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St. Gertrude the Great

Our small parish is divided by Bayou Des Allemands.  Part of our parish is in the Archdiocese of New Orleans and part of the parish is the the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux.  While a small parish, we have a rich history of deeply rooted Catholic men, women and children!

When you feel like life is not making sense, it is usually because we have lost sight of God's vision for our lives."  


Thought to Ponder...

"You have a God-sized hole.  You cannot fill it with things, money, other people, experiences, or accomplishments.  Only God can cil that hole."


 Taken from Matthew Kelly's Book Resisting Happiness
Called to Share Your Faith!
Thanks to all our CCD teachers who volunteered their time to teach this year, you are a blessing to our parish and your young people!

St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church

The History of St. Gertrude Parish

     Germans settled the town of Des Allemands in 1721. Long before a church building existed in Des Allemands, Mass was celebrated in the homes of several parishioners and occasionally in the school building by a priest from Holy Rosary church in Taft. Riding on horseback, train, or boat he tended to the needs of his extended flock, recording baptisms, marriages, and deaths. Then in 1901, a mission chapel was built along the bayou on the site of our present cemetery.

    St. Gertrude Church, as we know it today, became a parish on June 25, 1955, with its first resident priest, Reverend Joseph B, Pooley. Durning his service of 19 years, the present church was built with the groundbreaking ceremony held on September 30, 1956. The rectory was added in 1963.

    The second pastor of St. Gertrude, Reverend William McCallion, came to us on September 14, 1974, and spearheaded the formation of the Catfish Festival, which was first held in 1975. Des Allemands was declared the "Catfish Capital of the Universe." The festival has served our church well providing financial support to our small church parish. Father "Mac" as he was affectionately known, died on March 23, 1984, leaving the community heartbroken. Mourners packed St. Gertrude church and cemetery where he was laid to rest in the community, which he had come to love.

    Soon after, Reverend Paul Lamberty came to tend the spiritual needs of our parish. In 1987 he was called to serve the Archdiocese in another capacity. Father Eugene Jaques then led our parish until 1988 when Father Edward Grice came to pastor our congregation. We shard Father "Ed" with the United States Army's sevicemen and women at Fort Polk during the Gulf War. In 1996, he was reassigned to a bigger parish. Father Steven Leszczynski served our community for a short time, he left a big impression on our hearts. Father Donald O'Donnell was our pastor from 1997-1999. When Father O'Donnell left, we were blessed with Reverend Benjamin Quang. The community was devasted when Father "Ben" drowned in a fishing accident on December 6, 2001. His funeral was one of the most moving ceremonies ever to occur at St. Gertrude. Hundreds of mourners, walked the mile from the church to the burial site next to Father "Mac" in the church cemetery near the bayou.

    Reverend James Nquyen Bach came to us on January 5, 2003, he severed our parish with love and devotion. He lead us to a deeper understanding our our Lord's desire for us to serve Him and each other. Father Bach left us in September 2008.

    Father Joseph Duc Dzien joined our parish in September 2008 and servers as our Pastor through November 2013. July 2011 Father Edward Lauden joined our parish as Parochiol Vicar and served our parish through June 2013.

   July 2013 Father Ray A. Hymel joined our parish July 2013 as our Parochiol Vicar through November 2013 when we welcomed Fr. Ray A. Hymel as our Pastor on December 1, 2013 through June 30, 2017.  On July 1, 2017, Fr. John Ryan was appointed as Pastor of St. Gertrude.               

    In addition to the devoted priest who have served St. Gertrude, the parish was fortunate to have had Deacon Landry Matherne who had unselfishly served St. Gertrude and our Pastors until his death on March 16,2012.

    We have truly been blessed at St. Gertrude by the service of these spirit-filled men. It is our prayer that the Lord will continue to bless us in the years that lie ahead. God Bless









Are you a Member?

Make St. Gertrude Catholic Church your home! Registration Forms are located in the rear of the church which can be placed in the collection or you can call or stop by the rectory and register your family!  Be part of the One, Holy, Apostolic Catholic Church!  Come Home!

Make My Heart Like Yours!  St. Gertrude the Great

Thanks to all who donated for the Thanksgiving Food Drive!  We were able to make 13 baskets that were delivered to families in need before Thanksgiving!

The Annual Christmas Program is fast approaching!  Mark your Calendars for December 16th 7PM for the Play with the Social Following!

Advent is almost here, many years ago it was called "little lent"  Let's all try to make this Lenten Season a wonderful and blessed season and prepare our hearts for the celebration of the birth of the Lord Jesus! 


St. Gertrude the Great was a German Benedictine Nun who had a great love for God and the Eucharist.

Some of the Stained Glass Windows in Our Church!