Do you love the Lord? Are you passionate about the unborn? Do you have a heart for women who suffer as a result of abortion? There are several paid and volunteer openings in the San Marcos and Oceanside Offices. If the Lord is calling you to serve in this ministry, call 760.621.3414 x 11.
The article that follows was written by our Diocesan Director of Stewardship, Manny Aguilar, and is published in the September issue of our Diocesan newspaper, The Southern Cross.
How do we define stewardship? What is it? What does it mean in our lives? How does it change us, motivate us or inspire us? Unfortunately, many of us may not have an answer for these questions. That’s okay, but is is difficult to teach or encourage stewardship unless one has a clear understanding of what the Church really means when it uses the term.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Stewardship. So, perhaps this is an appropriate time to reflect on this important aspect of our faith.
Misconceptions about stewardship abound: Some people think it is all about money, some think it is all about service, some think it is an environmental issue. What identifies a steward? Well, conserving material and human resources and using them responsibly is certainly one answer; so is generously giving of time, talent and treasure.
But being a Christian steward mean much more than that. It means receiving God’s gifts gratefully, cultivating them responsibly, sharing them lovingly in justice with others, and returning them with increase to the Lord. “As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” (1 Peter 4:10)
Stewardship isn’t always a popular word. Many think it is just an appeal for more time, talent or treasure. However, true stewardship is not a fundraising or volunteer recruitment program. True stewardship is a commitment of mind and heart to the Lord; a way of life that needs constant renewal and transformation. Stewardship is truly a multi-faceted concept that addresses all aspects of our faith and spirituality.
The bishops’ 1992 Pastoral Letter on Stewardship is a call to all of us to deepen our relationship with God, truly live the Gospel, and realign the priorities of our lives. True stewardship is exactly the sort of faith-in-action that St. James wrote about (in James 2:17) and that Pope Francis has invited us to embrace.
In their Pastoral Letter on Stewardship, the bishops asked us to be mature disciples who make a conscious decision to follow Jesus, no matter what the cost. Christian disciples experience conversion—life-shaping changes of mind and heart—and commit their very selves to the Lord. Christian stewards respond in a particular way to the call to discipleship. Stewardship has the power to shape and mold the way in which we live.
How can we apply these insights from the bishops’ pastoral letter in a practical way in our lives? What does conversion mean to you? Literally, it means “turning towards” God. How can we look at our faith and convert more deeply? What are we willing to do to have a deeper relationship with God? What does discipleship mean to us? How do we follow Jesus, no matter what the cost?
Our faith and our stewardship actions cannot be made to fit into a checklist. It is certainly a life’s journey. If you haven’t already, let’s begin to look more deeply at our faith in terms of stewardship to deepen our relationship with Christ.
The children of the parish are invited to join the Children’s Liturgy of the Word each Sunday at the 10:00 a.m. Mass. We sing, dance, listen and reflect on the readings at a level that children can appreciate. Come have fun and learn something that you can take home each week!
St. Mary’s baptizes children in English on the fourth Sunday of the month. The first step in planning a baptism is to call Patty at 760-722-1688 to set up a registration appointment and to learn about our requirements. One of these is attendance at two baptism classes that are typically offered on the 2nd and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. Both sessions are required for parents and god- parents. The classes in September will be on September 13 & 20 with the baptisms on September 24.
Registration forms have been sent out by email and they should be returned to Patty Mann by Sept 6th to confirm a spot for your child. If you did not receive these forms by email, please call Patty at the parish office, (760)722-1688.
The first day of class is a Generations of Faith on Sunday, September 10, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
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.
We will rehearse in the choir loft in Sep- tember on Wednesdays September 6, 20, 27. NO REHEARSAL SEPTEMBER 13.
If you would like more information, please contact Amy Nelson at the Parish Office at 760-722-1688.
We talk about being on a Faith Journey. That may sometimes sound vague and abstract. Where exactly is this journey taking us? What is our final destination? What’s the point?
You may have a different answer than I, but to me, my faith journey is leading me to an eternity in Heaven with the God who knows me and loves me.
Along the way, if done well and with intention, my journey will allow me to become the best version of myself that I can possibly be. That’s who I hope to be when I present myself on that final day.
To reach that end, I need to put a great amount of conscious effort in coming to know myself, others, and of course, The Lord.
I’m pretty confident that you are striving for the same goal—the same Grand Prize—that I am. We are called to have faith that God exists, that He knows and loves each and every one of us and that He wants us to spend all of eternity in His presence. In every thing that you do, Keep Your Eye on the Prize!
Mary Chapin Carpenter, a folk singer, has a beautiful song she calls “My Heaven”. When I listen to her song, I am filled with joy to think that my eternity could be so beautiful. And, with the faith I have, I know without doubt that this beautiful version of heaven will come nowhere close to the reality I will experience.
Nothing shatters, nothing breaks, nothing hurts and nothing aches.
We’ve got ourselves one heck of a place—in my heaven.
Looking down at the world below: a bunch of whining, fighting schmos.
Up here we’ve got none of those—in my heaven.
There’s pools and lakes and hills and mountains, music, art and lighted fountains.
Who needs bucks here?; no one’s counting—in my heaven.
No one works, we all just play. You can pick the weather every day.
If you change your mind, that’s okay—in my heaven.
Grandma’s up here, Grandpa too in a condo with to-die-for views.
There’s presidents and movie stars. Just come as you are.
No one’s lost and no one’s missing. No more parting, just hugs and kissing.
And all these stars are just for wishing—in my heaven.
There’s little white lights everywhere, your childhood dog in dad’s old chair,
And more memories than my heart can hold when Eva’s singing “Fields of Gold”.
There’s neighbors, thieves and long lost lovers, villains, poets, kings and mothers.
Up here we forgive each other—in my heaven.
For every soul that’s down there waiting, holding on, still hesitating,
We say a prayer of levitating—in my heaven.
You can look back on your life and lot, but it can’t matter what you’re not.
By the time you’re here, we’re all we’ve got—in my heaven.
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A rabbi was asked why God sends trials and troubles into human lives. “Because God gets lonely for his people” was the reply. There is some resonance with this wisdom in today’s Gospel, as Jesus makes his disciples get into a boat without him and goes off alone while they venture into stormy waters. Of course, neither Jews nor Christians believe that the Almighty plays this sort of whimsical game with them, but there is some truth in the statement that we
don’t turn to God for saving help until we’re in a bind. Peter’s role today, as it is throughout the New Testament, is to be a sign or to represent each member of the church and the whole church. Our story is the tale told about Peter’s faith today. What can bolster our faith is that even when Christ calls us to face bravely the tempests of life, if we are walking through them with our eyes fixed on him in faith, we have nothing to fear. Even when we falter or sink, simply crying “Lord, save me!” is enough to help us know the steady grasp of God’s hand. Then, sheltered inside the walls of faith, the storms we endure lose their power over us.
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Thank you for your generous response to our plea. The church pantry is still in need of a few specific items.
This week, we are asking for corn and flour tortillas, jelly, and LARGE paper lunch bags.
We are also in need of people to help make the daily lunches. Please call Kim at 760.271.8759 to inquire as to the days and times.
May God bless your for your generosity.