We are now just past the halfway mark of
the great season of Lent. I hope that these
have been days of blessing for you. And I
hope we all take advantage of the opportunities
to grow in the Spirit that this second
half of Lent provides.
In the last several weeks, Fathers Alberto, Ethan and I –
with the help of some of the priests of our neighboring
parishes – have been hearing the confessions of the more
than 1000 students in our School and Religious Education
programs. We will complete that process in a few
more days. What a blessing it is for us to celebrate the
Sacrament of Penance, the Sacrament of Reconciliation
and Mercy, with our children and young people.
Jesus entrusted the divine power of forgiving sins to his
Church as his first act after the resurrection (John 20:19-
23). He knew well our need to repent and to receive forgiveness.
Jesus is the Divine Physician who came to heal
the diseases of our spirits. As the gospel readings for the
middle three Sundays of Lent proclaim, Jesus is the one
who gives us living water to restore our parched souls,
the one who heals the blindness of our hearts and restores
us to his light, the one who raises us from the death of sin
to new life.
If you are among those who tend to put off going to confession,
who perhaps have not celebrated this sacrament
for many years, hear the Lord’s invitation to reconciliation
and renewal. This Sacrament, like all the others, is
the gift of a loving God for our well-being and salvation.
For those who have discovered its wisdom, the Sacrament
of Penance is a spiritual lifeline. You will find in
this weekend’s bulletin the days and times of the Lenten
Penance Services for all three of the parishes here in the
Santa Clarita Valley. I hope many of you will take advantage
of this opportunity.
This coming Saturday, approximately 200 of our parishioners
will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation here
at OLPH. Please keep them in your prayers.
May Jesus, who cured the man born blind, restore our
spiritual sight. May Mary, who brought the light of
Christ into our world, pray for us.
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WHAT'S NEW AT OLPH
REFLECTIONS FROM POPE FRANCIS - An Invitation to Journaling, Prayer and Action using the homilies and addresses of our Holy Father, let’s reflect and journal on
themes of mercy, forgiveness, care for the poor and
brotherhood at 7:00 p.m. in the Serra
Room of the Pastoral Center.
27 & 28 March
PRAYING FOR OUR CHILDREN - Let’s pray for our children
and those in our community with Fr. Ethan. Meet Fr.
Ethan at the Grotto on Monday, March 27 and Tuesday,
March 28 at 4:15 p.m.
CONFESSION SCHEDULE REVISED - On Saturday, April 1, Bishop Gordon Bennett, S.J., will bestow the Sacrament of Confirmation on close to 200 of our
parish young people and adults. The ceremonies are at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Because of the Confirmation ceremonies,
confessions will be heard Saturday morning, April 1, only from 9:00 – 9:30. There will be no confessions on that
Saturday afternoon. Please keep those to be confirmed in your prayers. The regular schedule for Saturday Confessions will resume the following weekend.
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