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Religious Sisters of Mercy serving in the Diocese of Lake Charles are, from left, Sister Miriam MacLean, Sister Mary Thoma Houseal, Sister Marirose Rudek, Sister Mary Benedicta Maier, and Sister Mary Hanah Doak.

 

The Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan, celebrated the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy, patroness and protectress of their religious order, with a Mass at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 24, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The Most Reverend Glen John Provost, D.D., M.A., Bishop of Lake Charles and celebrant of the Mass, was joined by several priests in the Diocese on this special occasion.

 

 “Religious Life affords more lively, solid and lasting happiness
than all the variety the world could give.”
Mother Catherine McAuley

 

Mary is the Mother of Christ who cooperated with the Lord’s will at every moment of her life. She is the Mother of Mercy because she is the Mother of Jesus Christ, Mercy Incarnate. Standing by her Son at the foot of the Cross, she was given as mother to every disciple. She continues to invite each Sister of Mercy to the foot of the Cross of her Son. Holding the Sister into this mystery, Mary assists her to be an instrument of Mercy.

Several priests from the Diocese of Lake Charles were in attendance
at a special Mass for the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan,
held in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Sisters of Mercy serving in the Diocese of Lake Charles are Sister Miriam MacLean, Sister Marirose Rudek, Sister Mary Thoma Houseal, Sister Mary Hanah Doak, and Sister Mary Benedicta Maier.

Each Sister wears a Mercy Cross around her neck to remind her that she is to be the convergence point of the misery of mankind and the mercy of God. There is no corpus on the Mercy Cross, because the Sister wearing it is to be the corpus. The black of the Cross symbolizes the misery of mankind, sin, darkness, and suffering. The white of the Cross symbolizes the mercy of God, His light, purity, unfading brilliance and His descent into our misery.

The Religious Sisters of Mercy are located in the United States, Europe, and Australia. Their Motherhouse is in Alma, Michigan. For more information, visit https://www.rsmofalma.org

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September 24, 2020
USCCB Pro-Life Chair launches Respect Life Month
WASHINGTON — October is Respect Life Month, and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities has issued a statement encouraging Catholics to allow “the Gospel of Christ to touch and transform our own hearts and the decisions we make.”

Archbishop Naumann’s full statement follows:

“As Catholics in the United States, we will soon mark our annual observance of October as Respect Life Month. It is a time to focus on God’s precious gift of human life and our responsibility to care for, protect, and defend the lives of our brothers and sisters.

“This year’s theme, ‘Live the Gospel of Life,’ was inspired by the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s encyclical, The Gospel of Life. Pope John Paul’s masterfully articulated defense of the right to life for children in their mothers’ wombs, the elderly, persons with disabilities, and the marginalized is more relevant today than ever before.

“Last November, the U.S. bishops reaffirmed that ‘the threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority because it directly attacks life itself, because it takes place within the sanctuary of the family, and because of the number of lives destroyed.’ While we noted not to ‘dismiss or ignore other serious threats to human life and dignity such as racism, the environmental crisis, poverty, and the death penalty,’ we renewed our commitment to protect the most fundamental of all human rights – the right to live.   

“This past January, I shared with Pope Francis that the bishops of the United States had been criticized by some for identifying the protection of the unborn as a preeminent priority. The Holy Father expressed his support for our efforts observing that if we fail to protect life, no other rights matter. Pope Francis also said that abortion is not primarily a Catholic or even a religious issue, it is first and foremost a human rights issue. 

The Gospel of Life provides a blueprint for building a culture of life and civilization of love. The important work of transforming our culture begins by allowing the Gospel of Christ to touch and transform our own hearts and the decisions we make. May we strive to imitate Christ and follow in his footsteps, caring for the most vulnerable among us. Through the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, may Our Lord grant us the grace to live courageously and faithfully his Gospel of life.”

New parish resources have been developed around the theme of “Living the Gospel of Life” and are available at www.respectlife.org. Respect Life Sunday falls on October 4.

September 18, 2020
Pope Francis accepts resignation of Bishop Bevard of Saint Thomas diocese
WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend Herbert A. Bevard, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Saint Thomas in the Virgin Islands. At the same time, he has appointed the Metropolitan Archbishop, Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory of Washington as the Apostolic Administrator of the diocese.

The resignation and appointment were publicized in Washington, D.C. on September 18, 2020 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

The Diocese of Saint Thomas in the Virgin Islands is comprised of the Islands of Saint Thomas, Saint Croix, Saint John, and Water Island, and has a total population of 110,000 of which 30,000 are Catholic.

September 11, 2020
Pope Francis names three new auxiliary bishops of Chicago
WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Jeffrey S. Grob, Rev. Kevin M. Birmingham, and Rev. Robert J. Lombardo, C.F.R. as Auxiliary Bishops of Chicago.
 
Father Jeffrey S. Grob has been appointed as Titular Bishop of Abora and Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago; Father Kevin M. Birmingham has been appointed as Titular Bishop of Dolia and Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago; and Father Robert J. Lombardo, C.F.R. (Franciscan Friars of the Renewal), has been appointed as Titular Bishop of Munaziana and Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago. The appointments were publicized today in Washington, D.C. by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
 
The Archdiocese of Chicago is comprised of 1,411 square miles in the state of Illinois and has a total population of 5,900,365 of which 2,183,000 are Catholic. Cardinal Blase J. Cupich is the current archbishop of Chicago.
 

