Message from Father Rick
Dear St. Bernard and St. Matthew Faith Communities,
August 1, 2015 marks a new beginning for the parishes of St. Matthew and St. Bernard as the two parishes are officially yoked. I am humbled and excited by the opportunity to be the pastor of two such dynamic and faithful parishes. The yoking of our communities has the potential to open doors to new faith opportunities, new friendships, new challenges, new outreach programs and new horizons of growth - as parishes and as individuals. As we begin this journey, it’s very important to note that the process is one that is meant to evolve over time and develop through prayer and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. "One step at a time" is a philosophy I’m adopting for the yoking and I hope you’ll join me with the same attitude.
The yoking process is not intended to create identical parishes. Each parish will retain its own personality, traditions and finances. Diversity adds depth and color to our yoking and it is welcomed, not stifled.
As we begin this union, I would ask that we all adopt a spirit of charity, patience, and openness. The Holy Spirit that guides and directs us is an active Spirit that prompts us to transform and be receptive to the possibilities of all that we as a Church can be instead of focusing only on what once was. God doesn’t close a door without opening a window.
In advance, I thank you for your cooperation, kindness, spirit and prayers. I look forward to serving with you. May God bless this union and help our work bear great fruit.