Prayer for Peace in Iraq
The USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace asked all bishops to share this information with their dioceses and to pray this special prayer written by His Beatitude Louis Rafael Sako, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Iraq, and to keep the intentions for peace in the Middle East, but especially Iraq, in the Prayers of the Faithful. He also encourages the people in the diocese to let their elected representatives know of their concern for Christians and other religious minorities who are in dire straits in Iraq, Syria, Egypt and other countries.
The plight of our country
is deep and the suffering of Christians
is severe and frightening.
Therefore, we ask you Lord
to spare our lives, and to grant us patience,
and courage to continue our witness of Christian values
with trust and hope.
Lord, peace is the foundation of life;
Grant us the peace and stability that will enable us
to live with each other without fear and anxiety,
and with dignity and joy.
Glory be to you forever.
† Louis Raphael I Sako
Prayer for Safety in Hurricane Season
O God, Master of this passing world,
hear the humble voices of your children.
The Sea of Galilee obeyed Your order
and returned to its former quietude.
You are still the Master of land and sea.
We live in the shadow of a danger over which we have no control:
the Gulf, like a provoked and angry giant,
can awake from its seeming lethargy,
overstep its conventional boundaries,
invade our land,
and spread chaos and disaster.
During this hurricane season we turn to You, O loving Father.
Spare us from past tragedies whose memories are still so vivid
and whose wounds seem to refuse to heal with passing of time.
O Virgin, Star of the Sea, Our beloved Mother,
we ask you to plead with your Son in our behalf,
so that spared from the calamities common to this area
and animated with a true spirit of gratitude,
we will walk in the footsteps of your Divine Son
to reach the heavenly Jerusalem
where a stormless eternity awaits us. Amen.
Most Rev. Maurice Schexnayder (1895-1981)
Second Bishop of Lafayette
2014 Adult Confirmation
Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 3:00 PM
Our Lady of Mercy Church,
445 Marquette Ave., Baton Rouge
Again this year, Bishop Muench will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to adults from throughout the diocese who for one reason or another have not yet been confirmed and are properly prepared. The celebration will be on the Solemnity of Pentecost: Sunday, June 8, 2014, at 3 pm at OUR LADY OF MERCY CHURCH, BATON ROUGE.
Due to renovations at St. Joseph Cathedral, another location was required.
2014 Chrism Mass - Wednesday of Holy Week, April 16
St. Aloysius Church, 2025 Stuart Ave., Baton Rouge
Chrism Mass & luncheon information for priests, deacons & seminarians & reservation form to be returned to the CATHEDRAL
Chrism oils letter below to all Pastors; Hospital Chaplains; Religious Community Representatives of the Diocese of Baton Rouge & 2014 Chrism Oils Reservation Form to be returned to the OFFICE OF WORSHIP
2014 Spring Clergy Formation Letter from Bishop Muench
Dear People of God of the Diocese of Baton Rouge,
One of the important ways in which the priests of our diocese are formed for ministry occurs through what is called the annual Spring Formation [Continuing Education] days held for all priests in the diocese in May of each year. 2014 will be the last year these formation days will be held in the Spring. Beginning 2015, the Continuing Formation of the Clergy Committee decided to change these days to the ‘Annual Priests’ Formation Days’ to be held in the second full week in January. These formation days offer the priests opportunities for growth in intellectual and spiritual formation, emotional maturity and physical well-being. Since these days are offered once a year, and is a commitment by the diocese for their on-going formation, participation by the priests is mandatory. However, on occasion, ministry needs arise at the same time preventing the priests from participating in these Spring (Annual) Formation days. read more
A New Year’s Prayer
May God make your year a happy one!
Not by shielding you from all sorrows and pain,
but by strengthening you to bear it, as it comes;
Not by making your path easy,
but by making you sturdy to travel any path;
Not by taking hardships from you,
but by taking fear from your heart;
Not by granting you unbroken sunshine,
but by keeping your face bright, even in the shadows;
Not by making your life always pleasant,
but by showing you when people and
their causes need you
and by making you anxious to be there to help.
God’s love, peace, hope and joy to you
for the year ahead.
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