Holy Week at St. Bernard's



Holy Thursday

No Mass in the morning

9am Morning Prayer
Then the priests go to St. Agnes Cathedral to celebrate the Chrism Mass with Bishop Murphy where they will bless the Holy Oils used throughout the year and renew their promises to serve the people of God.


Holy Thursday Children's Service

3pm  -- Bring your young children as we tell the story of the Last Supper and how Jesus washed the feet of his disciples to teach them how to love and serve others.  We are his disciples too so we will wash the feet of the children -- families can choose to wash each other's feet if they wish.   Then we'll  have a procession with the Blessed Sacrament and when it is over,  we'll go outside for matzoh and grape juice.  The whole celebration should be done within an hour.

This is really worth arranging your schedule so that your children can have this as a special memory of this holy day.


Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper

7:30pm  -- This begins the three holiest days of the year -- the Sacred Triduum.  We remember Jesus as he gives his Body and Blood to his disciples for the first time. This liturgy is appropiate for families with older children -- and everyone else!   We especially encourage Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion -- and all those who are involved in liturgy through the year -- to come and be part of this night. At the end of the Mass, we walk in solemn procession from the church to the school gym where the altar of repose is set.  The Boy Scouts and Knights of Columbus will again be the honor guard tis year.

All are invited to come and pray after Mass -- as Jesus invited his disciples to pray with him on the night he was arrested in the garden.  The altar is open for prayer til midnight.


Good Friday

No Mass in the morning

9am Morning Prayer in church

This is a day of fasting  (only one main meal) and abstaining from eating meat.   It is also encouraged to abstain from noise -- playing music, TV, internet, etc.  Keep the day silent so we can reflect on the death of Jesus.   


Good Friday Children's Stations of the Cross

12noon  We follow the stations of the cross throughout the church property (dress warmly) with a child-appropriate look at the stops Jesus made on the way to his crucifixion.  Please bring your children to this service so they will be part of the mystery of why this is "good" Friday.


Good Friday Passion of Our Lord

3pm  This is the main service of Good Friday in which we listen to the Passion,  Venerate the Cross,  and receive Communion.



Good Friday Evening Stations of the Cross

7:30pm  This is a simple walking through the stations of the cross in the chuch reflecting on the moments Jesus stopped on his way to his crucifixion.
There will be a chance to venerate the cross at the end of the service.



Holy Saturday

No Mass in the morning

9am Morning Prayer in church
Those who wil be baptized tonight are prayed over and anointed during morning prayer.

No confessions scheduled for Holy Saturday
No 5pm Mass.

Easter Vigil

8pm Begins outside (dress warmly) with the lighting of Easter Fire.
(Thanks to the Levittown Fire Department.)
Service of Light with candles
Liturgy of the Word -- Amazing readings from the bible
Baptism and Confirmation of Tiffany and Annie
Liturgy of the Eucharist

The Vigil is the holiest night of the year and along with fire, light and smoke (incense),
The Word, the Water and the Oil,
The Eucharist
We commemorate the resurrection of Jesus.
The Vigil lasts around two and a half hours.  Families with older children encouraged to bring their children.

Easter Sunday


10:30am  (church)
10:45 (school gym)
12noon (church)
12:15 (school gym)

No evening Mass on Easter Sunday.


Spring Plant Sale May 2-3

Pre-orders due March 30!

Our Youth Ministry and Altar Servers are once again sponsoring a their annual plant sale fundraiser!
Click here for plant sale information flyer.
Click here for plant sale order form.

What Does the Bible Really Mean?
6 Thurs. evenings starting April 9, 7:30-9:00 p.m. OR
6 Fri. mornings starting April 10, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

What happened after the Resurrection?  What did Jesus' followers do to continue his work?  That's the subject of the Acts of the Apostles, which is read at Sunday Masses during the Easter season.  Come to get a better understanding of what you hear proclaimed in Church.  First session is a general introduction to Catholic Bible study for those who have not participated in this series before.
Click here for information and registration.

FIRE Retreat:  Faith Ignited Renewed Energized
Friday, May 15, 6:00 p.m. dinner through Saturday, May 16, 5:00 p.m. Mass

Join Father Frank DeSiano and your fellow parishioners
as we listen, pray, and talk to God and one another about our faith and our commitment as Christians to follow the way of Jesus and bring his presence to our families, workplaces, communities and beyond.

Click here for information and registration.



Explore Your Faith!

Awakening Faith groups are for younger Catholic adults who are seeking to better understand and connect with their Catholic faith.  Topics include What is spirituality?, Do I Need God's Mercy?, Why does Mass matter?, Do I Belong in the Church? and other topics selected by the participants.  No questions off base.  No judgment.

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Spring group is just ending!
Watch this space for summer dates OR request a "custom" time
for you and at least 5 of your friends!

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