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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


 Season of Lent
All are invited. Bring friends.

Lenten Fridays
February 23
March 2, 9, 16 & 23

A. Stations of the Cross on these Fridays
5:45 PM          Stations of the Cross – Vietnamese
7:00 PM          Stations of the Cross – English
7:45 PM          Stations of the Cross – Spanish

B. Lenten Dinner on these Fridays
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM               in the Hall

2 dinners served by Hispanic ministries on February 16 & 23
1 dinner served by Knights of Columbus on March 2
2 dinners served by Vietnamese ministries on March 9 & 16
1 dinners served by Filipino ministries on March 23

All are called to do almsgiving during Lent and join our Community Fellowship.

We appreciate your free-will giving. All proceeds go directly to Christian Service ministry that serves the need in our Community.

 

Lenten Spirituality Series

with Rabbi Michael Mayersohn

Monday, February 26, 2018
Monday, March 5, 2018
Monday, March 12, 2018
Monday, March 19, 2018

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, in the Church

Lenten Reflection and Confession

Tuesday, 3/13 – Vietnamese – by Fr. Quang Nguyen, C.Ss.R.

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

Wednesday, 3/14 – English & Spanish

6:00 PM – Taizé Prayer, in the Church
7:00 PM – Bilingual Confession, in the Church


Lenten Fast and Abstaining from meat & Dispensation

Recognizing that the Valentine Day falls on Ash Wednesday and the Lunar New Year for 2018 falls on a Friday of Lent, below is a statement that explains about “dispensation” and our personal responsibility in regards to this obligation, excerpted from our Diocese of Orange.

“The Lenten season calls all faithful Catholics to remember in heart and mind the redemptive self-sacrifice of Jesus for the life of the world. From the earliest days of our faith, Christians have been called to special penance and sacrifice during not only the 40 days of Lent but especially on the significant days of the Lenten liturgical season, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday as well as all the Friday’s of Lent. In light of this, all Catholics in the United States are encouraged to enter into sacrificial penance during these days and, specifically, to refrain from the eating of meat on all the Fridays of Lent, with the added penance of holy fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. While this discipline of penance and fasting is serious, it no longer binds one under pain of grave sin. For a sufficiently good reason (e.g., a special family celebration, an ethnic festival, Lunar New Year, etc.), one may dispense oneself from this serious obligation and may legitimately substitute another day of the week to fulfill this penance. It is for this reason, that there is no need for a specific ‘dispensation’ from the Bishop, lifting the penance for these days.”


Lenten Spirituality Series
All are invited
Bible Studying on the concept of sin looking at its beginning in Jewish history and how it also influenced Christianity

We are blessed to have Rabbi Michael Mayersohn with us to share his gifted insight on Jewish and Christian teachings. During the month of February and March, he will share the concept of sin looking at its beginning in Jewish history and how it also influenced Christianity. Rabbi Michael is a known teacher within the Jewish community, as well as renowned speaker and author. He was ordained at Hebrew Union College and is a Reform Rabbi. After 30 years, he has developed a vast knowledge and understanding of Judaism and enjoys sharing it whenever possible. He has spoken at our Religious Education Congress many times and has been well received.

The dates for this series are listed below and on the attached flyer:

Please click here for Lenten Spirituality Series

Monday, February 26, 2018
Monday, March 5, 2018
Monday, March 12, 2018
Monday, March 19, 2018

Each session will be from 7pm-8:30pm with a question and answer session following


Pastor’s Corner

The First Sunday of Lent, February 18th, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Today is the First Sunday of Lent. As we enter the Lenten Season, the Church invites all her children to use these forty days and nights wisely to enter the desert with Jesus and reflect on the meaning of our lives through prayer, penance and almsgiving. Our parish will have our Lenten Spirituality Series on the four consecutive Mondays, beginning on 2/26, in the Church, with Rabbi Michael Mayersohn, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Please join us and bring friends, discovering the nature of sin and evil as seen from the Christian and Jewish perspective.

