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.
In the world in which we live we are in the "Christmas Season." (I think it started before Halloween.) There's the decorating, the shopping, the partying, etc.
In the Church we are in the Advent Season - a time of prayerful expectation and preparation for the coming of the Savior into the world and into our lives.
How do we reconcile these two very different klinds of seasons? I think that, rather than opposing one against the other, we can combine them. The spirit of Advent (bringing Christ to the world) can be the spirit we bring to the shopping, to the decorating, to the partying, etc. That way we are bringing Christ to those we meet in this hectic world in which we live.
Happy Advent & Merry Christmas Season.
Fr. Frank Coens, OFM
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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.”