“Be who God meant you to be… and you will set the world on fire.”
Saint Catherine of Siena
Our Blessed Virgin Lady of Fatima and patroness St. Cecilia, pray for us!
Emergency Number Only
(Sick, Dying, Death)
Regularly Office Hours
Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
In observance of the Labor Day
there is 1 Mass only at 9:00 am on Monday, September 4th
the church office will be closed on Monday, September 4th
(no 6:30 am, no 8:30 am, no Adoration after Mass)
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
A year ago several Catholic communities, including St. Cecilia, united under the mission of Habitat for Humanity of Orange County to provide a safe and decent place for limited income Orange County families to live. A collective organization of over 20 parishes, Catholic businesses, and individuals in the Orange Diocese are partnering on a veteran two home development with Habitat OC in the city of Tustin. This project will break ground in late July 2017 and will draw on the Catholic community for the majority of the volunteer responsibilities until Spring 2018.
Since undertaking the responsibility of this project the Catholic Coalition has raised $100,000 with $50,000 remaining to complete our commitment to the home builds. We are encouraging all to volunteer and support this ongoing project. To sign up please visit http://habitatoc.volunteerhub.com/SignIn.aspx and establish a profile with Habitat OC. Once the volunteer opportunities begin in the coming weeks, our parish will receive a private build code to unlock available build dates with other parishes across Orange County. The code will be published in the next Catholic Coalition article. Any additional questions or project process can be directed to Tristen Seagondollar at Tristen@Habitatoc.org.
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday August 20, 2017
God’s mercy and love are available to all who call out to Him in Faith
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
All three readings speak of the expansive and universal nature of the “Kingdom of God.” Although God set the Hebrew people apart as His chosen race, He included all nations in His plan for salvation and blessed all families of the earth in Abraham (Gn 12:1-3). By declaring through the prophet Isaiah (the first reading), “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples,” God reveals the truth that in His eyes there is no distinction among human beings on the basis of race, caste or color. The long-expected Messianic kingdom was intended not only for the Jews but for all nations as well. Today’s responsorial psalm (Ps 67) rejects all types of religious exclusivity: “Let all the peoples praise You, O God; … For You judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon the earth, so that Your saving power may be known among all the nations.” In the second reading, Paul explains that, although the Jews were the chosen people, most of them denied the promised Messiah, and, consequently, the Gentiles received mercy through their Faith in Jesus. In the Gospel story, Jesus demonstrates that salvation was meant for the Gentiles as well as for the Jews by healing the daughter of a Gentile woman as a reward for her strong Faith. Indeed, Jesus shows that God’s mercy and love are available to all who call out to Him in Faith.
We need to persist in prayer with trustful confidence. Christ himself has told us to ask him for our needs: “Ask and you shall receive.” Asking with fervor and perseverance proves that we have the “great Faith” and we receive what Christ wants to grant us in response to our requests. We must realize and remember that we do not always get exactly what we ask for, but rather, God gives us what He knows we really need, what He wants for us and what is really best for us. As Christians, we also know that our particular request may not always be for our
good, or for the final good of the person for whom we are praying. When the prayer is sincere and persevering, we will always get an answer – the one which is better than what we ask for.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Our Blessed Virgin Lady of Fatima and patroness St. Cecilia, pray for us!
Congratulations to our School Boys Volleyball Team Championship 2017 !
Congratulations to our School Decathletes 2017 !
Congratulations to our School Decathletes 2016 !
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PSA – PASTORAL SERVICES APPEAL
The assigned 2017 PSA goal for St. Cecilia Church is $128,000. This same amount of the last year, along with the goals of other Parishes and Centers in the Diocese of Orange, will be used to carry out the mission of the Church by supporting eleven pastoral ministries and services including …. Please click the link below for PSA Video and Letter. Please use the “Proud to be Catholic” white envelope or the Parish yellow envelope. You may make checks payable to Orange Catholic Foundation, or use credit card or ACH via the link below and please select St. Cecilia Church. (Please note that the cream envelope is totally for our Restricted Parish Capital Building Fund at St. Cecilia.) Thank you very much.
DỰ ÁN LA VANG – LAVANG PROJECT
Ân nhân Danh Dự: 25,000 Mỹ kim
Ân nhân Bậc Nhât: 10,000 Mỹ kim
Ân nhân Bậc Hai: 5,000 Mỹ kim
Ân nhân Bậc Ba: 3,000 Mỹ kim
Tên của quý Ân nhân hưởng ứng từ 3,000 Mỹ kim trở lên sẽ được khăc ghi trên Đài Tri Ân tại Linh Đài Mẹ trong Tòa Giám Mục. Thí dụ: Ông Bà Nguyễn văn A; Mẹ Phan thị B; Bô Trân quôc C; Cha Mẹ Lê thanh D.
