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22508 Copper Hill Drive Santa Clarita, California 91350 Parish Office: (661) 296-3180 Fax: (661) 296-7854 www.SaintKateriParish.org
DAILY MASSES (Livestream) Monday: 10:00 am Tuesday: 10:00 am
Wednesday: 10:00 am Thursday: 10:00 am
Friday: 10:00 am Saturday: 10:00 am
SATURDAY VIGIL MASS Saturday: 5:30 pm (Livestream)
SUNDAY MASSES Sunday: 10:00 am (Outdoor Mass) 12:00 am (Outdoor Mass)
SPANISH MASS First Sunday of every month
Mass at 2:30 pm
RECONCILIATION (Individual Confessions)
By appointment only Please call: (661) 296-3180
The Pathway to Intentional Discipleship
December 13, 2020
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OUTREACH Detention Ministry Camp Scott: Lawrence & Cecelia Smith 297-3201 Men’s Pitchess Detention Center Geof Martin 496-6014 Family Promise Chris Ward [email protected] Filipino Ministry Art Rivera 433-4057 Go Fish-Meals for the Homeless Matthew & Liz Carrillo 297-8121 [email protected] Health Ministry Hanneke Olson, RN 993-0498 [email protected] Kateri Clippers Foot Care for the Homeless Raquel Cadena-Munoz 714-5995 Knights of Columbus Gary Vergara 212-3060 Knotty Knitters and Crazy Crocheters Kathy Littleton 296-6442 Renee Marquez (916) 838-6290 Mom’s Support Group Helena Munoz (954) 540-9900 Multiple Sclerosis Support Group Eire Garcia 297-6887 Mustard Seed Global Mission Trip Jaime Lozano [email protected] Senior Luncheons Joann Lombardi 296-1182 Rachel’s Vineyard Ministry Roseanne Becker (661) 510-8258 Respect Life Joe Vaeth [email protected] 523-9797 Support Group for Parents of Special Needs Children Christine Ruiz (661) 373-1006 [email protected] Women’s Guild Donna Medina (805) 490-6259 Cub Scout Pack 40 Jason Eldridge [email protected] Girl Scouts Melissa Pepe [email protected] Catholic Boy Scouting - Religious Emblems [email protected] Catholic Girl Scouting - Religious Emblems Teresa Nugent - [email protected]
SAINT KATERI STAFF (661) 296-3180 Fax (661) 296-7854
Pastoral Team Fr. Albert Avenido, Pastor ext. 7910 [email protected] Sister Maria Corazon Tawatao (Sister Cora) ext. 7826 [email protected] Jennifer Cummings-Martin ext. 2452 [email protected] Mindy Irwin ext. 7903 [email protected] Clergy Fr. Deus Najja, Associate Pastor ext. 7914 [email protected] Deacon Bob Seidler (818) 517-1656 [email protected] Deacon Gabriel Aguilera (818) 518-5311 [email protected] Deacon Terry Irwin 645-7471 [email protected] Msgr. Michael J. Slattery, Pastor Emeritus, Retired
Parish Office Mary Donckels ext. 7904 [email protected] Maureen Dunnahoo ext. 7827 [email protected] Patti Rizzo ext. 7905 [email protected] Maintenance/Site Support Alfredo Vera 586-4869 Luke Leonard ext. 7819 [email protected]
Office of Formation Elisabel Castillo-Lozano ext. 7901 [email protected] Gian Gamboa [email protected] Mindy Irwin ext. 7903 [email protected] Audio/Visual Ministry Dimithri Perera, ext. 7918 [email protected] Joseph Jarocki, ext. 7918 [email protected]
OPERATIONS Jennifer Cummings-Martin, Director Finance Council Michael Hughes 803-0010 Liturgical Event Coordinator Maureen Dunnahoo (first contact) ext. 7827 Joyce Valenzuela (805) 551-8228 Judy Janusek 714-7017
Pastoral Council– Mike Alvarez [email protected] (661) 312-0882 Safeguarding The Children Tim Lynskey 313-1804 Wendy Emeterio 297-7906 Saint Kateri Business Professionals Jeff Bugbee 433-4770 Saint Kateri Gift Shoppe Anna Mary Figueroa 296-3180 ext. 7813 [email protected]
FORMATION Mindy Irwin, Coordinator of Faith Formation ext. 7903 Sunday Preschool and Elementary The Religious Edge-ucation
Youth Ministry Confirmation Fr. Deus Najja Chaplain 296-3180 ext. 7914 frdeus@saintkateri parish-scv.org Gian Gamboa ggamboa@saintkateri parish-scv.org Life Teen Kelly & Maureen Dunnahoo 755-2884
RCIA Deacon Terry Irwin 645-7471 (Adult) Jan Higgins 713-2280 (Youth) Adult Confirmation Ana Cape 254-2347 Couples For Christ Ron & Marie Hallare [email protected] (818) 448-0958
Healing Prayer Team Micheline Slinkard [email protected] Iconography Kevin Kipper 645-1431 Spiritual Direction Janet Bennett (818) 968-0843
Women’s Bible Study saintkate-ri.womensbiblestudy @gmail.com.
