So many people tell me how much they enjoy being in the church once again for Mass. Although I enjoyed the Masses outside, I am glad that we can now complete the transition to our full schedule of Masses in the church. Beginning on Sunday August 1, the 9:00 am Mass will return to the church building.
I am so grateful to the many people who have worked tirelessly to provide the outdoor Masses for more than a year so that we could celebrate the Eucharist in a safe space. I think of the hard work done by our maintenance staff, our liturgy director and other staff members, all the liturgical ministers, deacons and priests. They all made great sacrifices to provide a conducive place to worship the Lord. I thank them all as well as all the parishioners who showed great patience and unwavering support.
I encourage those who are not yet vaccinated to wear a mask while in the church. Even those who are already vaccinated may choose to wear a mask as an extra layer of protection from Covid-19 and its variants.
Some people have now noticed that some changes were made just before the shutdown last year. They only recently saw our new video monitors. A new sound system came with them. We can now use these for enabling more active participation in the liturgy. The words to the songs and readings will be projected on the screen. We will no longer use missalettes or hymn books in the church. We also added a similar A-V system in the parish center.
We also added AED devices to the church and parish center. AED stands for Automated External Defibrillators. These devices can be a life saver for people in cardiac arrest. The built-in voice commands make them easy to use in case of emergency. The one in the church is on the wall of the corridor leading to the rest rooms. We have many parishioners as well as our entire staff who are trained in their use.
Just a reminder: during the time of the shutdown, we added MERV13 air filters on the three smaller units and bipolar ionization was added to the two larger a/c units in the church. They were also reprogrammed to run continuously to provide increased filtration of the air in the church. I hope this will help you feel safer in the church.
St Patrick’s Olde Garage Thrift Store is Re-Opening.
The Olde Garage began in 1994. That is 27 years of dedicated ministry for our parish and community. All the monies received from The Olde Garage is given to the church for parish needs.
Our Thrift Store will be open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. starting SEPTEMBER 13, 2021. Before we can open, however, we need VOLUNTEERS to help. During the shutdown of the last year and a half, many of our dedicated volunteers have either moved out of the area or retired.
Therefore, WE NEED YOU! If you can volunteer 1 day a week, 3 days a week or even one day a month, we could use your HELP. We are asking for both men and women who might have flex hours, who are retired, are stay at home parents, or a school parent to volunteer and support our Olde Garage Ministry. Please call the Parish Office, 760-729-2866, if you can help.
Enjoy this unique arrangement of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah by the King’s Singers and the San Francisco Girls Chorus.
Hoping Against Hope
This is another in our series of short biblical reflections by Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM. He draws his inspiration from reflecting on the Book of Job.
A number of national groups, including the US Catholic Bishops, Catholic Health Association, Catholic Charities USA, and Catholic legislators, are urging Congressional leaders to retain the Hyde Amendment and the Weldon Amendment, which the House Appropriations Committee has removed during the appropriations process. The former prohibits the use of federal funds from certain departments to be applied toward the cost of some abortions, while the latter allows medical professionals who morally object to providing abortion services to refrain from participating.
Prior to the mark-up last week, two USCCB committee chairmen, Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, wrote a joint statement imploring the House Committee on Appropriations to change course. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is asking people to sign a petition opposing the proposed change.
The CEOs of Catholic Health Association of the United States and Catholic Charities USA also authored a joint letter on July 14 urging specific measures to support low-income Americans while also stating clearly, “Catholic health and social service organizations represent one of the oldest and largest traditions of voluntary public service in our nation. We, as well as other faith-based providers, should continue to be afforded adequate legal protections to ensure we can continue to provide care and service that are not contrary to our fundamental moral values. We urge you to include the Hyde and Weldon Amendments, which provide critical protections, in the final legislation.”
Pope Francis has decided to institute a Church-wide celebration of a World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. Starting this year, it will be held on the fourth Sunday of July, close to the liturgical memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus.
The Holy Father said he instituted the World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly because “grandparents are often forgotten, and we forget this wealth of preserving roots and passing on” what the elderly have received.
He emphasized the importance of grandparents and grandchildren getting to know one another, because “as the prophet Joel says, grandparents seeing their grandchildren dream,” while “young people, drawing strength from their grandparents, will go forward and prophesy.”
During all of our Masses on the weekend of July 24-25, we will offer a special blessing for grandparents and the elderly at the end of Mass, as well as a prayer in the General Intercessions.
Put together a talented young musician, a world-class organ and one of the greatest composers of the Baroque era: Listen to J.S. Bach's Fugue in G-minor BWV 578 performed by Charlie Brusquini. Recorded in Kristine kryrka, Falun, Sweden in August 2018.
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"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.
What is the second order of the Sacrament of Holy Orders? (See last week’s Trivia for the highest and lowest orders)
Who is the patron saint of farmers and the city of Madrid?
In what century did the Council of Trent take place?
Who said, “For freedom, Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.”
What are the two colors associated with the Pope and the flag of the Vatican City?
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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.
Elisha the prophet feeds 100 people with 20 barley loaves.
The Lord feeds his people and answers their needs.
The Ephesians are encouraged to live the unity of their Baptism.
Jesus feeds the crowd of more than five thousand people with five barley loaves and two fish.
