From the Pastor, Oct 11

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Dear Parishioners,

This past week the priests of the Cleveland Diocese attended a workshop on preaching.  The priesthood is a calling from God, but like all professions there is room for improvement and/or updating.  Preaching God’s word is a mystery – a mixture of a human being’s experience and the working of the Holy Spirit for the good of others.

Monday evening the Pastoral Council will gather for its monthly meeting.

Thursday mornings a few volunteers come to the social hall kitchen to make bologna sandwiches for the poor, underemployed and some homeless persons.  We can work out a convenient time, if your group or organization would like to help.   This would be an ideal class project for a high school, confirmation class, alumni group.  Just call the parish office for more information.

Persecution of Christians abroad as well as here in the U.S. is on the rise.  In 1571, a naval battle occurred in Lepanto, Italy between a small ragtag naval fleet of Catholics and a mighty Turkish navy.  The pope called on Catholics to pray the Rosary and on October 7th the small fleet prevented an Islamic invasion of Europe.

Pope St. Pius V made the day a feast in Italy honoring Our Lady of Victory but in the early 1700s the name was changed to Our Lady of the Rosary and celebrated by the universal Church.  In recent times, St. Padre Pio would state that the weapon against evil is the rosary.

When confronted by pure evil, persecution, and hatred the intercession and protection of the Blessed Mother is a powerful weapon even today.

Under the patronage of St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) our parish church here was consecrated to God on Oct. 15, 1905.  Here’s what St. Bernard said about the powerful intercession of St. Mary:  “O you, whoever you are, who feel that in the tidal wave of this world you are nearer to being tossed about among the squalls and gales than treading dry land.  In dangers, in hardships…think of Mary, call out to Mary.  With her protecting you, you will not be afraid.  With her leading you, you will never tire.  Her kindness will see you through to the end.”(Praises of the BVM, ca. 1125)

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!

Peace to you and your household, Fr. Dan

 

Three Important Changes

Dear Parishioners,

This weekend there are three (3) important changes that go into effect. You already know about the new Schedule for weekend and daily Masses. A constant reference is the updated sign board on the front corner of the church building.

Confessions – 3:30-4:30 Saturdays
5:00-5:45 Sundays
Weekend – 5pm Vigil
9:30, 11:30am and 6:00, 8:00pm
Daily – 12:10pm
5:10pm Mon.-Wed.
7:00am Thursdays
Fridays – TBA at the school

Also this weekend we begin distribution of Communion under both forms of consecrated bread and wine at all the Masses. Please note the position of the Communion Stations and where you will be directed to receive. Hopefully, it will simplify our procession and keep to a “careful and reverent” reception of the Eucharist.People in the pews along the Walls of the church process all the way down the wall aisles and receive Communion at the Stations by the side doors and return to their pews up a Statue Aisle with the arrow.  (see the Diagram posted with the story on the website)

People in the middle pews enter the middle aisle and process down to a Communion Station and return to their pews up the same Statue Aisle indicated with an arrow.

Finally, the third change this weekend is that our meal program to the homeless will be open now Monday through Friday only, and other organizations located elsewhere will provide service to the homeless. We will still have our hot meals five times a month and our weekly Thursday distribution of food goods to families.

Thank you for your attention and cooperation with these three changes. We hope they enable us to serve you better here at the parish.

Remember that next weekend for the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, the rosary will be recited together in church a half hour before every Mass.

St. Bernard and St. Mary pray for us to our Lord.

God bless you all, Fr. Dan

The Traditioning of St. Bernard Parish

27 June 2010 – The Traditioning of St. Bernard Parish In the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians we read “I handed on to you first of all what I myself received…” Handing on life and faith is at the heart of our religion. God hands over life to creation. In our redemption the Father hands over His Son to us. Together the Father and the Son hand over the Spirit to us. Jesus hands over Himself to the Church and in the Eucharist. Continue reading