|Sun Jul 24 @12:00PM - 06:00PM|
Mass for Community Healing & Eucharistic Adoration
|Sun Jul 31 @10:00AM - |
Fr. Paul Gros Pastor Installation
|Sun Aug 14 @10:30AM - |
Fr. Michael Alello Pastor Installation
|Mon Aug 15|
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Office Closed
|Thu Aug 25 @ 9:30AM - 12:30PM|
Clergy Continuing Formation
Catholic Television Statement
Bishop Robert W. Muench
July 19, 2016
DIOCESAN CALL TO PRAYER,
FASTING, AND ACTION
As we mourn the deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Philando Castille in Falcon Heights, and the five Dallas Police Officers: Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael J. Smith, Michael Krol, and Lorne Ahrens, we acknowledge that we who make up the Church of the Diocese of Baton Rouge are as diverse as the communitities in which we live. We have different stories, different experiences, different backgrounds, different opinions, and different understandings. The current situation in our community is fluid and changing. As we search as a diocese to respond in a way that will unite us and bring us together to work for converted hearts and spirits, let’s do what we can do now. Our immediate response is a sincere request that all adult persons in our diocese pray and fast this week so that we may gain wisdom and courage to become personally and communally involved in building bridges across everything that divides us to become better brothers and sisters to each other.
The following reflection questions and prayer are offered to guide you in your prayer this week. Your fast may take any form you wish. Perhaps it can be what you found most helpful this past Lent.
Psalm 139 reminds us that we are all “fearfully and wonderfully made” in the image and likeness of a loving, forgiving and merciful God. Please consider these two questions in your prayerful reflection this week.
1. What does it mean to you that we are all made in the image and likeness of God?
2. How can you acknowledge this great truth in your words and actions toward those whom you perceive as “different” from you?
Peace Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, the truth;
Where there is doubt, the faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
An Afternoon of Eucharistic Adoration
St. Joseph Cathedral
Sunday July 24, 2016
In response to the recent violence in Baton Rouge and especially the slaying and wounding of six police officers and sheriff deputies this past Sunday, July 17, Bishop Muench is inviting all Catholics of our diocese (and non-Catholics as well) to spend some time in adoration before the exposed Blessed Sacrament at St. Joseph Cathedral and to offer our prayer in reparation for sin, for the healing of wounded bodies and spirits, and for the repose of the souls of those who have died by injustice and violence.
In Sunday’s Gospel, we heard the story of Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus, listening to him. When her sister Martha complained to Him about Martha’s “inactivity,” Jesus said to her, Mary has chosen the better part, and it shall not be taken from her. Christian contemplation precedes Christian service. We must sit at the Master’s feet if we are to know how we are to serve Him.
Eucharistic adoration is powerful--both healing and humbling…
The Bishop will celebrate a special Mass for the healing of our community this coming Sunday, July 24, at 12 noon at St. Joseph Cathedral, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 6:00 PM. At that time, solemn Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will be led by Fr. Josh Johnson. Please plan to spend some time in the Lord’s Presence as we ask Him to lay His healing hand upon our community and our country.
BISHOP ROBERT MUENCH STATEMENT
Regarding Recent Events
in the Baton Rouge Community
July 7, 2016
This week in our community, as in our nation, and as in our world, we find ourselves facing the many emotions that accompany acts of violence. We experience sadness, anger, frustration, and fear. To all these, our Lord invites us to renew our trust in his promise of fidelity, to increase our prayer, and to renew our commitment to peace and mercy toward one another. Truly, we are all called to be ministers of healing to a hurting world. In the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Lk 10:25-37), where Jesus answers the questions from a scholar of the law: “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” and “Who is my neighbor?” we learn “who is our neighbor.” Jesus’ powerful story encourages us, among other things, to remember we are all companions on the journey, called to support each other along the way, and be ambassadors of hope and mercy. May fear not lead us into despair. May anger not move us to inflict pain upon others. Rather, moved by the grace of Christ’s suffering for us, may we in turn impart that grace to one another.
BISHOP ROBERT MUENCH STATEMENT
Bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge
July 17, 2016
Words cannot express the emotions we feel for those who have lost loved ones in the tragic events of this day. Their entire lives have been unexpectedly and terribly turned upside down. In visiting this afternoon with two of the families affected by these shootings, Fr. Tom Ranzino and I shared prayer and support in the midst of their shock, horror and grief. Prayer is a powerful path to follow when tragedy happens, but even the most devout of us sometime question: “What good could come of this?” Only the Word of God has the answer to the questions that shake our faith: The answer is our Lord Jesus Christ. In Jesus, hope ultimately triumphs over despair; love ultimately triumphs over hate; and resurrection ultimately triumphs over death. Standing firmly on the pillars of these eternal truths, we look to his words of promise in the Sermon on the Mount, and we recall two beatitudes that speak to the hope we should hold, especially today: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God,” and “Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted” (Mt. 5: 9, 4). We renew our call for a diocesan-wide week of prayer and fasting as we reflect on the events of the last several days, and as we work toward a lasting peace in our communities.