Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Sunday Homilies

Homily for 9:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, December 27, 2009
(The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph)

Father McSorley talks about celebrating and focusing attention on Christian family life.

Friday, December 25, 2009

The Sunday Homilies

Homily for 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday, December 25, 2009
(Christmas Day Mass)

In his Christmas Day homily, Father McSorley talks about what Christmas means to different people.

The Sunday Homilies

Homily for 9:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, December 25, 2009
(Christmas Midnight Mass)

In his midnight Mass homily, Father McSorley talks about Christmas in which we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas from the rectory staff

A very blessed and peace-filled Christmas to all from your parish staff and volunteers: Vivian, Berna, Marisol, Barbara, Margarita, Terry, Luz, Fred, Flor, Eva, Yabel, Remy and Rosa.

Christmas Concert

All are welcome to attend our beautiful Christmas Concert that will precede the ,idnight Mass on Dec. 24.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Your generous donation is appreciated

Please consider giving a generous donation to St. Bernard Church for Christmas or the end of the year.

Your donations are fully tax-deductible, and the interest will be waiting for you in heaven.

Did You Know?

Did you know that bullying is a form of abuse, and therefore is forbidden in our Catholic schools?

Bullying typically consists of direct behaviors, such as teasing, taunting, threatening, hitting, shoving and stealing. But it might also be indirect, such as spreading rumors that cause victims to be socially isolated through intentional exclusion.

Cyberbullying, which involves the use of the Internet or mobile phones to send inappropriate messages and images to or about others, is also behavior that is not tolerated in our Catholic schools.

If you suspect bullying of a child at school, contact the school principal with your concerns.

For particular help, call Assistance Ministry at (213) 637-7650.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Pastor's Online Corner

A very blessed and peaceful Christmas to all our parishioners and their families.

Christmas is a special time to celebrate family. We are a parish family and our celebration of Christmas is a grace filled time for us. We will remember you all at our Christmas Masses and pray that God may bless you abundantly.

It is our joy to serve you during the year.

— Fr. Gerald McSorley
Msgr. Patrick McNulty
Fr. Paul Henson, O.Carm.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Memories and Dreams

There is an old saying that good gifts come in small packages. This is certainly borne out in today’s scriptures. In the first reading the Lord announces that it is from Bethlehem, described as “too small to be among the clans of Judah” (Micah 5:1), that the Messiah would spring forth.

In the Gospel story of the visitation of Mary to Elizabeth, we can only imagine Mary, probably a young teenager, a small woman, bearing within herself the greatest gift the world would ever know. These scriptures have much to say to us as we look forward to opening Christmas gifts over the next few days.

Nothing in any package beneath any tree can compare to the gift given to the world 2,000 years ago. As we share the joy of Christmas, let us remember the greatest gift, Jesus Christ, who came into this world to save us and set us free.

Thanks to our advertisers

We wish to thank all the business people who choose to advertise in our bulletin. Your support is much appreciated.

Those interested in advertising may call J.S. Paluch at (800) 231-0805.

The Sunday Homilies

Homily for 9:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, December 20, 2009
(Fourth Sunday of Advent)

Father Paul talks about the distinctiveness of family generations and what they pass on to each other.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Sunday Homilies

Homily for 9:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, December 13, 2009
(Third Sunday of Advent)

Father McSorley talks about the theme of joy in this week's Gospel.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Sunday Homilies

Homily for 6 p.m. Mass on Saturday, December 12, 2009
(Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe)

Father Paul talks about the celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Sunday Homilies

Homily for 9:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, December 6, 2009
(Second Sunday of Advent)

Father Paul talks about the monsters in our lives, and how we are preparing for the coming of the Lord.

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

This Saturday, Dec. 12, is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas.

On Dec. 9, 1531, the Blessed Mother made the first of her appearances to St. Juan Diego on the hill of El Tepeyac, five miles north of Mexico City. She left behind not only her message, but also her beautiful image miraculously imprinted on the tilma (cloak) of Juan. The tilma and the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is revered by millions each year in the shrine built to honor her and to be a place of prayer.

“Let nothing trouble or afflict you — am I not here who am your mother?” were the words of Mary to Juan Diego.

Our thanks to all the members of the Guadalupanan Association for preparing our celebration.


Dec. 7 | Novena at 6 p.m. and Mass 7 p.m. (Spanish)

Dec. 8 | Novena  6 p.m. and bilingual Mass 7 p.m.

