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Streaming Masses and Announcements for the week of 4 April 2021

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.

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

 

EASTER LITURGY MASSES 
We have reached capacity for the following Easter Liturgy Masses

Good Friday: 7:30pm Veneration of the Cross in the church - FULL
Holy Saturday: 
Easter Vigil in the church - FULL

Easter Sunday: 7am, 9am, 11am and 1pm in Spanish in the church - FULL
Easter Sunday: 9am and 11am Mass in the Saint Bernadette Gym - FULL


There are several seats available for the following Masses:


Easter Sunday: 7am Mass in the Saint Bernadette Gym - approx. 60 seats available
Easter Sunday:  1pm Mass in Spanish Live-Streamed to the Gym - approx.130 seats available
Easter Sunday: 5pm Mass in the church - approx. 80 seats available
(seat count as of 4pm Friday)



RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED
Unfortunately there will be no seating for those without a reservation.
All reservations will close Saturday at 3PM.


The following liturgies will be Live Streamed to our Facebook and Youtube accounts:
Holy Thursday: 7:30pm Mass of the Lord's Supper in the church
Good Friday: 3pm Stations of the Cross
Good Friday: 7:30pm Veneration of the Cross 
Holy Saturday: 8:30pm Easter Vigil 
Easter Sunday: 
9am in the church

 


STREAMING SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASSES

Today's Live-Streamed Mass

Misa de Pascua a la 1pm en español - Transmisión en vivo

Worship Aid for Holy Thursday

Worship Aid for Good Friday

Worship Aid for Easter Vigil 

Worship Aid for Easter Sunday

fleur cross logoPlease note with regard to the relaxation of some COVID guidelines pertaining to music:  We will gradually investigate ways to re-introduce music fully into the liturgy.  Because we do not want to place anyone at risk or cause uneasiness for those who have already made reservations for the upcoming celebrations, we will incorporate only the sung parts of the Mass and the Psalm at first.  For those who wish to sing we encourage you to sing quietly.  Congregational singing of hymns will be a later addition if current trends of infection continue to drop.  We don't want to ignore the dramatic spikes which are taking place in many places in the world today.

fleur cross logo THANK YOU! We would like to express our tremendous gratitude to all event sponsors, donors, financial supporters, parishioners, school families and extended families, staff members, and to congratulate our bidders whose contribution to Time Travelers: Celebrating over 60 Years of Wisdom and Grace event; made it such a great success! Together we made a difference by raising $62,110! If you did not have an opportunity to join us, our Gifts from the Heart page will remains open. Please visit Gifts from the HeartThank you for your continued support of Catholic Education at Saint Bernadette School.

fleur cross logo Please start returning Rice Bowls.  We would appreciate it if you would change the coins and bills into a check (it is more easily tax-deductible too!) but we will accept coins. Any donation will be graciously received!

fleur cross logo As always, please make reservations for Masses and Stations of the Cross: It is working! As Mass attendance increases, we will seat those with reservations first and walk-ins will be accommodated after those with reservations are seated.  You can find how many seats are still available by visiting the website. All are asked to please exit the church and vestibule right at the end of Mass so that there is at least a full half-hour for sanitizing the church.  We reopen 30 minutes before the next Mass.

fleur cross logo Our Parish Offices will be closed Good Friday and Easter Monday. We will reopen at 8:30am, Tuesday 6 April.


Fr. Don's Weekly Letter for the Week of 4 April 2021

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

As we come to the end of Holy Week it is my prayer that, because of your participation in the Sacred Mysteries of Christ, you are changed.

It is possible to live your entire life in the Church and do everything right and pray, pay and obey and just not realize what all of it is really about.  No wonder people leave the Church, especially today when trends seem to be taking us backward rather than forward from Vatican II.  The most common reason people drift away from an organized, community-based practice of faith is because they feel they aren’t “getting” anything.  Ironically, it is because we are not giving them what they really need and teaching them how truly empowered they are by their participation in liturgy and life.

