July 5, 2013 6:47 PM
Pope John Paul II will be declared a saint.
Pope Francis signed a decree this morning which clears the late pope for sainthood. It all hinged on a second miracle performed by John Paul II which Pope Francis officially recognized.
The miracle concerned a woman in Costa Rica... more »
February 28, 2013 7:18 PM
With the Pope officially retired, thousands around the world are watching and waiting for the papal conclave to begin.
"It's quite exciting in anticipation of what on earth and what in heaven is going to happen."
News of the Pope's retirement has surprised Catholics, but Monsignor Richard Greene... more »
February 4, 2013 9:13 AM
HOUMA, La. (AP) - Construction is expected to start soon on a new building at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church and School. The Courier reports the church's century-old sanctuary at Belanger and Barrow streets in downtown Houma was destroyed in a fire in 2011. Since then, parishioners have worshiped at Grace... more »
December 6, 2012 7:22 PM
A new bell now sits a-top of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Washington.
Nearly two years ago the more than 150 year old church burned to the ground. Since then, parishioners have held mass next door in their family center while the church is rebuilt.
It's a delicate... more »
November 7, 2012 7:24 AM
NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - A trial has been scheduled for early next year in the lawsuit filed against an upstate New York church by a man whose leg had to be amputated after a 600-pound crucifix fell on him. Attorney Kevin Kitson of White Plains tells The Associated Press that... more »
November 4, 2012 7:43 PM
Church Point Police are investigating two potentially related shootings that has left one person in the hospital. Not much information is being released as of Sunday evening, but police said the shootings happened overnight around the same time on North Main Street in Church Point. One person is in the... more »
September 27, 2012 7:03 AM
Our Lady of Assumption Church will have its annual Church Fair this weekend! The fair takes place September 29-30, 2012 from 8am until 8pm. There will be a 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk, a BBQ Dinner, sweet shop, bingo and music.
For more info call: 337.896.8304
May 31, 2012 10:26 AM
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A 39-year-old Alexandria man has been arrested in connection with two church burglaries. The Town Talk reports Steven Langley was arrested by the Rapides Parish sheriff's deputies and book with two counts of burglary of a religious building. The investigation began on May 23 with the... more »
May 17, 2012 7:11 PM
More than a year ago, a historic church in Washington went up in flames. Now progress is being made to rebuild what was lost.
"It's been an experience because I've never built a church from the ground up like this," said Father Albert Nunez.
Nunez said they still... more »
May 15, 2012 7:02 PM
A Lafayette church is stepping up to the plate to help a Breaux Bridge family rebuild after they lost everything in a fire.
"I opened that door and the fire shot out after me you know."
Preston Tebow and his family have lived on Mim Callier road for... more »
March 19, 2012 6:10 PM
Monday marks the beginning of reconstruction of Our Lady Queen of Peace. Construction crews spent the first day working on the church's roof. Since this worship center was destroyed back in April of 2010, parishioners have attended mass in the gym of Truman Montessori School. Peter Broussard has been a... more »
January 27, 2012 6:40 AM
Our lady of Wisdom Church is hosting Rajun Cajun Catholics at the Heymann Performing Arts Center on Feb. 3, 2012 at 7:30pm.
Get more info on tickets by calling: 1(800) 745-3000
or visit for tickets: wwww.ticketmaster.com
January 6, 2012 9:07 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A 59-year-old woman and her adult children have pleaded guilty to cashing retirement and Social Security checks meant for a deceased uncle. U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley says Alberta Murphy, her 33-year-old son, Learrick Murphy, and her 31-year-old daughter, Thelma Murphy, entered the plea to theft... more »
October 11, 2011 11:12 PM
The city of Church Point is also having second thoughts about its newly enacted walking curfew. Church Point just issued a proclamation a few weeks ago, imposed testing the walking curfew for two months.
It isn't a city ordinance just yet, and Mayor Roger Boudreaux said police officers are... more »
June 18, 2011 6:36 PM
A Texas mission group is dedicating time and services to make a difference in the lives of others here in Acadiana.
The Central Conference Youth in Mission group spent last week in Eunice and Mamou repairing homes.
