Cheri III, New Bishop of N.O.

Vol. 27 #2 Copy right 1987
February 2015
Cheri III, New Bishop of N.O.
Inside this issue:
New Orleans Receives a Native Son for New Auxiliary Bishop (449)
Marie Therese
Grand Family
Creole Heritage
Creole Restaurants
St. Augustine,
Historical Place
Special points of interest:
Cane River Creoles
Creole Restaurants
Creole Food
Creole Heritage
Nicolas Augustin Metoyer
Upcoming in the Bayou
Franciscan Father Fernand Joseph Cheri III was appointed today by Pope
Franciscan Father Fernand Cheri, newly appointed auxiliary bishop of New Orleans,
speaks at a Jan. 12 press conference announcing his nomination.
NEW ORLEANS — Franciscan Father Fernand Joseph Cheri III was appointed on Monday by Pope Francis as an auxiliary bishop of
the Archdiocese of New Orleans, his
“I look forward to just working with the people of New Orleans again,” Father Cheri said Jan. 12 at a press conference announcing his appointment.
“I never left New Orleans; it's always a part of me: Wherever I go, I bring
New Orleans, so it's gonna be great to be back in the city and re-connect, reinvigorate all the ways I grew up in the Church and was excited about everything I learned.”
At the same press conference, Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans
welcomed Father Cheri and affirmed his great respect for the Franciscan
priest and his work in the African-American community. The archbishop
then added jokingly, “Just to remind you, there's a lot of work to do.”
Father Cheri was born in 1952 in New Orleans and attended St. John Vianney Preparatory Seminary there. He then attended St. Joseph Seminary College and Notre Dame Seminary and was ordained a priest of the New Orleans
Archdiocese in 1978.
He then served in several parishes and obtained a master's degree in theology
from Xavier University's Institute for Black Catholic Studies.
As a priest of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Father Cheri worked a lot
with the black community, and he said at his press conference, “A lot of my
support back then was from religious communities.”
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Mardi Gras in Jefferson
Ask Sadie Mae
ask me a
regarding when do you know you are really
in love with someone. Annette in Chicago
Dear Annette,
My advice to you is to discuss this with your
daughter on how do she want to give advice
to her daughter in this matter. I find its always best to seek the parents idea and advice
before answering a question that personal.
You can just say to your granddaughter let
me think about this for a while, that gives
you time to chat with your daughter first.
This may be a good opportunity to share
with your grand daughter how you met and
fell in love with her grand father. You always want to keep the door open with grand
children of they feel comfortable coming to
you for advice.
Good Luck!
Sadie Mae
Mardi Gras is
called "the
biggest party
on Earth" and
Jefferson Parish is inviting
you to that
party! Spanning over two
sides of the
Mississippi River, the East Bank and the West Bank,
Jefferson Parish offers Mardi Gras fun wherever you
may be located. Come and experience the sites, the
sounds, the food, the music, the parades and of course,
the BEADS in this family friendly celebration of Mardi
Gras. Starting on Friday, February 6, 2015 and going
through until Fat Tuesday, February 17, 2015 you can
experience parades, each with their own theme and
"krewe". And, you don't want to miss Family Gras February 6-8; the music, food, art, and costuming family
festival that has both locals and visitors buzzing. So
come on down and become an official SEE PAGE 4
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to Creole communities around the world and to the friends of those
communities. While our cultural heritage is rooted in the Louisiana French
Creole community, our goal is to appeal to all individuals who self-identify
as Creole, as well as to those who have a sincere and general interest in
Creole history, culture, traditions, and cuisine. So, whether you’re from
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descend from, and whatever your ancestry, it is our sincere hope that you’ll
feel at home here at the Bayou Talk. We welcome you to our grassroots
publication and thank you for your interest in who we are and what we do.
