At Baptism, you became a member of God's Family and the Catholic Church. For most people, this was the first gift of God's grace that your parents desired for you. We are called to follow God's son, Jesus daily in our life. The Holy Spirit who came to the Apostles on Pentecost, the birthday of our church, calls you to St. Bernadette parish to engage in community to grow in our faith together. We gather weekly at Mass to give our thanks to God for all the gifts he has given to us.
Forming our faith is a life long journey for which we are here to help you with. As a parent, your faith should be reflected in your daily life for your children to model. Our ministry is to assist you in this journey. The resources listed below are to enrich your personal relationship with Christ and your understanding of our Catholic Church. Explore our main parish website at www.saintbopny.org for additional information.
3-Minute Retreat from Loyola Press offers a short prayer break right at your computer. Spend quiet time reflecting on a Scripture passage with beautiful music and pictures.
Give Us This Day offers God’s words (prayers and readings for daily Mass), reflection on the Scriptures for each day, and various prayer including Morning and Evening prayer that will deepen your relationship with God and the doing of God’s will from Liturgical Press.
Universalis enables you to join Christians all over the world in praying the Liturgy of the Hours by providing prayers, psalms, and meditation for every hour of every day.
Sacred Space is a joint apostolate of the Irish Province of the Society of Jesus and Loyola Press. It is inspired by the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola and offers a daily session of prayer including preparing your body and mind, and culminating in reflection on a Scripture passage chosen specially for the day.
Light a Candle Throughout the world, lighting candles is a sacred ritual. We light a candle for many purposes: to illuminate darkness, dedicate prayers, solidify intentions, offer blessings, evoke Spirit, and/or to nourish grateful living. Here you will be guided step-by-step to engage in prayer and light a virtual candle that will stay “lit” for 48 hours.
Come, Pray the Rosary An online experience that allows Catholics worldwide to join together in praying the Rosary with subtitles and a video to engage you .
Pray as You Go A daily audio prayer session lasting between 10 and 13 minutes, combining music, Scripture, and some questions for reflection.
The Daily Examen Prayer guides you through a five-minute review of your day following the steps outlined by St. Ignatius of Loyola from Discerning Hearts.
Online Retreat designed for people too busy to make a traditional 30-day Ignatian retreat. A simple guide each week places themes, reflections, questions, and desires into the background of our busy lives.
Freedom from Worry Guided Meditation As parents, you probably worry about life, your children, your family and friends. This 2- 1/2 minute meditation places you in the comfort of God's love.