August 28 , 2016

Dear Parishioners,

As I write this letter, we are celebrating the beautiful feast of the Queenship of Mary. This feast is a logical follow-up to the As- sumption of Mary and is closely associated with Jesus. Indeed, her Queen ship is a share in Jesus' Kingship. It reminds us that in Mary, the Mother of God, we have someone who continually prays for us, intercedes for us and encourages us along the journey of faith!!

While I was not able to watch all of the Olympic Games, I was moved and amazed at the number of Olympic ath- letes who had a visible devotion to Our Lady. Katie Le- decky, a gold medal swimme r from the United States, shared that she prays the Hail Mary before every race. In many photographs, Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinting superstar and devout Catholic, can been seen wearing the Miraculous Medal as he runs the race. And let's not for- get the powerful image of Meseret Defar, the women's gold medal winner from Ethiopia, who at the conclusion of her race, immediately pulled a picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Help from under her jersey!! She then pro- ceeded to show it to the cameras and hold it up to her face in prayer!

While some may argue that in our hurting and aching world, God surely must have more important things to worry about than who wins an Olympic gold medal and who doesn't. Yet, the tender devotion to Our Lady that radiated from these athletes reminds us that in fact, we have a personal God who k nows each of us by name and cares for us so much that He has given us His Mother to be our Mother. These athletes used the Olympic stage to share with millions of people around the world their love for God and their relationship with the Mother of God. They expressed how their fa ith, devotion and dependence upon God gives them hope and inspiration in life.

That trust in and relationship with God is what makes living a life of humility possible. In today's Gospel, Je- sus encourages us to "go and take the lowest place." This action seems to go against our human nature which frequently wants to be seen and acknowledged for who we are and what we have done. Jesus though assures us that "the one who humbles himself will be exalted." In Mary, we have the perfect example of someone who was humble, obedient and trusting in what God could do in her life. She, a simple but faithful girl, was moved "to the highest position" and became the Mother of God!!

May Our Lady Queen of Heaven and Earth help us to win the gold medal in the journey of faith by learning the simple ways of humility and trust!

Have a blessed week!!

Fr. Ethan

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21 August

Knights of Columbus Pancake and Burrito Breakfast in the Hall at 8:00 am and 1:30 pm, all are welcome!

23 August

BBQ Planning Meeting - in Conf. Room 1 at 7:00 pm

26 August

Pre-Baptism Classes for Parents and Godparents - 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in Conference #3. Call 259-2276.

27 August

Beach Clean-up - 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Call 259-2276.

28 August

Family picnic hosted by Italian Catholic Club of SCV - at Hart Park at 11:00 am

6 September

BBQ Planning Meeting - in Conf. Room 1 at 7:00 pm

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!


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