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Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 15 November 2020

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

Last week we celebrated the National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony for eighth graders.  It was so good to be doing something familiar honoring excellence in our students, though in ways appropriate for these different times.

I was inspired by the explanations of the five pillars our students are challenged to fulfill.  This stuff is not just for kids; we adults need to refresh our own minds and lives with these values.

Scholarship
Scholarship is a commitment to learning, seeking the light of knowledge and understanding of the truth of the ages. As the sunrise of knowledge widens, the horizon of one’s world is enlarged with each additional bit of information. Scholarship knows of the past, learns from the present, and plans for the future. It interprets vast treasures for the improvement of the human race. Excellence in scholarship reveals not only that one’s store of knowledge has been increased, but also that the individual has endeavored to make the most of the opportunities at hand. Knowledge is both necessary and useful; it can be acquired in only one way, and that is through diligence and effort. May this longing for useful knowledge become part of your life, for the pursuit of knowledge is never ending.

Leadership
Leadership should exert a wholesome influence on the community.  In taking the initiative in work and leisure activities, the real leader strives to train and aid others to attain the same objective.  The price of leadership is sacrifice—the willingness to yield one’s personal interests for the interest of others.  A leader has self-confidence and will go forward when others hesitate.  No matter what power and resources may exist in a country, they are ineffectual without the guidance of a wise leader. The world will always need people of vision and understanding who can lead the masses into ways of progress and peace.  The light of leadership is always needed to guide us out of darkness; thus, to lead is a responsibility of each of our members.

Citizenship
Citizenship is the obligation that each member of society faces to live up to the ideals given to us by the founders of our country.  The responsibilities each of us has to our home community, our state, and our nation are many.  As good citizens, we are bound to live up to the laws and guidelines which unite us as a civilized society.  Good citizens work together.  Good citizenship requires that we remain strong and vigilant in protecting the freedoms and rights that have been granted to us and in preventing injustice from entering our lives.  The light of citizenship should shine through all members of the community.

Service
Our lives are illuminated by the brightness and joy of service, the unselfish devotion which gives itself to the need of the individual, of the community, and of the nation. Service often does not flaunt itself in glowing colors. Its true beauty lies in the simple giving of oneself, one’s time and ability where ever there is a need. The world is full of self-will, self-justification, and self-love, which are the foundations of the world’s ills. Today the world needs individuals who, following the example of Christ, can rise above the tides of the times and serve man unselfishly. May you practice this giving of yourself to others. May we be committed to the idea of volunteering our time and abilities to the creation of a better tomorrow.

Character
Character is the force within each person which gives us our individuality.  Character makes us who we are.  It distinguishes us from others.  Without character, we cannot respect ourselves or hope to attain the respect of others.  It is this force of character that guides us through life and, once developed, grows steadily.  Character is earned and not given.  It is the product of constant action, striving daily to make the right choice.  Character requires self-control.  By demonstrating qualities such as respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship, we may hope to prove by example that we value character.
As I participated in the ceremony, I realized that these are things so simply defined yet not considered often in their own right.  Let's make these objectives for our lives here and now.

God bless you.

Streaming Masses and Announcements for the Week of 8 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

              Worship Aid for Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Saturday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time

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

Community Mass for Thursday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time


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


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


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


Mass for the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time (New Time 5pm)  

            Worship Aid for Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

fleur cross logo Parish Office will be closed on Wednesday 11 November in observance of the Veteran's Day. The office will return to normal operations on Thursday, 12 November at 8:30am.

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 CATHOLIC CHARITIES St. Lucy Project is in GREAT NEED OF FOOD! On Saturday, 21 November, Saint Bernadette will once again host Drive-Thru Food Drive.”  A St. Lucy Food truck will be parked on our parish parking lot from 10am to 2pm to receive food donations. For those who may wish to support the program with a financial donation, please make checks payable to CCDA with St. Lucy Project in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to Catholic Charities, 8426 Kao Circle, Manassas, VA 20110. Many thanks and blessings.

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 14, to ensure delivery by Christmas. Remember, the most fulfilling way to enjoy Christmas is to give!

fleur cross logo Beautifully handcrafted olive wood religious goods from Bethlehem will be for sale after all Masses under the school canopy, November 14–15. A perfect gift from Bethlehem will complete your shopping list for Christmas and help support our brothers and sisters surviving in the Holy Land! 

fleur cross logo 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.

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 ~ 8 November 2020

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

A psychologist I am not, but after a lot of years of pastoral counseling and celebrating the sacrament of reconciliation, I'm surprised how much people are not talking about the present reality of being in the ninth month of pandemic restrictions and the prospect that this train is currently out of control, as we add 100,000 new cases a day.

Silence often speaks louder than noise.  When confronted with trauma, human beings have three options generally to choose from:  to fight, to flee, or to freeze.  Since we have no way to fight this and it seems that there is no plan to do so, and since there is nowhere to go, it seems we are frozen.  We are living through a global trauma—granted, we are much more fortunate than many because it hasn't been complicated by fires, or tornados, or hurricanes—but this will be something that is already changing the course of the world.  It is significant.

