Wednesday, February 25, 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.


Sunday, February 22, 2015
First Sunday of Lent
By Father Roberto Pérez, O.Carm.
"I've been invited through the parish to bring to you our ministries that help the poor," Father Roberto Pérez, O.Carm., of Cross Catholic Outreach tells us in his homily for the First Sunday of Lent.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
By Father Perry D. Leiker

"We are asked — on this pledge Sunday for Together in Mission — to do something intentional," Father Perry tells us in his homily for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
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Sunday, February 22, 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 February 23 to March 1, 2015

February 23 | Monday of the First Week of Lent

8 a.m.: Ernie Estanislao — rest in peace

February 24 | Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

8 a.m.: Gloria Japlit rest in peace

February 25 | Wednesday of the First Week of Lent

8 a.m.: Henry Seno — rest in peace
7 p.m. (Mother of Perpetual Help Mass): Orfelina V. Cabato — rest in peace

February 26 | Thursday of the First Week of Lent

8 a.m.:
Orfelina V. Cabato — rest in peace

February 27 | Friday of the First Week of Lent

8 a.m.: Remedios Carreon rest in peace 

February 28 | Saturday of the First Week of Lent

8 a.m.: Tito Tuscano and Decoroso Tuscano rest in peace
5 p.m. (Saturday Vigil Mass): Federico S. Villa Fuerte Jr. — rest in peace

March 1 | Second Sunday of Lent

8 a.m.: Connie happy birthday
9:30 a.m.: Charles Hawkins rest in peace
11 a.m.: Maria del Refugio Luna  rest in peace
12:30 p.m.: Cleotilde Moran rest in peace

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker

Promise, covenant, cleansing, sign, resurrection, proclamation, kingdom of God, Gospel — these are the many words that stand out and stand together in a kind of seamless garment of hope and new life.

This is Lent. This is that holy time of year when all kinds of new things can happen. People actually turn away from sin. People actually change their lives. People are actuslly baptized into new life. People actually discover a world of grace and love.

Our churches, draped in purple, call us into a season of renewal. We are to identify what needs to change within us. We are, like Jesus, to go into the desert alone and undistracted to find our truest self and cut away the things that do not matter. We mark ourselves with ashes to remind ourselves that we will die; there is both the mortal and immortal that must be attended to in our lives.

Welcome to Lent. Welcome to a time of hope and change. Welcome to a journey of faith and life.

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

Saturday, February 21, 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



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     • March 29

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, February 22, 2015

First Sunday of Lent

First reading

I will set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth (Genesis 9:8-15)


Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant. (Psalm 25:4-9)

Second reading

The water of the flood prefigured baptism, which saves you now. (1 Peter 3:18-22)

Gospel reading

Jesus was tempted by Satan, and the angels ministered to him. (Mark 1:12-15)

Sunday’s liturgical color: VIOLET

Daily readings:

     • (Week of February 23 to February 28)
     • (Week of March 2 to March 7)


In what way have I disrespected the dignity of another human person?

How have I shown a lack of regard for the sacredness of other living things?

Scripture to be illustrated

"I will recall the covenant I have made between me and you and all living beings" (Genesis 9:15).

— Catholic News Service

Thursday, February 12, 2015

St. Bernard Ash Wednesday schedule

Ash Wednesday is Feb. 18. 

The St. Bernard Catholic Faith Community invites you to enter Lent with a spirit of prayer and penance.

Imposition of blessed ashes
Imposición de cenizas benditas

The liturgy of the word in English and Spanish, with imposition of blessed ashes, will be celebrated.

La liturgia de la palabra bilingüe con imposición de cenizas benditas se celebrará.
  • In the church:
    10 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 5 p.m.

    En la iglesia:

    10 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 5 p.m.

Masses with imposition of blessed ashes

Misa, con imposición de cenizas benditas
  • 8 a.m. (bilingual morning Mass)
    Misa bilingüe a las 8 a.m.
  • Noon (bilingual mid-day Mass)
    Misa bilingüe al mediodia
  • 7 p.m. (bilingual evening Mass)
    Misa bilingüe a las 7 p.m.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker

The call of the first disciples is known by most all of us and pretty much taken at face value.

Jesus sees them, invites them to follow, and they get up and go.

That’s it.

But if you stop to think about it, there is something quite mysterious about the account, if not weird. At least from the text itself, there is no evidence that they knew each other before this moment, or that they had ever had any contact or conversation before.

Jesus saw Simon and Andrew (they were brothers) and he said to them: “Come after me and I will make you fishers of men.”

They abandoned their nets and followed him.

A little farther along he called two more brothers (James and John) as he passed by them; they abandoned their father and the boats and followed Jesus, too. No questions were asked. Jesus gave no explanation or information. They all walked away from their work, their families, their routines. Why? What happened that was so compelling that they simply followed without a moment of hesitation? Did Jesus have some mysterious power to command an utterly total response on the part of these brothers?

