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Streaming Masses and Announcements for the Week of 20 September 2020

Click here to Reserve A Seat (Español)
In accordance with the Governor’s Phase 3 and Arlington Diocese Guidelines, we welcome you and your family back to Saint Bernadette. For specific instructions for attendance click the "New Guidelines for Attending Mass" video link below.


NEW MASS SCHEDULE

SATURDAY VIGIL 5pm - In-Person in the Church

SATURDAY 4:30pm - live-streamed for Sunday

SUNDAY 7am, 10am, 1pm (Spanish), 5pm - In-Person in the Church

MONDAY through FRIDAY 

8am - live-streamed
9am - In-Person in the Church

SATURDAY 

8am - live-streamed and In-Person in the Church


Click here for the video explaining our "New Guidelines for Attending Mass at Saint Bernadette
"


STREAMING SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASSES

Community Mass for Wednesday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Tuesday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Mass for the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (New Time 4:30pm)
  
     Worship Aid for the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

fleur cross logo We are appealing for Ushers and Porters to assist at Mass with greeting and seating returning parishioners. As our Mass attendance continues to increase so does the need for volunteers. The 5pm Sunday Mass is especially in need. Please contact Fr. Don if your able to assist.

fleur cross logo Virtual Day of Recollection - People facing serious illness and their caregivers are encouraged to join in a unique virtual retreat offering a chance for prayer, reflection and renewal. Please see page 9 of today's bulletin for more information about the event.

fleur cross logo Next week we will observe the 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Pope Francis has chosen "Forced like Jesus Christ to flee" as this year's theme. Please Bishop's letter in this weekend's bulletin or visit the parish  website announcements page for more information.

fleur cross logo  A Special Collection will be taken up on 27 September for the Pontifical Good Friday Collection missed this past Easter due to the COVID 19 Pandemic. Christian Communities in the Holy Land need our support, especially now, when tourism is has decreased significantly due to travel restrictions. Please see the bulletin for more details. Thank you for your generosity in advance.

fleur cross logo 
We rely on your offering to the weekly collection to continue parish ministries. We humbly ask for your continued financial support.  Please consider Faith Direct. Thank you for your generosity. 

 
fleur cross logo Mass intentions are still available. You can find a request form for Mass intentions on the announcements page of our website or just call the parish office.
 
fleur cross logo Please remember Bishop’s dispensation of the obligation for attending Mass is in effect indefinitely. We will continue live-streaming at every day to provide continued access for those who cannot or are not yet comfortable attending Mass in person. Masses Monday through Friday are live-streamed at 8am and in the church Monday through Friday at 9am, Saturdays at 8am. 
 

fleur cross logo If you haven’t, please view our “How to Attend Mass Video.”If you didn’t have a reservation today, please do so in the future. Once the church starts to fill up this will guarantee a seat and help to keep everyone safe by managing capacity levels and help supply the needed information to contact trace individuals attending a particular Mass should someone test positive.  Thanks for your attention to these safety measures.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 20 September 2020

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

A package came to the office this week a day before my birthday.  I hadn't ordered anything and we were speculating what someone might have sent me as a surprise.  I opened it up—it was four boxes of masks and a note which began "A gift for you..."  As I read on, I realized it was from an anonymous parishioner who was frustrated and angry that they came to Mass without a mask and had to go back home to get one.

I've written so often... I realize that masks have become a new tribal statement of whether or not people believe in whatever is being dished out by polarizing leadership and media.  It is pretty horrifying to see someone on TV saying "I don't care if I get sick and die, I have a right not to wear a mask."  How many times has it been empirically demonstrated that virus is carried by the moisture in your breath?  I might not have symptoms but it doesn't mean I'm not infecting you.  For this reason we decided (I decided), since it is my responsibility to keep you safe, that masks are to be worn when we are together.  I realize there are parishes who are not requiring any protection at all—no masks or distancing, or reservations—but I see this as a moral issue.  People are free to attend Mass wherever they want, but here we are going to practice care.  I would much rather be accused of being too careful with your lives, than careless. 

