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Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ November 12, 2017

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

One of my favorite themes in the Lenten Season is that we can’t afford to be spectators in the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. As members of his Body we are in the thick of it: carrying the cross, abandoned, tortured, dying. All of this is so, that we will also know the real resurrection, brightness, unthinkable joy. The sacraments are acts by which we literally enter the mystery of God becoming Man—incarnation and transformation.

But the world doesn’t seem to get the realism of it all. I think in some respects that we have all settled for a discounted Christianity. Young people leave the church because we don’t have lively music and they aren’t entertained. “It is all so solemn...” someone told me, as if that were the problem. Well, it is solemn because something too important is happening for us to be distracted by a good feeling. A good feeling is somehow a cheap substitute and makes it all about me.

In some respects, even this concept of “what a friend we have in Jesus” falls short of the mark. The relationship is so very important, but it doesn’t exist for its own sake: it exists for a purpose—not so that we can stay in a holding pattern of bffs that never come in for a landing, or a kind of perpetual dating. Spiritual adolescence has to come to an end at some point, though many still may think of God in this way. When is the marriage going to happen? If we think of God only as a friend, then we must consider ourselves gods on an even plane, which we know isn’t the case. He is God. The relationship is not so that we can feel good, or loved, or connected. The relationship exists that we might come closer together. Bishop Robert Barron in our Sunday class says that God is beyond anything that may be thought, but also closer to us than we are even to ourselves. To know my true self, I must know myself as God knows me. Everything is contained, discovered, fulfilled in the act of entering into the Mystery of God.

The goal is not the relationship with God, though relationship is the instrument by which we realize our identity: union in God. All of this must be actively received, and requires a great deal of humility.

In my homilies last week I discussed humility. Humility is always our interaction with others. I must approach another as if every person is more important than me. Jesus, the Son of God, became one of us and gave his life in our place, showing that he considered us more important than himself. This is when Jesus is able to break through our weakness and sin: when we finally realize that love is true when the beloved doesn’t deserve it. He loves us anyway.

Faith formation is life-long. As we enter the Mystery of God at varying capacities and different seasons of life our ability to receive God himself deepens and matures. When faith formation is interrupted or is no longer valued the legacy of our faith inheritance is also broken. The old adage “You can’t give what you don’t have” awakens many new parents who realize they have to renew their own life of faith in order to pass something to their children about who they are as immortal beings loved by God. At a meeting this week with pastors and school principals and Bishop Burbidge, we spoke about the real need of parents today to recommit to their own faith formation. The lack of formation has produced now several generations of adults who approach faith and the Church (and Catholic Schools) not as partners, but as consumers.

What are you looking for? Are you looking for anything? God is ready to give it all away to whoever is paying attention and seeking union with him.

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We are going to do something a little different this year, and I would like everyone to participate. On Thanksgiving Day we will have only one Mass at 10am. At that Mass I ask everyone to bring a bag of nonperishable food, an offering of thankfulness. Bring the bag of food into the church, in your pew—don’t leave it in the vestibule. At the time of the offertory (there is no collection), we will ask everyone to bring their bag of food forward and place their offering for the poor and less fortunate on the floor in front of the altar as we sing a song of thanksgiving. After Mass is over, we can take our offerings and load them in a St. Lucy Project van so that Catholic Charities can distribute this food where it is most needed.

Also, I wanted to remind everyone that since Father William left I now have the south confessional in the church. Most people still think that it is a Spanish only—which makes my Saturday afternoon far too easy!

God bless you.

Announcements ~ November 5, 2017

fleur cross logo Help care for elders. “Thanks to support from the Retirement Fund for Religious, we are now in a much better position to care for our elders,“ writes a religious sister. Your donation helps her religious community and hundreds of others provide for aging members and plan for long-term needs. Please give to next week’s Retirement Fund for Religious collection.
 
fleur cross logo Alan Ames will be visiting our parish November 9 and 10. Please see details on page 9.
 
fleur cross logo World’s Finest Chocolates! The St. Bernadette School Chocolate Sale will continue after Masses until November 9. The school receives 50% of the funds raised to support our arts, academic, technology, and sports programs, as well as other events during the school year. Thank you for supporting our school!
 
fleur cross logo Two adult education classes by Fr Don on November 5th:  his series on the “Mystery of God” continues at 10am in the Bradican Room, and a special talk he has prepared and delivered in several cities nationally on “The Reformation 500th Anniversary: Declaration on the Way,” will be at 7pm in the church.
 