Dec. 9 |  Novena 6 p.m. and Mass at 7 p.m. (English)

Dec. 10 | Hora Santa at 6 p.m. and Mass at 7 p.m. (Spanish)

Dec. 11 | Novena  at 6:30 p.m., Mass at 7 p.m. (Spanish) and All Night Vigil at 8 p.m.

Dec. 12 | Las Mañanitas at 5 a.m. and rosary at 5:30 a.m.

Dec. 12 | Solemn Mass at 6:30 p.m.

The Guadalupanan Association invites the St. Bernard Community to the celebration in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 12 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the volleyball courts. Come and enjoy delicious Mexican food, live music and much more!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Angel Tree Project

Please join us in the collective purchasing of gifts for children who have one or more parents currently in prison.

Angel Tree Project is a national program connecting parents in prison with their children through the delivery of Christmas gifts. When the gifts are given to the children, a Gospel presentation is shared.

After all the Masses, there will be a table set up for Angel Tree Project. You may pick up an “Angel Tag” to purchase gifts. Volunteers are needed in the help of wrapping and distributing the gifts and Gospel to these children.

Contact Mary Trujillo through the church office at (323) 255-6142 for more information.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Fiesta in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Guadalupanan Association invites the St. Bernard Community to their fiesta to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 12 in the volleyball courts.

Come and enjoy delicious Mexican food, live music and much more!

Priest of the Day: Week of Nov. 30

Please join us each day in praying for the priest of the day:

Monday: Rev. Ariel Durian, C.S.
Tuesday: Rev. Juan Ayala, O.M.I.
Wednesday: Rev. Benedict Anthony, M.S.F.X.
Thursday: Rev. Emmanuel Shaleta;
Friday: Rev. Francis Benedict, O.S.B.;
Saturday: Rev. James Riley, O.M.I.;
Sunday: Rev. Paul Hruby.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

'Reading God's Word'

The 2010 book which has the daily scripture Mass readings is now available for purchase in the church office.

The cost is $14. This is an excellent book for prayer and meditation. It begins Nov. 29, the first Sunday of Advent.

The Sunday Homilies

Homily for 9:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, November 29, 2009
(First Sunday of Advent)

Father McSorley talks about the first Sunday of Advent, the presence of Christ, his power as it continues to flow into our lives and the importance of giving in this time of need.

Active waiting

As this new liturgical year unfolds, today’s readings are most appropriate, for they root us in what it means to live authentically as Christians.

The Gospel, with its frightening predictions of the end times, invites the hearer to “be vigilant at all times” (Luke 21:36). This kind of vigilance is not at all passive for the Christian. Instead, it is a kind of active waiting. And what should we be doing while we are waiting for the coming of the Lord?

The second reading gives us the answer: “abound in love for one another and for all” (1 Thessalonians 3:12). Today is all about promises made and fulfilled.

May this Advent season root us all firmly in a stance of active waiting for the Lord, who brings justice and peace.


By Father Gerald McSorley

It was the last season to be added to the liturgical calendar year of the church.

Now it is the season with which we begin our liturgical year. Christmas in France and Spain observed Advent as early as the fourth century, as a period of 40 days of fasting and prayer in preparation for Christmas.

The church in Rome adopted it in the sixth century, and Pope Gregory the Great at that time reduced it to four Sundays. It is a season of hope and joyful anticipation of Christmas and also the final coming of Christ in glory.

The advent message of St. Ambrose was “Let Mary’s soul be in each of you to proclaim the greatness of the Lord”.

John Baptist and Mary are Biblical figures who help us prepare the way of the Lord during Advent.

Father Gerald McSorley is pastor of St. Bernard's Church.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Day Mass

Please join us for the bilingual Thanksgiving Day Mass at 9 a.m. Nov. 26.

You are invited to bring with you some of the bread your family will share later in the day. The bread will be blessed during the Mass. There will be no other Mass on that day.

The collection at Mass will go to the St. Vincent de Paul Society which assists the needy of our community throughout the year.

Waiting to see the promise fulfilled

By Cardinal Roger Mahony

"Advent" speaks of coming, of fulfilling a promise, a time of renewal and joy.

As I write, I have just returned from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Seeing the land, and walking on the earth where Jesus walked, preached, healed, suffered and died, has stirred up in me a deeper appreciation of the gift of sight, the power of image, the riches of the imagination. As we enter the season of anticipation of a promise fulfilled, of renewal and joy, I invite you to ponder the beauty of the images of the coming of Love Incarnate found in the scripture readings of the Advent season.

