Programs at St. Mary Assumption Church

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St. Mary Assumption Church in Cottonport, Louisiana


Financial professional Andre Dobison serves as the regional vice president for Primerica Insurance in Alexandria, Louisiana. A member of the local Avoyel-Taensa Tribe/Nation, Andre Dobison belongs to St. Mary Assumption Church and its St. Martin de Porres group.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since the building’s hundredth-year anniversary in 1989, St. Mary Assumption Church in Cottonport, Louisiana, offers its parishioners a variety of youth and adult programs. The church welcomes newcomers as well and invites them to join any of its programs or events.

St. Mary Assumption Church’s adult and youth choirs require regular practice attendance, but other programs, such as the youth groups and prayer groups, will take drop-in members. Active organizations at the church include the Knights of Columbus’ St. Martin de Porres and Catholic Daughters of America. The church also offers a regular CCD program for education in the faith.

Other events take place at St. Mary Assumption Church throughout the year. These range from parish suppers and church fairs to Vacation Bible School. Church members also volunteer their time to distribute clothing and food to those in need.


The Avoyel-Taensa Tribe-Nation of Louisiana

Andre Dobison is a well-established insurance advisor, serving Primerica as the regional vice president for Alexandria, Louisiana. Andre Dobison works from a sizable portfolio of companies to arrive at the best possible policies for clients. For his efforts he receives a vacation trip every six months and has won the Financial Independent Council Award.

Dobison’s heritage includes membership in the Avoyel-Taensa Tribe-Nation of Louisiana, a group of Native Americans who first had contact with Europeans in 1699. Governing the tribe now is a constitution that advocates respect for the environment, protection of individual rights, and enhancement of educational offerings.

The tribe celebrates its culture with an annual one-day fall festival. At a recent gathering, after an opening prayer, tribal leaders and a guest speaker lectured on topics of importance, including the future of the tribe, as well as its history. One speaker wore traditional clothing as an illustration of tribal traditions. Several shops offered Native American-themed apparel and other gifts.

“Recreational Fishing in the Pelican State,” by Andre Dobison

While Louisiana may be known for its thriving commercial fishing and shrimping operations, you cannot discount the state’s recreational fishing options. Recreational angler Andre Dobison claims residents and visitors will find freshwater fishing just as viable as their saltwater options.

The Pelican State offers hundreds of legitimate fishing holes and a variety of species for anglers. The most popular fish pulled out of the state’s waters include a variety of bass, bowfin, carp, catfish, and redear sunfish. Licenses are required in order to drop your line in Louisiana and range in price from $2.50 for cane pole fishing to $100 for a Louisiana Sportsman’s Paradise License.

If you are looking for a public freshwater fishing ramp, the state’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries maintains a list, sorted by parish, on its website, The site also provides more information on licensure, size limits, records, and more.

Andre Dobison is a resident of Louisiana and Regional Vice President of Primerica Financial, a national life insurance company.