By Corey Poole
Photos by Ricky J. LaCour
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St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cloutierville celebrated its 200th Anniversary Nov. 19. Rev. Christian Ogbonna, the Most Reverend David Talley, Coadjutor Bishop of Alexandria, and other clergy members led the congregation in a mass. After mass they held a blessing of the St. John the Baptist Statue that now resides in front of the church.
Talley recognized senior members of the congregation, and then asked the youngest members to stand as well. “For 200 years your ancestors have been this house of prayer,” he said. “When you rejoice in 200 years, we must rejoice in our ancestors.”