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Parish Office Open Hours

Thursday, November 19th- 8:30 am-1:00 pm & 2:00 pm-4:30 pm

Friday, November 20th 8:30 am-12:00 noon

Monday, November 23rd- 8:30 am- 1:00 pm & 2:00 pm-4:30 pm

Tuesday, November 24th- 8:30 am- 1:00 pm & 2:00 pm-4:30 pm

Wednesday, November 25th- 8:30 am- 12:00 noon



Holy Ghost Catholic Church

2021 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award


 The office of Black Catholics of the Diocese of Lafayette will recognize individuals who have exemplified the characteristics and heroic virtues of Rev. King and have contributed to their local faith community and or greater community in a sustainable way.      

 The criteria for selection of an individual for this award are as follows:

a) Must be a parishioner,

b) Must have been a member of the parish for the past three (3) years,

c) Must have made service related contributions to the Church community,

d) Must have exemplified the characteristics and heroic virtues of Rev. King, and have contributed to his/her local faith community (i.e. church parish) and/or greater community in a substantial way, possess qualities of leadership and will be a first-time recipient.

      e)  No Self Nomination


Applications are available at the entrance of the church, church website (click here) or at the Parish Office. Deadline is December 7, 2020.


 You may place your completed form in the collection basket or drop off the form to the Church Office at the regular office hours. You may also mail it to the Church Office at PO Box 1785, Opelousas, LA 70571. Attention Pastor.






Mass Schedule Changes


The weekends of November 15th, 22nd and 29th the Mass schedule will be as follows:


Saturday Anticipated mass: 5pm


Sunday masses: 7am, 9am, and 11am

(Trial Basis Only)


The goal is to see whether our number will increase. If there are any increase, we will keep it. If not we will go back to our current schedule of Sunday, 7 & 10 am.




Holy Ghost Centennial Celebration Mass 

click below




Religious Education Classes

Our Religious Education program will begin next Sunday, October 25th. Parents of children enrolled are asked to pick up books and materials on Saturday, October 24th between 9:00 am and 12 noon at the Parish Life Center. If you have a student that is not yet registered for CCD you may also do so at this time with the Directors of Religious Education.




The SVD Associates Teleconference Rosary will be held every Friday during the month of October  at 7:00 p.m. All are invited to join in. 

 Dial-in number  720-740-9863

 access code  3657425#



Legion of Mary Rosary Crusade

The Legion of Mary rosary crusade will continue Monday, October 19 thru Friday, October 23rd at 4:00 p.m. each day near the northside parking lot pavilion. All are invited to join in praying the Rosary to the Blessed Mother.



Please read an important message from

Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel

Diocese of Lafyette

click here



From the Pastor's Desk





Dear Parishioners,

As we move into Phase III re-opening of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel has sent a very clear guidelines for all Catholic in the Diocese of Lafayette to follow. The guidelines for public liturgies again do not involve major procedural changes. The same basic principals apply in Phase III as did in both Phases I & II: maintaining social distance (six feet), wearing masks, and proper hygiene/sanitizing.


I would like to highlight some important guidelines for our attention here at Holy Ghost Church:



Church occupancy has now increased to 75% of a Church’s occupancy limit, however, subject to social distancing guidelines and the aforementioned basic principals of COVID-19 prevention, our number remains at 130.


Sunday Mass Obligation:

Until retracted, all Catholics in the Diocese of Lafayette remain dispensed from their obligation to attend Sunday Mass.


Catholics may continue to fulfill their spiritual duty to consecrating the Sabbath on any day of the week.


Those who do not attend Mass are encouraged to fulfill their duty to sanctify Sunday by viewing an on-line or broadcasted Mass, reading Scripture, praying the Rosary, other forms of devotion and refraining from servile work.


Persons who are at-risk, ill, or experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-9 should not attend Mass.


During the Mass: priest celebrants are not required to mask, except during the distribution of Holy Communion.


Deacons and Lectors should wear masks but should remove mask prior to approaching the ambo.

Indoor choirs and blowing instruments are not allowed at this time.



No Church facilities will be rented out at this time.

No more than 15 people may gather in Conference rooms and are subject to social distancing

Youth Catechists (Religious Education Program) will be conducted virtually.

