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Streaming Mass and Announcements for the Week of 5 July 2020

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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 5:30pm - live-streamed on 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 ONLY
No In-Person Mass for the month of June


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

STREAMING SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASSES

Mass for the Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
       
Worship Aid for the Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time 


ANNOUNCEMENTS

fleur cross logo Give a Spiritual Bouquet to Deacon John in thanksgiving for his service at Saint Bernadette Church. Spiritual Bouquet cards are available in the vestibule of the church or can be downloaded from the parish website announcements page. If you are unable to come to the church to pick one up, feel free to write your own and send it to Deacon John here at the parish. We will then present the Bouquet to him before he departs the weekend of July 18-19. Thank you, Deacon John, for your service to us at Saint Bernadette and your inspiring witness to the Catholic Faith. May God continue to bless and guide you and Mary Ann as you prepare for the new chapter of your journey.

fleur cross logo Saturday Morning In-Person Masses will resume on Saturday, 11 July. The Parish signup page has been updated to reflect the additional Mass.

fleur cross logo Beginning Saturday, 11 July, Confessions will move to the school gymnasium. The process will be the same as before, however pentitents can now get out of the sun by lining up under the school canopy. Three stations will be set up with 6' social distancing markers indicated on the floor. All persons will be asked to exit using the doors at the rear of the gym. 

fleur cross logo Times are uncertain but 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 Please remember Bishop’s dispensation of the obligation for attending Mass is in effect indefinitely. Our Saturday morning Masses will be live-streamed only for the month of June. Saturday 5pm Mass will be in-person in the church as before and we will continue live-streaming at 5:30pm 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-person in the church at 9am.

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. Also, reservations are required in an effort to keep everyone safe. By doing so, we can manage capacity levels and help provide assurance that we have considered you (and your family’s) personal safety according to the department of health’s recommendations. In the unfortunate event someone becomes ill or reports to us that they have tested positive, the reservation system will help supply the needed information to contact trace individuals at minimum by Mass.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 5 July 2020

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

This Independence Day weekend, let us pledge our allegiance to the flag and the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

We say the pledge every morning at the start of the school day and sometimes I think, like prayers can be, we say the words and don't necessarily think about what we are actually saying.  The whole American experiment was a gathering up from the roots of a collective justice and freedom that placed the needs of the nation above the needs of the individual.  It is the same as what happens in the Church:  we set aside our personal requirements for the good of the Body, because members of the body find their identity because they are members, not vice versa.  Democracy is a community, not simply a system to ensure the rights of the individual.

Especially today in the midst of this growing pandemic (if only that word growing were something of a past conversation and not a present and future reality!) we recognize that our temporary discomfort is what is required if we are to gain control over the spread of this virus for the good of all.  Once again, the individual must necessarily make sacrifice for the good of all.  It is a very familiar theme for Christians, because it is the example of Jesus himself.

The very first paragraph of the Federalist Papers, written by Alexander Hamilton to the people of New York in order to convince them to adopt the Constitution, reads thus:

"AFTER an unequivocal experience of the inefficiency of the subsisting federal government, you are called upon to deliberate on a new Constitution for the United States of America. The subject speaks its own importance; comprehending in its consequences nothing less than the existence of the UNION, the safety and welfare of the parts of which it is composed, the fate of an empire in many respects the most interesting in the world. It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force (emphasis added). If there be any truth in the remark, the crisis at which we are arrived may with propriety be regarded as the era in which that decision is to be made; and a wrong election of the part we shall act may, in this view, deserve to be considered as the general misfortune of mankind.

"This idea will add the inducements of philanthropy to those of patriotism, to heighten the solicitude which all considerate and good men must feel for the event. Happy will it be if our choice should be directed by a judicious estimate of our true interests, unperplexed and unbiased by considerations not connected with the public good. But this is a thing more ardently to be wished than seriously to be expected. The plan offered to our deliberations affects too many particular interests, innovates upon too many local institutions, not to involve in its discussion a variety of objects foreign to its merits, and of views, passions and prejudices little favorable to the discovery of truth.

