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Together in Mission 2021

The Together in Mission 2021 has been rescheduled to a later date in 2021 due to the coronavirus. The safety and wellness of our Catholic communities are a foremost concern. We continue to pray for those that have been impacted by the coronavirus.  Until we are fully together again in our parishes, please feel free to make your generous gift online https://ourmissionla.org/, or contact our office at 213-637-7407

Loaves & Fishes Upcoming Collections

Food and Recycling Collections: the third Saturday of January-May from 9am-10am. LOAVES AND FISHES has adapted to the current pandemic with drive-thru events.  It’s an exciting chance to see others in the line of cars and a great way to help those in need.  Food insecurity doubled in the months since the pandemic began, so the local needs are great.

You are invited to drive through St. Jude’s parking lot as many third Saturdays as you can January through May to drop off a bag(s) of food AND your aluminum cans and plastic drink bottles with a CRV separated into bags for recycling.  If possible, crushing the bottles and cans ahead of time is very helpful.

Questions? Want to donate but are unable to drop off?  Want to volunteer in the parking lot? Have a truck for delivery?  Please contact John or Jackie Treuting at 805-495-4630.  Not getting out to shop?  A check to LOAVES AND FISHES is welcome and can be dropped off in line or mailed to the church or me. 

THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS.                      

RECongress 2021 Going Virtual

February 18-21, 2021 Proclaim the Promise!

Pricing: The registration fee for the four days of RECongress -- Thursday through Sunday -- is $35.

Registration: https://recongress.org/registration

Location: Our upcoming event will be virtual, you can attend right from home or work!

What is RECongress? Begun as an Institute in 1956, our first event was held at Mount Carmel High School in Los Angeles. There were some 500 teachers and catechists in attendance at the two-day conference. Our last gathering brought together 30,000 over a four-day event.

RECongress.org You can find information and updates about RECongress online. Our RECongress Emailings also feature RECongress Spotlights each month.

Thursday Morning Bible Study

Jesus:  The Way, the Truth and the Life from Ascension Press

Our Thursday morning Scripture Study group would like to invite you to join us for our next study beginning 1/7/2021 which we hold via zoom.  During our Zoom sessions we offer our prayer requests, news and happenings, break out into groups for questions and sharing and watch the 30 minute videos together as a group.  During these difficult times it has been so wonderful to get together on Thursday mornings.  The biggest change-you have to bring your own snacks to Study each week!

Dates:   1/7/2021-3/11/2021

Time:    Thursday mornings from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

How:     Via Zoom (enjoy learning and sharing in the comfort of your home)

The marvelous treasures of the Catholic Faith—the Eucharist, Mary, the saints, and the Creed—are all centered on a single figure: Jesus Christ. Jesus is more than a historical or theological figure. He is our Savior, our Redeemer, our Lord, and our God. While many of us already know a lot about him, how well can we say we really know him? Filmed on location in the Holy Land, Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life is a new and fresh look at Jesus—who he is, what he is really like, what he taught, and what he did for our salvation. This encounter with Christ will inspire and empower you to center your entire life on him as you come to know and love him in an ever-deeper and more intimate way. For information email Margaret [email protected]

 

University Series 2021

During the season of Lent, The University Series offers a multitude of seminars connecting faith with real life in areas such as current events, contemporary moral issues, evangelization, faith and science, marriage and family, church history, scripture, prayer, and other priorities set by the Los Angeles Archdiocesan Synod. Sessions include multi-media presentations and always allow time for your questions.

In 2021, as The University Series celebrates its 20th anniversary, virtual presentations will be offered M-Th nights and Friday lunchtimes during Lent, with pre-registration only available on-line. There will be no mail-in registration.

Here are some important dates: January 30-31 Kick-Off Weekend Catalogs will be available at all Masses, at the discretion of parishes in accordance with county health guidelines. On-line pre-registration opens for discounted tickets. Purchase your Season Pass, or register for individual presentations at www.theuniversityseries.org.

February 12 Pre-registration closes. February 18 – March 26 The University Series is in session.

View course descriptions and more information in late January at www.theuniversityseries.org Contact us at [email protected] The University Series strives for excellence because our Catholic faith deserves our very best efforts.

 

Know Justice, Know Peace Retreat

Our parish reflection on the Ignatius online retreat was a place where divergent experiences were discussed with people of different race and cultural backgrounds.  As we get ready for listening sessions that the California Bishops have asked parishes to engage in, you may want to use the Know Justice, Know Peace Jesuit reflections and videos to prepare for our time together. 

For some feedback on the experiences of those who attended the parish reflections, read more…

Links for the Jesuit reflections

Letter from Fr. Jim 11/25/2020

November 25, 2020

My dear parish family,

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! In the midst of all the challenges and difficulties associated with the pandemic, political upheaval, and economic uncertainty, we still have a great deal to be thankful for!  You may want to begin your day by thanking God at Mass at 10:00 in Outdoor Church.  We will also be live-streaming the Mass from 8:30 a.m. on.  Check it out on the parish website.  The very word "Eucharist" means "thanksgiving", and we want to give every opportunity to you to receive Communion on Thanksgiving Day.  So we will also be making the Eucharist available at 1:00 if you drive into the second driveway off of Foxfield (between the church and the school).  We'll be there distributing Communion at 1:00, and will continue until there is no car left in line.

