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ADULT BIBLE STUDY
Wednesdays, Beginning September 5, 2018
All adults are encouraged to join our next Bible Study session. We will be studying "Matthew: The King and His Kingdom," beginning Wednesday, September 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Meeting Room.
This twenty-four week study will show you who Jesus is and what His life and teachings mean for you today. After completing reading assignments and questions to prompt deeper thought, small group discussions will heighten your understanding. Then at each session we will watch a presentation by theologian, Jeff Cavins. There is a program fee of $30 which includes a study guide.
Please call, text, or email your intention to attend to Debbie Robles at 679-6370 or email@example.com.
Guido the Cathusian wrote in the 12th century, "Seek in reading and you will find in meditating; knock in mental prayer and it will be opened to you by contemplation.
"Keeping the Promise Alive"
In compliance with the LA Archdiocese & the USCCB, anyone working or volunteering with or around children at St. Therese Church and/or School MUST take the "Protecting God's Children" certification course AND be fingerprinted. The VIRTUS classes are good for four years.
FINGERPRINTING will be held WEDNESDAY, August 29, from Noon to 7:00 p.m. YOU MUST HAVE AN APPOINTMENT! Call Rhonda Storey at 284-0020, ext. 1, to schedule one OR for any questions.
INITIAL CLASS: “Protecting God’s Children” is the initial three-hour class for those who have never attended before. It will be held Tuesday, October 16, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., in the Parish Meeting Room.
RECERTIFICATION CLASS: “Keeping the Promise Alive” is the recertification class, which must be taken every four years by all those who have already attended the initial class and who are still employees or volunteers who work with or around children in the LA. Archdiocese. It will be held on Tuesday, October 30, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., in the Parish Meeting Room.
NO NEED TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES! Just show up on time!
ADDRESSING ABUSES AND COVER-UPS IN THE CHURCH
Recent revelations about Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s scandalous behavior have brought the emotionally sensitive subject of the priest abuse scandal back into the limelight. This scandal, as those revealed over the last couple of decades, was not due only to the fact that children were abused, but that Catholic clergy who knew about the improprieties failed to report the cases to the police. Combining other obstacles that people have about the hypocrisy of believers, Christian teachings on sexual morality, and a suspicion of hierarchical religion, this one is indeed a mountain. And it is impossible to get around or over it. The only way is to drill a hole right through it.
One strategy is to put the scope of the issue into perspective. The media coverage led many to think the numbers were far greater than they were. In 2004, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops commissioned John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York to conduct a study analyzing allegations of sexual abuse in Catholic dioceses in United States. The study covered the time period from 1950 to 2002. The final report identified 6,700 unique accusations against 4,392 clergy, or four percent of the 109,694 clergy active during the period. Of those accused, only 252 were convicted, which is less than one-tenth of a percent of the total clergy.
To be sure, even these numbers are too many. But they do show that the scope of the scandal, despite the coverage it received, was very small—surely too small to be a basis for rejecting the Church completely. It’s also important to point out that this kind of problem is not confined to the Catholic Church, but it is found among Protestant clergy as well. In his book, Pedophiles and Priests, Philip Jenkins, a Protestant and expert in the study of pedophilia, writes, “The most-quoted survey of sexual problems among Protestant clergy states that some ten percent are involved in sexual misconduct of some kind, and that ‘about two or three percent’ are pedophiles, a rate equal or higher than that suggested for Catholic priests.”
Sexual abuse is not only found within the boundaries of Christianity, but is also a problem in virtually all settings where adults have care of minors. Consider, for example, the 2014 scandal concerning USA swimming coaches, ninety of whom were banned for sexual misconduct. In January of 2018, Larry Nassar, former doctor for the USA Women’s Gymnastics team and a sports medicine physician, was sentenced to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing over 150 women over the past two decades of his practice.
The abuse of children is a horrible crime and needs to stop. There is no one that a child should feel safer with than a person who represents Jesus Christ. But to think this is solely or conspicuously a Catholic problem, which is the narrative the media created, is simply not true. For the same reason that we shouldn’t reject Christianity because some Christians are hypocrites, the presence of sinners in Catholicism doesn’t mean that the religion is false.
