April 22, 2018

Dear Parishioners,

Jesus shares with us in this Sunday’s Gospel that he is the Good Shepherd. He says that a Good Shepherd will lay down his life for the sheep. A hired worker will run away when danger comes, but the Good Shepherd will lay down his life out of love. Jesus doesn’t just simply lay down his life for us though; he lays down his life for us so that we can receive it and let his life come up within us. He wants to live his life within us; he wants us to be one with him.

Pope Francis has just released a writing entitled “Rejoice and Be Glad” in which he encourages us in our call to holiness to life in today’s world. Holiness, the pope assures us, is not something to be afraid of and it is not something meant only for those who can withdraw from everyday life. He says that “we are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves.” (14) It is a very simple message – to let the very life of God, his own love, come up within us and to let him bear witness to the world.

This is in fact the very simple message of our baptism. In our baptism we have been given the very life of God. St. Paul says that “it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives within me.” (Gal 2:20) In baptism, we have been brought into that divine relationship with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It is that relationship which brings about our holiness and it is that relationship which bear witness to his life to the world. In baptism we abide in him; we dwell and find our home in him. “Abide in me, as I abide in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me.” (John 15:4)

In our own lives, we can do many things and we can produce many things, but unless we are abiding in the Lord, they will simply be products; not fruit that will last. If we are not abiding in the Lord, we can very easily burn ourselves out; the stress of trying to produce and to do something good can be so weary. Jesus encourages us when he says, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” (Matt 11:25) We don’t have to figure it all out on our own. Jesus wants to shepherd and lead us in this way of holiness; along the way of love.

This is the contemplative life. It is the abiding and resting in the Lord and in his way of life. The pope says that when we do this and live in this simple way, “everything can be accepted and integrated into our life in this world and become a part of our path to holiness. We are called to be contemplatives even in the midst of action, and to grow in holiness by responsibly and generously carrying out our proper mission.” (26)

As we continue to celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord during this Easter Season, may we have the grace to allow Him to truly Resurrect in our own lives, to shepherd us in the way of holiness and to abide in our hearts so that we may bear even greater fruit that will last.

Blessings in Christ,

Father Ethan

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18 March

FREE BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKS BY THE HEALTH MINISTRY - The Health Ministry will be doing free blood pressure checks this Sunday, March 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. See if you meet the new blood pressure guidelines! Please return the Health Ministry Needs Assessment enclosure in last week’s bulletin to help us plan our activities for the future. You may return it to the Blood Pressure table for a surprise gift (while supplies last) or may return it to the Pastoral Center.

19 March

THEOLOGY ON TAP: DEPRESSION OR SOMETHING SPIRITUAL? - Join the SCV Catholic Young Adults for this month’s Theology on Tap with Jillian Cooke, FKM. Jillian spent most of her life right here in the SCV and is a fully professed member of the Father Kolbe Missionaries. Jill will explore the meaning of and distinction between the spiritual dark night and depression. While hosted by SCVCYA, the evening is open to anyone 18 and over. It will take place at JJ’s Bar & Grill in Valencia, this Monday, March 19, doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and Jill will begin at 7:00 p.m. More info can be found on the SCV Catholic Young Adults Facebook page, or by emailing

23 March

CHANGES TO PRE-BAPTISM CLASSES FOR PARENTS AND SPONSORS - Beginning with the next Pre-Baptism class on Friday March 23, all attendees must contact the parish office to register for the class. Registration for each month's Friday class will close on the prior Tuesday. "Drop-ins" will no longer be admitted to the class at the last minute. Each attendee must reserve a spot. Your official certificate of completion will be provided at the end of class and is good for three years. The Pre-Baptism class is held on the fourth Friday of the month in Conference Center Room 1 and lasts for two hours from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

23 March

THE LAST ST. CLARE’S LENTEN FISH FRY! - St. Clare’s 40th Annual Lenten Fish Fry last day is March 23. Enjoy Beer Battered Alaskan cod served with coleslaw and a choice of French fries, rice pilaf or beans. Fish tacos are also available and served with rice and beans. Dine in or take out (or enjoy outdoor patio seating!) The price is $9.00 for a 2-piece dinner, $9 for 2 fish tacos with rice and beans or $10 for a 3-piece dinner. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Dinner is served from 4:30 – 8:00 pm. All proceeds benefit local charities and families in need. St. Clare is located at 19606 Calla Way in Canyon Country. (661) 252-3353,

24 March

EUCHARISTIC PROCESSION FOR LIFE - Saturday, March 24, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - noon. 10200 Sepulveda Boulevard, Mission Hills. The procession will begin in front of abortion provider, Family Planning Associates (“FPA”), and continue on 1- mile route around entire block, possibly to be repeated 2- 3 times. No streets will be crossed, and procession will remain on the public sidewalks. If you cannot walk that distance, please still join us to participate in the opening and closing prayers, and remain in front of FPA to pray while others process. Bring your Pro-Life signs, rosaries and folding chair/snack/water if needed. Street parking is somewhat limited, so please carpool if possible. For more information, contact Patti Flores, 818-307-4332,

25 March

K OF C PANCAKE BREAKFAST - Knights of Columbus will be serving delicious Pancake and Burritos Breakfast in the 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.


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