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Upcoming events around the Diocese of Lake Charles and beyond:  

DECEMBER, 2022 

Through December 20: Christmas at Sea program
LAKE CHARLES — The Stella Maris Seafarers Center in the Diocese of Lake Charles needs your help in sharing the love of Jesus and the blessing of Christmas with hundreds of seafarers who pass through our local ports.

Every year, through the generosity of the community, the Seafarers Center assembles Christmas ditty bags with essential items to give to men and women serving onboard ships during the holidays. Many are away from their homes and families for several months at a time.

The Center is collecting the following items: shaving cream, after shave lotion, deodorant, disposable razors, bath soap, pens and pencils, lotion, crew socks, toothpaste, wash cloths, shampoo, toothbrushes, combs, knit caps, work gloves, hard candy, playing cards and prayer cards.

These small tokens of love and remembrance go a long way to let the seafarers know they are not forgotten by God or by those they are serving.

Donations may be dropped off at your church parish no later than Tuesday, December 20, or you may call the Seafarers Center at 337-436-1315 to schedule a time to deliver the items to the Center at 150 Marine Street, Lake Charles. For anyone interested in helping pack the gift bags, please call the Ray Fontenot, Director, at the Center.

Monetary donations may be mailed to: Stella Maris Seafarers Center, 150 Marine Street, Box 10, Lake Charles, LA 70601.

Sundays, Dec. 11, 18: Advent Bible Study
LAKE CHARLES — Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church continues its Advent Bible Study, “Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Advent,” by Dr. Brant Pitre, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays, December 11 and 18, in Founders’ Hall, 2031 Opelousas Street. The video series takes place in Founders’ Hall behind the church, 2031 Opelousas Street.

Presented by Dr. Pitre, the Advent series will focus on how a deeper understanding of the ancient Jewish prophecies of the Messiah can help unlock the hidden meanings of the season of Advent. In this study of the Sunday readings from the Advent lectionary, participants will learn about: the Second Advent at the End of Time; Jewish Prophecies of the Messiah; John the Baptist; the Jesse Tree; the City of Bethlehem; and the Virgin Birth.

Dr. Pitre is a Distinguished Research Professor of Scripture at the Augustine Institute, Graduate School of Theology. He earned his Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, where he specialized in the study of the New Testament and ancient Judaism. Dr. Pitre has produced dozens of video and audio Bible studies, in which he explores the biblical foundations of Catholic faith and theology. He lives in Louisiana with his wife Elizabeth and their five children.

Monday, Dec. 5: World Cup Watch Party
LAKE CHARLES — The Hispanic Community at St. Henry Catholic Church will host a World Cup 2022 Watch Party on multiple dates at the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Center, 2409 Second Street. All are welcome to watch the soccer matches as a community at 1:00 p.m. Monday, December 5 (Round of 16); 9:00 a.m. Friday, December 9 (quarter finals); 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 14 (semi-finals); and 9:00 a.m. Sunday, December 19 (final match). 

Tuesday, Dec. 6: Religious Sisters of Mercy monthly gathering
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 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.
 
Friday, Dec. 9: Inaugural Hispanic Art exhibit
LAKE CHARLES — Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center, 1001 Ryan Street, will host the inaugural Hispanic Art Exhibition 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, December 9. 
A dozen artists representing five countries — Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, and Mexico — will present a banquet of culture, traditions and hopes. All the artists are members of the Hispanic community at St. Henry Catholic Church in Lake Charles.
 
Featured artists include Patricia Suárez, Luciano Neira, Jesús Neira, Elí Vargas, Sofía Legros, Erik Guerrero, Gisselle González, Samantha Espinosa, Martín Garzón, Badiha Galeazzi, Ricardo Ruvalcaba, and and Melisa Jiménez.
 
Opening night will feature food from different countries, two singers and a professional disc jockey. The exhibit will be available for viewing at the Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center December 9 through February 4.
 

Dec. 9-10: Live Nativity at St. Joseph in Vinton
VINTON — St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1502 Industrial Street, will host a Live Nativity from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, December 9, and Saturday, December 10, with a reading of the Nativity story at 7:00 p.m. both nights. The scene will be located behind the Religious Education building on Industrial Street.

Saturday, Dec. 10: Magnificat Breakfast
WELSH — Magnificat, a ministry to Catholic women, will host a breakfast featuring guest speaker Father Michael Caraway, 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, December 10, at Father Daigle Hall, Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church, 209 N. Adams Street. Tickets for $15 are on sale through Sunday, December 4, the deadline for reservations. No tickets will be sold at the door.
 
Father Caraway, a native of Welsh, serves as Director of Vianney House, Director of Vocations, and is Chaplain for Domestic Church in the Diocese of Lake Charles. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 29, 2019.
 
For reservations by mail, please make check payable to Magnificat along with name(s) and contact information of reservations to: Tina Diehl, 2170 Richard Road, Jennings, LA 70546. For reservations by electronic payment via PayPal, the username is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information, call Pam Duplantis, coordinator, at 337-224-9911.
 
Tuesday, Dec. 13: Advent Mission with Mike Patin
LAKE CHARLES — An Advent Mission: “As We Wait in Joyful Hope,” with Catholic speaker Mike Patin is planned for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 13, at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, 5495 Elliott Road. Patin uses energy, humor, and stories to affirm God’s goodness and presence among us while inviting others (and himself) to take the “next step” in our journey with God.
 
Patin, who resides in Lafayette, has worked in ministry settings since 1984, first as a high school teacher and coach, and then in diocesan ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Since 2003, he has worked full time as a speaker and “faith horticulturist.”