Creole Heritage Day
January 22
Creole Heritage Month
February 2015
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Marie Therese CoinCoin home site
Mardi Gras dance
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony- Maison de Marie Therese
CoinCoin Museum. This 2nd annual event is produced
by The Resurrection Fern Foundation,Inc. 501(c)3
Founder: Kelly Jackson a descendant of Marie
Therese CoinCoin. For the first time ever the home
site of Marie Therese CoinCoin the Matriarch of the
Metoyer Cane River Creoles is open to the general
public, thanks to Dr.Tom and Laura Albert and the
mediation of property sale by founder Kelly Jackson
from her Metoyer kinfolk. We are all very proud to
usher in the New Year with such a historic event celebrating once again her proclaimed day by Mayor Lee
Posey of Natchitoches Parish given last year. For
more information contact: Founder- Kelly Jackson
Wear your Mardi Gras colors! Costumes Encouraged!
Dennis G and The Zydeco Trail Riders
Golden Sails Hotel, PCH Club (the bar)
6285 East Pacific Coast Highway
Long Beach, CA 90804
Doors Open: 3:30 PM
BASIC Zydeco Dance Lesson: 4 PM
Band Plays: 4:30-8 PM
Admission: $15 at the door, exact change appreciated!
Group discount for groups of 10 or more!
Info: Karen at 562-708-8946
or [email protected]
May 7, 8, 9, 10, 2015 Gator By The Bay!
Mar 23, 24, 2015 Simi Valley Festival
June 20, 21, 2015 Long Beach Bayou Festival
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Mardi Gras in Jefferson
local when you celebrate Mardi Gras with thousands of your closest friends in Jefferson Parish.
Mardi Gras was brought to Louisiana by early French settlers. The first record of the holiday being marked
in Louisiana is 1699. The starting date of festivities in New Orleans is unknown, but an account from 1743
notes that the custom of Carnival balls was already established by that date. Processions and masking in the
streets on Mardi Gras Day took place, were sometimes prohibited by law, and were quickly renewed whenever such restrictions were lifted or enforcement waned , in 1833 Bernard Xavier de Marigny de Mandeville
a rich plantation owner raised money to fund an official Mardi Gras celebration.
On Mardi Gras of 1857 the Mystic Krewe of Comus held its first parade. Comus is the oldest continuously
active Mardi Gras organization and started a number of continuing traditions (for example, the use of floats
in parades) and is considered the first Carnival krewe in the modern sense. War, economic, political, and
Auxiliary Bishop Cheri III
He entered the novitiate of the Order of Friars Minor in 1992 and professed solemn vows in the order
in 1996.
As a Franciscan, he has served as a chaplain and
teacher in high schools; as director of the Office of
Friar Life; vocation minister; and university chaplain.
He has written several articles and books on blackCatholic liturgy and is nationally renowned as an
archivist of black religious music, according to the
New Orleans Archdiocese.
At the time of his episcopal appointment, he was
serving as director of campus ministry at Quincy
University. He noted that, while at Quincy, in the
wake of Hurricane Katrina, he has made a point of
bringing students to New Orleans for mission work
“As someone who loves the city, it was very difficult,” he said, to see the loss of lives and homes in
the storm.
His episcopal consecration will take place at New
Orleans' St. Louis Cathedral on March 23.
weather conditions sometimes led to cancellation of
some or all major parades, especially during the
American Civil War and World War II, but celebration of Carnival has always been observed in the city.
Today, many krewes operate under a business structure; membership is basically open to anyone who
pays dues to have a place on a parade float. In contrast, the old-line krewes use the structure of the parades and balls to extend the traditions of the debutante season in their social circles.
The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green,
and gold. These are said to have been chosen in 1892,
when the Rex Parade theme "Symbolism of Colors"
gave the colors their meanings. Purple - Justice
Green - Faith
Gold – Power. Exciting contest! Battle of the Bands at Metairie Carnival 2015! A tradition
in the making our Rhythm on the Route. Rhythm on
the Route will award prize money and bragging rights
to the top three bands of each Metairie parade. First
Place: $3,000, Second Place: $2,000, Third Place:
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NSU, March Gala
The Northwestern State University Foundation invites you to Save the Date for The Investiture Gala
& President’s Command Performance on Friday,
March 27th. The Investiture Gala & President's Command Performance will be presented in conjunction
with a series of events to mark the formal investiture
of NSU’s 18th president, Dr. James Henderson. Investiture activities will begin with a mass at 9:00 a.m.
