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Streaming Masses and Announcements for the week of 22 May 2022

STREAMING SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASSES

Today's Live-Streamed Mass

Worship Aid for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

fleur cross logo Parish Offices will be closed in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday on May 31. Please note there will be no 7am Mass that morning.

fleur cross logo This weekend of May 21-22, St. Bernadette is conducting a food drive for hungry kids. A Saint Lucy truck will be in the parking lot in front of the parish center to receive donations prior to all Masses. Be sure to pick up your blue Saint Lucy bags at Masses the weekend of May 14-15 and bring them back
the following weekend. If we exceed 8,000 pounds (we have twice!) the Knights of Columbus will donate an additional $1,000. A list of most needed items will be attached to the bags. See page 6 for more information.

fleur cross logo Religious Education Registration is now open for our summer classes for students who have missed a year (or years) in Religious Education and those who were unable to attend regularly this year. This “catch-up” opportunity will be a one week, full day class held June 27-July 1. If you would like more information about this class, please contact Lynn Jones.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 22 May 2022

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

There are conflicting messages about the Mass and how we celebrate it in the Church today and often I hear peoples' frustration. I include today Cindy Wooden's reporting on a recent teaching of Pope Francis (CNS).

The study and celebration of the liturgy should lead to a sense of awe before God, a commitment to mission and a growing unity within the church, not tensions and squabbles, Pope Francis said.

“When liturgical life is a bit of a banner of division, there is the odor of the devil, the deceiver. It is not possible to worship God and at the same time make the liturgy a battlefield,” the pope said May 7 during a meeting with students and professors from the Pontifical Institute of Liturgy at St. Anselm in Rome.

Pope Francis said the institute responded to “the growing need of the people of God to live and participate more intensely in the liturgical life of the church” by understanding it and experiencing “its mystery with an ever-new sense of wonder.” “One does not possess the liturgy,” he said. Rather, the liturgy is lived and celebrated.

However, the pope said, people must be aware of “the temptation of liturgical formalism: to focus on forms, formalities rather than reality, as we see today in those movements that try to go backwards and deny the Second Vatican Council. Then the celebration is recitation, it is something without life, without joy.”

The teaching of every church council has taken time to be accepted fully, he said, and it is no different with Vatican II, especially with its reform of the liturgy.

He told the students and professors that he remembers as a youngster how people were so upset—“they rent their garments”—by reforms that began even before the council, such as Pope XII ruling that drinking water did not violate the required fast before Mass or allowing people to fulfill their Sunday Mass obligation by attending a Saturday evening Mass or the restoration of the Easter vigil on Saturday night.

“All of these things scandalized closed-minded people,” he said, and “it still happens today. Indeed, those with closed mindsets use liturgical patterns to defend their own point of view. Using the liturgy: this is the drama we are experiencing in ecclesial groups that are distancing themselves from the church, questioning the council [and] the authority of the bishops” even as they claim “to preserve tradition.”

Celebrating the liturgy must increase communion within the church and unity with others, he said, because “the liturgical life opens us to each other, to those closest and furthest from the church, in our common belonging to Christ.”

“Giving glory to God in the liturgy finds its counterpart in love of neighbor, in the commitment to live as brothers and sisters in daily life, in the community in which I find myself, with its merits and its limitations.”
And, he said, every Mass or liturgy ends with sending members of the congregation out on mission.

Easter blessings. The Lord be with you,

Streaming Masses and Announcements for the week of 15 May 2022

STREAMING SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASSES

Today's Live-Streamed Mass

Worship Aid for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

fleur cross logo AGAIN THIS WEEKEND! Buy your colorful flowering baskets and annuals for your flower beds from our Youth Ministry in front of church, just in time for spring planting. Funds raised will help support our youth participate in this years' Workcamp.

fleur cross logo Join us for our monthly Taize ecumenical prayer service. All are invited for this Christian service of song. Monday evening, 8pm in the church.

fleur cross logo This Friday we welcome the Capital Wind Symphony for a free concert, 7:30pm in the church.

fleur cross logo The weekend of May 21-22, St. Bernadette is conducting a food drive for hungry kids. A Saint Lucy truck will be in the parking lot in front of the parish center to receive donations prior to all Masses. Be sure to pick up your blue Saint Lucy bags at Masses the weekend of May 14-15 and bring them back
the following weekend. If we exceed 8,000 pounds (we have twice!) the Knights of Columbus will donate an additional $1,000. A list of most needed items will be attached to the bags. See page 6 for more information.

