Feast of the Assumptipn – Eucharistic Procession Along the Bayou Teche (Saturday, August 15th)

Teche Procession Flyer (1)

The day will begin with the Mass of the Assumption at St. Leo the Great Church in Leonville celebrated by Bishop Glen Provost, D.D. of the Diocese of Lake Charles. After Mass,the Blessed Sacrament with a special monstrance built for the occasion (measuring 68″) will proceed to the Leonville boat landing and embark from Leonville in a boat procession down the Teche toward St. Martinville. The Blessed Sacrament will be fixed on an altar on the lead boat under canopy with a pair of adorers in adoration between the towns visited. The procession will stop at Catholic Churches along the way for recitation of the Rosary and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament for those gathered at Arnaudville, Cecilia, Breaux Bridge, and Parks. The boat procession will end at the Evangeline Oak in St. Martinville around 4:45pm. At that time, a Benediction will take place at St. Martin de Tours. The procession will continue to Mater Dolorosa down main street for the celebration of Solemn Vespers of the Assumption and Final Benediction at 6:00 PM. The Diocese is hoping to gather several hundred Catholics at each of the stops along the way as well as at the beginning at Leonville and at the final destination in St. Martinville. The goal is also to register up to 100 boats in procession. Each parish might register a boat and have a banner or decorate the boat identifying the parish. Also, councils of the Knights of Columbus, Cursillo groups, religious communities, families, etc. might get together and register a boat. To do so, simply send an email to fetedieuduteche@gmail.com and a registration packet will be emailed to you. People living along the bayou are also encouraged to gather on the bayou bank and greet the Blessed Sacrament as it passes by.

First Bankline Workshop Scheduled for June 6, 2015

The TECHE Project and the Bayou Vermilion District will be hosting a the first Bankline Management Workshop at the newly renovated Breaux Bridge Library from 9:00 am to Noon on Saturday, June 6, 2015. If you’re interested in learning different techniques to alleviate shoreline erosion, including vegetation that both helps with erosion and improves water quality, or if you are having issues with nuisance wildlife and want to learn more on how to alleviate that situation, then this workshop is for you.

The workshop starts with a discussion of erosion issues and different techniques available to combat that problem by TECHE Project Council Member and wetland ecologist Patti Holland and Bayou Vermilion District ecological educator Greg Guidroz. Additionally, guest speaker and naturalist, Bill Fontenot (formerly with the Lafayette Nature Station) will share his knowledge of native vegetation that can be used to alleviate erosion, improve water quality, provide aesthetic value, and in some cases attract desirable wildlife. The workshop will close with a discussion of preventative measures available to control nuisance wildlife.

Bayou Teche and Bayou Vermilion property owners are the target audience, but anyone with waterfront property will benefit from this workshop. There will be wetland plants available courtesy of the Bayou Vermilion District and Trees Acadiana. The workshop is free, but donations and memberships to TECHE Project non-profit organization are always welcome.

Trash Bash Postponed

We at the TECHE Project are very sorry to announce that our Spring Trash Bash and Boogie scheduled for this Saturday in New Iberia City Park has been postponed until an undetermined date due to extremely high water levels in the Bayou Teche. We have come to this decision with the safety of our volunteers in mind. We appreciate all of your support and we hope to see you back on the Bayou real soon!

TECHE Project Volunteer of the Year – Clayus Thibodeaux

TECHE Project Volunteer of the Year – Clayus Thibodeaux

photo (4)Thank you Clayus for all of your hard work over the last year.  From providing boat taxi service, to driving heavy machinery, to constructing the floating barge, you have always been there with a smiling face and a great attitude.  Thanks for your dedication to the TECHE Project!

The 1st TECHE Project Wood Duck Nest Box Workshop

Kramer-WoodDuckBoxesJanuary 10, 2015 –  A special event, “The 1st TECHE Project Wood Duck Nest Box Workshop” will be held in St. Martinville this winter just in time to get your nest box installed for the spring wood duck nesting season!  If your interested in learning how to build, install, and manage your own wood duck nest box, or if you just want to purchase a box already built and learn how to manage it for wood duck production, or if you just want to come learn a little about wood duck ecology, then this workshop is for you.

Bayou Teche property owners are our target audience, but anyone with waterfront property will benefit from this workshop.  Members get in free, and for the rest of you, the charge is $10, but you get a membership to the TECHE Project along with that fee.  There will also be a nominal fee for construction supplies, but this is the best deal around for acquiring wood duck boxes!

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