UPDATE AS OF NOVEMBER 16, 2020
ST. BERNARDINE EMERGENCY OPERATION APPEAL

Dear Parishioners,

By now, you should have received Fr. Michael’s Emergency Operations Appeal letter. As ministry continues at St. Bernardine, unfortunately, the funds to maintain our operations have dwindled significantly. We hope that you will give prayerful contemplation of this request. A copy of the letter and a link to our online giving service are available below and at our church website. Thank you for your consideration and continued support and our deepest thanks to those who have already contributed! God bless!


THANKSGIVING MASS

Mark your calendars for:

ST. BERNARDINE'S THANKSGIVING MASS
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26th
9:00 AM
(Under the tent and in the parking lot. Registration is required.)

Sign-ups for the Mass are available through our church website or by calling our Parish Office at (818) 888-8200. Mass will be limited to the first 200 parishioners. The Mass will also be livestreamed on our Facebook and Youtube accounts. Please bring chairs for this Mass as there a only a limited amount available. For any other questions, please call our office at (818) 888-8200 or email to parishoffice@stbernardine.org.

To register, you can click on the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/st-bernardine-thanksgiving-mass-november-26-900-am-tickets-127929361163
EVERYTHING CHRISTMAS!

Our Parish gift shop, Gifts for the Spirit, has Advent candles and Christmas cards for sale.

Please contact Jean Sampson, Mon-Fri, from 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM, at (818) 888-7073, to make an appointment to come by and shop.
ALL SOULS MONTH

November is All Souls month. During this month, we remember our departed loved ones. If you would like your loved one(s) to be remembered, please fill out an All Souls Envelope and print their name(s) on it. The envelopes will be left on the altar the entire month of November so they are prayed for at every Mass.

All Souls Mass Envelopes are available outside the Parish Office. If you have any questions, please contact our Parish office at (818) 888-8200.
SCHOOL FUNDRAISERS

Sugarbox Donuts - Sunday, November 22 - all day. Enjoy delicious donuts. St. Bernardine's School will receive 20% of all purchases made that day. Tell them you are with the school. Sugarbox Donuts is located in the Gateway Plaza, at 21753 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills.

West Hills Pizza - Tired of cooking, then order out or dine in at West Hills Pizza on Tuesday, December 1st all day. You must present the below flyer when ordering. West Hills Pizza is at 7543 Fallbrook Ave., West Hills (corner of Fallbrook & Saticoy).


Christmas Wreath Fundraiser - Decorate your home or send an elegant evergreen gift while supporting the school. The school earns 15% of online sales. The site offers beautiful Christmas wreaths, centerpieces, garland, tabletops tree, and specialty items. Below is the link to their site.

https://www.lynchcreekfundraising.com/teams/250414-st-bernardine-of-siena-christmas-wreath-fundraiser

Thanks for supporting our elementary school. If you have any questions, please contact the school office at (818) 340-2130.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES - HOLIDAY ASSISTANCE

There are two ways you can get involved to assist low-income and homeless families in our community during the holidays.

ADOPT-A-FAMILY PROGRAM - Guadalupe Center. The center will distribute gift cards to hundreds of families this holiday season. This small and simple gesture shows great compassion and restores human dignity enabling families to make their own holiday purchases. The center's goal is to sponsor at least 25 people with a total gift of $500 or more. Cash or checks made payable to the Guadalupe Center can be dropped off in the baskets at 7AM Mass or drive through Communion (please clearly mark for Guadalupe Center) or in our Parish Office until Friday, December 11th. If the office is closed, you may put your donation into our mailbox.

TOY DRIVE PARTY - The Guadalupe Center will be hosting a Christmas Party. The center will offer hundreds of children (ages 0-12) with a new gift from Santa Claus! New, unwrapped gifts can be donated to the Guadalupe Community Center directly or dropped off by the church on Sundays or in our Parish Office by Friday, December 11th.
MASS INFORMATION

Since daylight savings time ended, we have seen a lot more parishioners coming to our daily and weekend Masses. We are so happy to see you! We also noticed more sunlight and heat during Mass. Since our tent is limited in size, some parishioners have had to sit outside and around the tent. Please protect yourself from the heat and sun by wearing head and eye coverings or using an umbrella. Also, please plan on bringing your own chair since we have a limited amount available. Thank you.
AMAZON SMILE CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION

With the holidays approaching, here's a simple way that you can support our Parish by shopping on Amazon. Follow the link below to set us up as your charitable organization.
 
Our customized link:

Thank you for supporting St. Bernardine of Siena Parish.
CONFIRMATION - YOUTH MINISTRY PROGRAM

Our Confirmation Preparation Process Sessions for both Year One and Year Two have begun. Meetings take place on Sundays at the times listed below. Please log into Zoom using the meeting#s and passcodes.

