BAYOU GOULA – The Madonna Chapel was struck by lightning on Sunday and part of the side front paneling was damaged.

However, within the past two days, the damage was fixed and it was replaced leaving the smallest chapel in the world like new.

The church hosts Mass once a year on the Assumption of the Blessed Mother Aug. 15.

It is only eight square feet and was built in 1903 as a tribute to the Blessed Mother.

It is said that when the eldest son of Anthony Gullo, a poor, local Italian sugar farmer, became seriously ill, the father pledged a chapel to the Madonna if the boy recovered. He did recover and he kept his promise.