Membership in the Church is not determined by your degree of faithfulness.  Last I checked, the Church exists because we are sinners and our only hope of a remedy to sin is our relationship with God which is shaped and supported by a loving community who witnesses compassion and forgiveness.  Any more, most blogs you find will demand either strict adherance or excommunication.  This is not the mind of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who (by the way) became one of us and died for us while we were still sinners.  Thank God he wasn’t looking for perfection when considering whether or not to care for us enough to give up his life, to become our Passover sacrifice.

Please know: any exclusionary witness you may encounter in your experience of the Church is not faithful to the Holy Spirit, whose purpose is to bind us together in love and form us into the Body of Christ.  His work is a work of transformation: he makes of us a new creation.

Here is my take on what we are doing wrong.  Like the experience most people had of the Church before Vatican II, we are returning to an ecclesiology (theology of the Church) that is priest-based.  Pope Francis talks about this clericalism repeatedly as one of the major issues of our day.  Vatican II addressed this clericalism, or priest-centeredness in the life of the Church—and especially in our understanding of full, active and conscious participation at the Mass—as not centered on the priest’s sacrament of holy orders, but rather on the priesthood of all the faithful imparted in the sacrament of baptism.  It is we, the baptized who call into the present moment the saving Mysteries of Christ, and in particular as those who celebrate these Mysteries for the salvation of the world.  We celebrate these together.  Yes, the priest has a particular role as the one who presides as head of the body, but the head does not exist without the body, nor the body without the head.

That is why you cannot let today slip by without notice, without “getting” why we are here at all.  The God who loves us sinners has provided a remedy by which we become his new creation:  we gather today with the renewal of our baptismal promises at the heart of our celebration.  So go forth, now, risen, and live your baptismal call!  Live so as to give witness to the holy work that God has called you to do, to become alive in his sacraments and go out into the world in service to be, literally, Eucharist for all those who hunger and desire unity and welcome.

Happy Easter! God bless you.

Streaming Masses and Announcements for the week of 28 March 2021

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.

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

 

EASTER LITURGY MASSES 
We have reached capacity for the following Easter Liturgy Masses

Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord's Supper in the church - FULL
Good Friday: 7:30pm Veneration of the Cross in the church - FULL
Holy Saturday: 
Easter Vigil in the church - FULL

Easter Sunday: 7am, 9am, 11am and 1pm in Spanish in the church - FULL
Easter Sunday: 9am and 11am Mass in the Saint Bernadette Gym - FULL


There are several seats available for the following Masses:


Good Friday: 5pm Veneration of the Cross in the church in Spanish - approx. 100 seats
Easter Sunday:
7am Mass in the Saint Bernadette Gym - approx. 60 seats available

Easter Sunday:  1pm Mass in Spanish Live-Streamed to the Gym - approx.130 seats available
Easter Sunday: 5pm Mass in the church - approx. 80 seats available
(seat count as of 4pm Friday)



RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED
Unfortunately there will be no seating for those without a reservation.
All reservations will close Saturday at 3PM.


The following liturgies will be Live Streamed to our Facebook and Youtube accounts:
Holy Thursday: 7:30pm Mass of the Lord's Supper in the church
Good Friday: 3pm Stations of the Cross
Good Friday: 7:30pm Veneration of the Cross 
Holy Saturday: 8:30pm Easter Vigil 
Easter Sunday: 
9am in the church

 


STREAMING SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASSES

Today's Live-Streamed Mass

Worship Aid for Holy Thursday

Worship Aid for Good Friday

Worship Aid for Easter Vigil 

Worship Aid for Easter Sunday

fleur cross logo Please note with regard to the relaxation of some COVID guidelines pertaining to music:  We will gradually investigate ways to re-introduce music fully into the liturgy.  Because we do not want to place anyone at risk or cause uneasiness for those who have already made reservations for the upcoming celebrations, we will incorporate only the sung parts of the Mass and the Psalm at first.  For those who wish to sing we encourage you to sing quietly.  Congregational singing of hymns will be a later addition if current trends of infection continue to drop.  We don't want to ignore the dramatic spikes which are taking place in many places in the world today.