fleur cross logo Saint Bernadette School Open House Wednesday, November 15, 9:30-10:30am. Come and see the difference Catholic Education can make for your child!
 
fleur cross logo If you didn’t have a chance to return your Commitment Card you are welcome drop it collection basket, mail it in, or bring it into the parish office. We have received cards from 178 of our families, just under 5% of the parish community. Everyone is encouraged to make a commitment to living your faith by getting involved in the parish!
 
fleur cross logo Parish offices will be closed Friday, 10 November in observance of the Veteran’s Day Holiday.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ November 5, 2017

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,
 
I want to thank our good ushers for doing double duty these past few weeks, taking up the collection as well as counting attendance at Masses at Bishop Burbidge’s request.
 
We had an ushers’ meeting last weekend and they had a lot of great suggestions which we will follow up on. There is some concern that so many people come to Mass late that, perhaps, only about one third of the congregation has heard the introduction which explains for whom the second collection is taken. I have been wondering why our second collections are low, and this may be the reason.
 
We announce the second collection at Mass during the introduction at Mass, as well as print it on the cover of the weekly liturgy sheet (which, I know, a lot of people refuse). We also list it on the last page in the previous week’s bulletin. We will begin to announce it very briefly at the end of the prayers of the faithful, just before the offertory, and see if that helps. Please remember, if a second basket comes to you with a green liner, that is the basket for the second collection. Please be generous.
 
Also, we will close the doors from the vestibule into the church at the beginning of the Liturgy of the Word, not immediately as Mass begins. Realizing that the vestibule is where parents take their children if they are having a noisy moment, this will allow people to hear the Word of God more clearly during the readings and still provide a welcome for those who are arriving a little late. I would like to remind folks in the vestibule that it isn’t a hang-out alternative to the church: you are invited to join us. Also, those who have been remarking about the noise heard from the back rows are invited to move forward in the pews. Our Mass attendance count last month shows that the most attended Mass in October was 794 people - just below half the capacity of our church’s seating. Average attendance per Mass is 467, for a church that seats over 1,600.
 
According to the Mass attendance count last month, we averaged 2,944 parishioners each weekend. With our registration, as of this fall, at 11,917, that means our weekly attendance at Mass is 24.7%, and less than one quarter of our parishioners attend Mass weekly. The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown does regular surveys and has found that the national average of Mass attendance has stayed flat at 22% since 2000, down from 48% in 1970. I had hoped we would be an exception, but I guess we are not.
 
Of course, I find this devastating, as should everyone. We have a lot of work to do to get the Good News back “on the air” in the middle of so much confusion today. We can’t let this get us down, we must see it as a challenge to bring the Church family back to the center of peoples’ lives again. So much to do.
 
I have written once about Mass intentions already, but thought I would mention it again, now that November 1st is past, our Mass intentions book is open again, and the next year is available to those who would like to request Mass intentions for loved ones. There is a limit of two intentions (for persons living or deceased) per person, per month. You may request any date between now and the end of 2018, particularly if you would like to request a Mass on wedding anniversaries, birthdays, anniversaries of death or other special days. We are limiting it to two per person per month because it has been possible for people to request as many as they want, and then the book is full and many have no opportunity. It is my hope that this will make some dates available that might otherwise have been taken. One solution might be to ask for a Mass intention for a family, rather than an individual.
 
Someone suggested that we could add a weekly intention, naming the sanctuary lamp candle in memory of an intention. I hadn’t thought of this in a long while, I remember it from when I was a child. Apparently a lot of parishes do this as another opportunity to remember people at Mass. So we will begin a new tradition here at Saint Bernadette. If you would like to memorialize the sanctuary lamp (the candle next to the tabernacle that communicates the presence of Jesus in the tabernacle), you may call at the office. We are asking a $30 donation for this remembrance, and will list it in the bulletin each week for the coming week.
 
It is hard to believe that we are already coming up on the end of the liturgical year!  December 3 will be the beginning of the season of Advent!
 
God bless you.

 

Announcements ~ October 29, 2017

fleur cross logo If you didn’t have a chance to put your Commitment Card in the second collection this past weekend you are welcome to bring it next week, or mail it in, or bring it into the office this week.  Everyone is encouraged to make a commitment to living your faith by getting involved in the parish!
 
fleur cross logo All Saints’ Day Mass schedule (holy day of obligation)
Oct. 31 Vigil at 7:30pm, Nov. 1 Masses at 6:30 and 9am, Noon, 6:30pm in English and 8pm in Spanish.  The  All Souls’ Day Mass schedule includes 9am, Noon, 6:30pm School Memorial Service and 7pm parish bilingual Mass for all our deceased.
 
