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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!
In celebration of St. Francis of Assisi's Feast Day, we welcome parishioners and their pets for a special blessing. We will congregate with our animals around the fountain at 9am.
All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all.
Cecil Frances Alexander
You are cordially invited to a presentation of this documentary which tells the stories of three people with same-sex attraction who chose a life of chastity. There will be a Q&A session with Rilene Simpson (pictured), one of the people featured in this film. The title is part of the Litany of the Sacred Heart and comes from Jacob's blessing at the end of Genesis: "The blessings of thy father are strengthened with the blessings of his fathers: Until the desire of the everlasting hills should come, may they be upon the head of Joseph an upon the crown of the Nazarite among his brethren."
This is a diocesan event that will be held at our parish. There is no charge for this event but we do ask that you register to attend. Click here to register online, or you can RSVP to Esther Ramirez, (714)282-6001.
Respect Life Ministry is holding this annual fundraising campaign next weekend. Look for donation bottles in the plaza area after Mass. Your cash donations will have a positive impact on many women, children and families throughout Orange County. We ask if you could please refrain from donating coins, as the bank is very strict regarding coin deposits. Thank you and God bless you for your thoughtful contribution.
Join us Sunday evenings from September 4th through November 9th as we show Fr. Robert Barron's video journey through the Catholic faith. This evening's video, Episode #5: "The Indispensable Men", 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.
We are pleased to announce that the church parking lot is in the process of getting a much needed facelift. This work is being done in stages. On September 12th repairs were made, and in October the slurry seal and striping will occur. Please be advised that no cars will be allowed to park in our lot during the resurfacing project, and all parish activities (except for the Daily Mass) will be cancelled. On October 5th, the work will start promptly at 9am so we ask you to leave directly after Mass, and on October 6th if you come to Mass we ask you to park on Old Trabuco Road. We appreciate your patience during this process.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Friday, October 14th from 7pm to 11pm
(Dinner/Silent Auction/DJ & Dancing in Parish Hall)
Tickets $30 per person
Saturday, October 15th from 4pm to 9:30pmFood, Games, & Auction - 4pm to 10pm
Music by Frenzy - 6pm to 7:30pm
Comedian - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Music by Frenzy - 8:30pm to 9:30pm
Sunday, October 16th from 11am to 8pm
Food, Games & Auction - 11am to 8pm
Latin Music & Dance after - 1:45pm Mass
Adult Couples Games - 5pm
Children Dancing - 7pm
Opportunity Drawing - 8pm
- Volunteers Needed! We need help with the many booths and stations that make the festival run, as well as help on the planning committee. Please contact Tim Holmes or Tony Walker.
- Donations to our Silent Auction: New items of any kind (gift baskets, services, gift cards or tickets to: restaurants, shows, games, etc.) Do you sell a product or a service? Donating a product or service to our silent auction is a great way to get your name or product out there AND help get donations for Santiago! Please email email@example.com to arrange the donation.
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.
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.
18 September, 2016
My Dearest Parish Family,
God be with us always.
“The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones.” These words, or a version of them, come to my mind at the beginning of each day. Similarly potent are the words that follow: “No one can serve two masters.” It is wise we pay heed to this counsel since each day we face the question: “To what end?”
Jesus told us that the end to which everything converges is where we are all destined: heaven, eternal life and bliss in Paradise. Well, “paradise” is a word I have not used for a while. It may seem cheesy or even cliché, but that is the truth. Each day is a challenge for us to live a life in faith, hope and love.
I pray that by now we all have accepted our Christian vocation as stewards and disciples of the gifts we have been given. Heaven is assured if we allow ourselves to be constantly guided by the Holy Spirit. In the times we don’t follow and listen, we need to be contrite and learn from our mistakes.
We are given the perfect opportunity this weekend to engage in other things that enrich our hearts and spirit. While there is nothing wrong with pursuing our dreams, it should not be an end in itself. To become a part of a ministry is to let one’s heart grow and to share gifts we have been blessed with; not just treasure, but time and talents. The sharing of these blessings make faith and life better, easier, and meaningful especially to those in need.
If we believe what St. Ambrose says: “A man’s true wealth would not consist in what he kept, but in what he gave away.” Let us be wealthy people simply because we give more than we keep. Remember it is always more blessed to give than to receive.
God bless and take care.
Love and prayers,
Fr. Thomas Paul K. Naval