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

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

Sunday
(Summer Schedule) 8:00am, 10:00am, and 11:30am

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 Luciano, 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

Meet The Staff

Clergy

Work Phone: 908 725 0552 x803

Monsignor Randall J. Vashon was born in Waterville, Maine, to the late Simone and Clarence Vashon. He has two brothers, Jim and Wayne who still reside in Maine with their families.

Monsignor Vashon completed his seminary training at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary, Weston, Mass., receiving a Master of Divinity Degree and was ordained by Bishop Vincent De Paul Breen on May 27, 2000 for service in the Diocese of Metuchen. In September of 2011, His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI honored Msgr. Vashon by naming him a Chaplain to His Holiness with the title of “Reverend Monsignor.”

Since his ordination, he has served at St. Joseph Parish in Bound Brook, St. Thomas the Apostle in Old Bridge, Nativity of Our Lord in Monroe, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary in Hopelawn and Holy Spirit in Perth Amboy (now Good Shepherd Parish), and most recently as the pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Annandale.

Prior to his ordination, Msgr. Vashon had a successful career in banking and trust accounting automation.

The Pastor can be reached by phone with any spiritual or personal needs you may have, or by calling his Assistant, Ginny Hayden at extension 802 to set up an appointment.

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Rev. Edmund Luciano Parochial Vicar
Work Phone: 908-725-0552 x806
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Rev. Andrew Smith OSB Weekend Assistant

Fr. Andrew Smith, O.S.B.  is a Benedictine who lives and works at St. Mary`s Abbey, Delbarton in Morristown, NJ.  Fr. Andrew teaches high school French at the Delbarton School and serves our community on the weekend.

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Having been a Deacon for 30 years has some perks, not the least of which has been the opportunity to baptize our two younger children, our grandchildren and a decent percentage of the under 17 crowd in the Parish. I also have some very special memories of the couples in the Pre-Cana groups that my wife, Vivian and I have worked with over the years and especially those couples whose weddings I have witnessed.

An area of special interest to me has always been the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Program. I have been involved with this program for the last 22 years, which includes the 18 years our family have been part of the Faith Community at St. Bernard. The RCIA program is for people who wish to become Roman Catholics and journeying with them to reach this goal has allowed me to see our faith through new eyes over and over again.

I was born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens and allegedly have not lost my accent. Vivian and I have been married for 35 years and have happily survived the raising of our 4 children. I have worked for Deloitte Consulting since 1987 as a consultant and in Human Relations. I am currently pursuing a Masters degree in Theology at Seton Hall University. Previously I received my undergraduate degree in business and a Masters in Counseling.

Besides doing nothing, my other hobbies are traveling, reading and reading about traveling.

Deacon Pat Cline can be reached by e-mailing PJCJR123@yahoo.com or by calling 908-526-5019.

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Work Phone: 908 725 0552 x805

My wife, Debbie, and I have been members of St. Bernard for over 20 years. We have three children –  Carmella and her husband Chris,  our oldest Ian and his wife, Angela and Luke, who is our youngest. It was with great pleasure that I presided at both Ian and Angela’s wedding and at Carmela and Chris’ as well.  I was also privileged to baptize my son, Luke, 15 years ago.

After 30 years practicing law as a private attorney and a State’s prosecutor I retired in 2003.  Hallelujah!!!!

I was ordained a deacon 16 years ago and have been assigned to St. Bernard ever since.  My diaconate ministry has been very enjoyable and fulfilling.  In addition to performing baptisms, weddings, prayer services and assisting and preaching at mass, I am on the parish Stewardship Council and facilitate both our baptism preparation program and our welcoming program for new parishioners, known as New Beginnings, New Friends.  I also take communion to the local senior residences and periodically drive the SHIP truck which brings hot meals to the less fortunate.

It’s hard to choose, but I’d say the parts of my ministry I enjoy the most are probably marriage preparation of couples for their wedding and meeting young couples through my baptism preparation ministry. I can be reached by e-mail at gcsims@msn.com or by calling 908-725-3288.

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Office of Catechetical Formation

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Karen Dill Parish Catechetical Leader and Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation
Work Phone: 908-725-0552 ext. 825

Karen has been involved in faith formation ministry for over twenty years, prior to joining St. Bernard, Karen served as PCL at Our Lady of the Mount in Warren for fourteen years. She possesses a Master Catechist Certification from Felician College, Lodi, NJ, and a Catechist Accreditation in Religious Education through the Diocese of Metuchen. Karen is passionate about welcoming children and their families to the traditions and beauty of our Catholic faith and fostering a closer, more personal relationship with Jesus.

In addition to directing the faith formation program at Our Lady of the Mount, Karen has been active in several parish ministries, forming a faith-sharing group for catechists, singing in the Contemporary Choir and serving as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. Together with her husband, Eric, they served as Pre-Cana and Baptismal preparation facilitators.

