Our Story

School Motto & Our Mission

"Academic Excellence, Rooted in Faith and Hope."

We believe, that in collaboration with home, parish and community, we are dedicated to providing a foundation for life-long learning in a safe, nurturing Christ centered environment.


Our Vision

At St. Bernadette Catholic School, we strive to create a safe, caring, Catholic faith community where we promote a “Be Nice” faith filled philosophy, enabling all learners to achieve academic excellence through quality education. We embrace each learner: by strengthening our knowledge and understanding of each student, we enable all learners to achieve academic success while continuing to grow spiritually and socially in their faith.


Our Values

We recognize the full potential and achievement of learners and celebrate the personhood of each individual. Our school community strives to fully embody the gospel values as we exemplify Christ's teachings in our actions and words.


Saint Bernadette
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On April 16, 1879, Bernadette -- or Sister Marie-Bernard, as she was known within her order -- died in the Sainte Croix (Holy Cross) Infirmary of the Convent of Saint-Gildard. She was thirty-five.

Born into a humble family which little by little fell into extreme poverty, Bernadette had always been a frail child. Quite young, she had already suffered from digestive trouble, then after having just escaped being a victim of the cholera epidemic of 1855, she experienced painful attacks of asthma, and her ill health almost caused her to be cut off for ever from the religious life. When asked by Monsignor Forcade to take Bernadette, Louise Ferrand, the Mother Superior of the Sisters of Nevers, replied: "Monsignor, she will be a pillar of the infirmary".

At least three times during her short life-time, she received the last Sacraments. She was gradually struck by other illnesses as well as asthma: among them, tuberculosis of the lung and a tubercular tumor on her right knee. On Wednesday, April 16, 1879, her pain got much worse. Shortly after eleven she seemed to be almost suffocating and was carried to an armchair, where she sat with her feet on a footstool in front of a blazing fire. She died at about 3.15 in the afternoon.

The civil authorities permitted her body to remain on view to be venerated by the public until Saturday, April 19. Then it was "placed in a double coffin of lead and oak which was sealed in the presence of witnesses who signed a record of the events". Among the witnesses were "inspector of the peace, Devraine, and constables Saget and Moyen".

The nuns of Saint-Gildard, with the support of the bishop of Nevers, applied to the civil authorities for permission to bury Bernadette's body in a small chapel dedicated to Saint Joseph which was within the confines of the convent. The permission was granted on April 25, 1879, and on April 30, the local Prefect pronounced his approval of the choice of the site for burial. Immediately they set to work on preparing the vault. On May 30, 1879, Bernadette's coffin was finally transferred to the crypt of the chapel of Saint Joseph. A very simple ceremony was held to commemorate the event.

Additional Info:
St. Bernadette was born at Lourdes, France. Her parents were very poor and she herself was in poor health. One Thursday, February 11, 1858, when she was sent with her younger sister and a friend to gather firewood, a very beautiful Lady appeared to her above a rose bush in a grotto called Massabielle. The lovely Lady was dressed in blue and white. She smiled at Bernadette and then made the sign of the cross with a rosary of ivory and gold. Bernadette fell on her knees, took out her own rosary and began to pray the rosary. The beautiful Lady was God's Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary. She appeared to Bernadette seventeen other times and spoke with her. She told Bernadette that she should pray sinners, do penance and have a chapel built there in her honor. Many people did not believe Bernadette when she spoke of her vision. She had to suffer much. But one day Our Lady told Bernadette to dig in the mud. As she did, a spring of water began to flow. The next day it continued to grow larger and larger. Many miracles happened.

Saint Bernadette School Pledge

We belong to a Catholic Community

We are family

We trust one another

We help one another

We forgive one another.

We are responsible for our behavior.

We recognize the worth of others.

We are honest in what we say and do. We treat others as we would like to be treated.

We celebrate the wonders of God.


A Prayer to Saint Bernadette

Saint Bernadette, little Shepherd of Lords,

favored by Virgin Mary and

with the privilege of lovingly talking with her.

please pray for your children on earth.

Help me to walk the simple paths of faith.

Help me to be a model of your example. and

Teach me to imitate your wonderful devotedness to God,

and Our Lady so that like you.

I may be blessed with the grace and lasting faithfulness, and enjoy the happiness in heaven.



Land Acknowledgement


Let us acknowledge that the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board is situated upon the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and Mississaugas. This is covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, which was an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabek to share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. We further acknowledge that this land is covered by the Between the Lakes Purchase, 1792, between the Crown and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.