March 2023
Costa Mesa, California

served by the Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael's Abbey

Dear Friends in Christ,
Lenten greetings from the Norbertine Fathers and Sisters, and the staff, of St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish.
This issue of THE HERALD highlights Fr. Pascal's beautiful installation Mass and reception, gives information on wonderful Lenten Devotions and Prayers and on the activities of our Family, Young Adult, and Youth ministries, our SJB School Jog-a-Thon, and other upcoming events. 
The month of March is dedicated to St. Joseph. Below is an article about the devotion.

FR. PASCAL . . .

from the entire St. John the Baptist Parish community . . .

on your official installation as our pastor! 

On Sunday, February 26th, our SJB parish community joyfully came together to rejoice with, and congratulate, Fr. Pascal Nguyen on his official installation as our pastor.

We happily welcomed Bishop Timothy Freyer, Auxiliary Bishop of Orange, as the principal celebrant at the 5 pm Mass of Installation. We also happily welcomed as concelebrants Bishop Emeritus Tod Brown, Abbot Eugene Hayes, along with several other pastors and priests from the Diocese of Orange, St. Michael’s Abbey, and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. 
It was a truly beautiful liturgy; and afterwards the parishioners enjoyed a delightful - and delicious - reception in the parish hall and courtyard for nearly 500 guests, which featured Mexican entrees with Vietnamese finger foods and desserts.  
Fr. Pascal was one of the original, four, Norbertine fathers who came to St. John the Baptist in 2002 to serve our parish. He left in 2009 to take on responsibilities at St. Michael’s Abbey, and then returned to us last summer as our pastor!  

Our deep appreciation to parishioner Rita Ray for the awesome photos!


Mar 10, 17, 24, 31

A beautiful Lenten Devotion
In the church:
6:30 pm - Vietnamese
8:00 pm - English
(Spanish texts available)
The Fish Fry!


Join us on the remaining Fridays of Lent, March 17, 24, 31. Our Knights of Columbus will be serving up Beer Battered Alaskan Cod, Fish Tacos, Grilled Shrimp, award-winning Clam Chowder, Cheese Quesadillas, French Fries and more! 

The fun begins at 5 pm and goes to 8 pm. See you then!

Proceeds will support pro-life organizations and needs.
11:20 AM
(Pacific Time)
Pray the Rosary with our Norbertine Sisters

The holy Rosary is a powerful weapon.
Use it with confidence and you'll be amazed at the results.
-St. Josemaria Escriva

Register for Zoom Link:

Starting this Thursday, we are introducing a new Young Adult event here at SJB! Once a month, we'll have a simple Candlelight Adoration with a talk series by a Norbertine: Fr Peter Adrian.

In our surveys, many young adults expressed a desire for catechesis opportunities with the Norbertines, so we hope you enjoy this new opportunity to learn from them. Confession will be available during the holy hour. Afterwards, there will be fellowship off-site. The offsite location for community building will be announced at the event and texted to those registered in "The Heights" the day of.

Our first series will be a three part series on The Eucharist:
1st Talk: The Eucharist: Its Institution and Life of the Church
2nd Talk: The Eucharist: The Center and Crowning Jewel of the Sacramental System
3rd Talk: The Eucharist: Twelve Baskets from Five Loaves - How to Get More Out of Receiving Communion

We hope to see you there and be sure to invite a friend!

"The Eucharist bathes the tormented soul in light and love. Then the soul appreciates these words, 'Come all you who are sick, I will restore your health.'" - St. Bernadette Soubirous

MAR 10, APR 14

6:30 to 8:30 pm

Bible Sharing
with our
Norbertine Sisters

St. John the Baptist Convent
2960 Mendoza Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Our Norbertine Sisters invite young women to a
Monthly Bible Sharing every 2nd Friday of the month.

Please RSVP TO
Youth group

All high schoolers and middle schoolers are invited to join us in the Parish Hall at 6:00 pm. Parents are encouraged to attend daily mass with their children at 5:30pm and then drop them off afterwards. New teenagers are especially welcome We hope to see you there!

