April 27: YOUTH & FAMILY NIGHT at 7:00 p.m.: GETTING IN THE “HABIT”:
Going Deeper in Prayer & Carmel—The Schedule is as follows:
7:00 p.m. Potluck in the Parish Meeting Room (second floor in the Parish Center)
7:30 p.m.: Breakouts:
Junior High 6-8
High School 9-12
8:45 p.m.: All gather in the church
Parent Breakout (all parents / adults welcome):
Bro. Jason of the Holy Spirit, O.C.D. will lead the teaching & discussion (Topic: "How to Bring Carmelite Spirituality into the Family," and Carmelite History and Prayer Teaching
ABOUT THE PROGRAM: This program has been formed to help the members of families help each other to grow in the Faith through the witness of their Christian lives—a witness that is often without words but which perseveres throughout a day-to-day life lived in accordance with the Gospel. In the course of family events (such as the reception of the Sacraments, the celebration of great liturgical feasts, the birth of a child, and bereavement), care is taken to explain in the home the Christian or religious content of these events. But that is not enough! Christian parents must strive to follow and repeat, within the setting of family life, the more methodical teaching received elsewhere.
The fact that these truths about the main questions of faith and Christian living are thus repeated within a family-setting, with love and respect, will often make it possible to influence the children in a decisive way for life. The parents themselves profit from the effort that this demands of them, for in a catechetical dialogue of this sort each individual both receives and gives. Family catechesis, therefore, precedes, accompanies, and enriches all other forms of catechesis. Furthermore, in places where anti-religious legislation endeavors to prevent education in the Faith, "the Church of the Home" remains the one place where children and young people can receive an authentic catechesis.
Thus, there cannot be too great an effort on the part of Christian parents to prepare for this ministry of being their own children's catechists and to carry it out with tireless zeal. Encouragement must also be given to the individuals or institutions that, through person-to-person contacts and meetings, help parents to perform this task.
Altar Boy Field Trip
FIELD TRIP FOR ALL ALTAR BOYS
SATURDAY, APRIL 28
All current Altar Boys are invited to a FIELD TRIP to St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo on Saturday, April 28. The bus will leave the parish parking lot at 8:30 a.m., and return around 2:00 p.m.
To RSVP, parents MUST first fill out and turn in a permission slip to the Parish Offices. For any questions, please contact Denise in the office at email@example.com or (626) 282-2744, ext. 223.
CHAPERONES ARE NEEDED! DADS WHO ARE VIRTUS-TRAINED AND FINGERPRINTED ARE NEEDED AS CHAPERONES! To Volunteer, please contact Denise in the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (626) 282-2744, ext. 223.
Aux of Carm Nuns
CLOISTERED CARMELITE NUN'S AUXILIARY
Annual SHOWER OF ROSES Luncheon
The Cloistered Carmelite Nuns' Auxiliary invites you and your guests to attend their annual "Shower of Roses" Benefit Luncheon featuring "A Spring Fashion Show," on Wednesday April 25. It will begin with a SOCIAL HOUR at 10:30 a.m., followed by a LUNCHEON at Noon. Tickets are $65 each.
Please RSVP by April 19 to Kathy Cardoza at 570-9012 OR KCardoza710@gmail.com.
ADULT BIBLE STUDY
Wednesdays, April 4 - May 23, 2018 (7:00-9:00 p.m.)
Is it time for a change? Walking Toward Eternity is an inspiring series designed to help you live your faith more fully by developing and nurturing characteristics that are essential to the Christian life. Through daily prayer and meditation with Scripture, you will be drawn into an intimate and life-changing encounter with Christ.
As you prayerfully reflect on God’s Word, you will begin to hear the subtle ways God is speaking to you, and you will be challenged to set aside those things in your life that keep you from growing closer to him. By putting the fruits of your study into practice, you will be able to make real changes in your life, changes that will make you more like the person God created you to be. Daring to Walk the Walk, the first series of Walking Toward Eternity, introduces seven key virtues and outlines practical steps for living them out in your life.
Walking Toward Eternity began Wednesday, April 4, and continues every Wednesday through May 23, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. For more information and to register, contact Debbie Robles at email@example.com or (626) 679-6370.
FIRST FRIDAY MASS
The next First Friday Mass will be Friday, May 4, 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).
GPS - Baby Bottle Drive
BABY BOTTLE PROJECT
AND BABY SHOWER
On May 5 and 6, GPS-Guadalupe Pregnancy ServicesVolunteers will be outside the church distributing Baby Bottles. Please take one and use it like a piggy bank to collect coins, cash, or checks. The Baby Bottles will then be collected on the weekend of May 19 and 20. Your donations help support the life-affirming services of GPS: parenting, personal development & spiritual enrichment programs for pregnant mothers and mothers with infants and toddlers. Every Bottle Counts! ...towards helping mothers and their babies! Last year you donated $4,252 in cash as well as over 1,600 items for babies and mothers!
Bring a Baby Shower Gift for Baby and Mom: Also on May 19 and 20, we will have a crib outside the church to collect the gifts you purchase for moms and their babies (list of needed items is below).
Baby Shampoo and Wash
Diaper Rash Cream
Cornstarch Baby Powder
Socks Boys/Girls (12/18 months)
Diapers Size 3, 4, 5 & 6
Pull-ups Size 2T/3T
Baby Food Jars
Feminine Hygiene Products
Food Pantry Items:
Cereal / Oatmeal
Canned Fruits / Vegetables
Rice / Beans
Snacks / Cookies
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.
COR JESU CARMELITE YOUTH MINISTRY
Cor Jesu Youth Ministry has its own link (see the links at the top of our web page).
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.
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.
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).
For more information, contact the DRE, Rhonda Storey, at (626) 284-0020, ext. 225.
CATHOLIC TRADITION TALK
The Catholic Tradition Talk meets on the second Friday evening of each monthin the Parish Meeting Room of the Parish Center--2nd floor).
The next session will be Friday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. (topic to be decided).
Bring your friends and family members!
THE AVILA GROUP
For Adults in Their 20's & 30's (Single & Couples)
All Young Adults--singles and couples--are invited to join The AVILA GROUP! Their mission is to strengthen the faith of young adults through friendship with like-minded individuals.
Events include meetings at 6:00 p.m. on the first Saturdays of MOST months in the Guadalupe Courtyard of the Parish Offices. These gatherings include prayer, a guest speaker, discussion, and a potluck. For dates and for other events, go to their Facebook page, Avila Outreach.
The group members also host informal events, such as movie nights, pub nights, wine tastings, sports at the park, concerts, shows, dances, reading groups (such as Theology on Tap), parish volunteer work (such as mentoring youth and visiting elderly), etc.
For questions, contact Paula Grimm at firstname.lastname@example.org OR (909) 703-1284. You can also visit the Avila Group at their Facebook page (Click here X to go there).
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 pro-life articles, 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.
IRISH STEP-DANCING CLASSES
Classes are held at 3:15 p.m. in the parish hall on Tuesdays. Classes are 45 minutes to one hour long and are for both kids (four years of age and over) AND for adults.
For more information, please contact Maria Henrie at email@example.com. (Kelly has moved to Fillmore, California).
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.