Monday, August 24, 2020

‘Our Lady Queen of Peace Shrine’

 

Blessing of New ‘Our Lady Queen of Peace Shrine’ 

at Bayou Pigeon Heritage Hall  

Sat. Aug. 29, 9:30 Am

Agenda:

Welcome  - Ms  Cindy  Vaughn / Chris Daigle

Opening  Prayer -  Father  Al Davidson

VIP Introductions – Ms.  Cindy  Vaughn

Blessing / Dedication Ceremony -  Fr. Al Davidson

Refreshments / Jambalaya Dinner


Background / History  of  Project:

When the Bayou Pigeon Heritage Association took over the facilities of the old St. Joan of Arc Church parish, one the main topics of discussion how can we keep some aspect of the strong Catholic faith at  Bayou  Pigeon. Can we bring back some part of old  St. Joan of Arc Church  Parish life as part of our organization. 

Immediate  thoughts  went to the existing separate prayer room in the  front  right  corner of the  Building.  What  could be  done  with  that.  

After researching  and talking  with  thoughtful people, The Board of  Directors of The BPHA reached an obvious  conclusion about the use of that room.   It  could be adapted to a religious theme room. The  Diocese left behind  at the church, the Mary Queen of  Peace  statue  from the original Shrine of Our Lady, Queen Of Peace. Another  intuitively  obvious  thought, the  statue  could become  the focal  point  / piece  for the room. 

The original Shrine of Our Lady, Queen Of Peace, at St. Joan of  Arc  Church  lasted 10 years, it was demolished in the year 2000, to make way for the new church.  



To move  forward on this  project Ms. Cindy Vaughn graciously volunteered  to be the chair person  for the restoration of the prayer room and the Board of Directors of the BPHA quickly accepted

Volunteers of the BPHA have been preparing the former Chapel to be  a re-creation  of  Father Mario  Termini’s  Shrine to  Mary.

The  Statue, images, pictures and painting’s from the original Shrine are being used.  Original Chairs in the  shrine  are being refurbished. All this to recreate ambiance of the Original  Shrine.






We are now ready to showcase this  project.

The blessing of this hallowed  room blessing will occur on Saturday Aug 29, at 9:30 A.M. in the shrine room. A free lunch and refreshment will be served after the Blessing.

 The blessing  will be  done  by Father Al Davidson, Pastor of St. Joseph the Worker Church Parish. Parishioners  of  the  former St. Joan  of  Arc  church Parish now officially belong  to St.  Joseph The Worker  Church Parish  of Pierre Part, LA. 

The Blessing is open to General Public , Social Distancing rules  per phase  2 apply  and Face Mask will be required.

That Cajuns love their rosaries, novenas, statues are evident in the many statues of the Mary in  the yards of Bayou Pigeon residents. Their intense devotion to the Blessed Mother is much stronger in South Louisiana than in other areas of the country. 

The Chapel to “Our Lady, Queen of Peace” of Bayou Pigeon, Louisiana, held a special place in the hearts and souls of Catholics at Bayou Pigeon and Iberville Parish. It was immensely popular and best attended houses of worship in Iberville Parish. Many visitors from all over the country came by on tour buses to witness and pray at the Chapel. 

The Our Lady Queen of Peace Shrine room in the Bayou Pigeon Heritage Hall will be / is a quiet place  for all who desire peace  and  solace  for their  souls.  

We pray that all who desire a quiet sanctuary to pray for special intentions and seek solace for their souls will choose  this  shrine. We consider it hallowed ground.

Mary Queen of Peace Be with Us When We Pray, in this hallowed room.


Donations To Maintain  The  Shrine

Rosaries can / are offered for  anyone  and  any intention. 

To have a  rosary offered  for a person or  special intention please complete a Rosary Intention Request available in the  Shrine Prayer  room.

We suggest a stipend of $5  for a rosary for and individual  or  Special intention. 

You can choose to book dates for  your rosary  around special dates or anniversary, etc.To have a  rosary offered  for a person or  special intention please complete a Special Rosary Intention Request available in the  Shrine Prayer  room.

