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

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 .

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 .

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Thursday evenings through August 15
"33 Days to Morning Glory" a parish based retreat. 6:30pm in the Santa Cruz room Contact Kati Escallier at (805)642-7966 ext 142 for more information.

Youth Ministry Summer Activities
July 20-24: Into the Deep
July 25-27: Steubenville San Diego Contact Karen Reynolds

Wednesday, July 23
Many Meals 6:00 pm at College United Methodist Church 4300 Telegraph Road, Ventura
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August 17 and 24
Religious Education Registration 9am-2pm in Mulcahy Center
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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 July 20, 2014, the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Flourishing Wheat

Today’s readings focus our hearts on the truth that we have been saved and are sustained by the Lord.  The first reading from the Book of Wisdom proclaims, “There is no god besides you who have the care of all. …You taught your people, by [your] deeds, that those who are just must be kind; and you gave your children good ground for hope that you would permit repentance for their sins.” This is indeed our hope that although we fail and transgress against his laws, “the Lord is good and forgiving.” We stumble and fall in a world where “good seed and weeds” grow side by side. The Lord is reluctant to pull the weeds early, fearing that his cherished wheat might be uprooted. We, “the cherished wheat,” are encouraged to cry out to the Lord in today’s Responsorial Psalm, asking him to “turn toward [us] and have pity on [us], give your strength to your servant[s]”as we struggle to grow amidst the weeds. God answers us in today’s epistle when Paul writes, “The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings.” We will be receptive to these “groanings” or stirrings if we heed Jesus’ directive in today’s gospel, “Whoever has ears ought to hear.” This is our purpose; this is our course. We continue to care for the soil around us, ensuring that we do hear God’s word which will bring us to “shine like the sun in the kingdom of [our] Father.”

 

Trigo Floreciente

Las lecturas de hoy enfocan a nuestros corazones a la verdad de que hemos sido salvados y somos sostenidos por el Señor.  La primera lectura del libro de la Sabiduría proclama, “No hay más Dios que tú, Señor, que cuidas de todas las cosas…has enseñado a tu pueblo que el justo debe ser humano, y has llenado a tus hijos de una dulce esperanza, ya que al pecador le das tiempo para que se arrepienta.”  Esta es verdaderamente nuestra esperanza, que aunque fallamos y desobedecemos las leyes, el Señor es “misericordioso con todos”  Nos tropezamos y caemos en el mundo donde “la semilla buena y la cizaña” crecen juntas.  El Señor no arrancar la cizaña pronto, porque teme que pueda también quedar desenraizado su querido trigo.  En nuestra lucha de crecer entre la cizaña, nosotros, “el querido trigo”, clamamos al Señor pidiéndole, “Ten compasión de mí, pues clamo a ti, Señor, a toda hora”.  Dios nos contesta en la epístola de san Pablo quien escribe, “El Espíritu nos ayuda en nuestra debilidad, porque nosotros no sabemos pedir lo que nos conviene pero el Espíritu mismo intercede por nosotros con gemidos que no pueden expresarse con palabras.” Seremos receptivos a estos “gemidos” o llamados, si obedecemos la directiva de Jesús en el Evangelio de hoy, “El que tenga oídos que oiga.”  Este es nuestro propósito, es nuestro curso a tomar.  Seguimos cuidando la tierra a nuestro alrededor, asegurándonos de que escuchemos la palabra de Dios que nos lleva a “brillar como el sol en el reino de (nuestro) Padre.”