v Religious Education Registration is now open for our summer classes for students who have missed a year (or years) in Religious Education and those who were unable to attend regularly this year. This “catch-up” opportunity will be a one week, full day class held June 27-July 1. If you would like more information about this class, please contact Lynn Jones.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 15 May 2022

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

At the National Workshop on Christian Unity last week I was responsible for preparing the opening prayer service, which I simply called "prayer for peace." With so much suffering visible in our daily experience from what we know of the invasion of Ukraine, it seemed appropriate that we pray for peace. As a part of the prayer service I included Pope Francis' prayer from only a few weeks ago, and I thought I would include it here for your prayer this week:

Pope Francis’ Prayer for Peace

Lord God of peace, hear our prayer!

We have tried so many times and over so many years to resolve our conflicts by our own powers and by the force of our arms. How many moments of hostility and darkness have we experienced; how much blood has been shed; how many lives have been shattered; how many hopes have been buried… But our efforts have been in vain.

Now, Lord, come to our aid! Grant us peace, teach us peace; guide our steps in the way of peace. Open our eyes and our hearts, and give us the courage to say: “Never again war!” “With war everything is lost.” Instill in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace.

Lord, God of Abraham, God of the Prophets, God of Love, you created us and you call us to live as brothers and sisters. Give us the strength daily to be instruments of peace; enable us to see everyone who crosses our path as our brother or sister. Make us sensitive to the plea of our citizens who entreat us to turn our weapons of war into implements of peace, our trepidation into confident trust, and our quarreling into forgiveness.

Keep alive within us the flame of hope, so that with patience and perseverance we may opt for dialogue and reconciliation. In this way may peace triumph at last, and may the words “division,” “hatred,” and “war” be banished from the heart of every man and woman. Lord, defuse the violence of our tongues and our hands. Renew our hearts and minds, so that the word which always brings us together will be “brother,” and our way of life will always be that of: Shalom, Peace, Salaam! Amen.

It is important to note that our keynote speaker was Archbishop Elpidophoros, the Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church of America. It was the first time, historically, that a Greek Orthodox leader addressed the National Workshop on Christian Unity, and he spoke openly of the need for peace in Ukraine, and an end of the endorsement of the Russian Orthodox Church in supporting the Russian regime of genocide. You can find his historic address at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0cPJnwIyM8. These are very difficult times, but they are times rich with the possibility of spiritual and social transformation. Next week we begin the Novena of the Holy Spirit. Come, Holy Spirit!!

Easter blessings. The Lord be with you,

Streaming Masses and Weekly Announcements ~ 8 May 2022

STREAMING SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASSES

Today's Live-Streamed Mass

Worship Aid for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

fleur cross logo Due to the priests' schedules, there will be no 7am weekday Masses this week or next week, May 2-6 and May 9-13.

fleur cross logo This weekend’s second collection will be for Parish Special Needs. The collection will assist with improvements to the church vestibule. Thank you for your generous support

fleur cross logo THIS WEEKEND! Buy your colorful flowering baskets and annuals for your flower beds from our Youth Ministry in front of church, just in time for spring planting. Funds raised will help support our youth participate in this years' Workcamp.

fleur cross logo The weekend of May 21-22, St. Bernadette is conducting a food drive for hungry kids. A Saint Lucy truck will be in the parking lot in front of the parish center to receive donations prior to all Masses. Be sure to pick up your blue Saint Lucy bags at Masses the weekend of May 14-15 and bring them back the following weekend. If we exceed 8,000 pounds (we have twice!) the Knights of Columbus will donate an additional $1,000. A list of most needed items will be attached to the bags. 

fleur cross logo Religious Education Registration is now open for our summer classes for students who have missed a year (or years) in Religious Education and those who were unable to attend regularly this year. This “catch-up” opportunity will be a one week, full day class held June 27-July 1. If you would like more information about this class, please contact Lynn Jones.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 8 May 2022

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

Almost weekly now I am being contacted by parishioners and staff regarding emails and texts they are receiving requesting gift cards or other kinds of assistance. This most recent chain of texts (at left) shows just how clever these scammers have become.

