Welcome to St. Cecilia Catholic Church
Last week I went to the movies and saw Into the Woods, a Disney film, adapted from a Broadway musical by the same name. Broken basically into two acts the first presents a gathering of different fairytale figures that create the central story. The wood in the last act becomes a place of shadow and temptation. I thought walking in, that it would be a musical presented mostly for children but with a subtle layer of plot presented for adults. I expected that the witch would be somehow shown as a misunderstood figure – a given now-a-days ala Wicked.
Part of the truth of the internet is that not all that appears on it is true! Pictures can be photo-shopped, stories can be made up and the internet user has to be smart enough to know the difference. There is an interesting website that you might enjoy called, Snopes.com, Rumor Has It, that identifies some of the false stories. These are some of the stories that you might have come across that are not real:
This Christmas season has been wonderful and chaotic! It isn’t often that we have the fourth Sunday of Advent, three days later Christmas Eve, and three days later Holy Family Sunday, three days later New Year’s Eve, three days later Epiphany (Three Kings Day) and then a week later the Baptism of the Lord. This year has kept us running!
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.
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