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Streaming Masses and Announcements for the Week of 26 October 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 and streamed live in the Church


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 All Saint's Day 

Community Mass for Saturday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Friday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Thursday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Wednesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time


Community Mass for Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time


Community Mass for Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

Mass for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (New Time 5pm)  
            Worship Aid for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

fleur cross logo New Sunday Mass schedule beginning New Sunday Mass schedule beginning Oct. 24-25.  Saturday Vigil 5pm, Sunday Masses at 7, 9, 11am, 1pm (Spanish), 5pm .Live-streaming Masses 5pm Vigil (will remain available through Sunday), 9am Masses Monday-Friday, and 8am Saturday. With the additional Mass on Sunday starting this weekend, all are required to exit the church right at the end of Mass so that there is a full half-hour for sanitizing the church.  Then we can re-open the building 30 minutes before the next Mass.

fleur cross logo Please remember all our loved ones at all Masses during the 9 days starting All Souls Day, November 2nd. Remembrance envelopes for All Souls Novena Masses are available in the church vestibule. There is also a downloadable intention form on our parish’s website announcements page. Please return your intentions to the office before November 1st.

fleur cross logo Safely We Rise Against Hunger – November 11-14 . Please plan to join Christ Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Saint Bernadette Catholic Church and School, Rise Against Hunger and volunteers from the community to SAFELY to purchase, pack and distribute life-changing meals. OUR GOAL: PACK 75,000 LIFE-CHANGING MEALS. We have made numerous changes to this event following the CDC's guidelines for COVID-19 safety; but what will always stay the same is the warmth and joy of working together to made a positive difference in the world. Visit our promotional page Safely We Rise Against Hunger here to learn more about this event and to sign-up for one of several volunteer opportunities available between October 26-November 14. Pre-Event Volunteer Opportunities start October 26
 

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. Please contact Fr. Don if you're able to assist. 

fleur cross logo We kindly ask that you reserve your places for Mass so that we can manage capacity and provide a safe environment for everyone. As Mass attendance limits begin to fill, we will seat those with reservations first.  Walk-ins will be accommodated once those with reservations are seated.  The 10am Mass is nearing capacity, so we encourage all to consider other Masses which are much more lightly attended.  You can find how many have already made reservations in advance by visiting the website.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 25 October 2020

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,
 
We include again Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout's letter to Virginia voters in this week's bulletin (page 10) because this is the definitive statement of our local church, echoing that of the U.S. Bishops' Conference.  In that letter they ask us particularly to pray about and read paragraphs 34-37.  When I ask people if they have read it, I have not found one person who has, so I am including them here.
 
Catholic moral teaching is always based on the proper formation of conscience of the human person.  It is not about blind adherence to a law, but a discernment truly to recognize the truth and reality of any circumstance and decide to act accordingly.  Laws inform, hearts respond.
 
Many people have demanded church leaders simply to make a pronouncement about the upcoming election (myself included, as much as I am a pastor), demanding that we tell people for whom they must vote.  I encourage you to read the paragraphs which our bishops ask us to read, printed here, full sentences, all four paragraphs.
 
“34. Catholics often face difficult choices about how to vote. This is why it is so important to vote according to a well-formed conscience that perceives the proper relationship among moral goods. A Catholic cannot vote for a candidate who favors a policy promoting an intrinsically evil act, such as abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, deliberately subjecting workers or the poor to sub-human living conditions, redefining marriage in ways that violate its essential meaning, or racist behavior, if the voter’s intent is to support that position. In such cases, a Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in grave evil. At the same time, a voter should not use a candidate’s opposition to an intrinsic evil to justify indifference or inattentiveness to other important moral issues involving human life and dignity.
 
“35. There may be times when a Catholic who rejects a candidate’s unacceptable position even on policies promoting an intrinsically evil act may reasonably decide to vote for that candidate for other morally grave reasons. Voting in this way would be permissible only for truly grave moral reasons, not to advance narrow interests or partisan preferences or to ignore a fundamental moral evil.
“36. When all candidates hold a position that promotes an intrinsically evil act, the conscientious voter faces a dilemma. The voter may decide to take the extraordinary step of not voting for any candidate or, after careful deliberation, may decide to vote for the candidate deemed less likely to advance such a morally flawed position and more likely to pursue other authentic human goods.
 
