Father Tom

December 10th - Second Sunday Advent

December 10th – Second Sunday Advent

  My Dear St. Bernadette Family, One nice thing about our American way of doing this season is it is easy to see the choice we face. Do we give into materialism and greed or do we “repent” as John the Baptist demands? Do we prepare the way for gifts or do we prepare the … read on

December 2nd - First week of Advent

December 2nd – First week of Advent

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, “Be watchful! Be alert!” Jesus warns us because we do not know the day nor the hour. How very important as we begin Advent to heed these warnings. Not so much because of fear of the end of our life, but because of the danger of heading in the wrong … read on

November 26th - The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

November 26th – The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, It is really a shame that only once every three years do we have the marvelous gospel of this day. The “Last Judgement” of Matthew is, I believe a story from the heart of Jesus perhaps more than any other. It would be wonderful to spend some serious time with … read on

November 19th 2017

November 19th 2017

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Often, the first reading today is used for a funeral of a woman who has died. We celebrate that she was a good wife and mother, worked hard, was caring and kind. We ask she is rewarded for her labors. The truth is that such women are not seeking an … read on

November 12th 2017

November 12th 2017

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, As we near the end of our church year, we look at the end times and the end of life. Recently we celebrated All Saints and All Souls Days as a sort of introduction to this whole month’s theme. Today Paul tells us to be clear, not giving into grief, … read on

November 5th 2017

November 5th 2017

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, We have just celebrated the feasts of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. These are often a somber reminder of the brevity of life and the certainty of not only death, but of grief as those we love are transported to be among the saints in heaven. There is … read on

October 29th 2017

October 29th 2017

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, When Jesus silenced the Pharisees and Sadducees with the answer of the two great commandments of the Law, he certainly had in mind today’s first reading from the Book of Exodus. It is a challenging text that reminds us that we too were once foreigners, refugees, immigrants, powerless as the … read on

October 22nd 2017

October 22nd 2017

  My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Worship is an interesting word. To worship is to “show reverence and adoration to God.” Our readings today remind us that God is God and there is no other.  We are to “Give glory to God.” “God is awesome and beyond all.” We are to “worship the Lord in holy … read on

October 15th, 2017

October 15th, 2017

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Isaiah says “on this mountain the Lord of hosts will provide for all peoples.” Have you experienced this God providing the feast in your life? Paul says, “May God will supply your needs fully, in a way worthy of the magnificent riches found in Christ Jesus.” Is this your experience? … read on

October 8th 2017

October 8th 2017

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, We have been using the word “Stewardship” often in recent years. Speaking and celebrating about our stewardship of prayer, faith, time, talent, treasure, vocation and the earth. The use of this particular word to speak of our good care of God’s gifts has its foundation in today’s gospel reading, the … read on