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Announcements ~ February 18, 2018

fleur cross logo Please join us for our Lenten Soup Suppers and Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent. Soup supper begins at 6:30pm in the school cafeteria, English Stations in the Church at 7:30pm and Spanish Stations in the chapel at 7:00pm. Bring the whole family to enjoy good soup and fellowship and then spend time waking the way of the Cross with Jesus.
 
fleur cross logo Please plan to join us for our 40 HOURS’ Eucharistic Adoration which will begin Sunday, February 25 following the 5pm Mass. Please see page 8 for the full schedule. Adoration is a time of grace and blessings not only for the individual who sits in the Presence of the Lord, but also for the parish who sponsors it. Please make visits to the Blessed Sacrament throughout these days; if you can sign up for an hour or half-hour, please add your name to the sign-up sheet in the church vestibule
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fleur cross logo Mark your 2018 calendars for upcoming classes on Sunday mornings with Fr. Don, “Sunday School for Adults,” beginning this Sunday,  February 18,  between the 9am and 11am Masses: 10-11am. We can realistically fit a 15-week series of adult classes between now and mid-June. Watch the calendar, classes will be held most Sundays. Please see page 7 for the tentative schedule.
 
fleur cross logo The Bishop’s Lenten Appeal is in full swing and we are asking every household in our parish to support this appeal to the extent you are able. The BLA funds many programs, services and ministries that serve people in need. Don’t forget every challenge gift. We are waiting to learn of our progress this week.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ February 18, 2018

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,
 
It’s time to let time slow down a little. Like we say when we start any retreat:  leave the noise behind, let the cares of the day move into tomorrow. Become aware of yourself, your posture, your breathing, be mindful of your experiences and be grateful for everything. Allow yourself a space to step out of the concerns of the present moment, all the distractions and things that fill your mind, and think about God. About his love for you. About his complete goodness and beauty that fills you.
It’s possible that you may immediately discover that you have some work to do to make that beauty immediately evident in the witness of your life. For that goodness to shine in your words and your acts. That is why you have to pay attention. That is also why we have time in Lent to bring about change.
 
If someone were to ask me what prayer really is, I would say this:  it is paying attention. It is easy to get sleepy, to get distracted with self, to decide that nothing’s going to happen anyway. But the gift of perseverance (fortitude - all you confirmandi?) is the one gift that will allow us not to get drowsy as we stay attentive to the presence of the Lord. Focus!
 
This is not intended to be a one-page spiritual handbook for the season of Lent, but I would like to at least provide a few starting points.
 
Turn down the volume. Too much noise!  and often it is we who are always the ones doing the talking. Silence is the richest place for the mind who seeks answers, the heart who seeks love. Today you could also say “unplug.”  The other day I forgot and left my phone in the office for an entire evening. What if I needed to speak with someone?  What if I needed someone’s address?  Or directions to get somewhere?  I was shocked at the way this nervous energy robbed me of my peace. On the Olympics the other night we were told that Korea has the greatest number of treatment centers in the world for addiction to technology. Unplug, and seek the peace as you recenter yourself within yourself, not in your social media or latest news, or constant download of so many things that only scatter you, not bring you together.
 
Once there, ask the Holy Spirit to do what he wants to do, to say what he wants to say. Then, simply look and listen intently for the answer. Just pay attention. He is speaking all the time and we are like people in the city who can’t see the stars because of all the wasted light that fills the air. The solution?  Get out of the “city” for a minute, to that place where the stars so fill the sky that they look like Christmas lights all over the winter trees.
 
This light surrounds us all the time, though we usually aren’t aware of it. You could also call it grace. It permeates and reveals God’s creation. Once you are aware of it, you can begin to be aware of your own resistance to this light, or even shadows that you cast in this light because of sin. Sin can be so intense that it blocks God’s light/grace altogether.
 
Saint John Paul II once said that the greatest loss of our time was the loss of our sense of sin. Sin is a real problem—most people today can still understand the concept of corporate sin, for example, in the way we harm our environment or one people persecutes another. Our individual sin is just as real, and deadly. You might be surprised how many times people will come into confession with a sincere feeling that they need to confess, but simply can’t come up with anything. Lent is also a time for us to recover a sense of our sin, to pay attention!  It might be possible to say “I can’t think of anything,” but it isn’t possible to say “I haven’t sinned.”
 
