Welcome to St. Bernard Catholic Church Parish! If you are new to our area, we welcome you and want you to be a part of our Church family! Registering begins by clicking on the Registration tab, visiting or calling the parish office (337-332-2159) or by using the bright yellow cards found at our church exits. Using envelopes identifies you and your family as active and practicing for the purpose of Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, and Marriage sponsorship and for Catholic School enrollment.
You are invited to the Diaconate Ordination of seminarian, Michael Richard, on Saturday, May 23, at 10am, at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette. Michael will deliver the homilies here at St. Bernard Church on that Saturday at the 4pm Mass and at 10am Mass on Sunday. Join us for a reception in his honor in the Borel Center after the 4pm Mass next Saturday, May 23. A basket will be available for cards or gift donations for those who wish to express their congratulations and best wishes.
Poor Clare Sisters will be guests at our church this weekend, May 23 - 24. They are asking for our assistance in helping them finish building their monastery in Central Mexico. They will be outside of the church collecting donations and selling rosaries and other religious articles which they made in Mexico.
St. Bernard Church Parish Offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. We pray for all who have served, are serving and will serve.
Come, Lord Jesus is a Bible Study and much more. To become a part of this program, call 233-6277.
On June 7, the feast of Corpus Christi when our Lord fed the 5000, we will have receptacles available in church for your donations of non-perishable food items. Donations will go to the St. Bernard/St. Francis Food Pantry.
Our Mission Statement
Welcome… Seek... Celebrate…
To welcome the active; To seek the inactive; To celebrate the beauty of Christ present by prayerfully working to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of all through the intercession of St. Bernard.
This is our mission! This is our challenge!
WE WELCOME YOU TO PRAY WITH US, SING WITH US, BELIEVE AND REJOICE WITH US.
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Seminarian Ordained Deacon
SEMINARIAN MICHAEL RICHARD ORDAINED DEACON
Seminarian Michael Richard was ordained to the Order of Deacon on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. He was ordained as a Transitional Deacon, which means that he will continue moving on towards Priestly Ordination. For Michael, this is the definitive moment of his journey. Deacon Michael served as Deacon at St. Bernard Church this weekend, delivering homilies at both the 4:00pm Vigil Mass and the 10:30am Sunday Mass. A reception was held in his honor after the 4:00pm Vigil Mass. We are so proud of Deacon Richard and we sincerely congratulate him on this step of his vocation.
Letter from Deacon Michael Richard
I would like to express my thanks to all of you for your prayers and support. On May 23rd I was ordained by Bishop Jarrell to the Diaconate. It was a powerful and grace filled Mass, and it was the defining “yes” of my life. At the Ordination, I made promises of service, celibacy, prayer, and obedience for the rest of my life. The parish was with me in many ways. I know several parishioners attended the Mass at the Cathedral, but the whole parish was with me in other ways as well. During the Litany of Saints at Ordination Masses, the entire church asks for prayers upon those to be ordained as they lay prostrate on the floor in front of the Altar. Our patron, St. Bernard, is not usually a part of that Litany, but I asked that he be added and he was. Secondly, those being ordained enter the Cathedral in an alb. This is white garment that priests and deacons wear under their outer garment for Mass. The alb I wore at my ordination was given to be by St. Bernard Parish a few years ago. For me, it symbolized the years of prayer and support that I have received from Breaux Bridge over the years. As I put it on that morning, I was very conscious of that overwhelming support. And lastly, I was vested as a Deacon for the first time during the Mass by Deacon Butch Hebert.
It was great to be at the parish for the 4pm Saturday Mass and the 10:30am Sunday Mass that weekend. I particularly would like to thank the Catholic Daughters and those who helped put on the reception that followed the 4pm Mass. On Memorial Day, I moved into my new assignment which is at St. Peter’s Church in New Iberia. I will be at St. Peter’s on my Diaconate Internship through mid-October. Then I will return to Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans for my last semester and a half of formal studies. God willing, I will graduate next May with a Masters in Theology and then be Ordained to the Priesthood on June 11th, 2016. I am already looking forward to celebrating my First Mass of Thanksgiving as a Priest at St. Bernard next year. Please keep me in your prayers as I serve the people of New Iberia and the Church.
