Mass for Elderly and Disabled Persons

Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel will celebrate a special Mass for Elderly and Disabled Persons on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 914 St. John Street in Lafayette.  A reception will be held immediately following in the Cathedral Parish Center, provided by Knights of Peter Claver Meritorious Fourth Degree St. Paul Assembly and the Catholic Daughters of America.  Everyone is invited to attend.  For more information, call 337-261-5545. Download a flyer here.

Fete Dieu du Teche 2017

This is the annual Eucharistic Boat Procession down the Bayou Teche, sponsored by the Community of Jesus Crucified.  The procession will take place on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, the Feast of the Assumption.  The day begins at 8 a.m. with Mass celebrated by Bishop Deshotel at St. Leo the Great Church in Leonville.  A cavalcade of boats carrying the Holy Sacrament will then make their way down the Bayou Teche, retracing the steps of our Acadian ancestors, toward St. Martinville.  After stopping at Churches along the way for recitation of the Rosary and Benediction of the Holy Sacrament, participants will visit Notre Dame de Perpetuel Secours, St. Martin de Tours Church, and Mater Dolorosa Chapel for Solemn Vespers and Final Benediction.   To register a boat for the procession or  to find more information about the event, log on to www.fetedieuduteche.org, call 337-394-6550 or send an email to fetedieuduteche@gmail.com

Day of Reflection

The Office of Black Catholics of the Diocese of Lafayette will sponsor “A Day of Reflection for African-American Men” from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, 2017.  The program will take place at Holy Ghost Church Parish Life Center, 747 North Union Street in Opelousas.  The purpose of the program is to explore the hearts, mind, spirit and experiences of black men, past and present generations, in order to advance understanding and healing, empowering men to live out their mission as men of God.  The topic will be Ezekiel’s Call (1:28-2:8)  Adult advance registration is $15, high school and college students advance registration is $10, and registration for youth age 8-13 is $5.  Registration fee includes breakfast and lunch.  To register, or for more information, contact Stephanie Bernard at the Diocese of Lafayette Office of Black Catholics at 337-261-5694.

Food for the Journey

The Central Deanery of the Diocese of Lafayette presents “Food for the Journey”, a monthly lunchtime speakers series designed to help Catholics live out our faith in our daily lives. Our speaker for March is Most Rev. Douglas Deshotel, D. D., Bishop of Lafayette. “Food for the Journey” will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at River Oaks Catering and Event Center Lafayette, 520 East Kaliste Saloom Road, beginning at 12:00 noon. An optional buffet is available for purchase beginning at 11:30 a.m. All are welcome to come “eat and be fed” – please bring a friend! Pre-registration is not required.  For more information, please call Danielle Huval (232-1322).

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the location change, there will be NO “Food for the Journey” in February.

Food for the Journey

The Central Deanery of the Diocese of Lafayette presents “Food for the Journey”, a monthly lunchtime speakers series designed to help Catholics live out our faith in our daily lives. Our speaker for March is Most Rev. Douglas Deshotel, D. D., Bishop of Lafayette. “Food for the Journey” will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at River Oaks Catering and Event Center Lafayette, 520 East Kaliste Saloom Road, beginning at 12:00 noon. An optional buffet is available for purchase beginning at 11:30 a.m. All are welcome to come “eat and be fed” – please bring a friend! Pre-registration is not required.  For more information, please call Danielle Huval (232-1322).

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the location change, there will be NO “Food for the Journey” in February.

Diocesan White Mass

Friday, 3 February 2017 – 12:00 noon
In honor of all those who work in health care – from nurses and physicians to dietary staff and lab workers. Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel will be the celebrant and homilist. Location: Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist

Social Justice Events

if-you-want-peaceSeveral projects sponsored by the diocesan Justice and Peace Office are coming in the future, some of which require early action or registration.  We list them here:

Angola Bus Trip:  set for Sunday December 11, 2016.  Seats are limited, so it is important to reserve early. More info, and rules for the trip are on this flyer.

Mass for Survivors of Violence:  Scheduled for Sunday, December 4th, at 2:00 pm, Immaculata Chapel. More details on this flyer.

Annual Child Smile Project:  An initiative to provide Christmas gifts for children whose parent(s) are incarcerated.  Gifts due before Dec. 5th. Again, more details on this flyer

Marriage Enrichment with Jim Schellman

We regret to announce that this date has been cancelled.  A new date will be set for this event in the near future.

Join Jim Schellman for a day of formation for married couples to deepen their marriage covenant in Jesus Christ. Inspired by the Catechumenal Model of adult formation, couples will have the opportunity to focus their hopes, dreams, worries and sufferings on Christ. The full day of workshop will be held at St. Pius X Parish Life Center on Saturday August 27, 2016 from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm with the option to attend Mass at 5 pm. The cost of the retreat is $75 which will include your lunch and all supplies. Please pre-register through our website, www.diolaf.org/marriage-enrichment. Deadline to register is August 19th.

“Food for the Journey”

fftj logo-txThe Central Region of the Diocese of Lafayette presents “Food for the Journey”, a monthly lunchtime speaker series designed to help Catholics live out our faith in our daily lives.  Our speaker for August is Rev. Joseph Campion, SSJ, Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Breaux Bridge.  “Food for the Journey” will be held on Tuesday, August 2, at Wyndham Garden Lafayette (formerly “Hotel Acadiana”), 1801 W. Pinhook Road, beginning at 12:00 noon.  An optional lunch buffet is available for purchase beginning at 11:30 a.m.  All are welcome to come “eat and be fed”- please bring a friend!  Pre-registration is not required.  For more information, please call Mary Bergeron (654-8682).

World Wide Marriage Encounter Weekend

Rekindle your love for another on a get-away weekend. What better way to celebrate the gift of your unique love than to make time to focus on each other and your marriage? Consider attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend to renew those feelings you had during your first few years together. The next two weekends are July 22-24 and Oct 14-15, 2016 at the Bishop Robert E. Tracy Center in Baton Rouge. You can get more information or register online at LAMS-wwme.org or by calling 470-297-8560.