The Way of the Cross 2018!

The Way of the Cross took place on Friday, March 30th, 2018. It was amazing to see people of all ages, nationalities, Faiths, and backgrounds walk together the Way of the Cross.  The walk began at St. Joseph's Cathedral, located in downtown Baton Rouge, and traveled to the State Capital, then continued back to the Cathedral. As everyone stopped to visit each Station of the Cross, each station was correlated to the social injustices that affect our Neighbors in our Communities across the Diocese of Baton Rouge. 

 Michael Acaldo, CEO SVDP Baton Rouge and member the St. Aloysius Conference, is pictured above reading the opening Prayer on the steps of St. Joseph's Cathedral. 

Michael Acaldo, CEO SVDP Baton Rouge and member the St. Aloysius Conference, is pictured above reading the opening Prayer on the steps of St. Joseph's Cathedral. 

 Kim Boudreaux, District Council Vice President and member of the St. Aloysius Conference, is pictured above reading the second station of the cross.

Kim Boudreaux, District Council Vice President and member of the St. Aloysius Conference, is pictured above reading the second station of the cross.

 Crystal Chatelain, District Council President and member of St. Patrick's Conference, is shown above reading the third station of the cross.

Crystal Chatelain, District Council President and member of St. Patrick's Conference, is shown above reading the third station of the cross.

 Pictured above is a view of the Way of the Cross with the Capital in the background as the twelfth station is being read.

Pictured above is a view of the Way of the Cross with the Capital in the background as the twelfth station is being read.

Read this Beautiful Message from St. Aloysius Conference President Kim Bueche Hardman!

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Hello you beautiful souls! 

FIVE FILLED TRUCKS from our St. Aloysius “SVdP Fill Up the Truck(S)!” Event! I am talking FILLED TRUCKS!!!!! How awesome is that??!? Such amazing generosity from our St. Aloysius Parishioners and the Baton Rouge Community! Thanks be to God! A special thanks to St. Aloysius for supporting and promoting this annual faith filled event and worthy cause. And, a very special thanks to Crystal Chatelain, SVDP District Council President (representing 23 Catholic Churches) as she sent the below beautiful message to us this past Saturday morning. 

What a glorious and grace filled day was had by all on behalf of St. Vincent de Paul and in filling those trucks and in filling our precious neighbors’ needs. So many worked joyously and tirelessly…Vincentians, SVdP’s extraordinary staff and spirits (Lucille Cox, D’Andre, Quincy, Roy), CHS and SJA students (over 20 of them!)… we all came together in fellowship and fun…doing the Lord’s work! Everyone served with such zeal to keep everything moving perfectly truck after truck after truck after truck after truck! 

It was also remarkably heartfelt to see and feel firsthand the healing graces that came from the generosity and love of those who were passing on their loved ones belongings. The loving spirits of their loved ones live on in helping make better the lives of others in need. We thank them wholeheartedly. May they feel God’s healing graces and gratitude.

The opening and ending prayer…as we held hands in a circle of love and prayer ( our youth…our future, SVdP staff, Vincentians)….. WOW! Holy and powerful as we gave thanks for the day, for one another and for our almighty and all powerful ever loving God for bringing us together in this beautiful ministry. God’s pure affirmation of all that is good. Thank you, Jesus, for teaching us the way, the truth and the life and for filling us with the Holy Spirit! We could feel it swirling in those strong winds all day long!!!!!!!

AND, oh yes, indeed….we again had live entertainment! Stay tuned for pics and video of this awesome day….!!!!!

Love, peace and gratitude. Kim

And...one last thing…P.S. Mark your calendars….God willing….5th Annual…Palm Saturday, April 13!!!