Heavenly Father, on this Mother’s Day, we thank you for our mothers through whom your gift of life begins and through whom we are nurtured into great human beings.
We lift up all mothers to your love and care. We pray for them, for their need for strength and support to continue to nurture a family of love, in honor and love for you, our God.
Lord Jesus Christ, we ask you to bless all mothers today and every day.
A Word from the Pastor
May 8, 2020
With the coming of the warm weather this week, it seems appropriate to share with you that the new air conditioning in the Parish Center has been installed. There were many delays over more than 18 months, but at last the job is complete. Now we just need to be able to use the building.
I share this by way of saying that parish life continues here at St. Patrick. Other areas of physical improvement are being taken care of. Our maintenance men and business manager continue to make sure that our campus is safe, clean and in good repair. I am very grateful for the work they do on a daily basis. Admittedly, some major projects have been postponed until we see what our financial situation will be going forward.
Of course, most of our ministries are continuing in some adapted way. The school, religious education and youth ministry have adapted to distance learning often using new technologies. Many of our Bible studies have learned to use videoconferencing. Likewise, our RCIA is using this format. Our YouTube channel has become so useful in providing recorded Masses for every day of the week, as well as the Easter Bible Study. Our ministry to the homeless is joining with other churches and groups in Carlsbad to provide meals on a daily basis to those in need. Those who are sick are being visited as much as currently permitted. Those who have died during these past six weeks have received a proper (albeit restricted) Catholic burial.
Bottom line: we are doing pretty well! Thanks to everyone who has made an extra effort to adapt to these evolving circumstances. We will continue to comply with government recommendations. We will move forward at a measured pace. We will exercise great prudence on the road to the “new normal.” But above all, we will always be St. Patrick Catholic Community.
The most recent additions to the YouTube videos of the Easter Bible Study are the two-part presentation on the Resurrection Narratives by Luke. You can find these by going to our parish website or YouTube channel. There you will also find the other presentations on the Easter accounts of Mark and Matthew.
Among Catholics, May is most well-known as “Mary’s Month,” a specific month of the year when special devotions are performed in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
There are many different factors that contributed to this association. First of all, in ancient Greece and Rome the month of May was dedicated to pagan goddesses connected to fertility and springtime (Artemis and Flora, respectively). This, combined with other European rituals commemorating the new season of spring, led many Western cultures to view May as a month of life and motherhood. This was long before “Mother’s Day” was ever conceived, though the modern celebration is closely related to this innate desire to honor maternity during the spring months.
In the early Church there is evidence of a major feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrated on the 15th of May each year, but it wasn’t until the 18th century that May received a particular association with the Virgin Mary. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia,“ The May devotion in its present form originated at Rome where Father Latomia of the Roman College of the Society of Jesus, to counteract infidelity and immorality among the students, made a vow at the end of the eighteenth century to devote the month of May to Mary. From Rome the practice spread to the other Jesuit colleges and thence to nearly every Catholic church of the Latin rite.”
Dedicating an entire month to Mary wasn’t a new tradition, as there existed a prior tradition of devoting 30 days to Mary called Tricesimum, which was also known as “Lady Month.”
Various private devotions to Mary quickly became widespread during the month of May, as it is recorded in the Raccolta, a publication of prayers published in the mid-19th century.
In 1945, Pope Pius XII solidified May as a Marian month after establishing the feast of the Queenship of Mary on May 31. After the Second Vatican Council, this feast was moved to August 22, while May 31 became the feast of the Visitation of Mary.
The month of May is one rich in tradition and a beautiful time of the year to honor our heavenly mother.
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.
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.
Who is the patron saint of priests?
Who was an inspiring Sister who won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the poor?
What was the name of the cousin that the young Virgin Mary visited after the angel shared the good news with here? What was her husband’s name?
Which of the four gospels was most likely the first one written?
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 early Christian community chooses seven people to serve at table so that the Twelve can devote themselves to prayer and the ministry of the word.
The Lord is merciful toward those who trust in him.
1 Peter 2:4-9
Those who have faith are chosen in Christ to be a holy priesthood.
Jesus tells his disciples, “I am the way and the truth and the life.”
Background on the Gospel Reading
The readings for the last few Sundays have been about the Resurrection, but today’s Gospel takes us back in time to an event in Jesus’ life before his Passion. Jesus tells his disciples that he is going to prepare a place for them in his Father’s house. He promises that where he is going, his disciples will be able to follow. Thomas, who will later doubt the disciples’ reports that they have seen the Risen Lord, contradicts Jesus by saying that the disciples don’t know where Jesus is going or how to get there. Jesus explains that he himself is the way, the truth, and the life. In knowing and loving Jesus, the disciples now love God the Father.
Philip then makes a request that challenges Jesus’ words. Philip wants Jesus to show the Father to the disciples. Recall that Jesus has just told his disciples, “If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” As a good teacher, Jesus responds to Philip by repeating and elaborating on what he has just told the disciples: they have seen and known Jesus, so they have seen and known the Father. Then Jesus offers another reassurance about his departure: because of faith in God and in Jesus, the disciples will do the work that Jesus has done and more.
The connection between Jesus and his Father, between Jesus’ work and the work of the Father, is made clear in today’s Gospel. Jesus is in the Father, and God the Father is in Jesus. As God spoke his name to Moses, “I am,” so too Jesus speaks his name to his disciples: “I am the way and the truth and the life.”
The revelation of the Trinity is completed in the passage that follows today’s reading, and it is the Gospel for next Sunday. Because Jesus goes away, the Father will send in Jesus’ name the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, who will continue the work of the Father and of Jesus.
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
“Yo soy el Buen Pastor” (Jn 10, 11.14)
Al identificarse a sí mismo como "el buen pastor", Jesús aludió a lo que el Antiguo Testamento entendía de Dios como el pastor de su pueblo, Israel. Dios algunas veces nombró líderes para pastorear a su pueblo en su nombre como Josué o David. Sin embargo, la intención siempre fue que Dios mismo pastoreara a su pueblo. Aquí Jesús, como Dios encarnado, revela cómo sucederá esto. Jesús es el "único pastor" que cuida al "único rebaño", que es la Iglesia. Él conoce a sus ovejas íntimamente y ellas lo conocen a él. Como buen pastor, no abandonará a su rebaño. Más bien, Jesús está dispuesto a morir para proteger a sus ovejas. De hecho, Jesús murió en la cruz por su rebaño. Él dio su vida para que nosotros, sus ovejas, podamos vivir. Pero incluso en la muerte, Jesús no nos abandonó. Él todavía está con nosotros (sus ovejas) como nuestro buen pastor, llevándonos a donde necesitamos estar. Por lo tanto, sigamos a nuestro buen pastor donde sea que nos lleve.
¿Reconoces la voz de Jesús? ¿Lo sigues como el buen pastor de tu vida? ‘¿Qué prioridades necesitas cambiar para buscar más fielmente a 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.
As we approach Mother’s Day this Sunday, we also remember that this is the month that we celebrate Mary in the Church. With that in mind, our Core Team has made a Mother’s Day video of us with our Mom’s praying the Hail Mary and wishing all of you the happiest of Mother’s Day. This year, hopefully we take extra appreciation in our Mom’s and our families.
Pat Clasby and the Youth Ministry Team
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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.
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.
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