An updated Adoration Schedule is in the vestibule. We have many open hours available for you to spend time alone with Jesus. Call the office to let us know what time you are choosing.
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 . St. Bernadette Church continues the Sacramental Traditions of Jesus Christ as handed down by the Apostles, we strive to live lives of Communion and Participation as we seek to fulfill the mission bestowed upon us by Christ.
Our Pastor is Father Thainese Alphonse.
The Liturgy of the Word for The First Sunday of Lent
On this First Sunday of Lent, the Gospel reading from Mark tells us that Jesus was led into the desert by the Spirit and that for 40 days he was tempted by Satan. The fact that Jesus spent 40 days in the desert is significant. This recalls the 40 years that the Israelites wandered in the desert after being led from slavery in Egypt. The prophet Elijah also journeyed in the desert for 40 days and nights, making his way to Horeb, the mountain of God, where he was also attended to by an angel of the Lord.
Remembering the significance of these events, we also set aside 40 days for the season of Lent. During Lent, we are led by the Holy Spirit to remember the vows of Baptism in which we promised to reject sin and to follow Jesus. Just as Jesus was ministered to by the angels, God also supports us in our struggle against sin and temptation. We succeed because Jesus conquered sin once and for all in his saving death on the cross.
God establishes a covenant with Noah, giving a rainbow as its sign.
A prayer praising God for his covenant
1 Peter 3:18-22
In our baptism, we are saved through Christ's death and Resurrection.
Jesus is tempted in the desert by Satan.
The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert,
and he remained in the desert for forty days,
tempted by Satan.
He was among wild beasts,
and the angels ministered to him.
After John had been arrested,
Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:
"This is the time of fulfillment.
The kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe in the gospel."
A WORD FROM THE PASTOR
Radical Change Needed
A married couple had lived together for twenty-five years in what outwardly seemed like a reasonably good union. The husband was a good provider. The wife was a good housekeeper. They went to Church together every Sunday and prayed together every night before they retired. But they did have one problem that seemed insurmountable. They could not have a conversation that didn't end up in an argument. The wife finally had enough, but divorce was out of the question because of her religious scruples. She had a better idea. One night as the couple settled down for their nightly prayers, she said to her husband, "We must put an end to this terrible situation we're in. We can't go on like this anymore. Since today is the first day of Lent, why don't we pray that things will change. Let's pray that the Lord will call one of us home to Him. Then I can go live with my sister."
To end the quarrel, change is required by both the spouses. You cannot throw the ball on your spouse and act as if there is nothing for you to do. You cannot play with temptation of fighting. But you do have to fight temptation. When people fall into temptation, a great many make plans for disaster ahead of time. The couple did exactly that. A real fighting of temptation will lead to radical change.
A dad told his son not to swim in a particular canal. "OK, dad," he said, but came home carrying a wet bathing suit that evening. "Where have you been?" asked the father. "Swimming in the canal," answered the boy. "Didn't I tell you not to swim there?" asked the father. "Yes, dad," answered the boy. "Why did you?" he asked, "Well, dad," he explained, "I had my bathing suit with me and I couldn't resist the temptation." "Why did you take your bathing suit with you?" his dad questioned. "So I'd be prepared to swim, in case I was tempted," he replied. Too many of us expect to sin and do sin. Whenever we play with temptation by holding it, it is easy to drift into great danger. A firm determination to fight temptation will lead to radical change. Then you will see a new life.
There was a man who had an apple tree in his garden. He loved apples and believed he could not live without them. The tree never failed to supply him with apples, but they lacked in quality - there was no nourishment in them. He consulted an expert on apple trees. The expert looked at the tree and pointed out some obvious deficiencies in it. The branches needed pruning and spraying because they were encrusted with moss. The earth around it could also be tilled and fertilized. The man listened and acted on the expert's advice; yet, the following autumn, the apples, though slightly more plentiful, were no more nourishing. The quality remained unchanged. The man was disappointed and once more consulted the expert. "What more can I do?" he asked. "You are wasting your time." The expert answered. "What do you mean?" "Obviously the only thing to do is to cut the tree down and plant a new one in its place." "But what will I do in the meantime for apples?" "You will have to do without them, won't you?" came the answer.
