Someone recently asked me why I always use the words “In one Heart” as a closing for my letters and emails. The answer is simple but profound. It has to do with our Congregation’s Eudist spirituality.
St. John Eudes – in addition to his ministry in the formation of priests, preaching parish missions, and helping women in difficulty – also promoted devotion to the Heart of Mary and the Heart of Jesus. He composed a Mass in honor of the Heart of Mary and got permission to celebrate it publicly in 1648. Likewise, he later composed a Mass in honor of the Heart of Jesus and celebrated it for the first time in 1672. He also wrote extensively about the meaning of these feasts.
For him, the heart is primarily a symbol of love. The Heart of Mary is full of love for God, for her Son Jesus and for all of us. Likewise, the Heart of Jesus is full of love for his Father, for his Mother, and for all of God’s children. He reflected on how these two hearts are united in love. He liked to use the expression that the hearts of Jesus and Mary are so closely united that they form one Heart.
We are invited into this unity of the one Heart of Jesus and Mary. In the Mass of the Heart of Mary, John Eudes prays that we may have but one heart with them and among ourselves. So the love of Jesus and Mary, symbolized in the image of a Heart, reaches out to include us.
We are one in the united Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
We hear a great deal about preventing the spread of Covid-19 and maintaining the health of our loved ones as well as ourselves. Another area that needs our attention is our own mental health as well as the mental health of those in our families and other loved ones. The changes and disruptions of our routines creates increased stress. There are a variety of ways to deal with increased stress. A healthy diet, regular exercise, prayer and meditation, can all help.
But sometimes the ordinary stress relievers are not enough, especially at highly stressful situations. In those moments, it is useful to reach out for help. Our parish mental health ministry can help. Give them a call if you need someone to talk to. The number is 760. 729.2866 ext. 393.
In addition, see below for a list of other places to turn for help.
The Magnificat, taken from Luke’s Gospel (1:46-55), isthe Blessed Virgin Mary’s hymn of praise to the Lord. Its name comes from the first line of its text in Latin (Magnificat anima mea Dominum) translated in the first line below. Mary proclaims the Lord’s greatness with characteristic humility and grace.
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever.
After Mary gives her consent to becoming the Mother of God, -- “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38) -- she goes “with haste” (1:39) to help Elizabeth, who is delighted to see her. Our Lady then expresses her joy in the Magnificat.
When we pray the Magnificat, we express our joy and thanks to God for allowing us also to be his instruments in our world. Like Mary and with Mary, we proclaim the great works of the Lord.
Mother's Mass Intentions
During the month of May, we will be remembering the intentions of mothers, living and deceased, in our recorded Masses. Usually we have envelopes available in the church on which the names of any mothers are written. Unfortunately, we cannot make envelopes available this year.
However, if you would like to have a special remembrance in our Masses for any mothers, please send us an ordinary envelope with a piece of paper with the names of the mothers as well as an offering of any amount. Mail this to the church address. These papers will be placed on the altar for the remainder of the month of May.
Help Needed for Recording
We have been blessed with dedicated people who have created a smooth system for recording our parish Masses during this time of church closure. We are sad that one of them, Gaston Garcia, will be leaving us and relocating for his work. We thank him for his many weeks of service to our community.
Therefore, we need one or two more people to volunteer a couple hours a week to record our Masses. Preferably, that would be on Mondays, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. We can be flexible but it needs to be during the day time. The procedure is quite simple and we have a good system that makes it easy. Basic familiarity with a laptop is all that is needed.
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.
In what year was St. Patrick Parish founded?
Over the years, how many church buildings has the parish occupied?
How many years has Fr. Ron been an ordained priest?
How many of the priests of our parish have lived and worked in the Diocese of Buffalo?
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 firstname.lastname@example.orgWe 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.
I realize that some of you are experiencing budget problems of your own at this time and I am not asking to cut yourself short. But please keep in mind the needs of our parish during these uncertain times.
Those of you who use weekly offertory envelopes, please enclose your giving into the special mailing envelope that comes in your packet
Many of you pay your bills using online banking bill pay, you can choose St. Patrick Church to receive donations to Sunday Collection this way
The people of Samaria accept the Gospel of Jesus proclaimed to them by Philip.
Sing praise to God, all the earth.
1 Peter 3:15-18
Be ready to give explanation for your hope in Christ.
Jesus promises his disciples that he will send them another advocate, the Spirit of truth.
Background on the Gospel Reading
Today’s Gospel is a continuation of last week’s Gospel: Jesus is speaking to his disciples at the Last Supper. In today’s reading Jesus offers encouragement to his disciples, who will soon see him crucified. He reassures them that even though he will leave them, he will not abandon them. Instead he will send them the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, through whom the disciples will continue to live in union with Jesus.
Jesus uses the term Advocate to describe the Holy Spirit, whom the disciples will receive. Another word used to describe the Holy Spirit is Paraclete, a legal term meaning “one who offers defense for another.” Note that Jesus says that he will send “another Advocate.” Jesus himself is the first advocate, interceding for his disciples with the Father.