September 7, 2020
Pope Francis accepts resignation of Bishop-elect Michel Mulloy
WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop-elect Michel Mulloy of the Diocese of Duluth.

The resignation was publicized in Washington, D.C. on September 7, 2020 by Monsignor Dennis Kuruppassery, chargé d’affaires ad interim at the apostolic nunciature in Washington in the temporary absence of Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

September 3, 2020
USCCB President Announces Emergency Collection in Wake of Hurricane and Wildfire 
WASHINGTON – Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops  (USCCB), has requested that bishops across the country consider taking up a voluntary special collection for the humanitarian, long-term recovery, and Church needs arising from the increasing number of natural disasters in the United States.

In his letter sent to bishops, Archbishop Gomez wrote, in part, “The traditional storm season has only just begun and already we have witnessed the devastating impact of Hurricane Laura and the California wildfires. Thousands of homes, businesses, and churches have been severely damaged or destroyed, and the impacts will be long-lasting.”

“We offer our prayers to families who have lost loved ones, homes, and businesses. Archbishop Etienne, the chairman of our Committee on National Collections, has been in touch with several bishops to learn about their situations and to offer our prayers and our desire to be of assistance in this time of need.”

“The funds collected in this special appeal will become part of the Bishops Emergency Disaster Fund and will be used to support the efforts of Catholic Charities USA and/or Catholic Relief Services, the official relief agencies of the U.S. Catholic Church, as they and their local agencies respond to immediate emergency needs for such necessities as water, food, shelter, and medical care, and aid in long-term rebuilding and recovery efforts; and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for pastoral and reconstruction needs of the Church. Funds will be used in response to Hurricane Laura and any other disasters that occur and will be distributed where they are most needed. However, if such purpose(s) become unnecessary, impractical or impossible to fill, USCCB may use such contributions for other emergency disaster relief where it is most needed as determined by the Committee on National Collections using its emergency response protocol.”

Archbishop Gomez acknowledged the severity of the impact of COVID-19 on parish and diocesan activities and its challenging impact on fundraising, but also expressed hope in the generosity of the faithful and their care for those in need.

More information about the Office of National Collections and its support of emergency relief efforts can be found at https://www.usccb.org/committees/national-collections.

August 28, 2020
U.S. bishops vote to hold November meeting virtually
WASHINGTON — Each November, the bishops of the United States gather for their General Assembly in Baltimore. Earlier this month after consultation with the Holy See, the bishop-members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) voted to approve the convocation of this annual November meeting in a virtual format in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a vote of 219 to 5 (1 abstaining), the bishops decided to meet in a virtual format rather than the usual in person meeting. The agenda will be finalized by the Administrative Committee of the USCCB, set to meet in mid-September.

Earlier this year, the Administrative Committee voted to cancel their Spring Assembly out of concern for the health, well-being, and safety of the bishops, staff, observers, guests, affiliates, volunteers, contractors, and media involved with the general meetings in the wake of the novel coronavirus. It marked the first cancellation of a plenary assembly in the Conference’s history.

The bylaws of the Conference state that a plenary assembly is to be convened at least once a year, and conducting the November meeting in virtual format fulfills this requirement. More information will be made available as the details of the virtual meeting are finalized and will be posted to https://www.usccb.org/meetings.

August 20, 2020
USCCB pro-life chairman applauds ethical scrutiny of fetal tissue research
WASHINGTON — Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, applauded the Trump Administration following release of the National Institutes of Health Human Fetal Tissue Research Ethics Advisory Board report in which the Board recommended withholding federal funding from 13 out of 14 research proposals involving the use of fetal tissue. 

“We applaud the Administration for moving NIH in a direction that shows greater consideration for medical ethics in research, and greater respect for innocent human life. It is neither ethical nor necessary to further violate the bodies of aborted babies by commodifying them for use in medical research. The victims of abortion deserve the same respect as every other human person. We are grateful that the Administration is following through on its commitment to end federal funding of research using aborted fetal tissue.”

In a related pro-life matter, Archbishop Naumann thanked and praised the Trump Administration following the release of its second report showing successful implementation of an expanded Mexico City Policy aptly renamed, “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance.” The report shows that the vast majority of foreign NGOs — 1,285 out of 1,340 — have complied with this policy with minimal disruption of health services and no reduction in funding.

 “The Trump Administration deserves our praise for ensuring that U.S. global health assistance funding actually promotes health and human rights, and doesn’t undermine them by promoting abortion. Killing innocent and defenseless unborn children through abortion is not health care. Abortion violates an unborn child’s most basic human right, the right to life, and it also can wound the mother emotionally and physically. Americans recognize this injustice and an overwhelming majority of them oppose giving tax dollars to organizations that are more committed to promoting abortion than providing health services.”

August 12, 2020
Archbishop Gregory to succeed Cardinal Dolan on National Council of Synagogues
WASHINGTON — Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Washington will succeed Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, as Catholic co-chair of the consultation with the National Council of Synagogues at the dialogue’s meeting today. Cardinal Dolan has completed ten years of service as Catholic co-chair of the dialogue. 

Archbishop Gregory was installed on May 21, 2019 as the seventh archbishop of Washington. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1973 in the Archdiocese of Chicago and ordained as an auxiliary bishop for Chicago in 1983. He served as bishop of Belleville from 1994-2004 before being named as archbishop of Atlanta. He has previously served as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) from 2001-2004 and acted as Catholic co-chair of the National Council of Synagogues consultation during Cardinal Dolan’s tenure as president of the USCCB from 2010-2013. 

