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Bayou Vista, La.



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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

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20 minutes prior to Sunday Mass, and by appointment.

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Weekly Bulletin for
June 16th, 2024




Hail Mary full of Grace





15 Promises of Mary
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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 Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time  

    This Sunday's Gospel from Mark carries a significant message regarding faith and the Kingdom of God. Jesus chooses to speak to the crowds in parables, leaving them to discern his message. Only to his disciples does he explain the parable's meaning, and he does this in private at a later time.

    The Gospel Reading consists of two parables about seeds. In the first, Jesus tells those gathered that this is "how it is with the kingdom of God." A man scatters seed which over time sprouts and develops. Then when the grain is ripe, the man harvests his crop.
   The second parable focuses on the tiny mustard seed. Small as the mustard seed is, it develops into a tree. Though the mustard tree generally averages only nine to twelve feet in height, it has a wide expanse and provides a nesting place for birds. Just as the tree welcomes the birds, so is God's kingdom welcoming and open to many.

First Reading
Ezekiel 17:22-24
I, the Lord, bring low the high tree and lift high the lowly tree.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 92:2-3,13-16
They that are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.

Second Reading
2 Corinthians 5:6-10
The lives of all are to be revealed before the tribunal of Christ.

Gospel Reading
Mark 4:26-34
The reign of God is like a mustard seed.

11th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Jesus said to the crowds: This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and through it all the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how. Of its own accord the land yields fruit, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once, for the harvest has come." He said, "To what shall we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use for it? It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade." With many such parables he spoke the word to them as they were able to understand it. Without parables he did not speak to them, but to his own disciples he explained everything in private.
Mark 4:26-34


Let Us Keep Planting The Seeds

    In a restaurant, a family of five bowed their heads in prayer before beginning to eat. One of the children, a girl of about ten, expressed thanks for the entire family in a hushed voice, her head bobbing expressively. A few moments later a couple, on their way to pay their check, paused at the family's table. "It's been a long time since we've seen anyone do that," said the man, extending his hand to the father. The father smiled and replied, "It was strange at first, but we always express thanks at home before we eat. The children continued it when we went to restaurants, so we just went along with it, and now it's our way." The woman patted the little girl on the shoulder and looked at the mother and said, "Don't ever stop. It means a lot to those around you."

    This may look like a little thing, but it was a witness. The seeds of the Kingdom are little, and we are called to scatter them. Some may not bother about praying before meals in a restaurant. They might think it's not the place to pray. Prayer, in their understanding, is to be prayed in a good ambience.

    Part of the reason we get discouraged is that we are victims of bigness. Cities compete with each other to claim the greatest growth and the fanciest entertainments. Corporations are proud when their company occupies the tallest building in the city. Every day we read in our newspapers about famous people doing famous things. We have mega-malls, mega-churches, and mega-storms.

    In contrast, Jesus spoke of the importance of small things: a mustard seed, a cup of cold water, a widow's mite, a kindness done to the least of people. Jesus knows what we too often forget: the size of the bush and the healthy spread of the branches depend on the vitality of the seed.

    When it comes to the seed of the Kingdom of God, Jesus speaks of it with an unshakable confidence, hands holding the future and the seed, and you. That's how much God trusts you to go on planting the seeds: a mother's love, a father's encouragement, a little girl's prayer, a young boy's imagination, sharing of faith by a formation teacher. That's how much Jesus trusts God to bring in the harvest. Just keep planting the seeds of the kingdom, leaving the outcome in God's hands. Let's plant the seeds of the Kingdom wherever we are and whenever we can. God will bring the growth - way beyond anybody's guess.

In the service of the Lord,

Fr Thainese Alphonse


Live the Liturgy - Inspiration for the Week:

Jesus compares the Kingdom of God to a mustard seed, the tiniest of seeds. When planted, the tiny mustard seed grows into a tremendous tree with large branches. So too in each of our lives small things can have profound effects. God can use one of our more insignificant gestures to radically change another person's life. It may be the kindness of a smile, our willingness to accommodate someone, listening to someone's story, helping someone who is hurting, standing up for someone who is right or complimenting someone on something they did. We all have God given gifts and talents. What are some of yours? Our task is to use our talents creatively, consistently, lovingly, and generously. Because we are always guided by the Holy Spirit, things that may be insignificant or unnoticed to us can profoundly change the life of someone else. While we may think we are small and insignificant, God can make us large and magnificent. All we have to do is open ourselves to being used. We trust that God will take care of the rest.