And HAPPY NEW YEAR!  We don't have to wait 'til the first of January to greet one another this way.  This coming weekend we begin an entirely new liturgical year with the First Sunday of Advent.  Advent is our season of preparation for the coming of the Lord-not only as He came to us on that first Christmas a couple of thousand years ago, but also as He will certainly be coming again: in glory, at the end of time.  This Advent will be like no other we've experienced.  And, if we're not careful, these weeks of preparation could simply be another few weeks when we get newly-in-touch with our Inner Grinch.  But let's make a (liturgical) New Year's resolution right now: Welcoming Jesus in some new way into our hearts and into our homes will be our main order of business during these precious weeks.

One of the main ways that we can prepare a straight path for the Lord into our heart and our homes during this Advent is to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (that is: go to Confession) early on in this season.  Many of us have developed the habit of attend! ing the Parish Reconciliation Services that are generally held during the seasons of Advent and Lent, but those services will not be an option for us this year.  Instead we have scheduled lots more days and times for the celebration of this Sacrament throughout Advent.  Starting this coming Friday (November 27), Confessions will be heard and absolution given under the hospitality patio (where we're used to getting our coffee-and-donuts) at 5:00 p.m. every Friday and Saturday and Sunday evening until Christmas Day.  Maybe you're not clear on the form for celebrating the Sacrament.  Don't worry: we'll walk through it together.  Maybe you've forgotten the Act of Contrition.  No problem: I'll hand you one.  Maybe you're just not sure of what those main sins are that you need to lay out for the Lord in this Sacrament.  You'll find an examination of conscience that will help you focus on where you most need the forgiveness and mercy of the Lord in your life.  I hope you and your household can come this very weekend for the celebration of this great Sacrament!

Peace in His service,
 

Examination of Conscience 
Jesus said: "You will love the Lord your God with all your heart...," 
- Is my heart set on God, so that I really love him above all things? 
- Am I open to his presence?
- Do I listen to the words of the Gospel? To the teachings of Christ's Church?
- What place has prayer in my life?
- Is the Eucharist the center of my Christian life?
- Do I take part regulary in Mass on Sundays and Feasts?
- Do I allow the Lord to to be the Lord, or do I try to be the Lord myself?
- Do I cling to my will, my wants, my ways?
- Have I love and reverence for the of God?
- Am I ashamed to witness to my faith in God in my daily life?
- Do I rebel against taking up the Cross which God sends?
- Do I turn to God only when I am in need?

 Jesus said: "Love your neighbor as yourself..." 
- Have I a genuine love for my neighbors?
- Am I well-disposed, able to forgive offenses?

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Thanksgiving Interfaith Online Service

Wednesday, November 25 at 7pm

Click here to watch Service


Letter from Fr. Jim

November 19, 2020

My dear parish family,

This weekend we're celebrating the culmination of the whole liturgical year with this Solemnity of Christ the King.  Next Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent, we enter into not just a new liturgical season but a whole new liturgical year.  So our celebration of Christ the King is in a sense New Year's Eve for us Catholics, and a time for us to do some shifting of gears.  This weekend we are reminded once again that--more important than any political party we might belong to and more central to us than who has been elected to political office-- Christ is still our King, and our first citizenship is in heaven! 

This coming Thursday is, arguably, the federal "holy day" that we Americans celebrate best in this country of ours.  "Eucharist" is a word that means "thanksgiving", so it is appropriate for as many of us as possible to begin our wonderful holiday with the Mass.  We will be gathering around the table of the Lord to thank God for His astonishing goodness to us at 10:00 a.m. this Thursday.  (The Mass will also be live-streamed from 8:30 a.m. on through the day.  Just go to the parish website to access the Mass on-line anytime during Thanksgiving Day.)

Next Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent, our season of preparation for the coming of the Lord: His coming among us 2000 years ago, His coming in glory at the end of time, and His coming to us in all those ways that He makes His veiled approach to us every day.  One of those main ways that we prepare for His coming is by celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation, by going to Confession.  While many of us are accustomed to celebrating that sacrament at Parish Reconciliation Services typically held during the seasons of Advent and Lent, this will not be an option for any of us during this time of COVID.  So we will be scheduling many more times for the individual celeb! ration of this sacrament throughout the Advent Season.  Starting next weekend (November 27, 28, and 29) and throughout the whole season of Advent I will be available for Confession every Friday and Saturday and Sunday at 5:00 p.m.  I will be meeting with penitents outside, and those wishing to celebrate the sacrament will line up under the hospitality patio.  I'll hear Confessions as long as there are penitents in line.  But when there is no one in line, I'll be going in and having some dinner.  Every week I'll be sending off to you an examination of conscience that might be helpful in preparing for the sacrament.  Please plan a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday evening when you and your household can celebrate this sacrament of the Lord's love and forgiveness!

Peace in His service,
 
Examination of Conscience In Light of Catholic Social Teaching
Life and Dignity of the Human Person
-Do I respect the life and dignity of every human person from conception through natural death? 
-Do I recognize the face of Christ reflected in all others around me whatever their race, class, age, or abilities?
-Do I work to protect the dignity of others when it is being threatened?
-Am I committed to both protecting human life and to ensuring that every human being is able to live in dignity?

 Call to Family, Community, and Participation
-Do I try to make positive contributions in my family and in my community?
-Are my beliefs, attitudes, and choices such that thery strengthen or undermine the institution of the family?  Read More...

Thank You

Thank you The second Loaves and Fishes Drive-thru Food Collection was a wonderful community experience for volunteers and donors. In one hour, parishioners donated 365 bags of food and $3,865 to be converted to food. Dolores Mission and St. Vincent de Paul filled their vans to capacity. The excess filled the truck below and was delivered to Catholic Charities Moorpark. Thanks to all who participated. Please watch for the next opportunity.