Saint Bernardine Catholic Church, Forest Park, IL http://stbern.com/parish Archdiocese of Chicago Archives | Saint Bernardine Catholic Church Wed, 17 Jun 2020 15:59:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 http://stbern.com/parish/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/cropped-St-Bernardine-Catholic-Church-32x32.png Saint Bernardine Catholic Church, Forest Park, IL http://stbern.com/parish 32 32 Pastor’s Desk: June 14 The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ http://stbern.com/parish/pastors-desk-june-14-the-most-holy-body-and-blood-of-christ/ Wed, 17 Jun 2020 15:59:06 +0000 http://stbern.com/parish/?p=2979 [Read more...]]]> Dear Parishioners,

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

Before he gave his body and blood on the cross for the salvation of the world, Jesus gave his body and blood to his disciples in the form of bread and wine, instructing them to continue this practice in memory of him. Like the Lord providing water and manna in the desert, Jesus provides food and drink to sustain us, taking it one step further by transforming it to his own Body and Blood.

The readings today not only remind us that God has provided us with food to strengthen and sustain us, but that this food is unfamiliar and unique. Moses points out that the manna the Lord provided in the desert was “unknown to you and your fathers.” Jesus tells the crowds that the food and drink he provides is his flesh and blood, previously unknown to be food at all. As we receive the Eucharist let us appreciate the uniqueness of this true food.

It is my great joy to know we will worship together in a week. Please remember to sign up via internet using Sign Up Genius, or if you don’t have an easy access to it, by calling to the rectory office. Please be aware that we have new requirements, implemented by the Archdiocese of Chicago that we must follow in order to hold mass in the church.  Those new requirements are listed below.

  • Reserve your mass attendance at Sign Up Genius. If we have your e-mail on file, you will receive an e-mail invitation.  You must open the e-mail to get onto Sign Up Genius.  Reserve your space at your desired mass time, and then reply by clicking on the Sign Me Up button and Submit.  If you do not have access to a computer, please call the office (708-366-0839). 
  • You may only enter through the middle doors on Elgin.
  • A Greeter will meet you at the front of the church where your name will be checked on our Mass List.
  • Everyone entering the church MUST wear a mask and keep it on during the mass. (If you do not have a mask, you may ask the Greeter for one, but please remember to wear one in the future).
  • If you are ill or have symptoms of illness, please do not attend mass.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in the vestibule. Please use it or ask a Greeter to spray your hands with hand sanitizer.
  • Once you have checked in, an Usher will guide you to the next available seat. The seating is spaced 6 feet apart.  Families living in the same domicile are allowed to sit together in one pew. You must wait for an Usher to guide you to a seat.
  • Please be prompt! A Greeter will stay in the church vestibule for 15 minutes after mass starts, then the doors will be locked and there will be no entry.
  • Communion – listen for instructions from Father Stan. An Usher will spray your hands with hand sanitizer while you are in line for Communion.
  • All worshippers must return to their seats after Communion – no early exit. You must wait for Mass to be over before you leave.
  • When the service is over, all worshippers will exit the church through either the Harrison Street or the Parking Lot exits following the blue arrows on the floor in front of the first pew. Please wait for an Usher to tell you when your pew is ready to exit.

Please know that though these new rules may be difficult to follow, they have been put in place for the safety of everyone.

God bless you,

Fr. Stan

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Pastor’s Desk June 7 The Most Holy Trinity http://stbern.com/parish/pastors-desk-june-7-the-most-holy-trinity/ Wed, 17 Jun 2020 15:52:43 +0000 http://stbern.com/parish/?p=2977 [Read more...]]]>  

Dear Parishioners,

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

Today we honor Holy Trinity – one God, yet three persons. God is one, but God is not alone. God is alive and in the Trinity, we have an ideal example of a relationship of pure and infinite love. Every time we make the sign of the cross may we be reminded of the love that bonds the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. May the love of the Holy Trinity be a model for us in our relationships with each other.

We are making plans at St.Bernardine to re-open the church for mass! Our Re-Opening Team has been meeting and we are currently laying out the plans to train volunteers.  Our goal is to be ready the weekend of June 20 – 21 but there are steps that must be taken, in accordance with the Archdiocese of Chicago, in order to open. Our parishioners will be a part of the re-opening plan. Since we will only be accepting 50 people per mass (to start), anyone who wishes to attend must reserve their space.  If we have your e-mail address, you will receive an e-mail from Sign-up Genius.  You will see the masses and mass times listed.  You must sign up each time!  Once you sign up for mass, the parish office will receive a return e-mail with your reservation, and your name will be put on the list.  A very limited number of spaces will be held for those who do not have a computer.  Those people must call the office and this will be on a first come, first serve basis.  If we do not have your e-mail address, or would like to check to make sure we do, please call the rectory office.

