April 11, 2021

This Sunday at the 9:30 Mass several previously baptized RCIA sojourners will be fully admitted into the Catholic Church. We welcome them and encourage them to take their rightful place as fully initiated members by being active in the many opportunities available in the parish. The Holy Spirit has led them to our parish as seekers. Thank you for now welcoming them to walk at our side as fellow missionary disciples.

The Mercy of God is boundless and is celebrated in a special way today on this Second Sunday of Easter. St. John Paul II established this day as Divine Mercy Sunday. We need to remember that the “perfection” of God is mercy. We are called to become “perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect” which means to be people of mercy. It does not mean wishy washy or tolerant of the morally intolerable. But is does mean never to write off another human being, or ourselves, as “hopeless” and irredeemable.

Confirmation with Bishop Aclan presiding will be at a special 5:00 Mass the next two Sundays, April 18 and April 25. It will be celebrated in Our Lady’s Chapel parking lot to allow family members to attend. We have about 160 confirmandi this year. It has been a challenging year and a half with online formation. Fortunately, it is God who has decided to call them to full membership in God’s Church. The Holy Spirit and a lived adult Christian life can fill in the gaps for them.

The priest whom the Superior has presented to Archbishop Gomez as my successor has not yet gotten the formal approval from Archbishop so I will hold off on sharing his name. Nevertheless, I think it wise to stave off a bit of your curiosity and tell you a little about him. He was born in Italy 19 days after I was born in Ohio in 1952, and he was ordained a priest 9 weeks before me in 1980. He spent time in Ecuador before and after ordination. He then went to Mexico, Avon, OH and San Pedro, CA for a total of 8 or 9 years. The last two years he has been in Aguascalientes, MX. He is a US citizen. Father is very hardworking, gentle and patient. I am confident that you will find him very approachable. Please welcome him warmly and help him to adjust to this pluralistic parish.

I really do believe God places people and pastors together in a special relationship of mutual formation. Let the Lord “do the Lord’s thing” and trust in the new pastor’s leadership. Blessings!

Fr. Leo A. Dechant, CSJ

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage, and defend us from every evil. Amen.

Sub Tuum Praesidium: “We turn to you for protection, Holy Mother of God. Listen to our prayers and help us in our needs. Save us from every danger, glorious and blessed Virgin.”

The prayer to St. Michael the Archangel: “St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.”

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The Sunday Mass obligation has been dispensed indefinitely.

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Saturday (Sunday Vigil)
4:00 pm

7:30 AM, 9:30 AM, 12 Noon
& 2:00 pm (Spanish)

Monday – Saturday
7:00 AM 

Sacrament of Reconciliation

(In the Church)
Saturday 2:00 – 3:00PM

Our Lady's Chapel

Our Lady’s Chapel is accessible 24/7 for personal prayer—call the office for the new code to the side door for entry after business hours. We can again celebrate weddings, funerals, quinceañeras and baptisms with some new limitations. Contact a priest for details. Phone conversations with Fr. Leo or Fr. Jonathan instead of appointments for child baptism arrangements. Preparation now at home with materials from office.

Mass at St. Elizabeth Mission (SEM)

10:00 am
(inside with reduced numbers)

13845 Johnson Road, Lake Hughes, CA 93532 

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Tuesday:  9 AM to 5 PM
Wednesday:  9 AM to 5 PM
Thursday:  9 AM to 5 PM
Friday:  9 AM to 5 PM 

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Remember the fact that we can make Spiritual Communions when the sacrament is not available. Use these or your own words: “Lord, I am not able to receive you now sacramentally. Enter into my heart. I embrace you as already there and unite myself to you. Never let me be separated from you.”

Remember that when the sacrament of penance is not available, one should present one’s sorrow directly to God and say a good Act of Contrition. Sins, including mortal ones, are forgiven. When opportunity arises, mention the latter in your next confession just to keep yourself honest. A very simple Act of Contrition that is found in the Rite of Penance is: “Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

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