Ascension Parish residents filled the Gonzales Civic Center for the 29th annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast on Nov. 3.

This year’s theme was “Love One Another.”

The program began with a welcome from 23rd Judicial District Judge Guy Holdridge, presentation of the colors by members of the Gonzales Police Department Honor Guard, the Pledge of Allegiance led by Leslie Jackson and the singing of the National Anthem by Iris Schexnayder. The Rev. Jerry Martin, of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, led the invocation.

Bishop Robert Muench, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge, was the guest speaker. Mayor Barney Arceneaux also spoke.

“Each of us has the ability to make a difference in another person’s life, and the best part about it is that it doesn’t cost us a penny to do it. It simply costs us time to take notice of those around us,” Arceneaux said. “But how do we love one another, especially when situations are put in front of us that make it difficult to do so? The answer is easy. The kind of love we should show is based on an action.”

Arceneaux spoke of the importance of volunteering in one’s community.

“Love and kindness are never wasted. They truly do make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless the giver — you,” Arceneaux said.

Music was provided by First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, with singing from the Rev. Chris Plant.