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


Christ is the Heart of Bayou Vista,  Louisiana

2015 Christmas Altar - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


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.

Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel Installed as Seventh Bishop of Lafayette

Bishop J Douglas DeshotelApril 15, 2016 - Diocese of Lafayette

On Friday, April 15, the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette hosted the Celebration of the Eucharist and Rite of Installation of His Excellency, the Most Reverend John Douglas Deshotel, DD, as the seventh Bishop of Lafayette. He succeeds the Most Reverend Michael Jarrell, DD, who was among those who participated in Friday’s proceedings.

Please click here to view select photos from the event.

The third of eight children born to Welfoot Paul Deshotel and Luna Marie Manual, Bishop Deshotel is a native of Basile, Louisiana. In his formative years he attended Immaculata Minor Seminary High School in Lafayette and later attended Holy Trinity Seminary in Texas, where he earned a B.A. in Philosophy, and a Masters of Divinity from the University of Dallas. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Dallas on May 13, 1978 in his hometown church of St. Augustine. On April 27, 2010, he was ordained as Auxiliary Bishop of Dallas by Bishop Kevin J. Farrell in the Cathedral Shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Guadalupe. On February 17, 2016, it was announced that he had been appointed by Pope Francis to serve as the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette.

As Bishop Deshotel processed into the Cathedral for the start of the Rite of Installation, he was greeted by Rev. Chester Arceneaux, Pastor of the Cathedral, who in symbolic welcome offered a crucifix for the new bishop to kiss. Bishop Deshotel offered a blessing to all those gathered in the Cathedral, which included more than 100 diocesan priests, deacons, and seminarians from the Diocese of Lafayette, as well as more than 150 of Bishop Deshotel’s extended family and friends. Others in attendance included several clergy members from the Diocese of Dallas; Catholic bishops from throughout Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, and Florida; interfaith guests; civil officials; and representatives of the Diocese of Lafayette’s central office staff.

Archbishop Gregory Michael Aymond, Metropolitan of the Province of New Orleans, offered his greeting which was then followed by a welcome address from Bishop Jarrell. After that address, the Very Rev. Msgr. Walter Erbí, First Counsellor of the Apostolic Nunciature, read out loud the Apostolic Letter which appointed Bishop Deshotel as the seventh Bishop of Lafayette. Msgr. Erbí then presented the letter to Msgr. Russell J. Harrington (Chancellor, Diocese of Lafayette) and Msgr. Robie Robichaux (Judicial Vicar, Diocese of Lafayette) so that they could in turn present it to the Diocesan Consultors.

Archbishop Aymond and Bishop Jarrell escorted Bishop Deshotel to the bishop’s chair, also known as the cathedra. A symbol of Episcopal ministry since ancient times, the chair symbolizes the unity of the people in the diocese with their bishop. Archbishop Aymond then presented Bishop Deshotel with the shepherd’s staff, or crosier, which once belonged to Bishop Maurice Schexnayder. Bishop Schexnayder served as second Bishop of Lafayette (1956-1972) and was also the bishop who ordained Bishop Deshotel to the priesthood in 1978.

The First and Second Readings of the Mass were respectively read by Bishop Deshotel’s niece, Jacqueline Deshotel Ravey, and his nephew, Hedrick Paul Deshotel. Other participating members of the bishop’s family included his great nieces Lauren and Emily Hannon and Miranda Silvas, as well as his great nephews Jack and Colin Ardoin and Dustin Silvas, all of whom served as gift bearers later in the Mass.

Following the Gospel reading from the Book of John 6:52-59, Bishop Deshotel gave his first homily as Ordinary of the Diocese of Lafayette. This was followed by the intercessional prayers, which were offered in different languages representative of the various cultures of the diocese. In addition to English, these languages included Latin, Italian, Creole French, Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, and German.

Holy Communion was distributed not only in the Cathedral but also in the gymnasium of Cathedral-Carmel School, where many gathered to watch the Rite of Installation on provided television screens. Once the ceremony had concluded, a public reception was held at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Lafayette.

On behalf of the Diocese of Lafayette, a note of gratitude is extended to all those who assisted in this beautiful celebration for the installation of the seventh Bishop of Lafayette.

Please click here to view a playback of the Installation Mass and ceremony in its entirety.

Jubilee of Mercy

Holy Father Pope Francis - "Dear brothers and sisters, I have often thought of how the Church may render more clear her mission to be a witness to mercy; and we have to make this journey. It is a journey which begins with spiritual conversion. Therefore, I have decided to announce an Extraordinary Jubilee which has at its centre the mercy of God. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live in the light of the word of the Lord: “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (cf. Lk 6:36). And this especially applies to confessors! So much mercy!

This Holy Year will commence on the next Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and will conclude on Sunday, 20 November 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe and living face of the Father's mercy. I entrust the organization of this Jubilee to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, in order that it may come to life as a new step on the Church’s journey in her mission to bring the Gospel of mercy to each person.

I am confident that the whole Church, which is in such need of mercy for we are sinners, will be able to find in this Jubilee the joy of rediscovering and rendering fruitful God’s mercy, with which we are all called to give comfort to every man and every woman of our time. Do not forget that God forgives all, and God forgives always. Let us never tire of asking forgiveness. Let us henceforth entrust this Year to the Mother of Mercy, that she turn her gaze upon us and watch over our journey: our penitential journey, our year-long journey with an open heart, to receive the indulgence of God, to receive the mercy of God."

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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


Catholic News

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 website ....
Address of the Holy Father Pope Francis:

Ground Zero Memorial, New York
Friday, 25 September 2015

I feel many different emotions standing here at Ground Zero,where thousands of lives were taken in a senseless act of destruction. Here grief is palpable. The water we see flowing towards that empty pit reminds us of all those lives which fell prey to those who think that destruction, tearing down, is the only way to settle conflicts. It is the silent cry of those who were victims of a mindset which knows only violence, hatred and revenge. A mindset which can only cause pain, suffering, destruction and tears.
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Bishop's Services Appeal - "We Are Called"

The charity of God urges us, encourages us, and impels us to seek the needs of others, rather than self.

The BISHOP’S SERVICES APPEAL (BSA) has been Supporting the Works of Christ by serving others and ministering to those in need since 1973. The BSA is an annual appeal accomplished as a result of the combined efforts of our 121 church parishes and 28 missions. Located across eight civil parishes, the Diocese of Lafayette is able to make available vital programs, ministries and services through the generosity of BSA donors

GIFTS to the BSA enhance Diocesan efforts to provide hope, dignity and compassionate care in the lives of others. It is a reminder that as faithful Catholics, we are called to be part of a Church, a communion of believers, which is greater than ourselves and not limited to our local church parishes.

THANK YOU for prayerfully considering a gift or pledge to the Bishop's Services Appeal.
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..

St. Bernadette - Pastoral Council
Herbert Adams
Patrick Hebert
Paul Tholen
Judy Alfred
William LaPoint
Michelle Tholen
Kenny Alfred
Jane Mayo
John Trevino
John Cart
Phylis Cook
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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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.

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..
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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