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 www.fetedieuduteche.org. For more information email at fetedieuduteche@gmail.com or call (337) 394-6550.