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Sunday to Sunday: Get in the habit of preparing for the upcoming Sunday.  Get more out of Mass by reading and reflecting on the Sunday readings with your parish community. Join our Sunday to Sunday group on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. and see the difference a little preparation can make!  Everything is through Zoom now.  Contact Deacon Jerome for more information:  [email protected]

 

Fall Scripture Study:  Beginning Thursday, 9/17 we will kick off the fall with a 12 week course on The Bible and the Church Fathers from Scott Hahn and the St. Paul Center. We will meet remotely via Zoom each Thursday from 9:30-11:30.  The following link provides more details as well as access to Lesson 1.  The Bible and the Church Fathers | St. Paul Center

Please e-mail Margaret at [email protected] to let her know if you would like to join us this Fall.  This looks to be another great scripture study course and as always, it is the sharing within the group that makes it so rewarding!  Please RSVP no later than Friday, 8/21.

Loaves & Fishes Ministry News

St. Jude volunteers and friends are doing outstanding work with Loaves and Fishes to reach out into the Conejo Valley during this pandemic.  Our youth, teen and interfaith friends continue to step up.  Thank you all!

  1. The regular volunteers who pick up excess bread, bagels, muffins, etc. on every Friday evening from Panera have continued and delivered to St. Vincent de Paul's Food Pantry and Oxnard Rescue Mission.  Thank you, Dennis, Mark, and Skip.
  2. A bed was purchased and delivered to Many Mansions for a chronically homeless couple who recently moved off the streets.
  3. Thanks to Sidney and Drew, Care bags were packed and then delivered to St. Vincent de Paul by John and Jackie. 
  4. Caroline's bread continues to be welcomed weekly by appreciative organizations:  Oxnard Rescue Mission, St. Vincent de Paul Pantry, and Harbor House.  Thank you, Caroline.
  5. RAIN transitional housing let us know they were dangerously low on laundry detergent, so we are thankful to Dennis for shopping for a large amount and delivering it to them.
  6. Before the pandemic, Gabriel's House, a shelter for women and children, was the happy recipient of a sewing class led by Linda and Mary providing a new skill to women living there.  They have now delivered kits and supplies the women can work on to develop these skills while sheltering safely.  Thank you, Linda and Mary, for giving your time and talent to that wonderful outreach project.
  7. In an effort to put our resources stored in supply closets to good use, the peanut butter, jelly, chips and fruit cups from the Sandwich Ministry and the large toiletries donated to Frank's Homeless Project were delivered to St. Vincent de Paul for the families seeking help from them during this time.  The Treutings enjoyed another "drive up and pop your trunk" delivery. 
  8. Four bikes were refurbished and donated from the Bikes 4 Kids (and adults) Ministry to Lutheran Services and Harbor House.  Thank you, Arthur, Paul, Lexi, Keiran, and Jude.

Continuing to set up assembly and delivery of care bags and repurposing of items in storage for cancelled projects.  Grateful for these ways to serve and these folks to serve with.

WARNING: Fake Emails

We received reports this past week of emails sent from a spammer impersonating a Gmail account of our pastor, Fr. Jim. The subject of the email was typically GOD BLESS YOU and they requested a reply (often times, it was a request of a gift card, such as iTunes). If you receive this email, please do not respond. This is an example of the tactics used by spammers to receive money or personal information from you.
This particular spoofing email scam seems to be targeting Catholic parishes and dioceses throughout the United States for the past several months. Other dioceses have reported that the emails are sent repeatedly every few weeks or months.

St. Vincent de Paul at St. Paschal Baylon

Ways to help the needy in the Conejo Valley:
FOOD DISTRIBUTION: Every Saturday St Vincent de Paul at St. Pashcal Baylon in Thousand Oaks will be conducting a non-contact drive through free food distribution in the church parking lot between 10 am and noon.
​We are here to help everyone in need of food at this time.
 
DRIVE THROUGH FOOD COLLECTION DAYS 2020:
​Drop off food and monetary donations between 1 and 3 pm in the church parking lot at St. Paschal Baylon in Thousand Oaks.
August 15 Food and Baby Items
Items needed: Diapers, wipes, baby shampoo, new and gently used clothes and blankets.
September 5 Food
October 3 Food
November 7 Food
December 5 Food
http://www.stpaschal.org/saint-vincent-de-paul.html

Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative Conference

The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) and the University of Notre Dame will hold the 2020 Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative Conference on Thursday, October 1 and Friday, October 2, 2020. Out of an abundance of caution for all who would like to participate, this year’s conference will take place virtually. Visit https://cmsny.org/event/2020-catholic-immigrant-integration-initiative/

 

Help the Hungry in Conejo Valley

Harbor House - Providing for those truly needy in the Conejo Valley.

