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We are almost ready to bring down the final curtain on Camino de Santiago - 2016. The results are recorded, the “after-action” discussions have been analyzed, and by all accounts the Camino de Santiago experience has met with your enthusiastic approval, as more than 500 Pilgrims participated “Along the Way”. The Camino Committee knows the areas where improvements are needed. With your help, we will plan and we will work to make Camino 2017 a worthy celebration of the Santiago de Compostela community spirit.
There are a few open unresolved items:
1. If you did not receive a T-shirt on the day of Camino, please go to the Office in the Parish Center to sign the roster with your contact information and shirt size. We will have a shirt for everyone, who requests one. The remaining inventory will be distributed and additional T-shirts will be printed to satisfy all requests.
2. You may have noticed that the Intentions Box and the baskets holding your Stones remain at the foot of the altar, where they will continue to be remembered and offered with each Eucharistic Sacrifice until August 15th. After the final weekend Masses, the Stones and Intentions will be retired to their final repository, the new Stone Cross located in front of the Parish Center.
3. We are continuing to build a database with the contact information that you provided during the registration process. This information will be used only to provide you with information on future Camino related news. This information will never be used for other purposes. We will be working on new on-line tools which will streamline the process for years to come, including your ability to register on-line.
4. If you did not receive your Certificate, and you want your Certificate, you may pick up your completed Certificate in the Parish Office.
Now, we can lower the final curtain. We are excited about the future of our Camino heritage, and the many blessings that we enjoy through patronage of Santiago de Compostela.
Santiago de Compostela - Pray for Us!
Fr. Thomas and Fr. Greg invite all children who have already received their First Communion who are interested in Altar Serving, and existing Altar Servers to come to one of these training dates at 5pm in the Church. For more information, contact Jairo Moran.
This training is for new and experienced Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the Sick. Since we are the hosting parish, this event is free to Santiago's Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the Sick. You must be registered to attend, so please go to the Reception Office to sign up.
The Topics include:
- Pastoral Care
- Medical Ethics for Ministers to the Sick
- Safe environment for Vulnerable Persons
The training will be held here at Santiago in the Parish Center. Cost is $15.00.
This event is hosted by the Diocesan Offices of Child and Youth Protection, Pastoral Care for Families in All Stages, and Worship.
The Knights of Columbus will hold their annual BBQ and Ice Cream Social for a free-will donation after the 5pm Mass on August 27th. The Knights will be busy grilling hamburgers and hot dogs, and serving up the usual side dishes. The evening is complete with make your own ice cream sundaes. All are welcome!
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.
- Four Great Presentations
- CD's and DVD's
- Lunch is Provided
Catholic speaker, author, and radio personality, Terry Barber literally "wrote the book" on Catholic Evangelization. With thirty years of experience in the lay apostolate, Terry founded Saint Joseph communications and Light-house Catholic Media. Terry has introduced many popular Catholic speakers including Dr. Scott Hahn, Fr. Donald Calloway, Michael Barber, and Fr. Michael Gaitley. Terry appeared on EWTN Radio from 2007 to 2016, and currently hosts The Terry and Jesse Show weekdays on Immaculate Heart Radio. His most recent book, How to Share Your Faith with Anyone (Ignatius Press), garnered a Catholic Press Association Award for Evangelization.
This is a free event, however donations are appreciated. Click on the associated image to register!
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.
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.
21 August, 2016
My Dearest Parish Family,
God be with us always.
“And just like that, summer vacation is over,” I thought as I was seated snuggly on the long haul flight from Manila to LAX. However, this season has not been in vain or lost to us as a Parish Family because we have had many wonderful opportunities to grow in our faith experience and encounters of one another. I was perusing the past bulletins and it is a veritable record of what we have accomplished together because we serve and we love.
Watching the Olympics, and sometimes compromising my “sleep time”, I noticed something almost all athletes do before their attempt for glory: “they all take a deep breath, a very deep breath”. Then it struck me that these coming weeks before we dive head first into the last quarter of the year, and all the activities that go with it, let us take a deep breath. Let it not be just the shallow breath of air, but the breath that opens to the “Breath of God” – the Holy Spirit.
We have still much to do in response to the call to serve and often times it is not just a spiritual preparation alone but also a formation of the minds, hearts and self. We keep publishing in the bulletin opportunities for formation, and I pray that we all take time to consider engaging in them.
So like the athletes in the Games – we go ahead spurred by the motto: “Citius, Altius, Fortius: Faster, Higher, Stronger” not just for the medal to hang on our necks, but for eternal life which is greater than anything else the world can offer. The greatest thing about it is that whoever we are, wherever we have been, and however way we have been, we are assured of this gift won for us by the Sacrifice of God’s Merciful love in His Son Jesus, our Savior. We are all assured of the “Gold of Salvation”. All we have to do is make a choice, execute it in love, and follow through in hopeful endurance.
God bless and take care.
Love and prayers,
Fr. Thomas Paul K. Naval