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Procession begins for Fête-Dieu du Teche

Posted at 9:14 AM, Aug 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-15 23:16:37-04

The Fête-Dieu du Teche is making its way down the Bayou Teche Thursday, August 15.

The 38-mile procession began in Leonville at 8:00 am with a French Mass and will end on Thursday afternoon in St. Martinville.

The procession stops at each town along the bayou for the praying of the rosary and benediction. Participants may drive to gather at any of the planned stops along the Bayou Teche. Priests will be available at each stop for confessions.

Fête-Dieu du Teche marks the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. According to Cajun Travel, it is also recalls the 254th anniversary of the arrival of French-Canadian immigrants.

The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office will lead the procession as it makes its way down the bayou.

A full itinerary for Thursday's procession can be found below.

The Itinerary for Centennial Eucharistic Boat Procession on Bayou Teche is below:

Thursday, August 15, 2018
(Feast of the Assumption of Mary)

8:00 a.m. Holy Mass in French with Bishop John Douglas Deshotel, D.D. at St. Leo the Great Church, Leonville
9:00 a.m. Procession from St. Leo's to Leonville boat landing
9:30 a.m. Boat Procession departs
10:20 a.m. Arrive at Arnaudville and disembark for Rosary and Benediction
11:45 a.m. Arrive at Cecilia and disembark for Rosary and Benediction
1:35 p.m. Arrive at Breaux Bridge and disembark for Rosary and Benediction
3:15 p.m. Arrive at Parks and disembark for Rosary and Benediction
4:45 p.m. Flotilla arrives at St. Martinville; Foot Procession to Notre Dame de Perpetuel Secours for Benediction
5:00 p.m. Procession from Notre Dame to St. Martin de Tours Church for Benediction
5:30 p.m. Procession down Main Street to Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel for Solemn Vespers & Final Benediction
6:00 p.m. Solemn Vespers and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at Mater Dolorosa Chapel

** Confessions will be available at all stops in Mobile Units along the Procession Boat Registration

For more information, visit the website or Fete-Dieu du Teche on Facebook