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Mass for the Unclaimed

A beautiful Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated to honor the unclaimed bodies of Vermilion Parish. The Senior Class of Vermilion Catholic High School in Abbeville raised money to provide a final resting place for the cremated remains of those persons whose bodies went unclaimed between 2015 and 2019. A mass of Christian Burial took place during a weekly school mass on Thursday, November 14, 2019, at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church. Burial followed immediately in the Old Catholic Cemetery behind the church.

Mrs. Reba Broussard, the Senior Theology Teacher at the school, helped the class organize this corporal work of mercy.

"As you approach the front doors of Vermilion Catholic High School, you will see a two-part school motto displayed above both doors. Upon entering the school building, the first part reads, “Enter to Learn Christ,” and as you leave the building, the second part reads, “Leave to Serve Christ.” This motto is something we strive to instill in the student body daily. This year our senior class embraced the motto once again for the second year and sponsored the “Unclaimed Remains Project” once again. Mimicking the project of St. John’s Cathedral in Lafayette, our seniors began the task of fundraising to bury those unclaimed in Vermilion Parish."