“37. In making these decisions, it is essential for Catholics to be guided by a well-formed conscience that recognizes that all issues do not carry the same moral weight and that the moral obligation to oppose policies promoting intrinsically evil acts has a special claim on our consciences and our actions. These decisions should take into account a candidate’s commitments, character, integrity, and ability to influence a given issue. In the end, this is a decision to be made by each Catholic guided by a conscience
formed by Catholic moral teaching.”
 
Unfortunately it seems that even our U.S. bishops are divided and publicly criticizing each other, which is not helpful.  We have to figure out how to end the division that cuts to the foundation of our country.  A house divided against itself cannot stand, nor can a church.  For these days before the election, pray for the gift to discern the truth and to be instruments of healing and reconciliation.  
 
When I look around and see so many of our ecumenical partner churches so radically divided over moral issues and now living in schism, I ask what it is that is keeping us together?  We are as divided as they, polarized by individual allegiances.  The only thing holding us together is our Magisterium:  the pope in communion with all the bishops and the perennial guidance of the Holy Spirit who continues to inspire and guide us as the Body of Christ.
 
Our life as a Church can't be like a news show—or even a debate—where everyone just keeps shouting over each other.  A dialogue only begins if each partner believes that there is something worth hearing from the other.  The exchange must begin with fraternal respect and follow with consideration and reflection.
 
God, we entrust our country to you.  Guide her. We turn to you in an anxious hour with so many struggles.  Help us discern, form us.
 
God bless you.
 

 

Streaming Masses and Announcements for the Week of 18 October 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 and streamed live in the Church


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 Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

Community Mass for Friday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Orindary Time

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


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


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


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

Mass for the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time (New Time 5pm)  
            Worship Aid for the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

fleur cross logo New Sunday Mass schedule beginning New Sunday Mass schedule beginning Oct. 24-25.  Saturday Vigil 5pm, Sunday Masses at 7, 9, 11am, 1pm (Spanish), 5pm .Live-streaming Masses 5pm Vigil (will remain available through Sunday), 9am Masses Monday-Friday, and 8am Saturday.

fleur cross logo Our Knights of Columbus are conducting a membership drive during October and will be available – at a safe distance – in the parking lot to provide information. Consider joining the Knights and look in the parish bulletin or call the office to learn how to join online.
 
fleur cross logo The Knights of Columbus will be collecting old or worn American Flags before and after all Masses next weekend 24/25 October. A large box for this purpose will be in the vestibule of the church. The flags will be honored and respectfully retired at ceremony to be scheduled in November. 

fleur cross logo Safely We Rise Against Hunger – November 11-14 Please plan to join Christ Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Saint Bernadette Catholic Church and School, Rise Against Hunger and volunteers from the community to SAFELY to purchase, pack and distribute life-changing meals. OUR GOAL: PACK 75,000 LIFE-CHANGING MEALS. We have made numerous changes to this event following the CDC's guidelines for COVID-19 safety; but what will always stay the same is the warmth and joy of working together to made a positive difference in the world. Visit our promotional page Safely We Rise Against Hunger here to learn more about this event and to sign-up for one of several volunteer opportunities available between October 26-November 14. Pre-Event Volunteer Opportunities start October 26

 

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. Please contact Fr. Don if you're able to assist. 

fleur cross logo We kindly ask that you reserve your places for Mass so that we can manage capacity and provide a safe environment for everyone. As Mass attendance limits begin to fill, we will seat those with reservations first.  Walk-ins will be accommodated once those with reservations are seated.  The 10am Mass is nearing capacity, so we encourage all to consider other Masses which are much more lightly attended.  You can find how many have already made reservations in advance by visiting the website.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 18 October 2020

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

It must be fall.  Were you surprised this week to realize that October is already half over?  I certainly was.  It means Advent and Christmas are just around the corner and it is time to start thinking about how that is going to look differently this year.  I don't see a way clear to hold a large penance service.  It will definitely be a challenge to accommodate as many as will want to come for Christmas Mass.  Our new installation of permanent cameras in the church at least gives those attending virtually the familiar setting of our church.  This live-streaming will probably be truly a permanent service that the parish provides from now on, for all those who would be at home even during non-pandemic times.


IMG 8549We had a meeting in the church this week for seventh graders and parents who will be preparing for Confirmation, again, a program that looks very different this year.  We normally so strongly emphasize the importance of being together as a community and learning who we are as the Church by being the Church in her pastoral ministry, exercising the corporal and spiritual works of mercy which draw us closer to each other as the Body of Christ.  As I was giving my opening comments I realized how important it is for us not to give in to COVID, but to learn how to continue being who we are despite it.  This is a challenge, but we can still feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, and bury the dead—perhaps not in person, but by providing our assistance through giving and organizing gifts.

