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75 Years of Worshipping Together

Posted by Christine Rasure on 9/22/22

Congratulations To All Of Us In the St. Bernadette Parish Family – 75 Years of Worshipping Together – 1947-2022Father John Feckter, the founding pastor of St. Bernadette Parish, must have been a real go-getter. On September 4, 1947, he was appointed pastor of this new parish to serve the ... Read More »

25th Sunday In Ordinary Time

Posted by Christine Rasure on 9/16/22

Serve God Or Stuff?In our gospel today, Jesus just about shouts to those listening, “You cannot serve both God and mammon!” Usually we define “mammon” as wealth or riches of some kind, which makes sense in Jesus’ time and clearly in our own society. However, “mammon” also means anything ... Read More »

24th Sunday In Ordinary Time

Posted by Christine Rasure on 9/13/22

Welcomes Sinners and Eats With Them? Who Would Do That?Who else but Jesus! That’s what he came to do 2,000 years ago, and continues to do it still today as he welcomes us sinners to the Eucharist and shares a sacred meal with us in Communion. This week’s Gospel ... Read More »

23rd Sunday In Ordinary Time

Posted by Christine Rasure on 9/04/22

Cost of Discipleship Hit By Inflation?To be a true disciple of Jesus seems to get more costly every time we hear the Gospel. Today in Luke’s Gospel, Jesus just raised the price for being a follower of his. No more “cheap grace,” as some spiritual writers warn us. It’s ... Read More »

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Christine Rasure on 8/25/22

How to be a Christ-like “invitee” and “inviter!”Have you ever had to juggle seating arrangements for a big dinner? Maybe a wedding banquet or a business meal? It can be hazardous to your peace of mind. Where I want to sit and who I want to sit with are ... Read More »

21st Sunday In Ordinary Time

Posted by Christine Rasure on 8/17/22

Are We Uncomfortable Yet?“… the narrow gate”; “… I do not know where you are from?”; “… the first will be last.” These passages from the Gospel today should make us squirm in our seats. We should be quite uncomfortable with the consequences of tepid participation in Jesus’ gospel ... Read More »

20th Sunday In Ordinary Time

Posted by Christine Rasure on 8/13/22

A Pyromaniac? A Terrorist?Jesus is talking about “playing with fire” in his ministry. What is he talking about? “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it was blazing!” Today he could get arrested for talking like this!

The Jewish heritage of Jesus is ... Read More »

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Christine Rasure on 8/07/22

Ready to open when he comes and knocks?Does the front door of our heart and soul have a “ring” doorbell? Or is it just a plain door where you cannot see who is knocking? The sayings and parables of today’s gospel are linked together with the themes of vigilance, ... Read More »

18th Sunday In Ordinary Time

Posted by Christine Rasure on 7/28/22

“Vanity of vanities?”Every three years we hear this enigmatic phrase from the Old Testament scripture reading.  And what in the world does it mean? The Greek word used here really means a “vapor” or “fog.” But the deeper meaning is something that is “transitory” – here one moment and ... Read More »

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Christine Rasure on 7/16/22

What is Genuine Christian Hospitality?                 When Jesus arrives at Martha and Mary’s home, no doubt he was not alone but had his entourage of 12 disciples with him. No wonder Martha was worried about getting her sister’s help in providing hospitality with a fine meal on the table. ... Read More »