St. Peter's Catholic Church

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

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IRA Charitable Rollover

A Tax-Saving Charitable Gift for Non-Itemizers

Due to an increase in the 2019 standard deductions, many individuals and couples will no longer be able to claim itemized deductions. However, a tax-free IRA rollover offers the following benefits to individuals age 70 1/2 or older:

  • the ability to direct an IRA gift, up to $100,000 to your church parish or another qualified charity
  • Satisfies the required minimum distribution without increasing taxable income
  • No loss of a charitable contribution itemized deduction
  • A permanent provision that does not expire
  • Ability to direct your gift to any area of church operations

For more information, please contact Deacon Patrick Burke at our parish office.

Message from Bishop Deshotel Introducing Red Bird Ministries

As Bishop, I am writing to inform you of a new ministry in our Diocese that strives to support couples who have experienced the loss of a child of any age or any circumstance.

Red Bird Ministries is a Catholic, pro-life and pro-family grief support ministry that focuses on bereaved families who have experienced child loss of any age and any circumstance including miscarriage, stillbirth, infant loss, child loss, adolescent loss, and even the loss of an adult child.

Red Bird Ministries helps parents to understand grief, how to navigate through it, and how to take practical tips and tools to begin the healing process. No matter the stage of grief our families are in, Red Bird Ministries will work with families to heal them through the beautiful gifts of Our Mother Church.

Red Bird stands out by servicing and supporting families by helping the couple to understand what grief does to the family. By supporting both the father and the mother together, we help couples learn how to grieve together and to support each other. When couples learn how to communicate and love each other through their grief, there is beautiful transformation that happens within the entire family.

Red Bird Ministries is run by couples, for couples. All founders and families have experienced child loss and understand the magnitude of a bereaved parent’s suffering. On their core team they have a Deacon and a licensed family counselor who are bereaved parents that also provide professional services and spiritual direction for our families. Red Bird Ministries desires to help our Church minister and walk alongside our grieving families helping them out of isolation and desolation (where grief naturally takes them) back into community and back into Communion with God.

I encourage you to inform anyone who has experienced the loss of child to reach out to Red Bird Ministries. They have experience helping couples who have endured this painful loss to not just survive their loss, but journeying with our bereaved parents and loving them through their loss. Red Bird Ministries Inc. can be contacted at (337)223-2019 or their website at

Welcome Fr. Courville

Fr. Randy Courville On July 1st we will be welcoming one of our newly ordained priests to St. Peter Parish. It is such a tremendous blessing that Fr. Randy Courville will be assigned as the Parochial Vicar (Associate Pastor) of our parish. We congratulate him along with Fr. Bernard and Fr. Istre on their recent ordination.

This assignment of Fr. Courville is unique in that he will not be in residence here at St. Peter’s. The Bishop has asked me to serve as Administrator of St. Nicholas Parish, Lydia for an indefinite period of time. It is the desire of both the Bishop and me that St. Nicholas would not be left without a resident priest. For this reason, Fr. Courville will reside at St. Nicholas and serve as Sacramental Minister. He will thus maintain the regular Mass schedule at St. Nicholas along with hearing confessions, celebrating baptisms, marriages, anointing the sick and burying the dead. He will also provide a daily presence of a priest at St. Nicholas. Fr. Courville will be assisting with the ordinary administration of the parish under my direction and supervision.

Many will ask if Fr. Courville will be involved here at St. Peter’s. The answer is yes. He will be offering one of the four Sunday Masses here at St. Peter’s. He will also be covering for me on my day off, which is on Mondays. He will thus offer the Monday 5:30 pm Mass and be available for Monday funerals. I in turn will cover for funerals at St. Nicholas on Tuesdays which will be Fr. Courville’s day off. I will also occasionally be scheduled for weekend Masses in Lydia in order for me to have some contact with the parish as I am serving as the Administrator.

I ask that you join me in welcoming Fr. Courville to St. Peter and St. Nicholas Parishes. Together he and I ask for your understanding and patience as we together are entrusted with the care of these two parishes. ~Fr. Blanda

John Indest Named New Executive Director of The Disch-Declouet Social Service Center

Joanie Kraker, President of the Board of Directors of the Disch-DeClouet Social Service Center announced that the Board has selected John “Johnny” Indest to replace Carol Gaignard who is retiring as Executive Director of the Center. Mrs. Kraker stated, “We are deeply grateful to Carol who has led the Center for 11 years. She has shown great compassion and caring to our clients, God’s beloved poor. She has also been an excellent leader and administrator during her long tenure as voluntary director. Johnny will continue the great work that has been going on at the Center for 43 years. He also brings a heart for the poor and a spirit rooted in the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, as well as a wealth of management experience.”

