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

Putting First Things First

By Leslie Bertucci

The winter holidays are over, and the spring holidays are starting to gear up. And I’m just over here trying to catch my breath.

Once again I am reminding myself to put first things first. Not only as a practical method of survival, but in order to accomplish what God asks of me in each season. Read More

Just Driving Thru

By Charla Spalluto Misse

After a long day of work one evening, when I was single, living in Virginia and feeling particularly homesick for New Orleans, I went to the drive-thru at Popeye’s.  If you knew me, you would think that was pretty funny since I don’t particularly like fast food.  Still, there I was, ordering fried chicken AND a biscuit! Read More

2018 Has Taught Me Self Care

By Gaby Smith

Self-care is something that is very new to me. It came down to talking to a professional counselor to tell me that I need to take care of me.

I suffer with anxiety. My body feels like it’s constricting at 100 miles per hour, and I can’t breathe. Read More