May 2, 2021
5th Sunday of Easter
Ordinary Time - Cycle B
Year of St Joseph

Saint Charles Borromeo
The True Vine

Jesus declares himself the ‘true vine’ in Sunday’s Gospel.  His followers are pruned and can bear no fruit apart from him.  As a matter of fact Jesus states, ‘without me you can do nothing”.  It reminded of a story of ‘Saint Jenny’ who allowed God to prune her young life in such a beautiful way.

In my 20’s and 30’s I spent a lot of time traveling the country evangelizing.  God had begun using me in ways I never dreamt of growing up, but I was eager to serve Him.  One day I wound up in Alexandria, Louisiana directing a large youth conference.  After a long tiring flight, I was brought to my host family’s home where I would stay the weekend.  It was the home of Wally and Becky Smith.  No one was around when I was dropped off so I went in and waited in the living room.  As I sat there my eyes kept scanning their wall which was packed with family photos of all their children.  Unexplainably my eyes kept returning to one one picture in particular.  I would find out later it was their daughter Jenny.

The conference was a wonderful success and many blessings came from my time there. The biggest one came unexpectedly late Saturday night.  After a grueling 16-hour day, I was back at the Smith’s home and we had so much energy from the conference. We stayed up talking late into wee hours of the morning.  At one point, I had to ask “who was the girl in the photo?”.  I couldn’t stop staring at her and felt drawn into her presence.  The parents took a deep breath and with a smile on their face they began telling me about their daughter, Jenny.

Wally explained to me that Jenny had found a deep faith in High School and stopped everything to join an evangelization team that went around the local parishes and assisted with retreats and Confirmation programs.  One particular retreat, after giving a talk, Jenny decided not to spend the night and was driving home alone when she was tragically killed by a drunken driver.  

Jenny’s mom Becky picks up the story: The very night Jenny died I was awoken by a phone call at 2:00 AM (the actual time of Jenny’s death).  It was Jenny’s best friend and she just had a disturbing dream. It was so disturbing that she needed to call us right there and then at 2:00 in the morning.  She told me that Jenny had just appeared to her in the dream and asked her to tell us that she was all right!  I had no idea what this meant. I knew Jenny was on a retreat with the team and she was fine. As this phone conversation continued the doorbell rang. I told her to go back to bed, everything was fine but I needed to get my robe on and answer the door - It was the state troopers arriving to break the news to us that our Jenny had just died.

Wally then pointed to a handmade sign on the wall that said “God First”.  He explained that just before she died Jenny had come down with the sign and put it up on the living room wall.   She announced that she wanted to master the 10 commandments, one at a time and once she mastered the first commandment she’d go on to the second.  Wally said as a family they were not particularly active in the faith, but Jenny had seemed to come alive by attending her youth ministry.  Since her death, he and Becky have taken on their daughters' passion and mission to put "God First” by serving him and in particular with the youth. That is how they became my host family and how I learned of 'Saint Jenny'.

Jenny allowed God to prune her and her short life which has brought forth an abundance of fruit even after her death.  Allow God to prune your life and see what fruit can be brought forth when it is attached to the True Vine.

You are Loved.
Reflection by Bob Schrimpf
Parishioners! You are invited to be apart of the Academy Fundraiser!
Parish Updates:
Women's Ministry
Prayer and Paint Event
Sunday, May 23 10:30 AM

We are kicking off the year by hosting a "Prayer and Paint" afternoon with Joanie Captain, parishioner and artist. We will meet following the 9:00 AM Mass. The meeting is outdoors and Covid guidelines will be followed. Register now (see link below) or in person at our table after Mass. More information to follow regarding cost for supplies. We are looking forward to this special event and to spend time with you! 
Walking Rosary

Join us this Saturday, April 24, at 9:00am at the USS Recruit at Liberty Station, adjacent to Harbor Drive. Please note that the time has changed.  Meet Our numbers continue to grow and invite you to join in on this special time of prayer and friendship. 
UR Loved!
The Gathering Youth Ministry
Mother's Day Flower Sale
Order NOW before you miss the deadline

Everyone has a mom! Make sure she is appreciated with a bouquet of either our beautiful and fresh Daisies or Roses, whichever you choose. The flowers will be available for pick up after Mass on May 9th or we can deliver if you live locally (Pt Loma/OB). Click on the link below to pre-order your flowers today! Presale only.
Men's Ministry

Men of Saint Charles! A leadership meeting took place last weekend. We are moving forward with an improved blueprint to minister to the men of our parish and community. A"Men's Breakfast" is being planned to share the vision. Check back for a date and place. If you'd like to be a part of the ministry please email Deacon Lane.
The Parish children continue to meet every Sunday in preparation for First Holy Communion which will be Saturday, May 8 at 10:00 AM. Please join us in celebrating this beautiful sacrament with children from both the Academy and the Parish. 
Young Adult
Our next meeting is April 22nd in the Borromeo Room. Please feel free to join us if you age 18-39. Friends are always welcomed and encouraged to join.

