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Upcoming events in the Diocese of Lake Charles:

Unveiling of ‘Veronica’s Handkerchief’ May 29 at Sacred Heart of Jesus
LAKE CHARLES — A replica of “Veronica’s Handkerchief” has been donated to Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church by Ms. Betty Floyd. The unveiling and dedication will take place during Mass at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, May 29. The church is located at 1102 Mill Street.

Ms. Floyd obtained the photocopy from a survivor of the Holocaust in September of 1992. The artifact is a replication of the face of the "Crucified Jesus." The original painting hangs in the Metropolitan Museum in N.Y.  Its inscription reads: “If you watch the eyes closely they will open.” The artist, Gabriel Von Max, an Austrian, was born in 1840. The replica has been copyrighted. 

Retreat will include introduction to Theology of the Body
MOSS BLUFF — An upcoming retreat, “Raising Women & Champions”: Teaching God’s Ways to the Next Generation, is scheduled Thursday, July 21 through Sunday, July 24, at Saint Charles Center. The retreat, from the heart of Saint John Paul II, is for anyone who mentors — parents, catechists, youth ministers, RCIA ministers, etc. It also fulfills requirements for teaching Theology of the Body in the Diocese of Lake Charles.

Paul Hunter will lead the retreat, which includes an introduction to Theology of the Body, an introduction to spiritual accompaniment in difficult conversations, masculine and feminine spiritual development, and methods to integrate Theology of the Body in classrooms and family. 

The cost of the four-day retreat is $245 per person. To register, call 337-855-1232, Monday–Friday during business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saint Charles Center is located at 2151 Sam Houston Jones Parkway. 

Summer Bible Study planned for high school girls
LAKE CHARLES — A Summer Bible Study for high school girls will be hosted by the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan, at their convent in the Diocese of Lake Charles on Tuesdays. Dates are May 10, June 14, July 12, and August 9. The Bible study begins at 5:10 p.m. with a Holy Hour and Rosary, followed by dinner, dessert and study, concluding with Compline (night prayer) by 8:00 p.m.
 
 

Silent retreat planned June 10-12 at Saint Charles Center
MOSS BLUFF — Saint Charles Center will offer a silent retreat, “A Journey Toward God,” Friday, June 10 through Sunday, June 12. Deacon Brian Soileau, Director of Saint Charles Center, will lead the retreat for both men and women. Cost is $195 per person, and all rooms are private. Only 36 spots are available.

To reserve your room, call the Center at 337-855-1232, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saint Charles Center is located at 2151 Sam Houston Jones Parkway. 

Day of recollection planned for young women on June 18
MOSS BLUFF — The Office of Vocations will host “Radiance” on Saturday, June 18, at Camp Karol Catholic Youth Camp. There is no cost to attend.

The day of recollection, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., is open to young women in high school to 25 years old who are interested in learning how to discern where the Lord is calling them. There will be religious sisters and women who are married available to speak about listening to the voice of God in discerning His will.
 
Camp Karol is located at 1087 Bozo Road in Moss Bluff. Register online at www.lcvocations.com. For more information, contact Father Michael Caraway at 337-527-5261 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Quo Vadis discernment retreat set for June 27
MOSS BLUFF — The Office of Vocations will sponsor the annual Quo Vadis Vocation Retreat on Monday, June 27, at Camp Karol Catholic Youth Camp. There is no cost to attend.
 
The vocation discernment retreat, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., is open to all Catholic young men — freshmen in high school to 25 years old — who are interested in learning more about the priesthood and how to discern a vocation. There will be priests, seminarians, and other young men gathered together in prayer, fellowship, recreation, and discussion to help you explore our Lord’s call in your life.
 
Camp Karol is located at 1087 Bozo Road in Moss Bluff. Register online at www.lcvocations.com. For more information, contact Father Michael Caraway at 337-527-5261 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 for classes through December 2022: June 11, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12, and December 10.
 
Marriage prep days are held on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a one-hour break for lunch. The location for all sessions will be in the Ave Maria Hall, 935 Bilbo Street, across from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. 
 
For more information, contact: Andrea Ward at 337-439-7400, Ext. 220, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 
 
SAVE THE DATE: Veritas 2022 set for Sept. 17
Registration is open for Veritas 2022, the annual faith formation conference hosted by the Office of Religious Education. The event, featuring keynote speaker Christoper Carstens, will be held Saturday, September 17, with doors opening at 8:00 a.m. The location will be announced soon.

The conference theme this year is “The Most Holy Eucharist.” Bishop Glen John Provost’s welcome address, keynotes, two breakout sessions, Mass and Adoration will make this conference unforgettable.

Mr. Carstens is co-host of “The Liturgy Guys” podcast (www.liturgyguys.com), director of Sacred Worship for the Diocese of La Cross, Wisconsin, editor of the Adoremus Bulletin (www.adoremus.org), and a visiting faculty member of the Liturgical Institute at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois.

Participants can expect a day of inspiration and strengthening, celebrating this most precious gift of the Eucharist from Jesus Christ. Come to experience Mass with renewed vigor, to love more sincerely in your daily life, to study and articulate the teaching of the Church on this central point, all by the grace and power of this Holy Sacrament.

Early bird pricing is $30 per person, and $40 after September 1. Cost includes lunch. Register online at www.lcdiocese.org/resources/event-registration. Registration forms are also available from the Office of Religious Education, 411 Iris Street, Lake Charles. Call 337-439-7400, Ext. 305 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Cash is accepted with paper registration.  

Religious Sisters of Mercy to lead “Cor ad Cor” on June 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. Tuesday, June 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 usually held on the first Tuesday 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..    
 
Melchizedek Project: Vocation discernment groups
The Melchizedek Project hosts meetings for young men in high school and college in an environment where they can freely consider God's plan in their life. The vocation discernment groups meet bi-weekly, and food will be provided. For more information on meeting times and locations, visit http://lcvocations.com/discernment-groups
 
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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