Alan Ames will be visiting our parish Nov 9 and 10.  Please see details on page 9.
 
fleur cross logo All Souls’ Novena of Masses - Remembrance envelopes in which you may include the names of your deceased family or friends are available in the vestibule of the church and parish office. Envelopes will be placed near the altar during the Novena of Masses. To participate please fill out one of the envelopes with your donation and return them to the parish office before November 2nd. Questions, please contact the parish office.
 
fleur cross logo World’s Finest Chocolates! The St. Bernadette School Chocolate Sale will continue after Masses until November 9.  The school receives 50% of the funds raised to support our arts, academic, technology, and sports programs, as well as other events during the school year.  Thank you for supporting our school!
 
fleur cross logo Two adult education classes by Fr Don on November 5th:  his series on the “Existence of God” continues at 10am in the Bradican Room, and a special talk he has prepared and delivered in several cities nationally on “The Reformation 500th Anniversary: Declaration on the Way,” will be at 7pm in the church.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ October 29, 2017

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

This weekend we are celebrating Catechetical Sunday a month late, after welcoming our new director of Faith Formation and getting our own religious education program for children off to a later start. Still we are short 14 catechists, and will probably have to cut some of the classes offered. Bishop Burbidge, in his September 17 letter to the Diocese, explains that the theme of this year’s Catechetical Sunday is “Living as Missionary Disciples.” As Pope Francis reminds us, “The joy of the Gospel is for all people: no one can be excluded” (Evangelii Gaudium, no. 23 ). “Each of us is called by the Lord to be a missionary disciple who bears witness to the saving and life-transforming power of God made known to us in Jesus Christ and kept alive in our hearts by the grace of the Holy Spirit.

“Our Catholic faith is a gift that is meant to be shared. On this Catechetical Sunday, we give thanks for all who hand on our faith to others, including the catechists and teachers who lead children, adolescents and adults to encounter Jesus Christ. These catechists accompany those they teach, inviting them to a deeper bond with the Body of Christ, the Church. What a beautiful privilege they have, as well as a great responsibility!

“As the Diocese of Arlington joins the Church throughout the United States to celebrate Catechetical Sunday, may we continue to pray for all catechists and teachers - including parents, guardians, women and men living the consecrated life, deacons, and priests - that through their dedication and witness they may continue to encounter the love of God in Christ Jesus and proclaim that saving love to everyone by their lives as missionary disciples of the Lord.”

I am also excited this week to present to you our new school logo. Seeking a closer connection to our parish identity and a fresher look, we have settled on a new logo that incorporates some familiar elements. Like our parish logo, a prominent feature of the new logo is the fleur de lis, a symbol of Mary, the Pure Lily, as well as a symbol of France where Saint Bernadette encountered her in Lourdes. It is superimposed over a gold cross, because from her came the Son of God according to the flesh in his Incarnation. It was her purity and her yes that made all of this possible. Mary’s words at Lourdes, “I am the Immaculate Conception” are the key to God’s will for her, and the vitality of her “yes.”

shirts 3 inchThe upper silver field of the crest incorporates our beloved Cardinals, whose strength here is not represented as an individual, but as a community. The original Community, of course, the Blessed Trinity, is represented in iconography as a community of cardinals. As a school community grounded in the virtues, we name these cardinals faith, hope and charity. (On second thought, now in hindsight, I think this may cause confusion since faith, hope and charity are the supernatural virtues, NOT the cardinal virtues—justice, temperance, fortitude, prudence—but we can turn this into an opportunity to teach one another with regard to the virtues, which is not such a bad thing, either.

Recently we received a notice from the Diocese and the deadline (Nov 3) is approaching quickly so I thought I would mention it. The new Communications Director, Billy Atwell, has asked us to take a survey about what we think regarding his current efforts, and any suggestions we might have to improve our access to news and information.

There is a survey for parishioners in which you are invited to participate. In English – https://www.arlingtondiocese.org/2017-Diocesan-Survey/ In Spanish – https://www.arlingtondiocese.org/Encuesta-Diocesana-2017/

Don’t forget, our next class on the “Existence of God” is on Sunday Nov. 5 at 10am, and I am offering a special presentation of the talk I have been giving nationally on the Reformation 500th Anniversary here in the church Sunday, Nov. 5 at 7pm.

