Happy Fathers’ Day to all of you who have accepted one of the most important vocations in the world. What a joyful experience and what an awesome responsibility!
Pope Francis recently said: “Fathers are not born, but made. A man does not become a father simply by bringing a child into the world, but by taking up the responsibility to care for that child. Whenever a man accepts responsibility for the life of another, in some way he becomes a father to that person” I applaud all of you who have unselfishly accepted the Lord’s call to be a real father to your children.
On the day your child was baptized, during the ceremony you accepted the responsibility to bring your child up in the practice of the faith. Of course, the best way to do that is by your example. As a loving person, as a prayerful person, as a generous person, as a person who takes his own faith seriously, you teach a powerful lesson to your children. All the things that I try to do as a priest cannot outweigh the powerful witness of your faith to your children.
Every father is a reflection of God our Father who is loving, merciful, just, and gentle. You can introduce your children to God the Father by praying together with them and allowing them to hear you pray.
I came across a short but challenging article called “8 Things Every Catholic Dad Should Know about Fatherhood.” It is attached below. As you reflect on it, please know that all the fathers of our parish are being remembered in prayer throughout this week ahead.
I think most of us are happy that so many of the state mandates have been ended or modified. Bishop McElroy sent a letter to pastors yesterday in which he announced that most of the restrictions that he had asked us to observe have been lifted. This is great news because it gives us as a parish the opportunity to worship more freely and with greater enthusiasm.
Effective immediately, masks are no longer required at any of our Masses or parish activities. Of course, individuals who desire to wear their mask are also free to do so. I am also asking that our ministers of Holy Communion continue to wear masks during the distribution of Communion.
There are more changes that we will implement this coming week. They take a bit of planning and reorganizing. There will be a number of additional changes that will be in place by next weekend.
In light of these upcoming changes, I am asking that all liturgical ministers come to a meeting on Monday, June 21 at 7:00 pm in the church. This includes special ministers of Holy Communion, lectors, ministers of hospitality and music ministry. Please make an effort to be present so that the transition will be smooth.
Special thanks to everyone who has worked so hard in the past 15 months to make it possible for us to worship safely and prudently.
In one Heart,
Mozart’s Divertimento No 10
Relax and enjoy this beautiful classical piece by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Divertimento No. 10 for 2 horns & strings in F major ("Lodronische Nachtmusik"), K. 247 (with Score) Composed: 1776 Conductor: Herbert von Karajan Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
It is about 32 minutes long and is wonderfully relaxing. Close your eyes and imagine the instruments or follow along the score on the screen.
The ordination of George Perez, CJM will take place here on the outdoor covered court of St. Patrick Parish. All parishioners and friends are invited to attend on Saturday, November 19 at 11:00 am. Please join the Eudist Fathers in this joyful occasion. See the full invitation which is available by clicking below.
Reflections on the Spirituality of the Sacred Heart
Fr. Ricardo Chinchilla, CJM will offer some stimulating reflection on the spirituality of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Thursday, June 24. This was a very important part of the spiritual teachings of St. John Eudes who was declared “father, apostle and doctor of liturgical devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.”
The same presentation will be offered in the morning at St. James Parish in Solana Beach and in the evening at St. Patrick Parish in Carlsbad. See the attached flyer for more information.
"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.
For this week’s Catholic Trivia, click on the button to open the picture of some vessels that are used in Catholic ceremonies. Each is numbered. Can you identify each of the numbered items?
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.
As we continue in Ordinary Time, our reading today is taken from the Gospel of Mark, the primary Gospel reading in Lectionary Cycle B. Mark's Gospel presents a vivid portrait of Jesus, whose words and deeds show that he is the Son of God. Today's Gospel describes the end of a day of teaching in Jesus' ministry. Jesus taught the crowd in parables and then offered explanations of these parables to his disciples. Jesus then led his disciples away from the crowds and into the boats that they will use to cross the Sea of Galilee. The sea and its surrounding area are the settings for Jesus' teachings and miracles in this part of Mark's Gospel. Today's reading describes how Jesus calmed a storm at sea. It is the first of four miracles that are presented in sequence at this point in Mark's Gospel.
As is typical in Mark's Gospel, Jesus' disciples are frightened by the sudden storm; they do little to inspire confidence in the reader. Mark notes the contrast between the disciples' terror and Jesus' peace. Jesus is sleeping, untroubled by what is going on around him.
