19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
The dedication and official blessing of the Parish of St Bernadette took place on November 12, 1961. The first pastor of our parish was Rev. Fr. J.J. Chas Desorcy. In 1993 we celebrated the opening of our long awaited parish center.
About Saint Bernadette of Lourdes
Feastday: April 16.
Patron of: Illness, People ridiculed for their piety, Poverty, Shepherds, Shepherdesses, and Lourdes, France.
Birth: January 7, 1844.
Death: April 16, 1879.
Canonized By: by Pope Pius XI on December 1933.
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Ever wonder about our
Stained Glass Window?
Designed by Gerald E. Tooke, the window at the west end of the worship space is an outstanding work of sacred art. It shows the manner of our approach to God, and the opportunity given us by Jesus Christ to obtain our salvation through the Church.
The triangular shape is emphasized by the symbols of the Blessed Trinity. At the top, the hands of God reaching from heaven. The symbols of the dove (the Holy Spirit) and the lion (Jesus Christ, Lord of Life) support the bottom corners. The theme of the window moves from right to left, Alpha to Omega, beginning to end. The symbols under the Alpha come from Genesis. They include creation, the earth with day and night, the fall of Adam and Eve, the tablets of the Mosaic law, the tower of Babel, and the burning bush. The symbols under Omega come from Revelations. These include the angel trumpeting Christ (the lamb) atop the New Jerusalem, the book of the seven seals of revealed truth (Word of God), the river of life, the tree of life with the twelve fruit, and the twelve stars (the apostles). The central section draws us to the crucified and risen Lord; the continuing present; and our way to the future.
The main part of the window shows Christ as the Redeemer, glorified but with his wounds. The cross symbolizes his transcendence of the agony of the crucifixion. The church is symbolized by Our Lady and by the twelve apostles, with parted tongues of fire from the Pentecost. Indirect de-scent from Christ and the cross are the seven candlesticks representing the seven sacraments of the Church.
(From artist’s description)
BERNADETTE PARISH FINANCE BOARD
Fr. Phil Daley—Pastor