Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sincere thanks from the family of Monsignor H. Gerald McSorley

St. Bernard parishioners gather to
celebrate the 50th anniversary
of ordination of Monsignior H.
Gerald McSorley on Sunday,
March 30, 2014.
(Photograph by Rommeth Jarin/
Special to St. Bernard)
Canon Patrick McSorley and the whole family of Monsignor Gerald McSorley express heartfelt thanks to Father Perry Leiker and the parishioners of St. Bernard Church community for all the prayers and Masses offered for our beloved Father Gerry during the period of his illness and afterward, for the repose of his soul.

The Mass of celebration of 50 years of priesthood, the viewing and rosary, and the funeral Mass were truly wonderful liturgies that expressed a profound depth of faith in the priesthood of the church.

The outpouring of grief and the many tributes spoken and recorded in messages, Mass cards, and generous donations, are a great source of comfort to us as we come to terms with our loss. We have heard and seen how he touched so many as pastor and friend.

As a family, we are proud of what he achieved at St. Bernard Church, and in the wider community of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, during his 50 years of ministry as a priest in the Lord’s vineyard.

Special thanks to Bernadette Gurule and family, and the many helpers who provided practical help and support to Father Gerry in his illness over the past three years.

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions.

— The McSorley family

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