God bless you,

 

 

Announcements ~ October 22, 2017

fleur cross logo This is Commitment Sunday and all are asked to put your completed Commitment Cards in the second collection at Mass.  There is a pull-out Commitment Card in today’s bulletin, pp. 7-8, in case you forgot to bring yours or misplaced it.  You can still turn it in, drop it in any collection basket during the next few weeks, mail it in using the return envelope provided in the Catalog packet, or drop it by the office.  Please do it sooner than later; we will begin to compile lists of people for our Ministry Leaders to call, to get started.  Thank you for your beautiful response to God’s call to live an active faith.
 
fleur cross logo Religious Education Class begin today! We are still in need of 12 catechists for classes.  If you are willing to help in any way, please contact Martha Drennan during your child’s religious education class time, call her at (703)451-8576, or email her at mdrennan@stbernpar.org. ; We are especially in need of 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and K catechists.  We even still need some 7th and 8th grade catechists.
 
fleur cross logo Sunday’s “Existence of God” Class with Fr. Don has been moved to Sunday, November 5th at 10am in the Bradican Room. There is no class today or Sunday the 29th.
 
fleur cross logo Please join us tomorrow evening for our monthly Taize Prayer Service, October 23 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 ECHO’s popular Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, October 28 from 8am-noon at the gym. Proceeds of the sale benefit ECHO whose mission is to help local people who are experiencing emergency as well as those who have long-term low income needs.
 
fleur cross logo World’s Finest Chocolates! The St. Bernadette School Chocolate Sale will run until November 9. Candy bars will be available for sale after Masses.  The school receives 50% of the funds raised to support our school’s arts, academic, technology, and sports programs, as well as other events during the school year.  Thank you for supporting our school!

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ October 22, 2017

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,
 
Last week was by far the busiest weekend I have ever seen in a parish! It would be enough to plan and set up (and take down!) a parish picnic and Fall Festival, prepare and serve food and beverages, set up all these wonderful games and activities, tents, seating, shuttles, Bingo, a live band and more for about 2,500 folks (our best estimate)—but wait, there’s more. Leaders of parish ministries came and sat at tables under tents outside church before and after all the Masses to let everyone know that everyone is invited to get involved in parish life and work—and now is the time to fill out your commitment cards so you can get involved this year—but wait, there is more. Our music ministry and liturgy coordinators put together one of the most beautiful, meaningful Masses celebrating our diversity at Saint Bernadette in many languages and styles of music. So beautiful. One person asked me skeptically why we needed to focus on diversity if we wanted to be one parish? Well, I said, this is what one looks like. It is so beautiful because each of us are different and we have a contribution to make the one what it is! Unity is not uniformity!
 
So a special thank you to all who worked last weekend. My special thanks go to our Parish Advisory Board committees who coordinated so any things; our school PTO under president Jackson Toof, bravo. For our Parish Life Committee and Friends in Need Committee who apparently served more people than they ever dreamed possible, for our youth ministry and school students and their games and activities. I had no idea a nail salon would be such a hit! It was a seamless production with a thousand moving parts. Special thanks to our staff members, Pastoral Associate Rick Caporali and director of music ministry David Mathers. It is so much fun being a pastor alongside such a dynamic army of dedicated lay people who make things happen.
 
Thanks also, to God, who by our weather apps told us that he had just happened to plan sunshine out of a damp, cloudy day from 2pm to 6pm. And what a perfect day it became.
 
Somebody asked if we could do it again. I replied that something this great is going to be hard to put back in the box. Of course! And next year it will fall on Sunday the 14th of October, which will be the 37th anniversary of the dedication of our church building. In church calendars, this is a feast day of highest solemnity during the year, so we will plan an extra special celebration.
 
I have a couple of other things to mention this week. As you may know, we have put a hold on Mass intentions for a while, as we had gotten a full year ahead on intentions and there was no opportunity for people to ask for a Mass intention for a recently deceased loved one sooner than a year in the future. The All Souls’ Day Novena is a perfect opportunity in the meantime. We will celebrate ALL Masses for nine days (not just nine Masses) for the collective intentions of our deceased whom you remember with the All Souls’ Day Novena envelope. You may write as many names as you like on the envelope and include your offering, and we will place all these intentions near the altar and pray for them. Please have all your requests in by the beginning of the Novena on November 2.
 
