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Upcoming events around the Diocese of Lake Charles and beyond:  

Winner's Choice Raffle at St. Raphael
IOWA — The St. Raphael Pastoral Council is hosting a "Winner's Choice Insurance Fundraiser Raffle" on Sunday, September 1, 2024. Tickets for $25.00 can be obtained at the church office or from members of the Pastoral Council. Church office hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please call 337-582-3503 with any questions.
 
Prizes are:
1. Carriere Farms USDA Prime Steak Package ($1,000 approximate value)
2. Guided Waterfowl Hunt for Two in Thornwell, La.
3. Mother of Pearl in Sterling Silver Rosary
4. Blackstone 3 Burner Griddle
 
First-prize winner will choose one of the four prizes. Second-prize winner chooses one of the three remaining prizes. Third-prize winner chooses one of the remaining two prizes, and fourth-prize winners receives the last remaining prize.
 
Raffle at St. Henry Catholic Church 
LAKE CHARLES — St. Henry Catholic Church is hosting a raffle to help with the rising cost of insurance. Tickets are $10 each or $100 per book, with a grand prize of $4,000. The drawing will take place at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 20, at the church, 1021 Eighth Avenue. Winner does not have to be present to win.
 
Other prizes are: Pulsar 6000W Generator (second prize); Mary Kay skin care set (third prize); restaurant gift cards (fourth prize); Diamond Durrell’s gift basket (fifth prize); set of cast iron pots (sixth prize); and custom crucifix and bible (seventh prize). 
 
Please contact St. Henry Catholic Church at 337-436-7223 or Debra Richard at 337-912-2185 to purchase books to sell. The person or group who sells the most tickets will receive $300. The person or group who comes in second place with the most tickets sold will receive $200.

JUNE 2024

June 26-29: D.E.E.P. Retreat
MOSS BLUFF — Saint Charles Center will host a “D.E.E.P.” Retreat for men Wednesday, June 26, through Saturday, June 29, at the Center, 2151 Sam Houston Jones Parkway. To register, call Saint Charles Center at 337-855-1232, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

D.E.E.P. is an acronym for Discipleship, Eucharist, Evangelization, and Prayer. This retreat was developed to help attendees go "deeper" in their faith, by developing a closer relationship with the Lord, Jesus Christ by focusing on the removal of the vices that stand in the way of that relationship and striving to live the virtues which counteract those vises. There is a strong emphasis on building that relationship with Christ through knowledge of the Catholic Faith, the Sacraments, and the points of the acronym — Discipleship, Eucharist, Evangelization and Prayer.  

The D.E.E.P. Retreat is presented by Catholic priests, deacons and religious, with support provided by Catholic laity.

June 27-29: Quo Vadis retreat
MOSS BLUFF — Young men in high school to age 25 are invited to attend Quo Vadis June 27-29 at Camp Karol in Moss Bluff. There will be talks, times for prayer, Mass and recreation with priests and seminarians. To register, visit lcvocations.com/eventsmFor more information, contact Father Michael Caraway, Director of Vocations, at 337-439-7400, Ext. 226, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Camp Karol is located at 1087 Bozo Road

AUGUST 2024

Aug. 21-24: D.E.E.P. Retreat
MOSS BLUFF — Saint Charles Center will host a “D.E.E.P.” Retreat for women Wednesday, August 21, through Saturday, August 24, at the Center, 2151 Sam Houston Jones Parkway. To register, call Saint Charles Center at 337-855-1232, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

D.E.E.P. is an acronym for Discipleship, Eucharist, Evangelization, and Prayer. This retreat was developed to help attendees go "deeper" in their faith, by developing a closer relationship with the Lord, Jesus Christ by focusing on the removal of the vices that stand in the way of that relationship and striving to live the virtues which counteract those vises. There is a strong emphasis on building that relationship with Christ through knowledge of the Catholic Faith, the Sacraments, and the points of the acronym — Discipleship, Eucharist, Evangelization and Prayer.  

The D.E.E.P. Retreat is presented by Catholic priests, deacons and religious, with support provided by Catholic laity. 

SEPTEMBER 2024

Sept. 12-15: True Presence Retreat
MOSS BLUFF — Saint Charles Center will host a “True Presence” Retreat for women Thursday, September 12, through Sunday, September 15, at the Center, 2151 Sam Houston Jones Parkway. To register, call Saint Charles Center at 337-855-1232, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

True Presence Retreat emphasizes the powerful effect of the Sacraments, contains frank and open sharing, and offers loving service to every retreatant.

