Upcoming events in the Diocese of Lake Charles:
Bishop’s Bible study series continues in December
LAKE CHARLES – The fourth session of the 2021-2022 series of Bishop Glen John Provost’s First Friday Men’s Prayer Breakfasts continues on December 3. This cycle is based on the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: Genesis (Patriarchal History). The Women’s Prayer Luncheons will resume on Wednesday, February 2, 2022.
Breakfasts are held in Ave Maria Hall of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception following the Bishop’s 6:30 a.m. celebration of Mass in the Cathedral. The luncheons begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Ave Maria Hall with the Bishop’s teachings starting around 12:15 p.m.
The Men’s Prayer Breakfasts will continue in 2022 on Feb. 4, March 4, April 1, and May 6. Men may register for the breakfasts by calling the Diocese of Lake Charles at 337-439-7400, Ext. 309.
Dates in 2022 for the Women’s Prayer Luncheons, catered by Treasures of Marilyn’s, are Feb. 2, March 9, April 6, and May 4. Reservations should be made prior to each luncheon by sending a check in the amount of $12.50, payable to the Diocese of Lake Charles, to Victoria Walter, 411 Iris Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601. A stamped self-addressed envelope should be included with payment. For more information, call 337-439-7400, Ext. 309.
Vocation discernment day for young women is Nov. 27
LAKE CHARLES — “Abide,” a one-day retreat to introduce young women to tools for discerning God’s call, is planned from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, November 27. The vocation discernment retreat, open to young women in high school to age 25, will take place at the Religious Sisters of Mercy convent, 1414 Martha Street. Register at http://lcvocations.com/eventsw
Religious Sisters of Mercy to lead “Cor ad Cor” on Dec. 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, December 7, at their convent, 1414 Martha Street. The monthly gathering, which has been moved to the first Tuesday of the month, 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.
Marriage enrichment conference planned March 5
MOSS BLUFF — Registration is open for Together in Holiness, a one-day marriage enrichment conference presented by the St. John Paul II Foundation and the Diocese of Lake Charles. The one-day conference scheduled 9:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Camp Karol, 1087 Bozo Road, is a series for dioceses inspiring spouses to grow together in holiness and and empowering parents to form their children in the Catholic faith.
The Most Rev. Glen John Provost, D.D., M.A., Bishop of Lake Charles, will be the celebrant for the Mass and Marriage Blessing at noon. Conference topics include: The Holy Eucharist, a Nuptial Sacrament; The Eucharistic Mission of the Family; and Liturgical Living in the Home. The Sacrament of Reconciliation and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be offered during the day, and exhibitor booths will be available throughout the conference.
Early bird discount of $54 per couple, or $35 per individual through January 17 includes a box lunch and light afternoon snack for each registrant. After January 17, registration fee is $64 per couple and $40 per individual. Partial or full scholarships are available for families in need of financial assistance with the cost of registration.
For those interested in attending the Together in Holiness
marriage enrichment conference, the full schedule and registration form is available at togetherinholiness.org
or 832-779-1070, for more information.
Morning of Reflection for Medical Professionals is Dec. 11
An Advent Morning of Reflection for Medical Professionals is planned for 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, December 11, at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, 5495 Elliott Road, Lake Charles. The morning will include Mass, a talk presented by Father Ruben J. Buller, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
LC Messiah returns with 80th performance on Dec. 5
The Lake Charles Messiah Chorus and Orchestra will present a Southwest Louisiana holiday tradition with the 80th performance of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, in historic F.G. Bulber Auditorium at McNeese State University. Admission is free.
The first Messiah was conducted in 1940 by a young Francis G. Bulber, who was inspired to bring local church choirs together along with McNeese students to create this special event. Bulber’s daughter, Colette Bulber Tanner, is the current Messiah director.
The performance is a little over an hour and will feature songs by soloists who are McNeese student vocal majors. The large chorus, made up of community members from the five-parish area, will be performing several songs including the famous Hallelujah Chorus and For Unto Us a Child is Born. Orchestra members are from the community and the McNeese faculty.
If you would like to help support the Lake Charles Messiah Chorus, visit www.lcmessiah.org to download the donation form.
"Together for Life" marriage prep classes
“Together for Life,” the marriage preparation day hosted by the Office of Family Life, announces dates of classes through June of 2022: Dec. 18, Jan. 8, Feb. 19, March 12, April 9, May 14, and June 11.
Marriage prep days are held on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a one-hour break for lunch. With the exception of February session, the location for all sessions will be at the Ave Maria Hall, 935 Bilbo Street, across from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The location for February will be in the Catholic Deaf Center, 416 Iris Street, next door to the Chancery.
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
Vocation discernment day for young men planned Dec. 11
SULPHUR — "Fuse," a one-day event to introduce young men to the tools for discerning their vocation, will be held 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, December 11, at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church, 1109 Cypress Street. The event is open to young men in high school to 25 years old. For more information, contact Father Michael Caraway, Director of Vocations and Seminarians, at 337-527-5261, or register at www.lcvocations.com.
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.