We suggest a stipend of $5  for a rosary for an individual  or  Special intention. 

Enrolled  Will Receive Special Enrollment Card:

Rosary every Tuesday at 10 A.M. and Communion  and  Rosary  every other Tuesday. Unless noted  otherwise on BPHA Web  Site. 





 


For more information about The  Bayou  Pigeon  Heritage  Association


http://www.bayoupigeon.com/



Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Memorial Gifting Added To Bayou Pigeon Heritage Association

MEMORIAL GIFTING

Making a monetary donation in the name of the loved one is an expression of care.

In lieu of  flowers, many families  are  requesting  donations to charities that their loved ones  supported.

How much to donate is always a personal decision. 

Generally memorial service etiquette, a donation in lieu of flowers is as much as you would spend on flowers.

Here are the ways you can donate to the Bayou Pigeon  Heritage  Association:

— Make a donation  / pay online at http://www.bayoupigeon.com/  Credit card  and PayPal accepted)




Or print the  form below and send a check in the mail  to: Bayou Pigeon  Heritage , P.O. Box 1087, Plaquemine, LA. 70764








Our Heritage newsletter will publish an  online  thank  you  to the person making the  donation and the person honored for  any donation amount.

Extraordinary Donations:

Bayou Pigeon Heritage Association Recognition Plaque in  Heritage Hall

Our association has a wall plaque with names for life  time members. Any Memorial  donation of  $1000  dollars or more.  The person who is honored   will be considered as a life  time member. Their name will added  to the plaque  displayed.





Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Bayou Pigeon Heritage Association Master Plan Update

Master Plans - Executive  Summary



The Bayou  Pigeon  Heritage Association is an IRS 501c3 non-profit  association  and has received ownership  of the structures  that once belonged  to the St  Joan of Arc Catholic Church.

We will be doing  more membership recruitment  for 2020  in the  coming  weeks / months.  In  the fall , this year, we  will have a major fund raiser and recruitment  program for  2021.

Remember  all dues / donations  are  tax deductible.

So potential members will have information on what  their dues  and donations  will be used for. Listed below is executive summary on Function  and Improvement projects  for the facilities.




The mission of  Bayou  Pigeon  Heritage  Association ;

The Bayou Pigeon Heritage Association is organized as a 501 c (3) non-profit corporation for the purposes of saving the St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church Complex from abandonment and demolition by the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge and for preserving and using the said Complex for the preservation, promotion, perpetuation, education and enhancement of the past and present living histories, culture, heritage and folk life of the Swamp Cajuns of Bayou Pigeon, Iberville Parish, and Louisiana.


General  Facility, Exterior:


Visible Signage: Large, easy to read BPHA  sign. Remove  all unnecessary  St.  Joan of  Arc old  signage

Clean it Up: Power wash , parking lot, sidewalk  and and entrance ways. 

Garbage bins supplied  and maintained

Trim / remove  unnecessary and maintain existing landscaping  

Repair pot holes in parking lot.

Restore / Paint New Lines on the Parking Lot: 

In General  clean it up, curb  appeal is important  for public  perception.


Heritage  Hall Master  Plan


Become a upscale event  center  for our  community  and surrounding  area,  for many types of  functions.


1. Ensure the HVAC  system  is maintained  and  working  properly.
2. The main hall  will maintain  the open concept floor plan
3. The  Cry Room  of the  former church  will be remodeled as a food serving  area for  caterers.
4.  The existing Chapel room will be renovated  / upgraded  into a Christian prayer / meditation  room in keeping   with catholic special consideration of Mary the mother of Jesus
5. The interior restoration will include remodel  of the  vestibule area  to new modern Men  and  Women  Bathrooms with multiple   and updated plumbing fixtures.
6. The  confessional  area  will be remodeled into small kitchen.
7. The  sanctuary / altar part of the former church to be maintained as is for foreseeable future.





Our  Lady  Queen of  Peace Chapel Room



Become a Catholic theme Meditation  and Prayer  room,  with periodic services, like communion  for sick, handicapped  folks who cannot make the trip to a  near by church. 

