From Fr. Dan


Dear Parishioners and Friends,

“Since the beginning of Lent until now we have prepared our hearts by penance and charitable works. Today we gather together to herald with the whole Church the beginning of the celebration of our Lord’s Paschal Mystery, that is to say, of his Passion and Resurrection. For it was to accomplish this mystery that he entered his own city of Jerusalem. Therefore, with all faith and devotion, let us commemorate the Lord’s entry into the city for our salvation, following in his footsteps, so that, being made by his grace partakers of the Cross, we may have a share also in his Resurrection and in his life.” (From the Roman Missal for Palm Sunday)

I couldn’t have said it better myself. Please note the schedule of services for this Holy Week offered here for parishioners, downtown workers, University students and faculty, and our neighbors. All are welcome. You may want to invite someone or check the schedule of a parish near you.

View on our website the 2014 Holy Week service led by our Holy Father Francis.

Thanks to those who donated for Easter flowers, and to those coming to help set up on Saturday. May you have a holy Week – Fr. Dan


From the Pastor, March 22


Dear Parishioners,

Lent is a time of prayer, reflection, and acts of penance. Only our Lord is free of sin, and so we together humbly confess our sins and see the hope of new life. May this be a time of renewal for everyone in the Church and especially here in our parish.

Our first of three Retreat presentations will be offered in our social hall this Tuesday at 6:30pm. There is no charge. Please register prior to the presentation beginning at 6:00pm.

If you get a chance to see the movie “Son of God” (now showing in local theaters), I believe you will find it an inspiring presentation on the life of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our bishop, as well as many Catholic leaders, has written encouraging Catholics to see it. You may find it a rewarding and renewing Lenten activity for yourself, with family (PG-13), or with friends.

After the Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday at 3:00pm, our Spanish-speaking will lead the Way of the Cross in a procession through the downtown area. All are welcome to participate.

Please mark your calendars for a Parish-wide Dinner on Saturday, May 17, at 5:30pm – come one and all – entertainment, food, & fun!

Also, please mark your calendar for Sunday, June 8. It is Fr. Norm’s Ordination Anniversary – 40 Years of Service. Mass and Reception will be held that morning – hold the date – details will come closer to the day.

See you at the Retreat on Tuesday – Bring a friend – Starts promptly at 6:30pm.


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