Office: 395-2470
1112 Saturn Road
Bayou Vista, La.



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Sunday 7:30 am
  10:30 am
Monday 12:10 pm
Tuesday No Mass
Wednesday 12:10 pm
Thursday 12:10 pm
Friday 12:10 pm
First Saturday 9:00 am

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Weekly Bulletin for
January 16th 2022



Welcome! 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 Thainese Alphonse.


Is God’s Presence an Embarrassment to Your Life?

January is not a common month for weddings in this country. Nevertheless, a wedding is at the center of today’s Gospel. It is at this wedding that Jesus performs his first miracle, changing water into wine. The Bible begins with one wedding, that of Adam and Eve in the garden (Gen 2:23-24), and ends with another, the marriage supper of the Lamb (Rev 19:9, 21:9, 22:17). Sadly, today, we don’t find people speaking about sacrament of marriage and celebrating it in the church.
Wedding at CanaA visible note in the episode of wedding at Cana is that Jesus, Mother Mary and the disciples were invited. If you're going to have a wedding, or any good things in a family, make sure you invite Jesus and Mary!  Invite them wherever you live and wherever you go; they are the only ones you'll ever need. 

When you feel shortages in your family lives invite Jesus and Mary to remain in your homes.  The spouses at their homes need the presence of Jesus and Mary, when their dreams are gone, mutual love is dried up, relationship becomes boring and raising up children becomes a burden draining all their energy. The awareness of their presence in the family will encourage parents to create an atmosphere of prayer, Bible-reading, mutual love and respect, spirit of forgiveness and sacrificial service at home. It will refresh and renovate family life and its boredom.
Let us follow Mary's command, "Do whatever he tells you."  This is a prerequisite for miracles in our families. To know the will of God and live accordingly, one must listen to Jesus of what he continues to teach us through the Bible. Further, one should also know the power of intercession of Jesus’ Mother Mary. It’s powerful!

Just as Jesus filled the empty water jars with wine, let us fill the empty hearts around us with love. Jesus challenges us also to enrich the empty lives of those around us with the new wine of love, mercy, concern and care.

Finally, the question is - how many of us invite Jesus and Mary into our daily lives and experience their presence? One may have abundance in material goods, but do you experience such abundance in spiritual realms? If not, a possible reason is, we often have an unexpressed and hidden fear that God’s presence in our lives may become a hindrance or an embarrassment. We have a fear that having God we may have to give up many good things in life.
I have a great concern for those who are away from God and church. In my prayer and reflection I understand perhaps such people feel that God’s presence in their lives is a hindrance or an embarrassment. They have a lot of unexpressed and hidden fear within themselves. They might think that they have to give up many conveniences to which they are used to. They all need to invite Jesus and Mary into their lives at the earliest!

In the Service of the Lord,
Father Thainese Alphonse

The Liturgy of the Word for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time


Isaiah 62:1 - 5
All shall behold your vindication.

Psalm 96
“Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations.”

1 Corinthians 12:4-11
The Spirit distributes gifts to each person.

John 2:1-11
Jesus transforms water into wine.


The Baptism of Our Lord

To all the Faithful of the Diocese of Lafayette

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has called for a world-wide consultation of all the Catholic Faithful to help prepare for the XVI Synod of Bishops scheduled for 2023.  This consultation of all the Baptized, guided by the light of the Holy Spirit, will help the Church prepare for answers to the many challenges facing the Catholic Faith today.

From November 2021 until April 2022, this consultation will take place in all our parishes in the Diocese of Lafayette.  The pastor of every parish will meet with one of the parish organizations to hear  their thoughts on a wide range of topics. These will be collected, sent to the National Conference of Bishops who in turn will forward them to the Vatican for preparations for the Synod of Bishops.

I ask for your prayers and cooperation in this process requested by the Holy Father.  Since the first years of the Church, Synods have been assembled and guidance of the Holy Spirit has been prayed for that the Church may bring the light of the Gospel to the world in every age.  May the Holy Spirit, given to the Apostles at the beginning of the Church guide the process of the XVI Synod of Bishops.

Yours in Christ,
Most Reverend J. Douglas Deshotel, D.D.
Bishop of Lafayette

16th Synod of Bishops - Consultation Update

Father Thainese met with our Ladies Altar Society, Knights of Columbus, and Men’s Ultreya this past week. Many great suggestions were offered.

Mrs. Becky Blanchard will be contacting our CCD parents to invite all to a meeting with Father. Pope Francis opened this two-year process to be able to consult will ALL baptized Catholics. Parents, expect to hear from us this week.

All answers and suggestions will be compiled and discussed at our Pastoral Council Meeting to be held later this month, then sent to the diocese.

Pro-Life Program in our Parish

Pro LifeOn Tuesday, November 30th from 6 - 7 pm, we had a Pro-Life Special Prayers in the church. It was very meaningful and prayerful with about 40 people in attendance. Dale Hayes gave an Introductory talk and we are happy to share a part of it with all of you.