The Chapel room  will contain objects for meditation and prayer.  A statue of  representing Mary  Queen of Peace  from the original shrine,  will be in place.  A wall with pictures  of Gods Plan  for Man’s  Salvation  from the original shrine. Plans  are  for large  mural of the original  Chapel  room and with pictures of the history of the  church  at Bayou Pigeon  are planned.

We intend  for it to a quiet place  for  people  who are bereaved and  / or want pray for  special intentions. Entry  and Hours of availability  are yet to be determined.

Chair  woman of the  committee to develop Entry  and Hours of availability  is Ms. Cindy Vaughn.  Comments  and  suggestions  for use of the  Chapel  can be  sent via the  "contact us' feature of the BPHA  Web  Site.

Work  with Pierre Part  St.  Joseph the  Worker Parish pastor to reestablish some  Catholic Services to the  Chapel.





The  Activity Center









The  BPHA Activity Center 


Will be a recreational activity center  for the kids of the community.  A  smaller venue  for  club's  and other organization meetings.



First order of business will  be repair roof leaks.

Damage  done to   electric wiring and water pipes  by Vandals will be repaired. With power and water restored.

The   three side  room A/C units  will be  cleaned  and charged to  working  condition.  The interior  ceilings  of  side  rooms will have  ceiling tile replaced  and  walls will be  cleaned  and painted as applicable / as required.

The kitchen area  ceiling  tile  will be replaced  and / or fixed.  The kitchen  area will use a 5's model / technique, ie., Sorting, Simplifying, Shining, Standardizing, Sustaining  for reorganizing.

Interior walls  and storage  shelves  repaired / repainted  as necessary.  A new  stove  and Micro wave  ovens  will be  added.  All cooking stuff will be  evaluated  and will be cleaned.  Irreparable  stuff  not salvageable  will be  discarded.

The main interior walls  of the Structure will be  evaluated  and cleaned  and repainted as  applicable.

The  storage area above the  side  rooms  and kitchen area  will be  cleaned  and organized  using a 5's model / technique, ie., Sorting, Simplifying, Shining, Standardizing, Sustaining  for storage.

Install new gutters  on  roof.


The  Outside  Covered  Pavilion







Outside  Covered  Pavilion;  


Outdoor activity center  for all types of community events, fund raisers.  


Exterior  work includes extensive power  washing  / clean up, repairs include roof sealing and  some replacement,

Replacing existing post  and  rotted wood with #1 Grade Treated  lumber.

Repairing / Painting  and / or replacing   eating tables,  walkway handrails as  applicable.

Landscape restoration.

Repairing / Painting  and / or replacing , modernizing  concessions  and  serving  areas using  5's model / technique, ie., Sorting, Simplifying, Shining, Standardizing, Sustaining  for storage.

Evaluating, Repairing / renovation  of the drainage  system and landscape restoration.


Ball Fields


Develop baseball / softball  fields  for all age groups.  Tournaments and Travel ball, 

First order of business will be keeping the grass  cut on all the fields.
Evaluate, repair  and  ensure lights  for  the field are  working properly.
Clean up dugouts  and  concession  stands and remove  all trash.
Repair  and renovate  main (front) field  to a playing  condition
Evaluate  and restore Irrigation  and  drainage repairs completed 
Repair  and repaint  backstop,  renovate dugouts, batting cage and perimeter fencing.
Powerwash  and Repair existing bleachers as  appropriate.






Parish  / Government  Cooperation



Preliminary discussions on a Kids Playground  and  Walking Track. The  Association is willing to look at this  with parish officials.



Caretakers Residence Master Plan


The  Heritage  Association  will seek / advertise for a  caretaker  for the property. 

The priests house  will be the residence of a caretaker of the  property.

The House  will be furnished  and thoroughly  cleaned and   free of  any mold.  HVAC  will be evaluated and certified as in proper  working  conditions.  All  appliances  will be in proper working  condition.

An inventory of  furnishing's  will be  recorded.

A two  for one  is the  desired  outcome. A couple to live  and  manage the complex. Rent will be  part of  any compensation package.