LITURGY AND WORSHIP Sr. Cora Tawatao, Director Altar Servers Craig Cape 254-2347 (Training) Agnes Lindain [email protected] (Scheduling) Audio Video Ministry/Production Ministry 296-3180 ext. 7918 [email protected] Bereavement Jan Higgins 713-2280 CLOW (Children’s Liturgy of the Word)
Drama Ministry Greg & Mel Fong (818) 842-4356 Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Rafael Adame 775-8142 [email protected] Greeters Shawn & Marilyn Sourgose (818) 807-9442 Lectors Ana Cape 254-2347 (Training) Jerry Aguinaldo 618-2431 (Scheduling) Isabel V. Navarro 547-5758 (Spanish) Liturgical Movement Justine Doggett 755-6637 Liturgical Environment Jocelyn Harris (818) 434-2385 Jenn Johnson (818) 667-5841 Ministers of Hospitality (Ushers) Gino Reale 425-1219 Music Ministry Saturday 5:30 pm Teen Choir Andrew Heath 478-2716 Haylie Leonard 733-3703 Sunday 7:00 am “Led by the Spirit” Mindy Irwin 263-1925 Sunday 8:30 am Saint Kateri Quartet Sunday 10:30 am Adult Choir 1st Sunday of the Month 10:30 am Children’s Choir Haylie Leonard 733-3703 Sunday 12:30 pm Cantor & Accompanist Jenny Paige 733-5299 1st Sunday of the Month 3:30 pm Spanish Choir Veronica Astiazaran 310-4580 Sunday 5:30 pm Contemporary Choir Sacristan/Hearts and Hands Matt Wong 753-3288 Welcome and Connect Tony Pilarski (805) 218-7703 Hispanic Ministry Genaro Cruz Martinez 607-6175 [email protected] Saint Kateri Prayer Chain [email protected] Divine Mercy Tom Zapata 297-3873 Legion of Mary (Praesidium) Thursday Mornings: Alma Felmley 435-4020 Thursday Evenings: Marie Spinello (818) 288-6125 Wed. Evenings (Junior): Erika Castro [email protected] Amigas de Jesus/Estudio Biblico (Spanish) Irma Parra 510-8254 Spanish Rosary Martha Davis 297-3739
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Dear Saint Kateri Family: Pope Francis said recently, “Advent, which prepares us for Christmas … it is a time of expectation and a time of hope. Advent is about getting ready for our Lord to come. But it is also a reminder that he has already come. He has already entered into the reality of our human existence, and he is still, and always will be, with us. Advent reminds us that Jesus is always arriving: in the people he sends into our lives; in the challenges we face every day; in the burdens we carry; even in our sufferings. And Advent reminds us that God is faithful! His love for us is true. Let us never doubt that! This is why he sent his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, into the world in the first place. To share our sufferings, to walk with us and to strengthen us.” Archbishop Gomez spoke recently reminding the faithful to be “on the look-out” for God. “He is all around us! He is with us. If we watch for him, if we stay alert, we will see his love everywhere around us.” Advent is also a time of new beginnings. The first Sunday of Advent marked the beginning of a new Liturgical year for the Church. It is a time when we begin anew. It is a time and an opportunity for our parish community to begin anew as well. There has been some division and dissention within our community in recent months. This was not part of Jesus’ plan when He came to earth to join us in our human condition. There were times when Jesus experienced dissention within the ranks of His followers, even among the Apostles. But during those difficult times, they worked things out because Jesus taught them to be aware of “the bigger picture.” We have to follow the example of the Apostles and set aside our differ-ences and move our parish forward together. We all know the incredible gifts with which our parish has been blessed. We need to acknowledge these gifts, pool our resources and begin our move forward during this season of Advent. Since Advent is a time for new beginnings (as Pope Francis says, “…a time of expectation and a time of hope”), let us together make the Advent Season one of a fresh, new start for our Saint Kateri Parish community. This will take some effort, but with everyone’s effort and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, I promise you it will be well worth every bit of our effort! May our community of faith be filled with hope and strengthened by God’s loving mercy as we pre-pare ourselves this Advent for the coming of our Lord on Christmas. Faithfully, Deacon Bob Seidler Administrator Pro Tem
