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Announcements ~ May 20, 2018

fleur cross logo Welcome Home ReEntry Program collection is this weekend after all Masses. Please help support our brothers and sister who are rejoining the community. Details about the program and a list of requested items can be found on page 7 of today’s bulletin.
 
fleur cross logo The Second Collection next weekend is for The Catholic Communications Campaign.
 
fleur cross logo Saint Bernadette Parish will be conducting a Summer Hungry Children food collection drive for the St. Lucy Project, a Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington program on June 2-3. Watch the bulletin for a list of requested items.
 
fleur cross logo Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Monday, June 4 from 3-7pm at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, 6304 Lee Chapel Road, Burke, VA. For an appointment call 1-800-REDCROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and enter ABIDINGVA.
 
fleur cross logo Saint Bernadette is hosting a Called and Gifted Workshop on Saturday, September 15, 2018. For more information please visit our parish website announcement page for online registration.
 
fleur cross logo Please consider our excellent Catholic School. We invite you to visit our website, stbernpar.org/parishschool, or give us a call at our St. Bernadette School office at 703-451-8696 to learn more, or to arrange for a tour. Registration is still open for all classes, we hope to see you soon.
 
fleur cross logo SAVE THE DATE! Our Summer Theater Program has contracted our summer musical but it is so new we can’t announce it yet! Still, save the date:  July 25-27, 2018 Performances at Bishop Ireton High School. The show title and other details will be revealed in coming weeks.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ May 20, 2018

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,
 
When we prepare those who will receive the sacrament of Confirmation, we always speak about the way Jesus prepared his Apostles for his ascension into heaven and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. As he explains to them why he must go, he says not to be alarmed, because his leaving will mean he can send his Holy Spirit, the Advocate to them, who will inform them of what they must do. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, he promises them, he will always be with them and they will always have his presence and strength supporting the words and works that they speak and do in his name. Works as great as he himself has done, and even greater than these.
 
God takes all our formation, everything we have learned and realized in our daily lives of prayer and service, and by the power of his Holy Spirit he turns on the switch. Over the years I have been privileged to help people who seem to be “stuck” to discover the gifts that they have already received, but have not been activated by a lack of desire, or a misunderstanding of the active role that we must take in our life with God.
It might be due to a lack of will. He doesn’t do anything without our free will decision to receive him and live in him.
 
It might be due to a lack of formation and an underdeveloped understanding of who God is. We don’t know what we don’t know. I know that most of our Church aren’t really well formed in what  “Catholic” means. Maybe the 60% of Catholics (statistics show) who don’t even believe that God is a personal being capable of being in relationship is due to the confusion of several decades of inconsistent catechesis. That, and an indifference to seek what the Church actually teaches instead of accepting the stereotype of Catholicism that the world likes to pass around. How can we follow moral norms, laws and even participate in authentic liturgical practices if we don’t know what they are?
 
I think about this as I see some people leaving early (a lot of people), sometimes running from Mass. Please don’t misunderstand what I want to say here, I am so grateful that you come to Mass, and encourage you to keep after it. And there are many reasons people need to leave, they have to get to work, or check on their children, or maybe there is an emotional situation where crowds are uncomfortable. Also, there are those who can’t receive Communion for whatever reason and probably have a compelling sense that they don’t need to stay. I have had people tell me that I have no idea how many people come late or leave at Communion time. Actually I do; sometimes I see the church is literally half-emptied by the time we get to the prayer after Communion.
 
My intent is not to reprimand. I only want to say that leaving in the middle of Communion indicates a profound misunderstanding of why we are at Mass. Our music director, David Mathers is writing a piece also for this bulletin about what Communion is really about, and how it necessary for us to be changed in the same way that the bread and wine become the Body of Christ.
 
Remember, we are not called to be Christians, individuals punching time cards and obeying rules (this is the stereotype of us by the world)—we are not called to be Christians, we are called to be Christ. This call is everything, it defines our identity with which we are made, it fulfills our deepest desires to be known. Of course, we all long to be loved, but it does no good for us to be loved as something we are not. Being known is what makes being loved real.
 
I have asked several people lately if there is anyone in the world who completely knows them. No one has said so, even husbands and wives have deep realities that require a vulnerability that may prove too painful. Only God can know us completely, and he does. Bishop Robert Barron says that God is closer to us than we are to ourselves. It is too easy to fool ourselves, but we can’t fool God.
 
