Saint Bernardine Catholic Church, Forest Park, IL http://stbern.com/parish Archdiocese of Chicago Archives | Saint Bernardine Catholic Church Wed, 01 Apr 2020 16:36:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4 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 Dear Parishioners, 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 ... [Read more...]

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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 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 ... [Read more...]

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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 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 ... [Read more...]

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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 **Please see an important message from Cardinal Cupich regarding Daily Masses using the internet, following Fr. Stan’s message**   Dear Parishioners, 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 ... [Read more...]

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**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 Dear Parishioners, 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 ... [Read more...]

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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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Pastor’s Desk: March 1 1st Sunday of Lent http://stbern.com/parish/pastors-desk-march-1-1st-sunday-of-lent/ Sat, 29 Feb 2020 23:00:14 +0000 http://stbern.com/parish/?p=2894 Dear Parishioners, Every year on the first Sunday of Lent, the focus is on temptation. Adam and Eve are tempted by the serpent in the garden of Eden. Jesus is tempted in the desert by the devil. Though the temptation in our life may not be as dramatic as those in Genesis or the Gospels, ... [Read more...]

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Dear Parishioners,

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

Every year on the first Sunday of Lent, the focus is on temptation. Adam and Eve are tempted by the serpent in the garden of Eden. Jesus is tempted in the desert by the devil. Though the temptation in our life may not be as dramatic as those in Genesis or the Gospels, they may be just as powerful. As we celebrate today’s liturgy, let us pray to God for strength to resist temptation and for mercy when we fall.

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 24th 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 Tuesday (3/3), Thursday (3/12) and Tuesday (3/17) at 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Every year St. Bernardine parish is represented in Forest Park’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This year the parade is set for Saturday, March 7th. It would be very nice to have more parishioners walking together and seeing the event from a different perspective. We will meet at 12:30 p.m. at Van Buren & Des Plaines.

Today at 10:30 mass our RCIA members, Amanda Ball, Sheri Daniel, and Jennifer Portillo will be sent to Holy Name Cathedral to be recognized by the bishop as candidates to the full communion with the Catholic Church. Please keep our candidates in your prayers. Also today at 2:00 p.m. our 8th-grade students will receive the sacrament of Confirmation at St. Luke Parish. Congratulations to Kathrine Brooker, Norah Brooker, Molly Lock, and Maya Rice.

This week our special collection supports the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. Your donation today helps restore the Church and build the future in more than 20 countries still struggling to recover in the aftermath of communist rule. Funds from this collection help support reconstruction, education, formation, and outreach to alleviate poverty. Please, be as generous as you can.

May God bless us for this season of Lent that supported by his grace we may stay away from our sins and be faithful to the Gospel.

Fr. Stan

 

 

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Pastor’s Desk: February 23 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time http://stbern.com/parish/pastors-desk-february-23-7th-sunday-in-ordinary-time/ Sat, 22 Feb 2020 23:00:48 +0000 http://stbern.com/parish/?p=2888 Dear Parishioners,  Jesus challenges us to turn the other cheek and to love our enemies. These are not our instincts. It is not easy. We get angry, we are upset, we want to do or say something to express that pain and rage. As we approach the season of Lent, let the example of our ... [Read more...]

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Dear Parishioners,

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

 Jesus challenges us to turn the other cheek and to love our enemies. These are not our instincts. It is not easy. We get angry, we are upset, we want to do or say something to express that pain and rage. As we approach the season of Lent, let the example of our Lord inspire us to respond to hurt and conflict with mercy and forgiveness.

 For the second time, we will have a movie night. It is scheduled for Saturday, February 29th after 5:00 P.M. Mass in Fearon Hall. Considering this special date (2/29) Parish Pastoral Council members suggested that the very appropriate movie to play will be “Leap Year.” I can’t agree more. Save the date and enjoy it! The parish provides water and popcorn. Feel free to bring your favorite snack and drink.

 Reflection booklets for Lent called “The Little Black Books” are distributed this weekend. It is a helpful “tool” for making the season of Lent more reflective and spiritual.  Please take one booklet per family.

 Every Lent the Catholic Relief Services invites us to participate in Operation Rice Bowl. This is an excellent faith-in-action program that invites Catholics to live in solidarity with our most vulnerable brothers and sisters around the world through the three Lenten pillars of praying, fasting and almsgiving. Rice Bowls may be found at each of the exits. Please take one bowl per family and bring it back on Palm Sunday.

