Saint Bernadette Church,  Bayou Vista, Louisiana
St. Bernadette Catholic Church,  Bayou Vista,  La


Christ is the Heart of Bayou Vista,  Louisiana

2014 Christmas Altar


Thank you for visiting us at Saint Bernadette Church, which is a Roman Catholic parish located in Bayou Vista - between Patterson and Berwick, Louisiana, in the Diocese of Lafayette. Our pastor is Father William (Fr. Bill) Rogalla.

Please pray for vocations to the priesthood in our Diocese so that one day each parish will have its own priest pastor in residence.

Catholics Come Home

Catholics Come Home

There's an old saying that goes, “Once a Catholic, always a Catholic.” Maybe you have been away from the Church for a little while or quite some time, but somehow you now feel a tug at your heart calling you back home to the Catholic Church. That's why we're here.

Whether or not you know you want to return to the Catholic Church, we're here to help you take that second look.
That mysterious pull inside you, driving you to look into your faith once more, comes directly from God. Your Heavenly Father is yearning for a relationship with you again, in the Church founded by Jesus 2000 years ago. He's waiting for you with open arms. 

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Examination of Conscience for Adults

This examination of conscience is not intended merely as a checklist to be used prior to confession. The purpose of this examination is to help souls to know what actions or attitudes are sinful and the gravity of the particular sin. The hope is that this knowledge will serve to keep people from committing these sins.

* Three things are necessary for a sin to be mortal: 1. Serious matter (things listed on this sheet); 2. Knowledge or firm belief that the act is seriously wrong prior to committing the act; 3. Full consent to the will.

All three of these conditions must be present simultaneously for a sin to be mortal. This means that if you did not know the act was seriously wrong, then you are not guilty of having committed a mortal sin. If you did not will the act, e.g., if you were forced or if it was in a dream, you are not guilty of having committed a mortal sin.

All mortal sins committed since your last confession must be confessed by both type and number, i.e., the title of the sin and how many times it was done. If there is a mortal sin from the past that was forgotten and has not been confessed, it should be confessed at your next confession. It is not necessary to confess venial sins, but it is a good and pious practice.

Please read the full article....

List of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Diocese of Lafayette

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

One of the greatest graces for our parish is Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in our chapel. To quote Pope John Paul II; “We come here to meet the Heart of Jesus pierced for us, from which water and blood gush. It is the redeeming love, which is at the origin of salvation, of our salvation, which is at the origin of the Church. Now still today, the living Christ loves us and presents His Heart to us as the source of our redemption… We are called not only to meditate and Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration contemplate on this mystery of Christ's love; we are called to take part in it.

It is the mystery of the Holy Eucharist, the center of our Faith, the center of our worship of Christ's merciful love manifested in His Sacred Heart, a mystery which is adored here night and day. In the Eucharist – this is also the meaning of perpetual adoration – we enter the movement of love from which all interior progress and all apostolate efficacy springs.” Mother Teresa taught “When you look at the crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host you understand how much Jesus loves you now.”

If you would like to participate in adoration please contact Jenny at the rectory or Murray for more information.
Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration Association


Developers of new Apple app say it could bring Catholics back to confession

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (CNS) -- Can modern technology help strengthen our faith? Some techno-savvy Catholics from South Bend think so. In his message for the 2011 World Communications Day, Pope Benedict XVI said it's not enough to just "proclaim the Gospel through the new media," but one must also "witness consistently." The developers of "Confession: A Roman Catholic App" for Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch think their product helps people do both. Brothers Patrick and Chip Leinen and their friend Ryan Kreager said feedback has been positive. The app, reportedly the only one with an imprimatur, is designed to help people make a better confession.
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Get the App here..

Roman Missal   - New Words: A Deeper Meaning, but the Same Mass

The formal language of the Roman Catholic Church is Latin, and we in America use an English translation of the Latin prayers from the Roman Missal (this is the book the priest uses during Mass). These translations were made in the 1970's and reflect the thinking of the time. While our current prayers are valid, they are not a literal translation of the Latin. The new translations are much more accurate translations of the official Latin prayers of the Church.

While it will take time getting used to them, the new translations will help delve deeper into the central mystery of our Faith – the Eucharist. This link takes you to the United States Bishops Conference website which gives more information on these upcoming changes. As Advent draws closer Fr. Bill will also be explaining the changes in a series of weekend homilies.

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Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday 4:00pm - St.Bernadette
Sunday 7:30am - St.Bernadette
  10:30am - St.Bernadette
  7:00pm - St.Bernadette
Weekday Mass Schedule

12:10pm - St.Bernadette

Tuesday 12:10pm - St.Bernadette
Wednesday 12:10pm - St.Bernadette
Thursday no Mass
Friday 12:10pm - St.Bernadette
First Saturday  9:00am - St.Bernadette

Reconciliation - 30 minutes prior to each weekend Mass, 20 minutes prior to weekday Mass and by appointment.

Readers and Extraordinary Ministers Schedule

Calendar Of Saints

Diocese of Lafayette
The Diocese of Lafayette was established in Louisiana in 1918 in the southwest portion of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, between the Atchafalaya and the Sabine rivers.  Read more about our Diocese and explore their newly released website ....
Let us reflect on the words of Pope Benedict XVI :

“Christ is inseparable from the Church which is his Body." The Pope observed during an audience with the community of the Pontifical Ethiopian College.

“It is in the Church that Christ joins the baptized more closely to himself," he said, "and, nourishing them at the Eucharistic table, he brings them to participate in his glorious life.”

He also reminded the priests and the seminarians that Christ “does not suppress the person's characteristic qualities; on the contrary, he elevates them, he ennobles them, making them his; he calls them to serve his ministry and his work.” VATICAN CITY, JAN. 30, 2011

  L'Osservatore Romano Weekly Edition in English

Bishop's Services Appeal
"It is more blessed to give than to receive." (Acts 20:35)

As we move forward into this new decade, let us give thanks to God for His many blessings in our lives and recommit ourselves to spreading the Gospel message of faith, hope and love through our words and actions. For many in our Catholic family, one of the most practical and meaningful ways in which they have expressed their desire to assume a more active role in the Lord's mission and live for the Church continues to be through their participation in the Bishop's Services Appeal.

As disciples of the Lord, we are called to assist in easing the many physical, intellectual and emotional sufferings that exist within our society. Please give serious thought to contributing by means of the pledge payment plan. Pledging will allow a greater sacrifice without overburdening your budget. Make an online gift to BSA here..
Send message to Congress to Oppose the Freedom of Choice Act

From the foundation of our Church, Catholics have been active in politics, trying to help bring the truth of Christ to every society.

Please keep in contact with our elected officials, urging them to enact laws that reflect the morals Christ has given to the world and on which our nation was founded. Read More...

Voter's Guide for Serious Catholics
This voter's guide helps you cast your vote in an informed manner consistent with Catholic moral teaching. This voter's guide identifies five issues involving "non-negotiable" moral values in current politics and helps you narrow down the list of acceptable candidates, whether they are running for national, state, or local offices. PLEASE Read More..
USCCB - Pro-Life Activities
Laws that permit or promote abortion, infanticide, human cloning, destructive embryo research or physician-assisted suicide ignore the sanctity of each human life and undermine the foundation of a just and healthy society. As citizens and people of faith, each of us should actively advance our convictions in the public square in every legitimate and ethical way. We should rededicate ourselves to upholding the sanctity of human life, and hold those elected to represent us to the same standard.
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