Weather Alert- August 26, 2021

Weather Alert- August 26, 2021
8/26/21
St. Louis Catholic Community,
With the uncertainty of the approaching storm, St. Louis Catholic High School will be closed tomorrow, Friday, August 27th to allow staff and families the necessary time for storm preparations. Let’s join in prayer for safety and peace during this time. The Saints football team will still play tomorrow evening. Further information will be sent as it becomes available.
In Christ,
Mia Touchet

The Choice is Up to Us~ Father Whitney Miller

The Choice is Up to Us~ Father Whitney Miller

Most of us living in Southwest Louisiana these days have much to be stressed and anxious about.  Alcohol sales, prescription medications and vaping shops are all on the increase and yet many still feel worried, frustrated, with a certain justification for anger, meanness, and irritability. We are reminded by the holy and patient lives of many of the saints we celebrate here on our campus that for those of us who believe, who are people of faith, it can be heaven all the way to heaven or hell all the way to hell. The choice is up to us.

I rather like the traditional story that comes to us from the peoples of ancient Japan in which a powerful samurai approached a peaceful monk in his monastery.  He ordered the monk in a booming voice, “Monk, teach me about heaven and hell.” The monk sized him up and looked him over and finally said, “Teach you about heaven and hell? I couldn’t teach you anything!  You’re filthy, you smell, your sword is rusty…you are a disgrace to the samurai!” Filled with rage, the warrior drew his sword and was readying to strike the monk down dead.  Quietly, the monk said, “That’s hell.”  The samurai was taken aback, stopping in his tracks.  Realizing that this little monk was willing even to sacrifice his life to teach him the meaning of hell, he slowly began lowering his sword and was filled with an overwhelming sense of peace. Whereupon the monk said softly, “That’s heaven.”

We follow in the footsteps of a crucified Christ, who on Calvary hung between two thieves, both having experienced the same walk of degradation, shame and suffering.  One hurled insult of disbelief and resentment at Jesus, dying in cruelty. The other sought a peace at the last with forgiveness in his heart.  It was the second one that day who entered paradise and discovered the meaning of heaven. Such is our challenge in these communal days of “less than perfect” surroundings and frequently inadequate situations. I find inspiration in the life of a saint of our times who certainly knew what it was like to find the peace of heaven in the midst of a hellish environment; namely St. Theresa of Calcutta who once wrote, “People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.  If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.  If you are honest, people may cheat you.  Be honest anyway.  If you find happiness, people may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.  The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.  Do good anyway.  Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough.  Give your best anyway.  For you see, in the end, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.”

St. Louis, King of France, pray for us!

 

For More Information About Counseling Services:

Fr. Whitney Miller, Ph.D., LPC, currently serves as Director of Diocesan Counseling Services with his office located here at St. Louis Catholic High School across the boardwalk from the Guidance Counseling offices for the school. He is available for counseling and spiritual direction for our students, faculty and families. For students to schedule an appointment with him, they simply have to obtain a consent form from the Guidance Counseling Office, have a parent or guardian complete the form, return it to the Guidance Department, who will then forward it to Fr. Whitney and an appointment will be scheduled. Faculty and families of St. Louis High students, can contact Fr. Whitney directly at 436-7275, ext. 231 or fatherwhitney@slchs.org.

Around Athletics with Covid Updates from LHSAA

Around Athletics with Covid Updates from LHSAA

AUGUST 19, 2021

Cross Country

Coach Holley Fontenot and her boys and girls teams have begun preparations for the upcoming season. The girls team looks to improve on their third place finish at last year’s state meet, despite losing some key participants to graduation. Junior Ella Segura placed 7th individually at the state meet a year ago and is primed to be one of the top runners in the state this year. Juniors Kenzie Touchet and Mollie Maze also return.

The boys will have to replace one of the program’s all-time greats, two-time state champion Ivan Appleton, who is now running for Tufts University. Returning runners hoping to fill those shoes include senior Nathaniel McNally and junior Cody Lyons.

 

Swimming

Coach Taylor Rideaux enters her second season at the helm of the Saints swim teams and will rely on a group of experienced veterans to lead her young teams. Seniors Eloise Diedrich and Harper Darbonne will lead the girls squad, while the boys have a trio of seniors – Graham Conrad, Luke Monlezun and Jacob Weaver.