 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 Tuesday (3/3), Thursday (3/12) and Tuesday (3/17) at 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria.

 This coming Wednesday we will begin a very special season in liturgy – Lent. We will have three Masses on Ash Wednesday: 6:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Please come to church and receive ashes as an outward sign of penance and conversion.

 I pray for all of us that observing prayer, fasting and almsgiving may transform us to be more holy, which is our common vocation.

 God bless you,

Fr. Stan

 

 

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Pastor’s Desk: February 16 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time http://stbern.com/parish/pastors-desk-february-16-6th-sunday-in-ordinary-time/ Sat, 15 Feb 2020 23:00:21 +0000 http://stbern.com/parish/?p=2881 Dear Parishioners, Over the next two weeks, we will hear an extended passage from Matthew’s Gospel in which Jesus reinterprets the law for his disciples. He challenges his disciples to take it one step further, to more than just follow the letter of the law. On this Presidents’ Day weekend, when we honor those people ... [Read more...]

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Dear Parishioners,

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

Over the next two weeks, we will hear an extended passage from Matthew’s Gospel in which Jesus reinterprets the law for his disciples. He challenges his disciples to take it one step further, to more than just follow the letter of the law. On this Presidents’ Day weekend, when we honor those people whom we have trusted to guide our country, let us consider how we can trust Jesus to guide us in our daily life.

Every year at this time the parishes of the Archdiocese of Chicago participate in the Annual Catholic Appeal. This year’s Appeal continues and expands last year’s theme: Come follow me… and heal our world. The Appeal supports schools, parishes in need, religious education programs, ministry formation, the protection of life, the promotion of peace and justice, and assistance to victims of natural disasters through Catholic Relief Services.  Our 2020 goal is 7% of the previous year’s offertory income. For Fiscal Year 2018-2019, our offertory income was $295,706.00. Therefore our target for the 2020 Appeal is $20,699.00. As you know, when contributions exceed the goal, St. Bernardine Parish will receive a rebate of 100% of the funds donated over the goal. This weekend is Commitment Weekend. We will listen to Cardinal Cupich and fill out our appeal form.

Next Sunday a blood drive is going to take place in our Fearon Hall. Big thanks to Susan Rodhe for organizing this event, and to ALL who will give blood, which in its essence is the giving of life. You can find more information in the Chimes.

The bi-annual Finance Report is included in this week’s Bulletin.  Note that more than half of our Year-To-Date Expenses came from the Parish Meeting Space Upgrade (Fearon Hall and Cafeteria). Please check the report over and call the office if you have any questions.

For the second time, we will have a movie night. It is scheduled for Saturday, February 29th after 5:00 P.M. Mass in Fearon Hall. Considering this special date (2/29) Parish Pastoral Council members suggested that the very appropriate movie to play will be “Leap Year.” I can’t agree more! Save the date and enjoy it! The parish provides water and popcorn. Feel free to bring your favorite snack and drink.

Fr. Marlon Innis, Jesuit, is a Parish Counselor at Ascension Church in Oak Park. If anyone of our parishioners is in need of seeing a counselor please feel free to call Fr. Marlon for an appointment. His phone number is 312-529-0395. You also may ask for his business card in our office.

As we go through the last days of Ordinary Time, may God bless us and protect us from all evil. We pray for the sick and the hospitalized.

God bless you,

Fr. Stan

February 16 Chimes

 

 

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Pastor’s Desk: February 9 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time World Marriage Day http://stbern.com/parish/pastors-desk-february-9-5th-sunday-in-ordinary-time-world-marriage-day/ Sat, 08 Feb 2020 23:00:36 +0000 http://stbern.com/parish/?p=2873 Dear Parishioners, During these days in the middle of the winter, when nights are long and sunshine can be scarce, we realize the value of the sun. It brightens our day and our mood. It gives life, warmth, and light. The light of Christ can do the same. With the light of Christ, we can ... [Read more...]

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Dear Parishioners,

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

During these days in the middle of the winter, when nights are long and sunshine can be scarce, we realize the value of the sun. It brightens our day and our mood. It gives life, warmth, and light. The light of Christ can do the same. With the light of Christ, we can bring light to the darkness in our world: injustice, violence, fear, poverty, and countless other shadows. Let us resolve to let the light of Christ shine forth wherever we go and whatever we do.

