St. Bernadette Parish

2015

 
 

Saint Bernadette was the born Marie Bernadette Soubirous in France on January 7, 1844, the oldest of six children of Francois and Louise Casterot.  At a very young age, Bernadette displayed many of the virtues for which she became so well known later in life.


On February 11, 1858, when Bernadette was fourteen years old, the Blessed Virgin Mary first appeared to our little saint in a grotto near Lourdes, France.   Thereafter, Our Lady appeared eighteen times to Bernadette in the grotto.  On one of her visitations, Our Lady instructed Bernadette to tell the priest at Lourdes to build a chapel.  Our Lady further said:  “I am the Immaculate Conception.”  As a sign from Our Lady, a marvelous spring of water burst forth from the grotto where Bernadette had her visions.


The people of Lourdes and throughout France showed their faith by erecting a chapel at the grotto.  The faithful of the world have witnessed the many miraculous cures performed by Our Lady of Lourdes down through the years since her first appearance to Bernadette.


A short time after the last appearance of Our Lady to Bernadette, the little saint-to-be entered the convent of the Sisters of Notre Dame of Nevers and commenced her religious life under the name of Sister Marie Bernard.  Twenty-one years later, after years of illness, Sister Marie Bernard died.


In 1933 on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Pius XI declared Marie Bernard Soubirious a saint to the tolling of the bells of Saint Peter’s of Rome.  Simultaneously, the bells of the beautiful Basilica of Our Lady of Lourdes pealed forth at the grotto where Our Lady first appeared to Bernadette.


The feast day of Saint Bernadette is April 16.

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