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Below are upcoming events in the Diocese of Lake Charles.

Abrazando Cristo Mission destination changed
LAKE CHARLES -- Due to continued civil unrest and other violence occurring in Nicaragua, the Abrazando Mission Program has set its sights this summer on Puerto Rico, which continues recovering from the devastation of two 2017 hurricanes  according to Msgr Daniel A. Torres, program director.

The dates of the mission trip remain the same, July 6 -15, Msgr. Torres noted.

Popcorn balls, barbecue to be sold at St. Henry
LAKE CHARLES – The St. Henry Catholic Church Altar Society will hold its Popcorn Ball sale on Friday, August 3, and the St. Henry Knights of Columbus Council #5022 will be selling barbecue dinners on Saturday, August 4.

Both events will occur in the St. Henry Community Center located behind the church.

Popcorn balls, which are guaranteed when pre-ordered, will be available from 9 a.m. until sold-out. Pre-orders are currently being taken, continuing until Friday, July 27 by called 337-912-2185, 337-436-7223, or 337-439-1159.

The Knights of Columbus barbecue dinners, which include a half-chicken, pork steak, or ribs with rice dressing, pork and beans, and potato salad, are $10 each and will be sold from 8 a.m.until sold out. They can be pre-ordered by calling 337-499-9226 or 337-439-1159, or 337-912-2185.  

Radio broadcast of Cathedral Sunday Mass expanded
LAKE CHARLES -- The celebration of the Sunday 9:30 a.m. Mass from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, which has been broadcast on the radio - KLCL (1470-AM), since the beginning of the Diocese of Lake Charles and additionally - more recently - on Jennings' KJEF-AM (1290-AM) - as well streaming on the two stations' websites, will now also be broadcast on Radio Maria 91.1 FM on each second Sunday of the month. The broadcast will also be available streaming on Radio Maria's website.

Women to join Theresians being sought
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 Cookie Phillips, outreach coordinator for the Theresians International Organization.

To learn more about the Theresians call 337-474-9205 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“Theresians gather in small groups around the world to prayerfully nurture, affirm and empower each other to live a Gospel-centered life through Five Dimensions: Spirituality, Education, Community, Vocation and Ministry,” Phillips said.

Radio Maria Pilgrimage July & August
ALEXANDRIA – “Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus” is a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from July 30 to August 7 and sponsored by Radio Maria .

Father Emilio Garreaud, national priest director for Radio Maria, will be the spiritual guide, for this nine-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land, visiting the places where Jesus lived, performed miracles, and preached to the people -  a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, a visit to the Church of the Nativity where Christ was born, Garden of Gethsemane, and so much more.

The cost is $2,990 from Houston or optional departures from Miami or New York. To receive an information packet with an application, call 1-844-400-9559 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The journey Includes first class hotels, double occupancy, two meals a day – breakfast and dinner – daily sightseeing, daily Mass, tips for guide and drive, airport taxes, and fuel surcharge.

Tour coordinators are Carla Rachal,1-888-408, 0201; Mary Ann Reddoch, 1-318-277-0545 and Roxana Soriano 1-305-615-5656.

Center for Catholic Studies class schedule
LAKE CHARLES -- Instructors and subjects for upcoming classes offered at the Center for Catholic Studies at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 221 Aqua Drive, have been announced by the Office of Rellgious Education and the Office of Adult Education of the diocese of Lake Charles. The actual dates and times for the classes will be made public later, according to Sister Marirose Rudek, RSM, director of the offices.

Father Ruben Buller will teach Introduction to Spiritual Theology during September and October while Father Ruben Villareal will lead Introduction to Philosophy in November and December.

Father Nathan Long will teach on the Letters of St. Paul during the months of January and February while Paula Hunter will teach Theology of the Body & Interior Life during March and April.

Cost is $50 per person for each course. For more information or to be placed on a list for future announcements, call 337-439-7400, Ext. 308 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Parish catechists summer workshops
LAKE CHARLES -- Summer workshops for parish catechists and Professional Catechetical Leaders offered by the Office of Religious Education have been announced by Sr. Marirose Rudek, RSM, director of the office. Topics are the same in each workshop, so those who are catechists or those thinking about become a catechist in their parish should only register for one day. There is a $5 fee for the workshop, according to Sr. Marirose.

The dates and locations are Saturday, August 11 at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Kinder; Saturday, August 18 at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic. Church in Lake Charles: and Saturday, August 25 at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church in Sulphur from 8 am to 11:45 a.m. each day.

Each workshop begins with an overview of Theology of the Body for catechists followed by breakout sessions for catechists doing religious education for elementary, middle school, high school (Life Teen), high school classroom, and special needs students.

Catechists are asked to register with their parish PCL for the workshop of their choice.

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.

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