We are working hard to get the word out to everyone.  I would greatly appreciate it if you know anyone who may not have a computer, if you could please let them know about our reservation system, or ask them to call the rectory office.

God bless you,

Fr. Stan

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Pastor’s Desk: May 31 Pentecost Sunday http://stbern.com/parish/pastors-desk-may-31-pentecost-sunday/ Wed, 03 Jun 2020 13:39:54 +0000 http://stbern.com/parish/?p=2971 [Read more...]]]> Dear Parishioners,

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

Today is the fiftieth day of Easter, a season marked with joy and gladness. In fire and wind, the Spirit of the Lord descends with God’s seven-fold gifts of wisdom and understanding, right judgment and courage, knowledge and reverence and wonder. The apostles had to wait until the first Pentecost to receive the Holy Spirit. However, we were blessed with the Holy Spirit when we were baptized and confirmed. The Holy Spirit is within each one of us. Moreover, together we are united in the Spirit, who moves among us, here in this church as well as around the whole world. As we celebrate Pentecost, let us be aware of the movement of the Spirit in our lives.

While we are waiting for the “go ahead” to re-open our church, the Archdiocese of Chicago has been setting forth guidelines to prepare our churches for the time that will happen.  At St. Bernardine we have begun marking spaces in the pews (six feet apart and every other pew), marking the floors for entry and exit, removing all materials in the narthex and cleaning/sanitizing the church. We have established a Parish Re-Opening Team that has been trained, (via Webinar), on the guidelines that need to be in place before we are ready to open. In doing this, we have received our certification from the Archdiocese that we are ready to go.

Thank you to those who have responded to our recent mailing where you were asked to update your information, including e-mail addresses. If you have not done so already, been return the survey as soon as possible.  When the time comes that we are permitted to hold mass, there will be a limit of 50 people per mass.  You will need to reserve your spot using an online reservation system called signupgenius.com.  There is no cost to use this system and it will work like this:

  • The Rectory office will create a “sign-up” for each mass, date and time
  • An e-mail will be sent to everyone who’s e-mail we have on file
  • Open the e-mail and it will have a link to com
  • Look for the mass you would like to attend
  • Save your response by clicking on the “sign me up” button near the bottom of the page.
  • Once you sign up, the rectory office will receive an e-mail letting us know that you have signed up. It is important to make sure you end by clicking the “sign me up” button or your response will not be saved!
  • Please call the office if you have any questions.

May the gifts of the Holy Spirit strengthen our faith and enable us to be even better disciples of Jesus in these challenging days.

Fr. Stan

Parishioner Reopening Guide (1)

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Pastor’s Desk: May 24 The Ascension of the Lord http://stbern.com/parish/pastors-desk-may-24-the-ascension-of-the-lord/ Sat, 23 May 2020 22:00:09 +0000 http://stbern.com/parish/?p=2961 [Read more...]]]> Dear Parishioners,

Today we recall Christ’s ascension to his father in heaven. Before he left, he promised his disciples that he would be with them always. Indeed, the Lord is with us when we gather in his name, as we listen to the word of God, and as the bread and wine are consecrated. Let us celebrate the assurance that Christ is with us always, now and until the end of time.

Recently we sent a letter to all of our registered parishioners asking to share some basic information, which will allow us to reach out to you through phone or mail. Please fill out the form included and send it back to the rectory.

The Archdiocese of Chicago released information about a plan for reopening churches and resuming public participation in the sacramental life of the Church.  Each parish has been asked to recruit non-vulnerable volunteers who will be trained to obtain a certificate of readiness to reopen the church. This process will take place in several phases.

Phase I allows parishes to reopen for baptism, reconciliation, weddings and funerals with a limit of 10 attendees.

Phase IA allows for pirate prayer and adoration with a limit of 10 parishioners.

Phase II allows for reopening for weekly and weekend Masses for larger groups depending on the guidelines from the state and the capacity of the church building.

Non-vulnerable volunteers ready to be trained are asked to call the rectory.

St. Bernardine Church is following all instructions from the Archdiocese and when the certification process is complete, we will be ready to implement phase I.

