Saturday, April 25, 2015

Weekly and daily readings

Readings from scripture are part of every Mass. At least two readings, one always from the Gospels, (three on Sundays and solemnities) make up the Liturgy of the Word. In addition, a psalm or canticle is sung.

These readings are typically read from a lectionary, not a Bible, though the lectionary is taken from the Bible.

The 2014-2015 liturgical year Sunday readings are taken from Sunday cycle Year B. The daily readings are taken from weekday cycle Year I.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Fourth Sunday of Easter

First reading

There is no salvation through anyone else. (Acts 4:8-12)


The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone. (Psalm 118: 1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29)

Second reading

See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. (1 John 3:1-2)

Gospel reading

The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (John 10:11-18)

Sunday’s liturgical color: WHITE

Daily readings:

(Week of April 25 to May 2)
     • (Week of May 4 to May 9)


This Easter season, how are you celebrating the Father's extraordinary gift of love and mercy given in Jesus? 

How can you more deeply invest your own life in the welfare and destiny of Jesus' flock?

Scripture to be illustrated

"I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep" (John 10:11).

— Catholic News Service

St. Bernard Parish retreat

Click to register.
“Come follow Me …
            Be my Disciple”

“Ven sígueme …
            Ser mi Discipulo”

Friday, April 24, 2015

Sunday bulletins

On this page you will find our weekly Sunday parish bulletin in an electronic format, viewable on most computers and tablets.

Submissions of articles and events are always welcome, and they will appear on the bulletin at the discretion of the pastor and bulletin editor.

To publish an event or for more information about our Sunday bulletin, e-mail

Bulletins are archived in Adobe Acrobat format.

To properly view the electronic version of our Sunday bulletin, you must download Adobe’s Acrobat Reader which is available for free from Adobe’s website.

Full St. Bernard Church Sunday bulletin archive



     • January 4
     • January 11
     • January 18
     • January 25


     • February 1
     • February 8
     • February 15
     • February 22


     • March 1
     • March 8
     • March 15
     • March 22
     • March 29


     • April 5
     • April 12
     • April 19
     • April 26

     • May 3
     • May 10
     • May 17
     • May 24
     • May 31


     • June 7
     • June 14
     • June 21
     • June 28

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

St. Bernard Sunday Homilies podcast

Our Sunday Homilies podcast features recordings of homilies given by our parish and visiting priests, alternating between the 8 and 9:30 a.m. Sunday Masses.

You can listen to each episode individually via our SoundCloud player found below each episode description. Or you can listen to episodes on our SoundCloud page.

Subscribe on our iTunes podcast page to listen to the podcast with your favorite MP3 player.


Third Sunday of Easter
Sunday, April 19, 2015
By Father Perry D. Leiker

"Jesus takes us where we're at. And when we come here with all these signs around us, he invites us to reflect on how great is the mercy and love of God for us," Father Perry tells us in his homily for the Third Sunday of Easter. "Today is the story of lopsided cakes, that God smiles upon, loves us, and well, look how good we are."

Audio podcast

Video podcast

Second Sunday of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday
Sunday, April 12, 2015
By Father Perry D. Leiker

"Here's the challenge: We're asked to believe in Jesus Christ as Lord, take every word that he says seriously into our hearts and our lives and allow them to change us, to be 'black and don't go back' experiences," Father Perry tells us in his homily for the Second Sunday of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday. "When we come to know the Lord truly as Thomas did my Lord and my God and mean it, wouldn't we listen to him differently, every word?"

Video podcast

Audio podcast

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker, pastor.
By Father Perry D. Leiker, pastor

Not recognizing someone you haven't seen for years is a common experience. It usually includes embarrassment, confusion, frustration, then surprise and delight as we recognize and become reacquainted with the person who, for some reason, was unrecognizable.

Lack of recognition because of changes in the body — especially aging — is one thing. Lack of recognition of the inner person is much more difficult; this requires intimacy and sharing for recognition to occur.

