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Large (75%)Capuchin Franciscans to establish community in Indiana, provide pastoral ministry to parishes, IUPNo

​May 18, 2020

Four Capuchin Franciscan friars are coming to the Diocese of Greensburg to establish a community at a new friary in the town of Indiana, where they will provide pastoral ministry and leadership at three parishes in Indiana County, along with university campus ministry services at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Read the full press release on the diocese website


We trust in God’s goodness and try to imitate Him.  We proclaim His victory over death and claim it for our loved ones.  Jesus is the reason for our HOPE.

       We remember Good Friday as good because despite the tragedy of death Jesus proves His self-sacrificing love for us is stronger than sin and death.

       We give thanks to the Lord for the great gifts of the Sacraments of His Church which give us new life in Christ and nourish us on the way to His Kingdom. They receive their power, grace, from the blood and water that flowed from His open heart on the CROSS.

       Every Easter we publicly renew our Baptism vows and rejoice in the Mercy of God through the grace of the Sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist, and these are made available to us through the Sacrament of Holy Orders. PRAY FOR VOCATIONS.

       When we are able to return and be gathered socially again, we will prepare for our Public Celebration of Holy Mass with a Penance Service and Distribution of Palms and renewal of our Baptismal vows.

       Until we meet again, PRAY, Pray, Pray – especially the Rosary and be kind to one another in imitation of Jesus Our Risen Lord.

Click for a prayer you can say for yourself and for your family

God Bless all of you,

Father Tom Federline





Today, Bishop Malesic has announced that there will be a new pastor coming to St. Bernard and St. Thomas More parishes. Please read the Diocesan news release at Catholic Accent website:


I have been blessed to serve as pastor here at St. Bernard parish following the retirement of our beloved pastor Fr. Bill Kiel, who I also had the honor to bury in our parish cemetery last year.


Your generosity and willingness to serve one another is clear in the commitment of the many volunteers who help us address the liturgical and pastoral needs of our community. Your kindness to me especially welcoming my dad, who lived with us for the last 3 years of his life, will always be a warm and special memory to keep me connected with you.


The challenge of these times is for our families to practice our faith and help our children grow in virtue and Christian life. We know by faith that God will never forsake us and promises to send us the Holy Spirit to direct us in all the circumstances we encounter from birth to death. We know God wants only what is best for us and trusts us to bring out the best and support one another for the whole journey of faith until we all join the Great Communion of Saints in Glory.


The goal we pursue is to become not merely good citizens but to become Saints who live the Christ-life now and forever, with family and friends and neighbors. Our Bishop is committed to helping us to do this and providing the pastoral care to our community by welcoming the Sacramental assistance of the Capuchin priests and brothers for the long term. We will be combining our pastoral practices with our Catholic neighbors at St. Thomas More and together be able to give a better witness to our non-Catholic neighbors in this region.


As we prepare for the Great Feast of Pentecost we are reminded that the Holy Spirit is the driving force that set the hearts of the Apostles and first disciples on fire with a love that motivated them to go out and change the world for Good. We are the beneficiaries of that salvation history and want that even now for our families and our future. Let the Holy Spirit set our Souls on fire and move us to keep Christ first in our hearts and minds and resolve to hand on the gift of faith and the reason for our hope to generations yet to come.   Come alive as faithful and true disciples of Jesus. Commit to being like St. Francis of Assisi, an instrument of Peace –


Make me an instrument of Your peace!

Where there is hatred…let me bring your love

Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord

And where there’s doubt, true faith in you.

Make me an instrument of Your peace!

Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope

Where there is darkness… only light

Where there is sadness… ever joy

O Master, grant that I may never seek

So much to be consoled as to console

To be understood as to understand

To be loved as to love with all my soul.

Make me an instrument of Your peace.

It is in pardoning… that we are pardoned

In giving of ourselves that we receive,

And in dying… that we are born to eternal life.


This is one of my favorite prayers as it was of St. Theresa of Calcutta. Another one of my favorite saints is St. Padre Pio, who was a Capuchin priest who worked many miracles of God’s mercy in the confessional and in hospitals and intercessions on behalf of broken families and troubled souls. I am grateful to know you will be served by these modern-day followers of St. Francis, these young Capuchins will bring their vitality and love for Jesus and the church to your family.