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LITURGY & WORSHIP
READINGS OF THE WEEK
Monday: Nm 24:2-7, 15-17a,Ps 25:4-5ab, 6 and 7bc, 8-9,Mt 21:23-27
Tuesday: Zep 3:1-2, 9-13/Ps 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-18, 19 and 23/Mt 21:28-32
Wednesday: Is 45:6c-8, 18, 21b-25,Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14,Lk 7:18b-23
Thursday: Gn 49:2, 8-10/Ps 72:1-2, 3-4ab, 7-8, 17/Mt 1:1-17
Friday: Jer 23:5-8/Ps 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19/Mt 1:18-25
Saturday: Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a/Ps 71:3-4a, 5-6ab, 16-17/Lk 1:5-25
Sunday: 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16/Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29/Rom 16:25-27/Lk 1:26-38
First Reading: I rejoice heartily in the Lord, in my God is the joy of my soul. (Is 61:10a) Psalm: My soul rejoices in my God. (Is 61:10b) Second Reading: May the God of peace make you perfectly holy and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body, be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thes 5:23) Gospel: “I am the voice of one crying out in the desert, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord.’” (Jn 1:23)
ANOINTING OF THE SICK The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is administered by our Priests. During the week, contact the Parish Office for an appointment. The anointing suffices for the duration of the illness. After hours, please contact (661) 586-0372 for emergencies that require sacramental care.
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS Please contact the Parish Office so we may assist you with funeral arrangements for your loved one at 296-3180 ext. 7905 or 586-0372 during weekends or evening hours.
HOLY ORDERS Any man considering or discerning Holy Orders of Deacon or Priest, contact our clergy here at Saint Kateri.
BAPTISM For infant Baptism, please contact the Parish Office at 296-3180 ext. 7905. For Baptism of children ages 7 and above, please contact the Faith Formation Office at 296-6945 ext. 7903.
FIRST RECONCILIATION AND FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2-year Family Formation Process. Please see the Faith Formation page for information.
CONFIRMATION 2-year process begins in 9th grade. Please see the Youth Ministry page for information.
ADULT CONFIRMATION For those 18 and over who have been baptized and received First Communion, contact Ana Cape at 254-2347.
MARRIAGE Please contact the Parish Office at 296-3180 ext. 7827 at least 6 months prior to setting a wedding date.
RECONCILIATION (individual Confession) Saturdays from 4:00 to 5:10 pm outside on the Plaza. You must wear a mask.
Confessions by appointment only.
NEW MASS TIMES Saturday, Vigil Mass - 5:30 pm Live Stream ONLY Sunday - East upper parking lot. Bring a chair, wear a mask. • 10:00 am Outdoor Mass • 12:00 pm Outdoor Mass
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LITURGY & WORSHIP
PRAYERS FOR THE SICK All those who are sick, especially the family and friends
of Saint Kateri, Marguerite McGuigan, June Israel, John & Mary Leon, Isisola De Estella, Marlene Ostronecki,
Albert, Rachel & Phillip Delgado, Calixtus Dolalas, Leona Thomas, Kinley, and Oscar Pineda
PRAYERS FOR THE DECEASED Theresa Peragine, Michael De Villa,
Maria Dolores Shimada, and Michael Kelly
SAINT KATERI PRAYER CHAIN Whether you emotional, or healing from God for
yourself or a family member, we are here to pray with you and for you.
will be on to a team of prayer pray daily for healing grace in your life. held in confidence.