“I am honored, once again, to represent the USCCB in the important dialogue between Catholics and Jews which involves a number of rabbis, leaders of Jewish organizations, and professors,” reflected Archbishop Gregory. “The friendships and the collaboration that these conversations generate are blessings for both of our communities.” 

Rabbi Harold Berman, executive director of the National Council of Synagogues, added: “It has been a great honor for the National Council of Synagogues to be able to work with Cardinal Dolan, whose personal warmth, intellect and energy have inspired all of our encounters. We are thrilled to welcome Archbishop Gregory, already well-known to many members of our leadership and we look forward to a very productive dialogue under his leadership in the years ahead.” 

The National Council of Synagogues includes a variety of Jewish organizations from Reconstructing Judaism and the Reform and Conservative movements. This dialogue began in 1987 as the successor to the dialogue with the Synagogue Council of America that began in 1977. It meets biannually to discuss theological and pastoral concepts and issues of common concern. Currently, Rabbi David Straus, chair of the National Council of Synagogues, serves as Jewish co-chair.

August 6, 2020
USCCB president joins in solidarity after deadly explosion in Lebanon
WASHINGTON — Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford and chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on International Justice and Peace, issued the following statement in solidarity with Lebanon after the explosion in the Port of Beirut: 

“The world watched with shock and horror the catastrophic explosion in the Port of Beirut Tuesday. Over 135 have died, thousands are injured, and the suffering has only begun to be told. 

“Lebanon was already reeling from economic and government corruption along with the novel coronavirus pandemic. The plight of the Lebanese people is now even more dire. We received Lebanon’s patriarch, Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai’s Appeal to the Nations of the World with fraternal love and solidarity. We encourage Catholics and all people of good will to pray for the afflicted and give generously to Catholic Relief Services’ Lebanon disaster response at www.crs.org. In addition, we call on the U.S. government to accelerate any and all humanitarian assistance to Lebanon in this hour of critical need. 

“Joining in Pope Francis’ prayer Wednesday that Lebanon may ‘overcome the grave crisis they are experiencing’ and beseeching the intercession of Our Lady of Lebanon, we place our sure hope in Him who reconciles all things unto himself.”

August 6, 2020
Request made to Congress for emergency aid for Catholic schools
WASHINGTON — Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM, Cap. of Boston, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. of Newark and Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ of Oakland and chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Catholic Education cosigned a letter requesting that emergency aid to Catholic schools be included in the next federal COVID emergency relief package. 

“The economic devastation that has hit so many of America’s families has made it impossible for many struggling families to continue paying tuition,” the bishops wrote. “As a result, already 140 Catholic schools have permanently closed their doors, and hundreds more are in danger of being unable to open in the fall. The closure of schools that serve urban areas are disproportionately harmful to low-income and black children served by these schools.” 

They continued, “Not only is this devastating to each of those school communities, their staff and business partners, but it has a detrimental impact on local taxpayers. For every student educated in a Catholic or non-public school, taxpayers save thousands of dollars. Nationwide, Catholic schools save state and local governments more than $20 billion annually.” 

The letter asked for the U.S. Congress to designate 10% of emergency K-12 education funding for scholarship aid to low-middle income private school families. 

According to the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), Catholic school student enrollment for the current academic year is 1,737,297 across 6,183 schools. 21.8% of students represent racial minorities and 19.1% of the total enrollment in non-Catholic.
 
The full text of the letter to Congress is available here.

August 6, 2020
Pope Francis accepts resignation of Bishop John Levoir of New Ulm
WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend John M. Levoir from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of New Ulm. 

The resignation was publicized in Washington, D.C. on August 6, 2020 by Monsignor Walter Erbi, chargé d’affaires at the apostolic nunciature in Washington in the temporary absence of Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

August 5, 2020
Bishop Malloy shares solidarity with Pope in condemning attack in Nicaragua
WASHINGTON — Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, issued the following statement:

“Alongside Pope Francis and my brother bishops throughout Latin America, I condemn the sacrilegious attack against the Cathedral of Managua that occurred on Friday, July 31. Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, archbishop of Managua, called the incendiary-bomb attack an ‘act of terrorism.’ The apparent target of the explosion — an historic crucifix crafted in the 17th century — has become a poignant image of the country’s suffering Church, which has sustained repeated rhetorical and physical attacks (three in the last three weeks) since attempting to mediate peace in 2018. 

“I thank the U.S. government for its prompt statement of support for the Church in Nicaragua in the aftermath of this attack. I urge the Administration to continue its search for peace in Nicaragua.

“The Church in the United States stands with the suffering Nicaraguan faithful, and with all people of goodwill striving for peace and reconciliation in Nicaragua.”

July 31, 2020
Bishop chairmen request federal relief for urban Catholic school students
WASHINGTON — Catholic schools, especially those serving urban areas have been disproportionately impacted in the ongoing fallout of the novel coronavirus. Three bishop chairmen of committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have sent a letter to Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, requesting support for black families in Catholic schools as the U.S. Congress debates the next COVID relief package. Bishop Michael C. Barber, S.J. of Oakland and chairman of the Committee on Catholic Education, Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux and chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, and Bishop Joseph N. Perry, auxiliary bishop of Chicago and chairman of the Subcommittee on African American Affairs addressed the crisis facing Catholic schools, especially those serving urban areas, and asked members of the Congressional Black Caucus to support aid to low-income families in the form of tuition scholarships.

