September 25, 2016

Dear Parishioners,

Wasn’t our parish’s 72nd annual BBQ wonderful!!! I was delighted to see so many people and to experience the wonderful spirit of those who gathered here on those days. Believe it or not, I am aware that at least two guests from other faith traditions felt such a good experience that they expressed interest in learning more about the Catholic faith. The Holy Spirit is always at work!

Let me take this opportunity to express my appreciation and my admiration for the hundreds of parishioners who took part in the planning of the BBQ, the sale of ride and raffle tickets, the construction in the days prior to the BBQ, the staffing of booths, the sorting and recycling of trash, who provided traffic control and parking assistance, who provided security and oversaw the finances, who coordinated the entertainment and managed the sound system, as well as those on Sunday night and Monday morning who dismantled the booths, stacked tables and chairs and cleaned up the campus. To all who worked on the BBQ, whatever the form of your service, let me borrow the words of one of the parables of Jesus, “Well done good and faithful servants!” (Matthew 25:23). Your efforts made our BBQ a great success! In the coming weeks we will make a report about the financial results of the BBQ.

Next weekend we begin the month of October. Along with May, this is a month especially dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God. I invite you to consider celebrating this month by including some Marian devotions in your daily prayer, perhaps to pray The Angelus (see elsewhere in the bulletin), or Mary’s own hymn of praise The Magnificat (from Luke’s Gospel, chapter 2, verses 46-55), or a decade or more of the Rosary each day.

Tied to our celebration of Mary, from whom we have receive Life and Salvation through her Son, Jesus, October is also the month in which our bishops challenge us to renew our respect for human life from conception through natural death. You will note in the bulletin the invitation from Bishop Joseph Brennan to participate in the 40 Days for Life program. Even if you cannot come to Mission Hills to pray, I hope you will make the opportunity to pray at home or drop by our beautiful shrine to the unborn located in the rose garden on the west side of the church. Also as part of respecting life and God as the Lord of life and inspired by the teachings of St. John Paul II and Pope Francis, the Bishops of California also ask us to support Proposition 62 and oppose Proposition 66 in our upcoming ballot. We will make more information on these ballot measures available in the coming weeks.

May Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life, inspire and renew us! May Mary, our Mother and our Perpetual Help, help us cherish and celebrate the gift of life!

Fr. Craig

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14 September

Ordinati Day Luncheon honoring Father Ethan - At the Sportsmen’s Lodge at 11:00 am - Tickets are $50, contact Leo Verdick at (323) 461-7265 or for reservations.

16 -18 September

72nd Annual BBQ - Come All

24 September

Family Promise - Box City

27 September

Book Club with Fr. Craig!

1 October

Blessing of the Animals- Come have your pets blessed by Father Milo! 2:00 - 4:00 pm. near the Grotto. Dogs must be leashed. Cats and other animals must be in carriers.


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)

7:00 am & 8:15 am

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

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


Church Address
23233 Lyons Avenue
Newhall, CA 91321
Pastoral Center

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