One sin that few people think about today is selfishness. We live in a time that is so very self-centered. One of the most vivid memories of our time in the Holy Land (unfortunately) was when we were in the chapel, the very place where Jesus’ cross was placed upright into the rock of Calvary within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Our group was solemnly venerating the site as a group of young adults came through the chapel, very noisy, and almost without stopping turned their backs to the altar, lifted their phones, took selfies with Calvary in the background, and left as quickly as they came. Didn’t see that coming. Lent is a time for us to look at ourselves, not as everyone else sees us in a photo, but how we really look within. The humility of the moment is enough for our hearts to reconnect with God, realize the power of a divine relationship with him, and celebrate his presence, not ours. His promise that will never be revoked, the renewal that we know will come on that last day when all is perfectly fulfilled. Happy Lent.
 
God bless you.
 

Announcements ~ February 11, 2018

fleur cross logo This weekend is Commitment Weekend
Plan to support the work of the Catholic Church in the annual Bishop’s Lenten Appeal: “Living in Faith~Giving in Gratitude” Your generosity is what makes our Church’s response possible.
 
fleur cross logo The St. Lucy Project food drive is being held this weekend. Please drop off your filled bag before 5 pm Sunday, Feb. 11. More information on other opportunities to support those in need can be found on page 13.  Thank you for your support.
 
fleur cross logo February 14: Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule, 6:30 & 9am, 12noon, 6:30, & 8pm in Espanól.  The collection on Ash Wednesday is for the Churches in Central and Eastern Europe. For more information visit, usccb.org/catholic-giving/opportunities-for-giving/central-and-eastern-europe/collection/
 
fleur cross logo Mark your 2018 calendars for upcoming classes on Sunday mornings with Fr. Don, “Sunday School for Adults,” beginning 1st Sunday of Lent,  February 18,  between the 9am and 11am Masses:  10-11am. We can realistically fit a 15-week series of adult classes between now and mid-June.  Watch the calendar, classes will be held most Sundays.  Please see page 4 for the tentative schedule.
 
fleur cross logo Please plan to join us for our 40 HOURS’ Eucharistic Adoration which will begin Sunday, February 25 following the 5pm Mass. Please see page 7 for the full schedule. Adoration is a time of grace and blessings not only for the individual who sits in the Presence of the Lord, but also for the parish who sponsors it. Please make visits to the Blessed Sacrament throughout these days; if you can sign up for an hour or half-hour, please add your name to the sign-up sheet in the church vestibule.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ February 11, 2018

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,
 
David Mathers, at our staff meeting on Monday, said, “Ten days until Ash Wednesday... well, there goes 2018.”  We are flying through the year: look quick so you don’t miss something!  Last summer “next March” seemed like such a long time ago.  In two weeks we will begin breaking ground on a second Preschool classroom.  I would like to invite all of you parishioners to be our PR committee and talk up the fact that we will be adding 20 more places in our school.  Get the word our far and wide, we now have more room.
 
The reasons for a second Preschool classroom are clear:  The success of children’s education is far greater if they have a good foundation in a good Preschool.  Also, If we want to strengthen enrollment in Kindergarten and fill future grades it is important to build the school community from the start.  And so the work begins March 1.
 
This week we will be learning the first draft of the construction schedule.  In addition to the preschool, from the closing of this school year to the start of 2018-1019, we hope to complete an expansion of much-needed administrative space in the school.  The vestibule and offices will be enlarged, and we will accommodate real offices for our registrar, counselor, assistant principal and curriculum coordinator, as well as improved, larger spaces of our clinic and teachers’ lounge.  My favorite addition is that we will even have a public restroom for visitors!  And we will be able to add a conference room for meetings, something that simply doesn’t exist right now, either.
 
I wrote about these things a year ago, and the work has been progressing slowly until today.  It will be fun to see the progress now from week to week.
 
Once the school administrative space is completed, we plan to start right in on the parish offices, probably after this summer.  If you recall, we will add five offices, open up a more welcoming reception area, add an elevator for accessibility to all floors, especially the second floor where we will open up offices and make a nice choir practice room.  The elevator will be a nice transition from the lower parking lot up to the level of the church entrance.
 
All of this, of course, comes at a pricetag.  Future work on the church, building much-needed meeting spaces, renovating the parish/school kitchen and the dream of a parish hall will be conversations for the future.
 
