Upcoming events in the Diocese of Lake Charles
Ember Day Mass September 21
SULPHUR – The Reverend D.B. Thompson, pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Creole and Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Cameron, will celebrate a Solemn Ember Day Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 21, in Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church, 1109 Cypress Street.
The Mass is being celebrated in part for reparation and sanctification of the clergy.
Center for Catholic Studies course
LAKE CHARLES -- The Center for Catholic Studies, sponsored by the Office of Religious Education of the Diocese of Lake Charles, offers the course Theology of the Body and the Interior Life, taught by Paula Hunter, beginning September 24 and continuing on each of the five following Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the McNeese Student Center, 221 Aqua Drive.
The registration fee is $50 and those interested can register online or by visiting the Diocese of Lake Charles Facebook page. For more information, call the Office of Religious Education at 337-439-7400.
St. Joseph Mission Devotional Luncheon
LEBLEU SETTLEMENT -- Rev. Samuel Orsot, parochial vicar of St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church, will be the guest speaker at the luncheon, which is a St. Joseph Mission Building Fund Event, with his presentation of The Four Last Things The Journey of our Souls at 11 a.m on Saturday, September 28, at St. Josseph Mission, 2110 Claude Hebert Road.
There will a silent auction and door prizes. Tickets are $20 each.
For more information or tickets call St. Raphael Catholic Church, 337-582-3503; Lonnie Vidrine 337-532-4450, or Laurie Vidrine 337-292-9669
Healing Retreat for Men And Women
NEW ORLEANS -- The Catholic Charismatic Renewal of New Orleans (CCRNO) will have Jim Murphy and Fr. Bill Henry lead the annual Healing Retreat for Men and Women, September 20-22, at Lumen Christi Retreat Center in Schriever, Louisiana. The theme is “Holiness and Wholeness.” Murphy and Fr. Henry will be assisted by members of the CCRNO Pastoral Team.
Murphy is the outgoing President of ICCRS, based at the Vatican. He has traveled extensively over the world bringing the Word of God and ministering in the power of the Spirit. Fr. Henry is pastor of St. Joseph Church in Greenville, Mississippi, and a sought-after spiritual director with a special gift of prayer for healing. Both bring their extensive pastoral experience and charismatic healing ministry to this retreat. Currently, there are on-site rooms available; however, last year this retreat filled very quickly. Please register early.
Heavenly Fish Fest set September 28
LAKE CHARLES -- The Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic School family fishing tournament is Saturday, September 28, with weigh-in headquarters open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Calcasieu Point Landing.
Fishing can begin at 6 a.m. from any location (boat, land or pier). Visit www.olqhs.org for more information or to register.
Historical Tidbit: Reginald McWilliams Ball, Sr
LAKE CHARLES -- The Life and Legacy of Reginald McWilliams Ball, Sr. will be discussed on Tuesday, October 1, from 10 a.m. to noon, in the Southwest Louisiana Genealogical & Historical Library, 411 Pujo Street.
Genealogy library staff member, Joyce Sonnier, will discuss the influential proprietor of Ball's Auditorium, which was a popular entertainment venue on the ''Chitlin' Circuit'' in the segregated South of the 1940s and 1950s.
Cathedral Chorale Concert
LAKE CHARLES -- The Immaculate Conception Cathedral Chorale and Chamber Orchestra will hold a special concert of sacred music on Saturday, October 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
The concert, entitled “Our Musical Heritage” is part of the Cathedral’s 150th Sesquicentennial celebration and will feature music that has been sung in the Cathedral parish generation after generation since the parish was founded in 1869. The program will feature works by Mozart, Handel, Bach and other master composers as well as spirituals and works by contemporary composers. The concert is free of charge and a reception will follow in Ave Maria Hall.
St. Eugene Alligator Festival October 6
GRAND CHENIER -- The Annual Saint Eugene Catholic Church Alligator Festival will be held Sunday, October 6, on the Mermentau River at Grand Chenier Park beginning at 10 a.m.