Please consider your Year End Giving Gift to support St. Cecilia Restricted Parish Capital Building Fund. Please use the parish vanilla envelope designated for Building Fund, and write your parish ID envelope number on it. If you do not have it yet, please write your full name, address and phone number, and we create and inform you of your parish ID envelope number. In addition, you may consider donating your Year End Giving Gift to St. Cecilia. We are deeply grateful to you for the generosity and loving amount you have contributed throughout the year and in particular your Year End Giving Gift. Please be assured that we will send our tax deductible letter to you toward the end of January. Please contact Fr. Bao at 714-544-3250, Ext. 14, or Mr. Bill Weeks, Business Manager, at Ext. 12. Thank you so very much! May God bless you abundantly!
Pink & Vanilla Envelopes
Christian Service’s monthly Pink Envelope has been replaced by the monthly Vanilla Envelope of St. Cecilia Parish Capital Building Fund. At present, the total amount in the Christian Service account can run basically throughout the period of two fully fiscal years of 2016-2018. Since we are now in need to raise funds for our new one-story Administrative Office and new two-story Parish Center, Fr. Bao presented the replacement of two envelopes with the Christian Service’s leader, Peter Ruiz, and with the Parish Finance Council. We all have come to conclude to do so for the two year period. Meanwhile, we are thankful to you for your generosity of any extra amount that you would like to contribute directly to the restricted Christian Service Fund.
Smart Phone @ Stcecilia.org
Go green! Please press your Home Screen button on your smart phone, and go to web browser on your smart phone, such as Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer… Please type stcecilia.org, and if you are using an iPhone, then press an icon that has an arrow up inside an open square outline. And, press an icon that has a plus sign, saying “Add to Home Screen.” Then, press a word “Add.” Congratulations! Now you have an icon of St. Cecilia website on your smart phone. What do you find there? Our Weekly Bulletin, Monthly Mass Schedule, Address, Phone and Fax numbers of Church & School, especially the Emergency Number Only, and a link to use Credit Card or ACH to donate or to pay through Vanco Company.
The Ordination of the two Deacons from St. Cecilia
Congratulations to our deacon Gaston Mendiola Arroyo and deacon Aristotle George Quan. Please pray for both deacons as they prepare themselves for their final year of study before their priestly ordination on Saturday, June 9, 2018.
Bishop Kevin Vann appointed our Parochial Vicars, effective July 1, 2017
May we ask the Holy Spirit to give us virtues of generosity and flexibility to manage the Priests’ assignment changes after July 1.
Bishop Kevin Vann is pleased to appoint two new bilingual diocesan priests as the Parochial Vicars of St. Cecilia, effective July 1, 2017. Fr. Ismael Silva (1979) is coming from Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Santa Ana and Fr. Nicolaus Thai (2016) from the completion of his master in theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome (aka the Angelicum). After obtaining a master’s degree in applied physics, Fr. Nicolaus entered the seminary at the age of 25. Fr. Ismael will be working with Fr. Bao and Maricela Moran in administering the Hispanic Ministry. Fr. Nicolaus will be a coordinator for the Adult Faith Formation at St. Cecilia Church and is also joining with the School Faculty to teach one religion class. As we have generously shown our prayer and support to Fr. Wayne, may we continue to do so to our two new coming fathers.
Bishop Kevin Vann is pleased to appoint Fr. Wayne Adajar (1998) as the Parochial Vicar of San Antonio de Padua del Cañon Church, Anaheim Hills, effective July 1, 2017. As Fr. Wayne has graciously completed his assignment with us, we are deeply grateful to him and will definitely miss him.
We — Fr. Bao, Fr. Ismael, Fr. Nicolaus, Deacon Dong, Deacon Rafael, Deacon Gaston, Deacon Aristotle, Sr. Francesca, Mrs. Alvarado, Staff and Faculty — are deeply grateful to you for all your constant prayers and loving supports to our St. Cecilia Catholic Church and School!
Through the intercessions of Our Heavenly Mother Mary and St. Cecilia,
May Our Loving and Merciful God bless and grant you and your family
a very grace-filled and blessed year!