Getting to Know the Legion of Mary

Here at St. Mary’s, we have so many active ministries! We are excited to share a bit about each of our ministries in weeks to come. This week, we invite you to get to know the Legion of Mary.

Saint Pope John Paul II referred to the Legion of Mary as a Christian inspiration in the modern world. It is the largest apostolic organization of lay people in the Catholic Church, with well over 2 million active members in most every country of the world. It has been active in the United States since 1931, and has been approved by the last 6 Popes and was endorsed by the Second Vatican Council.

At St. Mary’s, members of the Legion of Mary get together once per week on Wednesdays, either in the morning at 9am in the Juan Diego Room or in the evening at 7pm in the Church Adoration Chapel. We begin with a rosary where we pray for our parish and community. During our meetings, we discuss the needs of our community and how we can meet them. When we can, we attend 8am Wednesday Morning Mass together.

Those of us that are Eucharistic Ministers bring Holy Communion to the sick – the homebound. We participate as Catechists for the children of our parish. We also run the Book Borrow each Thursday, where we hand out books and rosaries to our community during the Farmer’s Market. Additionally, we support the Bereavement Ministry.  Being a part of the Legion of Mary gives us, as Catholics, an opportunity to do something positive for the Church while – at the same time – deepening our spiritual life and strengthening our faith.

If you don’t have the time to commit to being a member of the Legion of Mary, you can become an auxiliary member. Among other things, auxiliary members pray the rosary each day and keep our ministry in their intentions.

To join us, call Letty at 760-594-7006, stop by our Book Borrow on Thursday mornings in front of the church to chat, or come to a Wednesday meeting. We hope to see you there!

Be The Rainbow

For much of the summer, wild fires raged in the Northwest, consuming much of Montana and Washington.

Just last month, the Southeastern portion of the U.S. and the islands were devastated by hurricanes.

Close on the heels of the hurricanes was a massive earthquake in Mexico.

Two weeks ago, a lone shooter gunned down over 50 innocent people at a country music festival in Las Vegas.

As I write this, California is on fire. Populated areas are being threatened, including homes and businesses.

Close to home, the Anaheim Hills Fire is ravaging through Orange County.  Farther north, several counties in Northern California are being consumed by fire.

Even though some of these events took place thousands of miles away, I would guess that you know someone who was personally affected.

My best friend knows a young man that was gunned down in Las Vegas.  She will attend his funeral this weekend.

I had a short trip planned to visit my sister in Santa Rosa this last few days (Oct 11-14).  Her city is being leveled by a fire that is not only minimally confined.   Hotels, restaurants, department stores, expensive homes, mobile homes, a fire station, vineyards…nothing is safe.

Businesses that are not threatened cannot open because their employees are unable to get to work.  Roads are closed, some employees have lost everything, some have been evacuated from their homes and don’t have the essentials to be ready for work.

I have been visiting my sister in Santa Rosa for the last 45 years, and am very familiar with the city and the area.  You might have read that an Applebee’s burned to the ground.  I ate there during my last visit.  It becomes real when it’s more than a headline.

 

SO WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN TO US AS PEOPLE OF FAITH?

God does not stop bad things from happening.  Don’t get mad, don’t blame God.

It is up to each of us to be the light in someone else’s life and the light in our own.  We are called to be the Good Samaritan.

Think of the heroes in Las Vegas who stayed by a stranger’s side while they took their last breath.  They were able to offer nothing by themselves.

I think about the emergency instruction on the airlines.  Put the oxygen mask on yourself before helping others.

You are not physically able to hold someone’s hand in Florida, or Mexico, or Las Vegas, or Santa Rosa.  But you are able to spiritually wrap your arms around them.  Pray for those who have lost their homes, everything they own, even their lives.  Even those who are waiting out a tragedy, now knowing the outcome, are mentally tortured.  Pray for them to be strong.  Pray for the heroes—first responders and the common man.

Be the rainbow in the storm.

 

 

 

 

 

Join Our New Bereavement Ministry

The Bereavement Ministry is here to guide families in planning the Vigil, Funeral Mass, Reception and Committal Services upon the death of their loved one. Call Dottie Greene at 760.941.3697 or Kim Mikulka at 760.271.8759 for more information. Individual training will be available.

Feed My People

Thank you for your generosity to our community in need of food.

Thank you especially to our sponsors of the SPARKLETTS WATER. Our call for help was met with much generosity.

This month, the church pantry is in need of jelly, 8 oz. cans of tomato sauce, and dried pasta (of any variety).

Please call Kim at 760.271.8759 to inquire about any details you may need in order to donate.

Downtown Parking

Hopefully, now that there is more time between Masses, you are finding it easier to park near the church. Just a reminder about downtown parking:

  • There is an ample amount of free parking just across the street in the City parking garage.
  • Bank of America asks parishioners to park away from their ATM machines to all their customers to do weekend business.
  • Downtown street parking has a well- enforced two hour limit.

How Do our Catholic Values & Principles Relate to Stewardship?

How do our Catholic values and principles relate to stewardship?  Perhaps it would be easier to see how we live our faith through stewardship by imagining stewardship as a pyramid composed of several basic building blocks, each representing one of several key aspects.  This month’s let’s reflect on two of them: the principles of human dignity and respect for human life.