I am sorry to the family who left when their dad was not let back in the church after returning with a mask.  We make it pretty clear that we lock the doors and ushers need to attend Mass, too.  If I knew who you were, I would call and tell you that we are challenged to do our best and we can probably always do better.  We won't, however, begin providing masks at Masses.  We can't stay in front of that and people would not bother to bring masks knowing that they can just get one here.  It is a challenge to keep a steady supply in the school for children whose masks break, or get mracoonisplaced.

While we're on the subject, I can share information we have received from health agencies about what kinds of masks keep us safe and which don't when teaching our kids.  Two-ply cotton or a similar fabric is best.  Those blue "paper" surgical masks are good, too.  Scarves and gaiters are not.  In fact, gaiters are made of a kind of stretchy fabric that actually disperse particulates more than other fabrics.  Shop masks, or those masks that have a circular plastic filter, aren't good either.  They are designed to filter the air you breathe in, keeping you safe, but do not filter the air you exhale—which doesn't help anyone around you.  Since we breathe out of both our noses and mouths, both must be covered.  Don't expose the nose!  Also, much is written about how people are constantly touching their masks, which then is transferred from their hands to everything they touch.

Finally, we're pretty good at doing this now, but there are still some people who take the mask off before receiving Communion, which puts us a few feet apart without a mask.  Don't worry about rushing, take your time.  Receive the Host, step to the side, move the mask away and then place the Host in your mouth, and replace your mask.  Don't be anxious, we're all figuring this out together.

Following up from last week, please let me know if you can help as a porter or usher at Masses.  We need to deepen the ranks a little bit.  I promised the volunteers we have that they would not have to serve every Sunday until this is over.  Call me with any questions.

This is something my brother Joe sent and it just makes you smile, so I'm including it here.

God bless you.

 

Streaming Masses and Announcements for the Week of 13 September 2020

Click here to Reserve A Seat (Español)
In accordance with the Governor’s Phase 3 and Arlington Diocese Guidelines, we welcome you and your family back to Saint Bernadette. For specific instructions for attendance click the "New Guidelines for Attending Mass" video link below.


NEW MASS SCHEDULE

SATURDAY VIGIL 5pm - In-Person in the Church

SATURDAY 4:30pm - live-streamed for Sunday

SUNDAY 7am, 10am, 1pm (Spanish), 5pm - In-Person in the Church

MONDAY through FRIDAY 

8am - live-streamed
9am - In-Person in the Church

SATURDAY 

8am - live-streamed and In-Person in the Church


Click here for the video explaining our "New Guidelines for Attending Mass at Saint Bernadette
"


STREAMING SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASSES

        Worship Aid for the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary

Community Mass for Saturday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time 

Community Mass for Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time


Community Mass for Thursday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time


Community Mass for Wednesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Tuesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Monday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Mass for the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (New Time 4:30pm)
  
     Worship Aid for the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

 

fleur cross logo We are appealing for Ushers and Porters to assist at Mass with greeting and seating returning parishioners. As our Mass attendance continues to increase so does the need for volunteers. The 5pm Sunday Mass is especially in need. Please contact Fr. Don if your able to assist.

fleur cross logo Virtual Day of Recollection - People facing serious illness and their caregivers are encouraged to join in a unique virtual retreat offering a chance for prayer, reflection and renewal. Please see page 9 of today's bulletin for more information about the event.

fleur cross logo Next week we will observe the 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Pope Francis has chosen "Forced like Jesus Christ to flee" as this year's theme. Please Bishop's letter in this weekend's bulletin or visit the parish  website announcements page for more information.

fleur cross logo  A Special Collection will be taken up on 27 September for the Pontifical Good Friday Collection missed this past Easter due to the COVID 19 Pandemic. Christian Communities in the Holy Land need our support, especially now, when tourism is has decreased significantly due to travel restrictions. Please see the bulletin for more details. Thank you for your generosity in advance.

fleur cross logo 
We rely on your offering to the weekly collection to continue parish ministries. We humbly ask for your continued financial support.  Please consider Faith Direct. Thank you for your generosity. 

 
fleur cross logo Mass intentions are still available. You can find a request form for Mass intentions on the announcements page of our website or just call the parish office.
 