Underclassmen Reese Darbonne, Maya Sanders and Ella Scroggs also scored at the state meet a year ago, while underclassmen boys got points from Max Adams, Thomas Alley, Evan Mathis and Avery Meche.

 

Football

The Saints football team is putting the finishing touches on their preparations for the 2021 season under head coach Brock Matherne. This year’s squad has a good mix of veteran experience and talented young players.

Expected to lead the way for the Saints offense are junior QB James Reina, senior RB Logan Trahan and junior WR Grant Evans. Seniors Kade Bouillion and Jalen Guidry will be the leaders of the offensive line.

Seniors returning on the defensive side of the ball for the Saints include DB Marcus Duhon, DL Camden Watkins and LB Cody LeBato. They’ll be joined by sophomores Kade Nugent, Luke Mere and Ethan Goss on the defensive line.

Duhon and Trahan should be standouts in the return game for the Saints, while a trio of talented specialists – seniors Spencer Briley and Jake Smith and sophomore Landon Daughdril – compete for the kicking and punting positions.

The Saints will open the regular season on September 3 at Crowley, but will travel to Live Oak for a scrimmage on August 20 and tangle with Barbe in the Sulphur jamboree on August 27. Home games this season will be played at Sulphur’s Matt Walker Stadium.

 

Volleyball

Coach Bit Thompson and the Lady Saints hope to build on last season’s state tournament quarterfinal appearance with a very talented group of young ladies.

Seniors Dillon Anderson, Ella DeMolle and Dhara Brassieur return to lead the Saints with their experience and skillful play. Tennis standout Meredith Henning has also joined the squad for her senior season.

A group of talented underclassmen who also contributed to last season’s quarterfinal run to Metairie includes juniors Grace Link and Billie Painter and sophomores Grace Simien and Katie Kennison.

The Lady Saints open their season on August 31 against Notre Dame. Most home games will be played at Hamilton Christian this season. Halo Notes and our athletics social media pages will provide time and location information all season.

 

Covid Information

Please click here for current guidelines from the LHSAA on Covid as it relates to fall sports. Any positive tests or exposures should be reported to the respective sport’s head coach and to Mrs. Ernst, our school Covid coordinator.

New Saints Faculty

New Saints Faculty

August 5, 2021: St. Louis Catholic High School 

We are excited to announce the addition of twelve new and three returning faculty members to
the SLCHS community! They participated in three days of training last week with Melanie
Lejeune, Emily Pettaway, and department chairs, and they are eager to work with our students
and staff.

1. Shawn Baggett, our new Geometry teacher, has over 30 years of experience. She was
classroom teacher, assistant principal, and most recently, the principal at Merryville
High School. Mrs. Baggett is excited to be back in the classroom and share her love of
math.

2. John Dugas is the new English II Advanced and English III teacher. He comes to SLCHS
from S.J. Welsh. He has a B.A. in English with a concentration in Secondary Education.Mr. Dugas is excited to share his love of English and literature with his students.

3. John Souder moved to Lake Charles in 2009 to work as a chemical engineer at PPG. He
entered formation for the diocese for several years before “discerning out” to further
discern God’s call for him. He is now in residence at the Cathedral as he hopes to reenter formation next year. He was raised near Knoxville, TN and has five siblings. His
hobbies include cooking, gardening, and reading.

4. Alex Kjellsten, SLCHS alum and former Athletic Director at ICCS, will be joining the
Social Studies and Athletic Departments. Coach Kjellsten is looking forward to a
successful year in World Geography, and he is excited about returning to his alma mater
as an assistant coach for football and soccer.

5. Michael Abshire-We welcome Mike Abshire to the St. Louis Catholic community! Coach Abshire is a seasoned teacher and coach, with over 30 years of teaching experience,  17 of those in Special Education. As the Transitions teacher and an assistant football and baseball coach, Coach Abshire looks forward to working with many of our students.

6. Brock Matherne joins us as the Head Football Coach from Cecilia High School. He has a
B.S. from Troy University and has coached football for nine years. Coach Matherne is
excited about leading the Saints to victory this fall.

