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Check here daily for announcements, updates, online Masses, cancellations and prayers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For more news and updates, follow the Diocese on its Facebook page Roman Catholic Diocese of Lake Charles. 

Bishop Provost continues gradual reopening of churches
With the state of Louisiana moving to Phase 1 on Friday, March 15, 2020, Bishop Glen John Provost is asking pastors to resume their normal Mass schedules with 25% of the church capacity. Click here to read the Bishop's updated letter, directives and COVID-19 flyer regarding public Masses. Please contact your local parish for more details. Note: The faithful remain dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. 
 
Several priests continue live-streaming Masses as churches reopen
Several priests throughout the Diocese of Lake Charles will continue to live-stream their Masses on various church parish websites and/or Facebook pages as churches gradually reopen. Click here. (NOTE: This listing was updated to reflect 25% maximum occupancy in churches effective May 15. Please check back often for the latest information.) Daily scripture readings can be found at www.usccb.org
 

#I Support My Parish option available
Faithful in the Diocese have the option of supporting their church parish online with #I Support My Parish at www.lcdiocese.org/3-news/2823-i-support-my-parish-option-available. To assist church parishes, Bishop Glen John Provost is dispensing all parishes from the Parochial Assessment (Tithe); these funds will remain in the parishes to help them to meet pressing needs during these troubling and uncertain times.

"A Thought from the Bishop's Chapel"
Daily reflections called “A Thought from the Bishop’s Chapel” can be found at www.lcdiocese.org/the-diocese/our-bishop/bishop-s-chapel-daily or on www.facebook.com/lcdiocese. The first of 74 reflections was posted on March 19, 2020, concluding with the final reflection on May 31. Bishop Provost began writing the reflections as a way to minister to the faithful after public Masses were suspended on March 17 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The suspension of Masses was lifted on May 1.

Summer hours on Fridays through Sept. 4
Diocesan offices – including the Administrative Offices in the Chancery Building, the Ministries Office in the Bishop Harold Perry Building, Office of Catholic Schools, Catholic Charities, and the Saint Charles Center – will close at 1 p.m. for "Summer Hours" on Fridays from May 29 until September 4. 

Regular offices hours – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – will be in place, by appointment only, Monday through Thursday each of those weeks. To contact the Diocese, please call 337-439-7400; or Catholic Charities at 337-439-7436. Normal Friday hours resume on Friday, September 11, 2020. 

Monsignor Ronald Groth's private funeral Mass online
Reverend Monsignor Ronald C. Groth's private funeral Mass for his family and the clergy is available for viewing on YouTube.com/lcdiocese. The service was held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 15, from Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church in Jennings. (This Mass is in addition to the one at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Raymond held earlier in the morning on Friday.)
 
Pastors celebrate Mass outdoors as churches reopen
Many pastors throughout the Diocese of Lake Charles have been thinking “outside the church building” by turning to prayer gardens, parking lots, city streets, and FM transmitters to welcome back their flock. Click here to read more.
 
Cowboy Catholics ministry adapts to COVID-19 challenges
While many things have remained uncertain throughout the weeks of social distancing and COVID-19, Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church and the Cowboy Catholics student ministry at McNeese State University remains dedicated to their mission to form lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ.

Cowboy Catholics adapted to the challenging times with the use of technology to keep their students engaged during this time of social isolation. This allowed the mission of the organization to spread beyond its typical boundaries — the college campus. Click here to read more.

Diocese consecrated to Mary, Mother of the Church
The Most Reverend Glen John Provost, Bishop of the Diocese of Lake Charles, joined Archbishop José H. Gomez, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishopson May 1, in renewing the Consecration of the United States to Mary, Mother of the Church. U.S. bishops also joined bishops and faithful in Canada as they consecrated their country to Mary. 

This moment of unified prayer gave our Church the occasion to pray for Our Lady’s continued protection of the vulnerable, healing of the sick, and wisdom for those who work to cure COVID-19. 

Faithful in the Diocese of Lake Charles can view the consecration through various social media platforms: www.facebook.com/lcdiocese; www.YouTube.com/lcdiocese; www.lcdiocese.org; www.facebook.com/usccb; or www.usccb.org/consecration. The worship aid can be found in both English and Spanish.

Catholic Charities grateful for volunteers, donations 
“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you. — Isaiah 54:10

Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana kicked off the week of May 18 with smiles and excitement as they find the strength to settle into a new rhythm along this road with COVID-19 as an unexpected passenger. The staff has been keeping a steady pace with enthusiastic volunteers who are happy to come out and share their time despite the great uncertainty surrounding everyone during this current global situation.

