Catholic Widows & Widowers Group of North County

The Catholic Widows & Widowers of North County had active members from 18 San Diego Catholic parishes located in the coastal and inland communities. Now, including St. Mary, Star of the Sea Parish, they have nineteen!

We have been invited to join this wonderful group and are looking forward to supporting this ministry in our parish community. CWWNC is a non-profit social group of friendly Catholic ladies and gentlemen who are trying to fill the void after the loss of a spouse and once again find camaraderie and fun in their lives. They invite widows and widowers interested in meeting new friends while enjoying interesting activities, to join them. Over the past years, hundreds of widowed Catholics have enriched their lives by becoming CWWNC members. http://www.cwwnc.com/About-Us.html

They offer members a variety of social and religious activities. There is a monthly newsletter that includes a busy calendar of 15 to 18 activities. Members choose the events they wish to attend. The monthly general meeting/pot-luck and the Sunday Mass followed by brunch at a local restaurant are the most heavily attended events. Other activities on the calendar include dinners, concerts, dancing, happy hours, golf, bowling, theater, hiking and more.  Parishioner Beth Kapel has agreed to be St. Mary’s point of contact and you may reach her by email at hello@stmarystars.org for more information.  

 

 

 

 

Self-Study: Getting to Know Each Other

On the back page of last week’s bulletin was a Self-Study to help us on our Faith Journeys.  It gave you the opportunity to assess what you are doing now or are willing to do to get to Know Each Other, Ourselves, and the Lord.

Getting to know others helps build a sense of community.  Why do people come to Mass and participate in communal worship rather than just praying at home?  (Other than the obvious “4th commandment.)  Communal worship and a community of faith-filled people enhances our own experience.

And isn’t it nice to recognize some faces when you go to Mass?  Even amongst regular Mass-goers, are the sub-groups of “Early Mass”, “Sunday night Mass”, etc.    So, a great first step is to actually say hello to another parishioner at Mass.  Engage in some light conversation.

Your next challenge might be to walk down the street after Mass to the Parish Center and share a cup of coffee and a donut with others from your Mass.   This will allow you a little more time to  share some stories and shared experiences.

Our parish has recently added some opportunities for Getting to Know Each other.  These include, Panda Sunday, Senior Breakfast Club, Moms Meet Up, and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.  Each of these have been very well received.

Almost 100 parishioners joined together for our first Parish Dinner Party, hosted at eight different homes.  I personally hosted a group of nine in my home and we had a great time getting to know each other on a personal level.

Our Senior Breakfast Club will come together again this Friday, March 2nd at 9 a.m. (new time).

One of the best ways to become more connected with others is another new addition to our parish.  The Weekly Newsletter.  This is an electronic newsletter that is received in your email.  It is published every Thursday.  In it you will find upcoming events, a chance to “meet the ministers”, and great stories and pictures of past events.  Most stories contain links to learn even more about the topic.

Make a choice and do at least one thing this Lent to get to know others in the parish.

 

COMMUNAL PENANCE SERVICES (with Private Confessions) in Neighboring Parishes

Sunday, March 4 @ 4:00 p.m. at St. Thomas More, Oceanside

Monday, March 5 @ 7:00 p.m. at St. John, Encinitas

Tuesday, March 6 @ 1:00 & 7:00 p.m. at Mission San Luis Rey

Wednesday, March 7 @ 7:00 p.m. at St. Patrick, Carlsbad

Tuesday, March 13 @ 7:00 p.m. at Nativity, Rancho Santa Fe

Friday, March 16 @ 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary Star of the Sea, Oceanside

Tuesday, March 20 @ 12 noon at St. Francis, Vista

Tuesday, March 20 @ 6:30 p.m. in English, Spanish, Vietnamese at St. Francis, Vista

Wednesday, March 21 @ 7:00 p.m. at                 St. Elizabeth Seton, Carlsbad

Thursday, March 22 @ 6:30 p.m. at St. James, Solana Beach

Friday, March 23 @ 6:30 p.m. in Spanish at St. Mark, San Marcos

Monday, March 26 @ 6:30 p.m. at St. Mark, San Marcos

Tuesday, March 27 @ 6:00 p.m. at St. Peter, Fallbrook

 

A Disciple’s Journey

For the last four years, on the weekend following Labor Day, our parish has come together to make a Covenant with God.

This past September, our parish Stewardship Team decided to “mix it up” a little.  In the past, you were asked to think about your faith journey and then make a promise to God, write it on paper, and leave it under the altar as a clear sign of your covenant.