Sun., Dec. 13
7:00 am — Jean & Johnny Shea 8:30 am — Frank Decesare 10:30 am — Phyllis Zalesky 12:30 pm — FOR THE PEOPLE 5:30 pm — Warren Lien
RIP RIP RIP
Mon., Dec. 14
10:00 am —Ernesto Bisda, Sr.
Tue., Dec. 15
10:00 am — Nora Bello
Wed., Dec. 16
10:00 am — Josefa Acejo 7:00 pm— Agnes Rustom
Thur., Dec. 17
10:00 am — Noy Basilio
Fri., Dec. 18
10:00 am — Betty Cummings
Sat., Dec. 19
10:00 am — Reynaldo Cienega 5:30 pm — William R. Jewell
Sun., Dec. 20
7:00 am — Bob Bottaro 8:30 am — Herb Henrikson 10:30 am — Arsenio Escalona 12:30 pm — FOR THE PEOPLE 5:30 pm — Jean & Johnny Shea
RIP RIP RIP
You are all invited to pray the Angeles and the Rosary on your own, or access livestream on our Facebook page.
"Jesus, I Trust in You" You are all invited to pray the Divine Mercy on your own, or if you wish, you can access a previous livestream on Facebook.
SIMBANG GABI MASSES
Tuesday, December 15 6:30 - 8:30 pm Livestream from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Go to www.la-catholics.org
Wednesday, December 23
7:00 pm Zoom Mass— Livestream from Saint Kateri see
link below to attend https://www.facebook.com/pg/filipinoministry.losangeles/
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WEEKEND COLLECTION November 21, 2020 –November 22, 2020
Last Week’s Donation: $ 19,159.34
Weekly Goal: $ 22,820.00
Year to Date Weekly Goal: $ 479,220.00
Year to Date (Under) Goal: ($ 12,716.23)
Last Week’s Collection: $ 2,994.00
TOGETHER IN MISSION
Parish Goal: $190,173.00
Amount Pledged: $124,413.00
Amount Donated: $113,311.31
Amount Paid (Under) Goal: ($ 76,861.69)
If you have access to a computer, sign-up for online giving through our parish website: https://www.saintkateriparish.org. Look for the Online Giving icon at the bottom of the page and click to sign up. If you do not have
access to a computer, please mail in your donations, or drop them off at the Parish Office in the collection basket inside the doors. These are tough times and we are all feeling the pain of uncertainty and massive changes in the life we knew.
CALLED TO RENEW
Parish Goal: $2,475,000.00
Amount Pledged: $2,958,421.68
Amount Pledged Over
Amount Paid: $479,188.29
Amount Paid (Under) Goal: ($1,995,811.71)
Stewardship of Giving
*Note: New budget not final.
PREPARE THE WAY FOR THE MESSIAH
Does our holiday to-do list reflect an understanding of
Advent as a waiting and readying for Christ’s
second coming? Many make lists as part of their
Christmas preparations — do you do the same to take
stock of your spiritual life? Let us make sure we know
the voice of God, by reading Scripture and by spending
time in prayer with Him.
Advent traditions offer a way to stay connected to the Church, each other, and the real reason for the season. Prayers offered together as a family in the domestic church (in person or on video chat), even via social media, bridge the distance and magnificently connect us beyond what the eyes can see. At Christmas time, as we think of others in terms of gifts and greetings, careful not to forget anyone, let us intentionally extend that care beyond our friends and family to bring dignity to those who don’t have as much to assure their Christmas happiness and provide good gifts and prayers to help them enjoy eternal joy. Prepare the way of the Lord! Rejoice that our preparations include prayer at home - in the domestic church, and beyond. Be a gift to your loved ones and others as you begin a steadfast hope this Advent season.
