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Upcoming events in the Diocese of Lake Charles:

Marian Procession planned August 22 at IHM
LAKE CHARLES — Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church will honor the Mother of God and our Blessed Mother on Monday, August 22, Feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be celebrated at 6:00 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary (2031 Opelousas Street) followed by a Marian Procession with the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima through the streets of Lake Charles to Our Lady of Fatima Chapel (1700 Graham Street), a distance of 1.5 miles. More details can be found at the parish website https://ihmp.weconnect.com.
 

Prayer service will honor Diocesan Patron on Sept. 11
LAKE CHARLES — A Daytime Prayer Service honoring Saint Peter Claver, Patron of the Diocese of Lake Charles, is planned for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, September 11, at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 3939 Lake Street. Everyone is invited. Saint Peter Claver was chosen as the Patron Saint of the Diocese by the late Bishop Jude Speyrer, founding bishop.

All recipients of diocesan and papal honors are asked to attend wearing full regalia. Representatives of organizations from all church parishes in the Diocese are also invited and asked to attend in uniform. Students of all grade levels as well as families are encouraged to participate in the celebration. A reception will follow in the OLQH Family Life Community Center, 3939 Kingston Street. To read more on the history of Saint Peter Claver, click here.

Applications being accepted for March for Life 2023 trip
The Office of Pro-Life Ministries in the Diocese of Lake Charles is accepting applications for the MARCH for LIFE trip to Washington, D.C. While Roe v. Wade was overturned, the nation needs to see pro-life support more than ever!

The Diocese of Lake Charles is planning the historic visit for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to travel January 18-22, 2023 to Washington, D.C. Travel will be via airplane and is limited to 60-70 students. Come join thousands of others from across the nation to support the pro-life movement. The trip will include an all-day conference on pro-life training, visits to historical places, Mass at beautiful churches, and many other opportunities with friends.

To request more information about the trip and an application, please email Andrea Ward, Coordinating Assistant, Office of Pro-life Ministries, Diocese of Lake Charles, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (337) 439-7400 ext. 220. Applications are being accepted in the month of August, with the first deposit to secure one’s spot due August 26, 2022.

Pro-Life Banquet to feature Rebekah Hagan on Oct. 4
LAKE CHARLES — New Life Counseling will host the 31st annual Pro-Life Banquet on Tuesday, October 4, in the Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 N. Lakeshore. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and the banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. in the coliseum. It will be an evening of celebration as Southwest Louisiana prepares for a Post-Roe America.

Keynote speaker will be Rebekah Hagan, one of today’s youngest speakers on the issues of teenage pregnancy, abortion, and abortion pill reversal. Hagan was raised in a Christian home where abortion was never discussed. Her life in pro-life ministry was unplanned and fueled instead by her firsthand experience. Hagan uses her story to unravel the mindset of women in unplanned pregnancies, and to equip and encourage others to lead with hope and compassion.
 
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 (8 tickets); Champion of Life, $3,000, donation with two tables (16 tickets); and Life Saver, $5,000 donation with two tables.
 
Tickets may be picked up at New Life Counseling or call 337-474-7003 to specify if you want tickets mailed to your home. CLICK HERE to order tickets online.
 

Annual Red Mass planned Sept. 9 at Cathedral
LAKE CHARLES — Bishop Glen John Provost will be the celebrant for the annual Red Mass set for 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 9 — the Feast of Saint Peter Claver — in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 935 Bilbo Street. The Very Reverend Edward Richard, M.S., VF, will be the homilist. All are welcome to attend.

The Red Mass is celebrated at the opening of the judicial year and requests guidance from the Holy Spirit for all who seek justice and offers the opportunity to reflect on what Catholics believe is the God-given power and responsibility of all in the legal profession.
 
Judges, attorneys, and government officials from the five civil parishes of the Diocese of Lake Charles — Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jefferson Davis — are invited to attend. The local St. Thomas More Society, Judge Henry Yelverton Chapter, and the Diocese sponsor the event.
 
