Pastor’s Desk May 17 6th Sunday of Easter

Dear Parishioners,

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

Fr. Stanislaw Kuca

At this time of the year, when flowers are blooming, daylight is lengthening, and nature is full of life, it feels as though God’s creation has been reborn. During the Easter season, we recall that we ourselves have been reborn in baptism. Today’s Gospel reminds us that Jesus dwells within us. Not only that, but the Holy Spirit is also with us, too. Therefore, when we look around, we can see the full flowering of the divine in ourselves, in each other, and in the whole world. Truly, let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

The St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Bernardine is willing to provide temporary assistance to any parishioner who is of work due to the Coronavirus.

Please send an e-mail to, text, or leave a message at 708-616-7228 and provide your name, address, phone number, e-mail, address, and the number of persons in your home. A member from St. Vincent’s will contact you.

We live in a time when online communication is more necessary than ever.  Unfortunately, our current parish website is outdated. We are working on creating a new St. Bernardine website, which we hope will work better to provide information people may need. We are also looking to update our Parish records.

Recently we sent to all our parishioners a letter from the parish office asking to share some basic information, which will allow us to reach out to you through phone or mail. Please fill out a form included and send it back to the rectory.

Last Wednesday the Archdiocese of Chicago released information about a plan for reopening churches and resuming public participation in the sacramental life of the Church.  Each parish is asked to recruit non-vulnerable volunteers who will be trained to obtain a certificate of readiness to reopen the church. This process will take place in several phases.

Phase I allows parishes to reopen for baptism, reconciliation, weddings, and funerals with a limit of 10 attendees.

Phase IA allows for pirate prayer and adoration with a limit of 10 parishioners.

Phase II allows for reopening for weekly and weekend Masses for larger groups depending on the guidelines from the state and the capacity of the church building.

Non-vulnerable volunteers ready to be trained are asked to call the rectory.

On May 21st we celebrate a memorial of St. Bernardine of Sienna the patron of our parish. For the first time, we will not be able to celebrate Mass and gather together in our traditional “St. Bernardine Day” meal. Let us pray to our patron to keep us safe in this special time of reopening of churches. With God’s blessing, we will soon be able to worship together again and celebrate our faith and our friendship.


God bless you,

Fr. Stan

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