For now, let us focus on our goal for the Bishop’s Lenten Appeal:  $455,000.  We will be giving weekly updates on how we are doing as the Appeal continues.  Here is the secret:  It doesn’t have to be a few that pay a lot for the many.  It can be the many who each pay a little that adds up to a lot.  I ask this year, as I have done in the past, that every family participate in some way in this Appeal.  Please fill out your envelope and send it in.  If you are a member of St. Bernadette, then be a member and take responsibility as a member who does their part for the good of the whole.  Please.
 
When we reach our goal, we will let you know.  We will know we have done our part for our diocesan church, and then we can save up and use whatever extra resources there may be for parish projects.
 
It is interesting:  these are the things you never think about when you are in the seminary.  Classes are so rich and inspiring, we are filled with the zeal of giving to our people the wonderful formation that we receive.  But a parish is also a business, and you don’t really think about that until you are trying to plan, practically, how to make all this work.  Please be patient with me, and generous to God.
 
God bless you,
 

Announcements ~ February 4, 2018

fleur cross logo Mark your 2018 calendars for upcoming classes on Sunday mornings with Fr. Don, “Sunday School for Adults,” beginning 1st Sunday of Lent,  February 18,  between the 9am and 11am Masses:  10-11am. We can realistically fit a 15-week series of adult classes between now and mid-June.  Watch the calendar, classes will be held most Sundays.  Please see page 4 for the tentative schedule.
 
fleur cross logo Next weekend is Commitment Weekend
Plan to support the work of the Catholic Church in the annual Bishop’s Lenten Appeal: “Living in Faith~Giving in Gratitude”. After reflecting upon the many blessings that God has given you, please prayerfully consider making a pledge to this important appeal that funds many programs and ministries that serve the people in our diocese.  Your generosity is what makes our Church’s response possible.
 

fleur cross logo St. Bernadette Parish will be conducting a food collection drive for the St. Lucy Project on Feb 10 - 11.  Please pick up your Blue Shopping Bag after Mass today. It contains a list of preferred items for purchase.  Please fill the bag with the food items and return them at any Mass on Feb. 10 or 11. Monetary donations and Gift Cards to Dollar Tree, Aldi’s, Walmart, and Giant are always welcome. 

fleur cross logo Looking ahead February 14: Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule, 6:30 & 9am, 12noon, 6:30, & 8pm in Espanól.  The collection on Ash Wednesday is for the Churches in Central and Eastern Europe. For more information visit, usccb.org/catholic-giving/opportunities-for-giving/central-and-eastern-europe/collection/
 
fleur cross logo Year-end Giving Statements have been mailed. Faith Direct participants will receive a separate letter directly from Faith Direct.  Please contact the parish office with questions.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ February 4, 2018

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

First I would like to mention a couple of housekeeping items. While I was away we sent out all the annual giving statements to parishioners for tax purposes, including those for whom we had no record of giving to the Sunday offering or second collections last year. We ran into trouble when many of these “zero giving” letters went to people who give through Faith Direct, electronically. The letter should have acknowledged your generosity in giving electronically, if that is the case, and explained that Faith Direct sends a statement separately. If you didn’t receive this also from them, please notify us immediately. I’m not sure why these Faith Direct contributions aren’t posted in the totals of the parish, and will look into doing this differently in the future to avoid confusion and give us a more accurate snapshot of parish giving in the offertory and other collections. I apologize for the heartburn this may have caused.

Also, we’ve been running promotions for the Virginia Catholic Conference Advocacy Day in Richmond, a chance for us to speak our Catholic witness to elected officials and discuss options for legislation that are consistent with our faith. Not much response, which is okay. But I would still like to provide a word of encouragement to attend Virginia Vespers on the evening of Thursday, February 15. Please see page 8 for details. This will be the first Vespers hosted by our new Bishop Burbidge and the new bishop of Richmond, Bishop Knestout. If you have never seen the Cathedral in Richmond, that in itself is a treat: until the split of Virginia into two dioceses with the new diocese of Arlington in 1973, it was our cathedral, too.

You will find my calendar for Sunday School for Adults here on this page. We will stick to the program as closely as possible. We will start each class at 10:05 to accommodate windy 9am homilies and end at 10:50 so you can get to Mass and prepare adequately for the liturgy.