"Among the most formidable of the obstacles which the new Constitution will have to encounter may readily be distinguished the obvious interest of a certain class of men in every State to resist all changes which may hazard a diminution of the power, emolument, and consequence of the offices they hold under the State establishments; and the perverted ambition of another class of men, who will either hope to aggrandize themselves by the confusions of their country, or will flatter themselves with fairer prospects of elevation from the subdivision of the empire into several partial confederacies than from its union under one government."

When we studied these texts in college I did not find these words to be particularly prophetic, but I do now.  Or, maybe the simple reality is that humans have not changed in 230 years, and therefore the same obstacles remain.

Our independence as a nation requires a liberation from slavery to the self.  Truth is true, and what contradicts it is not truth.  And it applies to all.  This is the most fundamental bond of a community, the north star that guides it. The rest is opinion.

We pray especially this weekend that factions might cease.  That we treat each other as brothers and sisters of one family.  That we will see the end of reckless living that has no regard for others, that care for each other and for our common home truly might become a core value around which our activities are inspired.

God, we pray for an end to hate and division, for a renewal of our minds and the will to love despite difficulty and sacrifice.  And we ask you to bless our nation that is so wounded.  Help us to gather together with nations throughout our suffering world to seek solidarity and charity based on sincere, mutual concern for the welfare of the poorest and most vulnerable among us.  God, bless our America.

God bless you.

 

Streaming Mass and Announcements for the Week of 28 June 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 5:30pm - live-streamed on 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 ONLY
No In-Person Mass for the month of June


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

STREAMING SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASSES

            Worship Aid for Sunday the Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Saturday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Friday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Thursday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Wednesday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Tuesday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Monday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Mass for the Thirteen Sunday of Ordinary Time
          Worship Aid for the Thirteen Sunday of Ordinary Time


ANNOUNCEMENTS

fleur cross logo Our second collection this weekend is for Peter’s Pence, a worldwide collection that supports the charitable works of Pope Francis. Join with Pope Francis and be a witness of charity to our suffering brothers and sisters. Please be generous today. For more information, visit usccb.org/peters-pence.

fleur cross logo ECHO will be conducting a food drive on Tuesday 30 June here at Saint Bernadette from 10am to 2pm, The drop-off point for the food will be the parish parking lot. This will be a Springfield and Burke ecumenical effort. Due to  the large unemployment rate, ECHO continues a need for a large amount of food donations of every kind. We will follow all covid-19 guidelines to include maintaining a social distance and wearing face masks.

fleur cross logo The Parish Office will be close Friday, 3 July in observance of the 4th of July Holiday. The office will reopen Monday, 6 June at 8:30am. 

fleur cross logo 
Times are uncertain but 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 Please remember Bishop’s dispensation of the obligation for attending Mass is in effect indefinitely. Our Saturday morning Masses will be live-streamed only for the month of June. Saturday 5pm Mass will be in-person in the church as before and we will continue live-streaming at 5:30pm 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-person in the church at 9am.

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. Also, reservations are required in an effort to keep everyone safe. By doing so, we can manage capacity levels and help provide assurance that we have considered you (and your family’s) personal safety according to the department of health’s recommendations. In the unfortunate event someone becomes ill or reports to us that they have tested positive, the reservation system will help supply the needed information to contact trace individuals at minimum by Mass.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 28 June 2020

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

First, I want to thank everyone for being so gentle and conscientious as we have begun reopening our parish for Mass this past month.  Thank you for caring for each other and helping our church to be a truly safe place to come to pray.  I have received so many compliments from people who are pleased with our level of order and care.  As we continue to grow in attendance, you must make reservations in order to know if there will be seats still available at a particular Mass.  Please follow the guidelines on the parish website and make your reservations by midday on Saturday if you can.  If you go to the reservations site and see that a particular Mass is full, please know that for safety reasons we will not be able to allow walk-ins to walk in.

This weekend we welcome a new priest to our parish, Fr. Peter Okola.  He has been in the diocese for quite a while and many may remember him from two of his last assignments at St. Raymond and Holy Spirit.  We welcome you, Father, and are glad you are here.  When we are able, we will have a proper celebration for your coming to our parish!  Father Peter prepared an introduction for himself which you can find on page 8 of today's bulletin.

