Preparing the Way in Prayer

On the First Sunday of Advent, we began a new liturgical year. It is a change that impacts the readings that will be used at the Sunday and weekday Masses. The collection of scriptural readings from the Bible to be read during Mass is called the Lectionary. The Lectionary is divided i
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Acts of Christmas Kindness

Dear Parishioners, The Advent season is upon us and what a wonderful time of year to prepare us for the joyful season of Christmas. One of my favorite childhood memories is the day after Thanksgiving. My Dad would go up into the attic and bring down all the Christmas décor – the Nativ
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Bereavement Ministry

—Reflection by Fr. Michael Gazzingan After the funeral service of a parishioner, what is next? We often fail to see that when a memorial service is over, and the people paying their respects are gone, grieving people start to feel a severe sting of loneliness, sometimes even fear. Whi
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A Note About Sacrificial Giving

What is Sacrificial Giving? Giving back to God is an integral expression of what we believe. It requires thought and time so that it is integrated with other financial decisions as part of an intentional and prayerful response to God’s generosity. Our response to support the Church’s
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National Vocations Awareness Week

After 50 years in the priesthood, John Paull II captured his experience of his vocation in two words which became the title of his book, Gift and Mystery. Like John Paul, these two words resonate with me and my vocation. Going back to the seminary has been at the back of my mind for t
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St Nicholas School Annual Appeal

Dear Parents, Alumni, Parish Members, and Friends of St. Nicholas School, Our “why” was originally formed by the Sisters of Mercy 70 years ago with their vision to bring Christ to young children. We honor those who laid the groundwork for offering the highest quality education while i
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World Mission Sunday

Dear friends, My thirteen years of service as a priest in the Vatican, both in the Pontifical Council for the Laity, as well as in the Vatican Museums, have provided me with a unique window into the missionary life of the Catholic Church. For 8 years I sat in on some of the “ad limina
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Catholics United to Protect and Support Women, Children and Families

Dear Parishioners, October has been dedicated as “Respect Life Month.” During this month we have been reflecting on the dignity and identity of the human person from conception to natural death. These reflections come at an opportune time as the California legislature has proposed an
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Blueprint for a More Compassionate Community

Nice guys finish last. Only the good die young. Look out for number one. These common phrases would have you think that people are generally selfish, competitive, and indifferent to the needs of others. There have been studies on the biological basis of compassion that argue otherwise
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Our Dignity, Our Identity

On the first Sunday of October, the Catholic Church begins the celebration of Respect Life Month. This is a month to help remind us of our sacred identity, that God created us out of love in, his image and likeness. This God‐given sacred identity imbues within us a dignity that makes
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