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Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 27 December 2020

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

A lot has been said about just getting 2020 over with.  I share the feelings, it has been a rough year in so many ways, not only with the pandemic but also with nearly fatal divisions in our culture with regard to politics, race, and economy.  And we are not as affected as the vast majority of the world's population who are in   desperate need.  I do not have   a gloomy outlook, yet we can't   deny that poverty and hunger   are growing, unemployment   and evictions are likely to be   a real challenge for our society,   and factions seem to be more   polarized and entrenched than ever before, even within our church.  It is naive to think that we can just announce that “all that” is over and we have a shiny, new year to jump into.

Someone said they just wanted to forget.  I hope we don't.  We can't afford to.

We're driving away from it with 2020 in the rearview mirror, but we have to remember that we still have to steer the car and move forward.

What are your plans for the new year?  In moving forward have we made an inventory of lessons learned?  -  What have we discovered from the past that maybe isn't as important as we formerly thought?  -  What have we encountered in the present that we had overlooked before?  -  Have we realized any new virtues out of necessity that we hope to protect and preserve?  -  Have we admitted our weaknesses and made any progress in growing stronger with a resolve to be reconciled and transformed both in our faith and in our relationships?

We have been going through a master class of dealing with every emotion on the spectrum of human experience.  In daily conversations and especially in confessions, I find a prevailing anger that people are living with, an anger that they want to be free from.  Like any emotion, anger is not necessarily a sin.  Jesus couldn't sin, yet we see him really angry when confronted with the abuse of the temple by the bankers.

Anger is an indicator that we need to act.  It drives us to seek justice when confronting injustice, to be generous when we are faced with poverty and hunger, to be peacemakers when we see so much conflict.  But there is also a kind of anger that can consume us, the product of deep frustration when we want to control things that we can't control, and often aren't supposed to control.  The only way to find peace in these situations is to decide how much responsibility we have in finding a solution, and then accepting our powerlessness:  change the things you can, accept the things you cannot change.  Living long-term with this kind of anger often leads to depression, and addictions.

I think for (what has seemed like) a long time we all just wanted all of it to go away.  As I said, it does no good to pretend it is past, these viral, social, racial and economic pandemics.  We still have to drive the car forward.

How does that look in the parish?  So I thought we might make some new year's resolutions as a community.

We must be more proactive in adapting to circumstances and staying in ministry, serving the growing poverty and hunger in our neighborhoods.  I have been reticent to ask people to come out of their homes (even since we have been able) to serve in any organized way, but have discovered a lot of people lately who, like me, are realizing that we have to keep moving forward as a relevant heart in our community.  We need to be flexible, mindful of the ongoing pandemic, in a way that is safe and effective.

Who are those among us who have particular needs with which we might assist?  We could develop a message center, as we attempted when I first came to Saint Bernadette, to determine who has needs and who is willing to help them.

All of us are going to come out of this changed.  We must take care to be certain that we will be better.  Our spiritual and social foundations need to be stronger to move into a truly a new year.  
What might that look like?  I would imagine at first we will celebrate for days.  We will go see the people in person that we have been visiting on screens.  More will work from home hopefully with fewer commitments, more solitude, peace and quiet, treasuring our time together as families and communities.  I wish you every blessing in the new year, and much peace.

God bless you.

Streaming Masses and Announcements for the Week of 20 December

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.

CHRISTMAS MASS ANNOUNCEMENT

We invite you to make reservations to join us for Christmas Masses at Saint Bernadette Church.
Please be aware due to current COVID restrictions, we will be limited to a 250 person seating capacity in the Church. 
We have added additional Masses to the schedule at 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm on the Christmas Vigil,
7am, 9am, 11am and 1pm in Spanish on Christmas Day.
There will be NO 5pm Mass on Christmas Day.
The 4pm Christmas Vigil Mass and the 9am Christmas Day Mass will be live-streamed.


In the unfortunate circumstance your and/or your family arrive and no additional seating is available,
we invite you to join us for our Live-streamed Mass online at 4pm for the Christmas Vigil Mass or 9am Christmas Day.

Reservations can be made
here.