Tomorrow, on Memorial Day we will remember in prayer and honor persons who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. A streamed mass will be celebrated in the church at 10:00 a.m. Feel free to watch and pray.

God bless you,

Fr. Stan

May 24 Chimes

 

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Pastor’s Desk May 17 6th Sunday of Easter http://stbern.com/parish/pastors-desk-may-17-6th-sunday-of-easter/ Sun, 17 May 2020 22:00:23 +0000 http://stbern.com/parish/?p=2954 [Read more...]]]> Dear Parishioners,

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

At this time of the year, when flowers are blooming, daylight is lengthening, and nature is full of life, it feels as though God’s creation has been reborn. During the Easter season, we recall that we ourselves have been reborn in baptism. Today’s Gospel reminds us that Jesus dwells within us. Not only that, but the Holy Spirit is also with us, too. Therefore, when we look around, we can see the full flowering of the divine in ourselves, in each other, and in the whole world. Truly, let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

The St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Bernardine is willing to provide temporary assistance to any parishioner who is of work due to the Coronavirus.

Please send an e-mail to stbernardine.vdp@gmail.com, text, or leave a message at 708-616-7228 and provide your name, address, phone number, e-mail, address, and the number of persons in your home. A member from St. Vincent’s will contact you.

We live in a time when online communication is more necessary than ever.  Unfortunately, our current parish website is outdated. We are working on creating a new St. Bernardine website, which we hope will work better to provide information people may need. We are also looking to update our Parish records.

Recently we sent to all our parishioners a letter from the parish office asking to share some basic information, which will allow us to reach out to you through phone or mail. Please fill out a form included and send it back to the rectory.

Last Wednesday the Archdiocese of Chicago released information about a plan for reopening churches and resuming public participation in the sacramental life of the Church.  Each parish is asked to recruit non-vulnerable volunteers who will be trained to obtain a certificate of readiness to reopen the church. This process will take place in several phases.

Phase I allows parishes to reopen for baptism, reconciliation, weddings, and funerals with a limit of 10 attendees.

Phase IA allows for pirate prayer and adoration with a limit of 10 parishioners.

Phase II allows for reopening for weekly and weekend Masses for larger groups depending on the guidelines from the state and the capacity of the church building.

Non-vulnerable volunteers ready to be trained are asked to call the rectory.

On May 21st we celebrate a memorial of St. Bernardine of Sienna the patron of our parish. For the first time, we will not be able to celebrate Mass and gather together in our traditional “St. Bernardine Day” meal. Let us pray to our patron to keep us safe in this special time of reopening of churches. With God’s blessing, we will soon be able to worship together again and celebrate our faith and our friendship.

 

God bless you,

Fr. Stan

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Pastor’s Desk: Sunday April 5th Palm Sunday The Passion of the Lord http://stbern.com/parish/pastors-desk-sunday-april-5th-palm-sunday-the-passion-of-the-lord/ Fri, 03 Apr 2020 22:00:50 +0000 http://stbern.com/parish/?p=2931 [Read more...]]]> Dear Parishioners,

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

In the liturgy of the Church, we celebrate Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord. We recall Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, the holy city. It is a bittersweet remembrance because we know that no sooner had he celebrated the Passover meal with his disciples that he was arrested, tried, convicted, and put to death. But Jerusalem is more than the site of his crucifixion. It is also the site of his resurrection. Through his sacrifice, we all hope to one day reach the eternal Jerusalem.

It is a very painful experience to know that we will not be able to participate physically together in the liturgy of the Holy Week.  For many of us this is happening for the first time in our lifetime. However, we have been living in a reality which imposes on us a totally new and never experienced standard of living and worshiping.

Although we cannot participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we can receive God’s love and mercy in special way. In an e-mail from the Archdiocese we can read:

Given that our churches are closed and a stay-at-home order is in effect:

  • individual confessions are currently not possible; this includes virtual or phone confessions, which are never permissible, nor drive-thru confessions. Despite the good intentions around such novelty, we must attend to our underlying theological tradition of the sacrament, as well as support the stay-at-home order and its intended purpose – to keep people safe in their homes at this time.
  • in keeping with longstanding pastoral practice when penitents’ access to the sacrament is restricted, they can be assured that their sins are forgiven if they make an act of contrition with a firm resolve to approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation after the stay-at-home order is lifted.
  • the faithful should be encouraged to pray particular prayers or meditate on passages of the bible in seeking the mercy and forgiveness of God and the grace of reconciliation.