Imagine the first Sunday of Advent as an occasion to look at a large blank canvas which has not yet received any paint or image. The canvas is a blank, open space on which we will see in vivid colors and quiet tones the unfolding of God's promise to send to the human family a messiah, a savior — to redeem us from our sinfulness and to reestablish our life in and with God. Each day of Advent we add a little more to our canvas. By Christmas Day, we have before us a shimmering canvas on which we behold the fulfillment of those promises in the person of Jesus Christ.

Let's begin with the Old Testament scripture for the first Sunday of Advent: The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and Judah. In those days, in that time, I will raise up for David a just shoot; he shall do what is right and just in the land. In those days Judah shall be safe and Jerusalem shall dwell secure; this is what they shall call her: "The LORD our justice" (Jeremiah 33:14-16).

This scripture becomes the first application of paint to our blank canvas — the promise of God to his people — and sets us on course to continue adding more paint and clearer images of the fulfillment of God's promises. Each day something new will be added to the painting: the name of the Messiah, his being born of a virgin mother, the name of his town of birth, his many titles such as prince of peace, and his ministry of reestablishing those bonds of life and friendship with his Father. Some Scriptures will portray the light of God's love and mercy beginning to emerge through the darkness and hopelessness of sin and alienation. On Christmas Day, we behold the dazzling image of the fulfillment of all our hopes — in a manger.

During this Advent season I invite each of you to give a little time each day to reading and reflecting on the first scripture of the day, the one from the Old Testament. During Advent 2009 the daily readings will include selections from the prophet Isaiah — 10 times! — as well as from the prophet Zephaniah, the Book of Genesis, the prophet Jeremiah, the prophet Baruch, the prophet Zechariah, the Book of Numbers, the Book of Judges, the prophet Micah, 1 Samuel, and Malachi.

Fortunately, there are many excellent daily Scripture aides available to us. One can find the Advent Scriptures for each day on-line at these sites:, or Each of these sites provides the scriptures for the day, with links to a live podcast to listen to the scriptures being read.

The scriptures are also available on most iPhones, Blackberrys, and similar phones. In addition, publications such as Magnificat and other small convenient booklets are handy for pocket or purse during Advent. They provide the scriptures, a reflection, and a prayer for each day.

As we begin to fill in our salvation history canvas throughout Advent, we gain a deeper appreciation of the ups and downs of the Jewish people — how they move back and forth from fidelity to God and then to infidelity. But God remains faithful.

Their daily journeys surely reflect our own ups and downs. Some days we are keenly aware of God's presence and nearness, while on other days we tend to wander. The entire Advent Season can be a mini-retreat, an occasion to focus, and to deepen our anticipation of the coming of Jesus the Christ, who is God's promise fulfilled in human flesh.

Cardinal Roger Mahony is archbishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

True gratitude

Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.

— Theodore Roosevelt

St. Bernard School News

While doing your Thanksgiving shopping at Fresh and Easy, don’t forget your receipts for St. Bernard.

For every $20 you spend at a Fresh and Easy store through Dec. 15, $1 will come back to our school. Just bring your receipts, or your friends and family's receipts to the office! This is a simple way to raise money for our school.

You can drop your receipts off at the school office, or send in with your family envelope.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Notice of public hearing

The office of Zoning Administration will hold a public hearing on Dec. 9 at 4:30 p.m. at Ramona Hall Community Center, at 4580 N. Figueroa St. in Los Angeles, regarding the denial to T-Mobile to erect a cell phone tower on the property of Verdugo Road, opposite St. Bernard School.

We encourage St. Bernard School parents, residents of this area and others to attend the hearing.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Annual November Mass for the decased

At 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 a Mass for the deceased of the last 12 months will be celebrated.

Family members are invited to participate in the liturgy and must be in the church by 7:15 p.m. to receive instructions.

Please note that only the names of those who have died since last November will be read at Mass.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Catholic Campaign for Human Development

These days it’s not hard to imagine having to chose between rent or health care, food or transportation, household bills or clothing. For many Americans, these choices are forced by a recent layoff, pay freeze, or retirement fund decrease. For 37 million Americans who live below the poverty line, the options are only diminishing. The CCHD makes a difference in lowincome communities by funding programs that address the root causes of poverty. More than ever, CCHD needs your support in this weekend's collection.

