Gospel Stories are depicted on the twelve stained glass windows which were originally in the old church.
Left side facing the altar from back to front:
|1.||ANOINTING OF JESUS’ FEETInscription: Heart of Jesus, patient and abounding in mercy, have mercy upon us.Donors: In memory of M/M Frank Beaullieu, Jr. and M/M Roy Billeaud, Sr.John 12: 1-8 – Jesus was visiting in Bethany when Lazarus, Mary Magdalene, and Martha gave a dinner for him. Mary took expensive perfume oil and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair. This filled the house with the fragrance of the oil.|
|2.||THE WEDDING FEAST AT CANAInscription: Heart of Jesus, fountain of life and holiness, have mercy upon us.Donors: In memory of M/M Gustave St. Julien and M/M Andre Billeaud Memorial.John 2: 1-12 – Jesus changes water into wine at a wedding in Cana. Mary, Jesus’ mother, and Jesus’ disciples were invited to the wedding. When the wine ran out Mary told Jesus. He then asked the servers to fill six stone water jars with water, and to take them to the headwaiter. The water was changed into wine.
|3.||THE FINDING OF OUR LORD IN THE TEMPLEInscription: Heart of Jesus, temple of all sanctity, have mercy upon us.Donors: In memory of M/M Alphonse Comeaux, Sr. and M/M Hebert Billeaud.Luke 2: 41-52 – Jesus’ parents took Him to Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover when He was twelve years old. After they had completed their stay and were returning home, Mary and Joseph noticed that Jesus was missing. Thinking that He was lost in a caravan they began looking for Him. After three days, they found Him in the temple talking with the teachers. Jesus had remained behind when His parents left. The teachers were amazed at Jesus’ wisdom and knowledge.
|4.||PRESENTATION OF OUR LORD IN THE TEMPLEInscription: Heart of Jesus, worthy of all praise, have mercy upon us.Donors: In memory of the Oneil Hebert Family and M/M Gabriel BernardLuke 2: 2-38 – Mary and Joseph bring Jesus into the temple to perform the custom of the law – that of consecration to the Lord. They offered a pair of turtledoves in accordance with the law.
|5.||BIRTH OF JESUSInscription: Heart of Jesus, Son of the eternal Father, have mercy upon us.Donors: In memory of Charles Corne, Sr. and St Joseph Pray for Louis M. BilleaudMatthew 1: 18-25 – In Bethlehem in Judea during the time of King Herod. Luke 2: 7-12 – Mary gave birth to her firstborn Son, Jesus. She wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger. Vs. 11 – Today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.
|6.||ANNUNCIATION OF MARY GIVING BIRTH TO JESUSInscription: Heart of Jesus, formed in the womb of the Virgin Mary, have mercy upon us.Donors: In memory of the Lucien Ducrest Family and M/M Denis BernardLuke 1: 28-38 – Angel Gabriel was sent to Nazareth to tell Mary that she would be with child and that she would give birth to a Son whom she would name Jesus.|
Right side facing altar from back to front:
|1.||JESUS WALKS ON THE WATERInscription: Heart of Jesus, rich unto all that call upon Thee, have mercy upon us.Donors: In memory of The Family of M. P. Dumesnil, Jr. and M/M R. U. Bernard, Jr. and FamilyMark 6: 45-52 – Jesus saw His disciples far out on the sea tossing about in the wind while rowing. He walked toward them on the sea. When the disciples saw Him, they were terrified. He told them no to be afraid. He got in the boat with them and wind died down.
|2.||THE HEALING OF THE PARALYTICInscription: Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation, have mercy upon us.Donors: In memory of M/M Valsin Broussard and Family and M/M D. G. Bernard and FamilyMark 2: 1-12 – Jesus was preaching the word inside a house in Capernaum as the crowds began to gather. Soon there was no room inside. Four men carried a paralytic to be healed to Jesus. Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above Him. They let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Child, your sins are forgiven. I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.”
|3.||THE MULTIPLICATION OF THE LOAVESInscription: Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received, have mercy upon us.Donors: In memory of M/M Charles Billeaud, Sr. and Family and M/M Paul Billeaud and FamilyJohn 6: 1-15 – Jesus and His disciples went up on a mountain. There He sat down with His disciples and when He raised His eyes, He saw that a large crowd was coming to Him. Jesus asked Philip, “Where can we buy food for them to eat?” Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to Him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?” Jesus told His disciples to have the people recline. Then He took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining. Everyone ate until they were full and there were twelve baskets of food left.
|4.||THE TRANSFIGURATIONInscription: Heart of Jesus, infinite majesty, have mercy upon us.Donors: In memory of Auguste Pineau and M/M Eugene Pineau and FamilyLuke 9: 28-36 – Jesus took Peter, John and James up to a mountain to pray. While Jesus was praying, His face changed in appearance and His clothes because dazzling white. Moses and Elijah were talking to Jesus. Peter, James and John who had been sleeping awoke to witness this appearance. A cloud came over them and a voice came from the cloud and said. “This is my chosen Son; Listen to Him.”