We can also obtain an indulgence under these conditions:

The Plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful suffering from Coronavirus, who are subject to quarantine by order of the health authority in hospitals or in their own homes if, with a spirit detached from any sin, they:

    • unite spiritually through the media to the celebration of Holy Mass, the recitation of the Holy Rosary, to the pious practice of the Way of the Cross or other forms of devotion,
    • or if at least they will recite the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer and a pious invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, offering this trial in a spirit of faith in God and charity towards their brothers and sisters,
    • with the will to fulfill the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion and prayer according to the Holy Father’s intentions), as soon as possible, when the suspensions are lifted.

In this time of challenge, we have been given a spiritual weapon against evil, which can help us in days to come. As we stay more in our homes, we have an opportunity to pray and remember each other, asking God to keep us healthy and safe. Once again, I want to assure you about my prayers for ALL OF YOU any time I pray privately or celebrate Mass in the chapel.

Although St. Bernardine cannot operate as usual, we still need money to pay our bills. Therefore, I encourage you to continue to send your donations, either via U.S. Mail or drop off at the rectory mailbox.

 

We will not celebrate Easter in a traditional way, but it does not mean that we will not be united in prayer. We can watch Mass on TV and make an Act of Spiritual Communion. Most of all we can make a reflection on this day to come inspired by words of Pope Francis: “The pandemic is not a judgment from God, but a time for us to judge, to choose what matters and what passes away… It is a time to get our lives back on track.”

God bless you.

Fr. Stan

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Pastor’s Desk: Sunday, March 29 5th Sunday of Lent http://stbern.com/parish/pastors-desk-sunday-march-29-5th-sunday-of-lent/ Fri, 27 Mar 2020 22:00:35 +0000 http://stbern.com/parish/?p=2927 [Read more...]]]> Dear Parishioners,

As we enter this final week before Holy Week, the narrative of Jesus’ life on earth builds to a climax. In the Gospels of the last two weeks, Jesus gave water to those who thirsted and light to those who would not see. Water and light are essentials to life. Today we hear Jesus giving life itself to someone who has died. The giver of water and light is also the giver of his life itself. Let us thank God for the gift of our Savior as we prepare for the final two weeks of Lent.

Due to the Corona Virus situation, we live in a totally new reality. We must follow directions given by the authorities, which limit our normal interactions, and activities we might love to do. This situation has impacted our religious activities as well. At the beginning of this health crisis, we were told we should not gather for the Eucharist, although we could come to the church for private prayer and adoration. New orders from the Governor have dictated that from March 21 to at least April 7 the church and rectory must be closed. These are the instructions I have received from the Archdiocese:

Governor Pritzker’s mandatory stay-at-home order for the State of Illinois means the following for our parishes effective 5 p.m. Saturday, March 21 through Tuesday, April 7:

  • All churches and adoration chapels must be closed and locked until the order is lifted by the governor. Private prayer in any parish building must be discontinued until the order is lifted.
  • There can be no live Stations of the Cross or any other gatherings anywhere on parish/school property, nor can any parish personnel be involved in organizing them on any other site.
  • All weddings and baptisms must be postponed and can be re-scheduled only once the order is lifted. There are no exceptions to this, regardless of the size of the group. However, in case of an extreme emergency for baptism, please seek the permission of your bishop.
  • Funerals and wakes must be postponed until the order is lifted.

(Note: Priests can – and are encouraged – to continue celebrating Mass privately and to live stream their Masses for their parishioners, if possible.)

  • Parish offices must be closed until the governor’s order is lifted.

In this difficult time, I celebrate Masses daily in the chapel. I keep ALL OF YOU in my prayers when I say Mass and when I pray the Liturgy of the Hours as well. In the 29 years of my priesthood, I have never experienced this situation and I have to admit I miss our congregation and our liturgy together very much.

Although we cannot participate in a Mass, we are not separated from the grace of God. In these times, you can watch Mass every day on a TV at EDTN. Channel 7 will broadcast mass celebrated by Cardinal Cupich on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. We can receive spiritual communion as well. These are the words of the prayer which may accompany this special act:

An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus,
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

We do not know how long this situation will last. Although we cannot worship together we are a community of faithful, we are still parishioners of St. Bernardine Parish. As a family, we pray for each other, especially for those who are not doing well in this time.

Although St. Bernardine cannot operate as usual, we still need to pay our bills. Therefore, I encourage you to continue to send your donations, either via U.S. Mail or drop off at the rectory mailbox.

May God bless us in these challenging times. I assure you that you are in my prayers, believing I am present in yours.

