Besides being the Solemnity of All Saints, November 1 is also the end of daylight savings time. As we all “fall back” by one hour, the time of sunset will also be much earlier. It will be getting dark earlier as we are reminded of the shortening of the days.
Since it is certain that we will be celebrating our Masses outside on the covered court for some time yet, we think it is advisable to adjust our Mass schedule for the fall and winter months. While there are lights on the covered court, I am not sure that there will be enough light to ensure the safe walking in and out for our parishioners. It will also be cooler in the dark than in the sunlight.
Beginning the weekend of October 31-November 1, our Saturday Masses will be at 3:00 pm (English) and 5:00 pm (Spanish). The first Mass on Sunday will return to its former time of 7:30 am. The rest of the Sunday schedule will remain at 9:00 am (English), 11:00 am (English) and 1:00 pm (Spanish). The Sunday afternoon Mass will begin at 4:00 pm. The link below contains the full weekend schedule.
I also want to mention that we just bought 100 more chairs. This was necessitated by the increasing attendance at our Masses. We were able to pay for these new chairs with money left over in our “chair fund” of donations from the generosity of our parishioners.
Also, as the days grow shorter, they will also grow cooler. Some days are also windy. We do not have a way of heating the large area we use for Mass outside. We will all have to dress warmly and eventually bring a blanket. We priests will try not to prolong the time that you will be sitting outside.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. As always, we are trying to adjust as best we can to the changing circumstances around us. But God has been so good to us.
Many of our parishioners like to look at the readings for Mass before they come to Mass. Others follow along with the readings during the Mass. Here are a couple places where you can find the Scripture readings from the Catholic lectionary.
Laudate includes many awesome resources such as an interactive Rosary, Daily Readings, the Liturgy of the Hours, and many Catholic prayers. It is available in many languages which is good for a bilingual Mass. And the best part is that it is free to download and use.
Catholic Daily Readings App - This free simple app, easy to use. If you are looking for a quick app for the Catholic Readings, this is it. However, it seems to be only in English.
iBreviary is an app that provides the complete Liturgy of the Hours (Morning, Evening Prayer, et.) as well readings assigned for the daily Eucharist. It also contains a wide variety of Catholic prayers.
There are many other apps that contain the scripture readings for Mass. Likewise, there are a variety of printed resources that contain the readings and Mass texts. We will make suggestions next week for some of these print resources that are readily available.
Our annual All Souls Day Mass for all those who have died in the past year will be celebrated on November 2 at 7:00 pm on the outdoor covered court where we have Mass on weekends. The Mass will be bilingual.
The Knights of Columbus have been conducting a very successful food drive throughout the month of October. Have you been a part of it? So far, 14 barrels of food have been sent to the Food Bank of San Diego. This Sunday will be the last day that they will be receiving food donations after all the Sunday Masses. See the attached flyer for suggestions on needed items as well as items that cannot be accepted.
In the Catholic Church, marriage is a sacrament. It is more than a ceremony; it is a lifelong commitment of two persons. The bride and groom join their lives in a covenant relationship. The Rite of Marriage says that the love of husband and wife is a reflection of the love of God for all people. The couple ARE the sacrament.
The short article that is linked here is a two-page summary of Catholic teaching on this sacrament. It was prepared by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2012.
In these days of pandemic with all the cautions to be careful of infecting one another, it could be easy to feel like we are alone. This classic favorite song is a useful reminder that we are never truly alone. The song is sung by a virtual choir and orchestra of over 300 people from 15 nations. It can even be a prayer because it reminds us that God always walks with us on our journey through this world.
"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.
Why do Catholic churches have holy water near the doors and why do people make the sign of the cross with the holy water?
What church is built over the bones that are believed to be those of St. Peter, the Apostle?
Who is the patron saint of firefighters?
What are the Fruits of the Holy Spirit according to Galatians 5:22-23(nine of them)?
According to the Gospel of Mark, what did Jesus say as he hung upon the cross?
Our parish is blessed by so many kind and generous people. Even in the midst of the ever-changing circumstances of parish life during a pandemic, 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!
Even as Masses are being celebrated outside on the school grounds, there will be specially marked baskets on the tables near the entrance 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). Online giving remains a good option as well. Thank you for supporting your parish.
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.
The Lord teaches that compassion ought to be shown to the alien and to the poor.
The Lord is our strength.
1 Thessalonians 1:5c-10
Paul tells the Thessalonians that their conversion to the Lord has been an example to all believers.
The Pharisees continue to test Jesus with a question about the greatest commandment.
Background on the Gospel Reading
This week’s Gospel follows close behind the Gospel read last Sunday.It is the last of three questions put to Jesus by Jewish religious leaders who are trying to trick him into saying something that might get him arrested. This reminds us that the context for today’s reading is the mounting tension between Jesus and the religious leaders in Jerusalem.
The Herodians and the Pharisees asked the first question, which was about taxes. The Sadducees asked the second question, which was about the Resurrection (see Matthew 22:22-33). The third question, considered in today’s Gospel, is asked by a Pharisee who asks Jesus about the greatest of the commandments.
