Houma-Thibodaux diocese to hold conference for youth, family

The second annual Catholic Family Matters Conference held by the Office of Family Ministries and of Youth Ministries of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 23. at St. Hilary of Poitiers Church in the H.C. Paul Daigle multi-purpose building in Raceland. The keynote speaker will be Mark Viator, a nationally acclaimed speaker and author. He has worked extensively with children and adolescents and their families on such issues as discipline problems, learning difficulties and moral development. Currently he is dean of student affairs and an associate professor of behavorial sciences at River Parishes Community College. Topics of the day rnclude parenting teens, raising young children with love, care giving, grief and loss, attention deficit disorder, singles ministry and marriage enrichment. For more information call Office of Family Ministries at 850-3129.

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The Raceland Manor nursing home welcomes the to their extended family in the persons of Mildred Smith and Olga Foret. We hope you have a comfortable stay.

On July 3 the residents and staff of the Raceland Manor nursing home had a beautiful red, white and blue cake, also ice cream for the residents to celebrate the fourth of July. They also enjoyed poppers that made a marvelous mess in the dining area. To top it off one of our residents, Herbert Ford’s, children and grandchildren came and sang some patriotic songs. Everyone enjoyed a wonderful time.

Thanks to all who made the cake bingo at the Raceland Manor a success. Plenty of people came and a good bit of money was made for the activities department. A lot of people brought cakes, a total of 28 cakes. Thanks to all for coming and making this event a success.

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Sympathies go out to the family and friends of Pearl Rodrigue, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

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August brings us to the hottest month of the summer and the beginning of school. Beware of the heat and take care in upcoming weeks for increase in traffic due to school buses. Due to the heat most residents at the manor will be participating in indoor activities. Everyone is welcome to join in and help us pass a good time in spite of the rising temperature.

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Music, Magic and Laughter, a variety show, will be presented Saturday at Central Lafourche High School at 7 p.m. The show will feature the Bayou Bell Ringers and Quest Performers. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children under 12. For more information call Janice Grammer at 632-6800.

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Bless the Beasts and the Children benefit dinner sponsored by La Casa and Hope for Animals will be held Aug. 18 at Fremin’s restaurant in Thibodaux. Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by a gourmet dinner with wine served at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $100 per plate. The cuisine will be provided by Randy Cheramie and the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute. Music will be provided by Cajun Bon Temps. For tickets call Katy Cheramie at 580-1039 or Tara Broussard at 446-0111.

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The Sisters of the Holy Spirit recently installed their new leadership team for the next four years. The installation took place at their generalate in San Antonio. Among those elected to the leadership team was our own Sister Miriam Mitchell, chancellor for the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, congratulations.

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The Rev. Patrick J. “P.J.” Madden will be ordained to the transitional diaconate at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Co-cathedral in Thibodaux. Madden, a native of Ireland, is one of 10 children. He was married to the late Mary Mitchell for 29 years and is the brother-in-law of Sister Miriam Mitchell. Congratulations to P.J. Madden. We wish you the best. He is currently serving his parish internship at St. Bernadette Parish in houma, where he says, “I have been very warmly welcomed by the people and the parish staff.”

We welcome our new bishop, the most Rev. Samuel G. Jacobs with great joy. Jacobs will begin working in our diocese officially on Sept. 20. Bishop Jacobs celebrated a Mass for the diocesan staff on Aug. 1. Our new bishop will be installed on Oct. 10 at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in houma.

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Members of Raceland American Legion Post 349 and its auxiliary held its joint installation of officers on July 21 at the Legion home on Bowie Road. Commander Cromwell called the meeting to order after everyone had finished their meal prepared by the posts’ own cooks. Adam Foret sang the national anthem and Ed Blanchard led the opening prayer. The group recited the Pledge of Allegiance and the preamble after Commander Cromwell had conducted the POW/MIA memorial service. Jackie Cromwell introduced state and district officers of the auxiliary seated at the head table. Past department commander Gerald Guidry introduced and commented on the legionnaires at the head table. Members of the auxiliary were recognized by Jackie Cromwell for perfect attendance and for being bingo workers. Rosalie Bbenoit presented certificates to Kandi Saucier, Josie Delaune and Kali Boudreaux for participating in Girls State. Cindy Thibodeaux presented certificates to Caitlin Morris, Andre’ Babin and Kali Boudreaux for winning the American Legion Auxiliary Essay Contest. Commander Cromwell recognized Sgt. Nolan Smith Jr. of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, Gregg Falgout of the Louisiana State Police and Keith Dufrene of the Lafourche Parish Fire Protection District 1 for their contributions to the safety of the community.

Noella Champagne, the department president-elect, installed the auxiliary officers. Department commander Roy Hendrick installed the post officers.

The lights were dimmed and a bell tolled once for each of the 15 members of the post and auxiliary who died during the past year. Newly elected Commander Pete Martinez presented Les with a life membership in recognition of his dedication and service to Post 349. Commander Cromwell thanked everyone who attended the banquet including fellow legionnaires, district and state officers and members of the public. He also thanked his wife Jackie, members of Post 349 and its auxiliary for their support throughout the year. Noella Champagne presented Nessy Adams, Pete Martinez and Murphy Pitre with special pins received from the national president in recognition of their efforts in recruiting members for the auxiliary.