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Volunteers will be needed to help set up and tear down for the 4:00pm Christmas Eve Mass at the St. Bonaventure gym. If you can help or for more information, please contact Andrea Lawson at (805)642-7966 ext. 129.
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 .
Thank you again to all our volunteers!!
What’s New at OLA
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 .
Wednesday November 26
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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.
Monday, December 8
Women’s Ministry invites all women to an Advent Evening of Fellowship with guest speaker Seminarian Marinello Sanguin at 6:30 pm in Mulcahy center.
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Save the Date! Sisters of Notre Dame 5K and1K Nun Run. Details coming soon.
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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 23, 2014, Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Today’s readings and prayers bring us to the end of the liturgical year and symbolically the Last Judgment. Jesus reminds us in the gospel that the determining factor of whether we “inherit the kingdom prepared for [us] from the foundation of the world” is if we have faithfully kept the two great commandments. Jesus uses the gospel parable to illustrate this truth. In the gospel, the righteous question the king saying, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?” The king responds saying, “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.” The entire gospel is distilled into this one sentence, if we have loved our neighbor, we have loved God. This can be quite a sobering thought when we realize how easy it is to succumb to the societal rationalizations and equivocations that surround us. Often it is easy to brush aside the times when we are inspired to help our neighbor with dismissive excuses, “I am too busy right now,” “I feel uncomfortable around those people,” or “I will help next time.” Jesus reminds us that all these excuses will ring empty at the Last Judgment. His powerful parable reminds us of Ezekiel’s writing, “Thus says the Lord God, I myself will look after and tend my sheep.” This is indeed the reward waiting for us. If we have loved our neighbor, we will be found worthy, and “[we] shall dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come” (Psalm 23).
El Triunfo del Amor
Con las lecturas y las oraciones de hoy llegamos al final del año litúrgico y simbólicamente al Juicio Final. Jesús nos recuerda en el Evangelio lo que determinará si heredáramos “el reino preparado para [nosotros] desde la creación del mundo.” Debemos cumplir fielmente con los dos grandes mandamientos. Por medio de la parábola del Evangelio, Jesús ilustra esta verdad. En el Evangelio, los justos le preguntan al rey, “Señor, ¿cuándo te vimos con hambre y te alimentamos, o con sed y te dimos de beber?; ¿cuándo te vimos forastero y te hospedamos, o desnudo y te vestimos?” El rey les contesta, "Os aseguro que cada vez que lo hicisteis con uno de éstos, mis humildes hermanos, conmigo lo hicisteis." Todo este Evangelio se resume en esta frase, si hemos amado a nuestro prójimo, hemos amado a Dios. Al pensar en esto podemos entristecernos al darnos cuenta que tan fácilmente nos rendimos a los razonamientos sociales y a las equivocaciones que nos rodean. Frecuentemente es fácil hacer a un lado la ocasión que nos inspira a ayudar al prójimo y hacemos excusas, “Estoy muy ocupado en este momento,” “Me siento incomodo estar con esas personas,” o “Ayudaré la próxima vez.” Jesús nos recuerda que todas estas excusas sonaran bacías el día del Juicio Final. Esta gran parábola nos recuerda lo que escribió Ezequiel sobre el premio que nos espera, “Yo mismo apacentaré mis ovejas.” Si hemos amado al prójimo, seremos merecedores de “[habitar] en la casa del Señor por años sin términos.” (Salmo 23).