Welcome to the web site for the Parish of St. Bernard, located in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia. Since 1927, St. Bernard has been serving the surrounding community. Feel free to explore our web site. If you are visiting from out of town, you probably want to start by viewing our Mass Times and Directions to our Church. If you are new to our neighborhood and would like to join the church, please make an appointment with the Rectory either by phone or by e-mail. And if you are a regular parishioner, please take a look at the parish calendar and our What's Happening page. We hope to see you at mass and at our parish gatherings soon!

God Bless!

                                THE JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY

                     December 8, 2015 through November 20, 2016

In proclaiming a Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Holy Father has exercised the authority given to him by Jesus Christ (Mt 16:19) and opened for us a time of grace.  The Year of Mercy is about many things, the tender mercy God shows to all mankind, repentance from sin as our response to God's mercy and the mercy we are called to show to others.  At the center of this holy year is our personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  We are called to look honestly at our relationship with the Lord, to turn from the ways that we have preferred our own will to do his and to seek reconciliation.  This puts the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation at the center of the Year of Mercy.  During this holy year, each of us is invited to renew or begin a commitment to the regular practice of sacramental confession.  It is here that we will hear with our ears and experience in our hearts Jesus' most consoling words, "I absolve you of your sins." Even if it has been a long time since your last Confession, Pope Francis encourages you, "..Don not lose another day.  Go, the priest will be good ...Dear friends, celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation means being enfolded in a warm embrace: It is the embrace of the Father's infinite mercy."

A Jubilee Year is about freedom.  God wishes to act in our lives this year, setting us free and bringing us peace.  Let us spend this year actively seeking ways to allow him to do so. 

How to live It

During this sacred time, consider making a commitment to pray the Chaplet of Diving Mercy each day.  This 10 minute prayer uses traditional Rosary beads to meditate upon the infinite mercy of God.  To learn more about the Chaplet and other ways to celebrate the Holy Year, visit the Archdiocesan webpage archphila.org/mercy.