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.
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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.
May 2, 2021
Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel that he remains in us and if we remain in him, we will bear much fruit. Gathered together today, we are a visible sign of a community who remains in the Lord. May the sustenance we receive here from Word and Eucharist nourish us so that we may bear much fruit in the world.
Today at 10:30 Mass, our 2nd graders will receive First Communion. It is always a joyous day for the entire parish when new children are allowed to do what Jesus commanded us to do saying: “Take and eat this is my body.” We congratulate our five comunicants:Henry, DePriest, Riley Jimenez, Savannah Rowan, Cesar Nunez and Damian Wong. We will keep you in our prayers, asking God for abundant blessings to you and your loved ones.
As has been our tradition, a second collection will be taken next weekend for Catholic Charities. Please, be as generous as you can.
On the tables at the exits of the church, you can find copies of a decree signed by Cardinal Cupich. 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.
Please "click" here for a Link to access the text of the decree.
Let us hold fast to the Lord’s promise that He is with us always, and trust in the fact that He is at work in a special way within our faith community and is creating something new for all of us. Let us also keep each other and our neighbors in prayer as we continue our journey forward.
God bless you.
Renew My Church
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.