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Sunday, July 21, 2019

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Centennial of the Diocese of Lafayette to feature 121 boat procession

Centennial of the Diocese of Lafayette to feature 121 boat procession

Come and celebrate the Centennial of the Diocese of Lafayette at the Fȇte-Dieu du Vermilion, Eucharistic Boat Procession up the Vermilion River, to take place on the Feast of the Assumption, Wednesday, August 15.

All are invited to a Mass in French at 8 a.m. 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 drawbridge to the old River Side Restaurant.

At 10:00 a.m., 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 a.m. for recitation of the rosary and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

The flotilla will re-commence at 12:35 p.m. and continue upstream, arriving at Rufino’s in River Ranch at 1:40 p.m. for Rosary and Benediction.

The boat procession will embark once again at 2:40 p.m. and arrive at Beaver Park at about 3:20 p.m. At 3:45 p.m. 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 p.m. and Holy Mass will follow at 5:30 p.m. 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 today!

Contact your parish office if you would like to have your boat to represent your parish. Boat registration forms are available at

For more information email or call (337) 394-6550.