During the time of the Roman Empire, when a child was born to a Roman couple, the father of that child had sole, complete authority over whether the child lived or  died. Infanticide was legal and tragically common. The usual method of disposing of the child was to place the child on a hill in the countryside and leave the child there to die from exposure to the elements or to be devoured by wild animals. The early Christians, who were forced to practice their faith in secret for fear of  Roman retribution, would secretly rescue the baby and raise the child in their own homes. 20 centuries later, we have descended to the point that it is the Christians who are having abortions, performing abortions, or condoning abortion.Jesus with Infant

Many years ago, Saint Theresa of Calcutta was speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast event in Washington, DC. Seated nearby were President and Mrs. Clinton, Vice President Al Gore and his wife Tipper. The first couple and their guests were strong pro abortions advocates. During her remarks, Mother Theresa stated that “a country that allows abortion is not teaching its people to love one another but to use any violence to get want they want.” Her distinguished guests merely hung their heads. She also stated that saying that there are too many children in the world was like saying there are too many flowers in the world. She said, “Bring the babies to me—I will raise them and love them as Jesus loves them.”

Year of St. Joseph

Our diocesan year of St. Joseph was scheduled to take place from March 19, 2020 to May 1, 2021. Because of the pandemic, that year did not begin until August 16, with its conclusion remaining on May 1, 2021. Pope Francis then declared a worldwide year of St. Joseph, from Dec 8, 2020 to Dec 8, 2021.

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Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

One of the greatest graces for our parish is Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in our chapel.

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration 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 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.”

The Adoration Chapel in our parish, which is a spiritual power house, was closed for three months due to CoVid-19. We are glad Bishop Deshotel has granted us permission to reopen the Chapel.

I would like to draw your attention to certain things for the safety of the adorers.

  • At this time, only the scheduled adorers are allowed to come in.
  • It is recommended to enter and exit with the face mask. When you are inside the chapel you are not required to wear it.
  • Please use hand sanitizer before and after your hour.
  • The one who takes up the next hour could enter only five minutes before his/her time.
  • It is encouraged to be just one, except the spouse/family.
  • If you feel like coughing or sneezing, please come out of the chapel and you could return when you feel alright.
  • The church door (wooden door) will be locked at 7.00 pm and unlocked at 8.30 am.

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

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....

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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Daily Novena Prayer to St. Joseph 

O Saint Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires. 
PrayO Saint Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord, so that having experienced here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of fathers. 
O Saint Joseph, I never weary of contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms. I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Hold Him close in my name and kiss His fine head from me, and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, patron of departing souls, pray for me. Amen. 

St. Teresa of Avila

St Teresa of Avila

Religious Education

Religious EducationCCD classes will resume on Wednesday, January 12, 2022.

Regular attendance at Mass is an essential part of showing your child what being a Catholic is about.

Our CCD Family Mass is on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 10:30 am.

Our Family Masses are on the third Sunday of the month; please come join the Families and students to celebrate The Holy Mass. Please read more information on our CCD Page...

If you have any questions regarding Religious Education, please call Becky at 395-2470.

Pulpit to Pew Books- Cycle C
We have some copies of the Pulpit to Pews - Cycle C books available at the office for a donation of $10. Call the office (985-395-2470) for your copy.
Bishop Services Appeal 2022- Growing in Charity and Love

As Devoted Catholics, we know we honor the words of the psalmist when we humble ourselves in worship and service. “Let us bow down in worship; let us kneel before the Lord who made us” (Psalm 95:6).In such a pose of humility, Jesus Himself demonstrated the heart of a servant at the Last Supper, our inspiration for the Bishop’s Services Appeal this year, Growing in Charity and Love.

Like all the faithful before us, we apply His lesson of servanthood when we focus on the concerns of other people. The annual Bishop’s Services Appeal is our opportunity to build one another up as we share Charity and Love.

Through your gifts to the Bishop’s Services Appeal, you lovingly provide for the future of our Church with seminarian and deacon formation. You ensure that the hungry receive food and that those in prison are lifted up by the Word of God. Each time we extend Christ’s compassion for others, we ourselves are Growing in Charity and Love.

The Lord calls us to follow His loving model and to do for others as He has done for us. The master became the servant as He washed the feet of His apostles. He reached out, and I am asking you to do the same. Embrace a servant’s heart and give to support the ongoing work of the BSA. Each and every day as your donation lifts up people throughout our diocese, you will be sharing the Charity and Love of Christ with those who truly need you.

Make an online gift to BSA here..

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. Please 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.
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Knights of Columbus

Knights of ColumbusKnights of Columbus Council 6211 is located in Bayou Vista, La. We are currently recruiting new members from the Parish.
Monthly Meetings for the Bayou Vista Knights Council are held on the 1st Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. Location for the meeting is at 113 Sunset Rd, Bayou Vista, LA 70380.
KC Council 6211 Contact Info...
Knights of Columbus Info...

St. Bernadette Parsih Pastoral Council and Finance Committee
Parish Pastoral Council
Patty Hotard

– Come, Lord Jesus

Kenny Alfred

– Knights of Columbus

Jenny Guillot

– Ladies Altar Society

John Cart

– Men’s Ultreya

Becky Blanchard


Elaine Landry

– Bereavement

Ricky Frederick

- Ushers

Parish Finance Committee:

Paul Tolen
John Trevino
Peter J. Lipari
Allison Cook
Becky Wiggins
Read more about the Parish Pastoral Council...


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