7. Caitlin McCormick is passionate about science and is the founder of a scientific literary
initiative, CM Loves Science. Ms. McCormick has a Bachelors and Masters of Science
from Tulane University, developed curriculum at the Audubon Zoo, and taught at the
Dunham School in Baton Rouge. She will be teaching Biology I and Environmental
Science along with working with the girls’ soccer team.

8. Kacy Aycock is the new Counselor for last names A-J. She previously worked at Vinton
Middle School, and she is eager to work with our students in planning their postsecondary endeavors.

9. Hannah Guth, our English I teacher, is the former youth minister at OLQH Church. She
has a B.A. in Theology from the University of Dallas, and she is currently pursuing her
Master’s in Education from McNeese. Ms. Guth is looking forward to sharing her love of
literature with students while infusing our Catholic identity into the curriculum.

10. Jack Vanchiere will be joining us part-time in the English Department. A SLCHS grad,
Jack will be teaching the Dual Enrollment English 101 & 102 classes on campus while
also teaching at McNeese.

11. Erica Barrios will be teaching Spanish I and II. Senora Barrios joins us from ICCS and
has worked closely with our Spanish teachers to ensure alignment of curriculum. As a
mother of two SLCHS students, she is looking forward to seeing her daughters on
campus.

Returning new:
12. Darren Alcock, a math professor at McNeese, will be returning as a part-time teacher this
year to teach Algebra III. Mr. Alcock is excited to be back at SLCHS and is looking
forward to the upcoming year.

13. Kevin Lambert will join us as a permanent member of our faculty. He will continue
teaching Advanced Math, and he will be adding AP World History to his schedule. Mr.
Lambert is excited to continue his journey as a math teacher, and he is ready for the
challenge of World History after his AP Summer Institute training with Rice University.

14. Casey Thompson will be returning to SLCHS after a hiatus of nine years at home with
her children. She will be teaching English I Advanced, and her children, James & Millie,
are excited to have their mom on campus.

Three Saints Seniors Accepted to Seminary for Diocese of Lake Charles

Three Saints Seniors Accepted to Seminary for Diocese of Lake Charles
Three St. Louis Seniors Accepted to Seminary for Diocese of Lake Charles
By Pamela Seal
Diocese of Lake Charles
Three new seminarians for the Diocese of Lake Charles have been accepted by Bishop Glen John Provost, according to the Office of Vocations.
Michael DesOrmeaux, Julian Jones, and Liam Leonard — all from the St. Louis Catholic High School Class of 2021 — will begin their studies at St. Joseph Seminary College in Saint Benedict near Covington in the fall. With the new additions, this brings the total to eight men in various stages of formation for the priesthood in the diocese.
Michael is the 18-year-old son of David and Courtney DesOrmeaux of Moss Bluff, and his home parish is the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Lake Charles. He is the oldest of five children.
Julian, a parishioner of St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church, is the 18-year-old son of Dawn Walker of Lake Charles and the late Shannon Brown.
Liam is the 17-year-old son of Kevin and Cathy Leonard of Sulphur, and his home parish is Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church. He is the youngest of three children.
God’s call to the priesthood for each of these young men became obvious to them in various ways.
“There were a lot of times in my life when things were hard or didn’t seem like it would have a good outlook,” said Liam. “Priests showed me how to rely on God. I want to be that person for others.” Liam credits Father D.B. Thompson with being an influence on his decision to apply for seminary entrance.
“Just before Hurricane Laura, I was helping Father Thompson down in Creole,” he recalled. “I had been thinking about the priesthood for a while, but seeing him down in that community helping others, he had sort of a oneness with the people that really opened my heart up to the idea.”
Julian grew up serving the church and was always aware of how happy priests are. He said he wanted to experience that kind of happiness. It was his sophomore year in high school when he felt the tug on his heart to discern the priesthood.
“I had the same dream twice where I was celebrating Mass as a priest,” he remembers. “When I shared the dream with Father (Sam) Orsot, he told me that I should take that as a sign from God that He is calling me to be a priest. Then one day during Mass, I saw myself on the altar as a priest. I thought I was seeing things, but I took that also as a sign from God.”
Michael knew he would only be happy doing God’s will. It was something his parents instilled in him throughout his life. “I always had a general openness to whatever God’s will was for me, but it wasn’t until I made the St. Ben’s Come and See Vocation Discernment Weekend during my sophomore year when I was convinced of what God was asking of me,” he said. “While I was there, I felt a deep peace overwhelm me, deeper than anything I had ever known before. Since then, priesthood has been my focus.”
Liam enjoys reading, spending time with family, and learning to play the piano. He said he would do more fishing if he was any good at it. His favorite saint is Blessed Karl of Austria. “We live in an era where leaders don’t often stand for Christian values. We also live in an era where we have a decline of father figures. Blessed Karl is an excellent example of both,” said Liam. “We need leaders like him in our times.”
A few of Julian’s favorite pastimes are photography, listening to music, and being with his friends and family. His favorite saint is St. Sebastian. “In high school and middle school, I played a variety of sports,” he said. “My grandmother, Sandra Jones, told me I should pray to St. Sebastian because he is the patron saint of athletes. Over the years, I have grown to admire him.”
Michael enjoys reading and spending time with friends. He especially loves theology, which is one reason he is drawn to St. Thomas Aquinas as his favorite saint. “He was brilliant. To see this tremendous voice of reason and see him articulate theology so well is wonderful.”
Seminarians continuing in their formation to the priesthood for the Diocese of Lake Charles are Josh Page from Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church, Sulphur; Treville Belcher, Garrett Broussard, and Hunter LaRocca, all from Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Lake Charles; and Philip Seilhan, from Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, Jennings. Their summer parish assignments are: Page and Seilhan — Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception; Belcher — Our Lady Help of Christians; Broussard — St. Pius X Catholic Church in Ragley; and LaRocca — Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church.
Anyone interested in a vocation to the priesthood is encouraged to contact Father Jeffrey Starkovich, Vocation Director, at jeffrey.starkovich@lcdiocese.org.

