November 21, 2021

Christ The King
Cycle B
Year of St Joseph

Saint Charles Borromeo
Church and Academy

Father John's Corner:


 “Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, I give you praise, Father.” Luke 10:21
Today, like all other days in my life, I woke up in my bed. I am thankful I had a bed to sleep in. I am thankful to live in a house. I give thanks I did not go to bed hungry. About 25,000 people in our world die each day due to starvation. I am thankful I have never had to go without food. What a gift it is to have clean water. 3-4 million people die every year of water related diseases. I am thankful for a warm shower. I would guess a majority of people in the world do not even have a shower let alone warm water for their shower. I am thankful for my teeth which will allow me to eat food today. I am thankful that I have dental insurance to keep my teeth and mouth healthy. I am thankful for my dad who practiced dentistry for over 40 years and gave me a resounding example of what it means to be a selfless servant in the manner of Christ. I am thankful for all the work dad did for the poor. I am thankful for the poor who teach me my life must be lived for them. I am thankful that JOY (Jesus Over You) happens when your life is a life lived for the highest spiritual good of others.
You get my drift?  You see what I am doing in the above paragraph?  Just like Jesus, in the power of the Holy Spirit, I am trying to give praise to the Father.  To be honest, I woke up crabby.  But the best way to eliminate that yuck from my life is by choosing to be thankful.

All is gift.
Instead of just celebrating Thanksgiving one day a year, let us celebrate Thanks-living each moment of our existence.  Thanksgiving is just taking one day out of hundreds of day to give thanks whereas Thanks-living is an eternal stream of thanks where we do not let a day or hundreds of days go by without thanking God. Give thanks all the time, for everything.
The very core of our faith, that which we are commanded by God to do at least once a week on Sunday’s and if we do not go it is a sin, is The Eucharist.  “Eucharist” means “thanksgiving.”  We are ordered by The Living God to give thanks and Father knows what the best life for us will be.  What is more uplifting than being around a thankful person?  Personally, I like to be around complaining people- just kidding!
 A couple of suggestions.  In preparation for church, pick one new thing you are thankful for each time you go.  Make sure you give that thankful offering each time you go to mass.  And do this the rest of your life.  See if you can come up with something new for every future mass you will participate in on earth.  Secondly, get a thanksgiving journal.  Each and every day, just write ONE new thing you are thankful for.
Be a Thanks-living person.
+Fr. John

Andrew De Maria, son of Sal and Nancy, was united with Katie in the sacrament of marriage last Saturday, November 13 in the holy sacrament of Marriage.
Great joy from heaven was poured down on Andrew and Katie and us all as they gave their lives to each other in the covenantal love of God. May Andrew and Katie continue to grow in the life of Christ all their days!
Parish News
The Trinitarians of Mary are collecting new blankets for the poor and cold in Tecate! 

St Charles is helping with a blanket drive. Due to COVID, there won’t be a Posada, but please donate by dropping off your blankets at the office or bring it to Mass on Sunday. We are collecting them on the Altar.
St Charles Bear

There is no supply chain shortage of Christmas Toys at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church!!
Meet our St. Charles Prayer Bear!
Squeeze his tummy and hear a heartfelt message from Father John Amsberry!
A perfect gift for your children, grandchildren, and friends!

Only 200 Bears are available for purchase- truly a collectible! Our Prayer Bear will be available after Masses, beginning November 28th or on the Parish Website beginning November 15th, 2021. Cash, Check or Credit Cards Accepted. Only Credit Cards on the Parish Website. Pick up will be available after both Sunday Masses. $37.00 + tax

Feeling Anxious? Stressed? Isolated? Depressed? Come see about and join the Mental Health Ministry ‘i2WE’ Spiritual Support Group. 

It is not therapy but a support ministry in which members seek to help each other and to grow spiritually in their relationship with God. All discussions are held in confidence and are not shared or discussed outside of the group.  
The next Spiritual Support Group Session will meet on Tues, Dec 14th, at the Church Hall from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. 
We also offer Individual Support Sessions. For further information or if you would like to schedule an Individual Support session please contact us (see button below).
Your God is ever beside you — indeed, He is even within you.”
--St Alphonsus Ligouri 
Food Pantry Drive!
We are collecting food over the Holiday Season. Bring any of the following to Mass Sunday and we will make sure it gets to the OB Food Pantry. Any canned/boxed food items along with the following needed items: Toiletries (toothbrush & toothpaste - individual sizes), Deodorant, shaving cream, and razors. Also, small sizes of shampoo, conditioner, sunscreen, lotion and white tube socks. Watch them pile up on the Altar as we make a push to help those less fortunate than us.
Advent Bible Study
Starting Monday, November 22nd at 9:00 AM in the Borromeo Room Bob Schrimpf will be leading a short 4 week Advent Bible Study. Come break open the meaning of Advent with your fellow parishioners. We will be preparing our hearts for the coming of the Messiah. Friends welcomed. Please register below to give us a sense of numbers. Walk-ins welcomed!