“As the impact of the coronavirus has disproportionately affected the black community, the same is true for our Catholic schools that serve predominately black communities, and we are imploring your help for these families who have sought a Catholic education for their children,” the bishops wrote.

They continued, “Catholic schools are facing a crisis at this very moment. Over one hundred-thirty schools have already announced permanent closure, including schools in Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston, New Jersey, and New York. These closures are disproportionately harmful to low-income and black children that are educated in urban schools. A recent survey of Catholic school principals showed that currently 10% are uncertain about their ability to open in the fall; this equals over 500 Catholic schools and thousands of families in turmoil. Strong action from Congress could provide these families and schools the confidence they need to stay in the Catholic school of their choice.”

The letter asked for Congress to designate emergency funding for direct scholarship aid to low-middle income private school families.

Total enrollment in Catholic schools nationally for the current academic year is 1,737,297, across approximately 6,183 schools. Racial minorities comprise 21.8% of total enrollment, and 19.1% of all students are non-Catholic.

July 30, 2020
USCCB president reflects on the 75th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
WASHINGTON — Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued the following statement on the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki:

“This week we are observing the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and August 9, 1945.

“My brother bishops and I mourn with the Japanese people for the innocent lives that were taken and the generations that have continued to suffer the public health and environmental consequences of these tragic attacks.

“On this solemn occasion, we join our voice with Pope Francis and call on our national and world leaders to persevere in their efforts to abolish these weapons of mass destruction, which threaten the existence of the human race and our planet.

“We ask our Blessed Mother Mary, the Queen of Peace, to pray for the human family, and for each one of us. Remembering the violence and injustice of the past, may we commit ourselves to being peacemakers as Jesus Christ calls us to be. Let us always seek the path of peace and seek alternatives to the use of war as a way to settle differences between nations and peoples.” 

The USCCB’s Committee on International Justice and Peace has produced resources for study, prayer, and action that the faithful may use in observing the August 6 and 9 anniversary, which may be found at: http://www.usccb.org/nuclear.

July 29, 2020
Migration chairman calls for prayers for trafficking survivors
WASHINGTON — The United Nations designated July 30 as the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons in 2013 to raise awareness of the devastating impact human trafficking has on women, men, and children and to promote survivors’ rights and human dignity. The international day is observed annually in the United States and throughout the world. There are nearly 25 million individuals trapped in modern-day slavery, according to the International Labor Organization. Human trafficking a “crime against humanity,” Pope Francis has said, because it is “an unjustifiable violation of the victims’ freedom and dignity, which are integral dimensions of the human person willed and created by God.” 

Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington and chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration issued the following statement:

“Today we take a moment to pray for all victims and survivors of human trafficking and to reflect upon our responsibilities as individuals and as a Church to make their well-being and protection a priority. We are renewing our call to educating about human trafficking and proclaiming the value of all human life. Pope Francis reminds us that ‘it is the responsibility of all to denounce these injustices and to firmly oppose this shameful crime.’ We are called by our Holy Father to take a firm stance against this terrible violation of the dignity of the human person and to do everything in our power to eradicate it.”

Resources on raising awareness and fighting trafficking may be found on the Justice for Immigrants website and www.usccb.org/stopslavery

July 28, 2020
Weakened Fair Housing rule fails to promote dignity of human person
WASHINGTON — Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it would terminate the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulation (AFFH) issued in 2015 and replace it with a new rule on fair housing titled Preserving Community and Neighborhood Choice. 

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Charities USA filed comments in March 2020 on HUD’s proposed changes to the AFFH rule. The comments urged HUD to withdraw the proposed rule because it weakens the definition of AFFH, fails to address barriers to fair housing, reduces community engagement, and diminishes the role of Public Housing Authorities. 

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, chairman of the USCCB’s Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, and Sister Donna Markham OP, PhD, president & CEO of Catholic Charities USA, issued a statement in response to HUD’s announcement: 

“HUD’s replacement of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule undermines efforts to promote fair housing and human dignity. Discriminatory practices such as redlining, disinvestment from communities, discriminatory practices in selling or renting homes, and racial and economic segregation have undermined fair housing for generations and continue to harm communities of color today. HUD’s new rule minimizes the affirmative responsibility to promote fair housing by removing clear guidance and effective accountability. 

“Fair housing regulations remain one of the key tools for addressing long standing inequities and historical disadvantages and must be strengthened, not weakened. As the U.S. bishops wrote 45 years ago in The Right to a Decent Home, ‘an absence of racial discrimination is no longer enough. We must insist upon effective programs to remedy past injustice.’ Let us renew this call to action to ensure all people have access to safe, decent, and affordable housing.”

July 22, 2020
Bishop chairmen condemn acts of vandalism, destruction at Catholic sites
WASHINGTON — Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Religious Liberty, and Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, issued the following statement in response to reports of increasing incidents of church vandalism and fires:

“In the last few weeks, we have witnessed, among other things, one church rammed with a car and set on fire, as well as statues of Jesus Christ and of the Virgin Mary defaced or even beheaded. An historic mission church has also been badly damaged by fire, and the cause is still under investigation.

“Whether those who committed these acts were troubled individuals crying out for help or agents of hate seeking to intimidate, the attacks are signs of a society in need of healing.