The spiritual works of mercy are even more accessible to us in limited circumstances.  Providing correction and encouragement to others, instructing, and counseling is first available to all those we find in our small circles of family and friends.  Most importantly, during these times of anxious waiting, we have the opportunity to comfort one another, to bear wrongs patiently when others might snap (as we hope they would do for us), and to forgive.  Finally, we have time to pray for both the living and the dead.

I want to make a challenge to the entire parish, something that I must also do:  to look through our possessions and consider what we really need, and to share the rest with others in need.  In the same way, maybe look at the food bills each week and see if there are any opportunities to consume less, and share what we don't spend with those who are hungry.  I speak of a level of generosity that goes far beyond a can of food a week, but a new way of living considering others as more important than ourselves.  We may be early on in this pandemic and already the images of hundreds of people in food lines throughout the country are shocking and heartbreaking.  Not to mention the millions who live in countries where there is literally nothing to go around.  I keep asking: what can we do as a parish to really make a difference?

First on our list might be the Catholic Charities Christmas collection in early December, and the Saint Lucy food collection around Thanksgiving.  Consider where we might be witnesses of the compassion that God has shown us.

God bless you.

Streaming Masses and Announcements for the Week 11 October 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 and streamed live in the Church


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-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mass for the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (New Time 5pm)  
             Worship Aid for the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

fleur cross logo Registro for Señor de los Milagros Misa

                         Santa Misa en honor al Señor de los Milagros 

Maximum 250 people - Reservations required - once capacity limit is reached, we invite you to view online. 

fleur cross logo New Sunday Mass schedule beginning New Sunday Mass schedule beginning Oct. 24-25.  Saturday Vigil 5pm, Sunday Masses at 7, 9, 11am, 1pm (Spanish), 5pm.Live-streaming Masses 5pm Vigil (will remain available through Sunday), 9am Masses Monday-Friday, and 8am Saturday.

fleur cross logo Our Knights of Columbus are conducting a membership drive during October and will be available – at a safe distance – in the parking lot to provide information. Consider joining the Knights and look in the parish bulletin or call the office to learn how to join online.
 
fleur cross logo The Knights of Columbus will be collecting old or worn American Flags before and after all Masses next weekend 24/25 October. A large box for this purpose will be in the vestibule of the church. The flags will be honored and respectfully retired at ceremony to be scheduled in November. 


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As particpating members in the West Springfield Police and Faith Communties group you are invite to attend a virtual event on Domestic Violence Awareness, Saturday Oct. 17th, 2020, 9:00 am – 11:00 am. This Domestic Violence Awareness Presentation is designed to inform the attendee about Domestic Violence, Other Crimes Related to Domestic Violence, How patrol officers navigate a domestic violence call for service, Specific issues that are only seen in Family & Intimate Partner Violence, How the Domestic Violence Detective assigned, helps,mitigate these issues for successful prosecution in the court room and Tools to help the victim(s) in moving forward from their abuser. Guest Speakers are Detective Amanda Skowronksi, FCPD, Stephanie Romanchuk, Victim Specialist- FCPD Victim Services Section and Lynne Rowson - Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, Fairfax County Department of Family Services. You can register for the free event at Domestic Violence Awareness Presentation. Registration closes on October 15th, 2020, at noon (12:00 PM EST) Note: An email with information to connect to the event will be sent after the registration closes.

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 you're able to assist. 

fleur cross logo We kindly ask that you reserve your places for Mass so that we can manage capacity and provide a safe environment for everyone. As Mass attendance limits begin to fill, we will seat those with reservations first.  Walk-ins will be accommodated once those with reservations are seated.  The 10am Mass is nearing capacity, so we encourage all to consider other Masses which are much more lightly attended.  You can find how many have already made reservations in advance by visiting the website.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 11 October 2020

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

Pope Francis drew criticism from some when on February 4 of last year he met in Abu Dhabi with the grand imam of Egypt’s Al-Alzhar, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, and co-signed a declaration condemning the polarizing attitudes which would criticize the "Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together."  Religion has been weaponized by individuals and nations for centuries, all over the globe, as the justification for gaining power and committing crimes.

