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Wedding at Cana

Wedding at Cana

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Although this is the year we follow Luke’s gospel almost every Sunday, today we read from John. The church starts our “ordinary time” with the wedding at Cana. It is always helpful to ask why? What is there about this story that helps us get the year started on the … read on

The Baptism of the Lord

The Baptism of the Lord

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Jesus’ baptism seems to have been a major turning point in his life. He moved from carpenter to Messiah. Luke tells us that Jesus heard a voice from heaven declaring that he is “my beloved Son.” This affirmation was the strength he needed to accomplish his mission on earth. We … read on

Epiphany of The Lord

Epiphany of The Lord

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, We have made amazing advances in lighting. Not long ago, the light bulb was invented, now with LEDs, CFLs and Halogen bulbs, lighting is more clear, less costly and we can even change the color with an app. The light of Christ is constant and much brighter. The cost is … read on

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, This is certainly a family time of year. Many of us have gathered with our family to celebrate the holidays. Some have traveled a long way, fighting crowds and weather to join together. Family is so very important. There is no one quite the same as a family member, whether … read on

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

St. Bernadette Parish would like to wish you, and yours a very Merry Christmas! From Today’s Reading: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. … read on

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Fourth Sunday of Advent

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, “Let the Lord enter” is our Responsorial Acclamation today. God comes, knocks at our door, wishes to enter our world, our lives and our hearts. Although at Christmas we celebrate that God has already entered our world, there is still the question of whether we will allow God to enter … read on

Third Sunday of Advent

Third Sunday of Advent

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Sometimes we become very negative and depressed, looking at all that is wrong with the world, our country, our church, our family and our life. We see the problems, the failures, the darkness. In this time of year, when days are still getting darker and it is cold outside, it … read on

2nd Sunday of Advent

2nd Sunday of Advent

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, On the Second Sunday of Advent we always hear John the Baptist calling us to repent. Clearly, if we are to journey to God or prepare for Christ’s coming, we must make some changes. Repentance is that awareness of the need to make some changes and the desire to do … read on

First Sunday of Advent

First Sunday of Advent

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Advent is a season rich with symbols. We see many in our readings for this First Sunday of Advent. One that strikes me is the image of climbing the mountain of the Lord.  In both Old and New Testaments, the mountain top is the meeting place with God.  From Abraham … read on

Christ the King

Christ the King

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, “Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” This is Jesus’ answer to Pilate when asked if he is a king. As we pray for the kingdom of God to come on earth as it is in heaven, we must acknowledge that despite our prayers and efforts, the … read on