All Souls Day
On All Souls Day, we remember the lives of our ancestors and loved ones who have died and pray for their souls. These are the funeral records from the Sacramental Registers of Ste. Livrade Church in France and St. Landry Church in Opelousas, LA. While their tombs are no longer with us, these records tell us where they were buried. Let us remember our Védrines ancestors in France and LA in our prayers!
This is the funeral record of Jean Baptiste Lapaise de Védrines at St. Landry church in Opelousas, recorded by Spanish Missionary Fr. Joseph de Arezena, the fourth pastor (from 1785 to 1789). He notes that Jean Baptiste died in the grace of Christ, receiving the Sacraments with “particular devotion”. As we observe this All Souls Day, we pray for his soul and the souls of all in the Vidrine family who have died. May we die, like Jean Baptiste, in the grace of Christ with the hope of rising with Him on the last day!
On the 16th day of January of the year 1788 was buried in the cemetery of this parish church of Opelousas, Province of Louisiana under the Bishop of Havana, the body of Mr. Jean Vedrine, retired officer, who died yesterday, almost at 89, having received the holy Sacraments of Penance, Eucharist, and Extreme Unction, which were administered and received with particular devotion and for the record, I have signed it stating the day, month and year. Fr. Joseph de Arazena, Pastor
In the year 1816, on the 7th of September, I the undersigned Michel Bernard Barriere, Priest assigned to this Parish of St. Landry of the Opelousas Post, have buried in the cemetery of this Parish, the body of Mrs. Elizabeth de Moncharvaux, adult, around 70 years old, she was the widow of Mr. Pierre de Vedrines, former Officer of his majesty, the King of France, in this colony (of Louisiana). She received all of the Sacraments and lived for three long years and died in the Quartier du Baton Rouge in this Parish. Witnessed by me,
Michel Bernard Barriere, Pastor