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St. Augustine Church, New Orleans
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St. Augustine Catholic Church of New Orleans is in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The parish was founded in 1841 under the episcopacy of Bishop Antoine Blanc, who later served as New Orleans' first Archbishop. Established by free people of color, who also bought pews for slaves, this is the oldest African-American Catholic parish in the nation. It was one of the first 26 sites designated on the state's Louisiana African American Heritage Trail.

The property on which St. Augustine stands was once part of the Claude Tremé plantation. It is now one of two Catholic parishes in the Faubourg Tremé. The church is located on Saint Claude Street at Governor Nicholls Street, a few blocks from North Rampart Street and the French Quarter. It was designed by the French architect J.N.B. de Pouilly, who worked on the expansion and renovation of the more famous St. Louis Cathedral on Jackson Square.
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  • Having a penchant for visiting churches, decided to visit the oldest black catholic church in New Orleans. However, it was closed due to renovations. 
  • Came here for 11am mass. The adult choir sounded beautiful. The bishop said mass. A very nice experience. 
  • Great for Sunday morning gospel service - 10-11:30am on a Sunday. Amazing music. Expect the majority of the congregation. to be tourists though. 
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  • Hi I'm new to the area and was wondering if y'all OK with gay ppl cuz I would like to find a church here??
  • Very warm, spirit filled parish. Uncomprising in Catholic docttine, this parish is clearly at work being Christ to others living and visiting New Orleans. The Sunday Mass was an hour 45 minutes long but most people stayed to listen to the choir and fellowship afterward. I was glad I went.
  • I attended mass here a couple of months ago. I've never felt the holy spirit like I did that day!! It brought me to tears!! I will be attending Christmas mass for sure!!
  • There are many kinds of alms the giving of which helps us to obtain pardon for our sins; but none is greater than that by which we forgive from our heart a sin that someone has committed against us. St. Augustine of Hippo
  • Touched me deeply. The word, song, people. Everything