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Volunteer Corner

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: 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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January 11 - February 2
University Series pre-registration. Catalogs are available in the rectory office or at Friendship Sunday. Register early and save! Visit www.theuniversityseries.org for more information.

Saturday, January 31
Sisters of Notre Dame 5K and1K Nun Run.
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Monday, February 2
Women’s Bible Study continues. Join us for “Courageous Virtue” 6:30-8:30 in Mulcahy Center.

Wednesday, February 4
Join us for Shepherd’s Pie!
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Tuesday, February 3 & Thursday, February 5
Altar Server Training, Tuesday at 6:00pm, and Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the church. Those wishing to become altar servers and current altar servers are invited to attend.

Saturday, February 7 & 14
Living Matrimony kicks off their 2015 season with a session focusing on sexual honesty and authentic love. Bring an appetizer or wine to share.

Monday, February 9
Eucharistic Minister Training at 5:30pm in the church

Monday, February 16
President’s Day. Rectory Office closed.

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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 February 1, 2015, The Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Our loving intermediary

Today’s readings focus on the importance of the role of Jesus as the intermediary between God and man.  In the reading from Deuteronomy, Moses reminds the Israelites that they had requested of the Lord God at Horeb, “Let us not again hear the voice of the Lord, our God, nor see this great fire any more, lest we die.” The people of biblical days lived in true awe and fear of God. This fear was so profound that they wanted an intermediary to negotiate their relationship with the Almighty. The Lord answered this request telling Moses, “This was well said, I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their kin, and will put my words into his mouth; he shall tell them all that I command him.”  God honored this promise and throughout the years sent many prophets, the last being John the Baptist. Today’s gospel tells of the fulfillment of all the prophets’ foretelling of the ultimate intermediary, the Messiah.  John the Baptist had identified Jesus as, “the one mightier than I [who] is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals.” Mark’s gospel records the recognition of Jesus by the unclean spirit who cries, “Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” Jesus is indeed the Holy One of God.  He is the promised Savior, the one who brings us back to Abba, our Father. He has taken away the fear.  He has given us the confidence to pray, “Let your face shine on your servant[s]. Save [us] in your merciful love” (Communion Antiphon).  

 

Nuestro intermediario amoroso

Las lecturas de hoy se enfocan en la importancia del papel de Jesús como el intermediario entre Dios y el hombre.  En la lectura del libro del Deuteronomio, Moisés les recuerda a los Israelitas lo que le habían pedido al Señor Dios en el Horeb, “No quiero volver a escuchar la voz del Señor, mi Dios, ni quiero ver más ese terrible incendio; no quiero morir.”  Las personas de los tiempos bíblicos vivían en verdadera admiración y temor de Dios.  Este temor era tan profundo que deseaban un intermediario para negociar su relación con el Omnipotente.  El Señor les da una respuesta a su petición cuando le dice a Moisés, “Tienen razón; suscitaré un profeta de entre sus hermanos, como tú. Pondré mis palabras en su boca, y les dirá lo que yo le mande.”  Dios cumplió su promesa y en el transcurso de muchos años mando muchos profetas, terminando con Juan el Bautista.  El Evangelio de hoy nos habla del cumplimiento de lo que todos los profetas habían anunciado sobre el único intermediario, el Mesías.  Juan el Bautista ha identificado a Jesús como, “[El] que viene detrás de mí, a quien yo no soy digno de desatarle la correa de su sandalia.”  El Evangelio de Marcos documenta el reconocimiento de Jesús por el espíritu impuro que grita, “¿Qué quieres de nosotros, Jesús Nazareno? ¿Has venido a acabar con nosotros? Sé quién eres: el Santo de Dios.” Jesús es verdaderamente el bendito de Dios.  Él es el Salvador prometido, el que nos regresa a Abba, a nuestro Padre.  Él ha quitado el miedo.  Él nos ha dado la confianza de rezar y decir, “Vuelve, Señor tus ojos a tu siervo y sálvame por tu misericordia.”  (Antífona de la Comunión)