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Our mission is to welcome others sincerely into our community - old and young, those from our community and those from afar. As we have been fed we reach out to feed others; in doing so, joyfully share our love of the Lord. To grow in our faith by sharing the Word of God through catechesis and education. To share our time, treasure and talents for the good of all. We are enriched by our diverse histories and traditions.
In the spirit of our patron, Saint Bernardine, who was so in touch with the needs of his time, we recognize our responsibility to nurture the growth of our parish, to unite as one community and to gather enthusiastically and respectfully in praise of our Lord Jesus Christ.
November 29,, 2020
Once again we begin the season of Advent, this time of preparation for Christ’s coming into the world on Christmas morning. But this is not the only arrival of Christ for which we can prepare. He comes into our hearts at any time in any way. He comes to us in the Eucharist. We hope to be welcomed into his arms when we leave this world. Finally, he will come again at the end of time. As we gather in his name today, let us contemplate how we can prepare to receive Christ even when we least expect him.
The St. Bernardine and St. Luke teams met virtually on Tuesday, November 17th and will meet again on December 1st. At the December 1st meeting, we will be discussing our parishes’ strengths and opportunities. In January, we will present a scenario to Bishop Manz that will encompass how our parishes would like to proceed in this process. Once our scenario is reviewed by Bishop Manz, it will be sent to the Renew My Church commission who will then move it on to the Presbyteral Council for consideration. The Presbyteral Council will review it and then send it on to Cardinal Cupich, who will make a final determination. Our writing team will consist of members from both parishes, Deb Michalak and Julia Doloszycki from St. Bernardine and Julie Bauer and Andrew DiMarco from St. Luke. This team will meet separately while they prepare our scenario.
As we prepare our hearts for Christmas we do acts of goodness toward our brothers and sisters, especially those less fortunate. This year, St. Bernardine Parish will support our St. Vincent de Paul food pantry. The pantry needs include:
¨ Canned vegetables (corn, mixed, green or
yellow beans, peas, beets, tomatoes, etc.)
NO black, garbanzo, pinto beans or
lentils or dry peas needed at this time
¨ Tomato and pasta sauce
¨ Canned fruits in juice (pears, peaches, fruit cocktail, applesauce, cranberry sauce)
¨ Assorted hearty soups
¨ Canned dinner type meals—beef stew,
ravioli, spaghetti, spam, tuna, chicken,
salmon, pork and beans, canned ham, chili, sausage
¨ Packaged noodles to make meals – tuna
helper, macaroni and cheese, ramen, etc.
¨ Peanut butter (small plastic jars)
¨ Jelly-grape and strawberry
¨ Individually wrapped snacks– granola/health bars, crackers, pretzels, chips
¨ Paper towels
¨ Small box or individual tissue packets
¨ Hand sanitizer (small size) or packets of
Food can be dropped off in the VDP box in the church vestibule before masses.
Traditionally, we order an Advent and Christmas Seasons Booklet titled “The Little Blue Book.” It invites us to offer 6 minutes a day to reflect on the Scripture in Advent and Christmas seasons. It is a pretty “easy to do” challenge. Let’s take a chance. Please feel free to take one booklet per family.
The Archdiocese has invited us to a virtual Advent evening of reflection, on Thursday, December 3rd. Please check out the flyer on page 8 of today’s bulletin or on our website.
The Advent wreath has been blessed, and we have started the journey towards Christmas. May God bless all of us in this holy season.
Renew My Church
Our next team meeting is scheduled for December 1 at 7:00 PM. Please continue to follow the updates in the Chimes and on web page "Renew My Church".
God bless you,
Please see the "Chimes" tab for past letters from the pastor.
First Communion has been re-scheduled from last May to October 25, 2020 at the 10:30 Family Mass. Ann Stauffer will be contacting each family.