fleur cross logo THANK YOU! We would like to express our tremendous gratitude to all event sponsors, donors, financial supporters, parishioners, school families and extended families, staff members, and to congratulate our bidders whose contribution to Time Travelers: Celebrating over 60 Years of Wisdom and Grace event; made it such a great success! Together we made a difference by raising $62,110! If you did not have an opportunity to join us, our Gifts from the Heart page will remains open. Please visit Gifts from the HeartThank you for your continued support of Catholic Education at Saint Bernadette School.

fleur cross logo Please start returning Rice Bowls.  We would appreciate it if you would change the coins and bills into a check (it is more easily tax-deductible too!) but we will accept coins. Any donation will be graciously received!

fleur cross logo As always, please make reservations for Masses and Stations of the Cross: It is working! As Mass attendance increases, we will seat those with reservations first and walk-ins will be accommodated after those with reservations are seated.  You can find how many seats are still available by visiting the website. All are asked to please exit the church and vestibule right at the end of Mass so that there is at least a full half-hour for sanitizing the church.  We reopen 30 minutes before the next Mass.

fleur cross logo Our Parish Offices will be closed Good Friday and Easter Monday. We will reopen at 8:30am, Tuesday 6 April.


Lent
at S
aint Bernadette Church

Lent Fasting:

Food equivalent to one regular meal, one small meal - Ash Wednesday and Good Friday

Lent Abstinence:
No meat - Ash Wednesday and ALL Fridays



Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 28 March 2021

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

As we begin Holy Week hearing the story of Jesus' passion and death, I hope you can find a moment of uncomplicated quiet to let the moving gravity of the story to wash over your life where you are today.  Regardless of where you find yourself on the spectrum of faith—drawing nearer or drifting away—seeking intently or allowing indifference to grow—this real-time account of the love of God has power to touch you in the moment where you are and let light enter.  It is the story of God, who is love, who empties himself so completely, setting glory aside.  He becomes human, then only to give even that human life for us and for our salvation, to the point that on the Cross he knows the most complete experience of abandonment, lovelessness, being unloveable.  He cries out to love Itself, his Father, "Why have you abandoned me?"  Then the Word of God no longer can even utter a word, he is silent.  There is nothing left to give.

If there were nothing beyond the moment of death, a belief that even the Jewish leaders could not agree on at the time, this would seem so pointless, ridiculous.  But we know better.  We are personally called to enter into this Week.  As I wrote last week, we become sharers in the mystery of love, co-offerers of Christ's sacrifice to the Father, and by our full, active, conscious participation in the sacred liturgy we are—all of us—agents of sanctification and transformation.

Holy Week and Easter will look different again this year.  First of all, we are limited to 250 persons per liturgy because of health guidelines.  If you plan to attend in-person, I beg you to check the website to see if there are seats remaining before coming only to be turned away.  Make reservations if there are still seats.  We will be prepared for overflow seating with a screen in the gym and one of us will bring Communion up to the gym at Communion time for the 9 and 11am Masses on Easter Sunday.

Actually, this might be an unexpected benefit to many who have not been able to attend the liturgies of the Sacred Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil) in the past:  they will be made available at your convenience!  Each liturgy, during normal times, is unique with various gestures and chants, rituals and texts that only happen once a year.  This year, however, many of these have been suspended. 

We won't be washing feet on Holy Thursday and the customary procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the gym for adoration until midnight will remain in the church.  We will process around the church while everyone stays in their pews and the Blessed Sacrament will be placed at the Holy Family shrine.  People will be able to pray in adoration until midnight there, in the church.  On Good Friday we will listen to the Passion of the Lord according to John and pray the customary prayers, but there will be no procession for the veneration of the wood of the Cross; all will remain in the pews for some moments of silent veneration followed by the simple Communion service.  The Easter Vigil, too, will be a bit shorter and (with Wednesday's slightly relaxed guidelines regarding music) will include limited musical texts.  We still don't want to do anything that could cause anyone to feel unsafe to join us.  We are blessed by your good will and care for each other by following the guidelines which have proven effective in keeping us well.  I wish you a beautiful and quiet Holy Week.

