CLERGY CORNER

April 23, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

Happy Easter! The Church appreciates that the glory and wonder of the Easter Mystery is too magnificent for one day – hence she sets aside 50 days to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We do not speak of the Sundays “after” Easter but the Sundays “OF” Easter. As the Easter season unfolds, the Church invites us to look at these mighty deeds of God from differing perspectives. The glory of Easter is like a fine diamond or ruby or emerald. As we look through the different facets of fine cut gems and marvel at the colors and beauty, we now have the opportunity of contemplating the mystery and beauty of Easter through different facets.

This Sunday we are invited to celebrate Easter through the facet of the love and mercy of our God, the love that motivated the events of Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. It is that amazing divine mercy that is so manifest in Jesus. Undeserving as we are, Jesus sacrificed his life for you and me. Then, at his appearance in the Upper Room as recounted by today’s Gospel, he passed along to his disciples the mission of mercy, the power to forgive sins. How blessed we are! As the recipients of divine mercy, we then are called to be merciful, to be instruments of Christ’s mercy and peace. In mercy, perhaps we can give a compliment instead of gossiping. Perhaps we can say a prayer for the person who cuts us off in traffic instead of cursing. As the beatitudes proclaim: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy” (Matthew 5:7).

In future Sundays of Easter, we will contemplate this “gem” of the Paschal Mystery through other facets such as the Sacred Eucharist, Jesus’ abiding presence among us in word and sacrament, the Good Shepherd, our baptismal vocation to be his witnesses in the world. May each and every one of us be filled with awe, joy and love all through the Easter season!

At the Easter Vigil, 25 people received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist and have been incorporated as Members of the Body of Christ. Their names are listed elsewhere in this bulletin. We are blessed to have them as our brothers and sisters. They will enrich us as hopefully they are enriched and blessed by us. Please keep them in your prayer. During Eastertime many of them will continue to wear their white baptismal robes at Mass. If you see some of them, I invite you to go up and introduce yourselves and welcome them as our newest brothers and sisters in Christ.

Let me also call your attention to the back cover of our bulletin that lists the over 200 members of our parish who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on April 1. The two Confirmation celebrations were beautiful and even more beautiful is the growth in faith these men and women experienced. Indeed, the Holy Spirit is working among us!

Risen Jesus, deepen our faith and fill us with your mercy. Mary, Mother of the Lord and our Mother, pray for us that we transcend our doubts and we will allow Christ’s mercy to wash us clean!

Father Craig

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WHAT'S NEW AT OLPH

27 April

JOIN US FOR THE NEXT BIBLE STUDY - Beginning April 27 and running through June 1, the Thursday morning Bible Study Group will begin a new study on the book of Acts of the Apostles. We meet in the Junipero Serra Room in the Pastoral Center from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The study is free but there is a book that needs to be purchased ahead of time: Acts: The Good News of the Holy Spirit by Kevin Perrotta. For more info, and to register, please call Dana Couso at (661) 644 - 0594 or Connie Viner at (661) 253 - 1001.

28 April

PRE-BAPTISM CLASSES FOR PARENTS AND GODPARENTS - Pre-Baptism Classes are offered from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the 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 Baptism. Baptisms are scheduled by appointment only. For further information, please call the parish office at 259-2276.

7 May

OLPH BLOOD DRIVE - Red Cross will be having a Blood Drive in the parish hall from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Visit: redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code: OLPHNewhall or contact Warren Moses at 661-298- 2228 or Tom Duggins at 661-255-0769 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