Keeping watch on the property for the Association will be  the primary responsibility, eg., the eyes and ears of the association to let them know when problems arise with the buildings or land, including roads, open spaces and landscaping. You’ll need to watch the comings and goings of people on the property too to make sure everything is  safe and trespassers keep out.

Caretaker, duties  will include to make rounds of the property on a regular basis, keep some  kind of regular hours on the  site as a mutually  agreed upon  with  the BPHA  and be on call for emergencies. Do routine cleanups, and other maintenance tasks, according to the proprietor's requests. 

The managing  couple  will take care of tasks  as requested by the  BPHA as a team.  Routine maintenance duties such as  cutting grass  and taking care of the landscaping  and BPHA typically fall on the man  and  will be required. Minor  / small fixer-upper skills such as carpentry, electrical and plumbing is a plus.

Keeping  regular reports on your rounds of the property and the state of the buildings and grounds will  also part of the job.

A legal lease / contract will prepared  by our attorney with terms, conditions,  timelines, do's & don't and specific clauses  for termination.


Saturday, July 4, 2020

Bayou Pigeon Heritage Association Begins New Era

Bayou Pigeon Heritage Association Community Event 






Much thought and discussion went into forming the Bayou Pigeon Heritage Association and how it could / would be supported. When the Diocese closed the St. Joan of Arc church at Bayou Pigeon Church it was completely funded from church fairs and annual sales of crawfish related dishes, bisque.

Bayou Pigeon Heritage Association Mission Statement


The Bayou Pigeon Heritage Association is organized as a 501 c (3) non-profit corporation for the purposes of saving the St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church Complex from abandonment and demolition by the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge and for preserving and using the said Complex for the preservation, promotion, perpetuation, education and enhancement of the past and present living histories, culture, heritage and folk life of the Swamp Cajuns of Bayou Pigeon, Iberville Parish, and Louisiana.

Nonprofit fundraising 


In 2020 Nonprofit fundraising has entered into an entered a new era. An environment changed by a global pandemic, divisive political times, and social media communication.

With that backdrop the Bayou Pigeon Heritage Association planned and held its first major fund raiser, for the  community,  a community garage / craft sale along with a fried fish dinner sale. Something that the Board of Directors agreed was non-controversial and could be held outside.

A movie night  for kids  was held   prior  to the garage  sale  and was deemed  great success in building community involvement  and promoting the Heritage  Association.



The Garage  Sale / Fish Fry  dinner event, held on  June 27 was an enormous , better than expected economic success.

The  association  was  able to add enough money into our account guaranteeing   we can meet our obligations   well into 2021.

Over 50 people  went into Heritage Hall to check  out our  Heritage Hall  and our Chapel  Room.  By the way  Cindy Vaughn has volunteered to be  the Chair  Person managing  the Chapel room.  Look for good things to happen there bring back a spiritual  aspect to our community.








It looked like  an old time  Pigeon Church  Fair


Event organizers, Chris Settoon, Patty Phillips, and Kristen Settoon and numerous helpers worked very hard to bring as many people from the local community into the event.

Over 15 different booths garage / crafts were available, and the fish fry dinners were prepared by a new generation of Cajun cooks.

Chris Daigle, president of Bayou Pigeon Heritage association, thought what made this event successful, ownership was in hands of local people and a new generation of workers.































Iberville Sheriff Brett Stassi was there greeting people and commented that it had the same atmosphere / show of support of past Bayou Pigeon Church fairs. Which he said everyone in the parish is looking forward to the return of the Bayou Pigeon fairs.








Dean Deslatte of A. Wilbert’s LLC, the landlord of the heritage stopped by and bought lunches, commented they were pleased and that the site looked great and they were very please how things were progressing.


To keep posted of future Bayou Pigeon Heritage events, check the Bayou Pigeon Facebook page on a regular basis, the community is back…

https://www.facebook.com/Bayou-Pigeon-Heritage-Association-101926544827324/


If  anyone has any ideas  for fund raisers use the  "Contact Us' function on the our website to communicate to us.


