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Let us know if you would like to get involved! Here are some of our most immediate needs:
We're currently looking for volunteers to be our sound technicians for the 11:00 choir. Contact: Vincent Dominguez, Director of Music at (805)642-7966 x122, or
Ministries are needed to host Friendship Sunday occasionally! Help us serve coffee and donuts on Sunday morning and get the word out about your ministry. Contact Diane Frantela at or Mari Joerger at
If interested, in the following please contact Lauren Burns at 642-7966 ext. 101 or
Donations of flowers to plant around the church, the parish center and the rectory, especially seasonal plants for the rectory entrance.
An "organizer" who would like to keep the vestibule boards updated, neat and clean
Volunteers to continue general maintenance around the grounds
Thank you again to all our volunteers!!
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.
What’s New at OLA
Say Hello to Fr. Alex Amayun!
We are blessed to have you at OLA!
Please join us for our Combined Music Ministry Concert featuring the 9:30 Choir, the 11:00 Choir, the Lifeteen Band, the Spanish Choir and the OLA School Choir!
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Today through December 19
OLA Annual Christmas Toy Drive to benefit St. Vincent dePaul and the Mixteco Community
New, unwrapped toys are needed. Contact Krisztina Heimann at
Tuesday, December 3
Join Dn Ed for The Bible Timeline 9:00am-10:30am in the Santa Cruz room
Wednesday, December 4
Many Meals at CUMC
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Thursday, December 19
Bilingual Advent Penance Service
7:00pm in the Church
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From Fr. Alex
THE GIFTS WE SHARE:
A HELPING HAND FOR OTHERS
When I started identifying the gifts we share here at OLA, I have never imagined that I would be writing about my homeland-the Philippines. I never thought that my country would be devastated the way it had been by Typhoon Haiyan. I have so many memories about typhoons but never in my life have I seen such extent of their destructions in my country or anywhere in the world. We have seen images
on television and on the internet conveying a million messages whose meanings are many which I hope we clearly decipher. In the Philippines, I live in a coastal town in the Cagayan Valley. My coastal hometown, along with many other coastal towns in my country just like those directly struck and damaged by Haiyan in Eastern Visayas and some parts of Luzon, are beautiful. It is in these places where we can say that we commune with the beauty of nature. Yes, Nature is beautiful. But when abused for so long, it
can be unforgiving. It will make us pay our dues which most of the time are collected from the innocent victims usually children.
I think, for too long, there has been so much talk about global warming – what is it and what can happen because of it. But instead of responding, we continue to ignore its imminent dangers and never stopped doing what we want without regard to our environment. However, what I want to convey at the moment, is not only the destructive power of typhoons and many other natural calamities but also the power of the Human Spirit to transcend the most painful experiences these calamities bring. Because of Typhoon Haiyan, houses were destroyed but not homes; bodies were broken but not the human spirit. Yes, one thing that stands out in cases of calamities is the old saying: "above the clouds, the sun always shines". Such saying expresses our hope for something better. Above all, it expresses our deep faith and trust in God. "Look at the birds in the Sky! Or "Learn from the way the wild flowers grow!" (Matthew 6:26-28). I believe that every Filipino would be saying the words of the Psalmist: "Even when I walk through a dark valley, I fear no harm for you are at my side!" (Psalm 23:4).
I really cannot imagine the pains of those who lost their loved ones, their properties and more. May God ease their pain and anguish. In addition to the renewed faith in God, the destruction in the Philippines became an opportunity for all Nations to extend their Helping Hands. We set aside differences so that we can focus on our basic vocation - the vocation to love. For instance, many of you have expressed concern for the Filipinos especially for my immediate family. I am very grateful for such show of concern. I am also touched by a lady of OLA who handed me a check as financial assistance to be sent to the Philippines though I was actually hesitant to personally ask from you. The gesture touched me so much because she identified herself with us Filipinos. I am fully aware that there are many among you who are very generous. I am very grateful to all your help. Through this article, I say from the bottom of my heart and on behalf of my fellow Filipinos, "THANK YOU!"
Finally, while we are focused in helping the Philippines, let us not forget the poor in our neighborhood. Let us continue supporting our Outreach Programs – the OLA Many Meals, the One Stop Snacks, St. Vincent de Paul, etc. Hopefully, our volunteers and donors will sustain their undying energy and helping spirit in providing food for our poor brothers and sisters in the neighborhood. I hope I can properly convey to all of you how grateful I am for the works you do for and on behalf of OLA. Here at OLA, in the Philippines or in anywhere in the world, we reach out to others because it is our calling, it is our VOCATION.