“In those incidents where human actions are clear, the motives still are not. As we strain to understand the destruction of these holy symbols of selfless love and devotion, we pray for any who have caused it, and we remain vigilant against more of it.

“Our nation finds itself in an extraordinary hour of cultural conflict. The path forward must be through the compassion and understanding practiced and taught by Jesus and his Holy Mother. Let us contemplate, rather than destroy, images of these examples of God’s love.  Following the example of Our Lord, we respond to confusion with understanding and to hatred with love.”

July 22, 2020
U.S. bishops urge president to rescind divisive memorandum
WASHINGTON — On July 21, President Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce ordering that undocumented people counted in the 2020 Census be excluded from consideration when determining the number of U.S. Representatives each state is allotted in the U.S. House of Representatives. Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington and chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Migration issued the following statement:

“As we have stated before, we urge all people to be counted and fully included in the Census.   Counting the undocumented in the Census and then denying them and the states in which they reside their rightful representation in Congress is counter to the Constitution and a grave injustice. Furthermore, such a policy makes people feel invisible and not valued as human beings.”

“This action is simply wrong and divisive. We follow the lead of Pope Francis, who has noted that in the face of ‘profound and epochal changes’ that the present moment offers ‘a precious opportunity to guide and govern the processes now under way, and to build inclusive societies based on respect for human dignity, tolerance, compassion, and mercy.’ We urge the President to rescind this Memorandum and instead, to undertake efforts to protect and heal our nation and all who are living in our country.”

To learn more about participation in the U.S. Census and information-sharing, visit the Justice for Immigrants website.

July 22, 2020
Ministry leaders to examine Church's engagement with young people
WASHINGTON — On Saturday, July 25, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church, in collaboration with other offices at the USCCB and joined by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFYCM), will convene a yearlong intercultural process with young adults and ministry leaders.

The initiative, entitled Journeying Together is meant to explore the Church’s engagement with young people of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds and mobilize the faithful on issues and concerns related to culture and race in the United States. It is based on Pope Francis’ call for encounter and dialogue in his 2019 apostolic exhortation Christus Vivit. Due to health concerns with the novel coronavirus, the initiative will primarily take place online from July 2020 through May 2021, with an anticipated live gathering next summer, pending health and safety directives.

The process will feature intracultural and intercultural digital gatherings and conversations with young adult delegates and key ministry leaders from different cultural communities including African Americans, Asian and Pacific Islanders, European Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, and Native Americans, as well as immigrant groups, migrants, and refugees. The conversations will be facilitated by young adults in response to Pope Francis’ encouragement of young people to be “protagonists” in the Church’s mission of evangelization. The initiative, led by the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church, will include collaboration with the USCCB’s Secretariat for Catholic Education; Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis; and Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.

Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez of Philadelphia, and chairman of the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church, said of this initiative, “This dialogue comes at an incredibly important time in our nation’s history where we find ourselves engaged in a serious conversation about race and racism, with calls for meaningful and lasting social reform, a movement led in large part by young people across the country and around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic also has affected communities of color most significantly. Over the course of the next year, it is my hope that we can have honest conversations on these and other issues impacting young people and on how we can move ahead on the important questions of race, culture, and community. We have been very intentional about making sure every cultural family has their voice represented and a seat at the table as we journey together. The bishops are looking forward to learning from the young people and those who accompany them.”

The delegates within the Journeying Together process, including bishops, young adults, and local ministry leaders, will seek to involve their peers in the dialogue and mobilization aspects of this yearlong experience. The goal of the initiative is to help the Church better engage and respond to the realities facing young people of all cultural backgrounds. 

For more information about the process, go to http://www.usccb.org/journey2020

July 22, 2020
National grant approved to put Laudato Si' in action
WASHINGTON — The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has approved a strategic national grant totaling $500,000 to the Direct Action & Research Training Center (DART) to empower poor and low-income persons in the southeastern U.S. to overcome the impacts and address the root causes of climate change over the next five years. The bishops of the CCHD subcommittee approved the grant during their virtual meeting on June 9.

The five-year project, “Caring for Creation, Caring for Community” will enable DART to engage local organizations in campaigns to identify the local impact of environmental changes on their community, empower low-income and minority communities to address the negative impact of environmental changes, and raise the profile of how these environmental changes hurt poor and marginalized communities the most.

Bishop David G. O’Connell, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles and chairman of the CCHD subcommittee said, “As CCHD marks it’s 50th Anniversary this year, we are pleased to support this strategic national effort to put Laudato Si’ in action. The adverse effects of climate change devastate poor communities around the country and with this project, CCHD and DART will seek to live out the call of Pope Francis to respond to ‘the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.’”

Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, who has worked in close collaboration with DART for over 30 years on issues such as lack of affordable housing, transportation, juvenile justice reform and violence reduction in the Archdiocese of Miami, said in support of the project, “The DART proposal “Caring for Creation, Caring for Community” is a needed organizing effort to better engage people from low-moderate income communities in identifying and addressing the impacts of climate change in local communities.”

The Strategic National Grant Program was established by the U.S. bishops as part of CCHD’s Review and Renewal to address urgent regional or national needs, issues, or priorities impacting low-income communities. These grants are intended for organizations working to promote justice or economic development on a significantly larger scale than the community-based organizations that typically receive support from the CCHD. Additional information about the programs and work of CCHD is available online at http://www.usccb.org/cchd.

