Thursday, May 7, 2015

St. Mel's Phillip McCreary selected as new principal of St. Bernard Catholic School

Philip McCreary
Dear St. Bernard Parish community:

A new principal, Mr. Phillip McCreary, has been chosen to lead St. Bernard Catholic School with our outstanding staff and has signed his contract for the 2015/2016 school year.

A committee of seven members was comprised of two of our teachers, two parents in the school, a former parent, a former high school principal, and a person presently serving as a teacher in a Catholic High School. The committee followed a structured format provided by the Department of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. After interviews, each candidate was evaluated and a final recommendation was made and approved by me.

The consensus of the selection committee was that Mr. McCreary was the best candidate to move the school forward. We are grateful for all that Principal Margaret Samaniego and the present staff have done to revive, rebuild and guide our school into a new technological age. We believe that Mr. McCreary has the credentials to grow our numbers, solidify our financial security for the present and future, further develop the outstanding work already done in the area of technology, and strengthen the educational and spiritual formation of our children.

We look forward to providing an opportunity to meet Mr. McCreary and welcome him to our school and parish community.


Father Perry Leiker, pastor
St. Bernard Church

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker, pastor
By Father Perry D. Leiker, pastor

There is a use of language during this part of the Easter season that speaks to a very intimate and sensitive part of us.

It reeks of inclusion and belonging. It contains a deep sense of being at home.

In the language of mystagogia (RCIA), it fits so well, since it is a very clear depiction of going deeper into the mysteries and integrating the spiritual truths deeply into our lives.

It is expressed so simply and beautifully in today’s gospel: “Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit”; and, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you”.

Staying connected by cell phone or Facebook is for some people the height of inter-connectivity. Some can’t live without it. Some appear to be addicted to their cell phones and to remaining in touch with friends and the world out there. But this Gospel goes much deeper.

“Remain in me” and allow me to “remain in you” – and fruitfulness, fulfillment and finding completion will result in your lives. Jesus is clear about many things throughout his preaching and teaching career. He says the world of faith and spirit is about more than doing things or following commandments. He doesn’t negate these practices as if they are useless. He does indicate that one can follow these perfectly and not find the kingdom of God.

His sense is that "remaining in" is more the goal. Experiencing God dwelling within – his word having a space within – Jesus' presence, becoming a part of: these are the things or spiritual realities that make the kingdom of God come alive in us.

This is a language that must become reality for us that is: experienced, shared, described, celebrated, lived.

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