CLCs aim to build community
At the college level, finding a community of people with similar interests can seem like an easy task. In the real world, however, it isn’t always that easy. The desire for community expands rapidly as New Orleans’ young adults struggle to find a place for them to live and grow in the Catholic faith.
Rachel Longest, archdiocesan young adult ministry coordinator, and Laura Quigley, associate chaplain at Loyola University New Orleans, have teamed up to form Christian Life Communities (CLCs) throughout the archdiocese for young adults graduated from college. Already in place at Loyola and Jesuit universities across the country, CLCs consist of groups of six to 10 people and are founded in Ignatian spirituality, grounded in each individual’s own experience and finding God in all things.
“The idea is to engage in discernment together, reflecting on where to find God in your life, so that you can really fulfill God’s mission,” Quigley said.
St. Mary of the Angels stands up to blight, crime
Although blight and crime continue to plague New Orleans at unacceptable levels, city officials informed a gathering of St. Mary of the Angels parishioners that significant strides are being made on both fronts. Those improvements will be temporary fixes, however, if citizens do not actively work with government agencies to end the twin scourges, they said.
Archdiocese offers help to men addicted to pornography
The Archdiocese of New Orleans has established the My House Men's Group to help men end their addiction to pornography.
The group provides a Catholic focus on prayer and recovery in every man's battle for sexual integrity.
The group meets has met anonymously every week since starting in August 2010. About 20 men have participated in the meetings over that period, and usually about eight to 12 men attend each meeting.
Accountability is a major factor in helping the men fight their pornography addiction, the group's organizer said, because for someone lacking accountability, "the sky's the limit."
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3000 iPad2 tablets in Catholic high schools
Imagine being in a science class and, instead of listening to a lecture on wind turbines, students click on the “Our Choice” digital book, raise their tablet computers and blow into the microphone and make a graphic of a wind turbine turn on the screen.
Catholic Charities Operation Helping Hands
“It’s not enough to hear the word of God, but to act on it,” Deacon Steve Ferran said July 20 at a “Welcome Home” gathering for Mary and Shelton Roberts of New Orleans East.
The Roberts’ home was the 200th rebuilt by Catholic Charities’ Operation Helping Hands program, and Ferran, the newly appointed vice president of Catholic Identity and Mission of Catholic Charities Archdiocese New Orleans, led a prayer thanking God for the mercy and goodness of the volunteers who worked on it.
St. Anthony in Luling celebrates 50th anniversary