March 18, 2018

Dear Parishioners,

This week, we are honored to welcome Father Manuel Varela, who will be leading a parish mission for our Spanish-speaking community. We are blessed to have him come and share the wisdom of the Church on the great theological virtues. He will also assist us with our Penance Service this Wednesday evening. Welcome Father Manuel!

We have a wonderful opportunity with the three Penance Services this week:

Tuesday at St. Kateri,

Wednesday here at OLPH, and

Thursday at St. Clare.

All three begin at 7:00 p.m. with multiple confessors, many of whom are bilingual or multilingual.

The Sacrament of Penance is such a great gift to our Church. While some, Catholics as well as non-Catholics, argue that confession is not needed, I’ve not heard that said by someone who uses the Sacrament regularly and well. This Sacrament is a privileged encounter with Jesus, the Savior, the One whose very mission is to save us from the power of sin! I encourage you, come to the service and seek the grace and mercy of Jesus to wash you of your sin.

Hear the word of God proclaimed – the word of God’s abiding love and mercy.

Have the wisdom and courage to do a deep examination of conscience, the chance to assess “where we are at” with the Lord. For when we truly know ourselves, when we are fully honest with ourselves about those areas of life where we resist God’s way and God’s grace, we can then grow in the Spirit.

Embrace the humility needed to confess to the priest, who is himself a sinner and yet who has been entrusted with the power of Christ to forgive and reconcile. Our faith is Incarnational, enfleshed. The encounter with another human being in this sacrament has a power to touch us so deeply.

So in Christ’s name I invite you, “Be reconciled to God.” Put one of these dates in your calendar and take advantage of the gift of the Sacrament of Penance, especially if you have long been away from the celebration of this Sacrament!

May Jesus, who came to reconcile us to one another and to the Father, bring us pardon and peace. And dear Mary, “pray for us sinners!”

Father Craig

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18 March

FREE BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKS BY THE HEALTH MINISTRY - The Health Ministry will be doing free blood pressure checks this Sunday, March 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. See if you meet the new blood pressure guidelines! Please return the Health Ministry Needs Assessment enclosure in last week’s bulletin to help us plan our activities for the future. You may return it to the Blood Pressure table for a surprise gift (while supplies last) or may return it to the Pastoral Center.

19 March

THEOLOGY ON TAP: DEPRESSION OR SOMETHING SPIRITUAL? - Join the SCV Catholic Young Adults for this month’s Theology on Tap with Jillian Cooke, FKM. Jillian spent most of her life right here in the SCV and is a fully professed member of the Father Kolbe Missionaries. Jill will explore the meaning of and distinction between the spiritual dark night and depression. While hosted by SCVCYA, the evening is open to anyone 18 and over. It will take place at JJ’s Bar & Grill in Valencia, this Monday, March 19, doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and Jill will begin at 7:00 p.m. More info can be found on the SCV Catholic Young Adults Facebook page, or by emailing

23 March

CHANGES TO PRE-BAPTISM CLASSES FOR PARENTS AND SPONSORS - Beginning with the next Pre-Baptism class on Friday March 23, all attendees must contact the parish office to register for the class. Registration for each month's Friday class will close on the prior Tuesday. "Drop-ins" will no longer be admitted to the class at the last minute. Each attendee must reserve a spot. Your official certificate of completion will be provided at the end of class and is good for three years. The Pre-Baptism class is held on the fourth Friday of the month in Conference Center Room 1 and lasts for two hours from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

23 March

THE LAST ST. CLARE’S LENTEN FISH FRY! - St. Clare’s 40th Annual Lenten Fish Fry last day is March 23. Enjoy Beer Battered Alaskan cod served with coleslaw and a choice of French fries, rice pilaf or beans. Fish tacos are also available and served with rice and beans. Dine in or take out (or enjoy outdoor patio seating!) The price is $9.00 for a 2-piece dinner, $9 for 2 fish tacos with rice and beans or $10 for a 3-piece dinner. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Dinner is served from 4:30 – 8:00 pm. All proceeds benefit local charities and families in need. St. Clare is located at 19606 Calla Way in Canyon Country. (661) 252-3353,

24 March

EUCHARISTIC PROCESSION FOR LIFE - Saturday, March 24, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - noon. 10200 Sepulveda Boulevard, Mission Hills. The procession will begin in front of abortion provider, Family Planning Associates (“FPA”), and continue on 1- mile route around entire block, possibly to be repeated 2- 3 times. No streets will be crossed, and procession will remain on the public sidewalks. If you cannot walk that distance, please still join us to participate in the opening and closing prayers, and remain in front of FPA to pray while others process. Bring your Pro-Life signs, rosaries and folding chair/snack/water if needed. Street parking is somewhat limited, so please carpool if possible. For more information, contact Patti Flores, 818-307-4332,

25 March

K OF C PANCAKE BREAKFAST - Knights of Columbus will be serving delicious Pancake and Burritos Breakfast in the 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.


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