Throughout his ministry, Patin has been privileged to speak to groups ranging from 10 to 23,000 in over 130 dioceses in the U.S. and Canada. He has spoken at parish missions, conferences, rallies, retreats, leadership institutes, and in-services, addressing youth, adults, families, clergy, seminarians, school faculties, businesses, athletic teams and hospital staffs.

Sunday, Dec. 18: Christmas Caroling in the Plaza
LAKE CHARLES — St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, 5495 Elliott Road, will host Christmas Caroling in the church plaza at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, December 18. Bring your family, friends, neighbors, and a lawn chair to celebrate the Christmas season. Hot cocoa will be provided. Caroling will move inside the church if inclement weather. 
 
Thursday, Dec. 29: Pontifical Mass
SULPHUR — A Pontifical Solemn Mass is planned for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, December 29, 2022, in the Oratory of Saint Francis de Sales, 802 South Huntington Street. The Most Reverend Glen John Provost, Bishop of Lake Charles, will celebrate the Mass for the 5th Day in the Octave of Christmas.

JANUARY, 2023

Jan. 19-22: Domestic Church retreat
MOSS BLUFF — A Domestic Church Evangelization Retreat for Sacramentally married couples is planned Thursday, January 19, through Sunday, January 22, 2023, at Saint Charles Center, 2151 Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff. This retreat provides couples with an opportunity to begin their spiritual journey together (or deepen it if it already exists). The retreat serves as the introduction to Domestic Church for those interested in beginning formation in a Domestic Church circle. The long weekend includes daily Mass, Sacrament of Confession, talks, and time for couples to encounter the Lord together.
 
The cost is $430 per couple with a $150 deposit. The retreat begins at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday and ends at 12 noon on Sunday. Read more about Domestic Church at www.domesticchurchfamilies.com. REGISTER ONLINE: domesticchurchfamilies.com/events-1 OR https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=aakerW
 

FEBRUARY, 2023

Saturday, Feb. 4: Quiz Bowl 2023
The Office of Religious Education in the Diocese of Lake Charles will host Quiz Bowl 2023 on Saturday, February 4, at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic School. The annual competition is for students in grades 6-8 through church parishes, schools, or homeschool groups. There is a limit of four teams per school or parish.
 
The top four teams will earn cash prizes, and certificates signed by Bishop Glen John Provost will be presented to the first- and second-place teams.
 
Registration is $20 per team ($5 per team member) of four students that can be a combination of grades 6-8. Parish, school, or homeschool groups may submit registration by January 13, 2023, to Sister Maura Clare Mayock, RSM: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or mail to 411 Iris Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601.
 
Donors are needed to support the annual event. Sponsors who contribute $200 or more will have their names printed on the event T-shirts. Checks may be sent to the Office of Religious Education, Diocese of Lake Charles, 411 Iris Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601.
 
For more information on registration or being a sponsor, please contact Sister Maura Clare at 337-439-7400, Ext. 305. Students may also contact their Parish Catechetical Leader or school Director of Religious Education coordinator.
 
Thursday, February 9: OLQH School auction
LAKE CHARLES — Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic School will host “Lights, Camera, Auction!” on Thursday, February 9, at the Cash & Carry Building, corner of Broad Street and Enterprise Boulevard. Party and live auction on site, and live auction will be online.
 

MARCH, 2023

Saturday, March 18: 'Silence' vocation discernment day
MOSS BLUFF — “Silence,” a one-day vocation discernment event for young men in high school to age 25, will be held Saturday, March 18, at Camp Karol, 1087 Bozo Road. 
 
The focus of Silence is to equip those attending with tools for discerning their vocation. Mass, Adoration, and the Liturgy of the Hours will all be celebrated. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and the cost is covered by the Diocese of Lake Charles.
 
Register by Tuesday, March 8, at lcvocations.com. For more information, contact Father Michael Caraway, Vocation Director, at 337-527-5261 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Saturday, March 25: ‘Radiance’ day of recollection
MOSS BLUFF — The Office of Vocations will host “Radiance” for young women on Saturday, March 25, at Camp Karol, 1087 Bozo Road. There is no cost to attend.
 
The day of recollection, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., is open to young women in high school to 25 years old who are interested in learning how to discern where the Lord is calling them. There will be religious sisters and women who are married available to speak about on listening to the voice of God as they discern His will for them.
 
Register online at www.lcvocations.com by Saturday, March 5. For more information, contact Father Michael Caraway, Vocation Director, at 337-527-5261 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

APRIL, 2023

Saturday, April 29: SAVE THE DATE for 'Together in Holiness'
MOSS BLUFF — The third annual Together in Holiness conference in the Diocese of Lake Charles will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at Camp Karol, 1087 Bozo Road. Stay tuned for updates regarding registration, speakers, and more. National speaker will be Ryan Hanning discussing the family as a believing and evangelizing community. 
 
Together in Holiness is a marriage conference series that inspires spouses to grow together in holiness and empowers parents to form their children in the Catholic faith. Together in Holiness offers powerful presentations from national and local speakers, Mass, Reconciliation, Eucharistic Adoration, on-site childcare, and practical tips and insights for spouses and parents.
 
For more information, visit togetherinholiness.org or email Conference Coordinator Ellen Clements at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ONGOING

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.
 
'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 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.
 
Saturday Rosary at the Grotto
LAKE CHARLES — Join the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at the Grotto behind the church, 935 Bilbo Street, to pray the Rosary every Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. In case of inclement weather, the Rosary will be prayed inside the St. Bernadette Oratory. 
 
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, from 5-8 p.m. 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 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. 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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