at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception,
followed by investiture ceremonies at 11:00 a.m. in
A.A. Fredericks Fine Arts Auditorium and a community reception from 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. at the Arnold R. Kilpatrick President’s Residence. Admittance
to investiture events is free and open to the public. For more information on Henderson's investiture,
The Investiture Gala & President’s Command Performance will begin with music, cocktails and hors
d’oeuvres at 6:00 p.m. in the Alumni Plaza in conjunction with a silent auction and a retrospective exhibit of artwork by Grady Harper entitled “Grady
Harper: Vision” in the Orville Hanchey Gallery. The
main performance, featuring musical ensembles, vocalists and dance performances, will take place
in A.A. Fredericks Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.
During the main performances Dr. James Henderson will present this year's Creative and Performing
Arts Hall of Fame inductees. Honorees will be Harper, a former member of the art faculty; arts patron,
Jim Bob Key and Dr. Jack Wann, former NSU artistic director and professor of theatre. The three will
be inducted into the Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. and Alice E.
Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts Hall of
“We did not come
to fear the future.
We came here to
shape it."
President Barack Obama (2009- )
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Antoinette Conant
Family Reunion 2015
Over 24years
ago Antoinette
had a liver transplant and has
been dealing
with health issues ever
since. Well, the
time has come for her to be re-transplanted
because she was so young when she had her
first transplant. As much as you want to plan
your life, it has a way of surprising you with
unexpected things...this is Gods will.
These funds will help the efforts of raising
money for uninsured medical bills and expenses. Thank you for all your support, help
and prayers.
To donate please go to the following website:
Grand Family Reunion July 10-12 2015 in Buena Park,
CA: Dupre, Goudeau, LaCour, Metoyer, Ray Family &
Extended Family;
If you wish to donate by mail at the following address: 14763 Ladybird Lane, Victorville, Ca 92394 Attn: Yvette Conant
God Bless from The Conant family.
St. Augustine a National
Historical Place
The honorable plaque and
the Committee that
worked to place the
Church and cemetery on
the national register of historic places as a traditional cultural property, a first
in the state of Louisiana.
One of the greatest times of the year is connecting with
family from other states. Its called a family reunion and
members both young and old gather together to share
stories and share wonderful recipes. Some people come
to these unions just for the magnificent foods and the
fellowship; others come to see loved ones they have not
seen all year. And we Creoles love to hear about our
rich history, beautiful Culture and to find out what
makes us so unique.
Next July 2015 we have an opportunity to do just that.
So would you please plan to attend our Grand Family
Reunion 2015 ( GFR) event.
You wont be bored!
We have attached our Registration information and mail
in form so we can collect your deposits to hold your
spot! Our last reunions had more than 400 people....
and California will be a real treat next year. To receive
a detail flyer email: [email protected]
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Creole Heritage Center Calendar
The 2015 Creole Heritage Center Calendar is available for $10 each which includes shipping. The calendar has nearly 200 pictures of Catholic churches
from around the state of Louisiana – rural and urban. Just email the Creole Heritage Center [email protected] to order. We accept checks and
money orders. We cannot at this time process credit
Save Grandpere Tomb:
Tomb restoration Project Update. As of MidDecember, Saint Augustine Historical Society
is working with CRNHA to get a scope of work
and budget for all the work needed to restore
the Tomb. SAHS appreciate all those who have
raised funds and contributed to this project.
Battle of the Bands. Come out and enjoy this great
opportunity to see (and hear) your favorite marching
band perform in Jefferson Parish, New Orleans
parades during our fun and festive carnival season.
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Celebrate Mardi Gras
by going to one of our
Creole Restaurants
make it a family outing!