Saturday, Sept. 21: Annual Veritas Conference
LAKE CHARLES — The annual Veritas Conference on Saturday, September 21, will feature Father Aquinas Guibeau, OP, a Dominican friar and native of the Lafayette Diocese, as the keynote speaker. Father Aquinas is Chaplain of the Catholic University of America, and the Vice President of Mission and Ministry. He is an excellent theologian who will open up for us the topic of the Life of Virtue. Follow the event at https://www.facebook.com/lcdiocese/events and register soon for early bird pricing! Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 337-439-7400 x200 with any questions.

Sept. 24-28: Grief to Grace Retreat
MOSS BLUFF — Saint Charles Center will host a “Grief to Grace” Retreat or anyone who has suffered degradation or violation through physical, emotional, sexual, or spiritual abuse. The five-day spiritual and psychological retreat will take place Tuesday through Saturday, September 24-28, at Tabor Retreat House of Saint Charles Center, 2151 Sam Houston Jones Parkway.  

Grief to Grace is appropriate for those who have endured sexual abuse, rape, incest, or other forms of traumatic violation in childhood, adolescence, or as an adult. This retreat provides a process for helping victims of abuse to discover spiritual healing and transformation. Grief to Grace was created to end the isolation and secrets of abuse within a healing process that is fully centered upon the person and presence of Jesus Christ, the Divine Physician. It provides a model of care that is therapy for the soul.

Cost of the retreat program is $1,500, which includes lodging, food, and materials. You may pay the entire amount at the time of registration, or pay a $750 deposit and then pay the remaining $750, when your application is confirmed or at a time prior to the start of the retreat. There may also be scholarships available. To register, call Mrs. Marjorie Long at 337-489-2473. 

OCTOBER 2024

Oct. 9-12: D.E.E.P. Retreat
MOSS BLUFF — Saint Charles Center will host a “D.E.E.P.” Retreat for men Wednesday, October 9, through Saturday, October 12, at the Center, 2151 Sam Houston Jones Parkway. To register, call Saint Charles Center at 337-855-1232, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

D.E.E.P. is an acronym for Discipleship, Eucharist, Evangelization, and Prayer. This retreat was developed to help attendees go "deeper" in their faith, by developing a closer relationship with the Lord, Jesus Christ by focusing on the removal of the vices that stand in the way of that relationship and striving to live the virtues which counteract those vises. There is a strong emphasis on building that relationship with Christ through knowledge of the Catholic Faith, the Sacraments, and the points of the acronym — Discipleship, Eucharist, Evangelization and Prayer.  

The D.E.E.P. Retreat is presented by Catholic priests, deacons and religious, with support provided by Catholic laity. 

NOVEMBER 2024 

Nov. 8-10: Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat
MOSS BLUFF — A Rachel's Vineyard Retreat — a retreat for healing after abortion — is scheduled the weekend of November 8-10 at Saint Charles Center, 2151 Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff. The retreat, sponsored by the Diocese of Lake Charles, is strictly confidential and offers a beautiful opportunity to experience God's love, forgiveness, and compassion.
 
The cost is $225.00 for meals, private room with private bath, and all retreat materials. Financial assistance is available. The retreat will combine discussions, spiritual exercises, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a memorial service, and Mass of Entrustment.
 
For more information or registration, contact Marjorie Long, site leader for Rachel's Vineyard of Southwest Louisiana, at 337-489-2473, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Inquiries are confidential. 
 

Nov. 13-16: D.E.E.P. Retreat
MOSS BLUFF — Saint Charles Center will host a “D.E.E.P.” Retreat for women Wednesday, November 13, through Saturday, November 16, at the Center, 2151 Sam Houston Jones Parkway. To register, call Saint Charles Center at 337-855-1232, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

D.E.E.P. is an acronym for Discipleship, Eucharist, Evangelization, and Prayer. This retreat was developed to help attendees go "deeper" in their faith, by developing a closer relationship with the Lord, Jesus Christ by focusing on the removal of the vices that stand in the way of that relationship and striving to live the virtues which counteract those vises. There is a strong emphasis on building that relationship with Christ through knowledge of the Catholic Faith, the Sacraments, and the points of the acronym — Discipleship, Eucharist, Evangelization and Prayer.  

