Sunday, February 9, 2014

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker
By Father Perry D. Leiker

“Share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless; clothe the naked when you see them, and do not turn your back on your own. Then your light shall break forth like the dawn.”

These words Isaiah speaks clearly and effortlessly in the word today. He sees the struggles with darkness that afflict so many today in their problems with health, finances, family issues, work, and school. Some people experience these struggles every day and seek just to hang on to hope. They never resolve these ongoing struggles, but every day seek God’s healing and supporting love to get them through the day.


We just finished our Together in Mission 2013 campaign and begin our campaign for 2014.

“More help – didn’t we just do this?” The answer is yes, and we do it because we can. There are schools, churches and communities of faith who hang on every day and couldn’t make it without our help. This is a "keep the doors open" campaign. This is a "reach out and lift up" campaign. This is what we do as Catholics. It is what we have always done as Catholics. This is us at our best: loving, supporting, helping, strengthening, giving, sharing our faith. This is “letting our light break forth like the dawn” campaign.

We are not asked to do more than we can. We are asked to be generous, extending a pledge over five months so that we can give a little more than we might in a single collection. This is a pledge of love to help the brothers and sisters of our faith.

Please come next week thinking about your pledge. Gratefully and joyfully we join together in the mission of Jesus Christ.

Father Perry D. Leiker is pastor of St. Bernard Church. Reach him at (323) 255-6142, Ext. 112, or email

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