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We Are Citizens from Heaven

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Blessed are the poor in spirit; the kingdom of heaven is theirs!”Ps. 146

We could all say this as Christians, disciples of Christ; this is our IDENTITY CARD: I am a beloved child of God, I have been sent to be a light in this world, to bring the truth that frees, that eases burdens, that enables to take up the cross with love, which gives hope and love.

I am in this world passing through. I could leave today for my heavenly homeland, although I still do not know it, but God gave me citizenship so that I can enter this world when it is my turn to die. I have been anointed with the Holy Spirit who made me a son in the Son, Jesus Christ. For this reason, I have been called to be holy, because the Sanctifying Spirit is in me to guide me, to act, to sanctify me and make me light of the world.

I have been called and sent to be a gift of God to the world, a healthy member of the body of Christ who helps other members to heal and recover divine life. For this I have been anointed, God wants to continue to love and act through us who are his Church.

Christ became one with his Church and with you, as he clearly shows us in Baptism and in the Eucharist; for this reason, he assures us that we are his and we will not go unrewarded even with giving a glass of water to someone for being his disciple. He who receives you, receives Him and he who rejects you, rejects Him.

I am a temple of the Holy Spirit who dwells in me through the Sacraments and through the living of his Word. God wants to continue giving his life in abundance through me.

I fully accept this banishment, with all its consequences, with its imperfections, limitations and suffering, because I know that it is a consequence of sin and I recognize that there is much more that I do not see or understand than what I see, for this reason I trust in God to love and accept everything with love and faith. God wants my life to be a permanent “yes” to all of this, an acceptance of the cross each day, so that I can be his disciple and witness to his love.

I am yours, Lord, that is why I must tell you from the bottom of my heart, totally trusting in your paternal love and maternal, what you want and when you want, because I am yours and I am here to serve you forever, for all eternity. Make me yours, make me docile to your Holy Spirit and your divine will. Help me to always please you and keep me from all evil, from what you don’t like. But you already know how weak I am, if I am going to have to carry a cross, make me strong to carry it or carry it through me. I can die today if it is your holy will, all you want and when you want, because I know that I must trust you more than me. I know nothing, you know everything, I am at your disposal. Thank my Lord. I want to live here the values of Heaven, which I will live throughout eternity with the blessed and joyous Saints: humble, in truth, clean of heart, thirsty for justice and fighting for it, willing to die for the Truth, because only in these values do I find peace and happiness.

Readings for the Week

Monday: Heb 11:32-40; Ps 31:20-24; Mk 5:1-20
Tuesday: Heb 12:1-4; Ps 22:26b-28, 30-32; Mk 5:21-43
Wednesday: Heb 12:4-7, 11-15; Ps 103:1-2, 13-14,17-18a; Mk 6:1-6
Thursday: Mal 3:1-4; Ps 24:7-10; Heb 2:14-18; Lk 2:22-40 [22-32]
Friday: Heb 13:1-8; Ps 27:1, 3, 5, 8b-9; Mk 6:14-29
Saturday: Heb 13:15-17, 20-21; Ps 23:1-6; Mk 6:30-34
Sunday: Is 58:7-10; Ps 112:4-9; 1 Cor 2:1-5; Mt 5:13-16

Jesus Calls Us

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

“The Lord is my light and my salvation.”Ps. 27

Jesus calls us because he needs us, as he called the Prophets and later the Apostles. He revealed himself in need of us, to save us and to save others. He shows us the path that leads to destruction and the path that leads to Life, of faith, of trusting in Him, following Him in the practice of love and works of mercy. And he calls us to become fishers of men, to make disciples of all.

But in order to become apostles who help others to meet him, to open up to new Life and salvation, we must begin with ourselves, with our own conversion and openness to his call of love, to follow him, to live his Kingdom.

“«Convert, because the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand». Walking by the Sea of Galilee he saw two brothers, Simon, called Peter, and Andrew, who were casting the net into the sea, for they were fishermen. He said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left the nets and followed him.”

To live his Kingdom is to live the following of Jesus, that is, the Christian life. If we do not live it we cannot help others to live it. It is the essence of why Jesus came to bring us with his Incarnation, Death and Resurrection, and by the gift of the Spirit from him. Without this experience, our religious practices and taste for his ideas would be of no use, since we would continue without following him and without living his Kingdom, and therefore we could not spread it.

Living his Kingdom is living our baptism, guided by his Spirit of Love, which gives us self-control and manifests its other fruits as well, of love, joy, peace, goodness, meekness… it is what the world needs most today and every human being. We must strive to live the conversion that each one requires for this openness to the fullness of his Spirit.

The Spirit is also the protagonist of communion. The Kingdom of God unites us all in Christ, in the same faith. Christ prayed that we be one, but it is not about getting along, living together civilized; other groups can also achieve that, but in sin and offending God. The unity that God asks of us is in the experience of his Kingdom, of his Will, and not in sin.

“”I am of Paul, I am of Apollo, I am of Cephas, I am of Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were they baptized in the name of Paul?””

Not getting carried away so much by our own personal opinion of each other, or natural personal preferences. What unites us is a single head: Christ, a single faith, the same soul that we have received: the Holy Spirit. He should be the one who guides us and not our tastes, whims or preferences.

Those led by the Spirit, are the children of God, and thus we will be a gift from God and a light for others. United in the same Spirit to be leaven that raises the dough, because for this we have been called.

Readings for the Week

Monday: Heb 9:15, 24-28; Ps 98:1-6; Mk 3:22-30
Tuesday: Heb 10:1-10; Ps 40:2, 4ab, 7-8a, 10, 11; Mk 3:31-35
Wednesday: Acts 22:3-16 or Acts 9:1-22; Ps 117:1bc, 2; Mk 16:15-18
Thursday: 2 Tm 1:1-8 or Ti 1:1-5; Ps 96:1-3, 7-8a, 10; Mk 4:21-35
Friday: Heb 10:32-39; Ps 37:3-6, 23-24, 39-40; Mk 4:26-34
Saturday: Heb 11:1-2, 8-19; Lk 1:69-75; Mk 4:35-41
Sunday: Zep 2:3; 3:12-13; Ps 146:6-10; 1 Cor 1:26 -31; Mt 5:1-12a

Our Baptism

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.”Ps. 40

In the Baptism of the Lord the presence of the Spirit was manifested that came upon Him in the form of a dove and the voice of the Father was heard testifying that He was his beloved Son, the expected Messiah. That is why this episode is considered to be another Epiphany. Just as a week ago we celebrated the manifestation of God made man for all the peoples, represented in the Magi, here we are dealing with the manifestation of God for the Jewish people, who came to the baptism of John.

None of those who received the baptism of John received the gift of the Spirit, as Jesus received it and we all have received it. John himself expressed it on one occasion saying:

“I truly baptize you with water for repentance, but the one who comes after me is more mighty than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to take off; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.”Matthew 13:11

Not even John the Baptist himself would receive the Baptism that we have received, with the Holy Spirit. Holy, because it began after the ascension of Jesus to heaven and Pentecost in which the 12 were filled with the Holy Spirit. And sent by Jesus they began to fulfill the mandate:

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,…”Matthew 28:19

We had the privilege of receiving that Baptism that Christ commanded, to become his disciples and children of God anointed by his Spirit, but as the same mandate expresses, we also need to be taught to obey everything that Jesus taught:

“…teaching them to obey everything that I have sent you. And I assure you that I will be with you always, until the end of the world.”Matthew 28:20

“Well, how will they believe if they are not preached to? Faith comes from the preaching of the word of God.”Romans 10:17

For this reason, the Church requests that there be godparents who guarantee, together with the parents that education in faith, so that the baptism is received by the child, not only physically, through water, but also spiritually, by faith. Only then is the gift of the Baptism opened, and it can begin to be lived and enjoyed.

