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* Morning PrayerMorning Prayer

Time: 7:45 am

Church Sanctuary

* Daily MassDaily Mass

Time: 8:00 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Holy Thursday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

* Rosary & Divine MercyRosary & Divine Mercy

Time: 8:30 am

Church Sanctuary

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* Morning PrayerMorning Prayer

Time: 7:45 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

* Daily MassDaily Mass

Time: 8:00 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

* Rosary & Divine MercyRosary & Divine Mercy

Time: 8:30 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

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* Morning PrayerMorning Prayer

Time: 7:45 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Holy Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

* Daily MassDaily Mass

Time: 8:00 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Holy Thursday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

* Rosary & Divine MercyRosary & Divine Mercy

Time: 8:30 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Holy Thursday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

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* Morning PrayerMorning Prayer

Time: 7:45 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Good Friday of each year.)

* Daily MassDaily Mass

Time: 8:00 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Good Friday of each year.)

* Exposition/BenedictionExposition/Benediction

Time: 8:30 am

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place every First Friday of the month immediately following the 8:00 a.m. Mass until Benediction at 9:45 a.m.. If you have a few minutes during the morning stop by and offer prayer in the quiet presence of our Lord, asking Him to bless our Church with more dedicated vocations to the priesthood, particularly for the Diocese of San Diego.

* Rosary & Divine MercyRosary & Divine Mercy

Time: 8:30 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Good Friday of each year.)

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* Morning PrayerMorning Prayer

Time: 7:45 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, Rosary or Confession on Holy Saturday of each year.)

* Daily MassDaily Mass

Time: 8:00 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, Rosary or Confession on Holy Saturday of each year.)

* Rosary & Divine MercyRosary & Divine Mercy

Time: 8:30 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, Rosary or Confession on Holy Saturday of each year.)

* ConfessionConfession

Time: 3:30 pm

Confessional Rooms located within the church sanctuary. Please Note: No Confessions on Holy Saturday, or when Christmas Eve or Christmas Day falls on a Saturday). Penance Services held during Lent and Advent.

* Sunday Vigil MassSunday Vigil Mass

Time: 5:00 pm

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no 5:00 p.m. Sunday Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday of each year). Our Easter Vigil begins at 7:30 p.m. Since Christmas Eve falls on a Saturday this year (2016), also please note that there will not be a 5:00 p.m. Mass. We will observe our Christmas Eve Mass Schedule instead - 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

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* Sunday MassSunday Mass

Time: 7:30 am

Church Sanctuary Since Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year (2016), please note that we will not observe our usual Sunday Mass Schedule. We will observe our Christmas Mass Schedule instead - 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

* Sunday MassSunday Mass

Time: 9:00 am

Church Sanctuary Childcare for children up to age 3 is available in the Church Library/Meeting Room. Since Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year (2016), please note that we will not observe our usual Sunday Mass Schedule. We will observe our Christmas Mass Schedule instead - 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. (Please note: On Easter Sunday there is also a Mass in the Parish Center at 9:00 a.m.)

* Sunday MassSunday Mass

Time: 10:30 am

Church Sanctuary Childcare for children up to age 3 is available in the Church Library/Meeting Room. Since Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year (2016), please note that we will not observe our usual Sunday Mass Schedule. We will observe our Christmas Mass Schedule instead - 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. (Please note: On Easter Sunday there is also a Mass in the Parish Center at 10:30 a.m.)

* Sunday MassSunday Mass

Time: 12:00 pm

Church Sanctuary Since Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year (2016), please note that we will not observe our usual Sunday Mass Schedule. We will observe our Christmas Mass Schedule instead - 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

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* Morning PrayerMorning Prayer

Time: 7:45 am

Church Sanctuary

* Daily MassDaily Mass

Time: 8:00 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Holy Thursday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

* Rosary & Divine MercyRosary & Divine Mercy

Time: 8:30 am

Church Sanctuary

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* Morning PrayerMorning Prayer

Time: 7:45 am

Church Sanctuary

* Daily MassDaily Mass

Time: 8:00 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Holy Thursday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

* Rosary & Divine MercyRosary & Divine Mercy

Time: 8:30 am

Church Sanctuary

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* Morning PrayerMorning Prayer

Time: 7:45 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

* Daily MassDaily Mass

Time: 8:00 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

* Rosary & Divine MercyRosary & Divine Mercy

Time: 8:30 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

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* Morning PrayerMorning Prayer

Time: 7:45 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Holy Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

* Daily MassDaily Mass

Time: 8:00 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Holy Thursday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

* Rosary & Divine MercyRosary & Divine Mercy

Time: 8:30 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Holy Thursday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

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* Morning PrayerMorning Prayer

Time: 7:45 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Good Friday of each year.)

* Daily MassDaily Mass

Time: 8:00 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Good Friday of each year.)