Thank you for your generosity.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Christ the King

On the final Sunday of the liturgical year we celebrate the feast of Christ the King. It’s easy to understand today’s scriptures as events that happened long ago and far away, or predictions that will come true somewhere, some day. But they invite us to claim Christ as our King here and now. Jesus’ words to Pilate in the Gospel remind us that his kingdom transcends time and place. And the prophecies from Daniel and Revelation give us reason to be faithful to Christ our King right here and right now.

By concluding the year with this feast we are proclaiming our faith that Jesus Christ is the one and only King over all seasons, all peoples, and all of creation. No matter what nation we belong to or what language we speak, he “has made us into a kingdom.” (Revelation 1:6) — one people united in love and peace for all eternity.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Register with St. Bernard's

Please register you and your family as members of our parish.

Registration forms are available at the exits of the church and also at the church office.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Catholic Campaign for Human Development

For nearly 40 years, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has embodied Catholic social teaching thorough pursuing justice and upholding the dignity of the human person. CCHD funds community projects led by low-income individuals. As more Americans feel the weight of the economic crisis, CCHD needs your support in next week’s collection more than ever.

Thank you for your generosity.

Special envelopes are in the pews.

Annual November Mass for the deceased

On Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. a Mass for the deceased of the last 12 months will be celebrated. Family members are invited to participate in the liturgy and must be in the church by 7:15 p.m. to receive instructions. You may give at the church office ,before that the date, the names of the deceased.

Please note that only the names of those who have died since last November will be read at Mass.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Angel Tree Project

Please join us in the collective purchasing of gifts for children who have one or more parents currently in prison.

Angel Tree Project is a national program connecting parents in prison with their children through the delivery of Christmas gifts. When the gifts are given to the children, a Gospel presentation is shared.

Starting Nov. 15, after all the Masses, there will be a table set up for Angel Tree Project. You may pick up an “Angel Tag” to purchase gifts. Volunteers are needed in the help of wrapping and distributing the gifts and Gospel to these children.

Please contact Mary Trujillo through the church office at (323) 255-6142 for more information.

St. Bernard's food drive

Our food drive to help the needy at Christmas starts this weekend and will continue next weekend Nov. 21 and 22.

Donations of rice beans, cooking oil, canned goods, etc., are most welcome and can be left at the entrance of the church when you come to Mass.

Thank you.

Toys for children

If you would like to make a needy child happy this Christmas you can do so by donating a new, unwrapped toy or submitting a cash donation for our Christmas drive.

You may bring it to the church office on or before Dec. 7.

For more information, call the church office at (323) 255-6142.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


This Sunday’s Gospel is our final selection from Mark for this liturgical year. It is taken from the end of Jesus’ teaching in Jerusalem immediately preceding the account of his arrest and passion. In it Jesus gives his disciples hope to sustain them through his passion and death and any persecution or suffering that they would encounter after his resurrection.

The words from the book of Daniel also provided hope and encouragement to the people of Daniel’s time. The encouragement in these scriptures is meant for us as well, for none of us will escape tribulation in our lives. Followers of Jesus will be able to endure suffering with joyful hope, knowing that Christ’s love will lead us along the way of discipleship and give us eternal life with God.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Treasures from our tradition

By Rev. James Field

Veterans Day began with the signing of a symbolic treaty between the Allies and Germany ending World War I (then called the “Great War”) on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. The auspicious date was actually a wellestablished religious holiday, the feast of Saint Martin of Tours, a beloved soldier saint of the army of Rome. After World War II, Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day in the United States and Remembrance Day in Britain, but of course the feast of Saint Martin endures.

Martin was named after Mars, the god of war, and against the advice of his parents he went on his own to church. He became a catechumen at the age of 10. By 15 he was enlisted in the cavalry in France. Coming across a poor man, Martin had an impulse to divide his bright red soldier’s cape and clothe him. He later had the insight that he had served Christ, and the other half of his cape became a lifelong sign to him of his duty to serve the poor. Housed in a tiny church capella or “chapel,” the cape became a great object of pilgrimage on the way to Compostella, and a favored place for the prayers of soldiers. Martin was not so eager to serve as bishop as he had been as a soldier, and legend says that he hid in a barn filled with geese to avoid Episcopal election. To this day, the customary meal for Nov. 11 is goose! Traditionally, this is the last feast day before winter closes in, and begins a period of fasting once known as “Saint Martin’s Lent” or “Martinmas,” that later developed into the season of Advent.