Unfortunately in our world, many without faith also baptize their children, without a sincere commitment to educate their children in the faith, because they themselves do not have it and cannot give it, for this reason there are so many millions who do not live as children of God. They do not enjoy the fruits of the Spirit, they do not live their baptism, they have the great gift of eternal life within their reach, but wasted, without knowing or valuing it.

Give us, Lord, the grace to live more fully each day your Great Gift of the Spirit that you gave us in Baptism. May we begin to live the divine and eternal life that we receive through Him.

Readings for the Week

Monday: Heb 5:1-10; Ps 110:1-4; Mk 2:18-22
Tuesday: Heb 6:10-20; Ps 111:1-2, 4-5, 9, 10c; Mk 2:23-28
Wednesday: Heb 7:1-3, 15-17; Ps 110:1-4; Mk 3:1-6
Thursday: Heb 7:25 — 8:6; Ps 40:7-10, 17; Mk 3:7-12
Friday: Heb 8:6-13; Ps 85:8, 10-14; Mk 3:13-19
Saturday: Heb 9:2-3, 11-14; Ps 47:2-3, 6-9; Mk 3:20-21
Sunday: Is 8:23 — 9:3; Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14; 1 Cor 1:10-13, 17; Mt 4:12-23 [12-17]

Christ Continues to Manifest Himself

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

“Lord, every nation on earth will protect you.”Ps. 72

The word Epiphany means manifestation. Theophany is a manifestation of God; This is what the wise men who came from the East found in that manger of Bethlehem, in that newborn to whom they wisely and prophetically offered gold as a King, frankincense as God and myrrh as a man, as the Creed would define later, Christ is God and true man and he is also a King.

Those wise men from the East were seekers, because only the one who seeks finds, and only by seeking can some wisdom be achieved; they knew how to discern signs from heaven to find the God made man-child, and as is typical of the wise they had humility to prostrate themselves and adore him, to accept what cannot be understood humanly, but the wise know that the complete truth exceeds our human capacity and logic.

And what about us? Are we seekers, do we love the truth, do we seek God? Or do we get carried away by the superficiality of the world that wants us distracted by the things of this fleeting world? The Lord calls us to discern the signs of the times, and he did so with a strong appeal also to those of his time who perhaps were not as lost and scattered as we are today:

“Hypocrites! You know how to examine the appearance of the earth and the sky; why don’t you examine this present time?”Luke 12:56

Following the example of the holy kings, we should be lovers of truth, seekers of wisdom, trying to discern with God’s criteria between the valuable and the superfluous that we find in this world and in this mode of existence in which we find ourselves, so as not to being swept away by the lies and deceit of this superficial world led by the Evil One as Jesus said.

Discerning between good and evil, between what is true and deceitful, between what is valuable and what is disposable is very clear if we listen to the word of God and see the example of Jesus who is the one who should guide us. We must not allow ourselves to be deceived by human, carnal or worldly criteria, since the Christian lives in the light of faith and the word of God; for us what is truly valuable is the spiritual, the eternal, the values of heaven, more than the material and fleeting, including life in the body that is temporary. Well… what use would it be to one to gain the whole world if we lose our own soul?

Living in the light of Christ, illuminated by faith, which is the star that should guide us to God, will always lead us to have the mind of Christ, his way of thinking, judging, loving and living, willing to follow in his footsteps of love for Him and our neighbor, even if we had to give up our physical lives as He did and so many Saints who followed in his footsteps.

Christ continues to speak to us clearly, through his Word, through his Church, through circumstances, signs of the times, so that we can recognize him, and take the path of Life, the one that leads us to Him forever.

Readings for the Week

Monday: Is 42:1-4, 6-7 or Acts 10:34-38; Ps 29:1-4, 3, 9-10; Mt 3:13-17
Tuesday: Heb 2:5-12; Ps 8:2ab, 5, 6-9; Mk 1:21-28 or Heb 1:1-6 and 2:5-12; Ps 8:2ab, 5, 6-9; Mk 1:14-20 and 1:21-28
Wednesday: Heb 2:14-18; Ps 105:1-4, 6-9; Mk 1:29-39
Thursday: Heb 3:7-14; Ps 95:6-11; Mk 1:40-45
Friday: Heb 4:1-5, 11; Ps 78:3, 4bc, 6c-8; Mk 2:1-12
Saturday: Heb 4:12-16; Ps 19:8-10, 15; Mk 2:13-17
Sunday: Is 49:3, 5-6; Ps 40:2, 4, 7-10; 1 Cor 1:1-3; Jn 1:29-34

Saints & Special Observances

Sunday: Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord
Monday: Feast of The Baptism of the Lord
Tuesday: First Week in Ordinary Time begins
Friday: St. Hilary
Saturday: Blessed Virgin Mary

News for January

Dogma of Mary, Mother of God

Proclaimed in the Council of Ephesus (431 A.D.)
What is this Dogma about?

In 431, the Bishops of the Church held an ecumenical council at Ephesus. They declared that Mary was Theotokos, the “God-bearer.” She was the person who carried the God-man in her womb and gave birth to Him. Jesus, who was God Himself, was incarnate of the Virgin Mary and became man.

Calling Mary the “Mother of God” does NOT mean that she is the Mother of God the Father or of God the Holy Spirit. They are God-eternal, she is a created human being. Obviously, she is not the Mother of the Trinity.

But Jesus is God. Mary gave birth to Jesus. She did not just give birth to His human nature and since Our Lady gave birth to the Person of Jesus Christ, she is honored with the title “Mother of God.”

This radical declaration of faith—that a poor woman from Nazareth gave birth to the Word Incarnate—is vi- tal for truly understanding the person of Jesus Christ. It is only through the recognition of Mary’s identity as Divine Mother that we can understand our own salvation.

Office Closure

Monday, January 2, 2023

Ministries

To place announcements for Sunday Masses or bulletin, contact Jesus Jimenez at the parish office.

Called to Renew

Your support towards the construction of the pastoral center is appreciated. If you would like to make a pledge, please contact the parish office.

Mary Immaculate Parish

Parish Goal: $920,000.00
Total Pledge: $543,367.35
Total Paid: $82,669.35

Our Traditions

Symbology of the King’s Cake

  • Circular Form: Represents the love of God that has no beginning nor end: it is eternal.
  • Dried Druits: Represents the grace brought by Christ (another tradition tells that these symbolize the jewels in the Magi’s crowns).
  • Knife when cutting: Represents the danger that Jesus faced when being persecuted by Herod.
  • Hidden Child Jesus: Represents the Baby Jesus being hidden from Herod.

The person(s) who find the Baby Jesus in the rosca host a feast on Candlemas (Dia de la Candelaria) on February 2nd and take the image of the Baby Jesus to be blessed that day.

Winners of the Raffle of the Virgin 2022

Prizes:
1st Place: $1,500
2nd Place: 55″ Samsung Plasma TV
3rd Place: Holy Family Image
Winners:
1st Place: Maria M.
2nd Place: Stefany Mejia
3rd Place: Maria Tellez

Regional Eucharistic Congress of the San Fernando Pastoral Region

When: Saturday, February 11, 2022
Where: Our Lady of Grace – 5011 White Oak Ave. Encino, Ca. 91319
For more information, please visit: lacatholics.org/eucharist/

Office Closed

Monday, January 16th,
Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
There will be Mass at 7:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Fraud Alert

Parishioners have received text messages from “Rev. Julio Domenech” pretending to be Fr. Julio.
Ignore any message or social media request be it from any of the Priests or from the parish that refer to you in a personal way, block and report this as fraud.

