St. Bernadine is offering Masses each weekend for a limited number of worshipers. Pre-registration is requested by using SignUpGenius or contacting the parish office at (1-708-366-0839).
Make your reservation online through the link above or through Sign-Up Genius. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be added to the email distribution list for the weekly enrollment on SignUpGenius. You can click on the SignUpGenius link, then look for "search by creator's email". The email to enter is email@example.com. This will open up the Mass schedule for the upcoming weekend. Sign up and your name will be added to the list for the weekend mass (if you have signed up by 12:00 pm the Friday before the mass). Everyone that attends mass is required to sign up or sign in before mass starts, so that we have your contact information if that becomes necessary. Walk Ins are welcome as space allows.
Please see the Mass Schedule tab for information on attending Mass in person.
If you are not comfortable with attending mass in the church at this time, you can view the mass using our YouTube link. This link is always available for when you would like to pray or attend mass. Click here St. Bernardine Church to visit our church or attend a mass.
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.
2021 LENTEN & EASTER SCHEDULE
Ash Wednesday, February 17
Masses with distribution of ashes at 6:30 a.m.,
12 noon & 7:00 p.m.
Stations of the Cross
Fridays at 7:00 p.m.
Palm Sunday, March 28
Saturday, Mass at 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, Masses at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Weekdays: March 29, 30, 31
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
Mass at 6:30 a.m.
Holy Thursday, April 1
Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday, April 2
Stations of the Cross at 3:00 p.m.
Confessions 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion at 7:00 p.m.
Holy Saturday, April 3
Easter Vigil at 8:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday, April 4
Masses at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
We are an Easter people. Whatever our circumstances may be, or the circumstances of the world, we gather together in joy because our Lord truly rose from the dead, conquering death and bringing the promise of eternal life. On Easter Sunday, we renewed our baptismal promises, affirmed our faith, renounced sin and evil, and promised to follow Christ in the newness of life. Let us live our lives in the joy of the resurrection and spread that joy to all we meet.
As our Religious Education Program ends this year, we pray for our second graders who will receive their First Communion on May 2nd. I want to congratulate our eighth graders, Anisha Athmanathan and Zayvion Rubio who will receive the sacrament of Confirmation.
An update on the Renew My Church process: We have begun the “Transitions and Accompaniment” phase in the RMC process. “Supporting parishes through a difficult transition in a way that respects and values the past while instilling a spirit of hopefulness about the future”. LeRoy Chalmers, the facilitator in our RMC process, and the staff from St. Bernardine, met virtually on Thursday, April 8, to discuss this process. Carol Palmer, the Human Resources representative for our Vicariate, was also present. (Both LeRoy and Carol will meet with the staff of St. Luke on April 15). The Operational Transition phase will include the following: streamlining financial operations, creating new leadership teams (Pastoral Council, Finance Council), and creating viable and sustainable facility plans.
The first step, “Onboarding” will include the following:
This first step will take about two months. As I learn more, I will share it through my weekly column. You can also check our website, www.stbernardineforestpark.org for updates on the “Renew My Church” page.
Every Sunday of this Easter season gives us an opportunity to contemplate the mystery of Christ’s resurrection. May contemplation of Christ’s presence in our lives be a source of a great joy.
God bless you.
Renew My Church Update: March 12, 2021
St. Bernardine and St. Luke Grouping
In the past few weeks, Cardinal Blase Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, the archdiocese's auxiliary bishops, and the Presbyteral Council met to discuss the Commission's recommendation. Based upon those discussions and prayerful consideration, Cardinal Cupich made the following decisions regarding the parish structure in the St. Bernardine and St. Luke grouping.
**Check the Renew My Church tab for more details.
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