If a being’s deepest desire is to be known, then how frustrating it must be to believe in a god who they believe is not capable of relationship! Is it any wonder people don’t participate in Mass, come late, and leave early.
 
I’ve said it here a hundred times—I preached at an ecumenical retreat last weekend and told them that we don’t worship to get anything, only to give. We don’t come to Mass to get anything, only to give ourselves united to Christ, as Christ. But what we receive in return is everything.
 
God bless you.
 

Announcements ~ May 13, 2018

Happy Mother’s Day!
 
fleur cross logo We continue to pray together the Holy Spirit Novena in preparation for Pentecost!  The last 3 days prayers are published in this week’s bulletin for the Novena (the Church’s first and most important novena). Join us at 8:45am before the morning weekday Mass.
 
fleur cross logo The Second Collection next weekend is for our Diocesan Retired Priests. Please consider giving generously. Thank you!
 
fleur cross logo Welcome Home ReEntry Program collection is next weekend after all Masses. Please help support our brothers and sister who are rejoining the community. Details about the program and a list of requested items can be found on page 7 of today’s bulletin
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fleur cross logo Summer Break for Wednesday morning Bible Study. We will not be meeting May 16-September 12.
 
fleur cross logo Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Monday, June 4 from 3-7pm at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, 6304 Lee Chapel Road, Burke, VA. For an appointment call 1-800-REDCROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and enter ABIDINGVA.
 
fleur cross logo Saint Bernadette is hosting a Called and Gifted Workshop on Saturday, September 15, 2018. For more information please visit our parish website announcement page for online registration.
 
fleur cross logo Please consider our excellent Catholic School. We invite you to visit our website, stbernpar.org/parishschool, or give us a call at our St. Bernadette School office at 703-451-8696 to learn more, or to arrange for a tour. Registration is still open for all classes, we hope to see you soon.
 
SAVE THE DATE!  Our Summer Theater Program has contracted our summer musical but it is so new we can’t announce it yet!  Still, save the date:  July 25-27, 2018 Performances at Bishop Ireton High School.  The show title and other details will be revealed in coming weeks!

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ May 13, 2018

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

Such a time of grace and celebration we have seen these past few weeks as our children receive Jesus in the Eucharist and the Holy Spirit in Confirmation. There is so much going on we can’t get in all that we could include in the weekly bulletin! At times the liturgies seemed a bit chaotic from our location, but I think everyone had a wonderful celebration as we look at the reality of becoming Jesus from different perspectives: being Jesus by receiving him, being called together by his Spirit to be one as he and the Father are One, so that when the world looks at us, they will believe that the Father sent Jesus for them, too. Here is a great photo I took at the Confirmation reception and didn’t have space for last week. We are proud of so many of our young people who were attentive to the call of God and received the grace of these powerful sacraments. This time of the year all the Cardinal red in our buildings becomes Pentecost red.

IMG 2705 cropSpeaking of that gift of the Holy Spirit, the love of God, which conforms us to be the Body of Christ, we have been talking a lot lately about how we need to start seeing ourselves more clearly for who we are. For ever it seems people have come to Mass to observe. Previous generations would easily use the expressions that they went to “hear” Mass, or even worse, “hear Father’s Mass.” It revealed a real disconnect in the common understanding of why we go to Church, indeed, why it is an obligation to go every week. Far from an observance or mere “attendance,” we go to Mass to celebrate our identity as Jesus himself. That is what the sacraments are for: to make us Jesus. Once we are Jesus full stature, as our newly-confirmed brothers and sisters are, we stand in the church, we proclaim God’s glory, we sing and pray no longer as ourselves, but as the Body of Christ. We are Jesus, offering himself to the Father in the Memorial of his crucifixion offering, death and resurrection into which we are caught up—body and soul—yes, in heaven, but something that we truly experience now on earth as a foretaste. We are Jesus.

A friend of mine made a great observation: we need to quit saying things like “I attended Mass,” and need to start saying “I participated in Mass.” It is the whole Christ, head and members, you and me, who celebrate, making the sacrifice of the Mass present here and now. Always here and now, and all the heres and nows from always and in every place. It would make no sense for us to make Eucharist if there were no one to receive him; it would make no sense to have a Body that could not survive without being fed. We care for each other, and our service is Jesus, to the glory of the Father.