Sunday School for Adults 10am Sundays
                     Bradican Room
   1.  18 Feb    God Reveals Himself
   2.  25 Feb    Sacred Scripture, Old Testament
   3.    4 Mar    Formation of the New Testament
   4.  11 Mar    Old Prepares New: The Gospels
   5.  18 Mar   The Blessed Trinity
  
   6.    8 Apr    Prayer
   7.  15 Apr    Life in Christ
   8.  22 Apr    The Mass I
   9.  29 Apr    The Mass II
 10.    6 May   Introduction to Sacraments: Realism
 
 11.  20 May   Initiation: Baptism and Confirmation
 12.  27 May   Development of Reconciliation
 13.    3 Jun    Christ’s Healing 
 14.  10 Jun    Eucharist: Conformed to Christ
 15.  17 Jun    Mission in Service of Communion
 

Finally, I would like to announce our plans for this year’s Lenten Parish Retreat/Mission and Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotions, February 25-27. This year we begin on Sunday, 25 February, after the 5pm Mass with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and the first nightly conference by our speaker, Fr. Christian Beretta, OSFS, principal of Salesianum High School in Wilmington. A native of California, Father Beretta graduated from Paul VI High School in Fairfax, VA, where he first met the Oblates. After high school, he joined the formation program and earned a Bachelor’s degree in theology from Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales (now DeSales University) in 1991. As a young Oblate, Father Beretta taught social justice and was an assistant coach in the basketball and baseball programs at Salesianum from 1991-1993.

Father Beretta returned to graduate school in the fall of 1993 and went on to earn three Masters degrees. He holds a Master of Divinity from the DeSales School of Theology in Washington, DC (1997), an M.A. in Kinesiology-Sport Psychology from the University of Maryland (1997) and an M.A. in Educational Administration from the University of Notre Dame (2009). After being ordained a priest on May 31, 1997 at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington, Father Beretta returned to Salesianum as a teacher and coach from 1997-1999. In 1999, he was transferred to Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, FL, where he spent the next 11 years, first as the school’s campus minister from 1999-2003, and then as principal from 2003-2010.

As you can see, there is a broad and rich base of experience which Oblate Father Beretta will bring to our parish this Lent. Please watch for more details about his conferences and the schedule for 40 Hours.

God bless you.

Announcements ~ January 28, 2018

fleur cross logo We invite prospective families to kick-off Catholic Schools week by visiting our Open House, Sunday, January 28, 10:30am-1pm or Wednesday, January 31, 9:30am-10:30am. If you have any questions, please contact our Registrar, Mrs. Cynthia Johns at cjohns@stbernschool.org
 
fleur cross logo Mark your 2018 calendars for upcoming classes on Sunday mornings with Fr. Don.  Sunday mornings, between the 9am and 11am Masses:  10-11am. We are planning a 23-week series of adult catechesis by Fr. Don, called “Sunday School for Adults.”  Watch the calendar, classes will be held whenever the calendar allows, probably starting after the parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land is finished beginning in February.
 
fleur cross logo This weekend is the Collection for the Church in Latin America. Please prayerfully consider supporting this collection, which strengthens the faith of our brothers and sisters in Latin America and the Caribbean. Share your faith and support the second collection. To learn more, please visit usccb.org/latin-america.
 
fleur cross logo It’s time for each and every registered family to consider how they plan to support the work of the Catholic Church in the annual Bishop’s Lenten Appeal: “Living in Faith~Giving in Gratitude” After reflecting upon the many blessings that God has given you, please prayerfully consider making a pledge to this important appeal that funds many programs and ministries that serve the people in our diocese.  Commitment Sunday will be February 10-11 at all Masses. Your generosity is what makes our Church’s response possible.
 
Year-end Giving Statements have been mailed this weekend. Please contact the parish office if there are any questions.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ January 28, 2018

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,
 
After Christians could move relatively safely in public after Christianity was legalized by the emperor Constantine, there was immediate desire for believers to go and see the real places where Jesus was born, walked, worked miracles, taught, was baptized and transfigured, suffered, carried his Cross, was crucified and rose from the dead.  Constantine’s mother, Saint Helen, went quickly to the Holy Land and located all the places that had been continuously venerated and protected by local Christians from the time of Jesus, and built Byzantine period shrines everywhere.  Her contribution to the proof and preservation of these holy sites is inestimable:  these structures remained in relatively good shape until the time when the Crusaders were able to build new churches and shrines literally on top of the Byzantine foundations.  In many places, these Byzantine buildings are still in use — among many, most notably the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Upper Room of the Last Supper, the Church of Saint Anne (birthplace of Mary) and elements of some of the remaining chapels along the Way of the Cross.  In many cases these 11th century Crusader buildings have not survived the years of wars and scavengers and modern (18th to 20th century) churches have been built, always sensitive to making the ruins of the original elements visible.
 