I believe the effects of pandemic as trauma something we have to address as a community.  There are already huge long-term effects.  But when we are in the middle of corporate trauma like this, there are certain avenues that can mitigate long-term damage.  We are all in this together—I am especially concerned about the ways this will shape the future lives of our children.

First, it does no good to deny it, or dismiss it, or minimize it.  This only intensifies the anxiety of those who find themselves in an unsafe place in the middle of the storm.  It is vital that we be honest about how we are feeling and be compassionate, even caring, for those who are in distress.  I've worked with victims/survivors of abuse for years and know that the first step to healing is to know that your story can be heard and accepted.  It must be spoken for the healing to begin.  This is, actually, the way any sort of community is formed, and why our world today is so divided, such a mess:  everyone is talking and no one is being heard.
Everyone needs to know they are in a safe place, especially children.  Even the current Covid pandemic is an opportunity to build resilience.  Knowing they are not alone, they can avoid the state of fight/flight/freeze for which the solution is often dissociation.  Children - and adults - who are unable to process a reality that is threatening can most easily just check out.  It can become a way of life.  Later in life for many adults this turns into substance abuse or other forms of addiction.

I asked a psychologist friend of mine this week if she thought this was something we should address as a community.  She said absolutely.  To not talk about it is to do damage.  Our children need to be taught to regulate their emotions, to stay present in the present moment.  This, she said, can be done in a variety of ways.  The most effective means, she said, are sadly those things which are being cut from public school budgets:music, art, and physical movement are ways that all of us can be grounded in the present moment and establish a physical memory of what it is like to be mindful of the  present moment. She says that these creative modalities can be grounding practices to keep us from "checking out."

Another grounding practice is prayer and meditation, but not the kind of prayer when you just keep repeating memorized words over and over.  Sometimes that can just add to stress.  Meditation: spiritual awareness of being in the present moment through basic methods of centering calm—breathing, focus on the presence of God, usefulness of Scripture or sacred imagery—are ways to regulate emotions and be mindful.

She also said that all of us need to focus on what we can do, not what we can't.  It is too easy right now to mourn the loss of so many things that we could do in the time when we did things.  We are still powerful in our abilities to reach out, to console, to be kind, to serve one another in simple ways that can bring healing and peace.  We need this so much, and we are the ones who can make it happen.

My friend suggested some resources you might investigate.  After our conversation I went on YouTube and found many, many interesting videos on trauma and PTSD, childhood trauma, and ways of healing.  She suggested two websites in particular:  for anxiety management for children, www. gozen.com; and the work of the Center for Mind Body Medicine and Dr. James Gordon, at www.cmbm.org.  He has a very interesting program for healing entire communities.

Maybe we could start a related ministry in the parish?

God bless you,

Streaming Masses and Announcements for the Week of 1 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

                    Worship Aid for the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Saturday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

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


Community Mass for Thursday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

C
ommunity Mass for Wednesday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

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

Community Mass for All Souls Day


Mass for the Solemnity of All Saints (New Time 5pm)  

            Worship Aid for the Solemnity of All Saints

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

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

fleur cross logo We 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 14, to ensure delivery by Christmas. Remember, the most fulfilling way to enjoy Christmas is to give!

fleur cross logo CATHOLIC CHARITIES St. Lucy Project is in GREAT NEED OF FOOD! On Saturday, 21 November, Saint Bernadette will once again host Drive-Thru Food Drive.”  A St. Lucy Food truck will be parked on our parish parking lot from 10am to 2pm to receive food donations. For those who may wish to support the program with a financial donation, please make checks payable to CCDA with St. Lucy Project in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to Catholic Charities, 8426 Kao Circle, Manassas, VA 20110. Many thanks and blessings.

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

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 1 November 2020

 Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

This week with the election looming we need to call upon all the saints in holy communion with all God's creation to guide our hearts and minds after the example of Christ.  Father Cantala-messa was announced this past week as one of 13 cardinals-elect for the consistory in November.  He has been the Preacher of the Papal Household since 1980 and we have all become better for his beautiful messages.  Here is his reflection on the Solemnity of All Saints.

Commentary for the Feast of All Saints’ Day by Cardinal-elect Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap

For some time now, scientists have been sending signals into the cosmos, hoping for a response from some intelligent being on some lost planet. The Church has always maintained a dialogue with the inhabitants of another world—the saints. That is what we proclaim when we say, “I believe in the communion of the saints.” Even if inhabitants outside of the solar system existed, communication with them would be impossible, because between the question and the answer, millions of years would pass. Here, though, the answer is immediate because there is a common center of communication and encounter, and that is the risen Christ.

