Saturday, April 21, 2012

Looking ahead

By Father Perry D. Leiker

Mystagogia is the period between Easter and Pentecost during which the newly baptized go deeper into the mysteries of faith celebrated in their Easter sacraments. They reflect and share and ponder what has happened to them, and how they have entered into a profound faith relationship with God and the church.

More important than "the answers" are the questions. Continuing to seek and to discover the power of grace and to appreciate the love they have received is what this time is about.

Catholic education and the Catholic school (our own St. Bernard’s) is in a very real sense a "mystagogia experience" — the very institution exists so that our children can reflect upon their faith. Not only do they receive an education in academia, they are also invited, challenged and given the opportunity to grow in their faith every day.

Through prayer, liturgy and the study of their faith, they are able to integrate every subject and daily living, sports, social contact, recreation — every aspect of their life — into a vibrant growing relationship with God. Integration is the final and most important part of education — to discover and name what it means to me/us.

Every family in this parish is invited to consider St. Bernard School — their parish school. It is a private school, but not an exclusive school. It is a rich experience, but not for the rich — it is for everyone. St. Bernard School is where your children can have the opportunity to grow as faith-filled, educated Catholic men and women.

Father Perry D. Leiker is St. Bernard parish administrator. Reach him at (323) 255-6142, Ext. 112; or through Facebook, at

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