Father Tom

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, It is easy to justify inaction. We have a million excuses to not do something. Further, we will only act reluctantly if we are simply following a command to act. This is what makes today’s gospel so important. The “Good Samaritan” acted and he was motivated by his heart. He … read on

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Let the peace of Christ control your hearts; let the word of Christ dwell in you richly” These words are from our Gospel Acclamation.  Too often we are busy while it is being sung.  We are standing, adjusting our book, looking around the church or daydreaming.  The words of our Gospel Acclamation often point us … read on

13th Sunday of Ordinary time

13th Sunday of Ordinary time

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Some doors are good to keep open while other doors should be shut tight. An evening breeze feels good in the house after a hot day. A winter day on the other hand deserves a tightly closed door to keep the cold out. We see a door Jesus insists is … read on

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, God feeds us in our hunger. God is the food for which we hunger. Jesus is the “Bread of Life.” We call the moment we receive the Body and the Blood of Christ our communion. The word communion does not refer to food nor eating nor satisfying hunger. Rather is … read on

The Most Holy Trinity

The Most Holy Trinity

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity is this weekend. One of the “Feasts of the Lord” through which we transition from Easter to Ordinary Time. It is tempting to try to explain the Trinity, but who can explain a mystery. Rather, it seems to me the belief in the … read on

Pentecost

Pentecost

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, So, when we pray for the Holy Spirit as we do today, what are we asking? What do we seek as a gift from the Holy Spirit? Why do we celebrate Pentecost as one of the greatest feasts of our church calendar? The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are: wisdom, … read on

Ascension of our Lord

Ascension of our Lord

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, “You are witnesses of these things” Jesus told his apostles immediately before ascending to heaven.  Are you clear on what you are sent to witness, the gospel you are called to live and proclaim? “These things Jesus lists are: Christ would suffer, Christ would rise from the dead, repentance would … read on

6th Sunday of Easter

6th Sunday of Easter

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Not as the world gives do I give peace to you. Can we see clearly the difference between the world’s version of peace and Christ’s?  The world looks upon peace either as a warm feeling that we are safe or an enforced truce in which there is little violence even … read on

5th Sunday of Easter

5th Sunday of Easter

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Easter is a celebration of life! Always celebrated in the Spring, there are signs all around us of the earth returning to the green growth of summer. We have been doing our Lenten prayer and good works, giving ourselves new growth in our relationship with God and neighbor. And, this … read on

4th Sunday of Easter

4th Sunday of Easter

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Our very brief gospel reading on this “Good Shepherd” Sunday. Its focus is on our knowing the voice of the Good Shepherd and following. During Lent we focused on hearing that voice. There are so many voices speaking to us these days. With social media and mass media we are … read on