CLERGY CORNER

January 21, 2018

Dear Parishioners,

As you read this I will be in Florida for the graduation of one of my nieces from nursing school and her formal “pinning” as a Registered Nurse. I am excited to be able to attend because she is now the third generation of RNs in my family – my Mom, my sister, Anne, and now my niece Ashley. I know my Mom will be smiling down on us from heaven as her granddaughter follows in her footsteps.

The profession, the vocation, of being a nurse is one we value as a society and rightly so. But if you look a little deeper at nursing, it is obvious that the qualities that make for a good nurse are qualities that make for good Christians, that make for good moms and dads and brothers and sisters, qualities to which Jesus calls you and me and all of his disciples.

A good nurse uses both head and heart to serve those under his or her care. We Christians are called to do the same, to unite head and heart as people committed to the truth, people guided by the wisdom of God, people who love God and love one another with all our hearts. A good nurse does not merely have a “job” but is dedicated to the “profession” of nursing and patient care. Christians too have work to do in our world, but not simply as jobs for which we are hired, but as those who professing our faith and fulfilling the mission entrusted to us as members of the Body of Christ.

Nurses are regularly called upon to make sacrifices for the good of others – just as Jesus gave his very self as the sacrifice for our salvation and calls upon us to be “living sacrifices holy and pleasing to God” (Romans 12:1). A good nurse never treats a patient as an “object” or a “case,” but rather is attentive and listens to the person in order to understand in a profound way the patient’s needs. In fact, it is that personal contact, that relationship to the patient, that caring “bedside manner,” that makes nurses so special. Likewise, disciples of Jesus are to be attentive to the needs of others, for we are members of the Body of Christ, sisters and brothers called to love one another, to respect one another, and to open our hearts to those our Holy Father describes as on the “peripheries” – those our world does not value but who are children of God.

We have a great deal to learn from nurses – I sure have. Whatever our vocations and life circumstances, may we be people of head and heart, people of care and compassion.

As part of our call to compassion and care, the bishops of the United States invite us to rededicate ourselves to the sacredness of life from conception to natural death. This weekend here in Los Angeles, some of our parishioners have joined with Archbishop Gomez in OneLifeLA and in the special Requiem for the Unborn. Monday of this week is the annual Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. Please join us at 7:00 or 8:15 a.m. for the special Mass to observe this day.

May Jesus, the one who serves and sacrifices for us, fill us with peace! May Mary, whose maternal care nurses us in our need, pray for us!

Father Craig

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WHAT'S NEW AT OLPH

21 January

EL SHADDAI 21ST ANNIVERSARY - El Shaddai, DWXI-PPFI, Santa Clarita Chapter, cordially invites everyone to the celebration of its 21st year of Faith, Love and Unity on Sunday, January 21. 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. We will start our celebration with Mass at 11:30 a.m. Right after Mass, we will proceed to the Parish Hall for an afternoon of praise and worship/ program. For more information please call: Pinky Padre at 213-210-5012 or El Shaddai main office at 213-385- 8667.

26 January

PRE-BAPTISM CLASSES FOR PARENTS AND GODPARENTS - Pre-Baptism Classes are offered on the fourth Friday, of each month from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in conference #1. Please stop by the parish office to obtain the forms that are required for each person attending the class. Two months notice is requested for Baptism. Baptisms are scheduled by appointment only. For further information, please call the parish office at 259-2276.

27 January

FEAST OF SANTO NINO DE CEBU (HOLY INFANT JESUS) - Saturday, January 27, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. Dinner, Fellowship and Dance to the Beat of "Sinulog" (Dance holding the Holy Infant) after Mass in the Parish Hall. Please contact Aurora Bertulfo, 661-755-0843 or Marilou Resella, 661-297- 9711 for Novena venues and additional details.

28 January

PARISH KNIGHTS CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF SERVICE - All are invited to help the Knights kick off this year of celebration at a BBQ after all Masses on Sunday, January 28, 2018. The Knights are sponsoring this BBQ and invite all to stop by the garage, enjoy some delicious food, say thank you and congratulations.

28 January

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS ANNUAL FREE THROW CONTEST - The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring our annual Youth Free Throw Contest next Sunday January 28, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The local competition will be held behind the OLPH School parking lot. All boys and girls ages 9 to 14 are invited to participate. The rules are simple; 15 consecutive attempts and the winner will progress to the next district competition next month. All local contestants will be recognized for their participation in this event. For entry forms or more information contact Jay Fithian (805)207-4127 or jfith454@yahoo.com. The form will also be available the day of the event. This is a fun event and doesn't take a lot of time.. see ya there.

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