Come, Lord Jesus.
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Gifts and toys should inspire joy, not cause injuries Avoid safety hazards while gifting with these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Toys are age-rated for safety, not for children’s intellect and physical ability, so be sure to choose toys in the correct age range; choose toys for children under 3 that do not have small parts that could be choking hazards; for children under 10, avoid toys that must be plugged into an electrical outlet; be cautious about toys that have button batteries or magnets, which can be harmful or fatal if swallowed; and when giving scooters and other riding toys, give the gift of appropriate safety gear, too; helmets should be worn at all times and they should be sized to fit. For more information, visit https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/winter/holiday.
The Women’s Guild It’s Christmas Carols and Cookies time — 2020 Style! Get into your best/worst Christmas outfit, set up your Hot Cocoa and Cookies, and join us on Zoom Thursday, December 17 at 6:30pm. Meeting ID: 880 6033 7534 Passcode: 932987.
Mecca and Beyond collections this month are dental items. Please drop off at the church or call Mary K (818)314-0896 for pickup. Thank you to everyone who ordered See’s Candy!
RACHEL’S VINEYARD WEEKEND Rachel's Vineyard Retreat weekend on January 29-31, 2021 for Healing after Abortion
Rachel's Vineyard retreat is for men and women struggling with the emotional and spiritual pain of abortion. The retreat is designed to help participants work through repressed grief and anger in a safe, nonjudgmental setting and come to acceptance, healing, and hope for the future. Developed in the Roman Catholic Tradition, it utilizes spiritual exercises and rituals to help grieve the loss of unborn children and to accept God’s forgiveness. All inquiries and registrations are confidential. Weekend will be held at Poverello of Assisi Retreat Center, San Fernando, CA Cost: $250.00 per person. For confidential registration or more information please call or email: Roseanne Becker (661) 510-8258 rachel[email protected] or see website at www.rachelsvineyard.org
Please pray the following prayer on a daily basis with your families for the Holy Spirit to
guide us here at Saint Kateri
Pray the Prayer to the Holy Spirit Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.
And kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you will renew the face of the earth.
Lord, by the light of the Holy Spirit you have taught the hearts of your faithful.
In the same Spirit, help us to relish what is right
and always rejoice in your consolation. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Grief Share – Surviving the Holidays Wednesday, December 16 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
attend via ZOOM If you’ve lost a loved one and would like to gain tools on how to cope with the holidays, we invite you to attend Grief Share. There is no charge. This is a Zoom event. Please email me at [email protected] for more information by Monday, December 14. Once you email me, I will send you the information to sign up. After you sign up I will send you the Zoom link. We hope you will join us. Peace, Patti
https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/Pages/Toy-Safety-Tips-from-the-American-Academy-of-Pediatrics.aspxhttps://www.cpsc.gov/Newsroom/News-Releases/2018/Dont-Play-with-Toy-Safety-CPSC-Tips-for-Safe-Giftshttps://www.nsc.org/home-safety/safety-topics/child-safety/button-batterieshttps://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/winter/holidayhttps://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/winter/holidaymailto:[email protected]://www.rachelsvineyard.org/mailto:[email protected]
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THE HEALING PRAYER TEAM
Zoom meetings began December 2, every Wednesday, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Join us for a 4-week Advent Spiritual Journey with Fr. Mark Toups and his podcasts on "Theotokos." We'll give you instructions on how to connect to daily podcasts which start November 29. Each podcast contains prayers, Biblical passages, and spiritual meditations. As a group, we will meet once a week on Zoom, and share fellowship, biblical reflections and our deeper relationship with our Heavenly Mother, Mary. At the end of each meeting, we also offer prayers. For Meeting ID & Password, please contact Micheline Slinkard, [email protected]
BULLETIN SENT TO YOUR EMAIL
If you would like to have the bulletin emailed to you, please go to www.parishesonline.com, enter our Church name and our city, state or zip, then click the search icon. Find Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Parish and click on the church name. Under recent publications, click subscribe, enter your email, first name, and last name in the pop-up box. Click subscribe. You will now receive alerts in your inbox when the new publication becomes available. Hope you enjoy this convenience!
