If our God were a vengeful God, who would survive? We are sinful creatures, struggling to do good in God’s eyes, but often coming up short. Even now, during this penitential season, we need to seek God’s mercy. Fortunately, our God is a merciful God, who is always ready to forgive us. As we celebrate with each other today, let us thank God for his overflowing mercy and consider those whom we ourselves need to forgive.
This Friday we will continue to gather in the Church for the Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m. On Good Friday the Stations of the Cross will be at 3:00 p.m. Please find the time and join me in this beautiful devotion.
Next Sunday we will celebrate Palm Sunday. Palms will be blessed at all Masses next weekend. We will contemplate the Passion of the Lord listening to Luke’s Gospel.
Those of you who participate in the Operation Rice Bowl, please bring your bowls to the Church on Palm Sunday or later in the Holy Week. Special baskets will be provided to collect rice bowls.
The much-anticipated renovation has begun in Fearon Hall! The renovation will include a new ceiling, lighting, windows, and floor, as well as updating the bathrooms and the hallways leading to and from the cafeteria. Approximately one-third of the cost to complete this project will come from our To Teach Who Christ Is campaign savings, with the balance coming from parish savings. After considering bids from three contractors, our Finance Committee and Fearon Hall Project Committee selected McShane-Hibbitts to complete this project. Kevin Hibbitts of McShane Hibbitts has been a parishioner at St. Bernardine for over 25 years. Using McShane-Hibbitts will save the parish nearly $150,000.00, and we are sure that he will do a great job! We anticipate the renovation of the Hall will be completed by the end of June.
Again this year we will have a bus trip to visit seven churches on Holy Thursday, after Mass. There is a sign-up sheet in the vestibule. If you are interested, please sign up as soon as possible, as the bus can only accommodate 32 people. As seating is limited, we are asking for phone numbers, in addition to names and will be calling during Holy Week to ensure your presence. This year’s itinerary is Our Lady, Mother of the Church in Chicago, Divine Savior in Norridge, St. Priscilla in Chicago, St. Francis Borgia in Chicago, St. Celestine in Elmwood Park, St. William in Chicago and St. John Bosco, Chicago.
As we approach Holy Week let us ask God for abundant blessings for ourselves, our family members and our St. Bernardine parishioners, especially for our sick parishioners who in a very special way are taking part in Jesus’ sufferings.