Together With Christ, For Our Future

The State of Louisiana has moved to COVID-19 Reopening Phase 3. Until Bishop Ducca announces new guidelines we will continue to follow those below.

For churches, the protocol is 50% of capacity.  However, our churches must maintain the 6 foot social distance protocol as well.  Therefore, the capacity for each church remains as follows:

          Sacred Heart: 96                         St. Joseph: 140

          Prompt Succor: 79                      St. Michael: 132

Recently we have seen maximum capacity in live Mass participation. You should get to church early to make certain you have a seat.

Face masks are still required throughout the Mass.  This protocol has not changed for parishes that belong to the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

We appreciate the patience of the community as we move forward with caution for everyone’s health and safety.

Funeral Mass protocols.

Mass Virus-Safety Protocols

1.   Every person must wear a face

      mask the entire time you are in

      church; there are no exceptions.

2.   Every person must obey the 6 ft.

      social-distance rule, at all times:

      in the church; entering or leaving

      church; and even in the parking lot.

3.   Only pew seats marked with Blue

      Tape can be used.  Do not sit in

      non-designated pew seats.


     Saturday Vigils:     4:00PM     St. Joseph, Paulina

                                   6:00PM     St. Michael, Convent

     Sunday:     7:00AM     St. Michael, Convent

                       9:00AM     St. Joseph, Paulina

                     11:00AM     Sacred Heart, Gramercy

                       5:00PM     Sacred Heart, Gramercy

     Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday:

                       8:15AM     Prompt Succor, Lutcher


                       5:45AM    Prompt Succor, Lutcher

                       5:15PM     Prompt Succor, Lutcher



  1. The Knights of Columbus will be selling their chicken dinners on Sunday 20 Sep 2020 to benefit the Lutcher High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
  2. Just a reminder new Mass times begin Oct 1st. Please see the bulletin for the different time changes. The website will be updated on Oct 1st.
  3. October is “Respect Life Month” and we are in the process of signing up individuals and families to select an hour to pray at the abortion clinic in Baton Rouge on Friday, Oct 9th. We have one-hour time slots available from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.  If you are interested in taking an hour please contact Missy Laurent at the Pastoral Center. 
  4. There will be public square rosary in support of police next Saturday, September 26th, on the grounds of the KC home at noon.  All are invited to join the support for our police.  Bring your rosary, a chair, and water as you need.  For more information contact Sandy Roussel or Terri Meaney.

Please remember Bishop Duca has stated:

The Sunday Mass obligation continues to be dispensed for all Catholics indefinitely.

Click here to find the link to website Masses.  Continue to use the St. Alphonsus “Spiritual Communion” prayer while watching the Mass or even as part of your personal daily prayer.

For those still not comfortable returning to Mass:

St. Michael Church in Convent, and Prompt Succor Chapel in Lutcher, will be OPEN for private prayer with the Blessed Sacrament on Sundays only, from 8:00 am to 12 Noon.  Please observe church protocols while visiting the church for prayer.


Reconciliation is currently not available before any of the Sunday or weekday Masses.


     Saturday     10:00AM to 11:00AM     Prompt Succor, Lutcher                                                     2:00PM to 3:00PM       Prompt Succor, Lutcher

     Sunday        2:00PM to 3:00PM         Prompt Succor, Lutcher

The Pastoral Center is opened with regular office hours; M-Th, 8 AM to 4 PM.  However, anyone coming to the office must wear a face mask.  Please consider handling business by phone or e-mail


Go here for Spirituality during these trying times


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
Vigil Mass 6:00 PM

Mass 7:00 AM
Confession 8:00 - 8:30 AM



Weekend Schedule
Confession 3:00 - 3:50 PM

Vigil Mass 4:00 PM

Mass 9:00 AM


Weekend Schedule
Mass 11:00 AM,

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 8:15 AM (Lutcher)

Wednesday 5:45 AM, 5:15 PM (Lutcher)

Friday (During School) 8:00 AM (Paulina)
           (Holidays & Summer) 8:15 AM (Lutcher)

News & Events

Fr. Vincent’s letter to all members of the Catholic Church in East St. James about becoming a single priest cluster.

Fr Vincent's reflections on the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr Vincent's reflections on the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr Vincent's reflections on the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

See all past reflections under the menu "Spirituality in Trying Times"



The Search


Further Information about religious services to parishioners:


Baptisms can be scheduled on a “family-by-family” outside of Masses currently.  Please contact Mrs. Missy Laurent at the Pastoral Center


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


Please contact Deacon Alfred Adams for details.


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

Pastoral Center Office Hours have changed!

The Pastoral Center office at St. Joseph will only be open Monday through Thursday, 8:00am to 4:00pm. The Pastoral Center will not be open for regular business on Fridays.


St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Stores in Lutcher will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 10 AM to 2 PM, as long as help is available. MASK ARE REQUIRED.

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. 

Job Opening at the Pastoral Center in Paulina: Secretary/Receptionist, 32 hours per week. Applicant must be computer proficient and capable of self-motivated work. Resume should include prior work history and what talents you bring to your pastoral office ministry. Bring resume to the Pastoral Center or mail to: Fr. Vincent Dufresne, PO Box 129, Paulina, LA 70763.
Please Note: Interviews remain delayed until business becomes a bit more normal.  ALL applications are being held; no hiring decision has been made and will not be made until normal operations resume.

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.  The next Retrouvaille Weekend in the Diocese of Baton Rouge will be September 11-13, 2020. (All COVID-19 precautions will be in place). For more information, contact: Bill and Missie @ 985-232-5963 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. Also check out the recommended topics for each month. 


Mailing Address

Our Mailing Address 

Pastoral Center 
PO Box 129

2130 Rectory Street
Paulina, LA 70763-0129

Office Hours

M-F 8am-4pm

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