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Streaming Masses and Announcements for the week of 10 October 2021

STREAMING SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASSES

Today's Live-Streamed Mass (this link will also be used for the 40th Anniversary of the Dedication of Saint Bernadette Mass at 7pm)
Worship Aid for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Worship Aid for the 40th Anniversary of the Dedication of Saint Bernadette Church

fleur cross logo Join us on Thursday, October 14 when Bishop Burbidge will join us for our Mass celebrating the 40th Anniversary of this church dedication. Bishop will bless our newly installed bells. Mass begins at 7pm. All are invited.

fleur cross logo Please plan to join Christ Church and other area houses of worship to purchase, pack and distribute 165k life-changing meals. In the midst of much change, we want to continue be a shining light for the world’s most vulnerable. See today’s bulletin for more information or signup here.

fleur cross logo Join us Monday night for our monthly Taizé Prayer Service, October 18th at 8pm. Come pray for Christian unity in our community and in the world. All Christians are warmly invited; invite your friends! 

fleur cross logo Please mark your calendar for our next St. Lucy Project.  Please mark your calendar for our next St. Lucy Project drive-thru/drop-off food drive on Saturday, October 23 from 9am - 1pm.  Be sure to pick up your blue Saint Lucy food bags at Masses Oct 16-17 and bring them back filled.

fleur cross logo Cub Scout Pack 995 will be selling popcorn after Masses next weekend, October 16-17. We greatly appreciate your support of our Cub Scout Pack here at Saint  Bernadette! As much as 35% of the proceeds go directly to support our programs here at the parish

fleur cross logo You are invited to join Bishop Burbidge to mark this "Year of St. Joseph" at the diocesan Marian pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, October 30. See today’s bulletin for more information.

fleur cross logo ECHO's popular Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, October 30 from 8am-noon in the school gym.  Proceeds of the sale benefit ECHO whose mission is to help local people who are experiencing an emergency as well as those who have long-term low-income needs.

fleur cross logo All Saints’ Day Masses (not a holy day of obligation this year):  November 1 Masses at 7 and 9am, Noon, and a 7:30pm Mass. The All Souls’ Day Mass schedule includes 7 and 9am, and a 7:30pm bilingual Mass for all our deceased.  All are encouraged to bring photos of deceased family and friends which will be placed before the altar at the evening Mass.

fleur cross logo Remember loved ones in the All Souls’ Day Novena of Masses.  All Masses November 2 -10 will be offered for those included in the novena. 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. To participate please fill out one of the envelopes with your donation and return them to the parish office before November 2.

fleur cross logo Based on updated guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we recommend that everyone, including individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19, wear a mask in public indoor settings.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 10 October 2021

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

Last week on the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi a number of us gathered out in front of the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes and we asked God's blessing on our pets.  A lot of dogs, one cat and a guinea pig became the cause of our praise and thanks for the way that animals make our lives better.  It gave us an opportunity to pause and remember that God's blessings come to us in many forms, not the least of which is the companionship we can know through the animals of his creation and our care for them.

Please look through the bulletin carefully this week.  There are a lot of things coming up in the next few weeks!  Despite our continued caution, it feels great to hear those words.  Bishop Burbidge comes on Thursday to celebrate the 40th anniversary of our church dedication:  come hear the bells ring for the first time, come and hear our choir sing in the new choir "loft" for the first time, and celebrate as we light our new church dedication candles for the first time!  

Blessing4Next weekend pick up your blue bags for the Saint Lucy food drive being held on Saturday October 23.  ECHO's yard sale in the gym is Saturday, October 30.  Because All Saints' Day is on a Monday this year, it is not a holy day of obligation, but we will have Masses on that Monday like a holy day anyway:  7 and 9am, noon, and a bilingual Mass in the evening at 7:30pm.  All Souls' Day is Tuesday Nov. 2, and we will have the usual
morning Masses at 7 and 9am, and a bilingual Mass in the evening at 7:30pm.  Anyone who would like to bring a photo of a loved one who has died is welcome to place them on the steps in front of the altar at this Mass. 