I, for one, am surprised how accustomed I have become to wearing a mask.  I hated it at first, and didn't really think I would wear one during Mass.  There are still times on hot humid days it is difficult.  But it was early on when masks seemed so outrageous, and I had a small funeral, a total of 10 people including myself.  The family was grieving and wearing masks, and were miserable.  The mask they wore spoke of the cause of death of their loved one.  I felt the impulse to take off the mask and then realized how wrong that was, to expect everyone to wear a mask and then somehow to be an exception.  Over time I have come to see it as a way in which we care for one another.  Any of us could be a spreader, who knows?  And if we aren't, as many maintain, then it is for me an outward sign of how I want to care for you.

As we watch the resurgence of infection in most of our country – and continuing in our world – we need to recognize that we are not powerless in the face of this virus.  We only need to watch our distances from each other and wear a face covering that prevents the exchange of infection.  I ask you, when you have doubts, to consider the person whom you are now preventing from becoming sick by a simple act of kindness.

We have seen safe, containable increases in Mass attendance in recent weeks at Saint Bernadette.  We reopened very cautiously, the largest-attended Mass the first weekend was probably about 50 people.  Last weekend, the Saturday evening Mass and the 10am Mass were the most attended, between 150 and 200.  There will come a time when probably we won't be required to sanitize the church between Masses, but in the meantime people may not be able to come to Mass every Sunday, maybe every other Sunday.  That is why we are keeping the reservation system in place so everyone knows how many seats are left.  There will come a time for a while, I should imagine, when we will not have seats for people who come without a reservation.  The second week of reopening in Kansas City my brother Bob said that he was on a waiting list at his parish for the next weekend, unable to get to Mass the weekend before.

Of course, the infection rate is rapidly rising in many places now.  We are seeing the effect of reckless behavior over Memorial Day, many protests that have filled our cities, and just simple disregard.  Most medical professionals have no idea where this is going to go.

What is angering is that something so simple as caring for one another has become a divisive, political choice.  Can it be that basic human rights, too, have become determined by political opinion?  But this cannot be.  All of us have a moral compass to live by, that is true, and each of us needs to follow our consciences to live truly according to what we know is right and wrong.  People also have radically different experiences of life and often act out of the desperation or trauma they have known.  When confronted by another who does not share same values or have the same life experience, it is not reasonable to treat them as less than a person.  We must live our lives  in a way pleasing to God according to our beliefs, but no one must be required to pass a test to be a person.  That personhood is something that is God-given, even if sometimes we don't do so well with it.  It demands our respect, even reverence.  When we apply love, true conversion can begin to happen, a change that would not have been made possible by prejudice and condemnation.

I think this is what lies at the root of Pope Francis' message.  Before we can enter into interreligious dialogue to understand each others' systems of faith and faithfulness, before we can start to talk about the Christian unity that, by grace, is now in the DNA of the baptized, we have to connect in the dialogue of human fraternity.  We are connected to one another in one human family, and those wounded relationships must be guided by a selflessness that is informed by faith, hope and love and a sincere concern to care for those most vulnerable among us.  Whatever you do for the least of these, my brothers and sisters, you did for me, said Jesus.  Let's keep each other safe.

God bless you.

 

Streaming Mass and Announcements for the Week of 21 June 2020

Click here to Reserve A Seat (Español)
In accordance with the Governor’s Phase 2 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 5:30pm - live-streamed on 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 ONLY
No In-Person Mass for the month of June

 


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

STREAMING SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASSES

           Worship Aid for the Thirteen Sunday of Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Saturday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Friday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Thursday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Wednesday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Tuesday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Monday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

Mass for the Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time
          Worship Aid for the Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time

ANNOUNCEMENTS

fleur cross logo Instead of our monthly TAIZE prayer service on Monday, 21 June at 8pm in the church, you are invited to join us in prayer online via our parish facebook page. Invite all your Christian friends to join us in this beautiful, peaceful ecumenical prayer service in the tradition of the Taizé Community in France.

fleur cross logo Peter’s Pence (Holy Father) CollectionOur second collection next weekend is for Peter’s Pence, a worldwide collection that supports the charitable works of Pope Francis. Join with Pope Francis and be a witness of charity to our suffering brothers and sisters. Please be generous today. For more information, visit usccb.org/peters-pence.