The question is: was the man ready for a radical decision, in order to have new and wholesome fruit? To have nourishing fruit the man needs to plant a new plant. A radical change of heart is required to experience the fruits of Lent. Are you ready for a radical change of heart? Are you serious about your change of life?
In the Gospel, the Holy Spirit leads Jesus into the wilderness for forty days. The desert is a place of testing, but it is also a place to be close to God. Jesus' time in the desert calls us to make Lent a season of growth, a season for developing habits that will make us more loving toward God and one another.
We can think about Lent as a yearly second chance. Six weeks to take a long, loving look at our lives
to see if our values and priorities are in line with God's desires for us. Many of us wander from God's path. Lent becomes that second chance, or do-over, to return to God with our whole heart. Take some time and make a family plan of special actions and prayers for the Lenten season. As you journey through this annual second chance, remember that each step brings your family closer to the welcoming arms of our loving God.
God Bless! Becky Wiggins, DRE
Rediscover God's Love For You
Being grounded in God's personal, powerful love is key to staying strong, positive, at peace, and able to handle whatever happens. Now is a good time to strengthen our connection with God and experience His love.
Make room. God's loving presence may be easy to miss, especially if we do more talking than listening. It is best to listen in the silence of our hearts. In prayer, open your heart to hear what He has to say.
Embrace the Sacraments. More than just symbols, Sacraments are personal encounters with God's unlimited love and grace. In Confession, we receive Christ's powerful, healing love. In the Eucharist, we encounter Jesus and his love for us, "in the flesh" (Matt 26:26-28) at every Mass.
Find a devotion. To help you focus on God and understand His love for you pray the Rosary, attend Adoration, pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and novenas, attend daily Mass. Devotions highlight some aspect of God's intensely personal love for us and gives us ways to respond.
Growing in Faith, Feb. 2022
How Well Do You Actually Know The Bible?
This week we continue our series to help us know more about the Bible.
No book in the history of the world has wielded as much influence on civilization as the Holy Bible. The Bible is unique in that it had God as its Author, while all other books were composed by human beings. It is indeed, the Book of Books.
HISTORY OF THE BIBLE
Know Your Bible #16
THE VULGATE FROM JEROME TO GUTENBERG
Jerome's text suffered many vicissitudes (changes or variations occurring in the course of something) throughout the ages. In assembling a complete Bible, copyists would take some of their readings, by misadventure, from the old Latin texts and some from the Vulgate; both texts were in circulation. A monk might have memorized several passages from the old version in school, then, in writing a copy of the Vulgate, subconsciously lapse into the old phrasing so familiar to him. Some of the transcribers were not exercising a critical sense and would incorporate texts from other manuscripts, parallel passages, and texts from the liturgy.
The invention of printing only multiplied these problems for a time, but eventually scholars were able to print a text near to the text as it came from the hands of Jerome. While the Vulgate became the official version of the Western Church, it did not prevent other translations from being made. A Coptic version appeared in the 2nd Century; Ulfilas, an Arian bishop, made a Gothic translation in the 4th Century, and there were numerous Syrian, Armenian, Georgian, Arabic, and Slavonic versions in the early centuries.
Hail, holy Queen enthroned above, oh Maria.
Hail, mother of mercy and of love, oh Maria.
Triumph all ye cherubim, Sing with us ye seraphim.
Heaven and earth resound the hymn.
Salve, Salve, Salve Regina.
The beautiful tradition of May Crowning reflects the beauty of the 5th Glorious Mystery of the Holy Rosary which it evokes. Honoring Our Lady, Queen of Heaven and Earth, honors her Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ Who first crowned her as His Queen. Adorning Our Lady with a crown of flowers is a custom of great devotion to Our Holy Mother and recalls the beauty of her love for us during difficult times in the world.
Our Lady always guides as a loving Mother. Her Immaculate Heart and her maternal beauty will always triumph over the ugliness of sin and suffering.
As we crown the Blessed Virgin on Mother's Day, we ask that she intercede for us to her Son.
Holiness demands a constant effort, but it is possible for everyone because, rather than a human effort, it is first and foremost a gift of God, thrice holy. The Apostle John remarks: See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. It is God, therefore, who loved us first and make us his adoptive sons in Jesus. Everything in our lives is a gift of his love: how can we be indifferent before such a great mystery? How can we not respond to the heavenly Father's love by living as grateful children? In Christ, he gave us the gift of his entire self and calls us to a personal and profound relationship with him. Consequently, the more we imitate Jesus and remain united to him the more we enter into the mystery of his divine holiness. We discover that he loves us infinitely, and this prompts us in turn to love our brethren. Loving always entails an act of self-denial, "losing ourselves," and it is precisely this that makes us happy….