God bless you.

Streaming Masses and Announcements for the week of 21 March 2021

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.

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

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Register "Get Started" to Preview and Bid HERE
(dinner tickets not required - registration is required to participate)
How Online Bidding Works

 STREAMING SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASSES

Today's Live-Streamed Mass

Worship Aid for Sunday of the Fifth Week of Lent

fleur cross logoIt's not too late to register for the Saint Bernadette School Auction!  We invite you to join us this Saturday evening at 8pm. Help celebrate over 60 years for Catholic Education here at Saint Bernadette. Silent auction items still available through 8:50 this evening. Please visit https://stbernpa2020.ggo.bid to register.

fleur cross logo Easter flower memorials available:  Remember someone you love, either living or deceased, with a donation for our beautiful Easter Flowers. Envelopes are available in your envelope packets, in the Church and in the Parish Office. The deadline for the listing in the bulletin is Palm Sunday.

fleur cross logo Please start returning Rice Bowls.  We would appreciate it if you would change the coins and bills into a check (it is more easily tax-deductible too!) but we will accept coins. Any donation will be graciously received!

fleur cross logo Please join us virtually for our Biennial Saint Bernadette School Auction. Grab and Go Dinner Tickets are available thru 12 March and can be purchased on the parish and school websites. Dinner tickets are not required but you must register at stbernpa2020.ggo.bid to participate and to preview our collection of exciting silent and live auction items. Bottled wine donations are still being accepted. More information can be found in today’s bulletin. Share our link stbernpa2020.ggo.bid with your family and friends. Help support this year’s auction as we celebrate over 60 years of Catholic Education here at Saint Bernadette.

fleur cross logo As always, please make reservations for Masses and Stations of the Cross: It is working! As Mass attendance increases, we will seat those with reservations first and walk-ins will be accommodated after those with reservations are seated.  You can find how many seats are still available by visiting the website. All are asked to please exit the church and vestibule right at the end of Mass so that there is at least a full half-hour for sanitizing the church.  We reopen 30 minutes before the next Mass.


Lent
at S
aint Bernadette Church

Lent Fasting:

Food equivalent to one regular meal, one small meal - Ash Wednesday and Good Friday

Lent Abstinence:
No meat - Ash Wednesday and ALL Fridays

Stations of the Cross:
Fridays at 7:30pm (please make reservations)

Lent Confessions:
Mondays, 6:30-7:30pm except March 1
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm
Fridays, 6:30-7:30pm except February 26
Saturdays, 3:30-4:30pm (as usual)
Please plan confessions early in the season to avoid running out of time.


Parish Lenten Mission:
Sunday, Feb 28:
5pm Mass followed by an hour of Adoration and talk by Fr. Cedric Wilson, "Spirituality and Sanity"

Monday, Mar 1:6:30pm

Mass followed by an hour of Adoration and talk by Fr. Cedric Wilson, "Spirituality and Sanity," concluding with Benediction. 

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 21 March 2021

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

This week hidden away again in the season of Lent is the day of the fulfillment of God's promise.  Counting back nine months from the birth of Jesus we observe his conception by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the virgin Mary, March 25. Seemingly natural enough and supernatural at the same moment, we recognize that God's plan is well underway long before we even notice his re-entry, literally, into history. Incarnation, enfleshment is what is required. He becomes one of us.

What we celebrate being made visible at Christmas is happening already. This is a powerful reflection for all who may be struggling with the quiet right now.  Quiet is good, isn't it?  As long as you can choose it. But silence can become so oppressive if it is imposed. Imagine, in your heart, what it would have felt like to seek the Word of fulfillment in the silence of 2,000 years of waiting for the Covenant to be fully present and tangible.

