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.
BE SOMEONE WHO MAKES A DIFFERENCE! Religious Education Ministry and the youth of our parish need you. Call 332-4488 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to share your God-given gifts and talents and make a difference in the lives of our young children and teens.
St. Bernard Church Parish Offices will close on Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day.
10:30AM SUNDAY MASS CHANGES TO 11:00AM BEGINNING SUNDAY, JULY 5TH.
Altar Society dues will be collected on the weekend of June 27-28 at all Masses except 5pm.
Free voice lessons will be given to anyone with an interest in singing in the congregation or with the St. Bernard Adult Choir. Lessons begin July 7th at 6:30pm in the church choir loft. Call Patrick Menard for more information (319-5744).
St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church celebrates its 250th anniversary with a Corpus Christi procession by boat along the Bayou Teche on Saturday, August 15th. Fr. Champagne of the Community of Jesus Crucified would like to register up to 100 boats in the procession. To register a boat, send an email to email@example.com and a registration packet will be mailed to you. To visit St. Martin de Tours website, click on the Helpful Links tab or go to www.saintmartindetours.org.
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
Back at the Chrism Mass this past Holy Thursday, the Bishop mentioned one of my favorite quotes of the French artist Henri Matisse: “The pain passes; the beauty remains.” Matisse suffered from crippling arthritis and, still cranking out masterpieces, his understudies were begging him to give himself a break. “The pain passes; the beauty remains.” A real beauty in our little community is our own much beloved Saint Bernard Church. The present structure dates from the 1930’s—a real decade of pain in many ways for many people—but look what came out of it! As I’ve been with you for a year now, I’m ready (I think) to tackle a project that (I hope) won’t inspire a lot of pain for a lot of us. You have only to look up in church to see the “battle scars” of the rain spots on the ceiling and cracking tiles. So, I ask you: Is it time to do something about it? Or can we just live with it? In the same vein, is it time for a “facelift” for our aging beauty? Next weekend, after all the Masses, I intend to remain in church and discuss with any and all interested persons a bit of my “vision” (Oh boy, he’s having visions now) for a three- phase renovation/restoration of Saint Bernard’s. That’s the whole reason you’ve been giving so generously to our church renewal fund, and for which I again express my deep gratitude. In a nutshell, these are some of the things I’ve had in mind:
Phase One (this Fall?): to restore the old confessionals on both sides of the church, both with anonymous and face-to-face options; to fix up the side altars of the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph (that was his place where the Sacred Heart has been); and possibly the installation of a restroom in church.
Phase Two (next Spring?): to re-do the sanctuary/altar area, with a new “high altar” for the tabernacle, a new altar of sacrifice and a new pulpit, along with new flooring and furniture and the restoration of the communion rail.
Phase Three (next Fall?): the removal and restoration of the pews, the painting of the ceiling and walls of the nave (the main body of the church), new flooring and the possible addition of a cry/bridal room.
The shingle roof will be replaced probably in the next coming weeks (weather permitting) and the adoration chapel stands for a facelift, of sorts, as well. Bad ideas? Maybe the timing is not right? Maybe you have suggestions? Maybe we’ll be left with a lot more beauty than pain in the process. Let me know what you think. Have a blessed week.