Please join us as we remember all our beloved dead during our novena of nine days of Masses Nov. 2-10.

The Lord be with you.

Streaming Masses and Announcements for the week of 3 October 2021

STREAMING SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASSES

Today's Live-Streamed Mass 
Worship Aid for the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time


fleur cross logo Today is Respect Life Sunday. Join over 1,500 communities across North America as we participate in the 34th annual Life Chain, praying and quietly standing for the lives lost to abortion. LIFE CHAIN - a public witness to the sanctity of human life!  We will form a chain along Franconia Road from 2:30-3:30pm. Our parish is assigned to gather in front of Key Middle School. Signs will be provided. 

fleur cross logo Join us on Thursday, October 14 when Bishop Burbidge will join us for our Mass celebrating the 40th Anniversary of this church dedication. Bishop will bless our newly installed bells. Mass begins at 7pm. All are invited.

fleur cross logo You and your families are invited to support Faith and Blue Weekend, our Fairfax County Police and Sherriff’s Departments on Saturday, October 9 from 9am until noom at Saint Bernadette Church parking lot in front of  the Parish Office. Please see this weekend's bulletin for more information.

fleur cross logo The Confirmation Retreat for those to be confirmed in November will take place virtually on next Saturday morning, October 9.

fleur cross logo Please plan to join Christ Church and other area houses of worship to purchase, pack and distribute 165k life-changing meals. In the midst of much change, we want to continue be a shining light for the world’s most vulnerable. See today’s bulletin or speak to a representative after all Masses this weekend for more information or signup here.

fleur cross logo Please mark your calendar for our next St. Lucy Project Please mark your calendar for our next St. Lucy Project drive-thru/drop-off food drive on Saturday, October 23 from 9am - 1pm.  Be sure to pick up your blue Saint Lucy food bags at Masses Oct 16-17 and bring them back filled.

fleur cross logo Based on updated guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we recommend that everyone, including individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19, wear a mask in public indoor settings.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 3 October 2021

 Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

This week Bishop Burbidge announced a new Strategic Plan for the Diocese which identifies our needs and establishes goals that will unite us.  It is a result of extensive consultation with clergy, religious and laity over the past 11 months, with 26 focus groups and three surveys.  Thousands of responses were received from parishioners across the Diocese.

With this input were established six focus areas, or pillars, and five corresponding goals for each, a total of 30.  These goals are applicable at the diocesan, parish, family and individual levels.  In the coming months they will be developed an action plan to implement them.

It is Bishop's hope that through these goals we will be united as a Diocese in a common focus of ministry that glorifies God and makes known the presence of his Kingdom on earth.

Vision:  The Catholic Diocese of Arlington will glorify God by living the Gospel of Jesus Christ through reverent worship, loving evangelization, and committed charity to all.

Mission:  In communion with the universal Church, we strive to be disciples of Jesus Christ by proclaiming the Kingdom of God in both Word and Sacrament throughout the Diocese, and by working together in the service of charity and mercy so that all may know the joy of the Gospel.

Pillars:
1.  Revitalize evangelization and faith formation.  We will empowerparishes to foster a culture of encounter that joyfully attracts people to the Life of Christ and the beauty of his Church.
2.  Cultivate authentic discipleship in Christ.  We will inspire and form parishioners to follow Jesus and the teachings of his Church so they actively engage in her apostolic mission.
3.  Invigorate Catholic education for all.  We will nurture students spiritually, intellectually and humanly so they can go out into theculture and positively transform it for the glory of God.
4.  Strengthen parish and family life.  We will build vibrant parish communities where people are welcomed and moved to engage in the sacramental and communal life of the Church.
5.  Foster one communion of many cultures.  We will foster understanding, respect and appreciation for the different cultural expressions of Catholicism so as to live as the one Body of Christ.
6.  Deepen our commitment to charitable works.  We will proclaim the Lord’s call to serve the poor so all are inspired to participate in theWorks of Mercy. 

