BEGINNING of the Parish of St. Paschal
His Excellency, Bishop Desmond, prior to arrival of the Franciscans, had procured
a large piece of property on North Seventh Street in West Monroe to be used for parish purposes. The property was about one block square. An early and constant benefactor of the West Monroe parish, Mr. Thomas H. McMillan, quietly purchased this property in his name and later sold it to the Bishop. The first piece of property was in reality one-half of a two block area; it seemed desirable to get it in its entirety for the future needs of the parish. After the Fathers came, efforts were made immediately to acquire the second half of this tract. Six lots of the desired second half were donated by a generous citizen of Monroe, Mr. John Spatafora. When Mr. Spatafora was approached for this donation on the feast of the Assumption August 15, 1940, he heartily consented with the words: “I give to Jesus Christ six lots.”
Our Mission Statement
Centered on the Gospel of the Lord, we West Ouachita Catholics are a community committed to being a positive and life-giving presence to one another and to our world - a presence witnessed by our vibrant worship, our deep love for the poor, our heartfelt concern for the spiritual growth of Catholics of all ages, and our cordial welcome of everyone we meet. We are further committed to help each church member discover and develop their God-given talents for ministry, in the imitation of Jesus Christ.
A big surprise in my life came at our tri-annual Franciscan Provincial Chapter in June. I was elected to the Provincial Council.
What that means for St. Paschal Church is that I will be away much more than I have been in the past. I still do not know my exact schedule for the year, but it looks like I will have to travel to a meeting (lasting about four days) on average about once a month.
Hopefully, this will not interfere too much with my ministry here, but I may have to beg your indulgence at times when I am absent.
Fr. Frank Coens, OFM
Upcoming Events at St. Paschal
VOICES OF ST. AUGUSTINE Choir from Memphis will be in concert on Saturday, August 23, at 3:00 p.m. They will also provide the music for the 5:30 Mass that evening.
THE 23rd Annual Herbal Harvest and Original Arts & Crafts Festival will be held on our grounds on Saturday, October 25, from 9:00 until 5:00. This understaking will require many volunteers. Hopefully all parishioners will consider helping out.
Because of the Herbal Harvest Festival, there will be NO 5:30 P.M. MASS on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25.