Daily Reflection



Daily Reflection:
Friday, July 17

My friends, please take time to read and reflect upon the homily of Bishop McElroy.
 
This homily was given on Tuesday, July 14, at the Ordination Mass of Fr. Ramón Bejarano, a priest of the Diocese of Stockton, California, who is now our new Auxiliary Bishop of the San Diego Diocese. (You can find a link to the recorded Mass in the Larger Church section below.)
 
I want to call to your attention the amazing perception that Bishop McElroy has in regard to the present moment in which we are living, the challenges involved, and the hope that the Gospel gives us.
 
--Fr. Mike



THE THEME OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD LIES AT THE HEART OF TODAY’S GOSPEL.
 
THERE IS NO IMAGE MORE CAPTIVATING IN ALL OF THE GOSPELS, SO DEMANDING IN ITS UTTER SURRENDER OF SELF TO THE GOOD OF GOD’S PEOPLE, SO HUMAN IN ITS EXPRESSION OF A CARE WHICH IS PERMANENT, NURTURING AND PROTECTIVE, SO INDIVIDUAL IN ITS EXPRESSION OF DIVINE LOVE AS THE CARE OF THE FATHER WHO HAS KNOWN US FROM THE FIRST MOMENT IN OUR MOTHER’S WOMB AND WILL LOVE US UNTIL THE END OF TIME.
 
YOU IN YOUR PRIESTHOOD, RAMÓN, HAVE LOVED LIKE SUCH A SHEPHERD, PROCLAIMING WITH EVANGELICAL ZEAL THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST IN ALL OF ITS INTENSITY AND FULLNESS AND ENCASING THAT PROCLAMATION IN THE TENDER INTIMATE LOVE THAT SUFFUSED THE TEACHING OF CHRIST HIMSELF. YOU HAVE TAKEN TO HEART THE PASTORAL CONVICTION THAT MERCY IS THE PRIMARY ATTRIBUTE OF GOD IN RELATIONSHIP WITH HUMANITY, AND YOU HAVE LABORED TO TRANSFORM YOUR PARISHES INTO SPIRITUAL FIELD HOSPITALS BECKONING TO ALL. IT IS THIS VERY PASTORAL ORIENTATION, WHICH HAS BEEN BOTH AT THE HEART OF THE HISTORY OF OUR LOCAL CHURCH AND AT THE HEART OF YOUR PRIESTLY LIFE, THAT GIVES ME THE GREATEST JOY IN ORDAINING YOU TO THE EPISCOPATE THIS DAY.
 
THE DIOCESE OF SAN DIEGO IS STILL AN IMMIGRANT CHURCH WHICH HAS ALWAYS DRAWN STRENGTH AND IDENTITY FROM THE WAVES OF MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE COME TO THIS PLACE SEEKING TO BUILD A NEW LIFE. FROM THE IMMIGRANTS OF LATIN AMERICA WHO CAME IN THE EARLIEST DAYS OF OUR CATHOLIC COMMUNITY TO EUROPEANS JOURNEYING WEST ON THE WAGON TRAINS, TO THE MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN WHOSE SERVICE TO OUR NATION LED THEM TO BECOME SAN DIEGANS, TO WORKERS WHO HAVE COME NORTH TO LABOR IN THE RICH IMPERIAL VALLEY, WE ARE A CHURCH PROFOUNDLY FORMED BY THE IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE AND THE NEED TO BUILD AN ABIDING SENSE OF SOLIDARITY WITHIN THE CHURCH.
 
THIS SEARCH FOR SOLIDARITY IS AMPLIFIED BY CONTEMPORARY IMMIGRATION FROM ASIA, AFRICA AND LATIN AMERICA; EVEN WHILE IT IS CHALLENGED BY THE CONTINUING NEED FOR THE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY AND SOCIETY AS A WHOLE TO WRESTLE WITH OUR HISTORY OF RACISM AGAINST THE NATIVE AMERICAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITIES.
 