Each has five goals which may be found at the first link you will find on the diocesan website, www.arlingtondiocese.org. 
 
The Lord be with you.

 

Streaming Masses and Announcements for the week of 26 September 2021

STREAMING SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASSES

Today's Live-Streamed Mass 
Worship Aid for the 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time


fleur cross logo Inviting all high school teens 9-12th grade to our Youth Ministry Kick-Off, next weekend, 26 September in the back parking lot behid the school. Join us for a cookout, games and fellowship. Parents are invited to stay for a brief talk discussion on how to make the program more effective and engaging for our young people. The kickoff follows the 5pm Sunday Mass - please join us.

fleur cross logo Please plan to join Christ Church and other area houses of worship to purchase, pack and distribute 165k life-changing meals. In the midst of much change, we want to continue be a shining light for the world’s most vulnerable. See today’s bulletin or speak to a representative after all Masses this weekend for more information or signup here.

fleur cross logo The second collection next weekend is for Parish Facilities and Maintenance. Thank you for your generosity.

fleur cross logo The Confirmation Retreat for those to be confirmed in November will take place virtually on Saturday morning, October 9.

fleur cross logo Sunday, October 3 is Respect Life Sunday. Join over 1,500 communities across North America as we participate in the 34th annual Life Chain, praying and quietly standing for the lives lost to abortion. LIFE CHAIN - a public witness to the sanctity of human life!  We will form a chain along Franconia Road from 2:30-3:30pm. Our parish is assigned to gather in front of Key Middle School. Signs will be provided. 

fleur cross logo Based on updated guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we recommend that everyone, including individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19, wear a mask in public indoor settings.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 26 September 2021

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

Having just turned 60 last week, I wouldn't recommend it.

I vividly remember my dad turning 60 and I cried for a while.  You know, one foot on the banana peel.  Of course, he lived a while beyond, but to this 30 year-old at the time, it seemed  o-l-d.

preKOne weird effect of the experience is to now realize that I am pretty much as old as everyone else.  People whom I believed quite older than I, I learn they are in their 60s.  It is an eye opener.  It has its good effect, too, because now I suddenly feel like the field has leveled and I might look up to myself as much as I look up to others.  It's may take a while getting used to the idea.  Please be patient while I settle back into the sixties.
There is a cute picture below of our preK kids singing happy birthday to me last week.  They put these yard letters up and then made 60 birthday candles and held them up.  Thanks to many of you for your well wishes and gifts, and cakes, and handmade cards, and even mangoes.  You made it a great birthday.

I also wanted to mention this week that despite our best efforts we still have 7 religious education classes that just won't happen because we don't have teachers.  We will have no choice but to simply ask these families to home school using our program materials.  It is a failure to these kids.

The one thing most important to any group–not to mention a Church– is to pass on what you have received to the next generation.  Our Tradition, our faith is so profound and beautiful!  I realize that probably most parents just don't have the time or bandwidth, or conviction to take on this role as teacher of the faith for their own children, but in 26 years I've never seen classes canceled this late in the year.  We are failing as a parish family.  This is not something that you can read about in a book and make it mean anything.  The practice of religion is passed from heart to heart by loving parents.  If not, then hopefully by loving parishioners.

The Lord be with you.

Streaming Masses and Announcements for the week of 19 September 2021

RESERVATIONS ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED
Please see the COVID Response and Guide on the left for NEW COVID Protocols issued by the Bishop are effective Friday, 28 May 2021


STREAMING SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASSES

Today's Live-Streamed Mass 
Worship Aid for the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time


fleur cross logo Join us for Taizé Prayer, Monday, September 20, at 8pm. Come pray for Christian unity in our community and in the world. All Christians are warmly invited; invite your friends!

