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.