Since his retirement as President and COO of the LHC Group 8 years ago, Johnny has been the anchor of our ministry on Wednesdays, training and developing new counselors, providing clients with spiritual guidance and prayer and so many other things. He is always smiling, compassionate and caring. He reaches out to the community to spread the news of the work that we do at the Center. He has served on the Board of Directors and is a critical member of our Development Committee.

Mr. Indest stated, “I have always had a calling from Jesus to serve those most in need. I vividly recall the beginning of the Social Service Center more than 43 years ago. Father Disch and Mike and Bev Firmin started it and I greatly admired the work it did. This was continued and enhanced by Paul and Shirley DeClouet. Upon my retirement, when asked what I would do with my time, I told anyone inquiring that I would spend some of my time serving the poor and needy of Iberia Parish.”

Mr. Indest was born in New Iberia, the third of seven children. His father, Roy Indest, was an oilfield equipment salesman and his mother, Joyce Indest, now 93 years old, is a retired school teacher. He and his wife Cathy have three children and 9 grandchildren.

The Disch-DeClouet Social Service Center is a non-profit, faith-based organization which provides emergency assistance with no waiting period to the people of Iberia Parish with utility bills, rent, clothing, food, medicine, dental, burial assistance and others. It is open Monday through Thursday and can assist up to 30 clients a day. It is staffed by approximately 35 dedicated volunteers. The Center is funded primarily by individual donations. We also receive funds from the United Way of Iberia and several of the Churches of New Iberia.

Mr. Tony Davis Retires

Effective this past May 31st, Mr. Tony Davis has retired from his position as the maintenance worker for St. Peter Parish. Tony has given over 28 years of dedicated service to our parish. As he begins this new phase in his life we congratulate him and offer thanks for his years of service. We pray the Lord bless him in his future endeavors.

With Tony’s retirement we are now moving in a different direction in terms of a paid maintenance position. We will be hiring an individual through an employment agency. This decision will allow more flexibility in work hours so that the janitorial aspect of the job will better fit into the times and events scheduled for our parish. The cleaning of bathrooms, moping of floors and other various aspects of cleaning can better be scheduled with the calendar of parish events and use. It will also allow an additional savings in our annual budget.

As we draw our attention to this occasion of Tony’s retirement, I would also like to once again acknowledge the call to stewardship and volunteers. St. Peter Parish is truly blessed to have a very dedicated crew of volunteers who through  the years have generously assisted in maintaining our facilities and grounds. I’m not sure that our parishioners realize how much money is saved annually because of the efforts of those who volunteer to clean the church each week, cut the grass, weed the gardens and weekly offer their time and talent to repair sidewalks, carpentry, electrical work as well as a regular routine of simply walking through the property to see what needs to be done. These individuals are true stewards who love our parish and care to see that our place of worship as well as all our historic buildings are maintained well. We are all most grateful for their service!

Fr. Blanda

Seminarian Cole Zaunbrecher Assigned to St. Peter’s

Our parish welcomes Seminarian Cole Zaunbrecher. Cole will be with us for the months of June and July. Cole is from Robert’s Cove and is sponsored by his home parish, St. Leo IV. He has just finished his first year of seminary at St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington. He is a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Crowley.

We welcome Cole to our community here at St. Peter’s.

Demolition of the Knights of Columbus Building on Center Street

Demolition of the Knights of Columbus Building on Center Street

Over the past two years our Finance Committee and our Pastoral Council have been studying the conditions of all the buildings of our parish campus. Our Knights of Columbus building on Center Street has been evaluated as to its condition and the many repairs that were needed. The investment of such repairs weighed against the value of the building were taken into consideration. Based on this finding and the Knights of Columbus desire to move to the main campus of St. Peter’s, the decision was made to demolish the building thus decreasing our parish liability.

We continue to express our gratitude to the Knights of Columbus Council 1208 for the good work that they continue to do for our parish and the New Iberia community.

Transitional Deacon Assigned to St. Peter’s Beginning this June

Dear Parishioners of St. Peter’s Catholic Church,

Andrew Killeen - Transitional DeaconI want to begin by thanking all of you, the parishioners, faculty, staff, and Fr. Blanda for allowing me the opportunity to serve at the parish. I am excited to meet all of you and learn from this new experience as I make my way towards the priesthood. I am a native of Lafayette, Louisiana. I have an older brother and a younger brother. My family and local church parish, St. Pius X in Lafayette, fostered my vocation to the priesthood. I would have to say altar serving and the example of Msgr. Mouton also greatly affected my desire to become a priest. I graduated from the elementary school of the same name in 2008 and graduated from St. Thomas More in 2012.

After finishing at STM, I entered St. Joseph’s Seminary College in Covington, Louisiana. I graduated from St. Joseph’s Seminary College in 2016 and entered Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana. I hope to finish my studies at Notre Dame in 2020 and through the grace of God be ordained a priest. Before this, however, on May 25, 2019, I will be ordained a transitional deacon by Bishop Douglas Deshotel. Shortly after, I will make my way to St. Peter’s in New Iberia, where I will spend five months learning what it truly means to serve the people of God as an ordained minister. I am looking forward to my time at the parish and cannot wait to meet all of you!

