October 4, 2015

Dear Parishioners,

¡Gracias Papa Francisco! Thank you Pope Francis! What an amazing week for our country and for we Catholics. St. Paul spoke of himself and his brother and sister Christians as “ambassadors for Christ, God as it were appealing through us” (2 Corinthians 5:20). Certainly, Pope Francis served as an ambassador of Christ, appealing in God’s name that we in the U.S.A. live up to our highest ideals.

His is a call to greatness, to being our best selves. May we take that call to heart and not sell ourselves short. I hope that you were able to watch many of the papal events live. If you did not, the texts of most of the Pope’s homilies and addresses are available on the Vatican website ( I have discovered videos of most of the events elsewhere on the Internet. Only God knows what the long range impact of the visit of our Holy Father will be, but I am convinced that seeds were planted that have the potential to bear great fruit.

Saint Junípero Serra – it is going to take me a while to get used to that after referring to “Padre Serra” all my life. Courtesy of the Knights of Columbus, we have some holy cards of St. Junípero for parishioners. These are available in the Pastoral Center and in the back vestibule of the church. This week, please take only one so that others who would like to have a holy card have a chance. If any remain the following week, you will be welcome to additional copies.

This autumn we are renewing efforts toward designing and building our new church, the temple of God and long-awaited new home for our parish family. Building a church is a spiritual endeavor which has the potential to be a time of grace and renewal for a parish community. To help us mine the spiritual riches and make wise decisions so that house of God will be truly beautiful and fitting for worship, we have arranged a series of presentations and work-shops to guide us in this process. See the separate bulletin announcement that has details and the dates. Pastors whose parishes have hosted these kinds of presentations as part of their building programs have told me how much they appreciated the process and how their parishioners benefitted from it.

My hope and prayer is that hundreds of us here at OLPH will participate in these workshops. So please mark your calendars and make it a point to take advantage of these opportunities to join in the blessed task of building up the church of OLPH, as well as preparing to build the church building that will serve us at OLPH.

May Jesus, God dwelling among us, fill us with his love! May Mary, whose womb was the first temple, the first dwelling place of the Incarnate Son of God, accompany us as we build up the Church of her Son and the church building that will be dedicated in her honor!

Fr. Craig

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15 September

10 am & 7:00 pm, Book Club with Fr. Craig

18-20 September

Parish BBQ

22 September

Religious Education Begins - (661) 259-4266

25 September


29 September

6:00 pm - VIRTUS Training for Volunteers, (661) 259-4266


Every Wednesday, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm in the Conference Center

01, 08, 15 October

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm in the church, Catechism 301 with Fr. Bao


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