On October 4 Francis presented his new encyclical, Fratelli tutti, to the world.  Don’t be daunted by its length - 1/6 of it is footnotes!  In this document he repeats the text of the Abu Dhabi declaration.  He explains, "We resolutely declared that religions must never incite war, hateful attitudes, hostility and extremism, nor must they incite violence or the shedding of blood. These tragic realities are the consequence of a deviation from religious teachings. They result from a political manipulation of religions and from interpretations made by religious groups who, in the course of history, have taken advantage of the power of religious sentiment in the hearts of men and women… God, the Almighty, has no need to be defended by anyone and does not want his name to be used to terrorize people.  For this reason I would like to reiterate here the appeal for peace, justice and fraternity that we made together:

“In the name of God, who has created all human beings equal in rights, duties and dignity, and who has called them to live together as brothers and sisters, to fill the earth and make known the values of goodness, love and peace;

“In the name of innocent human life that God has forbidden to kill, affirming that whoever kills a person is like one who kills the whole of humanity, and that whoever saves a person is like one who saves the whole of humanity;

“In the name of the poor, the destitute, the marginalized and those most in need, whom God has commanded us to help as a duty required of all persons, especially the wealthy and those of means;

“In the name of orphans, widows, refugees and those exiled from their homes and their countries; in the name of all victims of wars, persecution and injustice; in the name of the weak, those who live in fear, prisoners of war and those tortured in any part of the world, without distinction;

“In the name of peoples who have lost their security, peace and the possibility of living together, becoming victims of destruction, calamity and war;

“In the name of human fraternity, that embraces all human beings, unites them and renders them equal;

“In the name of this fraternity torn apart by policies of extremism and division, by systems of unrestrained profit or by hateful ideological tendencies that manipulate the actions and the future of men and women;

“In the name of freedom, that God has given to all human beings, creating them free and setting them apart by this gift;

“In the name of justice and mercy, the foundations of prosperity and the cornerstone of faith;

“In the name of all persons of goodwill present in every part of the world;

“In the name of God and of everything stated thus far, [we] declare the adoption of a culture of dialogue as the path; mutual cooperation as the code of conduct; reciprocal understanding as the method and standard.”

I invite you to consider reading this encyclical from the perspective of what we see when we look around today, and start conversations, zoom calls, whatever.  I include one paragraph here for today’s reflection as Francis speaks about a culture of encounter:

“All this calls for the ability to recognize other people’s right to be themselves and to be different. This recognition, as it becomes a culture, makes possible the creation of a social covenant. Without it, subtle ways can be found to make others insignificant, irrelevant, of no value to society. While rejecting certain visible forms of violence, another more insidious kind of violence can take root: the violence of those who despise people who are different, especially when others' demands in any way compromise their own particular interests" (218).

God bless you. 

 

Streaming Masses and Announcements for the Week of 4 October 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-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

fleur cross logo Registro for Señor de los Milagros Misa 

fleur cross logo The Life Chain, a public witness to the sanctity of human life, will form a chain along Franconia Rd Sunday, October 4th beginning at 2:30pm. If you would like to participate, Saint Bernadette parishioners gather at Key Middle School. Signs are provided. Join us for a peaceful, prayerful, silent demonstration.

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 you're able to assist.

fleur cross logo We kindly ask that you reserve your places for Mass so that we can manage capacity and provide a safe environment for everyone. As Mass attendance limits begin to fill, we will seat those with reservations first.  Walk-ins will be accommodated once those with reservations are seated. You will find how many have already made reservations at a given Mass in advance by visiting the website.We kindly ask that you reserve your places for Mass so that we can manage capacity and provide a safe environment for everyone. As Mass attendance limits begin to fill, we will seat those with reservations first.  Walk-ins will be accommodated once those with reservations are seated. You will find how many have already made reservations at a given Mass in advance by visiting the website.

 

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 4 October 2020

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

On this Pro-Life Sunday let's renew our consciences that all human life is sacred, in particular the lives of those who cannot defend themselves.  What happened in this past year in our state of Virginia is, to my mind, unthinkable, to take the decision of saving or disposing of a child and placing it into the hands of minors who now have the option of choosing to abort their child right up to the moment of live birth.  Unthinkable.  Everybody knows abortion is wrong on some level, otherwise why would people be so irrational in defending their actions?  Well, it has been, generally, an unthinkable year.

