St. Joseph's Catholic Church & Cemetery

St. Joseph's Catholic Church & Cemetery (HM1LQT)

Location: Rayne, LA 70578 Acadia Parish
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 13.922', W 92° 16.119'

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The site of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and Cemetery was determined after the new settlement of Rayne was established. Huge wooden wheels were made and the old church from the original Poupeville settlement was mounted on them and moved to this location in 1882. The cemetery, adjacent to the church, was the only known Christian cemetery for many years, where the graves were placed in a north-south position lengthwise. According to ancient Christian customs, graves are positioned east-west so the bodies of the dead lie facing the rising sun, the symbol of Christ's resurrection. Folklore about the cemetery's misalignment has been passed down over the years in stories, but no one knows for certain why this cemetery does not follow tradition.
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Date Added Monday, July 13th, 2015 at 2:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 570373 N 3344723
Decimal Degrees30.23203333, -92.26865000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 13.922', W 92° 16.119'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 13' 55.32" N, 92° 16' 7.14" W
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Area Code(s)337
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 401-499 US-90, Rayne LA 70578, US
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