If you go: visiting St. Eulalie's Church in Bordeaux, where St. Louis Martin was baptized
WHAT TO SEE
If you visit St. Eulalie's Church in Bordeaux, where St. Louis Martin was baptized in 1823, you can:
- Pass through the same door his mother and family entered when they presented him for baptism
- See the stained-glass window representing St. Louis and St. Therese being received by the Pope which was installed in the baptistry after St. Therese was canonized in 1925
- Renew the vows of your own baptism near the baptismal font of St. Louis's time
- Pray before the statue of St. Therese and the reliquary given by her sisters in 1935
- Pray before the reliquary of Sts. Louis and Zelie given to the church in 2015
- Pray for the intercession of Sts. Louis and Zelie and St. Therese and in thanksgiving
- Participate in the Mass
THE HISTORY OF ST. EULALIE'S CHURCH
St. Eulalie's Church is one of the oldest religious buildings in Bordeaux. Its rich history, which stretches back centuries before the baptism of St. Louis Martin, is beyond the scope of this article, but you can find some of it on the Internet in French. See also sketches of the church at various times, and scroll down to page four for a short history of the church in English.
IF YOU GO
How to find the church:
The address is:
13 Place Sainte-Eulalie
If you must seek directions, the church is across from St. Andre's Hospital, which is very well known in Bordeaux.
Please see the Google map below for the church below. Click for a closer view.
Note well: The Church of Saint Eulalie is located in the city of Bordeaux. Please do not confuse it with the commune of Sainte Eulalie, which is about twenty kilometers away. Many people have made this mistake. Avoid it!
As of November 2016, the parish Web site lists these times for Mass:
- Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m.
- Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m.
- Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m.
- Monday through Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m.
PLEASE DO NOT RELY ON THE TIMES LISTED ABOVE. THEY MAY CHANGE AT ANY MOMENT. I've provided them simply as a convenience to those who speak English. Please confirm them on the Web site of St. Eulalie's Church.
I haven't been able to reach the church recently to confirm the hours at which it is open for visitors and for prayer. If you are planning a visit, please get in touch with the church first so that you will not be disappointed. In particular, if you are coming from some distance, or if you would like to bring a group, I suggest that you let the parish know first.
HOW TO GET IN TOUCH WITH ST. EULALIE'S CHURCH
Father Monget is in charge of a "sector" of the diocese of Bordeaux that includes three churches: St. Genevieve, St. Nicholas, and St. Eulalie. He was most kind in answering my many questions for this article and in receiving Yves and Lai Ping Cogoluegnes Kong, who did the on-site research, and permitting them to photograph the church. To get in touch with him, please click on this list of priests and deacons in Bordeaux. His name appears at the top, together with a mailing address, a telephone number, and a link to his e-mail.
The rectory appears below.
Click here for suggested public transportation and a phone and fax number for St. Eulalie's Church.
If you visit the church, I would be happy to hear your story. Please share it by clicking "e-mail me" at the left of this Web site.
Note: this is the seventh and final part of a series about the birth and baptism of St. Louis Martin in Bordeaux. To read the series, starting with part one, click tbe button below: