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.