THE TRAJECTORY OF YOUR LIFE, RAMÓN, BORN IN TEXAS, MOVING BACK TO CHIHUAHUA AT THE AGE OF ONE, COMING TO CALIFORNIA AT EIGHTEEN, WORKING IN THE TOMATO FIELDS OF THE CENTRAL VALLEY, EXPERIENCING THE NURTURING LOVE OF FAMILY AT EVERY MOMENT –HAS EMBLAZONED IN YOUR HEART AND SOUL THE ESSENCE OF THE IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE AND WILL MAKE YOU AN ESSENTIAL COLLABORATOR AND ARCHITECT IN BUILDING UP GOSPEL SOLIDARITY IN OUR LOCAL CHURCH. AND YOUR THIRST FOR JUSTICE IN A WORLD FILLED WITH INJUSTICE, ESPECIALLY FOR MIGRANTS, BRINGS A FIRE FOR THE SOCIAL TEACHING OF THE CHURCH AND THE RENEWAL OF OUR WORLD TO ALIGN IT WITH THE IMPERATIVES OF THE GOSPEL. WE NEED THAT FIRE, THAT INSIGHT, THAT DEDICATION TO BUILDING A CHURCH OF BOTH UNITY AND DIVERSITY IN CHRIST.
 
IN TODAY’S FIRST READING FROM THE BOOK OF GENESIS, ABRAM IS CALLED TO LEAVE ALL THAT HE HAS KNOWN AND TO JOURNEY FORTH TO FULFILL THE MISSION OF GOD. HE DOES NOT CLING TO SECURITY, BUT RELIES TOTALLY UPON THE LORD.
 
NOW YOU, RAMÓN, HAVE RECEIVED THIS SAME CALL TO LEAVE SECURITY AND FAMILIARITY BEHIND IN ORDER TO SERVE OUR LOCAL CHURCH. LIKE ABRAM, YOU MUST BEGIN ANEW IN A NEW LAND, A NEW PRESBYTERATE, A NEW COMMUNITY OF FAITH, A NEW MISSION. AND THROUGHOUT THESE LONG AND TRYING MONTHS OF WAITING, YOU HAVE NEVER WAVERED IN YOUR RESPONSE TO GOD’S CALL. YOU HAVE RELIED NOT UPON THE SECURITY OF ALL THAT YOU HAVE KNOWN AND BEEN, BUT UPON THE LORD.
 
AS WE ORDAIN YOU A BISHOP THIS DAY, WE STAND IN A MOMENT OF SOCIETAL CRISIS. THE PANDEMIC HAS WORN US DOWN AND MADE US FEARFUL OF THE WAY FORWARD. OUR SISTERS AND BROTHERS IN IMPERIAL COUNTY ARE FACING IMMENSE SUFFERING AS THEY ARE PLUNGED ONCE AGAIN INTO THE AGONY OF SUSPENDING PUBLIC LIFE. RACIAL TURMOIL RENDS OUR NATION AND DEMANDS THAT WE CONFRONT OUR LONG HISTORY OF RACIAL AND ETHNIC PREJUDICE.
 
IT WOULD BE A MISTAKE FOR US AS A LOCAL CHURCH TO SEE THESE CHALLENGES AS TEMPORARY, OR AS LIMITED IN THEIR IMPLICATIONS FOR THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH IN SAN DIEGO.
 
THE PANDEMIC HAS TRANSFORMED THE LANDSCAPE OF OUR ECCLESIAL LIFE IN WAYS THAT WILL PERMANENTLY CHANGE THE NATURE OF PASTORAL ACTION AND EVANGELIZATION. PATTERNS OF PARISH LIFE THAT HAVE SUSTAINED COMMUNITY AND THE PROCLAMATION OF THE GOSPEL FOR DECADES HAVE BEEN RUPTURED BY THE ISOLATION OF THESE MONTHS AND THE ATOMIZATION OF ALL SOCIAL LIFE THAT WE HAVE WITNESSED. THERE IS A GREAT DANGER THAT THAT PANDEMIC IS CREATING A CULTURE OF INCREASED DISENGAGEMENT WITHIN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH THAT WILL PERSIST LONG AFTER A VACCINATION IS FOUND. 
 
