Pastor's Message

Msgr. David's Message for June 17, 2018

My dear Parish Family,

This weekend we celebrate Father’s Day. We pause to honor and gives thanks to God for our fathers and grandfathers and all those men in our lives who personify the love that God has for each one of us. We ask God to bless and protect all of our fathers and we remember our fathers who have died and have gone before us marked with the sign of faith.

God, our Father, bless these men, that they may find strength as fathers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect. Amen!

Happy Father’s Day to all!

Just a reminder that we have a few openings on our St. Peter & St. Bernard’s Parish Pastoral Council. Do you feel the Holy Spirit calling you to help our parish continue growing ever stronger in our faith? If you are a practicing Catholic and a member of St. Peter & St. Bernard’s Parish, then you may be the one. We are looking for a cross-section of our entire parish family, from young adults, to school families, to our most experienced parishioners. If that person is you, now is the time to submit a resume to be considered for our Pastoral Council.

The council meets every other month from September through June. Some of the responsibilities of the Pastoral Council are to become involved in the life and the spirit of the parish and to help the pastor assess and determine parish needs and help establish parish priorities and goals. The Council will also coordinate parish community activities and, through a shared vision, develop and implement plans to meet the needs of the members of the parish.

Applications will be available at the main entrances of both worship sites. Please take one home, fill it out, and return it to the rectory office by July 15. Sister Ann and I will review and approve all resumes. After the review process is completed, the selection process will take place at our Parish Outdoor Mass at Kiwanis Park on Sunday, July 29.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to bring them to the attention of me and/or any member of the Parish Council. Our current membership is:

Parish Staff: Msgr. David LiPuma, Sister Ann McDermott, OSF, Maureen Ingham, and Dianne Wysocki

Parishioners from both worship sites: Jeff Baumler, Joseph Conti, Eric Deutschman, Irene Elia, Bernadette Franjoine, Rich Helfrich, Peg Langlois, Julia Talarico-Latorre, Connie Locey, Sharon Low, Barbara Malinowski, Cheryl Milicia, Helen Murray, Michael Roemer, Paula Shimmel, and William Taczak

Gratefully, Fr. David


Msgr. David's Message for June 10, 2018

My dear Parish Family,

Do you feel the Holy Spirit calling you to serve on our Parish Pastoral Council to help our parish continue growing ever stronger in our faith? If you are a practicing Catholic and a member of St. Peter & St. Bernard’s Parish, then you may be the one. We are looking for a cross-section of our entire parish family, from young adults, to school families, to our most experienced parishioners. If that person is you, now is the time to submit a resume to be considered for our Pastoral Council.

The council meets every other month from September through June.

The purpose of the Parish Pastoral Council, taken from our Parish Constitution, is as follows:

Section 1: Vatican Council II

Second Vatican Council documents, including Lumen Gentium, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, and the Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, emphasize that the laity are called upon to assist the pastor in the pastoral care of God’s people and in the administration of the temporal goods of the church.

Section 2: Revised Code of Canon Law, #1

“In every parish in the diocese, a Pastoral Council shall be established, if the diocesan Bishop, after consulting with the Council of Presbyters, so decides. The pastor presides over the Pastoral Council. The Pastoral Council is composed of members of the congregation together with those on the parish staff who have pastoral care by reason of their office. The Pastoral Council assists in promoting pastoral action in the parish.”

Some of the responsibilities of the Pastoral Council are to become involved in the life and the spirit of the parish and to help the pastor assess and determine parish needs and help establish parish priorities and goals. The Council will also coordinate parish community activities and, through a shared vision, develop and implement plans to meet the needs of the members of the parish.

Applications will be available at the main entrances of both worship sites. Please take one home, fill it out, and return it to the rectory office by July 15. Sister Ann and I will review and approve all resumes. After the review process is completed, the selection process will take place at our Parish Outdoor Mass at Kiwanis Park on Sunday, July 29.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to bring them to the attention of me and/or any member of the Parish Council. Our current membership is:

Parish Staff: Msgr. David LiPuma, Sister Ann McDermott, OSF, Maureen Ingham, and Dianne Wysocki

Parishioners from both worship sites: Jeff Baumler, Joseph Conti, Eric Deutschman, Irene Elia, Bernadette Franjoine, Rich Helfrich, Peg Langlois, Julia Talarico-Latorre, Connie Locey, Sharon Low, Barbara Malinowski, Cheryl Milicia, Helen Murray, Michael Roemer, Paula Shimmel, and William Taczak

Gratefully, Fr. David


Msgr. David's Message for June 3, 2018

My dear Parish Family,

This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. Traditionally known for many years as the Feast of Corpus Christi, this feast celebrates the sacramental reality of Christ’s Real Presence in the gifts of bread and wine we offer every time we gather to celebrate Mass. We become what we eat!

