The Peace and Justice Ministry is the primary charitable outreach of the parish of St. Bernard of Clairvaux. Our goals are to 1) Educate the people of the parish as to social justice issues and needs; 2) Use parish resources to respond to social needs in our community and beyond; 3) Collaborate with other organizations to serve needy populations.
PEACE AND JUSTICE COORDINATOR
Our Peace & Justice Coordinator is Deacon Tim Sullivan. Ordained a deacon in the Diocese of Tulsa in 2000, Deacon Tim is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Notre Dame Law School. He practiced law for 18 years in Tulsa. He served the Diocese of Tulsa as Family Life Director and as Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Tulsa. He served the Diocese of Rochester (New York) as Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Wayne County. Deacon Tim founded Brother House of Tulsa, a ministry for Christian men. He is Assistant Spiritual Director of the Cursillo Movement in the Diocese of Tulsa. He and his wife Connie are the parents of six adult children, and they have 17 grandchildren.
NOTE: DEACON TIM'S HOMILIES, BLOGS, PODCASTS, WRITINGS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS ARE AVAILABLE AT TWOEDGETALK.COM
PEACE & JUSTICE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Don and Cheryl Schendt Dr. Manuel Calvin Joan McNeely Erik Block
Harry Hanig Joan McCleary John Miksa
REPORT ON THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES
St. Bernard's Parish has been extremely generous for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Our Thanksgiving Adopt-a-Family food drive generated $12,290, providing meals for 350 families. The traditional Thanksgiving meals with turkeys and all the extras were distributed by Catholic Charities. Over 170 donors participated in the Thanksgiving drive. Our Christmas Adopt-a-Family food drive produced $10,585, which covered traditional holiday meals (including turkeys, hams and side dishes) for over 300 families. Over 148 donors participated in the Christmas food drive. The children in our parish Religious Education program donated 17 bags of toys which were distributed to families receiving assistance from Family and Children's Services. Women of the parish cooked enough cookies for over 500 homeless men and women at the annual meal at the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless on December 19th. The catering expense for the meal was shared by St. Bernard's and St. Mary's parishes. The St. Bernard's choir provided music at the meal for the homeless.
DEDICATION OF HABITAT HOUSE TO DEACON RICHARD AND CAROLINE CAMPBELL
The newly completed Habitat House named in honor of Deacon Richard and Caroline Campbell was dedicated on Saturday, July 29th at 9:00 a.m. The house is located at 139 N. Birmingham Place in Tulsa, just east of Lewis and north of I-244. The happy owners are Benedict and Veronica Thang and their three children, a Catholic family from Burma (now called Myanmar).