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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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.