On November 1 we will reopen the Mass intention book with some limitations. No longer will one person be able to come in and speak for multiple Masses. Especially with only one daily Mass and only two priests, intentions are scarce. Therefore, people will be limited to request only two Mass intentions per month. Those requesting the Mass intention must be parish members or at least be asking for the intention on behalf of a parish member, living or deceased. This will allow more people to make requests. The soonest Mass availability will still be the middle of January, so if you wish a Mass to be celebrated sooner for your intention, please consider an unscheduled Mass. We use them whenever we celebrate Mass outside of the parish or concelebrate.
 
If you don’t get your commitment cards in this weekend, you can still get it done in the next few weeks. We process all the data and prepare contact lists for ministry leaders in our best effort not to lose track of anyone who signed up for something. Thank you in advance for your commitment:  it is literally the “living sacrifice of praise” that we pray to accomplish in the Mass, as we take Jesus from Mass into the many thoroughfares of life.
 
Finally, if beggars are at the door of the church, please inform the traffic policeman in front. It is my understanding that these are victims of human trafficking whose “bosses” take a large cut. Don’t support organized crime... let the police know.
 
God bless you.

 

Announcements ~ October 15, 2017

fleur cross logo You are invited to our Saint Bernadette Parish Picnic and Fall Festival Family Day THIS weekend, October 15. The afternoon Mass schedules will be adjusted to accommodate our family celebration of all the diversity in the parish. The 1pm Mass and 11am Masses will be combined at 11am for a cultural diversity celebration Mass, and the 5pm Mass will be moved to 7pm.  See page 7 for details.
 
fleur cross logo Ministry Fair Weekend is October 15
Take advantage of our time to visit with ministry leaders and representatives outside under the tents about various ministries before and after the 5pm Vigil, 7:30am, 9am and 11am Masses — and choose one for your commitment this year. Remember to bring your commitment card to Masses the following weekend, October 22.
 
fleur cross logo All are invited to the Lord of the Miracles (El Senor De Los Milagros) celebration. on Saturday, October 21 at 10:30am. The Lord of the Miracles is a mural painted of Jesus Christ that is venerated in the country of Peru and throughout the world by Peruvians. The mural became famous after it withstood the many violent earthquakes that shook the City of Lima and for this reason it became known also as “The Lord of Earthquakes,” a divine sign that recognizes the Lord God as all powerful. There were many who swore the image was responsible for miracles that happened in their lives. The image became known as the “Lord of Miracles” and now is the Patron Saint of Peru
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fleur cross logo World’s Finest Chocolates! The St. Bernadette School Chocolate Sale will run October 10 – November 9. Candy bars will be available for sale after Masses on the following weekends:  October 21/22, October 28/29, and November 4/5.  The school receives 50% of the funds raised and will use the funds to support our school’s arts, academic, technology, and sports programs, as well as other events during the school year.  Thank you for supporting our school!

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ October 15, 2017

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,
 
Friday this week marked the centenary of the final apparition of our Lady of Fatima to the three children and the miracle of the sun.  Here is a brief account by Lucia of what happened.
 
Throughout the night of 12-13 October it had rained, soaking the ground and the pilgrims who made their way to Fátima from all directions by the thousands. By foot, by cart and even by car they came, entering the Cova from the Fátima-Leiria road, which today still passes in front of the large square of the Basilica. From there they made their way down the gentle slope to the place where a trestle had been erected over the little holm oak of the apparitions. Today on the site is the modern glass and steel Capelhina (little chapel), enclosing the first chapel built there and the statue of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fátima where the holm oak had stood.
 
The children made their way to the Cova amid the adulation and skepticism which had followed them since May. When they arrived they found critics who questioned their veracity and the punctuality of the Lady, who had promised to arrive at noon. It was well past noon by the clock; however, when the sun arrived at its zenith the Lady appeared as she had said she would.
 
Lucia:“What do you want of me?”
Mary: “I want a chapel built here in my honor. I want you to continue saying the Rosary every day. The war will end soon (World War I), and the soldiers will return to their homes.
Lucia:  “Yes. Yes.  Will you tell me your name?”
Mary: “I am the Lady of the Rosary.”
Lucia: “I have many petitions from many people. Will you grant them?”
Mary: “Some I shall grant, and others I must deny. People must amend their lives and ask pardon for their sins. They must not offend our Lord any more, for He is already too much offended!
Lucia: “And is that all you have to ask?”
Mary: “There is nothing more.”
 