A Dance Class With Fitzgerald & Shakespeare

A Dance Class With Fitzgerald & Shakespeare

Dance class students have expanded their creative capacities and adapted to the new Covid world with a “dance for camera” production.  In lieu of a Fine Arts Night performance, dancers collaborated with Ms. Barrow to choreograph and produce A Night At Gatsby’s.  In addition, seniors Molli Miller and James-David Self reunited, a partnership that started with 2020’s production of Fame, Jr. The Musical, to perform First Sight.  Both pieces capture the essence of classic literary works, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, pieces both Freshmen and Juniors studied in English.  A Night at Gatsby’s displays the variety of genres studied this year, layered with each performer’s personal style.  First Sight features Molli’s love for contemporary work with a classical ballet foundation, a combination that exemplifies her beautiful lines and performance quality.  She and JD share such synergy on stage!  After enjoying the show, please also listen to what junior, Anna Cholley, and freshman, Asha Austin, learned about life from Fitzgerald and Shakespeare.

A Senior Year Like No Other

A Senior Year Like No Other

By Pamela Seal 
Diocese of Lake Charles  

Graduation for the St. Louis Catholic High Class of 2021 on Tuesday, May 18, was about more than diplomas, awards, and scholarships. It was also the culmination of perseverance and faith during a senior year like no other.  

On Aug. 27, 2020, which was supposed to be the first day of classes for the new school year, Hurricane Laura destroyed the Bank Street school with 150-mph winds. Little did the seniors know their junior year — which ended abruptly because of COVID-19 — would be the last time they would ever walk the halls of St. Louis High.  

“When I found out about our school, my heart just dropped,” said Caroline Broussard. “I immediately started crying as I was looking at the photos on Facebook and texting all my friends.”  

The St. Louis Catholic High School Class of 2021 celebrates
at the conclusion of their commencement ceremony in the
Burton Coliseum on Tuesday, May 18.
(Photo credit: Morris LeBleu / Diocese of Lake Charles)

Jaide Navarre said she was terrified when she learned of the destruction. After the news sunk in, she quickly shifted gears to organize a cleanup crew. “I was on the phone for about 12 hours calling teachers, friends, and people that needed help,” she said. “We all got together. It was very bonding and didn’t seem as tragic as I thought it would be in the end.”  