* Rosary & Divine MercyRosary & Divine Mercy

Time: 8:30 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Good Friday of each year.)

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* Morning PrayerMorning Prayer

Time: 7:45 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, Rosary or Confession on Holy Saturday of each year.)

* Daily MassDaily Mass

Time: 8:00 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, Rosary or Confession on Holy Saturday of each year.)

* Rosary & Divine MercyRosary & Divine Mercy

Time: 8:30 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, Rosary or Confession on Holy Saturday of each year.)

* ConfessionConfession

Time: 3:30 pm

Confessional Rooms located within the church sanctuary. Please Note: No Confessions on Holy Saturday, or when Christmas Eve or Christmas Day falls on a Saturday). Penance Services held during Lent and Advent.

* Sunday Vigil MassSunday Vigil Mass

Time: 5:00 pm

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no 5:00 p.m. Sunday Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday of each year). Our Easter Vigil begins at 7:30 p.m. Since Christmas Eve falls on a Saturday this year (2016), also please note that there will not be a 5:00 p.m. Mass. We will observe our Christmas Eve Mass Schedule instead - 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

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* Sunday MassSunday Mass

Time: 7:30 am

Church Sanctuary Since Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year (2016), please note that we will not observe our usual Sunday Mass Schedule. We will observe our Christmas Mass Schedule instead - 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

* Sunday MassSunday Mass

Time: 9:00 am

Church Sanctuary Childcare for children up to age 3 is available in the Church Library/Meeting Room. Since Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year (2016), please note that we will not observe our usual Sunday Mass Schedule. We will observe our Christmas Mass Schedule instead - 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. (Please note: On Easter Sunday there is also a Mass in the Parish Center at 9:00 a.m.)

* Sunday MassSunday Mass

Time: 10:30 am

Church Sanctuary Childcare for children up to age 3 is available in the Church Library/Meeting Room. Since Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year (2016), please note that we will not observe our usual Sunday Mass Schedule. We will observe our Christmas Mass Schedule instead - 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. (Please note: On Easter Sunday there is also a Mass in the Parish Center at 10:30 a.m.)

* Sunday MassSunday Mass

Time: 12:00 pm

Church Sanctuary Since Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year (2016), please note that we will not observe our usual Sunday Mass Schedule. We will observe our Christmas Mass Schedule instead - 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

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* Morning PrayerMorning Prayer

Time: 7:45 am

Church Sanctuary

* Daily MassDaily Mass

Time: 8:00 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Holy Thursday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

* Rosary & Divine MercyRosary & Divine Mercy

Time: 8:30 am

Church Sanctuary

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* Morning PrayerMorning Prayer

Time: 7:45 am

Church Sanctuary

* Daily MassDaily Mass

Time: 8:00 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Holy Thursday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

* Rosary & Divine MercyRosary & Divine Mercy

Time: 8:30 am

Church Sanctuary

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* Morning PrayerMorning Prayer

Time: 7:45 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

* Daily MassDaily Mass

Time: 8:00 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

* Rosary & Divine MercyRosary & Divine Mercy

Time: 8:30 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

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* Morning PrayerMorning Prayer

Time: 7:45 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Holy Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

* Daily MassDaily Mass

Time: 8:00 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Holy Thursday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

* Rosary & Divine MercyRosary & Divine Mercy

Time: 8:30 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Holy Thursday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

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* Morning PrayerMorning Prayer

Time: 7:45 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Good Friday of each year.)

* Daily MassDaily Mass

Time: 8:00 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Good Friday of each year.)

* Rosary & Divine MercyRosary & Divine Mercy

Time: 8:30 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Good Friday of each year.)

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* Morning PrayerMorning Prayer

Time: 7:45 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, Rosary or Confession on Holy Saturday of each year.)

* Daily MassDaily Mass

Time: 8:00 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, Rosary or Confession on Holy Saturday of each year.)

* Rosary & Divine MercyRosary & Divine Mercy

Time: 8:30 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, Rosary or Confession on Holy Saturday of each year.)

* ConfessionConfession

Time: 3:30 pm

Confessional Rooms located within the church sanctuary. Please Note: No Confessions on Holy Saturday, or when Christmas Eve or Christmas Day falls on a Saturday). Penance Services held during Lent and Advent.

* Sunday Vigil MassSunday Vigil Mass

Time: 5:00 pm

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no 5:00 p.m. Sunday Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday of each year). Our Easter Vigil begins at 7:30 p.m. Since Christmas Eve falls on a Saturday this year (2016), also please note that there will not be a 5:00 p.m. Mass. We will observe our Christmas Eve Mass Schedule instead - 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

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* Sunday MassSunday Mass

Time: 7:30 am

Church Sanctuary Since Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year (2016), please note that we will not observe our usual Sunday Mass Schedule. We will observe our Christmas Mass Schedule instead - 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

* Sunday MassSunday Mass

Time: 9:00 am

Church Sanctuary Childcare for children up to age 3 is available in the Church Library/Meeting Room. Since Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year (2016), please note that we will not observe our usual Sunday Mass Schedule. We will observe our Christmas Mass Schedule instead - 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. (Please note: On Easter Sunday there is also a Mass in the Parish Center at 9:00 a.m.)

