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Dear Parishioners and Friends in Christ, 

In Matthew’s gospel (14:22-33) this Sunday, Jesus comes walking on the sea during the fourth watch of the night, which is to say the darkest time of the night. This is meant to be an affirmation of Jesus’ divinity, His power over nature. 

Naturally, His disciples are terrified when they see Him. Jesus says to them: “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” So, Peter looks to Jesus and says “command me to come to you on the water.” That is, share your divine power with me. So looking at Jesus, Peter got out of the boat and actually began to walk on the water toward Jesus. 

Peter apparently wasn’t afraid to leave the boat. It’s only when the winds began to blow that he panicked and he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”  And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught Peter. 

This is our cry when things are overwhelming and uncertain: “Lord, save me!” Most of our fears are grounded in the unfamiliar, the unknown. For us too, when the storms of life confront us, we become frightened. We become unsure of God’s grace, power and presence. We take our eyes off of Jesus and begin to sink.

Jesus is always nearby with outstretched hands to pull us up from our fears, doubts and troubles. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and then share in the mystery of His divine power in our lives. 

In the Lord of Hope,

Father Jerome T Karcher

Pastor



Filmed on location in the Holy Land, Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother will place you in the midst of the powerful drama of Mary’s earthly life, taking you through her joys and her sorrows. You will learn how she works in our lives today, drawing us ever closer to her divine Son. Seeing Mary in this way will change you forever. She will become a part of your daily life and help you to become more like Christ.

This will start on Thursday, October 1 at 7 PM
for 8 weeks via ZOOM.

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Mass in the courtyard cannot happen without the help of men volunteers to move furniture, umbrellas, chairs, pop-ups, mics and speakers. Set-up and take down take about 20 minutes. Help is needed at these times:
Set up: 3:45 pm Saturday & 6 am Sunday
Take down: 7:30 pm Saturday  & 6 pm Sunday

Friendly people are needed to serve as Hospitality Ministers to assist with greeting, seating, spritzing, and bulletin distribution.

Clean Team members are needed to lightly clean the folding chairs after each Mass. Cleaning takes about 15 minutes.

If you are able to serve one time a month for any of these needs contact Mary Kay Lamarre, 714.842.3000 x123 or liturgy@svdphb.org, click here, or speak to a staff member after Mass today.



Effective immediately: due to the recent restrictions mandated by the State of California all Masses are now celebrated outside in the church courtyard. 

We ask that you please continue to be mindful of the following:

  • The California Department of Public Health now requires the wearing of face masks to slow the spread of the COVID-19. As such, the Diocese of Orange for the common good of all people, will continue to require face masks to be worn while attending Mass in the courtyard. Please put your mask on when you exit your car.

Now that we are celebrating Mass in the courtyard, the courtyard is now our “church”. Please keep the following in mind:

  • Maintain a spirit of reverence and quiet as you enter the courtyard until you leave.

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Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible

Tuesdays at 7 PM starting August 4 using Zoom

Uncover the story woven through Scripture with its clever narrative approach and ingenious color-coded Bible Timeline. It is a great way to get the “big picture” of the Bible and see how our Catholic Faith is rooted in Scripture. The study includes a series of 8 informative and engaging half-hour videos,  followed by a lively group discussion.  

You will need to register and purchase a workbook to participate in this study. Please follow these steps:

  1. Go to: https://study.ascensionpress.com/studies/49166/registrations/new

  2. It is going to ask you to create a profile using an email address and then a password. If you already have an account, please use the same email address and password.

  3. Next you will need to order the Student Workbook and have it shipped to your home. 

  4. Once you do this, your name will be added to my group roster.

  5. Patty will send you an email with the Zoom link a few days before the first day of the Bible study.

Please order your book early so that you get it in time for the first meeting.