fleur cross logo ECHO will be conducting a food drive on Tuesday 30 June here at Saint Bernadette from 10am to 2pm, The drop-off point for the food will be the parish parking lot. This will be a Springfield and Burke ecumenical effort. Due to  the large unemployment rate, ECHO continues a need for a large amount of food donations of every kind. We will follow all covid-19 guidelines to include maintaining a social distance and wearing face masks.

fleur cross logo 
Times are uncertain but 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 Please remember Bishop’s dispensation of the obligation for attending Mass is in effect indefinitely. Our Saturday morning Masses will be live-streamed only for the month of June. Saturday 5pm Mass will be in-person in the church as before and we will continue live-streaming at 5:30pm 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-person in the church at 9am.

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. Also, reservations are required in an effort to keep everyone safe. By doing so, we can manage capacity levels and help provide assurance that we have considered you (and your family’s) personal safety according to the department of health’s recommendations. In the unfortunate event someone becomes ill or reports to us that they have tested positive, the reservation system will help supply the needed information to contact trace individuals at minimum by Mass.

 

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 21 June 2020

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

There is kind of a confusion about the reality of redemption and salvation going around today.  Have you ever had a Protestant brother or sister ask you in a challenging tone, "Are you saved?"  I remember the first few times I was asked like this I kind of broke out in a sweat.  First of all, the whole choosing Jesus thing as my personal Lord and Savior is confusing language to me.  "I was not you who chose me, but I who chose you, to go out and bear much fruit."  If I'm the one doing the choosing then I am somehow placing God under myself.  I have the power to choose God, like Coke or Pepsi.  There is really no other options in the category where God is, although we might be tempted to think that other things are as important, like popularity, prestige, power, comfort or wealth.  Really, there are only two options:  God, and me.  It's where you put your heart.

Am I saved?  This is one of those pivotal questions that drive people through life down various paths.  In responding to this question, we make a point of clarification as Catholics.  The power of the Cross has saved us from the fires of hell as a default.  The work of salvation is done by Jesus on the Cross, there is no other offering necessary to make reparation for mankind's sin.  And yet, unlike other Christians, we don't believe that it is automatic.  We must live into the reality of our being redeemed, which depends always on the choices we make everyday.  Do we choose God?  or do we choose ourselves?

The fact that many are fooled into thinking that faith is an individual relationship just between me and Jesus.  This is a modern misunderstanding.  It is true, I receive my baptismal identity in Christ, but by being conformed to Christ I am automatically brought into the vast Communion of Saints, the family of God, the Body of Christ which is the Church.  In this case we know that the Church here is not just Roman Catholic:  we acknowledge the validity of all Christian faiths who baptize with proper form, formula and with the intention of the Church.  Anyone can baptize, and it is God's will that all be baptized.  With baptism we are delivered from our isolation, and connected in a mystical way that forms us as one family, a community.  To deny this is to be something other than a follower of Christ.

Am I saved?  At the moment of baptism, yes.  Every moment after that is a choice we make to draw closer to God, or move away.  If God is far away in our life, and since he is the Unmoved Mover who is literally in all places, then it is we who have to move to him.

I am redeemed.  This is a step that many forget.  The simple and total gift of the Father's only Son on our behalf, emptying himself of his life that we might receive it, is the one defining event which gives us hope and the grace to move toward that end which is God's Plan for each of us, despite difficulty and doubt, as a community.  We must move.

We fall into a sleepiness and can too easily be consumed by the distractions of the day.  It is true, there is simply too much for me to accomplish in one day.  Maybe even one lifetime.  But I am not meant to accomplish this for myself, by myself.  Together, as I believe the Plan goes, we will accomplish it for God.  Not even for ourselves, the community, but for God.  Communities can be narcissistic, too.  There are two choices: God, or ourselves.

So, then, are all saved?  This has been the topic of many books and papers by popes and professors: dare we hope that all are saved?  The answer is, of course.  Without that hope, what hope is there for me, unless I have placed myself above another.  The Church is in the business of proclaiming saints.  We know in faith that there are scores of saints in heaven.  It is interesting that the Church has never dared to declare that someone is in hell.  There might be two reasons for this.  First, we may never judge the secret movements of the heart, even in people who appear to be most evil.  You have to be in your right mind to sin.  Second, to do so would be to underestimate the power we share in interceding for one another.  Do not forget: prayers are powerful and we can call upon Mary and all the saints to go to bat on our behalf when we seem to be failing and wish profoundly for renewal and reconciliation.