The question requires Jesus to interpret the Law of Moses. The Mosaic Law consists of the Ten Commandments and many additional rules, numbering over six hundred. Adherence to the Mosaic Law, for a devout Jew, is an expression of faithfulness to God’s covenant with Israel. The ranking of the Commandments was regularly debated among the teachers of the Law.
Jesus answers the Pharisees’ question with a two-fold summary. Jesus says that all of the commandments can be summarized in two commandments: love God and love your neighbor. Both of these were central elements of the religious tradition Jesus learned from his Jewish community. Indeed these continue to be central aspects of contemporary Jewish religious understanding. Jesus’ response to his questioners proposed an integral connection between these two aspects of the Jewish Law. Love of God finds its expression in our love for our neighbor.
Continuamos en nuestra jornada en este tiempo de la pandemia; que este tiempo sea de beneficio y reflexión personal en el gran amor que Dios nos tiene a cada uno de nosotros. Por causa de esta pandemia hemos sido forzados a ser cambios en nuestras vidas cotidiana y muchos de esos cambios no los consideramos buenos. Pero tranquilos, sepan que Dios está trabajando y miraremos el fruto a su divino tiempo. Estemos atentos y despiertos a su voz. Para reflexión, mediten las preguntas escritas abajo. Y para su crecimiento, empuje el botón abajo y lea otro mensaje.
¿Está Dios a mi centro, la inspiración y el impulso detrás de mis pensamientos, sentimientos y acciones?
¿Quién es el sorprendente vecino que Jesús me llama a amar?
The registration form gives you choices to sign up for a weekly class time or at home teaching. Currently, we do not offer weekly classes on site. Instead, we have in-person family events every two to three weeks at those times. Families gather for a devotion and pick up materials for the at home learning as well as resources for the season of the church year. Catechists are assigned to accompany the families with the at home-learning.
Reflection: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jesus tells us that love for God, others, and self should permeate our hearts, minds, and souls so much that there is no space for anything else. Instead of giving us a list of what not to do, Jesus tells us to focus on what and who we should be. Why is it hard sometimes to love your neighbor? How do you show love for yourself?
Halloween Candy Drive
We gladly accept Halloween candy as donations for the House of the Poor. The Sisters of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Queen of Peace coordinate an annual Christmas distribution where 1,700 impoverished families receive a chicken, rice, beans, canned vegetables and fruit, and a bag of candy to make Christmas festivities a little sweeter! Families also receive blankets, jackets, shoes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and toys for the children.
Please bring your candy donations to the parish office (between 8:30am – 12:30pm) by November 6 or to the next family event. You may also donate other items (blankets, toothbrushes, and toothpaste)
If you would like to bag your candy donations in Freezer Quart-Size, Ziploc bags it would be helpful. Freezer Quart-Size Ziploc bags MUST be used. Other types of bags pop open and rip. No worries if you do not have the correct bag size. We readily pack up any donations dropped off by November 6.
“There are concrete ways of teaching love. When these children grow up, they will know what it means to give.” St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
Con alegría les damos la bienvenida al nuevo curso de catequesis. Al comenzar nuestra jornada de fe esperamos poder acompañarlos y brindarles el apoyo necesario al aventurarnos en el método híbrido (virtual y en persona) de enseñanza que nos permite continuar creciendo en la fe en un ambiente seguro y saludable. “Los métodos cambian, lo esencial no cambia”.
Entendemos que esta nueva metodología puede acarrear un poco de estrés a su vida diaria por eso quiero aprovechar este espacio para compartirles unos Consejos de Salud Mental. Comenzaremos con los beneficios del ejercicio físico en nuestra salud física y mental.
Un poco de ejercicio físico puede hacer mucho. Está comprobado que el ejercicio aeróbico (correr, caminar o andar en bicicleta) son estimulantes del estado de ánimo. Es por eso importante dedicar al menos una hora diaria a esta importante actividad con sus hijos. También es sabido que la actividad física no solo trae beneficios a nuestra salud física, sino que también puede prevenir o ayudar con problemas de salud mental tales como la ansiedad y la depresión que a menudo se desencadenan con el estrés que experimentamos a diario.
También es posible que el ejercicio pueda desencadenar cambios en la autoestima, la liberación de endorfinas que mejoran el estado de ánimo y la producción de ciertas proteínas. Y lo mejor de todo es que es gratuito! Así que la recomendación de esta semana es a mover el esqueleto!
With joy we welcome you to a new year of catechesis. As we begin our journey of faith, we hope to be able to accompany you and provide the necessary support as we venture into the hybrid (virtual and in-person) method of teaching that allows us to continue to grow in faith in a safe and healthy environment.
"The methods change, the essential does not change."
We understand that this new methodology can bring a little stress to your daily life, so I want to take this time to share some Mental Health Tips. We will start with the benefits of physical exercise on our physical and mental health.
A little physical exercise can do a lot. Aerobic exercise (running, walking, or biking) is proven to be mood boosters. That is why it is important to dedicate at least one hour a day to this important activity with your children. It is also known that physical activity not only brings benefits to our physical health, but can also prevent or help with mental health problems such as anxiety and depression that are often triggered by the stress we experience on a daily basis. It is also possible that exercise may trigger changes in self-esteem, the release of mood boosting endorphins and the production of certain proteins.
And best of all, it is free! So, this week's recommendation is to move your skeleton!
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- 760-729-2866.
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