Christ is present at Mass in our gathering, our coming together to pray. Jesus told us, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20)

Christ is present in the Word proclaimed, since it is the Lord Himself who speaks when the Sacred Scriptures are read at Mass.

Most important of all, Christ is present in the sacramental supper of the table (altar) where we are nourished by the sacrifice He offered on the altar of the Cross. Christ is truly present in the bread and wine of the Eucharist.

Vatican II states that as a sacrifice, “the Holy Eucharist is the center and culmination of Christian life” (Lumen Gentium, 11). It is the source and summit of our lives. Why?

 Because it enables us to participate in Christ’s sacrifice as a present reality and to benefit from its fruits in our own lives.

 Because it helps us to worship the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the most perfect way.

 Because it strengthens our charity and unity with Jesus and each other in a joint offering of his Body and Blood to the Father.

 Because it gives us a lasting memorial of Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection, reminding us of our obligation to make loving sacrifices for others. The Eucharist is the Mystery of our Faith, the Mystery of our Hope, the Mystery of our Charity.

Why do we celebrate the Eucharist some 2,000 years later? We do this because Jesus told us to do so: “Do this in memory of me.” St. Augustine in the 5th century AD said it best when he said: “It is your Mystery, the Mystery of your life that has been placed on the altar.” This Holy Memorial is known by various names:

 “The Eucharist” because Jesus offered himself to God the Father as an act of thanksgiving. The very word “Eucharist” means thanksgiving.

 “The Lord’s Supper”—or “Breaking of the Bread”—because we celebrate it as a meal.

 “Holy Communion” because we become one with Christ by receiving Him.

 “Holy Mass” (holy sending) because it gives us a mission: “Go in peace glorifying God by your life.”

My prayer for our parish family this weekend is that we all grow deeper in our appreciation and love for the great gift of the Most Holy Eucharist that we are so privileged to celebrate and to receive. May God bless you and all of your loved ones.

Gratefully, Fr. David


Msgr. David's Message for May 27, 2018

My dear Parish Family,

We have completed the holy season of Easter with the great feast of Pentecost and now we return to the liturgical season of Ordinary Time. This Sunday and next Sunday (The Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ), however, are designated as solemnities, special days that call attention to the central mysteries of our faith. Today, on the first Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. This feast invites us to consider what we believe about God, who has revealed Himself to us in the Trinity, one God in three Persons.

The Trinity is, of course, a mystery we can never completely comprehend. Yet God did not reveal the Trinity just to mystify us. The doctrine of the Trinity is our attempt to express the ways that humans have experienced God’s presence. In one of his daily meditations, Franciscan Fr. Richard Rohr writes, “The fourth-century Cappadocian Fathers tried to communicate this notion of life as mutual participation by calling the Trinitarian flow a ‘circle dance’ between the three. They were saying that whatever is going on in God is a flow that’s like a dance; and God is not just the dancer; God is the dance itself! The Incarnation is a movement – Jesus comes forth from God the Father and the Holy Spirit to take

us back with Him into this eternal embrace, from which we first came (John 14:3). We are invited to join in the dance and have participatory knowledge of God through the Trinity.

The key point here is participation. We do not celebrate the Trinity as an abstract concept. What we celebrate is the truth that we have been invited to share in the very life of the Trinity, to be caught up in the divine dance and the divine embrace. This is what salvation means, and it is the whole goal of salvation history. So this is a day to rejoice in the Father’s love and the Son’s grace and the Spirit’s unifying and life-giving presence.” (Excerpts taken from Celebration: A Comprehensive Worship Resource)

May Almighty God bless you in the name of the +Father, and of the +Son, and of the +Holy Spirit! Amen!

Gratefully,

Fr. David