Fr. James Burson, CJM. He died on Tuesday, August 25 at Tri City Hospital. He had developed pneumonia and he was not strong enough to fight it off.
Fr. Jim was born in 1934 and was ordained a Eudist priest on March 9, 1963. For many years he served as the librarian of Cardinal Dougherty High School in Buffalo, NY. When the school closed in 1979, Fr. Burson remained in Buffalo for several years and then transferred to Mowata, Louisiana where he served as pastor of the local parish. He was well-known for creating an adoration chapel and promoting Eucharistic adoration.
When he came to San Diego, he lived and worked with Fr. Bill Rowland who was the pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish San Diego. A few years after the Eudists came to St. Patrick’s, Fr. Jim made the move to Carlsbad. He helped with Masses and confessions even while living at Las Villas assisted living facility. He may be best known in our parish for the wonderful Mardi Gras celebrations.
A parish funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, September 5, at 10:00 am. I will preside and Fr. Bill will give the homily. It will take place on the covered court of the school. Please join the Eudist Fathers in praying for the repose of Fr. Burson’s soul. May he rest in peace.
Any successful parish fosters Christian leaders. It is not a one man show. What are we looking for from our leaders? There are some basic qualities that Christian leaders need to develop in themselves and others. While this applies to the clergy and lay staff of any parish, it equally applies to those who are in roles of leadership in parish organizations and ministries. They even apply to any Christian leader in families, the workplace, school, or the wider community.
Read over the qualities on this handout and assess yourself. Which of these qualities do you have and which do you need to develop.
The great Jesuit paleontologist, philosopher and theologian Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955) wrote a beautiful poem that applies to our uncertain times when it is so necessary to patiently trust God.
Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability – and that it may take a very long time.
And so, I think it is with you; your ideas mature gradually – let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don't try to force them on, as though you could be today what time
(that is to say, grace and circumstances acting on your own good will) will make of you tomorrow.
Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.
Adjustment to Mass Schedule
On Monday Labor Day, the only Mass that will be celebrated will be at 9:00 am. This is our usual holiday Mass schedule.
However, beginning Tuesday September 8, we will only have two regular Masses at 7:00 in the evening: Tuesday at 7:00 pm in English and Wednesday at 7:00 pm in Spanish. That will be our new evening Mass schedule.
Únete a la misa virtual para recordar y orar por aquellos que se han quitado su propia vida. La misa virtual será el 13 de septiembre a las 7:30 a.m. en https://www.sdcatholic.org/event/mass-for-survivors-of-suicide-loss/. La misa será en inglés con un mensaje en español y la grabación estará disponible después de la misa en la liga anterior. Envía los nombres de tus seres queridos a KCallier@sdcatholic.org, ora por las familias afectadas por el suicidio y crea conciencia en Septiembre, Mes Nacional de la Prevención del Suicidio.
Thank You for Your Generosity
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.
"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.
Besides the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, in what other book of the Bible do we hear Jesus say the words “This is my body” at the Last Supper?
Does the Catechism of the Catholic Church actually say that a Catholic has a moral obligation to vote?
How many counties make up the Diocese of San Diego?
What is the Catholic population of the Diocese of San Diego?
How many Catholic parishes are in the Diocese of San Diego?
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.
Jeremiah laments but cannot fail to speak in God’s name.
Our souls yearn for God.
Paul encourages the Romans to stay faithful to God.
Jesus speaks of his Passion and rebukes Peter for his objection.
Background on the Gospel Reading
Today’s Gospel continues the story that began in last week’s Gospel. Simon Peter was called the “rock” upon which Jesus would build his Church, and yet Peter continues to show the limitations of his understanding of Jesus’ identity. Now that the disciples have acknowledged that Jesus is the Messiah, Jesus confides in them the outcome of his ministry: he must suffer and die in Jerusalem to be raised on the third day. Peter rejects this prediction, and Jesus rebukes him severely, calling him “Satan.” In opposing this aspect of Jesus’ mission, Peter shows that he is no longer speaking based on the revelation from God but as a human being. Jesus then teaches all of the disciples about the difficult path of discipleship: to be Christ’s disciple is to follow in his way of the cross.
Peter could not yet understand what it meant to call Jesus the Messiah. It is unlikely that the other disciples understood any better. Messianic expectations were a common aspect of first-century Judaism. Under Roman occupation, many in Israel hoped and prayed that God would send a Messiah to free the Jews from Roman oppression. The common view was that the Messiah would be a political figure, a king that would free Israel from Roman rule. This is perhaps what Peter envisioned when he was led to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. In this passage, however, Jesus is beginning to teach his disciples that he would be the Messiah in a different way.
