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Fr Rick Rusk, Pastor

Fr Rick Rusk, Pastor

From the Pastor’s Desk

Saint Bernadette Soubirous
Feast Day: April 16
As a child she was often sick, and could hardly read and write. Yet Our Blessed Mother chose her to bestow the blessing of appearing eighteen times, and to be the bearer of her message: “Pray and do penance for the conversion of the world.” Bernadette Soubirous was born in Lourdes, France, in 1844, to a miller and a laundress. She was frequently ill, contracting cholera as a toddler, and suffering severe asthma all her life. The family was very poor, and lived in a one-room basement.

In February 1858, when Bernadette was fourteen years old, a beautiful lady appeared to her above a rose bush in a small cave. She was dressed in blue and white, and was holding a rosary. When asked who she was, the Lady replied, “I am the Immaculate Conception.” Bernadette had no idea what it meant. Only later did she understand that it was our Blessed Mother Mary, free from sin from the moment of her conception. In one of the apparitions, Our Lady asked her to dig in the mud near the cave. A spring began to flow from the mud. As requested by Our Lady, a chapel was built on the site. Every year, millions of people from all over the world make pilgrimages to Lourdes, where miraculous cures have been witnessed.

When Bernadette was twenty-two years old, she became a Sister of Charity of Nevers. She died in 1879 at the age of thirty-five. Pope Pius canonized her in 1933. Her incorrupt body rests in a gold and crystal reliquary in the Saint Gildard Convent of Nevers.

Prayer: Saint Bernadette’s last words: “Blessed Mary, Mother of God, pray for me, a poor sinner.”

Thanks to Pauline Ho, who prepares these saint profiles for us!

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