Financial Report

7/1/2022—12/31/2022

Income Expenses
Raffle: St. Jude: $57,580.00 $14,500.00
Donations St. Jude: $1,598.00
Raffle: Dec. 12: $11,225.00 $2,205.76
Food Sales Dec. 12: $6,980.30 $800.00
Called to Renew: $8,676.70 $8,676.80
Utilities: $57.976.79
Insurances: $87,380.897
Building and Ground Supplies: $24,619.87
Equipment (A/C): $38,700.00

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

“One Lord, one faith, one Baptism, one Lord and Father of all, who is over all, through all and in all.”Ephesians 5:5-6

February 2nd: Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Join us to celebrate this feast of Candlemas “Candelaria”
NORMAL SCHEDULE OF MASSES
Mass in Spanish: 7:00 a.m.
Mass in Spanish: 6:30 p.m.
For the 6:30 p.m., there will be the blessing of candles and images of the Child Jesus.
Candles will be sold outside the church before this Mass.

Regional Eucharistic Congress

San Fernando Pastoral Region
Saturday, February 11, 2023
Our Lady of Grace
5011 White Oak Avenue Encino, California 91316
9:00 AM-1:00 PM
English and Spanish
Music-Prayer-Reflection-Mass
Free Admission

Did You Know?

Help keep the children and young people in your parish safe

It is important to understand how we, as Catholic adults, can make a difference in protecting the lives of our children and young people. Every adult, whether they are parents or not, can contribute to the safety of the children in our communities in a variety of ways. Be a trusted adult in the lives of the children and young people around you, so that they can turn to you when they need help. Stay up-to-date on the Church’s policies and procedures regarding child safety and speak up if you see something that falls outside of them. Caring adults who are invested in the safety of our most vulnerable Church members can and are protecting children every day. For more information see The Archdiocese Los Angeles Administrative Handbook Chapter 9: Safe Environment: https://handbook.la-archdiocese.org/chapter-9. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is committed to ensuring that parishes, schools and ministries are safe places for everyone in our community. For more information about support for victim-survivors and abuse prevention and protection efforts of the Archdiocese, visit: lacatholics.org/protect/.

New Year, New Life

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

“All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.”Ps. 98

We wish that getting a new life was so easy, but we realize that it is not, that we only achieve what we sow, what we go cultivating day by day, the values that we learn to appreciate and practice are those that grow in us and not others.

The pandemic has also shown us this reality. It would have been desirable that many more had come closer to God before the adversity, seeing disease and death abound and prowl everywhere. It would have been desirable and understandable that not only those who were already assiduous practitioners of the faith, but also those who did not come close to God, in the face of adversity would have come closer to Him, but unfortunately it was not like that, in fact, there are many who have moved away.

And it is that the influence of the enemy in the world is great, and he has managed to get many to give their backs to God in such a radical way that they do not even contemplate the possibility of his assistance in adverse times, nor of his existence… God was taken out of their minds, excluded from their sight. Many without faith have excluded him from the media and from public spaces and have relegated it to the field of private beliefs of each person.

In this change of year it would be good to review the place we give to God in our life, what place we would like to give him, where we believe he belongs and should have. What place would you like to have given him at the end of your days in this world? Today you are in time to help God gain space in your life and in your heart.

“Do not be deceived: no one mocks God. Each one reaps what he sows.”Galatians 6, 7-8

It is time to take stock, as in companies, review what comes in and what goes out, to see if there is a balance in favor. What are you letting into your mind? Because that is what will configure it, to heal or to make it sick, to make it bearer of good fruits to give and of blessings, or of poison and pestilence.

Lord, we entrust this new year to you, that you be the Light that guides us, that you like our openness of heart so that you continue giving us the growth that you want to give us, because we need it to have Life.

“Test everything; retain what is good. Refrain from every kind of evil. May the God of peace himself make you perfectly holy and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body, be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”1 Thessalonians 5,21s

Readings for the Week

Monday: 1 Jn 2:22-28; Ps 98:1-4; Jn 1:19-28
Tuesday: 1 Jn 2:29 — 3:6; Ps 98:1, 3cd-6; Jn 1:29-34
Wednesday: 1 Jn 3:7-10; Ps 98:1, 7-9; Jn 1:35-42
Thursday: 1 Jn 3:11-21; Ps 100:1b-5; Lk 4:14-22a
Friday: 1 Jn 5:5-13; Ps 147:12-15, 19-20; Mk 1:7-11 or Lk 3:23-28 [23, 31-34, 36, 38]
Saturday: 1 Jn 5:14-21; Sal 149:1-6a, 9b; Jn 2:1-11
Sunday: Is 60:1-6; Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13; Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6; Mt 2:1-12

Saints & Special Observances

Sunday: Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God; The Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord; World Day of Prayer for Peace; New Year’s Day
Monday: Ss. Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen
Tuesday: The Most Holy Name of Jesus
Wednesday: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Thursday: St. John Neumann
Friday: St. André Bessette; First Friday
Saturday: St. Raymond of Penyafort; First Saturday; Julian Calendar Christmas

Christ is Born Today if you Want

Solemnity of the Nativity of Christ

“All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God”Ps. 98

The first Christmas shows us God’s desire to be God-with-us, and that child-man-God will show us how we let him be and live in us and among us:

“The one who does my Father’s will is my brother, my relative, and my mother.”Matthew 12.50

“If anyone loves me to keep my word, my Father will love him, we will come to him and dwell in him.”John 14.23

If you leave Him, if you so decide, He will be born and live in you, and through you, in the world, He will continue to do good, being light and salt, giving color and meaning to the lives of many.

When you choose love over hate, Jesus is born when you decide to master the sinful tendencies of your selfish disorder, when you prefer to be guided by the Spirit than by your personal desires and interests.

Christ is born when you do the right thing, what He asks of you, what He likes, when you go to reconcile with your brother, when you decide to forgive him or apologize.

Christ is born when you pass over your grudge and go out to meet him to give him your friendship and support, when you stop the roughness or hurtful word and exchange it for kind and uplifting words.

Christ is born in every work of mercy you set out to practice, when you go to see the sick, to help the needy, when you give your support, when you give good counsel, when you teach something good to do good,…

Christ is born when you do not let yourself be carried away by your own interest and are willing to deny yourself and sacrifice out of love for God and others, when you are able to do good and provide your support and love even to those who do not sympathize with you, the sinner, the ungrateful, to which you don’t know or cannot correspond.

Christ is born every time I renounce sin, to the wrong step, to temptation, and I opt for the way of Christ, every time I reject the weeds and lies of my ego, of the world or of the enemy and choose the light of Christ and the truth of his Word.

YES, CHRIST IS BORN TODAY IF YOU WANT. YOU CAN’T DECIDE FOR OTHERS, BUT YOU CAN DECIDE FOR YOURSELF, AND CHRIST WANTS TO BE BORN AND LIVE IN YOU.

“I am no longer the one who lives, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life which I now live in the body, I live it by my faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself to death for me.”Galatians 2.20

Readings for the Week

Monday: Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59; Ps 31:3cd-4, 6, 8ab, 16bc, 17; Mt 10:17-22
Tuesday: 1 Jn 1:1-4; Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12; Jn 20:1a, 2-8
Wednesday: 1 Jn 1:5 — 2:2; Ps 124:2-5, 7b-8; Mt 2:13-18
Thursday: 1 Jn 2:3-11; Ps 96:1-3, 5b-6; Lk 2:36-40
Friday: Sir 3:2-6, 12-14 or Col 3:12-21 [12-17]; Ps 128:1-5; Mt 2:13-15, 19-23
Saturday: 1 Jn 2:18-21; Ps 96:1-2, 11-13; Jn 1:1-18
Sunday: Nm 6:22-27; Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8; Gal 4:4-7; Lk 2:16-21

Saints & Special Observances

Sunday: Solemnity of the Nativity of Christ
Monday: St. Stephen; Kwanzaa begins
Tuesday: St. John
Wednesday: The Holy Innocents
Thursday: St. Thomas Becket; Fifth Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord
Friday: The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
Saturday: St. Sylvester I; New Year’s Eve; Seventh Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord

Seek the Light

4th Sunday of Advent

“Let the Lord enter; he is king of glory”Ps. 24

Searching for the light of truth is the task in which all human beings would have to live constantly in this life, since we should be aware that we are born in darkness and we only come to know the little that we listen and make an effort to learn. But there is an aggravating factor in this situation, and that is that we can be deceived and swallow lies as if they were truths that only increase the darkness in us and lead us astray from the path of life.

