Welcome to St. Louis Catholic Church Parish. Our parish consists of St. Louis Catholic Church located in Glenmora and two mission churches: St. Peter's Catholic Church, Elmer, and St. Jude's Mission Church, Sieper. We are delighted that you have chosen to view our website and hope you will join us at one of our three churches. Confessions are heard by appointment or before Mass on Sundays at St. Louis and St. Peter’s and before the anticipated Mass on Saturdays at St. Jude’s.
The Rosary is
recited on Thursdays at 6:00 P.M. and Friday mornings at 7:30 A.M. Please contact the church office for information.
Vacation Bible School St. Peter’s Mission Church sponsors a Vacation Bible School each summer. Dates and times are announced in June each year.
CCD Classes are held at St. Peter’s Mission Church. Contact the rectory for registration.
Stations of the Cross (during Lent)
St. Louis Church: Fridays 5:00 P.M.
St. Peter Mission: Wednesday after 6:00 P.M. Mass
Please contact the rectory to make necessary arrangements to schedule a date and time for this sacrament.
Any couple contemplating marriage should contact the rectory at least six months in advance to begin marriage preparation.
Spirit of St. Louis, Glenmora, Louisiana Meet third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 P.M. in St. Louis Parish Hall.
Circle of Friends, Elmer, Louisiana
Meet the first Monday of each month at 6:00 P.M. in St. Peter’s Parish Hall.
Meet the second Monday of each month at 6:30 P.M. in St. Louis Parish Hall.
Our parish was established in 1915 and named Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.
Prior to this, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was held approximately once a month in the home of Mrs. Thomas Lee McNicoll (nee Julia Vandergaer), better known to everyone as "Granny McNicoll". Mrs. McNicoll, along with other members of the congregation, held bazaars, sold gumbo dinners, popcorn balls and parched peanuts to raise money to build the church. Through determined efforts and many prayers, the first church was built in 1915.
Early parishioners of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, in addition to the McNicoll family, were the J. J. Andries, Henry Ehler and Shinn families. It would be several years before there would be a resident priest in Glenmora.
Parents played a big role in teaching their children catechism. First Holy Communion and Confirmation rites were held at St. Martin Catholic Church in Lecompte.
World War II had a big impact on the church in Glenmora. A resident priest was assigned to Holy Redeemer Catholic Church and he was also responsible for St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Elmer and later for St. Jude’s in Sieper. Our first recollection of a resident priest was that of Father F. O. Couvillion. Following Mass at St. Peter’s, Father Couvillion would say Mass for the prisoners at Camp Claiborne, which was located between Elmer and Glenmora. Following World War II, Bishop Greco purchased several chapels from Camp Claiborne. One of these was brought to Glenmora to replace the existing Church. Holy Redeemer Catholic Church became St. Louis Catholic Church about this time.
The original church was converted to a Catholic elementary school, staffed by two sisters of the Divine Providence order. Father Gerard Ducote, pastor at the time, was instrumental in bringing this about. After closing the school, once again the original church underwent a conversion, but this time to four apartments. This provided an income for a financially strapped parish. The former chapel from Camp Claiborne, now St. Louis Catholic Church, was bricked several years after being moved to Glenmora and the interior of the church has been renovated several times through the years.
St. Louis had a resident priest until the retirement of Father Yves Robitaille in approximately 1989. After his retirement, two sisters of School Sisters of Notre Dame, Sister Marie Brogan and Sister Mary Ellen Theriot, served our parish as Parish Life Coordinators. Interim priests were here for Masses on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. Following the death of Sister Marie Brogan, Sister Mary Ellen was reassigned by her order.