God doesn't become Man at Christmas. It happens today, always today.  Yes, once for all definitively on that day of the Annunciation with the declaration to Mary by the angel Gabriel, but also every day that the Word soaks into our hearts and becomes visible in us. We give birth to him every day by our words and actions.  Our existence is Incarnation, God with us. We are his Epiphany to the world.

The juxtaposition of Annunciation and Lent with the sacred Mysteries of Jesus' passion, death and resurrection provide a rich meditation for us as we prepare this week for Palm Sunday and the following Sacred Triduum (Holy Thursday of the Lord's Supper, Good Friday's Passion reading and veneration of the cross, and the Vigil of the Resurrection of the Lord).  We reveal in our flesh and bones the full Mystery of Christ, the Word made flesh and how that flesh is revealed: we reveal his fullness.  His coming to the world, also his self-emptying gift to the world, his sacrifice for the salvation of all the world, and his entry into glory beyond the limitations of this world.  We are there in him, through all of it, and it is our calling to reveal this fullness.  How many of you can identify, especially this year, with some of his suffering for us on the cross?  And how rich is that offering we make in return to him, revealing him in the middle of such suffering and joining in his offering to the Father while there with him?

He is not of the world, but he is for the world. We must be the same. A spirituality that does not reach out to others, especially those who have been rejected or those most in need, is indeed, an empty one.

It is this aspect of Incarnation in Christ that I encourage you to reflect upon during this time of re-opening and renewing. Let's leave the selfishness of the pre-pandemic days behind, and let selflessness be our motive. This is the way that the Body of Christ comes to be and is revealed, the basis of everything we hope to be here at Saint Bernadette as a community.

God bless you.

Streaming Masses and Announcements for the week of 14 March 2021

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.

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

SILENT AUCTION IS NOW OPEN!

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Register "Get Started" to Preview and Bid HERE
(dinner tickets not required - registration is required to participate)
How Online Bidding Works

 STREAMING SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASSES

Today's Live-Streamed Mass

Worship Aid for Sunday of the Fourth Week of Lent

fleur cross logo The annual Bishop’s Lenten Appeal: “Encourage One Another by Word and Deed” is underway. If you have not, please prayerfully consider making a pledge to this important appeal that funds many programs and ministries that serve the people in our diocese. Drop your envelope in the baskets in the vestibule on the weekends or at the office door mailbox at any other time. Your generosity is what makes our Church’s response possible.

fleur cross logo Please join us virtually for our Biennial Saint Bernadette School Auction. Dinner tickets are not required but you must register at stbernpa2020.ggo.bid to participate and to preview our collection of exciting silent and live auction items. More information can be found in today’s bulletin. Share our link stbernpa2020.ggo.bid with your family and friends. Help support this year’s auction as we celebrate over 60 years of Catholic Education here at Saint Bernadette.

fleur cross logo As always, please make reservations for Mass: It is working! As Mass attendance increases, we will seat those with reservations first and walk-ins will be accommodated after those with reservations are seated.  You can find how many seats are still available by visiting the website. All are asked to please exit the church and vestibule right at the end of Mass so that there is at least a full half-hour for sanitizing the church.  We reopen 30 minutes before the next Mass.


Lent
at S
aint Bernadette Church

Lent Fasting:

Food equivalent to one regular meal, one small meal - Ash Wednesday and Good Friday

Lent Abstinence:
No meat - Ash Wednesday and ALL Fridays

Stations of the Cross:
Fridays at 7:30pm (please make reservations)

Lent Confessions:
Mondays, 6:30-7:30pm except March 1
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm
Fridays, 6:30-7:30pm except February 26
Saturdays, 3:30-4:30pm (as usual)
Please plan confessions early in the season to avoid running out of time.


Parish Lenten Mission:
Sunday, Feb 28:
5pm Mass followed by an hour of Adoration and talk by Fr. Cedric Wilson, "Spirituality and Sanity"

Monday, Mar 1:6:30pm
Mass followed by an hour of Adoration and talk by Fr. Cedric Wilson, "Spirituality and Sanity," concluding with Benediction. 

