Fete-Dieu du Teche, Eucharistic Boat Procession schedule announced

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Come let us adore Him! The Fete-Dieu du Teche, Eucharistic Boat Procession down Bayou Teche, will take place on the Feast of the Assumption, Tuesday, August 15. All are invited to a Mass in French at 8am at St. Leo the Great in Leonville to begin the day. Bishop Douglas Deshotel will preside and give the homily. At the end of Mass, there will be a procession from Church with the Blessed Sacrament to the boat landing.

At 9:30 am 50 boats will disembark in procession and make their way down Bayou Teche, retracing part of the actual journey of our Acadian ancestors, toward St. Martinville. The boat procession will stop at each Church along the way for recitation of the rosary and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament (10:20 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. in Arnaudville; 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Cecilia; 1:35 – 2:20 p.m. in Breaux Bridge; 3:15 – 4:00 p.m. in Parks). The procession will arrive in St. Martinville at about 4:45 p.m. and disembark behind Notre Dame de Perpetuel Secours and enter the Church for Benediction.

The procession will continue on foot to St. Martin de Tours for 5:15 p.m. Benediction and then down main street to Mater Dolorosa Chapel for Solemn Vespers and Final Benediction at 6:00 p.m.

Confessions will be heard at each of the stops along the way. For more information about the day or to register a boat visit our website at www.fetedieuduteche.org, send us an email at fetedieuduteche@gmail.com, or call 337-394-6550.

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