CLERGY CORNER

May 14, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

Happy Mother's’ Day! This year, the Fifth Sunday of Easter coincides with our national celebration of Mother's’ Day. In this weekend’s Gospel, Jesus speaks with Thomas and Philip and the other disciples as he assures them that he is “going to prepare a place for them.” Jesus continues, “. . . I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be.”

To me, these words of Jesus are quintessentially motherly. So often, it is a Mom who “prepares a place,” who makes the house a true home, a place of love and care. And so often it is a Mom who is “there” for us – where her kids are, there she is, physically and emotionally and spiritually. Reflecting back on my own Mom – God rest her – I know she delighted in being with her children and later her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She and my Dad gave of themselves very generously for the six of us kids. They made sacrifices – and I’m sure many sacrifices of which I have no awareness – out of their love for us. Were they perfect parents? NOT! Our family had its tensions and crises and rebellions and struggles. They made mistakes and were humble enough to acknowledge those. And at times we kids were ungrateful, uncooperative, nasty and selfish. Yes, our family was imperfect. And yes, Mom’s love was imperfect, but it was real and powerful and beautiful. I thank God for her!

Today, we give thanks for the divine vocation of Motherhood. This vocation shares in God’s own divine self. The vocation of mothers is to be life-givers and love-givers – like God. Let us pray for our Moms, that they experience many blessings and that they continue to be a source of blessing for their children and grandchildren. For our mothers who are deceased, let us pray that the Lord Jesus and Mother Mary welcome them to glory.

Of course, not every mother lives her vocation well. Some of us may have had very stressed and difficult relations with our mothers. This is a cause of deep sadness and distress. If this was the case for you, perhaps you can use the opportunity of this day to pray for the grace to be able to forgive the faults and failings of your mother. Pray for healing of the wounds that may still be festering as a result of those difficult relationships.

And today, let us pray for all mothers. Living this precious vocation in our crazy, stress-filled modern society is a huge challenge. May God bless our Moms and all Moms!

Jesus, our way, truth and life, may we be with you always in the place you prepare. Mary, our Mother and Lady of Perpetual Help, pray for us and help us appreciate our dignity as God’s children.

Father Craig

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WHAT'S NEW AT OLPH

17 May

HEALING MASS - St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish will be having Healing Service to follow immediately after 7:00 p.m. Mass on Wednesday May 17. Celebrant: Fr. Charles Lueras from Our Lady of Guadalupe in Santa Paula.

21 May

HELP WANTED - Help is needed on Sunday, May 21 to assist with setting up our Ministry Fair, serving refreshments and cleaning up. If you can spare time early in the morning to help set up, during the day to help serve refreshments and/or a few hours in the late afternoon to assist with clean up, please email Margaret@olphscv.org. Please specify the time you are available and you will be contacted.

23 May

CATHOLIC ESTATE AND PERSONAL PLANNING SEMINAR - On Tuesday, May 23, Our Lady of Perpetual Help will offer an informational seminar explaining the process of Catholic estate planning. The seminar will be offered twice, at 1:00 p.m. and repeated at 7:00 p.m. Each seminar will last 90 minutes, and refreshments will be served. An estate attorney and financial planner will be joining representatives from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Please RSVP to Deacon Kevin at (661) 259-2276 or email him at kevinmccarthy@olphscv.org to reserve a seat.

25 May

SEPARATED, DIVORCED, WIDOWED SOCIAL/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 Church, 23045 Lyons Avenue, Thursday, May 25 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. 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.

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