Upcoming events in the Diocese of Lake Charles:
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
For more information, visit https://holytravels.org/tour/sthenryalabama or call 877-454-7469.
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.
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.
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 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
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.