THE ISSUES OF RACE AND NATIONALITY, THE RIGHTS OF IMMIGRANTS AND THE IMPERATIVE FOR AUTHENTIC SOLIDARITY IN SOCIETY AND OUR CHURCH THAT HAVE SURFACED IN THESE PAST MONTHS ARE ALSO A TURNING POINT, NOT AN EPISODE. WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF A PROFOUND SOCIAL RENEWAL IN WHICH THE MEANING OF EQUALITY IN OUR NATION IS IN THESE DAYS BEING IRREVOCABLY CHANGED FOR THE BETTER.
 
FINALLY, AND MOST PROFOUNDLY, THE PANDEMIC HAS DESTROYED OUR INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE FEELINGS OF SECURITY ON EVERY LEVEL – PERSONAL HEALTH, FINANCIAL SECURITY, SAFETY, AND RELATIONSHIPS. WE HAVE COME FACE TO FACE WITH THE EXISTENTIAL REALITY THAT WE ARE NOT IN CONTROL AND THAT THE SECURITY WE HAD TREASURED AND PRESUMED IS AN ILLUSION.
 
BECAUSE OF THESE THREE RUPTURES – THE DISRUPTION OF ECCLESIAL LIFE, THE OVERPOWERING RECOGNITION THAT WE DO NOT LIVE IN A SOCIETY OF AUTHENTIC SOLIDARITY, AND THE DEVASTATING ASSAULT THAT THE PANDEMIC HAS VISITED UPON OUR FALSE SENSE AND SOURCES OF SECURITY – THE PASTORAL MISSION OF THE DIOCESE OF SAN DIEGO IN THE COMING MONTHS AND YEARS MUST NOT BE ONE OF RECOVERY, BUT OF TRANSFORMATION.
 
A ROADMAP FOR THIS TRANSFORMATION LIES IN THE THEOLOGY AND PASTORAL EXPERIENCE OF THE CHURCH IN LATIN AMERICA ENFLESHED IN THE APARECIDA DOCUMENT AND THE TEACHINGS OF POPE FRANCIS. IT IS THE CHURCH OF LATIN AMERICA THAT HAS FORMED THE WAVES OF IMMIGRANTS WHO MAKE UP THE MAJORITY OF OUR LOCAL CHURCH. IT IS THE CHURCH OF LATIN AMERICA WHICH FORMED THE BISHOP WHO WILL BE ORDAINED THIS DAY. AND IT IS THE CHURCH OF LATIN AMERICA THAT HAS PRODUCED THE MOST FERTILE AND DYNAMIC THEOLOGY FOR MEETING THE MANDATE OF JESUS CHRIST IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY.
 
THE FOUNDATION FOR FIGHTING DISENGAGEMENT IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH IN A POST-COVID WORLD LIES IN THE WORDS OF THE CONFERENCE AT APARECIDA:
 
WHAT IS REQUIRED IS CONFIRMING, RENEWING AND REVITALIZING THE NEWNESS OF THE GOSPEL ROOTED IN OUR HISTORY, OUT OF A PERSONAL AND COMMUNITY ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS CHRIST THAT RAISES UP DISCIPLES AND MISSIONARIES.
 
IN OTHER WORDS, DISCIPLESHIP DEMANDS MISSION AND ARISES ONLY FROM AN ENCOUNTER WITH CHRIST. THE EXPERIENCE OF PANDEMIC HAS MADE THIS MORE TRUE, NOT LESS.
 
WE MUST REIMAGINE OUR PASTORAL LIFE AND OUTREACH IN THE LIGHT OF THIS FIRST PRINCIPLE. WE MUST SEIZE UPON THE NEW INSTRUMENTS OF EVANGELIZATION WE HAVE DISCOVERED IN THESE DAYS AND REEXAMINE EVERY FUNDAMENTAL ASSUMPTION OF OUR PASTORAL OUTREACH IN ORDER TO BRING TO OUR COMMUNITY OF FAITH THE FOUNDATION FOR INTIMATE PERSONAL ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS CHRIST. DURING THESE MONTHS OF COVID, I HAVE WITNESSED INCREDIBLE PASTORAL CREATIVITY ON THE PART OF OUR PRIESTS, PARISH STAFFS AND LAY LEADERSHIP WHICH HAS BEEN FOCUSED UPON DESIGNING A NEW AND MORE PERSONALIZED OUTREACH IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST. NOW WE MUST HARNESS THAT CREATIVITY AND TURN IT TOWARD OUR ENDURING CALL TO CREATE DISCIPLES WHO ARE TRULY MISSIONARY IN A CHANGED WORLD. WE MUST BECOME ON FIRE.
 