Background on the Gospel Reading
Through most of Lectionary Cycle B, our Sunday Gospel readings are taken from the Gospel of Mark. Over the past two Sundays, we heard how Jesus sent his disciples to share in his mission. If we were to continue reading Mark's Gospel, we would next hear his report of how Jesus feeds the crowds in the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. Our Lectionary, however, leaves Mark’s Gospel for the next several weeks and instead presents this event from the Gospel of John. In John’s Gospel, Jesus’ multiplication of the loaves and the fishes is presented as a sign of his authority and divinity. Jesus interprets the meaning and significance of this miracle as a sharing of his Body and Blood. This chapter is sometimes called the “Bread of Life Discourse.”
In many important ways, John’s Gospel uses the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes to teach about the Eucharist. Like the Last Supper, this miracle is said to have occurred near the time of the Jewish feast of Passover. (In John’s Gospel three Passovers are identified.) Jesus’ language is similar to the language he used at the Last Supper as reported in the Synoptic Gospels. John’s description of this event also anticipates the Messianic banquet of heaven, as the crowd reclines and all hungers are satisfied with abundance. This connection is further amplified by the response of the crowd, who wants to make Jesus a king. John is teaching us that each time we celebrate the Eucharist, we are anticipating the eternal banquet of heaven.
Recall that John’s Gospel tells the story of the Last Supper differently than the Synoptic Gospels. Instead of describing the meal and Jesus’ actions with the bread and cup, John describes how Jesus washed his disciples’ feet. We hear this Gospel when we remember the Last Supper on Holy Thursday. This recollection of Jesus’ action at the Last Supper complements the institution narrative of the Synoptic Gospels and Paul’s Letters that we hear repeated at each Mass.
In both stories about the Eucharist—the washing of the disciples’ feet and the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes—the Gospel of John teaches us that the Eucharist is an action. Our word Eucharist is taken from the Greek language and describes an action: “to give thanks.” In the Eucharist we are fed by Jesus himself, and we are sent to serve others.
John’s Gospel notes the detail that the bread blessed and shared with the crowd are barley loaves. This is the food of the poor. It reminds us that God feeds and nourishes us, fulfilling our physical needs as well as our spiritual ones. In the Eucharist, we are sent to serve the poorest among us.
The story of the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes recalls a particular aspect of the Mass. In this miracle, Jesus transforms a young boy’s offering of five barley loaves and two fish. In the offertory at Mass, we present the fruits of our labors, represented by bread and wine. These gifts, given to us first by God as grain and fruit, are returned to God in our offering of thanksgiving. God in turn transforms our gifts, making this bread and wine the very Body and Blood of Jesus. We also offer ourselves in this exchange, and we, too, are transformed by the Eucharist.
This year marks the first time that the Latin Church celebrates the Memorial of Saints Martha, Mary and Lazarus. Pope Francis has asked that the feast of St. Martha on July 29 be renamed to include her brother and sister.
The decree that corrects this oversight states: “In the household of Bethany, the Lord Jesus experienced the family spirit and friendship of Martha, Mary and Lazarus, and for this reason the Gospel of John states that he loved them. Martha generously offered him hospitality, Mary listened attentively to his words and Lazarus promptly emerged from the tomb at the command of the One who humiliated death.”
There had been some confusion in the past about the identity of this Mary. Some identified her as Mary Magdalene. It has been clarified that Mary of Magdala and Mary of Bethany (sister of Lazarus and Martha) are two different people. So now the three siblings are reunited on a Church memorial which will be celebrated every year on July 29.
Diacono Miguel Enriquez
Empezando este domingo y en las próximas semanas, nos movemos del Evangelio de San Marcos al Evangelio de San Juan, Capitulo 6, el Discurso del Pan de Vida. Recuerdo haber repasado este discurso en el programa de Formación del Diaconado y haber quedado maravillado de esta enseñanza. Recuerdo de haber pensado, “Que dichosos somos nosotros de tener la Eucaristía, el Cuerpo de Cristo, como parte de nuestra fe.” Saber que en todo el mundo Jesús se hace presente en la Eucaristía. Jesús en la Eucaristía se hace presente en Templos grandes y decorativos, como se hace presente afuera en un campo, humilde y sin estatuas, rodeado de su Pueblo fiel. Que hermoso saber que el amor de Dios es tan grande que nos nutre con esta “Comida Divina” para que sigamos en la jornaday enfrentar lo que la vida nos pone en el camino. Pero pregúntate, ¿Qué significa la Eucaristía para ti? ¿Qué significa estar en la Presencia de Cristo y en la Santa Eucaristía? ¿A recibir la Eucaristía, como me cambia? ¿Cómo llevo lo que como a mi mundo en que vivo? ¿Mi vida tiene sabor al Evangelio? Reflexionemos este tema en las siguientes semanas, les prometo que será la reflexión mas significante de tu vida.
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Registration Information for the 2021 -2022 School Year
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We are here to support you in forming your children in the Catholic Faith and to help you connect with other families in our parish community. We offer in-person classes and a home study option for students in Pre-K through 8th grade. Sacramental preparation (Baptism, First Confession, First Communion age 6 and older) is a two-year process.
Choices for school year 2021-2022
For each child choose one of the following on the registration form
Sunday 9:00 am – 10:00 am: Pre-K, Kinder, and grade 1/2 (Year One Communion class)
Sunday 10:00 am – 11:00 am: Year Two Communion Class & classes for grades 3-8
Our parish offices are now open, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 12:30pm and 1:30 to 4:30pm
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