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  • Fourth Sunday of Lent ~ March 11, 2018

    MASS SCHEDULE      St. James        (In English)

    Saturday Vigil: 5:00 PM Sunday: 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM

    11:30 AM & 6:00 PM

    St. Leo Mission (In Spanish)

    Sunday: 8:30 AM & 10:30 AM 1st Saturday (English): 8:00 AM

    Daily Mass at St. James 8:00 AM | Monday - Friday

    Liturgy of the Hours 7:30 AM | Monday - Friday

    Eucharistic Adoration 8:30 AM –8:00PM| Thursday

    Communion Service 6:45 AM | Monday - Friday

    8:00 AM | Saturday

    Reconciliation 3:30 PM | Saturday

    or upon request

    Baptism Call (858) 755-2545 *106

    Marriage Preparation Call Parish Office

    (858) 755-2545 ext. *112 9 months prior to wedding

    St. James Church 625 S Nardo Avenue

    Solana Beach, CA 92075 (858) 755-2545 | Fax: (858) 755-3845

    St. Leo Mission 936 Genevieve Street

    Solana Beach, CA 92075 (858) 481-6788 | Fax: (858) 755-3845

  • TODAY’S READINGS First Reading — The wrath and the mercy of the LORD are revealed in the exile and liberation of the Chosen People (2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23) or 1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a. Psalm — Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you! (Psalm 137) or Psalm 23. Second Reading — God, who is rich in mercy, brought us to life with Christ (Ephesians 2:4-10) or Ephesians 5:8-14. Gospel — The Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life (John 3:14-21) or John 9:1-41 [1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38]. The English translation of the Psalm Responses from Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, Interna- tional Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.

    READINGS FOR THE WEEK Monday: Is 65:17-21; Ps 30:2, 4-6, 11-13b; Jn 4:43-54 Tuesday: Ez 47:1-9, 12; Ps 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9; Jn 5:1-16 Wednesday: Is 49:8-15; Ps 145:8-9, 13cd-14, 17-18; Jn 5:17-30 Thursday: Ex 32:7-14; Ps 106:19-23; Jn 5:31-47 Friday: Wis 2:1a, 12-22; Ps 34:17-21, 23; Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30 Saturday: Jer 11:18-20; Ps 7:2-3, 9bc-12; Jn 7:40-53 Sunday: Jer 31:31-34; Ps 51:3-4, 12-15; Heb 5:7-9; Jn 12:20-33 Alternate readings (Year A): Ez 37:12-14; Ps 130:1-8; Rom 8:8-11; Jn 11:1-45 [3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45]

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    SAINTS AND SPECIAL OBSERVANCES Sunday: Fourth Sunday of Lent; Second Scrutiny; Daylight Saving Time begins; Girl Scouting Sunday Friday: Abstinence Saturday: Saint Patrick

    Fr. Gerard’s Corner  This Gospel story is rich in irony. The man who was born blind sees that Jesus is the Messiah while the religious authorities, who oversee the temple and the law, are blind to the miracle right in front of them. Some of the Pharisees could not get past the fact that this occurred on the Sabbath. Because Jesus broke the Sabbath rules, he had sinned, and because he is a sinner, he cannot be sent from God. Meanwhile, the man who has just begun to see for the first time in his life is the one with the insight that “if this man were not from God, he would not be able to do anything” (John 9:33). The man born blind has embraced the light while the authorities have chosen to remain in darkness.

    The man born blind models how one comes to believe. At first, he merely refers to him as “The man called Jesus” (John 9:11). Summoned before the Pharisees, he testifies to his miraculous ability to see and says Jesus must be a prophet. When called before the authorities a second time, he says Jesus must be from God. When he is finally able to speak to Jesus, he expresses a desire to believe in the Son of Man, and then when Jesus reveals that it is he, he affirms that he believes. We pray that Jesus is revealed more and more visibly to us as well.

    The final verse of today’s reading from Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians is possibly an early Christian prayer or hymn from a baptismal liturgy. How appropriate that we hear it today with the elect here among us. Let us each awake from the darkness in our own lives and live in the light of Christ, which “produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth” (Ephesians 5:9).  

                                  Fr. Gerard J.S. Paluch Co., Inc.

