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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

3rd Sunday of Easter

3rd Sunday of Easter

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, If you were to reflect on which passage in all the resurrection stories were the most moving, today’s gospel would certainly be high on the list. Jesus’ tender reaching out and ministering to Peter help not only his healing, but ours as well. This continues to be a reflection on … read on

2nd Sunday of Easter

2nd Sunday of Easter

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Today has two titles, “Second Sunday of Easter” and “Divine Mercy Sunday.” Both help us to see how the effects of the Paschal Mystery continue far beyond Easter Sunday. In our church we need seven weeks of Easter to just lay the foundation of a life which celebrates Easter. Divine … read on

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday

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

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Again we have two gospels today, but both are proper for this day called “Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion.” We have the gospel story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and we have Luke’s account of the “Passion.” The first is a story of cheering, palm waving and shouts of … read on

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Fifth Sunday of Lent

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, “The Woman Caught in Adultery” and “The Raising of Lazarus” are the two gospels we encounter this weekend.  Both stories have many possible lessons for us.  Perhaps, because they are so rich, we need to focus on one of them.  You choose!  Which do you think will have the greater … read on

Fourth Sunday Of Lent

Fourth Sunday Of Lent

Again, this week, we have two gospels. The “A” Cycle reading is the “Man Born Blind” from John’s gospel and the “C” reading is the marvelous story of the “Prodigal Son.” Both stories have surprises, deep emotions, healing and reconciliations. In the story of the man with two sons, which of these children are you … read on

3rd Sunday in Lent

3rd Sunday in Lent

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, As you know, we are following the “C” Cycle of readings this year. Most of these come from the gospel of St. Luke. In Lent, we sometimes have exceptions where we switch back to the “A” Cycle of readings because they speak more directly to the conversion process of those … read on

Second Sunday of Lent

Second Sunday of Lent

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, The Transfiguration is the story we ponder on the Second Sunday of Lent each year. Jesus reveals himself, his relationship with the Father and with the law (Moses) and the prophets (Elijah) to the three privileged disciples. Today we have the opportunity to join them on that mountain and experience … read on