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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 (805) 642-7966 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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What’s New at OLA

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Religious Education classes are in session. It is not too late to register. For more information contact Mari Joerger (Preschool -Grade 5) at (805)642-7966 ext 125 or Karen Reynolds (Grade 6-College) at 642-7966 ext. 121

Monday, November 3
Women's Bible Study. Join us for "Courageous Love" - an 8 week study on Holiness for Women. 6:30pm in Mulcahy Center.

Wednesday, November 5
Many Meals
College United Methodist Church
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Friday, November 14
Mass of Remembrance 6:00pm in the church. Reception to follow in Mulcahy Center 

Saturday, November 15
Living Matrimony invites all engaged and married couples to God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage presented by Damon Owens. 7:00pm in Mulcahy Center

Sunday, November 23
Thanksgiving Food Basket Delivery after 8, 9:30 and 11am Masses

Sunday, November 23
Retirement Party for Darlene Holaway. Please RSVP by calling (805)642-7966 or email

Thursday, November 27
Thanksgiving Mass at 9:00am in the church followed by a reception in Mulcahy Center. Please bring a representation of your Thanksgiving table to place at the foot of the altar for a blessing.

Sunday, November 30
Advent Begins! Be sure and bring your advent candles to Mass for a blessing each week.

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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 November 2, 2014, The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed 

Anticipating a glorious reunion

Today we celebrate our beloved dead.  We pause to remember those whom we have loved and who have loved us.  The inevitability of death faces each of us and today’s commemoration reminds us not to fear, but rejoice as Saint Paul writes, “if we have grown into union with Christ through a death like his, we shall also be united with him in the resurrection.” The Book of Wisdom adds that “the souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them.  …and their passing away was thought an affliction and their going forth from us utter destruction. But they are in peace.”  Our limited understanding struggles with the loss of our loved ones.  We miss their physical presence.  There seems to be such finality to death.  Yet, the image of Jesus as the Good   Shepherd in today’s psalm provides a vivid picture of “verdant pastures” and “restful waters” that we can hold on to. It is in nature that we often feel closest to God, whether it is the vastness of the oceans or the cathedral heights of the canyons.  We find these natural places most comforting and faith affirming. These lead us to remember Jesus’ promise that, “everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life and I shall raise him on the last day.” This is what we believe as we anticipate the day when Jesus will walk beside us “in the dark valley” as he leads us to “dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come,” where we will be reunited with our loved ones whom we remember so joyfully today.

 

Anticipando una gloriosa reunión

Hoy celebramos a nuestros queridos difuntos.  Hacemos una pausa para recordar a los que hemos amado y a los que nos han amado.  Cada uno de nosotros inevitablemente enfrentamos la muerte y la conmemoración de hoy nos recuerda que no debemos tener miedo, sino que nos regocijemos como escribe san Pablo, “Porque si nos hemos identificado con Cristo por una muerte semejante a la suya, también nos identificaremos con él en la resurrección.”  El Libro de la Sabiduría también nos alienta al recordarnos que “las almas de los justos están en las manos de Dios y no les alcanzará tormento alguno…(se tuvo) su partida de entre nosotros por completa destrucción; pero ellos están en la paz.”  Por nuestro entendimiento limitado sentimos un conflicto con la pérdida de nuestros seres amados.  Extrañamos su presencia física.  Parase que su muerte tiene una finalidad completa.  Ante este conflicto encontramos alivio en la imagen de Jesús como el Buen Pastor.  El Salmo de hoy nos presenta un hermoso dibujo de que él nos lleva a “verdes praderas” y “aguas tranquilas”, en la naturaleza a menudo nos sentimos cerca de Dios, ya sea en la inmensidad del océano o las grandes alturas de los cañones.  En estos lugares nos sentimos en paz y se afirma nuestra fe.  Esto nos lleva a recordar la promesa de Jesús que, “todo el que ve al Hijo y cree en el tendrá vida eterna y yo lo resucitare en el último día.”  Esto es lo que creemos cuando anticipamos el día en que Jesús camine con nosotros a un lado en “oscuras quebradas” y nos lleve a  habitar “en la Case del Señor, por muy largo tiempo,” y allí será donde nos reuniremos con nuestro seres queridos a quienes con gozo recordamos hoy.