CLERGY CORNER

November 19, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

Happy Thanksgiving! This coming Thursday, our nation celebrates our annual day to give thanks for God’s blessings upon us. This day has its origins in a celebration of thanksgiving in Plymouth colony in 1621, but we owe our annual day primarily to a proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. The fact that Lincoln issued this in the midst of the terrible period of our Civil War has always struck me. It was a time of terrible distress and suffering and danger, yet in his great wisdom Lincoln called upon all Americans to give thanks. He knew despite the darkness that there was so much good, so many blessings and that it was vitally important to see the light in the darkness and to remind ourselves of that great goodness.

While the situation at the time of Lincoln was worse, we too live in a time of great discord and difficulties. How important then that we pause to remember our blessings, to give thanks for them, and to put that gratitude into action by sharing of our blessings with those less fortunate.

As I reflect on my blessings, one of the greatest at this time in my life is being a part of this parish community. I thank God and the Archbishop for missioning here to be your pastor, to share in your lives, in your joys and struggles, to be inspired by your faith and to journey with Christ and you on the pilgrimage of growing in faith, hope and love. In my three-plus years here I have been abundantly blessed. It is an honor to serve as your pastor, and I know I can also speak for Fathers Alberto and Ethan in saying that we feel so blessed to serve in this parish community. We love you and we pray for you.

And so, as Thanksgiving dawns, I thank you and I thank God for you. I wish you many, many blessings!

Let me also express my gratitude to you for the wonderful response to the invitation to take part in the Giving Thanksgiving outreach and the Assist a Family for Christmas sponsored by our St. Vincent de Paul Society. There is still time this weekend to buy a meal voucher for Thanksgiving or to sign up to assist a needy family at Christmas.

May Jesus, who in the Gospels is regularly seen giving thanks (e.g. Matthew 15:36; Mark 8:6; Luke 22:17-19; John 11:41), deepen our spirit of gratitude. Mary, who was so wonderfully aware of being richly blessed by God, inspire us to join her in proclaiming the greatness of the of the Lord (Luke 2:46-55).

Father Craig

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WHAT'S NEW AT OLPH

16 November

SINGLE SUPPORT GROUP - You're invited to a tri-parish separated, divorced, widowed social/support group at the Pastoral Center of Our Lady of Perpetual Help 23045 Lyons Avenue, Thursday, November 16 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. (Enter Arcadia from Lyons Avenue and park in the back parking lot.) We participate in social activities and have common goals of supporting and helping our fellow Christians in time of transition and need. Call Jocelyn 661-259-4104 for more information.

17 November

PRE-BAPTISM CLASSES FOR PARENTS AND GODPARENTS - Pre-Baptism Classes are offered on the fourth Friday, of each month from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Please stop by the parish office to obtain the forms that are required for each person attending the class. Two months notice is requested for Baptism. Baptisms are scheduled by appointment only. For further information, please call the parish office at 259-2276.

19 November

K OF C PANCAKE BREAKFAST - The Knights of Columbus will be serving delicious Thanksgiving Pumpkin Spiced Pancake and Filipino Breakfast at the Parish Hall, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. All are invited to come and enjoy breakfast with the Knights of Columbus Council 6016.

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