Our Worship Schedule
Sundays: 7:30 & 10:30 am
Daily Mass: Tues.-Sat. 8:00 a.m.
Holy Hour: 1st Thursday, 5:00 p.m.
Youth Mass: 2nd & 5th Sundays, 10:30 a.m.
Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Saturdays 7:45 a.m.
Reconciliation: by appointment only
Here is the place where Christ is real—
His glowing presence lighting every face,
and the child’s hands fling his joyous coins
before the altar, wholly undefiled,
cheered by the Father’s full measure of grace.
Here is the place where the God of Abraham,
the God of Isaac and Jacob is our true God,
and Lord of Baton Rouge, of Eden Park,
Lord of the poor, the dispossessed, the ill.
For us He is crucified, now Risen again,
Divine Mercy, Jesus glorified.
Here is the place where consecrated priest
and deacon of God fulfill their heartfelt vows,
proclaiming the Word in love and sacrifice.
Here flow the praises, souls lifted in song,
chorus and choir, gospel and gratitude.
Here is the place where “FIAT” is ever sung,
His Will is done, the Lamb of God adored.
Here humble Mary magnifies again
Her baby son, her child, her saving Lord.
Here is the place where warm hands reveal
faithful work poured out in charity,
where teams of apostolic mindfulness
give food to the hungry, educational aid,
and nursing care with kindness, fidelity.
Here is the place where the Eucharist is loved,
where the people of God hunger and thirst for Him,
long for the Bread of Heaven, His precious Blood,
and to read his Radiant Face in His Holy Word.
Cherish this sacred space where Christ is Lord,
where Jesus walks, the living Son of God.
In the 1950's many African-American Catholics (living in small, rural civil parishes in Southern Louisiana) moved to the North Baton Rouge area primarily because of industrial and educational opportunities. The Black community in this area worshipped at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. However, many did not feel encouraged, and their identity within the church parish was not supported because of cultural differences and attitudes.
In response to the needs of the black community, Archbishop Joseph Rummel, D.D., of New Orleans, Louisiana formed St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. Reverend Monsignor Paul J. Gauci, Pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, was particularly active in arranging the acquisition of the old Capitol Theatre on Capitol Avenue (now Gus Young Avenue) and supervising its reconstruction for St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church.
The acquisition and renovation of the theatre cost approximately $100,000. Revend Monsignor H.P. Lohmann, F., Pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church, also had a leading role in developing the plans for the renovation. J. H. Haas was the building architect and L. M. Couvillion was the contractor.
We moved into our new, beautiful church in January 2011.
Our Mission Statement
Bound by our faith and guided by the Holy Spirit, We, the children of God, within the Community of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in the Diocese of Baton Rouge, are called to celebrate the redeeming actions of Christ in the Holy Eucharist and to teach and bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ.
[ A Byzantine handiwork of Dutch Benedictine priest Dom Gregory, the crucifix, as the rest of the now famous art, horrified the folks at Sacred Heart Catholic Church who found the piece too dark for their tastes and gave it to St. Paul. It is today, as it was in the old church, a cherished centerpiece.]
Staffed by Priests of the Society of the Divine
Word (SVD) Since 1960
2013 Father Richard Andrus, SVD
2013 -- Father L. Joseph Jessing, SVD
2008 - 2012 Father Vincent Alexius, SVD
2001-2008 Father Jaison G. Mangalath, SVD
1990-2001 Father Joseph I. Guidry, SVD
1987-1990 Father Anthony Hemphill, SVD
1984-1987 Father Jerome G. LeDoux, SVD
1975-1984 Father Clifton Labbe, SVD
1974-1975 Father Richard Jeschke, SVD
1969-1974--Father George Artis, SVD
1962-1969 Father Elmer Powell, SVD
1960-1962 Father Aubry F. Osborn, SVD