Saint Cecilia, our patroness, pray for us!
“Be who God meant you to be… and you will set the world on fire.”
Saint Catherine of Siena
LIVING OUR FAITH
BUILDING OUR FUTURE
One Dollar Each Day – One Thousand Eighty for Three Years
As of today, we have close to 600 donors who have pledged a total of $3.0 million dollars. I thank you so very much each and every one of you for your love, prayer, support and generosity. May God reward and bless you and your family abundantly. Please consider praying to God about the amount that you would like to make to our campaign over the three year pledge period (36 months), starting July 2018 and ending June 2021. Personally, I would like to ask those registered families who haven’t yet pledged to give at least $1 dollar each day, $30 dollar each month, $360 dollar per year, during this period. At the end of the campaign, you can be proud of yourselves knowing that you have contributed $1,080 dollars for the campaign. I pray that God grants us at least 1,600 families more who would consider doing so. When it is possible, of course, I would like you to consider contributing more. Realize that the more we have, the sooner we will be able to build. Believe it when I say that, with the help of God, we will build a solid faith foundation for the next generation of faithful to stand upon. Know that we are no different, 61 years later, than our founding pastors and parishioners who made the same sacrifice to invest in building the church, school, hall, kitchen and office that we use today with the same intention – spreading the Gospel of Christ throughout the world. Thank you so very much! May God bless you and your family and may He reward your generously sacrificial gift. Remember…… God loves you and so do I.
Please consider making Your Sacrificial-Gift to support our St. Cecilia Parish’s Capital Campaign to build our newly Pastoral Center building. We are deeply grateful for your generosity and loving support throughout the year and in particular Your-Sacrificial-Gift. Please be assured that we send the tax deductible letter to you toward the end of January 2019. Please do not hesitate to contact Deacon Bill Weeks, our Business Manager, at 714-544-3250, Ext. 12, or Fr. Bao Thai at 714-544-3250, Ext. 14. Thank you for your charitable and sacrificial giving! May God bless you abundantly!
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 15th, 2018
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Today’s readings remind us of our Divine adoption as God’s children and of our call to preach the Good News of Jesus by bearing witness to God’s love, mercy and salvation as revealed through Jesus. “God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4). The first reading warns us that our witnessing mission will be rejected, as it happened to the Old Testament prophets like Amos. He was ordered by Amaziah, the angry chief priest serving in the Northern Kingdom of Israel at Bethel, to take his prophesying back to his own country, the Southern Kingdom of Judah. Amos defended his prophetic role with courage, clarifying that it was not his choice but his God’s choice to elevate him from a shepherd and tree-dresser to a prophet. Like Amos, we are chosen by God, through the mystery of Divine adoption in Jesus, to become missionaries and to preach the “Good News”, mainly by Christian witnessing. In the second reading, St. Paul explains the blessings that we have received through our Baptism, and the responsibility we have to become missionaries. Then Paul reveals the Divine secret that it is God’s eternal plan to extend salvation, through Jesus, to all mankind – first to the Jews and then to the Gentiles. Hence, the Jewish and the Gentile Christians need to love, help and respect one another and thus proclaim Jesus, giving true witness by their lives. In the Gospel (Mark 6:1-13), the evangelist tells the story of Jesus’ commissioning of the twelve apostles to preach the “Good News” of repentance, forgiveness of sins, liberation and salvation through Jesus. Just as God sent the prophet Amos to preach repentance to ancient Israel and St. Paul to preach the Good News of salvation to the Gentiles, so Jesus sends forth his followers to proclaim the Good News of God’s Kingdom and to bring healing to those who need it most. Today’s Gospel reports the instruction Jesus gave his disciples for their first mission. They should be walking illustrations of God’s love and providence in action. They should preach repentance – a change of heart and a change of action taking people from a self-centered life to a God-centered life.
We, too, have a witnessing mission: We are called to be witnessing disciples and evangelizing apostles. As witnessing disciples, we need to follow Jesus, imitate him, reflect him and radiate him. As apostles, we need to evangelize the world by sharing with others our experience of God and His Son, Jesus, proclaiming the Gospel and the salvation promised by Jesus through our transparent Christian lives and radiating the love, mercy, forgiveness, spirit of humble service and concern of Jesus to the people around us. We also have a liberating
mission, helping to free people from the demons of alcohol, drugs, gambling, pornography, lust, hatred, jealousy, racial prejudice and consumerism. We need the help of Jesus to liberate us and others from these things. We are together in this journey toward heavenly Kingdom which is at hand!
Our parish joyfully continues to host 3 more consecutive Tuesday evenings of BBQ Backyard Theology, July 17, 24, & 31, dinner at 6pm, presentation at 7pm, in the Hall. The theme is “Care Prepare, and Connect: Loved, wanted, and worthy through the end of life’s journey.” Conversations are about Discussions on Advance Care Planning, Accompaniment and Caring Pastorally in our Parish Communities. Please see page 8 for more information. We thank you so very much for all the speakers, and the volunteers to help us these four evenings, especially Knights of Columbus, the School, Filipino, Hispanic and Vietnamese Ministries Groups. All are invited. With gratitude in Christ the most Holy Eucharist on the Altar,
(only for Sick, Dying, Death)
Regular Church Office Hours
Monday – Saturday
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Church Office Closure
In observance of LABOR DAY on MONDAY, 9/3/2018:
The School, Hall and Office will close all day.
There is 1 English Mass only at 9:00 AM.
There is no 6:30 AM, no 8:30 AM, no Adoration, no Confession.
The Church will close from 10:00 AM until the next morning 6:30 AM Mass.
The deadline of submission to Rose Schiller (email@example.com) of the weekly bulletin announcements of each ministry is before noon each Monday.
Magnificat Prayer Breakfast
Speaker: Father John Bradley
September 22, 2018
All are invited. Please bring family members and friends.
Save a date. The meal includes a full plated breakfast as well as the speaker’s program. Please come and bring friends to the next Magnificat Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, September 22, 2018, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM, at Embassy Suites Anaheim – South, 11767 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, CA 92840. Registration by mail: $28 per person. Reserved Seating for Tables of 10 – $280. Mail to Magnificat Ministry: P.O. Box 4381, Orange, CA 92863. Flyers are also available in the vestibule of our Church or at www.magnificat-ministry.net. For further information, please contact Anne at 714-420-5482 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration at the door: $33 per person.
Congratulations to our School Decathletes 2018!
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.
We — Fr. Bao, Fr. Ismael, Fr. Nicolaus, Deacon Dong, Deacon Rafael, Deacon Bill, 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 merry Christmas and a very grace-filled New Year!
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