* Sunday MassSunday Mass

Time: 10:30 am

Church Sanctuary Childcare for children up to age 3 is available in the Church Library/Meeting Room. Since Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year (2016), please note that we will not observe our usual Sunday Mass Schedule. We will observe our Christmas Mass Schedule instead - 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. (Please note: On Easter Sunday there is also a Mass in the Parish Center at 10:30 a.m.)

* Sunday MassSunday Mass

Time: 12:00 pm

Church Sanctuary Since Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year (2016), please note that we will not observe our usual Sunday Mass Schedule. We will observe our Christmas Mass Schedule instead - 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

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* Morning PrayerMorning Prayer

Time: 7:45 am

Church Sanctuary

* Daily MassDaily Mass

Time: 8:00 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Holy Thursday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

* Rosary & Divine MercyRosary & Divine Mercy

Time: 8:30 am

Church Sanctuary

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* Morning PrayerMorning Prayer

Time: 7:45 am

Church Sanctuary

* Daily MassDaily Mass

Time: 8:00 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Holy Thursday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

* Rosary & Divine MercyRosary & Divine Mercy

Time: 8:30 am

Church Sanctuary

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* Morning PrayerMorning Prayer

Time: 7:45 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

* Daily MassDaily Mass

Time: 8:00 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

* Rosary & Divine MercyRosary & Divine Mercy

Time: 8:30 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

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* Morning PrayerMorning Prayer

Time: 7:45 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Holy Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

* Daily MassDaily Mass

Time: 8:00 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Holy Thursday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

* Rosary & Divine MercyRosary & Divine Mercy

Time: 8:30 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Holy Thursday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

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* Morning PrayerMorning Prayer

Time: 7:45 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Good Friday of each year.)

* Daily MassDaily Mass

Time: 8:00 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Good Friday of each year.)

* Rosary & Divine MercyRosary & Divine Mercy

Time: 8:30 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Good Friday of each year.)

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* Morning PrayerMorning Prayer

Time: 7:45 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, Rosary or Confession on Holy Saturday of each year.)

* Daily MassDaily Mass

Time: 8:00 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, Rosary or Confession on Holy Saturday of each year.)

* Rosary & Divine MercyRosary & Divine Mercy

Time: 8:30 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, Rosary or Confession on Holy Saturday of each year.)

* ConfessionConfession

Time: 3:30 pm

Confessional Rooms located within the church sanctuary. Please Note: No Confessions on Holy Saturday, or when Christmas Eve or Christmas Day falls on a Saturday). Penance Services held during Lent and Advent.

* Sunday Vigil MassSunday Vigil Mass

Time: 5:00 pm

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no 5:00 p.m. Sunday Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday of each year). Our Easter Vigil begins at 7:30 p.m. Since Christmas Eve falls on a Saturday this year (2016), also please note that there will not be a 5:00 p.m. Mass. We will observe our Christmas Eve Mass Schedule instead - 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

* Migrant Mass (Spanish Mass)Migrant Mass (Spanish Mass)

Time: 7:00 pm

Usually held the 4th Saturday of every month in the Church Sanctuary. Will be re-scheduled if it falls on a holiday or Holy Day, like Holy Saturday. Please contact Andrea Avila at (858)487-0491 in case of schedule changes. Fellowship usually follows in the parish center.

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* Sunday MassSunday Mass

Time: 7:30 am

Church Sanctuary Since Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year (2016), please note that we will not observe our usual Sunday Mass Schedule. We will observe our Christmas Mass Schedule instead - 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

* Sunday MassSunday Mass

Time: 9:00 am

Church Sanctuary Childcare for children up to age 3 is available in the Church Library/Meeting Room. Since Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year (2016), please note that we will not observe our usual Sunday Mass Schedule. We will observe our Christmas Mass Schedule instead - 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. (Please note: On Easter Sunday there is also a Mass in the Parish Center at 9:00 a.m.)

* Sunday MassSunday Mass

Time: 10:30 am

Church Sanctuary Childcare for children up to age 3 is available in the Church Library/Meeting Room. Since Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year (2016), please note that we will not observe our usual Sunday Mass Schedule. We will observe our Christmas Mass Schedule instead - 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. (Please note: On Easter Sunday there is also a Mass in the Parish Center at 10:30 a.m.)