July 22, 2020
National grant approved to provide support to Native CDFI Network
WASHINGTON — The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has approved a strategic national grant totaling $300,000 in emergency assistance to the Native Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Network to maintain vital access to credit for low-income Native American households across the country. The bishops of the CCHD subcommittee approved the grant during their virtual meeting on June 9.

The Native CDFI Network is a 501(c)(3) corporation with over 60 Native CDFIs across 27 states who lend capital to Native American businesses and economically disadvantaged households, providing access to unavailable credit, credit repair, and business technical assistance. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the business closings that followed, many Native CDFIs are experiencing dramatic changes in cash flow, portfolio realignment, and staffing. This strategic national grant will enable the Native CDFI Network to immediately address member concerns, provide top-level expertise in governance, financial management, and board/staffing support to respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bishop David G. O’Connell, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles and chairman of the CCHD subcommittee said, “For the last 50 years, CCHD has supported projects that empower low-income communities to address systems and structures that perpetuate poverty. Over the last several months we have seen the coronavirus pandemic disproportionately impact Native American communities throughout the United States. This strategic national grant will provide vital assistance to the Native CFDI Network as they continue their important work supporting and empowering Native American families and communities.”

The Strategic National Grant Program was established by the U.S. bishops as part of CCHD’s Review and Renewal to address urgent regional or national needs, issues, or priorities impacting low-income communities. These grants are intended for organizations working to promote justice or economic development on a significantly larger scale than the community-based organizations that typically receive support from the CCHD. Additional information about the programs and work of CCHD is available online at http://www.usccb.org/cchd

July 17, 2020
Pope Francis names Bishop Ronald A. Hicks as bishop of Joliet
WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has named Bishop Ronald A. Hicks, auxiliary bishop of Chicago as Bishop of Joliet. The appointment was publicized in Washington, D.C. on July 17, 2020 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Bishop Hicks was born on August 4, 1967 and ordained to the priesthood on May 21, 1994. He has served as auxiliary bishop of Chicago since 2018. His full biography may be accessed here.

The Diocese of Joliet is comprised of 4,218 square miles in the State of Illinois and has a total population of 1,950,354 of which 564,709 are Catholic.

July 16, 2020
Pope Francis names Bishop Malesic as Bishop of Cleveland
WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has named Bishop Edward C. Malesic of Greensburg as Bishop of Cleveland. The appointment was publicized in Washington, D.C. on July 16, 2020 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Bishop Malesic was born on August 14, 1960 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and ordained to the priesthood on May 30, 1987. He was named bishop of Greensburg in 2015. His full biography may be accessed here.

The Diocese of Cleveland has been a vacant see since January 2020. The diocese is comprised of 3,414 square miles in the State of Ohio and has a total population of 2,769,738 of which 663,919 are Catholic.

July 14, 2020
USCCB chairman issues statement on status of Hagia Sophia
WASHINGTON – During its 1,500-year history, the Hagia Sophia (“Holy Wisdom”) in Istanbul has been both a church and mosque. A museum for the last 84 years, it has served as a symbol of good will and coexistence between the Christian and Muslim communities. Last week, the President of Turkey announced his decision to overturn this policy and change its status. Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Bishop Joseph C. Bambera of Scranton, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, have joined Pope Francis and other leaders in expressing their regret over the decision of Turkey’s president. 

Archbishop Gomez and Bishop Bambera’s statement follows: 

“We join Pope Francis and our Orthodox Christian brothers and sisters in expressing deep sadness over the decree by Turkey’s president to open Hagia Sophia as a mosque. 

“Since its foundation as a Christian cathedral in 537, Hagia Sophia has been one of the world’s great artistic and spiritual treasures. For many years now, this beautiful and cherished site has served as a museum where people of all faiths can come to experience the sublime presence of God. It has also stood as a sign of good will and peaceful coexistence between Christians and Muslims and an expression of humanity’s longings for unity and love. 

“On behalf of our brother bishops in the United States, we urge President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to reverse this unnecessary and painful decision and restore Hagia Sophia as a place of prayer and reflection for all peoples.”

July 14, 2020
Migration Committee chairman opposes proposed new rules on asylum
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) issued new proposed rules on asylum on June 15 with comments due on July 15. The new proposed rules would, among other changes: allow immigration judges to summarily deny applications before the asylum-seeker can see a judge; redefine the term “particular social group” in asylum law to effectively eliminate asylum for those fleeing domestic violence or gangs; and raise standards for initial asylum interviews. The following statement was made by Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington, and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration:

“These proposed asylum regulations will have devastating consequences for those seeking protection in the United States who are fleeing domestic violence or persecution from gangs in their home countries. The Catholic Church teaches us to look at the root causes of migration, poverty, violence, and corruption. Pope Francis reminds us that ‘we must keep our eyes open ..., keep our hearts open ..., to remind everyone of the indispensable commitment to save every human life, a moral duty that unites believers and non-believers.’ We cannot turn our backs on the vulnerable.”

Read the USCCB’s comment on the proposed asylum rule on the Conference’s website.

To learn more about asylum and root causes of migration, visit the Justice for Immigrants website.

July 13, 2020
Call for solidarity in prayer on 75th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
August 6 and 9 mark the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the first, and one hopes the last, times that atomic weapons are employed in war. Since Pope St. John Paul II’s visit to Japan in 1981, each year the Catholic Church in Japan has observed Ten Days of Prayer for Peace. In observation of this 75th anniversary, we invite Catholics in the United States, and all those of good will, to come together in solidarity in our personal prayers and Masses on Sunday, August 9.
 