Now, we come to the final point.  If we are, indeed, saved at the moment of baptism, saints in the Communion of Saints, perfect creations without sin, then here is the source of our hope.  With true contrition (sorrow for our sins) and the desire to make reparation (to heal the scars of sin in us and in our community) the sacrament of reconciliation has the ability to restore us to that moment of perfect holiness which we once knew as newly-baptized persons, whether we can remember it or not.  Redeemed, and saved.

Next month and first weekend of August will be a powerful time in our parish as we go about the work of making up all the missed First Communion Masses and Confirmation celebrations.  Let us keep one another in mind, in prayer, as we are all transformed.  As we grow in faith, may we grow in life.

God bless you.

 

Streaming Mass and Announcements for the Week of 14 June 2020

Click here to Reserve A Seat (Español)
In accordance with the Governor’s Phase 2 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 5:30pm - live-streamed on 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 ONLY
No In-Person Mass for the month of June


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

STREAMING SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASSES

           Worship Aid for the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Saturday in the elevnth Week of Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Friday in the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Thursday in the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Wednesday in the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Tuesday in the Eleventh Week of Ordinary TIme

Community Mass for Monday in the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

Solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
          Worship Aid for the Solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

 
ANNOUNCEMENTS

fleur cross logo Times are uncertain but 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 Please remember Bishop’s dispensation of the obligation for attending Mass is in effect indefinitely. Our Saturday morning Masses will be live-streamed only for the month of June. Saturday 5pm Mass will be in-person in the church as before and we will continue live-streaming at 5:30pm 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-person in the church at 9am.

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. Also, reservations are required in an effort to keep everyone safe. By doing so, we can manage capacity levels and help provide assurance that we have considered you (and your family’s) personal safety according to the department of health’s recommendations. In the unfortunate event someone becomes ill or reports to us that they have tested positive, the reservation system will help supply the needed information to contact trace individuals at minimum by Mass.

fleur cross logo  Mass cards for the Father’s Day Novena of Masses are available in the vestibule of the church. There is also a downloadable intention form on our parish’s website announcements page. Remember your dads and grandfathers in this beautiful remembrance. Please return your envelopes by Friday, June 19.

fleur cross logo ECHO will be conducting a food drive on Tuesday 30 June here at Saint Bernadette from 10am to 2pm, The drop-off point for the food will be the parish parking lot. This will be a Springfield and Burke ecumenical effort. Due to  the large unemployment rate, ECHO continues a need for a large amount of food donations of every kind. We will follow all covid-19 guidelines to include maintaining a social distance and wearing face masks.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 14 June 2020

 Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

The June 6 Religion section of the Washington Post had an above the fold article about Archbishop Gregory of D.C..  It included a paragraph that I found perplexing, as so many things seem to be today:

“The intensity of Catholic discussion around Gregory's outspokenness this week reflects the deep divisions among U.S. Catholics over whether racism is an urgent spiritual sin or a subjective political matter.  Catholics, like other Americans, are largely divided along racial and ethnic lines about the president.”

Today I’m going to try to say some things that everyone can agree with. First, words of welcome. One thing the Catholic Church has given witness to over the centuries is that our divisions can be just as deep as everybody else, but somehow we are held together.  Some say this is proof of the Holy Spirit, but I am not one to say that we have an exclusive contract with the Holy Spirit.  I believe he breathes in all of creation, including our non-Catholic brothers and sisters.  But as much as our president seems to be a lightning rod for division, we must witness Jesus Christ and his mercy and compassion.  For this reason, despite differences of opinion, there must be mutual respect, even reverence for one another in showing welcome to one another despite differences.

The Church and, indeed, our culture may be obviously divided politically, but this must never be confused with the truth of Church teaching on racism.  Bishop Kevin Vann of Orange, CA, wrote this week, “Remembering that most basic command of Jesus, let us begin by affirming unequivocally: Black Lives Matter.”  Political opinion does not define truth.

