1500 N. Wauwatosa Avenue, Wauwatosa
OPEN Saturday, November 5, 2016 / 10 a.m.- 4 p.m
Handicapped accessible except for the Griffey Center (in basement) and roof access.
BEHIND-THE-SCENES IN THE CHURCH
St. Bernard himself (ok, someone dressed as him) will greet you as you enter through the main entrance of the church. Walk around at your own pace. Tours of the sacristy will be given on the hour (10 a.m.,11 a.m.,12 p.m.,1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.), as well as a tour of the history and process of playing the pipe organ, located in the choir loft (10 a.m.,11 a.m.,12 p.m.,1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.). Organ performances will be given on the half hour throughout the day (10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.).
Also on the hour (10 a.m.,11 a.m.,12 p.m.,1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.), get an in-depth look at the stained glass, the history and what it represents in the church. Each panel has a story. Learn about the beautiful stained glass from a former, retired priest of St. Bernard’s who has taken the time to get to know much about the sacred glass to share.
INSIDE GRIFFEY PARISH HALL
Coordinators from the Wauwatosa Food Pantry, who work out of the hall on a regular basis, will be there to show visitors how they operate. Feel free to bring a canned item to donate! In addition, an exclusive art exhibit from the Residents of Hart Park Square will be on display as well.
VIEW WAUWATOSA FROM THE ROOF
Walk through Wauwatosa Catholic School, St. Bernard’s parish school, to get one of the best views of downtown Wauwatosa! Visitors are welcome to take pictures and enjoy a 360-degree view of the city. Stairs are required for this portion of the tour - not handicap accessible.
St. Bernard’s very own coffee, Bernard’s Blend Coffee, will be sold. Grab a cup or take a bag home.
Kiddie corner from St. Bernard Parish is a local favorite for children and adults alike – Yo Mama! (1349 N Wauwatosa Ave., Wauwatosa) Mention the VIP event and get $1 off of a frozen yogurt or Scratch ice cream purchase. 10% of all purchases from VIP attendees who mention the event go to support St. Bernard Parish.
BONUS! CLIMB UP TO THE BELL TOWER
The St. Bernard’s Bell Tower is a lengthy climb up a skinny ladder, a few flights of small stairs, and a narrow crawl to the top. Still interested? Sign up for your free chance to win a climb to the top of the bell tower! Five lucky winners (and one guest per winner) will be drawn for a chance to take this exclusive tour only available through this VIP event.
SPECIAL VIP MASS: All are welcome to attend Mass at 4 p.m.