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Rev. Paul Bienvenu, the new pastor at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Maurice, is an avid art collector.

Bienvenu makes artful arrival in Maurice

MAURICE — Drawing on 25 years as a pastor and 30 years as an art collector, the Rev. Paul Bienvenu has brought a unique vision of ministry to St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Maurice.
Bienvenu became pastor of St. Alphonsus on July 3.
Born in Lafayette, Bienvenu grew up in St. Martinville. He graduated from Catholic High in New Iberia.
He studied psychology at Louisiana State University. After graduation, he studied theology at Loyola University New Orleans. He completed his graduate studies in theology at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans.

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Vermilion Catholic French teacher Julie Lapeyrouse (second from right) recently took students on a trip to Abbeville, France. Some of those students (L-R) Katherine Townley, Angel Nguyen, Ellis Vienne and Camille Harrington, spoke to members of the Rotary Club of Abbeville. Rotary President Thomas Thompson joined the group for a photo after the meeting.

French students to visit Abbeville

After visiting Abbeville, France through an exchange program, Vermilion Catholic High School students will host students from France at their homes this Thanksgiving.
On Wednesday, Vermilion Catholic French teacher Julie Lapeyrouse spoke to the Rotary Club about the school's trip to France and plans for French students to visit Louisiana for 10 days.
Last year, Lapeyrouse received a message from Lycées Saint Pierre high school in Abbeville, located in the Picardie region of France, north of Paris.

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Kaplan welcomes new businesses

Within the last three months, lots of activity is going on in the city limits of Kaplan.
There has been a significant increase in building permits with people building new homes, adding on to their homes, building fences and sheds, lots of improvments on their property, along with new businesses opening up in town.
New permits issued to businesses were:
•Pythons Vape and Lounge - operated by Tanner Istre located 807 N. Cushing (next door to D. Simon Insurance).

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Dean Delhoussaye (right) and Catina Hebert examine a baby gown that was recently sewn by Gaynell Breaux.

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These are two finished gowns created from wedding dresses.

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Gaynell Broussard was busy ripping apart a wedding dress.

True Compassion: Group of ladies team up to sew burial remembrances

It takes special people to want to volunteer their time to create something that touches and helps heal a  heart of a broken family.
There are 40 to 50 ladies from Acadiana, who have joined forces to create “Steps to Heaven.”
These ladies, ages 18 to 81, spend hours and hours transforming wedding dresses, prom dresses, and baptism dresses into  burial remembrances for families who have lost an infant through a miscarriage, still birth or infant death.



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