Father Tom

June 25th 2017

June 25th 2017

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, “Those set firmly on the foundation of your love” As we return to Ordinary Time this week, the “Collect” (opening prayer of mass) closes with the above expression.  The gospel speaks of the love of God expressed by our value in God’s sight, more than the small sparrows and that … read on

June 18th, 2017

June 18th, 2017

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, There is a great difference between a symbol and the real thing.  Our flag is the symbol of our country, but the country itself is so much more: the people, the land, the history, the founding documents, the dream and mission.  A heart is a symbol of love, but love … read on

June 11th, Holy Trinity Sunday

June 11th, Holy Trinity Sunday

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Our faith in the Holy Trinity is a faith in a personal God. Paul closes today’s second reading with a blessing. “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all!” This blessing invites us into communion … read on

June 4th, 2017 - Pentecost

June 4th, 2017 – Pentecost

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, We have not one but two stories of Pentecost in our readings this Sunday. One occurs in that locked room when Jesus breathes upon the apostles and the other when they are gathered and the tongues of fire come down upon them giving them the ability to proclaim the gospel … read on

May 28th - Ascension of the Lord

May 28th – Ascension of the Lord

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, In the amazing parish prayer, we declare that we believe in the “Great Commission” given us by Christ.  I really thought more people would ask what this means.  I hope you all realize that the “Great Commission” is the sending forth to proclaim the gospel. Specifically, it is the words … read on

May 21st, 6th Sunday of Easter

May 21st, 6th Sunday of Easter

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Although Pentecost is still two weeks away, we begin anticipating the gift of the Holy Spirit that is given to the church and to each one of us. The first reading gives clear foundation for our celebration of Confirmation and why it is reserved for the bishop to administer. Our … read on

May 14th, 5th Sunday of Easter

May 14th, 5th Sunday of Easter

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, The biblical foundation of the ministry of a deacon is seen in today’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles. Scripture elsewhere shares the preaching of these men and their witness to the faith (even giving their lives). Today’s passage identifies the servant role of a deacon.  Indeed, the … read on

May 7th, Good Shepherd Sunday

May 7th, Good Shepherd Sunday

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Today has another name, “Good Shepherd Sunday,” the gospel in all three cycles uses the image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd.  This is a beautiful image of our God who watches over us, gently leading us, protecting us, gathering us and of course, loving us. Today’s gospel speaks of … read on

April 29th, 2017

April 29th, 2017

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, The gospel reading for today is one of the most beautiful and meaningful stories of the Resurrection in all of Scripture. The tapestry of the story includes a beautiful presentation on the Eucharist (including the Liturgy of the Word and of the Body of Christ). The first name of the … read on

Divine Mercy Sunday

Divine Mercy Sunday

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Mercy is the title of this Sunday. It is also the experience of the apostles and of the church.  It is also what we are sent to proclaim through our care for God’s people. The Second Sunday of Easter is also now called “Divine Mercy Sunday.” In declaring this new … read on