Baton Rouge Mass to celebrate universal call to holiness _lowres

Bishop Robert W. Muench

On the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Bishop Robert W. Muench will celebrate the universal call to holiness begun in the sacrament of Baptism at an International Mass at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, in St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Baton Rouge.

This special liturgy will highlight the proud, colorful history of Baton Rouge and commemorate the people from countries around the world who have settled here and continue to make this city their home. Special welcomes will be extended to everyone in languages such as English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Korean and Dutch. In addition, the music and presentation of the Scriptures and Prayers of the Faithful will be multilingual. A special blessing in Latin, the universal language of the church, will be given.

Students from Catholic High School and St. Joseph’s Academy along with local Boy Scouts will participate in this Mass, which will include a bagpiper in the opening procession and a song in French by Daniel Blanchard during the offertory preparation of the gifts.

Following the Mass, a reception will be held in the Cathedral Parish Hall with foods and refreshments representative of the countries of Italy, Poland, Germany, France and Greece. Visitors can also view several items on display provided through the Archives Department of the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

This inspirational and fun family event is free and open to all and is cosponsored by the cathedral’s Parish Development Group and the Ladies of the Cathedral. St. Joseph Cathedral is located at the corner of Fourth and Main Streets in downtown Baton Rouge. For more information, contact (225) 387-5928 or email