This year, you are encouraged to take the Self-Assessment that can be found both on the back page of today’s bulletin as well as here.  You are asked to take your time and discern your response to the statements.  If you are “doing it now”, mark “I am…”.  If you are willing to “give it your best effort”, mark “I will…”.

The assessment has been divided into three categories that mirror our parish’s Stewardship Theme:

 

Getting to Know…

                Each Other

                                Ourselves

                                                The Lord

What can you do this Lent (as a starting point) to make your journey with Christ, as His Disciple, more fruitful in your daily life and your eternal life?

For the next three weeks, I will be addressing each section of the Self-Study.

I pray that your Lenten Journey is a blessing to you.  Just remember that you will get out of it what you put into it.  Challenge yourself this year to do just one more thing that you didn’t do last year.

 

COMMUNAL PENANCE SERVICES (with Private Confessions) in Neighboring Parishes

Sunday, March 4 @ 4:00 p.m. at St. Thomas More, Oceanside

Monday, March 5 @ 7:00 p.m.at St. John, Encinitas

Tuesday, March 6 @ 1:00 & 7:00 p.m. at Mission San Luis Rey

Wednesday, March 7 @ 7:00 p.m. at St. Patrick, Carlsbad

Tuesday, March 13 @ 7:00 p.m. at Nativity, Rancho Santa Fe

Friday, March 16 @ 6:30 p.m.at St. Mary Star of the Sea, O’side

Tuesday, March 20 @ 12 noon at St. Francis, Vista

Tuesday, March 20 @ 6:30 p.m. in English, Spanish, Vietnamese at St. Francis, Vista

Wednesday, March 21 @ 7:00 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton, Carlsbad

Thursday, March 22 @ 6:30 p.m.at St. James, Solana Beach

Friday, March 23 @ 6:30 p.m. in Spanish at St. Mark, San Marcos

Monday, March 26 @ 6:30 p.m.at St. Mark, San Marcos

Tuesday, March 27 @ 6:00 p.m. at St. Peter, Fallbrook

Our parish will continue to hear private confessions every Saturday during Lent, beginning at 8:00 a.m.

 

 

DO YOU KNOW THE ORIGIN OF LENT?

In the early medieval years, Lent originated as a period of final preparation for those who would be baptized at Easter.  In the beginning, Lent only lasted three weeks, but then it was extended to a six week period.  It was a period of intense fasting and prayer by the catechumens who had been preparing for baptism for several years.  This reflects the baptismal character of Lent.

Lent also has a penitential character.  In the early medieval church, those who had sinned seriously went through a penitential process and were brought back to the church at Eastertime.  This was the beginning of the different forms of penance that we engage in during Lent.

Since Vatican II, we emphasize both the penitential and the baptismal aspects of Lent.  While we pray, fast and give alms as is traditional, we also support those who will be baptized at the Easter Vigil.  As they prepare for their baptism, we reflect on our own baptismal call and promises and what it means to live them out in the world in which we live.

Next Sunday, February 18, we will  celebrate the RITE OF SENDING with our catechumens at the 10 am Mass.  The parish, who has duly prepared them, will send them forth to be accepted in San Diego by the bishop as the Elect for the Easter Vigil.

Our catechumens this year are  Edgar Bijon, Noelle Brown, James Finks, Maritza Galan, Wendy Galan, Leticia Hernandez, Nereyda Hernandez, Ricardo Hernandez, Greg Martin, Juanita Morales, Esteba Ortiz, Andrew Ramos, Caricia Sixto, Frances Sweeney, Veronica Vidaurri

As we journey through Lent, let us remember them in our prayers and ask God that they be filled with the power of His Spirit as they prepare to become fully initiated Catholics.

(Thank you to Patty Mann, our Director of Faith Formation, for the clarification about Lent.  I hope everyone found it as interesting as I.)

 

Next Sunday, February 18, is the First Sunday of Lent.  Our parish offers many opportunities to support you on your Faith Journey during this time.  Please refer to the back page of today’s bulletin for a full listing of these services and events.

Next weekend, on the back page, you will see a self-study: Reflecting on My Relationship with Christ as His Disciple.   This self-study is broken into three sections, keeping in touch with our parish’s Stewardship theme: Getting to Know Each Other, Ourselves, and the Lord.  For the following three weeks, I will address each of these sections here in Barbie’s Corner.  You will not return this to church.  It is meant to keep at home for your reference throughout Lent (and hopefully the year).

