The Pastor’s RANT by Fr. Pat Mulcahy

Weekly Reflections, Announcements, News & Thoughts


(Confessions will be available at 4:00pm on this day for our seniors who prefer not to drive at night)

Casa de los Pobres Outreach

We are blessed to welcome two religious sisters who minister at Casa de los Pobres in Tijuana. They serve the poorest of the poor and invite us to share the blessings of this sacred season with those who struggle with basic needs. The sisters will be at each mass this weekend and are available to share some beautiful stories of love and mercy offered at this beautiful place. We are so grateful for your generosity in this effort. May God bless you abundantly!

Christmas Mass Schedule 2019

Our Christmas Mass schedule is as follows:

Tues Dec 24 (Christmas Eve)

4:00 pm Family Mass (Church)

4:00 pm Family Mass (Hall)

6:00 pm Mass (Spanish)

8:00 pm Mass

9:30 pm Carols

10:00 pm Solemn Vigil Mass

Mon Dec 25 (Christmas Day)

7:30 am Mass

9:00 am Mass

10:30 am Mass

12:00 noon Mass

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God January 1: Begin 2020 in the Best Way!

Wednesday January 1st is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and the beginning of the new year.  We will honor Mary as the Mother of God and ask her to pray for us and lead us to her Son Jesus in the new year. Please join us for these masses in her honor.

Tues Dec 31 6:30pm Vigil Mass

Tues Jan 1   9:00 am Mass

Please Note: There will be NO 8:00am Mass on Jan 1

Parish Offices will be Closed December 24-26, January 1

In observance of Christmas, our parish offices will be closed on Tuesday December 24, Wednesday December 25, and Thursday December 26. Please plan ahead! Our offices will reopen at 9:00 am on Friday December 27. Thank you and have a blessed Christmas! Also, our parish offices will be closed on New Year’s Day, Wednesday January 1st. Happy New Year!

Mark Your Calendars…

Mon Dec 16               Lessons and Carols Prayer Service (with Lighting of Parish Tree in Church Courtyard) (6:00pm)

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

A Gift to God and to Ourselves. Prepare for the Coming of Christ: The Sacrament of Reconciliation

One of the best ways to prepare to meet the Lord at Christmas is to forsake our sins, reconcile with God, and seek His forgiveness. We do this through the beautiful sacrament of reconciliation. There are numerous opportunities to celebrate this sacrament throughout Advent. Confessions are held each Saturday beginning at 3:30pm during Advent. You are also invited and encouraged to attend one of the local parish penance services here in the Mission Deanery. You can attend one that is convenient to you! You will see the same priests at each one! The schedule is below:

Monday Dec 16

St. Brigid, Pacific Beach 6:00 pm

Mission San Diego 7:00pm

Tuesday Dec 17

All Hallows, La Jolla 7:30pm

Wednesday Dec 18

Mary, Star of the Sea, La Jolla 7:00pm

St. Therese of Carmel, Del Mar 7:00pm

Thursday Dec 19

St. Columba, San Diego 6:00pm

End of the Year: A Good Time to Think About Giving

As we approach the end of the year, this season leads us to be in a giving mood. We also should think about the benefits of timing our gifts. Donations to the Church and Charities given in December can be very helpful to us come next April 15th, Income Tax Day. If you are thinking about a gift in support of our parish Capital Campaign or other parish ministries or projects, this would be a wonderful time to do it. You can designate a specific purpose for your gift and we will respect your wishes. Thank you for your sacrifices in support of our parish mission to lead all to Christ. Your gifts make a difference!



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). TICKETS ARE $20 EACH. THEY ARE AVAILABLE VIA THE FOLLOWING WEBLINK…


Have a blessed and Advent season! In Christ’s love, Fr. Pat