Upcoming events in the Diocese of Lake Charles

“10’s for Turkeys” begins
LAKE CHARLES – Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana presents its “10’s for Turkeys,” a fundraising program seeking to put a turkey on the table of low income families in need this Thanksgiving season.

Though $10 will purchase a turkey – a total of 750 are being sought – contributions of any amount are most welcome as are direct donations of one or more frozen turkeys.  The goal of $11,000 will purchase turkeys for the 650 Catholic Charities' monthly food bank clients and the extra food baskets, some 250, that are given away at Thanksgiving. The hope is to provide each family with a turkey, so they can share a nice holiday meal with loved ones. 

Contributions can be dropped off at the 1225 Second Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601, address of Catholic Charities or mailed to the same address. Office hours are 9:30 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. For additional information about “10’s for Turkeys” call 337-439-7436.

November 40 Hours Devotion
 LAKE CHARLES – Forty Hours Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, praying for an increase in vocations to the priesthood in the Diocese of Lake Charles, continues in the South Deanery during the remainder of November, according to the Very Reverend Anthony Fontenot, V.F.

Locations and dates are as follows: St. Mary of the Lake in Big Lake - November 11-15; Christ the King in Lake Charles - November 19-22; and St. Eugene in Grand Chenier and Sacred Hear in Creole - November 25-29.

Times at Christ the King will be Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, November 19-21 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day and on Friday, November 22 from noon to 5 p.m.

For times at other churches, contact the individual churches.

History of Lacassine, surrounding communities
LACASSINE -- A book on the history of Lacassine will cover early settlers in Lacassine but also the surrounding communities and will be available around the December 1.

Cost of the hard cover book will be around $35.00 and all funds raised will go toward the building fund for a new church hall. For more information and to purchase the book, call 337-540-9924.

Cathedral Advent Mission November 30
LAKE CHARLES -- Adam Blai of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, will lead An Advent Mission - The Incarnation of Christ Learning from the Angelic Response & Our Need for Continual Conversion - on Saturday, November 30  from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 935 Bilbo Street.

Blai is a Peritus of religious demonology and exorcism for the Diocese of Pittsburgh and has been an auxiliary member of the International Association of Exorcists in Rome for a number of years. A regular instructor for the Te Deum Institute of Sacred Liturgy in the Diocese of Tulsa, he provides training for exorcists nationally. He has a Master's in Psychology and has done most of his professional psychological work in forensic settings. Blai is currently working full-time for the Pittsburgh diocese and providing assistance to a number of other dioceses. He has appeared as guest speaker on EWTN and other media outlets. He has authored two books on hauntings, possessions and exorcisms.

Christmas At Sea Donations Sought
LAKE CHARLES -- The Stella Maris Seafarers Center at the Port of Lake Charles is collecting items for its Christmas At Sea gift bag program.

Items accepted include full size bars of bath soap, combs, deodorant, disposable razors, mechanical pencils, hard candy, knit caps, lotion, pens, playing cards, prayer cards, full size bottles of shampoo, full size containers of shaving cream, socks, full size tubes of toothpaste, wash cloths, and work gloves. Any of these items can be delivered to the Seafarers Center, 150 Marine Street, at the Port or contact Deacon Patrick LaPoint at 337-436-1315 for pickup.

Monetary donations are also welcome to aid in purchasing items needed for each bag. Checks may be sent to the Stella Maris Seafarers Center, 150 Marine Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601.

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.”

Latin Mass Conference December 6-8
LAKE CHARLES — Gratia et Veritas, the Third Annual Louisiana Traditional Latin Mass Conference & Festival will take place from Friday, December 6, through Sunday, December 8, at three churches of the Diocese of Lake Charles.

On Friday, celebration of the Holy Mass will take place at 6 p.m. in St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Catholic Church, located in Carlyss. Following the liturgy, at 7 p.m., there will be an Introductory Reception.

On Saturday, Holy Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church in Sulphur followed by a meal at 12:05 p.m. and the start of the Conference at 1 p.m. There will be Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 6:05 p.m.

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception will be the site of the conclusion of the weekend on Sunday, December 8, with Holy Mass celebrated at 5 p.m. followed at 6:30 p.m. with a Marian Procession through the streets of downtown Lake Charles and a reception in the Cathedral’s Ave Maria Hall at 7:15 p.m.

Speakers will include Fr. Taj Glodd, Pastor of St. Joseph's, Plaisance, and St. Anne's, Frilot Cove; Mike Church, Host of The Mike Church Show; Msgr. Arthur Calkins, S.T.D.; and Thomas Drake, President of Louisiana Tradition, Family, and Property.

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or the offices of any of the three churches.

Ember Day Saturday Mass of Advent
OBERLIN -- A Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be celebrated on Saturday, December 22, beginning at 9 a.m. in St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church located at 118 South Seventh Street.

January Holy Spirit Women's Retreat
LAFAYETTE --  Johnnette Benkovic Williams, Fr. Mark Goring, Deacon Larry and Andi Oney, and Patti Mansfield will be featured at the annual Holy Spirit Women’s Retreat January 24-26, 2020, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Lafayette,.

The prophetic theme is “2020:  Without a Vision the People Perish.” The liturgies, music, prayer, teaching and fellowship will bring encouragement to all those who love the Lord and the Church. 

Johnnette is Founder and President of Women of Grace which sponsors conferences, media, study groups and more.  She is featured on EWTN on both radio and television and is a prolific write. Her new book is The Rosary: Your Weapon in Spiritual Warfare.

Fr. Mark Goring is a dynamic and inspiring preacher who is fearless.  He is a member of the Companions of the Cross, and the past Director of the Catholic Charismatic Center in Houston and has a daily YouTube broadcast of gospel preaching.  They will be joined by Deacon Larry and Andi Oney, Patti Mansfield and the CCRNO Team.  Register online at www.ccrno.org or call (504) 828-1368.

“Grief to Grace” retreat May 13-17, 2020
LAKE CHARLES – Registration for the next This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. retreat experience being offered by the Office of Family Life of the Diocese of Lake Charles, has opened according to Marjorie Long, site leader.

The retreat will be held May 13-17, 2020 at Tabor Retreat House of Saint Charles Center.

The cost is $1,500.00, which includes a private room, meals and all materials. Scholarship assistance is available upon request for those in need of partial aid. All inquiries are confidential. To register, call (337) 489-2473 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pilgrimage to Alpine Europe, Oberammergau Passion Play
LAKE CHARLES - Fr. Rommel Tolentino will lead an 11-Day Pilgrimage to Germany, Switzerland, and Austria on June 15-25, 2020.

Visit medieval Heidelberg, cruise the scenic Rhine River, enjoy the stunning scenery of Lake Lucerne, travel to picturesque Innsbruck in the heart of the Austrian Alps, tour Mozart’s and the “Sound of Music” city of Salzburg, pray in the shrines of the Black Madonna in Einsiedeln and Altotting, see the fairy tale like Neuschwanstein castle, visit the Bavarian capital of Munich, and experience the once-in-a-decade Oberammergau Passion Play. Cost is $4,199 per person with round trip air from Houston. Includes First class hotels, double occupancy, two meals a day - breakfast and dinner, daily sightseeing, daily Mass, airport taxes, fuel surcharges, Passion Play Package and Trip Protection Plan.

Tickets are limited. For more information or to request a brochure, call the Cathedral office at (337) 436-7251.

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!

To connect, visit the website: www.fullyalivelakecharles.com & join the Facebook group: “FULLY ALIVE! Lake Charles” - email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text the word "Fully" to 84576.

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."

Those interested in volunteering should e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 337-395-565

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.

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.