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June 24, 2022
The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

To the Faithful of the Diocese of Lake Charles

My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

On this historic day, the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, we offer thanksgiving to our Heavenly Father for the Supreme Court’s decision in support of human life, consistent with the Constitution of this nation. For many decades we have prayed for this moment. We have advocated for human life through the March for Life, on the local, state, and national levels, as well as many other initiatives. At the same time, we must realize that the struggle to advance a greater respect for human life is not over. We must continue to support expectant mothers, their children, and all who struggle to choose life. We remain committed to supporting all persons in crisis. 

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Diocese of Lake Charles 

It was love at first sight for Bud Harless when he saw his wife, Ramona, for the first time in 1952. He was stationed at the Naval Auxiliary Air Station in Fallon, Nevada. Six months later they were married at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fallon.  Mr. and Mrs. Harless will celebrate 70 years of marriage on November 23. Bud said they never let a day go by without telling each other, “I love you.” 

June 24, 2022
Bishop Provost has released the following statement on the Supreme Court decision regarding Dobbs v. Jackson:

"We live in a democratic republic governed by laws and under an established Constitution. We must respect our system of government but, above all, the revealed truths of our Lord Jesus Christ and His Church. Our Christian values, not to mention human decency, prompt us to act civilly and protect human life both born and unborn."

MOSS BLUFF — Saint Charles Center and Camp Karol of Saint Charles Center are seeking part-time cooks at both locations. Experience as a cook, or cooks with catering experience is preferred. Saint Charles Center is located 2151 Sam Houston Jones Parkway, and Camp Karol is located at 1087 Bozo Road, both in Moss Bluff.

Interested persons may call 337-855-1232 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for further information. Send resume to Michelle Monceaux, Assistant Director of Saint Charles Center/Camp Karol, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

At the Diocesan Finance Council meeting held on June 21, 2022, Bishop Provost approved the creation of a policy for maternity and paternity leave for the Diocese of Lake Charles and associated entities, including the parishes and Catholic Schools. The Bishop appointed the Director of Fiscal Affairs, Mr. Jacob Troutman, and the Vicar General for Administration, Father Ruben Buller, to oversee the creation of the particulars of the policy, which is envisioned to take effect in July 2023.

Protecting life is a central teaching of the Catholic faith. The Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops urges Congress to take action in response to the tragic murders of 19 innocent children and their teachers in Uvalde, Texas. There must be dialogue and concrete action to bring about a social renewal that addresses all aspects of the crisis, including mental health, the state of families, the valuation of life, the influence of entertainment and gaming industries, bullying, and the availability of firearms.  Among the many steps toward addressing this endemic of violence is the passage of reasonable gun control measures.

Please vote in support of the Bipartisan Background Checks Act (H.R. 8), the Enhanced Background Checks Act (H.R. 1446), and Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act (H.R. 2377). The LCCB also urges Congress to support a total ban on assault weapons, limitations on civilian access to high-capacity weapons and ammunition magazines, measures that control the sale and use of firearms, such as universal background checks for all gun purchases, laws to criminalize gun trafficking, proposals to set a more appropriate minimum age for gun ownership, and a 'bump stocks' ban.

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