Monday, July 28, 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 July 28 to August 3, 2014

July 28 | Monday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time

8 a.m.: Domingo Alvizo and Juana Alvizo rest in peace

July 29 | Memorial of Saint Martha

8 a.m.: Catalina Reyes rest in peace

July 30 | Wednesday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time

8 a.m.: Angel Sanchez rest in peace
7 p.m. (Weekly Mother of Perpetual Help Mass): Teresito Manalansang rest in peace

July 31 | Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, priest

8 a.m.: Alfred Moscato Jr. happy birthday

August 1 | Memorial of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, bishop and doctor of the church

8 a.m.: St. Bernard Catholic Church benefactors
7:30 p.m. (First Friday Mass): Luis Francisco Rodriguez rest in peace 

August 2 | Saturday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time
8 a.m.:
Wilhelmina Jarata happy birthday
5 p.m. (Saturday vigil Mass):  Federico Villafuerte Jr. rest in peace

August 3 | 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

8 a.m.: Anastacio Pineda rest in peace
9:30 a.m.: Cecilia Musni rest in peace
11 a.m.: Camilo Magallon and Lupe Magallon happy 49th wedding anniversary
12:30 p.m.: Vincent Sanchez rest in peace

Sunday, July 27, 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, July 27, 2014 
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
By Father Joseph Donovan

"We are the church of the United States, and Maryknoll is your mission organization — a claim no other missionary group can make," Maryknoll missionary Father Joseph Donovan tells us in his homily for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time. "I am here to ask for your help."

Sunday, July 20, 2014
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
By Father Perry D. Leiker

"If we don't deal with the evil, the bad, the broken, the wounded, it will deal with us," Father Perry tells us in his homily for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time. "And if we don't admit it and be truthful about it — every single one of us and all of us — it will come back and bite us."

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker 

When Jesus speaks about the kingdom of heaven and God (clearly, a favorite topic for him) he uses incredibly simple, yet profound, images and examples to help us understand.

What is the kingdom of God? What is it like?  It doesn’t appear to be a specific place nor an easily defined reality. Rather, he speaks about our longings, our hopes, our deepest desires. He speaks about a willingness within us to sacrifice anything and everything for this kingdom.

God speaks to Solomon in the first reading and asks him: “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.” Solomon asks for “an understanding heart.” God delights in him for not asking for a long life, riches or power over his enemies, but for an understanding heart to help others distinguish what is right and wrong: wisdom!

What do we want from God? What is our answer to: “Ask something of me and I will give it to you”? 

Has the kingdom of God planted itself like a seed in our hearts? What is growing? It is good seed or weeds? Is anything rising up within us?

What is the kingdom of God? What is it like?

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

Friday, July 25, 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 Sunday readings are taken from Sunday cycle Year A. The daily readings are taken from weekday cycle Year II. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

First reading

Solomon prays for an understanding heart. (1 Kings 3:5, 7-12)


Lord, I love your commands. (Psalms 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-130)

Second reading

All things work for good for those who love God. (Romans 8:28-30)

Gospel reading 

The one who knows of the kingdom of heaven brings new and old from the storeroom. (Matthew 13:44-52 [44-46]).

Sunday’s liturgical color: GREEN

Daily readings:

(Week of July 21 to July 26)
     • (Week of July 28 to August 2)


Have you had a "lemons to lemonade" experience in your life? How have you seen God work for the good in your life?

Scripture to be illustrated

"We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28).

— Catholic News Service

Thursday, July 24, 2014

‘You gave your children good ground for hope’

Archbishop José H. Gomez
The following is adapted from the archbishop’s homily at the annual Mass in Recognition of Immigrants July 20, after which thousands lined up, inside and outside of Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral, to venerate the traveling relic of Santo Toribio Romo. 

By Archbishop José H. Gomez 

Santo Toribio Romo was a good brother and a good son. He was a holy priest and a martyr for Jesus. In heaven now, he is a friend and protector to the immigrant and the poor. 