We know  there is in  excess of 300 hundred  of  follower on the  Bayou  Pigeon  Heritage Association  Facebook page...  and over 800  followers  on the  Pigeon Facebook page.

We could use volunteers  at events, to cut grass, weed eating  and landscaping and power washing especially  the  Pavilion.  Surely there are  brave  Bayou  Pigeon Natives out there that could help.

Use the  'Contact Us' to volunteer to help.

Won't you please help us ...time spent  volunteering  for good causes like perpetuation of the  Chapel Room is not deducted from ones  life  span !

In Bayou  Pigeon  Spirit

Chachie

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Celebrate Bayou Pigeon Heritage Day

We are proud  to announce 

that Iberville  Parish is celebrating  with us 

Bayou  Pigeon Heritage Association

Inaugural Annual  Meeting 

Feb. 28, 2020 2 pm - till

at  our  

Heritage  Hall


The primary purpose of this  event is to bring together  ‘Friends  of  Bayou  Pigeon”  in this hallowed venue to understand the issues facing our Association  in  preserving  the  ‘Heritage Of And Improving  The  Future  Of  Bayou  Pigeon As  A  Community.’










We  are  celebrating the signing of a long-term lease with   the  landowner, A. Wilbert’s Sons  LLC  and taking ownership of the structures  of the former  St  Joan  of  Arc Catholic  Church  complex,  donated to our  Association by the  Catholic Diocese  of  Baton  Rouge. 

This event will take place inside the  Bayou  Pigeon Heritage  Hall.  Displays on the  History & Heritage  of  Bayou  Pigeon will be presented.

All members  and the general public are invited to  come celebrate  with us and review or Master Plans and future  activities for these facilities.

Door  prizes will be awarded... award-winning books, ‘Bayou  Pigeon, LA.,  Spirit of the  Atchafalaya”  and  follow up  book,  “Heritage of the  Atchafalaya”, as well  as  copies  of the book “Michel Family  of  Bayou  Pigeon”  will be  awarded. 

Illustrations  of  Bayou  Pigeon History  by  Stan  Routh will be on sale, with  all proceeds going to the BPHA.





Program 


Bayou  Pigeon Heritage  Association
Inaugural  Annual  Meeting
Feb. 28, 2020

Welcome -  Chris Daigle, President BPHA.

Prayer  & Pledge of  Allegiance – Fr. Al / Irvin  Settoon

Introduction  of  VIP’s  &  Welcome-   Chris  Daigle. 

Lease Signing -  Ken  Blanchard /  Klein Kirby 

History / Introduction of BPHA team – Chris Daigle

Mission of  BPHA  – Chris  Settoon 

BPHA Web  Site  / Video Cliff  LeGrange 

Tribute to  Roy  Leblanc – Cliff  LeGrange, Chris  Daigle, Rick  Phillips , Music / Song Calvin Leblanc  

Master plan review

Heritage Hall – Cliff  LeGrange 
Chapel Room – Allison Dupre Parnell
Activity  Center/ Gym – Rick  Phillips 
Ball fields – Chris Daigle
Outdoor Pavilion – Greg  Dupre

 Iberville  Parish  Tourism potential – Rick Phillips

 What is  Bayou  Pigeon Heritage - Cliff  LeGrange,  Video

Membership  sign up - Dena Lobue

Browsing  / refreshments … more Calvin 


Guest  Speakers - Parish  President, Mitchell Ourso, Sheriff Brett  Stassi, Klein  Kirby , President of  A. Wilbert’s Son’s, Parish Council Members,  Chasity Easley, Pete  Kelly, 







For information  contact  Chris Daigle  at 225 776 4122 or  Cliff  LeGrange at 225 776 2686





Sunday, January 26, 2020

The Future of Bayou Pigeon

The  Bayou  Pigeon  Heritage  Association

With  Pride in our Past 





And  Faith In Our  Future












We  are thrilled to  announce  the signing of a long term lease with   the  landowner, A. Wilbert son's  LLC  and taking ownership of the structures  of the former  St  Joan  of  Arc Catholic  Church  complex,  donated to our  Association by the  Catholic Diocese  of  Baton  Rouge.

