What's Happening
at St. Wilfrid's Episcopal Church and School

March 2 to 9, 2023

St. Wilfrid's is a Christian community seeking to know and unconditionally share God's unfailing love.

This Sunday, March 5, 2023

Second Sunday in Lent

In-Person Services at 8:30am and 10:30am

The 10:30am service will be live-streamed on our Facebook page.

Click here to download the March 5th worship bulletin.
Click here to join the live-stream service on Facebook this Sunday morning.
Click here to view the March 5th recorded service on our website. Services will be posted by 3:00pm each Sunday.

Please note: This recordings on our website only consist of the lessons and the sermon. Due to copyright restrictions, we can no longer post music. The live-stream on Facebook still has the entire service.

Click here to make an online donation.

Godly Play begins

at 8:30am in Room 9

  • Ages 4yrs to 5th grade
  • Visiting children are welcome
  • Montessori based
  • Bible stories, art, and prayers
  • Children will rejoin families for the Eucharist

Childcare now available both services!

Are your children younger than our Godly Play attendees? We will now have childcare available for infants to 4-year-old children! Each Sunday, our talented preschool teacher Ms. Duan will be available to engage with your child(ren) or grandchild(ren). Fifteen minutes before the service begins, you can leave your child with Ms. Duan in Room 1. If you need help locating Room 1, please ask one of the ushers when you arrive. 

Rector's Corner

The season of Lent is full of symbolic meaning. The forty-day period of Lent (not counting Sundays because those are feast days) is symbolically connected to Jesus’ 40 days fasting in the wilderness. Another symbol during the season of Lent is the veiled, that is the covering, of the crosses throughout the church. These crosses are covered in purple linen as a reminder of what is to come. Through the veil, we can see the cross, but we cannot see it clearly. We are anticipating the veil being removed so that we can see the cross clearly again. These veils are not meant to be forever, but rather a potent, symbolic reminder that the resurrection is coming.  

Sometimes, when I look at the thinly veiled, purple cross, I find myself thinking about the things in my life that I believe that God will unveil. Maybe it’s a hope or a dream that I am just not sure what to do with. Maybe it’s a relationship that I hope will be restored or renewed. Maybe it’s hope that I will become more and more actively engaged with those who are often sidelined or invisible. The longer that I look at a veiled cross, the more that I am reminded about the endless possibilities that we have in expressing God’s love. 


I firmly believe that Lent is a season rooted in connection. Connection with God… Connection with others. With anticipation, I look forward to the veil being removed between myself and others. To be fully seen and to fully see others. The veil is only temporary, and it won’t be long before we are seeing clearly. 


What veil would you like God to lift in your life?

Fr. Nathan Biornstad+


Saturday, March 4th

  • EFLAGs meeting at 1:00pm at Fr. Lee's Home (see below)

Sunday, March 5th

  • Worship and Special Services Meeting at 12:00pm in Fr. Nathan's Office
  • Youth Group Meeting at 4:30pm in the Youth Center

Wednesday, March 8th

  • Lenten Soup and Book Study at 6:30pm in Sacquety Hall (see below)

Sunday, March 12th

  • Daylight Savings Time Begins: Don't forget to spring forward one hour

Click here to be directed to our Calendar of Events on our website

The Calendar of Events on our website is now live! Click the box above to be directed to our News and Events page on www.stwilfridschurch.org to view an up to date digital calendar. This calendar is updated automatically and provides an easy way for you to plan your year.

EFLAG Meeting

(Episcopal Fellowship of Lesbians, Gays, and Straights)

EFLAGS will meet for lunch at the Los Angeles home of Fr. Lee Walker on Saturday, March 4, at 1:00pm

If you have never seen Fr. Lee's home, you're in for a real treat as well as a surprise! Please contact Connie Hornyak, conniehornyak@icloud.com or Steven Nadolny, steven@jimbocosw.com.

A Message from the Diocese

'Under My Roof': IRIS extends a Lenten invitation to discern the welcoming of refugees 

As Lent approaches, Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Service (IRIS), the Diocese of Los Angeles' migration ministry, invites Episcopalians to a three-session Zoom series introducing "Under My Roof," IRIS' plan for welcoming refugees.  


“Lent beckons us to take especially seriously Bishop Taylor’s Convention call to imagine a world where everyone belongs, everyone is free and safe, everyone has an equal and a blessed place,” said Troy Elder, IRIS’s executive director. “This series will help congregations prayerfully reflect on how God might be calling them to join in Christ’s work in welcoming our newest neighbors."


Occurring on three Wednesdays in Lent — March 1, 15, and 29 at 5:00pm — the series is designed to equip congregations to engage directly in IRIS’s life-saving work of refugee resettlement. It will feature testimonials from around the diocese from those who have housed refugees, whether on a church campus or in a private home, and will explain the different types and levels of engagement that are possible. 


To register, email Ruben Tomasian, IRIS’s manager for Capacity Building and Community Outreach, at rtomasian@ladiocese.org.

Robyne's Nest provides food bags to low-income/homeless students over spring break. The items listed below are what go to ONE student while they are not in school that week. Please get canned items or plastic containers. NO GLASS JARS or expired food.

  • Peanut butter
  • Box of cereal/oatmeal
  • Pasta
  • 1lb bag of rice
  • Macaroni & cheese (2x)
  • Ramen soup (6 pack)
  • Boxed Jell-o
  • Canned chili/hearty soup/Spaghetti Os (2x)
  • Tortillas (8 pack)
  • Granola bars (1 box)
  • Canned veggies (4x)
  • Canned fruit (4x)
  • Canned chicken (4x)
  • Gift Cards needed for perishables ($50)
  • Stater Bros, Grocery Outlet, Aldi, Ralphs, Wal-Mart

The mission of Robyne's Nest is to ensure identified at-risk & homeless students in the Huntington Beach area community, who are drug & alcohol free and have little to no parental support, get academic, financial, and life skills to complete high school and persue a path to self-sufficiency. We provide housing, mental health therapy, food/clothing, transporation, life skills classes, educational support, and more. In addition, we support the schools for additional overall student needs like food bags, bikes, warm clothing, etc.

We are being proactive by focusing on the maturing teen and helping them get on a strong path to becoming self-sustaining, productive members of our community, breaking cycles and changing their lives forever.

Spreading the word about our mission is just as important as the donations we receive. You can like/follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) or sign up for one of our email options on our website. Share our name with your family, friends, and coworkers.

Drop off donations on Sundays or at the office during the week by Monday, March 20th

Read more about Robyne's Nest by clicking here to visit their website.

The Wednesday Morning Eucharist Service at 7:15 a.m. in the chapel is an opportunity to connect with God and others to be spiritually nourished mid-week. A welcoming time of worship, the service begins with a thoughtful exploration of Holy Scripture, Eucharist, and concludes with a meaningful time of prayers of intercession for God's people.


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Donation Checks

Deposits will occur each Monday morning. If these days fall on a weekend or holiday, the checks will be deposited on the next business day.

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We'd love to hear from you!

Email The Rev. Nathan A. Biornstad, Rector


Email The Rev. Wiliiam E. Wells, Associate & Minister of Music


Email the Rev. Steven P. Swartzell, Associate Rector


Email Laurie Hamilton, Parish Administrator


Email Terry Roberts, Bookkeeper


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