CLERGY CORNER

March 26, 2016

Dear Parishioners,

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.

Father Craig

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WHAT'S NEW AT OLPH

27 March

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.

1 April

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

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