What’s Happening at St. Bernadette’s?

July 27, 2020


We will begin taking Mass intentions for September through December on Monday, August 3rd.  The rectory will be open from 9am—noon and 1pm—5pm (1pm – 3pm on Fridays) to take your requests. 

June 26, 2020

It is with great joy and profound appreciation to God our Father that I announce to you that I am now the officially appointed Pastor of St. Bernadette Parish.  It is a  humbling position to be appointed to.  To be responsible for the care of souls is the most profound vocation and task that one can accept.  It is humbling to walk with others with their hurts and angers, worries and fears, joys and sorrows.  I ask that you please walk with me as we begin this chapter of the life of St. Bernadette Parish.  I cannot do this alone.  By the grace of God and the charity of people may the good work we begin today come to a successful completion in the Kingdom of Heaven!


With much gratitude to God, I am

Fr. Michael Saban

June 22, 2020

With excitement, we are able to share that Father Michael Saban has officially been named the

Sixth Pastor of St. Bernadette of Lourdes Parish!

Installation details to follow in the near future.

June 10, 2020

We are happy to announce that the St. Leonie Aviat Novena will begin again on  Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 7:00PM.
In order to make it possible to maintain proper social distancing, we
will meet in the Church rather than the chapel. The parking lot side doors of the Church and the handicap/ramp door will be the only doors open. Please contact Deacon Tom Fitzpatrick with any questions ~ deacontom@stbl.org   or  610 246 9052

June 6, 2020

Welcome Home!

June 1, 2020

Great news!  Archbishop Pérez has announced that parishes of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will be able to resume public Masses the weekend of June 6 and 7.  We at St. Bernadette Parish look forward to welcoming you back!

Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus as we make our way back to the in person celebration of the Mass.

While our county remains in the Yellow Phase of statewide reopening, all of us need to do our part to make sure that our return to Mass is a peaceful and safe experience for all. Please take the time to read the instructions below. We ask everyone to follow these guidelines when attending Mass during this period:

The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation continues to be lifted during the Yellow Phase. You are not required to attend Mass at this time.

  • Please stay home if you are sick.
  • Please stay home if you are at higher risk of severe illness with COVID19. If you are uncertain about your risk status, please consult your doctor and also the CDC Guidelines at the link below.
  • Mass will continue to be available via live-stream.
    • Visit our website at stbl.org and click on “view Mass online”


  • Monday through Friday – 8:30am (Church is open after Mass until 12noon)
  • Saturday – 4:30pm (Confessions 3:30pm – 4:15pm)
  • Sunday – 9am and 11am 


  • Please wash your hands for 20 seconds using soap and water.
  • Before entering the Church, please put on a face mask or cloth covering. Exceptions to this are “children younger than 2 years old, anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, and anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance” (CDC Guidelines).
  • Please do not come to Mass if you are sick or are at higher risk for severe illness with COVID19 (see above).
  • Missalettes will not be in the pews during this period. You are welcome to bring your own missal/readings with you. 


  • All doors will remain open during Mass to avoid touching the handles.
  • Air-conditioner will not be on but the windows will be open to allow fresh air.
  • Hand sanitizers will be available at the Church entrances. Please use the hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting the Church. 


  • We are permitted to have up to a 50% capacity in the church.  When taking your seat, please use a pew that has not been closed to ensure proper social distancing.
  • The cry room will be closed.
  • Members of the same household may sit together as normal. Please place 6 feet between your household and members of a different household. 


  • There will be no Sign of Peace during Mass during the Yellow Phase.
  • The Precious Blood will not be distributed during Mass during the Yellow Phase.
  • There should be no holding of hands during the Our Father.
  • Ushers will take up the collection. 


  • There will be one or two single file lines down the middle aisle to receive Communion and then you are to return to your pew by way of the side aisles.
  • Please maintain social distancing in the Communion line. Please keep several pews between yourself and the person in front of you while in line and when returning to your pew.
  • During the Yellow Phase, the faithful are asked to receive Holy Communion in the hand.
  • Please remove your mask before receiving Holy Communion. 


  • At the conclusion of Mass, please exit the Church and proceed directly to your car. Please do not congregate for any reason.
  • Please take a parish bulletin home with you.  Bulletins can be found at the entrances of church or on the parish website at stbl.org
  • Please leave your mask on until you exit the Church.


St. Bernadette Parish will follow the guidelines from the CDC for sanitation as we resume public Masses.

Please remember that this is a fluid situation and things could be constantly changing!
Be sure to check the website for ongoing updates – stbl.org “What’s Happening”!

Be flexible!
Be fun!
Be aware and be courteous!
It makes a difference!!

Fr. Michael Saban

May 28, 2020


There is a light at the end of this journey!  It’s our Road to Emmaus, when we recognize Jesus in the Breaking of the Bread.  It has been our upper room, waiting for the Resurrection, the Holy Spirit to come upon us, a place where we waited in fear, anxiety, frustration, anticipation.  That same upper room was where the disciples and Jesus celebrated the Passover and witnessed the institution of the Eucharist.  It’s where they met after the terror of Good Friday.  It’s where they wept on Holy Saturday.  It’s where they heard the good news that He is risen.  He is not among the dead.  It’s where Thomas would doubt it and then proclaim Jesus as “My Lord and my God.”  That upper room where the disciples and apostles would meet to answer questions and figure out problems.  It is where they would pray and then receive the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, the Promise that God would not leave us alone.  It is indeed the place where Peter and the apostles would first begin to preach fearlessly the Gospel, the Suffering, the Resurrection.  It is a room where sorrows and fears were brought, hope shared, hurts healed.  It was the first of many upper rooms.
As of Saturday, June 6, our upper room, our church, will be open for Mass again!  It’s time to come back and bring your joys and fears and worries.  It’s time to heal and forgive.  It’s time to rejoice and recognize Him in the Breaking of the Bread.  It is time to come home.  Do not delay.  It will be neat to see everyone again instead of just a camera in the back of the church.  Our schedule for the weekends has been modified for the summer:
                        Saturday:     Confessions 3:30pm – 4:15pm
                                                Mass – 4:30pm
                        Sunday:         Mass – 9:00am and 11:00am

It will be the summer schedule, and probably longer than that.

