The Pastor’s RANT by Fr. Pat Mulcahy

Weekly Reflections, Announcements, News & Thoughts

National Catholic Schools Week 2020: January 26– February 1

During this special week, we salute Catholic education and the positive difference it makes in forming new generations of students to connect their academic successes with their Catholic values. This is a week to celebrate and consider the blessing of Catholic education. Our parish school Stella Maris Academy is stellar in faith formation, academics, and service. Please join us for many upcoming Catholic Schools Week Activities!

We also have wonderful nearby Catholic high schools… Cathedral Catholic High School, St. Augustine High School, Our Lady of Peace Academy, and Mater Dei High School. Please pray for these schools and support them in their mission and ministry. Celebrate Catholic Schools!

New Year Resolution…A suggestion

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: In our Adoration Chapel. Please join Jesus for one hour this week!

 One of the great blessings for us as Catholics is the opportunity to spend time with the Lord IN HIS REAL PRESENCE. We offer that opportunity every day in our parish Adoration Chapel located in the parish office building. Please make a special time with Jesus. Let us make 2020 a year of prayer and blessing.

Annual Catholic Appeal Sunday. In two weeks! Sunday February 9

The Annual Catholic Appeal funds many essential programs of our local church here in San Diego, including Catholic Charities, Priestly and Religious Vocations, development of poor parishes, and other critical support ministries. YOUR SUPPORT IS ESSENTIAL TO THESE PROGRAMS. Our parish assessment for this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal is $66,000. Your participation, regardless of gift amount, does make a difference. In the coming weeks, you will receive information and an invitation to join in this effort. May God bless you abundantly for your generosity.

Bible Study/Adult Faith Formation…Mondays at 6pm, starting February 24…

Our Bible Study/Adult Faith Group will begin again on Monday February 24, leading us into the season of Lent…Here’s a preview of our new series…

The Definitive Study on the Life of Jesus Christ

Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life is a 10-week video study program and book. Anchored in the life of Christ as presented in the Gospels, this study explores the entirety of Jesus’ life—who he is, what he is really like, what he taught, what he did for our salvation, and what all of this means for us as Catholics today.

Presented by Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Jeff Cavins, and Dr. Edward Sri, this study was filmed in the Holy Land so Catholics can experience the extraordinary world in which Jesus lived and taught—the historical context, the politics, the clashing cultures, the history, and the ancient land—and see where the most significant events of his life took place, from his infancy to his ascension.

This study shows, in a simple way, how Jesus, the Incarnate God, is both fully divine and fully human—his intimacy with the Father, his revelation of the Father’s love, and his extraordinary influence on his disciples, his followers, and even his enemies.

Most importantly, this encounter with Christ will inspire and empower you to center your entire life in him as you come to know and love him in an ever-deeper and more intimate way.

In This Study, Catholics Will Learn…

…Who Jesus is and how he answers the longings of the human heart.

…Why Jesus was baptized.

…The significance of the Transfiguration.

…The essentials of Christology explained in a way the average Catholic can understand.

…The mystery and meaning of the Resurrection, Christ’s triumph over death.

…The nature of Jesus’ mission and the redemption of humanity.

…Our role today as Catholics in the Great Commission.

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