Eucharistic Vessels: Fête-Dieu du Teche Bayou Once Again Coincides With Assumption Solemnity
The procession will then proceed on foot from the church to the nearby Bayou Teche, which runs a winding route not far from the Mississippi River, and then powers by boat upriver, making three stops along the way and ending at St. Peter’s Church in New Iberia.
As the French arrived by boat and the Bayou Teche was a prominent waterway in the area, Father Champagne recalled, “I had an idea: ‘Let’s do a Eucharistic procession by boat rather than by foot.’”
Many now gather annually for the Fête-Dieu du Teche, she continued, as it “turns heads, makes people think and stop in their tracks. We bring Jesus out in procession on this day to draw souls to him and honor him. It’s a great day of peace and joy every year.”
Father William Blanda, pastor of St. Peter Church in New Iberia, which will host the closing activity of the procession, said the parish was “honored” to be part of the Fête-Dieu du Teche. Many of his parishioners as well as students from the city’s Catholic high school who have participated in previous bayou processions have been “enriched and edified” by the public celebration of devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.