Fr. Bob's Column 11.8.2020


                As the days keep getting shorter and nature is “dying” into dormancy, the Church Liturgical Year is forcing us to consider keeping careful vigil for the coming of the Lord at the “end time” – both the end of our time on earth and the end of the world as it is now.   The mystery of death and dying has always been a reality of human experience that each person must come to grips with.  Our readings for today remind us that we are called to face the reality of death with hope and Christian faith – wisely recognizing the longing within us to be in Gods holy presence and the necessity of making ourselves ready for this anticipated future. 

                During this second week of November, the month we traditionally pray for the dead, take time to reflect with a loved one together on:  the mystery of death in this life, and the promise of eternal life and happiness with God and the all the saints and our ancestors in heaven.



                Don’t forget to write in the names of your loved ones who have passed in our parish Book of Life, located near the baptismal font and Christ Candle on the left side of the sanctuary.  We will be praying for all these faithful departed through the month of November.



                Archbishop Rozanski has written each parish to announce that the 2020 ACA was a great success.  Almost 40,000 Catholic families in the St. Louis Archdiocese contributed more than $15 million to help build up the Church and serving the needs of so many Catholics and others that the Church serves in our area. 

                I hope you read last week’s issue of your St. Louis Review to see the results of the ACA in each parish of the archdiocese.   Our own parish of St. Bernadette managed to surpass our goal, even with the Covid 19 pandemic.  Our assigned goal was $21,470 and we reached $22,050.  We were among the 121 parishes out of 180 who did accomplish reaching their goal. 

Congratulations to the 121 parish families who made a pledge or a gift.  There were 12 new donors, and 48 of our families increased their gift from last year.  Thank you very much.  Also a huge word of gratitude to our parish chairpersons, Pam Brown and Jan Sorth, who have led the parish for years, for helping our Parish Family reach our goal again.



                This holiday started about 100 years ago as Armistice Day to remember to ending of the “Great War”, the war to end all wars, a.k.a. World War I.  Millions died as a result of new and terrible weapons and armies still using the old-fashioned tactics of trench warfare.  A very special time was chosen as the hour when the guns would be stilled and peace declared:  the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. 

                Now in the United States, this day is called Veterans’ Day to honor all Americans who fought in wars in the last century – both those who have survived and those who died giving their lives for the sake of our nation and the freedom for which we stand. 

                In our own neighborhood next to Jefferson Barracks National Military Cemetery, we cannot but help to be reminded of how many individuals this involved.  There are tens of thousands of men and women military veterans buried in this sprawling cemetery. 

                I suggest that you come to 8am Mass this Wednesday to honor our deceased American veterans, and to pray for disabled veterans at the J.B. hospital, and for our current military personnel, especially the ones stationed at the Jefferson Barracks complex.


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