From the Bishops – Unacceptable, Unconscionable

Revised Senate Health Care Reform Bill Still “Unacceptable,” Says U.S. Bishops Chairman

July 13, 2017

WASHINGTON—Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, reacted strongly to the revised Senate health reform bill, the “Better Care Reconciliation Act” (BCRA).

“The USCCB is reviewing carefully the health care bill introduced by Senate leadership earlier today. On an initial read, we do not see enough improvement to change our assessment that the proposal is unacceptable. We recognize the incremental improvement in funding the fight against opioid addiction, for instance, but more is needed to honor our moral obligation to our brothers and sisters living in poverty and to ensure that essential protections for the unborn remain in the bill.” Continue reading “From the Bishops – Unacceptable, Unconscionable”

Centennial Pilgrimage to Canada

SAVE THE DATE! Please join us Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Church to find out how you can be part of the Diocese of Lafayette Centennial Pilgrimage to Canada. Bishop Deshotel will lead the Centennial Pilgrimage, which is scheduled for August 27-September 5, 2018, and which will include stops in Montreal, Quebec City, and Nova Scotia, including a visit to Grand Pre, the site of the famous Acadian Settlement.  Our informational meeting is being held a year in advance to allow prospective pilgrims a chance to participate in an extended payment plan to help make the journey more affordable, and special discounts will be available to those who sign up early.  The meeting will take place in Knight Hall Auditorium behind our Lady of Fatima Church, 2319 Johnston Street in Lafayette.  Co-leaders of the Centennial Pilgrimage, Father Cedric Sonnier and Father Paul Broussard, will be on hand to answer questions, along with tour leaders from Magnificat Travel, our experienced guides for this historic journey.  For more information, call 337-292-1933, send an email to, or log on to

Download a flyer here.

2016 Flood Survivors

0Were you or someone you know affected by the 2016 floods? The Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program, launched by the Office of Community Development, is here to help homeowners repair and restore their damaged homes, or get reimbursed for work already completed. Take the first step – and encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to do the same – by completing a brief survey online at or by phone at (866) 735-2001

School Supplies Drive

The Diocese of Lafayette Office of Justice and Peace has teamed up with Diaconate Candidates for the Permanent Diaconate to sponsor a School Supplies Drive to benefit children of our Diocese who parents are incarcerated. Your generosity will provide the means to accomplish our mission to be sensitive and generous to those most in need, especially the children who struggle with other special circumstances.  To take part, simply drop off school supplies at one of the Churches listed below:

· St. Bernard, Breaux Bridge; · St. Francis Assisi, Breaux Bridge; · St. John Berchmans, Cankton’’; · St. John the Baptist (Lyons Point), Crowley;  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Lafayette; · St. Aloyisius, Midland; · Immaculate Conception, Morse; · St. Anne, Youngsville; St. Genevieve, Lafayette

You can also drop off supplies at the Diocese of Lafayette Immaculata Center, 1408 Carmel Drive in Lafayette.  The deadline is July 16, 2017.  For more information or for a list of needed supplies, call Stephanie Bernard at 337-261-5545 or email

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.