Help Beatify Our Church

Envelopes are in the pews to assist us in making the Altar beautiful for Christmas. It is a great way to participate in keeping our church looking beautiful for the entire Christmas season. If you'd like to mention a loved one through your donation they will be listed in the vestibule display case as well as in our bulletin. 
Leave a Legacy
A gift of your securities, including stocks, mutual funds, and IRA Charitable Rollover Distributions, is an easy way to make a gift to the Church. By making a gift of your appreciated securities or retirement account, you can avoid paying capital gains tax that may otherwise be due if you sold these assets. Contributions are deductible for tax purposes. There are no transaction fees or other costs and the full value of the sold securities benefits the parish, school, or other Catholic charities you select.
"Consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
2 Corinthians 9:6-7
Church Ministries
Beloved Parents!

Faith Adventures Night was a wonderful time with our Children. They were shown pictures of the poor kids in Mexico who will be the recipients of the blankets that are being collected. Our children wrote notes to go along with the blankets. Below is a picture of one of those precious letters.
Young Adults
We invite you to come check us out. Every Thursday evening we meet from 6:30-8:00 PM. We've moved over to the parish conference office for the time being. Feel free to join us - bible study, fellowship, and new friends all await you! No meeting this week due to Thanksgiving Day. We resume December 2.

High School and Jr. High Ministries:

Christmas Trees: Thank you for all who ordered or donated trees and wreaths! Tree Lot Day is Saturday, Dec. 4 from 9:00am - 1:00pm.
You should have received an email from Nicky by now. For those who weren't able to order and would like to still get in on this amazing deal, email Nicky and ask about extra trees for sale

Tree Lot Day volunteers needed!: The Youth ministry is looking for volunteers (teens and adults alike) to help prepare and/or deliver trees. Email Nicky if you are able to help our ministry. Delivery day is Saturday, Dec. 4 from 9:00am - 1:00pm.

High School: no Youth Night, but Monday, Nov. 22 Nicky will be open the Hall for you to hang out, play some games, catch up on homework, etc. 

Middle School: no Youth Night Tuesday, Nov. 23

Wishing all our teens and their families, as well as all our parishioners a very wonderful Thanksgiving! You are loved.
Daily Mass Intentions for this week
Nov 21: 8:00 People of the Parish
...........10:00. Barbara O'Vaille
Nov 23 † Art Arriola
Nov 24 Paul & Angelique (Wedding Aniv)
Nov 25 † Art Arriola III
Nov 26 † Amelia Tobias-Magcalas
Finance Council:
Timothy Lane (Chair), Deacon Lane Litke, Kimberly Tiernan,
Rebecca Murphy, Frank Veccione,
Weekly Giving
Online: $6,728.75
Plate: $2,098.25
Envelopes: $1,901.00
Total: $10,728.00

Thank You!

Register to give online HERE
Our Academy is so grateful for our parish family. Thank you for all of your love and prayers. We feel your constant support! Happy Thanksgiving!
We had a successful open house last night with lots of interest in the Academy and a number of interested parishioner families considering the SCBA. 
Congratulations are in order to our 5th/6th Grade SCBA Warrior football team! The team went undefeated for the season, beating School of the Madeleine in the playoffs and St. Therese in the Finals. We are so proud of our team and coaches! What an amazing accomplishment!
As we look ahead to 2022, our auction committee is ramping up. We are looking for auction items for our Fundraising Fiesta to be held in March. Please contact Cammie Buchanan.

Upcoming dates
November 22-26 - Thanksgiving Holiday
December 3 - Virtue of the Month Awards (November)
December 14 - All School Reconciliation (Note Date Change)
December 15 - Christmas Program
December 20-31 - Christmas Vacation

Parishioner Profile: The Markels
Hello Saint Charles parish! We are the Markel's. Front Row (right to left): Abby, Cecilia (11 months), Chris. Back Row (right to left): Lily (4), Henrik (2.5). We are a Navy family and just moved to San Diego in May. Our previous duty stations were Charleston, SC (2013-2017) and Groton, CT (2017-2021).

From the moment we set foot in the church on a rainy Sunday in mid-May, we have been welcomed with amazing love. I talk frequently about the parish with family and friends, and just the other day my mom said to me on the phone, "Wow, God has really surrounded you with a wonderful group of people". And it is so true! Thank you all. We look forward to sharing and growing in faith with each of you.

-Chris, Abby, Lily, Henrik, and Cecilia