Saturday, July 27, 2013

Full schedule of events commemorating the feast day of St. Bernard of Clairvaux

St. Bernard of
The St. Bernard Catholic Faith community will celebrate the feast day of our patron saint, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, with a series of events beginning on Aug. 16 and culminating Bernard's feast day on Aug. 20.

From "Saint Bernard of Clairvaux 1090-1153" by M. Basil Pennington, OCSO:

Bernard, the founding abbot of Clairvaux Abbey in Burgundy, was one of the most commanding church leaders in the first half of the 12th century as well as one of the greatest spiritual masters of all times and the most powerful propagator of the Cistercian reform.

He was born in Fontaines-les-Dijon in 1090 and entered the Abbey of Citeaux in 1112, bringing 30 of his relatives with him, including five of his brothers; his youngest brother and his widowed father followed later.

After receiving a monastic formation from St. Stephen Harding, he was sent in 1115 to begin a new monastery near Aube: Clairvaux, the Valley of Light. As a young abbot he published a series of sermons on the Annunciation. These marked him not only as a most gifted spiritual writer but also as the "cithara of Mary," especially noted for his development of Mary's mediatorial role.

Schedule of events
  • Friday, August 16
7 p.m. | Evening of prayer for men and women in English.

At the evening of prayer, we will reflect upon our patron saint and to open ourselves to some of the gifts he offers us as Catholics under his special patronage.

  • Saturday, August 17
6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. | St. Bernard feast day Mardi Gras dinner and dance celebration.

Join us as we celebrate our patron saint. The dinner and dance will take place in the St. Bernard School volleyball courts. Cost is $25 per person. Price includes a bus turnaround trip to a casino. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call the church office at (323) 255-6142, or Rosie Mayneto at (323) 535-3840.

  • Sunday, August 18
After all Masses | Children's day celebration of our patron saint.

Join us as we listen to our children's reflections about St. Bernard

  • Monday, August 19
7 p.m. | Noche de oración para hombres y mujeres en Español.

  • Tuesday, August 20 (Feast day of St. Bernard) 
7 p.m. | St. Bernard feast day Mass. Refreshments and fellowship follow after Mass.

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