It is always nice to be able to share some good news. Our parish was recently approved for an SBA loan guaranteed by the federal government. We fall under the category of non-profits. The money is specifically earmarked for employee salaries. It includes two months of salaries for both the parish school and the parish employees.
We already have the money and it is restricted to the specified use and it needs to be accounted for separately. The good news is that the amount we spend for salaries, benefits and a few other small categories, will be forgiven. It must be used within the next 8 weeks. After 8 weeks, any unused money can be kept as a loan which we would have to pay back within 2 years (with interest), or simply return without any fees to the bank.
I will be discussing with the parish finance council and school finance council how this loan will be administered, specifically how to handle any amount that may remain after the 8 weeks. The Diocese of San Diego has been very helpful to parishes applying for these loans. The Finance Office of the Diocese will continue to guide us through the next few weeks to ensure that we are complying with the rules that govern the use of this money.
This money is a great blessingto our parish. We are grateful to all who made this money available and to those who assisted us in applying for it. And once again, I thank all of our parishioners who continue to financially support our parish through online giving and mailing in their regular contributions to the parish.May God bless you all.
I want to share with you a beautiful ecumenical prayer that was sung by members of a variety of Christian churches – Protestant, Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox – as an expression of God’s blessing upon us during the current worldwide pandemic. Everybody in the video is from the United Kingdom but it is a moving expression of prayer for the whole world.
Pray Our Lady’s Magnificat during May
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.
A few words from Fr. Ben
Last summer, while on vacation, a niece of mine suggested that I should put into writing a brief story of my life as a priest. She felt that most of my nieces and nephews did not know anything about my life as a priest because I have been in the US since 1969. I only see them once a year when I visit my family.
I entitled my reflections, "Our God is a God of Surprises," because He surprised me all through my life as a Eudist priest. If it had not been for the Eudist priests, I would never have been a priest.
If any one of you would be interested in reading about God's involvement in my life as a Eudist priest, just let me know. I'll be happy to e-mail you a copy.
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.
How many Beatitudes do we find in Matthew chapter 5 (Sermon on the Mount), the ones many of us memorized?
In what year was Pope Francis elected to be Bishop of Rome and Sovereign Pontiff?
Who was the only Catholic President of the United States?
In Luke’s gospel, a pregnant Mary visits a pregnant Elizabeth. What is the name of Elizabeth’s baby?
St. John Eudes had an outstanding devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. He taught everyone that Mary’s role is to lead us to Jesus. He famously said, “When you come to Mary, you find Jesus.” The following is the Opening Prayer for the Mass he composed in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. (Celebrated by the Eudist Family on February 8.).
O God, you willed that your only-begotten Son should live and reign in the Heart of the Virgin Mother.
Grant us, we pray, that, following the example of Jesus and Mary,
we may constantly accomplish your will in all things, and so merit to have but one heart with them and among ourselves. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
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.
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 and Family Ministry
Our faith learning changed from weekly classes at the parish to our families’ homes. The families received take-home packets and online resources, practical tips to help them cope while all are cooped up, links to online masses and prayers, prayers, and more prayers.
Our catechists keep in touch by reaching out via phone calls, emails, Easter cards, letters, Easter bags, saints medals, posters, and zoom, thus, still catechizing the children and parents, “echoing” the faith of the church with much love. As you read excerpts from their letters, please keep our parish catechists in your prayers as we continue to lift you up as well as our wonderful parish priests. [click the link to read some of them]
Coordinadora de Catequesis Infantil y Ministerio Familiar
Carta dirigida a los padres de familia del programa de catequesis y de RICA adaptado para niños, especialmente a los padres de los candidatos que se han preparado este año para recibir los Sacramentos del Bautismo y la Primera Comunión.
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
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Our church building is open for four hours, seven days a week: 7:00 am – 11:00 am. Please remember to wear a mask or face covering when in the church and observe social distancing of at least 6 feet.
La iglesia está abierta para visitas
Nuestra iglesia está abierta durante cuatro horas, siete días a la semana: 7:00 a.m. a 11:00 a.m. Recuerde usar una máscara o una cubierta facial cuando esté en la iglesia y observe el distanciamiento social de al menos 6 pies.
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
The Parish Office will be closed until further notice, but you can call to leave a message: 760.729.2866
During this time of inactivity, we will use our parish email system to communicate with parishioners to offer spiritual reflections and make announcements.
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