So he is a beautiful symbol of what this annual celebration is all about.

In this holy Mass, we celebrate the immigrant spirit that gives life to our great country and our great city. We come together to pray and hope, as the theme of our gathering reminds us, from the first reading of today’s Mass: “You gave your children good ground for hope.”

As we all know, this land was built by the blood and sacrifice and the vision of missionaries and immigrants from every race and language and every nation.

So today we give thanks for all those men and women who left the places where they were born — to bring their faith and values, their talents and gifts — to create a new life and a new world here in America.

And we thank God also for the spirit of our new immigrants — those who are joining us every day to be our neighbors and friends and family members.

Yet, as we gather again this year, we also know that there are real troubles in our land. Many things are not right in our city and in our country.

Year after year, more of our fellow citizens seem to be losing faith in the spirit of America, losing their faith in the immigrant spirit that makes this country great.

In America, our hearts and hands have always been open to welcome the stranger and the refugee. But we are not being so welcoming anymore.

All of us today, I know, are thinking about the tens of thousands of children who have been coming across our borders, sent by their parents who are trying to save them from the poverty and violence in their home countries. I can’t imagine how sad and desperate it must be for those mothers and fathers to have to make that kind of decision!

Our Holy Father Pope Francis said this week that we are facing a real “humanitarian emergency” with these unaccompanied children. Pope Francis is right. And in the face of this emergency, our first duty must be to protect these children.

My brothers and sisters, what we are doing for these children as a church — it’s not about politics. We all know that. It’s about who we are as Catholics.

The church in Southern California has always opened its doors to receive the refugee and immigrant.

But we don’t do it because we are “social workers” or “nice people.” We do it because we are being faithful to our identity and duty as Catholics. We do it because Jesus calls us to do it.

In the reading from the Gospel that we just heard in this Holy Mass, Jesus tells us that God’s kingdom is a mystery, something that is small and hidden from our eyes.  He says the kingdom is like a seed that is under the ground. We can’t see it, but we know that it is living and growing.

And the message of this parable today is that God is in charge! 

God is in charge of our world and our lives! Jesus tells us that God is just. God is true to his promises and true to each one of us because God cares for each one of his children.

So we have to stay faithful to God. We have to stay true to his word and his calling in our lives.

No matter what stands in our way, we need to know and believe that his kingdom is coming. His kingdom is growing, little by little and day by day, even though we can’t see it and even though we face opposition and misunderstanding.

Jesus has given each of us a mission, my brothers and sisters. We have a mission to help God’s kingdom grow.

And God’s kingdom grows by every act of love — by every act of tenderness and kindness that we make to someone in need.

There is a beautiful line in that first reading that we heard this afternoon, from the Old Testament Book of Wisdom. I’m sure you noticed. It said:

Those who are just must be kind!

We need to remember that, my brothers and sisters. In our work for justice, in our work for human dignity — we need to be kind. We need to be merciful and have charity in our hearts and in our actions. Especially for those who don’t understand us and for those who oppose us.

Our Holy Father Pope Francis says that we need to help people change their hearts and attitudes towards immigrants. He says we need to help them overcome their indifference and fear, so that they will reach out their hands with tenderness and understanding.

So let’s pray for that today in this Eucharist.

Let’s pray for the courage to follow Jesus — just as Santo Toribio did — without counting the cost and with love for God and love for our brothers and sisters.

By our kindness, let us teach our neighbors how to be more kind. By our hospitality, let us teach our neighbors how to have compassion for others.

Let’s keep praying and working for immigration reform now.  Immigration reform is a life issue and it is a family issue. And, it is a question of our souls as Catholics and Americans.

We need immigration reform that keeps families together, that gives rights to workers, and that provides a generous path to citizenship.

Let us pray for one another and for our leaders. Let us pray to rediscover our capacity to care for one another and to be close to others in their sufferings. Let us pray for greater tenderness and understanding for our immigrant families and children, and especially for the young people who have come to our country in recent months.