No handing out bulletins. Each parishioner is encouraged to pick it up at each exit door.



Sincerely yours,


Fr. Lambert A. Lein, SVD, Pastor




Holy Ghost Church Raffle

Proceeds To Benefit

Holy Ghost One In The Spirit Campaign


To Be Given Away


1st Prize– 500 lb. Calf

2nd Prize- $750.00 Cash

3rd Prize- $350.00 Cash

4th Prize- $200.00 Cash


Drawing Sunday,

November 29, 2020

Donation: $2.00


Raffle books will be sold after all weekend masses and will be available at the parish office during normal business hours.




Dear Parishioners & friends of Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Opelousas, Louisiana:

If you remember, last month I mentioned that I, along with the Creole Festival Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Parish Council officers would be meeting to discuss how we would handle this year’s Creole Festival. After much consideration surrounding the pandemic, it was determined that unfortunately, we will not have our festival as we had in the past. Our festival usually raises between $75,000 - $90,000 each year. This amount is generated from the sale of raffle tickets, food and drinks, from sponsorships, donations, and of course, the sacrifice and hard work we put into it. 


This year we are asking that each family prayerfully consider continuing to participate in our raffle by purchasing or selling 5 raffle books. We are also asking each person to donate $50 in lieu of the tickets you might have purchased at the festival or the donation you might have made.  Raffle tickets will be available beginning next weekend and at the Parish Office at the regular office hours.


Funds raised will be used to pay our insurance for the year, which is $75,000. Any remainder will be used for daily operations of the church and any other needed maintenance. 


Let us pray through the intercession of St. Joseph whom our diocese honors this year in a very special way through the celebration of the year of St. Joseph that God in His abundance blesses this effort and brings it to fruition. 


Thank you in advance for your continued support!


Sincerely yours,


Lambert A. Lein, SVD



Go to Joseph

Year of St. Joseph

Diocese of Lafayette

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Sacrament of Baptism

Due to the pandemic, beginning September 2020 until further notice our Baptism Class and the Rite of Baptism will be done in the following way:

- Baptism Class/Workshop (can be done in person if it is no more than 10 people. Otherwise virtual workshop) will be done in the morning of the first Saturday of the month at 9:00 A.M. (following the First Saturday Mass). Click here for class schedule



CCD Registration

Registration for the 2020-2021 year has now been extended. Registration forms can be accessed on-line at the church's website All fees are waived for the 2020-2021 year.CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION

Completed forms must be returned in a seal envelope labeled CCD Registration to the parish office by dropping it in the mail slot of the door of the rectory or may be placed in the offering basket at the weekend masses.

First time student and First Communion students must attach a copy of their Baptism certificate. Confirmation students must attach a copy of Baptism and First Communion certificates.

For questions or additional information, please contact the parish office at 337-942-2732.




Mass time schedule

Please note that the mass schedules are remaining the same until further notice. 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.  Saturday Vigil Mass 5:00 pm.



New Parish Office Directive


Please note, beginning Wednesday, July 1st the Parish Office will be open Monday-Thursday 8:30 am-1:00 p.m. & Friday 8:30 am-12noon. 


The Office will be open only for very urgent matters. Parishioners may drop off their tithe envelopes in the mail slot at the Rectory. Thank you for your cooperation.





Confession will be administed in church every Saturday beginning at 4:00 p.m. & 30 minutes every morning before daily Mass. Confession will be heard on the altar, so we ask that you sit in the back of the church while confession is being heard. Please enter thru the double doors in the front of church.







Holy Ghost Parish Centennial Yard signs are available at 
The Parish Office- Donation- $3.00





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.


Sacramental Policies

Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation

Church Funeral/Wake Policies & Procedures

Holy Ghost Church Wedding Policy


Funeral Policy

Click here to access the Website of the Diocese of Lafayette


Click here to access the Website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 


Opelousas Catholic Newsletter


Click here to access the Website of the Sisters of the

Holy Family 



Society of The Divine Word


Holy Ghost Church Online Survey























Click on the link above to make an online donation or pay your tithes and camapign pledge using a credit card or bank account.



Weekend Mass Schedules

Revised Mass Schedules





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..


Click here for Holy Ghost Parish Life Center Rental  



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