Fr. Eleuterio Mireles, CJM to St. Patrick Catholic Community. He is no stranger to our parish. He is a Eudist priest who was ordained 3 years ago. In fact, he will be with us in time to celebrate his ordination anniversary and birthday, both of which are July 13. He will be with us throughout the summer. Depending on Covid-19 restrictions in his next assignment, he may stay longer. I know that he will be of great assistance in our parish, especially in our Spanish speaking community.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I should tell you that the day after the birthday of Fr. Eleuterio is my birthday. Please say a prayer for me on that day and ask God to continue to bless our parish community.
Our Mass schedule for this Sunday will be the same as last week:
Saturday – 4:30 pm – church only (English)
7:00 pm – church only (Spanish)
Sunday – 7:00 am – church only (English)
9:00 am – church (and outside if needed for overflow)
11:00 am – outside only – NO MASS in church
1:00 pm – church and outside (Spanish)
5:00 pm – church only (English)
Note: We have 100 chairs on the covered court but we can accommodate more than that and still have social distancing. You may wish to bring your lawn chair for the 11:00 am Mass on Sunday. Last Sunday almost all the chairs were used.
No 7:00 pm Mass on Friday night, July 17
We Are Not Fully Open
It is important for us to remember that our parish is not fully open. We have been able to offer Masses under specific limitations. We have begun to do funerals, weddings, first communions and (by next month) baptisms and confirmation. In each case we operate under definite restrictions.
However, we are not able to resume other parish activities. We are making plans for how to open the school, our religious education program and our youth ministry. Each of these requires careful planning. Parish organizations will not be able to hold in-person meetings or activities for some time yet. Programs like our Bible study, Knights of Columbus and other groups have been meeting through Zoom or other social media. This is good and may continue. No parish organization may meet in person. This includes meetings that are not on parish property. If an organization is considered a part of St. Patrick Parish, it is not authorized to have in-person meetings anywhere.
Ordination of the New Auxiliary Bishop of San Diego
Amid all the clamor and safety concerns surrounding Covid-19, the fact that we have a new Auxiliary Bishop in our Diocese has gone unnoticed. Pope Francis named Fr. Ramon Bejarano to serve as auxiliary bishop on Feb. 27. At last, he will join the leadership team of Bishop Robert W. McElroy and Auxiliary Bishop John P. Dolan. Previously, Bishop-Elect Bejarano served the Diocese of Stockton, where he led several parishes for 21 years.
The San Diego Diocese will celebrate a consecration Mass for Auxiliary Bishop Ramón Bejarano on Tuesday, July 14. Attendance is limited to 100 persons but the Mass will be live-streamed starting at 2 p.m. Use the link to join in the celebration from home.
On July 1, the state of California published revised guidance for “places of worship and providers of religious services and cultural ceremonies.” In reality, this document was not that different from the original guidance published on May 25. It doesn’t change much about the way we celebrate the Mass here at St. Patrick’s.
However, this document did reaffirm that we need to limit our indoor attendance to 25% of capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower. The only limit on outdoor attendance is that people are observing social distancing of at least 6 feet between attendees of different households. We had hoped that the limit indoors would be changed to simply 25%. That would give us room for about 175 attendees. But we will have to wait for that. Obviously, the statistics for the past two weeks have not been good.
The other change regards music. Since singing increases the amount of vapor or “spray,” we will no longer have any congregational singing. A soloist or musician who is not near the congregation will provide some music to enhance our celebrations a bit. Other than that, we ask the congregation to refrain from singing.
We remain hopeful that if the number of cases of Covid-19 decreases, we will be able to change these and other practices we have had to adopt. All of these restrictions aim to provide a safe environment in which to celebrate Mass. Thank you again for your patience, understanding and cooperation.
How Can I Keep from Singin’
This beautiful Christian hymn exudes praise and thanks to God for the gift of life. This arrangement is particularly spectacular!
