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Upcoming events in the Diocese of Lake Charles:

“Save the Date” for Eucharistic Congress
“Save the Date" for the Diocese of Lake Charles Eucharistic Congress beginning on Friday, November 12, and continuing through Sunday, November 21. More information will be coming in October. Watch for updates on Facebook, here on the website, and the October 15 issue of the Catholic Calendar.

Veritas Conference planned Sept. 25
LAKE CHARLES – The annual Veritas Conference will take place on Saturday, September 25, at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Family Life Center, 3939 Kingston Street, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The one-day faith formation conference will feature keynote speaker, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, along with breakout sessions on various topics.

Deacon Burke-Sivers — known around the world as the “Dynamic Deacon” — will speak on Truth, Freedom, and the Human Person: Understanding Our Life in Christ. He is a powerful and passionate evangelist and preacher, whose no-nonsense approach to living and proclaiming the Catholic faith is sure to challenge and inspire those who hear him. His areas of expertise include marriage and family life, discerning the will of God, the sacraments, male spirituality, pro-life issues, evangelization, prayer, and many others.

Breakout session topics and speakers include: Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers: Building a Civilization of Love; Cay Gibson: Creative Catechist; Father Michael Beverung: Confession and the Eucharist; Father Sam Orsot: The Extraordinary Form of the Mass; Father Sam Bond: The Liturgy (Novus Ordo); Father Andy DeRouen: Architecture and the Eucharist; Sister Mary Benedicta Maier, RSM: Liturgy of the Hours; Deacon Brian Soileau: Adoration; and Blaine and Denise Wyninger: The Family and Sunday.

Registration fee of $25 will be due by Wednesday, September 1; late registration is $30 after this date, including the day of the conference. Lunch in included in the cost. Parents, teachers, and all adults are welcome to attend. Register online at https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=6e8456. If you do not feel comfortable registering and paying online, registration forms are available in the parishes of the Diocese of Lake Charles and at the Office of Religious Education, 411 Iris Street, Lake Charles. Call 337-439-7400 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Religious Sisters of Mercy to lead “Cor ad Cor” on Oct. 7
LAKE CHARLES — The Religious Sisters of Mercy will host "Cor ad Cor,” a ministry for unmarried women ages 18-39, from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, October 7, at their convent, 1414 Martha Street. The monthly gathering 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, and ending at 7:45 p.m. with night prayer. It is not necessary to be discerning religious life to attend.
 
“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.
 
The gathering is held on the first Thursday of each month. For more information or to RSVP, call 337-564-0030 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
"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: Oct. 16, Nov. 13 and Dec. 18.
 
Marriage prep days are held on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a one-hour break for lunch. The location for the October and December sessions will be at the Ave Maria Hall, 935 Bilbo Street, across from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The November session will be held at the Catholic Deaf Center, 418 Iris Street.
 
For more information, contact: Beth Buller, Office of Family Life, at 337-888-6026; or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
September 40 Hours Devotion
Forty Hours Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, praying for an increase in vocations to the priesthood in the Diocese of Lake Charles, will take place in churches of the East Deanery during the month of September.
 
Adoration schedule for remainder of month: 
 
• Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, 710 North State Street, Jennings: Sept. 14-17, from 12:30 p.m. from 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday
• St. Paul Catholic Church, 1100 St. Mary Street, Elton: Sept. 20-22 from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily
• St. Joseph Catholic Church, 209 Al Woods Street, Elton: Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 705 South Lake Arthur Avenue, Jennings: Sept. 26-30 in the Adoration Chapel
• St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 607 Fourth Avenue, Kinder: Sept. 26-30
• St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 112 South Seventh Street, Oberlin: Sept. 27-30
• Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 1208 East Seventh Avenue, Oakdale: Sept. 28-October 1 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.  

Please contact the church offices in those parishes where specific times have not been indicated.  

White Mass and Blessing for Medical Professionals is Oct. 24
LAKE CHARLES – The Most Reverend Glen John Provost, Bishop of Lake Charles, will celebrate the second annual “White Mass and Blessing for Medical Professionals” at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, October 24, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 935 Bilbo Street. All doctors and health care professionals attending are invited to wear their white coats.

Following the Mass will be brunch with a talk by Dr. David P. Darbonne, who will speak on “The Joys and Struggles of a Catholic Physician.” For more information, and to confirm your attendance at the brunch, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Oct. 18. 

All those who serve in the ministry of the medical profession, including physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, nurses, technicians, administrators, health care personnel, compassionate care ministers, ministers of consolation, chaplains and mental health workers are invited, along with their families. All faiths are welcome to come to pray and receive a blessing.
 

Donna Cori concert coming to Sulphur Oct. 3
SULPHUR — Catholic music artist and singer/songwriter Donna Cori will present “Our Catholic Faith,” a spiritual music concert at 6:00 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2700 Maplewood Drive.

