Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Mass for the Reception of the Coadjutor Archbishop

This is a Mass of Reception or welcome; it is not an installation or an ordination. With this Mass, Coadjutor Archbishop Jose H. Gomez begins his ministry in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, as an assistant bishop to Cardinal Mahony, who will retire in accord with church law on his 75 birthday on Feb. 27, 2011. A Coadjutor Archbishop has right of succession.

The structure of the Mass is the same as what one might encounter on any given Sunday, with one notable addition: The Rite of Reception. Following Cardinal Mahony’s homily (sermon), the Chancellor of the Archdiocese, Sister Mary Elizabeth Galt, will present and read the Apostolic Letter from Rome announcing the appointment of Archbishop Gomez as Coadjutor Archbishop of Los Angeles. Cardinal Mahony will formally accept the letter, and ask the Assembly whether they are willing to support Archbishop Gomez. The Assembly will reply, “We Are.”

Cardinal Mahony will then address brief words of welcome to Archbishop Gomez on behalf of the Archdiocese. The Assembly will applaud and Cardinal Mahony will embrace Archbishop Gomez as a sign of welcome.

Additional details of the Mass: 
  • Cardinal Mahony will be principal celebrant of the Mass. He will be joined by six other cardinals, 59 bishops, and 411 priests.
  • Cardinal William Levada, the highest-ranking American in the Vatican, and Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia – both natives of Los Angeles – will be present.
  • Four thousand Catholic faithful will attend the Mass.
  • Scripture readings will be in Vietnamese, Spanish and English. Additional prayers will be offered in Chinese, Korean, Samoan, as well as a prayer in American Sign Language.
  • A multi-cultural choir and musicians will provide a diversity of styles of music used in worship.
  • Representatives of the Archdiocese’s diverse ethnic communities will dress the altar with cloths from their respective cultures in preparation for the Eucharist.
  • Archbishop Gomez will address the assembly following Communion.
  • The Cathedral bells will ring out in joy following the Final Blessing at the end of Mass.
  • Archbishop Gomez will greet and bless individuals on the Cathedral Plaza following the Mass.
  • Parishioners from each of the 288 parishes in the Archdiocese will attend the Mass.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Mother's Day novena of Masses

A novena of Masses, beginning on Mother’s Day, will be offered here for those mothers, living or deceased, whose names are given to us.

Cards and envelopes are available in the church. The envelopes with the names can be placed in the regular collection or left at the church office.

For living mothers, there are cards in the package which can be given to them.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Special Mass, installation

St. Bernard Pastor Monsignor Gerald McSorley will be installed as Chaplain of His Holiness during a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Gerald Wilkerson, auxiliary bishop for the San Fernando Pastoral Region of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

The Mass will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m. June 6 in the church. All are welcome to attend this joyous occasion.

Sunday, May 2, 2010


When we clean, repair, or otherwise restore things in our possession, we often say “good as new” or “just like new.” This, according to the book of Revelation, is what happens to anything that is filled with the glory of Christ.

When scripture uses the word “new” it doesn’t merely mean “a different one, a replacement” (as our advertisements do), but it carries the sense of something being transformed so fully and completely that it is now almost unrecognizable.

Our world is filled with tears, death, pain, thirst, darkness; but the new world — the new heavens and new earth brought about by Christ’s resurrection — is filled with joy, everlasting life, glory, living water, and light.

As Paul noted in his second letter to the church at Corinth, if we are in Christ, then we are a new creation. And disciples who are a new creation, who live in the new heaven and earth brought about by Christ, are also daily practitioners of a new commandment: to love one another with that transforming, renewing love that Christ bestowed on us.

St. Bernard School news

Thank you to all the parishioners of St. Bernard Catholic Church for your support of the 50th Jubilee Fashion Show. We had 395 people in attendance and it was a great success due to the combined efforts of both the parishioners and the school parents. The faculty, staff and students are grateful to everyone who supported this event. God Bless you all!

St. Bernard School will be offering summer school, spanning from June 28 to July 29, from 8 a.m. to noon. Five weeks for only $250.

There will also be an after school program available from noon to 5 p.m. for an additional fee.

To register your children or for more information please contact the school office.


St. Bernard Catholic School is now accepting applications for 2010-2011 school year, kindergarten to eighth grade. Prospective parents are invited to come by the school on Thursday mornings or by appointment for a tour of the school in session.

Please call the school at (323)256-4989, or visit our website at www.stbernard-school.com.

— Margaret Samaniego,