Oct. 20 Mass to honor first Native American saint

    Tom Aicklen considers this holy ground, this pristine stretch of land that he loves along the banks of Bayou Lacombe. It was here that Father Adrien Rouquette ministered to the Choctaw people from 1859 until his death in 1887; it is here, on Oct. 20, where the parish that he founded – Sacred Heart Church – will honor Kateri Tekakwitha, who will become the first Native American saint when she is canonized on Oct. 21.

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