Father Tom

24th Sunday

24th Sunday

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, It is not by accident that Mark shares today’s story of the confession of Peter immediately following last week’s gospel story of the healing of the deaf man. We need to hear the word of God and respond in faith, Peter is showing today that, although he doesn’t fully comprehend … read on

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, When the people in today’s gospel brought a deaf man to Jesus they begged Jesus to “lay his hand on him.” Jesus then, we are told, touched him by first putting his finger into the man’s ear and then touched his tongue. It is rare that Jesus uses only words … read on

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, “For what great nation is there that has gods so close to it as the Lord, our God, is to us?” This quote from our first reading this Sunday, the book of Deuteronomy, gives us a great lesson on evangelization. Moses is telling that “other” people will look at Israel … read on

21st Sunday of Ordinary Time

21st Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Saint Augustine is the one who was most clear about Communion. He instructs us, when the priest is holding up the bread and chalice, now the Body and Blood of Christ, to “see who you are and become what you eat.” Pope Francis said: “Each time we receive Communion, we … read on

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

  My Dear St. Bernadette Family, This week we will spend some time looking at the Liturgy of the Eucharist, focusing on the time between the “Preparation of the Altar” to the “Great Amen.” We will look at how we make this prayer our prayer through our participation, singing, listening, praying, and in our silence. … read on

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, When Jesus tells us today that he is “living bread for Eternal Life” he invites us to be fed, instructed and strengthened by our communion with him in the Eucharist. Today, as we continue our series on the Mass, we will be looking at the “Liturgy of the Word.” “Word” … read on

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, You may recall that last week we had the story of the “Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fishes” for the gospel. This was from the Gospel of John. We will follow-up with John’s gospel for the next four weeks in what is called “The Bread of Life Discourse.” Jesus … read on

17th Sunday of Ordinary Time

17th Sunday of Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Other than the Passion story and the Conversion of Paul, this story is related the most often in Scripture. The “Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish” is a miracle story filled with meaning about caring for others, Eucharist and the love and mercy of God. One proposed explanation of what … read on

16th Sunday of Ordinary Time

16th Sunday of Ordinary Time

  My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Jesus tells his disciples and us to “come away by yourselves and rest a while.” While we see him try to get away, we soon see that he is not able to do so, at least not at this time. As Ecclesiastes says, “there is a time for everything” … read on

Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

  My Dear St. Bernadette Family, I like that Jesus sent the apostles out two by two. They were to have a companion as they went to proclaim the gospel. I imagine this was a very uncomfortable learning experience for men who were used to fishing or following Jesus. Now they were to go forth … read on