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Beatitudes, A Barnabas Mission Church of the ECDA

Thought for Today


We seem to see something that makes us feel angry or sad, tired or helpless wherever we look today. If you're my age you've observed the dramatic social changes that have occurred in just the last thirty years and note the spiraling journey of ourselves, our friends and our families to places that seem devoid of goodness, love and hope. The numbness of it all has us scurrying to our phones, our computers or cable to seek some solace, some balm, some relief.
Thirty years ago we cynically laughed at the "Nuclear" family often dismissing and ignoring the fracture of community that it entailed. We watched situation comedies without understanding that we were watching the parodies of ourselves and our own lives without reflecting for a moment about it. We thought that we were the greatest of societies, ignoring that Europe and Asia had been demolished in war, and that for the briefest of window we were the only game in town.
Reality began to knock on our door with the civil rights movement and the entailing sense of chaos. Thankfully we saw the justice of it all but were reluctant to see the implementation of that justice. We began that downward spiral when we perceived "other" folks stealing our jobs, our money.....our houses.....our daughters! We haven't looked back since. The unions were stealing our money. The poor were stealing our money. Taxes were stealing our money. Charity was stealing our money. This had to stop and it did. To announce that a new sheriff was coming to town to end this abomination , a man actually announced his presidential candidacy in Philadelphia, Mississippi where three young innocent kids were murdered for civil rights. A lot of people want to forget that it happened and ignore the obvious meaning of that announcement. It began the death spiral we are experiencing today. It was the moment that we walked, as a nation, away from God.
Today we have no thoughts of our neighbor and really no idea of who our neighbor might be. It's about phones and Facebook, vampires and war flicks, sex and sin and war endless war. It's about self and self- gratification and therefore about sadness and failure, pentagrams and potions, potency and perceptions. God doesn't do those things and cannot be found there. But God hasn't run away either. God waits. God is the Inventor of waiting, the Master of patience. God waits. God waits for you.
We need to read human history to see that we as humans have gone down this road before. Closing schools and outsourcing civilization has made that required education difficult to achieve but we must do it nevertheless. We must renew our bonds with each other and with those coming after us. We mustn't be fooled by a media that won't investigate truth. We must seek truth , convey truth and live truth. We must find our way again. We must not trust technology as the sole vehicle of our journey but rather our hearts that never stop yearning for the way, the truth and the life.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Father Bernie




The IPCC climate report is devastating and indicates that
if we don't do something our grandchildren are
going to suffer terribly. Can we stop texting and
facebooking for a minute.....Hello?? 


Welcome to Beatitudes, where we
are the arms and legs of Jesus Christ.
We are a faith filled, servant community a
St. Barnabas Mission


    Rev. Bernard Callahan   















          A Community Witnessing

the Gospel





Beatitudes is a member of the Ecumenical Catholic Diocese
of America and is a community dedicated to peace and
social justice as taught to us through the beatitudes. It promotes
 that catholicity clearly demonstrated by the early church in Acts, the
 Pauline Letters and the records of the Early Church Fathers. It competes
 with  no other Christian reflection and seeks cooperation with all in
bringing about God's kingdom. In this we find the joy and peace
 of Christ.

Becoming a member is an acceptance that you are the arms and legs of
Our Savior , Jesus Christ. As such we have faith journeys that demand our
extension well beyond a need for a comfortable Sunday Mass, an idea
opposed by scripture  and all the Church Fathers. As Christians we are
and must be a compassionate and loving people in a world of hate, greed,
 fear and indifference. We must meet hatred with  love, fear with
confidence, and greed with personal generousity. We recognize that
  we have serious responsibilities that require a level of maturity that
refuses to recognize the willful forgetfulness of injustice
or the blatant buy-in to a culture of consumption at the expense
of those who are poor and hungry. We are authentic church,
facing the realities of the world around us. As brothers and sisters 
we care for each other so that we may have strength to care for all.
 The spirit is willing yet the flesh is weak. That is true for all of us
but we know that we are all strong in Christ and can depend
upon Him for guidance and support. 

