Thursday, December 18, 2014

St. Bernard Church Advent podcast

Our Advent podcast is daily Lenten inspiration by our parish priests. New episodes air Monday to Saturday. Episodes begin on the Monday of the First Week of Advent and air through Christmas Eve.

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

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

Thursday, December 18, 2014
Thursday of the Third Week of Advent
By Father Perry D. Leiker 

"It's not just being ready for Christmas Day, it's ready for Christ today, this very hour," Father Perry tells us in his homily for Thursday of the Third Week of Advent. "Within this hour ... we may miss an opportunity to experience Christ in our world, Christ within ourselves, Christ in those around us. The question is, are we ready? Is this ground open? Is it fertile? Is it cultivated? Are we going to receive the coming of the Lord, not just on the 24th and 25th, but today, too?"

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Simbang Gabi Mass
By Father Perry D. Leiker

"How do you pass on the faith? How do you pass on the excitement of who Jesus Christ is and that he was born into the world through Mary?" Father Perry asks us in his homily for St. Bernard's annual Simbang Gabi Mass. "This is Simbang Gabi, the gift that is coming to us in Jesus Christ. What does it mean? Who is he? Or who should he be for us?"

Sunday bulletins

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

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.


Sunday, December 14, 2014 
Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday)
By Father Perry D. Leiker
"Are we witnessing it all? Are we a credible witness? Have we come here and experienced anything that is so compelling that we have to go out and talk about it?" Father Perry asks us in his homily for the Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday). "Because that is where the witnessing and testifying and sharing of faith really happens."

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Sunday, December 7, 2014 
Second Sunday of Advent
By Father Perry D. Leiker 

"If I had to say in two words what Advent is about, it would be promises, and waiting," Father Perry tells us in his homily for the Second Sunday of Advent. "It' all about promises that God has given. And it's all about waiting for them to come about."

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Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker

Gaudete means rejoice in Latin.

Traditionally, the Third Sunday of Advent has been called Gaudete Sunday because our Advent journey has almost come to an end.

There is always joy when one comes closer to reaching the goal, or arriving at the destination. But isn’t it more than just coming to the end? What happened to us along the way? Was there any change? Is our goal or destination the point of this journey, or is the journey itself the important thing?

If we have been listening to God’s word these days, we have heard a lot about justice and peace. We have understood that something or someone has changed the universe forever. We have understood how deeply loved we are by God and that this divine visitation has forgiven and healed everyone and everything.

The journey of faith stands beside a bustling holiday season. One says, “buy, buy, buy” and accumulate as much as you can – then get more. It's never enough!

The other says: “Let go, simplify, empty yourself, embrace silence and peace, open.”

One distracts and clutters. The other focuses and prepares us to receive love and meaning deep within the spirit.

It is a great time. It is a great season. Everyone enters in different ways and to different degrees. It’s all good. But, undeniably, there is something that is greatest here.

It has been the journey. It continues. It is near its end. There is more grace and love to go around.

“Gaudete – rejoice”! As church, we say it together this Sunday.

Together may we discover what the journey has been about. Together, may the journey help us to discover who we have become.

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

Friday, December 12, 2014

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, December 14, 2014

Third Sunday of Advent

First reading

As a garden makes its growth sprin up, so will God make justice spring up before all the nations. (Isaiah 61:1-2a, 10-11)


My soul rejoices in my God. (Luke 1:46-50, 53-54)

Second reading

Do not quence the Spirit. Do not despise prophetic utterances. Test everything, retain what is good. (1 Thessalonians 16-24)

Gospel reading

I am the voice of one crying out in the desert, make staright the way of the Lord (John 1:6-8, 10-28)

Sunday’s liturgical color: VIOLET

Daily readings:

(Week of December 15 to December 20 )
     • (Week of December 22 to December 27)


How do I set the captives free? How do I magnify the Lord? How do I prepare the way for his life and message among the human family?

Scripture to be illustrated

"The Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor." (Isaiah 61:1)

— Catholic News Service

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker

No one can doubt that Christmas is coming.

Turn on the radio or television. Pick up a newspaper or magazine. Walk anywhere near a store. Look at billboards. Even some streets are already decorated. Even if we are able to focus on the real meaning of Christmas (the birth of Jesus), it still may be nearly impossible to grasp the deeper meanings of this feast day.

We don’t just celebrate the birth. We celebrate to whom he comes, why he comes, what he comes for, and what are the implications of his coming even today.

We talk about messiah. We listen to scriptures of "longing" and "Waiting." We reflect upon being steeped in sin and needing to become free and liberated from desires and forces and even temptations that constrict and control and demean.

