November 14, 2021

33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time
Cycle B
Year of St Joseph

Saint Charles Borromeo
Church and Academy

Father John's Corner


I love this time of year. We just celebrated Veteran’s Day and every time I remember the sacrifice and service of our sisters and brothers, I am inspired in the spirit of Christ to do the same. Thank you, dear veterans, for the safety and freedom we enjoy today. May God Bless you and protect you always. My favorite national holiday is Thanksgiving. It is a time to remember that everything in our life is a GIFT and to praise God for his goodness. Eucharist means “thanksgiving”. Yes, we are a “Eucharistic People” who constantly give praise to God who is offering us infinite life, always. Poetically, our lives can be an invitation to all to “Join the Dance” of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit sharing their sheer, unending goodness with us!  Let us open our desperate hearts to the Divine Dance and invite as many people we can for our short time here on earth to “Join the Dance”!

Funny story so pure and candid: I was playing frisbee in the church parking lot with two of our second-graders, Ryan and Josh, after our welcome meeting for new parishioners last Sunday. Ryan pipes up, “I want to be a priest.” I reply, “That’s awesome! What about you, Josh?” Josh says, “Yeah, maybe.” I ask Josh, “Why would you want to be a priest?” His candid response brought a smile all over my being, “Well, you get a place to stay. And free donuts.” At this point Ryan brings up a caveat to consider, “Yes, but you can’t get married” to which Josh responds, “And that is the best thing!” As you can imagine, I’m just rolling in laughter by then. Josh goes on to say, “Yeah, all you have to do is mass and then you have lots of free time to do whatever you want” and he is literally skipping around at the thought of a place to stay, free donuts, not Having to be married and lots of free time to do whatever you want.

Congratulations to Andrew De Maria and Kate Furgerson who joined their lives in the sacrament of marriage on Saturday, November 13! The Sal And Nancy DeMaria Family have been going to Saint Charles for hundreds of years and we all know of their great faith, love, service and generosity. Many of you have seen their children Nicole, Ally and Andrew grow up here, going to SCBA, altar serving and their faithful attendance to the Sunday 8 AM mass. Andrew and Kate, may your light shine for the world to see and glorify your Father who is in heaven! 

You are loved!

Holy Land pilgrimage! Please join me for a wonderful, once in a lifetime experience to walk the land where Jesus walked! May 8-17, 2022!

(Please click below for all the information and 206 tours will answer any questions you might have. I am looking forward to this pilgrimage with you!)
PS: Below is my homily from last Sunday, St Pio. Feel free to download it or share it however you wish.

Peace to you!

+Fr. John
Parish News
Office Will be Closed for Veteran's Day Nov 11th
KOC Pancake Breakfast

Come get some yummy pancakes provided by our Knights this Sunday after Mass! All proceeds go to the Academy and it's a great community builder.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

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. Correction from last week: NEW blankets only. No used. Contact the office for more info.
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.
Your God is ever beside you — indeed, He is even within you.”
--St Alphonsus Ligouri 
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

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.
Christmas Tree Pre-Sales Start!
 The Gathering Youth Ministry has something for everyone! We sell premium, plantation grown and trimmed trees each year at our lot. Why purchase one from us?
1) CHOICE - we have a full lot from which to choose from.
2) FRESH - our trees are hand selected and cut the day before they are shipped to us (not sitting on a lot for who knows how long). 3) ALL proceeds go to help our youth ministry.
4) We can even DELIVER and set up your tree!
All presale orders must be in by Thanksgiving. Reserve your perfect tree today!
Advent Bible Study
Starting Monday, November 22nd at 9:00 AM in the Window 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!
Join our Men's Share Groups today!

