With each passing season, we reflect on the changes around us and of the things to be done in preparing for the new season. As we take time to make these changes, let us also take time to reflect and give thanks for the many blessings in our lives, our families, our faith community and the material comforts we all enjoy. Let us also remember that all we have are gifts from above.
As each of us thinks about God’s generosity and grace, the list of our thanksgivings gets longer. In giving thanks for our faith community, we recognize that as a congregation our Vision: “St. Bernadette Parish aspires to be a community where all who enter will experience, through the gospel of mercy, the vibrant loving embrace of the Good Shepherd” is being realized at St. Bernadette every day.
This can be seen in the new faces in our midst, genuineness about personal spiritual growth, opportunities to learn and deepen our faith—through Family Catechetics, Bible Study, small faith and prayer groups, to name a few. Our life continues to be enriched by the youth of our parish who bring to us their own gifts and spiritual wisdom. We continue to reach out to our community and we find new energies to consider other possibilities for service and witness.
One of the ways we live thankfully is to return a portion of the material gifts God has entrusted to our care to him for the ministry and witness of his church. We invite you to reflect on what your gratitude might move you to share from the material things you hold in trust for the Creator of all. Thank you for your generosity and prayerful consideration.
Lord Jesus Christ, it was Your life that inspired many, it was Your sacrifice that built the Church. It is with humble spirit that we offer prayers of gratitude for the sacrifices and hard work of previous generations who made our parish what it is today. May we be as generous as we look to our future.