I wanted to mention one other change we have made in the process of scheduling Baptisms here at St. Bernadette. From now on, parents will need to have all their paperwork and godparents’ paperwork into the office, and have attended a Baptism class before a Baptism can be placed on the calendar. We have had a great deal of difficulty lately with people who do not wish to comply with Canon Law and force the issue with people coming in from out of town, etc. We don’t write the law, nor to we break it. It may not be followed in other places, maybe even here at St. Bernadette in the past, but we will follow the rules. This means that anyone who wishes to serve as godparent must themselves be fully sacramentally initiated in the Church (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist), if they are married it must be a marriage in the Catholic Church according to the Canonical form, be at least 16 years of age, and promise to lead by a good example as a practicing Catholic, to pray for the person they sponsor and be a good influence in their life. They must be registered in the parish where they reside and receive a Sponsor Certificate from their pastor of that parish saying that they are suitable to serve as godparents/sponsors of the person to receive the sacraments. Please tell all your friends, and help everyone remember this new policy.

God bless you.

Announcements ~ May 6, 2018

fleur cross logo “Sunday School for Adults” continues this week in the Bradican Room. Please join Fr. Don for adult faith formation on Sunday mornings,  10-11am.
 
fleur cross logo The Knights’ Project Manger envelope distribution is next weekend, an effort to provide pregnant women with unsure means the cribs and other items they need. Please see page 7 in today’s bulletin for details.
 
fleur cross logo The Second Collection next weekend is for parish special needs. We will be replacing hardwoods around the property that were damaged or lost in our recent storms and will be part of our 8th Grade Earth Day Project. Thank you for your generosity.
 
fleur cross logo Summer Break for Wednesday morning Bible Study. We will not be meeting May 16-September 12.
 
fleur cross logo Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Monday, June 4 from 3-7pm at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, 6304 Lee Chapel Road, Burke, VA. In order to ensure adequate Red Cross staff, please make an appointment by calling 1-800-REDCROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and enter ABIDINGVA. Thank you for your support!
 
fleur cross logo Saint Bernadette is hosting a Called and Gifted Workshop on Saturday, September 15, 2018. For more information please visit our parish website announcement page for online registration.
 
fleur cross logo Please consider our excellent Catholic School. We invite you to visit our website, stbernpar.org/parishschool, or give us a call at our St. Bernadette School office at 703-451-8696 to learn more, or to arrange for a tour. Registration is still open for all classes, we hope to see you soon.
 
fleur cross logo SAVE THE DATE!  Our Summer Theater Program has contracted our summer musical but it is so new we can’t announce it yet!  Still, save the date:  July 25-27, 2018 Performances at Bishop Ireton High School.  The show title and other details will be revealed in coming weeks!

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ May 6, 2018

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,
 
As we put together the bulletin each week we often have the same things that run week after week saecula saeculorum.  We find ourselves torn between the need of having something in front of you every week, but running the risk of you stop reading because it’s the same thing over and over.
 
There are a couple things that we need to repeat, but I think we are going to run them less often:
1.  Register your children in religious education for next year.  Do it this now, and then it’s done.  And you get the early bird rate.
2.  Register now for the Called and Gifted Process in September and discover how God is uniquely calling you to serve him and build up the Body of Christ in your own life context through the gifts you have received.  Do it this week, and it’s done.
3.  There is no more beautiful ministry than assisting as a minister of Holy Communion at Mass, yet it seems difficult to find people to serve.  Please call me and we will talk about it.  There are many openings and the diocesan training is this Saturday - the date has sneaked up on us. 
 
In today’s bulletin (pp. 8-9) you will find the first half of the prayers for the Novena to the Holy Spirit. I ask that everyone in the parish participate in this powerful prayer, whether daily in church or at home.  The prayers are simple and beautiful.
We will pray the Novena as a community at 8:45 each morning before the 9am Mass (on Saturday, following the 8am Mass).  This will include Sunday Mass, as well.  I ask that the regular rosary groups kindly make space for this in our church.  We begin on Friday, May 11 and continue for nine days.
 
