Welcome to St. Cecilia Catholic Church
You may not know that some of the most important voices against abortion have come from some of our most famous feminists. Too often, people presume that a person who supports feminism is automatically supportive of abortion.
Over the past years I have been blessed to be involved in many different ministries as a priest. In the Diocese of Orange, I have worked in five different parishes each one unique and amazing. I have been for the past nine years the Episcopal Vicar for Ecumenism and Inter-religion. I work one day of the week at Christ Cathedral meeting with religious leaders, working to bring us together, participating with other churches and religions in projects, seminars and services. Last year I was elected by the priests of the Diocese to be on the Priest Personnel Board. This work involves meeting with priests who are retiring, priests who are moving to a new assignment, priests who are going away to study, priests who need a sabbatical and priests who have a special need requiring a response from the Diocese. Along with a group of priests elected or appointed by the Bishop, we gather on Fridays from 10am to 4pm to meet personally with priests and to also plan out the many normal moves of priests from parish to parish which happens every July 1.
This past year the Holy Father held a special Synod on the family. The process actually doesn’t come to a conclusion until another gathering of the bishops in October of this year. The bishops will consider a number of issues that are presently affecting the lives of Catholics.
Msgr Sammon’s Corner of the World
St. Cecilia's Parish has an extensive Mission Ministry. Begun by Msgr. Sammon 50 years ago, the program is still thriving due to the dedication of members of our parish who use the blue envelope every month to donate money. We sincerely thank all of you who are so generous. Whether you give a dollar or more is not so important as the fact that you care. We know that all missionaries around the world pray for you and your loved ones. They in turn ask for your prayers as well as donations. Prayer is the strength of the missionary's life. Click here for more.
Capital Campaign Update
Thank you to all who have pledged/donated to the Capital Campaign. We encourage those who have not yet made a pledge to contact the Church office.
To date we have received $852,025 capital campaign pledges/donations on behalf of St. Cecilia.
So far, $183,777 (22%) of the pledged amount has been received. This exceeds our annual PSA Diocese commitment by $56,777 of which St. Cecilia will receive $14,194 (25%) most likely in October 2013.
Click here to read the full Capital Campaign Update.
Lent & Holy Week Schedule – 2015
Lenten Rosary: Our Lady of Sorrows
March 2: 7:00 pm Church
March 9: 7:00 pm Church (Spanish)
March 16: 7:00 pm Church
Litany in honor of St. Joseph
March 19: 7:00 pm
March 23: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
March 25: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
March 27: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Vietnamese Penance Service
March 24: 7:00 pm
English / Spanish Penance Service
March 25: 7:00 pm
Wednesday, April 1st - No Confessions
Holy Thursday: April 2nd
8:30 am Solemn Morning Prayer
3:00 pm Divine Mercy Chaplet
5:30 pm Lord's Supper (Vietnamese)
8:00 pm Lord's Supper (Spanish / English)
Good Friday: April 3rd
8:30 am Solemn Morning Prayer
12:10 pm Solemn Stations of the Cross (without Communion)
3:00 pm Good Friday Service (English)
5:30 pm Good Friday Service (Spanish)
8:00 pm Good Friday Service (Vietnamese)
Holy Saturday: April 4th
No Confessions in the morning
8:30 am Solemn Morning Prayer
5:30 pm Easter Vigil (Vietnamese)
8:30 pm Easter Vigil (English / Spanish)
Easter Sunday: April 5th
7:00 am Church
7:10 am Parish Hall
9:00 am Church
9:10 am Parish Hall
11:00 am Church
11:10 am Parish Hall
12:45 pm Church (Spanish)
5:00 pm Church (Vietnamese)
Stations of the Cross: All Fridays of Lent
5:30 pm (Vietnamese)
6:00 pm (Vietnamese Mass)
7:00 pm (English) 8:00 pm (Spanish)
Everyone 14 years of age and older is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays in Lent.
Everyone 18 years of age and not yet 59 is also bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. To fast is to limit oneself to one meal and two partial meals which, taken together, equal one meal. Eating between meals is not permitted by those fasting. The sick and the elderly are not held to any Lenten penances.
Archbishop Oscar Romero – Martyr for the Faith
"We have never preached violence, except the violence of love, which left Christ nailed to a cross, the violence that we must each do to ourselves to overcome our selfishness and such cruel inequalities among us. The violence we preach is not the violence of the sword, the violence of hatred. It is the violence of love, of brotherhood, the violence that wills to beat weapons into sickles for work." - Romero The Violence of Love
Servant of God, Oscar Romero, Bishop and Martyr
Born: August 15, 1917
Ordained a priest: April 4, 1942
Ordained bishop of the Diocese of Santiago de Maria, San Salvador: 1974
Ordained Archbishop of San Salvador: February 1977v Martyred while offering Holy Mass: 1980
St. John Paul II bestows the title of Servant of God in 1997
Pope Benedict XVI gives approval for canonization process to proceed in 2013
Pope Francis decrees his beatification on Feb. 3, 2015
Arzobispo Oscar Romero - Mártir por la Fe
"Nunca hemos predicado violencia, excepto la violencia del amor, que Cristo izquierdo clavó a una cruz, la violencia que debemos cada uno hacer a nosotros mismos para superar nuestro egoísmo y tales desigualdades crueles entre nosotros. La violencia que predicamos no es la violencia de la espada, la violencia del odio. Es la violencia del amor, de la fraternidad, la violencia esa quiere batir las armas en las hoces para el trabajo." - Romero La violencia del amor
Criado del dios, Oscar Romero, obispo y Martyr
Nato: 15 de agosto de 1917
Ordained a sacerdote: 4 de abril de 1942
Obispo Ordained de la diócesis de Santiago de Maria, Salvador de San: 1974v Arzobispo Ordained del Salvador de San: Febrero de 1977
Martyred mientras que masa santa de ofrecimiento: 1980
St. John Paul II concede el título del criado del dios en 1997
Papa Benedict XVI da la aprobación para que el proceso de la canonización proceda en 2013
Papa Francis decreta su beatificación el febrero. 3, 2015
New Parish Business Directory
Do you have a business you would like other Parishioners to know about and use? Place an advertisement in our Parish Family Album Prices start at $75.00 (Bus. Card) - $550.00 (Full Page). Your ad will be available to over 4,000 families for 7 years.
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
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