Year One at 7:00 pm on Sundays
Zoom Meeting # 822 06062790
Passcode: Jeshua

Year Two at 4:00 pm on Sunday
Zoom Meeting# 823 7772 2011
Passcode: Jeshua

Zoom meeting information is available on our church website. Meetings are for parents and high schoolers. If you have not yet registered, you may do so by completing the appropriate forms at “Sacraments”; “Confirmation”; on the St. Bernardine website. If you have any questions, please contact Bob Nicholas, CYM Director, at (818) 710-1662, or at stbym13@stbernardine.org
FAITH FORMATION CLASSES

Faith Formation sessions, for children in grades 1-6, have begun. The children are learning about what we believe; how we worship, live and pray. Sacred Scripture with activities serve as the background each week and include preparation for the First Sacraments. Sessions are conducted online until it is safe to return to in-person classes. The sessions take place on Tuesdays at 4:00 PM. Family resources and childrens' books are provided. For more information, please contact, Eileen Fewless, Faith Formation Director, at Efewless@stbernardine.org or call, 818-340-1440. To register, go to: Faith Formation 2020 Registration Form

Forms should be dropped off or mailed to: Eileen Fewless - St. Bernardine of Siena Parish, 24410 Calvert Street, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Please note: THERE IS NO CLASS ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2020.
WILL YOU ANSWER THE CALL?

The children are gathered and no one has answered the call to share the faith with them. We are still in need of catechists for our first and fifth grades. Can you spare 20-30 minutes a week? The classes are small, the need is great. Meetings are held at 4:00 PM until about 4:30 PM on Tuesdays using Zoom. Parents are the primary catechist; your job will be to pray and review the materials provided. Following Safety Guidelines, two adults or assistants are required in every class. If interested or for questions, please contact Eileen Fewless at efewless@stbernardine.org or at (818) 340-1440.
OUTDOOR MASSES!

Weekdays - Monday-Friday at 8:00 AM. Mass is conducted in the parking lot under the tent. No registration required.

Weekends – Sundays at 7:00 AM. Mass is conducted in the parking lot under the tent. Registration is required.

Parishioners may register in one of two ways:
1) Online by using the Registration button on our church website. Registration will be open the Monday preceding each weekend at 10:00 AM or
2) By calling the Parish Office at (818) 888-8200 after 10:00 AM the Monday preceding the weekend.

There are limited chairs available for parishioners. Please have your own chair just in case. For safety, both driveways on Calvert Street are closed to traffic. Parishioners need to enter and exit from the Valley Circle Boulevard gate. Parking is available on the school parking lot.

We continue to offer:
·        Drive through Confessions on Saturdays from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
·        Drive through Communion on Sundays from 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
·        Live-streamed Masses on Saturdays @ 5:00 PM; Sundays @ 10:00 AM 

Masses are available at:
DRIVE-THROUGH COMMUNION

Our drive through Communion service continues to stay strong. Our sincere thanks to the wonderful volunteers who help us weekly. If interested in volunteering, please contact, Cathy Barkes at cdbarkes@stbernardine.org or call (747) 888-9758.

Drive-through Communion services take place on Sundays, from
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM, in the parish parking lot.

Here are some important notes:
  • Entrance is at the Calvert Street driveway only.
  • Exit is at the Valley Circle Boulevard driveway only. You can make either a left or right turn out of the parking lot.
  • Everyone in the car must be wearing a mask to receive Communion.
  • There are 2 stations - a Sanitizing Station and the Communion Station. Donation baskets and church bulletins are available at the first stop. Hands will be sanitized at this station.
  • Communion is offered at the second station. Communion will only be distributed in the hand.
  • Please follow all signs in the car lines as how to proceed.
  • Please drive slowly and carefully through the parking lot.



PARISH OFFICE & CHURCH SERVICES

  • Our Parish Office is still closed to the public.

  • Our Church Building is still closed to the public.

  • Funerals and Weddings are being scheduled. Services are outdoors under the tent and participants must follow guidelines set by the church. To schedule a funeral or wedding, please contact Jean Sampson at (818) 888-7073.

  • Baptisms are being scheduled. Baptisms take place on Sundays. We have a large number of families that have been waiting for us to restart baptisms since COVID began. We are scheduling those baptisms to take place during the next month. If you are calling now to schedule a baptism, we will call you back with a future date. Please contact Jean Sampson at (818) 888-7073.

  • Anointing of the Sick is still being offered in danger of death situations. Please call the Parish Office at (818) 888-8200.

For any other questions, please leave a message at (818) 888-8200 or email parishoffice@stbernardine.org. Calls and emails will be returned in a timely manner.  More information is also located on our church website at www.stbernardine.org.