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Volunteer Corner

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteers will be needed to help set up and tear down for the 4:00pm Christmas Eve Mass at the St. Bonaventure gym. If you can help or for more information, please contact Andrea Lawson at (805)642-7966 ext. 129.

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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Merry Christmas

TUESDAY December 23
Many Meals
Join us for Tamale Pie Casserole
College United Methodist Church
Note that Many Meals will take place on Tuesday this week and on December 30 because of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Monday, December 22
Advent Penance Service 7:00 pm in the church

Wednesday, December 24
Rectory office closes at noon.

Thursday, December 25 and
Friday, December 26

Rectory office closed.
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Friday, December 26
OLA Classics Parish Dance. 7:00pm in Mulcahy Center

Monday, January 5
Women’s Bible Study begins. Join us for “Courageous Virtue” 6:30-8:30pm in Mulcahy Center.

January 23-25
Men’s Retreat. Contact Dn. Dan at for details.

Saturday, January 31, 2015
Save the Date! Sisters of Notre Dame 5K and1K Nun Run. Details coming soon.
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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 of December 21, 2014, The Fourth Sunday in Advent

Saying “yes” to God

Today’s readings and prayers remind us to open our hearts to the will of God just as King David and Mary did.  Both King David and Mary had specific roles to play in the salvation story.  Both did not fully understand how their participation would unfold but each said “yes” to God’s invitation.  King David became lost in his role, worrying about a proper house for the Lord because he had forgotten where his authority had come from. The Lord reminded David that it was He the Lord who took David “from the pasture and from the care of the flock to be commander of [his] people Israel.” It was the Lord who decided that David’s house and his kingdom would endure forever. And, it was Gabriel, the Lord’s angel, who told Mary that Jesus “[would] be great and [would] be called Son of the most High, and that the Lord God [would] give him the throne of David his father.” Mary’s Annunciation depicted in today’s gospel showed her puzzlement at being chosen to bear God’s Son.  Yet her bewilderment did not hold her back from accepting the graces the Lord had bestowed upon her. Such moments are part of the great mystery that Paul speaks of in the epistle.  King David’s and Mary’s participation along with others’ has brought us to the moment of our redemption, the birth of Jesus Christ our Savior.  This last week of Advent affords us the opportunity to make final preparations so that we may be ready to receive the Baby Jesus when he comes.  Our prayer is Mary’s, “Behold I am the [servant] of the Lord.  May it be done to me according to your word.”

 

Diciéndole “sí” a Dios

Las lecturas y oraciones de hoy nos recuerdan que debemos abrir nuestro corazón a la voluntad de Dios, así como lo hicieron el Rey David y María.  Tanto el Rey David como María tuvieron un papel específico en la historia de la salvación.  Los dos no entendieron completamente como su participación se desarrollaría, pero cada uno dijo “sí” a la invitación de Dios.  El Rey David se perdió en su papel, se preocupó más por una casa apropiada para el Señor y se le olvido de donde le venía su autoridad.  El Señor le recordó a David que fue El, el Señor, quien lo “[saco] de los apriscos y de andar tras las ovejas, para que [fuera] el jefe de mi pueblo, Israel.”  Fue el Señor quien decide que la casa de David y su reinado perdurarían para siempre.  Y, fue Gabriel, el ángel de Señor, quien le dijo a María que Jesús “será grande y será llamado Hijo del Altísimo; el Señor Dios le dará el trono de David, su padre.”  La Anunciación a María se describe en el Evangelio de hoy y narra la confusión de ella al ser escogida para cargar el Hijo de Dios.  Pero su confusión no la detuvo de aceptar las gracias que el Señor le había dado.  Estos momentos son parte del gran misterio del cual san Pablo habla en su epístola.  La participación del Rey David y de María, al igual que otros, nos han traído al momento de nuestra redención, el nacimiento de Jesucristo nuestro Salvador.  Esta última semana de Adviento nos da la oportunidad de hacer las últimas preparaciones para poder estar listos para recibir al Niño Jesús cuando él llegue.  Nuestra oración es la oración de María, “He aquí [el siervo/la sierva] del Señor.  Hágase en mi según tu palabra.”