Pastor’s Desk: February 23 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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