Let’s say you found out that certain doctors at several different hospitals were guilty of malpractice. Would you refuse to go to any doctor ever again? The malpractice of a few doctors doesn’t undermine the basic value of medicine—because we know that doctors heal people and save lives. Likewise, just because a few priests were guilty of spiritual malpractice doesn’t take away from the spiritual goods that the Catholic Church has to offer: the healing and salvation of souls. All the members of the Church, including its ministers, are sinners who are “still on the way to holiness” (CCC 827), and “always in need of purification” (CCC 827). Even Jesus teaches this on several occasions. For example, in His parable about the good and evil sower (Matt. 13:24-30), He says that the weeds will grow alongside the wheat until the Master comes at harvest time. But He assures us that the wheat will then be separated from the weeds.
To those who cause scandal in the Church, Jesus gives a severe warning: “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a millstone fastened round his neck and be drowned in the sea” (Matt. 18:6). It’s important to recognize that the Church is made up of human beings like any other institution, and human beings are sinners. At the same time, the Church is not merely a human institution. It has Jesus as its Founder. He has promised that “the powers of death shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18) and that the Holy Spirit will animate and guide it into truth (John 16:13).
These promises and others reveal that Christ has been and always will be with His Church, preserving it in the truth and life that is necessary for us to be saved. We don’t have to reject the Church just because one of the apostles was Judas.
In response to the abuses, the Archdiocese of L.A. began the VIRTUS program to help keep children safe. For more info about the program and/or to attend a class and/or be fingerprinted, see the Article above or contact our DRE, Rhonda Storey, at 284-0020, ext. 1.
Published in the Bulletin of August 19, 2018
SILVER JUBILEE CELEBRATION FOR FR. JAN LUNDBERG, OCD
September 16 at 5:00 p.m.
From August 18 to September 18, Fr. Jan will be here for a visit (during a break from his assignment at the Carmelite Mission in Uganda). During that time he will celebrate his 25th Anniversary of Ordination at the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Sunday, September 16—followed by a reception in the Parish Hall.
RSVP: If you would like to attend, please call the office at (626) 282-2744 to reserve a spot in the Hall for the reception.
BRIGITTINE CARMELITE ROSARY
Prayed After the 8:00 a.m. Mass
The Rosary is prayed Monday through Saturday after our 8:00 a.m. Mass. We have recently begun using the Brigittine Carmelite Rosary instead of the regular Dominican Rosary. This Rosary came to the Discalced Carmelite Order through the travels of St. Teresa of Avila. While she was visiting a Brigittine Monastery in Spain (the Brigittine Nuns were founded by St. Bridget of Sweden) and there she learned to say their six-decade Rosary. It was later adopted as the Rosary of the Discalced Carmelite Order, with an added medal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Each Mystery in the Brigittine Rosary has an extra decade for an additional mystery. It has a total of twenty-four decades instead of the usual twenty.
The additional decades in each Mystery are inserted chronologically and are as follows:
Joyful: The Immaculate Conception of Mary (prayed immediately before the Annunciation);
Luminous: The Obedience of Jesus to Mary and Joseph (prayed first, before the Baptism of the Lord);
Sorrowful: The Pieta (when the Body of the Lord was placed in the arms of His Sorrowful Mother (prayed last—immediately after the Crucifixion); and
Glorious: The Patronage of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel (prayed immediately after the Coronation). The other mysteries remain the same as in the Dominican Rosary.
If you would like to obtain a Brigittine Rosary and a pamphlet showing the extra mysteries, you may pick one up at the Religious Goods counter in the back of the church for a free-will offering.
ORDINATION OF BRO. MATTHIAS, OCD
With gratitude to Almighty God, the Discalced Carmelite Friars of the California- Arizona Province of Saint Joseph invite you to witness the Ordination of our brother, Rev. Bro. Matthias Lambrecht of the Immaculate Heart, O.C.D., to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ through the invocation of the Holy Spirit and the imposition of hands by the Most Reverend Alexander K. Sample, Archbishop of Portland, Oregon. The ordination will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at 1:00 p.m., at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 575 E. College Street, Mount Angel, Oregon, and will be followed by a reception in St. Mary's Parish Hall.
RSVP: If you would like to attend, please reply by August 31st to CarmeliteOrdination2018@gmail.com
The First Masses of Thanksgiving will be on Sunday, September 9, at St. John the Evangelist Church, 8701 NE 119th Street, Vancouver, Washington at 9:00 a.m. in English and at 11:30 a.m. in Spanish.