The call to discipleship

The core vocation in the Gospel of Mark is the vocation, or call, to discipleship. Today’s Gospel passage provides us with one last example of what the vocation to discipleship means, and one example of what it doesn’t mean. A destitute widow shows us that discipleship means following Jesus’ way of service, even if it requires giving one’s livelihood (or life). The scribes show us by their bad example that discipleship should entail a vocation to extend God’s care to those who are most in need.

In our reading from the book of Kings another widow and her son are close to death. They, too, give what little they have, but they are rewarded by Elijah with food enough for a year. And the reading from the Letter to the Hebrews reminds us that Jesus sacrificed his life “to bring salvation to those who eagerly await him” (Hebrews 9:28).

Sunday, November 1, 2009

We long to see God's face

“Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.” This antiphon for today’s responsorial psalm offers the focus for today’s readings. As we on earth celebrate the triumph of all the saints — the ones officially canonized by the Church, and the countless others who have also reached heaven — we add nothing to their glory. But we give ourselves reason to hope. We, too, long to see the face of God and believe that we can one day be counted among those whose robes, as John tells us in the book of Revelation, are washed “white in the blood of the Lamb.”

The passage from John’s first letter offers further assurance: we are God’s children who will one day see God. But today’s Gospel pulls us past longing and reassurance into action. Jesus clearly tells us what we must do to be counted among the saints. We must be poor in spirit, hungry for holiness, merciful, single-hearted, and peacemakers! Then we, too, will see the face of God.

Commemoration of All Souls

Nov. 2, is the commemoration of All Souls.

The church dedicates this day to prayer and sacrifice for the souls of the deceased. It is the teaching of the church that we can help them as they experience the purification that they may need before being welcomed into heaven. The doctrine of Purgatory has been a consistent teaching of the church throughout the centuries.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Treasures from our tradition

By Rev. James Field

Today is the feast of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, the first representative body of many Catholics who died for their faith between 1535 and 1679 to be beatified or canonized. Almost all of them died at Tyburn, a place of public execution near today’s Marble Arch in Hyde Park, London. The first to suffer were Carthusian monks who refused to swear an oath supporting Henry VIII as supreme head of the Church in England, and the last was Saint Oliver Plunkett, the Primate Archbishop of Ireland. The method of execution was particularly vile, since the condemned were hanged and their living bodies quartered to be displayed around London as a horrific warning.

Today, the tree-like gallows provides the design of a religious symbol, the canopy over the altar of the martyrs in Tyburn Convent. There, at the heart of the bustling city, a monastic community of women practices contemplative prayer
and “spiritual hospitality” in the Benedictine tradition. Oddly, the community is French in origin; it was expelled from France a century ago when France outlawed contemplative monastic life.
England, where the laws against Catholicism had been lifted, invited the community in. In gratitude to their new homeland, and in honor of those who gave their lives for the Catholic faith,
the nuns came to Tyburn. In the public crypt, coats of arms stand for each of the 350 martyrs. A Web site visit is possible at

Sunday, October 18, 2009

School is in 'full swing'

The entire school community would like to thank the parishioners of St. Bernard for their continued financial support of the mission of the school. Through your generosity the school will be able to provide much needed tuition assistance to families struggling in this economy.

God bless all of you!

School is in full swing with speech, sports, P.E., music and art! Please encourage family and friends to consider St. Bernard as an option for those looking for a quality Catholic education.

Please call the school to make an appointment with Principal Margaret Samaniego at (323) 256-4989 if you are interested in enrolling your child.

Margaret Samaniego,

World Mission Sunday

Today is World Mission Sunday.

From my earliest years I have been fascinated by stories from the Missions. Returning priests and nuns visited my parish and school, and I listened with rapt attention to their exciting accounts of events, people, and exotic animals in the mission lands of Asia and Africa.

The stories of the missions and the missionaries continue today. In difficult and dangerous situations all over the world the final command of Jesus in St. Matthew’s Gospel is being carried out with love and dedication. “Go, therefore and make disciples from all nations” (Matthew 28:19).

Please be generous in your support of the missions today with a contribution to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith which provides help to 1,150 mission churches. Special envelopes are in the pews. Checks can be written to St. Bernard Church and we will forward in one check all contributions.

Please continue to pray for the missionaries and the people they serve.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Chalice and Stole program

To promote vocations to the priesthood, St. Bernard’s will be participating in this program.