The 21st century continues to witness geopolitical conflicts with state and non-state actors, increasingly sophisticated weapons, and the erosion of international arms control frameworks. The bishops of the United States steadfastly renew the urgent call to make progress on the disarmament of nuclear weapons. The Church in the U.S. proclaims her clarion call and humble prayer for peace in our world which is God’s gift through the salvific sacrifice of Christ Jesus.
 
“A world of peace, free from nuclear weapons, is the aspiration of millions of men and women everywhere,” Pope Francis said during his visit to Nagasaki last year. He continued, “Our response to the threat of nuclear weapons must be joint and concerted, inspired by the arduous yet constant effort to build mutual trust and thus surmount the current climate of distrust.”
 
Recently, we, the bishops of the USCCB’s Committee on International Justice and Peace re-affirmed the Holy Father’s call to “renewed effort to bring about a world of peace and justice that is not based upon fear or the threat of nuclear annihilation but justice and human solidarity.” Fear, distrust, and conflict must be supplanted by our joint commitment, by faith and in prayer, that peace and justice reign now and forever.
 
The Committee on International Justice and Peace has produced resources for study, prayer, and action that the faithful may use in observing the August 6thand 9th anniversary, which may be found at: www.usccb.org/nuclear
 

July 10, 2020
Bishop chairman comments on Paycheck Protection Program
WASHINGTON –  Following the publication of a national news story on Catholic churches receiving loans through the Paycheck Protection Program, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, issued the following statement in response:

“The Catholic Church is the largest non-governmental supplier of social services in the United States. Each year, our parishes, schools and ministries serve millions of people in need, regardless of race, ethnicity or religion. The novel coronavirus only intensified the needs of the people we serve and the demand for our ministries. The loans we applied for enabled our essential ministries to continue to function in a time of national emergency.

“In addition, shutdown orders and economic fallout associated with the virus have affected everyone, including the thousands of Catholic ministries -- churches, schools, healthcare and social services -- that employ about 1 million people in the United States. These loans have been an essential lifeline to keep hundreds of thousands of employees on payroll, ensure families maintain their health insurance, and enable lay workers to continue serving their brothers and sisters during this crisis.

“The Paycheck Protection Program was designed to protect the jobs of Americans from all walks of life, regardless of whether they work for for-profit or non-profit employers, faith-based or secular. 

“Despite all of this, more than 100 Catholic schools have announced that they plan to close, with hundreds more facing an uncertain future.  Businesses, hospitals, schools, and churches all across the country are facing many of the exact same problems.  

“We will continue advocating for everyone negatively affected by this terrible pandemic, praying for all the sick, for all who have died and are in mourning, and especially the poor and vulnerable at this time of great need.”

Examples of the USCCB’s advocacy on COVID relief, which encompassed the needs of all of the poor and vulnerable, may be found here, here, and several letters are linked here

July 8, 2020
Supreme Court preserves religious liberty of Little Sisters of the Poor
WASHINGTON – The Little Sisters of the Poor recently went to the Supreme Court of the United States again to defend their community against attempts to force Catholic religious to cooperate with immoral activities, and again, the Supreme Court has recognized their right to religious freedom. By a vote of 7-2, the Court ruled in favor of the Little Sisters.

Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee for Religious Liberty, and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities, have issued a statement addressing the case:

“This is a saga that did not need to occur. Contraception is not health care, and the government should never have mandated that employers provide it in the first place. Yet even after it had, there were multiple opportunities for government officials to do the right thing and exempt conscientious objectors. Time after time, administrators and attorneys refused to respect the rights of the Little Sisters of the Poor, and the Catholic faith they exemplify, to operate in accordance with the truth about sex and the human person. Even after the federal government expanded religious exemptions to the HHS contraceptive mandate, Pennsylvania and other states chose to continue this attack on conscience.

“The Little Sisters of the Poor is an international congregation that is committed to building a culture of life. They care for the elderly poor. They uphold human dignity. They follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and his Church. The government has no right to force a religious order to cooperate with evil. We welcome the Supreme Court’s decision. We hope it brings a close to this episode of government discrimination against people of faith. Yet, considering the efforts we have seen to force compliance with this mandate, we must continue to be vigilant for religious freedom.”

The USCCB filed amicus curiae briefs supporting these religious institutions. The briefs can be found here:
http://www.usccb.org/about/general-counsel/amicus-briefs/upload/19-431-and-19-454_Amici-Brief.pdf  

http://www.usccb.org/about/general-counsel/amicus-briefs/upload/2019-11-04-LSP-SPPH-v-COP-SONJ.pdf

July 8, 2020
Supreme Court rules in favor of Catholic schools' right to choose teachers
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court of the United States has issued its decision in the consolidated cases of Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru and St. James School v. Biel. These cases involved the right of Catholic schools, free of government interference, to choose teachers who will teach and model the Catholic faith. By a vote of 7-2, the Court ruled in favor of the schools. 

Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee for Religious Liberty, and Bishop Michael C. Barber, S.J. of Oakland, chairman of the Committee on Catholic Education, have issued a statement addressing the decision: 

“Education is a central aspect of the Church’s mission. Indeed, teaching is one of the Spiritual Works of Mercy. Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. James schools continue the Catholic tradition of offering Christian education. As institutions carrying out a ministry of the Church, Catholic schools have a right, recognized by the Constitution, to select people who will perform ministry. The government has no authority to second-guess those ministerial decisions. We welcome the Supreme Court’s decision, which rightly acknowledged this limit on state authority. This decision means that the Church can continue to serve her neighbors with integrity.” 

