BRADFORD CATHOLIC COMMUNITY
The Annual Chili Contest was held Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Ritchie Hall. It was a great evening! We added soups to the contest this year. There were 17 contestants competing. Proceeds raised will be used for the purchase and installation of railings at OMPH and for the elevator fund.
GRAND PRIZE WINNER George MacFarlane- St. Francis
1st place Chili: George MacFarlane- St. Francis
2nd place Chili: Tony Falconi- St. Francis/ OMPH
3rd place Chili: Tom DeLoe- St. Bernard AND Dave Geitner- St. Bernard
1st place Soup: Delores Bernhard- St. Francis/ OMPH
2nd place Soup: Joyce Schaming- St. Francis AND Mike Kozminski- St. Francis/ OMPH
3rd place Soup: Beth Mongillo- St. Bernard AND Kathy Bryant- St. Francis
THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE CONTESTANTS WHO PARTICIPATED!
THANK YOU TO ROMAN AIELLO WHO WON THE 50/50 RAFFLE AND DONATED WINNINGS TO THE RAILING FUND!
THANK YOU TO BOB CUMMINS OF BOB CUMMINS CONSTRUCTION FOR INSTALLATION OF A RAILING AT ST. FRANCIS TO ACCESS THE TABERNACLE AND TO DAVE WHITE OF DJ WHITE KITCHEN REFACING FOR BUILDING AND INSTALLING THE RAILINGS AT OMPH.
THANK YOU TO THE COMMITTEE: THERESA BOND, JOAN YOHE AND DAWN KOZMINSKI for organizing the event.
THANK YOU TO ALL PARISHIONERS WHO DONATED BREADS and CRACKERS and to ST. FRANCIS ROSARY ALTAR SOCIETY FOR MAKING DESERTS!
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO CAME AND SUPPORTED THE EVENT AND ENJOYED THE EVENING!
THANK YOU TO THE COUNTLESS VOLUNTEERS WHO HELPED PREPARE, SET UP, AND CLEAN UP.
WE COULDN’T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU!!
FROM THE PARISH OFFICE
The St. Bernard office, located directly across from St Bernard church, is now the designated office
for both St. Francis/OM and St. Bernard Churches.
Our mailing address is PO Box 2394, Bradford, PA 16701
and phone number is 362-6825. Email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
All payments should be directed to this office,
MAKING SURE TO NOTE WHETHER IT IS ST. FRANCIS or ST. BERNARD business.
Since OMPH is now absorbed by St. Francis, all checks for both churches should be made out to St. Francis.
All mass requests, baptism arrangements, marriage inquiries, requests for duplicate certificates, as well as event booking for the Anthonian,
Fr. Ritchie or Fr. Gallina Halls, in other words, EVERYTHING, should be directed to this office.
We are also the point of contact for the St. Bernard Cemetery.
Please have patience with us.
and the generosity of our sponsors our bulletins are now in full color!
Prayer in Time of Hope
God of all creation,
Things are moving, changing.
Old ways are being re-examined, set aside, to make room for new ways of being church.
It is as you said, “See I am making all things new.”
It feels like this change has been a long time coming.
The church is bigger than bricks and mortar.
But it doesn’t always seem that way. In many of our churches, more time — and money — is spent on facilities than on formation.
This is my church, the place my faith was shaped,the keeper of memories.
But, if I am honest, memories are not enough to hold me or others if we don’t all feel connected to the community or the communion.
Something has to be done. The paint is peeling, the pews are empty.
Fewer people are coming for communion or community.
Everyone seems to agree that something must be done, but no onewants that something to arrive at their doorstep.
It is painful to watch, painful to experience — especially for many whose roots go deep, who want God and church to stay put.
But God will not be kept in a box. Or in a church. God is bigger. Faith is bigger.
We, the church, must be bigger. Big enough to change in order to survive, to adapt in order to grow stronger.
Big enough to dare ourselves to create community in a newway, to embrace others beyond our walls.
I have heard that catholic —small c —means universal.
Maybe this is the time we embrace
what it means to be Catholic and catholic.
Maybe this is the time to open our hearts, open our minds, open the doors of community,
wherever that may be.