News and Information

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Mass will resume at St. Bernadette in a limited capacity on Monday, May 25th. If you wish to attend Mass:
1. Please contact the office by phone 303-233-1523 or email StBernparish@gmail.com.
2. Provide your name and how many in your household will be attending.
3. Mass offering will Monday-Friday at 8:00 am, Saturday at 4:00 pm or 6:00 pm, and Sunday at 8:00 am, 10:00 am am 12:00 pm. When you contact us, let us know which Mass(es) you CANNOT attend. We want to get as many people back to Mass as possible!
4. Provide us the best way to contact you so we can let you know which Mass to attend.
If you are not comfortable being out, please keep yourself safe and we will see you when you feel it is the right time.
Congratulations to St. Bernadette Reconciliation students.  They have completed their studies for this season and are off to see how the 10 Commandments, the Beatitudes and Jesus’ Commandments fit into their summer. God Bless our students and families. We are eternally grateful for our great teachers.
Who is meeting and when:
3rd/4th Grade Confirmation / 1st Communion Class to meet virtually on 5/31 @ 12:30 pm
Middle school / high school Confirmation Class to meet virtually on 5/24 at 10 am
RCIA to meet virtually 5/24 at 10 am
Vacation Bible School is in the planning stages for July 13-17. This year’s theme is The Mighty Fortress: “In Jesus, the Victory Is Won” 1 Cor 15:57. We will have visits from a few saints during the week.
Women’s Faith Group:
Wednesdays at 6pm via Zoom starting May 27. Fearless and Free is an eleven-lesson Bible study based on the book of Ephesians.
Hattie Pearl’s is a non-profit Christian organization that offers a safe place where the elderly, children and homeless may come to receive a hot meal, a warm smile and the compassion of Jesus. We also provide resources that will help them integrate back into the community. Donations of individual bags of chips are needed for the lunches provided to the homeless.  If you are able to donate, please drop off goods at the parish office.
For more information on Hattie Pearl, please click here.

The Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal is a lifeline for ministries and parishes during this time of COVID-19 crisis.  The Appeal funds nearly 40 ministries that help families who have lost jobs, reach out to the lonely and isolated, form holy priests and keep our Catholic school students learning remotely and growing their faith.

Watch Archbishop’s Aquila’s special message on the needs of our Church and how you can help.

Spring has sprung and flowers are blooming.  Our volunteer gardener/parishioner has already filled the planter behind the statue of St. Bernadette on 12th avenue with beautiful flowers. If you are able to make a monetary donation to offset the expense of this garden ministry, please send your donation to the office and indicate it is for the garden ministry. Thank you for your generosity.
My Dear St. Bernadette Family,
Often, our true colors emerge in time of crisis. What has this pandemic told you about yourself?  Can you see yourself in some of the people making the news each night?
We see several kinds of people, some of whom I can easily relate to and others who are beyond my understanding. I know of many who are anxious about the return to work, anxious about the threat of the virus. I know others anxious about the future due to uncertainty of financial stability and the ability to put food on the table and a roof over the head of their loved ones.
But, then, I see people ignoring the threat, behaving in irresponsible fashion and calling it freedom or “my right.” Since when does freedom mean I can do whatever I like despite the consequence to my neighbor? Don’t these people know they will inevitably catch Covid19 and bring it to their family and friends?

Surely, challenging times can bring out the best or the worst in us. Here is where faith plays a crucial roll. The setting of priorities, the living out of our communion, the virtues of care for the “least of my brothers and sisters” are strengths of the truly religious person. We, Christians, have the clear teachings and example if Christ to be our beacon of truth.

May you trust in the goodness of God and receive from Him the strength and wisdom needed in this hour!

With love,

Fr. Tom

Saturday, May 16, 2020

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The Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal is a lifeline for ministries and parishes during this time of COVID-19 crisis.  The Appeal funds nearly 40 ministries that help families who have lost jobs, reach out to the lonely and isolated, form holy priests and keep our Catholic school students learning remotely and growing their faith.

Watch Archbishop’s Aquila’s special message on the needs of our Church and how you can help.

My Dear St. Bernadette Family,
So this is the last Easter Sunday before we start the various “Feasts of the Lord” [Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity and Corpus Christi]. Jesus is saying farewell to his disciples and His instruction to them is basically to obey his commandments. He also promises the Holy Spirit whom we should be praying for in earnest for ourselves and the whole church.
The question I ask you is what are His commandments? Clearly, he would not identify the 10 Commandments as His. We could look at several lists of commandments he has given such as the Beatitudes or the Last Judgment parable and this would give us a good idea. We could also remember the two commandments of love God and love neighbor which He combined into one commandment declaring them inseparable.
I like the commandment to love one another as He has loved us. This is surely a great summary of all and the greatest challenge to follow. If we seek this standard of obedience to Jesus, we will pray with all the greater intensity for the help of the Holy Spirit.
With love,
Fr. Tom