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.
It's getting cooler as we slip into Autumn. Maybe it's a good time to warm up your relationship with God. What could you do in addition to what you are already doing to become a better person - to develop a closer relationship with God?
One thing you can do is make plans to attend the three nights of our Parish Mission. It will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday - November 17, 18 & 19 - at 7:00 each evening.
We are honored to have Father Matthew Long (whom many of you know) preaching the Mission. Don't miss out!
Fr. Frank Coens, OFM
Upcoming Events at St. Paschal
HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL - October 29 (6:00 - 8:00) Fun for everyone ages 2 to 102. (Note that we have change the date of the Halloween Carnival this year to Wednesday, Oct. 29.)
ALL SOULS DAY - November 2. At all the Masses this weekend, we will honor and pray for those who have died this past year. Family members of recently deceased will bring lit candles to the altar.
WELCOMING RECEPTION for DEACON TIM COTITA - Sunday, November 2 at 10:15 in the gym.
PARISH MISSION WITH FR. MATTHEW LONG - November 17, 18 & 19 at 7:00 p.m.