Invitation from Deacon Mark Bernhard for his May 27 ordination & May 28 first Mass

Dear Parishioners,

It has been a great honor to spend the last two and a half years at St. Raphael as I finished my
seminary studies – first as an intern, then as a deacon.

I want to invite you to my ordination and first Mass as a Priest! Priesthood ordination is May 27th at 11:00am at St. Raymond Cathedral in Joliet. The following day, I will celebrate my first Mass as a Priest here at St. Raphael at 12:30. Father Dan is graciously hosting a reception for me here following the 12:30 Mass.

As you may know, I have been assigned to be the parochial vicar at Our Lady of Mercy in Aurora and chaplain at All Saints Academy in Naperville. Your prayers are greatly appreciated during this time of transition. Thank you for the overwhelming love and support you have shown me the last 2.5 years!

Deacon Mark