The D.E.E.P. Retreat is presented by Catholic priests, deacons and religious, with support provided by Catholic laity. 

PILGRIMAGES

Shrines of France Pilgrimage
Monsignor Daniel Torres, Pastor of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, will lead a Shrines of France Pilgrimage June 30 through July 10, 2024, to Lourdes, Nevers, Tours, Loire Valley, Chartres, Mont St. Michel, Bayeux, Normandy, Caen, Lisieux, and Paris. Cost is $4,899 for round trip with lodging, airfare out of Houston, chartered bus service from Lake Charles and in France, most meals, all taxes and tips included. For a brochure, call 337-477-1236.

Marian Pilgrimage in 2025
Father Rommel Tolentino will lead a pilgrimage to the Marian shrines of Portugal, Spain and France, April 21-May 4, 2025. The theme for Jubilee Year 2025 is "Pilgrims of Hope." Our Lady's apparitions offer a message of hope and a testament of her motherly love. Learn about Our Blessed Mother's messages of love, hope, and warning in the various places she visited, such as Fatima, Garabandal, Lourdes, La Salette, Rue de Bac in Paris, plus a number of other holy sites — Santarem, Santiago de Compostela, Loyola, Ars, Paray-le-Monial, etc. For more information, call Sara Edwards at 504-258-7282 or visit www.trinitytourtravels.com/fr-rommel-tolentino

ONGOING

Communal First Saturday Devotions at Cathedral
LAKE CHARLES — Communal First Saturday Devotions to Our Lady of Fatima with the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary will be offered on the first Saturday of each month at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 935 Bilbo Street. Schedule includes: 7:20 a.m. – Devotion Prayers; 7:30 a.m. – Rosary; 8:00 a.m. – Mass, receive Holy Communion; 8:30 a.m. – 15-minute meditation on the Mysteries of the Rosary. 
 
Although confession will not be available before Mass, one can make a good confession eight days before or after with the intention of offering reparation for the offenses against Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart, provided you are in the state of grace upon receiving Holy Communion.
 
Catholics Returning Home
LAKE CHARLES — If you are a Catholic who has been away from the Church for a while, Catholics Returning Home could be just what you need to help find your way back. No matter how long you have been away and no matter the reason, St. Henry Catholic Church invites you to consider renewing your relationship with the Catholic Church.
 
Informal listening sessions and an update of the Catholic faith, facilitated by former non-practicing Catholics, will begin soon. For more information, call Brittany or Ricardo at 337-436-7223.
 
Eucharistic Adoration in St. Bernadette Oratory
LAKE CHARLES — The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception will have Eucharistic Adoration in the St. Bernadette Oratory on Fridays during the school year — each Friday following 7:00 a.m. Mass until 8:00 a.m. Everyone is invited to come and spend time with our Lord and pray for the protection of our children and safety of our families.
 
Holy Hour of Reparation at IHM
LAKE CHARLES — A Holy Hour of Reparation is held weekly on Thursday night, 11:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 2031 Opelousas Street. This is the hour in which Our Lord agonized over our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane. It is the same hour prescribed by the Sacred Heart of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary: “Make reparation for the ingratitude of men. Spend an hour in prayer to appease divine justice, to implore mercy for sinners, to honor Me, to console Me for My bitter suffering when abandoned by My apostles, when they did not WATCH ONE HOUR WITH ME.”
 
'Together for Life' marriage prep classes
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 at 7:00 p.m. every Tuesday in the Chapel of the Assumption. Saint Charles Center is located at 2151 Sam Houston Jones Parkway. Please check the Saint Charles Center website calendar, Facebook, or call the office at 337-855-1232 to check for cancellations due to retreats during the week or some unforeseen situations.
 
Saturday Rosary at Cathedral
LAKE CHARLES — Join the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 935 Bilbo Street, to pray the Rosary every Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. before 8:00 a.m. Mass.
  
Religious Sisters of Mercy monthly gathering
LAKE CHARLES — The Religious Sisters of Mercy host "Cor ad Cor,” a ministry for unmarried women ages 18-39 on the first Tuesday of each month at their convent, 1414 Martha Street. The 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 4:55 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. 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.

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