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We have successfully launched our newest form of communication, My Parish App. As a special gift to each parish from the Diocese of Orange for their 40th Anniversary, we have personalized our own app to fit the needs of our parishioners. The more features we explore, the more excited we become to bring you this powerful tool. You will receive notifications on your smart phones for upcoming events, be able to access our parish calendar, even send an email to any of the staff or clergy. You can also tailor the app to keep track of your Confession and Mass Schedules. Click on the image to download your app today, and select Santiago de Compostela as you parish. Lets stay connected!
Join us Sunday evenings from September 4th through November 9th as we show Bishop Robert Barron's video journey through the Catholic faith. This evening's video, Episode #8: "A Vast Company of Witnesses", carries the theme for the teachings of Christ, recorded at the actual locations where those teachings occurred. We will spend a few minutes after the video discussing our impressions. Come invest your interest and be rewarded with new friends and new knowledge.
This class is being offered by parishioner and Zumba Instructor, Maria Rodriquez, is for adults only (18+ years) and will meet every other week, alternating from Mondays and Wednesdays. The following class will be held on Monday, October 24th. To attend, we ask a free-will donation at each class, donations going directly to the parish. Come out and get your heart pumping!
Join the Boy Scouts on the church patio for fantastic deals on quality furniture, housewares, clothing, accessories, toys, collectibles and Halloween Costumes, plus so much more!
Hot dogs, donuts and drinks are available for breakfast or lunch. All proceeds benefit Boy Scouts Programs. Help us grow our boys into active, positive leaders working for our community.
You can help support the brave women who choose LIFE for their infants, with your donation of diapers or baby shower appropriate gifts. Placing them in the portable crib (found near the fountain) on the last Sunday of each month.
Each first Friday of the month we have a 24 hour Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (from 8am Friday to 8am Saturday) with the Holy Hour of Prayer on Friday at 7pm. Adoration ends Saturday morning with Benediction before the 8am Mass.
The Knights of Columbus have 300 wheelchairs to give away to veterans in need from the wheelchair drive they had last November. Thank you to all of the parishioners who so generously donated to this cause.
We will celebrate our annual Mass of Remembrance in English for all who have died this past year. If the funeral of your deceased family member was held outside of our parish since November 2015, please call the parish office by October 28th with the deceased’s name so we can include them in the printed worship aide. Their name will be read during the litany of the saints.
Beginning November 1st, the Book of Life and memory board will be placed in church. You are invited to sign the Book of Life and place a small picture of your loved one on the memory board. You only need to sign the Book of Life one time. This will remain in the church until November 30th. At that time you may remove the picture.
For information, call the parish office at (949) 951-8599.
On the second Saturday of each month, Mass with Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated at the 8am Mass. Come and experience the power of faith and the healing presence of God.
On the second Saturday morning of each month, our Knights of Columbus are here to collect your recyclables. The receiving area is in the lower church parking lot off of Old Trabuco Road. Enter the lot and make your first right toward the corner of our property.
Items we accept include: aluminum cans, bi-metal cans, newspapers, all types of paper to include junk mail and architectural drawings, books, magazines, glass jars and bottles, plastic bottles and all other plastic containers.
If you are unsure if the item is recyclable, just bring it by and one of the volunteers will let you know. Your recyclables are a gift to those in need.
Come meet documentary film maker, Julie Mc Elmurry, showing two films: Anna's Place and Energy of Nuns, both thirty minutes in length. Please plan on joining us.
Santiago's community supports South County Outreach with a food drive held the second weekend of each month. We collect canned and boxed items that are easy to prepare and store at the local food pantry for those in need. Look for the blue barrels in the church plaza area for your food donations. If you are unable to bring the items this particular weekend, we do have collection boxes located just inside the parish hall doors where you can leave your donation. For more information about South County Outreach, click on the image of their logo.
Our parish priests are currently hearing confessions each Friday evening from 4pm to 5pm, in addition to our Saturday confessions from 3:30pm to 4:30pm, upon their availability. We will generally have both priests available unless one is otherwise engaged in another obligation.
23 October, 2016
My Dearest Parish Family,
God be with us always.
Let me take this opportunity to express my sincerest gratitude to all who made our Festival Santiago possible and a great opportunity for us to spend time with each other in fellowship. I really am inspired by the sacrifices of the organizers, volunteers in each of the booths, and more so by those who remained during the cleanup when those very same people had already been there for the past three days. You are heroes in my book.
What a beautiful message we hear in the Gospel today – how our Loving Father is not concerned with accomplishments, which was what the Pharisee is enumerating, BUT with a prayer that speaks from the heart – a contrite heart. Come to think of it, the Pharisee was not praising God but himself.
We are reminded in the Gospel how we should approach prayer with sincere hearts that have no pretense. Sometimes we just have to say, “Lord, it is what it is – please do help me – I am a sinner”. It is an honest appeal for forgiveness and strength that provide the grace and resolve to be transformed. This is the prayer we should all remember so well because everything we owe to God.
We are a few weeks away from Advent, may we take this opportunity to look into our lives, approach our Loving Father through His Son, our Lord Jesus, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Jubilee Year of Mercy is coming to a close on the Solemnity of Christ the King. Let us pass through the doors that open to the experience of hope and joy; that bears fruit in determination to strive to become better.
God bless and take care.
Love and prayers,
Fr. Thomas Paul K. Naval