Thursday, July 30, 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, August 2, 2015

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

First reading

The people of Israel receive bread from heaven in response to their grumbling. (Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15)


The Lord gave them bread from heaven. (Psalm 78:3-4, 23-24, 25, 54)

Second reading

Put on the new shelf that has been crated in God's way. (Ephesians 4:17, 20-24)

Gospel reading

I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger. (John 6:24-35)

Sunday’s liturgical color: GREEN

Daily readings:

     • (Week of August 3 to August 8)
     • (Week of August 10 to August 15)

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


     • July 5
     • July 12
     • July 19
     • July 26


     • August 2
     • August 9 
     • August 16
     • August 23
     • August 30


     • September 6
     • September 13
     • September 20
     • September 27

Tuesday, July 28, 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.


17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday, July 26, 2015
By Susana Nieto, guest preacher

Consecrated layperson Susana Nieto speaks of her work with the Marian Community of Reconciliation and asks for your support. For more information on the Marian Community of Reconciliation, visit

Audio podcast

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday, July 19, 2015
By Father Perry D. Leiker, pastor

"They were like sheep without a shepherd, scattering, running in every direction, not knowing where to go next," Father Perry tells us in his homily for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time. "But he looked at them, he pitied them, and he taught them. Do you think it's any different for us?"

Video podcast

Audio podcast

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Looking Ahead

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

We need to listen carefully to God’s word today.

We need to believe that this word is truth and bears fruit.

We need to notice the detail and clear proclamation that God gives to us what we need in super abundance.

In both the reading from 2 Kings and the Gospel of John, a large number of people are fed with a small amount to food. In both cases, doubt is expressed that such a small amount of food could satisfy the needs of so many people let alone have any left over.

But that is exactly what happens. All are satisfied. Food is left over – an abundance of food! God does what he says he would do!

The psalm response sums up what people of faith have consistently believed and experienced: “the hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.”

The truth is, God always works at the deepest level of our existence – deep within our spirit. That is where God connects with us. That is where God works his miraculous wonders – deep within us. That is where we discover our strength, our courage, our hope, our faith, our abilities, our gifts. God does it for us there.

God "answers all our needs" there, in that place of spirit. If we don’t even believe in ourselves (in here), how can we really believe in God (our there)? If we don’t find God in the temple of our own spirit, how will we find him in the temple of stones or bricks out there?

It really isn’t a question of if, but rather a question of when, how and where.

And so with faith and hope and trust we proclaim: “the hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.”

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

Thursday, May 7, 2015

St. Mel's Phillip McCreary selected as new principal of St. Bernard Catholic School

Philip McCreary
Dear St. Bernard Parish community:

A new principal, Mr. Phillip McCreary, has been chosen to lead St. Bernard Catholic School with our outstanding staff and has signed his contract for the 2015/2016 school year.

A committee of seven members was comprised of two of our teachers, two parents in the school, a former parent, a former high school principal, and a person presently serving as a teacher in a Catholic High School. The committee followed a structured format provided by the Department of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. After interviews, each candidate was evaluated and a final recommendation was made and approved by me.

The consensus of the selection committee was that Mr. McCreary was the best candidate to move the school forward. We are grateful for all that Principal Margaret Samaniego and the present staff have done to revive, rebuild and guide our school into a new technological age. We believe that Mr. McCreary has the credentials to grow our numbers, solidify our financial security for the present and future, further develop the outstanding work already done in the area of technology, and strengthen the educational and spiritual formation of our children.

We look forward to providing an opportunity to meet Mr. McCreary and welcome him to our school and parish community.


Father Perry Leiker, pastor
St. Bernard Church

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Looking Ahead

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

There is a use of language during this part of the Easter season that speaks to a very intimate and sensitive part of us.

It reeks of inclusion and belonging. It contains a deep sense of being at home.

In the language of mystagogia (RCIA), it fits so well, since it is a very clear depiction of going deeper into the mysteries and integrating the spiritual truths deeply into our lives.

It is expressed so simply and beautifully in today’s gospel: “Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit”; and, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you”.

Staying connected by cell phone or Facebook is for some people the height of inter-connectivity. Some can’t live without it. Some appear to be addicted to their cell phones and to remaining in touch with friends and the world out there. But this Gospel goes much deeper.

“Remain in me” and allow me to “remain in you” – and fruitfulness, fulfillment and finding completion will result in your lives. Jesus is clear about many things throughout his preaching and teaching career. He says the world of faith and spirit is about more than doing things or following commandments. He doesn’t negate these practices as if they are useless. He does indicate that one can follow these perfectly and not find the kingdom of God.

His sense is that "remaining in" is more the goal. Experiencing God dwelling within – his word having a space within – Jesus' presence, becoming a part of: these are the things or spiritual realities that make the kingdom of God come alive in us.

This is a language that must become reality for us that is: experienced, shared, described, celebrated, lived.

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

Sunday, April 26, 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 27 to May 3, 2015 

April 27 | Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

8 a.m.: Catherine Castellanos — rest in peace

April 28 | Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

8 a.m.: Carlos Climaco rest in peace

April 29 | Wednesday
of the Fourth Week of Easter

8 a.m.: Carmen Gonzalez
general intentions
7 p.m. (Mother of Perpetual Help Mass): St. Bernard parishioners

April 30 | Thursday
of the Fourth Week of Easter

8 a.m.: Maria Japlit and Marciano Japlit — rest in peace

May 1 | Friday of the Second Fourth of Easter

8 a.m.: Dominga Puangco — rest in peace 
7:30 p.m. (First Friday Mass): Maximina Mendoza — rest in peace

May 2 | Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter

8 a.m.: Nichole Nerio general intentions
5 p.m. (Saturday vigil Mass): Asencion Mendoza — rest in peace

May 3 | Fifth Sunday of Easter

8 a.m.: Ismael Jarin rest in peace
9:30 a.m.: Students, faculty and staff of St. Bernard Catholic School
11 a.m.: Andrea Requena  rest in peace
12:30 p.m.: Victor Manuel Enriquez rest in peace

Looking Ahead

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

Question: "Which role or profession is more important: a doctor or a plumber?"

Answer: "It depends: if the sink is plugged up, well then, the plumber!"

One job or profession may be more complicated, require more education, or seek more expertise than another. But depending on the needs and circumstances, any particular profession may rise to the top as the most important because, at the moment, it may be most needed.

There are many vocations (callings) in our Christian lives. Some are called to marriage, some to priesthood or diaconate, some to consecrated religious life for men and women, some to a single state. Each is a vocation from God.

When one feels called and hears that call deep within them, this calling or vocation becomes uniquely satisfying. When deep within a person discovers the call, then there is nothing they do or give up that could be too much – they just know that it is so right for them.

Praying about our call should be in the prayer agenda of every Christian. To believe that God is actually calling us – deep within – makes hearing and answering a very important life activity. That is why we pray for vocations – all vocations.

We pray that all will take and make the time to listen deep within. We pray that the voice of God will become real to us, and we will hear it.

The Good Shepherd calls us. He tells us that his sheep hear his voice and know him.

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

Saturday, April 25, 2015

St. Bernard Parish retreat

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

“Ven sígueme …
            Ser mi Discipulo”

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