The treasures which we hold in our Tradition in the Holy Land are something that every person needs to experience in their life—preferably, when you are young so your life of faith might be transformed early and the depth of experience can shape your understanding.  This was the fifth parish pilgrimage we have offered, and it is always a work in progress which benefits from previous plans.  I have to say that this pilgrimage was the most amazing of all so far, we went to a lot of places which I have never visited before, the familiar places we visited were not crowded and we had time to relish Mass in each holy place and let the reality sink in.
 
The reason I keep going back over and over—though, it is true, we always find new things—is because there is nothing like watching the realization of the fact of Jesus open peoples’ minds to faith and devotion.  You can’t return and be the same.  It is all so suddenly real.  This year we had 42 people, and had such a good response that we will go again October 16, the day after our Parish Picnic and celebration of the Dedication of our Church at Saint Bernadette—a very important feast for any parish.  If you can go October 16, come away for two weeks, please consider it.  I will begin calling for people to make reservations to fill up the October trip shortly.  We plan to go every other year, so after this October the next trip will be in January of 2020.
 
Of course, we can accomplish the same goals without pilgrimage, but the reality of the holy places confronts our lukewarmness, passive practice of faith.  When the reality is in front of you, when you walk on the real Roman paving stones which were lifted from the lower, original layers of the Jesus’ actual way of the Cross, when you kiss the place where Jesus is born, or where the Cross of Jesus is placed in the stone of Golgotha, and when you reflect how, as members of the Body of Christ, it is we, also, who teach, heal, suffer, die and rise in him, you realize that there is no such thing as a spectator in Christianity.
 
We are included in his Mysteries as Christ himself.  These places are about us, too; these places are somehow home.
 
Everywhere we go we pray for you.  For your intentions, for all who have asked us to carry their prayers with us.  You have been in every place with us.  As I write this—realizing that you will have read this already when we return Sunday night—we are about to pass from the Dead Sea south to the Red Sea port of Aqaba into Jordan.  We will have a chance to reflect on the history of the Hebrews who passed through those desert lands searching for the Promised Land seeking God’s favor, the land of Moses and John the Baptist.
 
I have been asking our pilgrims to consider what we will do with these great gifts when we return?  How will we be able to share them?  With resolve strong, I suggest we gather in Richmond and speak truth to our elected officials.  I believe we all need to make a commitment to learn more about our faith, and therefore, about who we are.  I will announce my Sunday adult catechism program next week.  We need to intensify the conversation with God and service to his mission.  We need meeting spaces in which to make these things come to life.  More about that soon, too.  We have been bought, remember?  We are expensive and the price paid was Jesus.
 
God bless you.
 
 

Announcements ~ January 21, 2018

fleur cross logo We invite prospective families to kick-off Catholic Schools week by visiting our next Open House, Sunday, January 28, 10:30am-1pm or Wednesday, January 31, 9:30am-10:30am. If you have any questions, please contact our Registrar, Mrs. Cynthia Johns at cjohns@stbernschool.org
 
fleur cross logo Mark your 2018 calendars for upcoming classes on Sunday mornings with Fr. Don.  Sunday mornings, between the 9am and 11am Masses:  10-11am. We are planning a 23-week series of adult catechesis by Fr. Don, called “Sunday School for Adults.”  Watch the calendar, classes will be held whenever the calendar allows, probably starting after the parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land is finished beginning in February.
 
fleur cross logo Please join us for our monthly Taizé Prayer Service, Monday, January 22, 2018 at 8pm. Come pray for Christian unity in our community and in the world. All Christians are warmly invited; invite your friends!
 
fleur cross logo This next weekend is the Collection for the Church in Latin America! Please prayerfully consider supporting this collection, which strengthens the faith of our brothers and sisters in Latin America and the Caribbean. Share your faith! Support the second collection. To learn more, please visit usccb.org/latin-america.
 
fleur cross logo It’s time for each and every registered family to consider how they plan to support the work of the Catholic Church in the annual Bishop’s Lenten Appeal: ”Living in Faith~Giving in Gratitude.” After reflecting upon the many blessings that God has given you, please prayerfully consider making a pledge to this important appeal that funds many programs and ministries that serve the people in our diocese. Commitment Sunday will be February 10-11 at all Masses.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ January 21, 2018

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

We send our greetings from Nazareth tonight, Tuesday the 16th.  There are 44 of us from Saint Bernadette and Saint Mary on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land which started last Sunday evening, and we will return on the evening of Sunday the 28th.

