St. Peter's Catholic Church

108 E. St. Peter St.~ New Iberia LA 70560 ~ (337) 369-3816

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Man to Man Conference

2019 Man to Man Conference

On Saturday, August 10, the Man-to-Man Catholic Men’s Conference will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Lafayette. Our day will begin with an invocation by Bishop Douglas Deshotel and will include guest speakers Fr. James Brady and Jason Angelette. Keynote speaker will be Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, who will share his riveting conversion journey from Japanese mafia to Catholic priest. Fr. Bryce Sibley will serve as master of ceremonies. The event is open to men ages 18 and above, and the cost is $35 which includes a jambalaya lunch.

Visit to register and for more information on this biennial event. 800 men attended the last conference, and you don’t want to miss this one!

St. Peter Parish Celebrates with RCIA Catechumens and Candidates

Congratulations to our new Catholics who came into full communion with the Church at the Holy Saturday Vigil. Please help each of these new Catholics feel welcome and members of St. Peter Parish.

  • Elizabeth Bourque
  • Jennifer Duck
  • Barbra Gardner
  • Jennifer Horton
  • David Lamm
  • Christin Touchet

On behalf of these new members of our Catholic community, we also thank our RCIA Director, Mary Wyble for her dedicated service to our parish as she journeys with those discerning the Catholic faith through our RCIA program.

RCIA Catechumens and Candidates

Study Shows That Marriage Prep Can Drive Down Divorce

by Christine Rousselle—Catholic News Agency

Washington D.C., Apr 30, 2019 / 02:30 pm (CNA). - States that require some form of marriage preparation see lower rates of divorce, a new study has shown.

Study Shows That Marriage Prep Can Drive Down Divorce About half of all first marriages in the United States end in divorce, a figure which only climbs with every subsequent marriage. However, a recent study from the Institute for Family Studies has shown that there are an estimated 14,785 fewer divorces in 2016 thanks, in part, to state-mandated premarital counseling. Presently, 10 states have laws on the books that require couples undergo marriage counseling.

In states that did enforce premarital counseling requirements, the IFS found that divorce rates were about 0.5 to 1.5 percent lower than states with no such requirements. The study’s author noted that the statistics could be underestimating the programs’ effectiveness.

The Catholic Church in the United States typically requires that couples undergo some form of pre-Cana program prior to their marriage. This comes in the form of counseling with a priest, classes, retreats, or a mixture of these methods.

Timothy Olson, a canon lawyer who works with couples and serves as a judge in marriage annulment cases for the Diocese of Fargo, told CNA that he believes marriage preparation is vital for all couples, whether they are religious or not.

The Church considers marriage to be a natural right, explained Olson, and therefore it is extremely important that couples know what they are getting into. “Marriage preparation is targeted at preparing a couple for the realities of marriage, which include how feelings change over time, and how affection works, and all those things,” said Olson. Couples who are not religious or even baptized, Olson said, can still benefit greatly from counseling before marriage. “Even as a natural institution, grace builds on nature,” he said. “For everyone, whether baptized or not, it’s important to have more than just the gist of the basics in human dynamics that come across in a marriage,” Olson said. “Being able to deal with the problems that inevitably come up, difficulties with children, the interrelationship with the couple, all those things matter in the formation of a stable permanent union.” "Helping couples understand the fullness of marriage, but enlightened by the realities of human experience, needs to take place before the wedding," he said. “Whether you’re religious or not, these are still things you simply must be prepared for, rather than hoping on good intentions. With marriage preparation programs, whether in the religious context or the secular context, the hope is to prepare people for their responsibilities in marriage.”

Pope Francis has repeatedly called for the Church to offer longer and more in-depth forms of marriage preparation. In October he said that "three or four" meetings in the parish was not enough. “The preparation must be mature and it takes time. Marriage is not a formal act; it is a sacrament,” Francis said. “To enter the Sacrament of Marriage, the engaged couple must mature the certainty that within their bond is the hand of God, who precedes them and accompanies them, and will allow them to say: ‘With the grace of Christ I promise to always be faithful to you.’”

RCIA—Catechumens, Candidates and Sponsors Gather at Cathedral

On Sunday, March 10th, our RCIA Catechumens, Candidates and their sponsors were presented to Bishop Deshotel in the Rite of Election. This liturgy takes place each year on the First Sunday of Lent in every Diocese. Those who have been discerning entrance into the Catholic faith through prayer and study in their local parishes are welcomed and affirmed by the Diocesan Bishop so that they may persevere and remain encouraged as they journey towards the Easter Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Let us continue to prayerfully support the eight men and women from St. Peter’s parish. May they always feel a true sense of welcome in our parish community.