The evening before the Red Mass, a free symposium on legal issues affecting religion will be offered at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, in the Ave Maria Hall, across the street from the Cathedral. John Randall Trahan, the Louis B. Porterie Professor of Law and Saul Litvinoff Distinguished Professor of Law at LSU Law School, will present the symposium. 
 

“Beat the Heat” program under way in Calcasieu Parish
The “Beat the Heat” air conditioner program is under way for elderly and/or disabled residents of Calcasieu Parish. The joint effort is a project of Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana, the city of Lake Charles, Fourth Degree Knights of Peter Claver, Grand Assembly #22; and Stine Lumber Company.

Requirements to receive a window unit air conditioner are: age 65 or older OR disabled; low income; proof of residency (utility bill or rental lease in applicant’s name), need for a window unit air conditioner (cannot have central air or already own a window unit).

All applicants must call Catholic Charities at 337-439-7436 to begin the application process. No applications will be taken in person. After initial telephone interview and a scheduled appointment with Catholic Charities, the Knights of Peter Claver will do a home inspection. If approved, the Knights will install the unit in the home. 

Pilgrimage to Alabama planned Oct. 10-13
Father Matthew Cormier and Father Joseph Caraway, both of St. Henry Catholic Church in Lake Charles, will lead a Pilgrimage to the EWTN Studios in Northern Alabama October 10-13, 2022.
 
Highlights include visits to the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, the Saint Bernard Abbey and other grottoes and churches. This pilgrimage is great for those who want to see spiritual destinations closer to home. Daily Mass is included in the spiritual activities. Both of St. Henry Catholic Church in Lake Charles, Father Cormier serves as Pastor and Father Caraway serves as Parochial Vicar.

For more information, visit https://holytravels.org/tour/sthenryalabama or call 877-454-7469.

Theology of the Body Retreat for Women is Aug. 25-28
MOSS BLUFF —  A Theology of the Body Retreat, “Icon of Love: On Being a Women”, is scheduled Thursday, August 25 through Sunday, August 28, at Saint Charles Center. The retreat fulfills requirements for teaching Theology of the Body in the Diocese of Lake Charles.
 
Paul Hunter will lead the retreat at Saint Charles Center, 2151 Sam Houston Jones Parkway. The cost of the four-day retreat is $245 per person. The retreat begins at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday and ends at 12:00 noon on Sunday. Capacity is limited to 36 people for private rooms. To reserve your spot, call 337-855-1232, Monday–Friday during business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 
Liturgy of the Hours Retreat planned Aug. 19-21
MOSS BLUFF — Father Ruben Buller, Vicar General for the Diocese of Lake Charles, will present a Silent Preached Retreat at Saint Charles Center, Friday, August 19, through Sunday, August 21. The Center is located at 2151 Sam Houston Jones Parkway, Moss Bluff. The retreat will focus on the Liturgy of the Hours, and the cost for the weekend is $195 per person. Call 337-855-1232 to register. Capacity is limited to 36 people.
 
The Liturgy of the Hours, also known as the Divine Office or the Work of God, is the daily prayer of the Church, marking the hours of each day and sanctifying the day with prayer. The Hours are a meditative dialogue on the mystery of Christ, using scripture and prayer. At times the dialogue is between the Church or individual soul and God; at times it is a dialogue among the members of the Church; and at times it is even between the Church and the world.
 
SAVE THE DATE: Veritas 2022 set for Sept. 17
LAKE CHARLES — Registration is open for Veritas 2022, the annual faith formation conference hosted by the Office of Religious Education. The event, featuring keynote speaker Christopher Carstens, will be held Saturday, September 17, with doors opening at 8:00 a.m. at Our Lady Queen Heaven Life Center, 3939 Kingston Street. The conference theme this year is “The Most Holy Eucharist.” 
 

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. 200 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.   

 
"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: 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.. 
 
Religious Sisters of Mercy to lead “Cor ad Cor” on September 6
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, September 6, 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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