And may Our Lady of Guadalupe and Santo Toribio help us to keep building God’s Kingdom, to keep working for a better world with more justice, more sharing, more mercy and love because God gave us, his children, good ground for hope.

¡Viva Santo Toribio Romo! ¡Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe! ¡Viva Cristo Rey! Amen.

 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

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker

Today, Jesus proposes three parables. These teaching stories attempt to describe the kingdom of heaven. Each one is about growth.

In one story, good seed is sown in a field, then weeds are secretly sown by an enemy. The question is: “do you want us to go and pull them (the weeds) up?” Jesus answers “No!” They will and must grow together, and at harvest time will be sorted.

Another story talks about planting the tiny, tiny mustard seed, which grows to become one of the largest trees.

Another is like a woman mixing yeast with dough and the whole batch was leavened (grows).

Seeds have power to become. Yeast makes everything grow and expand. In each of these stories there is an agent — man, a person, a woman — who does something which brings about growth and development.

Jesus teaches us that the kingdom of heaven is now. The kingdom of heaven is among us and within us. The kingdom of heaven is affected in our lives by us, me, you and others.

The potential for life and growth, and big expanding things, are the seeds that you and I work with in our lives. We should expect that in everything and everyone there is potential for the kingdom of heaven to be revealed and to bring forth growth and life.

When is that happening? Now!

Who will do it? Each one of us!

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

Archdiocese of Los Angeles presents Theology on Tap

Theology on Tap is a program of the Office of Young Adult Ministry that reaches out to young adults who want to explore the role of faith in their daily lives.

Created in 1981, RENEW International’s Theology-on-Tap is a nationally recognized speaker and fellowship program that has been successfully bringing young adults to the church for more than 30 years. 

In this casual atmosphere, you’ll hear straight talk and honest answers to your deepest questions about faith, love, work and other real life experiences.

Theology on Tap provides an opportunity to not only learn about the Catholic faith but also meet like-minded people and make new friends.

Full 2014 Theology on Tap schedule 

Loyola Marymount University

1 LMU Drive; Theology Village, University Hall, Suite 3700; Los Angeles

Sun, Jul 6 -- The Bible, Gospel, and the Blues - Daniel Smith-Christopher, PhD (and a live musical combo)

Sun, Jul 13 -- Learning Spirituality from Pope Francis - Fr. Felix Just, SJ, PhD

Sun, Jul 20 -- God and Your Brain: Working Together for Healthy Relationships - Tammy Ichinotsubo-Ezzi, PhD

Sun, Jul 27 -- Mystics and Saints in America? In the Americas? - Brett C. Hoover

St. Monica, Santa Monica

725 California; Santa Monica, CA  90403

Tue, Jul 8 -- Moving from Charity to Justice - Fr. Paul Spellman

Tue, Jul 15 -- Catholics and Other Religions: Where are we going with Pope Francis? - Fr. Alexi Smith

Tue, Jul 22 -- How to Read the Bible - Sr. Kathleen Burns

Tue, Jul 29 -- The Love Conversation: Preparing yourself for the love of your life and to be that love for another - Paige Marrs, PhD

USC Caruso Center

844 W. 32nd Street; Los Angeles, CA 90007

Thu, Jul 10 -- No Sourpusses Needed!  Exploring Pope Francis's Exhortation "The Joy of the Gospel" - Douglas Leal

Thu, Jul 17 -- We Remain Faith-Full! - Joe Melendrez

Thu, Jul 24 -- Is that Really You God? How Our Understanding of God Determines Everything - Sr. Su Fern Khoo, VDFM

Thu, Jul 31 -- Seven Deadly Sins of Social Media - Delis Alejandro & Christine Gerety

Sacred Heart, Ventura

10800 Henderson Road; Ventura, CA 93004

Doors open at 7pm; program starts at 7:30

Tue, Jul 1 -- Vitamin G: Getting Your Daily Dose of God in Prayer - Deacon Dave Smith

