Readings of the
Year A - Cycle II
Psalms 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14;
Psalms 96:1-2, 3, 10, 11-12, 13;
Psalms 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10;
Psalms 145:1, 9, 10-11, 12-13;
Psalms 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6;
Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11;
Psalms 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19;
Isaiah 35:1-6, 10;
Psalms 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10;
Numbers 24:2-7, 15-17;
Psalms 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9;
Genesis 49:2, 8-10;
Psalms 72:3-4, 7-8, 17;
Psalms 72:1, 12-13, 18-19;
Judges 13:2-7, 24-25;
Psalms 71:3-4, 5-6, 16-17;
Psalms 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6;
Song of Songs 2:8-14, or
Psalms 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21;
Psalms 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6;
Malachi 3:1-4, 23-24;
Psalms 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14;
Second Samuel 7:1-5, 8-11, 16;
Psalms 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29;
and the Vigil:
Psalms 89:4-5, 16-17, 27, 29;
Acts 13:16-17, 22-25;
Psalms 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6;
John 1:1-18 or
Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59;
Psalms 31:3-4, 6, 7, 8, 17, 21;
First John 1:1-4;
Psalms 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12;
First John 1:5--2:2;
Psalms 124:2-3, 4-5, 7-8;
Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14;
Psalms 128:1-2, 3, 4-5;
Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23
Personnel of St. Bernard Catholic Church
Rev. Anton Ba Phan
Norbert Billiot, Jr.
Outreach Ministry, 267-4763
Sr. Mary Keefe
At this time call the Archdiocese
School of Religion/RCIA
Coordinator of Lectors
SANTA ON THE BAYOU
Saturday, December 7th from 11:00 to 1:30
Santa, toys, food, entertainment all at
Iverson Hall and the grounds of St. Bernard Catholic Church
remember our Military and their families in your prayers.
We have 9 students
preparing for Confirmation on Sunday, December 15, 2013, at the 11:00
a.m. Mass. We ask that you pray for our students, their sponsors, and
family as they prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Sponsors will begin their preparation for Confirmation during a retreat on
Saturday, December 14 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Pray as they begin their
Loving God, we thank you for these candidates for
Confirmation. Through your grace and their preparation, may they come to
the Sacrament of Confirmation ready to spread the Good News as fully
initiated members of the Church, the Body of Christ. And may your blessing
be upon us all. Amen.
Deacon David Farinelli
with Family Life Apostolate will be here on December 18th, 19th, and
20th, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. presenting our Advent Mission on The
Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Please look ahead at your schedule and arrange
time to attend this mission.
Spanish Mass at
Every Sunday @ 2
Adoration Chapel located at OLPS invites you to come spend a little time with
the Lord in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Come for a few minutes or
consider becoming a
for a particular
hour. The Chapel has exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Mon-Fri, 6:00a.m.
till 9:00p.m., and is open for prayer and meditation (no exposition) Sat-Sun
from 6:00a.m. till 6:00p.m. For more information call 271-3441.
If you are in need of a place to hold a special function, please consider
renting Iverson Hall at St.
Bernard. Please call the office (281-2267) for available dates and rental
Parents are asked to
speak with Fr. Anton in person following Mass. You can call or come
by the office. Please have a copy of the child's birth certificate
when you come.
Confessions are held before each weekday and weekend Mass, or call for an appointment.
of the Sick: Please
call when someone is ill or in the hospital.
of Marriage: Couples
must contact the church at least six (6) months before the date of the
Burial: Please contact
Fr. Anton before going to the funeral home to make
Suggestions for 2014
Spend more time with members of our family
especially on Sunday.
Set aside time to pray as a family.
Reclaim Sunday as “the Lord’s Day” and as a
day for families to celebrate Mass together.
Reach out to those in our families who are
The 2014 Mass Intention Book is now open for requests.
-Weekday Masses can only have 1 intention per Mass.
-Mass for the ‘Intention of Parishioners’ will alternate between the Vigil &
That is the
only intention allowed for that Mass.
The other weekend Mass can have multiple intentions.
