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



Mass Times

Saturday 4:00 pm
Sunday 7:30 am
  10:30 am
Monday No Mass
Tuesday 12:10 pm
Wednesday 12:10 pm
Thursday 12:10 pm
Friday 12:10 pm
First Saturday 9:00 am

Reconciliation -
3:00-3:45pm on Saturday,
20 minutes prior to Sunday Mass, and by appointment.

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Weekly Bulletin for
May 26th, 2024




Hail Mary full of Grace





15 Promises of Mary
Mother Teresa
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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.
Divine Mercy Sunday


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 .   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 Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity  

    Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. This feast invites us to consider what we believe about God, who has revealed himself to us in the Trinity, one God in three Persons.
    As we read this Gospel, we are reminded that this central mystery of faith is meant to be lived. As baptized Christians, we share in the life of the blessed Trinity and seek to invite others to share in God's love.

First Reading
Deuteronomy 4:32-34,39-40
Moses teaches the people that Yahweh is the only God.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 33:4-5,6,9,18-19,20,22
A prayer for the Lord's mercy

Second Reading
Romans 8:14-17
Through the Spirit, we have been adopted as children of God.

Gospel Reading
Matthew 28:16-20
Jesus sends his disciples to make disciples of all nations.

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they all saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, "All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age."
Matthew 28:16-20


Are You Willing To Receive God's Graces ?

    Just before a wedding ceremony, the bride asked the priest, "Father, can you do a favor for me." "If I can", the priest said. She continued, "Here is the deal; when you take the consent from us - "I promise to be faithful to you, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, to love you and to honor you all the days of my life"- can you omit - 'bad, in sickness and all the days of my life' parts? If you do, I will give you $2000." The priest said, "I will do my best." After the wedding was over, the bride rushed to sacristy and asked the priest, "Why didn't you do as I asked you?" The priest said, "Well, I had a better deal from the groom."

    There are two issues widely spoken with regard to marriage. First, these days, many don't want to get married; they prefer to live a life of cohabitation. Second, some choose civil marriage and do not want to get married in the church. Many of the marriages are broken even after considerable time of living together. Apparently the reason is that there is a struggle to keep the vows and live truly as a married couple.

    One thing must be clear in the mind of Catholics. Every baptized Christian receives God's different graces: actual grace, sacramental grace and sanctifying grace. Each of these graces has a different role to play in the life of Christians. Actual grace, for instance, is the grace that prompts us to act - that gives us the little push we need to do the right thing. Sacramental grace is the grace proper to each sacrament that helps us to obtain all of the benefits from that sacrament. But what is sanctifying grace? Sanctifying grace means living life of God within your soul. We receive this grace from the very fact that Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world and sanctifying the humanity.

    Sanctification means "to make holy." When we are sanctified, we are made more like God. It is a participation in the life of God. We receive this grace in the Sacrament of Baptism; it is the grace that makes us part of the Body of Christ, able to receive the other graces God offers and to make use of them to live holy lives. The Sacrament of Confirmation increases sanctifying grace in our soul. Whereas the sacramental marriage enables the couple to sustain in sanctifying grace enabling them to live in deeper communion with God.

    Outside of the Catholic Church, marriages are not treated as a sacrament. Those who are not sacramentally married reject willingly the sanctifying grace (life of God within their soul). To restore and sustain it they need to enter into the Sacrament of Matrimony after contrite of heart and other follow up. Even if the follow up is a burden, just do it.

    I urge all who are married outside of the church to seriously think about the fact that you are not receiving sanctifying grace of God. Come on, muster up your courage and approach me, I shall show you the way. Where there is will there is a way. Kudos to those who are sustaining in sanctifying grace in their Sacramental Marriage!

    There is a classical description of marriage by a famous American psychiatrist. "Marriage is three weeks of curiosity, three months of intense love making, three years of quarrels and controversies, and years of mutual adjustments." Mutual adjustment means praying together, understanding each other, listening to each other, accepting each other, forgiving each other and loving each other. The sanctifying grace that a couple receives in the Sacrament of Matrimony will give grace and strength abundantly to live years of mutual adjustments.

In the service of the Lord,

Fr Thainese Alphonse


The word "grace" comes from the Greek word charis, meaning "gift." One who has charis is someone who is blessed or favored.
    Grace is not just a gift, but a divine gift. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that "Grace is a participation in the life of God." (CCC 1997). Even the greatest of saints could not attain participation in the life of God on their own.
    Grace is our relationship with God, meant to be deepened throughout our lives, lasting for all eternity.  We are not absent, stale participants in the work of grace. We must follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit within us. St. Augustine says: "God, Who created us without our cooperation will not save us without our cooperation."
    Southern Nebraska Register, 2018

The Mass Explained

This week we continue our series called The MASS Explained.