Sister Miriam MacLean. R.S.M., Director of Catholic Charities, said the gratitude she and the staff have for all those who have supported them with their time and donations cannot possibly be expressed in words but perhaps it can be shown in their continued efforts to provide for the local communities. Catholic Charities continues to be inspired by the daily works of faith, hope, and charity and has been particularly blessed with His calming peace that has kept them steady through all the mountains and hills. Sister Miriam hopes that everyone is staying safe and finding their own peace through this journey. 

If you or someone you know is in need of food, Sister Miriam invites you to visit Catholic Charities Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to noon, at 1225 Second St., Lake Charles. For other assistance related to rent, utilities, ID’s, funerals, or medication, please call their office on Mondays at 337-439-7436 to apply.

If you would like to make a monetary donation to help Catholic Charities continue their relief efforts, please visit www.catholiccharitiesswla.com and click on the Donate Now button. You may also mail donations to 1225 Second Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601. Food donations will be accepted between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. If you would like to donate food for the pantry, please consider ordering from their Amazon Wishlist or dropping off cans directly to Catholic Charities, 1225 2nd Street.

Sacred Journey with the Lord and three red Fords
A pandemic has suspended public Masses around the world, but it hasn’t stopped Jesus Christ from public ministry in the Diocese of Lake Charles. Click here to read more.

Villa Maria parade allows resident to see family, friends
Many residents at Villa Maria Retirement Center have been connecting with loved ones through FaceTime and other messaging apps ever since social distancing took top priority. With that in mind, the staff decided to arrange some actual face-to-face time with a family parade on April 20. Click here to read more.

Abrazando Cristo tournament called off, cash giveaway still on
Due to the continuing measures being used to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, the Johnnie Thibodeaux Memorial Golf Tournament, one of the annual fundraisers which aids the Abrazando Cristo Mission Program in the Diocese of Lake Charles, has been cancelled according to Monsignor Daniel A. Torres. The Big Cash Giveaway, which benefits the ongoing work of the mission in Puerto Rico and Nicaragua, will continue. Click here to read more

Journey to priesthood takes historic turn for seminarians
The largest class of transitional deacons in the history of the Diocese of Lake Charles was ordained last summer in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Their journey to the priesthood took another historic turn this year as the COVID-19 pandemic gripping the world forced the four seminarians to abruptly end their final semester several months early. Click here to read more.

Camp Karol dedication postponed
MOSS BLUFF — The Camp Karol Dedication Mass and Opening Ceremonies scheduled for April 25 have been postponed until a later date. A new date will be announced in the near future, according to Deacon Brian Soileau, associate director of Saint Charles Center and Camp Karol.

Saint Charles Center programs
MOSS BLUFF — Due to the continued restrictions in place while trying to contain the coronavirus pandemic, the resumption of programs at Saint Charles Center is being assessed on a day-to-day basis and will be adjusted accordingly, the Reverend Whitney Miller, Ph.D., L.P.C., director of the center has said.

An Act of Spiritual Communion Prayer

• Notre Dame Cathedral to broadcast Crown of Thorns veneration on Good Friday. Click here to watch.
• Archdiocese of Turin to live-stream Shroud of Turin display on Holy Saturday. Click here to watch. 
 
Unity Explosion conference canceled
BEAUMONT, Texas — In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and in the interest of health and safety, the Region X conference planning team, prayerfully and deliberately, made the decision to cancel the Unity Explosion-Region X 2020 Conference scheduled for July 15-19 in Beaumont. For more information, see www.unityexplosion-regionx.com
 

Pope Francis entrusts entire world to Blessed Virgin Mary
Pope Francis offered the following prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary on  March 11, entrusting the city of Rome, all of Italy, and “the entire world to the protection of the Mother of God, as a sign of salvation and hope” during the ongoing coronavirus emergency.  Let us join our Holy Father in prayer, penance, and fasting in response to this time of trial.

Salus Populi Romani
Protectress and Health of the Roman People

O Mary, you shine continuously along our journey as a sign of salvation and hope. 

We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the Cross were near to the pain of Jesus, keeping your faith firm. 

You, Salvation of the Roman people, know what we need, and we trust that you will provide for those needs so that, as at Cana of Galilee, joy and celebration may return after this moment of trial. 

Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us, He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and took up our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen. 

We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.


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