Saint Michael Parish

Heron Bay

Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Heron Bay was built in 1895 as a mission of the Cathedral. The church was destroyed by the 1906 hurricane. In 1909, St. Timothy Church was built as a mission and then, around 1928, a station of Bayou La Batre.


In 1940, Edmundite Fathers took over the area’s spiritual welfare. Father John Casey, S.S.E., said Mass in parishioners’ homes and, for a short time, in a trailer-chapel named “Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel.” Mass attendance grew from seven to eighty-two. With $3,000 from St. Michael’s College in Vermont and the Catholic Church Extension Society, Father Casey who had earlier been a carpenter and contractor built the chapel himself. The first Mass in St. Michael Church was celebrated on the feast of the Epiphany, 1941. The new building was also used as a school and community hall open to all.


 The Edmundites also looked after the people’s physical welfare. Through their efforts, electricity was brought into Heron Bay homes in July 1941. They were partially responsible for a new 6,000 foot channel, linking Heron Bay with the Gulf of Mexico. On June 24, 1945, Father John Lanoue blessed Heron Bay’s twenty-ship fishing fleet, an annual event for many years.


 On February 17, 1952, the current church was dedicated. A new community, completed in 1978, has been used for CCD classes, parish  and community events, a voting precinct, and a disaster relief center. In July 1982, St. Michael became a parish with Father Paul Plouffe, S.S.E. as the founding pastor. In 1992, Father Robert Fulton became the pastor of both St. Michael Parish and St. Margaret Parish in Bayou La Batre.


In 2005, St. Michael was one of two archdiocesan churches to suffer extensive damage during Hurricane Katrina.


Father Daniel Good was appointed pastor in January 2018.


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