Supreme Court OK’s monk casket sales
It took the United States Supreme Court to make the final decision. But the nine justices simply confirmed Oct. 15 what Benedictine Abbot Justin Brown knew in his heart for the last six years: The Benedictine monks of St. Joseph Abbey in Covington were not breaking the law by handcrafting plain cypress caskets and selling them to Louisiana residents.
Orange you glad? It’s pumpkin time
St. Francis Xavier pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students in Metairie and students from St. Mary’s Academy in New Orleans rode a hayride and picked out pumpkins on a field trip Oct. 18 to the pumpkin patch at St. Bernard Church in St. Bernard.
LHSAA praises decision to drop charges against football officials
The Louisiana High School Athletic Association issued the following press release Oct. 17:
BATON ROUGE, LA (Oct. 17, 2013) — The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) was pleased to learn that Covington Mayor Mike Cooper and Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz announced this afternoon that they will request the District Attorney to drop the charges of public intimidation against high school officials James Radcliffe and Chris Gambino.
A pro-life calendar that covers all ‘life’ issues
October is pro-life month, and this year a new resource helps teachers of religion at all levels – elementary, high school and in parishes – delve into all aspects of life from womb to tomb.
The resource, “Pro-life Calendar 2013 – 30 days to a more consistent ethic of life through prayer, reflection and action,” was created over the summer by St. Mary’s Dominican senior Lily Ryan during an internship with the Louisiana Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (LCADP) and its affiliate REPEAL: Catholics for Justice and Mercy, groups dedicated to ending capital punishment in Louisiana.
Therapeutic foster care program needs more care-givers
Raising a child with emotional, physical or behavioral issues can be daunting when that child is your own. Imagine taking on that responsibility for an at-risk or special-needs foster child.
Regularly, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services contacts Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans (CCANO) Therapeutic Foster Care program for short-term placement of children in a foster home.
Two associates hired at CYO/Young Adult office
One thing is for certain. New Catholic Youth Organization associate directors Brigitte Burke and Chelsea Colomb don’t have to waste time getting acquainted. The two, hired weeks apart this summer for the Archdiocese of New Orleans CYO/Young Adult office, had worked together in youth ministry in the Diocese of Baton Rouge.
“It will be a collaborative effort,” Colomb said about the two offices, especially with activities such as World Youth Day.