* Sunday MassSunday Mass

Time: 12:00 pm

Church Sanctuary Since Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year (2016), please note that we will not observe our usual Sunday Mass Schedule. We will observe our Christmas Mass Schedule instead - 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

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* Morning PrayerMorning Prayer

Time: 7:45 am

Church Sanctuary

* Daily MassDaily Mass

Time: 8:00 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Holy Thursday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

* Rosary & Divine MercyRosary & Divine Mercy

Time: 8:30 am

Church Sanctuary

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* Morning PrayerMorning Prayer

Time: 7:45 am

Church Sanctuary

* Daily MassDaily Mass

Time: 8:00 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Holy Thursday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

* Rosary & Divine MercyRosary & Divine Mercy

Time: 8:30 am

Church Sanctuary

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* Morning PrayerMorning Prayer

Time: 7:45 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

* Daily MassDaily Mass

Time: 8:00 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

* Rosary & Divine MercyRosary & Divine Mercy

Time: 8:30 am

Church Sanctuary (Please note that there is no Morning Prayer, Daily Mass, or Rosary on Christmas Eve Day or Christmas Day each year.)

     

 

UPCOMING PARISH EVENTS

LENTEN FISH FRY DINNER RAFFLE WINNERS | Please click here for the list of raffle ticket winners.  Winners should contact Grand Knight Dan Lunardi at lunardis@aol.com. 

WALKING WITH PURPOSE BIBLE STUDY | The Walking with Purpose Women’s Bible Study will not be meeting this Fall due to Covid-19 restrictions.  We hope to be able to safely offer a short study in the spring.  Please contact Beth Siesel at bethsiesel@gmail.com with any questions.

 

 

Sunday, June 6, 2021

0008 High Res

FROM THE DESK OF MSGR. DENNIS

It came as a rude awakening.  In a soon to be failed attempt at giving our First Communion Students a simple explanation of the Eucharist, three images were shown them: Wimpy, Olive Oyl and Popeye.  NONE of the kids knew who they were, a FEW of the parents knew who they were, ALMOST ALL of the grandparents knew who they were.  Yikes!  What a rude awakening.  But why these three examples?  The idea was to stress the point that if all you ate was junk food (Wimpy and his hamburgers) you’ll end up looking like him and risk a heart attack or stroke.  If you didn’t eat much at all and refused to eat nutritious food you’ll look like Olive Oyl and be in danger of starving to death.  However, if you lived your life as best you could, knew your weakness and ate what you knew to be healthy and nutritious (spinach) you could be like Popeye and overcome any obstacles.  Of course, these images truly limp along in explaining the Eucharist but they do help to get the point across.

What the Church celebrates today in the Feast of Corpus Christi, The Body and Blood of Christ, we highlight one of the most fundamental tenets of our Catholic Faith – the real presence of Jesus Christ, Body and Blood Soul and Divinity in the Eucharist which was instituted by Christ at the Last Supper (Mt 26:26-38, Mk 14:22-25, Lk 22:14-20, 1 Cor 11:23-27) and it is what nourishes us and give us life.  The Eucharistic passages in the Gospel of John Chapter 6 also remind us that Christ’s Body and Blood, of which He commands us to partake, is the path of strength and nourishment leading us to eternal life. When we come to Mass we are celebrating Christ’s real, physical presence among us and we don’t have to wish we had been at that grace filled moment on Calvary when Christ died for our sins; that moment is re-presented to us at every celebration of the Eucharist.  Notice that Christ doesn’t say “this represents” my body and blood: He says “this IS my body and blood” which, as we read in the Gospel John and 1 Corinthians,  we are to receive worthily if it is to have any positive effect in our lives.

Today we tend either to stuff ourselves with all kinds of junk food (nonsense usually found on the internet about deep church or aliens among us or a growing cabal between Catholics and Muslims or attacks on the integrity of the pope) and we consume the fat filled lies that other things are more important than living faithful, moral Catholic lives; or we starve ourselves by not living up to the Ten Commandments or giving God our thanks and praise at Sunday Worship, or not understanding (worse, not believing in) the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist.  However, when we monitor our spiritual health and find ourselves in spiritual danger it’s time to acknowledge and consume what gives us strength and the power to overcome evil in our lives by a worthy reception of Holy Communion.

It came as a rude awakening that kids today don’t know cartoon characters of decades ago.  It comes as a rude awakening that too many Catholics today take their religious lives so cavalierly that they don’t understand or even believe that Jesus Christ is truly, really present in the Eucharist.  It will come as a real rude awakening when such a person spiritually dies either from spiritual gluttony or starvation and finds him/herself before the judgement seat of God.  We’re “… strong to the finish” only whey we consume that which gives us strength:  The Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, made present to us in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  Believe it – or die.

Msgr. Dennis L. Mikulanis, S.T.D.
Pastor