For these last two weeks in our liturgy we have had stories of unrecognition turned to recognition. Each time, Jesus takes the disciples through the steps: "look at my hands and my feet"; "touch me and see." He showed them recognizable features, he invited them to touch and experience him as real, and he proved he wasn’t just a vision or a ghost – he ate food which ended up in his stomach and not on the floor.

But this was more than a scene of simple recognition or catching up with old friends. Jesus was acutely aware of and concerned with what was happening inside the disciples' minds and hearts. He began again: "Peace be with you."

Then, observing their startled shock and terror and confusion (they thought they were seeing a ghost), he asked them directly and simply: "Why are you troubled, and why do questions arise in your hearts?"

Then, as he had done on other occasions, he explained how the law of Moses, and the prophets and the psalms, had to be fulfilled in him.

This included his death and resurrection.

Jesus is equally concerned with our recognition. Recognizing stories of Jesus and his words is the easy part. Recognizing in our hearts his presence, his call, his love, his forgiveness, his invitations to grow, his promptings of our spirit – these are the many recognitions he seeks for us to experience every day, all the time.

Father Perry D. Leiker is pastor of St. Bernard Church. Reach him at (323) 255-6142, or email

Monday, April 13, 2015

St. Bernard Mass intentions

Offering Mass for a special intention is a long standing tradition in the Catholic Church. It is usually considered that special graces are obtained for whom the Mass is celebrated. 

Masses are offered for many reasons, for the souls in purgatory, in remembrance for someone who is deceased, or in honor of a birthday. 

If you would like to have a Mass celebrated for someone, visit the parish office. We will help you with the dates and times which are available. 

As a way to allow as many St. Bernard parishioners and friends as possible to schedule Masses, the following policies are put forth to help accomplish this goal: 

1. Requests will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis in the order in which they are received. 

2. A $10 stipend, as determined by archdiocesan policy, is to accompany each Mass intention. 

3. All intentions must be placed in person; no Mass request will be taken over the telephone.

4. Mass intentions will be granted as close to the requested date and time as possible. If it is not possible to comply with the primary request, the next closest date and time will be scheduled.

Week of April 13 to April 19, 2015 

April 13 | Monday of the Second Week of Easter

8 a.m.: Ayong Chan — rest in peace

April 14 | Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter

8 a.m.: Luz Japlit and Ric Japlit rest in peace

April 15 Wednesday
of the Second Week of Easter

8 a.m.: Jesse Ortiz — rest in peace
7 p.m. (Mother of Perpetual Help Mass): Evelina Lopez — rest in peace

April 16 | Thursday
of the Second Week of Easter

8 a.m.: Marie Hilt — rest in peace

April 17 | Friday of the Second Week of Easter

8 a.m.: Greg Improgo — rest in peace 
7:30 p.m. healing Mass

April 18 | Saturday of the Second Week of Easter

8 a.m.: Miguel Angel Lopez rest in peace
5 p.m. (Saturday vigil Mass): Mussolini S. Dalida, Conrado S. Manalansang Sr., and Marfella M. Alcala — rest in peace

April 19 | Third Sunday of Easter

8 a.m.: Rodolfo Delfin and Enrique Delfin rest in peace
9:30 a.m.: Federico M. Villafuerte rest in peace
11 a.m.: Guadalupe Lopez  rest in peace
12:30 p.m.: Humberto Bolaños rest in peace

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker

Thank you, God, for the gift of Thomas the doubter. Such honesty and straightforwardness is refreshing and epitomizes the person of Thomas. He insisted he would not believe if he did not see with his own eyes.

But the Gospel now comes alive, as Jesus' love, care and gentleness reaches out to Thomas. Jesus knew what Thomas needed: "Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe."

Jesus invited and called forth faith and trust in Thomas, who did not disappoint. Only Thomas is recorded as uttering these words of faith: "My Lord and my God!" He receives this invitation from Jesus the Christ and sees, understands and professes faith.

Do we ever doubt? Are we seekers of faith? Do we hand over doubts and questions to the Lord?

Are we willing to allow the Lord to call us to faith? Are we open to discovering, seeing, understanding and professing deeper faith?

