Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation, but is a day of fasting and abstinence.  This means that we do not eat meat and we have only one full meal.

Mass times below are for Ash Wednesday, March 1. If your church is not listed, contact your church parish office for Mass times.

6:30 a.m. -- Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church, Alexandria
6:30 a.m. -- Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Natchitoches
6:30 a.m. -- St. Anthony of Padua Church, Bunkie
6:30 a.m. -- St. Joseph Church, Marksville
6:30 a.m. -- St. Mary's Assumption Church, Cottonport

Bishop David Talley assumes role as bishop

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Ronald P. Herzog from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Alexandria.

Bishop David P. Talley, who, up until now was the coadjutor bishop, will succeed him as the 12th bishop of Alexandria.

The appointment was made Feb. 2 in Washington by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

A Mass of Thanksgiving will be held Monday, Feb. 27 at 12:05 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral to give thanks to God for the episcopal ministry of Bishop Herzog.

Mass of Thanksgiving held for Bishop Emeritus Herzog

A Mass of Thanksgiving was be held Monday, Feb. 27 at 12:05 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral to give thanks to God for the Episcopal ministry of Bishop Emeritus Herzog.

Most Rev. Ronald Paul Herzog was the 11th bishop of the Diocese of Alexandria.

Pope: Vocations require prayers, open door, big hearts, busy hands

(CNS) -- While God is the one calling people to a vocation, clergy and religious have to cooperate by being inspirational role models, keeping their doors open and giving restless young people constructive things to do, Pope Francis said.

Praying for vocations and holding meetings to discuss effective strategies are key, he said, but if those things are done “without making sure that the doors are open, it’s useless.”

Anniversaries celebrated across the diocese

St. John the Baptist, Cloutierville celebrates 200th anniversary

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cloutierville celebrated its 200th anniversary Nov. 19 with a special Mass celebrated by Bishop David Talley and concelebrated by Father Christian Ogbonna, pastor and a group of other priests from the diocese.

During the Mass, Bishop Talley recognized senior member of the congregation and then asked the youngest members to stand as well.

An interview with Bishop Talley

Since the announcement was made Sept. 21 that Bishop David P. Talley from Atlanta would be the coadjutor bishop for the Diocese of Alexandria, everyone seems to want to know so much more about him.

What’s he like?  Will he be coming to our parish? When can we meet him?

Even before the Nov. 7 Mass of Welcome, many people in the diocese already had the surprise opportunity to meet him at various events.

Mass of Welcome for Bishop David Talley

View the video of the Mass of Welcome for Coadjutor Bishop David P. Talley.

A message from Bishop Ronald Herzog:

It is with a heart filled with grateful joy that I welcome Coadjutor Bishop David Talley to the Diocese of Alexandria.  His knowledge and experience is sure to complement the many treasures we already hold in this small mission diocese of Central Louisiana. I am sure that you will welcome him with open hearts as you did with me more than 11 years ago.