April 10, 2016

Dear Parishioners,

The Lord is risen! He is truly risen! As we continue celebrating the glory of Easter, I wish you the peace and joy that Jesus wants us to enjoy!

This is a wonderful but busy time of year in our parish family. Last Saturday we had two separate ceremonies during which Bishop Alexander Salazar bestowed the gift of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation. The back of today’s bulletin has the names of all those confirmed. Please continue to pray for them.

Beginning Saturday, April 23, and continuing through Saturday May 14, we will have seven Masses for First Holy Communions. These days are especially joyful. I remember my own First Holy Communion back at St. Joseph’s Parish in Pomona where I grew up. Perhaps many of you recall the day in which you made your First Communion.

At the end of this month, April 25, 26 and 27, we will focus on the privilege and challenge of moving forward to build our new church. On Monday and Tuesday, we will reflect on the interplay between our sacred worship and how church architecture can do so much to inspire and enhance that worship. Among other things we will reflect on how sacred art plays such a vital role in enhancing our worship and on the importance of shrines that enhance our prayer as Catholics. On Wednesday we will have a time of prayer and reflection including the blessing the site of our future church and a review of what has been accomplished and what is still to be accomplished in the coming years. Even if you have not come to any of our earlier sessions on the design of our new church, I urge you to set aside these evenings to join in this sacred endeavor.

Mothers’ Day is only a month away. Please note the bulletin announcement in which we invite you to share with us a picture of your Mom, living or deceased. We will use these to remember our mothers in a special way at all of the Masses on Mothers’ Day.

Finally, we just received the good news that Archbishop Gomez has officially “called to priestly orders” (approved for ordination) Deacon Matthew Murphy. Deacon Matt is a parishioners of St. Kateri who has also spent lots of time here at OLPH. He will celebrate a special Mass of Thanksgiving with us at OLPH on Sunday, June 19. Please pray for him and for all of those who will be ordained as priests on June 4.

May Jesus, who provided breakfast for his disciples on the shore of the Sea of Tiberius, continue to nourish us with his Word and Sacrament. May Mary, our Lady of Perpetual Help, assist us in living the new life of Easter!

Father Craig

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17 April

Pancake Breakfast in Parish Hall. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus - 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

22 April

Pre-Baptism Classes for Parents and Godparents - 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in Conference #3. Call 259-2276.

23 April

Presentation on St. Pedro Calungsod by Fr. Bao, 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. in Parish Hall. Sponsored by Filipino Ministry.

24 April

CWO Spring Bake Sale after all Masses.

25 & 26 April

Liturgical Planning Workshop - 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in Conference Center

27 April

Prayer service and blessing of new site - 7:00 p.m.

-- Bible Study

Bible Study for Young Adults (ages 18-39) - Fridays, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Pastoral Center, by Fr. Bao and Seminarian John O'Brien


Wednesdays, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm in the Conference Center


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