In truth, the blessed par excellence is only Jesus. He is, in fact, the true poor in spirit, the one afflicted, the meek one, the one hungering and thirsting for justice, the merciful, the pure of heart, the peacemaker. He is the one persecuted for the sake of justice.
The Beatitudes show us the spiritual features of Jesus and thus express his mystery, the mystery of his death and Resurrection, of his Passion and the joy of his Resurrection. This mystery, which is the mystery of true blessedness, invites us to follow Jesus and thus to walk toward it. To the extent that we accept his proposal and set out to follow him—each one in his own circumstances—we too can participate in his blessedness. With him, the impossible becomes possible and even a camel can pass through the eye of a needle; with his help, only with his help can we become perfect as the heavenly Father is perfect.
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 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."
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.
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. 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. 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. Please Read More...
The proclamation of the Kingdom of God by Jesus in the Gospel is a message of hope and an invitation to transformation. He calls us to repentance and belief in the Good News, signaling a new era of divine closeness and the possibility of a renewed relationship with God. This message is intended to encourage us to turn back to God, to embrace the transformative power of the Gospel, and to participate actively in the unfolding of God's Kingdom.
We are especially invited to be Jesus' agents of change in the world today. By living out the values of the Gospel - love, justice, and peace - we contribute to the realization of the Kingdom of God on earth.
Questions To Ponder
* What are specific areas in your life where you feel called to repentance and deeper conversion?
* How can you make your journey of conversion a continuous process rather than a one-time event?
My temperate and courageous Lord, You confronted all temptation with courage and strength. You fasted throughout the forty days and forty nights so as to teach us how to navigate the ups and downs of life. Please give me the virtues of temperance and courage, and bestow the Holy Spirit upon me so that I may follow You into the desert of my own life. Jesus, I trust in You. Amen
Lenten Fish Fry Bayou Vista Knights of Columbus Council 6211 Sweets & Treats Sale - Ladies Altar Society Fridays 5:00pm - 7:00pm in the Parish Hall
By participating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, whether our first time in days, weeks, months or years, we are experiencing God's individual and unwavering love for us, and one of the true graces made available to us by our Catholic faith. God loves us just the way we are, but he loves us too much to leave us that way. When we return to the Church for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Jesus rejoices like the father in the Parable of the Prodigal Son. It is never "too late" to return to Jesus and ask for forgiveness. Imagine how joyful you will feel upon confessing your sins, big or small!
2023-2024 Faith Formation Classes are on Wednesdays K - 5th 3:15 - 4:30 pm
6th - 11th 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Currently we have only 17 of our parishioners serving as a Sacristans, Lectors, and/or Ministers of Holy Communion for our three weekend Masses. Ideally, we'd like to be able to schedule each person once a month. We need your help to do this! Please prayerfully consider where God is calling you to serve and call the office to volunteer.
Catholics have a long history of action - feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, caring for the poor, praying for souls. Are you doing all you can to help? If not, find out if there is a parish ministry that could use your time, talent, or treasure. Catholics are meant to make a difference.
Bishop Services Appeal 2024 - Uniting as the Body of Christ
"Take and eat; this is my body."
– Matthew 26:26
When the host is raised after its blessing as Jesus did at the Last Supper, there is that beautiful, mysterious and sacred moment when it becomes our Lord's Body right before our eyes and in our hearts. Imagine what happens when, with that same faith, we place our own personal treasure in Jesus's hands: it becomes transformed into something that transforms.
This faith is what we are called to in the Bishop's Services Appeal: to trust that with us and through us, God transforms our gifts into what the lost and broken need most.
We may not all be able to physically feed or shelter or care for or minister to all those who need to be served. What we can do is support life-giving ministries through prayer and a personal offering of resources. The BSA helps us to ensure that the most essential services continue to reach the most vulnerable in our Diocese.
Please join in Uniting as the Body of Christ so that the very Real Presence of Jesus is evident in you and your charitable works.