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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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Monday, September 1
Labor Day Rectory and School offices closed

Wednesday, September 3
Many Meals 6:00 pm at College United Methodist Church 4300 Telegraph Road, Ventura
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Wednesday, September 10
Men's Fall Social 6:00pm in Mulcahy Center. Come for Pizza and Beer and to hear about our Fall Schedule.

Saturday, September 13th
60th Anniversary Celebration

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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 August 31, 2014, The Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Our ever faithful God

Today’s readings speak of God’s persistent love that never tires of calling us to holiness even when we try not to listen.  This reality is illustrated by Jeremiah when he reveals that at times he tries to distance himself from the Lord saying, “I say to myself, I will not mention him, I will speak his name no more.  But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones; I grow weary holding it in, I cannot endure it.” Jeremiah speaks of the ever present calls from God that ask us to embrace him.  These calls can be subtle—little nudges or recurring thoughts that challenge us “not to conform [ourselves] to this age, but be transformed,” as Paul writes, “that [we] may discern what is the will of God.” So many times we find ourselves rushing around in our daily routines that these stirrings, nudges, and thoughts are easily brushed aside.  And then for whatever reason, we stop and realize as the Responsorial Psalm describes “that [our] flesh pines and [our] souls thirst like the earth, parched, lifeless and without water.” We have run dry. We realize that we can no longer distract ourselves from our fundamental need so we ask God to “put into our hearts the love of [his] name, so that, by deepening our sense of reverence, he may nurture in us what is good” (Collect). Our human frailty cannot sustain the wonder of God’s love without his help and grace. Therefore, we rejoice in our ultimate blessing that although we may tire of God, He never tires of lovingly holding us in the palm of His hand.

 

Nuestro Dios Siempre Fiel

Las lecturas de hoy nos hablan del incansable amor de Dios que nos llama a la santidad, aun cuando no queremos escucharlo.  Esta realidad es ilustrada por Jeremías cuando revela que hay momentos donde trata de distanciarse del Señor diciendo, “No me acordaré de él, no hablaré más en su nombre; pero [su palabra] era en mis entrañas fuego ardiente, encerrado en los huesos; intentaba contenerlo, y no podía.”  Jeremías describe como el llamado de Dios está siempre presente, invitándonos a que lo abrasemos.  A veces el llamado es sutil – empujoncitos o pensamientos recurrentes que nos retas a “no conformarnos a este mundo, sino transformarnos” como dice san Pablo “para que sepas discernir lo que es la voluntad de Dios”.  La carrera de la rutina diaria hace que fácilmente ignoremos estos sentimientos, empujoncitos, y pensamientos.  Y luego por alguna razón, nos detenemos y nos damos cuenta como describe el Salmo Responsorial que “mi alma esta sedienta de ti, Señor, Dios mío.”  Tenemos sed porque nos hemos distraído de las necesidades fundamentales y le pedimos a Dios que infunda en nuestros corazones el amor a su nombre, para así, profundizar nuestro sentido de reverencia y se nutra en nosotros lo que es bueno.  Nuestra fragilidad humana no puede absorber la maravilla del amor de Dios sin su ayuda y su gracia.  Así pues, nos regocijamos en la mayor de las bendiciones, que aunque nosotros nos cansamos de Dios, Él nunca se cansa de sostenernos amorosamente en la palma de Su mano.