On Saturday, February 1, we welcomed back our annual Spaghetti Dinner!  (We were unable to have the Spaghetti Dinner last year while the hall was under renovation.)  I was happy to see nearly every table filled with family and friends.  Everyone looked like they were having a great time! This year we served 54 pounds of spaghetti and 20 loaves of garlic bread, as well as a dinner salad.  Let us not forget the plentiful desserts, which were thoughtfully donated by our parishioners!   A lot of hard work goes into the planning and preparation of the Spaghetti Dinner, and I would like to thank Kathy Capron-Jankun who spearheaded this operation, along with her hard-working crew.  They were: Jason Capron, Martha Capron, Karen Billington, Joe & Nina Bavone, Donna and Karl Gawlas, Nancy Isdale, Lisa Alvarez, Mary Johnson, Lucile Javier, Delores Vicencio, Eileen Cooney, Della DeSonia and Susan Famoyegun.  Thank you all for a wonderful night!

Every year at this time parishes of the Archdiocese of Chicago participate in the Annual Catholic Appeal. This year’s Appeal continues and expands last year’s theme: Come follow me… and heal our world. The Appeal supports schools, parishes in need, religious education programs, ministry formation, the protection of life, the promotion of peace and justice, and assistance to victims of natural disasters through Catholic Relief Services.  Our 2020 goal is 7% of the previous year’s offertory income. For Fiscal Year 2018-2019, our offertory income was $295,706.00. Therefore, our target for the 2020 Appeal is $20,699.00. As you know, when contributions exceed the goal, St. Bernardine will receive a rebate of 100% of the funds donated over the goal. Next weekend is Commitment Weekend. We will listen to Cardinal Cupich and fill out our appeal form.

Keeping in our prayers all those who are sick, let us ask God to keep us healthy in body and spirit.

God bless you.

Fr. Stan

**PALMS**

Please bring your old blessed palms to church next weekend to be burned and used for new ashes on Ash Wednesday.  Baskets for palms will be available at the church entrances.

 

February 9 Chimes

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Pastor’s Desk: February 2 The Presentation of the Lord http://stbern.com/parish/pastors-desk-february-2-the-presentation-of-the-lord/ Sat, 01 Feb 2020 23:45:58 +0000 http://stbern.com/parish/?p=2865 Dear Parishioners, Forty days after Jesus was born, in accordance with the Torah, Mary and Joseph brought him in the temple in Jerusalem to be presented to the Lord. What they could not have known is that Simeon and Anna recognize in the six-week-old child the Savior of the world. As we celebrate this special ... [Read more...]

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Dear Parishioners,

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

Forty days after Jesus was born, in accordance with the Torah, Mary and Joseph brought him in the temple in Jerusalem to be presented to the Lord. What they could not have known is that Simeon and Anna recognize in the six-week-old child the Savior of the world. As we celebrate this special feast today, let us challenge ourselves to recognize Jesus in the faces of those we meet.

Some time ago we installed a new sound system in our church. It is working well so far and helps us enjoy the liturgy. A part of this system is ALS (Assisted Listening System). It contains four hearing aid sets, directly connected to an amplifier in the sacristy. If anyone wishes to use these hearing aids, simply ask ushers before mass, and it will be given to you. These are not take-home devices, so after mass please give it back to the ushers.

Tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel we will adore the Blessed Sacrament in our monthly Holy Hour. All are welcome to participate in this adoration.

A word about the candles.  As you may know, we have stations set up for parishioners to light a candle and say a prayer for loved ones.  So that we may keep our candle inventory stocked, we ask for a donation, per candle, of $3.50.  This covers the cost of the candle and is not a source of income for our parish. In recent months, however, we have noticed that what has been donated versus what we are spending in candles is not in balance, and we are at a deficit this fiscal year of over $700.00 to date.  Please consider this a gentle reminder to use the donation boxes located at each candle station so that we may continue to supply candles for everyone.

At all masses this weekend, we have the sacramental of the blessing of throats. Traditionally, this blessing is celebrated on a Sunday close to February 3rd, the feast day of Saint Blaise of Sebaste.

God bless you,

Fr. Stan

February 2 Chimes

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