fleur cross logo Please remember Bishop’s dispensation of the obligation for attending Mass is in effect indefinitely. We will continue live-streaming at every day to provide continued access for those who cannot or are not yet comfortable attending Mass in person. Masses Monday through Friday are live-streamed at 8am and in the church Monday through Friday at 9am, Saturdays at 8am. 
 

fleur cross logo If you haven’t, please view our “How to Attend Mass Video.”If you didn’t have a reservation today, please do so in the future. Once the church starts to fill up this will guarantee a seat and help to keep everyone safe by managing capacity levels and help supply the needed information to contact trace individuals attending a particular Mass should someone test positive.  Thanks for your attention to these safety measures.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 13 September 2020

 Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

Living the daily changing reality of pandemic fills your head with a lot of daily facts and ideas and you easily can forget to tell other people who aren't there at the time about what is new and different.

I realize we have never formally announced that the parish picnic in October has been canceled.  We wish it weren't so!  It would be great to gather as a parish and do something socially, but obviously two to three thousand people in the back parking lot is not a good idea right now.  In the same way, the procession of the Lord of the Miracles in October is canceled.  We are postponing last spring's school auction again from this fall now into next spring, hopefully March 20.

The measures we have taken responding to the pandemic are going well.  I hear from a lot of people how safe our liturgies feel and people are growing more comfortable with in-person Mass.  Our systems for sanitizing the church between events became a little more complicated with the return of school, but our cleaning company added personnel and improved efficiency with fogging equipment.  They work so hard for us.  We are also grateful that our kids, staff and families have been so careful and disciplined to observe all the requirements necessary to keep each other safe in school.  The St. Bernadette bubble is actively gathering to learn in a very safe zone.

Unfortunately for the time being, we can't figure out a way to hold religious education classes in-person in school classrooms this year.  We couldn't figure out a way to provide properly sanitized spaces for our school population with an entirely different population of students coming into the school in the evenings.  Fortunately last year we had already begun offering an optional program that was largely home-based catechesis, so the transition wasn't entirely foreign to our parish.

In the same way, we are seeking solutions for adult programs and groups who would normally meet in school spaces.  Half of the gym has become our socially-distanced extended day program, so the gym is offline, too.  Somebody said how great it would have been to have a parish hall finished for the start of all this!  Indeed, we could have well-used the space.  

I do have one appeal for you this week, if you would consider it.  When we started back going to Mass, we had a number of generous souls who volunteered to serve as Porters and Ushers in the vestibule to help people get settled safely at Mass.  They have worked pretty much full time ever since, and we need to deepen the ranks of people so that the responsibility can be shared by more people.  Perhaps you were involved in a ministry in the past that has been suspended for a while?  Here is your chance to serve!  Porters and Ushers are greatly needed, especially as Masses begin to near capacity more and more.  Please contact me if you can help with this most important parish work right now.  Really, it is one of the only things to get involved in right now.  Please consider helping us.

God bless you.

 

Streaming Masses and Announcements for the Week of 6 September 2020

Click here to Reserve A Seat (Español)
In accordance with the Governor’s Phase 3 and Arlington Diocese Guidelines, we welcome you and your family back to Saint Bernadette. For specific instructions for attendance click the "New Guidelines for Attending Mass" video link below.


NEW MASS SCHEDULE

SATURDAY VIGIL 5pm - In-Person in the Church

SATURDAY 4:30pm - live-streamed for Sunday

SUNDAY 7am, 10am, 1pm (Spanish), 5pm - In-Person in the Church

MONDAY through FRIDAY 

8am - live-streamed
9am - In-Person in the Church

SATURDAY 

8am - live-streamed and In-Person in the Church


Click here for the video explaining our "New Guidelines for Attending Mass at Saint Bernadette
"


STREAMING SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASSES

 
                   Worship Aid for the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Saturday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Friday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time


Community Mass for Thursday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time


Community Mass for Wednesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time


Community Mass for Tuesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Monday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time


Mass for the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time   (New Time 4:30pm) 
   