In 1897, Pope Leo XIII declared that this novena be prayed for the new century “this year and in every subsequent year” before Pentecost, in parish churches (Divinum illud munus).  For whatever the reason, it seems that the Church did not respond.
 
Check out our diocesan Charismatic Renewal website (www.arlingtonrenewal.org/about) - it is a fascinating history.  Pope Leo XIII prayed to the Holy Spirit 1 January 1901 in Rome and that same day at Bethel College in Topeka, Kansas, the Holy Spirit came upon a group of Protestants who had been praying to receive the Holy Spirit as he instructed.  It seems that the first-century Church of Acts 2, with the gifts of praying in tongues and healings, miracles, deliverance and preaching conversion had re-emerged in visible form.  The ecumenical nature of this manifestation of the Holy Spirit cannot be denied, obviously, and we know that it is the will of Jesus Christ that all be one, as he and the Father are One (Jn. 17:21).  The Holy Spirit is the “glue” of the Trinity, the bond of love which brings  life and transcends death, who calls us together in unity of faith and life.
 
Saint Pope John XXIII prayed for this “new Pentecost” preparing for the opening of the Second Vatican Council in 1962:  “Renew your wonders in this our day, as by a new Pentecost.  Grant to your Church that, being of one mind and steadfast in prayer with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and following the lead of blessed Peter, it may advance the reign of our Divine Savior, the reign of truth and justice, the reign of love and peace.  Amen.”  The Church opened the windows to the world so that the sanctifying power of God’s grace might consecrate it through our priesthood of the faithful giving witness to the universal call to holiness.
 
The Council further taught that Jesus gives both the call and the ability to fulfill his universal call to holiness because Jesus, “sent the Holy Spirit upon all men that he might move them inwardly to love God with their whole heart and their whole soul, with all their mind and all their strength and that they might love each other as Christ loves them.”
 
I included all of this here in the hopes that you will join with the parish in praying this most ancient and important novena.  It is a novena (nine days) simply because that is the amount of time the Apostles were praying together after Jesus’ ascencion into heaven.  For them it was probably intense prayer: “What are we to do now?”  Perhaps it is the same prayer on all our hearts, today.  What are we to do now?  Lord, show us the way.  The Holy Spirit responded dramatically on Pentecost day when suddenly his gifts were poured out on the world through them.  Let us continue to pray the prayer for the new Pentecost here at Saint Bernadette, for consolation and guidance, truth and justice, and love and peace.
 
God bless you.
 

Announcements ~ April 29, 2018

fleur cross logo The Catholic Home Missions Appeal second collection is this week. Right now, over 40 percent of dioceses in the US are considered home missions because they are unable to fund essential pastoral work needed in their communities. Your support of this appeal helps ease their struggle. Please prayerfully consider how you can support this appeal. More information can be found at usccb.org/home-missions.
 
fleur cross logo “Sunday School for Adults” continues this week in the Bradican Room. Please join Fr. Don for adult faith formation on Sunday mornings,  10-11am.
 
fleur cross logo The Catholic Business Network of NOVA Arlington invites you to a Networking Dinner on Thursday, May 10  from 6:30-9pm at Marymount University,  featuring guest speaker Art Bennett. See page 9 for more information.
 
fleur cross logo Saint Bernadette will again host a Called and Gifted Workshop on Saturday, September 15, 2018. Mark your calendars and invite your friends. For more information see page 7. Registration opens May 7.
 
fleur cross logo Please consider our excellent Catholic School. We invite you to visit our website, stbernpar.org/parishschool, if you would like to see what we can do for your child. You are welcome to call our St. Bernadette School office at 703-451-8696 to learn more, or to arrange for a tour. Registration is still open for all classes, we hope to see you soon.
 
fleur cross logo SAVE THE DATE!  Our Summer Theater Program has contracted our summer musical but it is so new we can’t announce it yet!  Still, save the date:  July 25-27, 2018 Performances at Bishop Ireton High School.  The show title and other details will be revealed in coming weeks!

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ April 29, 2018

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,
 
Can you believe that Easter was already a month ago?  It seems yesterday, until you think of all the things that have been happening since!  The week after Easter Fr. Vu went on vacation, so it seemed like the walls all came in a little closer.  Holy Week and Easter preparations always take a lot of time and energy; our Easter was (I think) the most beautiful Easter I have experienced in 24 years of priesthood.  You came.  A LOT of you came to liturgies, and sang, and prayed like we really knew what we are about.  We entered into the depth of the Mystery of Jesus’ passion and death, and new life, and Easter was so joyful.
 
