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Fête-Dieu du Mississippi

Aug 14, 2024
@ Mississippi River

The Tenth Annual Eucharistic Boat Procession, born on the Bayou, this year will jump ship to the River! The solemn flotilla will embark on the Mighty Mississippi for a one-time only Blessing of the River and the Great State of Louisiana! No one should miss this once-in-a-lifetime cultural and religious event!  Families, businesses and churches are encouraged to “come down to the river” and participate in the two-day blessing. The extraordinary procession will begin on Wednesday, August 14, at 8 a.m. with a Votive Mass of the Holy Eucharist by Bishop Michael Duca, D.D., at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Baton Rouge. Following the Mass, there will be a procession with the Blessed Sacrament to the Mississippi River, where the 130-mile procession and blessing will commence. At 10:30 a.m., the flotilla will depart. The boat procession will pass Plaquemine at about 12:35 p.m. and Donaldsonville at approximately 3:50 p.m.  The flotilla is slated to arrive at Convent, LA at about 5:40 p.m., where there will be a procession to the historic St. Michael Church for all-night Adoration. On Thursday, August 15, at 8:45 a.m., there will be a procession from St. Michael’s back to the river dock and at 10:00 a.m., the boats will depart for New Orleans. The procession will pass Reserve at about 12:00 p.m., Luling at about 1:40 p.m., and Audubon Park at about 3:40 p.m..  Families, parishes, and pilgrims are encouraged to gather at these revival sites along the river for prayer and reception of the blessing. The flotilla will arrive at about 4:25 p.m. in the French Quarter and there will be a Great Benediction on the levee at 5:15 p.m. in front of Jackson Square, followed by a procession into St. Louis Cathedral for a final blessing and a Solemn Mass of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Archbishop Gregory Aymond, D.D. The 2-day festivities will conclude with a celebration in Jackson Square at 7:30 p.m. All are encouraged to “Come Down to the River” for this historic event! Register for the all-night vigil and find more information at www.fetedieuduteche.org or email us at [email protected] Companies who desire to register boats should contact Fr. Michael Champagne, CJC at [email protected] No small crafts will be allowed this year.

Wednesday, August 2024:
8:00AM – Holy Mass @ St. Joseph Cathedral, Baton Rouge w/ Bishop Michael Duca, D.D.
9:15AM – Eucharistic Procession to the River
9:45AM – Procession Arrives at River
10:30AM – Flotilla Departs
12:35PM – Blessing at Plaquemine
3:50PM – Blessing at Donaldsonville
5:40PM – Arrival at Convent
6:00PM – Procession to St. Michael’s
6:15PM – Solemn Vespers – Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, OP
8:30PM – Night Prayer and All-night Adoration

Thursday, August 15, 2024
7:00AM – Office of Readings
7:45AM – Morning Prayer – Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, OP
8:45AM – Procession to Mississippi River
10:00AM – Flotilla Departs
12:00PM – Blessing at Reserve
1:40PM – Blessing at Luling
3:40PM – Blessing at Audubon Fly
4:25PM – Arrival at Natchez Dock
5:15PM – Benediction on Levee
5:30PM – Procession to St. Louis Cathedral
6:00PM – Benediction & Closing Mass w/ Archbishop Gregory Aymond, D.D.
7:30PM – Celebration in Jackson Square

Sunday Mass Times:

10am | 12pm (Español) | 6pm | 8pm

Mon & Tue: 6pm
Wed & Thu: 11:45am

Confession Times:

Mon & Tue: 4:30pm
Wed & Thu: 11am
Sat: 2:30pm

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament:

Mon – Thu: 9am – 10pm
*During Fall & Spring Semester

See full Sacrament schedule