Drilling, measuring, and painting, dozens of students from Central Texas traveled... more »
June 14, 2011 9:34 AM
MONROE, La. (AP) - Monroe police say two Monroe men were not in church to worship. Authorities say 28-year-old Christopher Nobels and 27-year-old Verdell Wyatt are accused of taking cell phones from other people in Faith Tabernacle church on Sunday. Police spokeswoman Capt. Evelyn Robinson says parishioners were called up... more »
May 30, 2011 7:38 AM
MILTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say a 52-year-old Milton man has been charged with threatening a person at a Milton church and other offenses. Authorities say Hipolito Melendez was taken into custody Sunday afternoon. Police say they were called to the Lewes Church of Christ after receiving a... more »
April 24, 2011 2:19 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and his family attended Easter service Sunday at a Washington church founded in 1863 by freed slaves. The first family entered Shiloh Baptist Church to a round of applause on a sun-splashed day in the nation's capital as members of a choir dressed in... more »
April 18, 2011 12:07 AM
It's been one year since flames destroyed Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Lafayette, and Sunday, the congregation embarked on a new beginning.
With the turn of soil, parishioners are gearing up for the rebuilding of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church. This marking one year since... more »
April 6, 2011 11:14 PM
A Catholic church in Vermilion Parish and the Diocese of Lafayette are being sued. The suit was filed this week by an Abbeville lawyer who represents 25 people. They say, St. Anne's cemetary officials removed personal items from gravesites without their permission.
"They thought is was vandalized," said Mona... more »
March 11, 2011 12:23 AM
It's been nearly two months since flames destroyed Immaculate Conception Church in Washington, and for many it was a special place. Including future newlyweds and as KATC'S Chris Welty found out for one couple that tied the knot this past Saturday, the journey was not so easy.
High school... more »
February 28, 2011 8:42 PM
A black man is being charged with hate crimes for vandalizing two predominately black churches in Lafayette. The first incident happened on February 13th at St. James the Baptist Church on Plum St. The second, happened Saturday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School, which is on Twelfth St. just... more »
February 27, 2011 1:46 AM
An arrest in a recent hate crime at a Lafayette church.
Now there was vandalism Saturday morning at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, but two weeks ago---just half-a-mile away at Saint John's Baptist Church, similar vandalism. Derogatory words were painted on the outside of the church and threatening... more »
February 26, 2011 3:36 PM
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and School on Surrey Street in Lafayette was vandalized overnight. Police say numerous derogatory words were painted on the buildings and sidewalks (left) in the complex and a threatening note was also found. Church personnel believe the vandalism happened between 6:30 pm on Friday... more »
February 13, 2011 11:13 PM
Before Sunday morning's service at St. James Baptist Church in Lafayette members were shocked to see explicit graffiti spray painted on their church. KATC'S Chris Welty found out neighbors, and police are calling this act a hate crime. "You wouldn't think people would stoop down that low...and then the n'word... more »
February 10, 2011 11:41 PM
The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Washington is moving forward, after the historic church burnt to the ground on January 14th. The exact cause of the fire hasn't been determined yet, but Father Albert Nunez said he believes the fire started from an old gas-powered heater in the attic.
... more »
February 9, 2011 12:09 AM
There seems to be an iPhone app for just about everything, and now there's even one for confessing your sins. It's called Confession and the Pope himself has given the application his blessing.
But is the new religious app really a good thing for the Church? We asked the... more »
January 28, 2011 6:48 PM
A flier circulating around Acadia Parish is offending some residents. The flier is coming from a Crowley church. The pastor said he's not apologizing for mailing out the 14, 000 copies. We want to warn you, the subject matter of this report may not be appropriate for all members of... more »
January 19, 2011 3:08 PM
HOUMA, La. (AP) - Recovery of the St. Matthew's Episcopal Church bell recently prior to the toppling of the burned sanctuary's charred remains led to new revelations about the church's history. The Bell from St. Matthew's Episcopal Church was recovered from the rubble of the church. The bell came from... more »
January 17, 2011 9:29 PM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Police say a small bus carrying several members of a church crashed, injuring six to eight young adults. Lafayette police spokesman Cpl. Kyle Soriez said the shuttle-type bus and an SUV collided along Acadian Hills Lane, which parallels Interstate 10, about 7 p.m. Monday. He says... more »
January 14, 2011 12:53 PM
Church Fire Update: The fire chief says it appears the fire at the Immaculate Conception Church started from the heating system. Churchgoers say they've been having problems with the heater since this weekend. They started smelling smoke during the 6:00 am service; they noticed flames coming from the attic at... more »
January 14, 2011 11:18 AM
Firefighters in Washington are battling a fire at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church right now. KATC has a crew en route and will have more throughout the day on katc.com. Send your pictures to email@example.com. more »
December 24, 2010 7:08 AM
Tonight at midnight you can watch the St. John Cathedral Christmas Vigil Mass live here on KATC.