This is why our mission to seek the light must be very cautious about what we choose to believe and accept as valid, since lies and liars who spread deceit and misrepresent reality abound, since they do not have the light of revelation or the wisdom of the Spirit, since there are many who preferred darkness to light.

In this search, it is not so much a question of listening to everyone, but of looking for the most reliable voices, beginning with that of God and that of his Church, and from there looking for the most sensible people and those who better base their positions, given that currently there is an open war against light and truth, wanting to impose false versions of history even from schools that distort everything from their perverse and anti-God ideas that govern the world.

Listening to lies will not bring you closer to the truth, but rather it will take you away from it, the same as listening to the fool, the man without faith, the one led by his ideological agendas and selfish interests. The one we must listen to in order to get closer to the light is the One who is the light, Christ, all his revelation, and the Saints who have followed him closely, people of faith who are open to the Spirit and have wisdom to illuminate, although no human being will be exempt from errors, since our human and earthly knowledge is always partial and never perfect.

Jesus made it very clear to us: my sheep listen to my voice and follow me. They will not listen to other voices, nor should we listen to our own, because only He is God and his voice must prevail over any other, including ours.

Shall we ask the atheist what the Church should be like? Will the ignorant man have to tell us what to do and how to be? No. We must hear this from God, and not from flesh and blood, nor from ours, nor from people without faith.

Seek light in the sources, in revelation and tradition, in God and in the Saints, in the Church and its magisterium… and not in the currents of fashion, in what the world says that has turned its back on God, because far from finding the light we will find darkness and voices that take us from the path wanted and traced by Christ himself.

We have the light within our reach, for the light is in Christ. HE IS THE LIGHT THAT COMES SO THAT WE DO NOT WALK IN DARKNESS. LET US OPEN OUR HEART TO HIM.

Readings for the Week

Monday: Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a; Ps 71:3-4a, 5-6ab, 16-17; Lk 1:5-25
Tuestday: Is 7:10-14; Ps 24:1-4ab, 5-6; Lk 1:26-38
Wednesday: Sg 2:8-14 or Zep 3:14-18a; Ps 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21; Lk 1:39-45
Thursday: 1 Sm 1:24-28; 1 Sm 2:1, 4-8abcd; Lk 1:46-56
Friday: Mal 3:1-4, 23-34; Ps 25:4-5ab, 8-10, 14; Lk 1:57-66
Saturday: 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Ps 89:2-5, 27, 29; Lk 1:67-79
Sunday:

  • Vigil: Is 62:1-5; Ps 89:4-5, 16-17, 27 29; Acts 13:16-17, 22-25; Mt 1:1-25 [18-25]
  • Night: Is 9:1-6; Ps 96:1-3, 11-13; Ti 2:11-14; Lk 2:1-14
  • Dawn: Is 62:11-12; Ps 97:1, 6, 11-12; Ti 3:4-7; Lk 2:15-20
  • Day: Is 52:7-10; Ps 98:1-6; Heb 1:1-6; Jn 1:1-18 [1-5, 9-14]

Saints & Special Observances

Sunday: 4rd Sunday of Advent; Hanukkah begins
Wednesday: St. Peter Canisius; Winter begins
Friday: St. John of Kanty
Saturday: The Vigil of Christmas (Christmas Eve)
Sunday: Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Loving Mother, Pray for Us

3rd Sunday of Advent

“Lord, come and save us.”Ps. 146

In this season of Advent, the best gift we can have is that of Mary, the Virgin, Mother of God and our Mother, because with her maternal love that she has for each one of us, she helps us prepare for the birth of Christ in us, and for his second coming, as she is doing with her various manifestations for all humanity.

She prepared the first Christmas, the birth of Christ, our Redeemer and Savior. She prepared him both in her heart and life, as well as materially, despite the vicissitudes and adversities they had to face, as human beings in the imperfection of this world. She had to submit to the mandates of the invading Roman Empire, which meant that Christ could not be born peacefully in his little town of Nazareth; then the persecution of Herod who wanted to kill the new king of the Jews, etc.

These stories of how the coming of the Son of God was, leave us great lessons. It is not that God wants, much less causes, the adversities that we have to go through in this world, but he teaches us to accept them with faith and hope, to live them as children of God, and that is how we will go through the storms and tempests that we can suffer in this world and we will reach the glory of the resurrection as we see the Holy Family arrive, after so many trials in this world.

Mary lived true freedom, the one that everyone lives in the Kingdom of God, those who are already in the truth, those who love God and give him first place in their lives, as Mary did. She could have chosen disobedience, as a human being with free will, like Adam and Eve, but she chose obedience and made her life a Yes to God, from the beginning to the end:

“Behold the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done in me according to your word.”

This week we have just celebrated our parish Patroness, the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, patroness of many countries in the world, including the United States, and we are also going to celebrate the advocation of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Empress of the Americas. She is our Mother from heaven, who continues to accompany us on our pilgrimage through this earth that she also passed through, with our same human frailty. That is why she understands us, she cares for us and loves us with maternal love.

When the Virgin manifested herself to Saint Juan Diego, she asked him to go to the Bishop with a task, thus manifesting her love for the Church, despite its clumsiness and sins, since it continues to be the People of God, the body of Christ and the temple of the Holy Spirit. And she came to the entire newly discovered continent, which was barely reached by the announcement of the Gospel with the missionaries of Europe. At that time there were still no borders. Mary came for everyone, as the pioneer of evangelization, which thanks to her and her manifestation caused millions of conversions of the natives of this so-called new world.

May Mary continue to assist us with her maternal love so that we too may more fully receive Christ and follow all the examples we can learn in the Holy Family of Nazareth.

Readings for the Week

Monday: Zec 2:14-17 or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab; Jdt 13:18bcde, 19; Lk 1:26-38 or Lk 1:39-47
Tuesday: Zep 3:1-2, 9-13; Ps 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-19, 23; Mt 21:28-32
Wednesday: Is 45: 6b-8, 18, 21b-25; Ps 85:9ab, 10-14; Lk 7:18b-23
Thursday: Is 54:1-10; Ps 30:2, 4-6,11-12a, 13b; Lk 7:24-30
Friday: Is 56:1-3a, 6-8; Ps 67:2-3, 5, 7-8; Jn 5:33-36
Saturday: Gn 49:2, 8-10; Ps 72:1-4ab, 7-8, 17; Mt 1:1-17
Sunday: Is 7:10-14; Ps 24:1-6; Rom 1:1-7; Mt 1:18-24

Saints & Special Observances

Sunday: 3rd Sunday of Advent
Monday: Our Lady of Guadalupe
Tuesday: St. Lucy
Wednesday: St. John of the Cross
Friday: Las Posadas begins

News for December

Raffle of the Virgin 2022

Will take place after the 6:30 p.m. Mass on December 12th, 2022
1st Prize: $1,500
2nd Prize: Samsung TV 55″
3rd Prize: Image of the Holy Family
Donation per ticket: $5 outside the church Sundays December 4th and 11th.

Solemnity of the Immaculate Concepcion

Holy Day of Obligation
Schedule of Masses Thursday, December 8th, 2022
Mass: 7:00 a.m. SPANISH
Mass: 11:00 a.m. Bilingual
Mass: 6:30 p.m. SPANISH
O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have the recourse to thee.

Poinsettia Donations

We are now accepting poinsettia donations to adorn our Altar for Christmas.
Please bring these to the office before December 24th. Give your names to the receptionists.
You will be remembered in our Christmas Masses.

Advent Confessions

Wednesday, December 14th, 2022 6:30 p.m.
NO MASS AT 6:30 p.m.