You are  cordially invited to  come celebrate  with us and get tons of information on the plans and future  activities for these facilities.

Please join  us  on  Feb. 28, 2020   2 P.M. - till at  the Bayou Pigeon  Heritage Hall

This event will take place inside the  Bayou  Pigeon Heritage  Hall.  Displays on the  History & Heritage  of  Bayou  Pigeon will be presented.

We will feature Architect  renderings of future  renovations  and ideas  for the  future  economic  rejuvenation of  Bayou Pigeon.

All of that with  musical entertainment, food and  drinks.  Ideas, suggestions  and  comments  on all topics  will be  taken.

Door  prizes of the award-winning book, ‘Bayou  Pigeon, LA.,  Spirit of the  Atchafalaya”  and  follow up  book,  “Heritage of the  Atchafalaya”, as well  as  copies  of the book “Michel Family  of  Bayou  Pigeon”  will be  awarded.

Look  who we have  as guest  speakers.  Parish  President, Mitchell Ourso, Sheriff Brett  Stassi, Klein  Kirby , President of  A. Wilbertson’s, Parish Council Members,  Chasity Easley, Pete  Kelly, Matt Jewell, State Representative  Chad  Brown and others.

Our hope  is that the Bayou  Pigeon  Heritage  Association  will  start a domino-effect of  clean up  and  economic improvement for the  community.

Circle  your calendars


DĂ©pĂȘchez-Vous, Allons au Pigeon 









Wednesday, January 22, 2020

BPHA update - 1 22-2020

Newsletter Jan. 22, 2020 - Bayou  Pigeon  Heritage  Association 

Pigeon  Facebook  Friends...

The Bayou Pigeon  Heritage  Association ( BPHA)  officers  and  Board of Directors after reviewing  the calendar  and available work days  on cleaning  up Facilities.  We have come up  with a date  for a celebratory Lease  signing event.  of  Feb. 28, a Friday,   from 2 - 5 PM at our Heritage Hall ( church).  Open to the  folks  who belong  to the  Pigeon  Facebook group,   and  the general public. It  will not cost to attend.

Preliminary plans  are  that Catholic Church  officials   and other VIP's, eg.,   the Parish  President, Sheriff, Assessor,  Parish Council members,  will be invited and  Refreshments  / food will be  served.

Health permitting  we will ask Mr. Calvin  Leblanc to play a a couple of  songs , The song about  Bayou Pigeon, by  Lou Millett,  and in honor of Roy  Leblanc, the Poor  fishermen,  and maybe one or two more.

We  will have displays  of   our Master plan   with artist renderings professionally  done  of the future development on  display  for  all to see  and  comment and provide suggestions  for improvements and advice... before  we  finalize  anything. 

We have a short video's  on the Heritage of Bayou  Pigeon.

We  will be releasing more  detailed communication on the  event  before  Feb. 1, 2020.

We are asking  for everyone  to Please mark your calendars and hold this date  open.

The date  was  set with the Mardi Ball  season, in mind, which is quite extensive in  Iberville parish, to mitigate conflicts with other parish  wide events..

Preparation  for this  Lease  Signing Event


We  will have a crew working on  clean up  and repair of the  site, every Sunday between now  and  Feb. 28 from 9:00  am until the  afternoon.  The officers  and  board of  directors  will meet at the  end of the  clean up approximately  4 pm,  to review / discuss  any new business  and plans  for the next clean up.

If anyone wants  to help please just  show up  at the  site in your  work  clothes.  Chris Daigle, President,  and other officers  and  directors  will be their to guide  activities.

Special Thanks 

To everyone who helped the with the clean up at the Bayou Pigeon Heritage complex last weekend (Jan. 17 - 20. 

Rick and Patty Phillips  and others worked many hours on  the clean up of the Heritage Hall and the house (former rectory). Some unsightly  bushes  and trees  around the main building  were removed and trimming the Oak tree in front of the house, was  done.  Patty Phillips and Rick  spent   much time cleaning the inside of the  Chapel /  Prayer Room and light fixtures, etc.









