“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)
(Effective on September 1st, 2017)
Monday – Saturday
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
The deadline of submission to Rose Schiller (email@example.com) of the weekly bulletin announcements of each ministry is before noon each Monday.
Mass of the Installation as Pastor
Honoring the Feast of Our Patron Saint
Sunday, November 19, 2017
9:00 am in the Church
Reception in the Hall followed after Mass
Mass in Trilingual
Thursday, November 23, 2017
9:00 am in the Church
Friday after Thanksgiving’s Day
Mass in English
9:00 am in the Church
(no 6:30 am, no 8:30 am, no adoration, no 6:15 pm)
Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 19th, 2017
Congratulations to Fr. Bao Thai
on his Installation as 7th Pastor of
St. Cecilia Church and School
The Historical Summary of St. Cecilia and its Pastors
Today Sunday, November 19, 2017, marks a historic day for our Church and School as Bishop Kevin Vann bestows the honor of Pastoral ship upon Fr. Bao Thai as our seventh Pastor of our community. Below, find a brief history of all pastoral journey.
1957 – 1960 / Rev. Michael Moran
Five months ago, on Monday, June 19, 2017, we celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the Dedication of our Parish. Let us continue to give thanks to our Almighty God for His love and the blessings that He has bestowed upon us during the last 60 years. We express our deep appreciation to the late Cardinal James Francis McIntyre, Archbishop of Los Angeles, who envisioned the establishment of a new parish in the Tustin area. When Mr. and Mrs. John and Mary Prescott learned of the Cardinal’s dream, the Prescotts donated their home site on Newport Avenue near 17th Street. The parish was named St. Cecilia in honor of Prescott’s mother whose middle name was Cecilia. The parish was dedicated on Wednesday, June 19, 1957. Father Michael Moran was appointed as the first pastor of St. Cecilia Parish.
1960 – 1976 / Msgr. John Sammon
In 1960, Massachusetts-born Msgr. John Sammon was named the second pastor of St. Cecilia Parish. With his arrival, many new activities began. Military Masses and Guards of Honor became familiar sights as Marine families were encouraged to take a greater part in parish life. Father’s love for the missions became evident when he launched a distinctive Mission Program. His concern children’s education was exhibited when the school was constructed before the church. In 1961, St Cecilia Catholic School opened its doors, and the starting staff were the Sisters of Mercy from Worcester, Massachusetts. In March 1961, we packed up our pews, kneelers, vessels, and items, and off we moved to the famous “Sunkist Cathedral,” a converted orange packing warehouse. It wasn’t perfect, but it was home, and, we all fit! Also in the same year (1961), we had our ground-breaking ceremony for the church site on Sycamore Avenue. In June 1964, the new Church was dedicated and we continue to worship God, celebrate the sacraments, and pray devotions every day in this same church. Msgr. John Sammon was named Vicar for Pastoral and Community Affairs and Director of the Propagation of the Faith for the newly established Diocese of Orange 1976.
1976 – 1988 / Rev. Patrick Doherty
In 1976, Father Patrick became the third pastor. The big news of 1976 was that Orange became its own Diocese, and the Parish Hall construction began. Father Patrick moved the rectory to Charloma Drive, completed the Parish Hall and sought to increase our awareness as family by offering coffee and donuts after the Sunday Masses. He committed the parish to the Renew program, which encouraged us to share our faith and pray together. Father Patrick made a dream come true by remodeling the church so that the faithful could be closer to the altar.
1988 – 1990 / Rev. Desmond Colleran
In 1988, Father Desmond took up residence as the fourth pastor. He was known to many as the Director of Marriage Encounter in the Diocese of Orange. This gentle, soft spoken priest inaugurated informal evenings so parishioners could meet him and voice their ideas. This was a growing time for our faith family.
1990 – 2005 / Rev. Timothy MacCarthy
In 1990, Father Timothy became the fifth pastor. Father Tim brought a genuine sense of prayer and concern for others to his pastoral duties, and his lively sense of humor brightened parish life. His Irish brogue reciting classic poetry is a fond memory of many parishioners today. The parishioners were blessed with a wonderfully caring pastor who ministered to their spiritual needs and led us as a faith community. Friendly smiles and greetings abounded
2005 – 2015 / Rev. Al Baca
In 2005, Father Timothy McCarthy retired, and Father Al Baca arrived from Rome where he studied Inter-Religious Affairs and Ecumenism. It is to this office in Washington, DC that Father Al was recently called to be Executive Director of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Department, effective July 1st of this year. During Father Al’s tenure as pastor , he installed the new projectors and screens in the Church. This was designed to enhance the liturgy through an encouraged participation of all. He also remodeled the sanctuary’s façade, the floor, and the pews. Father Al, a product himself of Catholic education, loved our Catholic school and could often be found in the school teaching the children about the saints and their faith. Before he was appointed the pastor of St. Columban in Garden Grove in 2015, Father Al added the 7 PM Spanish Mass on the first Sunday of Lent in 2015. We remember Father’s spiritual guidance and his thought-provoking homilies.
2015 – Present / Rev. Bao Thai
In 2015, Father Bao Thai was called to become our Parish Administrator. Under his guidance, the new church and school parking lot, gates, and fencing were built. Shortly after the Easter celebration of 2016, the 23-year old modular building with three meeting rooms was demolished. Upon the completion of the Feasibility Study, the parish will soon launch a three-year-pledge Capital Campaign for the construction of a new two story parish center. Under Father Bao’s leadership the parish continues as a vibrant community of worshippers where all ministries pray and work together. Bishop Vann recently announced the appointment of Father Bao as the seventh pastor of St. Cecilia in July 1, 2017. Today Sunday November 19, 2017, he is installed by Bishop Vann as our Pastor. While this appointment is a formality, the parishioners of St. Cecilia readily embraced Father Bao as the pastor shortly after his arrival. May God continue to bless our community under the leadership of Father Bao
Please consider making your 2017 Year End Giving
Gift to support St. Cecilia Parish’s Capital Building
Fund. We ask that you use the parish vanilla envelope
designated for the Building Fund, and write your parish
ID envelope number on it. If you are not using our envelopes,
please write your full name, address and
phone number on a blank envelope, and we will create
your parish ID number and inform you of it to use in
In addition, you may consider donating your 2017 Year
End Giving Gift as your Christmas and New Year’s
gift to St. Cecilia. We are deeply grateful for your generosity
and loving support throughout the year and in
particular this 2017 Year End Giving Gift. Please be
assured that we will send our tax deductible letter to
you toward the end of January 2018.
Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Bao Thai at 714
-544-3250, Ext. 14, or Deacon Bill Weeks, our Business
Manager, at Ext. 12.
Again, thank you for your charitable giving! May
God bless you abundantly!
Please click for the Parish Staff Reorganization effective on September 1st, 2017.
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 – 2017
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.
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.
Congratulations to our Newly Ordained Deacon Bill Weeks
Congratulations to our newly ordained Deacon Bill Weeks and his classmates as they were ordained to the Diaconate on Saturday, October 28, at 10:00 am, at St. Columban Church in Garden Grove.
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 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 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!