Monday, June 14, 2010

Father's Day novena

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

Cards and envelopes are available on the table near the altar. You may drop envelopes in the collection basket or bring it to the church office. The names will be placed on the altar during the novena.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

St. Bernard School news

“Race for an Excellent Education”

This race is to help raise $75,000 to support St. Bernard School. The event will be held on Oct. 23 at the Cathedral High School Campus. If you’re willing to put your religion into action and help us, call Carol at (323) 256-6553 or Noel at (323) 221-4406. More details to follow.

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 afterschool 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 Web site at

— Meg Samaniego, principal

From Father's Desk

Thank you to all who provided help, participated in or attended last Sunday’s celebration. I am grateful to all of you for your kindness, prayers and good wishes. Special appreciation goes to the committee, Berna Gurule, Rosie Maynetto, Martin Villa, Lourdes Flores and Shirley Manning. Thank you ever so much.

This week I leave for vacation in Ireland. While over there, I will be going to Scotland for the celebration of my brother Patrick’s 50th anniversary of ordination. Please keep me in your prayers, as you will be in mine. I am grateful to Father Paul for once again making himself available to be here while I am away.

God bless you.

— Father McSorley

Friday, June 11, 2010

Book explores what it means to be human in light of 'Theology of the Body'

“What does it mean to be human?”

A new book by the priest who spearheads the evangelization and catechetical efforts of the U.S. bishops explores this question by drawing on the teachings of Pope John Paul II in his theology of the body. In "The Human Person: According to John Paul II," published by Pauline Books and Media, Father J. Brian Bransfield examines the vision of humanity expressed by Pope John Paul II and uses it as the basis for a moral theology that offers practical guidance and support in living the Christian life.

Father Bransfield writes about the challenges raised by three social revolutions of the 20th century — the industrial, sexual and technological revolutions — and how Pope John Paul’s theology of the body responded to the resulting societal shifts. These shifts, Father Bransfield observes, have led to a disregard for women, the spread of cohabitation, the rise in divorce and the growing trend of fatherlessness. John Paul II challenged all of these trends. Father Bransfield shows how Christians today can overcome the negative consequences of these shifts through living the teaching of the theology of the body as an essential element of the new evangelization proclaimed by Pope John Paul II.

Father J. Brian Bransfield is a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He currently serves as the Assistant General Secretary and Executive Director of the Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Father Bransfield holds a doctorate in moral theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington.

Sunday, June 6, 2010


St. Bernard Faith Community welcomes Bishop Gerald Wilkerson, the priests and all guests who have come to celebrate with us today at the 12:30 p.m. Mass.

We congratulate our pastor, Monsignor Gerald McSorley, on the honor bestowed upon him by Pope Benedict XVI and join in prayer for God to bless him and his ministry with us.

Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus

Today the church celebrates the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus.

Formerly known as corpus Christi, this feast honors Jesus present in the Eucharist. It emphasizes the teaching of the Church in the Real Presence of Jesus under the form of bread and wine. Holy Communion is not receiving a symbol of Jesus but receiving the sacramental Jesus truly present on the altar after the Consecration of the Mass. The Gospel of John (Chapter 6), St. Paul (1 Corinthians, Chapter 11) and the constant tradition and teaching of the church is quite clear on this.

Jesus comes to us in the Holy Communion as the bread of life to nourish us in our journey to eternal life. May we always receive Holy Communion with reverence, devotion and gratitude.

— Monsignor Gerald McSorley