As the Lady of the Rosary rises toward the east she turns the palms of her hands toward the dark sky. While the rain had stopped, dark clouds continued to obscure the sun, which suddenly bursts through them and is seen to be a soft spinning disk of silver.

“Look at the sun!”  From this point two distinct apparitions were seen, that of the phenomenon of the sun seen by the 70,000 or so spectators and that beheld by the children alone. Lucia describes the latter in her memoirs.  [Scores of eyewitness accounts attest to the movement, the “dancing” of the sun that day.  It seemed to come toward the earth, and the ground was instantly dry.]
 
After our Lady had disappeared into the immense distance of the firmament, we beheld St. Joseph with the Child Jesus and our Lady robed in white with a blue mantle, beside the sun. St. Joseph and the Child Jesus seemed to bless the world, for they traced the sign of the Cross with their hands. When, a little later, this apparition disappeared, I saw our Lord and our Lady; it seemed to me to that it was Our Lady of Sorrows (Dolors). Our Lord appeared to bless the world in the same manner St. Joseph had done.
 
As time passes, we lose the memory of these marvels that God has brought to pass in our time.  The only way we keep the memory of these things, as well as the important messages they contain about constant conversion, is to tell our children.  This could be a great family project: discover these events and read accounts of them together.  So much of faith is what we can’t find in a book, but what we share.
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Please visit with ministry representatives this weekend before and after Saturday evening and Sunday morning Masses under the tents outside of church to see where you might get involved:  prayerfully consider your responses in filling out the Commitment Card and offer it to God on Commitment Sunday next weekend.  It is time for us to take responsibility for the faith, hope and love that we have been given and respond in action — time for God, service for his people, and support for his Church.
 
And don’t forget to join us on Sunday afternoon for the Fall Festival and Parish Picnic.  We’ve never tried this before, so let’s get together and help it to happen.  Please bring food according to the first initial of your name.  AND PLEASE carpool, we can’t predict what the parking situation will be.  If the lots are full, we will have four shuttle buses circulating from the commuter parking spaces along the street going into Daventry across Old Keene Mill Rd.  Join us on the Lord’s day for a big family reunion!
 
God bless you.
 

 

 

 

 

 

Announcements ~ October 8, 2017

fleur cross logo World’s Finest Chocolates! The St. Bernadette School Chocolate Sale will run October 10 – November 9. Candy bars will be available for sale after Masses on the following weekends:  October 21/22, October 28/29, and November 4/5.  The school receives 50% of the funds raised and will use the funds to support our school’s arts, academic, technology, and sports programs, as well as other events during the school year.  Thank you for supporting our school!
 
fleur cross logo Our 7th Grade Confirmation Meeting will be held on Thursday evening October 12 at 7:30pm in the Church. Parents and Candidates are encouraged to attend.
 
fleur cross logo You are invited to our Saint Bernadette Parish Picnic and Fall Festival Family Day next weekend, October 15. The afternoon Mass schedules will be adjusted to accommodate our family celebration of all the diversity in the parish. The 1pm Mass and 11am Masses will be combined at 11am for a cultural diversity celebration Mass, and the 5pm Mass will be moved to 7pm.  See page 7 for details.
 
fleur cross logo Ministry Fair Weekend is October 15. Take advantage of our time to visit with ministry leaders and representatives outside under the tents about various ministries before and after the 5pm Vigil, 7:30am, 9am and 11am Masses — and choose one for your commitment this year. Remember to bring your commitment card to Masses the following weekend, October 22.
 
fleur cross logo All are invited to the Lord of the Miracles (El Senor De Los Milagros) celebration. on Saturday, October 21 at 10:30am. The Lord of the Miracles is a mural painted of Jesus Christ that is venerated in the country of Peru and throughout the world by Peruvians. The mural became famous after it withstood the many violent earthquakes that shook the City of Lima and for this reason it became known also as “The Lord of Earthquakes,” a divine sign that recognizes the Lord God as all powerful. There were many who swore the image was responsible for miracles that happened in their lives. The image became known as the “Lord of Miracles” and now is the Patron Saint of Peru.
Inclement  Weather Announcement for Saturday / Sunday 12 and 13 January 2019
 
 Parish Office is closed today,
Sunday January 13
 
St. Lucy Project 
 Our support of the St. Lucy Project will go on as planned this weekend, 
however for those who may not want to brave the weather,
the collection will continue in the same way next weekend.
 
All other Parish Ministry and School activities are cancelled.
 
  
 
 
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