24th Sunday In Ordinary Time

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 reading has three parables, all about how a sinner is found and turns back to God: the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, and the Prodigal Son. The very religious Pharisees were critical of Jesus who loved to associate with those deemed spiritually harmful to proper society. Jesus has become for us sinners the Good Shepherd who finds us lost-in-sin sheep, and the Loving Father who welcomes us back home when we go astray. 

Celebrating a 75th Jubilee
St. Bernadette Parish Family, you and I, are all jubilarians. Three generations of St. Bernadette Catholics have celebrated being a part of the church family of Jesus, our Lord and Savior – from 1947 until 2022.  This is quite a milestone and is worth being “jubilant” about. As our elegant Jubilee banner proclaims, let us take this time to “refresh, renew, and rebuild” our parish identity, including who we have been, who we are now, and who we will become. 

In one week, September 18-20, we have a marvelous opportunity to be spiritually renewed with our 75th Jubilee Parish Mission with Father Tom Donaldson, CSSR, a Redemptorist priest, very experienced in bringing renewal to Catholics by preaching and leading us into a deeper relationship with Christ and his Church. Father Tom was here at St. Bernadette’s to preach the Parish Mission for the Golden Jubilee of our parish in 1997.

As your spiritual leader at St. Bernadette Parish, I whole heartedly encourage and/or cajole you to come and participate in this super opportunity to have the Lord’s grace and love touch your heart and soul. It is only one hour next Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday evening, 6:30-7:30pm, for a total of a mere three hours. We spend that much time watching a single baseball game or a good movie! Each of Father Tom’s presentations will be followed by a half hour of fellowship with snacks in Feckter Hall with some of your friends and fellow parish “jubilarians!” Not a bad deal! Don’t miss it!

Want To Become Catholic? Need To Receive the Sacrament of Confirmation? Just Want To Have a Total Review of Your Catholic Faith?
Well, I have just the thing for you! The R.C.I.A., or Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults! This is a process of studying and absorbing the faith of the Catholic Church based on the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.  It is a once a week session for an hour and a half on a weekday evening in Feckter Hall that I will lead, with the help of Sister Kathy. We already have three men who are committed to attending.

The first session is Monday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m. Call the Parish Office to let us know you are coming, or just show up on Monday. Can’t make it at that time? Just call me, and we will work something out.