Welcome to St. Cecilia Catholic Church
The following is part of a wonderful explanation from the Pope on Confession:
The Culture Wars: Threats to our Religious Freedom. Homilies from our priests
Did you ever wonder where the Sign of the Cross comes from? How long have we been making the Sign of the Cross? Do Catholics only us the Sign of the Cross? Sometimes Protestant Christians think that the Sign of the Cross is an innovation of the Church from medieval times. The following information might be helpful.
As we enter the month of the holy souls, we find ourselves surrounded by saints and the end of the month when we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. I love this time of year. Thanksgiving is in the air. I go to the shopping centers and I avoid the aisles with Christmas trees and decorations. I love Christmas too, but not yet.
2013 Christmas Schedule
- Tuesday, December 17th: 7 pm (Advent Penance Service, Vietnamese)
- Wednesday, December 18th: 7 pm (Advent Penance Service, English/Spanish)
- Monday, December 23rd: 9 am - 10:30 am
- Tuesday, December 24th: 9 am - 10:30 am (Last confessions before Christmas)
Christmas Vigil Masses: Tuesday, December 24th
- 4:30 pm (English)
- 4:40 pm - Parish Hall (English)
- 6:00 pm (English)
- 8:00 pm (Vietnamese)
- 10:00 pm (English)
- Midnight Trilingual Mass (English, Filipino, Spanish)
Christmas Day Masses: Wednesday, December 25th
- 6:30 am (English)
- 7:30 am (English)
- 9:00 am (English)
- 9:30 am - Parish Hall (English)
- 11:00 am (English)
- 11:30 am - Parish Hall (English)
- 1:00 pm (Spanish)
- 5:00 pm (Vietnamese)
New Year's Eve Masses: Tuesday, December 31st
- 5:30 pm (English)
- 7:00 pm (Vietnamese)
New Year's Day Masses: Wednesday, January 1st
- 6:30 am (English)
- 8:30 am (English)
- 10:30 am (Spanish)
- 11:00 am (English)
- 12:10 pm (English)
- 5:00 pm (Vietnamese)
The reading from the Prophet Isaiah for the First Sunday of Advent ends with these words, ￢ﾀﾜHouse of Jacob, come let us walk in the light of the Lord!￢ﾀﾝ It is a call to hope and a call to commitment. During this Advent season let us turn to hope and not allow discouragement or regrets to rule our hearts. And filled with that joy that comes from God let us renew our pledge to be His people and only His people!
Advent and Christmas give us the opportunity to slow down and to reconnect with some of the most beautiful and tender aspects of our Catholic faith. Over weeks and weeks, we follow the star, the trail of kings and the paths of shepherds to arrive at the manger where we find that gathering of good hearts. Here we find Jesus, Mary and Joseph and the invitation to enter into their light and peace.
Take advantage of prayer! Time in front of the Most Blessed Sacrament, praying the rosary, and the beautiful Sacrament of Confession: these are some of the powerful ways through which our hearts are sure to find God. Our prayer groups, study evenings and liturgies all move us toward that moment when we will be taken up into the joy of Christmas!
May this calendar be a reminder of God’s call to you to belong to Him and the way that you can make a good preparation for holy Christmas. God bless you and in the name of the priests, deacons, seminarians and pastoral staff and councils of the parish, a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
Fr Al, Fr Thomas, Fr Richard
Deacon Ruiz, Deacon Dong
Semianarians Thomas Calvey, Aristotle Quan, Quyen Troung
Pastoral Staff, Pastoral Councils
Quinn's Old Town Grill Fundraiser
Please support our ongoing anyday/anytime fundraiser with
Quinn's Old Town Grill
20% of the food amount donated to the Church
Some restrictions apply – See Coupon
Coupon also available in the Church office
Report on November 16th Meatball Ministry Fundraising Dinner
We are thrilled to report that 475 people came out to enjoy our first Meatball Ministry Fundraising Dinner on Saturday, November 16th. We raised $4,504 which is more than we had hoped for! Many, many thanks to those who came and waited so patiently to eat in our "Italian-themed" church hall, and to those who purchased 130 take-out orders. We also want to thank our wonderful volunteers who worked tirelessly to set-up, decorate, prepare the food, and clean-up the hall and kitchen - we could not have pulled off this huge event without you!!
Since this was our first event, we definitely made mistakes and we quickly realized that we weren't pros in the restaurant business... for example, the wait time to get your meal was longer than we'd like. As a result, we are making several changes to ensure you have a better experience next time – we promise that you’ll get your dinner and take-out orders a lot quicker. We learned that we need to design our service to accommodate a very large group of people coming into the hall at once after the Saturday 5 pm and 6:30 pm Vietnamese masses.
And last but not least – thank you again to our generous parishioners who stepped up to sponsor the cost of ingredients and supplies: Logan Enright, John & Alison Konop, Norma Zaleski, Dan & Beverly Truzzolino, Jorge & Silvia Uriarte, and an Anonymous Sponsor... your financial support made the difference! Stay tuned for details on our December fundraising event.
St. Cecilia Dining Fundraisers
Thank you to all the Parishioners supporting our monthly dining fundraisers. This is new to our Parish but is proving to be something positive that we can all join in doing. The restaurants truly love hosting the dining events as it helps generate continued support from the community as well as generate new business. There is real interest from these restaurants to continue a lasting relationship with St. Cecilia’s.
Plan to attend the monthly dining fundraisers as it helps to support the church in addition to having an opportunity to see others from our Parish. The dates and restaurants are listed in the weekly bulletin.
Stay tuned for information on our next monthly dining fundraiser.
The Relics of St. Therese of Lisieux
A great gift shared with all of us at the Annual Bishop’s Prayer Breakfast were the relics (see below) of St Therese! Those attending were invited to write personal prayer petitions that would later be placed within her little desk. In life, St Therese used this to write her famous “Journal of a Soul.” It is said she would kneel while writing the journal upon this wood desk.
Holy Family Services
Holy Family Services, is a state-licensed 501 (c)(3) agency established in 1949 that provides full adoption services for adoptive and birth parents. HFS has free counseling and adoption services for women and teens in unplanned pregnancies. HFS is currently in need of adoptive parents for infants, older children and short term foster parents. Please call for Orientation times, at 1-800-464-2367. If not you, then who? Thank you for thinking of Holy Family Services, Adoption & Foster Care, when you care enough to consider adoption!
Chanted Liturgy of the Hours
Every Wednesday we have Sung Evening Prayer with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 7pm to 8pm in English. (Except on the 1st Wednesday of the month when we celebrate the Perpetual Help Novena) This will be accompanied by organ. Adoration will then continue as usual from 8pm to 8:30pm in Vietnamese and 8:30 pm to 9 pm in Spanish. Please join us for a beautiful experience of traditional chant in front of the Blessed Sacrament!
Prayer and Remembrance Candles
- The Church has upgraded the Church Alcoves (Sacred Heart, Joseph, and Mary) to now provide candles for prayer and remembrance.
- The candles will last 5-6 days and will only be available through the Office.
- The price per candle will be: $4 (includes all applicable taxes)
- Candles are to be placed in an empty globe in the particular Alcove you desire, and then lit.
-------Lighting A Candle-------
Is a SIGN of our prayer and the offering of our lives
Is a REMINDER to us and others of the Saints
Who have shone as lights of the world and
Who pray for us
Is a WITNESS to all who pass by
that this is a place of prayer