   
     Worship Aid for the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
  

fleur cross logo  A Special Collection will be taken up on 27 September for the Pontifical Good Friday Collection missed this past Easter due to the COVID 19 Pandemic. Christian Communities in the Holy Land need our support, especially now, when tourism is has decreased significantly due to travel restrictions. Please see the bulletin for more details. Thank you for your generosity in advance.

fleur cross logo 
We rely on your offering to the weekly collection to continue parish ministries. We humbly ask for your continued financial support.  Please consider Faith Direct. Thank you for your generosity. 

 
fleur cross logo Mass intentions are still available. You can find a request form for Mass intentions on the announcements page of our website or just call the parish office.
 
fleur cross logo Please remember Bishop’s dispensation of the obligation for attending Mass is in effect indefinitely. We will continue live-streaming at every day to provide continued access for those who cannot or are not yet comfortable attending Mass in person. Masses Monday through Friday are live-streamed at 8am and in the church Monday through Friday at 9am, Saturdays at 8am. 
 

fleur cross logo If you haven’t, please view our “How to Attend Mass Video.”If you didn’t have a reservation today, please do so in the future. Once the church starts to fill up this will guarantee a seat and help to keep everyone safe by managing capacity levels and help supply the needed information to contact trace individuals attending a particular Mass should someone test positive.  Thanks for your attention to these safety measures.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 6 September 2020

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

This past week I participated in a webinar hosted by Georgetown University and the Roman newspaper La Civiltà Cattolica titled "Pope Francis and the Reform of the Church."  It was a very interesting discussion about what things will look like once pandemic is over, God willing soon, and how the Church is going to respond with resilience and relevance.
No doubt about it, we will all emerge differently from this crisis.  There is no going back to the way things were before (as we have discussed, maybe that is a good thing).  But what are the voices that will shape that emergence?  This is a question that we must address as a society and as a community of faith:  how do we shape this reality with mercy and radical charity?  How can the Church be truly present as Christ's real presence in the pain and suffering of so many, particularly those on the margins.  There are 37 million people who will not have a meal today in this, the most powerful nation on earth.

Our response to social issues is essential to the life of the Church in our witness and personal integrity.  Is it possible that this global pandemic is an opportunity to openly address the mistakes we have made in recent generations and figure out how to hit a reset button?  Can we use this crisis to do something we should have done years ago with regard to solidarity, restoring health to people, societies, institutions.  Unresolved dialogues about race and equality of gender.  If we don't change, there will always be another COVID to take us down and lay bare the unaddressed needs of those most vulnerable whom we must serve.

Then the webinar hosts started speaking my language.  The solution for a new world, they said, cannot come from an individual.  Individualism is just a much larger virus than COVID: just look at the way people are feeding on each other.  The solution must come from persons in relationship, from the community which represents the value and care for all.  Otherwise we will continue to evolve into a selfish age of would-be authoritarian rulers.  Remember, the humble will inherit the land and the poor who are raised up will have a unique, personal perspective of how to treat the world with compassion.

Pope Francis has several times commented on the irony that we are called today more than ever to a culture of encounter, and the virus of individualism, like COVID, is demanding that we keep our distance.  What is so needed personally is nearness.  To value nearness, proximity with each other, would be the stimulus to remove division and we truly would become the image of the invisible God who for centuries seeks nearness to us.

If these divisions are to be resolved in the world the distance that keeps us apart internally must be healed.  We must be purified of our need for the self to always be the measure by which we judge others.  

Pope Francis has been pretty clear on clericalism in our Church as one of the greatest dangers to this unity – those who would arrogate to themselves the power of dispensing the grace of God to those they choose as worthy.  God's grace is absolute and for all, right? Also clear:  Clericalism is not just the sin of clerics… there are many who put clerics on a different social or spiritual level. Basically, it is the identification of hierarchical structures of power based on an aristocratic approach to understanding the Church.  Until recently the hierarchy of the Church were referred to as "princes."  Place this in contrast with, say Saint Francis.  Remember: let the greatest among you be the servant of all.  