CHRISTMAS EVE - FRIDAY, 24 DECEMBER :
4:00 p.m. Vigil Mass in the Cathedral (This is our Children's Mass) 4:00 p.m. Vigil Mass in the Cathedral Center 6:00 p.m. Vigil... more »
November 11, 2010 10:01 AM
HOUMA, La. (AP) - An early morning fire has heavily damaged St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Houma. The Courier reports streets in the downtown area were closed to traffic as firefighters continued to try to extinguish the blaze, which is believed to have started around 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Classes at... more »
October 5, 2010 9:21 AM
Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church in Carencro will have their 1st Church Fair in over 15 years. The fair will be Saturday, October 8th till Sunday, October 10th. There are plenty of activities going on throughout the weekend. This is a family event. more »
October 4, 2010 6:32 AM
SLIDELL, La. (AP) - Five years after Hurricane Katrina destroyed St. Genevieve Catholic Church near Slidell, construction will soon begin on a new church. Church officials say the edifice will take the shape of a cruciform and measure nearly 12,000 square feet. It will have space for more than 500... more »
October 1, 2010 9:39 AM
St. Joseph and St. Anthony in Broussard will have their Annual Church Fair starting today, October 1st, till Sunday October 3rd. There will be BBQ and fish fry dinners, carnival games, bingo, sweet booth, and Zydeco Raye will be on stage.
The Church Fair is open Friday 10am -... more »
September 29, 2010 9:23 AM
"The Pumpkin Patch" is now open at the Covenant United Methodist Church. The Pumpkin Patch will be open from now until October 31st. The current hours are Monday - Saturday 9am - 7pm and Sunday 1pm - 7pm.
There are lots of weekend activities for the family. All proceeds benefit... more »
September 16, 2010 2:56 PM
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI braved a chilly atmosphere Thursday in mostly secular Britain to issue his strongest comments yet on the sex abuse crisis, admitting that the Catholic Church had not acted decisively or quickly enough to remove priests who molested children. Speaking to reporters traveling with... more »
September 15, 2010 9:18 PM
St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz is sent looking for a new site for an administrative building. This comes after a heated discussion at an Opelousas city council meeting. A deal was in place for the Sheriff's office to buy an old Courvelle Toyota dealership between Main St. and Union... more »
September 4, 2010 8:59 PM
It's the 75th year for Morgan City's Shrimp and Petroleum Festival but it's been a tough year for both industries. The crisis in the Gulf spurred a rough shrimping season and a drilling moratorium but the cash is flowing at the Shrimp and Petroleum Festival and BP is one of... more »
July 19, 2010 1:35 PM
Lending support to families with soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan is the goal of a special Mass set for Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church in Crowley. Prayer and recognition of those serving their country will be offered by Bishop Michael Jarrell who... more »
July 2, 2010 7:24 PM
East Bayou Baptist Church Campers that attended 360 camp were on the way home and are currently stuck on I-10 in Houston due to flooding. Parents should check www.twitter.com/eastbayouSM for updates on arrival times. more »
July 2, 2010 7:04 AM
LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Livingston Parish has purchased a church to house a new courtroom. Parish President Mike Grimmer tells The Advocate that the First Baptist Church of Livingston's 12,000-square-foot education building will be turned into a courtroom, while the church will be torn down to create additional courthouse parking.... more »
June 27, 2010 6:14 PM
Some people are taking a different approach towards a solution to stop the oil spill-- they are turning to prayer.
Governor Bobby Jindal declared Sunday, June 27th as a "Statewide Day of Prayer" for perseverance through the oil spill cleanup.
Acadianians flocked to church Sunday morning. They say... more »
June 18, 2010 5:00 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Concealed weapons will be allowed inside some of Louisiana's churches. The House gave final passage to the proposal with a 64-26 vote Thursday, sending the measure to Gov. Bobby Jindal, who supports it. Churches, synagogues and mosques choosing to allow concealed carry will have to... more »
June 10, 2010 7:27 AM
Branch, LA - AMIkids Acadiana will be partnering with the residents of Acadia-St. Landry Guest Home in Church Point, Louisiana. Kids will work to build relationships with the residents by playing games and serving meals/snacks June 21 - 25, 2010 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m as a part of... more »
June 8, 2010 2:34 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Senate committee has shot down a bill that would have allowed concealed weapons to be carried inside churches. The bill, which had passed the House in a 74-18 vote, found no support in a Senate judiciary committee Tuesday. The measure by Rep. Henry Burns,... more »
June 6, 2010 9:33 PM
Churches are places where people come together and worship, but some state legislators believe churches need to have better security.