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


STREAMING SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASSES

Community Mass for Saturday within the Octave of Christmas

The Mass for the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas Day)

The Vigil Mass for the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas Eve)

               Worship Aid for all Christmas Vigil and Christmas Day Masses

Community Mass for Thursday of the Fourth Week of Advent

Community Mass for Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Advent

Community Mass for Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent

Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

                   Worship Aid for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

fleur cross logo Please remember the Catholic Charities Christmas Collection was last week, Dec. 12-13. It is never too late to make a donation!  Your help is greatly needed! Thanks for your generosity.

fleur cross logo Our Saint Bernadette Adult Choirs have combined to produce “virtual choir” of several Christmas carols. We are posting them on the Parish website, on the Saint Bernadette Facebook page and on the Saint Bernadette YouTube channel. From their homes to yours, this Christmas time, the choirs send you these prayer-filled songs of faith. Music will always find a way to join our hearts.

fleur cross logo 2021 Saint Bernadette Parish Calendars - Please pick up a beautiful parish calendar which can be found on display in the church vestibule.

fleur cross logo New Sunday Mass schedule - 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. 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 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 can find how many have already made reservations in advance by visiting the reservation website.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 20 December 2020

 Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

You might hear some people today saying that we are living in a post-Christian era.  Most often people who say things like this are looking backward to a time that they consider more innocent, more civilized, even more devout.  Sometimes such fond backward glances reveal more a fondness of sentimentality.

There may have been times that were better than others.  Sometimes people lived in a "bubble" and didn't experience racism or persecution because there was no diversity or integration.  This was my childhood.  Certainly now we are more saturated with the news media than ever before and it is very difficult to sift through all of it and discern what is actually true and not just someone's agenda.  The confusion that results alienates us not only from faith, but from reality itself.

Christian churches across the spectrum of denominations seem to be losing members at a fast pace.  The Catholic Church is no different, except for the gift of many Catholics who are coming to this country from Central and South America.

However, I believe "post-Christian" does not mean it's over.  Last one out hit the lights.  "Post-Christian" does not equal "pagan," although external evidence would certainly suggest strong secularism and amorality.  To me, the confusion we live in corresponds with a pre-evangelical era.  A time before Jesus, a time before the Gospels.  We have forgotten who we are because we haven't handed on the heart of faith from one generation to the next in a way that keeps the fire burning.  We don't know what we don't know, but we don't want to feel powerless in our ignorance.  This is why we find that people are leaving a Church they don't even know or understand or live in, as early as 12 years of age.

Rather than circling the wagons and protecting a dwindling flame, now let us consider Advent.  The world is calling out for something to save her but she doesn't even realize yet that it is Jesus.  Hearts look toward a future hope even when the evidence supporting its coming is thin.  A vaguely remembered promise, an inner ear that stays tuned to something whispered is enough for the grace of God to cause that flame to grow.  Over the centuries look at the times that candle became a bonfire.

So who is that candle, which by shining its light, can bring order to the confusion and illuminate and reverse the growing gloom?  It is we. 

We have to leave some of the stereotypes behind.  Who is the just person?  Am I righteous? Or self-righteous?  Aristotle wrote that by practicing justice you become a just person. By virtue or skill that is perceptive, intelligent, or active you can become a great flute player.  But we don't understand flute playing better because of our experience.  Proficiency is one thing, but the heart of the musician is another entirely.
Or this other example I think I used last week. Is a fruit tree good because it bears good fruit, or is the fruit good because the tree is good?  The tree is good first, regardless of its performance.

You and I have been conditioned into thinking our goodness depends on our actions, and not giving credit to God who made us good in the beginning.  Can we gain righteousness before God?  No.  Can we earn his love?  No.  He has offered it already, altogether free.  If we could earn this on our own we wouldn't need Christ at all.  The Church would be just a holy club, not the place where we must encounter God and find healing.
We are not formed by practice.  For this reason we are not to judge and, in so judging, kill the good spirit of one who is trying to do the right.  Rather, we are to love our enemies, do good to those who hurt us, be a witness of the God who loved us first and made us to be his forever.

We are formed by incarnation.  We must receive Christ, not just follow the rules.  I believe it is this fundamental flaw in our understanding of God's love and our response which prevents us from seeing the true nature of the Church.  It is not a series of hoops you jump through to stay out of hell.  It is a sprint—well, more of a relay, since we do it as a team—into the embrace of God.

This letter this week is a preface to my letter in the Christmas bulletin on Thursday.  You see, all of this only makes sense in the unlikely and unexpected event of the incarnation of the Son of God in human flesh.  Wherever you are this holy Christmas, stay safe and we will hold each other close in prayer.