Terry Sherman attended public elementary and junior high schools prior to starting at St. Louis his freshman year. “When I got there, they treated me like family,” he said. “After I heard the school was destroyed, I thought, where am I going to go now? No one will ever treat me as good as they did at St. Louis.”  

Within six weeks of Laura making landfall, Hurricane Delta slammed the already crippled region on Oct. 9. Less than two weeks later, students finally started the school year at a temporary campus set up on the school’s football field. Bishop Glen John Provost praised Principal Mia Touchet, the staff, teachers, and advisory board for making it possible for students to return so quickly after back-to-back hurricanes.  

“Even though we weren’t using the original school, just pulling up in the same parking lot and being next to the school was comforting,” said Caroline.  

A big part of high school are the memories, and the seniors were determined to adapt to the hand dealt by Mother Nature.  

“Homecoming was weird, but we made it work,” Caroline recalled. “We hosted it at the Lake Charles Country Club’s tennis courts so that it was outside and would be COVID friendly. Instead of having Twerp Week, we decided to have Scholar Week celebrating academics complete with a Scholar Week Court and pep rally.”  

“We celebrated Mass outdoors instead of in the school chapel,” said Terry. “They did everything they could to make some of the usual events happen for us.” The chapel and being able to eat lunch with his friends in the cafeteria were a couple of things Terry missed most about the school. “On the temporary campus, we had to eat in our classrooms, so I didn’t see a lot of my friends.”  

Caroline said one of her favorite memories of the old school was their school dances. “It was so much fun all being smooshed together in the cafeteria.”  

Even though each day was filled with uncertainty as the students navigated the unusual school year, one thing that remained constant was God’s guiding hand. 

Terry said he enjoyed going to St. Louis so much he was determined to find a way rather than switch to a school in Houston where he had evacuated.  

“I was driving from Houston to Lake Charles every day, getting up between 3-4 a.m. for about a month, because our house was destroyed,” he said. “When a couple of my friends realized what I was doing, they said there was no way they were going to let that happen. I lived with friends for about four months until FEMA finally helped my mom get a trailer and move back to Lake Charles. My friends were a huge blessing.”  

Jaide noticed how God always provided even when it was not the ideal situation. “Seeing the way everyone was able to lend a hand regardless of their own situation has been heartwarming and encouraging,” she said. “Going through this challenging time and seeing what is important has made our school overall become closer.”  

As chair of the Scholar Week committee, Caroline was tasked with planning a Twerp Week pep rally. It rained so hard the day before, plans had to be changed at the last minute. “We decided to host it on the deck and have students watch it virtually,” she recalled. “It ended up being an awesome event. We have been through so much this year, but we are thankful for the trials. I think that is God’s way of strengthening us.”  

“Even though there were a lot of struggles this year, I really did have a great senior year,” said Caroline. “I am grateful for the extra efforts to keep all of us together on the same campus. There is no way I would have had the amazing senior year I had if not for the temporary campus.”  

Jaide said she also is grateful for the way her senior year panned out. “If I could redo my senior year and have it gone down differently, I would not have it any other way,” she said. 

As for Terry, he feels like he has lived through the worst of the worst and won’t ever question what God has in store for him. “There will always be obstacles in life,” he said, giving credit to his mom for his strong faith. “I was blessed to be able to come back to St. Louis and play basketball for the Saints. You never know when something is going to be taken away from you.” 

 

Diocese of Lake Charles Upcoming Construction

Diocese of Lake Charles Upcoming Construction

Diocese of Lake Charles Upcoming Construction

The Diocese of Lake Charles is accepting proposals for construction services related to:

RFP 20.0028.51-06 Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church – Construction Services – Roofing

RFP 20.0028.07-06 Our Lady Queen of Heaven Life Center – Construction Services – Roofing

The RFP’s can be obtained at https://www.centralauctionhouse.com/Category/10485/DioceseofLakeCharles

FBLA SOARS AT STATE VIRTUAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

FBLA SOARS AT STATE VIRTUAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

St. Louis Catholic FBLA competed at the Louisiana FBLA State Virtual Conference from Wednesday, March 24-Wednesday, March 31. Students competed on the SLC campus by taking written tests, having live interviews, giving live and pre-recorded presentations and speeches. Here are this year’s stats:

  • 62 competitors
  • 4th place in Largest Chapter Membership in the state
  • 60 placements
  • 4 first place winners
  • 26 events qualify for national competition (highlighted in yellow)

Louisiana FBLA had approximately 900 competitors from 46 schools in the state

Way to go Future Business Leaders of America St. Louis Chapter!

