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Welcome to Saint Junipero Serra Parish! We are a Catholic Faith Community, located in Quartz Hill (Lancaster), California. Our parish was founded on August 15, 1987 and has grown significantly in these 30 years. Please feel welcome to join us for Mass, especially on the Lord’s Day. Our liturgies are supported by a full spectrum of ministries. We really take seriously the Catholic Church’s insistence that “participation of the faithful is the goal to be considered before all others.”   Read More...

Pastor's Corner
February 10, 2019

I want to take the time to enunciate changes made here in the parish vis-à-vis finances since September. The position of Business Manager, an exempt employee, has been eliminated. Reasons include the high cost and the dangers inherent in too much power residing in one person. The roles have been given to three individuals:

Accounts receivable—Michele Simpliciano has added this to her role as my personal secretary. She enters donations into Parish Data Systems (PDS), the software used to generate tax statements.

Accounts payable—I sign all requisitions and sort all bills, deciding which ones to present for payment every week. Guadalupe Castellanos helps by entering requisitions into Excel, scanning them into the computer, and returning the original to me to be attached to the invoice when it arrives.

Data entry—Ruby Manning has volunteered in this role for over three months. We have just hired a part time clerk in the person of Teri Parchman. This person balances bank statements and enters things into QuickBooks, which is used to generate financial reports. She also prints checks which are signed by me and mailed out by Vicki Santana-White.

The collections are placed by two unrelated ushers into the church safe during Masses. On counting day two persons retrieve the money from the church safe taking it to the counting room. The counting team follows strict banking procedures now in the handling of cash. All counting is verified by two unrelated counters. Bank deposits are prepared in the counting room and immediately taken to the bank by two volunteers. No cash EVER sits around in the finance office.

Time cards are added up by a volunteer who sends me the summary for approval, then emails it to TCM, a company in Canyon Country used by the Archdiocese, who prepares the payroll submittal to ADP. TCM is accurate and efficient—they charge $40 per payroll. This is a fraction of what it cost to have it done previously by our employee! Other volunteers with financial backgrounds have stepped forward to help with filing and other things. Finance Council now meets monthly again and gets QuickBooks reports as they should.

Although I appreciate your concern that I might be working too much, it isn’t true. Parents rearing children work a lot longer and harder than I. I am keenly aware of my duty to steward your donations well. Justice demands that I explain why I have seemed more stressed and tired than usual, but prudence only allows me to say that a mess was uncovered, help was sought (locally and from the Archdiocese), and changes have been implemented. We are on track again. Thank you all for your continued support!

Pope Francis recently encourage all Catholics to faithfully pray the rosary daily and to add the Sub Tuum Praesidium, the oldest Marian prayer of the Church, and the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel. The intention is the purification of the Church, freedom from evil, stronger efforts to combat abuse, and trust in God’s care, which we feel in the Blessed Mother’s tender care. 

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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Mass in Church (CH)

5:00 PM (Vigil Mass)

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

Holy Days
7:00 AM, 12 Noon & 7:30 PM
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday 3:30 – 4:30 PM

Mass in Our Lady's Chapel (OLC)

Monday – Saturday
7:00 AM 

Monday and Friday
6:30 PM

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Friday 7:00 PM

Mass at St.Elizabeth Mission (SEM)

10:00 AM

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Sunday by Request Before & After Mass

13845 Johnson Road, Lake Hughes, CA 93532 

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Closed For Lunch Every Weekday
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Tuesday:  9 AM to 8 PM
Wednesday:  9 AM to 4 PM
Thursday:  9 AM to 8 PM
Friday:  9 AM to 4 PM
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