Pastor’s Desk: January 19, 2014

John the Baptist saw Jesus coming towards him and said, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” My dear parishioners, After Christmas Season we have entered into Ordinary Season of the year. This will go on for about six weeks until we go into Lenten Season. During the Ordinary […]

Pastor’s Desk: December 29, 2014

Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph My dear parishioners, Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family of Nazareth consisted of Joseph, Mary and Jesus. The last Sunday of the year is set aside to remember the Holy Family so that we may model our families after the example of the family of Nazareth. One could raise a […]

Pastor’s Desk: December 22, 2014

Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.” My dear parishioners, As we get closer to Christmas, the events that immediately precede His birth are given to us in the gospel reading. Again, this gospel passage is the fulfillment of the prophecy […]

Shopping Certificate News

St. Bernardine Church has decided to keep the Shopping Certificate Order Form as a parish fundraising venue. This was formerly a school fundraising venture, and a great way to fundraise as there is no cost to the church or the consumer. It works this way: Companies such as Jewel, WalMart, Meijer, Tony’s Finer Foods, Ultra Foods, […]

Pastor’s Desk: November 10, 2013

My dear parishioners, Today’s reading from the gospel of Luke has the only mention of the Sadducees in this gospel. They were the wealthy aristocracy. In religious matters they accepted only the first five books of the Old Testament, rejected the oral tradition of the Pharisees and did not believe in the angels or the […]

Pastor’s Desk: November 3, 2013

My dear parishioners, Today’s Gospel (Luke 19:1-10) begins with a reminder of Jesus’ continuing journey to Jerusalem: “Jesus came to Jericho” (19:1). There Zacchaeus, a “chief tax col- lector and also a wealthy man” (19:2) was willing to climb a sycamore tree to see Jesus. Neither his position as an official nor his riches kept […]

Pastor’s Desk: October 13, 2013

My dear parishioners, Today’s scripture readings (2 Kings 5: 14-17 & Luke 17: 11-19) highlight the sufferings and hardships of lepers, but also the cure of two of them, Naaman the Syrian and the unnamed Samaritan. Both men are non-Jews, a lesson to the reader that God’s favor is not only for Jews but His […]

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