We celebrate not just the birth of Christ but also a time of salvation. We celebrate history and human kind experiencing a radical and irrevocable change that is simply and most profoundly the time of grace. We are invited to embrace our brokenness and find wholeness.

This healing will involve not just a birth but also a death – not just a crib but also a cross. There is mystery everywhere. There are signs and invitations that point to new life and hope in abundance.

This is a time of preparing and a time of finding. It cannot be wasted or be a time focusing only on the birth. It certainly must look far beyond a heavy-bearded man dressed in red. It must look to the past and to the end of time.

That is because what happened 2,000 years ago changed us forever. We are changing even in these days of preparation because of what happened way back then.

So, as the scripture says so simply today: “Be watchful! Be alert! What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!’”

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

Friday, December 5, 2014

OneLife LA — and a challenge for Advent

Archbishop José H. Gomez
By Archbishop José H. Gomez 

Advent is a season of mercy.

The mercy of God is the great theme running through the first stories of Jesus’ coming.

In her Magnificat, Mary sings: “His mercy is from age to age.” Zechariah, father of St. John the Baptist, sings: “The tender mercy of our God … will visit us.”

So during this Advent season, I want to reflect with you on the Church’s traditional “corporal works of mercy” — feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, sheltering the homeless, visiting the sick, visiting the imprisoned, and burying the dead.

Jesus says these works of mercy will be the measure of our love for God and our love for our neighbor. He tells us the love that we show to the homeless and the hungry, to the prisoner and the sick, is the love that we show to God. And he warns that our indifference to those who need our mercy reflects our indifference to God.

Pope Francis has made mercy the “keynote” of his teaching. He reminds us again and again that our Christian identity and duty are defined by the Beatitudes that we find in the fifth chapter of St. Matthew’s Gospel and the works of mercy that we find in Matthew 25.

Taken together, he says, the Beatitudes and works of mercy show us the face of Jesus and help us to imitate his way of life. They give us an “action plan” — a practical path to follow to find happiness and salvation.

So during this Advent, I want to challenge all of us to go deeper in our experience of God’s mercy and our imitation of Jesus Christ’s works of mercy to others.

As you know, on Jan. 17, 2015, we are hosting OneLife LA, a one-day procession and festival that will highlight the works of mercy being done in our community — and the beautiful calling to mercy that God has given us for our lives.

I am excited about OneLife. This will be a day to celebrate the beauty of human life and our duty to serve our brothers and sisters and defend their rights and dignity, especially those who are the weakest and most vulnerable.

Our Archdiocesan Office of Life, Justice and Peace is proud to be sponsoring this positive and family-friendly event along with the Knights of Columbus and the Right to Life League of Southern California. We are honored that Supreme Knight Carl Anderson will be joining us for the day. We are also partnering with our neighboring dioceses of Orange, San Diego, San Bernardino and Fresno and we have the generous support from local foundations.

OneLife LA will be ecumenical and interfaith. We will have surprise celebrity guests and musical entertainers and food trucks — a real fiesta of the human spirit!

Through OneLife LA, we are trying to build understanding and friendships and bring together the many good people who are working to build a culture of life and mercy in our communities — including Catholic Charities and St. Vincent de Paul programs and ministries serving the unborn and expectant mothers, the homeless, orphans, victims of human trafficking, refugees, the handicapped and the terminally ill.

The program for OneLife LA reflects the beautiful clarity of the Catholic vision — that all human life reflects the image of our Creator and that every life, even the weak and the small, has infinite significance in God’s plan for creation and history.

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta is our inspiration and “patroness” for OneLife LA. Because by her witness, she showed us the beauty of all human life — and the need to protect life— from the child in the womb, to the innocent victims of war, to the sick and the dying.

Mother Teresa used to say, “Be somebody to somebody.” It is a beautiful way to express our duty to do works of mercy.

So I invite you to join me in a “challenge.” Let’s try every day in Advent to “be somebody to somebody” — especially those in our families and those who are poor and lonely — so they will feel God’s mercy and love.

On my Facebook page during Advent, I'm going to be highlighting organizations that are making a difference in our community, building a culture of life and mercy. I invite you to share the good things you are doing with me and on my page and by tagging #OneLifeLA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Let’s keep praying for one another during this Advent! And let’s ask our Blessed Mother Mary to teach us to be somebody to somebody every day, as we await the birth of Jesus.

