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Entries for March 2017

Healing Liturgy, April 2nd 3:00pm at St. Bernard This lovely liturgy is filled with hope and encouragement for anyone with serious or chronic illness.  Join us for this simple rite with quiet reflection, lovely music, and powerful prayer. Through the holy anointing offered in this sacrament we are reminded that nothing can separate us from Christ and the saving power of His love. Consider inviting that someone you know who would appreciate this liturgy.  Pocket Prayers Shawls will also be available.  

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Click the PHOTOS button on the homepage or click here for photos of the Parish Mission with Sr. Elissa.

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The Knights of Columbus are undertaking a canned food drive during Lent. The food will go to Cornerstone Food Pantry in Rockville. There will be boxes at the entrances of the Church to collect the canned food. The Knights ask for your help to support this worthy cause. Please help us make your generous donations go farther. For every 500 lbs. of food collected, the Knights will donate an additional $100 to The Cornerstone.  

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Our last topic for Lent will be ‘The Shroud of Turin" on April 7th at 6:00pm.   Lent is a special season of spiritual transformation and renewal. Fr. Ellis is offering a series of talks before the 7pm Stations of the Cross at St. Bernard Church on six Fridays in Lent.  Talks and Q&A will finish in plenty of time to attend Stations of the Cross. No registration is required and everyone is welcome to attend any or all of the sessions.

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Click on the PHOTOS button on the home page or click here to see photos of the Blessing and Dedication of Clairvaux House on March 19th.  Clairvaux House is owned by St. Bernard and operated by Cornerstone as a temporay home for homeless mothers and their children.

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With Sister Elissa Rinere- Two Nights Two Topics Too Good to miss! The Writings of Pope Francis, St. Matthew Hall March 26th 3:30-5:00pm Pope Francis isn’t available to lead us on our Lenten mission this year, but Sr. Elissa will be bringing us some of his thoughts and writings to help us answer our Lenten call to 'turn away from sin, and be faithful to the Gospel.' The writings of Pope Francis are both simple and profound; come and be renewed by Pope Francis' message of mercy and faith! What can we learn from the Holy Father’s writings and how will they inspire us to draw nearer to our Lord? ...

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Pastor's Page - March

Posted on March 19, 2017 in: Message from Fr. Rick

Pastor's Page - March
Dear Parish Family, March 1st, Ash Wednesday, begins the holy season of Lent.  It is the time in our Church year where many of our people make a concerted effort to step up their faith game.  It is a time of deeper prayer, fasting and receptivity to God working in our lives.  I love this season and the incredible opportunity it offers each of us.  In the past our parishes have provided some very good books and devotional readings to assist your time with the Lord in this holy season of Lent and Easter.  This year we are trying something new, d...

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Our next topic will be ‘Death & Dying March 31st at 6:00pm.   Lent is a special season of spiritual transformation and renewal. Fr. Ellis is offering a series of talks before the 7pm Stations of the Cross at St. Bernard Church on six Fridays in Lent.  Talks and Q&A will finish in plenty of time to attend Stations of the Cross. No registration is required and everyone is welcome to attend any or all of the sessions. Save the dates: March 31, & April 7. Click here for Topics & additional information.

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Our next topic will be ‘Mary, Full of Grace.’ 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady in Fatima, Portugal. Fr. Ellis will help us examine the evidence of this apparition, and show us how our blessed Mother is always actively bringing us closer to our Lord. Lent is a special season of spiritual transformation and renewal. Fr. Ellis is offering a series of talks before the 7pm Stations of the Cross at St. Bernard Church on six Fridays in Lent.  Talks and Q&A will finish in plenty of time to attend Stations of the Cross. No registration is required and everyone is welco...

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A Day of Reconciliation Friday, March 24 6AM-10PM. With Priests of the Vernon Deanery hosted @ St. Bernard Church-Rockville.  CLICK HERE FOR THE LISTS OF PRIESTS AND CONFESSION TIMES. During this season of Lent we focus on God’s mercy and love for each of us. What better way to personally experience His love and mercy than to return to the sacrament of reconciliation?  Confession, reconciliation, penance are all names given for the sacramental cleansing we receive when we turn our sins over to Christ who forgives them as far as east is from the west. Why DO Catholics go to Confession? All the sacra...

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The next meeting of the Adult Faith Formation committee will be Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30pm.  We will meet in Room #6 at St. Matthews.  Anyone interested in helping plan and implement faith events for both St. Matthew and St. Bernard church are always welcome. Join us!       

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Lent is a special season of spiritual transformation and renewal. Fr. Ellis is offering a series of talks before the 7pm Stations of the Cross at St. Bernard Church on six Fridays in Lent.  Talks and Q&A will finish in plenty of time to attend Stations of the Cross. No registration is required and everyone is welcome to attend any or all of the sessions. Save the dates: March 17, 24, 31, & April 7. Click here for Topics & additional information.

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