Pat Marrin of the National Catholic Reporter wrote,
Thanksgiving is the feast of hospitality. As we count our blessings, we also consider who is new to our table. How many among us, our families, friends and neighbors, have experienced unemployment or difficulty in paying bills, or have been forced to relocate or move back in with parents or relatives to make ends meet? What would their Thanksgiving be like this year without the support of family, the community, and the churches? God’s abundance belongs to everyone. If we are blessed, we can continue in that blessing only by making sure there is room at the table for all God’s children. This is how we give thanks.
*From Pat Marrin’s “Reflections on an Immigration Journey” from National Catholic Reporter, Nov. 25, 2010
Immaculate Conception, December 8 (not a holy day this year): 8.45am
Advent Penance Services: Wednesday, December 18 at 7pm and Monday, December 23 at 12noon
Simbang Gabi Mass and Reception, Saturday, December 21: 5pm
Christmas Eve Masses: 4pm, 7.30pm, 10pm
Christmas Day Mass: 9am
Solemnity of Mary Masses: December 31 at 5pm and January 1 at 9am
Sundays at 8am, 9.30am, 11.30am and 5pm
Saturday Vigil at 5pm; Confessions are from 3.30pm to 4.30pm
Weekday Masses at 7.45am in the church
Communion Services are on Tuesdays at 7.45am
Caring Mass on the first Saturday of the month at 8am, to pray for those who have recently passed away, and to offer the Sacrament of the Sick for those who wish to be anointed
Fr. Dunstan Epalaat, visiting priest from Kenya, leading the singing of the Lamb of God during morning Mass, summer 2012
Celebrating the Liturgy
The celebration of the Liturgy is, and must be, the heart of every parish's life. Above all else, the celebration of the Liturgy is the reason for our existence. Even if a parish offers no other ministries or activities, it must still gather to celebrate Mass, especially on the Lord's Day.
We are eagerly drawn together by our love of God and gratitude for our redemption in Christ and all our blessings. Everything we do as a parish and as individual Catholic Christians must point us toward our celebration of the Mass and the Sacraments.
The Mass and the Sacraments give us the spiritual strength we need to live as fruitful branches on the Vine that is Jesus Christ until we gather again for worship. It is a wonderful "circular" rythm of life for every faithful disciple of Jesus.
Patrick Barredo, Pastoral Associate
(contact for all areas of Liturgy except Music)
Paul Dolejsi, Pastoral Associate for Music
(adult ensembles, teens and children)
Bob Ingalls, Choir Director