The weekend of November 18-19 has been designated for the 2017 Collection for National Needs. Special envelopes will be available for the collection, which supports the Black and Indian Missions, the Catholic Home Missions, the Catholic Communication Campaign, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, and the Catholic University of America. Bring your donation to Mass or donate online!
Our St. Mary, Star of the Sea Cub Scout Pack is selling Christmas tree and wreath as part of a fundraiser! These beautiful, fresh cut Christmas trees and handmade wreaths, swags and garland are available for pre-sale through November 14th.
These trees are amazing and come directly from a farm in Oregon. The trees are so fresh that sometimes they are delivered with snow still on the branches! These trees are different than what you find at the tree lots in town or the store. They are nursery quality, premium trees, hand selected, cut, loaded and delivered within a few days and not sitting in storage for weeks before purchase.
Already have an artificial tree, cannot pick up the tree, or you live out of the area? No worries, you can help generic viagra online support us and a military family! The Trees for Troops program gives a donated tree to a military family and we keep a portion for our fundraising efforts, it is a win-win for everyone. There are even wreaths and swag available for purchase should you not want a tree.
If you plan to purchase a tree this year, please consider purchasing one to support our Scouts. Not only will you receive an awesome tree for your family to gather this Christmas, you are supporting our programs.
We all cherish our family pictures, so please don’t miss the opportunity to capture this particular “moment in time” for your family. Whether you need a new family portrait for your Christmas card, a gift for your children’s grandparents, or a photograph on the living room wall, come make a memory with us here at St. Mary’s this holiday season.
There are three easy ways to schedule your appointment:
- click here to sign up online
- sign up after weekend Masses: November 4-5, 11-12, and 18-19 & December 2-3, 9-10 and 16-17
- call at Lifetouch 760.576.8393
There is no cost to you or the parish, and each participating family receives:
- complimentary professional sitting
- opportunity to immediately view portraits
- free 8×10 portrait
- complimentary “Our Parish Family Directory” when it publishes in the spring
- opportunity to purchase additional portrait gifts
No purchase is necessary, however additional photo packages will be available for you to purchase for yourself or to give as gifts. Please allow up to one hour for photo session and viewing of portrait selections. We look forward to seeing you there!
Location: at the Star of the Sea Center
(515 Pier View Way, Oceanside)
*photos taken on these 3 dates will be available for Christmas
– Friday Nov 24* 12:00 to 7:30
– Saturday Nov 25* 12:00 to 5:30
– Sunday Nov 26* 10:00 to 5:30
Location: at St. Mary’s School
(515 Wisconsin Ave, Oceanside)
– Monday Dec 18 12:00 to 7:30
– Tuesday Dec 19 12:00 to 7:30
– Wednesday Dec 20 12:00 to 7:30
– Thursday Dec 21 12:00 to 7:30
– Friday Dec 22 12:00 to 7:30
– Saturday Dec 23 12:00 to 7:30
– Tuesday Dec 26 12:00 to 7:30
– Wednesday Dec 27 12:00 to 5:30
Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez Alphonsus Rodriguez was a Spanish Jesuit lay brother whose assignment for 45 years was being a doorkeeper at one of its colleges. One observer noted that Alphonsus carried out this simple task with such loving hospitality that the act of opening the college door became a “sacramental gesture.”
Born in Segovia, Spain in 1533, Alphonsus was the child of a prosperous wool merchant. His father died when he was 14 and he left school to help his mother run the family business. He inherited the business when he was only 23 years old and at the age of 26 he married María Suarez, with whom he had three children. By the time he was 31, though, he found himself a widower who had not only lost his wife, but his mother and two of his children as well. Alphonsus sold his business and began living a life of prayer and simplicity. When his third child died, his thoughts turned to living in a religious community. He wanted to become a Jesuit but was rejected for his lack of formal education.
In 1571 he applied a second time and was accepted as a lay brother. At age 40 he was sent to the recently established college on Spain’s Mediterranean island of Majorca and was assigned the humble position of porter, a doorkeeper. His daily responsibilities for the next 45 years included receiving visitors who came to the college, searching for the college staff or students who were wanted in the parlor, delivering messages, running errands and distributing alms to the needy.
He would, however, transform this humble station into a ministry of hospitality and spiritual guidance. Alphonsus exercised a marvelous influence not only on the members of the college community, but upon a great number of people who came to him for advice. His reputation for holiness grew and people began going to him for spiritual direction. Saint Peter Claver, while a student at the college, was one of them. It was Alphonsus who inspired Claver to become a missionary in the New World.
Alphonsus once wrote that each time the bell at the front door rang he looked at the door and envisioned that it was God who was standing outside seeking admittance.
He died on October 31, 1617 and in 1633 local officials declared him patron saint of Majorca. In 1888 he was canonized a saint and the Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins memorialized him in a sonnet. His feast day is October 31.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.