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Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteers are needed to assist with cleaning and organizing various storage spaces and kitchens on our campus. Please contact Diane Frantela at (805)642-7966 or .

Volunteers are needed to help with making sack lunches for the homeless on Monday nights at 6:00pm in the Parish Center. Contact Diane Frantela at (805)642-7966 or for more information.

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 Charlie Kim at .

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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Please help make our Church Environment beautiful by donating Easter lilies or Spring plants. They can be brought to the Parish office during Holy Week or to the Church on Holy Saturday by Noon

Tuesday, March 31
Lenten Penance Service

7:00 pm in the Church

(No other Confessions during Holy Week)

April 2, 2015
Holy Thursday

8:00 pm Liturgical Celebration of Morning Prayer
7:00 pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper; Procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the Altar of Repose; Adoration until midnight.

April 3, 2015
Good Friday
NO morning Mass or services
12:30 pm, Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday
2:00 pm, Living Stations by the Youth Group
5:30 pm, Living Stations by the Youth Group
7:00 pm, Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday (Spanish)

April 4, 2015
Holy Saturday
NO morning Mass or services; NO 5:15 p.m. Mass
7:30 pm Easter Vigil & First Mass of Easter

April 5, 2015
Easter Sunday
Masses: 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 12:30 pm (Spanish)
No 5:15 pm Mass on Easter Sunday


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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 March 29, 2015, Palm Sunday of the Passion

Embracing the Cross          

Today’s readings and prayers bring us to the most difficult and sorrowful, yet glorious time of our faith, Holy Week. We look forward to Jesus’ ultimate victory, his resurrection, but we must first witness his passion and crucifixion. This is difficult.  We want to turn from Jesus’ suffering and anguish. We would like to fast forward to Easter Sunday.  We are reluctant to participate in the Passion reading when the crowd’s voice cries, “Crucify him.”  We struggle to get the words out.  It is then that we realize that there is no avoiding the uneasiness and discomfort.  The truth is that Jesus died to atone for our sins.  In the Old Testament reading Isaiah foreshadows Jesus’ suffering when he gives voice to the suffering servant, “I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; my face I did not shield from buffets and spitting.” These words become reality as Jesus undergoes his passion. In the gospel, Mark emphasizes the singular nature of Jesus’ ordeal.  He is alone in his knowledge of what lies ahead. He knows that he will be betrayed, and abandoned by his disciples.  This mental torment is intensified by the physical suffering. Paul highlights this in his letter, “Jesus humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Jesus surrendered to the most despicable punishment of his time to show us that there is no resurrection without the cross. The Collect calls us to pray that “we may heed [Jesus’] lesson of patient suffering” as we struggle to carry our individual burdens and embrace the glorious Cross which “merits us a share in his Resurrection.”

 

Abrazando la Cruz

Las lecturas y las oraciones de hoy nos enfocan en el tiempo que a la vez es el más difícil y triste de nuestra fe, pero también el más glorioso, La Semana Santa.  Esperamos con gozo la victoria final de Jesús, su resurrección, pero primero tenemos que ser testigos de su pasión y crucifixión.  Esto es difícil.  Queremos alejarnos del sufrimiento y angustia del sufrimiento de Jesús.  Nos gustaría rápidamente llegar al Domingo de Pascua.  No queremos participar en la lectura de la Pasión cuando la voz del pueblo grita, “¡Crucifícalo!”  Batallamos para que nos salgan las palabras.  Es el momento en que nos damos cuenta de que no podemos evitar la incomodidad.  La verdad es que Jesús murió en expiación por nuestros pecados.  En el Antiguo Testamento la lectura de Isaías anticipa el sufrimiento de Jesús cuando le da voz al siervo doliente, “ofrecí la espalda a los que me apaleaban, las mejillas a los que arrancaban mi barba; no me tapé el rostro ante ultrajes ni salivazos.”  Estas palabras son la realidad que Jesús sufre en su pasión.  En el Evangelio, san Marcos enfatiza la naturaleza singular del sufrimiento de Jesús.  Él es el único que sabe lo que se aproxima.  Sabe que será traicionado y abandonado por sus discípulos.  Este tormento mental se intensifica con su sufrimiento físico.  San Pablo subraya esto en su carta al escribir que Jesús “se rebajó hasta someterse incluso a la muerte, y una muerte de cruz.”  Jesús se entregó al castigo más despreciable de su tiempo para demostrarnos que no hay resurrección sin cruz.  En la oración Colecta decimos que, “se rebajó hasta someterse incluso a la muerte, y una muerte de cruz.” Jesús se entregó al más despreciable de los castigos de su tiempo para demostrarnos que no hay resurrección sin cruz.  En la oración Coleta pedimos que aprendamos a ser pacientes en nuestro sufrimiento así como lo fue Jesús.  En nuestra lucha por cargar nuestras propias cruces encontraremos la Cruz de Jesús la cual nos hace merecedores de su resurrección.