Pope Francis on Integral Ecology
On many occasions, Pope Francis has called for “an integral ecology.” This is an outlook that challenges all people to broaden their focus of concern and their daily behavior to include sustainable environmental ecology; protection of all human life; concrete acts of solidarity with the poor; ethical conduct in economic affairs; greater attention to urban planning to facilitate social relationships and give all people some contact with nature; and protection of people's cultural heritage in an era when media saturation tends to erase distinctions while working to eradicate all forms of prejudice.
In essence, it requires denouncing and converting from a "culture of waste," in which people and the planet are not treated according to God's plan.
Integral ecology requires a cultural and spiritual conversion built on a "culture of encounter." It underlines how relationships should be based on an attitude of caring for one's common home; one's brothers and sisters; and one's relationship with God, the creator.
"A sense of deep communion with the rest of nature cannot be real if our hearts lack tenderness, compassion and concern for our fellow human beings," Pope Francis wrote in his encyclical, "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home."
Integral ecology also requires more than words and promises. It demands practical and concrete steps each and every day by people who recognize they are co-creators and stewards of God's creation, who preserve and improve both the natural world, human relationships and economic or global policies and practices.
"Everything is connected," the pope wrote. "Concern for the environment thus needs to be joined to a sincere love for our fellow human beings and an unwavering commitment to resolving the problems of society."
"Catholic Trivia”... not because they are trivial but because these might be things that not everyone knows. Test your knowledge by reading the five questions, remember your answers (or jot them down), then click the link below to find the answers.
Which saint is called “the Apostle to the Gentiles”?
How many days after his birth was Jesus circumcised?
What is the name of the Catholic rite during which the people are blessed with the Blessed Sacrament?
In which city do you find the largest Catholic church in North America?
Who were the three apostles present at the Transfiguration of the Lord?
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We have opened a YouTube channel where we have daily and Sunday Masses as well as Fr. Ron's new Bible Study posted for the parish called St Patrick Church Carlsbad that you can subscribe to.
Together with all of creation, we await God’s redemption.
Jesus teaches that the kingdom of heaven is like a seed that has been sown on good soil.
Background on the Gospel Reading
Today’s Gospel marks the beginning of the third long discourse given by Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew. Over the next few weeks, the Gospel readings will consist of the entire 13th chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, a lengthy teaching discourse.
Throughout this discourse, Jesus will offer several parables to illustrate for his listeners what he means by the kingdom of heaven. He begins with the parable of the sower, which appears rather straightforward—of course seeds grow best in good soil. Seeds that miss the soil, are sown on rocky ground, or are sown among other plants will not grow. The surprise in the parable is the enormous yield of the seed that is sown on good soil.
Jesus then explains his use of parables. Jesus seems to suggest that he uses parables to teach because the meanings of parables are not self-evident. The hearer must engage in some degree of reflection in order to comprehend the message of a parable. In this way, the medium—the parable—models the point of the parable of the sower. Those who are willing to engage themselves in the effort to understand will be rewarded by the discovery of the message and will bear fruit.
To bring home the point, Jesus interprets the parable of the sower to his disciples. The different types of soil in which the seeds are sown are metaphors for the disposition with which each individual hears the teaching about the kingdom of heaven. Some will be easily swayed away from the kingdom of heaven. Some will receive it for a time but will lose it when faced with difficulties. Some will hear the word but will then permit other cares to choke it out. Yet some will receive it well, and the seed will produce abundant fruit.
We have a large supply of the current missalette in stock. They cover the period from June 7 to November 28, 2020. We cannot put them in the pews due to Covid-19 restrictions. We will put the boxes containing the missalettes out on the patio this weekend.
Feel free to take as many as you need. You may use them in church or at home.
But do not leave them in the church. If you do, they will be thrown in the garbage.
It is yours to keep. You must take it home with you and bring it to church if you wish. Or just use it at home to prepare the readings for Sunday Mass before you arrive.
Help Needed for Church Cleaning between Masses
In order to use the church for Masses on weekends, we need to be able to do a quick cleaning after each use (It only takes about 20 minutes). This applies to the chairs on the field if they are used for overflow Masses.