Reverend Harold Trahan, pastor at St. Mary Catholic Church, said "I hope that if they do pass this law, that'll be up to the local pastor to say... more »
April 29, 2010 1:39 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Concealed weapons would be allowed inside churches, synagogues or mosques - if the religious leaders agree - under a bill headed to the House floor for debate. The measure sponsored by Rep. Henry Burns, R-Haughton, passed out of the House Criminal Justice Committee in an... more »
April 2, 2010 12:27 PM
One group of locals travelled from Abbeville through Lafayette on Good Friday, causing passersby to look twice.
It is not every day that you see a group of people walking down the street carrying a cross and praying the rosary.
For these locals, it is a 15-year tradition... more »
March 22, 2010 7:07 PM
The Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Church on Pont Des Mouton Road was the first African-American church in the diocese. Some of "The Apostle" movie scenes were filmed there. It will now become part of the Woodlawn Road historic arts district.
March 16, 2010 6:14 PM
A member of a drug trafficking organization responsible for transporting and distributing over 350 kilograms of cocaine and marijuana from the Brownsville, Texas area to the Church Point, La. area, was sentenced today to life in federal prison, Acting United States Attorney William J. Flanagan announced.
Kenneth... more »
February 18, 2010 12:30 PM
Lafayette, Louisiana - February 18, 2010 - The Board of Pastors for St. Thomas More Catholic High School has named Audrey C. Menard as the new Principal of the school effective July 1.
Rev. Louis J. Richard, Chancellor of St. Thomas More Catholic High School in Lafayette and Pastor... more »
February 15, 2010 1:05 PM
Deputies and Swat Team members swarmed a house Sunday night after a report of a hostage situation involving a two year old child. The Acadia Parish Sheriff's office was called out to 430 Roxie Highway at 4:30 after receiving a call that a man was shooting at his family. Law... more »
January 22, 2010 12:01 PM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A former employee of a church in western Louisiana has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for embezzling nearly $400,000.
U.S. District Judge Rebecca Doherty on Thursday sentenced 39-year-old Julia Leppo, of Lemont, Ill., to 51 months in prison and ordered her... more »
January 21, 2010 10:48 AM
State Fire Marshal H. Butch Browning announced 24-year-old Adam Paul Carriere has been arrested again by his office for Simple Arson in connection to a fire that occurred in Church Point Louisiana, on October 20, 2009. He was arrested on January 15, 2010 for two fires set in vacant buildings... more »
January 15, 2010 1:01 PM
In response to the crisis in Haiti caused by the recent earthquake, The Family Church of Lafayette is establishing a drop-off center for emergency supplies. All donations will be delivered upon receipt to emergency transports.
If you're in the Acadiana area, you can bring relief supplies (listed below) to:... more »
January 13, 2010 3:52 PM
Our Lady of Wisdom Church and Catholic Student Center (ULL campus) will be having a Candlelight Mass Thursday, January 14 at 8 p.m. for the victims of Haiti's recent earthquake. Following Mass there will be a Prayer Service. more »
December 24, 2009 1:11 PM
Heavy winds blew a tree onto the Community Investors food pantry on Harmon Street in Church Point. 360 families in the Church Point, Mire and Branch areas are served by the Center. Only 20 bags of food remain and those will be distributed to needy families for the holiday.... more »
December 24, 2009 11:44 AM
December 22, 2009 3:42 PM
VIOLET, La. (AP) - A stack of Christmas presents - colorfully wrapped and stacked at the foot of a cross in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church - are all gone. Trouble is, instead of the needy children the gifts were intended for, robbers got them. Pastor John Arnone said... more »
December 11, 2009 12:11 PM
Church point H1N1 vaccine to be given to residents free. From 3 to 6 pm on thursday december 17th. Church point community center at south city park. more »
November 22, 2009 6:31 PM
A St. Landry congregation will never be the same after a train accident that happened just outside of church.