The week after the Octave of Easter was our national dialogue with Catholics and Methodists.  Fortunately (for me) it was in Arlington, so I didn’t have to travel far and was able to stay on top of things here in the evenings, especially with auction preparations, with Fr. Vu away.  Our dialogue was very fruitful.  Half of our group is doing the usual theological synthesis of documents and writing a paper about how we (Methodists and Catholics) share the Lord’s Prayer and the Creed on many deep levels.  My half of the group decided to put together a beautiful prayer book that families who live with the reality of interchurch belonging will be able to use.  It will include the best of our both traditions, as well as examples of prayers we can do in common.  I have been working on Ritual Texts for Marriage and Christian Burial that will be useful for celebrations when both a Catholic priest/deacon and a Methodist minister preside.  The excitement level about this is huge right now in church circles and I’m so grateful to be the one doing it.  I also offered our Stations of the Cross from St. Mary and St. Bernadette (when you write them yourself there is no battle over copyright!) and our Tre Ore from this year—both are liturgies that Methodists and Catholics can share profoundly.
 
The weekend after that was the AUCTION!  Like the parish picnic last October, there were some who really believed that we couldn’t pull this off.  I gave us a goal of bringing in $100,000 for the school for technology and arts improvements, and some said nobody would come, nobody would spend the money.  I had faith in you and that faith was not in vain.  Rick told me today that we grossed (before expenses) $108,000 for the school auction two weeks ago!  After expenses—and I do believe as we get better at this in coming years we will be able to get our expenses way down—we will clear about $80,000.  I owe you all a debt of gratitude for your faith in our community’s spirit, and the way you supported it.  You are amazing.  Throughout the evening many remarked how many parishioners were there.  Well, you had never been invited before.  Thank you for coming!
 
It is time for formal thanks:  to all of you on the committee, especially Barbara Dalmut our principal, Rick Caporali, Becky Garcia and Pat Creswick who were working on this nearly every day, to our dear friend and landscaping master Nathan Carver who helped us build a gazebo (and later to install it in the center of the playground), to all our donors of auction items, sponsors, our school who contributed projects and parties, a dear thank you to the Oblate Sisters of Saint Francis de Sales who mentored us through the auction process (and software!), to all of you who came and ate a nice dinner, and bid on items which we finally realized weren’t meant to be bargains but opportunites to raise needed funds for our children...  thank you.
 
The week after that was the annual National Workshop on Christian Unity—again, this time locally in Silver Spring so I could be nearby—now, just trying to catch up on all the phone calls and emails that got quickly buried over those days.  If you are trying to contact me and haven’t heard back, I encourage you to send me another message!  And thanks for your patience.  This week is full of all the appointments that had to slide because of these busy weeks.
 
Next week is our annual priests’ convocation in Carroll Valley, PA.  Half of the priests of the diocese go for the first half of the week (I’ll be going the first half), and the second half of the week the rest of the priests will be there.  I believe the topic will be a discussion of 50 years after Humanae vitae, and how the Church has/hasn’t had success in the reception our teachings about life, sexuality and marriage.
 
At some point, probably May 15-18, I will try to go home to visit my mom.  She seems to be rapidly declining, falling a lot because she can’t remember to use her walker.  If you could pray for her (Marie) we would appreciate your prayers.  Let’s pray for all aging parents and that we can help and comfort them.
 
God bless you.
 

Announcements ~ April 22, 2018

fleur cross logo “Sunday School for Adults” continues this week in the Bradican Room. Please join Fr. Don for adult faith formation on Sunday mornings,  10-11am.
 
fleur cross logo Please join us for our monthly Taizé Prayer Service, Monday, April 23, 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 Catholic Home Missions Appeal Collection
Next week, we will take up the Catholic Home Missions Appeal. Right now, over 40 percent of dioceses in the US are considered home missions because they are unable to fund essential pastoral work needed in their communities. Your support of this appeal helps ease the struggle of these dioceses. Please prayerfully consider how you can support this appeal. More information can be found at usccb.org/home-missions.
 
