3rd Sunday of Easter


                The Risen Christ has high expectations for his followers, but he really does help us to become good disciples.  In today’s Gospel the resurrected Jesus appears to his disciples and after a little bit of lunch of baked fish (He must have been hungry from the work of saving us from our sins!), he then “opened their minds to understand the Scriptures”.  What a remarkable moment!  It seems that Jesus just infused them with knowledge about the message of the Bible.  Would that it would be that easy for us!  But the Lord has given us the Holy Spirit to guide us in understanding Sacred Scripture – the inspired Word of God.  However, we have to “access” the Spirit’s power; we have to install that “app” on our spiritual consciousness, if we want it to work in our spiritual life. 

                One way to start would be to make sure we have our own personal Bible that we can read and pray, and even make notes in or underline various lines.  Secondly, then develop a pattern of really using it for reading, study, and prayer.  Perhaps you can use the daily Mass readings listed in the bulletin.  There are also a number of publications, printed or on-line with daily Bible reflections.

                A key strategy for being “open-minded” to God’s Word as proclaimed at Sunday Mass is to prepare before Mass, especially at home before coming to Mass, or when arriving in church at least look in your missalette to read the Scripture readings before Mass starts.  This all will help us access the power of Christ to open our minds when God’s Word is proclaimed to us in the liturgy.



                “Build My Church!”  This is the Archbishop’s theme for us to consider as we plan on making our annual pledge to support the multiple ministries of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.  The A.C.A. is critically important for the continued response of St. Louis Catholics to the many needs of our community, from Catholic education to parish emergencies, from seminary training to training of the laity, from Catholic Charities to Respect Life programs, from social justice issues to evangelization, and many more.  Your generous pledge will enable the Archdiocese to build Christ’s Church in St. Louis. 

                Please stop after Mass outside the front of church (or inside, depending on weather) to pick up your personal ACA pledge card to make a one-time gift or a monthly or quarterly pledge.  Your generosity will support so many beneficial Christian efforts to make a difference in our St. Louis area.  There are so many needs, but there are also so many givers.  Be one of them to “Build My Church!”



                Check our parish website (www.churchofsaintbernadette.org) and click on ?????? to access our brand new way of making your Sunday Offertory Gift remotely from home using your computer or smartphone.  You can have your gift taken from a bank account or put it on your credit card.  You can make it a one-time gift or a recurring gift.  More information will be forthcoming, but you can start now if you would like.  However, you can always just keep using your Sunday Offertory envelopes as you have been for years.  Whichever way you choose, make sure that you prayerfully reflect on the spiritual reality that you are giving a tithing gift to the Lord to be used for the work of his Church here in our parish.  God bless you for your generosity!



                Finally the coronavirus vaccine is readily available at numerous sites in town now.  All of us need to do our part to take proper precautions to maintain our own personal health by getting the vaccine shot(s).  Secondly as an integral part of the local community and our own circle of family and friends, we have a Christian responsibility to help others stay healthy by getting the vaccine shot(s) ourselves.  Medical science is certain that everyone getting vaccinated is the only way that this insidious pandemic can be defeated, thus stopping the seemingly unstoppable spread of this dangerous and deadly virus.

                The whole Archdiocese, and thus our parish too, continues the mandate of wearing masks and keeping social distances at church for Mass.  It is exciting to see more members coming back to Sunday Mass, now that they are properly vaccinated.  We pray to God for the continued health of our St. Bernadette Parish Family and that someday, in the not so distant future, we can all be back together again – as a healthy community totally free from the scourge of Covid-19!


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