Please join us every Lenten Friday for a meal in the Hall, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. We ar e gr ateful to the Hispanic ministries for sponsoring this coming Lenten Friday dinner on 2/23, with Fish Tacos, Coleslaw, Mash Potatoes, Vegetable soup, Cole slaw and Salad, lemonade and coffee. All are called to do almsgiving during Lent and build up our Community Fellowship. We appreciate your free-will giving. All proceeds will go directly to our Christian Service Ministry to purchase food that is distributed every Tuesday & Saturday morning.

The message we can glean from the First Sunday of Lent is that we need to wisely use this Lenten season to renew our lives through penance and prayer. Lent should be a time for personal reflection. It is also a time to assess our relationships with our family, friends, working colleagues, and the other people we come in contact with, especially in our parish. We need to convert Lent into a time for spiritual growth and Christian maturity by participating in the Mass each day, or at least a few days in the week, and by setting aside some part of our day for personal prayer and conversation with the Lord. It is also a time to visit those who are homebound or in the hospital to show our love for those who are sick and lonely. May the Lord give us strength and courage to be rid of our sins and journey with Jesus throughout these forty days of Lent!

Sincerely yours in Jesus Christ and Our Patroness St. Cecilia!

Fr. Bao

Dispensation and the Lenten Fast and abstaining from meat

The below is a statement that explains about “dispensation” and our personal responsibility in regards to this obligation, excerpted from our Diocese of Orange guidelines:
“The Lenten season calls all faithful Catholics to remember in heart and mind the redemptive self-sacrifice of  Jesus for the life of the world. From the earliest days of our faith, Christians have been called to special penance and sacrifice during not only the 40 days of Lent but especially on the significant days of the Lenten liturgical season, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday as well as all the Friday’s of Lent. In light of this, all Catholics in the United States are encouraged to enter into sacrificial penance during these days and, specifically, to refrain from the eating of meat on all the Fridays of Lent, with the added penance of holy fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. While this discipline of penance and fasting is serious, it no longer binds one under pain of grave sin. For a sufficiently good reason (e.g., a special family celebration, an ethnic festival, Lunar New Year, etc…), one may dispense oneself from this serious obligation and may legitimately substitute another day of the week to fulfill this penance.


Magnificat Prayer Breakfast
Speaker: Pat Rensing
All are invited

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, May 19, 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. Registration at the door: $33 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 annehyatt5@gmail.com.


The Mystery of the Mass Revealed
All are invited, especially Confirmation 1 & 2 Students & Youth 4:12 Ministry Team

at 6:30 PM, on the second Tuesdays from March to June,
March 13, April 10, May 8 and June 12,
in Kuper Center

Altaration Clip


24-Hour-Emergency Number
(only for Sick, Dying, Death)
714-953-7024


Regular Church Office Hours
Monday – Saturday
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tel: 714-544-3250
Fax: 714-838-1996


Church Office Closure
during Easter Season 
Friday, 3/30 — Monday, 4/2


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Please click here for this WEEKEND BULLETIN

The deadline of submission to Rose Schiller (rschiller@stceciliak8.org) of the weekly bulletin announcements of each ministry is before noon each Monday.


Year-End-Sacrificial-Gift

Please consider making your Year-End-Sacrificial-Gift to support our St. Cecilia Parish’s Building Fund Capital Campaign. We are deeply grateful for your generosity and loving support throughout the year and in particular this Year-End-Sacrificial-Gift. Please be assured that we send the parish tax deductible letter to you toward the end of January. 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. 14Again, thank you for your charitable and sacrificial giving! May God bless you abundantly!


Congratulations to our School Boys Volleyball Team Championship 2017 !

Congratulations to our School Decathletes 2017 !



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 a link to use Credit Card or ACH to donate or to pay through Vanco Company.


 Gratitude

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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