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
CHRISTMAS FOOD DRIVE
Our Christmas Adopt-a-Family project is underway! We will be supplying food to Catholic Charities for the distribution of holiday food baskets to the needy just before Christmas. The cost of a meal for the average family is $35 to $40, but any donation will be appreciated. Please make checks payable to St. Bernard's Christmas Meal and mail them before December 13th to the parish at 4001 East 101st Street, 74137 or deposit your envelope marked to the attention of Deacon Tim Sullivan in the weekend Mass collection basket.
THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE
The Thanksgiving Adopt-a-Family appeal was very successful, raising over $12,000 for food distributed to the poor by Catholic Charities. That means approximately 325 families will have a wonderful Thanksgiving meal as a result of the generosity of St. Bernard's parishioners.
SAME KIND OF DIFFERENCE AS ME
As a result of the initiative of Lesa Clark and Jean Yaeger of St. Bernard's, 130 people from St. Bernard's attended a private showing of a movie about homelessness, "Same Kind of Difference As Me," on Monday, November 6th. The movie was well done and very inspiring. Those who attended also brought food and household items for the homeless in Tulsa who were transitioning into permanent housing. The Peace and Justice Office collected the donated items and delivered them to the Day Center for the Homeless. It was a great evening to be part of the St. Bernard's community.
BLOOD DRIVE SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12
Thanks to all those who donated blood at St. Bernard's on Sunday, November 12th. We had 32 people volunteer to give blood. On behalf of all those whose health will be significantly enhanced by your generosity, we are very grateful to those of you who gave the gift of life.
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).