Consideration of racism is grounded in fundamental spiritual beliefs:  equal dignity of all people, created in God’s image, and Christ’s redemption of all.  From our Catechism:

“The equality of men rests essentially on their dignity as persons and the rights that flow from it: ‘Every form of social or cultural discrimination in fundamental personal rights on the grounds of sex, race, color, social conditions, language, or religion must be curbed and eradicated as incompatible with God’s design.

“Moral judgments on racism, based on equality, are consistent: ‘any theory or form whatsoever of racism and racial discrimination is morally unacceptable;and ‘racism is not merely one sin among many, it is a radical evil dividing the human family...’3

This position regarding racism isn't just a “Catholic” thing:  I would challenge any notion that anyone could be both Christian and racist.  The same can be said of most world religions, though power twists the public witness of many religions’ teachings, as has happened in the Post.

The possibility that the Post could get such an incorrect understanding of Catholic teaching only underlines the fact that we are not consistent in our witness as a Church.  We are giving a mixed message, because we are allowing politics and political affiliation to muddy the water where clear Church teachings should be clearly witnessed by the faithful.  We must clean up our misleading example.  When I was a kid and altar server we had a retired bishop in our parish, Bishop Joseph Marling.  Before Mass, when we would kneel and kiss his ring (those were the days...) he would always ask us what our primary role was as altar servers.  The answer was first that we must be edifying, that is to say, to provide the example to all coming to Mass of how to be reverent and attentive, and pray the prayers.  To teach by witness.  We have to stop polarizing everything and making everything an opportunity for division.  On the contrary, each opportunity is a challenge to put unity where discord is found.  Saint John of the Cross says, where there is no love, let me put love, and there I will find love.  This is the remedy for self-absorption.  Self interest should not be the driving factor for laws and legislation which are intended to serve all.

A few years back I participated in a dialogue held in Taiwan between the Vatican and Buddhist leaders from around the world.  The topic was violence and witnesses to non-violence throughout eastern and western traditions.  I presented a paper on the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Beloved Community.  In the face of hate and violence Dr. King insisted that we had a role to play because of our relationship with God as his children, to bring about an era of peace.  Love will overcome and we need to persevere even in the face of generational, systemic prejudice.  We must speak the truth, and walk the path of justice.  His work is still not accomplished, but we see that it is still alive.  May it be so in us.

God bless you. 

1 No. 1935, quoting Vatican II, Gaudium et Spes, No. 29
2 Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church (USCCB, 2007), No. 433
3 USCCB, Brothers and Sisters to Us, 1979, No. 39.

Streaming Mass and Announcements for the Week of 7 June 2020

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

MONDAY through FRIDAY 

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SATURDAY 
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Community Mass for Tuesday the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

fleur cross logo Times are uncertain but 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 Please remember Bishop’s dispensation of the obligation for attending Mass is in effect indefinitely. Our Saturday morning Masses will be live-streamed only for the month of June. Saturday 5pm Mass will be in-person in the church as before and we will continue live-streaming at 5:30pm 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-person in the church at 9am.

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. Also, reservations are required in an effort to keep everyone safe. By doing so, we can manage capacity levels and help provide assurance that we have considered you (and your family’s) personal safety according to the department of health’s recommendations. In the unfortunate event someone becomes ill or reports to us that they have tested positive, the reservation system will help supply the needed information to contact trace individuals at minimum by Mass.

fleur cross logo  Mass cards for the Father’s Day Novena of Masses are available in the vestibule of the church. There is also a downloadable intention form on our parish’s website announcements page. Remember your dads and grandfathers in this beautiful remembrance. Please return your envelopes by Friday, June 19.

fleur cross logo CATHOLIC CHARITIES St. Lucy Project is in GREAT NEED OF FOOD! On Friday, June 12, Saint Bernadette will once again host “No crowd - drop and go - no contact - Drive-Thru Food Drive.”  A St. Lucy Food truck will be parked on our parish parking lot from 10am to 2pm to receive food donations. We hope you can drive-thru and help so many who are in desperate need during this time.  For those who may wish to support the program with a financial donation, please make checks payable to CCDA with St. Lucy Project in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to Catholic Charities, 8426 Kao Circle, Manassas, VA 20110. Many thanks and blessings.

