June 25, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

This coming Tuesday, June 27, we celebrate the Feast of our Patroness, the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Mary’s role in our Church is a precious one. She is the First Disciple, the Mother of God and Mother of the Church. She is the Mother of Joys and the Mother of Sorrows. She is the woman who said “yes” to the Angel Gabriel at the Annunciation and put herself at the disposal of God’s plan. At Cana, Mary sent those in charge of the banquet to Jesus with the wisest of all advice, “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2:5). She is the treasure entrusted to us by Jesus himself as she stood at the foot of the Cross. She is present at Pentecost as the Holy Spirit inspired the first disciples to go forth and proclaim the Good News! And indeed, Mary is the Help of Christians, our heavenly Mother who perpetually prays for us and with us as we strive to live the Christian life.

The importance of Mary as the one who helps us appreciate her Son, our Savior, is manifest in sacred art. Throughout the centuries, artists throughout the world have depicted our Lady in painting, sculpture, and music. This tradition of sacred art inspires and enriches us, and expresses our faith in ways that transcend mere words.

The icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is but one example of this artistic tradition, a powerful meditation on our Lady’s role in God’s plan. This Byzantine icon, sometimes also called the “Icon of the Theotokos of the Passion,” hangs in the Church of Saint Alphonsus in Rome. Those going on our parish pilgrimage this autumn will have the privilege of seeing the original icon and celebrating Mass in this Church. The icon depicts Mary holding Jesus and caressing his hands lovingly. Flanking them are the Archangels Gabriel and Michael holding instruments connected with Christ’s Passion (Michael holds an urn filled with the gall that the soldiers offered to Jesus on the cross, the lance that pierced his side, and the reed with the sponge. Gabriel carries the Cross and four nails). Mary’s gaze is toward the viewer, bringing us into the story. Her gaze tells us that just as Jesus ran to his mother and found refuge, so too may we run to Mary in our need. Mary knows there are many things in our lives that are dangerous and terrifying, and that we need the help of someone to turn to. She offers us the same comfort and love she gave to Jesus. (History adapted from an article by Michael Dubruiel)

In recognition of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, it is fitting then that we begin celebrating her feast day with a concert this Sunday night, June 25 at 7:30. Please join us for an evening of inspiring music in her honor. And please join us on Tuesday for Mass at 7:00 a.m., 8:15 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. to seek her intercession and to pray for our parish and our loved ones.

Jesus, Brother, Lord and Savior, fill us with your love and mercy. Mary, our Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for us!

Father Craig

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27 June

THE FEAST OF OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP - We will honor the patroness of our parish, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, at our two usual morning Masses, and also at a special bilingual Mass at 7:00 p.m. Please plan to join us to celebrate our Lady!

28 June

PRE-BAPTISM CLASSES FOR PARENTS AND GODPARENTS - Pre-Baptism Classes are on Friday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Conference Room 1 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 Baptisms and are scheduled by appointment only. For further information, please call the parish office at (661) 259- 2276.

29 June

FR. CRAIG'S SUMMER MOVIEFEST - The first film for this summer moviefest is A Man for All Seasons (St. Thomas More). Light refreshments and discussion will be included in each Thursday evening as well as some fun summer raffle prizes. Everyone is invited to join in the fun


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
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Office Hours
Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday 8:30 am - 3:00 pm