se reúne todos los Miércoles de
7:00 pm–8:00 pm Para inscribirse: envíe su nombre y correo electrónico a el líder de su grupo para recibir invitación de Zoom Evangelio Meditado • Reunión semanal de 1 hora en línea usando Zoom. • Conéctese con otras personas de su comunidad. • Cada reunión comienza con tiempo para convivir. •Tiempo para reflexionar, compartir y orar con el próximo Evangelio dominical en grupos pequeños. Mas informacion correo electronico, Rosa Valencia [email protected]
Tuesday Night Bible Study
The Study of Matthew
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
New times, new ways of getting together. There is no cost. We will be using FORMED, The Gospel of Matthew. We watch a half hour video and read the assigned scripture on our own. On Tuesday evening, we get together for a Zoom meeting for questions and answers. This is a nice opportunity to stay active in our faith and remain in fellowship with one another. If you're interested contact Michele Wischnack for information and the Zoom link at [email protected]
NEW VIA ZOOM
Women’s Bible Study
Tuesday mornings 9:00—10:30 am
"No Greater Love” will conclude on Tuesday, December 15. We will resume our Zoom sessions after the Christmas break in January. Please stay tuned for information on our next study and how to register. Please contact Amy Kruger at (515) 782-2244 or Lori Hanlon at (661) 877-5271 or email us at [email protected]. We look forward to sharing in God's words and walking this new and exciting road into Intentional Discipleship with you.
Adult Confirmation - 2021 Adults, 18 and over, who have never received the Sacrament of Confirmation are invited to begin preparation for this year’s celebration of the Sacrament. Online classes begin on Thursday, January 14 from 7:30-9:00 pm. You may register on the Parish website. If you have questions, please contact Ana Cape at (661) 254-2347
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FAMILY FAITH FORMATION
Phone: (661) 296-6945 ext. 7903 - Mindy Irwin, Family Formation Coordinator ext. 7901 - Elisabel Castillo-Lozano, Minister of Organization and Hospitality
FAITH FORMATION PHONE CALL HOURS Monday 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Tuesday - Closed Wednesday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Sunday - Closed
Gospel Reading Third Sunday of
Advent Cycle B
John 1: 6-8, 19-28
John gives testimony that he is
preaching and baptizing in order to
prepare for the coming of another
Do we Recognize Jesus' Presence Among Us?
In family life, we learn to trust other people for protection and care. This experience of trust within the family enables children to believe us when we testify about our faith in Jesus. John the Baptist was believed by those who heard him because he helped them to recognize Jesus in their midst. In our family life, we hope and pray that we lead one another to recognize Jesus’ presence in our world. As you gather as a family, recall that during the Advent season we are invited to pay particular attention to the signs of Jesus’ presence in our world. Consider some of the signs of Jesus’ presence that you have experienced. During Advent, we remember how John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus. Read together today’s Gospel, John 1:6-8,19-28. Discuss the signs of Jesus’ presence in our world that you named and explain what these signs tell us about God and God’s love for us. Pray together that your family will be led to recognize that Jesus is present among us. Read and pray together the psalm for today’s Mass, the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55).
Registration for Family Faith Formation - Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion for the 2020-2021 Year is now CLOSED.