If you are aware of any family members, neighbors, co-workers or friends who are not Catholic and are desiring to know more about Catholicism, please refer them to Fr. Blanda, one of our Deacons or our RCIA Director (Mary Wyble) to find out more about our parish’s RCIA program and the process to enter into the Catholic Church.

Catechumens, Candidates and Sponsors Gather at Cathedral

Aquinas Institute - Summer 2019 Courses

THE 290 Theology of Consecrated Life (3 sem. Hours)
Fr. Michael Champagne, CJC, STD

Description: A Scriptural, historical, and theological study of the Church’s understanding of consecrated life. The course will examine the roots of consecrated life in the life and mission of Jesus as well as the specific call to poverty, chastity, and obedience that He gave to some in the New Testament. The history of the development of consecrated life in the Church will be discussed and key magisterial documents will be studied. The nature of religious charisms and the essential nature of consecrated life will be treated as well as the process of vocational discernment. The varieties and various forms of consecrated life will be presented and discussed.

  • Day and Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays - 6:45 – 8:30 PM
  • Location: Marian Hall, Our Lady of Sorrows Retreat Center, St. Martinville
  • Classes start: Thursday May 30
  • Classes end: Thursday, August 1

Catholic High Registration and School Touring Opportunities

St. Peter Parish is one of the four co-owner parishes of Catholic High School along with Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Nativity of our Lady and Sacred Heart of Jesus? We support our school as well as St. Edwards (owned and operated by St. Edward Parish) because these schools are an important arm in the ministry of our parishes providing Christian formation and academic excellence.

Be a Part of CHS


St. Edward School

St. Edward School

Founded in 1918 by St. Katharine Drexel is


in PK3 through 3rd grade for the 2019-20 school year.

NEW FOR 2019-20 SCHOOL YEAR we are offering a PART-TIME PK3 PROGRAM (in addition to our existing full-time PK3 program) 2-day or 3-day options available.

100 years strong!
Where All are One in Christ

and where students receive an excellent education and strong Catholic foundation.

For more information or to tour the school, please call weekdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. 337-369-6764 or email:

St. Edward School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion or gender in the administration of educational policies, application for admission, financial aid programs or extracurricular activities.

FORMED—Free Access for St. Peter’s Parishioners

Did you know that our parish subscribes to FORMED and that every parishioner has free access to it?

FORMED On Demand is a subscription service offering access to thousands of studies, films, audios and eBooks. Discover great digital media from over 40 of the best Catholic content producers including the Augustine Institute, Ignatius Press, the USCCB, Catholic Answers, EWTN, St. Paul Center Marian Press, Sophia Press, Knights of Columbus, FOCUS and many more.

Through its online platform and free mobile apps for iOS and Android, FORMED has helped individuals and communities know, love and share their Catholic faith.

Our parish has been using this subscription for our catechetical programs, but by utilizing the special code below, any parishioner can have access to all that FORMED offers in their own home. Consider learning more about our faith through reading, videos and even family Bible studies. Simply go to and utilize the specific code for St. Peter Parish (ZBR3Y7). You will need to create your own user ID and password. Please enjoy your parishioner access to this wealth of Catholic information.

Christian Formation Director
St. Peter's Church

There are now items for children on FORMED!

Check it out.
Parish Code: ZBR3Y7

Christian Formation—A Broader View

Many people think of Christian Formation as a religious education program for children and youth. But it’s more than that. Christian Formation is a lifelong process aimed at personal conversion and growth in faith. So please take advantage of the adult programs that our parish offers. The website shows the many aspects of Christian Formation here at St. Peter Parish. We will also be highlighting these opportunities in the coming weeks.

Children’s Church Off for Summer

Children’s Church Off for Summer

As our schedule for Children’s Church coincides with the schedule of the school year, please note that this formation opportunity will not take place in the summer months. Children’s Church will resume in August as the new academic year will begin.

Many thanks to those parishioners of St. Peter’s that give their time each week to provide such an enriching opportunity to our young children!

Please also note that our nursery ministry during the 11:00 am Mass will continue to be provided during the summer months.