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St. Teresa of Calcutta



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Monday – Friday
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Tel: 714-544-3250
Fax: 714-838-1996

In observance of the Independence Day,
the church office will be closed on both Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4.
There is 1 Mass only at 9:00 am on Tuesday, July 4.
(no 6:30 am, no 8:30 am, no Adoration after Mass)



60th ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEDICATION OF ST. CECILIA CHURCH

MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2017
6:00 PM MASS with BISHOP KEVIN VANN
ALL ARE INVITED



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The Ordination of the two new Deacons from St. Cecilia

Gaston Mendiola Arroyo and Aristotle George Quan – will take place at Holy Family Cathedral on Saturday, June 24 at 10:00 am (not at St. Columban). All are invited. Both new deacons will offer Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Cecilia on Sunday, July 16.



Bishop 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 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 will have an Appreciation Mass for Fr. Wayne on June 24 & 25 – the last weekend of June. All are invited to join us in the Hall for a reception after the 5:00 pm Saturday, June 24 Mass and 9:00 am Sunday, June 25 Mass.

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 administrating 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. We will have a Welcoming Mass for both fathers on July 1 & 2 – the first weekend of July. All are invited to join us in the Hall for a reception after the 9:00 am and 12:30 pm Sunday, July 2 Masses.



Administrator’s Corner

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Wonderful History of our Parish.
1957 – 1960 Rev. Michael Moran
Today Monday, June 19, 2017 is remarkably the great day of our Church and School when we celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Dedication of our Parish. First, let us give thanks to our Almighty God for his love and blessing that he has bestowed upon us during the last 60 years. Second, we express our deep appreciation to the late Cardinal James Francis McIntyre, Archbishop of Los Angeles, who graciously wished to establish a new parish in the Tustin area and named our parish St. Cecilia. When John and Mary Prescott learned the Cardinal’s wish, the Prescotts donated their homesite on Newport Avenue near 17th Street. The parish was named in honor of Prescott’s mother whose middle name was Cecilia, and the parish was dedicated on Wednesday, June 19, 1957. Father Michael Moran was appointed as the first pastor of St. Cecilia.

1960 – 1976 Msgr. John Sammon
Massachusetts-born Msgr. John Sammon was the second pastor in 1960. With his arrival many new activities began. Military Masses and Guards of Honor became a familiar sight as the 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 for the 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 Sister of Mercy from Worchester, 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, and in June 1964, we had a new Church! The Church is now where we are worshiping God and celebrating the sacraments and devotions every day. 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
Fr. Patrick was the third pastor in 1976. The big news of 1976 was that Orange became its own diocese, and the Parish Hall construction began. Fr. 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 Mass. He committed the parish to the Renew program, to share and pray together. Father made a dream come true by remodeling the church so that the faithful were moved closer to the altar.

1988 – 1990 Rev. Desmond Colleran
In 1988, Fr. Desmond took up residence as the fourth pastor. He was known to many as the Director of Marriage Encounter in the Diocese. The gentle, soft spoken priest inaugurated informal evenings so parishioners could meet him and voice their ideas – a growing time for our faith family.

1990 – 2005 Rev. Timothy MacCarthy
Fr. Timothy became the fifth pastor in 1990. Father brought a genuine sense of prayer and concern for others to his pastoral duties and his lively sense of humor brightened the parish life. His Irish brogue reciting classic poetry can still be heard echoing from our pulpit! The parishioners are blessed with a wonderfully caring pastor to minister to our spiritual needs and lead us as a faith community. Friendly smiles and greetings abound.

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 Ecumenisms. It was to this office in Washington DC that he was recently called to be Executive Director of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Department, effective July 1. Father constructed the new projectors and screens in the Church to enhance the liturgy without using the missalette, remodeled the sanctuary’s façade, the floor and pews. 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 administration, the new church and school parking lot and the gate between was built; and after the Easter 2016 last year, the 23 year old modular building with three meeting rooms was demolished. Upon the completion of the Feasibility Study, the parish will soon launch the three-year-pledge Capital Campaign for the new construction of the 2 story parish center. Under Father’s direction the parish continued as an active community of worshippers as all committees and groups pray and work together. Bishop Vann is now pleased to appoint Fr. Bao as the seventh pastor of St. Cecilia in July 1, 2017.

The following is a list of those presently active in Priestly Ministry, those ordained as Deacons, those vowed in the Consecrated Life, and those who are in the Vocation Formation.

Msgr. John Urell
Ordained for the Diocese of Orange, June 4, 1978. Monsignor was the first St Cecilia vocation ordained from the parish.

Fr Steve Sallot
Ordained for the Diocese of Orange, June 14, 1980

Fr Jerry Horan, OSM
Ordained for the Servants of Mary (Servites), 1982

Deacon Jon D. Schlemmer
Ordained for the Diocese of Orange, 1990

Fr Michael Mathews, CSC
Ordained for the Congregation of the Holy Cross, April 10, 1999

Deacon Dong Ngo
Ordained for the Diocese of Orange, April 30, 2005

Fr Andy Do, SVD
Ordained for Divine Word Missionaries, 2008

Fr Khoi Phan
Ordained for the Diocese of Orange: June 6, 2009

Fr Matt Muñoz
Ordained for the Diocese of Orange, June 12, 2010

Fr Jeremy Lambert, LC
Ordained for the Community of the Legionnaires of Christ, Dec 15, 2010

Fr Benjamin Hoang
Ordained for the Diocese of Orange: June 9, 2012



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.

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DỰ ÁN LA VANG – LAVANG PROJECT – 2017

Xin vào đây hưởng ứng DỰ ÁN LA VANG

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.





Year-End-Giving-Gift

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.


Go Green
 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 All-In-One Event Calendar that has all dates and times of all celebrations and events at Church until the end of June 2017, and a link to use Credit Card or ACH to donate or to pay through Vanco Company.


 Gratitude

We — Fr. Bao, Fr. Wayne, Deacon Dong, Deacon Rafael, Sr. Francesca, Mrs. Alvarado, Staff and Faculty, and two transitional deacons (ordained June 24, 2017) Gaston Mendiola Arroyo and Aristotle George Quan — 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 2017!

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