Marriage Enrichment

with Fr. Jude Halphen

Fr. Jude Halphen will be giving two marriage enrichment presentations in the Fall. The second one, “Just Married: The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First Five Years of Marriage” will be held at St. Pius X  from 6-8pm on October 4, 2017. Please go to www.diolaf.org/marriage-enrichment to register. This is a free event, but preregistration is required.

A Catholic Journey through Grief

The office of Marriage and Family Life will offer two A Catholic Journey through Grief retreats a year. Our next retreat will be on October 1, 2017. The cost is $30. Pre-Registration is required, http://www.diolaf.org/grief to register.

Survivor of Suicide Support Group

The death of a loved one is never easy and grief is experienced differently for everyone.  The Jacob Crouch Suicide Prevention Services and the Office of Marriage and Family Life have formed a support group especially tailored for survivors of suicide. This group will provide a safe place for those who have lost a loved one to suicide to share their struggles, experiences, and pain as they struggle to regain hope and strength.  The group will be facilitated by a licensed counselor and is open to all survivors of suicide over the age of 18. The group will meet on two evenings a month.  Please call Kelley Chapman at 337-261-5653 for more information or to register.

SVD Youth Day

Holy Ghost Catholic Church will sponsor an SVD Youth Day Conference on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Holy Ghost Parish Life Center, 748 N. Union Street in Opelousas.  This year’s theme is “Youth Claim Your Blessings.”To register or for more information, call 337-296-0005 or 337-308-0397.

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