Thursday, June 30, 2011

Pope marks 60 years as a priest, bestows palliums on archbishops including Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez

From Catholic News Service ...

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Celebrating Mass with archbishops from 25 countries, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on his 60 years as a priest, calling it a demanding and "awe-inspiring" ministry that brought him closer to God.

The pope's unusually personal recollection came June 29, the anniversary of his priestly ordination in Bavaria in 1951 and the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, the patron saints of Rome.

During the three-hour-long Mass, he gave 41 archbishops the woolen pallium as a sign of their communion with the pope and their pastoral responsibility as shepherds. Among them were four prelates from the United States, including Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, and one from Canada.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

'I will miss you all'

As I prepare to leave St. Bernard’s and move into retirement, I do so with a profound sense of gratitude to God and to you the people of this wonderful parish community. I have been privileged to have had 47 years of active priestly ministry. The last 18 years of which have been spent here. I have enjoyed my ministry here and have been blessed to have the help of great staff members, priests and so many willing and dedicated volunteers. The many parish ministries and outreach programs flourish only because of you who have said yes to God and to me. Thank you very much. I will take with me so many special memories of St. Bernard’s, St. Mariana’s, St. Barnabas’, St. Timothy’s, and Holy Angels. What a blessing to have served as a priest of Jesus Christ in all of these parishes.

I ask for forgiveness of those who I may have failed or hurt in any way. I ask the prayers of all that the cancer I have may go into remission and that I will be able to continue my priestly ministry as a retired priest in some parish. I am also very happy that my brothers Dan and Father Pat, as well as my nephew, Gerard, have made the long trip from Scotland and Ireland to be here for the retirement Mass and celebrations.

I plan to live privately in Carlsbad. My mailing address will be P.O. Box 2790, Carlsbad, CA 92018. Finally, I ask you to give a warm welcome to Father Leiker and to give him your full support as he begins his ministry here.

God bless you all and know that I will be praying for you. I thank you for your love and support. I will miss you all!

— Monsignor Gerald McSorley,
pastor

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Father's Day novena of Masses

A novena of Masses will be offered here beginning on June 19, 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.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Singers wanted for Monsignor McSorley's retirement Mass

Singers interested in joining the joint choir for Monsignor Gerald McSorley’s retirement Mass on June 26 are invited to come to the multipurpose room at 10:30 on Sunday mornings for rehearsals.

For more information, call choir director Katherine White at (626) 533-3228.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Retirement parties next week; farewell to Father Tim

I invite you to the retirement party for Fred Sandoval and the farewell for Father Tim McGowan to be held next Sunday, June 19 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in the parish hall.

Fred has been the church custodian for the past 11 years and prior to that he had been a great help as a volunteer for the sports and fundraisers at St. Bernard School when his children were students there. Our thanks to him and blessings for a healthy and happy retirement

Father Tim McGowan was assigned to St. Bernard’s last October. His assignment will end here on June 30. I wish to thank him for his ministry here. He has been a great help and we have enjoyed his talents and warm personality. We wish him every success in his upcoming ministry at St. James, La Crescenta/Holy Redeemer, Montrose. Please join us and them next Sunday.

— Monsignor Gerald McSorley,
pastor

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Father's Day novena of Masses

A novena of Masses will be offered here beginning on June 19, 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 5, 2011

Thank you to our retiring parish staff

I invite you to the retirement party for Berna Gurule, the parish manager, in the parish hall this coming Saturday, June 11 at 6:30 p.m. She has given many years of dedicated service to St. Bernard’s and for the past 12 years she has fulfilled many responsibilities as the parish manager. This is an opportunity for us to thank her and to wish her an enjoyable retirement.

Eva Perlas and Flor Quinones have given wonderful service to the parish as volunteers. Eva has paid the bills and has helped keep track of our financial matters. Flor has been in charge of registration, the parish envelope donation system and has typed up each year the parish facilities calendar. They are also retiring from their duties on June 30. I am very grateful for their help, time and commitment. God bless you Berna, Flor and Eva.

Some of you have been inquiring if Father Paul will be continuing to help here after my retirement. I have good news for you! Father Leiker, the incoming administrator, has requested Father Paul to continue his ministry here. Father Paul is happy to do so.

— Monsignor Gerald McSorley,
pastor

Thursday, June 2, 2011

A recitation of wedding vows times seven (couples)

From The Tidings

Joy was multiplied at St. Bernard Church in Los Angeles May 21 as seven longtime couples received the sacrament of matrimony in a group wedding service.

Spearheaded by the Legion of Mary, with help from the Guadalupano group and the blessing of Monsignor Gerald McSorley, pastor, the parish’s first Catholic marriage rite ceremony conducted for multiple couples was a blessed event for the participants.

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