Thomas More, Francis de Sales, Philip Neri, Charles Borromeo, and Teresa of Avila each of those days at 6 p.m. in Ave Maria Hall,, 935 Bilbo Street.
As True Reformers introduces you to these great saints, you’ll want to stay friends with them for life, even unto eternity, as you discover how they spearheaded the Church’s rebirth from the ashes of Renaissance decadence and the turbulence and confusion caused by the Protestant Reformation. The saints of the Catholic Reformation show us just how powerful—and beautiful—is the human heart’s free response to God’s generous grace.
Call the Cathedral office to register for the study (436-7251).
Soup with Spiritual Sustenance
LAKE CHARLES – The Very Reverend Marcus M. Johnson, VF, Dean of the Central Deanery and Pastor of St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church will present a Lenten Reflection with Lunch on the Thursdays of Feb. 22 and March 22.
The presentation begins at 11:30 a.m. in the St. Margaret Family Center East Room.
Call 337-439-4585 to register.
Altar Society Day of Reflection
LAKE CHARLES -- Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church’s Altar Society Day of Reflection will be Monday, February 19, with Father Ruben Villarreal, Ph.L, J.C.L., a Canon lawyer and judge for the Diocese Tribunal celebrating Mass at 8:30 a.m., at OLQH and the presentation concluding between 11-11:30 a.m.
OLQH Lenten Mission Feb 26-28
LAKE CHARLES -- Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers will be the featured speaker at the 2018 Lenten Mission of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church Monday, Feb. 26, to Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m. each day. Topics will include on Monday - The Pursuit of Happiness: Finding True Joy in the Catholic Faith; Tuesday: Apologetics 101: Seven Truths of the Church You Must Know To Defend Your Faith; and Wednesday: Living a Eucharistic Faith: The Big Deal About Mass and Why It Matters.
He will preach at all Masses on Sunday, Feb. 25. For more information, call Felicia at 477-1236.
Mission Night at St. Philip Neri
KINDER -- David Kauffman, a prolific artist who has written many songs for A.C.T.S. retreats worldwide and co-wrote the NPM Award Winning Mass of Renewal will be the speaker for the Lenten Mission Night at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church on Saturday, March 3, starting at 6 p.m.
Come and See vocations weekend
St. Joseph Abbey and Seminary College is hosting a Come and See weekend on Friday through Sunday, March 23-25.
Young men at least 16 years of age and older from across the South will visit the seminary for a weekend of sports, prayer, and tips on discernment. The weekend will conclude with a beautiful Palm Sunday liturgy with the Benedictine monks and the seminarians. There is no cost to attend and transportation will be provided.
Lenten Mission at St. Martin de Porres, March 4-6
LAKE CHARLES —- Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ will host a three-night Lenten Mission at 6:30 p.m. daily on Sunday, March 4 through Tuesday, March 6 at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, 5495 Elliott Rd.
He holds degrees from Loyola University of New Orleans and Weston School of Theology of Cambridge, MA. He is the author of four books on prayer including: Armchair Mystic;; God’s Voice Within; Reimagining the Ignatian Examen and God I Have Issues.
Fr. . Thibodeaux is the novice director in Grand Coteau, for the Jesuits of the Central and Southern Province.
Magnificat breakfast March 10
JENNINGS -- Cassie Broussard of Hathaway is scheduled to be the guest speaker at the Saturday, March 10, Magnificat breakfast set to begin at 8:30 a.m. in the John Windt Hall of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jennings.
Broussard is a wife of 26 years, and mother of two grown children., who serves as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Catechism instructor, Cursillo member, Faith Renewal member, and Tongues of Fire prayer group member.
Healing Mass on March 24
LAKE CHARLES -- Holy Mass and Adoration for Healing will be held on Wednesday, March 14 in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, located at the corner of Kirby and Bilbo streets.
There will be a Rosary and Confession beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed at 6:30 p.m. by the the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and concluding at 7 p.m. with Eucharistic Exposition with Prayers for Healing and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
Summer study series April 5 to May 3
LAKE CHARLES -- “Who Am I To Judge,” an eight-part summer study series featuring Dr. Edward Sri, will be sponsored by Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church on the Thursdays of April 5 through May 13.
Registration and payment is required to attend the event in the Our Lady Queen of Heaven Family Life Community Center Activity Room at 3939 Kingston Street from 6 to 8 p.m. from April 5– May 31, except April 26.
Registration of $16 per person covers materials. You may also register and pay at www.olqh.org, before the deadline of March 21.
Call Felicia at OLQH with any questions. 477-1236
Two new ministries available in Diocese
LAKE CHARLES – Two new ministries are open to people in Southwest Louisiana - Fully Alive and Catholic Singles United.
Catholic Singles United (CSU) is a group of single adults, ages 40 to 65, who meet monthly for spiritual, social, and service activities. Contact Becky at 936-3538 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Saint Charles Center accepting applications
MOSS BLUFF -- Saint Charles Center is accepting applications for a part-time cook. Interested applicants need to be available for immediate employment and previous work in the kitchen is preferred. Applicants need to be flexible and available to work various hours during the week as well as some weekends.
The setting of the retreat center provides the employee a peaceful environment with a spirit of shared collaboration among cooperative staff members.
Call Michelle Monceaux at 337-855-1232 for information.