Slowly but surely in the months to come, more parish events will be resumed. We have plans under way for First Communions, Confirmation, funerals, baptisms and weddings. We are exploring ways in which our school, religious education and youth ministry can go forward while respecting social distancing and the other protocols that will ensure a safe environment. It is not as simple as flipping a switch and everything resumes. All this takes time and careful planning. Other parish activities are still on hold.
But we also need to think beyond our own parish needs. I am so happy that our volunteers continue to join with other churches to provide food for the hungry. We hope to open Showers of Blessings later in the summer. We cannot allow the current pandemic to be an excuse for not looking beyond our parish borders.
That is why I also encourage you to support the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) as you have in the past. The important ministries that this appeal funds are needed now more than ever. The diocese supports a vital array of ministries, vocations and charities in the name of Our Lord — through Catholic Schools, Religious Education Programs, Clergy and Seminarian Support and Catholic Charities.
You were mailed your packet earlier this year. If you need another one, contact our parish office. You can put your donation or pledge in our collection basket, drop it off or mail it to the parish office, or donate online.
Enjoy this beautiful prayer for our world. Representatives from over 300 churches in Ireland join together to sing this prayer. Notice that the Prayer of St. Patrick is included near the end of the video.
Mass Schedule Remains the Same for now
Even though there has been an alarming rise in cases of Covid-19 this week, our Mass schedule will remain the same for this weekend. The county officials have reminded all of us to remain vigilant about face masks, social distancing, hand washing, etc. Be careful where you go and what you do.
Our outdoor Mass on the covered court of the school will be used only if we have reached the capacity of the church. Based on last week’s attendance, some Masses on the school grounds will be necessary this weekend but it is always a last minute decision.
Once again, you are most welcome to attend Mass on the weekend. Some may choose to attend Mass on weekdays as an alternative, or you may wish to join our Masses online from the comfort and safety of your home. Our recorded Masses online continue on YouTube. Remember that the bishop’s dispensation from Sunday Mass obligation continues. If you are not yet comfortable coming to a public Mass, that’s okay. Whenever you are ready, we welcome you
Catholic Bishops from across California have made a video of the Stations of the Cross to draw attention to the sin of racism and to ask God’s help in eliminating it. The video includes the leaders of all 12 California (arch)dioceses and two Catholic eparchies and is also available with subtitles in Spanish and Vietnamese.
Many of the 14 Stations of the Cross were taped at locations with deep racial meaning. Examples include Oakland’s Fruitvale BART Station, California’s first African-American Catholic Church, and a former KKK headquarters in San Diego. The video is about 40 minutes and can be a beautiful and thought-provoking prayer.
Showers of Blessings Wants
As we look to an eventual re-opening of our services to people without a home, Showers of Blessings is looking for volunteers under 70 to help us with this important ministry. This important ministry will only be able to open if we get additional volunteers. We will be following all the guidance from state and county protocols. Volunteers can be sure that we will be exercising an abundance of caution with new procedures put in place. To sign up or to find out more, contact Chris Durnan at: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Catholic Trivia”... not because they are trivial but because these might be things that not everyone knows. Test your knowledge by reading the five questions, remember your answers (or jot them down), then click the link below to find the answers.
According to the Book of Exodus, where did Moses receive the 10 Commandments?
Which pope succeeded Pope Paul VI and served as Bishop of Rome for only 33 days?
Is San Diego an archdiocese or a diocese?
What is the name given to a small metal container that is used to bring Holy Communion to the sick?
What is the name given to the outer vestment worn by the priest at Mass?
If you have other members of your family or your friends who would like to be on our email list, just let me know or write to Mary McLain at email@example.comWe will be pleased to add them.
We have opened a YouTube channel where we have daily and Sunday Masses as well as Fr. Ron's new Bible Study posted for the parish called St Patrick Church Carlsbad that you can subscribe to.
Through Christ we are dead to sin but alive in God.
Jesus outlines the costs and rewards of discipleship.
Background on the Gospel Reading
Today’s Gospel is the conclusion of the instructions and consolations that we have heard Jesus offering to his disciples during the past few weeks. In this passage, Jesus summarizes both the costs of discipleship and its rewards. Once again our understanding of the Gospel is strengthened by considering the context in which it was written and the perspective of Matthew’s audience.
The conditions of discipleship outlined in Matthew’s Gospel may appear harsh. Yet they underline for us a truth—choosing anything with one’s whole heart has consequences. Choosing life with Christ means that every relationship we have must be understood from a new perspective. For many in Matthew’s community, this choice brought division to their family.
Matthew also outlines the reward of hospitality offered to Jesus’ followers. In today’s Gospel, Jesus explains the difficulties of discipleship, yet reveals that those who welcome the disciples have also welcomed him.
