GUIDE TO CATHOLIC RECORDS ABOUT NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE U.S.
Volume 1: Eastern United States
Louisiana: LA-19

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church
1111 Highway 55
P.O. Box 2
Montegut, LA 70377

Phone: 985-594-5856
Email: sacredheartch@htdiocese.org

 

History: Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Montegut, Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, has been a predominantly non-Native American parish with some Native American (e.g. Chitamacha, Choctaw, Houma) parishioners in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux (Archives: Thibodaux, Louisiana).

By 1860s

Chitamacha, Choctaw and Houma Indians had intermarried and settled in the Montegut/ Terrebonne Bayou area

1864-1977

New Orleans archdiocesan priests founded and administered Sacred Heart of Jesus Church (e.g. Chitamacha, Choctaw, Houma)

1977-present

Houma-Thibodaux diocesan priests have administered Sacred Heart

New Orleans archdiocesan priests at Sacred Heart attended these missions among Native Americans:

1890s-1940s

St. Joseph Mission, Little Caillou/ Petit Caillou Bayou

1920s-1970s

St. Charles Mission, Pointe-aux-Chenes/ Oak Point

1940s-1960s

St. Isaac Jogues Mission, Cut Off/ Lower Point-aux-Chenes

1950s-1960s

St. Peter Mission, Lower Montegut

Note: Some attended mission stations not identified.

 

Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans:

Inclusive dates: 1864-ongoing

Volume: Several entries among several volumes

Description: Sacramental records (e.g. baptisms, marriages, burials) for Native American parishioners of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church and its missions and stations.

 

Unless noted otherwise, the repository named above holds (or held) the records described and not the Marquette University Archives. However, Marquette’s holdings, e.g. Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions Records, include related records about these Native and Catholic groups and places.

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