- Deacon Michael Richard
Sunday - 7:00am, 9:00am, 10:30am, 5:00pm
Monday - 6:30am
Tuesday - 5:30pm
Wednesday - 6:30am
Thursday - 5:30pm
Friday -12 noon
Saturday - 8am
8:00am - 12:00 noon
1:00pm - 4:00pm
8:00am - 12:00 noon
1:00pm - 3:00pm
8:00am - 12:00 noon
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 12:00 noon
St. Bernard Catholic Church Parish Staff
- Rev. F. David Broussard, Pastor
- Rev. Brian Webre, Associate Pastor
- Marcel Hebert, Deacon
- James Davis, Deacon
- Michael Richard, Seminarian
- Donna Melancon, Office Manager, Ministry Coordinator
- Linda Wyatt, Receptionist, Sacraments, Information
- Dianne Latiolais, Bookkeeper, Bulletin Editor, Website Manager, Cemetery Administrator
- Christine Angelle, Religious Education, LifeTeen Coordinator
- Judy Savoy, Religious Education Secretary
- Sherry LeBlanc, Cemetery Clerk
- Anton van de Klundert, Maintenance Supervisor
- Earl Courville, Maintenance Assistant
- Emmaline Thibodeaux, RCIA Director
- Patrick Menard, Director of Music
- Beth Hebert, Parish Organist
Meet our Pastor
Message from the Pastor
Last Sunday, the Solemnity of Pentecost and the Feast of the Holy Spirit, was also what’s called the “birthday “of the Church. On birthdays one can get a little introspective, moving one to take a good look on the inside, to reflect on the miles already covered and the path that still lies ahead. If you happened to catch one or another, you’ve gotta love those great TV commercials run lately by the “Catholics Come Home” network. They make you feel good about what we’ve got and what the Spirit’s been doing in the Church (and offering the world) over the last two millennia. Hospitals, hospices and universities? All Catholic ideas. Ethics on the battlefield, humane treatment of prisoners and civil rights? All Catholic ideas. Oh, those deep, satisfying holy things like the Sacraments, and most especially the Eucharist? Well… you know. The Bible itself? It was the Catholic Church, with the Spirit’s guidance, that decided what books were to stay and which were to go. There are no “lost books” of the Bible…the Holy Spirit knows the difference between trash and treasure, and the Church didn’t include them. And what about all the conversions—all the fish, big and small, that the Spirit threw into the Lord’s net? From Saint Paul and Augustine, to Dorothy Day, Oscar Wilde, John Wayne and Buffalo Bill Cody, some conversions were in mid-stream (maybe part of some mid-life “crisis”), others were on people’s deathbed, but something piqued an interest, gripped the mind, stirred the heart and moved the spirit right into this vast, marvelous family of God. And one of the Spirit’s greatest instruments in these conversion stories?...the quiet, steady, loving witness of a faithful spouse, or parent, or friend. The Church has always had her critics (and her enemies), but like Bishop Sheen used to say: “Few people really hate the Catholic Church, but lots of people hate what they think the Catholic Church is.” Some folks prefer to remain on the “outside” and criticize the scandals, the pock marks and the battle scars, the family squabbles and lover’s quarrels within the Church, all of which, they think (or hope), will eventually drive her to ruin. But it’ll take more than that! She survived the Caesars, the lions, the Nazis and the Communists! The Lord gave His Body and His Bride “sticking power”, as well as the wisdom to know that, as different as the members might be, she’ll be OK, and she’ll be one, holy, catholic and apostolic until He comes back to take Her home. So, a belated Happy Birthday, and have a blessed week!