By opting in, you will be agreeing to be placed in a group (you have some say to which group or you can trust the Holy Spirit to guide us in placing you). Once we've collected all these responses you will be contacted by a share group leader who will organize your first meeting. We will also be having quarterly gatherings of ALL MEN so keep your eyes peeled for these larger meetings. 
Women's Ministry:

Our women's ministry is meant to engage the women of St Charles to foster sisterhood and a sense of community. We offer different types of small groups. Choose what is best for you. Sharing, Caring, Studying or a little of all. Register today and Gaby Litke will be in touch to give you more details.
Church Ministries
Beloved Parents!

11/7/21: Faith Formation class at 10am meet in the hall 
11/14/21 Children’s Mass at 10am 
11/17/21 faith adventure night 6:00pm-7:30pm 

Fun Fact: Faith Formation has reached 50 enrolled students who are either preparing for their 1st Holy Eucharist / Reconciliation or continuing their faith formation journey.

Because of this tremendous growth in our ministry we are in need of teen or adult volunteers who would like to assist during faith formation classes. Thank you for prayerfully considering us! Our kids need you.

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 wait those who join us.

High School and Jr. High Ministries:

Christmas tree sales are live; presale only we will not be doing door sales this year; presale deadline is THIS Monday, November 15 by 11:59 PM.
There are three different types of trees. Prices as low as $63.00. We will have wreaths this year too! all proceeds go to youth ministry of St Charles Borromeo.

SCBA - lunch club has started up on Wednesdays, Check with Nicky as to when the next one will be!

High School - sign-ups for Fall Retreat (11/12-14) are now live. Click HERE to register today! It will be closing next Monday so hurry! More information may be found on our website. (see link below).

Please note: High School Wiffle Ball Night moved to Monday, November 8th.

Please pray for our Teens on Retreat this weekend! Cancel, Micah. Cantore, Joseph.
Carrasco, Jacinda. Cota, Stephen. Cotton, KaytLynn. Davidson, Juniper. Davidson, Laurel. Eros, Lily. Fernandez, Chase. Giaquinto, Isabella. Graulich, Bryce. Graulich, Luke. Hall, Michael. Hindman, Abigail. Huskey, Annabelle. Ireland, Chris. Ireland, Ryan. Ivanjack, Michael. Jones, Eva. Judd, Nazare. Keith, Karissa. Labrador, Kieran. Morton, Lance. Oliveira, Jackson. Pabarcus, Zoe. Pentland, Will. Sanchez, Dylan. St. Jean, Ashton. Sundstrom, Jimmy. Terzoli, Nathan. Wiese, Charlie.
Daily Mass Intentions for this week
Nov 14: 8:00 People of the Parish
...........10:00. † Jon Heinzer
Nov 16 † Maggie Welch
Nov 17 † Charlotte Nielsen
Nov 18 † Thanksgiving for 1 yr Consecration Mary
Nov 19 † Maggie Welch
Finance Council:
Timothy Lane (Chair), Deacon Lane Litke, Kimberly Tiernan,
Rebecca Murphy, Frank Veccione,
Weekly Giving
Online: $10,705.75
Plate: $4,243.50
Envelopes: $1,386.00
Total: $16,335.25

Thank You!

Register to give online HERE
Last week was full of exciting activities and learning - including All Saints Day, All Souls Day, the Feast of Saint Charles Borromeo, Parent/Teacher Conferences, and the Scholastic Book Fair! We have connected with our faith on a deep level and learned more about our Catholic Identity. In Parent/Teacher Conferences, we developed valuable connections with one another, a better understanding of how our SCBA students are growing and learning, and knowledge of what we can do to support them in their education and faith lives. Finally, we have purchased new books to support our students and help them to develop a love for reading. We have loved every minute of each of these activities and we appreciate all of the people who have given of their time and energy to contribute to these events. Thank you, especially, to our volunteers who helped with the Scholastic Book Fair! It was busy and bustling...and your positivity and smiles brought joy to our SCBA Family!

As we begin this week, I am especially mindful of our SCBA community members - parents and parishioners alike - who serve in the military. We are grateful for your sacrifice and blessed by your commitment to our great nation. We offer this prayer for you today.