Every human being is created in the image of God and redeemed by Jesus Christ, and therefore is invaluable and worthy of respect.  This is the bedrock of Catholic Social Teaching.  What does this mean for each of us?  How do we treat ourselves and others, including people who look different from us?  How does this principle influence our interactions in both the real world and on social media?

The Catholic Church proclaims that human life, from conception to natural death, is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society.  Yet, in our society, human life is under direct attack from abortion and euthanasia, and the value of human life is threatened by cloning, embyonic stem cell research, and the death penalty.  Catholic teaching also calls on us to work to avoid war, seeking ways to resolve problems through peaceful means.  The intentional targeting of civilians in war or through terrorist attack is always wrong.

What can we do to demonstrate our respect for human life?

It all begins with self-respect.  If we do not respect ourselves, it will be more difficult for us to respect anyone else.   Respecting ourselves means recognizing our own worth and value as a human being.

How do I go about respecting myself?  Here are some ways:  Be honest with  yourself and others, and show respect for others’ views.  Value education, recognizing that knowledge is a key component of self-respect.  Don’t neglect exercise or nutrition; in order to be our best, we must feel our best.  Never forget that financial responsibility is a cornerstone of independence.  Demonstrate good manners; your proper conduct will make you feel good about yourself and earn you the respect of others.  Accept responsibility for your own actions; this includes formally apologizing for wrongdoing and striving to make amends.  Learn to distinguish between family members and friends who are good influences and others who are not; emulate the good.  Set important goals and make plans for reaching them; through each one, you will gain strength to challenge yourself a little more, and your self-respect will grow.

So, what does this have to do with being a disciple of Jesus Christ?  As members of the Church, Jesus calls us to be disciples, and this call has astonishing implications for us.  Mature disciples make a conscious decision to follow Jesus, no matter what the cost.

This most definitely includes recognizing the dignity and sanctity of every human life, from our own to those most different from us.  Christian disciples experience conversion—life-shaping changes of mind and heart—and commit their very selves to the Lord, striving to more fully life out these principles every day.

Christian stewards respond in a particular way to the call to be a disciple. Stewardship has the power to shape and mold our understanding of our lives and the way in which we live.  Jesus’ disciples and Christian stewards recognize God as the origin of life, giver of freedom, and source of all things.  We are grateful for the gifts we have received and are eager to use them to show our love for God and for one another.  We look to the life and teaching of Jesus for guidance in living as Christian Stewards.

 Thank you to Manny Aguilar, Diocesan Director for Stewardship for this article that was published in the recent edition of the Southern Cross.

 

Fr. G at Convocation

Tuesday-Friday, Sept 26-29 FR. G will be at Convocation

This week, all Diocesan priests will be attending the annual Convocation with our Bishops. Fr. Jim Fry will celebrate Mass on Monday, and our Seminarian, Manny, will conduct a Communion Service Tuesday through Friday.

Music Ministry and Children’s Choir

MUSIC MINISTRY

We are one of the rare parishes in our Diocese that continues the Tradition of having a Choir in the Loft accompanied by Organ. Under the Direction of Mr. John Nettles and co-director Ms. Amy Nelson, our Choir Sings at our 8 AM Mass every Sunday morning. The Choir is also responsible for singing at special services throughout the year, such as the Christmas Midnight Mass and Easter Sunday Morning.

If you have a singing voice to share in Music Ministry, please join our Choir. To become a part of our Choir, please come and participate in our rehearsal. You will have the opportunity to learn the music and to get to know the other members of the choir.

Our remaining September rehearsal is on Wednesday September 27.

If you would like more information, please contact Amy Nelson at the Parish Office at 760-722-1688.

 

CHILDREN’S CHOIR

Children of our Parish are invited sing in our Children’s Choir, which sings once a month at Mass October—May. Our first rehearsal of the season will be on Wednesday, October 11 at 6 PM in the Parish Church. To be a part of the Children’s choir, the child must be able to read well, attend rehearsals regularly and have a parent/guardian’s permission. For more information, please contact Ms. Amy Nelson at the Parish Office.

Feed My People

Thank you for your generosity to our community in need of food.

SPARKLETTS WATER has generously offered us a special pricing on purchasing water bottles for the daily lunches. We need two parishioners to sponsor the pro- gram at $25/month. Each $25 will supply 168 water bottles/month. That’s about half of what we use in a month’s time. This is a true savings to the ministry.

Please call Kim at 760.271.8759 to inquire about any details you may need in order to donate.

Altar Server Training

An altar server is a public minister who assists the priest in helping to lead the people of God gracefully and reverently in prayer at Mass. This ministry requires a young person who has received the Sacraments of Baptism, First Reconciliation and First Communion. All Altar Servers must attend formal training, be willing to attend follow-up trainings, be scheduled two times a month, and have a parent or guardian who will correspond with the Liturgy Director on a monthly basis concerning the Minister Schedule.

The next Altar Server Training will be held in two sessions at our Parish Church on Thursday, September 28th at 6:00 PM and Thursday, October 5th at 6:00 PM. Please contact Amy Nelson at the Parish Office for more information. You may either call at 760-722-1688 or email at stmarysministers@hotmail.com.