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: theaccentonline.org.
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.
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.
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.
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!
is hatred…let me bring your love
is injury, your pardon, Lord
there’s doubt, true faith in you.
Make me an
instrument of Your peace!
despair in life, let me bring hope
is darkness… only light
is sadness… ever joy
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.
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.
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.
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.