Donna Cori Gibson uses selections from her nine CDs to share a love for the Bible, the teachings of the Church, the importance of prayer, and God’s love for us. Her music includes word for word prayers from the Bible and well-known prayers from the Church (with the stories behind them). She has been in the Catholic music ministry for over 20 years and has sold more than 100,000 CDs.

Donna’s songs are sung by other parish ministries at Masses and gatherings across the nation. Most popular are her Sung Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Musical Rosary, and prayers of the saints. Originally from New York’s secular music market, she realized that the music she was producing only served to distract people from life’s true goal, which is to “love God with your whole heart, soul, mind, and strength.”

Free downloads of Donna Cori’s latest CDs, “Sing of Mary” and “The Way of the Cross — a song for each Station,” are available on her website http://www.donnacori.com. For more information on her upcoming concert in Sulphur, call the church office at 337-625-3364.

Rosary Around the Lake scheduled Oct. 3
LAKE CHARLES — The fourth annual Rosary Around the Lake, organized by the Ruth Institute, will take place Sunday, October 3, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center.

This year, Bishop Glen John Provost is granting a partial indulgence to the faithful who gather for the event to offer prayers for the Church, the nation, and the world. The partial indulgence for participation is in addition to the plenary indulgence granted to to the faithful who devoutly recite the Marian rosary publicly.

"The family is under attack from all sides,” said Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, founder of the Ruth Institute. "We know that we cannot achieve our mission of defending the family and building a civilization of love, without Divine Assistance. And who better to implore for help than the Mother of God herself."

Participants will meet in the area on the west side of the Civic Center and organize in groups of 11 to form a "Living Rosary." The organizer of each group will wear a gold T-shirt representing the “Lord’s Prayer,” with the team’s other 10 members in blue T-shirts representing the 10 “Hail Mary” beads. Anyone is welcome to attend either individually, with their family or a small group, or by organizing a “decade” of 10 people.

Arrival at 1 p.m. will allow time to register unless you have pre-registered on-line. Those individuals and teams can arrive at 1:30 p.m. to begin lining up for the rosary.

The Ruth Institute has sponsored Rosary Around the Lake in Lake Charles since 2018 as a way of praying for salvation and renewal for our world, our culture, our nation, our neighbors, and ourselves. To sign up online and learn more information, visit www.RosaryAroundTheLake.com.

Pro-life banquet on Oct. 5 benefits New Life Counseling
LAKE CHARLES — New Life Counseling will host the 30th annual Pro-Life Banquet on Tuesday, Oct. 5, in the coliseum of the Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 N. Lakeshore. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. COVID-19 protocols will be followed.

Keynote speaker will be Patricia Sandoval, who will share her personal history of abortion and being hired by Planned Parenthood. Sandoval’s terror at what happens behind the scenes in an abortion clinic led her to drugs and homelessness. Her story does not end there, but instead is filled with hope.

Sponsorship levels include: Friend of Life, $75 per ticket; Supporter of Life, $600 for table of eight; Advocate of Life, $800, donation with one table (8 tickets); Sustainer of Life, $1,500, donation with one table; Champion of Life, $3,000, donation with two tables (16 tickets); and Life Saver, $5,000 donation with two tables.

For tickets, call New Life Counseling at 337-474-7003 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

 
Magnificat to celebrate 40 years with conference in October
NEW ORLEANS — Magnificat, a Ministry to Catholic Women, will celebrate its 40th anniversary year during the 16th International Leaders’ Conference in New Orleans, the birthplace of the ministry. The conference theme is “Who Do You Say That I Am?” 
 
Conference dates are Thursday, Oct. 7, through Sunday, Oct. 10, at the Hilton New Orleans Airport, 901 Airline Drive, Kenner, LA 70062. Among the guest speakers will be The Most Rev. Gregory Aymond, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans; and the Most Rev. David Toups, Bishop of the Diocese of Beaumont. For a full list of speakers, click here.
 
The full conference fee of $425 includes eight meals beginning with dinner on Thursday and ending with breakfast on Sunday, admission to all workshops, liturgies, shuttle to and from Louis Armstrong International Airport, and parking. Hotel reservations must be booked separately. There are also options of partial conference attendance fees of $300 for Oct. 7-8; $300 for Oct. 9-10; or single day fees of $85 for Oct. 7 or Oct. 10; or $215 for Oct. 8 or Oct. 9.
 
To register, click here. If you are not able to register online, please contact the Magnificat office at 504-828-MARY (6279).
 
Magnificat’s purpose is to help Catholic women to open more and more to the Holy Spirit through a deeper commitment of their lives to Jesus as Lord and to impart the Holy Spirit to one another by their love, service and sharing the good news of salvation.   

Adoration/Divine Mercy at Saint Charles Center
MOSS BLUFF — Deacon Brian Soileau, director of Saint Charles Center, presides over Eucharistic Adoration and Divine Mercy for Adults at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the Assumption Chapel. Saint Charles Center is located at 2151 Sam Houston Jones Parkway. For more information, call 337-855-1232.


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