Sunday, January 25, 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 January 26 to February 1, 2015


January 26 |
Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, bishops


8 a.m.: Jessica Ortiz — happy birthday

January 27 Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

8 a.m.: Joseph Ostojic rest in peace

January 28 Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the church

8 a.m.: Milica Ostojic
7 p.m. (Mother of Perpetual Help Mass): Arturo Dy — rest in peace

January 29 Thursday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

8 a.m.: Jacob Santiago — rest in peace


January 30 Friday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

8 a.m.: Rolando Vasquez rest in peace 

January 31 | Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the church

8 a.m.: Marcelo Requiestas and Nazaria Requiestas rest in peace
5 p.m. (Saturday Vigil Mass): Pedro Meris — rest in peace

February 1 | Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

8 a.m.: Gonzalo Galicia  rest in peace
9:30 a.m.: Placido Vitin and Felicidad Vitin rest in peace
11 a.m.: Jose Murillo  rest in peace
12:30 p.m.: Primitivo Madrigal and Consuelo Madrigal, and Consuelo Solis rest in peace

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, January 25, 2015
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
By Father Perry D. Leiker
  
"More than ever do we need an institution like Catholic schools to be there as a way of saying, we have something to give you," Father Perry tells us in his homily for the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time and first day of Catholic Schools Week in the United States. "This is urgent care, and you've got it now for the rest of you life."

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Sunday, January 18, 2015
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
By Father Perry D. Leiker

"Listen to what isn't said, because listening to just what is said is usually easy," Father Perry tells us in his homily for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. "What isn't said is a little more awkward and difficult, but it often reveals a lot of things."
 

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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 pleiker@stbernard-church.com.

Saturday, January 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 stbernardla@stbernardla.cc.

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



2015


January

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

February

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

March

     • March 1
     • March 8
     • March 15
     • March 22
     • 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, January 25, 2014

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time


First reading


The Ninevites turn from their evil way in response to Jonah’s message. (Jonah 3:1-5, 10)

Psalm
 

Teach me your ways, O Lord. (Psalm 25:4-9)

Second reading

 
The world in its present form is passing away. (1 Corinthians 7:29-31)


Gospel reading


Jesus proclaims, “Repent, and believe in the gospel.” The new disciples abandon their nets and follow him. (Mark 1:14-20)


Sunday’s liturgical color: GREEN

Daily readings:

     • (Week of January 26 to January 31)
     • (Week of February 2 to February 7)

Questions
 

What is Jesus' "time sensitive" message to you personally? 

How can you respond to him, not out of fear, but motivated by hope and joy?

Scripture to be illustrated

"This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand." (Mark 1:15)


— Catholic News Service

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 pleiker@stbernard-church.com.

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 pleiker@stbernard-church.com.

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 pleiker@stbernard-church.com.

Together in Mission 2014

In his pastoral letter, “Witness to the New World of Faith,” Archbishop José H. Gomez writes: “Through our love for others, we bear witness to the reality of our God who is love. Through our work to make this a society of truth and love, we make God’s love for all men and women a reality in our world.”

One way we can make love for our neighbors “real” is through our support of Together in Mission. This year’s annual appeal will provide essential financial support for 35 parishes and 56 schools in our archdiocese.

Your generous contribution to Together in Mission will make a big difference in the lives of tens of thousands of our brothers and sisters. Because of you, the church will continue to be a force for human dignity and social justice in our communities.

When you receive your Together in Mission pledge form in the mail, please fill it out and mail it back or bring it with you to Mass.

God bless you for your generous gifts to those in need.

TOGETHER IN MISSION/CAMPAÑA UNIDOS EN MISIÓN 2014

267 Persons pledged as of Dec. 21
267 personas comprometidas hasta el 21 de diciembre

10% previous year income/10% del ingreso del año anterior

Pledge Goal / Meta Parroquial:  $36,461.20

Amount pledged/cantidad prometida: $39,744.51
Paid/pagado:  $34,667.51

Total amount needed to reach assigned goal: $1,793.69
Cantidad por cubrir (compromiso asignado): $1,793.69

Thursday, December 25, 2014

St. Bernard Church Advent podcast

Our Advent podcast is daily Advent inspiration by our parish priests.

New episodes air Monday to Saturday. Episodes begin on Monday of the first week of Advent and air through the Vigil of Christmas (Christmas Eve). 

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.




Our Advent Homilies podcast has ended for 2014 and will return on Monday of the First Week of Advent on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 .


In the meantime, you can listen again to the entire 2014 series by choosing an episode below.