The disciples' words to Jesus are telling. They are familiar enough with Jesus to dare to wake him. Their words to him are words of reproach, questioning his care for them. A careful reader might wonder what the disciples expected Jesus to do. Are they more troubled by the storm or by Jesus' inattentiveness to their needs? How many of us have chided a family member or friend for not agreeing with our assessment of the severity of a situation?
Today's Gospel offers evidence of Jesus' power and authority as he calms the storm. In his day, power over nature was believed to be a sign of divinity—only God calms storms. Jesus' rebuke of the storm also echoes the rebuke he uses when he talks to and expels demons. In each situation, Jesus' power and authority is a sign of his divinity. Indeed, the disciples are left wondering about Jesus' identity at the conclusion of today's Gospel. They see before them a human being who acts with the authority and power of God. The disciples' uncertainty about Jesus' identity is a recurring theme in Mark's Gospel.
This Gospel is a metaphor for our lives. We are in the boat, the storms of life are raging around us, and like the disciples, we may believe that Jesus is unconcerned, or “sleeping.” We hope that we will be as familiar with Jesus as his disciples. If we feel that Jesus is sleeping, are we comfortable enough to wake Jesus and present him with our needs? Jesus does not chide his disciples for waking him. Instead he chides them for their lack of faith, for their lack of perspective. When we bring our worries to God in prayer, we might just begin to learn to see things from God's perspective.
The annual Peter’s Pence collection gives us the opportunity to support the Holy Father’s works of mercy throughout the world. This year the collection is scheduled for the weekend of June 26-27. This is a way for us to reach out to the neediest and most marginalized people across the world. Please place your donation in the basket at the entrance.
We Are the World
These days, we need to be reminded that we are part of a worldwide community. We need to be reminded that we are responsible for one another, not just for ourselves. These children do a great job of reminding us with a classic song from a few decades ago.
Diacono Miguel Enriquez
Creo que todos hemos experimentado tormentas violentas en nuestras vidas. Recordamos bien los vientos fuertesy lluvia que sacudía el carro y camión (u otro vehículo de transportación), y los relámpagos que alumbraban el cielo obscuro. Y sentíamos que nuestra vida estaba en peligro y hacíamos lo único que podíamos hacer, rezar. En nuestras vidas, esas tormentas vienen de otras maneras, la tormenta de sentirnos amados o necesitados, la tormenta sentirnos perdonados o dignos. En el Evangelio de este domingo, San Marcos nos da la imagen de Jesucristo con una voz fuerte que calma la tormenta en un instante. Y es esa misma voz de Jesús que quiere calmar todas las diferentes tormentas que enfrentamos todos los días de nuestras vidas. Es esa misma voz de Jesús que quiere sanar, restaurar, liberar y amarnos.¿Qué tenemos que hacer para escuchar la voz de Jesús?Ponernos quietos, abrir nuestro corazón y mente, y escuchar lo que Jesús nos está diciendo. Vivir confiando totalmente en el Jesús que nos ama y sólo desea darnos su Paz. ¿Cuáles son las tormentas/fuerzas que me asustan y prueban mi fe? ¿He invitado a Jesús que hable una palabra que me dará valor y calma?
Por favor haga clic en los enlaces indicados. Espero que les ayude en sus momentos de reflexión.
Registration Information for the 2021 -2022 School Year
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We are here to support you in forming your children in the Catholic Faith and to help you connect with other families in our parish community. In the new school year, we offer in-person classes and a home study option for students in kindergarten through 8th grade. Sacramental preparation (Baptism, First Confession, First Communion age 6 and older) is a two-year process.
Choices for school year 2021-2022
For each child choose one of the following on the registration form
Sunday 9:00 am – 10:00 am: Kindergarten, and grade 1/2 (Year One Communion class)
Sunday 10:00 am – 11:00am: Classes for grades 3-8 (including Communion classes)
Wednesday 3:15 am – 4:15pm: Classes for grades K-8 (including Communion classes)
Teach at Home & Family catechesis: Lessons are done at home.
Family catechesis session:
First Sunday/month: 10:15am – 11:15am: for families who choose the home study option for year two of the sacramental preparation.
Second Monday/month: 6:00pm-7:15pm: for home study families with children of all ages
Opening Days for the program: Sunday, Sept 19 and Wednesday, Sept 22
You may register online – the Registration form is on our church website www.stpatrickcarlsbad.com or you may make an appointment to register in person in the Religious Education office.
Fee is $80 per student. Payment plans are available.
Our parish offices are now open, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 12:30pm and 1:30 to 4:30pm
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- 760-729-2866.
If you know someone who does not receive our emails, please forward this to them, or have them reply to this message.
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