Each week a different family will be given the chalice and the stole (the garment the priest wears around his neck at Mass) to take home. The family is asked to pray for vocations during the week and to return the chalice and stole on the following Sunday for another family.

Families who want to participate are invited to sign up in the sacristy.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Special collection benefits St. Bernard School

There will be a second collection today at Mass to benefit St. Bernard School.

The new school year is off to an excellent beginning under Principal Margaret Samaniego. There is an excellent curriculum that includes music, art and sports. Day Care and hot lunches are available. The school has technological improvements. Your contributions to the collection will help to provide some tuition assistance tofamilies who are not in a position to pay the full tuition, as well as help with some of the school programs.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Catechetical Sunday

Today is Catechetical Sunday.

At the 9:30 and 11 a.m. Masses, all those who are involved in the ministry of religious instruction and formation in our parish will be commissioned.

I am grateful to these good people for their ministry and service. May God bless them and those children and adults to whom they will minister during the coming year.

Please keep them in your prayers.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Request for cell phone tower denied

I am happy to inform you that the City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning, has denied the request of T-Mobile for a permit to put up a cell phone tower near St. Bernard School.

I thank all those who helped in the effort to successfully oppose the request. Those include attorney Monica Molina, the St. Bernard School Foundation, Maggie Darrett-Quiroz and the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council, the Glassell Park Improvement Association, those who participated in the hearing last November and those who signed the petition.

Congratulations on a successful effort.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

St. Bernard School 2009-2010 school year begins

St. Bernard School will begin the 2009-2010 school year this Wednesday.

We welcome new and returning students. A special welcome to a new and very enthusiastic principal Meg Samaniego, and to the new and returning faculty members.

Our thanks to all of the parents who are entrusting their children to St. Bernard School. We look forward to a successful and pleasant school year.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Feast day of our parish patron, St. Bernard

Thursday of this week is the feast day of our parish patron, St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1091— 1153).

He was a Cistercian monk and founder of monasteries in Europe. He was a very prominent person in the church of the 12th century.

When this parish was established in 1924, Archbishop John J. Cantwell placed it under the patronage of St. Bernard.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Celebrating the feast of St. Bernard

I write you to join us in celebrating the feast of St. Bernard by attending the luau next Saturday in the volleyball court.

Come and enjoy good food, music and entertainment.

All proceeds will go to parish facility improvements.

I also invite you to the 5 p.m. Mass that same day. We will be honoring our patron saint, Bernard.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Frank Farris - RIP

Our parish has lost the presence and services of a gracious and kind gentleman. Frank was the elderly man who, for years, opened and locked the church most days.

Early in the morning he could also be seen with a broom and dust pan making sure the area around the church was neat and tidy.

Frank passed away in his home last weekend. Our condolences to his brother, Edward, and other siblings.

Please remember him in your prayers.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Ordination day to the priesthood

Next Saturday will be ordination day to the priesthood at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral.

Six men are scheduled to be ordained priests to serve the Archdiocese. Included among them is Budi Wardhana, the seminarian for whom we have been praying. The following Saturday a number of men will be ordained deacons.

Let us keep them all in our prayers, as we thank God for this gift to our archdiocese.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Archdiocesan Annual Appeal 2009: Together in Mission

Today, the annual collection for the retirement fund for priests of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is being taken up. Our contributions will help to provide care for our retired priests who have so long served the people of God in our parishes.

Through their life-long ministry as priests they have given themselves generously and unselfishly. May we now show our appreciation with a generous contribution to the Retirement Fund. This fund is set up legally separate from all other Archdiocesan funds.


Father Augustine Onyiloha, who was in residence here for a few months, is no longer at St. Bernard’s. He terminated his position as chaplain at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital and has left the Los Angeles area.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

I wish a very happy Mother's Day to all our mothers. You have a very special vocation from God you have tremendous influence in the lives of your children. Your love nurtures them and gives them a great sense of security. A good mother is one of the greatest blessings we could have. Congratulations and may your children always return your love and show their appreciation not just today but everyday.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Good Shepherd Sunday

Today in known as Good Shepherd Sunday and is a day of prayer for vocations to the priesthood.

