#504 – Dick Bernard: Church, State, the Stadium, and We, the People

This morning, as usual on Sunday, I went to 9:30 Mass at Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. Not as usual, I entered through the door directly beneath the west bell tower. I noticed a new marble step there. That door has been blocked off by yellow police tape for a long time – most […]

#492 – Dick Bernard: Christmas all year long….

I was at 7:30 a.m. Mass Christmas Day at Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis. Usually, I’m found at 9:30 a.m. They had a need for a few ushers, the time was open, so I volunteered. Celebrant this day was Father Tim Backous. He is a regular visitor from St. John’s University in Collegeville MN, and […]

#421 – Dick Bernard: "Be SEEN, Be HEARD"

One of my favorite volunteer duties is usher at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis MN. Through the doors of that magnificent place come people at all places in their faith journey, the welcoming and non-judgmental mantra of the Parish. The Sunday just past I was working at the back (main) entrance to the […]

#330 – Dick Bernard: The Gospel According to Rasheed

Last Sunday, a visiting Pastor, Fr.Michael O’Connell, a man we greatly respect and admire, gave the homily, based, he said, on one of the readings for the day, Isaiah 58:7-10. He had just returned from a three week January vacation in San Diego, a place a bit warmer than the Twin Cities, and he had […]

#309 – Dick Bernard: Prelude to Bells for Haiti, 3:53 p.m. CST January 12, 2011

One year ago today – it was Sunday, January 10, 2010 at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis MN – I was privileged to hear one of the most powerful messages for justice I have ever heard. The event is described in a blog post I did at the time. You can access it […]

#303 – Dick Bernard: A Christmas Message "what's in a word"

We attended Christmas morning Mass at Minneapolis’ Basilica of St. Mary, where the celebrant was Archbishop John Nienstedt of the Diocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis. The Archbishop’s homily was on the theme of the importance of words: “what’s in a word”. I was particularly struck by a story he related at the end of his sermon. […]

#284 – Dick Bernard: advent of Advent

In my own faith tradition, American Roman Catholic, today is the first Sunday of Advent, the beginning of the liturgical year. It is a part of the liturgical calendar in many churches, observed in various ways in the present day. As the visiting Priest pointed out today, the religious Advent has lots of competitors, primary […]