The webinar hosts proposed a new politics based on what they called the pre-liberal idea of politics – the priority of the cultivation of virtue and the incorporation of values as the basis for the determination of goals.  Synodality needs to permeate the Church as well as the whole of our culture, an equality of brothers and sisters, a true dialogue.  This is marked by returning to the dynamic catechesis of the social principles of the Church based on mercy and radical charity, not a self-centered Church, but one whose heart is for service to the world.

God bless you.

Streaming Masses and Weekly Announcements for the week of 30 August 2020

Click here to Reserve A Seat (Español)
In accordance with the Governor’s Phase 3 and Arlington Diocese Guidelines, we welcome you and your family back to Saint Bernadette. For specific instructions for attendance click the "New Guidelines for Attending Mass" video link below.


NEW MASS SCHEDULE

SATURDAY VIGIL 5pm - In-Person in the Church

SATURDAY 4:30pm - live-streamed for Sunday

SUNDAY 7am, 10am, 1pm (Spanish), 5pm - In-Person in the Church

MONDAY through FRIDAY 

8am - live-streamed
9am - In-Person in the Church

SATURDAY 

8am - live-streamed and In-Person in the Church


Click here for the video explaining our "New Guidelines for Attending Mass at Saint Bernadette
"


STREAMING SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASSES

           Worship Aid for the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Saturday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Friday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Thursday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Wednesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time


Community Mass for Tuesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Tuesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time


Community Mass for Monday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time 


Mass for the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time (New Time 4:30pm)
 

           Worship Aid for the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

  
fleur cross logo We rely on your offering to the weekly collection to continue parish ministries. We humbly ask for your continued financial support.  Please consider Faith Direct. Thank you for your generosity. 
 
fleur cross logo Mass intentions are still available. You can find a request form for Mass intentions on the announcements page of our website or just call the parish office.
 
fleur cross logo Please remember Bishop’s dispensation of the obligation for attending Mass is in effect indefinitely. We will continue live-streaming at every day to provide continued access for those who cannot or are not yet comfortable attending Mass in person. Masses Monday through Friday are live-streamed at 8am and in the church Monday through Friday at 9am, Saturdays at 8am. 
 

fleur cross logo If you haven’t, please view our “How to Attend Mass Video.”If you didn’t have a reservation today, please do so in the future. Once the church starts to fill up this will guarantee a seat and help to keep everyone safe by managing capacity levels and help supply the needed information to contact trace individuals attending a particular Mass should someone test positive.  Thanks for your attention to these safety measures.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 30 August 2020

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,


While I'm thinking of it, I would like to remind everyone about Mass intentions. You will see this week that we have 4 out of 18 Masses which have no requests for announced intentions, and they all are Masses we live-stream in the morning or the Saturday afternoon vigil for Sunday.  Of course, the value of the Mass celebrated by the priest for a particular intention is infinite, and equal whether you are viewing it in person or live online.  This is an interesting development due to pandemic: though your Mass intention in the church will be prayed for by the maybe 25-30 people who attend, your Mass intention online will be prayed for by all virtually attending who number between 200 and 250 people/families at daily Mass.  The Saturday Vigil next weekend will be attended by nearly 600 families and has no intention.  These are valuable opportunities for the community to pray for our loved ones, living or deceased.  Please consider using this opportunity.

Actually, I led with that information because I just don't know what to write about today.  I can sometimes go on and on about something, but this column has always been a useful way to communicate all that is going on in the parish.  This time of year we would be talking about the upcoming ministry fair, or a reboot for the capital campaign, or planning for the parish picnic and other parish and school events.  But this year due to the (dare I use the overused word one last time) "unprecedented" course of our lives there just isn't a lot to write about.  We always ask each other, "How are you?" "Fine. Great." we say.  "What's new?"  "Well, you know..."  

What would be some achievable goals we can accomplish?  Well, you know, there was a lot of uncertainty and risk starting school back—there still is, we can't allow ourselves to get sloppy—going back to school is definitely something.  You can see from photos in this issue how things look a little different but the essence of Catholic education hasn't changed.  So that was a LOT of work this summer, and so far, so good.