The festival includes the Little Mr. & Miss Alligator Festival Pageant, the South Cameron High School Dazzlers Dance Line, live baby gators, live music with Teardrops, a big prize raffle, live & silent auctions with great deals for early Christmas shopping, barbecue chicken and barbecue beef dinners along with the ever favorite fried alligator and much more.
Rosary Around the Lake October 13
LAKE CHARLES -- Rosary Around the Lake, a part of Rosary Coast to Coast – a nationwide day of praying the rosary – locally will be Sunday, October 13, beginning precisely at 3 p.m., joining other like-minded groups around the country.
Groups and individuals are asked to arrive between 1:30 and 2 p.m. to organize in the west side parking lot of the Lake Charles Civic Center. Organized by the Ruth Institute locally, the specific intention of the rosary will be the family, the most basic unit of society, which God instituted as a form from which to build all other relationships.
Individuals and teams can sign up online and get more information at RosaryAroundTheLake.0.
Ten Commandments class at St. Henry
LAKE CHARLES -- A class on the Ten Commandments for adults, those high school age and above, will be held on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. - October 8 through November 19, in the i
St. Henry Catholic Church Community Center, according to Father Matthew Cormier, pastor.
There is no charge for the class and to sign up, call the St. Henry Church office, 337-436-7223 or at sthenry.church/adult-formation.
Immaculate Heart Bazaar Oct. 5-6
LAKE CHARLES – The Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Fall Bazaar, a family friendly event, will be Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6, from 10 a.m. each day at the church, located at 2031 Opelousas Street.
The 66th Anniversary Event will feature food, raffles, live and silen auctions, a sweet shop and a kid’s zone.
Chicken and pork steak dinners will be available along with hot dogs, chili dogs, hamburgers, funnel cakes, funnel cakes and a plethora of other tasty delicacies.
Four raffle drawings, with prizes of $5,000, $2,500, $1,500, and $1,000 will be held. Raffle tickets, $100 each, can be purchased at the Church Pastoral Center 2031 Opelousas Street, Monday through Friday during regular business hours – 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The silent auction will be both Saturday and Sunday with the live auction to begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The Kid’s Zone will feature a dunking booth bingo and more.
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."
St. Paul Fall Bazaar November 9-10
ELTON - The 2019 Fall Bazaar of St. Paul Catholic Church has been set for Saturday and Sunday, November 9-10, beginning at 10 a.m. with a tractor pull behind the church and a cake-off at 11 a.m. in Frantzen Hall on Saturday.
After the day's 5 p.m. Anticipated Mass, attendees will find a country store, burgers and fries, a sweet shoppe, etouffee, bingo and gumbo for their enjoyment.
The festivities continue on Sunday, following the 10 a.m. Mass, with burgers and fries, country dinner live and silent auctions, the country store, sweet shoppe children's rides and games, and bingo.
Fête-Dieu On The Lake
LAKE CHARLES -- A Tri-Parish Anniversary Celebration – “Celebrating 350 years of Catholic Faith with Christ the King on the Lake!” – will take place on Saturday, November 23, The Feast of Christ the King, honoring three churches' long histories - The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 150 years; Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church of Sulphur, 100 years; and Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church of Lake Charles, 100 years.
The event begins at noon with Eucharistic Procession from Sacred Heart Church to boat landing and Marian Procession from Nalmar Landing to the Civic Center seawall. At 1:15 p.m. there will be a boat procession around the lake, then at 2:30 p.m. a Marian and Eucharistic Procession from the Civic Center to the Cathedral, followed at 3:45 p.m. by Benediction and Holy Mass of Christ the King. A reception in the Ave Maria Hall will conclude the festivities at 5 p.m.
Boat registration is required. For more information or to register a boat, contact the Cathedral office at 337-436-7251 or visit the facebook page “Fête-Dieu on the Lake.”
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!
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 .