Blessing of New ‘Our Lady Queen of Peace Shrine’
at Bayou Pigeon Heritage Hall
Sat. Aug. 29, 9:30 Am
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