Together With Christ, For Our Future

The CONFUSION of Pope Francis
A YouTube video worth your time; watch it here:

Please DISREGARD any request that you get saying Fr. Vincent needs assistance--this is a HOAX.  Fr. Vincent would NEVER request assistance this way---"If they can't SEE my lips moving, it's not me!"


Fete-Dieu du Mississippi

AUGUST 14-15, 2024


Fete Dieu du Mississippi: Fete 2024 All Night Adoration Vigil (

See the instructions here



Anonymous Contacts

Dear Parishioners,

Different people, parishioners and non-parishioners alike, choose to contact the Pastoral Center for a huge variety of reasons, from the most simple to the most complicated.  

However, often enough I receive “anonymous” contacts – that is, a letter, note, phone message, etc. – without any indication of who the sender might be.  In such cases there is no way for me to respond directly to these persons. 

I care about each parishioner, truly, each person, and I want to provide all that I can within reason and within my abilities.  But, I will never be able to assist individuals who remain anonymous.

God bless,

Fr. Vincent

Thank you for your contribution to our iGiveCatholic Online Fund Raiser.  We have received over $10,000 towards our 2023 campaign.  Again, THANK YOU! 

Announcements for the Week of July 14, 2024
  1. As a reminder, each Sunday, the children will come up to the altar to bring their offertory gift when the collection is taken up. (NOTE: St. Joseph's 10am Mass is when they return from children’s church).

  2. Please pray for all Women's ACTS retreatants during this weekend, July 11-14.  

  3. Fr. Paul Cabrita will be in residence while Fr. Vincent will be on Pilgrimage to Turkey and Greece from July 15-25th. Please keep him and his fellow companions in your prayers.

  4. Our cluster blood drive is Sunday, July 21 from 9am – 1:30pm in St. Peter Chanel cafeteria. Let’s try to be as successful as our last blood drive to cover our cluster.  Thank you.

  5. Deacon Randy will be presenting a face-to-face preparation for the baptism of your children. These seminars will be the 1st Monday of every month at 7:00 PM at the Pastoral Center for parents and godparents. Call Missy at the Pastoral Center to register. The online preparation course is still available for those who are unable to attend face‑to-face.

  6. The Fete-Dieu du Mississippi is looking for volunteers to sign-up to help direct traffic and parking for August 14 & 15 at St. Michael.  We need at least 12 people per 2-hour shift.  Please see the sign-up sheet at the front doors of the church.  You can choose one or more shifts according to your ability to help.  Thank you for your necessary assistance in welcoming and helping all the people we anticipate coming these two days to St. Michael.

  7. For those of you who would like to purchase a Fete-Dieu du Mississippi tee shirt, order forms are available at the main entrance of the church. Kindly return your completed form to the Pastoral Center. You will be contacted upon their arrival and where to pick them up.

  8. The link for adorers to sign up for the August 14-15 Fete-Dieu du Mississippi All Night Adoration at St. Michael’s Church is on our church website as well as paper forms at the main entrance of each church. We are asking for 100 adorers per hour.

  9. The Diocese of Baton Rouge Adoration Chapels are participating in an Adoration Chapel Passport Pilgrimage through August 1 as part of the Eucharistic Congress, which is July 18-21. Our Lady of Prompt Succor Adoration Chapel is one of 17 chapels available to visit. The purpose of the pilgrimage is to grow a deeper relationship with Jesus in the Eucharist.  You may pick up a passport at our Chapel.  Scan the QR code on the back of the passport for information on other Adoration Chapels open for visits.


Sunday Readings and Homilies can be seen on our YouTube chanel here: Channel content - YouTube Studio



St Michael

6476 Highway 44
Convent, LA
established 1831

 St Joseph

2130 Rectory St (Hwy 44)
Paulina, LA
established 1900

 Sacred Heart

615 Main St, 
Gramercy, LA
established 1961

Weekend Schedule

  Confession    7:00 - 7:50 AM

  Mass              8:00 AM


Weekend Schedule

   Confession    3:00 - 3:50 PM

   Vigil Mass     4:00 PM

   Mass             10:00 AM

Weekend Schedule

   Mass              6:00 PM 

   Confession    4:00 - 4:50 PM

   Mass              5:00 PM

Our Lady of Prompt Succor Chapel

3250 Louisiana Avenue
Lutcher, LA
established 1927

Weekday Schedule 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday   7:00 AM (Lutcher)

Wednesday                                         5:30 PM (Lutcher)


News & Events


AUGUST 14-15, 2024

Fete Dieu du Mississippi: Fete 2024 All Night Adoration Vigil (

Please see attached letter concering cemetery space availability.

