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Palm Sunday

Posted by Debbra Beck on 4/08/21

PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S PASSION – “STEP RIGHT UP!  COME AND GET YOUR FREE PALM!”

                This is the feast day that has had a kind of identity problem.  Years ago it was always “Palm Sunday”, and then it was changed to “Passion Sunday”.  Now it is entitled, ... Read More »

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Posted by Debbra Beck on 3/29/21

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT – A PARADOX!

                As we get very close now to Holy Week and the celebration of the Paschal Mystery of Jesus’ death and resurrection, Jesus tells us in the gospel today that he, like “a grain of wheat, must fall to the ground and ... Read More »

4th Sunday of Lent

Posted by Debbra Beck on 3/20/21

 4th SUNDAY OF LENT – JOHN 3:16

                Do you remember years ago a baseball fan wearing a clown outfit who would frequently get into the view of the TV camera and hold up a sign – John 3:16?  Well, today in the Gospel we have that oft- quoted ... Read More »

Holy Week Schedule

Posted by Debbra Beck on 3/18/21

At the beginning of Lent you received, in the mail, a Lenten reflection booklet along with the Holy Week Schedule.  Since Holy Week will begin on Palm Sunday, March 28th, we wanted to send a reminder of what will be happening in St. Bernadette Parish.   Confession Schedule to prepare ... Read More »

3rd Sunday of Lent

Posted by Debbra Beck on 3/12/21

3RD SUNDAY OF LENT – “THE TABLES ARE TURNED!”

                The Gospel today is disturbing.  It is usually called the cleansing of the temple by Jesus.  These days we might first think of Jesus going through the temple spraying disinfectant to cleanse it of a coronavirus.   Actually the depiction ... Read More »

2nd SUNDAY OF LENT

Posted by Debbra Beck on 3/05/21

2ND SUNDAY OF LENT – A TIME OF TRANSFIGURATION OR TRANSFORMATION?

                On this Sunday of Lent in each of the three Lectionary cycles, we always hear about the transfiguration of the Lord, when Jesus looked different to the three apostles.  What was the “new, improved” look of Jesus?  ... Read More »

First Sunday of Lent

Posted by Debbra Beck on 2/26/21

 FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT  –  WHO IS DRIVING WHO?

                In the Gospel of Mark today, “The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert … for forty days.”  And then Jesus drove Satan away – so that he could begin his public ministry of healing and teaching the people ... Read More »

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Debbra Beck on 2/19/21

6TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – JESUS HEALS THE INCURABLE!

                Jesus continues in this week’s gospel with his healing ministry, through which he shows God’s love and preaches by his actions the Good News of salvation in the new reign of God.  In fact, this particular ministry becomes ... Read More »

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Debbra Beck on 2/11/21

FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – “SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!”

Today is Super Bowl Sunday for many Americans who will be watching the footballchampionship game. In Mark’s gospel today, we hear that Jesus was having a Super Sunday as hehealed every sick person who came to his door in Capernaum. ... Read More »

4TH Sunday In Ordinary Time

Posted by Debbra Beck on 2/08/21

4 TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY – “Shut up, and leave this person, will you!”

That’s not quite Mark’s version of what Jesus said in the gospel today, but it is close enough.Jesus was not very patient with evil spirits within people. In today’s gospel, we have Jesus’ first miraclein ... Read More »