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.