Weekly Reflections, Announcements, News & Thoughts
Lost Sheep, Lost Coin, Lost Sons – God’s Lost and Found
The most common items in our parish Lost and Found are sunglasses, umbrellas, books, and cellular phones. These and so much more are waiting to be claimed by their rightful owners. When the owner notices a missing item, THEY SEARCH FOR IT. When God loses us (or better said…when we lose God). HE SEARCHES FOR US. People will often give up trying to find a lost pair of sunglasses or an umbrella. But, GOD WILL NEVER GIVE UP SEARCHING FOR US. That is the incredible message of the Gospel this weekend. We are too valuable to God to lose or write off. Are you lost and waiting to be claimed? God knows where we are and He comes looking for us. Are we ready to be found?
Catechetical Sunday – Sunday September 15th
A new year of catechism and faith formation begins in these coming weeks for kids and adults! We are so grateful to those who serve in the sacred ministry of Catechist and who volunteer their talents and time in evangelization and faith formation. We will bless our catechists and pray that the Holy Spirit will guide their efforts in bringing their students closer to Christ. Please keep them in your prayers throughout this school year.
To Jesus through Mary – Mary’s Grotto
Please come and see the beautiful grotto located at the side of the Church on Kline Street. The beautiful image of the Madonna and Child will be a powerful reminder to all who pass by of Mary’s role in God’s plan of salvation…to Jesus through Mary…this is made possible by the generosity of some wonderful benefactors…thank you for your commitment to our beautiful parish community. The statue and grotto will be blessed after the 10:30am Mass this weekend.
Saturday October 5th 9:00am at the Stella Maris Junior Yard – Blessing of the Animals 2019, Celebrating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi
The feast of St. Francis of Assisi falls on October 4th every year and it is a wonderful tradition to follow the example of St. Francis in glorifying God’s creation. We will honor St. Francis as we bless our pets. Please join us as we bless dogs and cats and hamsters and rabbits and snakes and lizards and fish and horses and what else can you think of? There will be singing and fun and much more…The blessing will take place in the Junior Yard of Stella Maris Academy on Kline Street. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us in thanking God and marveling at His creation.
One Parish One School…
One Parish, One School…There is a special bulletin board set up in the entrance of the parish hall that will display our school kids’ creations and projects…Come check out the talents, faith, and hard work of our kids! Great things are happening at SMA!
Rite of Christian Initiation & Adult Formation
Do you know someone who is interested in becoming Catholic? Maybe it’s YOU, a FAMILY MEMBER, a FRIEND, a NEIGHBOR. Do you want complete your Sacraments of Initiation? THIS IS THE YEAR TO DO IT! Do you want to LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR CATHOLIC FAITH?
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). The RCIA program is for those who are interested in becoming Catholic and 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! We will begin soon. 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