Since 1974, 18 million children in the U.S. have been denied the right to be born.  Consider that we are now reaching one million deaths in the world due to COVID-19 in just seven months.  18.8 million people were displaced within their countries, losing home and employment, due to natural disasters and collapse of economic and environmental support.  Countless have been forced to cross borders because of political persecutions, genocide and violence.  Pandemic, for sure.  A pandemic of selfishness, on the one-hand, when the choice is made for convenience, but also a pandemic of a lack of support.

In 1968 when Humanae vitae was being promulgated by Saint Pope Paul VI, there was discussion about the morality of contraception, it seemed that the Church as well as the world was pretty divided over the issue.  Paul VI was said to have remarked that, if we allow contraception, we would embark on a slippery slope to elective abortion.  Everyone recoiled in horror:  certainly that could never be!  People forget that everyone knew this was wrong the generation before mine, not just the Catholics.  

In this case Paul VI was a prophet.  He knew how easy it is for us human beings to have our sensitivities to moral issues become anesthetized.  An anesthetic's purpose is to induce a loss of consciousness, to deprive one of a feeling of awareness.  In this case, minds are numbed, consciences are in a coma.  The more we sin, the more easy it is to sin.  The more we look the other way, the greater the evil grows where we are not paying attention.  Suddenly it is okay to euthanize those who are no longer productive contributors to society, or those whose quality of life we have decided is inadequate.  It is okay to just eliminate criminals who are a threat to our society.  Unthinkable.

In counseling people who have had an abortion, I have only rarely encountered people who, when considering it, thought they had a choice.  They have always been people who believed they had no choice.  And, most times they did not.  The man was nowhere to be found, or threatened violence unless the child was aborted.  Or the woman had hopes of survival but alone, was convinced the economic reality would not allow a child to come into the world.  Helplessness leads to hopelessness and homelessness.  Most of us have no idea what it feels like to flee and have nowhere to go, to hope for mercy and find none.  This past week I became angrier than I have been in in a long time when the stories came out of Georgia and Texas of forced sterilizations of migrant and immigrant women who were being held in containment camps...in our country.  Unthinkable.

When in Fredericksburg on Pro-Life Sunday, I gave a homily much like this letter, saying that if we are going to say NO to abortion we have to say YES to being part of a solution.  To provide a context for people who find themselves in a hopeless-helpless-homeless situation in which they could make the right choice for life when confronted with pregnancy.  The week after, I had a meeting with a wonderful lady named Kathleen Wilson who, responding to that homily, asked if St. Mary might be interested in helping her start Mary's Shelter with a monthly contribution.  Something finally happened.  She started with a two-room apartment in 2006.  Today their program provides women and their children, both born and unborn, with the unique opportunity of living there for up to three years in order to further their education and/or secure a career, while also attending in-house parenting and life-skills classes. Each woman has a mentor who provides hands-on guidance, compassion and support. This foundation ensures women have time to work toward their goals and provide for their children, making the possibility of independent, stable living a reality.

Since, more than 400 women have participated in the Mary’s Shelter program's gift of unconditional love.  Now this is thinkable.

God bless you.

Streaming Masses and Announcements for the Week of 27 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-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

fleur cross logo The Life Chain, a public witness to the sanctity of human life, will form a chain along Franconia Rd next Sunday, October 4th beginning at 2:30pm. If you would like to participate, Saint Bernadette parishioners gather at Key Middle School. Signs are provided. Join us for a peaceful, prayerful, silent demonstration.

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 you're 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 this Friday, October 2, 3-6pm.  RSVP required.

fleur cross logo Our Boy Scouts are having a fundraiser car wash next Saturday, October 3rd from 8:30am to 2pm in the parish parking lot. Remember: dirt is not color!

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This week we observe the 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Pope Francis has chosen the theme "Forced like Jesus Christ to flee." Please see the bishop's letter in last weekend's bulletin or visit the parish website announcements page for more information.

fleur cross logo We kindly ask that you reserve your places for Mass so that we can manage capacity and provide a safe environment for everyone. As Mass attendance limits begin to fill, we will seat those with reservations first.  Walk-ins will be accommodated once those with reservations are seated. You will find how many have already made reservations at a given Mass in advance by visiting the website.We kindly ask that you reserve your places for Mass so that we can manage capacity and provide a safe environment for everyone. As Mass attendance limits begin to fill, we will seat those with reservations first.  Walk-ins will be accommodated once those with reservations are seated. You will find how many have already made reservations at a given Mass in advance by visiting the website.
 

 

 

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 27 September 2020

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Bishop Burbidge's Pastoral Message on Fundamental Lessons from the 2020 Cornavirus


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