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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 (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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October is Respect Life Month
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Religious Education classes are in session. It is not too late to register. 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

Monday, October 20
Women's Bible Study. Join us for "Courageous Love" - an 8 week study on Holiness for Women. 6:30pm in Mulcahy Center.

Wednesday, October 22
Many Meals
College United Methodist Church
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Saturday, October 25
Living Matrimony invites all engaged and married couples to God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage presented by Damon Owens. 7:00pm in Mulcahy Center

Saturday, October 25
Ethical Care at the End of Life- a seminar presented by the Scholl Institute of Bioethics. Sponsored by Defenders of Life, Ventura County. 8:00am -12:45pm in Mulcahy Center

Sunday, October 26
Bundle Sunday. The St. Vincent de Paul truck will be here from 8am-2pm collecting gently used clothing toys, furniture and household items.

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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 October 19, 2014, the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

God’s Empowering Word  

Today’s readings and prayers speak to our understanding that all power and authority come from God. God bestows power and authority through our understanding of his divine word which directs us to use our individual talents and gifts to glorify Him. Three different scenarios in the readings illustrate man’s struggle to understand this truth.  The Old Testament provides the example of King Cyrus who unwittingly does the Lord’s will.  The Lord tells King Cyrus, that though he does not know the Lord, he has been chosen to be victorious “for the sake of Jacob, my servant of Israel, my chosen one.” As a result of his victory, King Cyrus allows the Israelites to leave Babylon and return to Jerusalem.  The Pharisees in the gospel provide an example of hubris as they forget that it is God who is the source of all power.  They become defensive of their earthly position and view Jesus as a threat.  Their extensive knowledge of the scriptures is not used to glorify God but rather to entrap Jesus.  The third example is found in Saint Paul’s letter which celebrates his disciples for their “work of faith and labor of love and endurance in hope of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  God has touched the hearts of the Thessalonians with the power of his word and they have gone out to spread the good news with confidence and authority.  This example is the one that touches our hearts as we too can confidently live our lives, using our talents and gifts as we hope to “shine like lights in the world as [we] hold on to the word of life” (Alleluia).


La Palabra de Dios da Poder

Las lecturas y las oraciones de hoy nos recuerdan que todo el poder y la autoridad vienen de Dios.  Al escuchar y entender su palabra divina, Dios nos entrega el poder y la autoridad,  nos guía para que cada uno use sus talentos y dones para glorificarlo.  Las lecturas de hoy nos presentan tres situaciones que demuestran el reto de entender esto.  La lectura del Antiguo Testamento nos da el ejemplo del Rey Ciro que sin saber, cumple con la voluntad del Señor.  El Señor le dice al Rey Ciro, que aunque no conoce al Señor, ha sido escogido para ser victorioso “por mi siervo Jacob, por mí escogido Israel.”  El Rey Ciro permite a los Israelitas salir de Babilonia y regresar a Jerusalén y así se demuestra la victoria del Señor.  La segunda situación la escuchamos en el Evangelio, el orgullo de los fariseos nos da el ejemplo de quien se olvida que Dios es la fuente de todo poder.  Quieren defender su posición terrenal y se sienten amenazados por Jesús.  Los fariseos no usan su sabiduría extensa sobre las escrituras para glorificar a Dios, sino para querer atrapar a Jesús.  El tercer ejemplo lo encontramos en la carta de san Pablo quien celebra a sus discípulos y el trabajo que hacen con “la actividad de su fe, el esfuerzo de su amor y el aguante de su esperanza en Jesucristo”.  Dios ha tocado el corazón de los Tesalonicenses con el poder de su palabra y han salido a llevar la buena nueva con confianza y autoridad.  Este ejemplo es el que toca nuestro corazón y decimos con confianza en el aleluya que nosotros también podemos vivir una vida confiando y usando nuestros talentos y dones para llevar la palabra de vida y resplandecer como luz en el mundo.