fleur cross logo ECHO will be conducting a food drive on Tuesday 30 June here at Saint Bernadette from 10am to 2pm, The drop-off point for the food will be the parish parking lot. This will be a Springfield and Burke ecumenical effort. Due to  the large unemployment rate, ECHO continues a need for a large amount of food donations of every kind. We will follow all covid-19 guidelines to include maintaining a social distance and wearing face masks.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 7 June 2020

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

We are living in a storm.  Being limited in so many ways – kept from moving about freely without risk, struggling to work, even losing our jobs, our houses becoming home and office and school – we have lived through a time rarely like any other, and as Bishop Burbidge told us pastors, this isn’t a sprint, it is a marathon.  So we need to learn new ways to live into the present reality in ways that are healthy and sustainable.
This is not easy, and real.  We can be surprised by our feelings, even feelings of resistance and rebellion to the oppression of this pandemic.  It is honest, natural.  But how we act on them affects who we are and our relationships with others. On the daily news feed the expression of this frustration is taking a huge toll on our society and our cities.  I watched the news about the early protests becoming riots and looting, suddenly destruction and hate, so easily enflamed into a crisis.  This is not who we are.  Or is it?

I have thought a lot about this.

There  is a relationship that stands at the base of our identity, whether the world wishes to acknowledge it or not.  A relationship that defines us.  It is the connection of Creator and creature.  But because of original sin, it remains undefined to general consciousness, largely undiscovered though God has revealed it, and is revealing it constantly.

Without the knowledge of our own identity we are seemingly formless, the pilgrimage of life is just a wandering.  Life becomes just a continuous lashing out of self-will.  The community is a mob.
But without a you, there is no I.  The I, in order to understand myself as a person, must be defined by the relationship.  I am defined by the other.  That Other is God, and you.  To not acknowledge you, to value you, to respect all lives, is self-destruction.

This relationship is love.  It has to be, because you give me meaning. And it is the Holy Spirit who is Love.  He is the love of the Father and the Son, and the love that binds us as community.
We’ve been often alone struggling with ourselves for nearly three months.  We also have relationships with others sharing a small space, perhaps, or with those we wish we could see.  God has been there all the time but, like the Apostles waiting and praying in the locked room after Jesus' ascension into heaven, we’ve had to lock ourselves in our personal spaces for fear of what is beyond the door.  We don't even know what is out there.

Think of the Apostles in their relationship with Jesus – what a storm of emotions:  the experience of being chosen by Jesus, the wonder of discipleship, the joy of belonging.  Then the trauma of Jesus’ betrayal, torture and crucifixion.  Real loss.  Then the joy of new life, resurrection.  Then, suddenly, he is gone.  Sorrow, confusion, uncertainty.  What of the pilgrimage now?

But they pray for intervention:  O Lord, how long?  The first novena.  On the ninth day, his Spirit returns as Jesus told them, to inform them of all that they needed to know, to remind them of all that Jesus had told them.  He comes to supply a restoration of the love they had already received from him – but a love now to live in a new context.  The love once received in Baptism that now, like a roaring wind and fire comes into their locked up spaces, in their hearts, and opens the door for them.  Off the hinges.

They go out and speak the truth of life: of faith, hope and love that is possible because of their relationship with Jesus and each other.  They know finally who they are because this love reminds them of who they are.  Their words are heard because the words are genuine.  Real words from real people, 

The first miracle of Pentecost is that his love banishes their fear and restores them.  "Peace be with you..."

The second miracle is that what they say is heard by everyone in their own languages.  Notice the miracle doesn't happen in their mouths, but in the ears of those who are listening.  His words in them overcome the difference and divisions we allow to happen with race, culture, language, nationality.  Divisions are overwhelmed and united.  The second miracle, like the first, happens in each ear, each heart of one who is listening.  I am formed by you.

God is still revealing himself in the light of the Holy Spirit himself.  It is the light of Pentecost, a constant renewal of the face of the earth.

Let us listen, and hear.  Let us recognize, and realize, and embrace him and each other in love.

God bless you.

 

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