Father Tom

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

October 1st 2017

October 1st 2017

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, The words of the scriptures this weekend are encouraging. You can change! We are not prisoners of our past. God’s grace is always sufficient to our needs. God’s forgiveness is assured and comes immediately with our change of heart. One of Matthew Kelly’s illustrations is that we should not be … read on

September 24th 2017

September 24th 2017

  My Dear St. Bernadette Family, “My thoughts are not your thoughts” the Lord tells us through the Prophet Isaiah in our first reading today. Then Jesus proves the point in the parable of the gospel reading. This places an added emphasis to our recently completed Stewardship of Faith season in which we acknowledged our … read on

September 17th 2017

September 17th 2017

  My Dear St. Bernadette Family, In reading the first reading for this weekend from the book of Sirach, I am reminded of all the wisdom that is found in the church, from the scriptures to the church documents, from the homilies to the Encyclicals, from the classroom to our fellow pilgrims. There is so … read on

September 9th 2017

September 9th 2017

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, Through the words of the prophet Ezekiel, we are reminded today that we are indeed responsible for our brothers and sisters.  We have a moral obligation to speak out against injustice and to uphold the needs of the poor, the widow and orphan. In Romans, Paul proclaims that the law … read on

Sept 3rd, 2017

Sept 3rd, 2017

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, It has been a long time since we have had any substantial rain. As I write this, there is no rain in the forecast. We live in a desert. So the image of the “earth parched, lifeless and without water” is one we can easily relate to.  Similar images are … read on

August 27th 2017

August 27th 2017

  My Dear St. Bernadette Family, The question and answer by Peter in today’s gospel is found at the heart of each of the four gospel stories. Peter’s profession of faith in Jesus as “the Christ, the Son of the living God” is central to the message. Of course, we know that while Peter got … read on

August 20th 2017

August 20th 2017

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, At first, Jesus’ attitude toward the Canaanite woman seems harsh and we wonder why? After reading the story carefully, we can see him testing her faith. Is it for real or is she simply looking for a magic act of healing for her daughter. Her love is sincere and her … read on

August 13th, 2017

August 13th, 2017

My Dear St. Bernadette Family, This week’s gospel story is one of my favorite accounts of Jesus walking on the water.  Matthew adds the sub-story of Peter trying to walk on the water.  I love to image what Peter is thinking as he steps out of the boat, as he feels the water lapping onto … read on