 

COMMUNAL PENANCE SERVICES (with Private Confessions) in Neighboring Parishes

Wed, Feb 21 @ 7:00 p.m. at St. Margaret, Oceanside

Sunday, March 4 @ 4:00 p.m. at St. Thomas More, Oceanside

Monday, March 5 @ 7:00 p.m. at St. John, Encinitas

Tuesday, March 6 @ 1:00 & 7:00 p.m. at Mission San Luis Rey

Wednesday, March 7 @ 7:00 p.m. at St. Patrick, Carlsbad

Tuesday, March 13 @ 7:00 p.m. at Nativity, Rancho Santa Fe

Friday, March 16 @ 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary Star of the Sea, Oceanside

Tuesday, March 20 @ 12 noon at St. Francis, Vista

Tuesday, March 20 @ 6:30 p.m. in English, Spanish, Vietnamese at St. Francis, Vista

Wednesday, March 21 @ 7:00 p.m. at  St. Elizabeth Seton, Carlsbad

Thursday, March 22 @ 6:30 p.m. at St. James, Solana Beach

Friday, March 23 @ 6:30 p.m. in Spanish at St. Mark, San Marcos

Monday, March 26 @ 6:30 p.m. at St. Mark, San Marcos

Tuesday, March 27 @ 6:00 p.m. at St. Peter, Fallbrook

 

Our parish will continue to hear private confessions every Saturday during Lent, beginning at 8:00 a.m.

 

 

SHARING GOD’S GIFTS Annual Catholic Appeal

The following is a letter from Bishop Robert McElroy:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to encounter God’s mercy, love and redemption in the life of the Church, and to build up the Body of Christ within the Church and the world.

It is the call to grace and to stewardship which lies at the heart of our participation in the life of the Church—through our parishes, schools, catechetical programs, services programs for the poor, the unborn and the marginalized.  The diocese of San Diego supports all of these endeavors in the name of Jesus Christ, and in a special way provides for parishes many vital resources and programs which hey could not obtain on their own.

The Diocesan Annual Appeal constitutes an essential foundation for enabling the diocese to carry out these critical ministries in the work of the Gospel in San Diego and Imperial Counties.  And for that reason, I ask you to participate generously in this year’s appeal with the knowledge in doing so you participate profoundly in the work of Christ and the grace of Catholic discipleship.

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS AND TUITION ASSISTANCE

With support from the Annual Catholic Appeal, we strive to make Catholic Education both affordable and accessible to every child and family who desires it, regardless of their background, neighborhood, family income or culture.  Tuition Assistance is provided to families who would otherwise not be able to afford sending their children to a Catholic School.

FORMATION IN THE FAITH

The Annual Catholic Appeal provides funding for Evangelization and Catechetical Ministries, the Diocesan Institute and Youth Ministries.  These diocesan ministries coordinate training for Directors of Catechetical ministries, Youth Ministry Coordinators, catechists and religious education teachers as well as theological formation for adults.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES

Following the example of Jesus who “came not be served but to serve”, Catholic Charities is supported by the Annual Catholic Appeal in its effort to promote the dignity of the human person and its commitment to the Judeo-Christian vision of justice and charity.  The agency assists almost 300,000 people each year through its expansive network of programs and services.

YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY

Young Adult Ministry reaches out and invites this group to responsible participation in the full life and mission of the Church.  Faith filled peer ministries and various social, service and spiritual opportunities strive to connect young adults to Christ and His Church.

PRISON MINISTRY

Chaplaincies at 27 different facilities impact the lives of over 25,000 inmates.  These include eight sheriff’s jails, five juvenile detention centers, three state prisons, and four federal detention facilities.  Ministry supported by the ACA responds to the hunger that many of these inmate have to deepen their relationship with God.

SEMINARIAN SUPPORT

The Diocese of San Diego supports over 22 seminarians who are discerning a call to priestly life and service in the Church.  Tuition and living expenses average around $45,000 per seminarian.  Two new priests were ordained for our diocese this past year.

RETIRED PRIESTS

Fifty-five retired priests of this diocese receive financial support so they can live in dignity, free of anxiety about their means of subsistence.  This support includes providing health and auto insurance, and nursing care when required as well as supplementing their retirement and pension income when necessary.  Retired priests are also invited to the annual convocation of priests at no charge.

OUR RESPONSE AS STEWARDS

There are many ways to respond to the Annual Catholic Appeal:

  • A monthly or quarterly pledge
  • A one-time cash gift
  • A credit card or electronic funds transfer (visit giving.sdcatholic.org)
  • A gift of stocks or bonds

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