Crying, Catherin Kinnerson said, "They came into our life to pull us together and God knows they left here today still to keep us together." 59 year olds Fanley and... more »
November 18, 2009 2:05 PM
BOLIVER LEE HAIT
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, November 19, 2009, in the Delhomme Chapel of the Flowers for Bolivar Lee Hait, 98, who passed away peacefully at 9:57 pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center. Reverend Perry Sanders, retired Pastor of... more »
November 18, 2009 11:58 AM
Crime Stoppers of Acadia Parish is asking for the public's assistance to identify the 3 Suspects who committed a Commercial Burglary in the early morning hours of Monday November 9, 2009.
The Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office needs your help to identify the suspects who broke into the Kwik Stop... more »
November 13, 2009 12:02 PM
Lafayette, LA - Pastors and church members will come together to worship, pray and fellowship around the need for health care reform. The local faith community is coming together to declare that after decades of waiting, now is the time to finally deliver comprehensive reform.
Over 200 people will... more »
November 13, 2009 8:55 AM
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - The man injured when a tornado knocked a huge church steeple off a Shreveport church and onto his car Oct. 29 has been released from the hospital. Michael Williams was released from the hospital last weekend, but his injuries require that he receive 24-hour care, not... more »
November 10, 2009 1:09 PM
Rayne - Funeral services will be held at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church, Friday, November 13, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. for Lucille Jolivette Senegal, 100, who died Thursday, November 5, 2009 in Meadowbrook Specialty Hospital in Lafayette, LA.
Interment will be in the Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery... more »
November 10, 2009 9:47 AM
Crime Stoppers of Acadia Parish needs your help to solve a crime.
The Church Point Police Department is currently investigating a September 7th burglary, which occurred at Sunny's Fried Chicken located at 111 East Ebey Street. Suspect(s) gained entry to the business through the roof. Once inside the suspect(s)... more »
November 6, 2009 1:35 PM
LAFAYETTE, LA- October 17, 2009- Seventeen children and their families joined in a fun filled trip to the Covenant United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch, through the Junior League of Lafayette's SMILES program. Junior League of Lafayette volunteers assisted the children in picking out and decorating pumpkins that the children took... more »
November 6, 2009 8:59 AM
ENID, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma couple driving home from church hit an animal - a really big one. An elephant that escaped from a nearby circus collided with the couple's SUV Wednesday night when it ran across a rural highway in Enid, about 100 miles north of Oklahoma City.... more »
November 4, 2009 11:43 AM
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A man who was injured last week when a huge church steeple was toppled by a tornado says he owes his life to Shreveport police and the city's fire and rescue squads. Michael Williams spoke to reporters from his hospital bed Tuesday. The landmark steeple fell... more »
November 4, 2009 10:50 AM
In St. Landry Parish, a portion of Church Road in Leonville is once again shut down because of a sinkhole. Last week's wet weather washed out a portion of the road near Saint Leo the Great Catholic Church and Highway 103. Officials say the roadway will be shut down until... more »
November 2, 2009 1:20 PM
A purported relic of Saint Mary Magdalene is attracting crowds in Abbeville. This is the first time the two-thousand year old tibia, or shin bone, has been in the United States. The visit began with a procession for the holy relic encased in glass. Auggie Babbitt traveled from Texas for... more »
October 30, 2009 2:02 PM
Delhomme Funeral Home and Sts. Leo Seton Catholic School will be joining forces for the month of November to collect food for the needy in Lafayette. Throughout November, people can drop of non-perishable food items at either Lafayette location. Please call Daniel at 235-9449 for more details. more »
October 20, 2009 8:43 AM
A local organization is holding a press conference on healthcare reform today. Faith leaders from the Lafayette area will voice their support for health reform legislation. They'll meet at St. James Baptist Church on Plum Street, at 10 o'clock this morning. more »
October 15, 2009 9:33 AM
ROME (AP) - Comedian Sarah Silverman has a new proposal for ending world hunger: Sell the Vatican. In a new profanity-laced monologue making the rounds on YouTube in time for U.N. World Food Day on Friday, Silverman suggests that it's time for the pope to "move out of your house... more »
September 22, 2009 8:21 AM
Friday, September 25, 2009
9:30pm - 1:30am
Cade Community Center
Featuring Keith Frank & The Zydeco Soileau Band
$10 Tickets: availabel until 5pm Wednesday, September 23 at the church rectory or purchace them at the door for $15.
Call 837-6218 or 837-6704... more »