Perhaps in part because of the time of the year in which it falls, the feast of All Saints’ Day has something special that explains its popularity and the many traditions linked to it in some sectors of Christianity. The motive is what John says in the second reading. In this life, “we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed.” We are like the embryo in the womb of a mother yearning to be born. The saints have been “born” (the liturgy refers to the day of death as "the day of birth,” “dies natalis.") To contemplate the saints is to contemplate our destiny. All around us, nature strips itself and the leaves fall, but meanwhile, the feast of the saints invites us to gaze on high; it reminds us that we are not destined to wither on this earth forever, like the leaves.

The Gospel reading is the beatitudes. One in particular inspires the selection of this passage: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, they shall be satisfied.” The saints are those who have hungered and thirsted for justice, that is, in biblical language, for sanctity. They have not resigned themselves to mediocrity; they have not been content with half-measures.

The first reading of the feast helps us to understand who the saints are. They are “those who have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb.” Sanctity is received from Christ; it is not our own production. In the Old Testament, to be a saint meant “to be separated” from all that is impure; in the Christian understanding, it is, rather, the opposite, that is, to “be united” to Christ.

The saints, that is, the saved, are not only those mentioned in the calendar or the book of the saints. The “unknown saints” also exist: those who risked their lives for their brothers, the martyrs of justice and liberty, or of duty, the “lay saints,” as someone has called them. Without knowing it, their robes have also been washed in the blood of the Lamb, if they have lived according to their consciences and if they have been concerned with the good of their brothers.

A question spontaneously arises: What do the saints do in heaven? The answer is, also here, in the first reading: The saved adore, they prostrate themselves before the throne, exclaiming, “Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving …” The true human vocation is fulfilled in them, that of being “praise to the glory of God” (Ephesians 1:14). Their choir is directed by Mary, who continues her hymn of praise in heaven, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.” It is in this praise that the saints find their happiness and joy. “My spirit rejoices in God.” A man is who he loves and who he admires. Loving and praising God, we identify ourselves with God, participate in his glory and in his own happiness.

One day, a saint, St. Symeon the New Theologian, had a mystical experience of God that was so strong he exclaimed to himself, “If paradise is no more than this, it is enough for me.” But the voice of Christ told him, “You are very poor if you content yourself with this. The joy you have experienced in comparison to paradise is like the sky painted on paper in comparison to the real sky.”  [trans. ZENIT]

Today we celebrate with all our brothers and sisters in heaven; tomorrow we pray for the future glory of those who await being with God.
God bless you.

 

Streaming Masses and Announcements for the Week of 26 October 2020

Click here to Reserve A Seat (Español)
In accordance with the Governor’s Phase 3 and Arlington Diocese Guidelines, we welcome you and your family back to Saint Bernadette. For specific instructions for attendance click the "New Guidelines for Attending Mass" video link below.


NEW MASS SCHEDULE

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


SUNDAY 7am, 10am, 1pm (Spanish), 5pm - In-Person in the Church

MONDAY through FRIDAY 

8am - live-streamed
9am - In-Person in the Church

SATURDAY 

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


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


STREAMING SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASSES

                   Worship Aid for the Solemnity of All Saints 

Community Mass for Saturday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Friday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Thursday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

Community Mass for Wednesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time


Community Mass for Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time


Community Mass for Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

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

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

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

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

fleur cross logo We are appealing for Ushers and Porters to assist at Mass with greeting and seating returning parishioners. As our Mass attendance continues to increase so does the need for volunteers. Please contact Fr. Don if you're able to assist. 

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

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 25 October 2020

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

 

Streaming Masses and Announcements for the Week of 18 October 2020

Click here to Reserve A Seat (Español)
In accordance with the Governor’s Phase 3 and Arlington Diocese Guidelines, we welcome you and your family back to Saint Bernadette. For specific instructions for attendance click the "New Guidelines for Attending Mass" video link below.


NEW MASS SCHEDULE

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


SUNDAY 7am, 10am, 1pm (Spanish), 5pm - In-Person in the Church

MONDAY through FRIDAY 

8am - live-streamed
9am - In-Person in the Church

SATURDAY 

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


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


STREAMING SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY MASSES

             
Worship Aid for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

 

fleur cross logo We are appealing for Ushers and Porters to assist at Mass with greeting and seating returning parishioners. As our Mass attendance continues to increase so does the need for volunteers. Please contact Fr. Don if you're able to assist. 

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

Fr. Don's Weekly Letter ~ 18 October 2020

Dear Good People of Saint Bernadette,

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


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

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

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

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

God bless you.

Streaming Masses and Announcements for the Week 11 October 2020

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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 streamed live in the Church


SUNDAY 7am, 10am, 1pm (Spanish), 5pm - In-Person in the Church

MONDAY through FRIDAY 

8am - live-streamed
9am - In-Person in the Church

SATURDAY 

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


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

                      Worship Aid for the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

fleur cross logo Registro for Señor de los Milagros Misa

                         Santa Misa en honor al Señor de los Milagros 

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

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

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


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

fleur cross logo We are appealing for Ushers and Porters to assist at Mass with greeting and seating returning parishioners. As our Mass attendance continues to increase so does the need for volunteers. The 5pm Sunday Mass is especially in need. Please contact Fr. Don if you're able to assist. 

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