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Our Capital Campaign for Community, "Make All Things New" continues. The private gifts phase has raised $2.7M toward our goal of $5M. Now into our public phase, we have increased our pledge amounts to 3.1M. We appeal to you to truly support this opportunity for depth and growth for our community. Hopefully you had an opportunity to really pray about how important this parish is to you and how we need space to be together. If you have not yet filled out a commitment card, please offer a pledge amount over time. Our society needs to put Church back into the center of its life.Our Capital Campaign for Community, "Make All Things New" continues. The private gifts phase has raised $2.7M toward our goal of $5M. Now into our public phase, we have increased our pledge amounts to 3.1M. We appeal to you to truly support this opportunity for depth and growth for our community. Hopefully you had an opportunity to really pray about how important this parish is to you and how we need space to be together. If you have not yet filled out a commitment card, please offer a pledge amount over time. Our society needs to put Church back into the center of its life.
The 49'ers will be selling White House Ornaments after all Masses this weekend and next. Look for their table in the vestibule of the church.
ECHO’s popular Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, October 26 from 8am-Noon in the gym. Proceeds of the sale benefit ECHO whose mission is to help local people who are experiencing emergency as well as those who have long-term low income needs.
Our 4th Monday TAIZE Prayer Service is next week, Monday, October 28 at 8pm. Please invite all your Christian friends to join us in this beautiful, peaceful ecumenical prayer service in the tradition of the Taizé Community in France.
All Saints’ Day Mass schedule (holy day of obligation) October 31 Vigil at 7:30pm, November 1 Masses at 6:30 and 9am, Noon, 6:30pm in English and 8pm in Spanish. The All Souls’ Day Mass schedule includes 9am and noon on Saturday, November 2 for all our deceased.
All Souls’ Novena of Masses - Remembrance envelopes in which you may include the names of your deceased family or friends are available in the vestibule of the church and parish office. Envelopes will be placed near the altar during the Novena of Masses. To participate please fill out one of the envelopes with your donation and return them to the parish office before November 2nd. Questions, please contact the parish office.
Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,
This week I have been on my annual retreat. Priests are required to do a week-long retreat each year, something we probably wouldn't find the time to do if it weren't required. All of us have a great need to step away for a few days and try to get an objective look at life and especially our life with God, to determine a course of action and ongoing conversion. We should figure out some way to include a retreat in our yearly plan, even if just a day or two to devote to evaluating and moving forward with life. That is primarily why we schedule a 40 Hours Parish Mission each year during Lent (this year will be Sunday evening, March 8 through Tuesday evening the 10th) when the parish stops regular activities and focuses on God.
It is all the daily stuff that can tend to shut down your spiritual life. Things that seem more tangible, confronting us in ways that can be so distracting and contrary to the plan of God in our life. We know that what he offers is complete love and mercy, but we can defer even our thinking about this because there are too many things pressing on us now at the present moment. We can circle back around to God later, right?—or will we? It will always be the present moment. Maybe we will never get around to it.
Some people I know have a space dedicated in their house only for this. A quiet corner with a chair and table and a Bible or spiritual book. Even in this way you can designate a space into which you enter, and decide to leave everything else outside, even for ten minutes a day. The fixer upper shows on TV would have you believe that a "retreat" is a spa bathroom that reminds you of the beach, or a basement cave where you can go and watch football. The retreat we need is a place where one meets with God.
What if married couples were to plan time together like this before troubles begin? Or families who need to just unplug and be together? I am grateful, though it will be hard to leave daily parish life with all its needs behind, for the opportunity to go on retreat.
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Another update on the Our Lady of Lourdes window in the sanctuary. The diocese recommended a company to work with us in resolving this issue of the window, which has now been dark for over a year. As I have said before, replacing the lights behind it requires that it be removed from the wall. Now we are told that this particular window was installed without restoration (I had thought that the Saint Joseph and Lourdes windows were purchased at the same time, but apparently were not) and the leading has deteriorated and there are gaps between stained glass and leading that have made it very fragile. The consultant told us that if we move it it could dissolve all over the floor.
This might be more than you want to know, but I found it interesting. Really old stained glass was made by casting lead into the filigree pattern of the window, then glass was added. Today lead is extruded to fit between the pieces of cut stained glass. But in the late 1800s and early 1900s there was a lot experimentation with adding alloys to the lead, a practice that has been discontinued as the alloys proved to fail with time.
The Lourdes window will need to be re-leaded which will take some time, as well as being remounted and retrofitted with a new lighting system. While one is being done, we need to do both or we will be undergoing the same process twice. The cost estimate for this is $75,000.
I'm not sure how to proceed. We ran it by the finance council last week and they suggested we spend the money, but it is not budgeted and we need to keep our savings in case it is needed with the school this year. Additionally, I was hoping that what unexpected donations might come in would be used to construct proper tiered risers for the choir area, a project that would really have a positive effect on our worship of God. We will discern this, and I will be in contact further with the diocese to see what alternatives we have.
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As I write this article the noon Mass and parish picnic have just ended and we are breaking down the area behind the school. These moments of our being together as a parish are so important to the life of the Church. Vital, I would say, otherwise we fall into the trap of thinking of faith individualistically. Since the picnic will be already last weekend when you read this, we want to thank all the many people who worked to make our annual picnic a terrific event, including all the folks that brought food, who served food, who set up and took down tables and chairs, our great PTO who provided games and rides, and to our parish and school staff who provided a beautiful witness of teamwork and family.
Family is great. Family is even greater when we work together with a shared objective and produce a wonderful event that is so significant. Thank you!
God bless you,
This is Commitment Weekend for the public phase of our Capital Campaign for Community, "Make All Things New." The private gifts phase has already placed us above $2.7 million for a $5 million goal and we appeal to you to truly support this opportunity for depth and growth for our community. Hopefully you had an opportunity to really pray about how important this parish is to you and how we need space to be together. This weekend please fill out a commitment card and place it in the basket. Cards are in the pews. You'll notice there is no envelope: we are asking you for a commitment over time, not just a one-time gift. Our society needs to put Church back into the center of its life.