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. From here, you can click on the SignUpGenius link above (highlighted), 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. You will need to sign up by 12:00 pm on the Friday before the weekend mass in order to have your name added to our mass list. Walk-ins are welcome as space allows and must sign in with their name and contact information before entering mass.
Please see the Mass Schedule tab for information on attending Mass in person.
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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.
May 16, 2021
Today we celebrate a special day in the history of the Church, the Ascension of the Lord. On the day Jesus ascended to heaven to remain with his Father, he commanded his disciples to carry on his ministry, proclaiming the good news to the whole world. Now we are that whole world. Now we are those disciples. May Christ, whom we encounter as we gather together and receive in the Eucharist on this holy day, strengthen our resolve to share the good news in our world today.
We received the following information from the Archdiocese of Chicago this week:
With the State of Illinois and City of Chicago poised to enter the ‘Bridge Phase’ within the week, which allows for increased capacity limits, parishes are hereby permitted to plan for increased attendance for liturgies and non-liturgical gatherings beginning May 14 (assuming no delays to the Bridge Phase), as follows:
Masses and liturgies: capacity is 60% of the church. Based on measurements taken during the initial reopening efforts, and accounting for the necessity of maintaining physical distancing, this equates to approximately seating in every other pew. This is how to begin managing increased capacity if you have not already done so.
Social gatherings: capacity is 250 people indoor; 500 people outdoor. This will have an impact on school-related events, such as graduations, and guidance will be provided to principals and school pastors this week, as well.
Offices: capacity is 60% at any one time.”
In all instances, all mitigation efforts remain required – masks are to be worn, individuals are to maintain as much physical distance as possible, hand washing/sanitization is essential. Additionally, registration is still required to manage capacity limits as well as assist in contact tracing efforts, as needed.
In light of this, you will notice that we have re-marked the church pews to allow for more seating. As information comes to me from the Archdiocese, I will continue to provide guidance regarding the state’s Phase 5 timelines, and what that means for our parish, when they are confirmed.
Last weekend a second collection was taken for Catholic Charities. To date we have collected $1,158.00. Thank you for your generosity!
May is a very special month in the year. Most of us received First Communion and other sacraments in May. In May we pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and we give thanks for our Mothers and their love for us. May God constantly bless us as we enjoy his abundant blessings in May.
Covid Vaccine at St. Frances of Rome School
Catholic Charities and St. Frances of Rome parish will hold a free COVID-19 vaccination event from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 15 at St. Frances of Rome School, 1401 S. Austin Blvd., Cicero. The event is open to anyone 16 and older. To make an appointment, click on this link. Walk-up appointments also may be available that day.
Renew My Church
St. Bernardine and St. Luke Grouping
Read the Cardinal's Decree regarding St. Luke and St. Bernardine Church.
Please "click" here for a Link to access the text of the decree.
A decree is a pronouncement or document that formalizes a decision within the Church. In this case, the decree included here concerns the decision for our parishes to unify as a new parish after our grouping’s Renew My Church discernment.
The decree states that St. Luke and St. Bernardine will form a new parish on July 1, 2021 and will formally have the name St. Luke and St. Bernardine Parish.
When you read the decree, you will notice the decree states St. Luke Church will be the parish church of the new parish and that the church of St. Bernardine will be a church of the new parish. A couple of notes on this:
When two or more parishes unite as one parish, Rome requires that the united parish’s sacramental records be kept in one place and for that location to be designated in the decree as the parish church. Thus, in the future the sacramental records of the new parish, as well as the past sacramental records of each of St. Luke and St. Bernardine will be maintained at the offices on the St. Luke campus. For the current time, each parish’s records will remain at their current locations, and we will update everyone when the records are fully brought together at the office on the St. Luke campus.
Second, the decree states that each of the churches of St. Luke and St. Bernardine will be churches of the new parish. When a new parish is formed, all of the assets of each former parish become part of the new parish. This includes the churches. As shared at the announcement in January, both St. Luke and St. Bernardine will continue to have a regular schedule for Mass, with a future annual review beginning in 2024 regarding the sustainability of two campuses. The specific Mass schedule after July 1 is an important topic we will discuss with parish leadership in the coming months.