Maranatha!

Come, Lord Jesus!

Thank you!

Thank you to all our ministries and parish community who supported us with our food sale. May God bless you!

Schedule of Christmas Masses

December 24th, 2022:
Mass: 7:00 p.m. Bilingual
Mass: 10:00 p.m. Spanish
December 25th, 2022:
REGULAR MASS SCHEDULE

New Year Mass Schedule

Saturday, December 31st, 2022
Mass: 7:00 p.m. SPANISH
Sunday, January 1st, 2023
The 6:00 a.m. mass is CANCELED
Regular schedule of masses: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Office Closure

Monday, December 23th, 2022
Monday, January 2nd, 2023

Called to Renew

Your support towards the construction of the pastoral center is appreciated. If you would like to make a pledge, please contact the parish office.

Mary Immaculate Parish

Parish Goal: $920,000.00
Total Pledge: $543,367.35
Total Paid: $82,669.35

Did You Know?

Watch out for fire dangers

Christmas is a popular time to decorate with candles and electric lights, both inside and out of the house. These decorations can be beautiful and festive, but also come with the risk of fires. Parents should make sure to keep candles out of reach of children, and off surfaces where they could be easily knocked over. All lights should be checked for faulty wires or other defective parts that could cause a fire. For more information, read the “Holiday Safety” article on nsc.org/community-safety/safety-topics/seasonal-safety/winter-safety/holiday?.

The Kingdom of God is at Hand

2nd Sunday of Advent

“Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace forever.”Ps. 72

Within our reach is the Kingdom of God, that is, we can let God reign in our lives and dethrone our ego and the false idols of this world to enjoy the true Kingdom of God, the fruits and gifts of the Spirit: kingdom of love, joy, peace, goodness, meekness, kingdom of knowledge, strength, wisdom,…

God’s desire is for his Spirit to invade and guide us, so that we can live together in peace, wolves with lambs, because only if we let him enter and guide our lives, we can experience his Kingdom of Love. The instinct and tendencies of the ego lead us naturally to hurt and devour each other.

It is true that in this world we can only live these values of heaven in an imperfect way, as a consequence of sin. But Christ makes available to us this own experience of children of God and citizens of heaven, because such is the dignity that He gave us and that we can live if we open it by faith.

“To those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe…”John 1, 12

The good news is this: The Kingdom of God is within your reach. Nothing and no one can take it away from you, as the Word expresses to us in many ways:

“who will separate me from the love of God? Anguish, hunger, persecution,…? Nothing of all this, neither death nor life, neither present nor future, will be able to separate us from the love of God manifested in Christ.”Cf. Romans 8,35

They will be able to handcuff your body, as they did with John the Baptist, but they cannot manipulate your soul or faith. This is the spiritual level that no one can change more than oneself. One decides what he(she) believes, what he(she) accepts in his(her) mind and in his (her) heart and no one can impose anything else on him(her).

You don’t have to wait to have more money, or to get better conditions, new governments, etc. We can live the Kingdom of God today, and we are called to live it today, without leaving it for tomorrow. This is why Jesus came, to make us participate in his divine life, to teach us to live the Kingdom, which, if we begin to live it here, no one can take it from us and we will live it eternally and fully after death.

It is about living the Christian, divine, spiritual and eternal life. You don’t have to wait until you die to start living it. We must open ourselves to this Gift of God by faith, by free and voluntary decision, already in this world, in order to receive and enjoy it for all eternity.

He cannot impose it on us, just as we cannot impose faith so that anyone can have life, it is a decision that each person must make to open their hearts to Jesus through faith. And faith requires preaching, because they will not be able to believe in a God they have not heard of.

I am at the door and knock, if anyone hears me and opens I will enter… Convert because the Kingdom of God is near. Prepare the way for the Lord.

Readings for the Week

Monday: Is 35:1-10; Ps 85:9ab, 10-14; Lk 5:17-26
Tuesday: Is 40:1-11; Ps 96:1-3, 10ac, 11-13; Mt 18:12-14
Wednesday: Is 40:25-31; Ps 103:1-4, 8, 10; Mt 11:28-30
Thursday: Gn 3:9-15, 20; Ps 98:1-4; Eph 1:3-6, 11-12; Lk 1:26-38
Friday: Is 48:17-19; Ps 1:1-4, 6; Mt 11:16-19
Saturday: Sir 48:1-4, 9-11; Ps 80:2ac, 3b, 15-16, 18-19; Mt 17:9a, 10-13
Sunday: Is 35:1-6a, 10; Ps 146:6-10; Jas 5:7-10; Mt 11:2-11

Saints & Special Observances

Sunday: 2nd Sunday of Advent
Tuesday: St. Nicholas
Wednesday: St. Ambrose; Pearl Harbor Remembrance
Thrusday: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Friday: St. Juan Diego
Saturday: Our Lady of Loreto International Human Rights Day

What Is Advent?

First Sunday of Advent

“Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.”Ps. 122

We await the advent, the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ. It is a liturgical season that we begin today to reflect on this truth of our faith: The Lord Jesus promised us that he would return; the New Testament talks a lot about the second coming of Christ. And there are also many references in the Old Testament, with promises referring to that culmination or consummation of the work of Christ that will take place when He returns.

This truth of our faith, which is also known by the Greek word PAROUSIA (advent) of the Lord, we unite in this liturgical season to the preparation for the Christmas.

It is very convenient and correct that these two reflections come together, since they have much in common, since it is a question in both cases of preparing ourselves for the coming of the Lord, commemorating his first coming, or awaiting his second and final coming. It is therefore a time of PREPARATION, and in that sense of reflection, of conversion, of refining the “sound” that our soul gives; Like the one who tunes the guitar, we must tune our life to the tone that Christ gives us.

It is also a time of HOPE, since it is the happy wait for the coming of our Savior, of which we are certain, since He Himself promised it.

“Galileans, what are you doing there looking at the sky? This one who has been taken from you, this same Jesus, will come just as you have seen him ascend to heaven.”Acts 1.11

We will hear many texts from Isaiah referring to the Messiah, both his first coming and the last coming that we are still waiting for.

And at Mass we will also hear many EXHORTATIONS OF JESUS TO BE PREPARED for the definitive encounter with Christ. He wants to find us at his coming with the lamps of faith lit, doing our duty, being good stewards of all that He gave us.

“He who bears witness to these things says: Surely, I am coming shortly. Amen, be it so. Come: Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all you. Amen”Revelation 22,20

Be prepared, because at the time you least expect, the son of man arrives. MARANATHA, COME LORD JESUS.

Readings for the Week

Monday: Is 4:2-6; Ps 122:1-9; Mt 8:5-11
Tuesday: Is 11:1-10; Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17; Lk 10:21-24
Wednesday: Rom 10:9-18; Ps 19:8-11; Mt 4:18-22
Thursday: Is 26:1-6; Ps 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27a; Mt 7:21, 24-27
Friday: Is 29:17-24; Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14; Mt 9:27-31
Saturday: Is 30:19-21, 23-26; Ps 147:1-6; Mt 9:35 — 10:1, 5a, 6-8
Sunday: Is 11:1-10; Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17; Rom 15:4-9; Mt 3:1-12

Saints & Special Observances

Sunday: 1st Sunday of Advent
Wednesday: St. Andrew
Thursday: World AIDS Awareness Day
Friday: First Friday
Saturday: St. Francis Xavier; First Saturday

News for November

Masses for Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, November 24th, 2022
Mass in Spanish: 8:00 a.m.
Mass in English: 10:00 a.m.
(THESE WILL BE THE ONLY MASSES FOR THIS DAY)
Bring your bread and other foods to be blessed this day.

