CLERGY CORNER

December 21, 2014

Dear Parishioners,

As you read this, we are only a few days before Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I hope and pray that you have experienced many blessings during your celebration of Advent. May you find some time for prayer in these final hectic days before Christmas so that you may experience the warmth, the love and the peace of Jesus.

Again let me remind you of our additional Masses on Christmas Eve, the reflective peaceful Candlelight Liturgy at Mass at 7:30 p.m. (in the spirit of the great carol, Silent Night) and our Christmas Eve Mass in Spanish, at 9:15 p.m.

For we who know the birth of Jesus is the most important birth in history, Christmas is too grand to be celebrated in one day. Therefore, traditionally the Church has celebrated twelve full days of Christmas, beginning December 25, and concluding with the Epiphany (Epiphany Eve traditionally being the evening of January 5).

I’d like to make a suggestion. Let’s renew this wonderful tradition of celebrating Christmas over that period between Christmas Day and the Epiphany (this year, January 4). While the stores will remove all of their Christmas decorations, we can keep up Christmas lights and decorations (at least the Christmas crèche) during this period. Continue enjoying Christmas carols and greeting people with a robust “Merry Christmas.” If some look at you quizzically, it can be a great opportunity to witness by simply sharing that you are celebrating the twelve days of Christmas to honor our Savior. Perhaps you might save a gift or two for your loved ones to give them on Epiphany as a fitting tribute to the gifts given to Jesus by the Magi. Celebrating an extended Christmas in this way is a simple yet very effective way of deepening our sense of wonder and awe at the mystery of God dwelling among us.

May Jesus, the Prince of Peace who was born among us in Bethlehem and continues to be born within our hearts, fill you with peace and joy! May Mary, the holy Mother of God, pray for us always!

Father Craig

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WHAT'S NEW AT OLPH

06 December

Blessing of Animals, 1:00 p.m. at Hart Park, Ramona Chapel at Heritage Junction

06 December

Day of Reflection and Sharing with Fr. Bao and the Filipino Community, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Pastoral Center. Topic -- "To Know and to Love: The Identity of the Catholic Church." All are welcome!

06 December

Adopt a Child for Christmass. See table after 4:30 p.m. Mass

07 December

Adopt a Child for Christmass. See table after Masses

07 December

Breakfast with Santa, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at Parish Hall

19 December

Simbang Gabi Mass in church at 7:00 p.m.

20 December

Simbang Gabi Mass in church at 7:00 p.m. Fellowship in the Parish Hall after Mass

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