SPECIAL UPDATE: MARCH 31ST we will be having a special Guest Speaker, vetted by Fr Peter Adrian (Dr Lauren Rubal). She will be coming to speak to the youth group teens. More info coming soon but save the date and know we will be meeting in the hall at 6:00pm before going outside for the Fish Fry that night.

Our next Date Day will take place this Saturday, March 11th. Please register ASAP. We encourage you to take advantage of our FREE childcare for married couples and parents! 

To ensure we have enough volunteers for the number of children being dropped off, you must register in advance to participate:  CLICK HERE to do so!

The school yard, childcare room, and playground will be used with adult supervision. You are welcome to drop off your kids from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. We will watch your potty-trained little ones all the way up to your high-school-aged children. All children that are dropped off need to have eaten a full meal before arrival and be dressed appropriately for the weather.


7 pm

St. John the Baptist Catholic School


Visiting families will have the opportunity to meet our school's rich, faith-filled community. There will be guided tours of the campus and information on our many spiritual, academic, and extracurricular programs. Meet our dynamic and dedicated Norbertine Priests, Sisters, administration and faculty!

Anyone who would like to learn more about our outstanding school is encouraged to register using the link below.

or call (714) 557-5060
(not a holy day of obligation)

Mass Schedule:
8 am - English (also livestreamed)
10 am - Latin (also livestreamed)

The 5:00 pm & 6:30 pm vigil Masses will be the Masses of the 5th Sunday of Lent



Effective March 20, 2023, we are switching all Faith Direct donors to our new online giving platform that will provide you and our parish with a variety of benefits including:
·      Reduced processing fees for St. John the Baptist.
·      An enhanced online giving experience for you on all devices.
·      The capability to give via text message (if you choose to do so).
To effect this change please delete your current recurring giving on Faith Direct BEFORE you set up giving in our new platform by following these easy steps:
1.     Login to your account on Faith Direct:
2.     Scroll down and on the right side of the page you will see “Cancel my e-giving account”.  Click and then select OTHER as the reason.
3.     You can simply write that your parish is changing to a new online giving platform. 

THEN - Setup your new recurring giving by:
2.     SIGN-UP and set your new online giving.
IMPORTANT! Please transition your recurring online giving by March 20, 2023. 
Contact Tony Manrique at OR (714) 540-2214 X160 if you have questions or need assistance.
Thank you again for your support of our beloved St. John the Baptist Parish, and for your patience as we make this transition.
Fr. Pascal Nguyen, O.Praem.
P.S. All of your donations from the Faith Direct giving platform will be transferred to our database.  


Jog-A-Thon 2023!
Each year St. John the Baptist Catholic School hosts a Jog-A-Thon in which the students actively participate to raise money for necessary school improvement projects. Since tuition only covers basic operating expenses, the school relies heavily on fundraisers such as the Jog-A-Thon to raise funds for such projects.

This year's Jog-A-Thon will be held on Friday, March 31st

In 2023 SJB students are raising money to purchase a marquee for families to stay up to date on events, a portable softball backstop for the students to enjoy and, finally, to begin fundraising to start the process to build a GYM!  Building a gym entails several detailed steps and this is our first step to making a gym a reality here at SJB. 

Our 2023 Jog-aThon fundraising goal is $50,000.

Fr. Damien Giap, our intrepid school rector, is running this year in the Jog-a-Thon, and he’d love to have you sponsor him. Here’s a short video from Father
To sponsor Father Damien, click HERE
Or you may place your sponsorship donation in an envelope marked FR. DAMIEN - SJB JOG-A-THON - and leave it at the school office or the parish rectory office.

Corporate and Family sponsorship opportunities are also available! Do you own a business or know someone who would like to support our school while being recognized on our social media and a banner on the school fence? If so, please click HERE to learn more! 
Thank you in advance for your support!

Please contact with questions.

INDEED . . .

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SJB School!
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March is dedicated to St. Joseph
The month of March is dedicated to St Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster-father of Jesus. Holy Scripture proclaims him as a “just man” and the Church has turned to St Joseph for his patronage and protection. 

He is the patron of the Universal Church. He is the patron of the dying because Jesus and Mary were at his death-bed. He is also the patron of fathers, of carpenters, and of social justice. Many religious orders and communities are under his patronage.

