Saturday, May 28, 2011

Retirement Fund for Religious

This weekend, the annual collection for the retirement fund for the priests of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is being taken up. Our contributions will help to provide care for our retired priests who have so long served the people of God in our parishes.

Through their life-long ministry as priests they have given themselves generously and unselfishly. This fund is set up legally separate from all other archdiocesan funds. May we now show our appreciation with a generous contribution to the retirement fund.

Special envelopes are in the pews.

Friday, May 27, 2011

The reason for our hope

“What is the reason for your hope?”

Imagine somebody coming up to you and asking you that question. Not “What are you hoping for?” or “What are you hoping to do?” No, this isn’t about our desires for possessions or aspirations for life, it’s “Why do you hope?”

Peter, in the second reading this Sunday, tells us that we ought to be ready to give an answer to this question. Truth be told, few of us spend much time thinking about why we hope. Luckily, the scriptures this Sunday give us our answers.

We hope because Christ suffered for us, in order that we might come to God. We hope because we know that, in the Spirit, God grants us another advocate through Christ to remain with us always.

No matter what we might hope for, whatever we might hope to do, we must always first know and proclaim the reason for our hope: the presence of God in Christ, with us through the power of the Spirit.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Father Leiker to take up St. Bernard parish admin appointment July 1

The archdiocese has assigned Father Tim McGowan to be the associate pastor at the twinned parishes of St. James, La Crescenta; and Holy Redeemer, Montrose. He will take up that appointment on July 1 of this year.

As previously announced, Father Perry Leiker will become the administrator of St. Bernard’s on July 1, following my retirement. I will be leaving St. Bernard’s on that date and plan to live privately in Carlsbad, Calif.

I am grateful for your prayers and hope you will continue to pray for me.

There is nothing new to report on the condition of my health. Thankfully, the hormone treatment I am taking seems to be doing what it is supposed to do. I had a three month check-up recently and the doctor was satisfied with my progress.

I hope you will be generous in next week’s collection for the Retirement Fund for the priests of our archdiocese. That will be the source of my monthly retirement pension of about $1,700.

God bless you.

— Monsignor Gerald McSorley,

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Cardinal McIntyre Fund for Charity

“We walked together in harmony in the house of God" (Psalm 55:14).

This weekend is the parish yearly appeal for the Cardinal McIntyre Fund for Charity. Here’s hope since 1951 for those in crisis situations throughout the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Your contribution goes directly toward emergency needs for children, adults, and families. You are their hope. Your gift provides a one-time emergency help for food, utilities, transportation; medical, housing or funeral expenses.

Each day of the year, a special Mass intention is offered for all who contribute to the Fund. Special envelopes are in the pews for you generous contribution.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Fiesta in Madrid: Preparations heating up for World Youth Day

From Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — With fewer than 100 days to go, preparations for World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid are heating up and organizers are promising a "fiesta," adding a Spanish flavor to the traditional opportunities for prayer, friendship, music and religious education.

As of May 7, organizers reported 347,965 youths had registered for the Aug. 16 to 21 event, which Pope Benedict XVI will attend. The figure included 22,488 young people from the United States and 5,439 from Canada. The Italians — always a big contingent at World Youth Day — were leading the pack with 65,196 registrants, outpacing even the Spaniards by more than 10,000.

While registering has benefits — including priority seating at papal events — young people seem to know they won't be turned away, and so an earlier estimate of 1.5 million participants seems to be right on track.

... Continue reading: "Fiesta in Madrid: Preparations heating up for World Youth Day"

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

I wish a very happy Mother's Day to all our mothers.

You have a very special vocation from God, you have tremendous influence in the lives of your children, your love nurtures them and gives them a great sense of  security. A good mother is one of the greatest blessings we could have.

Congratulations, and may your children always return your love and show their appreciation not just today but everyday.

— Monsignor Gerald McSorley,

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Divine Mercy Sunday

Today is Divine Mercy Sunday. We invite you to join us in the church, beginning at 1:45 p.m., for a penance service, songs and praying of the chaplet.

Mass will be celebrated at 3 p.m.