Many hands make light work. All materials are provided. Volunteers report to the kitchen of the church or the kindergarten room of the school. Thanks to Rick Nelson for coordinating this project and for setting up this easy and convenient way to sign up to help. To sign up to help, simply go to:
En el Antiguo Testamento, la Palabra de Dios es ante todo un hecho, una experiencia: Dios habla directamente a hombres privilegiados y a través de ellos a todo su pueblo. La centralidad de la palabra de Dios en el Antiguo Testamento prepara el hecho impactante del Nuevo Testamento, donde esta palabra, la Palabra, se hace carne. En la historia de la Iglesia, los períodos de "actualización" siempre han llevado a una restauración de la escucha y la comparación con la Palabra de Dios, y lo que está sucediendo hoy. Incluso hoy, como en el tiempo de Jesús, es la Palabra la que convoca y reúne a la Iglesia alrededor del Padre, y es en la profundización de la Palabra que los cristianos toman conciencia de ser la familia de Dios, el nuevo pueblo de los salvados. Y, sin embargo, es la actitud hacia la Palabra (de indiferencia, rechazo, negligencia o aceptación) la que define nuestra posición en el reino de Dios.
"Breathe of Summer"
who breathed this world into being,
who is discernible within
the harmony of nature,
the perfection of a butterfly's wing,
the grandeur of a mountain range,
the soaring eagle and humming bird,
thank you for this world
which you have created.
Thank you for summer sun,
which reminds us
that your creative breath
is still alive and active.
Thank you for the warmth of your love, sustaining this world,
Throughout the time during which we have not had public Masses, many of our parishioners have continued to send or bring their contributions to the parish. Many have begun using Online Giving. I am so grateful that so many people have continued to contribute. It has been very helpful to the financial situation of the parish. While our income is down significantly, the generosity shown by so many has enabled us to maintain the parish complex, keep current with our bills, and pay our dedicated staff. Thank you all, very much!
As we begin to celebrate public Masses, we will not be passing the collection basket (for obvious reasons). There will be specially marked containers near the entrance to the churchor near the gate to the field into which you can place your offerings. Of course, you can continue to mail us your contribution or drop it off at the office (8:30 am – 12:30 pm). Our Online Giving program remains a good option as well. Thank you for supporting your parish.
While this has not been a normal summer, it has allowed our high school core leadership team to explore several topics around Catholic Social Teaching (CST). Two of the key themes of CST are “The Care of God’s Creation” and “Solidarity.” In both themes, the stress is on the fact that we Catholics need to be aware of both how we impact others and our world around us, as well as how we to be in solidarity with those that are suffering around the world. To be in solidarity is to try to do something that shows we are aware of the plight of others. It is with this mindset that the youth from our P.R. and Media Task Group have created this video. We hope you enjoy and appreciate the video. Thanks for your time.
In our study of the Gospel of Matthew, we will take a close look at the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We will carefully examine the text, consider what the words might mean for our life here and now and on how to respond to them.
Choose from two different times:
Six Monday evenings, 6:45 – 8:30 pm on July 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17
6 Tuesday afternoons, 3:15-5:00pm on July 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11, 18
We will not meet in person; we will meet via Zoom conference (from the comfort of your own home). You need a computer (desktop or laptop) or a tablet or cell phone to meet.
All who register will get an email with information how to join the meeting. There is no cost for the zoom conference to you; you do not need a zoom account. You only need the information on how to join at the time of the meeting. We will have bible study team members available to call if you need assistance to log into the Zoom conference on the day. (if you have young people close by, ask them for help 😊)
For information and to register contact Carole King at firstname.lastname@example.org or 760-434-5688
Registration closes on July 9! All who are registered will receive an email from Margit Dornisch with the information on how to join!
You will need the Booklet – cost $15.- Booklets will be available, July 6, at the church office (8:30am-12:30pm).
No Bible study experience needed. Join us! Invite a young adult.
3821 Adams Street
Carlsbad, California 92008
The church is open for private prayer every day from 7:00am - 11:00am, and the Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe is Now Open!
Our parish offices are open, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 12:30pm.
During this time of inactivity, we will use our parish email system to communicate with parishioners to offer spiritual reflections and make announcements.
In case of an emergency, you can always reach us by phone. We will be checking regularly for messages and respond as soon as possible. If need be, the answering service can get in touch with one of our priests quickly.
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