Raffle of Our Lady of Guadalupe 2022

The raffle will be held December 12th, after the 6:30 p.m. Mass
1st Place: $1,500
2nd Place: Samsung (Television) 55″ in.
3rd Place: Large St. Joseph image
Donation per ticket: $5

FIESTA OF THE VIRGIN

December 9, 10, and 11, 2022
UPDATE:
The Fiesta of The Virgin is CANCELLED due to city restrictions.
A raffle will be held on December 12th and a food sale on Sunday, December 11th.

Donations for food sale

We appreciate your support with the following:

  • Soda Cans
  • Water Bottles
  • Granos Juanita para pozole
  • Sugar
  • Napkins
  • Cutlery
  • Plates
  • Chocolate “Abuelita”
  • Cinammon

Please bring these Friday, December 9th, to the office.

Did You Know?

Dangerous TikTok trend: “sleepy chicken”

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a notice advising people against participating in a dangerous TikTok trend: cooking chicken in NyQuil, a nighttime cold medicine. According to videos on the popular social media site, people are cooking “sleepy chicken” as a challenge, but the FDA warning indicates it may be more than a harmless joke. Cooking with cough medicine can lead to a person ingesting dangerously high amounts of codeine that can cause serious health complications and even death. For more information about this trend, read The New York Times article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/21/technology/nyquil-chicken-tiktok-fda.html.

Is Christ Your King?

34th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.”Ps. 122

Today we celebrate Christ the King. It is worth pondering what this means. Christ thus expressed it to Pilate:

“you say so, I am a king… but my kingdom is not of this world.”Cf. John 18,36ff.

“Lord, when you come to your Kingdom, remember me.” Jesus replied: “I assure you that today you will be with me in paradise”.Lk 23,43

Christ does not come as a tyrant to impose his kingdom whether we like it or not. He came and he comes in a respectful way, he only proposes to us, he did not want to impose anything on us.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come to him and eat with him and he with me. To the one who overcomes I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also overcame and sat with my Father on his throne.”Revelation 3,20s

That is to say that He reigns in whom he allows him to reign. If anyone wants to be my disciple, … It is not imposed. He does not force us. We must freely choose Him. Love him first as a teacher, so that knowing him we love him and loving him accept him as King and Lord of our lives.

Christ spoke all the time of his Kingdom, of the Kingdom of God or Kingdom of Heaven. We can say that this is the title of all his preaching. His Good News was this announcement:

“The kingdom of God is near, convert and believe in the gospel”Mark 3:15

All he did was speak to us about the Kingdom of God that we are called to live already in this world, that is, the values of heaven, in order to be able to live them also later in the eternal Kingdom.

That is why Jesus looked for comparisons: with what will I compare the Kingdom of God? It looks like a hidden treasure… like a pearl, a mustard seed, etc. They are the parables of the Kingdom. He also taught us to ask for it in the Our Father, as the deepest longing that should be in our hearts: THY KINGDOM COME. That is, the values of heaven, the fruits of the Spirit that should prevail in our lives, his love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, meekness, … is what is achieved by fulfilling what we say in the following request of the Our Father: Thy will be done. Seeking his will we will live his Kingdom, here in an imperfect way and surrounded by sin and persecution of the world and in eternity in a full way.

“Seek first the Kingdom of God and his justice, and everything else will be added to you.”Matthew 6,33

Indeed, we are called to live the first commandment, to love God above everything and everyone, even above ourselves. And to give priority to the Kingdom of God, over any other goal in this world, however good and legitimate it may be, because what would be the use of winning the whole world if you lose your Life?

Let us then let Jesus be our King, our Lord, our Good Shepherd, because only He knows how to guide us through green meadows, sources of peace and to the safe port of eternal heaven. No one goes to the Father except through me. LONG LIVE CHRIST THE KING!

Readings for the Week

Monday: Rv 14:1-3, 4b-5; Ps 24:1bc-4ab, 5-6; Lk 21:1-4
Tuesday: Rv 14:14-19; Ps 96:10-13; Lk 21:5-11
Wednesday: Rv 15:1-4; Ps 98:1-3ab, 7-9; Lk 21:12-19
Thursday: Rv 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9a; Ps 100:1b-5; Lk 21:20-28
Thanksgiving Day (suggested): Sir 50:22-24; Ps 145:2-11; 1 Cor 1:3-9; Lk 17:11-19
Friday: Rv 20:1-4, 11 — 21:2; Ps 84:3-6a, 8a; Lk 21:29-33
Saturday: Rv 22:1-7; Ps 95:1-7ab; Lk 21:34-36
Sunday: Is 2:1-5; Ps 122:1-9; Rom 13:11-14; Mt 24:37-44

Saints & Special Observances

Sunday: Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Monday: The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary;
Tuesday: St. Cecilia
Wednesday: St. Clement I; St. Columban; Blessed Miguel Agustín Pro
Thursday: St. Andrew Dũng-Lạc and Companions; Thanksgiving Day
Friday: St. Catherine of Alexandria

Essence Of The Church

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

“The Lord lifts up all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down.”Psalm 145:14

The Church exists to be a universal sacrament of salvation, a manifestation of God who continues to be incarnated in her, illuminating souls with the light of faith, to lead them to eternal salvation; without this, she lost her essential reason of being, for many and good human works that she does, since it is not a simple NGO. Jesus did not let himself be stopped by the sick to limit himself to curing the sick or helping the poor:

“I have to announce the good news of the Kingdom to other peoples, because for this I have come”

We earn people to leave the Church when we stop fulfilling our mission. You cannot have the fruits without working or planting. The world and the enemies always were the same; we cannot accuse them of so much desertion and ignorance of the faith. The problem is that we often stop spreading them faith, and we do not give God the place that corresponds to him, because we do not pay attention to what he asks of us.

God became incarnate in Christ, so that through the sensible and visible, he could take us to the love of the Invisible, and that is the reason for the existence of the Church, which is like the prolongation of the incarnate Christ in the world, to make God tangible, visible and sensitive, through the sacraments and sacramentals, as well as our life, with the example and the word, and with all the sensitive mediations that can help many to open the door to God, to the relationship with the invisible, and thus procure spiritual growth and love for the things of God that are intangible.

The Church -which is the presence of Christ in the world- and God himself, is not an unnecessary luxury, as something exclusive for those who like it. IT IS VITAL AND FOR EVERYONE. God cannot enter those who only have aspirations and goals of this world, in those do not know him or open a space for him in their time, nor in their mind.

God is the one who seeks us, and waits for one to open his(her) heart by faith, because he(she) will not have full happiness of his(her) heart without knowing the love of God. When Christ asked Zacchaeus to enter his house, he received him with joy, as we should do, because it is more than an enormous privilege, it is the light that heals blindness, truth that liberates and the life of our soul. Seek him like Zacchaeus, and overcome the obstacles that get in the way of being able to see him, as he did when he climbed the tree.

The priests, missionaries and nuns, feeling or knowing that they are called by God who needed them, with his Spirit of love moved them to give their lives, because he seduces and fulfills, so that they can leave everything and themselves for love of God and others. Although if they don’t like it, they denied themselves, they no longer belong to themselves, they accept everything out of love for God, with obedience, seeking to please him, serving others. We are all called to this Christian life, which is life in the love of God. It is what makes us Church, when we open our lives to Christ and we let him in like Zacchaeus.

Readings for the Week

Monday: Phil 2:1-4; Ps 131:1bcde-3; Lk 14:12-14
Tuesday: Rv 7:2-4, 9-14; Ps 24:1-6; 1 Jn 3:1-3; Mt 5:1-12a
Wednesday: Wis 3:1-9; Ps 23:1-6; Rom 5:5-11 or 6:3-9; Jn 6:37-40; any readings from Masses for the Dead
Thursday: Phil 3:3-8a; Ps 105:2-7; Lk 15:1-10
Friday: Phil 3:17 — 4:1; Ps 122:1-5; Lk 16:1-8
Saturday: Phil 4:10-19; Ps 112:1b-2, 5-6, 8a, 9; Lk 16:9-15
Sunday: 2 Mc 7:1-2, 9-14; Ps 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15; 2 Thes 2:16 — 3:5; Lk 20:27-38 [27, 34-38]

Lamb Of God, Have Mercy On Us

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“The Lord hears the cry of the poor.”Ps. 34

Most of the prayers of the Mass must come from a very humble heart, that is to say that it is in the truth, that it recognizes its extreme need for God and its own helplessness and inability to live by itself in the grace of God, in the divine life that God wants for us, and therefore. humbly and insistently implores God for forgiveness, mercy, peace that the world cannot give and that if He does not give us, we could not have.