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 14 March 2021

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,
 
This Laetare Sunday last year was the first weekend we were completely shutdown and the first weekend when we began recording Masses and posting them online.  We had not yet figured out the system of live-streaming we have now.  I remember the confusion.  I definitely remember the irony of wearing the color of joy - rose - on the first weekend of pandemic, a pandemic we hoped would be finished within a few weeks by Easter.  Those days each seemed a week long.  Time came to a halt.
 
While I'm thinking about it, if you would like to listen to a good reflection of what we have all been through with one year of pandemic and how a sensible, healthy spirituality can help, be sure to find the videos of our Parish Mission two weeks ago.  Father Cedric Wilson provided us with a lot to think about, and the hundreds of hits would indicate that our Parish Mission reached more people than we ever could have touched in pre-pandemic times.  Just one more example of how we have learned and grown despite limitations.
 
Now we turn to Easter once again.  I gave the complete description and calendar of Holy Week and Easter in this column last week.  If you would like to reference that letter, here is a link It looks like we won't be recovering from the viral spread in time to open up the church completely, so if you wish to attend any of the upcoming liturgies remember that you will need to make a reservation in advance.  When you go to the parish website to make a reservation, you will see if there are seats left or not.  If not, please know we hope you will join us live online.  Not the best, but still something truly important.  Like the parish mission, I'm hoping that people will experience many of these liturgies for the first time:  they are rare.  One of the liturgical principles you learn in school is that when something happens only once in the annual cycle (foot washing, veneration of the Wood of the cross, Easter fire) it is probably one of the most ancient, original practices of the Church.
 
Beyond Easter, you are welcome to join us—school AND parish families, all—for our online school auction.  Again, we had hoped this could be a truly amazing celebration as we experienced several years ago when we invited all the parish to what had previously been only a school family event.  I heard from many school families, amazed:  "We didn't think they would come!"  Or from parish families: "This is amazing! We've never been invited before!"  It was one of the most remarkable community-building events I have ever known as a priest in various parishes.  The in-person experience was a labor of love, we built the gazebo in the gym and celebrated the theme "The Music Man."  Well, you've heard this line before, "It looks different this year."  We missed a year last year when we had hoped to host our bi-annual auction, and our budgets felt the strain.  We hope that everyone can go online and browse the silent auction items already being bid on, and register and join us for the live auction items on THIS Saturday, March 20 at 8pm!
 
As we re-open our lives and our community, I want us to have a frank conversation about how this community becomes a significant part of your lives and how we can make that happen!  More soon.
 

God bless you.


Streaming Masses and Announcements for the Week of 7 March

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.

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

 DINNER TICKET SALES CLOSE THIS FRIDAY 12 MARCH

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 Purchase Dinner Tickets HERE
Register "Get Started" to Preview and Bid HERE
(dinner tickets not required - registration is required to participate)
How Online Bidding Works

 STREAMING SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASSES

Today's Live-Streamed Mass

Worship Aid for Sunday of the Third Week of Lent

fleur cross logo The annual Bishop’s Lenten Appeal: “Encourage One Another by Word and Deed” is underway. If you have not, please prayerfully consider making a pledge to this important appeal that funds many programs and ministries that serve the people in our diocese. Drop your envelope in the baskets in the vestibule on the weekends or at the office door mailbox at any other time. Your generosity is what makes our Church’s response possible.

fleur cross logo Please join us virtually for our Biennial Saint Bernadette School Auction. Grab and Go Dinner Tickets are available thru 12 March and can be purchased on the parish and school websites. Dinner tickets are not required but you must register at stbernpa2020.ggo.bid to participate and to preview our collection of exciting silent and live auction items. Bottled wine donations are still being accepted. More information can be found in today’s bulletin. Sahre our link stbernpa2020.ggo.bid with your family and friends. Help support this year’s auction as we celebrate over 60 years of Catholic Education here at Saint Bernadette.

fleur cross logo As always, please make reservations for Mass: It is working! As Mass attendance increases, we will seat those with reservations first and walk-ins will be accommodated after those with reservations are seated.  You can find how many seats are still available by visiting the website. All are asked to please exit the church and vestibule right at the end of Mass so that there is at least a full half-hour for sanitizing the church.  We reopen 30 minutes before the next Mass.


