Approaching the Desert

By Casey Sprehe

As the high time of Mardi Gras season approached, I found myself wondering about Lent. What should I do? What should I not do?
Feeling a draw to massive withdrawal and purging probably due to the sensory overload that is Thanksgiving + Christmas + Mardi Gras, I decided to go to adoration to pray about what God wanted from me this Lent. Read More

Good at What?

By Ty Salvant

On Dec. 19, Derrick and I were blessed with the birth of our sixth child, Synclair Marie.

She has been such a gift to our family. Upon meeting Synclair, well-meaning friends, acquaintances and family members ask, “Is she good?” Because I have asked that question before, I know what they mean.

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What a Day Without Social Media Did for Me

By Gaby Smith

I recently took part in the human trafficking day of awareness and fasting from social media. I knew this would be particularly challenging for me. I have to admit, I’m on social media a lot. There are times where I force myself to put down my devices when I’m spending quality time with my son, driving and so on. I get my news from social media, I catch up with family and friends, I even do work on Facebook. Read More

Want to Feel Less Busy and More Present? Do This.

By Courtney Elmer

Recently, someone asked me how I have so much energy with a baby boy as busy as my son AJ. She said my positive energy was rubbing off on her, and how much lighter she felt just talking to me.  Read More

How Our Daughter’s Sportsmanship Honored God

By Ana Borden

Recently our oldest, an aspiring chef and food critic, participated in our parish’s pie-baking contest.
To prepare for the big day, she caught up on her favorite cooking shows, brainstormed ideas and was extremely excited to spend a special day cooking alongside her abuela (grandmother) making a pumpkin pie, complete with a homemade crust and whipping cream. Read More

Mass and the Mardi Gras Mambo

By Sarah McDonald

“Oh, it’s Carnival Time, everybody’s having fun!” goes the song, but, first, NOLACatholics – go to Mass!
There is perhaps no weekend in New Orleans that is plagued by spotty attendance than the weekend before Mardi Gras. Read More

Reconciliation

By Kristy Solis

Do you recall the details of your first reconciliation or your child’s first reconciliation?
Recently, my oldest daughter participated in her first reconciliation. It was such a blessing to be a part of her process and to experience her growth in her faith. She was genuinely excited to participate in this sacrament of reconciliation. Read More

Small Miracles Mean So Much

By Kim Roberts

A few years back, our parish church was a stop for the relics of St. Padre Pio. I found out about it, by chance, but – with our family’s hectic schedule – I didn’t think for one minute I would be able to make it for the viewing. Read More

In the Know

By Casey Sprehe

School shooting. Ethnic persecution. Government shutdown. Church massacre.
Check the news on your phone or TV, and you are instantly bombarded with evil. Read More

Corporal Works of Mercy

By Stacy LaMorte

You may not realize it, but, as a loving parent, you are integrating the Corporal Works of Mercy into your daily life.
Feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked (even when they don’t want to keep their clothes on!) and caring for the sick are all Works of Mercy. Read More

Teaching Your Child A New Language

By Greg Zambrano

Learning a second language at times is very common, depending on the family or community.
Sometimes, the children must learn the native language of the parents or ancestors for cultural reasons or parents might encourage a child to learn a second language like Chinese, French, Spanish or Japanese to further increase their possibilities of obtaining a great career. Read More