November 29, 2020

Well, we have come full circle liturgically. Today we begin a new Year of Grace with this First Sunday of Advent. During this season of preparation, which does include a bit of a penitential flavor, we begin by focusing on the Second Coming of Christ. We Catholics do not stress the return of Christ at the end of time overly much, but we do believe it will come and we are encouraged to attentively await it. 

In this year of pandemic, the sense of the coming of an “END” is a welcome thought. Not so much the end of the world but of this Covid-19 battle that dwarfs all the rest of life in a very real way. We Christians are by definition people of HOPE, a trust in the ongoing interaction between the Almighty and creation, especially with the apple of the Creator’s eye—us puny humans. St. Leonard encouraged confidence in the future as it unfolds, at times a bit sputtering, but always moving towards completion in Christ. 

The waiting of Advent is an active waiting. We have a sense of being a part of this great unfolding of the Kingdom of God, which is among us and within us, as Luke’s Gospel insists. Although we need to keep a healthy balance between the spiritual and the practical, Advent does afford us ample opportunities to serve the poor (our kingly ministry from baptism). The more we realize the abundance of God’s loving action in our lives, i.e., grace, the more we ought to respond in kind by loving actions in the lives of others. 

Try to be creative if you have youngsters in the house with this sense of a journey to Christmas. Advent calendars, advent wreaths, putting a piece of straw in a little homemade crib for the baby Jesus with every good deed done to get thereby his bed ready, focusing on some of the saints who are celebrated during December, and so forth. Food treats can also be part of this—honey-based treats are customary for St. Ambrose, a beekeeper, for December 7th. The traditional OpÅ‚atki, Christmas wafers, are available again this year. Please stay six feet apart as you line up for it after Mass. It is also available in the office. 

Various websites have good meditations for adults—including Creighton and Notre Dame Universities. The Franciscan crown or seraphic rosary, as well as the regular Dominican rosary, are good prayer tools. What you do is not the point, that you actually DO some prayer is crucial for Advent. 

Sincerely yours in Christ,  
Fr. Leo A. Dechant, CSJ

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. Currently everything must be celebrated outside—usually in front of the hall; sometimes in front of Our Lady’s Chapel. The number of Masses has been reduced—see the Mass Schedule below.

Obviously, only the hardy ought to attend in the heat and wind of Quartz Hill. Hats may be worn by ALL.

Outdoor Masses

Saturday (Vigil Masses)
3:30 PM
(Spanish) 6:30 PM

7:30 AM, 9:30 AM, 12 Noon

Monday – Saturday
7:00 AM 

Holy Days

Sacrament of Reconciliation

(In the Playground)
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

13845 Johnson Road, Lake Hughes, CA 93532 

Office Hours

Closed For Lunch Every Weekday
11:30 am – 12:30 pm

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

Emergency phone, call office and dial 1

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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