On this Divine Mercy Sunday, perhaps we will experience the love and mercy of God in a way that transforms our faith and gives to us new life.

Father Perry D. Leiker is pastor of St. Bernard Church. Reach him at (323) 255-6142, or email

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Looking Ahead

By Father Perry D. Leiker 

“ALLELUIA,” the “Easter song,” is sung out repeatedly in our Easter liturgies. This is the first time we hear these words for the last 40 days.

Today he truly becomes the Christ, the anointed one. He enters into his glory resurrected and transformed. As God raises him from death and into glory, he also gives to us the pattern of our own immortal destiny. We, too, will share in the glory of the Lord and be given life eternal.

We rejoice also with our newly baptized and those who will receive confirmation and eucharist for the first time. We rejoice with those who receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit – powerful and enabling gifts. There really is no time like Easter.

This is the time of redemption. This is the time of promises made and promises kept. God’s covenant with us is fully revealed in the death and resurrection of his Son. If he had not been raised, his death would be in vain. Because he has been raised, we are irrevocably changed and promised life eternal. For that reason alone, we joyfully sing our Easter song: “ALLELUIA”!

Father Perry D. Leiker is pastor of St. Bernard Church. Reach him at (323) 255-6142, Ext. 112, or email

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

2015 Divine Mercy novena, Divine Mercy Sunday schedule

St. Bernard presents the Divine Mercy novena and celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday.

We welcome you to attend this wonderful nine-day event that will be filled with prayer, adoration, song and worship.

Our Lord’s promise of complete forgiveness is both a reminder and a call. It is a reminder that he is truly present and truly alive in the Eucharist, filled with love for us and waiting for us to turn to him with trust. And it is a call for us all to be washed clean in his love through confession and holy communion no matter how terrible our sins.

He is offering us a new start.

Novena schedule


April 3 (Good Friday)

6 p.m. in the St. Joseph room of the St. Bernard Church Pastoral Center

April 4 (Holy Saturday)

6 p.m. in the St. Joseph room of the St. Bernard Church Pastoral Center

April 5 (Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord)

6 p.m. in the church

April 6 (Monday in the Octave of Easter)

6 p.m. in the church

April 7 (Tuesday in the Octave of Easter)

6 p.m. in the church

April 8 (Wednesday in the Octave of Easter)

6 p.m. in the church

April 9 (Thursday in the Octave of Easter)

6 p.m. in the church

April 10 (Friday in the Octave of Easter)

6 p.m. in the church

April 11 (Saturday in the Octave of Easter)

6 p.m. in the church

Divine Mercy Sunday schedule

Everyone is invited to join us in the celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday. A fellowship will follow in the parish hall; food will be served.


April 12 (Second Sunday of Easter)

1:45 p.m. in the church 


April 12 (Second Sunday of Easter)

3 p.m. in the church

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker

A "Hosanna to the Son of David," shouts the crowd as the liturgy of Palm Sunday begins.

"Crucify him!" is shouted just as loudly and brings to a conclusion the readings from the word (the Gospel reading of the Passion of Mark).

A crowd simply can’t be any more fickle than this. The crowd is a classic example of a mob – easily excited and easily manipulated. The crowd doesn’t think for itself. The crowd doesn’t know what is really happening but only perceives the feeling welling up within itself.

If a convincing voice cries out "murder," then the crowd must provide the one to be murdered. The crowd is so easily used to achieve even horrific ends. This scene is an old scene; it is a present scene, and it is the future. It is simply human.

Although history teaches lessons, it doesn’t necessarily teach people how to think or how to live moral lives. This is one reason the church believes in the need for the forming of consciences. This is why the church seeks to think through and attempt to communicate logical, thoughtful and wise ways to live our lives as Christians.

The church is not perfect. The church has made mistakes throughout history. But the church certainly makes an honest and helpful contribution to the human race in attempting to figure out how we can live – not like crowds and mobs, but rather like thoughtful, caring, faith-filled followers of Jesus Christ.

Father Perry D. Leiker is pastor of St. Bernard Church. Reach him at (323) 255-6142, Ext. 112, or email