(Note: The icon above, “John, the Beloved Disciple,” is by Bro. Claude Lane, OSB, of Mount Angel Abbey.)
THE AVILA GROUP
For Adults in Their 20's & 30's (Single & Couples)
The Avila Group is on hiatus. Hopefully, the group will be back with activities in the Fall.
For now... if you are a young adult Catholic in your 20's or 30's and would be interested in coordinating the group and/or its activities, please let the Pastor, Fr. Philip Sullivan, know. His extension is 222 and his email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to take part in our Baptism Program, PARENTS & GODPARENTS are required to attend a class from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., in the Parish Library. The fee is $100 per child OR $25 for the class only. Your child will then be baptized on a Saturday (normally at 11:00 a.m. but subject to change). Check the calendar for dates.
SELECTING THE GODPARENTS: Canon Law requires you to have at least one godparent (may have two) who: 1) is at least 16; 2) has been Confirmed; and 3) is a practicing Catholic. A form attesting to this needs to be signed by a priest from the parish of each prospective godparent.
UPCOMING CLASS / BAPTISM DATES: To see the dates of the next classes and baptisms, click here X for the 2018/2019 schedule.
YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER! To do so, either call the office at 284-0020, ext. 1, OR click here (X) to download the REGISTRATION FORM. After filling it out, return it to us with your check for $100 for the class and the Baptism. We must receive it before the class date. When you come to the class, please bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate with you (or mail it with the registration form).
LATIN RITE (EXTRAORDINARY FORM) BAPTISM: If you attend the Latin Mass and would like your child to be baptized in the extraordinary form, click here (X) to download the Latin REGISTRATION FORM.
For more information, contact the DRE, Rhonda Storey, at (626) 284-0020, ext. 225.
FIRST FRIDAY MASS
The next First Friday Mass will be Friday, September 7, beginning with Mass at 7:30 p.m., followed by confessions and benediction. You are also invited to continue praying in our Adoration Chapel (open 24 hours a day).
For Elementary & High School Grades
PRE-REGISTRATION FOR ALL RELIGIOUS ED PROGRAMS will take placeon August 19 after the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Masses at the lunch benches across from the Hall.
ORIENTATIONand REGISTRATION will be held on Sunday, August 26, as follows:
STRE (Kindergarten through 8th Grade, including Eucharist Preparation) at 10:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall. The first classes will begin on September 9 at 9:00 a.m.
CONFIRMATION (High School) at Noon, in the following locations:
- First Year (C1) will meet in the Library (its first class will be on September 9 at 9:00 a.m.); - Second Year (C2) will meet in the Parish Meeting Room (its first class will be on September 23 at 9:00 a.m. )
DAYS/TIMES: Classes for both elementary and high school are held on Sunday mornings (one Sunday month for Confirmation and normally twice a month for elementary (check the calendar for dates!) from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m., including the 11:00 a.m. Mass. Class drop off time: Between 8:45 and 9:00 a.m. An additional class for each Confirmation grade is held on the Tuesday following the Sunday class. Please arrive on time for all our classes!
SEEKING VOLUNTEER TEACHERS AND CATECHISTS FOR THE 2018-2019 YEAR
If you enjoying teaching and have the experience and ability to “connect” with children, teens or adults, we need you! You must be a well-formed Catholic with all your Sacraments, familiar with the Catechism, and have some experience in the classroom. We are looking for teachers in the following areas: *Eucharist prep for both E1 and E2 adults; *Teen Confirmation classes—for both C1 & C2 Sunday classes; *Adult Confirmation classes for both C1 adults and C2 adults; *Substitutes for Elementary Religious Ed classes; *Aide in the E1 Eucharist prep; AND *Help with registration and paperwork.
CONFIRMATION'S "PEER MENTOR" PROGRAM: We are working to improve our current family confirmation program. In today's society, it is of the upmost importance that our parents remain the first and foremost teachers of their children. It is vital that parents work to connect on a deeper level with their teens, and for teens to feel free to share their thoughts and experiences with their parents.
Our goal for the confirmation program is to have recently confirmed students return for a peer-mentoring program in order to give back to their younger peers. They would do this by sharing personal testimony about their experiences in having to defend their faith to those who are engaging in immoral or questionable anti-Christian behavior. For example, why do we as solid Catholics teach chastity? Why are we pro-life? How do we combat the contraceptive mentality? In today's society, these are the types of things our young people are facing every day of their lives at school, through social media, television and music, and at teen social events.