Today was our first full day of visiting holy places.  We landed early Monday morning in Vienna and, after a layover there, flew into Tel Aviv.  By the time we cleared customs and rode the coach to Nazareth it was well past dark and dinnertime.

Nazareth remains one of the stronger Christian communities in Israel/Palestine, at about 30% of the population.  It has seen a great boom in building and development in recent years, you might not recognize the place if you haven’t been here in a while.  It is, of course, the town where Mary lived with her family.  The Basilica of the Annunciation is built directly over the grotto, or cave, where Mary lived.  Nazareth was considered a backwater town, was largely poor, and people lived in natural caves which line the surrounding hills.  The people of Nazareth tended to be “parochial,” not too open to new ideas, and this is why they ultimately rejected Jesus and he relocated to Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee (Sea of Tiberias), a much more cosmopolitan center of wealth, production and trade.  The area under and around the basilica in Nazareth is actually a neighborhood of caves, and the nearby church of Saint Joseph is actually built over the cave where Saint Joseph lived.  They were neighbors.  Another similar city where the largely-poor population utilized a large formation of multiple caves as dwellings is Bethlehem.

This morning we started with Mass at the lower chapel in the Basilica of the Annunciation.  I’ve been hoping for Mass here for 15 years!  It is on the lowest level of the building, the floor level of Mary’s grotto home.  The chapel altar is next to the room where the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and she conceived by the Holy Spirit.  The Son of God became Man.  From there you can see the 4th century construction of the Byzantine church (by Saint Helen, mother of Constantine), as well as the later crusader construction (12th century).  After Mass we toured the basilica, visited the church and grotto of Saint Joseph, then visited the synagogue where Jesus was handed the scroll of the prophet Isaiah and proclaimed that the call to bring glad tidings to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives and a year of favor from the Lord, freedom and peace was fulfilled in himself as all listened. 

Next we visited a suburb of Nazareth, a town called Cana where Jesus performed his first miracle.  One of the things I love best about Cana is this undeniable stone jar that was found while they were excavating beneath the current 19th century church building.  Beneath this church is found a crusader church in the basilican style, beneath that is found a synagogue that dates to Jesus’ time.  And in the middle of that dig is this stone jar.  It is about five feet tall, with thick stone sides that would hold about 30 gallons.  In Cana, all our married couples renewed their marriage vows.

Next, we went to the Sea of Galilee.  We visited three sites, all on the northeastern shore of the lake, where Jesus regularly visited.  One shrine, called Tabgha, is another discovery of the early Byzantine/Crusader/19th century structures built over the stone where Jesus stood to multiply the loaves and fish.  A little up the shore is another church, this one called Primacy of Peter, where Jesus appeared for the third time after his resurrection at the edge of the lake and cooked his disciples breakfast, then asked Peter three times “Do you love me?”, then giving the command, “Feed my sheep.”  The third location a bit farther along is the city of Capernaum, the city of traders where Peter’s own house was.  Jesus used Capernaum as one of his centers of activity in his work in Galilee, performing healings and miracles, preaching in their famous synagogue, and forming his disciples.

After lunch we got in a boat, probably a lot larger than the actual boats operated by Jesus’ disciples, and reflected on the many Gospel accounts of Jesus on the lake.  Then we toured a museum where is displayed an actual 2,000 year-old wooden boat which was discovered in a drought 30 years ago and carefully preserved in the mud.  Its carbon 14 dating confirms that it might be one of the boats on the lake even at the time of Jesus’ visitation.

This is just the first day!  I will keep up with updates, and hopefully will prepare a travelogue in the near future for anyone interested at the parish.  Please pray for us, we pray for you everywhere we go.  Follow us @frdonrooney.

God bless you.

 

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