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Information and Announcements About The Diocese

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Diocese of Lake Charles 

Two hurricanes and more than two months later, there are still visible reminders of destruction caused by Hurricanes Laura and Delta in the Diocese of Lake Charles. For many Catholics, those reminders are especially evident in their churches. 

Bishop’s Bible Study classes resume 
Bible Study classes hosted by Bishop Glen John Provost resumed in November. The 2020-2021 series is based on the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: Genesis. 

Remaining dates for the Men’s Bible Study are December 4, February 5, March 5, April 9, and May 7, beginning with the Bishop’s Mass at 6:30 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 935 Bilbo Street. The Ladies’ Bible teachings will continue February 3, March 3, April 7, and May 5 beginning at noon.

Both meetings take place in the Ave Maria Hall across the street from the Cathedral. Please note: no meals will be served. State protocols for the safety of participants will be followed — temperatures will be taken, face masks must be worn, and social distancing will be used for seating.

Circumstances surrounding back-to-back hurricanes, namely power and communication outages, delayed the resumption of the classes originally set to begin in September.  

For more information on the Bible Study classes, call 337-888-6026 during regular office hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Advent parish mission at Cathedral
A three-night Advent parish mission presented by Father James Blount, SOLT, is planned 7:00-9:00 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, November 29-December 1, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 935 Bilbo Street. The theme is "O come, O come, Emmanuel!" — Preparing our hearts with Mary for the holy seasons of Advent and Christmas.

Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Father Blount, is an internationally known Exorcist Priest of the Society of Our Lady of the Trinity (SOLT). A gifted Spiritual Director and Confessor, Fr. Blount is a bold charismatic preacher endowed and empowered with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. He speaks of living a life in relationship with each of the Persons of the Holy Trinity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. His teachings depict his deep love for the Eucharist. His devotion to Jesus and Mary draws many souls to fall in love with them.

Father Jim is a powerful instrument of the Holy Spirit as evidenced by many stories of miracles, healings and conversions. His talks help to increase awareness of the intense Spiritual Battle in our present world where evil has waged war against the Sacred. His humble boldness and untiring drive to minister to the lost and ill are particularly noteworthy.

Each evening consists of an hour talk, Eucharistic Exposition and Adoration, hymns and prayers, confessions, and concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. For more information, call the Cathedral at 337-436-7251.   

‘Advent Lessons and Carols'
St. Henry Catholic Church will host "Advent Lessons and Carols” at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, December 3. The church is located at 1021 Eighth Avenue in Lake Charles.

Cor ad Cor ministry meets monthly
Cor ad Cor, a ministry open to all unmarried women ages 18-39, meets the first Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at St. Hubert Convent, 1414 Martha Street in Lake Charles. The monthly gathering is led by the Religious Sisters of Mercy and 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, end ending at 7:45 p.m. with night prayer. 

The title, “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.. The next prayer and discussion group will meet on Thursday, December 3. 

Home for Christmas Virtual Concert 
The Daughters of Saint Paul Choir will present “Home for Christmas,” a virtual concert at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 3. The free event will be streamed on their YouTube page http://www.youtube.com/c/DaughtersofStPaul 

Every December, the Daughters of Saint Paul Choir goes on tour to bring the Christmas message to thousands of people around the country. This year, most people will be home for Christmas, so the Daughters decided to share this fun, family-friendly event virtually for all to enjoy. 

‘Together for Life’ announces 2021 schedule 
“Together for Life,” the marriage preparation day hosted by the Office of Family Life, announces dates of classes for 2021: January 9, February 20, March 13, April 17, and May 15. The only remaining class in 2020 is December 5. 

All marriage prep days are held on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with an hour lunch beginning at 11:00 a.m. The courses will be held via Zoom until further notice. For more information, contact: Beth Buller, Office of Family Life, at 337-888-6026; or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

School calendar revised for remainder of 2020-2021 
The Office of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Lake Charles has released a revised calendar for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school term. 

Due to the passage of the two hurricanes – Laura and Delta — and the severe damages the buildings sustained, changes had to be made in the school year. 

To offset days missed from the closures for the storms, the length of holiday periods has been altered and the school year will not end until June 4, 2021, which adds 11 days of instruction. 

The revised Thanksgiving holiday will be Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 25-27, while Christmas will be celebrated Dec. 23 through Jan. 1. 

Other holidays include Jan. 18, Martin Luther King, Jr.; Mardi Gras, Feb. 15-16; and Easter, April 2-11. 

“Together for Life,” the marriage preparation day hosted by the Office of Family Life, announces dates of classes for 2021: January 9, February 20, March 13, April 17, and May 15. The only remaining class in 2020 is December 5.

All marriage prep days are held on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with an hour lunch beginning at 11:00 a.m. The courses will be held via Zoom until further notice. For more information, contact: Beth Buller, Office of Family Life, at 337-888-6026; or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To contact the Diocese of Lake Charles, please call 337-888-6026 during regular office hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

To contact the Office of Catholic Schools, please call 337-400-5237, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.