Chris Daigle and Rick Phillips made another detailed walk thru of the site and taking notes identifying all the things that need to be looked at repair including the Outdoor  Pavilion and fixing the back door entrance to the  GYM, where the vandals  got in..


Chris Settoon has the electrical power restored and the street lights working and trimmed the  Rose plants in  front of the  church, improving  security.





Steve  &  Mary Toups repaired the  water lines  and the  water to all  buildings turned on where  we can  now start power washing the  site.

Rick  has  some of the power turned on in the GYM.   The main lights in the gym  work but the power to the classrooms is not complete  yet.  Plans  are to get on that repair ASAP.

Chasity  Easley is planning  a house to house effort at Bayou  Pigeon to recruit membership (very  soon), if you  would like to help just give her a  holler!  we are having a new handout printed to facilitate that effort.

Paying  Dues  for membership

Several people have  asked this past  week.  How can i pay my dues?  I  don't  do Internet electronic payment  and / or  Social media  very much!

You can give  your dues to any Officer  or  Board of  Directors... we prefer a  check  so as to act as your receipt.

Our official membership is  now over 50 members, please  consider  joining the association ASAP.

Become Bayou  Pigeon  Proud.

If anyone has  comments or  suggestions on how  we can do better  do not hesitate  to contact any officer  or director.  You can use the comment  section on this message to send us a message.

 I  am Bayou  Pigeon  proud

Cliff ( Chachie ) LeGrange













Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Update on Bayou Pigeon Heritage Association



News  Letter Bayou Pigeon Heritage Association





On Nov. 18, 2019,  after a 18 months of working on  forming Bayou Pigeon Heritage Group  a lease between A. Wilberts LLC  and the donation of the  buildings and non movable  structures owned by the  Catholic Church to the BPHA is complete ... it is a  done  deal.
We own the buildings outright and are now responsible for Insurance, Utilities and Maintenance.


Signed in   the A. Wilberts LLC  office ... Chris Daigle, President of BPHA , Cliff  LeGrange, Dean Deslatte, and Kline Kirby President of  A Wilberts.


Special thanks to Our attorney, Kenneth Blanchard, who carried the ball over the  goal line for us.  His  services were pro bono and without his help I do not know if we  would have made it


Kenny Blanchard on right

We  have meeting this week  (Jan. 9) with Mr. Stan Routh ,  nationally recognized illustrator  to begin artist renderings on potential renovations  to the Heritage Hall (church) and the  Activity Center (Gym).

We have spoken with Brad Guerin, Architect  he has  volunteer to do any drawings we need  for renovations pro bono. As  soon as we reach a decisions on what to do and have  drawings to obtain permits and  some idea what funds we  will have  we will be  starting that process.  We hope to do as much of that with  community volunteers.  Steve Toups, Contractor who lives at Bayou Pigeon, has  said  he  will help as much as he can. He is a talented remodel expert.  hoping to start something by mid year.

If anyone has a talent and wants to help with future renovations, please contact me at 225 776 2686  or Chris Daigle at 225 776 4122.

Our next Board of Directors meeting is at Heritage Hall, this  Sunday at 5 p.m. Where we will start planning our schedule  and organizing some initial action items. However if anyone from General Public who receives this message or hears about the Board meeting and wants to come provide input, they are  invited.  One caveat, if you want to comment, you have to be a  voting member, which requires paying your annual dues.  We can collect them right there.

 Not waiting on Sunday, we will start general cleanup every Saturday in January.   Chris  and I will be there at 8am this Saturday.  We are praying that some brave Bayou Pigeon Facebook friends will show up to help us and bring some tools to help clean up the outside.  Of  course in the event of bad  weather, we will start cleaning the inside. Please bring any tools that will facilitate general clean up with you, ie., brooms, vacuum cleaners, extension cords, trailers to haul trash, etc.  I think Chris is bringing his lawn mower.

Membership Drive


We have not been having people  rushing to pay dues and become official Charter members. We are  doing this  for the community to rejunvate the community and Esprit  De Corps of Bayou Pigeon in general.  We realize we just have finished the holidays, but it is time to step up to challenge.  We recruiting brochures  available contact any officer or board of director to get hard  copies. If every member took a brochures and  signed up one family member or friend you would be doing your fair share.





