The Pastor’s RANT by Fr. Pat Mulcahy

Weekly Reflections, Announcements, News & Thoughts

The Feast of San Diego de Alcala (St. Didacus) November 7

Didacus, or Diego, is living proof that God “chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong” (1 Corinthians 1:27). As a young man in Spain, Diego joined the Secular Franciscan Order and lived for some time as a hermit. After Diego became a Franciscan brother, he developed a reputation for great insight into God’s ways. His penances were heroic. He was so generous with the poor that the friars sometimes grew uneasy about his charity. Diego volunteered for the missions in the Canary Islands and labored there energetically and profitably. He was also the superior of a friary there.

In 1450 he was sent to Rome to attend the canonization of St. Bernardine of Siena. When many friars gathered for that celebration fell sick, Diego stayed in Rome for three months to nurse them. After he returned to Spain, he pursued a life of contemplation full-time. He showed the friars the wisdom of God’s ways. As he was dying, Diego looked at a crucifix and said: “O faithful wood, O precious nails! You have borne an exceedingly sweet burden, for you have been judged worthy to bear the Lord and King of heaven” San Diego, California, is named for this Franciscan, who was canonized in 1588.

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

We are grateful for your support of so many endeavors over these past few weeks. Your support for Life Perspectives at the Side-by-Side 5k…Thank You! Your support for World Mission Sunday… Thank you! Your support for the outreach to hurricane and earthquake victims over these past months…Thank You! We are grateful to all our volunteers, participants, and benefactors that have helped us make a REAL DIFFERENCE in the lives of so many. THANK YOU!

Thanksgiving Day Mass Blessing of the Table Bread: Thursday November 28th 9:00am

Please join us for our special mass on Thanksgiving Day as we thank God for His abundant blessings. Please remember a new parish tradition: the blessing of the table bread. This tradition invites us to bring to mass the bread we will share at table later in the day as family and friends gather together. We will place the breads on a table before the altar. At the end of the mass, we will bless the breads as a prayer of blessing for our families. The collection for this day will be donated in its entirety to Fr. Joe’s Villages to support their charitable works of service to the poor. Please come and join us for this wonderful day of Thanksgiving! Please Note: there will be no 8:00am daily mass on this day only!

Mark Your Calendars!

Sun Nov 24               Solemnity of Christ the King

Thurs Nov 28             Thanksgiving Day

Sun Dec 1                  First Sunday of Advent

Mon Dec 9              Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Thurs Dec 12               Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Wed Dec 18               Advent Penance Service (7:00pm)

The Eucharist in Scripture: A Six Week Bible Study by Scott Hahn, led by Fr. Pat

Monday Evenings 6:30-8:00pm Last Session of the Series…Nov 18th at the Star Center on Herschel Avenue

The Eucharist in Scripture is part of Promise & Fulfillment, a series of dynamic video presentations by Dr. Scott Hahn, founder and president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology.

Promise & Fulfillment is designed to help ordinary Catholics grow in their knowledge of the riches of the Catholic faith. With his hearers, Dr. Hahn reads the Bible from the heart of the Church, considering the providential relationship of the Old and the New Testaments.

In The Eucharist in Scripture, discover God’s plan as it is expressed through the Bible and the Mass. This six-lesson study, presented by Dr. Scott Hahn, will unlock the meaning of covenant, sacrifice, and sacrament as understood in the Bible, from Genesis through Revelation.

Built around three of Dr. Hahn’s foundational talks: “The Lamb’s Supper,” “The Fourth Cup,” and “Consuming the Word,” The Eucharist in Scripture examines the biblical foundations of the Eucharist and explores the Church’s liturgy as the original context for the books of the Bible.

There is no fee for attending. Please contact the parish office if you would like to attend so we can be prepared. Also, if you would like to purchase the accompanying workbook ($25), please notify the parish office so we can order an advanced copy for you.


I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Scott Walker Hahn will be doing a presentation at our parish, Mary, Star of the Sea Church, on Sunday January 5th in the evening (Epiphany Weekend). It will be a ticketed event and more information will be forthcoming soon. PLEASE SAVE THE DATE and plan to join us.

Do you know someone who is interested in becoming Catholic? Maybe it’s YOU, a FAMILY MEMBER, a FRIEND, a NEIGHBOR. Do you want to complete your Sacraments of Initiation? Maybe it’s YOU, a FAMILY MEMBER, a FRIEND, a NEIGHBOR. The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

The RCIA program is for those who are interested in becoming Catholic and also for those adult Catholics who need to complete their sacraments of initiation. Maybe, it’s time for you or someone you know to take the next step! Please check it out! Please see Fr. Pat or Martin Magana for more details on this AWESOME program!

Have a blessed and holy week! In Christ’s love, Fr. Pat