Father Tom

Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday

  My Dear St. Bernadette Family, This is the second time we have seen this gospel reading in the Easter Season. Actually, it is a sort of bookend reading. The first was on the Second Sunday of Easter when we focused on the Resurrection of Jesus. Today, as we close the Easter Season we look … read on

Ascension of the Lord

Ascension of the Lord

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, In Mark’s gospel this weekend, we have what is called “The Great Commission.” Jesus sending the apostles, the church, to proclaim the gospel to every creature. This was what they did then and what we are called to do today. As you know, we proclaim the gospel in many ways. … read on

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Sixth Sunday of Easter

  My Dear St. Bernadette Family, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy might be complete.” We all want this. But, did we see how we are to receive this joy? “Love one another.” That is the command that is the plan. Love one another as … read on

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Fifth Sunday of Easter

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, The image of the vine and the vine grower is really a powerful teaching on the unity of the church. We are one! The same veins carry the same nutrition and life throughout the whole. To be cut off is to die, but to remain in Him is to live, … read on

Good Shepherd Sunday

Good Shepherd Sunday

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, “I am the good shepherd” Jesus tells us today. This is “Good Shepherd Sunday.” Every year on the Fourth Sunday of Easter we encounter the good shepherd. This tells us a lot about Jesus, but it also tells us a lot about ourselves. Yes, we are His sheep, but more … read on

3rd Sunday of Easter

3rd Sunday of Easter

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, “You are witnesses of these things.” This is Jesus’ instruction to the apostles at his first appearance in Luke’s gospel. Before the teaching, before the preaching, before all else, they are witnesses. One of the communication helps I learned a while ago was the difference between a “you” statement and … read on

Divine Mercy Sunday

Divine Mercy Sunday

  My Dear St. Bernadette Family, “Peace be with you.” These are the first words Jesus speaks to the apostles when He appears after the Resurrection. They are so important that He repeats them two more times. Don’t we all want peace? Peace in our lives, peace in our world, less anxiety, busyness and stress. … read on

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, In the stores, Easter eggs, lilies and baskets have been being sold since the beginning of March. Many people will come to church to celebrate Easter Sunday and plan a brunch and an Easter Egg Hunt. The children will all be dressed up in their best clothing. Easter is truly … read on

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, We have been looking at images of the Paschal Mystery these past weeks: The destruction of the Temple, the Crucifix and the seed that dies to bear fruit. Today we look at the real thing, the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. In the first reading (one of my favorite … read on

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Fifth Sunday of Lent

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, The gospel for this weekend begins when some people ask Philip, “Sir, we would like to see Jesus.” This continues our Lenten journey to see / listen to Jesus and so it is our prayer too. The passage continues with Jesus image of a grain of wheat that must die … read on