20th Sunday In Ordinary Time

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 full of imagery of purifying fire: Yahweh speaks from a burning bush; the pillar of fire accompanies the Hebrews during the Exodus; there is fire with Moses on the top of Mt. Sinai. Often fire is a sign of the presence of the divine in our world. Jesus seems to be warning everyone that struggle to establish the Kingdom of God on earth is not going to be easy. It will involve suffering on the part of many. Jesus himself would have to suffer crucifixion; the apostles would suffer martyrdom, as would tens of thousands of Christians in the first three centuries of the Church. But the Holy Spirit has come as fire upon the Apostles and the others at Pentecost to ignite the fire of the Church.

Are there ways that your family members and/or friends make it hard for you to follow Christ faithfully? What must you do to bravely, but lovingly, hold fast to your Catholic faith?

Monday, August 15 – Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
This year, this holy day lands on a Monday, and so the bishops have decided that it need not be a holy day of obligation. But still, it is a “holy day” honoring our Blessed Mother’s assumption into heaven at the moment of her death because Mary was immaculately free from sin from the moment of her conception all the way to her last breath of life on earth.  Because of this, it is the Catholic belief that Mary did not have to suffer through death, but rather was “assumed” directly into the presence of God in eternal life – a blessed end to a very blessed life!

Come celebrate this mystery of Mary at 8 a.m. Mass or 6 p.m. for this holy day!

R.C.I.A. – You Are Invited To Inquire Into Your Becoming Catholic!
Starting the week of Sept. 12, St. Bernadette Parish begins its annual Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.  The first three months are the inquiry sessions. If you are not Catholic and interested in what the Catholic faith is all about, or even if you are Catholic but have not had a thorough study of the Catholic faith, you are invited these first months of the RCIA. Once a week from mid-September until mid-November, you can come and learn about or review the basics of what the Catholic Church teaches.  You can ask any questions you have about what we believe and do, and why!

If you are interested or have questions, just contact me, Father Bob, at the Parish Office, and I will be glad to discuss the RCIA process with you or answer some of your questions at 314-892-6882 or [email protected].

Want To Get a Better Understanding of the Sunday Scripture Readings?
I know some of you at Mass are scratching your head when you hear some of the readings from the Bible at Sunday Mass. Why not do something about this? Come to one of our St. Bernadette Bible study groups. We read and discuss the Old Testament reading and its connection to the Gospel reading. I will explain the background of the scripture readings and their context in the Bible. Nothing very heady; just some practical insights into what the inspired writers of the Word of God might be intending for us to hear. It will help you a lot to get more out of the Liturgy of the Word at Sunday Mass. 

Just bring a Bible (or we have some extra ones), and join us every Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. or every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for an hour and a half. 

Did You Check Your Mail From St. Bernadette Lately?
First, a report from our parish “All Things New” team about the Archdiocesan process of restructuring parishes. Second, a save the date notice about the Parish Jubilee Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 24 with the Archbishop for Mass and a banquet.