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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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Wednesday, September 23
Many Meals 6:00 pm at College United Methodist Church 4300 Telegraph Road, Ventura
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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

October is Respect Life Month
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Saturday, October 4
Living Maotrimony kicks off "Marriage 101 Restore, Reconnect, Reinforce." 12 week small group study presented by Damon Owens. Wine and Potluck 7:00pm 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 21, 2014, The Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

God’s divine lens

Today’s readings and prayers focus on our limited ability to understand God.  Isaiah records the Lord’s words, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways above your ways and my thoughts above your thoughts.”  This is indeed the reality that prevents us from understanding God.  We are unable.  This is why today’s gospel causes us problems when we measure the event with human eyes. Our first reaction to the equal pay received by the laborers who were hired at different intervals during the day is, “That is not fair!”  We are a people whose culture celebrates fairness.  It rankles us to think one hour’s work can be equated to an entire day’s labor.  This is the issue as seen with our human lens. Yet, we are also ready to embrace, as the Responsorial Psalm reminds us, that “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness.” How many times have we silently thanked God that he is not constrained by human law?  Perhaps there have been times when we might consider ourselves the laborers who only worked one hour.  We are ever thankful that God has been generous with our limited performance. It seems we want to have both measures, human and divine, when it is convenient and favorable to our own situation. This causes us pause as we realize the unfairness of this dual standard.  Therefore, we rejoice that it is God who judges as we proclaim that, “The Lord is good to all and compassionate toward all his works” (Responsorial Psalm

 

El lente divino de Dios

Las lecturas y las oraciones de hoy nos enfocan en la realidad que estamos limitados cuando queremos entender a Dios.  Isaías escribe las palabras del Señor, “Mis pensamientos no son los pensamientos de ustedes, sus caminos no son mis caminos…porque así como aventajan los cielos a la tierra, así aventajan mis caminos a los de ustedes y mis pensamientos a sus pensamientos.”  Esta es la realidad que verdaderamente nos previene poder entender a Dios.  El Evangelio de hoy nos causa problemas cuando vemos el acontecimiento con el lente humano.  Nuestra primera reacción es que no es justo que todos los trabajadores reciban el mismo pago cuando llegaron a diferentes tiempos del día.  En nuestra cultura celebramos la justicia.  Se nos hace injusto al pensar que una hora de trabajo puede ser igualmente recompensada que trabajar todo el día.  Esto es lo que vemos con el lente humano.  Pero, también debemos de estar listos para abrazar lo que decimos en el Salmo Responsorial, “El Señor es compasivo y misericordioso, lento para enojarse y generoso para perdonar.”   ¿Cuántas veces le hemos dado gracias a Dios en silencio porque no nos juzga con la ley humana?  En algunas ocasiones podemos considerarnos como los trabajadores que solo trabajaron una hora y le damos gracias a Dios que ha sido generoso a nuestro trabajo limitado.  Pareciera que queremos escoger las dos medidas, la humana y la divina, cuando es conveniente y favorable a nuestra propia situación.  Así pues, nos regocijamos que es Dios quien juzga y le proclamamos “Bueno es el Señor para con todos y su amor se extiende a todas sus creaturas.” (Salmo Responsorial).