Sunday, September 23, 2007

Major improvements to the parish

During the summer months we have been able to have major improvements done to the parish facilities. These include the renovation of the stage and other work in the parish hall, the construction of a wall along the volleyball court and school, the painting of the outside of the rectory, major plumbing repairs and more.

I wish to thank Parish Manager Berna Gurule for arranging for and overseeing this work. She deserves a great deal of credit and appreciation for this and all she does for our parish. I also wish to thank Alan Antipuesto, a member of 8 a.m. Mass choir, for designing the renovation of the hall stage, walls and bathrooms and for spending a lot of time in helping with the work. My thanks also to the Holy Name Society for its contribution of $7,000 for the renovation of the stage.

God bless you all.

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Some months ago I announced plans for a pilgrimage to France. Because of the declining value of the dollar against the euro, I have decided to cancel those plans. Such a trip is too expensive at this time. However, I have made arrangements with Covina Hills Travel Agency for a seven-night cruise to Mexico, leaving Jan. 27, 2008, from Los Angeles. It is a great bargain, with prices beginning at just $479 per person. Stops will include Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. A number of parishioners are planning to go. To guarantee this price, reservations must be made this week. Brochures and reservation forms are available in the church office.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Catechetical Sunday

Today is Catechetical Sunday.

At the 9:30 and 11 a.m. Masses, all those involved in the ministry of religious education and formation in our parish will be commissioned. Many thanks to those parishioners who have committed themselves to this vital ministry. May the Holy Spirit guide you and your students to a successful and productive year.

God bless you for your generosity.

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The new school year at St. Bernard’s has gotten off to a good start. Several additional classrooms now have new desks. These were purchased by the St. Bernard School Foundation at a cost of $8,125.

On behalf of the Foundation Board, Principal Lauren Boadt and myself, I wish to thank all those whose donations to the Foundation this summer made this possible.

The students are enjoying their new desks and are sure to get even better grades!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Welcome, Father Jose

We extend a warm welcome to Rev. Jose Mejia, who has been assigned by the archdiocese to be in residence here.

He is the new chaplain at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, replacing Rev. John Sigler.

Father Mejia is a native of Guadalajara, Mexico. He graduated from St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo and was ordained for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1991.

Welcome Father Jose!