In today’s reading Jesus contrasts his impending departure with the permanence of the gift of the Holy Spirit. Jesus will leave to return to the Father, but the Holy Spirit will remain with the disciples.
Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, the disciples will come to know and appreciate the unity of the Son and the Father. They will also understand that they too participate in the communion between the Father and the Son: “On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you” (John 14:20).
Today’s reading is one example of the contrast that John’s Gospel presents between the community of disciples, to whom God will reveal himself, and the unbelieving world, which will remain in darkness. The unbelieving world cannot accept the “Spirit of truth,” whom the disciples will receive. Only through the Spirit will God’s revelation and love be known.
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.
Creo, Jesús mío,
que estás real
en el Santísimo Sacramento del Altar.
Te amo sobre todas las cosas
y deseo vivamente recibirte
dentro de mi alma,
pero no pudiendo hacerlo
ven al menos
espiritualmente a mi corazón.
Y como si ya te hubiese recibido,
te abrazo y me uno del todo a Ti.
Señor, no permitas que jamás me aparte de Ti. Amen
A Message from Fr. Carlos
Una comunidad que continúa la misión de Cristo…
Una condición esencial para continuar la misión de Cristo es crecer juntos a su alrededor como piedras vivas; es "hacer sus obras". Tenemos una confirmación de esto en la vida y la catequesis de la comunidad primitiva. En el contexto de la elección de los siete "diáconos" hay una situación de contraste entre los cristianos que pertenecen a dos grupos diferentes en mentalidad, idioma, tradiciones, cultura; se percibe la presencia de diferentes fuerzas y tendencias que ya existían dentro de la Iglesia de los orígenes. La solución de estas tensiones se busca en una línea de equilibrio y reorganización de la Iglesia, para un servicio más efectivo de los hermanos: la comunidad, mientras crece por la multiplicación del "número de discípulos", también comienza, bajo la guía del Espíritu, a trabajar en diferentes ministerios. Todos son piedras vivas utilizadas para la construcción del mismo edificio espiritual.
Celebrando el memorial de la muerte y resurrección del Señor, la asamblea se construye cada vez más como un edificio espiritual, sólido y compacto, construido con piedras vivas alrededor de Cristo, la Piedra Angular. Y Él está presente camino, la verdad y la vida: camino que lleva al Padre a unirse a nosotros en su sacrificio ofrecido por amor al Padre y a los hermanos; verdad que se hace conocer y penetra cada vez más profundamente en nuestros corazones a través de la palabra proclamada y escuchada en la fe; vida dada en participación en la mesa eucarística. Celebrar la Eucaristía es realmente entrar, a través de Cristo, con Cristo y en Cristo, en la comunión de la vida con el Padre; estar en el Padre como Jesús.
From the Religious Education Office
Alleluia moments ️
Our students, parents, and catechists have been sharing “Alleluia moments” connecting with each other from home to home.
They sent pictures how they prayed, played, enjoyed nature and spending time as a family.
Thank you all for encouraging each other to keep hope and faith as we journey with each other through the Easter season to Pentecost.
United in prayer,
From Mrs. Facon, catechist & bible study facilitator
“You’re My Wednesday!”
My father prayed for each of his children on a specific day of the week, but I did not know this until I was a wife and mother myself.
I can’t fully express how special, honored and loved I felt when my father said, “You’re My Wednesday!” and explained that he has prayed for me each and every Wednesday since I was born.
For my dad’s 80th birthday, my five brothers and sisters made shirts with some of his favorite sayings. Then we took turns sharing what these statements mean to us and how much he has blessed our lives.
It is amazing how much knowing someone is praying for you can bless your life.
I pray for my husband and both my children and their future spouses on their specific days, but Wednesday’s will always be reserved for my dad!
This is a great way to connect with your children and children to connect with your parents.
So….. Moms, Dads, and Kids: What’s Your Day?
A New Youth Leadership Team!
Too often we hear what’s negative about young people in our world today. I am happy to tell you about the wonderful young people of our parish who have stepped forward to be Catholic youth leaders for St. Patrick’s Youth Ministry Core Team. I’m pleased to showcase the attached video which introduces our team members.
In this video you will meet the members of our 2020/2021 High School Core Leadership Team. These young people weren’t just picked at random. Each of them applied to be on the team by filling out and answering a series of questions. Then, they were interviewed by our youth ministry staff and a graduating member of our 2019/2020 Core Team.
In the end, these 27 youth have made a commitment to serve our youth ministry and parish community in a variety of ways in the coming year.
We ask for your prayers as we all look at new ways to practice ministry going forward this school year.
Enjoy the video and see that the Church is alive and well in our young people today.
Thanks and Blessings to your families,
Director of Youth Ministry
3821 Adams Street
Carlsbad, California 92008
The church is open for private prayer every day from 7:00am - 11:00am, however the Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe is closed, masks please
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