Sunday, July 20, 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 21 to July 26, 2014

July 21 | Monday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time

8 a.m.: Virgie Baluyut rest in peace

July 22 | Memorial of Saint Mary Magdalene

8 a.m.: Greg Revuelta happy birthday

July 23 | Wednesday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time

8 a.m.: Leticia Cabrera rest in peace
7 p.m. (Weekly Mother of Perpetual Help Mass): Rosalina Manalansang and Eduardo Manalansang Sr rest in peace

July 24 | Thursday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time

8 a.m.: Uriel Navarro rest in peace

July 25 | Feast of St. James, apostle

8 a.m.: Miguel Garcia and Diana Garcia rest in peace 

July 26 | Saturday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time
8 a.m.:
Wilhelmina Jarata happy birthday
5 p.m. (Saturday vigil Mass):  Jose de Jesus Muñoz Sr. — rest in peace

July 27 | 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

8 a.m.: Iluminada Galicia in thanksgiving
9:30 a.m.: Bella Galicia and Gonzalo Galicia rest in peace
11 a.m.: Julio Renteria, and Simon Aguirre rest in peace
12:30 p.m.: Carmen Padilla, and Enrique Toledo 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, 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."

Sunday, July 13, 2014
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
By Father Chris Bazyouros 

"If we tend the garden of our heart every day, the word of God can push its roots deeper into our lives, transform us and produce in us an abundant fruit, and abundant harvest," Father Chris Bazyouros tells us in his homily for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time. "May we always have the courage and the humility to work on the garden of our soul."

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   

Thursday, July 17, 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 20, 2014

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

First reading

You taught your people that those who are just must likewise be kind. (Wisdom 12:13, 16-19)


Lord, you are good and forgiving. (Psalms 65:10-14)

Second reading

The Spirit comes to aid us in our weakness. (Romans 8:26-27)

Gospel reading 

Jesus proposes parables to the crowds, teaching them of the reign of God. (Matthew 13:24-43 [24-30])

Sunday’s liturgical color: GREEN

Daily readings:

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


What recent decisions have tested your faith? How have you experienced goodness thriving despite obstacles caused by evil?

Scripture to be illustrated

"Your might is the source of justice" (Wisdom 12:16).

— Catholic News Service

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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.

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Full St. Bernard Church Sunday bulletin archive



     • January 5
     • January 12
     • January 19
     • January 26


     • February 2
     • February 9
     • February 16
     • February 23


     • March 2
     • March 9
     • March 16
     • March 23
     • March 30


     • April 6
     • April 13
     • April 20
     • April 27


     • May 4
     • May 11
     • May 18
     • May 25


     • June 1
     • June 8
     • June 15
     • June 22
     • June 29


     • July 6
     • July 13
     • July 20
     • July 27


     • August 3
     • August 10
     • August 17
     • August 24
     • August 31


     • September 7
     • September 14
     • September 21
     • September 28

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

Saturday, July 12, 2014

A time for tenderness and hospitality

Archbishop José H. Gomez
By Archbishop José H. Gomez

The immigration “issue” is not going away because immigration is more than a political issue. Every day we hear new stories of personal tragedy and families who are suffering because of our broken immigration system.

In recent months, tens of thousands of children have crossed our borders, sent by desperate parents to escape poverty and violence in their home countries.

The situation has caused chaos and conflict in our border communities and led to a humanitarian challenge to our conscience, as our government tries to decide what to do with these young people. 

Here in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, we have several hundred undocumented teenagers at the naval base in Port Hueneme. They come from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, mostly.

Port Hueneme is one of several sites the government has established as temporary shelters for these children while their cases can be reviewed by our immigration courts.

Our church has been trying to respond to this situation in a spirit of cooperation and generosity. So far, it has been frustrating trying to find ways to work with the authorities to provide pastoral care for these children. But we are continuing to try.

These are times in our Church and in our nation that call for all of us to set aside our political differences to serve our brothers and sisters in need.

No matter how they got here, no matter how frustrated we are with our government, we can’t forget that these are children of God who are also just kids. No different than our sons and daughters, our nieces and nephews and cousins.

We need to protect these children at our borders and keep them from falling into the hands of human traffickers. We need to give them guidance and warmth and a sense of welcome. No matter what, we need to remember these are innocent children who are lonely and frightened and far from home, caught up in circumstances they did not create and they cannot control.

The Church is trying to lead by example, here in California and in Texas and elsewhere.

At the national level, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has urged our leaders in the White House and Congress to be courageous and generous in responding to this challenge.

We all need to work together — government agencies and faith communities — for the good of these children. We cannot turn our heads and look the other way.

Our Holy Father Pope Francis this week wrote a strong letter that recalled his visit last year to Lampedusa, the tiny island off Italy that has become a sort of “border crossing” for Africans seeking refuge in Europe.

As we recall, our Holy Father chose to make Lampedusa the first place he visited outside of Italy as pope. He did this to dramatize the situation of refugees and immigrants all over the world.

In his letter this week, the pope said these problems are getting worse. He prayed for immigrants and urged Catholics especially to open our hearts to their sufferings.

“I encourage the Christian communities and all people of good will to continue to reach out and lend a helping hand to all those who are in need, without counting the cost, without fear, with tenderness and understanding,” the pope said.

We must meet the challenge of immigration, he said, “not with the logic of indifference but with the logic of hospitality and sharing in order to protect and promote the dignity and centrality of every human being.”

This week, as we pray for one another, let’s pray that we all might find the courage to care. To reach out, as our Holy Father asks us, to our brothers and sisters who are suffering, especially the most innocent among us.

This week, we are blessed to have the relics of Santo Toribio on pilgrimage in our Archdiocese. Santo Toribio was a holy priest, a friend to the poor, and a man who loved Jesus so much that he was ready to die for him. And he has become the patron saint of those who are seeking refuge in our country.

The pilgrimage of his relics will conclude with our annual Mass in Recognition of Immigrants at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Sunday, July 20, 3:30 p.m.

Let us pray that Santo Toribio and Our Lady of Guadalupe will help us all to have greater tenderness and understanding for our immigrant families and children, and especially for the undocumented young people have come to our country in recent months.

 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   

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker 

On one occasion in the Gospel (Mark 5:35), when a little girl had died, Jesus said to the distraught family, “Do not be afraid, just have faith.”

Another translation reads: “Fear is useless; what is needed is trust.”

This weekend we have just celebrated Independence Day for the United States of America, commemorating our independence from Great Britain. Imagine the trust required of a people far away from their mainland, standing up against a mighty world power, in a new and strange land with so much to be done, so much to be explored, so much to be experienced.

But faced with the challenges ahead, these words of scripture certainly rang true: “Fear is useless; what is needed is trust.”

In the face of change we often become acutely aware of fear and uncertainty. So also does a whole myriad of feelings of discomfort. Again, the words of Jesus speak even more directly to us: “Fear is useless; what is needed is trust.”

When we find ourselves in the grip of change, it very much becomes a time of a matter of faith. God loves his church and his people and he never leaves them alone. The scriptures of this Sunday abound with words that ought to open our hearts to faith: “Rejoice heartily, see, your king shall come to you”; and “the Lord is faithful in all his words and holy in all his works.”

But perhaps most of all we are challenged to simply see and trust that God will always keep us in his care. Jesus proclaims: “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to little ones.”

The call of Jesus is to be like little children trusting their daddies and mommies, opening their hearts, minds, feelings and futures with complete confidence in God.

God will never abandon us. When we accomplish this we, too, can confidently say: “Fear is useless; what is needed is trust.”

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