Jesus would be more like the suffering servant described by the prophet Isaiah than the political liberator. Those who would be Jesus' disciples would be called to a similar life of service. Perhaps this is what Peter feared most in Jesus’ prediction of his Passion. He whom Jesus had called “rock” would also be called upon to offer himself in sacrifice and service to others. Christian leaders today are still called to sacrifice and serve others as Jesus did.
Muy queridos hermanos y hermanas en Cristo, Después de un año de trabajo sencillo y silencioso en esta amada comunidad parroquial de San Patricio, ha llegado el momento de despedirme.
Expreso, de modo sincero, mi gratitud con todos y cada uno de ustedes. Agradezco, sobre todo, porque cada uno de ustedes fue un regalo especial de Dios para mí. Fueron ustedes,en efecto, la expresión clara del amor de Dios hacia mí y constituyeron mi familia en este corto tiempo de trabajo. Dios recompense todas sus bondades.
Pido mil disculpas por mis fallas y deficiencias. Sé de su generosidad para disculpar y echar en el olvido esos errores. Seguramente esa es otra demostración de su generosidad y bondad.
Los llevo en el corazón, les aseguro mi oración y les ruego me tengan presente en las suyas. De esta manera viviremos clara y activamente el dogma de la Comunión de los Santos.
Con sincera gratitud y aprecio,
Carlos Valencia B., cjm.
You will enjoy this upbeat African musical setting for the Creed.
The Value of Human Life
Would you like to learn about the teaching of the Church on the value of human life and Catholic teachings on, contraceptives, assisted reproduction, abortion, and euthanasia? Join “A Glance at the Gospel of Life” webinar on Saturday, August 29th at 9:00 a.m. in English and 10:30 a.m. in Spanish. Aux. Bishop Ramon Bejarano will be our special guest. For more information, visit https://www.sdcatholic.org/event/walking-with-moms-in-need-webinar/.
El valor de la vida humana
¿Quieres aprender lo que la Iglesia enseña sobre anticonceptivos, reproducción asistida, aborto y eutanasia? Participa en el seminario virtual “Un Vistazo al Evangelio de la Vida” que será el Sábado 29 de Agosto a las 9:00 a.m. en Inglés y 10:30 a.m. en español. El Obispo Aux. Ramón Bejarano será nuestro invitado especial. Más información en https://www.sdcatholic.org/event/walking-with-moms-in-need-webinar/
Religious Education & Family Ministry
Registration Information for the 2020 -2021 School Year
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Our program is set to begin in the later part of September and will offer materials for weekly teaching following the Sunday readings. Families can easily use the material at home, and we plan to use it in onsite classes when we get permission to gather. Families that do not need sacramental preparation can opt for the weekly teaching at home/on site or a monthly family catechesis.
Please email us so we can send you updates about our program, how we plan to implement it and help you choose what might fit your family’s needs this fall.
Currently, we offer a weekly newsletter for family time, prayer, and outreach. We are happy to add your email to the distribution list😊.
When Jesus predicts his own suffering and death Peter responds as any of us would: “God forbid anything bad would happen!” Peter cannot see with God’s eyes, yet. Only after Easter Peter gradually understands that Jesus’ suffering and death was for the forgiveness of sins, and would bring peace from violence, and offer hope in the midst of suffering.
For parents:How does your faith give you hope as you carry your burdens?
For children:What is your cross? How do you take it up? Why do we follow Jesus this way?
As you shop for school supplies, buy some extra and bring to the Parish Office (open 8:30am – 12:30pm) marked for Children at the Casa (House of the Poor in Tijuana). There is a great need for children’s socks and shoes.
Thank you for your generosity!
United in prayer,
Director of Religious Education for Children and Family Ministry
Mental Health Ministry
The St. Patrick Mental Health
Ministry is here for all people seeking assistance for themselves or their loved ones experiencing Mental Health challenges. We provide resources, a listening ear and prayer companionship. Call the confidential Mental Health Ministry support line to receive a call back from one of the ministry members – 760.729.2866 ext. 393.
For immediate assistance call 888.724.7240 – 7/24 Access and Crisis Line.
You can also go to the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego link on the home page of the St. Patrick’s Parish website, then click on Pastoral Offices, Family Life and Spirituality, Mental Health Ministry for more information and resources.
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.
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