The Church celebrates two feast days for St. Joseph: March 19 for Joseph the Husband of Mary, and May 1 for Joseph the Worker. March 19 has been the most commonly celebrated feast day for Joseph, and in 1955 Pope Pius XII established the Feast of "St. Joseph the Worker" to be celebrated on May 1 to reflect Joseph's status as the patron of workers.

The Church encourages us to be devoted to St. Joseph because he was a model in the heroic practice of all the virtues. The example of virtuous living he gave in the exact fulfillment of the duties of his state of life is worthy of our reflection. He was prudent in caring for his wife and the child Jesus; he showed great leadership in protecting them and assisting them. He was conspicuous for his fortitude and courage. He protected and defended  Mary's virtue in the time of courtship and throughout their life together. They had made a promise of chastity, and because they were resolved to live it for God they were blessed above all others. While Mary inspired him to practice this virtue perfectly, he, as a real man, understood the profound meaning of her inspiration and how it came from a heart that was steeped in the love of God.

Pope Leo XIII in his encyclical Quamquam Pluries (On the Devotion to St Joseph) in 1889 explains why we place so much trust in this saint:

 Thus in giving Joseph the Blessed Virgin as spouse, God appointed him to be not only her life’s companion, the witness of her maidenhood, the protector of her honor, but also, by virtue of the conjugal tie, a participator in her sublime dignity. And Joseph shines among all mankind by the most august dignity, since by divine will, he was the guardian of the Son of God and reputed as His father among men.

Hence it came about that the Word of God was humbly subject to Joseph, that He obeyed him, and that He rendered to him all those offices that children are bound to render to their parents. From this two-fold dignity flowed the obligation which nature lays upon the head of families, so that Joseph became the guardian, the administrator, and the legal defender of the divine house whose chief he was. And during the whole course of his life he fulfilled those charges and those duties.

…It is, then, natural and worthy that as the Blessed Joseph ministered to all the needs of the family at Nazareth and girt it about with his protection, he should now cover with the cloak of his heavenly patronage and defend the Church of Jesus Christ.”

One hundred years later Pope John Paul II echoes his predecessor in his 1989 Apostolic Exhortation  Redemptoris Custos   (Guardian of the Redeemer), hoping "that all may grow in devotion to the Patron of the Universal Church and in love for the Savior whom he served in such an exemplary manner ... In this way the whole Christian people not only will turn to St. Joseph with greater fervor and invoke his patronage with trust, but also will always keep before their eyes his humble, mature way of serving and of "taking part" in the plan of salvation."

St. Joseph plays a prominent part in popular devotion: 
·      In the custom of reserving Wednesdays for devotion to St. Joseph — popular since the 17th century — which generated pious exercises including that of the  Seven Wednesdays;
·      In prayers such as that of Pope Leo XIII,  Ad te, Beate Ioseph , which is daily
recited by the faithful;
·       In the  Litany of St. Joseph, approved by St. Pope Pius X;
·      In the recitation of the  Chaplet of St. Joseph, recollecting the Seven Agonies and Seven Joys of St. Joseph.

St. Teresa of Avila wrote, "Of all the people I have known with a true devotion and particular veneration for St. Joseph, not one has failed to advance in virtue; he helps those who turn to him to make real progress. For several years now, I believe, I have always made some request to him on his feast day, and it was always been granted; and when my request is not quite what it ought to be, he puts it right for my greater benefit.”

Daily Morning Prayer to St Joseph

Blessed Joseph, husband of Mary
Be with us this day.
You defended the Virgin
loving the Child Jesus as your son,
you rescued Him from danger of death.
Defend the Church, the household of God,
purchased by the blood of Christ.
Guardian of the Holy Family,
be with us in our trials,
may your prayers obtain for us
the grace to flee from error
and wrestle with the powers of corruption,
so that in life we may grow in holiness
and in death rejoice in the Crown of Victory. Amen.

Excerpted from:
Jennifer Gregory Miller
St. Joseph: a Theological Introduction by Michael D. Griffin, O.C.D.
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