AS WE FACE THE RACIAL, ETHNIC AND CLASS DIVISIONS THAT HAVE ENGULFED OUR NATION AND AFFLICT OUR CHURCH, WE CAN FIND GUIDANCE IN THE CENTRAL CONCEPT THAT GUIDED APARECIDA ON THE ISSUE OF SOLIDARITY: THE CONCEPT OF EXCLUSION. THE LATIN AMERICAN CHURCH RECOGNIZED THAT THE HISTORIC THEOLOGICAL TERM OF MARGINALIZATION DID NOT CAPTURE THE TOTALITY OF THE EXPERIENCE OF ALIENATION WITHIN CHURCH AND SOCIETY. ATTACKS UPON SOLIDARITY DO NOT MERELY PLACE PEOPLE ON THE MARGINS OF SOCIETY AND CHURCH, THEY EXCLUDE THEM ENTIRELY FROM MEANINGFUL PARTICIPATION. EXCLUSION IS A REALITY IN WHICH ISSUES OF RACE, CLASS AND POWER COALESCE. IF WE ARE TO BUILD TRUE SOLIDARITY WITHIN THE COMMUNITY OF THE CHURCH AND OUR NATION, WE MUST RECOGNIZE THE SINFULNESS THAT LIES IN ALL STRUCTURES AND ACTIONS OF EXCLUSION AND EXCLUSIVITY. IN BANISHING THAT SINFULNESS, WE MOVE TOWARD JUSTICE, AND WE HEAL OURSELVES.
 
FINALLY, IN THIS COVID MOMENT OUR ILLUSIONS OF SECURITY HAVE BEEN SHATTERED. WE ARE FORCED TO ASK OURSELVES AS BELIEVERS, HOW HAVE I CONCEIVED OF SECURITY IN MY LIFE? DREAMS HAVE BEEN SHATTERED IN THESE MONTHS, RELATIONSHIPS DAMAGED, CAREERS AND BUSINESSES DESTROYED. THERE IS NO MORE IMPORTANT WORK FOR THE CHURCH IN THE COMING MONTHS THAN CONSOLING THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN BROKEN AND BRINGING TO OUR WORLD THE UNDERSTANDING THAT GOD PROVIDES THE ONLY ENDURING FOUNDATION FOR THE JOURNEY OF LIFE ON THIS EARTH. IN THE WORDS OF APARECIDA, “THOSE WHO ENJOY LIFE MOST ARE THOSE WHO LEAVE SECURITY ON THE SHORE AND BECOME EXCITED BY THE MISSION OF COMMUNICATING LIFE TO OTHERS." AS PEOPLE OF FAITH, ALL OF US MUST BECOME COMFORTABLE WITH LEAVING SECURITY ON THE SHORE RATHER THAN SEEKING TO CREATE IT THROUGH THE PRISM OF THE CULTURAL NORMS THAT SUFFOCATE US AND OUR WORLD.
 
TODAY, RAMÓN, YOU LEAVE SECURITY ON THE SHORE. YOU COME AMONG US AS A LOVING SHEPHERD, A MAN OF SUSTAINED FAITH AND AN IMMIGRANT BISHOP IN AN IMMIGRANT CHURCH. IN THAT, WE REJOICE.

--BISHOP ROBERT W. MCELROY



Congratulations to the Children Who
Celebrated Their First Holy Communion
on Saturday, July 11!

The Mass was recorded in case you would like to watch. Click on the image or check the Parish website and select Online Mass.