Another goal is maybe as simple as looking how far we have come.  Personally, I wish I had more to show for all this time.  But let's take an inventory of what we were like when this first began and where we are now.  I don't know about you, but that first week of lockdown when everything radically changed was scary.  It was like the wave that hit Cameron, Louisiana this week (God help them).  It was like the earth beneath our foundation was shifting, washing out.  I felt numb, and had the responsibility to try to hold everyone here together.  Fortunately I was surrounded by strong people who were willing to be flexible with each new development, almost hourly.  We had the dread in the back of our minds: how long is this going to last?  Will the world ever be the same?

Now, looking back on that, I realize that I am not scared.  Yes, the thing is scary—perhaps the scariest thing is the people who don't think it is scary.  There are days now we can simply say when asked, I'm just okay today.  Or, I'm tired, having a hard day.  This is where we can open up a little to each other and allow each other to help us.  It is happening everywhere; it wasn't happening in the beginning as we all still were trying to figure out what our personal resources even were.  Is it my imagination, or have many of us come to the stage of acceptance in our separation with the past?  We at least know what to expect for now.  We realize we can't judge now based on then, we can only look forward from now into a better future.

We still make new friends, though in new ways.  It is great just to walk and talk outside with appointments, or sit on the patio (before it got so hot!).  This new form of meeting is something which I hope to continue even when in-office appointments become available.  

Personally for me, this has been a time of deeper reflection and prayer, something that this situation is perfectly suited for.  Things have slowed down enough we can take the time for people in our lives.  Have we learned new ways of managing demands and still have time for each other?  I suppose when we get back to the craziness of prepandemic culture we will be challenged to make hard decisions:  do we really want to go back to that?  Is that really what I wanted, or had I let daily demands take over my perspective?  Hopefully we have discovered something about ourselves and our relationships with each other and God that we will be sure to rebuild into the new normal?

It has also been a time that I have really enjoyed baking sourdough bread.  I know, so stereotypical.  But it isn't the bread—I'm even gluten sensitive—it is the rhythm of the day which is marked by the natural process of flour and water coming to life.  Like a new zen barometer when you become a part of something that is going on around you, even despite you.  Growth is happening; it is time to turn the dough.

God bless you. 

 

Streaming Mass and Announcements for the Week of 23 August 2020

Click here to Reserve A Seat (Español)
In accordance with the Governor’s Phase 3 and Arlington Diocese Guidelines, we welcome you and your family back to Saint Bernadette. For specific instructions for attendance click the "New Guidelines for Attending Mass" video link below.


NEW MASS SCHEDULE

SATURDAY VIGIL 5pm - In-Person in the Church

SATURDAY 4:30pm - live-streamed for Sunday

SUNDAY 7am, 10am, 1pm (Spanish), 5pm - In-Person in the Church

MONDAY through FRIDAY 

8am - live-streamed
9am - In-Person in the Church

SATURDAY 

8am - live-streamed and In-Person in the Church


Click here for the video explaining our "New Guidelines for Attending Mass at Saint Bernadette
"


STREAMING SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASSES

       Worship Aid for the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Saturday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Friday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time


Community Mass for Thursday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Wednesday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Tuesday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time


Community Mass for Monday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time


Mass for the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time (New Time 4:30pm) 

           Worship Aid for the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

fleur cross logo This weekend a Special Second Collection is being taken up for Beruit, Lebanon. The Diocese of Arlington along with Caritas Lebanon and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) are distributing emergency supplies, clearing rubble, and preparing medical and mental health teams for dispatch. When you give, you provide critical and immediate relief to the most vulnerable—hot meals, safe shelter, medication, hygiene kits and clean water. Your gift also helps ensure that mobile medical units and trauma support are available for those who need it most. Please give generously and donate to help families affected by the explosion in Beirut. Donations can also be made here.
  
fleur cross logo We rely on your offering to the weekly collection to continue parish ministries. We humbly ask for your continued financial support.  Please consider Faith Direct. Thank you for your generosity. 
 
fleur cross logo Mass intentions are still available. You can find a request form for Mass intentions on the announcements page of our website or just call the parish office.
 
fleur cross logo Please remember Bishop’s dispensation of the obligation for attending Mass is in effect indefinitely. We will continue live-streaming at every day to provide continued access for those who cannot or are not yet comfortable attending Mass in person. Masses Monday through Friday are live-streamed at 8am and in the church Monday through Friday at 9am, Saturdays at 8am. 
 