God bless you.

 

Streaming Mass and Announcements for the week of 13 December

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.

CHRISTMAS MASS ANNOUNCEMENT

We invite you to make reservations to join us for Christmas Masses at Saint Bernadette Church.
Please be aware due to current COVID restrictions, we will be limited to a 250 person seating capacity in the Church. 
We have added additional Masses to the schedule at 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm on the Christmas Vigil,
7am, 9am, 11am and 1PM in Spanish on Christmas Day.
There will be NO 5pm Mass on Christmas Day.
The 4pm Christmas Vigil Mass and the 9am Christmas Day Mass will be live-streamed.

Reservations can be made here.


NEW MASS SCHEDULE

SATURDAY VIGIL 5pm - In-Person and live-streamed in the Church


SUNDAY 7am, 9am, 11am, 1pm (Spanish), 5pm - In-Person in the Church

MONDAY through FRIDAY 

7am - In-Person in the Church
9am - In-Person and live-streamed in the Church

SATURDAY 

8am - In-Person and live-streamed 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 Fourth Sunday of Advent

Community Mass for Saturday of the Third Week of Advent

Community Mass for Friday of the Third Week of Advent

Community Mass for Thursday of the Third Week of Advent


Community Mass for Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent

Community Mass for Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent

Community Mass for Monday of the Third Week of Advent

Mass for the Third Sunday of Advent

                   Worship Aid for the Third Sunday of Advent

fleur cross logo We are adding a few additional opportunities for confession before Christmas.  You are welcome Friday, Dec. 18, 6:30-8pm, and we will start a little earlier on Saturday afternoons until Christmas at 3pm.

fleur cross logo Registration for Christmas Mass is now open. Please plan to make your reservations early as we are currently limited to 250 maximum. We have added additional Masses to the schedule at 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm on the Christmas Vigil. 7am, 9am, 11am and 1PM in Spanish on Christmas Day. There will be NO 5pm Mass on Christmas Day. The 4pm Christmas Vigil Mass and the 9am Christmas Day Mass will be live streamed.

fleur cross logo Remember someone you love, either living or deceased, with a donation for our beautiful Christmas Flowers. Envelopes are available in your envelope packets or in the Church. We will publish the list of those in whose memory made our Christmas beautiful.  Please make sure to have your envelopes in by Dec. 20.

fleur cross logo 2021 Saint Bernadette Parish Calendars - Please pick up a beautiful parish calendar which can be found on display in the church vestibule.

fleur cross logo New Sunday Mass schedule - 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 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 can find how many have already made reservations in advance by visiting the website.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 13 December 2020

 Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

Christmas is less than two weeks away and it seems like all of us are standing in the road looking at oncoming headlights.  Christmas this year is going to be very different.  Be careful!
I am asking for your help. First, if you are coming to Mass in person, you must make a reservation by December 23. This will determine overflow live-streams.

Second, if you can help, please volunteer to serve as a porter or usher.  We need more volunteers to make this work in the church, not to mention the gym.

We are limited to a total of 250 persons in the church by health guidelines, and to four Vigil Masses and four Christmas Day Masses by the diocese. Due to the limited seating in the church, if you do not make a registration ahead of time, you might not get a seat. We want to provide the safest experience at Mass so we can concentrate on this beautiful feast of Jesus' birth, not on the pandemic. We will open the church 30 minutes before each Mass and close it immediately following Masses so staff can come in and sanitize the space for the next Mass. We will maintain order with safe distancing and masks.

In addition, if needed, we hope to provide live-streams of Masses in the gym for overflow attendance above the 250 church limit, and bring Holy Communion up to the gym as well.  Watch our website and social media to learn if this is possible.  We may need to add reservations to the website for overflow, too.  All depends on our finding the additional volunteers needed to provide safety and order in a second space.  It is possible, too, that the number of seats in the gym will fill up, at which time we will have no option other than to ask people to attend Mass online.

Everyone would like to have “normal” Christmas Masses, but we must remember we are in the middle of a global pandemic. We can’t give in to fatigue now when COVID hospitalizations are now nearly twice the level any time before. 

Bishop has been very clear: we are to offer Masses but no one is obligated to attend.  There is nothing to judge here.  Obligation to attend is dispensed, which means staying at home at this time does not mean you are lazy or indifferent. This is not a choice between safety and salvation.  

