A Message from Father Bernie

A Message from Father Bernie

October 15, 2017

Posted by Sheila Viteri

     It has been said that there have been more martyrs in the twentieth century than in all of the previous centuries combined.  One of those martyrs, perhaps not  well-known throughout the world, was Father Jerzy Popieluszko, a Polish priest who rose to fame in his native Poland ... Read More »

October 8, 2017

Posted by Sheila Viteri

     After all of the events over the past few weeks, I’m almost afraid to watch the news anymore.  I’ve heard almost more than I can bear of hurricanes, earthquakes, an evil dictator in North Korea threatening to wreak havoc upon the world, ISIS still threatening to spread ... Read More »

October 1, 2017

Posted by Sheila Viteri

     This Wednesday, October 4th, we celebrate the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.  It is a noble tradition on that day to bless our family pets.  In my work as a priest, I have blessed everything from dogs and cats to snakes, ... Read More »

September 24, 2017

Posted by Sheila Viteri

     How blessed we all are to be a part of Holy Cross Parish!  Whether you are a full-time or part-time parishioner or simply an occasional visitor, each and every one of you is important to us as a parish community.  We are all brothers and sisters in ... Read More »

September 17, 2017

Posted by Sheila Viteri

     We’ve all heard that tough times bring out the best in people.  I have always believed that, but this past weekend has given me even more reason to affirm that reality.  When Hurricane Irma first came on the scene, just about all of us feared the worst.  ... Read More »

September 10, 2017

Posted by Sheila Viteri

     After thirty-one years of priesthood, there aren’t too many things that shock me or cause me to wince.  However, I did have both of those reactions at a wedding rehearsal earlier this year when one of the persons designated to bring up the gifts in the offertory ... Read More »

September 3, 2017

Posted by Sheila Viteri

     Serious illness and death are two realities we all face at one time or another.  All or at least most of us have had to face the trauma of being with a loved one who is dying.  As difficult and as heart-wrenching as these experiences can be, ... Read More »

August 27th, 2017

Posted by Sheila Viteri

     Silence seems to be becoming a rarer and rarer reality in our modern (or as some say “post-modern”) world.  Nevertheless, it is a grace each of us needs, not only to maintain our sanity but to grow in spirituality, genuineness, and individuality.  The sad reality is that ... Read More »

August 20th, 2017

Posted by Sheila Viteri

    There is no doubt in my mind that the Holy Spirit is my constant companion, but this morning (Wednesday at 10:50 A.M.) I need Him more than ever!  As I was walking to church to repose the Blessed Sacrament after Eucharistic Adoration which ends at 10:30 A.M., ... Read More »

August 13th, 2017

Posted by Sheila Viteri

    Recently, I attended a breakfast  where Pastor Tim Johnson, a pastor in an Orlando church and a former pro-football star, gave an excellent talk to several hundred people in attendance on the importance of having a clear vision from God about what He wants for us in ... Read More »