Let me apologize for any confusion. We celebrated World Mission Sunday here at OLPH last weekend, but in many places it is being celebrated this weekend. The calendar of the Mass Ordo which I
consulted and on the basis of which I planned last weekend had the date as October 16, but the Archdiocesan calendar has it October 23. What matters, of course, is that we pray for and support the missions. If you were expecting World Mission Sunday this weekend and were unprepared to make your donation to the missions last weekend, please do not worry. You can make that donation this week
end as well as next weekend simply by putting the special envelopes for World Mission
Sunday in the regular collection.
As you read this, I will be at a family reunion held on the occasion of the 21st birthday of
one of my nephews. Our clan has made it a family custom to schedule reunions with these special birthdays. I am looking forward to time with my
sister and my brothers, their spouses, my nephews and nieces and some of my grandnephews and grandnieces. Family is very important to me and – while all too often my various responsibilities have prevented me from being as present to my family as often as I would wish – I cherish the time I can be with them.
We all need a “family,” a loving group of people to whom we “belong.” This need not always
be our families of origin. Sadly, some families drift away or are filled with tensions and are anything but healthy. In those cases, hopefully we are blessed with a group of friends whom we love and by whom we are loved. As the Book of Genesis so rightly teaches, it is “not good” for us to be alone. Yes, we need solitude, we need time for ourselves, but God created us as social beings – and we need to love and
belong. The poet John Donne got it right: “No man is an island.”
As Catholics, we belong to a “family of faith.” The Liturgy and the Scriptures regularly address us as “brothers and sisters” and as members of God’
s family. For example, in Eucharistic Prayer I
we ask the Lord to “graciously accept this oblation of our service, that of your whole family.” In Eucharistic Prayer III we ask God to “Listen to the prayers
of this family we have summoned before you.” Even in our sinfulness, we belong to Christ and to one another as members of his Body, the Church. Jesus called us to belong to a community of faith. That is his wisdom. While we each have a personal relationship with God, Christianity is not a “God and me” religion. Our faith calls on us to look upon
each other as brothers and sisters in Christ, to pray for and care for and witness to one another. Because we “belong to God” (Psalm 100:3), we also belong to one another. A parish is not a “spiritual store” at which we shop for spiritual goods. A parish is a family of disciples gathered around Jesus our Brother and Lord. As members of the family of Christ, may we give of ourselves whole-heartedly to one other and work together to build up our parish family.
May Jesus, our Brother, keep us close to him and to one another. May Mary, our Mother, help us live fully our dignity as children of God.
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WHAT'S NEW AT OLPH
Little Church Bake Sale- Annual Bake Sale from 8:00am to 1:00pm. Please call 661-645-4268 if you'd like to make a Donation (both baked goods and financial).
Come, make a luminary and illumine the night with your special prayer intentions,
specially for our deceased relatives and
friends. Gather at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Center rear parking lot. ALL ARE WELCOME!
40 Days For Life - Bishop Joe Brennan invites Parishioners to volunteer their time to pray for an hour outside of the Family Planning Associates in Mission Hills. Contact 818-307-4332 or 818-922-9841 for Spanish speakers.
The Knights of Columbus will be serving delicious Breakfast Burritos and a Pancake Breakfast at the parish hall from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. All are invited to come and enjoy breakfast with the Knights of Columbus Council 6016.
Marriage Encounter Weekend- The Marriage Encounter and Family Movement under the auspices of Office of Family Life of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles invites couples to a Marriage Encounter Weekend at the Incarnation Community Center in Glendale. For more information, contact Guing A. Ramos at: MMRamos@la-archdiocese.org or
call at 213 637-7330
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 firstname.lastname@example.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