Parish History


September 4, 1947
Fr. John Feckter named founding Pastor
September 14, 1947
First Parish Mass said by Fr. Feckter
September 16, 1947
First day of school (4 classes) Staffed by School Sisters of Notre Dame
October 9, 1947
Fr. Feckter & Fr. Dwyer move into rectory
October 11, 1947
1st Wedding on record at St. Bernadette
Lent 1948
First two-week Mission conducted by Redemptorists
May 9, 1948
First Communion Day for 28 children
September 1948
Second School Year begins 295 enrolled
February 21, 1949
1st Funeral on record
May 1, 1949
First 1st Communion Class on record
June 5, 1949
1st Graduation Class of 5 from St. Bernadette Grade School
November 20, 1949
1st Confirmation Class: 86 children, 24 adult converts
February, 1950
The Government gives Buildings 67, 68 & Barracks Theatre to St. Bernadette Parish
March 15, 1953
Dedication of "new" St. Bernadette Church officiated by Archbishop Ritter
September, 1954
Grade School moves to Bldg. 67 (former Bishop DuBourg High School)
June, 1962
Rev. John J. Hyland assigned as second Pastor
September, 1965
St. Bernadette Grade School moves again to newly constructed school
June, 1966
Dedication of the new school
January, 1971
Rev. Edward J. Deutschmann assigned as third Pastor
January, 1977
Rev. Robert G. Leibrecht assigned as fourth Pastor
June, 1981
Rev. John P. Abels assigned as fifth Pastor
June, 1982
Rev. Jerome R. Keaty assigned as sixth Pastor
October 1989
Rev. Thomas J. Graham assigned as seventh Pastor
September, 1994
Rev. Mark S. Ebert assigned as eighth Pastor
Lent, 1997
Parish Mission conducted by the Redemptorists
September 14, 1997
Golden Jubilee of Parish Most Rev. Justin Rigali, Principal Celebrant
September, 2000
Opening of merged parish grade school with St. Matthias
Lent, 2003
Parish Mission conducted by the Redemptorists
March 15, 2003
Golden Jubilee of the Solemn Dedication of The Church of Saint Bernadette Most Rev. Robert J. Hermann, Principal Celebrant
June 23, 2003
Rev. Gary J. Faust assigned as ninth Pastor
October 2, 2004
Fall Festival
September 23, 2007
Sixtieth (60th) Anniversary of the Parish. Holy Mass was celebrated at 10:30 AM
September 2008
First Stewardship Festival of Ministries
August 2010
Stewardship Education Committee Formed
November 6, 2011
50 Plus Communion Breakfast; Most Rev. Robert J. Hermann, Principal Celebrant
November 2011
Evangelization Committee Formed
September 16, 2012
Sixty-fifth (65th) Anniversary of the Parish. Holy Mass was con-celebrated at 10:30 AM by Fr. Gary Faust, Fr. Robert Leibrecht, and Fr. Paul Spielman. Brunch followed shortly after at Royale Orleans.
October 2, 2013
Father Faust blessed the Merchant Marine Monument located in Jefferson Barracks Cemetery
June 26, 2018
Rev. Robert Reiker assigned as tenth Pastor