To participate in the “Be Somebody to Somebody Challenge,” visit Archbishop Gomez on Facebook at

Archbishop José H. Gómez is the fifth archbishop of Los Angeles. His weekly column is provided by and appears in The Tidings, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Reach Archbishop Gomez at (213) 637-7000, or on Facebook at

Sunday, November 23, 2014

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 November 24 to November 30, 2014

November 24 | Memorial of Andrew Dũng-Lạc,
priests, and companions, and martyrs

8 a.m.: Rosemarie Riel

November 25 | Tuesday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time

8 a.m.: Salvador Baluyut

November 26 | Wednesday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time

8 a.m.: Roberto Ferdinand Moscato rest in peace
7 p.m. (Weekly Mother of Perpetual Help Mass): Zeny Dy — happy birthday!

November 27 | Thursday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time
(Thanksgiving Day)

9 a.m.: St. Bernard parishioners

November 28 | Friday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time

8 a.m.: Ben Japlit and Brigida Japlit rest in peace 

November 29 | Saturday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time
8 a.m.: Judge Remigio Cabildo
rest in peace
5 p.m. (Saturday vigil Mass):  Wilson Chan rest in peace

November 30 | First Sunday of Advent

8 a.m.: Apin family in thanksgiving
9:30 a.m.: Frankie Caldera rest in peace
11 a.m.: Jose Moran  rest in peace
12:30 p.m.: Delfin Pineda rest in peace

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker

We have all probably loved or cared for someone in our life so much that we declared: “If he’s not welcome here, than neither am I” or “If you don’t let her play, then I don’t want to play either.”

Our response says: “to not accept my friend is to not accept me.”

Jesus not only speaks in this manner, but he says two more things which clearly makes this one of his most demanding teachings. It is also the testimony of his manner of living.

First, he identifies not just with his friends, or with those whom he loves or those who love him. Rather, he identifies with the least, the most “insignificant.” He tells us that what we do to them we do the same to him.

What we fail to do to and for them, we fail to do to and for him. In so doing this, he lowers the bar of loving and caring to include everyone.

At the same time, he raises the bar of expectation so that our lives, clearly, are called to become lives of love, service, caring, generosity, compassion, outreach, understanding, forgiveness, reconciliation and respect. He is seeking nothing less than total transformation of our thinking and acting.  

Second: he makes this issue so important that he presents it as the condition of our judgment. He describes the scene in which these words are spoken as the judgment scene with the Son of Man seated upon his throne. There could not be a more frightful or definitive place to speak these words.

In other words, Jesus means for these words to be taken quite seriously. And why would he not? Isn’t the safety and salvation of all in this life dependent upon this kind of caring? If individuals and whole peoples can end up being the least and most insignificant, doesn’t this teaching grant them the possibility of hope? Isn’t the opposite of this hope simply suffering and despair?

Imagine proclaiming this passage in prison or on death row. Imagine hearing this spoken to us by our worst enemy, or by the person whom we cannot, or will not, forgive. It seems to be an impossible teaching! It is way too much to expect! Unless, of course, it is meant to invite us to become more like Christ himself and to transform us into a people who love one another as God loves us.

So says Jesus: “I have the words of everlasting life!”

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

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker

When we give to the poor, do we give so that we will receive thanks? Do we give because we believe that reaching out in love and compassion is a right or good thing to do? Where is the reward?

Is it in "getting something" from the person or aligning our actions and our cares of the heart with something we believe?

Today’s Gospel speaks of multiplying one’s talents or burying them out of fear. Using and giving our talents to others, using and giving our energy and time to others, using and sharing our money with others, all of these are ways of multiplying.

Burying any of these out of fear freezes, paralyzes, stagnates, lessens, destroys even the hope that something more might come about by the use of or sharing of our talents, our energy or time, our money.

To put it in Gospel terms: “For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what little he has will be taken away.”

Giving/sharing talents, time, energy, money IS the gift given and received. Giving/sharing is in itself the reward. This is the great secret revealed by Jesus. This is the key given to open the doors of inner peace and happiness. Jesus understood this. Jesus taught this. Jesus gives this as gift.

Every once in awhile, people will say: “Father, after I have given so much money to the church, or so many hours of service, doesn’t the church owe me something in return. Surely, the church should make an exception for me.”

It is an interesting comment. When we give to the church of our talent, our energy or time, or our money, we need to ask ourselves why we give? Is it to give thanks to God for all he has given? Is it so we can be paid back in special favors? Is it to be recognized? Or is it because we have discovered that Jesus’ words are absolutely true? It is because we hear the echo of Jesus’ words in our heart: “Come share your master’s joy.”

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