As a pastor, as well as any school principal or leader, I have an added responsibility.  If someone were to die, God forbid, did I do everything I could have done to have prevented it?  This has been the question I and Mrs. Dalmut must ask before doing anything.  It is pastoral care to do everything necessary to keep everyone safe.  Pope Francis has said clearly that to stay home is also a worthy and Christian sacrifice of love. 
At this time, here are the total reservations already made for Christmas Masses:  Christmas Eve 2pm–107; 4pm–183; 6pm–105; 8pm–180.  Christmas Day 7am–19; 9am–55; 11am–54; 1pm (Spanish)–26.  I expect these to fill up.

We still need 16 more volunteers for porters and ushers for the church, so that we can do our best to assure a safe space.  

I'm asking all to consider making a Christmas sacrifice—not to miss attending Mass in the church with your families, but to consider a second Mass if you could maybe help out in the church or gym. If by December 23 we find we don't need an overflow gathering for a particular Mass, we will cancel it.  Your help will be most appreciated.  Just call here at the office, or talk to our coordinator, Nancy Allard.  We will schedule a Zoom training for new ushers on Thursday evening, December 17.

Do not arrive late.  It is important that you make a plan, a reservation, and arrive at least ten minutes before Mass begins so we can safely seat everyone in the church.  Please don't congregate in groups outside the doors.  Remember the distancing rules, and wait in your cars if you come more than 30 minutes early.

I believe the greatest gift this Christmas will be the hope that comes from God, as well as solutions in the form of vaccines and our genuine care for each other, and our resolve to see this through without giving up or giving in.  Let us pray for God's assistance and inspiration for those who are finding solutions.

God bless you. We hope that our detailed planning will allow us to celebrate Christmas as a community. The details are not meant to separate us—they are meant to keep us safe so that we will all be here to celebrate Christmas 2021 together!

 

Streaming Masses and Announcements for the Week of 6 December 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 here for the video explaining our "New Guidelines for Attending Mass at Saint Bernadette"

CHRISTMAS MASS ANNOUNCEMENT

We invite you to make reservations to join us for Christmas Masses at Saint Bernadette Church.
Please be aware due to current COVID restrictions, we will be limited to a 250 person seating capacity in the Church. 
We have added additional Masses to the schedule at 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm on the Christmas Vigil,
7am, 9am, 11am and 1PM in Spanish on Christmas Day.
There will be NO 5pm Mass on Christmas Day.
The 4pm Christmas Vigil Mass and the 9am Christmas Day Mass will be live-streamed.

Reservations can be made here.

 

MASS SCHEDULE

SATURDAY VIGIL 5pm - In-Person and live-streamed in the Church


SUNDAY 7am, 9am, 11am, 1pm (Spanish), 5pm - In-Person in the Church

MONDAY through FRIDAY 

7am - In-Person in the Church
9am - In-Person and live-streamed in the Church

SATURDAY 

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


STREAMING SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASSES

                    Worship Aid for the Third Sunday of Advent

Community Mass for Saturday of the Second Week of Advent

Community Mass for Friday of the Second Week of Advent

Community Mass for Thursday of the Second Week of Advent

Community Mass for Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent

Mass for the Feast Day of Immaculate Conception

                   Worship Aid for the Feast Day for the Immaculate Conception

Community Mass for Monday of the Second Week of Advent

Mass for the Second Sunday of Advent

                   Worship Aid for the Second Sunday of Advent

fleur cross logo Please remember the Catholic Charities Christmas Collection Dec. 12-13 as you plan your holiday giving.  Your help is greatly needed!

fleur cross logo We are adding a few additional opportunities for confession before Christmas.  You are welcome Fridays, Dec. 11 and 18, 6:30-8pm, and we will start a little earlier on Saturday afternoons at 3pm.

fleur cross logo The Saint Bernadette Giving Tree Program is now LIVE on the announcements page of the parish website. Due to safety concerns the program will be entirely ONLINE. No items will be accepted here at the Church. All links in "white" will direct you to custom pages on Amazon or the organization's requested retailer. Plan to make your donation/gift available to the organization by noon on December 9 to ensure delivery by Christmas. Delivery instructions for gifts are on the the Amazon site(s). Remember, the most fulfilling way to enjoy Christmas is to give!