I know pastors all over the country to whom this is happening, too. And good-hearted parishioners here have bought gift cards online and sent them, never to get the money back. Some of you here at Saint Bernadette! In one case it was two $500 gift cards before I could stop it.

Please know, that if I ever have a personal request for assistance of any kind I would never make one so disrespectfully as with a text message. I will call. But also, always, always, check the email address. If it is not from frdonrooney@stbernpar.org, it is not from me. They make up fake ones that can fool you. One time it came from frdonrooney-stbernpar.org@gmail.com. Not from me.

Another thing I've been wanting to mention is the notable increase of people begging for money on the street. I don't know if you have noticed, but the signs they hold are all very similar, block letters, same size, etc. It seems a little too organized to me.

I also have long wondered how there can be as many victims of human trafficking as statistics say and for them to not be more visible among us. I have learned recently that it is quite possible that they could be standing right in front of us at intersections. I found this on the National Human Trafficking Hotline:

"Victims of human trafficking have been found in sales crews or peddling and begging rings, where they work long hours each day soliciting money or selling products such as magazine subscriptions, trinkets, or cleaning products. Traffickers confiscate most or all of the victim’s earnings make the victims dependent on the controller for transportation and housing. Begging and peddling rings may include U.S. citizens, immigrants, adults, or children.

"Sales crews typically recruit U.S. citizen youth ages 18 to 25, with promises of travel, a care-free life, and the ability to make a lot of money. A "crew" consists of an average of 3 to 40 youth, under the direction of a manager, who moves the crew from city to city every few weeks. Crewmembers receive a small daily stipend of $8 to $15 or less, to cover the cost of meals and personal items. Violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, pressure tactics, and abandonment in unfamiliar cities are common."

I wonder if there is anything we can do. I don't know what a possible solution might look like, or how people can be freed from these circumstances. Maybe we can give them contact information to Catholic Charities. Is there an alternative we can offer? My college roommate's mom, Joy, would drive around with the back of her SUV always filled with nonperishable groceries and give each beggar a full bag of food instead of money. It might be a conversation worth starting.

Easter blessings. The Lord be with you,

Streaming Masses and Announcements for the week of 1 May 2022

STREAMING SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASSES

Today's Live-Streamed Mass

Worship Aid for the Third Sunday of Easter

fleur cross logo Due to the priests' schedules, there will be no 7am weekday Masses this week or next week, May 2-6 and May 9-13.

fleur cross logo Mothers' Day Novena Mass cards are available for remembering moms, grandmothers, and anyone who has been a mother to you – living or deceased. All intentions will be included at all Masses for nine days beginning on Mothers' Day. Envelopes are available in the vestibule and the office, and are also included in the offertory envelopes.

fleur cross logo Buy your colorful flowering baskets and annuals for your flower beds from our Youth Ministry the weekend of May 7-8 in front of church, just in time for spring planting. Funds raised will help support this years' Workcamp.

fleur cross logo On Saturday, May 21, Saint Bernadette is conducting a drive-thru food drive for hungry kids. A Saint Lucy truck will be in the front parking lot to receive donations from 9am to 1pm..

 

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 1 May 2022

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

Last couple of weeks was a welcome change from the past couple of years or three. Not only was I invited to take a tour of the beautifully renovated Temple of The Latter Day Saints, but I participated in my first face-to-face dialogue with the Vaishnava Hindus last Saturday, and spoke at an iftar, the evening breaking of the Ramadan fast, at the Pakistani Embassy last Wednesday. Our world is filled with beautiful diversity.

I may have mentioned it in a homily, and I spoke about this at the Hindu-Christian Dialogue, how a young priest recently asked my why I was involved in dialogue with people of other faiths. I didn't have the best answer at the time, something about advancing mutual understanding and eradicating false stereotypes, breaking down the divisions caused by xenophobia that are so common today.

In a real sense, it is a quest to replace ignorance with knowledge. But the reason I am involved is much more. I have discovered that the way our heart seeks for and aligns with the divine is the same for all people. Relationship with God is exactly the same for every person. It can't be otherwise, it is how we are wired. When I encounter another person who is actively engaged with the Divine, especially if they are willing to share such a personal thing, I grow in my relationship with God. We are strengthened. When I see authentic holiness in another human being, I grow in holiness.

