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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Our Lady of Prompt Succor celebrating 100th Blessing of the Fleet

Our Lady of Prompt Succor celebrating 100th Blessing of the Fleet

Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church in Golden Meadow, is celebrating its 100th anniversary as a parish, along with the 100th “La Benediction des Bateaux”, the church’s annual boat blessing this weekend.

Before area shrimpers and fishermen head onto Gulf waters, the bayou community participates in the longtime tradition of asking the Lord to bless the fleet and ensure fishermen's safety at sea.

The event was originally brought to the bayou by Father Yves Grall, a native of Brittany, France, in 1916, and has been held annually ever since.

The origins of the Blessing of the Boats came from the ancient ceremonies of the fishermen of Normandy and Brittany, France.

Father Grall, noting the similarities of the bayou and the small fishing village of his home in Brittany, planned the ceremony just as it was in his native France.

In 2009, Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of famous French undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau, and the Expedition Blue Planet Team, attended the Blessing of the Fleet, interviewing parishioners, riding in the boat parade and enjoying all the day’s activities.

They later returned to Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church in August 2010 and spoke with several parishioners about the effects of the BP oil spill on their families and businesses.

The weekend festivities begin Saturday, April 16th with the 100th Blessing of the Fleet ceremony starting at 3 p.m.

Following the blessing, the boat parade will travel south in Bayou Lafourche turning at the Golden Meadow corporation limit and then will travel north, turning near W. 200th St. and returning to church.

At 5 p.m., a Fisherman’s Mass will be celebrated with Bishop Sam Jacobs presiding.

Dinner and music will follow the mass in the LaSalette Center.

On Sunday, the Centennial Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. with Bishop Shelton Fabre presiding.
Following mass, Bishop Fabre will bless the church, the new outside statue of Our Lady of Prompt Succor and the new outdoor meditation space and cross.

Family Fun Day will follow at the LaSalette Center with food, a trivia contest and children’s outdoor activities.

The parishioners of Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church have planned their anniversary celebrations beginning on January 8, the feast of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, through to the 100th day, Sunday, April 17th, for the Centennial Mass and Fun Day.

Throughout the hundred days, special liturgical celebrations honored different groups for their service to the church community with the anniversary theme of “Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church: A century of believing, praying and caring people in Golden Meadow, Louisiana.”

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