fleur cross logo Inviting all high school teens 9-12th grade to our Youth Ministry Kick-Off, next weekend, 26 September in the back parking lot behid the school. Join us for a cookout, games and fellowship. Parents are invited to stay for a brief talk discussion on how to make the program more effective and engaging for our young people. The kickoff follows the 5pm Sunday Mass - please join us.

fleur cross logo Please plan to join Christ Church and other area houses of worship to purchase, pack and distribute 165k life-changing meals. In the midst of much change, we want to continue be a shining light for the world’s most vulnerable. See today’s bulletin or speak to a representative after all Masses this weekend for more information or signup here.

fleur cross logo The second collection next weekend is for those impacted in the devestating earthquake in Haiti. Thank you for your generosity.

fleur cross logo The Confirmation Retreat for those to be confirmed in November will take place virtually on Saturday morning, October 9.

fleur cross logo Sunday, October 3 is Respect Life Sunday. Join over 1,500 communities across North America as we participate in the 34th annual Life Chain, praying and quietly standing for the lives lost to abortion. LIFE CHAIN - a public witness to the sanctity of human life!  We will form a chain along Franconia Road from 2:30-3:30pm. Our parish is assigned to gather in front of Key Middle School. Signs will be provided. 

fleur cross logo Based on updated guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we recommend that everyone, including individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19, wear a mask in public indoor settings.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 19 September 2021

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

By now it has probably become obvious that we don't have the traffic control we formerly enjoyed at the entrance to our parish.  In the past we paid overtime to off-duty police officers to help everyone safely on and off the property.  Weekend Masses and, particularly, morning and afternoon school carpool have become a challenge.

At present, Fairfax County is down about 140 police officers and the police force is already called upon to work a lot of overtime.  We submit our requests each month, and hope that officers will sign up, but lately this hasn't been happening.  There doesn't seem to be a solution right now, but we are still looking into it.

Fairfax County does not allow non-officers to be deputized for traffic control and, as quickly as traffic goes past on the Old Keene Mill Speedway, I would not put anyone in such an unsafe situation.  We have gone to the county a couple of times asking about the possibility of paying for a traffic light, but we have been told we are too close to the intersection at Daventry to add another light, and it would have to be approved by VDOT, who will not approve it.

For the time being, we can only ask everyone to be especially careful, particularly when leaving the parking lot and turning left onto the Speedway.  Several times I have had a very close call when, watching cars coming from both directions, suddenly an eastbound car turns left into the property.  Please, be careful.  Turn right when leaving as much as you can.

Speaking about being careful, I wanted to thank everyone for continuing to be careful for each other. In many ways it seems that some people have relaxed their guard, but the more I am around families with children who do not yet have the benefit of a vaccine, I am reminded that the situation is just as real as it ever was, maybe even more now as the virus evolves.  On behalf of those parents who are concerned, I want to offer a continued message of encouragement to exercise caution.  Whatever we can do to keep the children safe we must do, and care for each other.

We have this sign in the staff break room which in the beginning I thought was a little preachy.  It is a nice way to say "clean up after your mess," a message you usually see in break rooms in offices everywhere.  But this one quotes Mother Teresa.  It says something like 'don't wash the plate because it is dirty, or because you are supposed to.  Wash the plate because you love the person who will use it next.'  It came to mean something a little different to me during this time of pandemic.  I hope we have learned simple ways to be more conscious of each other, ways which we can be helpful and supportive, basic ways of caring for others in our lives which help them and also make us better people.  Simple tools which have made others' path a little easier, perhaps, which 'pay forward' the inspiration of how we can make our world a little kinder.  I hope we never lose these insights as we move back into "ordinary" time.

The Lord be with you.