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Life Teen message from Kelly Dunnahoo Today is Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete means “joy” and on this day we take a break from our internal preparations for the coming of the Lord and rejoice in the joy of being loved by Him. Pope Francis has called Gaudete Sunday the “Sunday of Joy.” Joy is different from happiness – happiness can be fleeting, but the joy of being unconditionally loved by God – of knowing that He wants us to spend eternity with Him cannot be taken away from us. We just need to recognize it and embrace it. Embrace the joy of this day as we wait for the coming of Jesus! In today’s Gospel passage we hear again about John the Baptist, who was sent to proclaim the coming of Jesus. When asked if John was the Prophet, he said that he wasn’t. Rather, he was “the one crying out in the desert, ‘make straight the way of the Lord.’” So while John the Baptist was not THE Prophet, he was still a prophet. The role of a prophet is to help people see God’s actions, although they may be hidden and dwarfed by what is going around us on a daily basis. And that is exactly what John the Baptist did for his contemporaries. He helped prepare them for a seismic event – one that would change the world forever – and one that the Gospels tell us was still missed by a lot of people who wouldn’t accept Jesus as the Messiah. Did you know that when we are baptized, we are given a role in the prophetic ministry of Jesus Christ? We are called to be prophets in the modern world. Now, we don’t have to wear camel’s hair and hang around munching on locusts and honey like John the Baptist did. But, we can be prophets in our everyday lives, through both word and action. This can be a difficult yet critical part of the Christian life. Take a moment to reflect. Can people tell that you are Christian by the words that you use or the things that you do? This is very important. Be honest with yourself. And if the answer is “no”, then let’s see how we can start to fix that. As a youth ministry leader, I have been aware that my words and actions are highly consequential and I have made it a habit to make sure that I am reflecting God as best I can. Of course, if I am honest with myself, I recognize that I fail at this sometimes. We all do. Often. Therefore, I encourage you to pray for God to help you in this. Tell Him that you want people to see Jesus living within you. Ask Him to help you show the love of Christ to others. Try to do this daily, but if not then as often as you remember. Don’t give up, and don’t get discouraged. We all fail at this from time to time, but with God’s help I guarantee that you will constantly improve as time goes on. We all need help in staying focused on what God is calling us to. Life Teen is a community for teenagers to help each other keep their commitment to follow Christ. Unfortunately, we are not able to meet during the pandemic. However, the adult volunteers remain committed to supporting our teenagers whenever possible. If you would like to pray with two of the adult volunteers, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will set up a Zoom meeting for you.
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OUTSIDE PARISH NEWS AVAILABLE RESOURCES
RESOURCES IN PARISH AND COMMUNITY AA Need a “Meeting”? See website at www.lacoaa.org AL-ANON CHECK FOR LIVESTREAM MEETINGS! Need a “Meeting”? See website at www.alanonla.org NA Need a “Meeting”? See website at: https://scana.todayna.org/areamtgs.html ACCW - Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women Carol Westlake 263-0435, www.CatholicWomenLA.org ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP Oakmont of Santa Clarita Every 3rd Thursday, 6:30-8:00pm 295-2025 BATTERED WOMEN’S HOTLINE 259-4357 CHILDREN’S BUREAU FAMILY FOSTER CARE & ADOPTIONS 208-4212, All4kids.org LOS ANGELES CATHOLIC ALUMNI CLUB –Activities for ages 25 and up - many members are 40 and older. Mark Arnesen (818) 772-0727 MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER Anthony & Lynn Fernandez (818) 383-6399 PARENTS OF GAY, LESBIAN, OR BISEXUAL CHILDREN Tim Lynskey 313-1804 PROJECT RACHEL - Hope After Abortion (626) 398-6100 RETROUVAILLE—John & Donna Bigler at 816-6677 or (800) 470-2230 [email protected] RECOVERING COUPLES ANONYMOUS 478-5118, www.recovering-couples.org SEPARATED, DIVORCED, WIDOWED SUPPORT GROUP Jocelyn 259-4104 and Burt (818) 425-4348 SCV PREGNANCY CENTER 255-0082, www.LifeSupporter.org SINGLE MOTHERS OUTREACH 288-0117
14th Annual Nativity Exhibit Curator: Ellen Mintz Monday, December 7 through Sunday, January 3, 2021, during daylight hours. Nativities on display and viewed through the windows of the Lounge off of the main entrance. Our theme this year is Shelter ~ who could have imagined, only a few months ago, that the idea of shelter would become such a focus of all our lives. For the Holy Family the shelter they urgently sought was a place where their Child could be born. Down through the history of portrayals of the Birth, the way the shelter has been shown, has said so much about artists and cultures. This year we consider shelter, and what it means and says about our humanity. We will be offering our Nativity Exhibit in a safe and socially distanted format. Please feel free to call ahead for hours & details. Admission is free – Our Christmas gift to you! For more information call at (310) 377-4867 or email Sydne at [email protected].
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