In order to not remain in a superficial prayer and only with lips, we must reach that being in the truth, because humility, like faith, cannot be had only for the moment of Mass, as an external garment that one puts on when enter and removes when exiting; we need to have a living faith, as the habitual way of seeing life and of living. Thus, humility is also the truth in which we should live habitually, so that at Mass our prayer may be sincere and comes from the heart.

The prayer of the Penitential Act catches my attention. Let’s think about each phrase of the I Confess, and in the Lord have mercy that we say 3 times, just like the Lamb of God have mercy on us… Do I really know I’m a sinner? Do I recognize that I need his forgiveness, even if I don’t deserve it? Do I know myself truly in need of him, of his pity, mercy and peace from him? Am I aware that the most desired gifts such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, self-control, freedom from sin are fruits of the Holy Spirit and that I can never achieve without truly opening myself to Him?

Let us see our reality from the eyes of heaven, where everyone is aware of the truth, of God, lives in holiness, does not want to hide anything, detests all sin…; On the other hand, in this world it can be said that the natural state is to be hidden, unknown, ignored. This is how we are born, knowing nothing, and in all our lives we get to know very little about reality, neither of this world nor of the other. No one knows what goes through anyone’s head. We don’t even know how we are in physical health. We need to resort to hundreds of possible analyzes to know each possible disease, because everything is hidden from our eyes, including our own and others’ truth that we need to discover one by one. You do not know how you stand before God, nor do you know how many talents you received or how many you have buried. You don’t even know yourself, you don’t know how many lies and prejudice your heart harbors, how much selfishness and coldness… Only God sees hearts. Be humble and express yourself like the tax collector: have mercy on me, I am a sinner.

This reality of short-sightedness, clumsiness, limitation, fragility of physical life, which can end at any moment, without us noticing or knowing, should lead us to a living faith, to a true humility that would translate into obedience to God, trust in Him, for we cannot rely on ourselves. He alone is the rock on which we can firmly base our lives. Without Him, we are worthy of compassion, infirmes = sick, in sin, in darkness, without discernment or light to see the truth of anything. From these truths comes the humility of the person of prayer, Have mercy on my Lord, for I am a sinner; a humble heart that knows of his need for God and blindly trusts in Him.

Readings for the Week

Monday: Eph 4:32 — 5:8; Ps 1:1-4, 6; Lk 13:10-17
Tuesday: Eph 5:21-33 or 5:2a, 25-33; Ps 128:1-5; Lk 13:18-21
Wednesday: Eph 6:1-9; Ps 145:10-14; Lk 13:22-30
Thursday: Eph 6:10-20; Ps 144:1b, 2, 9-10; Lk 13:31-35
Friday: Eph 2:19-22; Ps 19:2-5; Lk 6:12-16
Saturday: Phil 1:18b-26; Ps 42:2, 3, 5cdef; Lk 14:1, 7-11
Sunday: Wis 11:22 — 12:2; Ps 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14; 2 Thes 1:11 — 2:2; Lk 19:1-10

Saints & Special Observances

Sunday: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Mission Sunday
Monday: St. Anthony Mary Claret
Friday: Ss. Simon and Jude

News for October

Vote “NO” on Proposition 1

Sadly, California is presently one of the most permissive states in the nation for abortion. Proposition 1 promotes an unlimited expansion of abortion here, while its defeat would keep all abortion laws as they are, including our common-sense limits on late-term abortions. Our bishops are calling us to unite in prayer and action to defeat Prop 1.
Please visit www.CAcatholic.org/Prop1/ to find answers to common questions and resources to help defeat this misleading, expensive, and unnecessary ballot initiative.

St. Jude’s Raffle

October 23, 2022
Grand Prize: $8000
2nd Prize: $4000
3rd Prize: $2000
Donation $10.00
Draw to be held after 8pm mass.

Raffle Tickets sent Home

We ask that if you have finished selling your raffle tickets, please bring the stubs of these together with the proceeds to the parish office before October 23rd.
Thank you for your support!

Day of the Dead Parish Altar

If you would like to place a picture of a loved one in the ofrenda which will be placed this year, please bring your pictures to the parish office, together with your name and phone number.
Pictures must be 5×7 or similar size.
Deadline to bring them: Thursday, October 27th.

All Saints Day

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022
Schedule of Masses:

  • 7:00 a.m. SPANISH
  • 6:30 p.m. SPANISH

We invite you to bring a picture of your departed loved one for a special blessing at the 6:30 p.m. mass

Did You Know?

Be aware of airbag dangers for young children

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Christian or Esoteric Prayer?

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”Ps. 121

Many believe that they are Christians, but they still do not understand the fundamentals of Christianity and have a pre-evangelized faith, as if it were esoteric, because they seek God and turn to Him from their deified ego, believing that they know more than God, wanting to tear a favor from God, looking to God for a servant who will attend to your subjective pleas.

The true Christian is not so ignorant of God to be at that level of self-centeredness, wanting only a genie from the lamp to grant his(her) wishes. The Christian knows a loving God, in whom he(she) can blindly trust even more than in him(her)self; that is why he(she) wants to listen to him and do his will.

The Christian knows that he(she) is immensely loved by God, knows that he(she) has more than he(she) deserves, and knows that he(she) is immensely blessed. He(She) is aware that they are in a human condition as a result of sin, taking up the cross every day to follow Jesus and reach the Father. He(She) goes to God seeking to please Him, to know His will in order to fulfill it, to serve Him, and entrusts his (her) needs to God.

If you ever dare to ask him for something, you are aware that God loves much more than we do and wants all good much more than we do, so he humbly expresses like Jesus:

“Lord, if it is possible, take this cup away from me, or relieve my son, or help my daughter-in-law, …. But not my will but yours be done.”Luke 22,42

With that confidence he prays to God for something good and then always adds: your will be done, as Jesus taught us to say also in the Our Father.

The esoteric prays to bend the arm of God to his(her) own will, very attached to his(her) desires and does not want to let go of them for anything, he(she) would do anything, would go to any saint, would pay anything to achieve that desire, because he(she) trusts his(her)self and some practices or rites as only God should be trusted. This person has not yet received the evangelization, the light of Christ, because he(she) has not yet freed his(her)self from his(her) ego, which is the first thing that Jesus requires in order to be his disciples:

“Leave yourself, take up your cross every day and follow me.”Luke 9,23ff

The Christian instead prays to bend his(her)self to do or have God’s will done. He is the God I must listen to and follow, the one I must serve, not He to me. He freed me from the selfish disorder, and for this reason I already enjoy loving, being loved, even when it costs me sacrifice, because I no longer live for myself, and that is the greatest thing I have received from God, the liberation of my ego, to always seek His will and please Him more than myself. If I was still focused on myself, I wouldn’t even be able to pray the Our Father from heart.

