Pastor’s Desk: May 24 The Ascension of the Lord

Dear Parishioners,

Today we recall Christ’s ascension to his father in heaven. Before he left, he promised his disciples that he would be with them always. Indeed, the Lord is with us when we gather in his name, as we listen to the word of God, and as the bread and wine are consecrated. Let us celebrate the assurance that Christ is with us always, now and until the end of time.

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

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 has been 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.

St. Bernardine Church is following all instructions from the Archdiocese and when the certification process is complete, we will be ready to implement phase I.

Tomorrow, on Memorial Day we will remember in prayer and honor persons who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. A streamed mass will be celebrated in the church at 10:00 a.m. Feel free to watch and pray.

God bless you,

Fr. Stan

May 24 Chimes