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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 25-27: Steubenville San Diego Contact Karen Reynolds

Wednesday, July 30
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 27, 2014, The Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Our joyful purpose

Today’s readings speak to the maturity of the Christian heart that understands that keeping the Lord’s decrees brings us to our joyful purpose.  The Responsorial Psalm exclaims, “I have said, O Lord that my part is to keep your words. … Wonderful are your decrees; therefore I observe them.” By observing God’s laws we grow in our relationship with him which furthers our self understanding.  Saint Paul echoes this truth when he writes, “We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”  Today’s reading from the Book of Kings provides us with an example of understanding God’s call.  Solomon is bewildered at the thought of succeeding his father King David and cries out for help saying, “I am a mere youth, not knowing at all how to act.  I serve you in the midst of the people whom you have chosen.” These words illustrate Solomon’s surrender to the Lord who then blesses him with unparalleled wisdom, “a heart so wise and understanding that there has never been anyone like [him] up to now, and after [him] there will come no one to equal [him].” Such a blessing is what each of us seeks from God. We seek to find the way that we most fully respond to his call. We are like the person seeking the treasure or the pearl in today’s gospel, who when he finds it, gives everything to buy it. It is then that we can truly rejoice singing, “Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom.” (Alleluia)

 

Nuestra Motivación Gozosa

Las lecturas de hoy hablan sobre la madurez del corazón Cristiano que entiende que el mantener los decretos del Señor es como logramos nuestro propósito gozoso.  El Salmo Responsorial exclama, “A mí, Señor, lo que me toca es cumplir tus preceptos…tus preceptos, Señor, son admirable, por eso yo los sigo.”  Al obedecer las leyes de Dios crecemos en nuestra relación con El y así aumenta nuestro entendimiento.  San Pablo hace eco a esta verdad cuando escribe, “Sabemos que todo contribuye para bien de los que aman a Dios, de aquellos que han sido llamados por él, según su designio salvador.”  La lectura de hoy del Libro de los Reyes nos da un ejemplo de cómo entender el llamado de Dios. Salomón  se desconcierta al pensar que será el sucesor de su padre, el Rey David y clama pidiendo ayuda, “Yo no soy más que un muchacho y no sé cómo actuar.  Soy tu siervo y me encuentro perdido en medio de este pueblo tuyo.”  Estas palabras ilustran la entrega de Salomón al Señor quien lo bendice con una sabiduría incomparable, “Te doy un corazón sabio y prudente, como no lo ha habido antes, no lo habrá después de ti.”  Una bendición como esta es lo que cada uno de nosotros buscamos de Dios.  Buscamos encontrar la manera de responder completamente a su llamado.  Somos como la persona que busca el tesoro o la perla en el Evangelio de hoy, que al encontrarlos, damos todos para comprarlo.  Es entonces que podemos regocijarnos cantando, “Yo te alabo, Padre, Señor del cielo y de la tierra, porque has revelado los misterios del Reino a la gente sencilla.” (Aleluya)