Upcoming events in the Diocese of Lake Charles:
LAKE CHARLES — The final two Bible study classes hosted by Bishop Glen John Provost will conclude in May for the series based on the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: Genesis. Remaining dates are Friday, May 7, for the Men’s Bible Study, beginning with the Bishop’s Mass at 6:30 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 935 Bilbo Street; and Wednesday, May 5, beginning at noon, for the Ladies’ Bible teachings.
LAKE CHARLES — The Religious Sisters of Mercy will host an open house at their convent from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 24. All are welcome to stop by for a visit anytime during these hours. The convent is located at 1414 Martha Street in Lake Charles.
‘Together for Life’ marriage prep classes
“Together for Life,” the marriage preparation day hosted by the Office of Family Life, announces remaining dates of classes for 2021: May 22, July 17, Aug. 21, Sep. 11, Nov. 13 and Dec. 18.
World Day of Prayer for Vocations is April 25
The World Day of Prayer for Vocations will be observed on Sunday, April 25, also known as “Good Shepherd Sunday.” The purpose of this day is to publicly fulfill the Lord’s instruction to “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:38; Luke 10:2). Please pray that young men and women hear and respond generously to the Lord’s call to the priesthood and religious life. Consider offering a decade of the rosary or praying before the Blessed Sacrament for vocations.
40 Hours Devotion
St. Henry Catholic Church will host 40 Hours Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily from Tuesday, April 13, to Friday, April 16, at the church, 1021 Eighth Avenue, Lake Charles.
The purpose of the devotion is to encourage prayers for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and the religious life in the Diocese of Lake Charles. Please consider signing up for an hour at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a49acaf28a4fe3-sthenrys
Holy Mass and Adoration for healing
LAKE CHARLES — An opportunity to experience the healing power of Christ in the Eucharist will be offered Thursday, April 22, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 935 Bilbo Street, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the rosary and confession. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by Eucharistic Exposition with Prayers for Healing at 7:00 p.m., concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
MOSS BLUFF — “Together in Holiness,” a one-day marriage enrichment conference inspiring spouses — from newlyweds to empty nesters — to live out their vocation in holiness and joy, will be presented for the first time in the Diocese of Lake Charles on Saturday, May 15.
Sponsored by the St. John Paul II Foundation and the Diocese of Lake Charles, the conference will be hosted from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Camp Karol, 1087 Bozo Road, in Moss Bluff. The Most Rev. Glen John Provost, D.D., M.A., Bishop of Lake Charles, will be the celebrant for the closing Vigil Mass beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Among the conference speakers are Blaine and Denise Wyninger, from the Diocese of Lake Charles. They will be joined by Rev. Andrew DeRouen for a presentation on “Embracing and Proclaiming the Good News About Life and Love.”
The cost of $59 per couple, or $29 per individual includes a box lunch and light afternoon snack for each registrant. On-site childcare for ages 4-12 will be offered at a limited capacity for $5 per child, and unlimited scholarships are available for families in need of financial assistance with the cost of registration.
Saint Charles Center events and retreats
MOSS BLUFF — Deacon Brian Soileau, director of Saint Charles Center, 2151 Sam Houston Jones Parkway, announces upcoming talks and retreats. Capacity for all events is limited to 36 guests, and COVID-19 precautions will be in place. To register, call 337-855-1232.
- Wednesday, May 12: 7-8:30 p.m., “A Woman Clothed with the Sun” presented by Deacon Soileau; cost is $10.00.
- Friday, May 14 – Sunday, May 16: “Apostleship”, a Men’s Silent Preached Retreat presented by Father Andy DeRouen; cost is $170.00; only single rooms available.
- Eucharistic Adoration/Divine Mercy for Adults: 7 p.m. every Tuesday, Assumption Chapel at Saint Charles Center; presided by Deacon Soileau.
Diocesan Youth Ministry events
The following events for teenagers are sponsored by the Diocese of Lake Charles Youth Ministry:
- Candlelight Youth Mass: 7 p.m. every Monday, Assumption Chapel at Saint Charles Center, 2151 Sam Houston Jones Parkway, Moss Bluff
- P3 (Pizza, Prayer & Penance): 7-8:30 p.m., first Thursday of every month at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church, 1109 Cypress Street, Sulphur
- Eucharistic Youth Adoration: 7 p.m. every Thursday, Assumption Chapel at Saint Charles Center, 2151 Sam Houston Jones Parkway, Moss Bluff; presided by Father Andy DeRouen.
- High School Game Night: 5-7 p.m. Sunday, April 18, St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Kinder
- Chips and Dip after-school hang-out and more: 3:45-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, Camp Karol in Moss Bluff, 1087 Bozo Road
Institute for Black Catholics Studies planned online June 27-July 16
NEW ORLEANS — The 42nd session of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS), a graduate theology program and school of pastoral ministry that meets each summer, will convene Sunday, June 27 through Friday, July 16, 2021, at Xavier University of Louisiana. The theme is “Holy Spirt, Breathe on Me!”
Due to the public health emergency presented by COVID-19, this year’s session — classes and Community Life — will be conducted for a second year online, according to Dr. Kathleen Dorsey Bellow, director of the Institute. The virtual format will offer an opportunity for first-timers to get a taste of the Institute life at Xavier without having to make the trip to New Orleans.
The IBCS staff consists of Program Specialist Dana Lockett and Bellow, along with Dr. C. Vanessa White, Associate Director for the Master of Theology (Th.M.) Degree Program; and Dr. Eva Lumas, S.S.S., Associate Director for Continuing Education & Enrichment (C&E) Programs.
The Th.M. program forms students for theologically and culturally competent service as ordained, religious or lay ecclesial ministers in the Black community and church.
C&E programs provide lifelong learning and spiritual formation for pastoral leaders, clergy, religious, administrators, teachers and others who minister with Black communities or serve in multi-cultural settings.
To access the 2021 IBCS applications, visit https://gradapply.xula.edu/apply. New degree students select First-time users to create an account; current degree students select Readmit Students in Graduate Programs. All C&E students select Institute for Black Catholic Studies Continuing Education Program.
Cor ad Cor ministry meets monthly
Cor ad Cor, a ministry open to all unmarried women ages 18-39, meets the first Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at St. Hubert Convent, 1414 Martha Street in Lake Charles. The monthly gathering is led by the Religious Sisters of Mercy and is for women who want to deepen their capacity to hear and respond to God’s voice as He leads them on their daily pilgrimage of faith, hope and charity.
The evening begins at 5:10 p.m. with a Holy Hour, followed by dinner and discussion at 6:15 p.m., then Scripture reading and discussion, end ending at 7:45 p.m. with night prayer.
The title, “Cor ad Cor,” is a shortened version of “Cor ad Cor Loquitur,” a Latin phrase meaning “Heart speaks to Heart,” which comes from a letter written by St. Francis de Sales to one of his spiritual directees.