Upcoming events in the Diocese of Lake Charles
Bishop Provost to celebrate Pontifical Mass
LAKE CHARLES — Bishop Glen John Provost will celebrate a Pontifical Mass in the Extraordinary Form on Thursday, August 1, Jesus Christ the Eternal High Priest, 5:30 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
In addition, the Bishop will be celebrant for a Pontifical Mass in the Extraordinary Form on Sunday, December 29, Sunday in the Octave of Christmas, at 11:15 a.m. in the Cathedral.
LAKE CHARLES -- Priests of the Diocese of Lake Charles, playing to benefit the Priest Retirement Fund, will take on diocesan seminarians, playing for the Vocation Fund, in an indoor wiffle ball game on Saturday, August 3, at 10 a.m. in the Our Lady Queen of Heaven Family Life Center gym.
Adoration for Scouts
LAKE CHARLES -- All Scouts in the Diocese of Lake Charles - including Cub Scouts, Scouting BSA, Girl Scouts, Venturing Crews, and Little Flowers - are invited to join Father Trey Ange for Adoration, prayer and reconciliation on Saturday, August 10, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church.
"We will begin with an explanation of Adoration. and then have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament," Father Ange said. "This will meet the requirements for the Eucharistic Adoration patch."
Please attend in full Class A uniform and families are welcome!
For answers to any questions or if any parents are interested in joining the Catholic Committee on Scouting, contact Cassie Gage 802-4444 or Lannie Fuselier 965-9384. The event is sponsored by the Lake Charles Diocese Catholic Committee on Scouting, and Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church..
Abrazando Cristo Mission News
LAKE CHARLES … Ticket purchasers numbered 578 in the recent Abrazando Cristo Mission Program Big Cash Giveaway Fundraiser with winners announced - first prize winner of $5,000 was ticket 0167 (PLM); second prize of $1,000 was ticket 0537 (EAS); and the third prize of $500 was ticket no. 0401 (JLG). Msgr. Daniel Torres expressed his gratitude for all of the participation in the fundraiser.
"Also thanks goes out to the many golfers who turned out for the Johnnie Thibodeaux Memorial Golf Tournament in May at Mallard Cove," Msgr. Torres said. The Tournament Committee was able to donate $30,000 towards the work of the Abrazando Cristo Mission in Nicaragua and Puerto Rico. "May God bless you for your prayerful and financial support this year," he continued. "Please pray for the 23 missionaries who will be traveling to Fajardo, Puerto Rico to help the people from the aftermath of Hurricane Maria some two years ago."
Altar Society Popcorn Ball sale
LAKE CHARLES -- The St. Henry Catholic Church Altar Society popcorn ball sale will be held from 9 a.m. on Friday, August 2, in the St. Henry Community Center.
Popcorn balls, $3.00 each, are guaranteed when pre-ordered. Orders are being taken now until Friday, July 26, by calling 337-912-2185 or 337-436-7223.
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.
Quo Vadis Days July 30-August 1
MOSS BLUFF – The annual Quo Vadis Days Vocation Camp, sponsored by the Office of Vocations, runs Tuesday, July 30 through Thursday August 1, at Sam Houston Jones State Park, according to Father Jeffrey Starkovich, director of vocations and seminarians.
There is no cost to attend. The event is open to male freshman high school students and other men up age 25.
Fearing persecution from the Roman emperor, an ancient tradition says that St. Peter decided to flee for his life. After leaving the walls of Rome, he encountered Jesus carrying his cross in the direction of the city. St. Peter asked Jesus, "Quo Vadis, Domine?" (Where are you going, Lord?) Jesus answered, "I am going to Rome to be crucified again." With that, St. Peter turned around and followed Jesus as he led him to Rome where he continued his apostolic ministry and faced his martyrdom with courage.
“St. Peter was open to following where Jesus led him,” Father Starkovich said. “ Come discover where the Lord is leading you in your life during the Quo Vadis Days Vocation Camp. You will learn about the priesthood and how to discern your vocation with priests, seminarians, and other young men like yourself gathered together in fellowship, recreation, prayer, and discussion to help you explore our Lord’s call in your life."
For more information and to register call Father Starkovich at 337-725-3719.
Vespers, Benediction, and Holy Hour offered
LAKE CHARLES -- The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception offers Vespers and Benediction each Sunday from 4 to 5 p.m. in Ave Maria Hall, located at the southeast corner of Kirby and Bilbo streets as well as a Holy Hour of Reparation each Thursday from 11 p.m. until midnight.
All Masses, both daily and Sunday, will be celebrated in Ave Maria Hall while the Cathedral is closed for its restoration.
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat August 16-18
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, August 16-18, at Tabor Retreat House of Saint Charles Center.
The retreat is for both men and women 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.
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!
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 Cookie Phillips, outreach coordinator for the Theresians International Organization.
“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.
“Grief to Grace” retreat May 13-17, 2020
The retreat will be held May 13-17, 2020 at Tabor Retreat House of Saint Charles Center.
The first retreat - “Grief to Grace: Healing the Wounds of Abuse, Reclaiming the Gift of Human Dignity” – took place in May.
According to Long, it was a psychological and spiritual journey providing safety and support for anyone who has suffered degradation or violation through physical, emotional or sexual abuse or neglect. Others assisting in this first retreat are Father Whitney Miller, Courtney Kerlegon, and other members of the diocesan team .