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As we come together for worship on this Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, I would like to share with you a reflection by Alice Camille in her book “God’s Word is Alive!” Reflecting on the Gospel of Luke for today’s Mass, she says: “Jesus surrounds himself with no air of mystery in Luke’s story. He chooses the prophecy about the servant of the Lord quite deliberately to explain who he is. He is the anointed one, the Messiah. He comes with good news for the poor, the sick, the
captive. He comes to bring jubilee, the year of favor in which all debts are revoked and people can begin fresh and free. He is liberation from the ancient debt of sin. Any questions?

Well, as we know, Nazareth is not exactly pleased to have this Scripture fulfilled in their hearing. After all, they know Jesus, son of Mary and Joseph, a local boy who now thinks he is the answer to their prayers. If he had come down from the city, some big name from Jerusalem, they might have been more receptive. A position with the Sanhedrin or some credentials might have seen him further. But he is nobody, really. He is one of them. Imagine that this year has been a declared a
year of jubilee, and you can begin again, fresh and free. How will this freedom change your life?”

A most important event will take place this Tuesday evening: The Discernment Meeting for the Parish Pastoral Council. Each year we select new members for the Council to share their gifts to engage the parish in a parish plan which makes real the words of our Parish Mission Statement. You are invited to come to find out more about the purpose of the council and to decide whether or not you would like to be considered for this most important ministry. Presently the council is working on a program to reach out to alienated Catholics in a “Catholics Can Come Home” process. Also, we are seeking ways to minister better to young parents and newly married couples. See today’s bulletin for more details.

This coming week will be our last “Soup and Study on the Gospel of Luke.” (Last three weeks notes available here.) Our topic will be the passion, death, and resurrection of Christ as Luke presents it to us. Come along for some delicious soup at 6:00 p.m. and the study at 6:30 p.m.

If you haven’t bought your tickets for our “St. Valentine’s Gala”, now is the time. Treat yourself to a delightful evening of celebration of love and friendship with Hors-d’oeuvres, a delicious four-course dinner and live music by the South
Coast Orchestra playing Big Band
Music for listening and dancing! Our hope is to have 250 people in attendance in order to make this fundraiser for the restoration of St. Francis Hall a success. The evening will also feature surprise door prizes, a silent auction and a live auction of great prizes! Don’t miss out!

Finally, join us this morning after 10:00 a.m. Mass to bid a fond farewell to Kathleen Flanagan, who has served us well as Parish Administrator for several years and to congratulate her on her new role in the Province of St. Barbara. We will also, welcome Mrs. Gwyn Grimes as our new administrator. Please stop by the Serra Gardens to offer your appreciation for Kathleen and Gwyn.

–Peace and all good! Love, Fr. Vince

Rev. Vincent Mesi, OFM : Pastor

Rev. Vincent Mesi, OFM

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Rev. Vincent Mesi, OFM

Pastor
Fr. Vince is a native of San Jose, California. His family background is Sicilian with his grandparents coming from Sicily in the early 1900s. He attended schools in San Jose until he graduated in 1967 from San Luis Rey College, which at that time, was here on the grounds of Mission San Luis Rey! After graduation, Fr. Vince entered the Franciscan Novitiate at Mission San Miguel and then after his first vows, he entered the Franciscan School of Theology for his theological studies and ordination to the priesthood on October 28, 1972. Over these years since ordination, Fr. Vince has worked in a number of parishes as pastor, including Mission Santa Barbara and St. Mary’s Basilica in Phoenix. For a brief time, he has also been involved in the retreat ministry at San Damiano Retreat in Danville, California. Most recently, Fr. Vince has been Guardian and Director of Formation at St. Elizabeth’s Friary in Oakland, which is the provincial headquarters for the Franciscans of the St. Barbara Province. With the election of Fr. David as Provincial of the St. Barbara Province in 2016, Fr. Vince was assigned as the pastor here at Mission San Luis Rey Parish.  He has brought a number of gifts to this parish but most especially his deep love for the Liturgy and liturgical music.
Rev. Oscar Mendez, OFM : Associate Pastor

Rev. Oscar Mendez, OFM

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Rev. Oscar Mendez, OFM

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Fr. Oscar is native of El Salvador, Central America. He came to the U.S.A. in 1972, and graduated from San Francisco State University in 1977, with a B.A. in cell biology. He entered the Franciscans, while living in San Francisco in 1982, and studied at F.S.T. (Franciscan School of Theology) in Berkeley. He was ordained to the priesthood on Dec 16, 1989. His first assignment was as a parochial vicar at St. Anthony of Padua church in San Francisco. He went back to his country to study medicine and graduated in 2000. He practiced medicine for several years. He has been a pastor in St. Anthony’s church in San Francisco, and St. Elizabeth’s church in Oakland. He served as vocations director for 3 years with the Franciscans and came to Mission San Luis Rey parish last April 2018.
Rev. Anthony Garibaldi, OFM : Canon Law Consultant

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Rev. Anthony Garibaldi, OFM

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