Fr. Stan

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Parish Update March 23, 2020 http://stbern.com/parish/parish-update-march-23-2020/ Mon, 23 Mar 2020 17:20:22 +0000 http://stbern.com/parish/?p=2915 [Read more...]]]> Dear parishioners,

Because of the health crisis facing our nation, please note that the rectory office is closed until further notice.  We will be checking phone messages and e-mails. If you have urgent business with the church, please send an e-mail to st.bernardinechurch@gmail.com or call the office at 708-366-0839 and leave a message.

Regular donations can still be sent to the church.  You can send through U.S. Mail or drop off at the rectory mailbox.

Additionally, in keeping with Governor Pritzker’s mandatory stay-at-home work order, please note the following:

  • All churches and adoration chapels must be closed and locked until the order is lifted by the governor. Private prayer in any parish building must be discontinued until the order is lifted.
  • There can be no live Stations of the Cross or any gatherings anywhere on parish/school property, nor can any parish personnel be involved in organizing them on any other site.
  • All weddings and baptisms must be postponed and can be re-scheduled only once the order is lifted. There are no exceptions to this, regardless of the size of the group.  However, in case of extreme emergency for baptism, please seek the permission of your bishop.
  • Funerals and wakes must be postponed until the order is lifted.

Below is a message received from Cardinal Cupich.

Dear Friends in Christ,

During this time of uncertainty and anxiety, I pray that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. This crisis challenges us to act responsibly by following the social isolation guidelines while striving to stay close emotionally and spiritually to our families, our friends, and our communities. Please join me in praying for those affected by COVID-19, as well as our first responders, health care workers, and individuals who have lost income due to precautionary closures.

Times such as these highlight the need for the spiritual sustenance and community connectivity our Archdiocese parishes provide every member of our Catholic community. To protect the safety of our community, most pastoral services are currently being performed virtually. I invite you to visit our website, www.archchicago.org, for up-to-date information on televised liturgies and other resources.

It is critically important that our parishes and pastors receive the offertory support they need to remain operational and sustainable despite the suspension of weekly Masses. The Archdiocese has developed a universal online offertory page where the faithful can make an offertory donation to any parish in the Archdiocese. These donations will assist the parishes with ongoing expenses related to ministry, maintenance, staff, and other pressing needs, that depend on regular offertory support from parishioners. Many of our parishes are suffering significant financial hardship during this challenging time. Your online support will make a critical difference.

Additionally, as we are sensitive to the financial hardship suffered by many in recent days, we have also launched a Coronavirus Emergency Fund. This fund will support members of our community who have been negatively affected by the pandemic. For example, the fund will support parents of Catholic school students who might struggle with tuition payments because of unexpected job loss, ministries providing the needy with sustenance or parish communities deeply harmed by the pandemic. Our neighbors down the street and across the Archdiocese need our support at this critical moment. Your donation can help provide them with that support.

Please visit www.archchicago.org/coronavirus/donate to support parish offertory, the Coronavirus Emergency Fund or both as your means allow. Your generosity is needed now more than ever.

Our Archdiocese community has always come together to support one another during times of need, and I ask you to do so again. Please continue to pray for each other, as I continue to pray for you.

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Archbishop of Chicago

 

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Pastor’s Desk: March 15 3rd Sunday of Lent http://stbern.com/parish/pastors-desk-march-15-3rd-sunday-of-lent/ Mon, 16 Mar 2020 16:20:06 +0000 http://stbern.com/parish/?p=2912 [Read more...]]]> **Please see an important message from Cardinal Cupich regarding Daily Masses using the internet, following Fr. Stan’s message**

 

Dear Parishioners,

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

During this holy season, we examine and reflect upon our lives and call on God for aid. There are times in our lives – and this may be one of them – when we feel alone, abandoned. We may ask, as the Chosen People did when thirsting in the desert, “Is the Lord in our midst?” As we grow weary crossing the deserts in our life, let us remember Jesus’ words: “I am with you always.”

We live in a time when Corona Virus is spreading around the world and in our country as well. Therefore I would like to share with you guidelines from USCCB we must follow.

During all Masses and liturgies:

  • Refrain from physical contact during the Sign of Peace. (Note: the Sign of Peace can be exchanged without physical contact.)
  • Refrain from distribution of Holy Communion to the faithful via the chalice. (Please consider options for any parishioners with celiac disease or sensitivity.)
  • Given the frequency of direct contact with saliva in the distribution of Holy Communion on the tongue, every consideration should be given by each individual to receive Holy Communion reverently in open hands for the time being.
  • Refrain from holding hands during the Lord’s Prayer.