 

Streaming Masses and Announcements for the week of 12 September 2021

RESERVATIONS ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED
Please see the COVID Response and Guide on the left for NEW COVID Protocols issued by the Bishop are effective Friday, 28 May 2021


STREAMING SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASSES

Today's Live-Streamed Mass 
Worship Aid for the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time


fleur cross logo 
Last to call for those interested in becoming Catholic either by Baptism or Profession of Faith. If you or someone you know are seeking answers and might be thinking about 
joining the Catholic Church, please contact the parish office to register. The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults begins tomorrow, Monday, 13 September.

fleur cross logo There are several changes to this month’s youth ministry calendar and Confirmation retreat dates. Please see today’s bulletin announcements for more information.

fleur cross logo Ladies, please join us for our first meeting of the Saint Bernadette's Women's group this year. Last year we met several times online, and it was obvious that we need to stay connected during these difficult times! Our first meeting of the year will be tomorrow, Monday, 13 September at 7pm in the school cafeteria. For more information, contact Barbara Dalmut - bdalmut@gmail.com

fleur cross logo Please plan to join Christ Church and other area houses of worship to purchase, pack and distribute 165k life-changing meals. In the midst of much change, we want to continue be a shining light for the world’s most vulnerable. See today’s bulletin or speak to a representative after all Masses this weekend for more information or signup here.

fleur cross logo The second collection next weekend is for Parish Facilities and Maintenance. Thank you for your generosity.

fleur cross logo Join us next week for the Taizé Prayer Service September, Monday, September 20 at 8pm. Come pray for Christian unity in our community and in the world. All Christians are warmly invited; invite your friends!

fleur cross logo We will formally take up a second collection in two weeks in support of those impacted by the earthquake in Haiti. If you would like to provide financial assistance, please make checks payable to The Catholic Diocese of Arlington, with Haiti Earthquake Disaster in the memo line.

fleur cross logo Based on updated guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we recommend that everyone, including individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19, wear a mask in public indoor settings.

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 12 September 2021

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,
 
This year we have kept our chins up and remained optimistic in the middle of so much uncertainty.  With the increasing rates of infection and hospitalization, we have had to make some decisions about our fall events at Saint Bernadette.
 
I regret to say that we have decided not to hold the parish picnic in October.  We are trying to keep our school kids safe and intact and such an event would compromise our overall policy for safety.  All our kids must come first, especially as there is no vaccine available for them right now.
 
The group which hosts the Lord of the Miracles Mass, procession and dinner in October has decided to keep the Mass on October 2 at 10am, but have canceled the procession and dinner.
 
We've decided to postpone choirs singing at Mass for now.  They have been rehearsing very carefully and will continue to prepare, but have decided it is best to wait a little longer.
 
We still plan to move forward with our celebration for the 40th anniversary of the dedication of our church with Bishop Burbidge on Thursday, October 14 at 7pm.  It will be a very special celebration - we will bless our new dedication candles (see at left) as well as (hopefully) have the choir platform finally done.  One other special event at this Mass will be the blessing of our new church bells by Bishop Burbidge.  
 
The intention for that Mass will be for the repose of the soul of Mike LeMay, the architect of our church who died in June.  We became friends in the past year.  On his first visit back after many years he walked up the steps and asked me where the bells were.  I asked him what he was talking about.  He said the bells, the bells.  There are supposed to be bells hanging from the underside of that long left arm of the cross to soften the line.  Otherwise, he said, the whole thing doesn't make sense.  I had sometimes wondered why he designed the faÇade of the church like he did.  Suddenly, imagining the bells there, it did make sense. We are grateful to the Herrity/Burger/Kennedy families for providing us with the gift that makes this possible.  We will have angelus bells at noon and 6pm, bells calling people to Mass at five minutes to Mass' beginning, joyful ringing bells for weddings and a tolling bell for funerals.  It will be a great addition to our expression of how liturgy sanctifies time.  Unfortunately, at least at this time, we will not host a reception following the anniversary Mass.
 
A couple of other things I would like to bring to your attention.  You are invited to join us for Taizé prayer on Monday, September 21, 8-8:45pm, and a special blessing of your pets and animals on the Feast of Saint Francis, Monday evening at 6pm in front of the Grotto of Lourdes.
 
Large public gatherings remain problematic, but if everyone remains careful we will beat this thing yet.
 

The Lord be with you.

 

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