Death Penalty is “Inadmissable”

Here is the Vatican-provided text of the letter sent to all bishops by Cardinal Ladaria regarding the new revision of number 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church:



Letter to the Bishops

regarding the new revision of number 2267

of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

on the death penalty

1. The Holy Father Pope Francis, in his Discourse on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of the Apostolic Constitution Fidei depositum, by which John Paul II promulgated the Catechism of the Catholic Church, asked that the teaching on the death penalty be reformulated so as to better reflect the development of the doctrine on this point that has taken place in recent times.[1] This development centers principally on the clearer awareness of the Church for the respect due to every human life. Along this line, John Paul II affirmed: “Not even a murderer loses his personal dignity, and God himself pledges to guarantee this.”[2] Continue reading “Death Penalty is “Inadmissable””

Fȇte-Dieu du Vermilion

Exciting News!  Pope Francis has granted a Plenary Indulgence for all those who participate in one of the events of Fête-Dieu du Vermilion on August 15.  Come out and celebrate the Centennial of the Diocese of Lafayette and gain the special plenary indulgence!  The unique Eucharistic Boat Procession will take place on the Feast of the Assumption, Wednesday, August 15.  The day begins at 8 am with a French Mass at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Abbeville by Bishop Glen Provost.  At 10:00 am a boat procession with the Blessed Sacrament will embark and make its way up Bayou Vermilion to Lafayette.  The boat procession will stop in Milton at Wawee’s Landing at 11:35 am for recitation of the rosary and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, at Ruffino’s in River Ranch at 1:40 pm, and at Beaver Park at about 3:20 pm.  Persons interested in making the “100-Year Walk” to the Cathedral can gather at Vermilionville at 3PM and use the bike path under the Thruway to muster at the boat landing.  At 3:45 pm a procession with the Blessed Sacrament and a statue of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary will leave the landing and process up University Avenue in Lafayette to the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.  Solemn Vespers will be prayed at 5:00 pm and Holy Mass will follow at 5:30 pm with Bishop Douglas Deshotel. After Mass the Cajun youth band, Adeline et ses Amis du Teche, will perform outside the Cathedral to conclude the historic day.  Buses will be available to shuttle walkers back to Vermilionville as needed.  Boats are still needed and registration forms are available at For more information email at or call (337) 394-6550.

Annulment Process Workshop

July 24, 2018, the Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of Lafayette, Msgr. Robie Robichaux, will be presenting workshops on Declaration of Nullity and what is needed to begin the process.  Two workshop times are offered:  10:00 am – noon, or 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, at the Diocesan offices, Immaculata Center, 1408 Carmel Drive, Lafayette, LA.  All are invited to attend.  Prior to attending one of the sessions, please register by calling 261-5623, or via email to  There is no charge for this workshop.

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time



The weekly Bulletin and the bulletin article are available.

You can listen to the Gospel and Sunday homily here.

Be Unafraid:  Three videos from Catholic Relief Services, inviting us to treat people as people.