Our Patron Saint
St. Bernadette was born Marie Bernarde Soubirous (her nickname was Bernadette) on January 7, 1844. Her family was very poor and Bernadette was in poor health all her life. When she was 14 Bernadette began to have visions of Mary at a grotto beside a river. Mary instructed the young girl to have a chapel built where people could wash in and drink from a spring, which appeared when Bernadette began to dig.
The visions Bernadette had totaled 18; during one of the visions she asked Mary her name and she responded, “I am the Immaculate Conception.” Bernadette joined a convent in 1864 where she lived a happy and humble life before dying of tuberculosis. Before her death the Basilica at Lourdes was begun and the healing waters are still something people seek each year. Bernadette became a saint on the feast of the Immaculate Conception.
St. Bernadette of Lourdes was best known as a saint who received visions from the Virgin Mary in a cave
near Lourdes. Pope Pius XI canonized her as a saint in 1933. Her feast day is April 16th.
EARLY HISTORY OF SAINT BERNADETTE PARISH
CALENDAR & EVENTS // SPOTLIGHT ON MINISTRY
Do You Know Someone… who is seeking a relationship with Jesus?
…seeking a life in faith but unsure where to start?
…who has questions about religion and the Catholic Church?
…who was never been baptized or never confirmed?
…who was baptized Catholic but had no formation?
We are here to help! The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process people go through to become fully initiated into the Catholic Church. This is a journey to discover Jesus. We ask questions, share beliefs and discuss our faith with others.
To learn more about the RCIA process, please call the parish office.
Volunteer Opportunity. As we begin our journey with new RCIA candidates, volunteers are asked to share their relationship with Jesus and why they love the Catholic faith, and join them for Mass and parish events. Volunteers also attend RCIA sessions. If interested or you would like more information, please contact the parish office.