CLERGY CORNER

December 4, 2016

Dear Parishioners,

Let me take this opportunity to thank those of you who have made commitments as part of our Sacrificial Giving stewardship campaign. May the Lord bless you!

We are already one week into the season of Advent. I trust that you have made some plans for the celebration of this season, but if you have not, start now – it is not too late. I have been using the program Best Advent Ever as well as indulging in one of my regular Advent passions, listening to Handel’s Messiah and allowing that beautiful music and the texts culled from the Scriptures to sink into me. I sometimes put the Messiah on in the evening, light a couple of candles, turn off other lights and listen by candlelight. Don’t forget to reflect on our “Stations for Advent and Christmas” located in the church. There is a brief bulletin article reflecting more fully on these events in the mystery of our salvation

As part of the Church’s celebration of Advent, we also focus on two great feasts in honor of our Blessed Mother. This coming Thursday, December 8, is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. Mary used this very title of herself when she appeared to St. Bernadette at Lourdes. Under this title, Mary was named patroness of the United States by the Council of Baltimore, an action confirmed by Pope Pius IX in 1847. The schedule for Masses on this day are listed elsewhere in the bulletin. Then on Monday, December 12, we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, whom Pope John Paul II called the Patroness of all America and of the New Evangelization. Again, please refer to the bulletin for the schedule of celebrations for this great feast day.

During Advent, as we prepare the way of the Lord, our Scriptures challenge us to a deeper conversion. As a response to that call, Jesus invites us to experience his mercy in the Sacrament of Penance. Our own parish Penance Service for Advent is Wednesday, December 14, and there is a Penance Service at St. Kateri on December 13 and St. Clare on December 15. Mark your calendars and plan to make a celebration of the Sacrament of Penance part of your Advent journey. /p>

May Jesus, Emmanual, dwell within us. May Mary, who's heart was truly prepared to receive her Lord, Savior and Son, pray for us

Father Craig

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WHAT'S NEW AT OLPH

8 December

Celebrating the Immaculate Conception - We celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation. In 1874 Pope Pius IX named Mary, under this title, as the patroness of the United States. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us: “Through the centuries the Church has become ever more aware that Mary, ‘full of grace’ through God, was redeemed from the moment of her conception” (CCC #491). This indeed is the meaning of the words of the Angel Gabriel addressing Mary as “full of grace” in the Gospel of Luke. To celebrate our Lady and this great mystery, we have scheduled the following Masses: December 7: 6:00 p.m. Vigil Mass. December 8: 7:00 a.m., 8:15 a.m., 12:00 noon, 6:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. (Spanish) Please join us for Mass as we honor Mary our Mother.

11 December

Breakfast with Santa - This is a special event for many children of our Parish at Christmastime. Boys and Girls and Young at Hearts….all are welcome! Please join the CWO Ladies for a morning of holiday cheer, carols, storytelling, craft making and a hot breakfast of Prancer pancakes, Rudolph’s Frittatas and Vixen’s fruit mixin. AND… How about a photo op with Santa? Don’t miss out of the fun! Please stop by the garage to purchase your tickets – Adult $10 and Child $5 (2 years and under – free). You may also contact Darlene Sustento at (661) 510-3080 to reserve a table for your family.

11 December

LUNCH EXTRAVAGANZA - Buon Natale! The Italian Catholic Club of SCV would like to invite you to our annual Christmas Dinner Dance. It will be held at 5:00 p.m. in the OLPH parish hall. We will have music, and a very special guest - Santa Claus!! Adults $25 Children 7-12 $15 and children under 7 free. Santa will be paying a visit to the children under 12, so non-members are asked to bring a wrapped gift for their child for Santa to give out. Reservations are a MUST. Call Anna Riggs to reserve your place at 661-645-7877.

19 December

20 December

Advent Candles For Sale -Advent wreath candles will be on sale after Mass in the garage. A package of four candles is $6.00. If there are any candles left after the weekend, they will be on sale at the Pastoral Center.

23 December

Simbang Gabi - “Jesus make us generous dispensers of your Divine Mercy” “Hesus, Gawing Mo Kaming Masaganang Daluyan Ng Iyong Banal Na Awa” December 23 at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome! Fellowship and Refreshments immediately after Mass in the parish hall.

MASS & CONFESSION SCHEDULES

Mass
Sunday
7:00 am, 8:30 am, 10:00 am,11:30 am
1:00 pm (Spanish),
4:00 pm Youth,
5:30 pm (Spanish)
Val Verde Mission: 9:00 am (Spanish)
Castaic Mission: 10:30 am (English)

Monday-Friday
7:00 am & 8:15 am

Saturday
8:00 am Novena & Mass
4:30 pm (Vigil)

Confessions
Saturday
8:45 - 10:00 am
3::30 - 4:15 pm

PARISH INFORMATION

Church Address
23233 Lyons Avenue
Newhall, CA 91321
Pastoral Center

23045 Lyons Avenue
Newhall, CA 91321
p: 661.259.2276 | f: 661.259.1873
info@olphscv.org
Office Hours
Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday 8:30 am - 3:00 pm