Louisiana Life March scheduled downtown

Thousands of pro-life advocates from across Louisiana are expected to gather Saturday in downtown Baton Rouge for the Louisiana Life March.

The march, a collaborative effort by the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops, Louisiana Right to Life Federation, Louisiana Knights of Columbus, Louisiana Baptist Convention, Louisiana Family Forum and Louisiana’s Concerned Women For America, drew more than 3,000 people last year — the first time it was held.

Saturday’s activities will begin at 10 a.m. at the Old State Capitol where participants will gather and move up Fourth Street toward the steps of the State Capitol.

Speakers will include the Rev. Fred Luter, pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans. The event will culminate at noon with a ministry mobilization area where marchers will learn how to become more involved in their communities.

Hospitals: Churches can help fight cancer

In the effort to defeat cancer, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center are looking for faith leaders to help.

The hospitals are forming Faith Based Health Ministry Coalitions in areas with higher than usual cancer rates, explained Gwendolyn P Bonton, an early detection specialist and cancer control officer with Mary Bird Perkins.

For instance, in East Feliciana Parish, the incidence rate of prostate cancer is 230 cases per 100,000 people as compared to the U.S. rate of 156 cases per 100,000, she said.

The hospital has scheduled a coalition meeting for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Audubon Regional Library, 3312 College Blvd., in Jackson, in hopes of drawing interested clergy and church members in that area

Anyone in that area with a health ministry or an interest in improving health care and early detection in their community is welcome to attend, Bonton said. The idea is to share information and talk about approaches to better care.

For example, if faith leaders in an area reported having a particular problem with conditions such as obesity or diabetes, the hospital could provide speakers to come and address those health concerns, Bonton said.

Contact her at (225) 215-1243 for more information.

St. James to welcome Episcopal convention

St. James Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge will serve as host congregation and site for the 175th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana and is signing up venders and exhibitors for the March 2-3 event.

The deadline for registering for table or exhibit space is Jan. 30.

Email Mildred Taylor, tmildred57@yahoo.com, or Elizabeth Griffin, egriffin@wampold.com, or go online to http://www.stjamesepiscopal.us for details.

Catholic TV offers for sale Jubilee DVDs

Catholic Life Television, the television station for the Diocese of Baton Rouge is offering for sale DVD copies of the Diocesan Golden Jubilee Mass broadcast.

The Mass was recorded on Nov. 6, 2011 at the Baton Rouge River Center and celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Diocese. The cost of the DVD is $35; to order call (225) 242-0218.

Compiled from

Advocate staff reports