We are looking into governments grants available to the BPHA as  a 501c3 non profit.  If anyone in  social media world has Grant application writing  skills please contact me (Cliff LeGrange 225 776 2686)  or Chris Daigle 225 776 4122)

In  closing

Bayou Pigeon friends if you have not viewed our web site ( http://www.bayoupigeon.com) and looked  at our two videos, (https://explee.com/video/molqvym)

Please do so,  they are very educational, undertand the Heritage  we are trying document and preserve. Show it your teen age school children.

If you have not paid your dues to join this Bayou Pigeon Heritage group please  consider joining ASAP.  

Become a life time member and receive a free copy of the  award winning "Bayou Pigeon, La. , Spirit of the Atchafalaya book".


Become a Benefactor member and receive a free copy of the new book "Heritage of the Atchafalaya - A Natural and Cultural History of The  Atchafalaya Basin".



The  interest in  the and participation  in Christmas parade sponsored by Chasity Easley , proved there is a lot of interest in reviving traditions  and culture in the Bayou Pigeon community.


Save our community bu joining Bayou Pigeon Heritage  Association


For the Together Eveyone  Achieves More

Chachie  ( web site adminstrator_


Monday, October 14, 2019

Update on Status of Lease negotiations between A. Wilberts, LLC & Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge

Friends of Bayou  Pigeon  Heritage  Association



We received the  attached  e mail today,  from our  attorney after requesting an update on the  status of the  Lease  negotiation and  donation (ownership) of  former  St.  Joan of  Arc church  Complex to BPHA.



From the  message, we can infer that the  Civil  law portion of the lease proposed  by  A. Wilbert's  to the  Diocese has basically been agreed  to.

Canon  Law is  different,  Cannon  Law review is to ensure there is nothing in  the donation  that  would  allow activities contrary to Catholic  Dogma and is  separate from Civil Legal  analysis.  We imagine this review is because  we intend to have  a Chapel Room / Prayer Room in the  Heritage  Hall.




The  drop dead date  for a resolution between the  Diocese of  BTR and A. Wilbert's, LLC is Nov. 17, 2019, the Diocese has two years  from the date they ceased the complex of being  an active  church (Nov18, 2017).  After that  The  Diocese would be in default of their lease  contract.

Thus from our  side of the net,  we know the lease  will be  agreed to on or before the  17 of  November.  A Wilbert's  has  communicated  many times they are  committed to this happening.  Essentially The  Catholic  Diocese of  BTR has no choice unless they plan to reopen the church.  They certainly  could not do demolition to dirt in time not to be  default of the lease.

At that time  we will have  to transfer  utilities and trigger General liability insurance  coverage, in our names. The  Diocese  will cease  all of those things, including  grounds maintenance.  They wanted us to take over the maintenance months  ago.

Consider this a  follow up to last  weeks roll out of the Membership Recruitment drive  started Oct. 5, 2019  at the  Iberville  Parish Swamp expo and last  weeks  BPHA Website communication.

Now is the time for all of us to pay our individual dues, so that on or before Nov. 17 we have  the money to trigger the utilities and insurance on the  Complex.  It is so easy to  do that through the  website and / or  send in  a check to The BPHA.



Think  about this  for a moment.  We are going to get ownership of a  complex that is larger than The  Knights of  Columbus complex in Plaquemine which has been existence  for more than a 100 years... free, free... 

... the value of  what we will own is excess of $750K.  Think about what we as organization could do with that.

We  don't want to fumble the ball on the goal line.  I implore our friends. 

Get those  dues in , lets show A. Wilbert's and The Diocese  we are serious and up to the task.  

Thus far we have 15 paying members.  Two are  Life  time members of $1000 each.  They are the Parish President  and the Sheriff, they are the most prominent leaders in the parish  and they put their money up to show  support.

What  are  we  waiting  for...

In the  spirit of those who have  come before us...

Let's get this  done... Aim  straight

Cliff  LeGrange / Roy  Leblanc