fleur cross logo The Knights of Columbus will be selling Christmas trees in the lower parking. Please support the charitable work of the Council. The lot will be open from 5pm to 9pm on weekdays and 9am to 9pm on weekends. 

fleur cross logo The Knights of Columbus begin their Keep Christ in Christmas Cards sales after all Masses in the gathering area outside of the church. Join us in keeping Christ in Christmas. 

fleur cross logo Remember someone you love, either living or deceased, with a donation for our beautiful Christmas Flowers. Envelopes are available in your envelope packets or in the Church. We will publish the list of those in whose memory made our Christmas beautiful.  Please make sure to have your envelopes in by Dec. 20.

fleur cross logo 2021 Saint Bernadette Parish Calendars - Please pick up a beautiful parish calendar which can be found on display in the church vestibule.

fleur cross logo New Sunday Mass schedule - 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 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 can find how many have already made reservations in advance by visiting the website.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 6 December 2020

 Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

Before I reprint exerpts from Pope Francis' 2020 Advent homily, I want to let you know that Fr. Peter, Fr. Rich and I will be offering two additional opportunities for confessions on Friday, December 11 and 18, 6:30-8pm.  We will also start on Saturday afternoons before Christmas a little earlier at 3pm.  Of course, all of this is undertaken with caution and all should remember that this year is going to be a little different.  People line up at the gym door properly distanced, enter one by one sitting opposite the priest, and exits the door at the far end of the gym.

Pope Francis:
[Advent's First Sunday's] readings propose two key words for the Advent season: closeness and watchfulness. God’s closeness and our watchfulness. The prophet Isaiah says that God is close to us, while in the Gospel Jesus urges us to keep watch in expectation of his return.

Closeness. Isaiah begins by speaking personally to God: “You, O Lord, are our father” (63:16). “Never has anyone heard”, he continues, “[of] any God, other than you, who has done so much for those who trust in him” (cf. 64:3). We are reminded of the words of Deuteronomy: who is like the Lord our God, so close to us whenever we call upon him? (cf. 4:7). Advent is the season for remembering that closeness of God who came down to dwell in our midst. The prophet goes on to ask God to draw close to us once more: “O that you would tear open the heavens and come down!” (Is 64:1). The first step of faith is to tell God that we need him, that we need him to be close to us.

This is also the first message of Advent and the liturgical year: we need to recognize God’s closeness and to say to him: “Come close to us once more!” God wants to draw close to us, but he will not impose himself; it is up to us to keep saying to him: “Come!” This is our Advent prayer: “Come!” Advent reminds us that Jesus came among us and will come again at the end of time. Yet we can ask what those two comings mean, if he does not also come into our lives today? So let us invite him. Let us make our own the traditional Advent prayer: “Come, Lord Jesus” (Rev 22:20). The Book of Revelation ends with this prayer: “Come, Lord Jesus”. We can say that prayer at the beginning of each day and repeat it frequently, before our meetings, our studies and our work, before making decisions, in every more important or difficult moment in our lives: Come, Lord Jesus! It is a little prayer, yet one that comes from the heart. Let us say it in this Advent season. Let us repeat it: “Come, Lord Jesus!”

If we ask Jesus to come close to us, we will train ourselves to be watchful. Today Mark’s Gospel presented us with the end of Jesus’ final address to his disciples, which can be summed up in two words: “Be watchful!” The Lord repeats these words four times in five verses (cf. Mk 13:33-35.37). It is important to remain watchful, because one great mistake in life is to get absorbed in a thousand things and not to notice God. Saint Augustine said: “I fear that Jesus will pass by me unnoticed” (Sermons, 88, 14, 13). Caught up in our own daily concerns (how well we know this!), and distracted by so many vain things, we risk losing sight of what is essential. That is why today the Lord repeats: “To all, I say: be watchful!” (Mk 13:37). Be watchful, attentive.

Having to be watchful, however, means it is now night. We are not living in broad daylight, but awaiting the dawn, amid darkness and weariness. The light of day will come when we shall be with the Lord. Let us not lose heart: the light of day will come, the shadows of night will be dispelled, and the Lord, who died for us on the cross, will arise to be our judge. Being watchful in expectation of his coming means not letting ourselves be overcome by discouragement. It is to live in hope. Just as before our birth, our loved ones expectantly awaited our coming into the world, so now Love in person awaits us. If we are awaited in Heaven, why should we be caught up with earthly concerns? Why should we be anxious about money, fame, success, all of which will pass away? Why should we waste time complaining about the night, when the light of day awaits us? Why should we look for “patrons” to help advance our career? All these things pass away. Be watchful, the Lord tells us.