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 #11

The Liturgy of the Eucharist - Part 5

* Communion Rite *

- Invitation to Communion:
    Before receiving communion, Father and the assembly acknowledge that we are unworthy to receive so great a gift by joining in a preparation prayer to receive communion. We respond as did the centurion who asked Jesus to heal his son: "Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed." The faithful, who have fasted (except for medicine) for one hour before receiving and are not conscious of having committed serious sin, are now ready and truly prepared to receive the Body and Blood of Christ.

- Distribution of Holy Communion:
    Because sharing at the Eucharistic Table is a sign of unity in the Body of Christ, only Catholics may receive Communion. As we receive Holy Communion, we receive Christ into our hearts and lives. We are healed and forgiven by God. Communion may be received either on the tongue or in the hand, as long as He is received with reverence. We are to approach the altar with a bow of reverence and an "Amen," a Hebrew word meaning, "So be it" (CCC, 2856). Those who do not receive Communion still participate in this rite by praying for unity with Christ and with each other.T

- Sacred Silence (or a suitable hymn):
    A Communion hymn may be sung at this time as well as silent prayers of thanksgiving. This is a time of personal, quiet prayer and meditation on the sacred mystery which has been received. We are closely united to God at this time, so it is a perfect time to share our cares, concerns, and prayers with Him.

- Prayer after Communion:
   This is the final prayer of the liturgy which asks that the benefits of the Eucharist will remain active in our daily lives.

*** The MASS Explained will conclude next week with the Concluding Rite.

The Mass Explained

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

Bible Quiz
  1. Why did Jacob decide to leave Laban? - Laban and his sons attitude changed towards Jacob (31:2).
  2. How did Jacob and Laban resolve their issues between them? - By erecting a memorial stone to be a witness to their deal (31:50).
  3. What is the name given to the place where Jacob was wrestling with God? - Peniel (32:31).
  4. What is the name given to Jacob by God's angel? - Israel (32:29).
  5. What is the name of the city Jacob arrived in the land of Canaan? - Shechem (33:18).
  6. What is the name of the God of Israel? El (33:20).
  7. Who defiled Dinah? - Shechem, son of Hamor the Hivite (34:2).
  8. How did Jacob's sons take revenge on the family of Hamor? - All the able-bodied man in the community were circumcised, massacred all the male and sacked the city (34:24-27).
  9. Why did Jacob name a site as Bethel? - Because God had spoken with him there (35:13).
  10. Where Rachel was buried? - On the road to Ephrah (35:19).

Thank you to the following participants:
Renee' Garris, Susie Daugherty, Melinda Frederick, Allen Hebert & Luke Johnson, Becky Wiggins, Judy Brannon, Susan Legendre, Theresa Babin, Brenda Nelson, Landry Family, Paul & Michelle Tholen, Barbara Cothron, Alberta LeBlanc, Debbie Hannegan, Catherine Cali, Julia Hepler, Kathleen Louviere, Mary Jo Beadle, Lois Bosworth, Cindy & Sammy Viola, Rachel Torres, and Kenny Zimmer.

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

The deepest mysteries of our faith can only be understood by someone who has deep faith. Understanding requires much more than just a keen intellect; it also requires an interior attentiveness to and familiarity with the voice of God. For that reason, as Jesus spoke to the crowds, He used parables and figures of speech rather than speaking directly about the mysteries of Heaven.

Practically speaking, as your faith grows, it is good to look for the deeper ways that God speaks to you. How does He come to you and explain His will and the truths of faith more directly as Jesus did to the Apostles? Perhaps reading the lives of the saints, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, or some other spiritual book will engage you more deeply. Also, some Scripture passages may feed you more as you grow in faith, such as the passages where Jesus speaks more directly to His disciples.

Reflect, today, upon the way that you are most fully fed by God's holy Word at this point in your life. The best way to identify this is to consider what it is that has given you the most consolation and inspiration as of late. How has God's Word most powerfully resonated within you over this past year? Identifying the way that God has spoken to you recently is the best way to decide how to continue to receive from Him all that He wants to teach you and reveal to you at this point of your journey of faith. Continue to seek out God's voice, and be open to letting Him draw you ever more deeply into the beautiful depths of the mysteries of His Kingdom.

Glorious Word of God, You choose to speak to Your people in varied ways. To some, You speak through parables and figures of speech. To others, You speak more directly and intimately, revealing the depths of Your Heart. Please speak to me in the ways that will deepen my faith so that I can continue my journey into the many mysteries You wish to reveal. Jesus, I trust in You. Amen

Happy Father's Day !
Father's Day Prayer
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.

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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.
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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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