From the first moment that Jesus began his public ministry, it seems he had an overwhelming effect on people. They said: “Where does he get this authority? No one has ever spoken like this.”

The evangelist Mark presents a Jesus to us that has power over demons, over nature, over human illness.

Does his power reach into us? Does his word have authority and leave us spellbound? Do we find that when he calls we always wish to follow?

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

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker

Who likes waiting for anything?

Yet isn’t this life waiting, waiting, waiting?

Today’s scriptures are filled with words and images of waiting, listening, being called, looking for, staying, and finally being called bluntly to “come and see.”

One could easily come to the conclusion that an absolutely essential quality to being a person of faith in a vibrant relationship with God requires waiting, listening and expecting.

These aren’t just Advent themes but everyday themes of the spiritual life.

Minister Derrick McGhee states it this way:

If you can wait on your hair stylist, you can wait on God.

If you can wait at a fast food restaurant, you can wait on God.

If you can wait in the emergency room of a hospital, you can wait on God.

If you can wait in rush hour traffic, you can wait on God.

If you can wait in line to purchase concert tickets for your favorite artist, you can wait on God.

If you can wait on a nice cup of coffee to brew, you can wait on God.

If you can wait on a parking space to open closer to the entrance, you can wait on God.

If you can wait until the end of the week or month to receive your paycheck, you can wait on God.

If you can wait on the Lord, then speaking the words of Psalm 40 today should flow sweetly from your lips: “I have waited, waited for the Lord. Here am I, Lord, I come to do your will.”

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

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker

The feast of the Holy Family and today’s celebration of Epiphany are closely connected – in the person of Jesus.

Last week, his parents presented him to God. This week, he is being sought after by king Herod, supposedly so that Herod could show him homage; however, we know the darker designs, and all of the babies under 2 years of age in Bethlehem discovered those designs as well.

The deeper connection for us and for our families lies precisely in the connection of these two feasts. The whole idea of presenting a child to God is not some pretty little ritual or picture-taking moment. This is serious!

We (parents) give our child to you (God)! We dedicate our child to grow as your child, as a holy child. We will shape and form his or her faith. We will educate, foster self-respect, model wholesome familial and social interaction, be the best models of faith, and provide both caring and tough love.

We will not be afraid of the "no" word. We will always teach consequences for one’s actions. This child will know love, how to survive, know who he or she is and will contribute generously to making this a better world.

The light has come. Epiphany.

This light drew the Gentiles to the greatest happening — the birth of Jesus. They recognized who he was and that he had a mission and significance as bright as the star that led them to him. Even king Herod was afraid, because truth and love would replace lies and hate and fear. What king of power and control wouldn’t want to stomp out a new power of love and peace and justice and goodness?

Epiphany proclaims this new light in the person of Jesus Christ. Epiphany is the light that calls us to recognize our Lord. Epiphany is the revelation of the eternal truth inviting us to participate in it as never before. Indeed, we are children of the light.

What will it be for me and my family? Light or darkness? Who do I present my child to? God or the world of greed, profit, materialism, mindless pleasure and zero values?

God, take me. God, take my child. God, take my family. God, take my future. God, take this world.

We present all to you. Give us your light.

Be our Epiphany today – the revelation of you in our lives.

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

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker

From the very first chapter of the scriptures, when it comes to family, it is clear what God intends: “Be fruitful and multiply.”

Today’s feast focuses on the holy family: Joseph, Mary and Jesus. From the beginning of Genesis, we see God’s desire and plan for a regenerating of the species through a fruitful multiplication.

God tells Abram (who becomes Abraham in the Covenant with God): “Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can. Just so shall your descendants be.”

Even in Abraham’s old age, God provides for the beginnings of a mighty nation with many descendants. Sterility is no obstacle for God.

But there is more in the feast today as we listen to the Gospel of Luke. The Jews had a very deep faith understanding of the God-gift that family was. Both in thanksgiving and in the deepest sense of dedication, after 40 days the child was to be presented to God. In this particular family story, prophecy and grace and the beginning of redemption surround this ordinary family event.

Devout Simeon declares: “My eyes have seen your salvation ... a light for revelation to the Gentiles and glory for your people Israel.”

And he continues: “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted.”

Even Mary’s future pain and sorrow is predicted.

Is this what we can expect from family, whether a small family like Jesus’, or the enormous human family promised to Abraham by God? Is it always to include suffering? Will there always be struggle? Is there no doubt that both falling and rising is in the picture? And so, what makes it holy?

“The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.”

The favor of God falls upon all of us; especially those anointed with God’s own Spirit in baptism. There is no question about God’s promise of fruitfulness – just count the over 6 billion presently inhabiting the earth.

Neither is there any question about the favor of God – available to any and all who open their heart to him.

Perhaps the call of this feast day is to re-dedicate our self, our life, our day, our future, to the God of Abraham, and our God, too!

Perhaps this is what makes each of us and any family holy.

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