Election day is just a little over two weeks away. Guidance from “Forming Consciences For Faithful Citizenship” can be found on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website www.usccb.org and additional guidance at the California Catholic Conference website www.cacatholic.org
Our scripture readings this weekend speak to each and every one of us in our most basic need, which is to be forgiven: “O God, be merciful to me a sinner” (Lk 18:13). When we make this prayer in all sincerity, with the resolve to serving our Lord, our Lord Jesus Christ pays the price of justice on our behalf in his suffering and death, and allows us to share in his resurrection. Our challenge is to be humbled by this great gift from our merciful Lord, and not take this gift for granted. This Year of Mercy has been a generous opportunity to reconsider all that our Lord has done for our salvation, and to recommit ourselves to our Lord by taking up our cross and following him. Along with St. Paul, by the grace of God, may we finish the race and keep the faith (see 2 Tim 4:7). —Fr John
Last weekend we began our new Mass schedule in order to accommodate a Sunday Mass in Spanish. Thank you very much for your participation by responding to the surveys and your willingness to make room in the inn for parishioners who appreciate the opportunity to pray in their native tongue. Over 50 people attended our first Sunday Mass in Spanish and all expressed their gratitude to the entire parish for opening the doors to them.
The Feast of the Holy Rosary, October 7... Do you know how powerful the prayer of the Rosary is still, today?
Here are the historical facts of this feast day of Oct 7:
In 1571, the armada of the Cross (Christendom) under John of Austria, brother of King Phillip II, met and defeated the naval armies of the Crescent (Islam) under Selim the Sot off the Gulf of Lepanto, between Italy and Greece. (See "The Battle that Saved Christian West and A Lesson for Our Times")
But this was no easy battle. The Christendom forces were exhausted from another battle. They were far, far outnumbered by the fresh, Islamic forces and ships. Yet unrelenting, aggressive inroads had been made by Islamic forces in conquering Christian territory up to this point in history, and keeping further aggression at bay was critical.
Saint Pius V, the great Dominican Pope, ordered the public praying of the Rosary throughout Christendom in support of the Christian navies stopping the onslaught of ... Read more>>