Penance (Confession, Reconciliation):
Saturday 9:00 AM (after 8:30 mass)
Monday 6:00-6:45 PM
Anointing of the Sick
Anointing of the Sick is offered after each Mass on the first Sunday of every month.
Please wait in the front pew until Father returns at the end of the Mass.
Baptisms are celebrated every second and fourth Sunday at 1:30 PM.
Pre-Baptismal Seminar are held on the third Monday of every month at 7:00 PM, in the school library.
Please call Parish Office to reserve dates for both the Pre-Baptismal Seminar, and your child’s Baptism. (412) 373-0050.
“Adoration is essentially an embrace with Jesus in which I say to him: ‘I am Yours, and I ask You, please stay with me always.'”~Pope Benedict XVI
Eucharistic adoration is the practice of placing the Consecrated Bread, the Host, on the altar in a monstrance so that the faithful may join in prayer and worship before the presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Praying before the Eucharist can be a time of reflection, adoration, and growth in true love for God and others. The Eucharist (which means “thanksgiving”) draws us closer to God, nourishes our own life and spirituality, and impels us to be witnesses of God’s love in the world through our words and actions.
This traditional service begins with prayer, and song. It is then followed by an hour of silence, which allows us to connect personally with Christ embodied, as we let go of the rush of the world, and give one hour completely to God. This time can be spent in simple conversation with Christ, by praying the rosary, or by reading from Scripture. The service ends with the singing of the traditional Latin hymn, Tantum Ergo, and the Benediction of the Holy Sacrament. This service provides the community an opportunity to worship God in a quiet, intimate setting, allowing for all our fears and worries to be washed away as we adore the glory that is Jesus Christ, the Lord.
Mondays: (Beginning Sept. 15, 2014)
——–Mass at 9:30 AM, Adoration beginning directly after (approx. 10:00 AM) until 7:00 PM
——–Confessions will be from 6:00-6:45 PM PM
——–Mass at 7:00 PM
PLEASE NOTE: There may be times when some of the Adoration times may be cancelled or modified due to scheduling conflicts. Please check the bulletin and/or the church doors for changes.
Funerals are held on weekdays, usually at 10:00 AM.
To inquire about funeral arrangements, please call the Parish Office. (412) 373-0050.
“Therefore a man leaves his father and mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh.” ~Genesis 2:24
“The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, article 1602)
To prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage, couples must first contact the Parish Office, and make an appointment with the Pastor who will assist you in the wedding process.
Weddings must be arranged at least six months prior to the anticipated date. Most are scheduled for 3:00 PM on Saturdays.
Wedding Music Guidelines
During the celebration of weddings, just as at Sunday liturgy, the members of the assembly are to enter into full, conscious, and active participation in singing the various parts of the liturgy. This is to be of primary importance and enhanced with competent musical leadership.
According to the document: Music for the Wedding Ritual: A Guide for Planning (Page5, #5 and #6; published by the Office for Music Ministry of the Diocese of Pittsburgh):
“All Music before, during, and following the wedding liturgy must: reflect the reverence and dignity of the occasion, intensify the Christian meaning of the liturgical service, and dignify and enhance the sacredness of the wedding liturgy must be consistent with the theological and liturgical tradition of the Catholic Church.”
“Music used before the liturgy prepares the community for sacramental worship. It creates a framework to enhance the liturgy and cannot be seen as something apart from it. What is not appropriate during the ceremony is also not appropriate in the church. Therefore the following are not acceptable: 1) any music which is secular that neglects or obscures the sacred purpose of the liturgy and the holy union of the couple with each other and with Christ; 2) music that would merely recall sentimental, personal associations – like the first song the couple heard together (within a public worship service such exclusive and private references are not appropriate); 3) pop tunes and theater music (such music is to be reserved to the reception or other social functions).” It is also important to note that pre-recorded music is not permitted in Catholic liturgies.
Mr. Joshua Bandish, Director of Music Ministry at Saint Bernadette Parish, or another Saint Bernadette organist, will serve as musician for your wedding. All arrangements for music at your wedding liturgy must be made through Mr. Bandish, who may be reached at the parish office by dialing 412-373-0050 (extension 217) or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. All plans that involve the service of outside musicians, accompanists, and cantors must be first discussed with Mr. Bandish. Outside Soloists are only permitted to sing at the time of the prelude before the wedding liturgy begins, and if the wedding is celebrated within the context of Mass, the soloist may sing at the offertory (time of the preparation of the gifts of bread and wine). A cantor from Saint Bernadette Parish must be used for the service music throughout all wedding liturgies.
It is important for you to contact Mr. Bandish six months in advance of your scheduled wedding date to arrange music for your wedding liturgy. The decisions regarding all music for your wedding liturgy are made in consultation with Mr. Bandish. His decisions regarding music are final.
Outside soloists and instrumentalists are permitted under the following conditions:
A) The selection of the music for the wedding liturgy rests solely with the Director of Music Ministry at Saint Bernadette Parish.
B) The additional time necessary to meet with and rehearse with any outside musicians may require additional fees for the Saint Bernadette Director of Music Ministry.
C) Your visiting musicians are to be of the highest quality with some background din the area of liturgical music.
Please consult the parish wedding guide for the current fee schedule for Saint Bernadette Cantors and Director of Music Ministries, Fees are due the day of the rehearsal and should be given to the Saint Bernadette bridal coordinator or pastor.
RCIA Process/Sacraments of Initiation for Adults
Do you know someone who might want to join the Catholic Church? Do you want to become more involved in your own faith and learn more? Do you want to find out more about what the Catholic Church teaches? Consider joining us for RCIA: the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. It is open to anyone curious about our Church and our faith. Classes will begin September 24, 2014.
Please call Deacon Mike at the Parish Office to register or for more details.