    Ruth Beley Doris Bower Jim Bower Jim Burke

    Nora Cochrane Mary Kieffer Lisa Montes

    We are happy to list the names of persons who need special prayers. Names will be listed for one month. Call (858) 755-2545 ext.*100 to add a name to the list. Please make sure you have permission from the person prior to calling.

    Monday, March 12 ~ Jerry Johnson Tuesday, March 13 ~ Jason Arlt Wednesday, March 14 ~ Phillip Ashcraft † Thursday, March 15 ~ Paul Midgett † Friday, March 16 ~ Ray Kieffer †

    Question of the Week What examples of darkness do I have in my own life, things that I have failed to see? On the other hand, what positive things have I failed to see in others because of some trivial issue that has blinded me?

  • Online Giving provided by Our Sunday Visitor

    Thank you for using Online Giving. Parishioners who use the service are pleased with how easy it is to set up and manage. If you have not yet signed up for Online Giving, please consider this option. This is a perfect tool for anyone who shops online! By using Online Giving you are helping the parish improve our operational efficiency. Visit our parish website at www. and select Online Giving.

    Questions? Call Amy (858) 755-2545 ext. *103

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    2018 Annual Catholic Appeal Sharing God’s Gifts

    Participation in the Annual Catholic Appeal accomplishes something very simple yet very powerful: it touches people’s hearts with God’s love through your gift and deepens our collective faith together. By Sharing God’s Gifts, you are helping our brothers and sisters to truly know and love Jesus Christ, His grace and His mercy.

    Don’t delay, make a pledge today! There are many ways to respond to the Annual Catholic Appeal:  a monthly or quarterly pledge  a one-time cash gift  A credit card or electronic funds transfer; Visit  A gift of stocks or bonds

    Note that the Annual Catholic Appeal qualifies for many company matching gift programs

    Please send in your pledge to the parish office. Remember to send your pledge payments to the Diocese of San Diego.

    Total pledged to date $21,945.00 from 36 household! We still need $68,055.00 to reach our total of $90,000

    Amount Collected at Mass on

    March 4, 2018 — $16,045.78

    Budgeted $20,150.00

    What return shall I make to the Lord for all the Lord has given me — Psalm 116

    This weekend is the Annual Lenten Collection designated for Catholic Relief Services, the Church in Africa and the Church in Latin America. Special envelopes are available in the pews this weekend. Please return your donation in the collection or mail to the parish office.

    Annual Lenten Collection

    Stock Donations A gift of your securities, including stocks or mutual funds, is an easy way to make a gift. By making a gift of your appreciated securities, you can avoid paying capital gains tax that would otherwise be due if you sold these assets. Contributions are deductible for tax purposes. There are no transaction fees or other costs and the full value of the sold securities benefits the parish, school or other Catholic charity you select.

    More importantly, the question you may want to consider is this: Have I been blessed with many gifts and am I inspired by Gospel teaching and my Catholic values that charitable giving is a profound and joy-inspiring expression of love and gratitude? How can I live out my Catholic values and put them into action for the greater good of the community? Your stock contribution will help you live out your Catholic values and benefit your parish or school at the same time.

    For more information on making a gift please visit our diocesan website at and click on Giving – Stock Donations at the top of the website. Or, you may contact the Office for Stewardship, Manny Aguilar, at 858-490-8294 or call Merrill Lynch, the Diocese’s broker, at 800-844-0720.

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    Young Adults (20’s and 30’s) Tuesday, March 13th, 7pm Fr. Rob Galea in Concert Sponsored by the Diocese of San Diego Young Adult Office St. John the Evangelist Parish Hall - 4005 NORMAL STREET SAN DIEGO, CA 92103

    Thursday, March 15th, 7pm – 8:30pm Small Group for Lent Reflect on the Sunday readings with other Young Adults at Our Mother of Confidence. We will meet in Library located in the Parish Hall. Contact:

    30 “Somethings” FOR ALL who find themselves between Young Adult and the Adult Community. Saturday, March 24th, 5:00pm Worship and Fellowship Join other Catholics in their 30's and early 40's for an evening of worship and fellowship. It's a great opportunity to socialize with old friends and make new ones! ALL 30 "Somethings" are welcome! • 5:00pm Mass - St. James Catholic Church • Dinner - Fidel's There is plenty of free on-site restaurant parking. Please RSVP by Friday, Marc


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