Pope Francis teaches us that the only remedy for the slumber of mediocrity is the vigilance of prayer; the remedy for the slumber of indifference is the watchfulness of charity:  praying and loving, he says, is what it means to be watchful.  However weak and weary we may be, let us call out to him!  Come, Lord Jesus!  We need you!

God bless you.

Streaming Masses and Announcements for 29 November 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 live-streamed in the Church


SUNDAY 7am, 9am, 11am, 1pm (Spanish), 5pm - In-Person in the Church

MONDAY through FRIDAY 

7am - In-Person in the Church
9am - In-Person and live-streamed in the Church

SATURDAY 

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


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


STREAMING SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASSES

                    Workship Aid for the Second Sunday of Advent

Community Mass for Saturday of the first week of Advent

Community Mass for Friday of the first week of Advent

Community Mass for Thursday of the first week of Advent

Community Mass for Wednesday of the first week of Advent

Community Mass for Tuesday of the first week of Advent

Community Mass for Monday of the first week of Advent

Mass for the First Sunday of Advent

                   Worship Aid for the First Sunday of Advent

fleur cross logo Beginning  this weekend the Knights of Columbus will be selling Christmas trees in the lower parking. Please support the charitable work of the Council. The lot will be open from 5pm to 9pm on weekdays and 9am to 9pm on weekends. 

fleur cross logo The Knights of Columbus begin their Keep Christ in Christmas Cards sales after all Masses in the gathering area outside of the church. Join us in keeping Christ in Christmas. 

fleur cross logo Remember someone you love, either living or deceased, with a donation for our beautiful Christmas Flowers. Envelopes are available in your envelope packets or in the Church. We will publish the list of those in whose memory made our Christmas beautiful.  Please make sure to have your envelopes in by Dec. 20.

fleur cross logo 2021 Saint Bernadette Parish Calendars - Please pick up a beautiful parish calendar which can be found on display in the church vestibule.

fleur cross logo The Saint Bernadette Giving Tree Program is now LIVE on the announcements page of the parish website. Due to safety concerns the program will be entirely ONLINE. No items will be accepted here at the Church. All links in "white" will direct you to custom pages on Amazon or the organization's requested retailer. Plan to make your donation/gift available to the organization by noon on December 9 to ensure delivery by Christmas. Delivery instructions for gifts are on the the Amazon site(s). Remember, the most fulfilling way to enjoy Christmas is to give!

fleur cross logo Please remember the Catholic Charities Christmas Collection Dec. 12-13 as you plan your holiday giving.  Your help is greatly needed!

fleur cross logo New Sunday Mass schedule - 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 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 can find how many have already made reservations in advance by visiting the website.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 29 November 2020

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,
 
At a time when the days are so much shorter and we miss the light, and when our lives seem stuck in so many ways, and we need more hope than ever, you could be fooled into thinking that nothing is happening.  
 
We begin the season of Advent with this feeling.  A new year:  what might it include?  We certainly could not have predicted this last one.  Will it hold for us what we need to find joy?  To be safe?  To gather back together again in community?  The season of Advent begins in the darkness of those first days of creation when there is just God.  Before any of his creation became visible, he is.  And he is enough.
 
Sprouting Seeds of the Kingdom e1426000387559I chose this photo of a sprouting seed because it speaks of what I am thinking. The seed is you and me right now, we are deep in the soil of God.  The world is waiting to sprout into a new creation.The soil is dark right now, and the promise of life as we come into the light is our hope.  The soil has all the nutrients we need to thrive, and we know that when the light comes we will grow and be strong.  We will become a part of the universe of universes that God holds carefully in his hands.  He is the one who creates our DNA which is brought to life in his own Spirit.
 
The light grows.  Our Advent wreath begins with one solitary candle lit, and our prayer will witness another next week, then another.  The light of Christ will reach its fullness soon, though the waiting can seem long.  All in God's time, his creation (we) exists to reveal his glory as the light becomes brighter.
 
