Again it is my pleasure to wish you HAPPY EASTER! I trust you are finding these days of Easter to be ones of blessing and joy!
Last weekend, we had the great privilege of celebrating the Confirmation of 168 parishioners. Their names are listed on the back cover of this bulletin. Please keep them in your prayers. These brothers and sisters in Christ have been and will be a great blessing to us. Their willingness to make this commitment and to prepare so long and with such dedication to do so is a great witness to us of the continuing power of faith in Jesus in our world today. I congratulate them and thank God for them!
Last week, I experienced a personal loss, the death of a long-time friend named Tom. I met Tom and his family in 1982. There were parishioners at St. Genevieve, my second assignment as a priest. Tom became a model and inspiration to me. He was one of the most faith-full people I have ever met. He was one of those parishioners who could always be counted upon to be there. He did this while holding down a tremendously demanding job and coping with the demands of being a husband and father. He was a man of prayer and simplicity, a man who knew his values and priorities in life; he always placed God and family first. I was greatly blessed to know him and count Tom and his wife and children and grandchildren as friends.
Tom is but one example of the tremendous goodness that exists in our world, and of the power of faith to transform lives. We can so easily become discouraged at all of the problems and evil in our world – but when we look deeply we discover that love and goodness is far more pervasive. OLPH also has its Toms (and its Marias). Holiness is not the preserve of monks and hermits or vowed religious. Holiness is not primarily doing devotions. Holiness is living everyday life in the light of the risen Christ, conscious that God is in our world and walks with us. Holiness is, as Jesus himself asserted so powerfully, loving God above all things and loving our neighbors.
I thank God for blessing me with the witness and friendship of Tom (and of many others like him whom I have known through the years). I invite each of you to reflect this week on the Toms and Marias you have encountered, the people whose goodness has warmed our hearts, supported us in our distress, inspired us to be better people. Thanks be to God for their witness!
May Jesus, risen from the dead, bring you joy and peace! May Mary, whose maternal goodness is such an inspiration, pray for us!
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WHAT'S NEW AT OLPH
Confirmation Mass @ 10 AM presided by +Bishop Wilkerson (English)
Confirmation Mass @ 2 PM presided by +Bishop Wilkerson (Spanish)
MASS & CONFESSION SCHEDULES
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
8:00 am Novena & Mass 4:30 pm (Vigil)
Confessions Saturday 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 email@example.com Office Hours Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm Sunday 8:30 am - 3:00 pm