Please keep these children and the others who will be celebrating their First Holy Communion in the future in prayer.



Brother Benno’s
Drive-By Collection
Saturday, July 25, 8:00-10:00am

During this pandemic, Brother Benno’s has been forced to stop its hot breakfast program and go to sack lunches for the needy. Of course this means a different source of food, and they have sent out a request for the following:

Small bags of chips, fruit cups, protein bars, crackers, small juices, Gatorade, and bottled water. They also need hangers, adult diapers, and baby wipes. Finally, they are seeking face masks for the homeless.

Deacon Tom will be in the STM parking lot with his truck, so drive by and drop off your donations. Thank you!



Attention STM Women!

Watch your mail for an invitation to join the STM Women's Guild for the 2020-2021 year or download the membership info HERE.

Click on the photo to peruse the types of activities and fundraisers we host, understanding that we will make adjustments as needed.

Questions? Email Trish Feeley.


Hello Faith Formation Families!

We would like to share some information about our Religious Education Program (REACH) for the Fall. Please click on the images above for more details and to request your enrollment packet. Thank you!




Many of us make our contributions when we attend Mass each week. Our Parish still needs our weekly contributions even though we cannot attend Mass, so that we can continue providing services and ministering to you. Please consider giving online, using text-to-give, or mailing in your contributions to STM at 1450 S. Melrose Dr., Oceanside, CA 92056. Thank you!

If you know Parishioners or have family/friends who do not have access to email, please share this information with them. Thank you!

If you or anyone you know needs anything, please contact the Parish Office. We are closed but checking voice mail regularly and will do our best to help. You may also call
2-1-1 for assistance with resources of various types.

The bulletin link is available in every email we send (see golden orange button below. People without email or internet access will be able call the Parish Office and leave a message requesting a bulletin via snail mail each week during this time. Thank you!


The Larger Church
Fr. Bejarano Consecrated as
Auxiliary Bishop of San Diego

Father Ramón Bejarano arrived in the San Diego Diocese in July from the Central Valley, where he served as a priest of the Diocese of Stockton for 21 years.

He was consecrated as Auxiliary Bishop of San Diego on Tuesday, July 14, in a ceremony that was livestreamed. The recording may still be available: https://www.sdcatholic.org/bishops/livestream-of-consecration-mass-for-aux-bishop-bejarano-july-14-2-p-m/

He sent the following message ahead of his arrival:
Dear faithful of the local Church of San Diego and the Imperial Valley:
Greetings from the northern Central Valley. I write this note as I prepare for my episcopal ordination.

I am very happy to be able to carry out the mission that our Lord has called me to do, even though I’m a little fearful. I have been asking the Holy Spirit to help me to be faithful and to be truly of service to the community of the Diocese of San Diego ...

His statement is continued here: https://tinyurl.com/bejarano-sd
(The Southern Cross, July 2, 2020)

 
Solutions for Change FarmBox

We hope you are doing well during this turbulent time. Many of us have been "thrown for a loop" the past couple of months from COVID-19, but the good news is, we are learning to find a way forward, and slowly but surely, able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. We want you to know that we have a special place in our heart for your church and the people you serve, and we hope everyone is safe, happy, and healthy. 
 
As you may or may not know, our Solutions for Change has a farm! Solutions Farms provides work development training for the formerly homeless families in our program and funds the transformation of these families. 
 
Pre-Covid, we sold our lettuce to local restaurants. Unfortunately, with business shut downs, we lost these accounts, and a valuable source of funding for our program. We needed to get creative, so we quickly pivoted, partnering with local fruit and vegetable farmers to come out with our own CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Box - Solutions FarmBox!
 
Solutions FarmBox delivers organic fruits and vegetables straight to your front door. The box includes our 100% organic spring mix with local farm fresh veggies and fruit such as avocados, apples, oranges, tomatoes, zucchinis, spinach, strawberries etc.
 
To continue to serve those in need, we offer this CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box for purchase on our website, and 100% of the proceeds go towards solving family homeless at Solutions for Change. 
 
If you would like to purchase a box click here .
If you do not want a box but would like to support Solutions for Change, click here .


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