A Message from Father Bernie

A Message from Father Bernie

March 4, 2018

Posted by Sheila Viteri

     Recently, I read an interesting story about a man who was cleaning his attic and filling his car with all kinds of junk to sell.  Among the items he found was an old painting of a bowl of fruit.  When he tossed the painting in the trunk, ... Read More »

February 25, 2018

Posted by Sheila Viteri

     Early in my priesthood, when I was working as a priest in the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania, one of the diocesan officials called me at the parish where I was assigned and told me that the bishop wanted me to consider working at the college seminary operated ... Read More »

February 18, 2018

Posted by Sheila Viteri

     After having worked with children for eleven years as a school psychologist and almost thirty-two years as a priest, I have heard many “pearls of wisdom” coming from their mouths.  As the late Art Linkletter often said and even titled books, “Kids Say the Darndest Things”. The ... Read More »

February 11, 2018

Posted by Sheila Viteri

     “So what are you giving up for Lent?”  This question was asked of me a few years ago by a young boy of about ten years of age as the parish to which I was assigned was having a Lenten fish dinner.  Since the time I was ... Read More »

February 4, 2018

Posted by Sheila Viteri

      Earlier this evening, I was having dinner with a good friend who belongs to our parish, and I said to her that I needed some inspiration as to what I should write in my column this week.  Her response was that I should write about “ memories”.  Then ... Read More »

January 28, 2018

Posted by Sheila Viteri

     Do you know what I think is one of the great “fringe benefits” of being Catholic?  For me, it’s the richness of our traditions and customs.  We have so many traditions and customs which may not be central to our faith but do add so much color ... Read More »

January 21, 2018

Posted by Sheila Viteri

     “So how are you and Jesus getting along?”  This is the question that one of my spiritual directors from the past usually asked me at the beginning of our sessions together.  My answer was usually something like this:  “I’m really trying hard to do what He wants ... Read More »

January 14, 2018

Posted by Sheila Viteri

     Over the years, I have had many discussions with people about happiness.  People have often said to me that they want to be happy but just don’t know how they can achieve that state of being.  Well, when we look directly for happiness, we usually don’t find ... Read More »

January 7, 2018

Posted by Sheila Viteri

     According to tradition, the Solemnity of the Epiphany, which we celebrate this weekend, is celebrated on the sixth day of January, that is, twelve days after Christmas Day.  Hence, the “Twelve Days of Christmas” makes sense according to that tradition.  Some years ago, the date was changed ... Read More »

December 31, 2017

Posted by Sheila Viteri

     My sincere hope is that everyone had a Blessed and Merry Christmas!  But remember that Christmas isn’t only a day---it’s a Season!  So we are still celebrating!  The Birth of Jesus is so great an event for us to celebrate that we can’t confine it to a ... Read More »