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Though we are moving along with the state of Illinois (Phase 5 of re-opening the state), we will still continue to live stream mass. If you are not comfortable with attending mass in the church you can still view the mass using our YouTube link. This link is always available 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.
June 20, 2021
In today’s Gospel, we hear Jesus calm the raging sea as his disciples cling to the storm-tossed boat. The disciples were terrified that they would die, but Jesus suggests that their faith should have reassured them. Many of us can probably recall a time when our father came to our rescue, protecting or supporting us, making everything all right. Today, we honor our fathers, our grandfathers, godfathers, uncles, and all who acted as fathers in our lives. May their protection and constancy be a model of God’s care for us all.
Last week, as Illinois moved to Phase 5 of re-opening the state, the changes we saw at mass were: we were not required to sign up for mass, we did not need to wear masks during mass (though still recommended for those not vaccinated), and we were allowed to sit freely in the church. In addition, our parishioners were allowed to sing during mass! This week will see the return of our Book of Intentions and prayer candles. We have filled the Holy Water fonts and removed the collection boxes from exits. The ushers will again be receiving your contributions using the collection baskets. Overall, with the exception of drinking the wine during communion, everything is moving back to normal. I cannot say thank you enough to our Greeters and Ushers who helped make our church a safe place to attend mass. Our Lectors and Cantors (and Jurate!) worked through all of the limitations put on us over the last year to make our mass just as meaningful as it was before the pandemic. Moreover, thank you to our parishioners who have supported our church during this unprecedented time.
I am pleased to announce that we are again able to celebrate our patron, St. Bernardine. Though it may be late this year, (we usually celebrate in May), we have recently been given the “green light” by the Archdiocese to hold parish functions. I am hoping you can join us in Fearon Hall on Sunday, June 27, after the 10:30 mass for a few hours of food and fun. We will be serving the usual fare of hot dogs and hamburgers, chips and soft drinks (and maybe a raffle or two). As is customary, this will be the parish’s gift to our parishioners, and there will be no charge. The Archdiocese of Chicago is following the Governor’s plan for reopening the state, (Phase 5), and in light of that, you will not need to wear a mask during this event, however; you are more than welcome to do so if you choose.
Thank you to all who contributed to our Priest’s Retirement collection. To date we have collected $1,337.00!
Father’s Day Blessing:
God our Father, in your wisdom and love you made all things. Bless these men, that they may be strengthened as Christian fathers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect.
Happy Fathers’ Day!