St. Bernard's is part of the Fall River Diocese which includes Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands. We celebrate our diversity, yet we stand together as one. Together we strive to be holy. “Catholic” means “universal” — open to all people of all ethnics, of all races, of all economic levels. We are proud to be called Catholic. Our parish conducts various programs to serve you and our community. Our staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our many activities.
First Communion and Confirmation Parent Meetings
There will be important Parent Meetings for the children of our First Communion and Confirmation classes. Meeting dates are as follows:
First Communion Parent Meeting on Wednesday, January 13th at 5:10pm in church hall for students in Wednesday classes.
First Communion Parent Meeting on Sunday, January 17th at 9:30 in church hall for students in Sunday classes.
Confirmation Parent Meeting on Sunday, February 7th at 3:10pm and again at 5:10pm upstairs in church.
7:00 AM, 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM
Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM
Holy Days of Obligation
9:00 AM, 12:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Monday - Thursday 8:30 AM (Chapel)
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Fr Jim's Column
Sunday, August 23, 2020
Last week I wrote about the importance of “belonging” to a parish family. This week I’d like to address the topic of SPONSORSHIP FOR THE SACRAMENTS OF BAPTISM AND CONFIRMATION. When parents ask to have a child baptized, they choose two GODparents to assist them in raising the child in the faith. In this, parents are asked to choose two people (one man and one woman) who, by living the life of an active catholic can best give witness to the child being baptized...or confirmed. A person who is asked to be a sponsor for either Baptism or Confirmation should approach their parish priest and ask for a SPONSOR CERTIFICATE. Listed on a sponsor certificate are the qualifications for what makes a worthy sponsor: the sponsor should have received the three Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation). It only makes sense that a catholic who is asked to “stand up” for someone being baptized should themselves be fully initiated catholics. The sponsor should be a PRACTICING CATHOLIC by regularly attending Mass and confession when necessary. The sponsor, if married, should be married sacramentally by a priest through the Sacrament of Matrimony: again, setting a good example of catholic living. I would also add that if a sponsor has children, those children should also be receiving the sacraments and being raised as catholics. That’s what you promise to do at baptism. So it is important for perspective parents to give prayerful thought before choosing the right GODparents for your children. When the case arises that GODparents are not living the catholic faith, I invite them to “come back” to a living faith...that if you are being honored by being asked to be a GODparent, why not be the best example you can be for that child. If a GODparent doesn’t want to be a practicing catholic, then I would challenge them to politely excuse themselves and suggest that the baby’s parents select someone different. Remember...none of us are 100% at living the faith...that’s why we’re called “practicing” catholics...because we’re always trying to get it right!
I hope this is helpful...
Sunday, August 13, 2020
Here at Saint Bernard’s Parish we are blessed to have a good deal of request to have children baptized… a great sign of growth for our community! One of the things I run across when meeting with parents of children to be baptized is that they are not members of a parish. So I explain that Baptism is the sacrament of belonging and it makes sense to join a parish before the sacraments are celebrated there. Last week a couple from another town came in to inquire about having their child baptized: they didn’t want to join Saint Bernard’s...they just want to “get the baby baptized ‘cause she’s already five months old.” I explained that they were welcome to join the parish and have the child baptized here...or join a parish closer to where they lived. I went on to say that you have a local bank...a local supermarket...a local gas station...a local pharmacy...so we should have a local parish where we partake of the services of the local parish: a parish where we come to know the priest (and he comes to know us). A parish where we worship and support...where we receive the sacraments along the journey of life...and when someone in the family is sick that priest visits them and brings the sacraments...where our children go to be married...where our children are instructed in the Catholic faith through Religious Education...and when called home to God, our funeral is celebrated in the parish church where I lived my faith during life. It is important to feel a part of a parish. These days with the pandemic it seems that we are just “coming and going from Mass” for a half hour or so. That’s why I ask you to please read the bulletin, especially about the new “FUN”RAISING GROUP and the MINI FESTIVAL to be held at the end of September...just a few ways to come together as a community... as a parish family...to feel like we belong! AND ALL ARE WELCOME!
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