|5.||THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORDInscription: Heart of Jesus, our life and our resurrection, have mercy upon us.Donors: In memory of Victims of World War II and The J. Kemps FamilyMark 16: 1-8 – Jesus is risen from the dead. He tells the women who come to anoint Him that He has risen. He asks them to go to tell His disciples that He is going before them to Galilee. The women then went out and fled from the tomb, seized with trembling and bewilderment. They said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
|6.||THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD Inscription: Heart of Jesus, delight of all the saints, have mercy upon us.Donors: In memory of M/M Joe Huval and FamilyActs 1: 6-12 – Jesus was talking with His apostles about the power of the Holy Spirit and their responsibility for them to His witnesses, when He was lifted up in a cloud. With two men dressed in white garments standing beside Him, Jesus was taken from their sight up to heaven.|
CHOIR LOFT ENTRANCE (room to the left of the vestibule facing the altar)
The entrance to the choir loft leads to three flights of stairs which then leads to the choir loft. The stairwell area is used for storage.Presently there are four different choirs at Sacred Heart – the mixed choir, the ladies choir, the youth choir and the bell choir.
STAINED GLASS WINDOWS
CHRIST THE GOOD SHEPHARD (front wall, top window)
Jesus identifies Himself as the Good Shepherd in John 10: 11-18, specifying, “The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” As a Good Shepherd, I know my own and my own know me.” Because a shepherd is one who carefully tends and protects the flock under his care, the Old Testament refers to God as the shepherd of His people.
SAINT PETER (front wall, bottom window)
Peter was an apostle of Jesus. He was a fisherman from Bethsaida. Jesus told him, You are Simon, son of John, you are to be called Cephas, meaning Rock.” Peter became the leader in the early church. He was the first to preach on Pentecost. He worked the first public miracle: curing the lame man at the temple gate. He welcomed the first person who was not Jewish into the church. He was imprisoned three or four times. Finally, in Rome, he was sentenced to death by crucifixion. Out of respect for hi Master, Jesus, he ask the guard to fasten him to the cross upside down. He is called the “Prince of the Apostles.”
THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (side wall, top window)
Mother of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was a virgin before, through and after conception and birth of Christ. (For more information on Mary, see explanation on the Blessed Virgin Mary Statue located in the next section.
SACRED HEART OF JESUS (side wall, bottom window)
Depicts the inexhaustible source of mercy and love poured out for us by God, through the pierced heart of Christ. It symbolizes God’s love for us in a humanly concrete and profoundly attractive way. Jesus’ heart is wrapped with thorns, thus causing His heart to bleed for love of mankind.
CIRCULAR “ROSE” WINDOW (over the entrance of the church)
Symbols of the twelve apostles surround the center “Christ the King”. It is made with bard blown glass from France and Germany. This window was added during Father Robert Landry’s years at Sacred Heart.
SYMBOLS OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES
Peter – keys Matthais – open book and lance
James – shells James the Less – the saw
Simon – book and fish Matthew –stack of knives
Philip – cross and wheat Thomas – spear and square
Jude – boat John – snake and chalice
Bartholomew – knives Andrew – anchor and cross on its side
ST LOUIS OF FRANCE (front wall, top window, storage room)
Louis became king of France in 1226 at the age of twelve. His
mother, however, made most of the important decisions of the kingdom until her death. In 1244, King Louis organized a Crusade to the Holy Land. Though the Crusade failed, many soldiers remembered Louis’ example. As king, Louis had a great love for God and for individuals in his kingdom. He especially cared for lepers. He built a chapel in Paris and an abbey in Royaumont. He supported the religious orders that served the French people. He also built hospitals, encouraged learning and reformed some of the social structures that promoted injustice. St. Louis died of a fever that destroyed his army in Africa during a Crusade. He holds the Crown of Thorns in his hand.
MEMORIAL STONE (left wall, main altar)
Blessed by Rev. John Kemps on June 25, 1954. Within there is a sealed box which contains the history of the parish, Sacred Heart gold medal, coins of two queens of Holland, coins with dates –
1904 – Father Drossaerts became pastor
1922 – Father J. Kemps arrived in the United States
1925 – Father J. Kemps was ordained
1933 – Father J. Kemps came to Broussard
1950 – The Holy Year
1954 – The Marian Year
The cornerstone reads “Under the protection of the Sacred Heart of Jesus during the episcopacy of Most Reverend Jules B. Jeanmard, D.D., Bishop of Lafayette, Reverend P. G. J. Kemps, Pastor, this stone was placed with solemn rites June 25, 1954, The Marian Year.”