fleur cross logo Saint Bernadette will again host a Called and Gifted Workshop on Saturday, September 15, 2018. Mark your calendars and invite your friends. For more information see page 7. Registration opens May 7.
 
fleur cross logo Please consider our Catholic School. We invite you to visit our website, stbernpar.org/parishschool, if you would like to see what we can do for your child. You are welcome to call our St. Bernadette School office at 703-451-8696 to learn more, or to arrange for a tour. Registration is still open for all classes, we hope to see you soon.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ April 22, 2018

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,
 
Prayer, holiness, goodness.  These would seem to most of us like the substance of the spiritual life, right?  That wouldn’t be any surprise for Church members, we would presume.  Pope Francis released an apostolic exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate (“Rejoice and be glad”) early last week without any fanfare and world seems to be surprised by his take on the expectation of holiness for the Christian life.
 
I have to admit I didn’t even know it was out.  I was at the national dialogue between the Methodists and Catholics and it was the Methodists who asked me what I thought about Pope Francis’ newest publication.  I had to admit that I didn’t know yet that it existed.  With Easter and the busy days following I hadn’t even been looking at twitter, the surest way to find out about these things today.  The Methodists were delighted, because their teachings have always focused so centrally on personal holiness.
 
Most things that the Holy Father seems to say today are all leaked and parced before he even gets a chance to talk about them and explain what he is saying.  This time he seems to have stayed well below the radar screen with a document that simply says that God addresses to each one of us, without exception, a universal and personal call to holiness.  Classic Vatican II, back around for another consideration, the universal call to holiness is the source and reason for everything that we do, the mission of the Church.
 
“This is a powerful summons to all of us... Allow the Spirit to forge in you the personal mystery that can reflect Jesus Christ in today’s world... Let yourself be renewed by the Spirit, so that this can happen, lest you fail in your precious mission.  The Lord will bring it to fulfillment despite your mistakes and missteps, provided that you do not abandon the path of love but remain ever open to his supernatural grace, which purifies and enlightens.”
 
I encourage everyone to read it.  “It is long,” said one of our Methodists, “180 paragraphs.”  One of the Catholics said, “Yes, Pope Francis writes long documents.”
 
I thought I would never get through Laudato Sí, and am so glad that I did.  Evangelii Gaudium— well, there are still sections that I haven’t gotten to.  I really need to read this new exhortation, too.  I encourage all of us to make this a goal, to see what the Church actually is teaching today—not some (usually not even Catholic) interpreter’s version, or a misquoted, misleading account of what the Pope is saying by someone who wants to see him fall.  There are many people today, as always, who would love to see the Church fall.  Maybe we should start a “book club” that meets monthly just to talk about what the Church is teaching today. 
 
It is often surprising to me how little the Church actually receives her own teachings.  When I teach classes and Vatican II comes up, I like to ask the group how many have actually read Vatican II?  Usually, in a group of 100, maybe two hands will go up.  But everyone has an opinion about it.  My parents were convinced that Vatican II was bad—not because they had ever read even a paragraph of it—but because of the abuses (primarily in faithfulness of catechesis and quality of liturgy) of the 60s and 70s which claimed justification by some “spirit of Vatican II” when what they were doing had nothing to do with Vatican II at all.
 
It concerns me greatly as we look around the Church today and see a growing distrust in the Second Vatican Council by people who still have never confronted the texts, texts which are beautiful and faithful, and which were promulgated by nearly all of the bishops of the world (was it 98%?).  It seems people embrace a time before today for which they have no personal memory, for rites and practices that have been romanticized much as is the greener grass on the other side of the fence.  I am so thankful for the beautiful spirit of Vatican II which has been preserved in our parish community at Saint Bernadette.  We are living our faith with a living Tradition, not artifacts on a museum shelf, “Look but don’t touch.”  Rather, take your hand and put it into my side, and see that it is I whom you seek.  There is no alternative to full, active, conscious participation—not only in the liturgy, but also in the life and order of the Church, in loving service, dialogue and relationship.
 
My first approach to Gaudete et Exsultate seems to be an encounter with Church teaching which, like our Mass today, might not be called “traditional” according to some who favor fashions that come and go, but certainly is “ancient” and abiding in our life with God and each other.
 
God bless you.
 
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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