Monday, January 31, 2011

Feasts of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, St. Blaise observed this week

Wednesday, Feb. 2 is the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (Candlemas). Candles will be blessed and available for purchase at the 8 a.m. Mass.

And Thursday, Feb. 3 is the Feast of St. Blaise. Blessing of throats will be offered at the 8 a.m. daily Mass and at 7 p.m.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Prior to appointing new pastor, archdiocese takes note of St. Bernard's needs

By Michael J. Arvizu

Roughly 60 parishioners and church leaders gathered in the parish hall Wednesday night to discuss the needs of the parish with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as the church looks to welcome a new pastor this summer.

St. Bernard's current pastor, Monsignor Gerald McSorley, will retire at the end of June.

The open meeting was facilitated by the Rev. Francis Mendoza, associate pastor of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and a representative of the personnel board of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The meeting was a chance for church members to discuss what they would like to see in their new pastor as well as discuss issues within the parish for the new pastor to address when he begins his assignment.

Mendoza began the meeting by asking parishioners about St. Bernard's history and how its demographics have changed throughout the decades. Parishioners said St. Bernard's has grown to become a church of multiple ethnic groups — Filipino, Latino, Italian — each with its own distinct way of spreading the word of God, something Mendoza was impressed with.

"We come together," Father Mendoza said. "I see that as a strength here to the parish community."

Parishioners expressed their concerns that the next pastor should be supportive of the church's programs, ministries and Catholic school, in much the same way as Monsignor Gerald McSorley has done during his 19-year appointment at St. Bernard's, and be bilingual.

"The amount of support we receive from Father McSorley is extraordinary," said St. Bernard Catholic School Principal Margaret Samaniego. "We need someone who is committed to Catholic education and can support it."

Ideally, parishioners said, they would like the archdiocese to select a pastor that resembles Monsignor  McSorley's style of leadership by seeking support and advice from other church leaders and not being a "one-man show."

"A pastor sets the tone for a parish family," said Father Mendoza. However, short of cloning Monsignor McSorley, Father Mendoza added, the archdiocese will "do its best" to find someone like Monsignor McSorley, but that any pastor that is chosen will have his own leadership style and personality. The new pastor, Father Mendoza said, would be someone that would help elevate the parish "and bring it into the next phase." And like Monsignor McSorley did almost two decades ago, the new pastor would grow into the parish as he gets to know his flock, said Father Mendoza.

Father Mendoza then asked parishioners two key questions: What are the strengths of St. Bernard's and what are St. Bernard's pastoral needs. 

Among its strengths, parishioners said, are St. Bernard's charitable organizations such as the Angel Food Program as well as its diverse cultural programs.

Youth involvement was discussed as a pastoral need, one that is lacking at St. Bernard's, parishioners said. Preferably, parishioners said, they would like to see a young pastor appointed that would motivate the youth to get involved. The need for vocation awareness among the youth was also addressed as a pastoral need. Another need, parishioners said, is adult catechism that would educate parents and encourage them to make a commitment to youth involvement at St. Bernard's.

St. Bernard's new pastor will be selected by Cardinal Roger Mahony and Coadjutor Archbishop Jose Gomez. The name of the new pastor will be announced sometime after Easter, said Father Mendoza. The new pastor will begin his appointment July 1.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

St. Bernard takes first step in selecting a new pastor

St. Bernard's will host the first in a series of open meetings this week with Los Angeles Archdiocese representatives and parish organizations to determine who our next pastor will be.

The meetings give our church leaders a chance to voice their concerns and communicate the needs of the parish to the archdiocese as it moves to select a new pastor for St. Bernard's. Our current pastor, Monsignor Gerald McSorley, will retire as our pastor on July 1.

The first meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 in the parish hall. Visit our blog and Facebook page for updates on our parish's progress in choosing a new pastor.

St. Bernard School open house

St. Bernard Catholic School would like to invite you to our open house, school Mass and breakfast next Sunday, Jan. 30.

Mass begins at 9:30am with classrooms open and tours from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Breakfast will begin at 8 a.m.

We are excited to announce both the parish and school's inclusion in the Catholic Communication Collaboration with the archdiocese. We are excited about the technology we have put in place over the past year, and look forward to the advances we will make as part of this group and its impact on student learning.

If you are an alumni we would like to hear from you! Please visit our website and fill out the short alumni survey at or e-mail

Monday, January 24, 2011

Dear parishioners ...

This past week I have been diagnosed as having cancer of the prostate. My doctors are presently determining what kind of treatment I will be receiving for the problem.

Please keep me in your prayers.

Monsignor Gerald McSorley

Friday, January 14, 2011

May 1 beatification set for Pope John Paul II

From Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI approved a miracle attributed to Pope John Paul II's intercession, clearing the way for the late pope's beatification on May 1, Divine Mercy Sunday.

Pope Benedict's action Jan. 14 followed more than five years of investigation into the life and writings of the Polish pontiff, who died in April 2005 after more than 26 years as pope.

... Continue reading: May 1 beatification set for Pope John Paul II after miracle approved

Monday, January 10, 2011

Angel Tree Project, 2010

For the third year in a row, Project Angel Tree here at St. Bernard's was a huge success. This nationwide program connects prisoners with their children by way of gifts and the Gospel.

Forty-one children in this area were served. Gifts of clothing, toys and the Gospel were shared. This could not have been accomplished if not for all the hard working, wonderful volunteers of this community. All the gifts of resources and time were very much appreciated.

Many thanks to Father McSorley for his support and introduction of this wonderful program to St. Bernard's. Also, thanks to the staff of the church office; Vivian, Berna, Luz, Marisol, Rosa, Margarita, Ricky and Fred for their coordination and support.

We look forward to participating in Angel Tree, 2011.

— Mary Trujillo
Program Director

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Sunday Homilies

Homily for 9:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, January 2, 2011
(The Epiphany of the Lord)

‎"When I find God hard to find, maybe it's because I'm looking for God in the wrong place," Father Tim tells us in his homily for the Epiphany of the Lord. "Maybe when find God hard to find it's because I'm looking for God in the big and the spectacular, and I should find God in the ordinary and the simple places in life."