Dear Friend of St. Michael: 

The St. Michael Church Building and Maintenance committee, in its continued efforts to maintain and restore the historical St. Michael the Archangel Church and its buildings, announces the 2024 Fundraising Drive.  Activities to raise funds are ongoing and the Church Building and Maintenance Committee is excited about accomplishing its goals.  The debt on the Church Hall has been settled and currently preliminary work on the restoration of the Rectory is underway; however, costs are enormous and sometimes seem far beyond our reach.  Support from our friends is greatly needed if this beautiful facet of St. James Parish history is to be preserved.   

We truly appreciate the contributions from generous people like you who help us tremendously with our fundraising efforts.  We ask that you continue to contribute as you have in the past with cash donations or with any other contribution you might so graciously make to compliment any of the events which will be announced throughout the rest of this year.  Please use the contribution form to help us properly thank you and may God bless you and yours. 



St. Michael Building and Maintenance Committee

The Sunday Mass at 10:00 AM at St. Joseph Church is now being live-streamed. Each weeks mass will be on the Facebook page until the next Sunday's mass is aired. The readings and Homily from each Sunday will be available on The Catholic Church of East Saint James YouTube channel.

Our live-streamed 10:00am Mass on FaceBook is offered for the spiritual enrichment and benefit of any and all viewers.  However, it CANNOT fulfill the moral obligation to attend Sunday Mass.  Because of their disability, the sick and infirmed are automatically dispensed from this obligation; this Mass is explicitly for their benefit.  All others without a factual impediment are always under moral obligation to attend Sunday Mass.

We are in need of volunteers to help with the live-streaming. It is only for videoing at mass and is a simple process. Several volunteers will allow a schedule so that no one is asked too often. Please contact Gordon Jenkins or the Pastoral Center to volunteer or for more information.


The prayers and a prayer card are available. Choose the approriate link.


St. Joseph Cemetery Crucifix Restoration project is completed. The new cross and its base has been erected. 


We are happy to announce that we are able to reopen St. Michael’s Lourdes Grotto for more regular visits.  Now open daily from 9:00am to 4:00pm.  Please remember to use the handicap ramp side door to enter and exit the church. 


Our Perpetual Adoration Chapel has reopened at Prompt Succor Chapel.  If you or someone you know would be willing to sign up for an hour, please contact Jason Amato, Bobby Lear, or Seth Bourgeois.


The Search

Further Information about religious services to parishioners:


Please contact Mrs. Missy Laurent at the Pastoral Center


Please contact your Funeral Home and the Pastoral Center to coordinate these services.


Please contact the Pastoral Center for details.


Please contact the Pastoral Center for a priest to address these needs.

St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Stores in Lutcher is open.

We will strive to operate our Food Pantry on our designated days taking into account the health and well-being of our volunteers and clients. We will continue to provide emergency services as need through the Catholic Church Pastoral Center at 225-869-5751 or St. Vincent DePaul at 225-869-1078 leaving a message. 

Sacred Heart Church is in need of volunteers to clean the church. Anyone interested should contact the Pastoral Center, 225-869-5751.

Is your marriage going down the right road . . . or is it a little off track?  Life can be difficult, and so can the challenges you face in marriage.

Does the distance between you seem wide? Are you already separated? Looking for a better way? Retrouvaille can help and offers hope for a better relationship.  Retrouvaille is a peer ministry of volunteer couples that can help you learn the tools of healthy communication, build intimacy and heal, just as they have done in their own marriages. Retrouvaille is Christian-based, and Catholic in origin, but welcomes couples of all faiths as well as non-religious couples.  Retrouvaille can help get your relationship back on track.  For more information about the upcoming local Retrouvaille Weekend program for couples, (October 4 - 6, 2024) contact: Randall and Robin Bellard @ 225-271-4092 or visit our website:

Are you between the ages of 18-30 and have been longing for a deeper relationship with God, but don't know where to start or searching for friends with the same passion for Christ?? Join the River Road Catholics Young Adult Ministry for an opportunity to grow closer to God through prayer, worship, community, bible study, service, and friendship. Visit our Facebook for more information: River Road Catholics YAM.

For the Stewardship of Ministry page click here 

You can now learn about and join the Knights of Columbus online at


FORMED has gone through some changes and is getting rave reviews. Check out the new website and all it has to offer.

Please sign up for FORMED by clicking the icon and finding the parish of East St James 

Then watch the feature video for this weeks reading. During the Homily you will hear how the Readings and the videos promote God's Plan. 


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Mailing Address

Our Mailing Address 

Pastoral Center 
PO Box 129

2130 Rectory Street
Paulina, LA 70763-0129

Office Hours

M-Th 8am-4pm

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