New Orleans Po Boy, Gumbo,
Fried Catfish, Crawfish Etouffee,
Creole Jambalaya, and don’t
forget desert, Peach Cobbler
Crazy Creole Café 900 Long Beach Blvd. CA
February 2015
Fat Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Ash Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015
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Rosalie Christophe
(March 27, 1925 - January 7, 2015)
A Mass of Christian Burial for Rosalie Metoyer Christophe was held on Monday, January
12, 2015 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Natchitoches, LA with Father John
O'Brien officiating. Interment followed at St. Augustine Catholic Cemetery, Melrose, LA.
Rosalie Metoyer Christophe, 89 years of age, passed away at the Rapides Regional Medical
Center on January 7, 2015.
Rosalie was born March 27, 1925 to Frank B. and Josephine Metoyer on Cane River. She
married Sylvan Christophe on July 2, 1955. After marriage they moved to Alexandria and
attend St. James Memorial Church. She became a member of the Knights of Peter Claver
Ladies Auxiliary Court 91 Alexandria. In 1996, after the death of her husband, she moved
back to Natchitoches and became a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.
Rosalie is preceded in death by her parents Frank B and Josephine Metoyer, her husband Sylvan A. Christophe, father-in-law and mother-in-law Andres and Allie Christophe, Sister-in-law Mazie LaCour (Eugene), sisters Camille
Metoyer (Leo), Grace Metoyer, Clara Jones (Jerry) and brother Frank Metoyer (Lucille).
Rosalie is survived by her nieces Mary Sue Metoyer (Edward), Josephine Dubriel (Larry), Mary Margaret Rachal
(Edward), and Janice LaCour (Darryl). Two nephews Leo Metoyer (Christine) and Jerry Jones (Martha) and many
Great and Great-Great nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.
Floyd M. Rachal, Sr.
(June 5, 1925 - January 16, 2015)
Funeral services for Floyd M. Rachal, Sr. was held on Monday, January 19, 2015 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Melrose, LA with Fr. Thomas Paul officiating. Interment followed at St. Augustine Catholic Cemetery in Melrose, LA.
Floyd, 89 years of age, was born June 5, 1925 in Derry, LA and passed away January 16,
2015. He attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Isle Brevelle. In 1949, Floyd married
Lena Moran Rachal and the two had four children, William "Peanut" Gunter, Marie Alana
“Laney” LaCour, Floyd "Pete" Rachal, Jr., and Mary Alma Dupree. He was a lifelong member of the Cane River community. He was an active member of St. Augustine Catholic
Church and a member of the Holy Name Society. Floyd was employed as a Natchitoches
Parish school bus driver and was also a butane truck driver. Floyd enjoyed interacting with his students and his many
gas customers. During these times, he also worked on the family farm. Floyd was known as a great story teller, and he
always loved to share his memories of growing up on Cane River.
He is survived by his two daughters, Laney LaCour and her husband Danny of Cloutierville, LA and Alma Dupree and
her husband Donald of Derry, LA; four grandchildren, Marsha Clemons, Monique LaCour, Nacoma Rachal, and Eckema Rachal; five great grandchildren, Monet' LaCour, James Gillyard, Raynin Rachal, Caleb Clemons, and Addison
LaCour; two God-children, Jackie Perry and Connie Coutee; a special friend, Brian Monette; and numerous nieces and
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lena Rachal; his parents, Willie Rachal and Louisiana Severin Rachal; two
sons, William "Peanut" Gunter and Floyd "Pete" Rachal, Jr.; his grandson, Luke Dupree; his daughter-in-law, Lynette
Rachal; three brothers; and four sisters.
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Bayou Talk 2015 Publication
Schedule and Themes
January—Creole Heritage
February—Mardi Gras; Love; Home
March— Easter; Springtime Memories; Cycle of
April—Travel; Adventure; World Cultures
June—Fathers, Graduation
July—Independence, Patriotism
October—Memorial Edition, Grief; Bereavement; Healing
November—Food, Honoring our Military
December—Christmas; Creole Holiday traditions
January 2016—Creole Heritage
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Saint Hood
Almighty God, may the
witness of
Nicolas Augustin Metoyer
and his
loyalty to Christ inspire countless men
and women to live the Christian faith.
If it be your holy will may a miracle be
granted through his intercession, so he
may be numbered among your Saints