Karen and Eric have two sons, Evan, currently serving in the US Navy as an Ensign in Washington, DC, and Andrew, a junior at Seton Hall University. Just last year they added to the family when they adopted Lily, an adorable Chihuahua-terrier mix.

 

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Mary Sullivan Religous Ed Secretary
Work Phone: 908 725 0552 x811
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Parish Staff

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Mrs. Christina Blalock Director, Sacred Music
Work Phone: 908 725 0552 x807

Christina Blalock is the Director of Sacred Music for St. Bernard Church.  Christina plays organ and piano for liturgy and directs the Children’s Choir, Parish Choir and coaches Cantors. Anyone interested in participating in Music Ministry either as a singer or instrumentalist is encouraged to contact Christina. She also assists in planning music for particular liturgies, such as weddings and funerals. Contact Christina at (908) 725-0552 x 807 or cblalock@stbernardbridgewater.org.

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Ginny Hayden Office Manager & Administrative Assistant to the Pastor
Work Phone: 908 725 0552 x802

Virginia (Ginny) Hayden,  is our Office Manager and Administrative Assistant to our Pastor, Msgr. Joe Celano. She can be reached by phone at 908-725-0552 ext. 802, and by email at office@stbernardbridgewater.org. Please feel free to call upon Ginny with any of your parish needs, concerns, with any questions you may have, or if you have something you would like brought to the attention of  the pastor. Ginny is also the person to call if you would like to schedule an appointment with Msgr. Joe.

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Donna Blanton Receptionist, Parish Registrar and Baptism & Wedding Preparation
Work Phone: 908 725 0552 x800

Donna Blanton our Receptionist and Parish Registrar will be happy to greet you and to address or direct any needs you may have. Donna handles our registration process and sacramental preparation for Baptism and Matrimony. Please call Donna at 908-725-0552, ext. 800. Donna can also be reached via email at dblanton@stbernardbridgewater.org.

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Christine Yarwood Bulletin Editor, Parish Calendar and Website Manager
Work Phone: 908 725 0552 x818

Christine keeps the parish calendar current and also is responsible for managing the parish website. In addition, Christine also prepares the parish weekly bulletin which is distributed after all weekend masses and is available online via the parish website. Please contact Christine regarding any parish calendar scheduling need and to also submit items for the parish bulletin. She can be reached at 908-725-0552 ext. 818 or via email at cyarwood@stbernardbridgewater.org. Please note all submissions for the parish bulletin are due no later than Noon Sunday for publication in the upcoming Sunday’s bulletin.

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Mr. Bill Chmielewski Maintainance Supervisor
Work Phone: 908 725 0552 x819

Bill Chmielewski, our Maintenance Supervisor is always hard at work fixing our small emergencies. If you or your ministry need to make any special arrangements for time or space which would involve the set up of an area or if you want to report an issue with maintenance, Bill can be reached at extension 819 or via email at bchmielewski@stbernardbridgewater.org.

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Mr. Brian Curtis Finance and Business Manager
Work Phone: 908 725 0552 x821

Brian Curtis is in charge of accounting and bookeeping here at St. Bernard and is in the parish office at different times during the weekdays and some evenings as well. If you have any parish financial questions, you may reach Brian at 908-725-0552 x821.

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Work Phone: 908 725 0552

Evelyn Mutek is our Parish Sacristan, and is in charge of making our priests and our parish look good every Sunday by working behind the scenes to get everything setup and broken down in the church and chapel. She also makes sure that we have all the hosts, wines, etc. that are needed to ensure the smooth, reverent celebration of liturgy here at St. Bernard. Her association with the parish goes back many, many years, to when we were still located in Raritan. In fact Evelyn is the person who has been a part of St. Bernard longer than anyone else on staff. She can be reached by calling the parish office and leaving a message for her

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St. Bernard Cemetery

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Mr. Mark LaFleur Cemetery Director
Work Phone: 908 725 5566

Mark LaFleur, our Cemetery Director, has been employed with St. Bernard for over 25 years, managing and maintaining the mausoleums and cemetery grounds, as well as caring for our families before and after bereavement. Mark is available to meet with families and discuss all of the options St. Bernard has to offer, and the importance of choosing a Catholic Cemetery as a final resting place for themselves and their loved ones.

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Mary Beth Hansen Cemetery Secretary
Work Phone: 908 725 5566

Mary Beth Hansen, our Cemetery Secretary, works out of the cemetery house office on Route 28. Her duties include assisting Mark with new and innovative ideas and programs to serve our families and the maintenance and updating of all cemetery records on computer. Mary Beth also handles all billing and administrative tasks.

If you need to discuss Cemetery business or have questions about St. Bernard Cemetery, including inquiries concerning the purchase or the location of grave-sites or mausoleum spaces, please contact Mary Beth, at 908-725-5566. She will also handle any billing or deed inquiries you may have. Mary Beth is generally in the Cemetery Office, located at 551 Route 28, adjacent to the cemetery, between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM each weekday. You may email the cemetery at cemetery@stbernardbridgewater.org.

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