fleur cross logo If you haven’t, please view our “How to Attend Mass Video.”If you didn’t have a reservation today, please do so in the future. Once the church starts to fill up this will guarantee a seat and help to keep everyone safe by managing capacity levels and help supply the needed information to contact trace individuals attending a particular Mass should someone test positive.  Thanks for your attention to these safety measures.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 23 August 2020

 Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

I remember when I got my first car.  I was in college and we bought it used, a maroon and silver 1979 Buick Century coupe.  Coupe sounds fancy, but it really just means it only had two doors.  My brother and I had been sharing our grandpa’s old car at college, a 1968 Oldsmobile Delmont 88 (google that one), a hugh, very heavy, very white, blue vinyl topped tank that finally died.  Our friends had named it Poubelle which, again, sounds fancy but is really just the French word for trash.  Though my new car was already four years old, it was eleven years newer than Poubelle.
My dad bought it for me, and we worked out a payment plan to pay him back.  And then I remember the moment the dealer gave me the keys.

It was a moment of maturing, as I recall, a very serious moment.  It involved ownership, financial commitment, responsibility for maintenance and, above all, a needed personal integrity which guaranteed that I would be a good driver and protect the safety of others.  Also, you can't lose the keys or you’re going nowhere, you’re the only one who can start that car.

Keys for residences come with belonging to a place and a place belonging to you.  Keys for parishes (we have hundreds here) come with the responsibility of authority without ownership.  It is stewardship of that which is not yours, a custodial dimension but a spiritual leadership as well.  You’re the gatekeeper who locks and unlocks what is open for others.

I can’t possibly imagine what it would be like to have the keys of the kingdom of heaven.  There is no way to prepare for that one.

Keys are of no value unless they are used to open, unlock, provide access and welcome.  They may be used also to protect, to guard, even to exclude.  But they must be used.

Imagine you are Peter and you hear what Jesus just said.  No doubt his words will take a while to sink in, maybe even years.  Life before and after the distress of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection.  The meaning of the keys is becoming known through times of great questioning, exhilaration, sacrificing, danger, suffering and tough decisions.  Slowly the meaning of the keys’ power becomes clear: this growth belongs to the glory of God.  I am given this Gospel message only to give it away.  The keys of this kingdom come with no ownership, not even of myself.  All honor and glory ultimately belong to God.

You are not given the keys because you got the answer right when your classmates got it wrong, however.  Your profession of faith, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God,” came out of your mouth, but from where you do not know.  God placed this knowledge in your heart, and at this moment you realize that you are called.  And so does Jesus.

This is the ratification of Jesus’ mission, to call forth the leadership of his followers, based on a sudden revelation from his Father through Peter, through you.

“You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church,” you hear Jesus say.  The Greek word for Church, ekklesia, literally means “those who are called.”  In that moment of the first call, which comes from the Father, we all are called.  The foundation of this calling is built upon Peter, whose name literally means rock.  “...and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.”  That is because you now have the keys to unlock those gates to free all who wish to break free.

Now imagine the moment that Peter looks down and acknowledges the keys in his hand.  I imagine Peter aged some at that moment, considering what all this means.  His steep learning curve is only beginning.  I imagine it not being a moment of power, quite the opposite.  It would reveal my powerlessness to even know where to start.  It is all kinds of keys at once: commitment, responsibility, personal integrity and goodness, authority without ownership, leadership and stewardship.  Humility.

“No one takes this honor upon himself but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.  In the same way, it was not Christ who glorified himself in becoming high priest, but rather glorified the one who said to him: ‘You are my son; this day I have begotten you.’... Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered (Hebrews, 5:4-8).”

Our authority and stewardship must resemble the one who called us to empty ourselves of ourselves, and become living icons of Jesus in glorifying the Father.We yearn for this kind of servant leadership to be visible in our lives.  The world needs to know, to see us as witnesses of the humility and compassion of the one, Jesus, who came to proclaim the Good News of salvation.

God bless you.

 

 

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