“Almighty God, You know every veteran by name. You know their deeds, their hard work, and their perseverance. You know their needs, both material and spiritual. Please draw each one closer to you and grant them all the peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7), the peace of Christ to rule in their hearts (Colossians 3:15), and ‘joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand’ forevermore (Psalm 16:11).” (From Guideposts - Bob Hostetler)

God bless you all today and always...You are loved!

Important Dates:
November 22-26 - Thanksgiving Break (No School)
Parishioner Profile
   Carolyn and Frank Haag have been at St. Charles Borromeo since the early 70’s. Carolyn was born in Zanesville Ohio, but moved to the San Pasqual Valley with her family when her Dad was discharged from the Army. Dad, Carl Burkhard, was the foreman at the H.G. Fenton Dairy and Ranch. Carolyn attended St. Mary’s Grammar School and Escondido High School, graduating from Dominican College in 1965. Frank was born in Pennsylvania, lived in St.Louis and moved to San Jose, with his family when he was 10. He attended Sacred Heart Grammar School in San Jose and St. Francis High in Mountain View, eventually earning a degree from San Jose State College University. 

   Carolyn and Frank met while attending college, Carolyn at Dominican and Frank at San Jose State. At a Dominican College dance in San Francisco, Frank spied Carolyn and introduced himself to her while both of their dates were talking to others. With the help of his friend and Carolyn’s roommate they finally met in San Jose. They dated for a couple years until the Draft Board reminded Frank of his obligation to his country. Frank joined the Air Force rather than submit to the draft. 

   After basic training at Amarillo, Texas, Frank was assigned to a squadron at Alamogordo, NM. Frank was content with written communication until he received an ominous letter from Carolyn, suggesting that they date others. A family engagement ring and a proposal in the parking lot of a shopping center led to a beautiful wedding in San Jose, cementing a marriage that has endured 54 years this coming December 30, 2021. 

   Following marriage, the Haags returned to his assignment in New Mexico for a couple of months, only to learn that Uncle Sam decided that Frank could best serve his country in Fairbanks, Alaska. On their first anniversary, the temperature was 69 degrees below zero. Carolyn’s Aunt Justina made sure that Carolyn was fashionably warm by gifting her a mink parka. Carolyn worked at Fort Wainwright while Frank carpooled 17 miles to Eielson AFB. The couple’s distance from family and friends provided them with the foundation for a strong marriage. 

   In 1970, the Haags said goodby to the Air Force and Alaska and returned to San Jose. Frank earned his degree and they bought their first home, a condo. A short time later, Carolyn’s mother died, leaving Carolyn’s three young brothers without a family. (Carolyn’s father died when Carolyn was 10 years old). They moved to San Diego, found work, and brought Carolyn’s middle brother into their home. Carolyn’s sister and her husband raised the younger and older brothers. 

   In San Diego they discovered St. Charles and adopted their daughter Carlen. Carlen is a graduate of St. Charles Academy, University of San Diego High and Santa Clara University. She has gifted them with three grandchildren: Shane, a high school senior and avid race car driver; Sydney a junior in high school, taking college classes and holding the title of Miss San Diego East County; and Grace, a fifth grader at St. Charles. Grace enjoys Western and English horse riding, as well as volleyball and featuring her horse, Jackpot, in parades. 

   Carolyn has been a long-time member and office holder of the Woman’s Guild. She recently joined a prayer group and is a member of the Women’s Ministry. Frank serves as an usher and is a member of the Men’s Ministry. He recently attended a gathering of SC men at Whispering Winds. Carolyn retired in 1991 as an office manager at ATT. Frank retired as a supervisor with the Probation Department of San Diego County in 2005. If Carolyn and Frank had their way, they would travel the world in perfect health. Frank fancies himself as an improving golfer.

   Frank and Carolyn admire Father John Amsberry for his unselfish outpouring of love, and for opening hearts to the Spirit, making our parishioners a family.
New Parishioners!