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Father Agustin Escobar

Born: April 18, 1955

Ordained: May 31, 1987

Eternal: March 25, 2017

Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord
and let perpetual light shine upon him.

May he rest in peace. Amen.

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Amen.



Emergency Number Only
(Sick, Dying, Death)
714-953-7024


Regularly Office Hours
Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tel: 714-544-3250
Fax: 714-838-1996


“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”
St. Teresa of Calcutta

IMMIGRATION FORUM, TUESDAY 3/28, 6:30PM, for Spanish in the HALL, for English in the CHURCH. Please click here for the flyers.


May God bless you and grant you a very grace-filled & prosperous 2017!

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Stations of the Cross, Lent 2017

Wednesdays
7:00 PM          Confession
7:00 PM          Stations of the Cross – English
7:30 PM          Adoration until 9:00 PM

Fridays  
9:00 AM          Stations of the Cross – English
9:30 AM          Adoration until 4:00 PM
5:00 PM          Stations of the Cross – English
5:45 PM          Stations of the Cross – Vietnamese
7:00 PM          Stations of the Cross – Spanish


Reflection and Confession, Lent 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at St. Cecilia

6:00 PM – Vietnamese Reflection in Church
7:00 PM – Vietnamese Confession in Church

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at St. Cecilia

6:00 PM – English Reflection in Church
6:00 PM – Spanish Reflection in Hall
7:00 PM – Bilingual Confession in Church

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at St. John Neumann

7:00 PM – Bilingual Confession in Church

Fish Tacos & Vegetable Soup
Fridays of Lent 2017

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM               in Hall
All are invited to join our Community Fellowship. Proceeds go to Christian Service Fund. Donations are appreciated.


Holy Saturday, 4/15/2017 – Easter Vigil Saturday Mass

No Morning Mass, No Morning Confession
8:00 AM – Solemn Morning Prayer, in English

5:00 PM – Easter Vigil Mass, in Vietnamese
8:00 PM – Easter Vigil Mass, in English & Spanish
Yes, there is an offering collection

Easter Sunday, 4/16/2017 – The Lord’s Resurrection Mass, Holy Day of Obligation

7:00 AM – English in Church
9:00 AM – English in Church             9:10 AM – English in Hall
11:00 AM – English in Church           11:10 AM – English in Hall
1:00 PM – Spanish in Church

No 5:00 PM Mass. No 7:00 PM Mass. Church is closed after 3:00 PM. Yes, there is an offering collection

No Confession No Adoration on the Easter Wednesday Evening, 4/19/2017 – Easter Break


Congratulations to our 2017 School Decathletes!


1st Place in Overall Small School Division & 2nd Place in Overall in both Large & Small School Divisions, 1st Place in Logic, 2nd Place in Super Quiz, and 5 more Individuals. 1st Place in Fine Arts: Irene Cruise; 1st Place in Science: Nathaniel Quileza; 3rd Place in Social Studies: Elena Walz; 3rd Place in English: Lauren Wehn; 4th Place in Current Events: John Wehn.

Please click here for the OVERALL TEAM & INDIVIDUAL SUBJECT AWARDS 2016


PSA – PASTORAL SERVICES APPEAL

Our last year PSA assessment was $128,000. We pledged $220,690 and contributed $212,791. Wow! I am so amazed and whole heartedly grateful to each and every one of you for your prayer, love and generosity. The 100% rebate amount of $85,791 has been designated to the Restricted Parish Capital Building Fund for Overall Campus Master Plan and for Facility Maintenance. 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. Fr. Bao

Please click here for PSA VIDEO

Please click here for PSA LETTER

Please click here for PSA CONTRIBUTION by CREDIT CARD or ACH 


DỰ ÁN LA VANG – LAVANG PROJECT

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.