I will continue to include all of you in my daily personal prayers, especially at Mass and the Rosary.  Thank you again for 7 years of serving the Lord together. Please show your gratitude by welcoming and working with your new pastor and assistants.


Living in this time of social distancing and facing a health crisis of the world pandemic. We have the choice to give in to the discouragement that comes from overly focusing on our problems and what we have lost or focus on our FAITH that is a gift of life and Hope that reveals to us Our God is bigger than our problems and His promises are TRUE that our end with Him is GLORY not the GRAVE. We need to stay spiritually connected even if socially distant. This global event will pass and we are being tested to prove the PRIORITIES in our daily lives. Focus on God and your place in His family and help your family keep Christ at the center of all your relationships and activities by praying together and interceding for one another. Dare to make a difference by more clearly following Christ and the teachings of His church, and uphold the Truth of His Word and Commandments. Believe in the Triumph of the Cross, love revealed even in suffering.  Trust in Divine Mercy again and again. The glory of Heaven is our true home and it is obtained by living the life of Christian LOVE – serving and making sacrifices for the ones we love.


Deeper faith and deeper love come from being closer to Christ. Be not afraid He is with us and invites us to daily communion. Live like the believer you are so your children and neighbors and everyone who meets you knows that you really do believe and Love Jesus.



Fr. Tom  


May 31, 2020


The celebration of the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and the other disciples gathered in the upper room with the Blessed Mother united one in heart and mind in prayer as Jesus had requested only 10 days ago as they witnessed His Ascension into Glory, this gift He promised is for each of us as members of His Body the one holy catholic and apostolic church.

The public life of the church and participating in the public mission of Christ bringing His Good News, the Holy Gospel to all nations and inviting each person we encounter to share the Divine Life of the Holy Trinity by becoming one of Jesus' disciples – This all began 50 days after Easter and began with the celebrating of our new life in Christ in our homes. The great Christian movement began as worship in our homes and discipleship training in the homes and houses of the first believers.  Now we continue to gather and worship and grow as His disciples by calling on the same Holy Spirit to transform our lives and our worship by enabling us to participate in Holy Communion, feeding our faith and our families with the True Bread from Heaven. Come and Worship. Receive the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist. Come and participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass that makes all of His grace and truth and life present to us.

As we return to public celebration of our faith in the offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass we are filled with wonder and awe that we are invited by Jesus to share His life His prayer His mission His promises and His inheritance. We nurture our faith with the gifts of the Church especially the Holy Sacraments and the teachings of our church

Growing in grace by embracing and saying yes to Jesus, we will follow Him wholeheartedly. We renew our relationship with Jesus and Our Father through our relationship with the Holy Spirit who reveals to us the truth about who God is, the Holy Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit and who we are in relationship to each one of these Sacred Persons and who we are in relationship to one another and how we are to live as members of this Holy Family.

We need and are promised the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit to reveal to us the truth and enable us to live the way that promises us a share in the Resurrection of Christ, living in Love both now and forever. This amazing grace is the reason for our hope even in the face of suffering and death. Knowing the truth of the glory of God revealed to us in the Incarnation of Jesus Christ and shown and told to us in the lives of the Saints. We are called to this holiness to be in that number that lives in Holy Communion with God and all who live the Christ life, all of our family and friends who are marked with the sign of faith, confirmed by the Sacraments of His church.

Pray the Rosary to renew your personal and family consecration to God in communion with Christ, and to seek the conversion of sinners and the redemption of the whole of creation.

Come back to Holy Mass to Praise God and give Him thanks and enter deeper into the Mystery of Divine Love. Keep informed about the prudent safety measure that our Diocese requests we follow for the good health of all our members. Connect with our Diocesan website and contact our parish if you have any questions or concerns.

Public celebration of the Holy Mass returns on Monday, June 1 at 7:30 AM at St. Bernard Church.

Joy and Peace

Fr. Tom, Pastor


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