Father Fred Link, O.F.M.

This is an historic weekend for 24 of our parish teens! These 7th and 8th graders achieve another milestone in their lives as Catholic Christians. I commend them for their faith and perseverance in their Christian lives so far. I honor their parents and guardians who have nurtured them in their faith and given them examples of Christian living. And I praise our Glorious God who lavishly pours out His Spirit on them at this moment in their lives. Strengthened by the Holy Spirit, each of these young teens can be assured that they are never alone in the challenges to their faith that face them. I attended the second half of their Retreat Day last Saturday and can testify to their good spirit and respectful presence. Bottom line, I'm very proud of these young people! Thanks to our Director of Religious Formation, Larry Ungerer, and to teachers Donna Munchmore and Megan Williams for preparing them for this special sacrament and for their godparents and others who have walked with them on their journey of faith. 


This Sunday night, November 23, the Christian churches of St. Bernhard will gather at Immanuel United Church of Christ for our annual Thanksgiving Community Celebration, which begins at 7:00pm. Marty Cunningham and members of our parish choir, as well as Fr. Jim and I will take active roles in this time of prayer and song. It's my understanding that many children who attended this summer's Vacation Bible School will also be singing.


Next Sunday, November 30, after the 10:30am Mass, we will have special refreshments in the church commons to honor and say farewell to Larry Ungerer, who is retiring from his position as Director of Religious Formation at St. Clement. Larry has served our parish from 1983 to 1987 and 2009 to the present. I know that he has touched many lives in his service among us.


Won't you join us Thursday morning for Mass at 9:00am? Thanksgiving is all about thanking God, or course, and what better way is there to do that than by offering the great sacrament of thanksgiving, the Eucharist! Happy Thanksgiving!