SFX Centennial Corner


100th Anniversary GALA
December 30

You are cordially invited to attend the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church (SFX) 100th Anniversary GALA on Sunday, Dec. 30th at six o’ clock in the evening at the Belle of Baton Rouge Capital Atrium. Over the past few months, the parishioners of SFX has been celebrating their Centennial Anniversary, and we are inviting you to be a part of this trailblazing accomplishment! Through the perils of segregation, the Sisters of the Holy Family and the Josephite priests and brothers, along with talented and determined parishioners, persevered. As a result of much fortitude, a little brick church on the corner of Julia and South 11th Streets celebrated their first Mass on December 25, 1918. Affectionately referred to as ‘a beacon of the Lord’, SFX Catholic Church continues to triumph! Our Guest Speaker will be Gen. Russel L. Honore, LTG (Ret.), with a reception and silent auction starting at 6:00 p.m. Thanks in advance for joining us at our celebration.

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Centennial Cookbook

The St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Centennial Cookbook is a 190 page hardcover spiral bound book. This book is a collection of not only the best recipes that the congregation of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church had to offer, but other little vignettes of past memories.  The recipes were important for this project, but the stories and memories of the past church and family gatherings were priceless.  These stories from former students (who are now 60 plus years old now) about the cafeteria food at SFX being the best in all of Baton Rouge (LA).  A bit of Louisiana cooking is included, as well as photographs of our beautifully renovated church (the artwork, elegant sculptures, and statues, and the artifacts throughout the church) that made SFX what it is today. Our oldest contributor and former head cook at SFX, Mrs. Ceola Honore’ Marcelle, generously gave all of her treasured recipes.Cookbook committee Members include:  Vanessa S. Pourciau, Chairman; Carla Fair, Co-chairman; Theresa Baptiste, Peter Breaux, Mary Carleen, Mary Cornelius, Donna Hightower, Paulette Pourciau, Lester Pourciau and Christopher J. Rogers – Photographer.


Did You Know?

Did you know that in 1950, Father Francis Carney became pastor and immediately undertook building a long awaited high school. Groundbreaking for the facility, which would replace two small frame houses converted into classrooms, was held in March 1955, with dedication on April 29, 1956.