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!"

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.  I welcome any and all contacts because I believe the Church (and pastor) are here to serve any person with any need, at least as best I can.  Obviously some requests are not resolved the way some individuals might hope; I am not capable of handling every single situation that comes my way.  And likewise, I cannot do some things the way people would like.  I won’t even trouble you with examples of what I mean.

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 would hope, without explanation, you can understand why.  If someone does not want the pastor to know who he/she is, I respect that.  However, that prevents any kind of response.  Such individuals might choose to contact one of the Pastoral Council representatives for one of the three parishes and remain anonymous to the pastor through this form of contact.

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

Announcements for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 24 September 2023
  1. This weekend, September 23/24, there will be a second collection for religious education.

  2. Tuesday, September 26, the Pastoral Center will be closed for Staff Day of Reflection. Kindly pray for us as we will keep each of you in our prayers as we center ourselves and spiritual well being on Christ.

  3. Friday, September 29 is the Feast of St. Michael and the Archangels. Mass will be celebrated at 6pm at St. Michael in Convent.  There will not be a 7am Mass at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Chapel.

  4. Friday, September 29 is Deacon Alfred’s 33rd anniversary as a Deacon. We thank him for his many years of service and as his plans to retire move forward.

  5. Next weekend, Sep 30/Oct 1, the second collection is for our Parish Building and Maintenance Fund.

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

Please see attached letter concering cemetery space availability.

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 closed due to storm damage. No word has been made as to when it may reopen.

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, (September 15-17, 2023) 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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