Refrain from using Holy Water fonts.

Assure the faithful that if they are sick or are experiencing symptoms of sickness, they are not obliged to attend Mass, and even that out of charity they ought not to attend.

Explain when the Church allows for you to miss Mass – Catechism 2181 allows for serious reasons like illness.

Thank you for understanding and following these guidelines.

 

In this second week of Lent let us pray that those afflicted by Corona Virus be healed and that its spread would slow and be eliminated.  May God bless all of us and keep us safe and healthy.

Fr. Stan

**Please note that since the writing of Fr. Stan’s article, church mass has been suspended until further notice.  Please see the message below from the Cardinal’s office.

“During this difficult time, it is particularly important that the faithful have access to the grace and comfort of Holy Mass. While we observe restrictions on our in-person attendance at liturgies, I invite you to watch and participate in the celebration of Sunday, Saturday evening, and Daily Masses using the internet.

The Archdiocese of Chicago will broadcast Mass in English from Holy Name Cathedral this weekend. This Mass can be viewed on our YouTube channel beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 14.

Beginning Saturday, March 21, the archdiocese will broadcast weekend Masses from Holy Name Cathedral in English, Spanish and Polish. These Masses will be available on our YouTube channel beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 21 and will continue until in-person attendance at liturgies is reinstated.

Additionally, daily Mass will be celebrated and broadcast from St. James Chapel on weekdays. These Masses will be available on our YouTube channel beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 17.

The recordings of all Masses will remain on our YouTube channel.

Our website, www.archchicago.org, provides resources to enrich your personal prayer life and deepen our solidarity with one another as we experience the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We will add to these and share them with you as they become available.

Let us continue to pray for all affected by the current pandemic and, together, seek Our Lady’s intercession for our protection and the wellbeing of the most vulnerable among us.”

Peace,

Bishop Hicks

Bishop Ronald Hicks
Vicar General

 

 

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Pastor’s Desk: March 8 2nd Sunday of Lent http://stbern.com/parish/pastors-desk-march-8-2nd-sunday-of-lent/ Sat, 07 Mar 2020 23:29:28 +0000 http://stbern.com/parish/?p=2909 [Read more...]]]> Dear Parishioners,

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

During this penitential season, we make a conscious effort to avoid sin and be faithful to the gospel. In last Sunday’s Gospel Jesus journeyed into the desert and was tempted by the devil. Today Jesus climbs a high mountain on which he is transformed in front of his closest disciples. Whether isolated in the wilderness or accompanied by friends on a mountaintop, Jesus remains faithful to the will of God. May he be a model for us.

At all exits, you may find The Little Black Books and Operation Rice Bowl materials. If you didn’t have a chance to take them last weekend, feel free to take one today. They are very helpful in practicing prayer and almsgiving during Lent.

Here at St. Bernardine Parish, we have many events that give us a chance to sacrifice some time for prayer and so-called spiritual exercises. Every Friday we will have Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m. in the Church. On Tuesday, March 24 there will be a chance to experience God’s mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Saturday, March 28th will be a day of Kingdom Retreat. Soup For The Soul will take place on Thursday (3/12) and Tuesday (3/17) at 7:00 p.m. in Cafeteria.

Our RCIA members Amanda Ball, Sheri Daniel, and Jennifer Portillo were officially recognized as candidates to the full communion with the Catholic Church. This ceremony took place in the Holy Name Cathedral last Sunday. Congratulations  Amanda, Sheri, and Jennifer!

Also, congratulations to Katherine Brooker, Norah Brooker, Molly Lock and Maya Rice who last Sunday received their Confirmation.

Last weekend a second collection was taken for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. We collected $1,058.84. Thank you for your generosity.

As we begin our Annual Catholic Appeal for 2020, the 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal is winding down.  This week we received a check for $2,105.00 from the Archdiocese of Chicago.  This check is our final rebate for the 2019 Appeal, giving us a total rebate of $11,056.56.  To recap, our 2019 parish goal was $17,860.44.  $28,917.00 was pledged/paid, giving us a total rebate of $11,056.56.  (We received the first rebate of $8,951.56 in October.) Once again, I thank you and appreciate all that our parishioners do for St. Bernardine.

We ask God’s blessings for the second week of Lent and pray especially for those who are sick from coronavirus, asking for a successful recovery.

Fr. Stan

 

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