Our program goes beyond simply teaching about the Sacrament of Confirmation; the new mentoring program will enable the former confirmation students to guide the current students to becoming more open to sharing their faith as well as giving them the tools and confidence to make solid faith decisions throughout their high school and college years.
To be able to make this mentoring program a reality, we are seeking young people who live their lives as strong committed Catholics able to withstand the pressures of today's society. Along with the youth peer program, we envision the program to include a component that involves the parents of the youth mentors who will connect with the other Confirmation parents for the purpose of both learning from and offering support to one another. If you and your teen are interested in joining our program or would like more information, please contact Rhonda Storey at (626) 284-0025, ext. 1, or email@example.com.
For more information about teaching in any of the Religious Education areas, please contact Rhonda Storey, DRE, at 284-0020, Ext. 1, or RhondaLStorey@gmail.com.
PARENTS! Religious Education is an extremely important part of the faith life of every Catholic family! If your children are not attending Catholic School, then they NEED to be enrolled in a Religious Education program. At St. Therese we offer classes from Pre-school through 8th grade, which then continue into a 2-year Confirmation program for high school students. Our classes are based on solid catechesis: the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the liturgical year, and Church Solemnities.
We welcome anyone to attend who has suffered the loss of a loved one. It does not matter how long ago you suffered this loss or what your relationship was to the person (spouse, child, parent, friend, etc.). Please feel free to come and join this new group and meet new friends. You may have something to share that will be of help to someone else.
The Grief Support Group meets in the Parish Offices on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. For additional information, please contact the office at (626) 282-2744.
NOTICE REGARDING THE CHURCH BULLETIN BOARDS
The bulletin boards in the vestibules of the church (front of the church and the two sides, as well as the bulletin boards in the sacristy AND at the bottom of the stairs leading to the sacristy, etc.) are FOR THE USE OF THE CHURCH STAFF ONLY.
Please do NOT put any flyers, photos, announcements, etc., on these boards. Again, it is only for the hired staff to put things there. You MAY put these types of things in the little pamphlet/flyer boxes located in the main vestibule—on the walls on either side of the main church doors. We thank you for your cooperation and your understanding.
RESPECT LIFE MINISTRYLet’s Pray, Get Active, and Save Lives!
FAST & PRAY: Please us in fasting and praying every Wednesday for the needs of increasing Respect for Life in this world.
VOX VITAE: For more information about Vox Vitae, including the upcoming Pro-Life Youth Camp and Pro-Life Adult Camp (both in July), go to the website at www.voxvitae.org.
RACHEL’S VINEYARD RETREATS—For Healing After Abortion: A Rachel’s Vineyard retreat is for men and women struggling with the emotional and spiritual pain of abortion. The retreat is designed to help participants work through repressed grief and anger in a safe, nonjudgmental setting and come to acceptance, healing, and hope for the future. Developed in the Roman Catholic Tradition, it utilizes spiritual exercises and rituals to help grieve the loss of unborn children and to accept God’s forgiveness. All inquiries and registrations are confidential. Cost is $215 per person. For dates, registration, and more information, call 866-2-RACHEL (866-272-2435) or go to www.rachelsvineyard.org.
T-SHIRTS: Respect Life and Vox Vitae have a variety of ProLife T-Shirts available! Stop by the Parish Offices and check out the designs expressing support for Life!
GENERAL WISH LIST: Respect LIfe Ministry is always in need of donations to keep our ministry going strong! We need funding for the following: 1) Vox Vitae Camp; 2) Waterproof Posters: Winter is approaching and our posters will not be able to handle rain; 3) Prenatal Wall Posters: Needed in both English and Spanish; 4) Vox Vitae tri-fold pamphlets; 5) Website and ProLife Radio Show: We need funds to keep these up and running; and 6) Transportation to other ProLife groups to assist them in promoting life at their events and activities.