Today’s Gospel also highlights for us the importance of hospitality in the Christian life. To welcome another in Jesus’ name is to extend hospitality to Jesus himself. We have many opportunities in our daily life to reach out to others, to be a welcoming presence and a sign of God’s love.
Help Needed for Church Cleaning between Masses
In order to use the church for Masses on weekends, we need to be able to do a quick cleaning after each use (It only takes about 20 minutes). This applies to the chairs on the field if they are used for overflow Masses.
Many hands make light work. All materials are provided. Volunteers report to the kitchen of the church or the kindergarten room of the school. Thanks to Rick Nelson for coordinating this project and for setting up this easy and convenient way to sign up to help. To sign up to help, simply go to:
La hospitalidad era sagrada para los antiguos. Aún hoy, entre los pobres, el huésped es bienvenido y respetado con espontaneidad y humanidad. Los pobres se ayudan mutuamente y voluntariamente comparten lo poco que tienen. Hoy, especialmente en los países ricos y opulentos de Occidente, los extranjeros son considerados intrusos; la hospitalidad todavía se practica, pero está condicionada por el interés; se ha convertido en una industria, una fuente de ingresos. El turista es recibido porque aporta una valiosa moneda y, por lo tanto, riqueza.
Incluso los trabajadores extranjeros, los inmigrantes de otras regiones de la misma nación encuentran un lugar en nuestra sociedad, ya que proporcionan la fuerza laboral que se necesita. Pero más que "bienvenidos" a menudo son "soportados" como un mal necesario, como un precio a pagar. En muchos casos viven en guetos, en situaciones infrahumanas, con condiciones laborales a menudo injustas. Y cuando su presencia comienza a poner en peligro la seguridad de las regiones anfitrionas, o compromete los privilegios adquiridos, el extranjero es llevado de vuelta a la frontera ...
Sin embargo, sigue siendo cierto (¡y para los cristianos debe ser una razón para un examen serio de conciencia!), esa hospitalidad, el sentido de bienvenida, es una de las señales para medir la verdadera fidelidad al Evangelio de nuestras comunidades cristianas. Las manifestaciones xenófobas, los gestos de intolerancia hacia los extranjeros revelan el rostro anticristiano y antievangélico de las comunidades aparentemente cristianas y practicantes.
Throughout the time during which we have not had public Masses, many of our parishioners have continued to send or bring their contributions to the parish. Many have begun using Online Giving. I am so grateful that so many people have continued to contribute. It has been very helpful to the financial situation of the parish. While our income is down significantly, the generosity shown by so many has enabled us to maintain the parish complex, keep current with our bills, and pay our dedicated staff. Thank you all, very much!
As we begin to celebrate public Masses, we will not be passing the collection basket (for obvious reasons). There will be specially marked containers near the entrance to the churchor near the gate to the field into which you can place your offerings. Of course, you can continue to mail us your contribution or drop it off at the office (8:30 am – 12:30 pm). Our Online Giving program remains a good option as well. Thank you for supporting your parish.
Since July 4 is on a Saturday this year, the official government holiday is on July 3. Therefore, parish offices will be closed on Friday, July 3. The weekly email newsletter will be sent on July 2.
With regards to Masses, on July 3 we will celebrate the Feast of St. Thomas at our usual Mass times of 7:00 am, 8:00 am and 7:00 pm. On Saturday, July 4 we will celebrate the votive Mass for Independence Day Mass at 8:00 am.
From the Youth Ministry Office
Hello St. Pat’s Families,
We hope you’ve all been able to see many of the items we’ve shared in this parish e-newsletter which Fr. Ron has been putting out since the start of Covid-19. We also have posted a number of wonderful videos and photos to our youth ministry Instagram page. You can check that out by going to Instagram and searching the address of sdpats_youth
A couple of items to take note of.
For those families with Candidates who have completed the 2nd year of Confirmation preparation and have been waiting for a date to celebrate the Sacrament, we now have the date. You should have received an email from us this week with the pertinent information. You may also go to the parish website Confirmation site:
Once there, you’ll find all you need to know about our upcoming celebration of Confirmation with Bishop McElroy. Of course you can also contact the youth ministry office and we will be glad to help you.
Families wanting to register their son/daughter in either year one or year two of Confirmation for the 2020/2021 school year, the 1st tier window of registration has now closed. The 2nd tier will start July 7 and run through Sept. 4th. If you have any questions, please contact the youth ministry office.
The church is open for private prayer every day from 7:00am - 11:00am, and the Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe is Now Open!
Our parish offices are open, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 12:30pm.
During this time of inactivity, we will use our parish email system to communicate with parishioners to offer spiritual reflections and make announcements.
In case of an emergency, you can always reach us by phone. We will be checking regularly for messages and respond as soon as possible. If need be, the answering service can get in touch with one of our priests quickly.
If you know someone who does not receive our emails, please forward this to them, or have them reply to this message.
To email a priest at St. Patrick Church click the link below: