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SPECIAL COLLECTION WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
Your support helps missionaries around the world provide: Evangelization, Support for the Poor, Medical Care, Education, and Ministry Formation. Please make checks payable to the Parish. If mailing; please make checks payable to the Diocese of Orange. Thank you for your generous donation!
A family from the Holy Land(Bethlehem) will be selling religious handcrafted items made from olive wood. Proceeds from the sale of these items will go towards support of Catholic families in the Holy Land who are experiencing political strife. Due to the violence and discrimination towards Christians in the Holy Land, most of the families have left their country and moved to different parts of the world. There are now less than 1.2 percent of the population left trying to support themselves. Please help support these families by purchasing their goods.
Operation Shoebox will be collecting paper goods for the Isaiah House on Saturday, October 21st and Sunday, October 2nd. The Isiah House is a women's homeless shelter that also distributes meals to the homeless that congregate near the Civic Center in Santa Ana. They use 1500 plates, napkins, and plastic ware in one week. Their needs are great! We are asking for donations of divided plates with 3-compartments, napkins, plastic ware including forks, spoons and knives, 8 ounce styrofoam cups, 8 ounce paper cups, toilet paper and paper towels. You may drop your donation at a table on the plaza before mass. If you should have any questions, please call Diane at 949-587-0704 or Patti at 949-859-7854. Thank you and God Bless!
The cub scouts will be selling popcorn after all masses on October 21st and 22nd. Your donation directly helps the pack raise funds to help create lifelong memorable experiences like camping, hiking, community events, science, technology and adventure outings to prepare them to be self-reliant and a resourceful leader for the future. Scouting also helps build personal character, courage and values of patriotism. If you are not a popcorn fan we also are raising money to help purchase popcorn for the Armed forces. The pack appreciates your support.
You can help support the brave women who choose LIFE for their infants, with your donation of the following NEW items:
- Baby clothing: neutral colors (sizes 0 to 12 months)
- Diapers (sizes newborn to 2)
- Baby wipes
Items will be collected on October 15th and October 29th. We ask that you drop off your donations in the Parish Office.
- Baby clothing: neutral colors (sizes 0 to 12 months)
October 29th is Priesthood Sunday: a special day set aside to honor the Priesthood in the United States. It is a day to reflect and affirm the central role of Priesthood in the life of the Church. Please participate in an opportunity to affirm your own parish priest: Fr. Thomas Paul K. Naval and Fr. Stephen Lesniewski and write each a simple note.
The month of November is the Month of All Souls. If you wish to remember your faithfully departed at Daily Mass, use the envelope in the pews for this purpose as a gift to honor those who have enriched our lives. We ask you to PRINT the name(s) of your loved ones on the envelope and include your generous donation. You may either place it in the offertory basket or drop off in the Parish Office.
The 3rd Annual Noel Night kicks off Advent with our best program yet. This year we tell the story of the Nativity by featuring the main characters in song. Our program includes the entire music ministry and a few surprise guests.
24 September 2017
My Dearest Parish Family,
God be with us always.
“Be a Saint . . . What else is there?” This was the final slide of Recharge – Patrick Coffin’s Presentation during our Parish Mission last September 9th. I mention it in this letter because it has been at the core of our identity as Christians, as Catholics to be saints . . . “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.” We need to be reminded this so we will preserve and make a determined effort to pursue it.
Let us remember in our prayers, all the formation programs that have begun. Starting with younger children, in the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist to our teenagers in the two-year Confirmation Program. We lift up in prayer those candidates in the RCIA and the different ministries such as; Bible Study, Grupo de Oracion, Ignatian Spirituality and other activities that enrich as well as sustain us to be faithful disciples.
In the Gospel, our Lord Jesus described the gift of forgiveness is essential in our lives and in our journey towards holiness. Forgiveness is the ultimate expression of the love of God as it is the only way we are sanctified and we transcend our human failings. However, “if we forgive as well those who have sinned against us”, we will truly practice the commandment to love. This week we are given an opportunity to help those in need through Cross Catholic Outreach. Fr. Hilario Rivera is here guide us how to be involved.
While we ponder the wise lessons of the Scripture, may we also be reminded to take part in the events that celebrate our parish family and fellowship. We are weeks away from Festival Santiago! It will be successful with all the generous support and participation of each one of us. One way of participating is by becoming a volunteer. If you are interested, visit the Festival Santiago table where sign-up sheets are available after every Mass on Saturdays and Sundays, .
Our Festival Santiago begins on Friday 13th of October with a homage to our Mother Mary on the Centenary of the Apparition in Fatima. The Mass ends with a Rosary in our church. Followed by the fund-raising dinner in the Parish Hall, to celebrate each other and the parish we are entrusted to care and nurture. I do hope to see you there as well. There are many other opportunities for us to fully engage in our faith and be witnesses, I do hope, continue to discern and follow where the Spirit leads us. God bless and take care.
Love and prayers,