Jesus has told us: “The harvest is great but the workers are few. Pray therefore for the Lord of the harvest to send workers.” (Luke 10:2)

We are facing a great shortage of priests in the United States. Without priests, parishes will not have Mass. It is vital that we pray and work to encourage young men to consider the invitation of Christ to serve the church as priests.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Parish income, expenditures

Thank you to all who contributed financially to St. Bernard Church. Your contributions are offerings to God and enable St. Bernard Church to continue its mission to our community. I encourage our parishioners to register at the church office and to contribute regularly through the parish envelope system.

The following is the St. Bernard Church income and expenditures for the first two months of this year and for thecorresponding months of last year.


January 2008: $34,279
January 2009: $37,885

February 2008: $33,088
February 2009: $39,213


January 2008: $52,024
January 2009: $38,656

February 2008: $43,763
February 2009: $43,495

These figures have been provided to me by Eva Perlas, the parish bookkeeper.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

A very happy Easter to all

May the Risen Lord extend to you and your families his peace and his blessings. As we celebrate the feast of new life, I pray that each of us berenewed in our faith and commitment to our Lord Jesus Christ. In Him and through Him we find our joy and strength. A warm welcome to those visitors with us today for Mass and to family members home for Easter!

Sincere thanks to all who have helped us observe Holy Week and celebrate Easter. Our parish community is blessed to have so many wonderful members who give of themselves in service. A special word of thanks to the priests who help us, to the Altar Society, the Liturgy Committee, all the Liturgical Ministers, the Altar Servers, the eighth grade students of our school, Sister Joan Maga, the choirs, the youth ministry group, Martin Villa, the Knights of Columbus, and all who have helped to prepare and decorate the church for Easter. We are indebted to you! My thanks also to those who have been generous in their financial support.

May God bless you.


St. Bernard School will have a new principal for the coming school year. She is Margaret Samaniego. She has an excellent background in Catholic education and for the past four years has worked at the Catholic Schools Department of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, where she has been coordinator of curricular programs.

Sister Joan Maga, Ms. Krajewski, Ms. Osuch, and Ms. Cortes have informed me that they will not be returning to the faculty next year. The Department of Catholic Schools and Mrs. Samaniego are currently accepting applications for teaching positions at St. Bernard School for the coming year. Applications can be made at I expect that we will have at least one male teacher on the faculty for the coming school year. Registration of new students is currently being taken. Some partial scholarships are available for families who qualify. Investing in the education of your children or grandchildren at St. Bernard School will give them an advantage for life.


Sunday, March 1, 2009

2009 Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: Together in Mission

Thank you to those who have made a pledge or contribution. We have had a good response but we are still short of the parish goal. If you have not yet participated please do so soon as possible. Pledge envelopes are in the pews.


At the request of the Archdiocese we have another priest living in the rectory. I welcome Rev. Augustine Onyiloha. He is from Nigeria and is a chaplain at the Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital, where he works Sunday through Thursday.


I wish to thank the Guadalupana Society and its President Salvador Solis for the recent donation to the parish of $2,000. The Holy Name Society and its president Celso and Anita Fueconcillo for the recent donation of $2,500 to the parish for maintenance and repairs. Obstacles 4. We have entered the Holy season of Lent. I pray that we can all try to live the spirit of Lent during the coming weeks. It is a special time for penance, conversion, and almsgiving.

May God bless us all.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

2009 Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: Together in Mission

I wish to thank those who have turned in pledge cards either last Sunday at Mass or at the office. We have made a good start to this year’s Together in Mission but we have some distance yet to go to reach our parish goal of $40,093.

I ask those who have not participated to complete the pledge card as soon as possible. The pledge envelopes are in the pews. The annual appeal provides vital funds for financially struggling parishes and schools in our Archdiocese, including St. Bernard School. Please be a part of this great work of charity and sharing.

God bless you.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

2009 Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: Together in Mission

This is Commitment Weekend. I urge all wage earners and households to participate with a generous pledge or donation. All funds go to assist parishes and Catholic schools in low income areas of our archdiocese to continue their ministry and mission.

Every parish is obliged to participate and is given an assessment which is 10 percent of the parish income for the previous year. Our parish goal or assessment for this year is $40,093. St. Bernard School receives an annual subsidy of $25,000 from Together in Mission.

Please make a generous pledge today and be part of this great work of charity, love and concern.

Pledge envelopes are in the pews.

Thank you.

Religious vocation awareness

Our parish is having a religious vocation awareness event on Feb. 15.

Representatives of different religious communities and houses of formation are outside the church. Please visit and talk with them.