When someone wants to show you their affection and friendship, they invite you to their home. There are two important things which occur next: conversation and a meal. In the celebration of the Mass, it is Jesus who invites us to participate in his friendship, during which we also encounter these two important moments: conversation, which is when Jesus speaks to us through his Word and we respond with our prayers; and a meal, when Jesus offers us the Eucharistic banquet giving us his Body and Blood.

The MASS Explained #8

The Liturgy of the Eucharist - Part 2

    The prayer over the Offerings concluded the preparation of the altar and gifts and disposes all for the central part of the Mass—the Canon of the Mass, also called the Eucharistic Prayer.

* The Eucharistic Prayer *

    This prayer of thanksgiving at the heart of the Liturgy of the Eucharist is offered, not to Christ, but to the Father. It is worship offered to the Father by Christ as it was at the moment of his passion, death, and resurrection. Now it is offered through our priest, acting in the person of Christ, as well by all of the baptized, who are part of Christ's Body, the Church. This is the action of Christ's Body, the Church, at Mass.
    Our priest gathers not only the bread and wine, but the substance of our lives and joins them to Christ's perfect sacrifice, offering them to the Father.

- Preface Dialogue:
    Our priest asks us to lift our hearts to the Lord and to give thanks and praise to God. This brief introductory dialogue opens us to the awe and majesty of God. It establishes the Eucharistic Prayer as the prayer of the baptized and ordained offered in the presence of God with thanksgiving as its central focus.

- Preface:
    The Preface tells of the wonderful actions of God, both throughout history and in our lives, giving thanks to God for all these things. The Preface concludes with the Sanctus in which we all join the song of the angels giving praise to the Father in heaveN - "Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of Hosts..."

    ***to be continued..

The Mass Explained

Bible Quiz # 37 The Book of Genesis Chapters 31 to 35

Bible Quiz
  1. Why did Jacob decide to leave Laban?
  2. How did Jacob and Laban resolve their issues between them?
  3. What is the name given to the place where Jacob was wrestling with God?
  4. What is the name given to Jacob by God's angel?
  5. What is the name of the city Jacob arrived in the land of Canaan?
  6. What is the name of the God of Israel?
  7. Who defiled Dinah?
  8. How did Jacob's sons take revenge on the family of Hamor?
  9. Why did Jacob name a site as Bethel?
  10. Where Rachel was buried?

Answers due June 13th

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.

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.


Sharing in the Blessedness of Christ

Pope Benedict XVIHoliness 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.

  Pope Benedict XVI

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The Beatitudes - Matthew 5:1-12

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

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 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 Becky Wiggins at the rectory 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.

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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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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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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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Weekly Reflections

Today's Solemnity presents us with a Mystery that is so deep and transcendent that our eternity will be spent in perpetual contemplation. The Trinity, the life of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, will never get old, never be fully understood, and will be the cause of our everlasting adoration and joy. Though the Church has used philosophical concepts to explain the Trinity, no human concept or description will ever fully explain Who God is. Though we can point to some general truths about God, we will never be able to fully depict the inner essence, depth, beauty and omnipotence of the Trinity.

The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are Persons. And as Persons, they want to be known. And they want to be known primarily through a life of deep and intimate prayer. Praying to One Person, of course, is praying to all, since they are One God. But we are, nonetheless, called to a relationship of love with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. And though our feeble minds may not be able to fully comprehend the essence of God, He will draw us deeper and deeper into a knowledge of Him if we let Him.

Reflect, today, upon the Most Holy Trinity. As you do, say a prayer to God asking for a deeper and more intimate knowledge of Him. Ask Him to communicate to you His divine love and to open your mind and heart to a deeper understanding of Who He is. Try to humble yourself before the great Mystery of the inner life of God.

Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, please draw me into a relationship of love with You Who are one God and three divine Persons. May the mystery and beauty of Your life become more known and loved by me each day through the gift of transforming mystical prayer. Jesus, I trust in You. Amen

Are you desiring to become Catholic and participate in the Sacraments instituted by Christ?
Already baptized Catholic but have not completed all of the Sacraments for Initiaton?
Would you just like to know more about the Sacraments?

Reach out to Father Thainese this week to begin your Journey of Faith
Faith Formation
2024-2025 Faith Formation Registraation

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

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 Faith Formation Page...

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

Faith Formation Registration form

To Our St. Bernadette Family - At the end of February, Most Reverend J. Douglas Deshotel, D.D., issued a decree regarding the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Diocese of Lafayette.

You can find a video by Bishop Deshotel on the Diocese of Lafayette website (diolaf.org).

*The complete decree letter can be found here.

Liturgical Ministries

Get Involved- 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.

Make an online gift to BSA here.

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...
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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 Wiggins


Kathy Shilling

– Bereavement

Ricky Frederick

- Ushers

Parish Finance Committee:

Paul Tolen
John Trevino
Peter J. Lipari
Allison Cook
Becky Wiggins
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