Matthew 11:28

Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.


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Dearest Parishioners,
During this time of the Coronavirus pandemic, no doubt everyone’s life has been subject in some way to the disruption it has caused. We endure in faith through it all.

Even though we may not be assembling together, we remain united across our homes and communities as one Body of Christ in communion with each other and with God.

St. Paul told the early Christian communities that the Father of mercies, “encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God” (2 Corinthians 1:4).

In that same spirit, we pray for every single person throughout the world who has been infected by the virus and particularly for the sounds of those who have died. We also pray for protection for ourselves and our loved ones and a swift end to the pandemic everywhere.

As you know, for the foreseeable future, all public Masses in our diocese have been suspended or obligation to attend Mass has been made optional. Please know that all priests continue to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in private for all parishioners and their intentions. The grace of the Mass has not been cancelled!

During the period of time where we cannot physically attend Mass, however, we must be extremely diligent in maintaining our connection to the Eternal Sacrifice.

To that end, I include here one way of staying in touch with the rhythm and grace of the liturgy, even while not in church. The attached program Spiritual Communion Service at Home, is a beautiful and simple way to access the elements of our regular Mass while “in exile” from it, so to speak. This type of informal prayer service has a rich and varied history in the life of the Church.

This Spiritual Communion in Service is based on the Sunday liturgical readings and includes reflections and elements of the Mass for maintaining our union with the Holy Sacrifice itself. Needless to say, this prayer service is not a substitute for Mass! It is not a sacrament. It is a sacramental, which sustains us during our time away form the full grace of the sacraments.

It’s purpose is to keep the fires of faith burning in our hearts, preparing us for the moment when we can return from our “exile” and embrace the fullness of the community Mass once again. We plan to send you a new “Spiritual Communion Service” each week while the pandemic continues. (To receive this via email please provide your email address below under Receive Parish Newsletter).

Please also remember to continue to support our parish, which still operates in numerous ways in dire circumstances (visiting the sick, responding to emergencies, etc.). Those of you familiar with online giving, may click this link to take you directly to the parish’s online giving portal.

On behalf of the clergy and staff of our parish, I want to assure you of our ongoing prayers and support for your and your family in this time of crisis. We will get though this and come together as a parish family once again around the table of the Lord!

With deepest respect,
Rev. Michael Robinson
March 20, 2020

Updated: March 21, 2020. We will post updates as they become available.

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    Be ashamed when you sin, not when you repent. ~St. John Chrysostom
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Daily Reflection

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  • Understanding Stability
    by Laurence Freeman, OSB on March 27, 2020 at 9:00 am

    When Yeshua moved about Galilee he was a consistently steady, still point manifesting in many places. People who stay at home but fantasize about trips and being elsewhere do not have anything like this stability. St. Benedict says the monk “must prefer nothing to Christ.” Quite soon in my monastic life I heard the ironical version of […]

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  • Saint Catharine of Bologna

    Saint Catharine of Bologna Saint of the Day for March 28 (September 8, 1413 -March 9, 1463 )  Saint Catharine of Bologna’s Story Some Franciscan saints led fairly public lives; Catharine represents the saints who served the Lord in obscurity. Born in Bologna, Catharine was related to the nobility in Ferrara, and was educated at court there. She received a liberal education at the court and developed some interest and talent in painting. In later years as a Poor Clare, Catharine sometimes did manuscript illumination and also painted miniatures. At the age of 17, she joined a group of religious women in Ferrara. Four years later, the whole group joined the Poor Clares in that city. Jobs as convent baker and portress preceded her selection as novice mistress. In 1456, she and 15 other sisters were sent to establish a Poor Clare monastery in Florence. As abbess, Catharine worked to preserve the peace of […]

• Daily Reading from USCCB
  • Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent
    on March 28, 2020 at 9:30 am

    Reading 1 Jer 11:18-20 I knew their plot because the LORD informed me; at that time you, O LORD, showed me their doings. Yet I, like a trusting lamb led to slaughter, had not realized that they were hatching plots against me: “Let us destroy the tree in its vigor; let us cut him off from […]

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  • March 27 (day 88 of 365)
    on March 27, 2020 at 6:00 am

    Old TestamentNumbers 26, Numbers 27:1-11New TestamentLuke 7:36-50Psalms & ProverbsProverbs 8:12-21 […]

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    May this candle be a light for you to enlighten me in my difficulties.
    May it be a fire for you to burn out of me all pride, selfishness and impurity.
    May it be a flame for you to bring warmth into my heart, towards my family, my neighbors and all those who meet me.
    Through the prayers of Mary Virgin and Mother, I place in your care those I came to pray for, especially_____.
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  • Did you know we have 2000 titles at our Parish Library? From apologetics to parenting to answering your questions about the Catholic faith. Visit our library at the Conference Center after each Mass.
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    Titles like... WHY BE CATHOLIC?
    Other new titles (April 2017):
    • An Empty Cradle: Reflections for parents after miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death
    • Simple Acts of Moving Forward: 60 Suggestions for Getting Unstuck
    • Embracing the Way of Jesus: Reflections from Pope Francis on Living Our Faith
    • Always Discerning: An Ignatian Spirituality for the New Millenium
    • Busy Lives and Restless Souls: How Prayer Can Help You Find the Missing Peace in Your Life
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    More importantly, the question you may want to consider is this: Have I been blessed with many gifts and am I inspired by Gospel teaching and my Catholic values that charitable giving is a profound and joy-inspiring expression of love and gratitude? How can I live out my Catholic values and put them into action for the greater good of the community? Your stock contribution will help you live out your Catholic values and benefit your parish or school at the same time.
    For more information on making a gift please visit our diocesan website at SDCatholic.organd click on Giving - Stock Donations at the top of the website. Or, you may contact the Office for Stewardship, Manny Aguilar, at 858.490.8294 or call Merrill Lynch, the Diocese's broker, at 800.844.0720.
  • Download a booklet of Our Church Treasures ​to learn about the many treasures of our faith hidden in plain sight inside our beautiful church. We conduct church tours during our quarterly New Parishioners Welcome Reception. All are welcome!
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