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HOLY GHOST CATHOLIC CHURCH — OPELOUSAS
Holy Ghost Church is a parish with a rich history. It dated back to 1875 when Fr. Francois Raymond and Fr. Gilbert Raymond, both of whom took considerable interest in the work among the blacks of Acadiana. Spearheaded by these two individuals a piece of property was purchased to erect a school for the blacks of St. Landry Parish. The presence of the school was only the seed for the birth of what is now called Holy Ghost Catholic Church and the beginning of a change needed by black Catholics in this area for a better spiritual and social future. From the spiritual side there was a need to have their own place of worship because the north side of St. Landry Church set aside for the black parishioners was no longer adequate to accommodate the growing population of black Catholics. From its social aspect the black parishioners wanted to have organizations to which they could belong so that they could grow as a distinct community without being singled out in their social interactions. These needs caught the attention Right Rev. Canon A. B. Colliard, pastor of St. Landry Church who then took up the matter to Most Rev. Jules B. Jeanmard, Bishop of Lafayette. Consequently, in 1920 a separate church and parish were established. The Holy Ghost Fathers were invited to take charge of this newly established Parish and worked tirelessly until it was turned over to the Divine Word Missionaries (SVD) in 1988. Ever since, the parish with a rich history has been under the pastorate of the Society of the Divine Word.
Our Parish Today
Based on the number of its parishioners, Holy Ghost is considered the largest African-American Catholic Church in the United States. As of our last fiscal year, more than 2,000 families (6,000 individuals) call Holy Ghost their home parish. Even though it is big, people never feel lost in the middle of the crowd. The familial spirit of it is still alive. In fact, many have commended us as very alive, dynamic, active, family-oriented, and spirit-filled. We have an excellent Religious Education Program; a very dynamic youth group; and many committed men and women involved in various ministries and organizations. Our campus supports many buildings, but we are more proud of our beautiful church as the center of our spiritual life, and our new Parish Life Center as the forefront of our social activities.
As we begin to pay back the loan taken on last year for the construction of the Parish Life Center, we are presented with this golden opportunity to participate in the Diocesan Centennial Campaign. It is a golden opportunity because 30% of what we raise will come back to us. We are seeking five-year pledges to reach our goal of $765,000. Of every dollar raised up to our parish goal, 30% or $229,500 will return to our parish! After we surpass our goal, we receive a 50% rebate of every additional dollar raised.
OUR SHARE OF FUNDS
As of now the main financial priority at Holy Ghost is to alleviate the church debt. This campaign is an excellent avenue through which we can build a better future for our parish in a small level and our Diocese in a big measure. Just as you and I make a parish called Holy Ghost, so doeseach parish make up the Diocese of Lafayette.
OUR MINIMUM NEED: $765,000.00 INITIAL REBATE: $229,500.00
Support our Capital Campaign
Click on the banner below to read more about our "One in the Spirit" Capital Campaign. This campaign is for raising funds to build a new Parish Life Center which will include a large hall for various events, a well equipped kitchen and class rooms for Religious Education and meetings.
Our Mission: Holy Ghost Faith Community invites its members to a personal conversion to God the Father through the Son in the Holy Spirit and is committed to teach and share the Good News of Christ to others.
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Click on the link above to make an online donation or pay your tithes and camapign pledge using a credit card or bank account.
CELEBRATION OF THE EUCHARIST
SACRAMENT OF CONFESSION: Saturdays 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. During the week: 6:30 a.m. and at any time by appointment. Click Here to learn more
Baptism: Please meet with a priest to register for the Baptism preparation Class which usually takes place on the first Sunday of the month. Baptism is usually done on the Saturday following the Class. Click here to learn more
Marriage: Make arrangements with a priest/deacon at least six months prior to the anticipated wedding date. No arrangements should be made with any vendor prior to consultation with a priest or the deacon. Click here to learn more...
Anointing of the Sick: Please call the office to schedule to anoint someone who is seriously ill or before surgery. If you have a homebound elderly or infirm person, please arrange with the priest for periodic visit and holy communion. Click Here to learn more...
Saturday, 9:00 AMLiturgy Workshop
Time: Saturday, 9:00 AM
ALL MINISTRIES OF THE CHURCH ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND.
Sunday, 8:00 AMDINNER SALE
Time: Sunday, 8:00 AM
PORK STEW WITH TRIMMINGS- FROM 8:30AM UNTIL SOLD OUT DONATION $8.00.
6TH Annual Married Couples Sweetheart Ball
Saturday, 8:00 PM6TH Annual Married Couples Sweetheart Ball
Time: Saturday, 8:00 PM
THE EVENT WILL BE HELD IN THE PARISH LIFE CENTER