August 20, 2023

Dear Parishioners,

All who signed up to serve as catechists in our parish school of religion have a meeting this
Tuesday, August 22, from 6:30 8:00 p.m. in the Parish Center. If possible, catechists are in-
vited to come a little early and join us for the 5:45 p.m. Mass in church. The meeting will re-
view teaching aids and resources, and allow time for the sharing of best practices to help
everyone feel prepared for this important ministry.

Catechists are also invited and encouraged to attend the annual Diocesan Convocation: -
Celebrating Catechists led by Father Josh Johnson and Dr. Brant Pitre next Saturday, August
26, from 9:00 a.m. 12:00 noon at Sacred Heart Church in Baton Rouge. Holy Rosary will
register as a group so please email Wendy if you wish to attend

Our R.C.I.A. process for people interested in joining the Catholic Church starts back up on
September 6. We have Inquiry Meetings planned for every Wednesday in August at 6:30
p.m. in the Community Room located in the House of Prayer and Study Building. Please in-
vite your relatives, friends, and neighbors who may have expressed an interest in learning
more about the Catholic faith or who wish to join the Church.

We have an important meeting for all 11th graders and their parents on Thursday, August 31,
at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Center to review preparation for the Sacrament of ConÞrmation.
We look forward to a grace-Þlled year celebrating the gifts of the Holy Spirit in preparation for
this beautiful sacrament.

I have a meeting with my priestssupport group this Wednesday and Thursday, and so we
will not have an 8:00 a.m. Mass on Thursday, August 24.

Thursday, August 24, is the Þfth anniversary of the installation of Bishop Michael Duca as our
bishop. He was installed as the Sixth Bishop of Baton Rouge on Friday, August 24, 2018.
Please continue to pray for Bishop Duca in his role as shepherd of our Diocese, that we may
grow in faith and unity.

Friday, August 25, is the optional memorial of St. Louis, celebrated as a minor feast day in
most of the country, but as a solemnity in New Orleans since he is the principal patron of the
Archdiocese. St. Louis, who died in 1270, is remembered as a model ruler and the father of
eleven children. He built many churches, including Sainte Chapelle in Paris, which is consid-
ered one of the most beautiful churches in the whole world.

In last weeks bulletin I made mention of the New Orleans Saints and the LSU Tigers, but I
also look forward to writing about the heroics of our local St. Amant High football team. Good
luck and best wishes to the players, coaches, and fans as they begin a new season. The Ga-
tors play their Jamboree game this Friday night against Assumption in The Pit, and then host
G.W. Carver the following week.

In Christ,
Father Matt