Mass Times

Weekdays
Monday thru Friday,
8:00am, 12:10pm (Chapel)
(12:10pm suspended in July & Aug.)

Saturday
9:00am (Chapel)
5:15pm (vigil)

Sunday
7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am, and 12:00 noon.

Holy Days
8:00am, 12:10pm,
7:30pm

Confessions
Saturday 4 to 5pm,
or by appointment

Served By

Rev. Msgr. Randall J. Vashon, Pastor
Rev. Edmund A. Luciano III, K.H.S., Parochial Vicar
Rev. Andrew Smith, O.S.B., Weekend Assistant
Deacon Patrick J. Cline
Deacon Gerard Sims
Mrs. Christina Blalock, Director of Sacred Music
Mrs. Karen Dill, Director, Office of Catechetical Formation
Mr. Sean O’Brien, Youth Ministry Leader
Mr. Mark LaFleur, Director of St. Bernard Cemetery and Mausoleums
Ms. Ginny Hayden, Parish Office Manager and Assistant to the Pastor
Mr. William Chmielewski, Director of Maintenance

Contact Us

St Bernard of Clairvaux Church
500 U.S. HWY. 22
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Phone: (908) 725-0552
Fax: (908) 725-4524
office@stbernardbridgewater.org

Respect for Life

Respect for Life graphicBuilding a culture of life in our community through
education, pastoral care, advocacy and prayer

Respect for Life/Pro-life Awareness is a ministry dedicated to communicating issues or programs that support the Church’s teaching on the dignity and respect for all human life and the action we can take. As lay persons, we strive to deepen that respect for all human life in our working world through a life of prayer, frequent participation in the sacraments, receiving doctrinal formation and the practice of giving of self in the service to the Body of Christ.

Any person motivated with a passion to deepen the respect for human life would be a great asset to this ministry.

Activities consist of assisting in the promotion of awareness of issues that threaten human life. Members participate in efforts that promote dignity and love of neighbor at the parish and public level, attend Prolife activities  in the Diocese, support efforts in our parish and community and volunteer with specific agencies or programs that support Prolife.

For more information about this ministry or any of the highlighted activities, please contact:

respect life contacts

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PUBLIC POLICY UPDATES

Physician-Assisted Suicide – What is at stake? A2451/S2474

For more information, refer to www.noassistedsuicidenj.org or www.usccb.org/toliveeachday

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If you placed a child for adoption in New Jersey,

You need to know the law has changed

Birth Parents Must Take Action to Preserve their Privacy!

For well over a century the Catholic Church in New Jersey has provided adoption services. Throughout all those years, the Church promised to honor the privacy of birth parents and adoptees. The promise of privacy also was     assured by law and affirmed by the State Superior Court. Those promises can no longer be kept. On May 27, 2014, a new law took     effect that will allow adoptees and certain relatives to request and obtain the names of their biological parents beginning January 1, 2017.

Any birth parents who wish to preserve their privacy must submit a Redaction Request Form to the New Jersey Department of Health, no later than December 31, 2016. By filing this form, birth parents will be able to keep their names off any documents provided by the State to adoptees or anyone else. The State made the Redaction Request Form public on August 3, 2015. The form can be downloaded at http://nj.gov/health/forms/reg-36c.pdf.

If you know a person who placed a child in adoption, please tell them that if they do not file a Redaction Request Form, their name and other information could be given to the adoptee. Please inform anyone needing assistance that the New Jersey Catholic Conference offers a dedicated HELPLINE at 609-989-4809 or online at www.njcathconf.com

Other Good Resources:

New Jersey Right to Life

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Respect Life page

Diocesan Website – Respect Life Page

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Mark Your Calendars

October is Respect Life Month!

Oct 1     Life Chain

Promote the sanctity of Life by attending the Life Chain in Somerville, Sunday October 1st, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm or by attending

What is Life Chain??

Life Chain is a peaceful, prayerful, silent and

non-confrontational demonstration, which brings together people of all faiths and all ages to make a powerful, visual statement about the value and dignity of every life.

When: Sunday October 1st, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm (rain or shine)

Where: Somerville (Somerset St. & Mountain Ave.)

Contact: Kevin Dugan (908) 788-7736

 

Oct 12     Life Choices annual Fundraiser Banquet

Please join me at my table. Contact: Carolyn Alaimo 908-575-7857

 

Oct 14     Critical Life Issues Conference

St. John Neumann Pastoral Center 146 Metlars Lane Piscataway NJ 08854 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, $25, To register or for more info, contact Angela Marshall 732-562-1990 ext. 1543, amarshall@diometuchen.org

 

Oct   New Jersey Right to Life Raffle Ticket Sales.

Volunteers needed to sell tickets. Can you lend a hand? Contact Carolyn Alaimo 908-575-7857.

 

 

 

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crib 2Keep Filling Our Crib

Please know that the Mothers in need are truly grateful for the support they receive from the St. Bernard Community. So please keep the donations coming. The crib will be kept in the usher’s closet (next to the pamphlet rack in the Narthex). Currently, there is a need for formula, baby cereal, diapers and wipes, baby lotion, baby shampoo, and layette items are always appreciated. Gently used clothing, toys and children’s books are welcome.

 

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Introducing the ST. GIANNA AWARD!

respect life ribbonThe Respect for Life ministry introduces a new award to recognize exemplary service to help build a culture of life in St. Bernard’s parish. We have named the award for St. Gianna Beretta Molla, patron saint for mothers, physicians, and unborn children.

St. Gianna was a gynecologist who fully understood the sanctity of life. Recognizing that in every  person dwells the face of Christ, she wrote “Our body is a cenacle, a monstrance: through its crystal the world should see God.” St. Gianna also knew that true Christian love can demand suffering, writing that “Love and sacrifice are closely linked, like the sun and the light. We cannot love without suffering and we cannot suffer without love.”

St. Gianna demonstrated these values clearly in her life. While 2 months pregnant with her fourth child, she developed a fibroma on her uterus. After examination, the doctors gave her three choices:  an abortion, a complete hysterectomy, or removal of only the fibroma. She chose removal of the fibroma* and continued what proved to be a difficult pregnancy. Seven days after the birth of her youngest daughter, St. Gianna died from complications.

*The Catholic Church forbids all direct abortion even when the woman’s life is in danger,

but Catholic teaching would have allowed Gianna

to undergo a hysterectomy, which would have resulted in her unborn child’s death as an unintended consequence.

ST. GIANNA AWARD RECIPIENTS

Peter Tarantino – Read his story!