Administrator’s Corner

“Fourth Sunday of Lent – 3/26/17”

“The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Three Scrutinies”

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

On these third, fourth, and fifth Sundays of Lent, the Catholic Church engages the Elect in rites and prayers called scrutinies and exorcisms before their Baptism at Easter. The elect are those who will receive Baptism along with the Sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Confirmation (the Sacraments of Initiation) at the Easter Vigil. Three times during Lent the Church prays the scrutinies to encourage a spirit of repentance among those who seek a worthy celebration of Baptism. Scrutinies offer the elect the support they need to approach the waters of Baptism worthily. In the renewal of the initiation rites, the scrutiny is meant not simply to critique and assess one’s readiness—the readiness was established at the Rite of Election with the godparents’ testimony and the bishop’s acceptance of the catechumens’ names. The purpose of each of the scrutinies is “to uncover, then heal all that is weak, defective, or sinful in the hearts of the elect” and “to bring out, then strengthen all that is upright, and good” (RCIA, 141). The true pastoral sense of this two-fold act of uncovering and strengthening is emphasized in the next sentence of 141: “For the scrutinies are celebrated in order to deliver the elect from the power of sin and Satan, to protect them against temptation, and to give them strength in Christ.” At its core, the scrutinies are not about the sinfulness of the elect but about the overwhelming grace of God in Christ. The exorcisms are grace-filled encounters with the healing power of the Spirit.

The scrutinies and their accompanying exorcisms are a series of rites that cannot be condensed in time; they need time to work. Nor should we diminish their ritual symbols of silence, posture, litany, and hand laying. The scrutinies focus as much on the grace of God as on the sin of humanity. We can’t truly call a scrutiny a Christian rite of initiation unless our self-searching leads to acknowledgment and praise of Christ who saves us. The scrutinies are for the elect, not for the baptized, for we believe that baptism matters. That is, when one is baptized, one is freed from the power of sin. The baptized are no longer enslaved by Satan. Those who have not yet entered the waters of the font are still vulnerable; they have not yet been clothed with Christ; they have not yet been reborn as new creations. That is why those who have already been released from the devil’s grip are able to pray these scrutinies and exorcisms for the elect.

For those who are already baptized, the scrutinies invite us to embrace the same spirit of self searching and repentance. At Easter we renew our baptismal promises as we see the elect baptized. So during Lent we renew our repentance as we see the elect scrutinized. The scrutinies remind us of the seriousness of our Christian life and inspire us to turn from evil and pursue good. They enliven our recommitment to Christ at Easter.

Excerpted from www.teamrcia.com

Peace,
Fr. Bao


Pope Francis’s Lenten Message

The Word is a gift. Other persons are a gift”

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians are asked to return to God “with all their hearts” (Joel 2:12), to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the Lord. Jesus is the faithful friend who never abandons us. Even when we sin, He patiently awaits our return; by that patient expectation, He shows us His readiness to forgive (cf. Homily, 8 January 2016).
Lent is a favorable season for deepening our spiritual life through the means of sanctification offered us by the Church: fasting, prayer and almsgiving. At the basis of everything is the word of God, which during this season we are invited to hear and ponder more deeply……The word of God is alive and powerful, capable of converting hearts and leading them back to God. When we close our heart to the gift of God’s word, we end up closing our heart to the gift of our brothers and sisters.
Dear friends, Lent is the favorable season for renewing our encounter with Christ, living in His word, in the sacraments and in our neighbor. The Lord, who overcame the deceptions of the Tempter during the forty days in the desert, shows us the path we must take. May the Holy Spirit lead us on a true journey of conversion, so that we can rediscover the gift of God’s word, be purified of the sin that blinds us, and serve Christ present in our brothers and sisters in need. I encourage all the faithful to express this spiritual renewal also by sharing in the Lenten Campaigns promoted by many Church organizations in different parts of the world, and thus to favor the culture of encounter in our one human family. Let us pray for one another so that, by sharing in the victory of Christ, we may open our doors to the weak and poor. Then we will be able to experience and share to the full the joy of Easter.

Pope Francis


2016-Year-End-Giving-Gift to St. Cecilia

Please consider your 2016 Year End Giving Gift to support St. Cecilia 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 2016 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 you 2016 Year End Giving Gift. Please be assured that we will send our tax deductible letter to you toward the end of January 2017. Please contact Fr. Bao at 714-544-3250, Ext. 14, or Mr. Jim Marshall, 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 Plan at Stcecilia.org
Help to Go Green!

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. Agustin, Fr. Wayne, Deacon Dong, Deacon Rafael, Sr. Francesca, Mrs. Alvarado, Staff and Faculty, and two seminarians Aristotle and Gaston —
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!

Learning To Lead – Diocese of Orange

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