Chapel of the Madonna Located at Point Pleasant - It is considered to be the smallest church in the United States. It was first built in 1902. When the levee was moved in 1924, it was rebuilt at its present location.
St. Joseph’s Day Tradition One of the great traditions of the past was the celebration of St. Joseph’s Day. I remember the ladies would get together to plan and make cakes and other goodies for a Saint Joseph Altar. When I was young, my mother would take my brother and me to see all the St. Joseph Altars in the area. Spaghetti was served to everyone at lunch. This series of pictures depicts how they were made and the way the altar was assembled.
From left to right: Mrs.Philip (Elizabeth) Ragusa, Mrs. Tony (Joanna) Gulotta, Mrs. Lawrence (Rosie) Gulotta, Mrs. Mary Pollage, Mrs. Dave (Josie) Gourges
From left to right: Mrs. Joe (Ettalee) Gulotta, Mrs. Nick (Annie) Mancuso, Mrs. Lawrence (Rosie) Gulotta, Mrs. Tony (Joanna) Gulotta, unknown, unknown, Mrs. Paul (Alvian) Giroir
Andrew Pirello Baking Bread for the St. Joseph Altars at His Baker Shop on the Corner of Meriam and Railroad Ave.
Another tradition in Plaquemine was the way All Saints Day was celebrated. It started with a Mass at St. John The Evangelist Church and then a procession to the graveyard. These pictures were taken in the early 1920’s.
View of the St. John The Evangelist Cemetery (circa 1950)
Father Abbe Mouret Gravesite - Father Abbe Mouret was the first priest assigned to St. John The Evangelist Church on November 7, 1850. When he died in October of 1851, he was buried in the aisle at St. John Catholic Cemetery on Main Street.
View of the Cross in St. John Catholic Cemetery (Burial Site of Four Priests)