LCCB Statement

on the US Senate's Attempt to Reverse

US Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Decision

August 26, 2014


Prayer for Peace in Iraq

The USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace asked all bishops to share this information with their dioceses.  Bishop Robert Muench invites the people of the diocese to pray this special prayer written by His Beatitude Louis Rafael Sako, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Iraq, at Masses on Sunday, August 17, 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

Patriarch Sako went on to pray: “Let us unite our voices and hearts before the Lord of peace. May the light of Tabor fill the hearts of all suffering people with consolation and hope. May the message of Tabor, through our prayers, inspire the leaders of Iraq to sacrifice personal interests for the common good and welfare.”

The Holy Father has said “violence generates more violence; dialogue is the only path to peace.” Let us continue to pray in communion with the Holy Father and with Patriarch Sako for a cessation of the violence and for a peace that will allow people to live in harmony without fear.


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.

Click here for Adult Confirmation forms and information.


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 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