In Luke’s account of the Transfiguration, which we hear in today’s Gospel, a voice from the heaven calls out, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” At that Peter, John, and James fall silent, enabling them to listen to the Lord. Let us take this opportunity during our Lenten Journey to listen to Jesus and reflect on what he is saying to us.
Here at St. Bernardine Parish, we have many events which 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. Sunday, March 24, we will begin our Parish Mission. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we will meet in the church at 7:00 p.m. Fr. James Hurlbert, pastor of Ascension Parish in Oak Park, will lead us through these days. Here is Fr. Hurlbert’s profile: Rev. James Hurlbert grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and Chicago. He was ordained in 1990 and has been pastor of Ascension Parish in Oak Park since July of 2015 and Dean of the fourteen surrounding parishes since March 2017. Early assignments were as associate pastor at St. Pascal in Chicago and St. Anne in Barrington. He served as a chaplain at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (a home for orphans and at-risk children) in Guatemala from 2013 – 2015; before that, he was the pastor for thirteen years at Saint Alphonsus, a parish composed primarily of young adults, in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. His book, New Stars for Navigation, is available from amazon.com.
On Tuesday, March 26 there will be a chance to experience God’s mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation as a part of the mission service. Parishioners from St. Luke, River Forest, and Ascension, Oak Park are invited as well. It will give us an opportunity to pray and reflect our lives together.
The Year-to-Date Financial Report (July 1, 2018, through February 28, 2019) is in this week’s Bulletin. Please take time to look it over. I am happy to report that our parish is doing quite well. Our Sunday collections are near budget, which allows us to make necessary repairs to our parish buildings and facilities. Of note is a $16,500.00 repair to our boiler and $12,000.00 cost to upgrade the electric in the parish hall and cafeteria. You will also notice a substantial bequest made to the parish this year. If you have any questions regarding this report, please feel free to call the rectory office.
Work on the rectory roof was completed this week. Rotted wood was detected in four locations near the north and southwest gables and needed to be replaced. Our roofing company, Mortenson, will also be replacing the copper gutter that was stolen from the church. The total cost of these repairs is $5,970.00.
Last weekend a second collection was taken for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. We collected $1,052.33. Thank you for your generosity.
Our RCIA members Jessie Babcock and Sarah Brooker were officially recognized as candidates to the full communion with the Catholic Church. This ceremony took place in Holy Name Cathedral last Sunday. Congratulations Sarah and Jessie!
May God bless us in this holy time as we approach our Lenten Mission.