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Volunteer Corner

Let us know if you would like to get involved! Please consider sharing your time, talent and/or treasure in the following areas:

Many Meals- donations of food items, paper products as well as monetary contributions are necessary and appreciated. Volunteers are also needed for various positions. Contact Diane Frantela at (805)642-7966 ext. 133 or .

Ministries or Groups needed to host Friendship Sunday occassionally. This is a great way to get the word out about your ministry and to meet and get to know fellow parishioners! For More information contact Dn Phil Joerger at 7966 ext 148.

Audio/Visual set up for various parish events. Please contact Diane Frantela: .

Sound technicians for the 11:00 choir. Contact: Vincent Dominguez, Director of Music at (805)642-7966 x122, or .

Pictures of parish events for the bulletin and the website. Contact Lauren Burns at (805) 642-7966 ext 101 or .

Flowers for planting around the church, the parish center and the rectory. And general maintenance around the grounds. Contact Lauren Burns at (805) 642-7966 ext 101 or .

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August 24
Religious Education Registration 9am-2pm in Mulcahy Center
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Wednesday, August 27
Many Meals 6:00 pm at College United Methodist Church 4300 Telegraph Road, Ventura
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Monday, September 1
Labor Day Rectory and School offices closed

Saturday, September 13th
60th Anniversary Celebration

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OLA Mission Statement

We, as faithful followers of Jesus Christ, create, nurture, and maintain a community of love through worship, reconciliation, healing, formation, education and service. 

Through Word and Eucharist, we seek the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit, embracing the love of our Creator in each thought, word, and action. 

As humble servants of God, we remain faithful to the teachings of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, waiting in joyful hope for our Lord's coming.

 

Reflection for the August 24, 2014, The Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Cherishing our Church

Today’s readings speak to our need for community as we make our path to heaven.  The Collect proclaims, “O God, who cause the minds of the faithful to unite in a single purpose, grant your people to love what you command and to desire what you promise.”  This beautiful verse refers to Jesus’ purpose in founding his church.  He knew that we would need the support of a community whose “hearts [would] be fixed on that place where true gladness is found” as we walked “amid the uncertainties of this world.” Jesus establishes his church on earth after Peter’s proclamation, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus empowers Peter with the authority to lead his church saying, “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church…. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.” This powerful entrustment of authority given to Peter echoes Old Testament moments such as Eliakim’s commissioning in today’s reading. The establishment of his church on earth also reflects back to Jesus himself who enjoys community in the very definition of his divinity.  He is in a triune relationship with God the Father and the Holy Spirit.  This relationship of love is beyond our comprehension as Saint Paul writes to the Romans, “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!” We rejoice in this divine wisdom that established the community where we find the support and graces we need to gain heaven. As we come together to worship, we recall Jesus’ words, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew18:20).

 

Apreciando nuestra Iglesia

Las lecturas de hoy nos hablan de la necesidad que tenemos de una comunidad en el camino hacia el cielo.  La oración colecta proclama, “Dios nuestro, tú que puedes darnos un mismo querer y un mismo sentir, concédenos a todos amar lo que nos mandas y anhelar lo que nos prometer.” Este hermoso verso hace referencia al propósito de Jesús en fundar su iglesia.  Él sabía que necesitaríamos el apoyo de una comunidad para que “en medio de las preocupaciones de esta vida, pueda encontrar nuestro corazón la felicidad verdadera.”  Jesús estableció a su iglesia en la tierra después de la proclamación de Pedro, “Tu eres el Mesías, el Hijo de Dios vivo.”  Jesús le da a Pedro la autoridad como líder de su iglesia al decirle, “Tu eres Pedro, y sobre esta piedra edificare mi iglesia…te daré las llaves del reino de los cielos.”  Escuchamos en la primera lectura del Antiguo Testamento una narración similar a la entrega de poder a Pedro en el encargo que se le hace a Eleacín.  El establecimiento de su iglesia en la tierra también refleja al mismo Jesús, quien en su divinidad es parte de una comunidad en su relación trinitaria con el Padre y el Espíritu Santo.  Esta relación de amor va más allá de lo que podemos comprender, como escribe san Pablo a los Romanos, “¡Que inmensa y rica es la sabiduría y la ciencia de Dios!” Nos regocijamos en esta sabiduría divina que establece a la comunidad donde encontramos el apoyo y la gracia que necesitamos para ganar el cielo. Al reunirnos en adoración, recordamos las palabras de Jesús, “Donde dos o tres se reúnen en mi nombre, allí estoy yo en medio de ellos.” (Mateo 18:20)