The USCCB filed an amicus curiae brief supporting these religious institutions, which may be found here: Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrisey-Berru

July 8, 2020
Pope Francis names Father Stephen Parkes as Bishop of Savannah
WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has appointed Father Stephen Parkes, a priest of the Diocese of Orlando, as the Bishop of Savannah.

The appointment was publicized in Washington, D.C. on July 8, 2020 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States. The Diocese of Savannah has been a vacant see since March 2020.

Bishop-elect Parkes was born on June 2, 1965 in Mineola, New York, and ordained to the priesthood on May 23, 1998 for the Diocese of Orlando. Father Parkes attended Massapequa High School in New York and received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. He studied philosophy and theology at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida, and holds a Master of Divinity.

After ordination, Father Parkes was assigned to Annunciation Church in Longwood as parochial vicar where he served until 2005 when he was named Parochial Administrator at Most Precious Blood Church in Oviedo. Additionally, in 2004 he was named Spiritual Director for Catholic Campus Ministry at the University of Central Florida in Orlando where he served until 2011.

Since 2011, Bishop-elect Parkes has served as Pastor at Annunciation Church in Longwood. His ministry also includes serving as Dean of the North Central Deanery (2010-present), and Spiritual Director of the

Catholic Foundation of Central Florida (2009-present). He speaks both English and Spanish.

The Diocese of Savannah is comprised of 37,038 square miles in the state of Georgia and has a total population of 2,934,000 of which 75,603 are Catholic. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Church parishes in the Diocese of Lake Charles are resuming Mass schedules whenever possible in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura. The following list will be updated as information becomes available. Check back often for the latest updates:

• Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 935 Bilbo Street, Lake Charles: Saturday Vigil, 4:00 p.m.; Sunday, 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 5:00 p.m.; noon, Monday-Friday. Confession times 30 minutes before each Mass, and one hour before Friday and Saturday Masses. Also: Sign up for Immaculate Conception EF Flocknote weekly schedule.

 Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Jennings, 704 South Lake Arthur Avenue: Saturday Vigil, 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.; Sunday, 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 5:30 p.m.; Adoration, 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., Thursday and Friday

• Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Sulphur, 2700 Maplewood Drive: Saturday Vigil, 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., and 11:00 a.m.; Tuesday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. Note: We welcome Father Jenesh Joseph, HGN and parishioners of Saint John Bosco of Westlake. They will be celebrating Mass at Immaculate Conception in Sulphur on Saturdays at 6:00 P.M. and Sunday at 7:30 A.M.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 2031 Opelousas Street, Lake Charles: Sunday, 8:30 a.m.

Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 211 Aqua Drive, Lake Charles: Sunday, 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m.

Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, 710 North State Street, Jennings: Sunday, 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m.

• Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church, 1109 Cypress Street, Sulphur: Saturday, 8:00 a.m. and Vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m.; confessions at 3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7:00 a.m. (Ordinary Form), 9:00 a.m. (Traditional Latin Mass), 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., (Ordinary Form); confessions, 10:15 a.m.

• Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 3939 Lake Street, Lake Charles: Sunday, 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11 a.m., and 5:30 p.m. in main church; no Saturday vigil Mass; 5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday in main church. No need to sign up; face mask required. Confessions 30 minutes before each Mass under the Lake Street portico.

• St. Henry Catholic Church, 1021 Eighth Avenue, Lake Charles: Saturday Vigil, 4:00 p.m.; Sunday, 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; Monday, 6:30 am.; Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 6:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. (Spanish); Thursday, 6:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Friday, 6:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Adoration on Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to noon.

St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 110 West Fifth Street, Oberlin: Saturday Vigil, 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 7:00 a.m.; Confession before weekday and weekend Masses; Adoration 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

St. John Bosco Catholic Church: Masses for parishioners of St. John Bosco will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sulphur, 2700 Maplewood Drive, at the following times: Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 a.m.

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church: Masses in church hall, 314 Dugas Street in Lacassine, until further notice. Saturday, 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, 7:00 a.m.; Tuesday, 6:00 p.m., and Thursday, 8:00 a.m.

 St. Joseph Catholic Church, Vinton, 1502 Industrial Street, 8:00 a.m., Monday through Thursday, Sept. 7-10.

• St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church, 2500 Enterprise Boulevard, Lake Charles: Saturday, Vigil 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., Sunday, 7:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.

St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, Kinder: Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

St. Pius X Catholic Church, 16816 Highway 171, Ragley: Sunday, 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.

St. Theodore Catholic Church, 785 Sam Houston Jones Parkway, Moss Bluff: Sunday, 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.; meals will be available after the 10:30 a.m. Mass. The Church still does not have power due to technical issues, but generators will be running.

St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Catholic Church, 4822 Carlyss Drive, Carlyss: Sunday, 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

By Pamela Seal 
Diocese of Lake Charles 

LAKE CHARLES — Saint Pope John Paul II once said, “Faith is never a private matter. It is always missionary.”  Living out this statement close to home is Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He has a zeal for missionary work and is sharing that passion with Bishop Glen John Provost and those greatly affected by Hurricane Laura in the Diocese of Lake Charles.