Pastor's Message

Msgr. David's Message for January 13, 2019

I am away this weekend for a week’s vacation from January 10-17. Please be assured of a special remembrance in my Masses and prayers while I am away.

This weekend we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord and the conclusion of the Christmas season. The baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the river Jordan was the beginning of Jesus’ mission and ministry to establish the Kingdom of God here on earth and to share that mission with all who are baptized in Christ Jesus. As baptized people, we are called to bear witness to Christ in this world

and, by the way we live our daily lives, to draw others to Christ and His Church.

Let us reflect on the Baptismal Promises that our Parents and Godparents made for us on the day of our baptism when we could not speak for ourselves or, for those who were baptized as adults, the promises we made on the day of our baptism. This can be a great examination of conscience as well as a recommitment to live our Catholic Christian faith with more intention:

Do you reject sin, so as to live in the freedom of God’s children?

Do you reject the glamor of evil, and refuse to be mastered by sin?

Do you reject Satan, father of sin and prince of darkness?

Do you believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth?

Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father?

Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting?

This is our faith. This is the faith of the Church. We are proud to profess it, in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen!

I also want to let you know that Msgr. Moran dislocated his hip on Thursday, January 3 in his room at the O’Hara Priests’ Retirement Residence. He had a procedure done at Kenmore Mercy Hospital on Friday, January 4 and is presently recovering by spending a couple of days in rehab before returning to the O’Hara Residence. He is in very good spirits and doing quite well. I have assured Msgr. Moran of our prayers for his improved health and well-being. Thank you for your continued prayers for Msgr. Moran.

God bless you!

Gratefully,

Fr. David


Msgr. David's Message for January 6, 2019

My dear parish family,

This weekend we celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord. Epiphany means manifestation. What the Church celebrates today is the manifestation of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to the whole world. He is revealed to the Magi who come from the East to adore Him.

As we celebrate the beginning of a New Year, we are reminded that our role as Catholic Christians in the world today is to reveal Christ to others by the way we live our daily lives. As we begin this New Year 2019, may we all strive more to be more intentional disciples of the Lord and His call to serve others by practicing the following:

Practice Gratitude: Cultivating a grateful heart is the hallmark of a Christian. Every day, express thankfulness to the Lord and to others. Seeing the good in your life will allow you to keep your heart compassionate and loving.

Encounter the Lord each day: Find time to be with the Lord each day, whether it is for ten minutes or an hour. Have a conversation with the Lord. Give your joys and worries to Him as well. Allow God’s love to transform them. Our encounters will keep our eyes and ears open to the presence of Christ in our midst.

Be present to others: There is much celebration and mourning, joy and sorrow in people’s lives. What a blessing it is to share those times and not let others experience them alone. The gift of your presence is much more valuable than you realize.

Resist overwork: There is pressure to produce, meet goals, and be successful. But activities that lead us to overwork, constant fatigue and worry do not give glory to God. What God calls us to do we can do well. Be mindful that life requires balance.

Nurture family relationships and friendships: Our family and friends are those we choose to be with. They are a gift from God and give us a greater appreciation of God’s love for us. They need our time and our love. Resist the temptation of spending more time on social media and spend a little more time being present to those who need your “presence.”

Give more: Realize that everything that we have is a gift from God entrusted to us and needs to be shared. Consider living more simply and be healthy.

Don’t give up: People give up their New Year’s resolutions because of perfectionism and unrealistic expectations. So take it slow, be kind to yourself and keep trying. Resist the urge to throw your hands up and quit. You succeed through small manageable changes over time.

Turn to the Lord: Ask the Lord for guidance, strength and perseverance in achieving your resolutions. In his letter to the Philippians, Saint Paul writes: “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” (Phil 4:13)

If Jesus is at the center of our New Year’s resolutions, they have a better chance for success. God bless you and your loved ones with a Blessed, Happy & Healthy New Year!

Gratefully, Fr. David


Msgr. David's Message for December 30, 2018

My dear parish family,

This weekend as part of the beautiful season of Christmas, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. We are called to reflect upon the importance of family life. We all have our own individual families and we know that family life varies from one family to another. But we also share a bond as a parish family, the family of St. Peter’s & St. Bernard’s Parish. On this feast of the Holy Family, I share with you the Prayer to the Holy Family given to us by our Holy

Father Pope Francis. May we take time this weekend and throughout the coming New Year to pray this beautiful prayer for all of our families and parishioners.

“Prayer to the Holy Family”

Jesus, Mary and Joseph

in you we contemplate

the splendor of true love,

to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth,

grant that our families too

may be places of communion and prayer,

authentic schools of the Gospel

and small domestic Churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth,

may families never again

experience violence, rejection and division:

may all who have been hurt or scandalized

find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth,

make us once more mindful

of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,

and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

graciously hear our prayer. Amen!

May God bless you and your family and may God bless our Parish Family with many graces and blessings throughout the coming New Year 2019.

Sister Ann and I also wish to extend our profound gratitude and appreciation to everyone for your Christmas cards and gifts and all your love and support. We are both overwhelmed by your love and generosity. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Have a Blessed & Happy New Year!

Gratefully,

Fr. David


Msgr. David's Message for December 23, 2018

My dear parish family,

We gather this weekend to celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent (a very short Fourth Week of Advent!) and then Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We welcome the greatest gift of all, Jesus our Savior, Son of God and Son of Mary and Joseph.

As I reflect on the true meaning of Christmas, I take this opportunity to thank you, our devoted and dedicated parishioners, for the myriad of ways in which you reflect the love and compassion of Christ to others. Often people think of Christmas as a time for receiving gifts, but here in our parish it is truly all about the giving of gifts to others. Thanks to your outstanding generosity, many families will enjoy a better Christmas because of your generous donations of food and money for the St. Vincent de Paul Society food baskets and your overwhelming response to our Christmas Angel Tree Project.

I know that we are all deeply grateful to the members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society at both worship sites and the volunteers who assisted in the preparation and delivery of the gift baskets and to Barbara Malinowski and her volunteers for all of the great work in organizing the Christmas Angel Tree. It is truly a labor of love that makes a significant difference in the lives of others. On behalf of all those individuals and families who are unknown to us and who will benefit from your generosity, I offer heartfelt thanks for all that you have done to provide for those most in need.

I also wish to thank all of our parishioners for your ongoing generosity and support of our parish and school throughout the year. The sacrifices you make in the offering of your time, talent and treasure are what keep us going and make our parish and school so special.

On behalf of Msgr. Moran (who asked to be remembered to all of you and is sending his love and best wishes for a Merry Christmas) and Sister Ann and myself, we thank you for being the wonderful parish family that you are and we wish you and all of your loved ones a Joyous & Blessed Christmas!

As I celebrate the Christmas Masses, I will be remembering you and your loved ones in my special intentions, asking God to bless you abundantly this Christmas and throughout the coming New Year 2019.

May you be blessed with the spirit of the season, which is peace, the gladness of the season, which is hope, and the heart of the season, which is love.

Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas!

Gratefully, Fr. David