Tue, Jul 8 -- Living Under the Influence - Deacon Bill & Sue Spies

Tue, Jul 15 -- Revelation: A Catholic View of End Times - Mary Beth Lee

Tue, Jul 22 -- The Life of St. Francis & Pope Francis's Call to Nonviolence: A Performance and Discussion - David & Sharon Hoover​

St. Finbar, Burbank

2010 West Olive Avenue; Burbank, CA 91506-2642

Tue, Jul 8 -- It's Not an Accident: Becoming an Intentional Disciple of Jesus - Bishop Gerald Wilkerson

Tue, Jul 15 -- No Sourpusses Needed! Exploring Pope Francis's Exhortation "The Joy of the Gospel" - Fr. Vaughn Winters

Tue, Jul 22 -- Can I Have a Witness? Discipleship, Godparents, and Sponsors - Rosanne Belpedio, CSJ

Tue, Jul 29 -- The Living of Life is Prayer - Margaret Matijasevic

St. Louise de Marillac, Covina

1720 Covina Blvd; Covina, CA 91724

Doors open at 6:30; program starts at 7pm

Sun, Jul 13 -- Several Ways to Encounter God - Fr. Norm Supancheck

Sun, Jul 20 -- Pope Francis Shows the Way: Social Justice and the Ministry of Presence - Katie Tassinari

Sun, Jul 27 -- The Bible: Definitely Better than the Movie - Fr. Chris Bazyouros

Sun, Aug 3 -- Learning Spirituality from Pope Francis - Fr. Felix Just, SJ, PhD

St. Andrew, Pasadena

42 Chestnut Street; Pasadena, CA 91103-3896

Doors open at 7pm; program starts at 7:30

Wed, Jul 9 -- Love is More Than a Four-Letter Word - Michael DiPaolo, PhD

Wed, Jul 16 -- Catholics and Other Religions: Where are we going with Pope Francis? - Fr. Alexi Smith

Wed, Jul 23 -- Jesus - Getting to know the man - Fr. David Loftus

Wed, Jul 30 -- Living Under the Influence - Deacon Bill & Sue Spies

St. Denis, Diamond Bar

2151 S Diamond Bar Blvd; Diamond Bar, CA  91765

Doors open at 7pm; program starts at 7:30

Mon, Jul 7 -- Decisions, Decisions! God Help Me, What Do I Do? - Sr. Edith Prendergast

Mon, Jul 14 -- A Journey with the Cross: Depression and True Joy - Jacob Israel

Mon, Jul 21 -- Calming the Chaos - Vikki Shepp

Mon, Jul 28 -- "Teach Us to Pray!" Prayer for Beginners and Beyond - Douglas Leal

St. Mary of the Assumption, Whittier​

7215 Newlin Ave.; Whittier, CA  90604

Fri, Jul 11 -- What Matters Most: When NO is better than YES - Dean Diomedes

Fri, Jul 18 -- Can I Have a Witness? Discipleship, Godparents, and Sponsors - Rosanne Belpedio, CSJ

Fri, Jul 25 -- Who wants $20? - Vanessa Gallardo

Fri, Aug 1 -- The Bible: Definitely Better than the Movie - Fr. Chris Bazyouros

St. Philomena, Carson

21900 South Main Street; Carson, CA 90745-2998

Thu, Jul 10 -- Decisions, Decisions! God Help Me, What Do I Do? - Sr. Edith Prendergast

Thu, Jul 17 -- How to radiate the love of Christ to others! - Katie Tassinari​

Thu, Jul 24 -- God and Your Brain: Working Together for Healthy Relationships - Tammy Ichinotsubo-Ezzi, PhD

Thu, Jul 31 -- Mystics and Saints in America? In the Americas? - Brett C. Hoover​

Friday, July 18, 2014

Do we have hearts that are ready for the Gospel?

Archbishop José H. Gomez
Archbishop Gomez is on vacation this week. The following is adapted from his homily last Sunday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. His column will return next week.

By Archbishop José H. Gomez

The passage from the Gospel that we heard this morning is the “parable of the sower,” a parable that we know well.