Go Saints! We are proud of you! 🧡💙

 

Louisiana FBLA Virtual State Conference Results
Largest Local Chapter Membership Fourth Place
Event Name Ranking
Advertising Jade B. Sixth
Banking & Financial Systems Shelby W. First
Business Communication J.R. B. Third
Business Communication Kaia A. Fourth
Business Ethics Nicholas U. Second
Business Law Peter O. Fourth
Business Law J.R. B. Eighth
Client Service Peter O. Second
Computer Applications Jake S. Fifth
Computer Applications Kristen G. Ninth
Computer Problem Solving Joshua F. Third
Computer Problem Solving Callen H. Ninth
Cyber Security Andrew L. Ninth
Economics Vean R. Second
Entrepreneurship Emma D., Walter R., and Darren M. Sixth
Entrepreneurship Logan B., Mika D., and Nicholas U. Seventh
Help Desk Molly I. First
Help Desk Julian J. Eighth
Hospitality Management Chaise S. Fourth
Insurance and Risk Management Kate A. Fourth
Insurance and Risk Management Myca T. Eighth
Insurance and Risk Management Silas D. Tenth
International Business Hayden J. and Holden J. Third
International Business Megan U. Fifth
Introduction to Business Mary Claire O. Sixth
Introduction to Business Presentation Matthew G. Third
Introduction to Business Procedures Reese D. Tenth
Introduction to Event Planning Asha A., Annie G., and Mary Claire O. Second
Introduction to FBLA Silas D. Fifth
Introduction to FBLA Asha A., Annie G., and Mary Claire O. Sixth
Introduction to Financial Math Katie W. Ninth
Introduction to Information Technology Malia H. Fourth
Introduction to Information Technology Kate A. Sixth
Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure Annie H. Third
Journalism Kaia A. Third
Management Decision Making Christian W. Second
Management Decision Making Mika D. Third
Marketing Sofie S. Fourth
Marketing Chaise S. Fifth
Mr. FBL Julian J. Sixth
Networking Infastructures Tyler A. Fifth
Organizational Leadership Christian W. Sixth
Personal Finance Molly I. Fifth
Personal Finance Saizar B. Seventh
Personal Finance Xander K. Tenth
Political Science Vean R. Second
Public Speaking Darren M. Fourth
Publication Design Katie R., Malia H., and Emma M. First
Securities & Investments Ailani F. Tenth
Social Media Strategies Sophie S. and Annie H. First
Sports & Entertainment Management Tyler A., Kyler C., Adyn G. Ninth
Sports & Entertainment Management Jules H., Stephen K., and Xander K. Tenth
Spreadsheet Applications Joshua F. Third
Spreadsheet Applications Saizar B. Fourth
Spreadsheet Applications Jade B. Seventh
Supply Chain Management Karli P. Fifth
Supply Chain Management Hayden J. and Holden J. Seventh
Supply Chain Management Holden J. Eighth
Word Processing Kristen G. Seventh

 

Survibin’ Senior Retreat

Survibin’ Senior Retreat

This year’s Senior Retreat theme was Survibin’. It’s what we’ve been doing this past year. Whether in the trenches or the clouds, we’ve yearned for and wondered where that Mighty Wind will carry us. Born from the discussions at a Reflection Day with Freshmen, the theme carried through Monday and Tuesday’s prayerful and playful activities. Though a different format for different times, camaraderie abounded, bringing together a resilient class. Near the Retreat’s conclusion, a string of words cinched us together, “This was a childhood dream.” Keep survive-in, vibe-in, and dream-in, you irrepressible Class of 2021.