Social Night: April 24 - Bowling!
Upcoming Retreat: May 14-16

For more info on our website or email Bob.

High School Ministry (9-12 grades)
Jr High Ministry (7 & 8 grades)
Confirmation (High School)
High School Gathering Youth Ministry
Every Monday Night from 7:00-8:30
St Charles Parish Hall
High School Youth Night this upcoming Monday (5/3) is Sports Attire theme. Wear a jersey or something sports related.

Confirmation is This Sunday at 9:00 AM Mass
Congrats to our Candidates:
Antonio Cantore, Mikayla Cantore, Katelyn Cajigas, Sean Craig, Wyatt Evans, Reese Morton, Kate Tontz, Ben Wenhe

Jr High Youth Night every 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. 
7:00-8:30PM at St Agnes Parish - Youth Hall

Special for SCBA students! There will be a lunch club meeting every Wednesday. Alternating weeks with 7th & 8th grade groups.

Dear St Charles Parishioners,

The Academy’s Virtual Fundraising Fiesta and Auction is Friday, May 7th at 6:00 PM.  Here is a look at the event and a sneak preview of some of the great items you can bid on.  THIS EVENT WILL BE OPEN TO PARISHIONERS AS WELL AS PARENTS OF SCBA.

The event will be virtual, with both live and silent auction portions – with bidding via cell phone or tablet.  We’re disappointed that we won’t be together in person, but it is going to be a top-notch event, complete with an auctioneer working the virtual crowd. Get excited…


·       WATCH PARTY: Start planning your auction watch party with your pod/friends now.
·       FOOD & DRINKS: We have arranged take-out food and drink boxes for each ticket holder. (Student parents with paid PTG dues include food and drinks for two, for parishioners who wish to participate expect a cost and a signup on next weeks eBulletin) These boxes will be available for pickup before the auction - between 3 and 5 pm at St Charles on May 7th.
·       VIRTUAL LIVE AUCTION: Tune in to the auction at 6 pm on May 7th.
·       AFTER PARTY: We are organizing an outdoor after party at a venue that will donate a portion of the evening’s proceeds to SCBA. Get your babysitter lined up!
·       SILENT AUCTION: The silent auction will open at noon on May 1st and will close at 8pm on May 7th.  The live portion of the auction will take place between 6 and 7 pm on May 7th.  
Tickets/RSVP/Instructions on how the bidding process is going to work will come out early next week. 
A big thank you to all of our generous donors! We are still accepting items for auction until April 12. If you have an item to donate, please email me or drop it in the Academy office. Our goal for the event is to raise $50,000 – this will be how we measure success! Below are a few of our auction items…
God Bless St. Charles Borromeo Academy, and Parish
Patrick Tiernan
PTG President

Sail around the San Diego Bay for 2 hours with your friends with St. Charles Parishioner, Mr. Joe Craver, and his 45’ yacht “sweet”!! This fantastic experience includes wine, beer, water and snacks for 14 people. The yacht is located at San Diego Yacht Club. 

Go from sea to slope in no time and enjoy a 2-night stay at the Reis Family Cabin in Big Bear Lake, CA! This 2-bedroom 2 bath log cabin sleeps up to 10 and is located just within 1 mile from Snow Summit, Big Bear Mountain Ski Resorts or Big Bear Lake! 

The Reynold’s family home in Las Gaviotas, about an hour drive from San Diego, between Rosarito and Ensenada.

Pool & Pizza Party for up to 10 kids (unlimited adults) hosted by Deacon Lane and Gaby Litke at their lovely home in Bonita. Includes: pizza, 4 hours of party time and a dedicated adult on pool watch.
You supply the kitchen and Joey will bring all the ingredients and cook! 4 course dinner for 8 people. Menu to be decided by winning bidder in consultation with Joey. Expires November 1, 2021. 
One Night Hotel Stay ($200 value) plus dinner for Two at any Viejas Venue. 

G3 KIDS Liberty Station: 
  • G3 Kids water bottle & frisbee
  • ONE week Summer Camp
  • ONE drop n shop Camp
  • ONE MONTH of FREE classes 
Mass Intentions, and Giving and more..
Michael Spangler's Military Service will be at Miramar National Cemetery on May 10th at 10:00 AM. Check his Facebook page for possible streaming options to view.
Daily Mass Intentions for this week
May 2 † Kevin Kugblenu
May 4 † Maggie Welch
May 5 † Barbara Jimenez
May 6 † Bob Findling
May 7 Shirley Pearson
Finance Council:
Timothy Lane (Chair), Deacon Lane Litke, Kimberly Tiernan,
Rebecca Murphy, Frank Veccione,
Weekly Giving

Plate: $2,257.25
Envelopes: $436.00
Online: $5,751.50
Total: $8,444.75

Register to give online HERE