Due to COVID-19, we have changed our nightly meals program into a pick up daily lunch program.  We are asking for 50 lunches to be made per day. It is best if water bottles can be kept separate to keep the lunch in better shape.  Please bring to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1 W. Avenida de los Arboles, Thousand Oaks between 1-2 PM on your scheduled date. Our clients will pick up between 2-4 PM.  The sign up genius link is below.  Right now there are sign ups through mid-August.  More information can be found on the sign up genius. Click on the following link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040e48adae23aafb6-lunches

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A letter from Fr. Jim regarding cancellation of indoor Masses

My dear parish family,

Please find below the latest directive from Archbishop Gomez to the priests of the Archdiocese.  In it I think you’ll find his great desire to safeguard the health of his community during this pandemic, and a passionate call to us to love and serve and worship Christ as He deserves in the midst of it all.

Since we currently cannot conduct any public services In our church building or any other structure on the St. Jude’s parish property, we are setting up an area outside where the Sacraments can be celebrated.  We’re designating the area between the Music Room and the Youth Room (and expanding the shaded area onto the blacktop of the driveway) to be “our outside church” as one little parishioner called it yesterday.  “Our outside church” will certainly be ready for the extraordinary celebrations scheduled for this weekend: three separate services on Saturday for the conferal of the Sacrament of Confirmation on nearly sixty adults and young people, and the complete initiation into the Church of several adults through the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation and Eucharist on Sunday at the 8:00 a.m. Mass.

We’re asking for your patience as we spend the next few weekdays assembling and putting the finishing touches on Our Outside Church.  Today (Wednesday) and Thursday and Friday we will not be able to celebrate a public Mass at St. Jude’s.  A lector and I will, however, be celebrating a Mass at noon in the church on these days, and these will be live-streamed.  

Starting this weekend, our schedule will run as follows:
SUNDAY MASSES: 8:00 and 10:00 and 12:00 noon
MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY MASSES: 12:00 noon
CONFESSIONS and THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK: Friday afternoon at 5:00 until we run out of penitents (and we will be DELIGHTED to make appointments for these two healing Sacraments any other days of the week if you call the parish: 818-889-1279)

It probably should not go without saying that, for all our times together here at St. Jude’s, all the usual COVID precautions (masks, social distancing, 100 person limit on attendance,...) should be observed.  Thanks so much for your attention to this.

Click here to view the Directive from Archbishop Gomez

Peace in His Service,

Fr. Jim

Fr. Peter Foran Health Update

A note from Fr. Peter.

Sincerest thanks for all the Masses, the prayers, the get well wishes and cards . They are most appreciated and uplifting.  As to my illness the news is both good and not so good. A PET scan showed the cancer has spread to my bones. The team I am being treated by have recommended a pill "Capmatinib" which will take on all the cancer. The head doctor in the team at City of Hope said the pill has had excellent results. I start the treatment in two weeks.  God bless all. 

Fr. Peter

Loaves & Fishes Ministry News

Loaves and Fishes is celebrating youth volunteers (Rachel, Luke, Carolyn, Lexi, Kieran and Jude) this month--among other things!  We have been excited and blessed to have teens and youth parishioners and one teen friend of the parish to step up and donate time to help others.  

  1. A long-time teen volunteer, Rachel, returned bags filled with 1,500 pairs of socks and 1,500 wash cloths which she had folded in preparation for care bags for the homeless to be packed later.  A little later she took home supplies to pack 120 zippered canvas bags with feminine hygiene products and chocolates for teens who find it hard to secure these necessities.  Thank you, Rachel.  These will be delivered by Kara Bettencourt for the teens at the school where she teaches. 
  2. Luke picked up supplies to pack 75 backpacks for homeless guys at One-Stop Center in Ventura.  Thank you, Luke.  And thanks to Mark for delivering them.
  3. We were asked by a friend of the parish if we could pass along freshly baked bread to some folks in need.  A young teen, Carolyn, and her Dad have begun a project to help others during this pandemic.  They baked bread together and dropped it our doorstep.  Thank you, Carolyn and Paul W.  We look forward to more next week.  Thank you, Dennis, for delivering it to Oxnard Rescue Mission along with another project.  Coordinators at the mission were thrilled and promised to pass the bread to specific families.
  4. Six bikes were repaired and delivered to Catholic Charities Moorpark.  Thank you, Arthur and Paul B. and kids (Lexi, Kieran and Jude) for repair and delivery.  You have made several folks very happy.
  5. Because Baby Day was cancelled this year, a creative project was developed with handmade blankets from Marlene, Verona, Ethel and friends and items remaining from a few other projects.  Thank you, Sharon, for making this happen by gathering the supplies, packing the bags and delivering to Heart 2 Heart and Adolescents and Families.
  6. Sixty kids' hygiene kits for infants to teens were donated to James Storehouse.  Thank you, Pat and Janice, for packing and delivering.
  7. Nature's Baby donated a pallet of baby products to us.  Some were used in the projects above and the remainder were delivered to Lighthouse Women and Children's Shelter.  Thank you, Dennis, for delivery.
  8. The recycling effort coordinated to pick up at parishioners homes were a huge success, as $203.00 was collected from one truck load.  Thank you, Greg, for organizing this and making it happen.
  9. Disposable gloves and paper towels were donated to a bedridden senior by ordering and having delivery direct to their home.

It is so satisfying to see that Loaves and Fishes can be "social distancing friendly."  So much happened with so many loving hands and feet this month from parishioners' homes and through delivery!!