“For the love of Christ impels us… He indeed died for all, so that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised…”2 Corinthians 5,14s

“I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me.”Galatians 2,20

Readings for the Week

Monday: Eph 2:1-10; Ps 100:1b-5; Lk 12:13-21
Tuesday: 2 Tm 4:10-17b; Ps 145:10-13, 17-18; Lk 10:1-9
Wednesday: Eph 3:2-12; Is 12:2-3, 4bcd-6; Lk 12:39-48
Thursday: Eph 3:14-21; Ps 33:1-2, 4-5, 11-12, 18-19; Lk 12:49-53
Friday: Eph 4:1-6; Ps 24:1-4ab, 5-6; Lk 12:54-59
Saturday: Eph 4:7-16; Ps 122:1-5; Lk 13:1-9
Sunday: Sir 35:12-14, 16-18; Ps 34:2-3, 17-19, 23; 2 Tm 4:6-8, 16-18; Lk 18:9-14

Saints & Special Observances

Sunday: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Monday: St. Ignatius of Antioch; National Boss’s Day
Tuesday: St. Luke
Wednesday: Ss. John de Brébeuf, Isaac Jogues, and Companions
Thursday: St. Paul of the Cross
Saturday: St. John Paul II; Blessed Virgin Mary

Seeing with the Eyes of God

26th Sunday Ordinary Time

“Keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ”1 Timothy 6:14

We need to see with the wisdom of God, with the gaze of citizens of heaven, as his children, enlightened by the Word of God. Only in this way can we want the values of heaven and place our hearts in them, and not in those of earth, as God asks of us (Col 3,3)

The world is in darkness, it is the natural way of our human condition, ignorance, the blindness of the carnal instinct, the human will inclined to sin, pulled by the flesh that tends to sin, pride, greed, anger, envy, gluttony, lust, sloth, enthroned in this world, and presented by men without light as the ideals to achieve: honors, riches and pleasures.

God has offered us his divine life, to be citizens of heaven, to aspire to the goods of heaven more than those of earth. For this, we must listen more to God than to the world, because the world, from spiritual blindness, wants to lead us to love and set our hearts on everything earthly and temporary, on idols, false riches; it leads us to love sin, self-sufficiency, selfish independence, as we see in the rich man who cannot see his brother Lazarus in need, because he only sees himself.

God who is love and truth, wants to make us know true riches, those of heaven, eternal values, which fill our soul much more than any of the idols or goods of this world. God wants to lead us to know, experience and love the fruits of the Holy Spirit that are the only ones that will fill our lives with true happiness, peace, goodness, etc., that which the world cannot give us.

To detest sin we must stop nurturing love for it. Stop cultivating and fertilizing that plant that bears nothing but bitter fruit and is destined to perish, and cultivate instead the plant of spiritual life that was given to us at Baptism, whose fruits are tasteful like no other: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, meekness and self-control. And it is a plant that will never perish.

It depends on us what we are going to appreciate and cultivate, according to whom we put our faith and trust. If we trust more in ourselves and in the world than in God, we will cultivate bitter fruits, that of sin, selfishness and ephemeral pleasures. If we put more of our trust in God, we will cultivate that of God, that of the Holy Spirit that was given to us in Baptism, and we will experience fruits of life.

“Whoever believes in me, as scripture says: Rivers of living water will flow from within him. He said this in reference to the Spirit that those who came to believe in him were to receive.”Jn 7:37s

I can’t pretend to harvest oranges if what I plant is garlic. If I nourish the love of sin, coveting it like men without faith, feeding that desire, contemplating it and listening to it, it will be impossible not to reap its fruits of death.

“Make no mistake: God is not mocked, for a person will reap only what he sows, because the one who sows for his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows for the spirit will reap eternal life from the spirit. Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up.”Galatians 6,7ff

Readings for the Week

Monday: Jb 1:6-22; Ps 17:1bcd-3, 6-7; Lk 9:46-50
Tuesday: Jb 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23; Ps 88:2-8; Lk 9:51-56
Wednesday: Jb 9:1-12, 14-16; Ps 88:10bc-15; Lk 9:57-62
Thursday: Dn 7:9-10, 13-14 or Rv 12:7-12a; Ps 138:1-5; Jn 1:47-51
Friday: Jb 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5; Ps 139:1-3, 7-10, 13-14ab; Lk 10:13-16
Saturday: Jb 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17; Ps 119:66, 71, 75,
91, 125, 130; Lk 10:17-24

Saints & Special Observances

Sunday: 26th Sunday Ordinary Time; Priesthood Sunday; Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) begins at sunset
Monday: Ss. Cosmas and Damian
Tuesday: St. Vincent de Paul
Wednesday: St. Lawrence Ruiz and Companions; St. Wenceslaus
Thursday: Ss. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels
Friday: St. Jerome
Saturday: St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus; First Saturday

What is the Meaning of Life?

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“God … wills everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”1 Timothy 2:4

We all have the natural obligation, inscribed in our souls, to seek meaning for life, to seek the truth, because this is precisely what distinguishes us from animals, what makes us the image of God: intelligence, the need for meaning for life, to transcend, to answer the basic existential questions that no one can avoid. Where do we come from and where are we going? Who gave us life and for what? Who is God and what is he for?

The problem is that the world, guided and blinded by the devil, ruler of this world and father of lies, does not want us to know about eternity, about God, or about the soul, it wants to lead everyone to conceive of themselves as animals of another species, and to live as such, focused only on the here and now, on instincts, on surviving, without wanting to know about the afterlife, or wondering about anything else. For this reason, he has everyone entangled in the idolatry of the things of this world and distracted with inventions and entertainment so that they do not think.

“Listen to this, those who seek the poor only to ruin him and go around saying: “When will the rest of the first day of the month end to sell our wheat, and the Sabbath rest to reopen our barns?” Measures decrease, prices increase, balances change,…”Amos 8,4ss

“There is no servant who can serve two masters, for he will hate one and love the other, or be attached to the first and despise the second. In short, you cannot serve God and money.”Luke 16,12s

In these readings we see the short-sightedness of the one who closes himself to the light of Christ; blinded by the world and the devil, they resign themselves to believe all his lies and seek only their selfish interest and passing values.

We are responsible for what we decide to believe and think, for what we decide to accept as true, because that shapes our way of thinking, our ideas and actions, and therefore, our entire life, temporal and eternal.

We cannot be so naive and irrational as to lightly believe any absurd theory. The devil, father of lies who wants our destruction, has blinded many so that they may not want the truth, and prefer to deify themselves and believe that they are so powerful as to change or decide what is the truth.

There are also many superficial suckers who prefer not to think and let themselves be carried away by the easiest, like playing dead in the river, without wondering where the current is taking them, despite the strong probability that it will take them to a waterfall that will cause them death. But it’s easier than swimming to get me to safety. Many resign themselves to living only in the here and now and to living distracted with idolatries of this world without wanting to think about the afterlife or answering the fundamental questions mentioned.

Jesus was very clear about the purpose of his life: I have come so that they may have life and have it in abun- dance. (Jn 10,10). If you keep my word, you will know the truth and the truth will set you free (Jn 8:31). I am the way, the truth and the Life; no one goes to the Father except through me (Jn 14,6) so HE CAME TO GIVE ETERNAL MEANING TO OUR LIFE.

Readings for the Week

Monday: Prv 3:27-34; Ps 15:2-5; Lk 8:16-18
Tuesday: Prv 21:1-6, 10-13; Ps 119:1, 27, 30, 34, 35, 44; Lk 8:19-21
Wednesday: Eph 4:1-7, 11-13; Ps 19:2-5; Mt 9:9-13
Thursday: Eccl 1:2-11; Ps 90:3-6, 12-14, 17bc; Lk 9:7-9
Friday: Eccl 3:1-11; Ps 144:1b, 2abc, 3-4; Lk 9:18-22
Saturday: Eccl 11:9 — 12:8; Ps 90:3-6, 12-14, 17; Lk 9:43b-45
Sunday: Am 6:1a, 4-7; Ps 146:7-10; 1 Tm 6:11-16; Lk 16:19-31

Saints & Special Observances

Sunday: Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time; Catechetical Sunday
Monday: St. Januarius
Tuesday: Ss. Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn and Paul Chŏng Ha-sang and Companions
Wednesday: St. Matthew
Thursday: Autumn begins
Friday: St. Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)
Saturday: Blessed Virgin Mary

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