The Live Stream is still available!



While we are gathering again to pray and receive Jesus in the Eucharist, there are some temporary changes in place.

  1. As you enter the church, you will see that the holy water fonts are empty.  They will remain empty until all things seem clear.  The holy water container does have holy water.  You can take a container and fill it from there to take home.
  2. Social distancing will be with us for a while.  Some pews will be closed off as to space everyone out a bit.  Remember, if you feel someone is too close to you, don’t make a fuss or a scene.  Slide down the pew or move.  We’ve got plenty of room!
  3. The missalettes are in storage until the okay is given.  We have got to keep surfaces clear.  Now we’ve got to be better listeners to the word proclaimed.
  4. NO offertory procession
  5. NO sign of peace
  6. NO Communion to be received on the tongue.  Communion is to be received in the hand only.  Please do not make a fuss about this.  It is for your health as well as the health of the Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist – gotta to be wise!
  7. Keep supporting your parish.  Those envelopes are really important!  Our situation is growing precarious.  There will be more about that as we progress into the summer months.
  8. Gotta pray and persevere as this virus hopefully recedes and we can go and gain something of our former good ways back.  It has all been so odd – so many questions – so many stories!


A big thank you to those who cut the grass last week and who have been trimming the bushes and so many other things.  We did so many cuts so as to save the resources.  We were looking sloppy.  But, I think we can get back on track with things in June.  It will all look better again!
Well, that seems like that is all for now.  That’s a lot to take in!  I just want to thank so many of you for all your support and loyalty to St. Bernadette Parish.  This is your Spiritual Home.  Let’s keep our upper room open as we move on together.  There is hope, and hope helps us always see the positive picture!


Fr. Michael Saban

May 18, 2020

May 8, 2020

Our Mass Book will open for June, July and August on May 20th.

Please remember, at this point, all Masses are private and be viewed online.

April 17, 2020

Mass times remain the same and will be live streamed. The Church will be locked during Mass times. We appreciate your respect and understanding during these times!

April 9,  2020

Updated Church Hours

April 6, 2020

St. Bernadette’s Food Pantry is available to anyone who may need assistance during this time. Please contact Amy at 610-931-5692. Please contact Father Saban at the rectory  – 610-789-7676 –  if you are able to help the food pantry with a monetary or gift card donation. Non-perishable food donations can be left in the white cooler outside Wright Center meeting room door. 

St. Bernadette, Pray for Us! Our Lady of Lourdes, Pray for Us!

April 3, 2020

Holy Week 2020

March 30, 2020

Next week is Palm Sunday.  Since all Masses are being said privately, there will be a box with the Sunday bulletins and also some palm outside the main entrance to church on Turner Avenue.  All Masses will be live-streamed on the parish website and the bulletins can also be found on the website.

March 20, 2020




The 8:30am Masses Monday – Friday will be said privately but they can be viewed online at stbl.org

The weekend Masses will be at 4:30pm Saturday and 9am and 11am on Sunday.  These Masses can be viewed online at stbl.org

The 7am Mass intentions on Sunday have been transferred to another date.  The transfer date will be noted in the bulletin which you can also find online at stbl.org



Monday – Friday – The church will be open from 9am – noon for private prayer, devotions and quietude.

Saturday – The church will be open from 8am – 5:30pm for private prayer, devotions and quietude.

Sunday – The church will be open on Sunday from 8am – noon for private prayer, devotions and quietude. 

Confessions will still be held on Saturdays from 3:15pm to 3:45pm.


Let us be united in prayer so that we can

come back together soon!

March 18, 2020

In accordance with the directives from Archbishop Perez to help curb the spread of COVID-19, there will be no public Masses at St. Bernadette Parish until further notice. All Masses will celebrated privately in the Church for the intentions already requested. Masses will be live streamed at the regular scheduled Mass times.  Confessions will take place as normal as long as appropriate social distancing is adhered to.  Below is the prayer to make a “Spiritual Communion” while we are not able to receive the Eucharist. Please continue to pray for our country and our world during this time.

The most common occasion for making an Act of Spiritual Communion is when we cannot fulfill
our obligation to attend Mass on a Sunday or Holy Day of Obligation, whether because of illness or
bad weather, or some other reason outside of our control.
You can make an Acts of Spiritual Communion at any time and make multiple times a day—even on
days when we have been able to receive the Eucharist.
Each Act of Spiritual Communion that we make increases our desire to receive sacramental
Communion, and protects us until we can receive Holy Communion sacramentally again.


My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if
You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

Lent ~ 2020

Stations of the Cross

During Lent we will have the traditional devotion of the Stations of the Cross. This will take place on Thursday evenings during Lent in the church at 7pm. The opportunity for confession/reconciliation will be available afterwards until 8:00pm. Please take advantage of these Lenten practices. Do not just drift through this Lenten season.

Welcome New Families

Welcome to St. Bernadette Parish!  To register in the parish, please email Deacon Tom Fitzpatrick at deacontom@stbl.org.  He will get back to you to arrange a convenient time to meet with him to register.  We are eager to greet new members of our parish community and look forward to meeting you.