Presentation Chapel of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration
HISTORY: In December of 2012, the Carmelite Friars moved out of the former rectory—freeing up a lot of space for other purposes. After much discernment, Fr. Philip decided to move the Chapel to the former rectory and to restore the current Adoration Chapel back to a Baptistry, as originally designed by the architect. A beautiful new Chapel has now been created in the spaces that used to be the priests’ dining room and Fr. Jerome Lantry’s room; it has been named the “The Presentation Chapel,” and is dedicated to the Loving Memory of Fr. Jerome Lantry, OCD.” (Note: Eventually, the Baptistry will be refurbished and will be dedicated to the Loving Memory of Fr. William Fenton.)
ELECTRONIC KEYS: Over the years, we have had security issues at night. To prevent these problems, Adorers using the chapel between 5:00 pm and 6:00 a.m. need to register for their own electronic keys (for a small deposit of $20 each). All registered users need to refrain from lending their keys and from allowing unknown persons to follow them into the chapel.
LAST PERSON IN THE CHAPEL?: A photochromic glass has been installed in front of the monstrance. If at the time you are leaving the chapel there is no one else in it, please TURN OFF THE LIGHT (LOCATED TO THE LEFT OF THE EXIT DOOR AS YOU FACE IT) on your way out. This will cause the glass in front of the monstrance to turn dark so that Our Lord will not be exposed in an empty room. Likewise, if you are the first to re-enter, TURN THE LIGHT BACK ON, and the glass will clear.
MAKE A COMMITMENT: If you haven’t already done so,please commit to coming to the Chapel at the same hour and day each week.The goal is to have at least two adorers signed up for each hour of each day (24 hours a day, seven days a week), so that if one is absent, at least one other person will still be present. To sign up for an hour, please call the Coordinators (contacts on the front of the bulletin). May God bless you for your dedication and love for Him!
PRAY FOR VOCATIONS: Ever since our chapel opened in 1988, one of its primary purposes is to pray for vocations to the consecrated life, in particular to our own Archdiocese and Carmelite Community. We thank our Lord that the Carmelites have been blessed with so many vocations that a new house had to be built to make room for all our seminarians!
GUIDELINES: Using the chapel requires following the Guidelines. If you did not receive a copy, you may read them on our website. Just go to MINISTRIES > PRAYER & DEVOTION MINISTRIES > PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION.
EXTRAORDINARY EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION TO THE HOMEBOUND
Would you like to minister as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion to our sick and homebound parishioners? You would visit them either on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday every other month—only six times a year. Remember . . . at some time in the future, YOU may need this help, too! If interested, please call the coordinators, Fred or Margaret Padilla, at (626) 282-0943. Thank you in advance!
If you would like to honor or memorialize a loved one AND help to beautify the altar at the same time, then take advantage of our Floral Dedication Program. You may choose the kind of flowers and the colors for not only memorial remembrances, but also for anniversaries, birthdays, engagements, weddings, baptisms, get-well wishes, etc. For each dedication, a notice will be posted in the bulletin (on the Mass intentions page) under “Floral Dedication” and will include your loved one’s name and the occasion. Bouquets are $45 and up (we charge only the actual cost of the flowers). In order to schedule a memorial or a dedication, please contact Giovanna Setiady at 281-9049.
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FIVE REASONS TO JOIN THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: If you are a Catholic male over the age of 18, here are five reasons that will encourage you to join this great fraternal organization of the Catholic Church—founded on the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism: 1) The Heartbeat of the Knights of the Columbus is Service; 2) the Knights Support the Catholic Church; 3) the Knights support the Catholic Church; 4) the Knights are strongly and devoutly Pro-Life; and 5) the Knights are Faithful to the Catholic Church.
For more information, call the current Grand Knight, Paul Gutierrez, at (888) 869-3124. He will answer any questions you may have!
NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING (NFP)
“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you."
KEEP CALM AND LEARN ABOUT CREIGHTON: Did you know that Married Couples benefit from learning about Natural Family Planning? And that NFP can be used to achieve or postpone pregnancy and to uncover and treat women's health problems or infertility? It can also be used to diagnose and treat repetitive miscarriage, infertility, PMS, post-partum depression, painful cycles, and so much more!
NFP hosts free Introductory Session of the Creighton Model Fertility Care System of Natural Family Planning. This session is for married and engaged couples or single women who would like to learn more about their health and fertility. To register or for dates of future sessions, call Jack and Katrina Crow at (626) 292-1906 or email firstname.lastname@example.org; or for Spanish, Martha Lacayo at (626) 372-0808 or email email@example.com.