Suggested donation is $5 per Intention
You can also reserve your special dates for the Sanctuary Lamp and
to burn in memory of or in honor of someone.
Lamp will up before Christmas and is also available
The suggested donation is $10.
plan in advance and call early for your special dates.
The Joyful Mysteries are usually said on
Mondays and Saturdays.
The Sorrowful Mysteries are usually said on Tuesdays and Fridays.
The Glorious Mysteries are usually said on Wednesdays and Sundays.
The Luminous Mysteries are usually said on Thursdays.
The Mystery for Sunday may optionally
vary depending upon the seasons of the liturgical year.
The Joyful Mysteries may be said on
Sundays during the seasons of Advent and Christmas.
During the season of Lent, the Sorrowful
Mysteries may be said on Sundays.
Should you have any
questions or information about St. Bernard or
San Pedro Catholic Churches, please contact me at:
Lemoine, P. O. Box 22, St. Bernard LA 70085
Living out the
Christ’s mission and His church St. Bernard Catholic Church is united in faith,
hope and love, and worships God through the celebration of Sacraments,
especially the Holy Eucharist. Through prayer and the grace and power of the
Holy Spirit we are inspired and motivated to live our lives based on Scriptural
teaching, sacred tradition, and Catholic principles to serve the community by
being a witness for Jesus Christ and His unconditional love for us all. As
Christ loved His spouse, the Church, so do we, through our examples of worship,
prayer, and service, strive to pass along our faith in the Holy Trinity to our
families, and to all in our community, for the continuance and growth of our
Who was St. Bernard of Clairvaux
"High and Holy God, give me this day a word of truth to silence the lies
that would devour my soul
and kind encouragements to strengthen me when I fall. Gracious One, I
come quietly to your door
needing to receive from your hands the nourishment that gives life.
Amen and Amen."
St. Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church St. Bernard was born of noble
parentage in Burgundy, France, in the castle of Fontaines near Dijon.
Under the care of his pious parents he was sent at an early age to a
college at Chatillon, where he was conspicuous for his remarkable piety
and spirit of recollection. At the same place he entered upon the studies
of theology and Holy Scripture. After the death of his mother, fearing the
snares and temptations of the world, he resolved to embrace the newly
established and very austere institute of the Cistercian Order, of which
he was destined to become the greatest ornament. He also persuaded his
brothers and several of his friends to follow his example. In 1113, St.
Bernard, with thirty young noblemen, presented himself to the holy Abbot,
St. Stephen, at Citeaux. After a novitiate spent in great fervor, he made
his profession in the following year. His superior soon after, seeing the
great progress he had made in the spiritual life, sent him with twelve
monks to found a new monastery, which afterward became known as the
celebrated Abbey of Clairvaux. St. Bernard was at once appointed Abbot and
began that active life which has rendered him the most conspicuous figure
in the history of the 12th century. He founded numerous other monasteries,
composed a number of works and undertook many journeys for the honor of
God. Several Bishoprics were offered him, but he refused them all. The
reputation of St. Bernard spread far and wide; even the Popes were
governed by his advice. He was commissioned by Pope Eugene III to preach
the second Crusade. In obedience to the Sovereign Pontiff he traveled
through France and Germany, and aroused the greatest enthusiasm for the
holy war among the masses of the population. The failure of the expedition
raised a great storm against the saint, but he attributed it to the sins
of the Crusaders. St. Bernard was eminently endowed with the gift of
miracles. He died on August 20, 1153. His feast day is August 20.
According to St. Bernard, he asked Jesus which was His greatest unrecorded
suffering and the wound that inflicted the most pain on Him in Calvary and
"I had on My Shoulder, while I bore My Cross on the Way of Sorrows, a
grievous Wound which was more painful than the others and which is not
recorded by men. Honor this Wound with thy devotion and I will grant thee
whatsoever thou dost ask through its virtue and merit and in regard to all
those who shall venerate this Wound, I will remit to them all their venial
sins and will no longer remember their mortal sins."
In the twelfth century Pope Eugenius III approved of the promises with
regards to this prayer. The modern version of the prayer bears the
imprimatur of Bishop Thomas D. Bevan.