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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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What’s New at OLA

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Religious Education Classes
begin this month.
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, September 29.
Women's Bible Study has begun. Join us for "Courageous Love" - an 8 week study on Holiness for Women. 6:30pm in Mulcahy Center.

October is Respect Life Month
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No Many Meals service on Wednesday, October 1. Please join us again on Wednesday, October 8.
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Friday, October 3 is First Friday. Masses at 6:30 and 8:00am followed by a reception in the Rectory Garden. Mass at 5:15pm followed by Benediction, Adoration and Confession

Saturday, October 4
"Living Matrimony kicks off a 12 week study -God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage presented by Damon Owens. Wine and Potluck 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

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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 September 28, 1014, The Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Our pathway to heaven

Today’s readings and prayers speak to the virtue of humility which should govern our relationship with God.  We are reminded that everything we are and have is a gift from God.  Saint Paul exhorts us to have “the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus.  Who though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself…to death on a cross.” This is Christ’s example for us.  Yet, we often fail to remember this example and are like the two young men in today’s gospel, who when their father asks them to work in the vineyard, one says “yes” with no intention of fulfilling the father’s wishes, while the other says “no,” but eventually honors his father’s wishes.  We pray that we are like the second son as we confess in the Entrance Antiphon that “we have sinned against [God] and not obeyed [his] commands.” We must acknowledge our complete dependence on God which will propel us, as Saint Paul directs us, to “do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than [ourselves].” When we say “yes” to God’s grace by caring for our neighbors, thus fulfilling the second great commandment, we are walking the same path as the many who have walked before us who are now experiencing the Communion of Saints.  This is the path that God asks us to walk.

Nuestro Camino al Cielo

Las lecturas y oraciones de hoy nos hablan de la virtud de la humildad, por la cual debemos gobernar nuestra relación con Dios.  Debemos de recordar que todo lo que somos y tenemos es un regalo de Dios.  San Pablo nos pide que recordemos que “Cristo, siendo Dios, no considero que debía aferrarse a las prerrogativas de su condición divina, sino que, por el contrario, se anonado a sí mismo, tomando la condición de siervo, y se hizo semejante a los hombres.  Así, hecho uno de ellos, se humillo a… una muerte de cruz.”  Este es el ejemplo de Cristo para nosotros.  Sin embargo, muchas veces no recordamos este ejemplo y somos como los dos jóvenes del Evangelio de hoy, que cuando su padre les pide que trabajen en la viña, uno dijo “si” pero no tenía intención de hacer lo que su padre le pidió, el otro dijo “no”, pero eventualmente hizo lo que su padre deseaba.  Oramos para que seamos como el segundo hijo cuando en la Antífona de Entrada decimos “Hemos pecado contra [Dios] y hemos desobedecido [sus] mandatos.”  Debemos reconocer nuestra dependencia completa en Dios que nos impulsa, como nos dice san Pablo a no hacer nada “por espíritu de rivalidad ni presunción; antes bien, por humildad, cada uno considere a los demás como superiores a sí mismo.”  Cuando nos preocupamos y cuidamos del prójimo,  le decimos “si” a la Gracia de Dios, cumplimos el segundo de los grandes mandamientos, caminamos el mismo camino que muchos otros han caminado y que ahora forman parte de la Comunión de Santos.  Este es el camino que Dios nos pide que tomemos.