Come join us in fulfilling the Lord's prayer and bringing about the reign
 of God  on earth. Become a servant with us so that you may feel
the limitless power of the Spirit. Begin a journey that will end in your
salvation and the salvation of those you touch. "Whatsoever you do for
the least of these, you do for me." Let us together heal this broken world
in the powerful  name of Jesus 

Father Bernie


Acts 2:42-47
  They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship,
to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

  Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders
and signs were being done by the apostles.
  All who believed were together and had all things in common;

  they would sell their possessions and goods and
distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.

  Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple,
they broke bread at home and ate their food
with glad and generous hearts,

  praising God and having the goodwill of all the people.
And day by day the Lord added to their number
those who were being saved.




Love God!
Love neighbor!
And who is your neighbor?
Your answer may be the story of your life.


"See how they love one another!"
This  is how pagans described Christians
in the time of Church Father Tertullian (200 A.D.)
Are we not called to do the same?


Capitalism demands profit at the expense of all other things.
Is this the message of Jesus or is it the very opposite 
of the message of Jesus. Is it ... anti-Christ?


Commitment to Lay Leadership

Meet Our Parish Council!







Lisa is our Christian
Education Committee
Chairperson and Council President 



Cyndy Is Our Recording 
Secretary and the Communication
Committee Chair







Kim is a parish

Community Health and

Welfare Coordinator and


Alexei is a parish
Community Health and Welfare
coordinator  and Musician






What is wanted now is not simply the Christian who takes an inner complacency in the words and example of Christ,
but who seeks to follow Christ perfectly, not only in his own personal life, not only in prayer and penance, but also in his
political commitments and in all social responsibilities.

We have certainly no need for a pseudo-contemplative spirituality that claims to ignore the world and its problems entirely, and devotes
itself supposedly to the things of God, without concern for human society. All true Christian spirituality, even that of the
Christian contemplative, is and must always be deeply concerned with man, since "God became man in order that man
might become God" (St. Irenaeus). The Christian spirit is one of compassion, of responsibility and of commitment.
It cannot be indifferent to suffering, to injustice, error, and untruth.

Thomas Merton. Peace in the Post-Christian Era.
Edited by Patricia A. Burton


Feeding the Poor at a Sacrifice

In the first centuries
of Christianity
the hungry were fed
at a personal sacrifice,
the naked were clothed
at a personal sacrifice,
the homeless were sheltered
at personal sacrifice.

And because the poor
were fed, clothed and sheltered
at a personal sacrifice,
the pagans used to say
about the Christians

"See how they love each other."

In our own day
the poor are no longer
fed, clothed, sheltered
at a personal sacrifice,
but at the expense
of the taxpayers.

And because the poor
are no longer
fed, clothed and sheltered
the pagans say about the Christians

"See how they pass the buck."

Peter Maurin
Catholic Worker Founder

Easy Essays


Racism is America's sin of choice. It has prevented our
country from achieving greatness on the world stage
and has created a great separation from God. We have
been punishing dark skin in America since 1492
and our country won't be fixed until we confess that truth.
                                                        The Pastor


Isaiah 58 6-10

"Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?

Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter;
when you see the naked, to clothe him,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.

Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I
"If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,

and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.





Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth.......

What part don't you understand?


Our Foundational Beliefs

Welcoming everyone ... everyone!

Promoting peace and social justice.

Offering unqualfied love to those marginalized by divorce, sexual orientation or other judgmental issues.

Providing healing for the hurting and help for those in crisis.

Living the beatitudes in our daily lives and learning together to be disciples of Jesus.

Studying Scripture and developing challenging new ways to apply the "Word" in daily life.

We are truly saddened that a claim to be "Christian" today aligns one with forces opposed to the Sermon on the Mount

and the clear message of Jesus in Sacred Scripture. It is appalling that our national ideas of war, famine, disease and

community are based on a Jesus that is in NO way biblical



In Loving Memory of Myra, Wife, Deacon
and an example to all of beatitude


410 West Township Line Road
Havertown, PA 19083