Fȇte-Dieu du Vermilion

Eucharistic Boat Procession up the Vermilion River, will take place on the Feast of the Assumption, Wednesday, August 15.  All are invited to a Mass in French at 8am at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Abbeville to begin the day.  Bishop Glen Provost of the Lake Charles Diocese will preside and give the homily.  At the end of Mass there will be a procession from Church with the Blessed Sacrament and a statue of Mary across the draw bridge to the old River Side Restaurant.  At 10:00 am 121 boats will embark in procession (one for each of the 121 parishes of the Diocese) and make their way up Bayou Vermilion to Lafayette.  The boat procession will stop in Milton at Wawee’s at 11:35 am for recitation of the rosary and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.  The flotilla will re-commence at 12:35 pm and continue upstream, arriving at Rufino’s in River Ranch at 1:40 pm for Rosary and Benediction. The boat procession will embark once again at 2:40 pm and arrive at Beaver Park at about 3:20 pm.  At 3:45 pm a foot 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 all the way 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 to conclude the historic day.  Confessions will be heard in mobile units at each of the stops along the way.  Don’t miss this “once in a hundred years’ event!”  Schedule your vacation day now and register your boat!  For more information or to register a boat visit our website at www.fetedieuduteche.org, send us an email at fetedieuduteche@gmail.com, or call (337) 394-6550.