A History of Our Lady of Mercy Parish
Another milestone for Our Lady of Mercy was the establishment of the Perpetual Adoration Chapel on February 11, 1982. An area immediately behind the tabernacle was prepared for this purpose. A glass wall was erected to separate the chapel from the parish church while not intruding on the light coming in from the stained glass window. A niche, decorated with a mosaic, was built to house the monstrance holding the Sacred Presence.
That same year, a desperate need for additional parking resulted in the parish purchasing the property directly east of the main church parking lot and behind the rear of the church.
On Saturday, September 4, 1982, Bishop Sullivan died. He had been a good friend of Our Lady of Mercy parish and felt at home in the parish. Bishop Stanley Joseph Ott, auxiliary for the Archdiocese of New Orleans became Bishop Sullivan’s successor. On March 25, 1983, the day of Bishop Ott’s installation as Baton Rouge’s third bishop, a pre-installation Mass was offered at Our Lady of Mercy. This gave the people of the diocese an opportunity to celebrate with their new bishop since St. Joseph Cathedral could accommodate only clergy and religious for the installation.
In September 1985, six markers were placed along the church property facing Government Street. The mosaic designs, crafted by a parishioner, define and identify the parish plant, and in an artistic way convey information about the services offered. They are also the re to create a special environment that speaks of strength, peace and security in the hope that passers-by will see that this is the house of God and will think of Him and say a prayer.