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Coming August 1, Fr. Bernard D’Sa SFX, Administrator of Sacred Heart and St. Bernard Parishes. Fr. Bernard comes to us from Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Clearlake. The pronunciation of Bernard is Ber nard and not as we pronounce our church as Ber nerd. He is in his late 40’s and was born in Goa, a former Portuguese province, and now a state in India. His English is very clear and he has been learning Spanish. He is the youngest of three children and his mother was a great inspiration for him becoming a priest (23 years) After his name he has SFX, the abbreviation of his religious order as he is a Missionary of St. Francis Xavier. He came to the United States about 10 years ago and has taken time from his order to see what parish life is like. His background is in school administration and education and taught for a short time at Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa. He is a very genuine priest and very gentle. The parishes will be blessed to have him. He will be the administrator and not the pastor as he is not incardinated in the diocese but as the administrator has all the authority of a pastor.
I would like someone to volunteer from each parish to prepare a welcome for him separately or as one catholic Community. Welcoming Fr. Bernard is so much more important than having a “Goodbye” for me.
There are a lot of things I need to do not just in one parish but in the two parishes as this move caught me off guard a bit as I explained last week in the bulletin. I was hoping to hold out another year with my neck problem but….Next week I am going to put out a wish list of areas of church life where we need to volunteer especially in the spirituality of the church and liturgy.
The parish financially needs to do fundraising this summer here at Sacred Heart as the Sunday stewardship collection goes below $2,000 a week at least once a month. For the last few years the Hispanic Community has spearheaded a fundraiser in the summer to help the parish out. There is a meeting this Friday for all interested parishioners at 7pm in Rm 8 who are interested in helping out.
Today, this Sunday, there is a Baked Stuffed Potato Dinner for all who go to the 6 p.m. mass and to welcome our youth from the diocese ministering here in Eureka this week.
- Fr. Tom
All Families of children grades K-5 of Sacred Heart and St. Bernard Parishes: Please set aside JULY 10-13, 2017 for our 1st ever Vacation Bible School! Continue to watch the bulletins for more information to come.
Peace in Christ, Melanie Broswick, DRE of St. Bernard / Sacred Heart Parishes. firstname.lastname@example.org (707) 442-6466 Ext. 1104