As we know, the “sower” is a farmer who is going out to plant seeds. And as we heard, some of his seeds fell on the pathway that he is walking on. Some of it fell on ground that was filled with rocks and some more of it got tangled up in thorns. And finally, some of the seed fell on good soil and was able to grow.

What Jesus is saying is that this is how it is with the Word of God. With the Gospel, Sacred Scripture.

Jesus is telling us that God’s Word is like a seed that he is planting in the earth. He is not planting his Word in the soil or in the ground. He’s planting his Word in the human heart. In your heart and in my heart.

Jesus wants the word of his Gospel to take root and grow in our heart.

He’s telling us we have to receive God’s Word and we have to let it grow and bloom — just as a plant or a flower grows and blooms when it is planted in the ground. Jesus wants his Word to grow in us, so that we will bear “good fruits” that will help to make God’s Kingdom grow on earth.

So the question that Jesus wants us to think about today is this: What kind of “ground” do we have in our hearts? Do we have a heart that is ready for the Gospel? Are we really open to what God wants for our lives?

The reality is that sometimes our hearts can be like that hard path in the parable.

Because maybe we are not paying enough attention to our spiritual lives. So we hear the Word of God, we hear the commandment to love one another, but we don’t really let it “sink in.” We don’t let it penetrate us and change us. So we have to ask ourselves whether our heart is like that.

Sometimes, maybe the soil of our hearts can be like the rocky ground that Jesus talks about.

That happens when we are excited and enthusiastic about following Jesus, but then we do not put enough effort into our relationship with God. We don’t pray every day, we don’t make enough effort to try to love and serve God. We have to watch out for this, because it means that the Gospel is not really taking root in our heart.

The other “condition” that Jesus talks about is the thorny ground.

That’s when we get too caught up in the cares of the world. This can happen to all of us. We get too busy, we are worried about many things. We can get too concerned about trying to be comfortable or having more things.

When this happens, it is like the words of Jesus are not really that important anymore. And this really blocks the love of God inside us. So we have to be careful with that too.

So let us today especially ask for that grace— to be always prepared in the best possible way to receive God’s Word in our hearts.

We want to become people who “bear good fruit” for Jesus. We want to be people who are concerned about others, who are concerned about sharing the love of God with others.

One practical suggestion for preparing our hearts to bear good fruit — we should try to be more positive in our lives. We should try harder to have a good attitude and a smile for others.

This seems like just a little thing and it’s something we are already probably doing. But we have to do more of it. And, as we know, it’s not always easy.

We really need to understand that we are children of God. If we remember this, it should make us happy and hopeful.

So this week, let’s try to offer up a small sacrifice — just smiling at some person every day! Saying a kind word to somebody who is going through a difficult situation. Just trying to make life a little better for somebody.

In these little ways, we can make it easier for the Word of God to enter into our hearts and grow.

So let’s ask our Blessed Mother Mary to help us with that. So that like her, we can listen to God’s Word and really let it grow in inside of us, in our hearts. So that we can bear good fruits. Fruits of love and mercy for one another. 

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, July 13, 2014

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker 

What is the opposite of blessed eyes and blessed ears?

Is it cursed eyes and cursed ears?

Blessed eyes see the things of God and the realities he invites us to share in – they are eyes that see and live the kingdom of God in all things.

Blessed ears hear the things of God – they hear God’s voice in everything, opening one to a sharing in his life in his kingdom.

Is it possible that God speaks and we don’t hear? What is it that he says? What is it that he offers to us that only blessed eyes can see and blessed ears can hear?

Fundamentally, it is the Gospel, the way of Jesus. In the Gospel, we have invitations and callings that often completely counter what the world sees. The values of the world are often centered around getting more at any cost. That often leads to the destruction of others, or even of self.

The truth of the Gospel tells us that many times it is in loosing, letting go, not having that we discover more and become more.

The curse is missing the gift and not receiving the life that God wants and intends for us.

Blessed? Cursed? The choice is ours.

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