And here is the mystery: although it seems we are starting in darkness, the seed has already been growing for nine months.  Mary's yes to the will of God was our cooperation with the Spirit in bringing the hidden life of the Son of God into our context.  "The Word became flesh," although often describing what we await at Christmas - the birth of Jesus, is an event that has already taken place at that moment of incarnation, hidden in Mary, his mother.  In his light, finally revealed, we can see ourselves and recognize his light in us.  There can be no more darkness.
 
During this season of Advent listen in the silence.  It is full of promise.  Imagine the Light which is waiting to dawn on the earth, how it finds its first expression in the spoken Word of God which forms us and brings us to life.
 
Find confidence in the fact that, although we may not see his plan clearly at the present time, it is already well underway.  And he knows what he is doing.
 
I have a few reminders for everyone as the season of Advent begins.  Regarding confessions,  we will probably be publishing a schedule next week of evening opportunities when we will add confessions to the calendar.  Due to the need of sanitizing and distancing  we can't really use the confessionals, and we can't wait sitting in lines in the pews, so we will probably continue with confessions in the gym.  We just have to find safe solutions.
 
For purposes of planning, please remember that Dec. 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, would normally be a holy day of obligation, but this obligation, like Sundays, is dispensed.  We will have a Vigil Mass on Dec. 7 at 7:30pm, and Masses on the 8th at 7am, 9am, Noon, and 7:30pm.  The Vigil Mass will be live-streamed.
 
We will be announcing soon when the reservations portal is open for Christmas Masses.  It is most likely that they will be full, so reservations will most likely be needed to be able to attend in person.  We will be live-streaming both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day depending on your schedules.  Happy new year!
 

God bless you.

Announcements and Streaming Masses for the Week of 22 November 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 and live-streamed in the Church


SUNDAY 7am, 9am, 11am, 1pm (Spanish), 5pm - In-Person in the Church

MONDAY through FRIDAY 

7am - In-Person in the Church
9am - In-Person and live-streamed in the Church

SATURDAY 

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


Click here for the video explaining our "New Guidelines for Attending Mass at Saint Bernadette
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STREAMING SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASSES

                    Worship Aid for the FirstSunday of Advent

Community Mass for Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary TIme

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

Community Mass for Thanksgiving Day
                    Worship Aid for Thanksgiving Day

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

Community Mass for Tuesday of the Thirty-four Week in Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Monday of the Thirty-four Week in Ordinary Time

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, The King of the Universe

                   Worship Aid for the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, The King of the Universe

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There will be two Masses celebrated on Thanksgiving Day at 8 and 10am. Be sure to make reservations.  Due to our current COVID protocols we kindly invited to bring non-perishable food items to the St. Lucy Project Drive-Thru Food Drive on 21 November—no food will be collected at Masses this year. Join us and begin the day with prayer and thanksgiving.

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Our second collection next weekend is for the Porto Charities Annual Collection for God’s Special Children. Please see today’s bulletin for more information about this program. Thank you for your generosity. 


fleur cross logo Beginning next weekend the Knights of Columbus will be selling Christmas trees in the lower parking. Please support the charitable work of the Council. The lot will be open from 5pm to 9pm on weekdays and 9am to 9pm on weekends. 

fleur cross logo The Knights of Columbus begin their Keep Christ in Christmas Cards sales after all Masses this weekend in the gathering area outside of the church. Join us in keeping Christ in Christmas. 

fleur cross logo Remember someone you love, either living or deceased, with a donation for our beautiful Christmas Flowers. Envelopes are available in your envelope packets or in the Church. We will publish the list of those in whose memory made our Christmas beautiful.  Please make sure to have your envelopes in by Dec. 20.

fleur cross logo 2021 Saint Bernadette Parish Calendars - Please pick up a beautiful parish calendar which can be found on display in the church vestibule.

fleur cross logo We will kick off this year’s Saint Bernadette Giving Tree Program later this month. Due to safety concerns with purchasing, delivering and pickup, the program has moved ONLINE. Please visit the our announcements page for more information on participating organizations and instructions. We encourage everyone to take this opportunity to help those less fortunate. No items will be accepted here at the Church. Plan to make your donation/gift available to the organization by noon on December 9, to ensure delivery by Christmas. Remember, the most fulfilling way to enjoy Christmas is to give!

fleur cross logo New Sunday Mass schedule - 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 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 can find how many have already made reservations in advance by visiting the website.

 

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