This fair has been arranged by our Youth Ministry Office.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

2009 Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: Together in Mission

Dear Parishioners,

Once again it is the time of the year for the Annual Catholic Appeal, Together in Mission. Next weekend will be Commitment Weekend. Each parish in our archdiocese will be participating in Together in Mission. The funds collected are used exclusively to provide financial help to strugglingparishes and schools. St. Bernard School is fortunate to be one of those schools. Once again this year our school is receiving $25,000.

I ask all of you to participate to the best of your financial ability with a generous pledge. Our parish goal for this year is $40,093. With our full support I am confident we can reach this goal.

Together in Mission is an opportunity to make a difference by our generosity.

God bless you.


Thank you to the Spanish Prayer Group for the recent donation of $2,500 to the parish for maintenance and repairs.

The group meets each Friday evening in the church.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

World Marriage Day

World Marriage Day is Feb. 8.

Next weekend at all the Masses all married couples will be invited to renew their marriage vows and they will be prayed over and blest.

World Marriage Day is a good occasion and opportunity to reaffirm the sanctity of marriage. It is a vocation, a call from God, to a man and woman to unite their hearts and lives in a life-long bond of love and to be open to accepting the invitation of God to bring new life into the world.

Marriage is one of the seven sacraments Jesus has given the church. Let us pray for all married couples to grow in love and unity. Let us also pray for those whose marriages have not endured, that they continue to seek God’s will for them.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Farewell to Father Jose Mejia

The Vicar for Clergy for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has informed me that Fr. Jose Mejia has been transferred from St. Bernard’s to St. Philip Neri Parish in Lynwood. He will be in residence there. The appointment is affective on Feb. 1. He will continue in his position as chaplain at Childrens Hospital.

I wish to thank Father Jose for his help here during the past one-and-a-half years and wish him every blessing for the future.

All are invited to a farewell for him on Wednesday of this week, Jan. 28 at 7:45 p.m. in the Pastoral Center.

St. Paul the Apostle to the Gentiles

Jan. 25 is the feast of the conversion of St. Paul.

The liturgy is that of the feast day instead of the Sunday.

St. Paul is the most prominent personality of the New Testament, apart from Jesus. Thirteen of the 27 books of the New Testament bear his name as the author. He was born in Tarsus, in Asia Minor (now part of Turkey). He was known as Saul, was a Jew and well educated in the Jewish faith.

We first meet him in the Acts of the Apostles where we read in Chapter 7, Verse 58, that those who were stoning St. Stephen to death, “Left the cloaks in the care of a young man named Saul.” Saul later was given authority to arrest Christians. While on this mission, on the road to Damascus, Saul was launched from his horse and the voice of Jesus said, “Saul, Saul why are you persecuting me?” (Acts 9:4). This led to his conversion, to his name being changed to Paul and to his call to be the apostle to the Gentiles.

He undertook three missionary journeys, bringing many into the Church, and wrote letters to various Church communities and individuals. The Acts of the Apostles tells us that he was brought to Rome as a prisoner. Tradition tells us that he was put to death, along with St. Peter in Rome around the year 65 during the reign of Nero.

Pope Benedict has proclaimed this to be the year of St. Paul in the Church and the celebration of the 2,000th anniversary of his birth.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Retirement fund for religious

Many thanks to all who contributed to the collection for the retirement fund for
religious. You have been very generous.

Sister Joan and I feel blest to have you for our friends.

— Sister Dolores O’Dwyer

Sunday, January 4, 2009

I wish to commend those whose work and generosity made possible several important parish charitable projects for Christmas: The St. Vincent de Paul Conference of our parish took registrations from 165 families and distributed to those families food vouchers to provide a Christmas meal.

Thank you to the members of the Conference. The children of those families also received toys. This part of the project was organized by Berna Gurule, the parish manager. Thank you to her and to those who helped by donating, wrapping or distributing the toys.

Another project was the Angel Tree Program. Thirty eight children, whose parents are in prison, received gifts of clothing, a fun gift and the sharing of the Gospel passage (John 3:16). Thank you to Mary Trujillo, program director, to the parishioners who donated the gifts, to those who delivered them to the homes of the children and to our church office staff. This was the first time for our parish participation on the Angel Tree program and it was a great success.

Thanks also to Arlene Wilks for organizing the Advent can and food drive, as well as the children’s visit to see the rectory Christmas tree on Dec. 24.

God reward you all for sharing the Christmas Spirit.