Lent
at S
aint Bernadette Church

Lent Fasting:

Food equivalent to one regular meal, one small meal - Ash Wednesday and Good Friday

Lent Abstinence:
No meat - Ash Wednesday and ALL Fridays

Stations of the Cross:
Fridays at 7:30pm (please make reservations)

Lent Confessions:
Mondays, 6:30-7:30pm except March 1
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm
Fridays, 6:30-7:30pm except February 26
Saturdays, 3:30-4:30pm (as usual)
Please plan confessions early in the season to avoid running out of time.


Parish Lenten Mission:
Sunday, Feb 28:
5pm Mass followed by an hour of Adoration and talk by Fr. Cedric Wilson, "Spirituality and Sanity"

Monday, Mar 1:6:30pm
Mass followed by an hour of Adoration and talk by Fr. Cedric Wilson, "Spirituality and Sanity," concluding with Benediction. 

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 7 March 2021

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

It was during the Spanish Mass on this, the Third Sunday of Lent last year when we got the news from the Governor's office that all public venues including churches were to close and everyone was under a lockdown order for at least until Easter.  We closed and didn't even have the 5pm Mass that day.  Do you remember the anxiety?  How would we be able to last for three weeks??  If we had know that a year from that day we would still be living in uncertain and limited ways we probably would have lost it.

That first week was probably the most anxious week of my life, and I've had a few really challenging ones.  The rules and circumstances literally were changing every 30 minutes and we were basically making up policy for a situation nobody (alive) had ever lived through.  We went to all-virtual parish life, Masses in the chapel.  All virtual school.  I will never forget Holy Week and the Triduum without an assembly.  It was just us, a few staff members and seminarians who kept it going for the next few months.

Fortunately this year, though still limited to a maximum occupancy of 250, we will at least celebrate the liturgies of the Triduum and Easter in a more customary way.  It is imperative that reservations be made: all liturgies will be live-streamed so if you go to the website and find that all seats are taken, please do not be upset.  Make plans to reverently be present to the Mystery of Christ's Passion and Resurrection from your domestic churches with family.  We are doing what we can do, and so are you.  Bilingual resources will be available for all. 

Here is the schedule:
Holy Thursday (April 1) – Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7:30pm.  This Mass will be normal (no foot washing this year) and we will end with a procession of the Blessed Sacrament not to the gym, but we will simply process through the church and end up on the side chapel of the Holy Family until midnight.  
Good Friday (April 2) – Stations of the Cross, 3pm.  I don’t know yet if we can get the angles in the church for live-streaming.  If not, we can post the recorded one from last year at 3pm.
Good Friday (April 2) – Passion and Veneration of the Cross, 7:30pm.  Again, a little different because we will not process forward to kiss the cross (obviously). Otherwise, the reading of the passion, the prayers and Communion service will be as usual.
Holy Saturday (April 3) – Easter Vigil, 8:30pm. What a wonderful opportunity to experience the beautiful Vigil - so few have seen this in person.  At the Vigil we begin with the Easter candle and proclamation and vigil readings.  Then we will have several baptisms and confirmations as we welcome our newest members into the Church.
Easter Sunday (April 4) – 7am, 9am, 11am, 1pm (Spanish), AND 5pm since we have only one Vigil.  We will have overflow seating in the gym for 9am and 11am on Easter Sunday if necessary.
Remember!  Make reservations for any of these you would like to attend.  It is inevitable that they will be completely reserved and only those with reservations will be able to enter the building.

God bless you.