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Below are upcoming events in the parishes of the Diocese of Lake Charles.

Radio broadcast of Cathedral's 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 broadcasted on Radio Maria 91.1 FM beginning May 13,  continuing on each second Sunday thereafter.

The broadcast will also be available streaming on Radio Maria's website.

Newman Lecture Series April 17

LAKE CHARLES — The Spring 2018 Newman Lecture Series will feature Dr. Thomas Baril on Tuesday April 17, at 6 p.m., speaking on “How Killing Patients Became Medically Moral.” 

This presentation is a unique look at the story behind the development of German physicians participation in Eugenic and Mass Extermination Projects in the
early Twentieth Century. Almost everyone has heard about the Holocaust and the horrendous experiments on prisoners that led to the Nuremberg Code. But, what you've
not likely heard about is how those who took an oath to preserve life were led to actively participate in killing human subjects? Research in this area has provided a surprisingly
(seemingly) rational argument that developed over time and became enculturated in the intellectual and professional ranks of German thinkers.

Abrazando Cristo Mission fundraisers set
LAKE CHARLES —  Annual fundraisers for the Abrazando Cristo Mission program have been set - The Big Cash Giveaway and the Johnnie Thibodeaux Memorial Golf Tournament  - according to Msgr Daniel A. Torres, director.

Tickets for the Big Cash Giveaway are $100 each with only 750 being sold. Prizes are $5,000 for the top winner, $1,000 for second spot and $500 for third. The drawing will be held on Sunday, June 17, at the rectory of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. For more information on the giveaway call 337-439-7400. Tickets may be purchased by mailing a check to Abrazando Cristo Mission Program, Attn. Msgr. Daniel Torres, 617 West Claude, Lake Charles, LA 70605.

The golf tournament will be Saturday, May 19, at Mallard Cove Golf Course. For more information, contact Johnnie or Susan Thibodeaux at 337-478-4095 or Will Fruge at 337-540-0410. Check local golf courses for registration forms.

Proceeds from the events benefit the ongoing work of current and future mission projects in Nicaragua.

Summer study series through 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.

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. on the Thursdays through May 31, except April 26.

Registration is $16 per person covers materials. Call Felicia at OLQH with any questions. 477-1236

Our Lady Queen of Heaven Bible Study
LAKE CHARLES -- “Mary, A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother,” an eight-part bible study featuring Dr. Edward Sri, will be presented in the Our Lady Queen of Heaven Family Life Community Center Activity Room, 3939 Kingston Street, on the Tuesday evenings of June 5 through July 31, with the exception of July 3, from 6 to 8 p.m.  

Filmed on location in the Holy Land, this study will place you in the midst of the powerful drama of Mary’s earthly life, taking you through her joys…and her sorrows. You will learn how she works in our lives today, drawing us ever closer to her Divine Son. Seeing Mary in this way will change you forever.

In Mary you will:
•    Visit the grotto of Mary’s home, the cave where Christ was born, and other rarely seen places in the Holy Land.
•    See the significance of Mary as you explore the Biblical roots of our beliefs about her.
•    Deepen your devotion to Mary as you discover our Blessed Mother in a uniquely personal way.
   
Registration is $25 per person and includes materials and it can be done at www.olqh.org. Deadline to register is May 15.

Call Felicia at OLQH with any questions at 337-477-1236

Building a Vibrant Parish Seminar
LAKE CHARLES -- St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church is sponsoring a Vibrant Parish Seminar from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, in the church at 2500 Enterprise Boulevard.

The seminar will help parish leadership understand best practices for improving communiucation, becoming stronger evangelizers, securing a solid financial future, promoting a clear identity, increasing engagement, building a strong stewardship environment, and transforming mature, intention disciples. A Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided, giving participants an opportunity to share with each other triumphs and successes.

There is no cost for the event. To register visit www.4LPi.com/seminars.

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.

“The Two Shall Become One”
LAKE CHARLES — “The Two Shall Become One,” the Special Creation of Adam and Eve as the Foundation of the Church’s Teaching on Holy Marriage, will be presented by Huw Owen of the Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation will be given on Sunday, April 29, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. in Ave Maria Hall of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 935 Kirby Street.

Topics will include:
• What light do Scripture, Tradition, and authoritative Magisterial teachings of the past shed on the origins of Man and Holy Marriage?

• How does sound natural science judge the hypothesis of human evolution?

• How do the answers to these questions relate to the current crisis of faith and morals?  Bring your questions, find the answers

The Seminar is FREE and pre-registration is not required. For more information, call 337-436-7251 or check out the Kolbe Center at www.kolbecenter.org.

Two new ministries available in Diocese

LAKE CHARLES – Two new ministries are open to people in Southwest Louisiana - Fully Alive and Catholic Singles United.
  
Fully Alive is a Catholic community of non-student young adults, 18 to 39 years old. Join the Facebook group: “FULLY ALIVE! Lake Charles”: www.facebook.com/groups/107344226572108 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with name, age, e-mail, phone and contact information.  
  
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 beckysee51@gmail.com 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.


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