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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 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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Saturday, September 13th

60th Anniversary Celebration
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Wednesday, September 17
Many Meals 6:00 pm at College United Methodist Church 4300 Telegraph Road, Ventura
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Religious Education Classes
begin this month. 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

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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 September 14, 2014, The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Our heavenly admission

Today’s prayers and readings celebrate the symbol of our salvation: Jesus’ cross.  The Collect reminds us that “God willed that [his] only begotten Son should undergo the Cross to save the human race.” We recall that man had fallen from grace in the Garden of Eden and his relationship with the Father became one of fear and shame. In the reading from Numbers,the Israelites confess to Moses, “We have sinned in complaining against the Lord and you.  Pray the Lord to take the serpents from us.”  Moses foreshadows Jesus’ intercessory role when he asks the Lord to cast the serpents away and save the people. God’s mercy is recorded in the Responsorial Psalm which proclaims that “He forgave their sin and destroyed them not.” However, we are reminded in today’s epistle that God saw that the only way to undo man’s sin was to send his Son, “who taking the form of a slave became obedient to death, even death on a cross.” The irony that Jesus’ suffering the most despicable death known at the time becomes the ultimate victory is why we Christians venerate the cross. As the Preface proclaims, “[God] placed the salvation of the human race on the wood of the Cross, so that where death arose, life might again spring forth and the evil one, who conquered on a tree, might likewise on a tree be conquered.”  As we look upon the Cross we rejoice, knowing that death has been forever vanquished and our admission into heaven has been paid in full.

 

Nuestra Entrada Celestial

Las oraciones y lecturas de hoy celebran el símbolo de nuestra salvación: la Cruz de Jesús.  La recordamos en la oración colecta al escuchar, “Señor Dios, que quisiste que tu Unigénito sufriera la cruz para salvar al género humano.”  Recordamos que el hombre perdió la gracia en Jardín del Edén y que su relación con el Padre se volvió en una de miedo y vergüenza.  En la lectura del libro de Números, los Israelitas le confiesan a Moisés, “Hemos pecado al murmurar contra el Señor y contra ti.  Ruega al Señor que aparte de nosotros las serpientes.”  Moisés predice el papel intercesor de Jesús cuando le pide al Señor que aparte las serpientes y salve al pueblo.  Proclamamos la misericordia de Dios en el salmo responsorial al proclamar, “les perdonaba su culpa y no los destruía.”  Sin embargo, recordamos en la epístola de hoy que Dios vio que la única manera de deshacer el pecado era mandando a su Hijo, “Así, hecho uno de ellos, se humillo a sí mismo y por obediencia acepto incluso la muerte, y una muerte de cruz.”  La ironía es que al sufrir la muerte más despreciable de ese tiempo, Jesús la convierte en la Victoria decisiva y es por lo cual los cristianos veneramos la cruz.  Como proclama el prefacio, “Has puesto la salvación del género humano en el árbol de la Cruz, para que, de donde tuvo origen la muerte, de allí resurgiera la vida; y el que en un árbol venció, fuera en un árbol vencido.”  Al mirar la Cruz nos regocijamos, sabiendo que la muerte ha sido vencida para siempre y que nuestra entrada al cielo ha sido pagada por completo.