God Bless,

Andrew Killeen

Take a Piece of History Home

Take a Piece of History Home

Church Sound System Donations Update

Total estimated cost: $8500
Amount donated: $2550

If you are interested in contributing to this special project, donations are still being accepted. Checks should be written to St. Peter Church. Please drop the donation off at the parish office or put in the collection in an envelope clearly marked as “Church Sound System.” Your generosity is always appreciated.


Weekly Votive Candle Memorials

Weekly Votive Candle Memorials

St. Peter’s Parish offers the opportunity to our parishioners to have a candle burning in church each week for an entire year for your special intentions. These intentions may be for your living or deceased loved ones, a special private intention or in thanksgiving for graces received. These candles are replaced each week by a group of volunteers. The donation for this service to cover the expenses of the candles is $260/year. This is equivalent to $5/week. If you are interested in this offer, please contact Mrs. Eileen Boudoin, our parish bookkeeper, at the parish office to make arrangement to begin this service.

In addition, Fr. Blanda has requested that a memorial candle burn each week for the deceased pastors and deacons of our parish. If anyone would like to contribute to the expense of this special votive, you can bring your donation to the parish office or place it in an envelope clearly marked for this purpose and include it in the Sunday collection. If we collect more than the $260 needed for this votive candle, the remaining amount will roll over to next year’s program.

Finance Advisory Committee

The Finance Advisory Committee meets on the third Thursday of each month. At each of the council meetings the members receive reports such as the parish balance sheet as well as income and expense statements. This allows us to better monitor the yearly parish budget. The members have the opportunity to ask questions to the Pastor and the parish Bookkeeper regarding areas of financial management. This committee plays a tremendous role in assisting the Pastor in providing sound financial management of the parish. We always strive to be good stewards of the contributions of the financial resources entrusted to our care. In the month of March, the committee will be specifically working with the Pastor and Bookkeeper in planning for the budget for the next fiscal year. Currently the members are individuals who have an expertise in banking, investing, accounting and business. The two parish Trustees and the parish Deacons are ex-officio members of the Parish Finance Advisory Council.

Appointment of Fr. Blanda as Chancellor of Hanson Memorial and St. John in Franklin

Effective February 20, 2019, Fr. Blanda was appointed Chancellor of Hanson Memorial School and St. John Elementary School in Franklin. This appointment will expire on July 1, 2019. This appointment is in addition to his duties as Pastor of St. Peter Parish, Chancellor of Catholic High as Dean of the South Deanery.

Desiring to be Good Stewards of Parish Resources

Since Deacon Cannon has come to St. Peter’s and has taken on the role of being the business manager of our parish, I have asked him to work closely with me in re-evaluating our purchasing, contracts and maintenance schedules for our operations. Even though the Church is first and foremost the Mystical Body of Christ divinely established by Our Blessed Lord to lead souls to heaven, She exist and operates in the world. A financially solvent parish is one that operates with the best of Christian valued business practices. In light of this reality, we are currently examining the business part of our operations, where money can be saved and resources managed even more responsibly. We owe this to our parishioners because I have pledged to you upon my arrival here at St. Peter’s over four years ago that I would do my best to manage our parish responsibly. Our staff strives to be the best stewards that we can be in managing all that comes to us through the generous contributions of our parishioners.

In the month of March, we begin the process of generating the parish budget for the next fiscal year which begins in July. The Finance Committee will be working with Deacon Cannon and our bookkeeper, Eileen Boudoin, and myself to plan for the new fiscal year. As this process will begin soon, I ask your prayers for us that the Holy Spirit will guide and direct us to be good and faithful stewards of the Church’s resources.

Fr. Blanda

New Rectory Windows — A Positive Effect

Since the completion of the project in which we installed 56 new windows to the parish rectory, we have received many compliments as to the visual appearance of the rectory building. That feedback is much appreciated. In addition to what is seen, I wanted to update the parishioners as to how much of a difference it has made inside the building. Since the new windows have been installed, I have been able to run the air conditioners at 73 degrees and the heater at 65 degrees with great comfort in the house. Prior to the replacement of the windows the thermostats had to be put on 67 degrees on the warmer days and 69 degrees for heat. The old windows were pulling in so much moisture from outside. In addition to the temperature settings, the house is so much quieter. I am certain that utility bills will reflect the efficiency of these new windows.

You have made this project possible by your contributions to the Centennial Capital Campaign. I look forward to the next project to begin as Campaign pledges continue to be fulfilled. The church roof needs attention and repair. The roof project is the next priority on our list of projects slated to be accomplished in the scope of our Capital Campaign. Thank you for your continued generosity.

New Rectory Windows