There was a document published by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue in the Vatican in 1991, Dialogue and Proclamation, which speaks of the four dialogues we enter into as human persons. These are:
• the dialogue of life, in which people of different faiths and spiritual traditions strive to live in an open and neighborly spirit – includes socializing and hospitality;
• the dialogue of action, in which people of spiritual commitment and faith collaborate with others in building a just society – includes service and working for justice;
• the dialogue of religious experience, in which people steeped in their spiritual traditions share their ways of searching for God or the Absolute – includes prayer, worship, celebration;
• the dialogue of theological exchange, in which specialists seek to deepen their understanding of other spiritual heritages.

The first is simply a sharing of space in this place and time, accompanying one another, as Pope Francis would say; the second, a sharing of compassion when we realize the purpose of life is service; the third, a sharing of the movement of our hearts, or soul to God; and the fourth is the academic one we usually think about between theological experts.

But it is more than just a selfish seeking of deeper personal holiness for yourself. The shared experience of dialogue is something that exalts all involved! Imagine what could happen if we sought to witness the holiness of each other and the world could become a holy place.

Easter blessings. The Lord be with you,

Streaming Masses and Announcements for the week of 24 April 2022

STREAMING SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASSES

Today's Live-Streamed Mass

Worship Aid for the Second Sunday of Easter

fleur cross logo Join us for Divine Mercy Devotions Sunday, April 24, at 3pm in the church.

fleur cross logo On Tuesday, April 26 we will celebrate our patronal feast of Saint Bernadette (observed) with a special Mass at 7pm

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Mothers' Day Novena Mass cards are available for remembering moms, grandmothers, and anyone who has been a mother to you – living or deceased. All intentions will be included at all Masses for nine days beginning on Mothers' Day. Envelopes are available in the vestibule and the office, and are also included in the offertory envelopes..

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter for 24 April 2022

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

Looking back on the wonderful attendance at our beautiful liturgies fills me with gratitude. Thanks to all whose talents made precious liturgies so moving, especially David Mathers and Sylvia Malinowski, all our musicians, choirs and vocalists. I don't think people realize the sheer volume of music that must be prepared and practiced for Palm Sunday, the Triduum, the Tre Ore and Easter. And all of it was done so well. Thanks, too, to Cedric D'Cruze and our amazing ushers and ministers as well as our helpers who decorated the church in record time this year. It was beautiful and, I hope, memorable.

I am hoping that it was especially memorable because we need to start restocking the shelves with some good memories. People are just now starting to realize the impact that two years of risk, uncertainty, isolation and death are having on the entire world. We, all of us, went through this together, separately. Humans are pretty resilient and we tend not to hold onto the bad memories, but that doesn't mean we still don't carry around the effects of trauma in our bodies in every moment. Many are speculating on the effect the senseless war in Ukraine will have on a generation of children who are suffering (but adults, too...). The whole world has been sorely tried.

Suddenly, something happened to me on Easter Sunday. As I entered the church in procession at the 9am Mass, I was aware that the assembly was huge, perhaps one of the most full Masses I have ever experienced here at Saint Bernadette. As I got to the altar to reverence it before going to the chair, I looked out over the church, at all of you. It was an overwhelming realization, a strong wave of relevation. For that instant, we were back. We are back. I became aware at that moment that the profound loss we experienced two years and one month ago – a loss of safety and freedom and lightheartedness and, at times, hope – was something that I had never fully processed. Maybe we couldn't fully process it, it was so unthinkable what was happening. At that moment I felt that, whatever all this had been – not that it is probably over, but we are back. I felt an energy and a joy at that Mass that I haven't known for two years.

That is my prayer for you all this Easter Season. Let that joy grow every day, learn to trust the growing light. Permit yourself to experience the glory that God has placed in you in this new life of Easter.

In my homily last weekend I spoke about how the Church understands the reality of the glorified Body of Jesus – and the way all of us will be like him once in his final Kingdom. Maybe not superheroes, but definitely superhumans. It isn't science fiction, it is Gospel truth. It isn't something that exists in active imaginations, it is something the Apostles experienced over and over in their time with Jesus after his resurrection and before his ascension into heaven. I don't know about you, but I think of all those who I loved who have died, many who suffered from great illness and pain, and it makes me smile when I think of them stepping from one end of the cosmos to the other in an instant, walking through doors and appearing and disappearing when they want to.

Easter blessings. The Lord be with you,