Pastor’s Desk: February 16 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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